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Welcome to the 2017 Upstate Technology Conference!

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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

9:45am

Science and Literacy through Technology Based Simulations
Presentation Description: Science and literacy through technology based simulations prepares teachers to use the inquiry process and simulations to support the development of deeper student understanding of important science concepts and demonstrate that understanding through literacy components. The instructor will model best practices for teaching with simulations in science including a project based approach that allows students to demonstrate understanding through deliverables. Teachers will become more skillful in using inquiry methods of instruction, which encourage students to ask questions, make observations, and construct reasonable explanations.

Speakers
TO

Thom O'Brien

Vendor, ExploreLearning


Tuesday July 11, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
118

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

Entering the Danger Zone? Student choice leading to student engagement
Is it possible to have students selecting their class activities and still be engaged? Can students be held accountable for their coursework while still choosing what they do? In this session, attendees will be exposed to a variety of digital resources and practices that will enable this to occur in their classrooms. The resources described in this session are focused towards an 8th grade science class utilizing Chromebooks but can be adapted to fit any grade level, subject discipline and internet connected device. To fully participate in this session, please bring a device with you.
Twitter: @pruittscience1
Instagram: ross.pruitt

Speakers
avatar for Ross Pruitt

Ross Pruitt

8th Grade Science Teacher, Greenville County Schools
8th Grade Science Teacher @ Lakeview Middle School


Tuesday July 11, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
205

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

Science for All - Using Technology to Increase Science Accessibility
With the projected increase in STEM-related careers over the next ten years, there is an expectation of both excellence and equity in science education. What methods can science teachers use to make science accessible for all students, and give every student the opportunity to pursue a STEM-related career?

This presentation will provide practices, websites, and technologies that can be used to assist all students in making science concepts and practices more accessible. The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guidelines will be introduced and woven throughout the presentation to demonstrate how they can be used as a blueprint for designing a science curriculum that in both accessible and inclusive for all students.

Speakers
LH

Laura Hamilton

Other, Columbia, SC
ER

Era Roberts

Other, University of South Carolina


Tuesday July 11, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
205

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

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

3:00pm

Stop Boredom from Building with DE Board Builder
Tired of boring, teacher-directed science and social studies lessons? In this session, you will discover how to use the Discovery Education Board Builder tool to create active and engaging lessons to share with your students. Also, you will learn how your students can create their own boards for authentic, interactive assessments. Participants will walk away with several links to boards that reflect standards from the 3rd-5th grade curriculum. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to create their own DE Board to use in their classroom. Target Audience: 3rd-5th grade teachers and support staff Technology Level: Beginning to Intermediate Recommended that teachers bring their own laptop or devices and Discovery Education logins
Twitter: @twitter.com/mopowell333
Instagram: mopowell333

Speakers
avatar for Melody Powell

Melody Powell

Elementary school teacher, Greenville County Schools
2018/2019 marks my 21st year of teaching and my second year teaching 3rd grade at Stone Academy of Communication Arts. Stone has challenged me to move out of my comfort zone and delve deeper into my creative side. I love integrating both the arts and technology into my classroom... Read More →


Tuesday July 11, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
118

3:00pm

Science Instruction, Only Different
Get your students organized with Popplet, talking with Chatterpix Kids, and publishing with Book Creator! In this presentation, you will learn ways to incorporate technology using these apps to make your science lessons rock. Please download these apps and bring your iPad so that you can follow along.
Twitter: @Kym_Mill3r
Instagram: kymill3r

Speakers
avatar for Kymberli Miller

Kymberli Miller

Early childhood teacher, Greenville County Schools


Tuesday July 11, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
207
 
Wednesday, July 12
 

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

Is that really TRUE? -- Dispelling Science Misconceptions with Simulations!
Why is it hotter in the summer? Which falls faster- a golf ball or ping pong ball? What results in more more energy—more weight on a sled or starting the sled higher on a hill? Many of us have incorrect assumptions about science concepts. Join us for a fun and informative session on how simulations help dispel many common misconceptions!

Speakers
TO

Thom O'Brien

Vendor, ExploreLearning


Wednesday July 12, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
118

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

Total Solar Eclipse 2017. Will you be in the shadow?
A total solar eclipse will take place on Monday, August 21, 2017. South Carolina will be the final state in the path across the U.S. Join us to find out the what, when, where, how and why using online interactive eclipse simulations and hands-on fun! We'll use science, literacy, and safety discussions to help support understanding and investigate the differences between a lunar and a solar eclipse, a total and a partial eclipse, and a penumbra and an umbra. All participants will receive access to Gizmos online simulations and a pair of solar glasses!

Speakers
TO

Thom O'Brien

Vendor, ExploreLearning


Wednesday July 12, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
118

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

11:00am

Connect with Tech
So your school is using more technology…now what? In this session, the focus will be on technology-based activities centered on the science curriculum of grades 5K-5th. Bring your iPad and laptop so you can practice as you go. By using websites and apps such as Screencastify, Edpuzzle, Checkthis, Google Slides, Seesaw, Discovery VR, and Padlet, you will experience ways to both engage and maximize student learning!

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 →


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

11:00am

How Can Teachers Use NASA On-line Resources to Teach STEM Concepts?
Teachers will: (1) be introduced to on-line NASA STEM classroom resources with the emphasis placed on Earth and Solar System Missions, (2) be shown how to create both student & teacher-led NASA computer presentations, (3) learn how to use NASA STEM resources to increase student STEM learning, (4) explore information and teaching resources about the "Total Solar Eclipse" to occur in South Carolina on 08.21.17 and (5) experience a computer-based presentation about NASA's latest missions to explore our Moon (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) and Mars (MAVEN).

Speakers
avatar for Edward P. Donovan

Edward P. Donovan

Other, Spartanburg, SC
I am in my 48th year of teaching. I have taught in NY, CT, FL, NJ, CO and SC. I have been a NASA Educator since 1998.


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

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

How to build a VEX Robotics Program
In the session "How to Build a Vex Robotics Program", the presenter will provide information and advice to teachers about creating and sustaining a robotics program at your school. Teachers will be informed on issues and tips when starting your own program. The presenter will then discuss some tips for being successful at competitions. If applicable, teachers will then learn how to host your own event and create revenue streams for your program. Information will be provided based on past experiences of the presenter.
Twitter: @travisguthrie85
Instagram: travisguthrie85

Speakers
JG

James Guthrie

Middle school teacher, Anderson 1


Wednesday July 12, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
208

1:45pm

How to build a VEX Robotics Program
In the session "How to Build a Vex Robotics Program", the presenter will provide information and advice to teachers about creating and sustaining a robotics program at your school. Teachers will be informed on issues and tips when starting your own program. The presenter will then discuss some tips for being successful at competitions. If applicable, teachers will then learn how to host your own event and create revenue streams for your program. Information will be provided based on past experiences of the presenter.
Twitter: @travisguthrie85
Instagram: travisguthrie85

Speakers
JG

James Guthrie

Middle school teacher, Anderson 1


Wednesday July 12, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
208

3:00pm

Student-Centered Technology in the Science Classroom
Learn easy and engaging ways to use student centered technology in your science classroom. From BrainPop's new tools to FlipGrid, your students will be excited to show you what they have learned.
Twitter: @jafox09

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Fox

Jessica Fox

Middle school teacher, Greenville County Schools


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

3:00pm

Stop Boredom from Building with DE Board Builder
Tired of boring, teacher-directed science and social studies lessons? In this session, you will discover how to use the Discovery Education Board Builder tool to create active and engaging lessons to share with your students. Also, you will learn how your students can create their own boards for authentic, interactive assessments. Participants will walk away with several links to boards that reflect standards from the 3rd-5th grade curriculum. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to create their own DE Board to use in their classroom. Target Audience: 3rd-5th grade teachers and support staff Technology Level: Beginning to Intermediate Recommended that teachers bring their own laptop or devices and Discovery Education logins
Twitter: @twitter.com/mopowell333
Instagram: mopowell333

Speakers
avatar for Melody Powell

Melody Powell

Elementary school teacher, Greenville County Schools
2018/2019 marks my 21st year of teaching and my second year teaching 3rd grade at Stone Academy of Communication Arts. Stone has challenged me to move out of my comfort zone and delve deeper into my creative side. I love integrating both the arts and technology into my classroom... Read More →


Wednesday July 12, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
118