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PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Come join us for an in-depth time of learning on Sunday from 2pm to 5pm. With a variety of pre-conference workshops. The pre-conference workshop cost is $75.

Providing Feedback on the Go (Administrator Strand)
Presenter: Roland Rios
As an administrator, it’s important that you mentor and coach your teachers to help them grow to their potential, and providing timely and relevant feedback is key. We’ll examine a variety of approaches, create Google forms (so bring your laptop), explore some apps, and take a look at some helpful Web 2.0 resources that can empower you to provide feedback...on the go!

Digital Storytelling with iBooks Author
Presenter: Alexis Cline
Students can exercise creativity and critical thinking skills by creating eBooks to share with the class, the community, or the world. With the free iBooks Author app for iOS, you can quickly and easily create beautiful, professional-quality eBooks. Learn ideas for using iBooks Author for yourself and your classroom in this hands-on session.

iPads for Tots: (Grades PK-2 Strand)
Presenter: Bruce Ellis
You're never too young to be engaged in learning with an iPad. We will explore how the iPad and the many apps for PreK-2 can be used to jump start young learners' imaginations. We will go beyond the basic use of apps to creating activities that require deeper thinking and hands on learning.

STEM: Where Do I Begin? (Grades 3-5 Strand)
Presenter: Peggy Reimers
Research shows that learning STEM concepts in elementary can improve a student's chances for future success in STEM fields. Learn about the fun and engaging apps, games, and other tools that can increase their creativity and interest in math and the sciences. You will also get your hands on the third generation of LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics -- the EV3. No computer is necessary as the EV3 Brick comes with an on-brick programming application similar to the EV3 software. You will build a robot and explore motors and sensors.