Full Day Workshops

Full day workshops run from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center on the Iowa Events Center campus. Lunch is included with a full day workshop. Credit is not available for the workshops.

Code.org Computer Science Fundamentals (Free Workshop)

This workshop will provide an introduction to computer science, pedagogy, overview of Code.org’s recently updated online curriculum, teacher dashboard, and strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities. Workshops will be taught by Code.org facilitators in Iowa, and will prepare you to teach the Code Studio courses for grades K-5. For more information about Code.org’s goals and approach to courses, please see our curriculum values and our professional learning values. See what else you’ll get from attending a workshop.

Claim your spot at https://studio.code.org/pd/workshops/4153/enroll

Presenter:  Ann Nicholson
Strand:  Computer Science, Professional Development
Audience: Classroom Teachers
Max Audience Size:  32
Price:  FREE!  Code.org covers the cost of this workshop and lunch for all attendees.

Code.org Deep Dive Workshop (Free Workshop)

This workshop is a deep dive into CS Fundamentals course materials, teaching practices, and strategies for continuing to teach CS Fundamentals. Candidates for this workshop have…

  1. Experience teaching CS Fundamentals to K-5 students
  2. Different prior experiences with PD, including:
    1. Attended the CS Fundamentals Intro Workshop,
    2. Attended an earlier version of the CS Fundamentals workshop, or
    3. Started teaching CS Fundamentals on their own

Activities and discussions during the workshop include: specific classroom practices, the division of responsibility between students and teachers, strategies for addressing roadblocks to implementation, and ideas for fostering and developing a strong classroom rapport that nurtures learners of all types.

Claim your spot at https://studio.code.org/pd/workshops/6787/enroll

Presenter:  TBD
Strand:  Computer Science, Professional Development
Audience: Classroom Teachers
Max Audience Size:  32
Price:  FREE!  Code.org covers the cost of this workshop and lunch for all attendees.

Go Beyond Code With Sphero

Sphero’s goal of inspiring the creators of tomorrow begins with you! In this full day workshop, participants will go beyond code with Sphero to learn how to empower and equip students with programming, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.

This immersive and hands-on workshop will help teachers get the ball rolling with Sphero and experience one of the best ways to integrate STEAM into any classroom. You will experience block programming, engineering, and a whole lot of fun! Included in the workshop is a Free Sphero BOLT robot that you can take back to your students.

Presenter:  Nate Ubowski
Strand:  Digital Teaching Tools, Professional Development, Computer Science
Audience: K-8 Classroom Teachers, Instructional Coaches
Max Audience Size: 20
Price:  $150

Google Certified Educator Level I Bootcamp

This session will assist educators in discovering the power of the Google Apps Suite and prepare them to pass the tests necessary to be recognized as Google Certified Educators in their respective levels. Topics include, but are not limited to, Google Docs/Drive, Sites, Gmail, Calendar, Chrome Browser and review of educational apps. Note that this is a preparation workshop series only and time to take the Google Certified Educator exams is not included in this professional development event. Workshop participants must study for and complete the exams independently.

Presenter:  Lance Lennon
Strand:  Communication and Collaboration, Professional Development
Audience: Classroom Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Administrators
Max Audience Size:  30
Price:  $150

Makey Makey

Get ready for a fun hands-on workshop where you’ll learn how to teach Invention Literacy, Making, and Design Thinking using the award winning Makey Makey invention kit used by educators in all 50 states and around the world and featured in TED talks. This workshop is new and being delivered throughout the US. You’ll learn best practices and gain access to a multimedia training website that you can use later when you work with others or teach the students you serve.

Presenter:  Amber Bridge & Mindy Cairney
Strand:  Digital Teaching Tools, Professional Development
Audience: Classroom Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Administrators
Max Audience Size:  30
Length: Full Day
Price:  $150

Physical Computing: The Limitless Superpower of the Future

Looking to expand your edu-superpowers? Come soar across content areas with two low-floor, high ceiling physical computing devices! Micro:bit is a pocket-sized micro-controller board that allows users to send messages with an led display, program two buttons, and detect motion with an accelerometer. With a built-in compass and bluetooth, there are few limits to what you can create with Micro:bits. The Hummingbird Bit robotics kit inspires joyful learning with lights, sensors, and motors that allow flexibility to design and build a robot out of any materials. We’ll experience the power of both physical computing devices, learn through hands-on projects, and explore how you can use both to supercharge learning in any content area! Participants will need to bring their own laptop with USB, Micro:bit, and Hummingbird Bit Premium kit to successfully participate in the learning. Any teacher awarded the 2019-2020 Making STEM Connections Scale-up may already have these items or can be purchased prior to the workshop at https://store.birdbraintechnologies.com/collections/hummingbird-bit/products/hummingbird-bit-premium-kit.

Presenter:  Andrew Fenstermaker & Corey Rogers 
Strand:  Digital Teaching Tools, Computer Science
Audience: Classroom Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Administrators
Max Audience Size:  30
Length: Full Day
Price:  $150


Half Day Workshops

Half day workshops run from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 pm on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center on the Iowa Events Center campus. Lunch is NOT included with a half day workshop. Credit is not available for the workshops. 

Breakout EDU Workshop

In this workshop, attendees will work through a breakout, then learn how to build their own breakout game. Registration cost for this workshop also includes a Breakout EDU kit.

Presenter: Carrie Hillman
Strand: Communication and Collaboration, Digital Teaching Tools and Game-Based Learning, Professional Development, Instructional Design
Audience: Administrators, Classroom Implementation- PK-12 Teachers, Building Level Leadership
Max Audience Size: 30
Price:  $225 Price includes a breakout kit

Enhancing Google Expeditions in the Elementary Classroom

Google Expeditions has provided opportunities for students to travel around the world and beyond. But, are you ready for something different? This session will explore three innovative ways to use Expeditions to provide a completely different experience that leads to deeper learning.

Presenter: Devin Schoening
Strand: Digital Teaching Tools
Audience: Elementary Classroom Teachers, Instructional Coaches
Max Audience Size: 30
Length: Half Day
Price:  $100

Exploring the Possibilities: Leveraging Openly-Licensed Educational Resources (OERs)

Teachers have long searched for materials to support their students beyond their purchased textbooks and curriculum materials. In the last few years, the US Department of Education’s Office of EdTech has championed the use of openly-licensed educational resources (OERs) through their #GoOpen initiative. This workshop will deepen teachers’ understanding of OERs and how they can help support and meet their students’ needs. Participants will leave with resources and ideas on how to spread the knowledge in their districts.

Presenter: Lynn Kleinmeyer
Strand: Digital Citizenship, Digital Teaching Tools, Professional Development
Audience: Teachers, Teacher Leaders, Administrators
Max Audience Size: 30
Length: Half Day
Price:  $100

Student Digital Media Team

Whether your district has a communications department or not, social media is a great way to promote your school to the community. Why not give kids opportunities to unleash their talents? This workshop will discuss how to develop a digital media team of students and staff, the different types of posts that can be created, and workflows to get their ideas out to the world. We will devote time to work with different types of tools to help you accomplish everything from creating to publishing.

Presenter: Josh Allen
Strand: Digital Teaching Tools
Audience: Classroom Teachers, Instructional Coaches
Max Audience Size: 30
Length: Half Day
Price:  $100