Welcome, Administrators!
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Dear Principals and District Administrators,

Thank you so much for your attendance at the ETC Conference! Your dedication to learning more about best practices in instructional technology will surely benefit your students, staff, and school community.

Administrators have a direct and profound influence on the success of technology-enhanced initiatives in our schools.
We hope that today, you will be able to focus time on learning more about the tools your students and teachers are using (or hope to use) in their classrooms. We have highlighted a few sessions that may be of interest to you, but please know you are encouraged to attend any and all sessions based on the needs of your school community!




Sessions of interest for administrators include:
Session 1

Sharing Student Creations with Adobe Spark
Room: 102
Presenter: Ben Rossman and Meghan Hooper, Ephrata Area School District
Audience: K-6, Leadership
Description:EverFi partners with educators nationwide to teach, assess, and certify students in the critical skills they need to be successful in life. Our co-curricular, digital resources deliver content that engages 21st century learners and provides meaningful metrics to teachers by measuring knowledge gains and student attitudes. Content areas encompass critical life skills like digital citizenship, financial literacy, STEM exploration, and more. Attendees will gain access to the courses along with an array of accompanying resources and discuss curriculum fit and implementation practices. Please bring your laptop so that you will have an opportunity to preview the online content.


Symbaloo: Keep You and Your Classroom Organized
Room: 106B
Presenter: Matt Rodgers, Pequea Valley School District
Audience: K-6, Leadership
Description:A beginners/intermediate look into using Symbaloo in your classroom. We will talk about what Symbaloo is, as well as set each attendee up with an account to start building. The session will explore how this tool will benefit inside and outside the classroom.


Session 2

The First 6 Months:Pilot Lessons Learned
Room: 102
Presenter: Jessica Garrigan and David Diokno, School District of Lancaster
Audience: Intermediate 4-6, Leadership
Description:Transforming learning is an iterative process. There are essential elements to consider when embarking on true transformation. In this session, we will share our goals and objectives, and review progress to date. How have our classrooms and instruction changed? Are we on target to meet our initial goals? What has gone well and what do we need to revisit? This review will help us monitor and adjust, making mid-year corrections as necessary. This prototype will inform our future direction and assist others in the development of their transformative learning environments.

Personalized Learning and Classroom Intervention
Room: 104
Presenter: Kathleen Bendernagel, Edmentum
Audience: K-6, Leadership
Description: Edmentum's new K–6 individualized learning program is designed to provide you and your students with targeted, assessment-driven practice, reinforcement, and support—personalized to meet your students’ needs. This elementary adaptive assessment includes motivational tools to engage students and guided data visualization and progress monitoring.


Session 3

STEM for Every Child
Room: 106B
Presenters: Mitchell Swords
Audience: K-6, Leadership
Description: Whether your an administrator desiring to start a STEM program initiative in your school, a facilitator desiring to start up a STEM Club, Working in Gifted or Special Ed and looking into ways to engage your learners, or simply just trying to create a center for your class, there’s a way to cater STEM for Every child in Every classroom. Mitchell Swords, STEM K-6 teacher at Pequea Valley School District shares his experiences in teaching STEM to all grade levels and strategies to make STEM engaging, meaningful, and rigorous in your classroom.

Critical Life Skils Education: Free Digital Learning Courses by Everfi
Room: 107
Presenters: Allen Prendergast
Audience: Intermediate (4-6), Leadership
Description: EverFi partners with educators nationwide to teach, assess, and certify students in the critical skills they need to be successful in life. Our co-curricular, digital resources deliver content that engages 21st century learners and provides meaningful metrics to teachers by measuring knowledge gains and student attitudes. Content areas encompass critical life skills like digital citizenship, financial literacy, STEM exploration, and more. Attendees will gain access to the courses along with an array of accompanying resources and discuss curriculum fit and implementation practices. Please bring your laptop so that you will have an opportunity to preview the online content.

Session 4

Using Google Apps to Streamline Behavior Plans
Room: 102
Presenters: Christopher Laudo
Audience: K-6, Leadership
Description: Because an inconsistent flow of information home can be the Achilles heel of an otherwise well-designed student behavior plan, this session will give you the practical tools needed to set up a plan that ensures collection of data as well as instantaneous sharing of daily progress with parents or guardians. No more headaches about "lost" behavior charts. Leverage the power of Google Apps and scripts to make your life easier. For administrators, this very same utilization of Google Apps and scripts can also make some of your in-house information collection processes easier.

Twitter for Education
Room: 103
Presenters: Spiri Howard, Sam Johnson
Audience: K-6, Leadership
Description:
Education is the single most important job of the human race. Come learn how the many uses of Twitter can be a power tool for educators and students. Twitter is about relationships. It's about building your Personal Learning Network (PLN), participating in meaningful professional development, and inviting experts into your “virtual classroom”. Twitter can be a class tool for students to seek out additional resources to reinforce activities in the classroom. In this presentation, participants will create twitter accounts, become familiar with educational Twitter chats, and build a PLN. You'll accomplish all this with 140 characters or less! Intermediate Twitter users will explore team-based tweeting, organizing future tweets with Tweet Deck, and view examples of how teachers can use twitter with students in their classrooms.
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