2016 Schedule of Sessions

Being a Connected Educator Can Lead To Amazing Opportunities
Oct 20 @ 8:40 am – 11:00 am

Heather Gauck, Resource Elementary Teacher, Grand Rapids Public Schools, MiEdVoice Fellow, PBS Innovator, TeachStrong Ambassador

From dragging my feet to signing up for Twitter, to now using Voxer to collaborate with educators world wide… Let’s talk about the benefits to becoming a Connected Educator.
In this session you will hear about my 2 year journey from classroom teacher to one of the finalists for the USDOE Teacher Ambassador Fellowship.  We will discuss how we can improve our craft of teaching and also influence policy makers to make a change for the better for our students. Let’s talk about free PD resources, Twitter, Voxer and statewide/ nationwide groups to add to your professional learning network and energize your practice!

Just In Time Support
Oct 20 @ 11:10 am – 12:10 pm

Ron Houtman, Educational Technologist, Kent ISD

Have you ever wondered how you could clone yourself to increase your ability to provide help to your staff and students?  In this session, we’ll explore video and other applications to create a self-help library. You’ll soon be removing roadblocks and helping others get what they need to succeed.

Designing an Inclusive Writers Workshop
Oct 20 @ 1:10 pm – 3:30 pm

Sue Hardin, OTR, MS, is the Assistive Technology Consultant at Macomb Intermediate School District

Writing is communication and communication is everything. Explore assistive technology tools and strategies that support emergent struggling writers. You’ll experience the benefits of designing an inclusive writing activities by providing students with a variety of “pencils” such as grids, graphic organizers, word prediction, dictation and text/speech.

Dynamic Duo! Developing AT & AAC Specialist Roles
Oct 21 @ 8:40 am – 10:10 am

Rachael Langley, AAC Specialist, Eaton RESA & Robin Pegg, AT Consultant, Eaton RESA

Batman & Robin. Thelma & Louise. What about AT & AAC? There is an increasing need for specific expertise in the areas of Assistive Technology and Augmentative/Alternative Communication. While the two roles overlap, they also have distinct roles and responsibilities.

Listen as Robin & Rachael describe their journey establishing distinct yet collaborative roles in AT & AAC. This presentation will offer attendees take home information on the importance of advocating for separate roles. Also find suggestions for proposing and/or enhancing this partnership with your administration.

When Helping Isn’t Helping: The Importance of Prompt Awareness
Oct 21 @ 10:20 am – 11:20 am

Rachael Langley, AAC Specialist, Eaton RESA

Often in education, there’s an unspoken drive to prompt, prompt, prompt students. Educators and para-educators with the best intentions of helping are often over-prompting learners and creating prompt dependency. Join this discussion on prompt hierarchies, prompt fading, and the role of modeling in learning new skills. The focus of this presentation is primarily how prompting relates to communication/AAC. However, participants will be challenged to apply these ideas to other areas of learning.  Join this discussion on prompt dependency, prompt hierarchies, prompt fading, and the role of modeling in learning new skills.
Using Video to Demonstrate Knowledge
Oct 21 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Andrew Steinman, Educational Technology Consultant, Kent ISD

Are your students more concerned about video production value than content? Then this is the session for you! We will learn about strategies and tools you can use so that students quickly and effectively demonstrate knowledge through video. 
Having students use video to demonstrate knowledge sounds like a great idea, but students can easily lose focus of the content and worry more about the video production value. This session will help attendees utilize strategies and tools for creating quick student videos. The presenter will model all strategies and tools shared so that attendees will have experience from both the teacher and student perspective. Attendees will walk away with at least one activity they could use with students the very next day.

Sketchnoting: Noodling and Doodling Unite!
Oct 21 @ 2:10 pm – 3:10 pm

Mary Ottenwess, Instructional Technology Specialist, Catholic Central High School

Sketchnoting is a method of note-taking that includes visual elements within, throughout and sometimes instead of text-based notes. This method of visual note-taking, sometimes called purposeful doodling, helps students learn to listen for the important points in a lesson and to represent them in a way that will better solidify those details in memory. We’ve all heard the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” and how many of us look at the pictures instead of reading the words in those oh-so-helpful user manuals? Let’s learn how to put those visual concepts into everyday practice. We will discuss the various elements that are used in sketchnoting, the different patterns that can be utilized and the tools and gear used for the technique. You will also get a chance to try out sketchnoting for yourself. No drawing skills required!