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Welcome to the 2017 Upstate Technology Conference!

Signing up for a Sched Account or selecting classes DOES NOT guarantee your registration into the conference.  Classes will be filled on a first come, first served basis each day of the conference. 

PRESENTER CANCELLATIONS:

Wednesday
8:30 - The New Wave of Assessing Students
8:30 - Create your PLN with Twitter
11:00 - Go Formative - A Cool Digital Assessment System for ALL LEVELS!
12:15 - How to Bring Technology in the Classroom Authentically
12:30 - Blending Up Learning with Blendspace
1:45 - Digital Storytelling with iPads
1:45 - Wizer: Using Blended Worksheets in a 1:1 Classroom
3:00 - Science and Social Studies Stations

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Tuesday, July 11
 

8:30am

Creating an Engaging Digital Environment in the Elementary Classroom
Take a look inside a 4th grade digital classroom and experience the discoveries of learning through a fourth grader's point of view. We will look at various formative assessment tools such as Kahoot! and Quizizz, creativity tools like PowToon and Board Builder, and communication and collaboration tools such as Google Classroom. We will even go beyond the classroom with virtual reality.
Twitter: VAnderson1913@twitter
Instagram: Sparklecitydelta

Speakers
VA

Vanessa Anderson

Elementary school teacher, Greenville County Schools


Tuesday July 11, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
109

8:30am

Interactive Review and Assessments in the 1:1 Classroom
During this session you will learn how to create reviews for your students using Quizizz and Kahoot!. Then, we will look at how to create a Google Form to assess your students on the material that was reviewed. Through Google Forms, you can even set up the assessment to grade itself saving you time to create more engaging activities for your students. These three programs work great in conjunction with each other and allow you, as a teacher, to quickly assess what your students know and the areas that you need to continue to work on. Note: This session would be best for those teachers who are 1:1 or who have access to a Chromebook, laptop, or iPad cart.
Twitter: @Kristan_Alewine
Instagram: @kristanalewine

Speakers
KA

Kristan Alewine

Elementary school teacher, Greenville County Schools


Tuesday July 11, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
MC105

8:30am

Teaching Kids to Code On and Offline
This session will look at a variety of learning tools that children K-5 can use on and offline to learn to build algorithms and learn to code.
Twitter: @jdaniel4smom
Instagram: jdaniel4smom

Speakers
avatar for Deirdre Smith

Deirdre Smith

Other, Greenville County Schools
I have been a teacher for over 20 years. I have been a computer lab teacher at Augusta Circle for almost 4 years.


Tuesday July 11, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
204

9:45am

Creating an Engaging Digital Environment in the Elementary Classroom
Take a look inside a 4th grade digital classroom and experience the discoveries of learning through a fourth grader's point of view. We will look at various formative assessment tools such as Kahoot! and Quizizz, creativity tools like PowToon and Board Builder, and communication and collaboration tools such as Google Classroom. We will even go beyond the classroom with virtual reality.
Twitter: VAnderson1913@twitter
Instagram: Sparklecitydelta

Speakers
VA

Vanessa Anderson

Elementary school teacher, Greenville County Schools


Tuesday July 11, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
109

11:00am

Enhancing Your Reading Instruction with Technology
Reading instruction is not just about sounding out words on a page. Reading teachers strive to encourage a love of reading within their students. Come see how two reading interventionists have used technology to create an excitement about literature. Apps and programs that will be discussed include virtual reality, Shadow Puppets, Padlet, PicCollage, Google Apps for Education, and more!
Twitter: @jessica_preisig

Speakers
JP

Jessica Preisig

Instructional support, Greenville County Schools


Tuesday July 11, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
112

11:00am

Confessions of a Secondary English Teacher
Join a high-school English teacher who has "been there and done that" as she navigates through tried and true tech savy ways to do English. Learn apps that work well for distribution and collection of materials. Find out the best ways to annotate digitally. Mainstream and manage your writing instruction -- both self-editing, peer editing, and grading. Learn how to flip in a way that make sense. Get project ideas that can be used with any book or any level of writing. All devices welcome.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Foster

Amanda Foster

High school teacher, Anderson 1
I am old-school, with a love of paper books and doing paper edits, but iPads have transformed my classroom for the better in many ways.


Tuesday July 11, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
111

11:00am

The Art of App-Smashing
In this session, you will discover how students can take app-smashing, the combining of apps to create innovative student projects, to the next level. By loading apps such as Google Earth, Pic Collage, Tellagami, Doodlebuddy, YAKit Kids, iMovie, Sketchbook Express, Number Pieces, Popplet, Padlet, and Chatterpix Kids on an iPad, students and teachers alike can get creative! Projects presented will be those that students K5 through 5th grade have actually completed in my technology lab. Bring your iPad so you can complete a project, too. Come and see what you can do to engage your students!

Speakers
avatar for Beth Whalen

Beth Whalen

Elementary Technology Lab teacher, Greenville County Schools
It is my privilege to currently serve 40+ teachers and over 700 students at East North Street Academy. To say that I love my job is an understatement! On any given day, one can find me among kindergartners helping them to research, with fifth graders, conducting iMovie projects, with... Read More →


Tuesday July 11, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
207

11:00am

Communications: How to re-design to build a 21st century graduate
Critical thinking, creativity, technology, research, collaboration, and “how to learn"-when looking at the Profile of a SC graduate, it is hard not to feel overwhelmed in how to cover it all effectively in the classroom. Our session will demonstrate how we design each quarter with the Profile in mind and keep reading, writing, and speaking skills at the forefront. Students will be prepared to communicate in a variety of methods and develop a better understanding of what is being communicated to them. Above all, students will learn to think critically and inquire about what is going on in the world around them. Teachers will leave with strategies developed by the Upstate Writing Project.

Speakers
EO

Elizabeth Osborne

Middle school teacher, Greenville County Schools


Tuesday July 11, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
209

11:00am

Incorporating the Four Cs using Collaborative Google Slides
Are you using the 4Cs in your classroom? Are you struggling to reach Modification and Redefinition on the SAMR model? You can encourage students' communication, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration through the use of Collaborative Google Slides, and teach them how to incorporate technology skills allowing them to reach the higher levels of SAMR. Bring your laptop or tablet and participate in this interactive session.
Twitter: @DaphnePoore

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Daphne Poore

Dr. Daphne Poore

Other, Newberry, SC
Dr. Daphne Poore is an Associate Professor of Education at Newberry College, the Assistant Director of the RETAIN Center of Excellence for Mentoring and Induction Teachers, and a Google Certified Educator. Dr. Poore works with pre-service and in-service teachers to effectively integrate... Read More →


Tuesday July 11, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
217

12:15pm

The Art of App-Smashing
In this session, you will discover how students can take app-smashing, the combining of apps to create innovative student projects, to the next level. By loading apps such as Google Earth, Pic Collage, Tellagami, Doodlebuddy, YAKit Kids, iMovie, Sketchbook Express, Number Pieces, Popplet, Padlet, and Chatterpix Kids on an iPad, students and teachers alike can get creative! Projects presented will be those that students K5 through 5th grade have actually completed in my technology lab. Bring your iPad so you can complete a project, too. Come and see what you can do to engage your students!

Speakers
avatar for Beth Whalen

Beth Whalen

Elementary Technology Lab teacher, Greenville County Schools
It is my privilege to currently serve 40+ teachers and over 700 students at East North Street Academy. To say that I love my job is an understatement! On any given day, one can find me among kindergartners helping them to research, with fifth graders, conducting iMovie projects, with... Read More →


Tuesday July 11, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm
207

12:15pm

Touches of Tech: Enhancing Literacy Instruction with Technology
Do you struggle integrating technology into your literacy block? Would you like to be able to integrate literacy more into other subject areas? Would you like to take what you learn from a session and apply it almost immediately? If so, then this session is for you! For an hour we will focus on how to use a variety of tools and apps to help enhance literacy instruction within the classroom. We will look at several projects completed within a second grade classroom that fuse literacy skills with technology across several subject areas. Those attending will expect to see projects done within a typical classroom setting using a variety of technology tools and apps such as Pixie, Chatterpix, and MoveNote. Bring your device and play along!

Speakers
avatar for Anne Frichtl

Anne Frichtl

Elementary school teacher, Greenville County Schools


Tuesday July 11, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm
233

12:30pm

Creating Better Presentations for Students & Teachers
Teachers will see real classroom examples of interactive, student-created presentations from various online mediums such as Nearpod, Thinglink, Smore, Visme, Blendspace, etc. They will explore how students can be creative and engaged in classroom activities through more choice and independence. To fully participate in this session, please bring a device with you.'
Twitter: @elinorlister
Instagram: elinorlister

Speakers
avatar for Elinor Lister

Elinor Lister

English Teacher, Anderson 5 Glenview Middle


Tuesday July 11, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
215

1:45pm

CANCELLED: SketchNotes​: Adapting Direct Instruction for 21st Century Learners
SketchNotes are a form of graphic note-taking that helps students during lecture-type lessons. This PD will explain the importance of adapting your direct instruction techniques to meet the needs of a 21st century student by exploring the research behind SketchNotes, examples of student work, and allowing you the chance to create your own. You will also be provided with various apps and websites that allow you to use SketchNoting in a 1:1 classroom.

Speakers
JF

Justin Funderburk

Middle school teacher, Greenville County Schools


Tuesday July 11, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
204

1:45pm

Docs, Slides, and Classroom...Oh My!
In this session, I will share how I have used Google apps such as Docs, Slides, and Classroom during Social Studies and Writing Workshop!
Twitter: @sblakeney3

Speakers
avatar for Shalonda Blakeney

Shalonda Blakeney

Instructional Technology Specialist, Greenville County Schools
I am currently an Instructional Technology Specialist with ten years of classroom experience in the elementary setting. I have taught second, third, and also fourth grade. I am a graduate of Columbia College and have also obtained my Masters of Science in Elementary Education with... Read More →


Tuesday July 11, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
213

3:00pm

CANCELLED: SketchNotes​: Adapting Direct Instruction for 21st Century Learners
SketchNotes are a form of graphic note-taking that helps students during lecture-type lessons. This PD will explain the importance of adapting your direct instruction techniques to meet the needs of a 21st century student by exploring the research behind SketchNotes, examples of student work, and allowing you the chance to create your own. You will also be provided with various apps and websites that allow you to use SketchNoting in a 1:1 classroom.

Speakers
JF

Justin Funderburk

Middle school teacher, Greenville County Schools


Tuesday July 11, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
204

3:00pm

Teaming Up with Seesaw to Support K-5 Learners
Are you ready to find out how Seesaw can support engaged, independent learners in the early childhood and elementary classroom? You will see many classroom examples of how kindergarten and fourth grade students use Seesaw on a daily basis. We will share how Seesaw can be used to support literacy stations, organize student work, provide assessment, and create a collaborative platform for students, parents, and all staff members. We will share how students create a digital portfolio of their learning, including work from other apps such as Book Creator, Puppet Pals, Buncee, Trading Cards, and Pic Collage. Team up with us as we celebrate how Seesaw encourages students to take ownership over their learning! (Note: Please bring a device.)
Twitter: @ITeachK5; @ksandersHMES

Speakers
avatar for Sarah McKinney

Sarah McKinney

Instructional Technologist, Anderson District One
Sarah McKinney is an Instructional Technologist in Anderson School District One. She serves three elementary schools, one middle, and one high school. She is a Google Certified Trainer and a Seesaw Ambassador. Prior to being an Instructional Technologist, she taught K4 and K5 for... Read More →
avatar for Kathryn Sanders

Kathryn Sanders

Elementary Teacher, Anderson 1
I am a 4th grade teacher in the Anderson One School District. I love to encourage creativity in the classroom. We use our one to one devices to explore our creativity. I enjoy sharing with others what I have learned and continue to learn with using technology.


Tuesday July 11, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
220

3:00pm

Tools to Techify Your Classroom
This session will discuss getting your classroom to stand out with technology tools. Find great tools that can be used on day 1 of the school year. Come check out apps, websites, Breakout activities and so much more!
Twitter: @Pmitche1023

Speakers
PM

Paige Mitchell

Digital Integration Specialist, Anderson 5


Tuesday July 11, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
211
 
Wednesday, July 12
 

8:30am

15 Technology Tools for the ELA Classroom
In this fast-paced session, you will see 15 favorite technology tools for the English Language classroom in action. These tools are perfect for K-12 teachers and totally customizable for your learning goals. Join Dr. Monica Burns as she shares her favorites tools for Chromebooks, iPads and any device you have.
Twitter: @ClassTechTips

Speakers
avatar for Monica Burns

Monica Burns

EdTech & Curriculum Consultant, Class Tech Tips
Dr. Monica Burns is an EdTech and Curriculum consultant, author and former New York City public school teacher. She visits schools across the country to support PreK-20 teachers to make technology integration meaningful and sustainable. Monica’s website ClassTechTips.com helps educators... Read More →


Wednesday July 12, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Media Center

8:30am

Tiny Techy Top 3
Have you ever wondered how to encourage your young students to utilize their creativity and summarize what they are learning in the classroom? In this class, attendees will be introduced to three applications that can help children engage in the learning process and be creative at the same time. Attendees will be introduced to the applications and will have an opportunity to create a project during the class. If you are ready to get your creative juices flowing, come on in and learn how to become a tiny techy! Don't forget to bring your iPad to participate in the fun!

Speakers
avatar for Kelley Candler

Kelley Candler

Kindergarten teacher, Greenville County Schools
I am so excited to share some of my favorite applications and ideas with the attendees of UTC 2017! I love the lake, serving at my church and teaching my kindergartners all about fun iPad applications and allowing them to showcase their creativity. This session will require some... Read More →



Wednesday July 12, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
209

8:30am

Student Centered Learning with Google Classroom
Explore student centered learning with G Suite for Education (Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Google Classroom, etc). Utilizing Google Classroom as the Learning Management System (LMS) to engage all levels of learning. This Blended Model allows students to work at their own pace based on unit goals. The model frees the modern teacher to facilitate learning in the classroom, provide individual student assistance, and differentiate instruction for all students.
Twitter: @cc_gumbo
Instagram: cc_gumbo

Speakers

Wednesday July 12, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
MC105

9:45am

15 Technology Tools for the ELA Classroom
In this fast-paced session, you will see 15 favorite technology tools for the English Language classroom in action. These tools are perfect for K-12 teachers and totally customizable for your learning goals. Join Dr. Monica Burns as she shares her favorites tools for Chromebooks, iPads and any device you have.
Twitter: @ClassTechTips

Speakers
avatar for Monica Burns

Monica Burns

EdTech & Curriculum Consultant, Class Tech Tips
Dr. Monica Burns is an EdTech and Curriculum consultant, author and former New York City public school teacher. She visits schools across the country to support PreK-20 teachers to make technology integration meaningful and sustainable. Monica’s website ClassTechTips.com helps educators... Read More →


Wednesday July 12, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Media Center

11:00am

How to Apply the 4 C's in the Classroom
We will be discussing the 4 C’s (Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity). We will demonstrate strategies and activities that you can apply in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Campbell

Ben Campbell

High school teacher, Greenville County Schools
avatar for Jonathan Sierputowski

Jonathan Sierputowski

High school teacher, Greenville County Schools


Wednesday July 12, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
111

12:15pm

Touches of Tech: Enhancing Literacy Instruction with Technology
Do you struggle integrating technology into your literacy block? Would you like to be able to integrate literacy more into other subject areas? Would you like to take what you learn from a session and apply it almost immediately? If so, then this session is for you! For an hour we will focus on how to use a variety of tools and apps to help enhance literacy instruction within the classroom. We will look at several projects completed within a second grade classroom that fuse literacy skills with technology across several subject areas. Those attending will expect to see projects done within a typical classroom setting using a variety of technology tools and apps such as Pixie, Chatterpix, and MoveNote. Bring your device and play along!

Speakers
avatar for Anne Frichtl

Anne Frichtl

Elementary school teacher, Greenville County Schools


Wednesday July 12, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm
233

12:15pm

CANCELLED: How to Bring Technology in the Classroom Authentically
Who likes chocolate covered vegetables? No one. Exactly. As we begin to integrate technology into our classrooms more and more, we need to be aware of "sugar coating" our learning. Especially at the high school level, our students can usually see right through the practice of grafting social media idioms into their classroom lives. While the attempt is to connect with the students, this practice usually only draws attention to the separation between the ages of the teacher and student. This presentation will focus on ways to authentically create a technology based classroom through ways such as: keeping learning goals ahead of technology, being critical of student feedback, and challenging students through technology.

Speakers
avatar for Meghan Kremp

Meghan Kremp

High school teacher, Greenville County Schools


Wednesday July 12, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm
111

12:30pm

Writing Projects with Google Slides for Google-Friendly Elementary/Middle Teachers
Bring your Chromebook/laptop and your Google Drive account and experience the same pleasures of feedback and collaboration that your students will when you assign Google Slides projects like these. You will increase energy and engagement in the classroom, allow students to combine creativity and research, and use the comments feature to enhance your personal connection with your students. Walk away with not only a new approach but also specific project ideas for your content area.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Hull

Jennifer Hull

Middle school Creative Writing and Accelerated Math teacher, Greenville County Schools
Creative Writing ideas and Math classroom ideas for accelerated students How to fill 80-minute blocks...


Wednesday July 12, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
218

12:30pm

Tech-Infused Guided Reading & Math Station Ideas
Need some ideas on how to meet standards and incorporate technology, all while you're meeting with small groups? With the way we teach reading and math changing, teachers need a new "toolbox" of technology options. We'll present you with many different apps and websites that can help you meet demanding standards.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Thomas

Jessica Thomas

Elementary school teacher, Anderson 1
I am a National Board Certified teacher who loves teaching 5th grade. I have two young children and enjoy camping, reading, and spending time with my family. I am currently getting my Masters in Administration and Supervision from Anderson University.


Wednesday July 12, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
112

1:45pm

Using Note Board in Literacy Instruction
Remember when you had a cork board in your bedroom or on your dorm room door? It was fun to post pictures of your celebrity crushes, friends, and favorite quotes and was even better when you found a note from a friend. Note Board, a Google extension, is an online cork board with a multitude of uses. This session will focus on how to use Note Board in literacy instruction, specifically in place of reading response journals. Students will love leaving “sticky notes” about their independent reading and sharing their boards with their peers and teacher. Students can personalize their board with different backgrounds, drawings, and pictures. The session will explore other uses, including science projects, creating class book lists, and more!
Twitter: @leahcstafford
Instagram: leahstafford0612

Speakers
avatar for Leah Stafford

Leah Stafford

Administrator, Greenville County Schools
Assistant Principal, Simpsonville Elementary School


Wednesday July 12, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
107

1:45pm

Top Ten Ways to Use Technology to Promote Reading
Join me as I share my ten favorite ways to use technology to promote reading and create life-long readers. Come explore social media tools, alternatives to book reports, virtual author visits, book trailers, and more. Both apps and web tools will be shared so any device is welcome.
Twitter: @coxtl
Instagram: @tamara_cox1

Speakers
avatar for Tamara Cox

Tamara Cox

Librarian, Wren High School
I am a high school librarian with three years experience as an instructional technologists. I love integrating tech into my lessons and helping reluctant teachers. I have presented in many conferences across the state and have been invited to speak at out of state events.


Wednesday July 12, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
224

3:00pm

Top Ten Ways to Use Technology to Promote Reading
Join me as I share my ten favorite ways to use technology to promote reading and create life-long readers. Come explore social media tools, alternatives to book reports, virtual author visits, book trailers, and more. Both apps and web tools will be shared so any device is welcome.
Twitter: @coxtl
Instagram: @tamara_cox1

Speakers
avatar for Tamara Cox

Tamara Cox

Librarian, Wren High School
I am a high school librarian with three years experience as an instructional technologists. I love integrating tech into my lessons and helping reluctant teachers. I have presented in many conferences across the state and have been invited to speak at out of state events.


Wednesday July 12, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
224