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Wednesday, October 7
 

1:30pm

Become a Graphite Certified Educator
Work through the process of becoming a Common Sense Education graphite certified educator at this one day workshop. Become a part of the growing pool of teachers who review technology tools and receive benefits for their time and creativity. Create two lessons integrated with those tools to share with the common sense education community. This applies to all subject and grade levels.

Speakers
avatar for Darci Lindgren

Darci Lindgren

Technical/Network Support, NETA
Tech. Coordinator for Lindsay Holy Family School and NETA secretary.
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Jeremy Nielsen

Technology Coordinator/Director, Common Sense Education


Wednesday October 7, 2015 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Ruby 3

1:30pm

Building Story Maps with ArcGIS
In this workshop, participants will examine the significance, application and career opportunities of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology. They will receive hands-on instruction on how to create a GIS Story Map using ArcGIS web-based software – a system used by law enforcement and other government agencies across the world. The session will also show participants how to obtain a free K-12 ArcGIS site license for their classrooms (valued at over $2000). This workshop is part of the Nebraska GIS Initiative, which is a collaboration between ESRI, the Nebraska CIO Office, the Nebraska Department of Education and Geographic Educators of Nebraska.

Speakers
HP

Harris Payne

Director of Social Studies, Nebraska Department of Education
Director of Social Studies for the State of Nebraska


Wednesday October 7, 2015 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Ruby 2

1:30pm

Get Organized & Explore Our World with Google
Part 1- It is easier than ever to go digital, but sometimes it can be a daunting task. If we don't have a clear plan for how to organize ourselves digitally there is a very good chance we will end up feeling like we are chasing our tails. To help you avoid this panicky feeling I have a few tools, tips, and tricks I would like to share with you. If you want to experience a sense of control and order in your digital world then this session is for you! Part 2- Get ready for an exciting journey by taking a tour of the Google Cultural Institute. You'll learn about the Art Project, Historic Moments, and World Wonders. We will also explore Google Maps and Expeditions and take a look at how teachers are using these tools to show the world to their students.

Speakers
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Beth Still

Gering Public Schools


Wednesday October 7, 2015 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Ruby 7

1:30pm

Get Your Students Creating, Not Consuming Content
Students learn so much more from creating their own content instead of consuming content from others. Yes, it is easier to find a website or YouTube video that shows your students how someone else summarized your unit. Just think about how powerful it would be for your students to create those projects to show you what they learned. This hands-on workshop will give you a variety of tools your students can use to create their own content.

Speakers
avatar for Chad Ackerson

Chad Ackerson

6th Grade Science, Westridge Middle School
I am a 6th grade science teacher that loves technology. I help create and provide technology professional development for my school and district. I try to find new and exciting ways to integrate technology into my classroom. I love to help other teachers find ways to integrate technology into their classrooms as well.


Wednesday October 7, 2015 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Diamond 3

1:30pm

Google Tools for Data Collection, Analysis, & Reporting
Google Forms are powerful tools. This workshop is designed for administrators: to help you take the next step - to more effectively analyze and share your results. You will get hands-on experience: 1) Creating Google Forms 2) Creating Pivot Tables and Awesome Tables to analyze School Climate Data 3) Using AutoCrat and FormMule to share results from Teacher Evals.

Speakers

Wednesday October 7, 2015 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Diamond 8

1:30pm

Teaching in a Digital World: Marzano + Technology
Technology use and technology integration are not one and the same! In this session we will revisit Marzano's research-based strategies for effective instruction using technology as the lens. We will focus on how to enhance the strategies of summarizing & note-taking, identifying similarities & differences and non-linguistic representations with purposeful technology integration.

Speakers
avatar for Peg Coover

Peg Coover

Teaching & Learning Coordinator, Educational Service Unit #10
I am a Teaching & Learning Coordinator at ESU 10, where I work with teachers and administrators in the area of Educational Technology. Prior to that I was a math and science teacher for 21 years! I'm excited to be presenting at NETA again, but even more thrilled to be here with so many dedicated and awesome educators! There is no better conference for learning and connecting than NETA! @MrsCoover


Wednesday October 7, 2015 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Ruby 6

1:30pm

Technology and Adolescent Literacy
This workshop is intended to support teachers and administrators to enhance the use of technology in ALL areas of Adolescent Literacy. We will cover apps, websites, documents, and extensions that will turn the world of Adolescent Literacy upside down!

Speakers
avatar for Mickey Carlson

Mickey Carlson

Professional Development Coordinator, ESU7


Wednesday October 7, 2015 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Ruby 4

1:30pm

Twitter for School Administrators
Attendees will learn how school leaders are using Twitter as a tool for communication/public relations, outreach to alumni, and professional development.

Speakers
DM

Dr. Mike Lucas

Superintendent, York Public Schools


Wednesday October 7, 2015 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Ruby 5
 
Thursday, October 8
 

8:00am

Welcome & Keynote- I’m Just Not That Tech Savvy: “Our” Critical Role in Building Capacity for Connected Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
Former school principal and classroom teacher, now University of Pennsylvania professor Joe Mazza will discuss the evolution of educational innovation while building connected learning communities. He will highlight how personal learning networks, or PLNs, can be built and utilized to connect teaching, learning, and leadership. Participants will learn about best practices in terms of social media in education for students, staff, leadership, and community; possibilities for professional development; the importance of technology policies and regulations; and how to create a culture of digital citizenship by example.

Speakers
JM

Joe Mazza

Dr. Joseph Mazza is a lifelong learner, leader, and innovator. Joe currently serves as the Leadership Innovation Manager at The University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. In this role, Joe works with faculty, students, and alumni of the Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. In addition to his work at Penn, Mazza is internationally recognized as a leader in family-school partnerships and engagement, including... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 8:00am - 9:00am
Crystal 2-4

9:00am

Vendor Break
Vendor Break

Thursday October 8, 2015 9:00am - 9:30am
Diamond 1, 2, 6, & 7

9:25am

Maker Space Sponsored by Nebraska Public Power District

Explore and Learn at the Maker Space in Ruby rooms 1-4 any time from 9:25 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Areas that will be showcased:

Make it DO

What can you make existing equipment DO with logic, programming, and creative ideas. A “maker’s” take on robotics, coding, and unique adaptations of different tools.

Robotics Innovation Kit - Sphero Robots, CEENBoTs

Rasberry PI Starter Kits

MakeyMakey

Sparkfun Inventors Kit

Make it NEW

Rapid prototyping from raw materials and finished products to actually implement your ideas. Additive and subtractive manufacturing through 3D printing, engraving/carving, and creative design.

Make An IMPACT

Making a difference in this world through social innovation takes a keen eye on the needs of your community. Using sensors, tools, and innovative skills, you can make an IMPACT on someone’s life.

Arduino Sensor Station (redboards + multitude of sensors)

Thermal Camera lab

Smart Home Little Bits Kits

Make it YOU

YOU are uniquely YOU. Here is your chance to be creative with design, wearables, and personalized touches. Make your statement here!

Lilly Pad Wearables Lab

Bare Conductive Classroom Kits  

Vinyl Cutter 


Thursday October 8, 2015 9:25am - 5:00pm
Ruby 1-4

9:30am

Building a Positive School Culture Using Technology
How can educators use technology to build a positive school culture? This session focuses on a variety of apps that build communication collaboration and creativity in students, and collaboration. Tools that develop citizenship and life long learning will be demonstrated. Apps include using Book Creator, iBooks, Haiku Deck Photo editing / drawing apps, iMovie; all lessons embedded into Schoology.

Speakers
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Bob Bednar

School Counselor, Pleasanton Public Schools
I'm a husband, father, grandfather, and k12 school counselor wanting to integrate technology as I work with students. I want to help all students make effective decisions for their future, whether the decision is related to career, college, personal, or social.


Thursday October 8, 2015 9:30am - 10:15am
Ruby 6

9:30am

Digital Stuff for the Blended Classroom
Creating a blend of face-to-face and online instructional activities can be tricky, but when the right resources are selected, the classroom becomes a personalized, engaging, and high-achieving environment. In this session, participants will look at digital materials and technology tools that support student success. Whether you've already begun blending your classroom or are just getting started, this session will help you develop an engaging online classroom!

Speakers
avatar for Dawn Ferreyra

Dawn Ferreyra

eLearning Supervisor, Omaha Public Schools



Thursday October 8, 2015 9:30am - 10:15am
Diamond 8

9:30am

Gaga for Google
Google is known for its search engine capabilities, but there is so much more to what Google can do for you! Join Patty and Chris as they explore the many facets of Google.

Speakers
avatar for Patty Finney

Patty Finney

Technology Integration Specialist, ESU #17
avatar for Chris Good

Chris Good

Technology Integration Specialist, ESU #1
I am the technology integration specialist at ESU 1. I am actively involved in GAFE, Blended Learning, Canvas and numerous other ventures. ESU 1 is located in Northeast Nebraska. My unit serves 6 counties containing 22 school districts.


Thursday October 8, 2015 9:30am - 10:15am
Diamond 5

9:30am

Growing Innovators & Creators - Going Beyond Consumption
How do you build an environment that encourages student creativity and innovation? Come learn ways you can get more out of your students and take learning far beyond the focus of consumption. No matter what subject area you teach and what technology your students have access to, you will take away ideas on how to increase student creativity, infuse student choice, and how to most effectively assess student learning.

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Bernadt

Jeffrey Bernadt

District Technology Specialist, Bellevue Public Schools
I am a District Instructional Technology Trainer and Coach working for Bellevue Public Schools in Bellevue Nebraska. I work to support teachers, students, and administrators with meaningful and effective tech integration. I believe in getting better every single day. My first twelve years in education were as a high school social studies teacher that included the final three years with a class set of iPads. I believe that every student and... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 9:30am - 10:15am
Diamond 3

9:30am

Home and School 2.0

This session will focus on family-school partnerships, and how educators can leverage a wide range of research based strategies to meet families and community "where they are." Objectives: 1) Identify "what works" without technology when engaging families, as dictated by a body of research. 2) Identify social media tools that provide a "menu of communications" for educators, leaders and parents in meeting families and community where they are. 3) Expose participants to exemplary practices happening around the world that speak to O1 & O2 while leveraging the very social media tools articulated.


Speakers
JM

Joe Mazza

Dr. Joseph Mazza is a lifelong learner, leader, and innovator. Joe currently serves as the Leadership Innovation Manager at The University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. In this role, Joe works with faculty, students, and alumni of the Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. In addition to his work at Penn, Mazza is internationally recognized as a leader in family-school partnerships and engagement, including... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 9:30am - 10:15am
Crystal 1

9:30am

Research Based Use of iPads in Early Childhood
In this session we will share mobile (iPad/Android) applications for literacy, art, and math that have been verified by researchers. These apps can be shared with teachers as they work in classrooms and parents as a way to extend learning from the classroom to the home. This session is directed at preschool and early elementary teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Friedrich

Laurie Friedrich

Instructor of Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University Instructor, New Literacies Integration, Teacher Education, Elementary Education, Professional Development, @FriedrichLaurie
avatar for Guy Trainin

Guy Trainin

Professor of Education, UNL
Graduate Programs in the Dept of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education including: Masters, Masters + Teacher Certification, PhD, and EdD Programs.



Thursday October 8, 2015 9:30am - 10:15am
Diamond 10

9:30am

Sensory Tools for Students with Sensory Impairments
By using apps and other tools, students with sensory impairments will become more engaged in their learning opportunities. Participants will receive a handout of apps and tools that can be incorporated into existing classroom routines.

Speakers
TJ

Theresa Johnson

Dorchester Public School
KR

Karma Ridpath

Dorchester Public School


Thursday October 8, 2015 9:30am - 10:15am
Ruby 5

9:30am

Starting a 1 to 1 School
This session would explain what Barr MS and GIPS did with going to a 1 to 1 with all middle school students in our district. The session will outline the details used by Barr MS to make this a successful transition for students, staff, and parents.

Speakers
BK

Brian Kort

Principal, Barr Middle School


Thursday October 8, 2015 9:30am - 10:15am
Ruby 7

9:30am

There's a Chrome App for That!
This session will highlight a few of the best apps, extensions and add-ons Google Chrome has to offer! Learn about the latest creative approaches to learning and explore many tools that will help make your life in the classroom much easier!

Speakers
avatar for Emmy Fiala

Emmy Fiala

Media Specialist, Aurora Public Schools
LT

Lori Toepfer

Principal, Blue Hill Elementary School



Thursday October 8, 2015 9:30am - 10:15am
Diamond 9

10:30am

80+ Websites for the Grades 9-12 Spanish Classroom
During this session, we will check out as many websites as possible that can be used in the Spanish teaching/foreign language classroom. Attendees will receive links to all websites and time permitting, attendees can share websites they use in their foreign language classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Travis Patocka

Travis Patocka

Department Head/Spanish Instructor, Lexington Public Schools/Lexington High School
A lifelong lover and learner of technology, I've always enjoyed working with computers, the Internet as well as technology integration in the classroom. I'm love to share ideas about how we teach with technology in our school and learn about your ideas!


Thursday October 8, 2015 10:30am - 11:15am
Ruby 7

10:30am

Apps to Help Students Learn Mathematics and Enjoy Learning
Students can play Minecraft for hours at a time and learn multiple relationships within their "world." While not at the level of Minecraft, there are many engaging math games and apps to help students learn mathematics and enjoy learning mathematics. I will share my favorite apps for grades 2-8. Participants will be encouraged to add their favorites through a Google survey.

Speakers
avatar for Lenny VerMaas

Lenny VerMaas

Staff Development/Training, ESU 6


Thursday October 8, 2015 10:30am - 11:15am
Diamond 9

10:30am

Code.org K-12
Code.org continues to expand resources for K-12 Computer Science education. Come and learn about current and upcoming Code.org courses.

Speakers
KS

Kent Steen

Curriculum Specialist for Computer Science, Lincoln Public Schools


Thursday October 8, 2015 10:30am - 11:15am
Diamond 4

10:30am

Digging Digital Portfolios
Digital portfolios, or e-portfolios, have been around for a while but maybe you never jumped on board. It's time to start digging into them. They are an exciting way for students to reflect on their work, share their work, and improve their work. There are many tools, both tried and true and new, that teachers and students can use to create and maintain digital portfolios. Come learn about why you should use them, how they can be used, and what tools you can use to create them.

Speakers
avatar for Jeanette Carlson

Jeanette Carlson

Instructional Technology Specialist, Bellevue Public Schools
As an Instructional Technology Specialist I keep busy coaching teachers, training staff and supporting innovation in the classroom. Before this role I taught business education for sixteen years. I have a Bachelor’s in Business Education, and a Master’s in Instructional Technology and I'm an Apple Vanguard Member. Along with these roles, I enjoy presenting at conferences. Besides my job, I enjoy reading, golfing, learning, grabbing coffee and... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 10:30am - 11:15am
Diamond 10

10:30am

EPC - Navigating the New E-rate Productivity Center
USAC is rolling out a new IT system, named E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) or "epic." The portal will be the point of entry for all transactions with USAC. It promises to provide a host of new features and better customer service. In this session we will take a tour of the system and explore the new online processes applicants will encounter when doing E-rate business.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Rolfes

Tom Rolfes

Education I.T. Manager, State of Nebraska Office of the CIO/NITC
Network Nebraska, www.networknebraska.net
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SuAnn Witt

State E-rate Coordinator, Nebraska Dept of Education


Thursday October 8, 2015 10:30am - 11:15am
Ruby 5

10:30am

Get Your Dojo On!
Everyone wants to create a safe and positive classroom environment for their students. We have discovered by using the Class Dojo classroom management app, we can accomplish just that. We will share how we got started, resources, and detailed data at your fingertips to share with parents and staff. Bring your device and we will help you get it set up. It's free!

Speakers
avatar for Melanie Anderson

Melanie Anderson

Teacher-Elementary, Plattsmouth Elementary School
JS

Julie Schenkelberg

Plattsmouth Elementary



Thursday October 8, 2015 10:30am - 11:15am
Diamond 3

10:30am

Google Apps Meets Marzano
How can Google Apps support implementation of Marzano's "Art and Science of Teaching"? We will provide examples how sites, documents, forms, scripts and other Google tools can be used in applying Marzano's design questions. Showing examples from: "What will I do to establish and communicate learning goals, track student progress and celebrate success" all the way to "What will I do to communicate high expectations for students?"

Speakers
avatar for Otis Pierce

Otis Pierce

PD Coordinator - Tech Integration, ESU 7
I am the Technology Integration Coordinator at ESU7 in Columbus, Nebraska and have been there the past 3 years. Prior to that I spent 13 years as a math teacher and coach at Sutherland Public Schools in Sutherland, Nebraska. I am a Google Education Trainer and have presented at several state, national, and international conferences.


Thursday October 8, 2015 10:30am - 11:15am
Diamond 5

10:30am

I Want to Blend, But I Need Help
Facilitators for this session will make a video connection with successful teachers that are implementing blended environments. Participants will be able to see "real life" examples and ask questions of practicing teachers. Facilitators will share tools, achievement results and Best Practice observations from blended classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Dickeson

Linda Dickeson

Distance Education Manager, Lincoln Public Schools
Distance Learning Manager, BlendEd Initiative Co-chair, Adobe Education Leader, Author & Consultant. Past Executive Director of NETA, Past-President NDLA.
avatar for Beth Kabes

Beth Kabes

Media/DL Coordinator, Educational Service Unit #7
I am the current President of NE School Librarian Association. I am also a Co-Chair for Nebraska's BlendEd project. I also support schools in ESU7 with their distance learning and virtual field trip needs.


Thursday October 8, 2015 10:30am - 11:15am
Diamond 8

10:30am

Minecraft and CAD - Mashing Games with 3D Design
App smashing has never been more engaging! This session will show how teachers can use the easy online 3D modeling tool, Tinkercad, to create models which can then be imported into Minecraft. We will explore lesson applications and also hear from kids.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Schmidt

Jason Schmidt

Technology Director, Bennington Public Schools
Come talk to me about coding, Google, robotics, 3D printing, IT, and NETA!



Thursday October 8, 2015 10:30am - 11:15am
Ruby 6

10:30am

Planning a #ParentCamp
The ParentCamp experience, by design, is a hybrid "unconference" opportunity for parents and teachers to come together and model the four core beliefs highlighted in Beyond the Bakesale by Anne T. Henderson, et al. The experience levels the playing field, putting all stakeholders in a circle for actual, face-to-face discussion about what is best for kids. In this session, participants will learn how to host their own ParentCamp, and the results they can expect from the event. The first Parentcamp at the U.S. Department of Education will take place on 10/26/15 (parentcampUSA.weebly.com).

Speakers
JM

Joe Mazza

Dr. Joseph Mazza is a lifelong learner, leader, and innovator. Joe currently serves as the Leadership Innovation Manager at The University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. In this role, Joe works with faculty, students, and alumni of the Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. In addition to his work at Penn, Mazza is internationally recognized as a leader in family-school partnerships and engagement, including... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 10:30am - 11:15am
Crystal 1

11:30am

Lunch
Lunch

Thursday October 8, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Crystal 2-4

12:30pm

Cardboard + Smartphone = Virtual Reality
Using free phone apps and cardboard "glasses" teachers can take their students on virtual reality field trips. Let us show you how we took our students on tours of the Eiffel Tower, Yosemite National Park, and New York City without stepping outside the classroom. Google Expeditions is the newest way to engage students globally.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Elger

Sarah Elger

Teacher-Secondary, Aurora Huskies
avatar for Brenda Klawonn

Brenda Klawonn

Social Science Instructor, Aurora High School


Thursday October 8, 2015 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Diamond 3

12:30pm

Coding in the Primary Classroom
Teaching coding to young children goes beyond creating content. It also teaches reading, math, and problem-solving skills that apply to everyday situations. Come explore free, engaging resources and strategies for including activities, games, and apps to teach developmentally appropriate programming and computer science skills in a primary classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Dustin Carlson

Dustin Carlson

Kindergarten Teacher, Westside Community Schools
I teach kindergarten for the Westside Community Schools in Omaha, NE. I am an Apple Distinguished Educator, Apple Teacher, Seesaw Ambassador, and a Remind Connected Educator. I pride myself in engaging my students through the use of current and effective technologies in our 1:1 iPad environment. My students use technology to guide, create, and share their learning. Coding has come to the forefront of my classroom and is extended into the K-3... Read More →
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Alli Pontious

Westside Community Schools


Thursday October 8, 2015 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Crystal 1

12:30pm

Connecting Books and Technology
Technology and computers working together! Help your students learn about books with Google's help. This session will explore Golden Sower books through engaging lessons in Google Classroom. 10 different skills for 10 different books!

Speakers
avatar for Connie Jelkin

Connie Jelkin

School Librarian, Kearney Public Schools
I work with Kearney Public Schools as a School Librarian in two K-5 Elementary Buildings. 21st Century Skills are worked into my lessons along with challenging students with Digital Creation.
avatar for Kelly Melson

Kelly Melson

School Librarian, Kearney Public Schools


Thursday October 8, 2015 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Ruby 7

12:30pm

Find Your Park - Celebrating 100 Years of the National Park Service
To celebrate the National Park Service Centennial, Free Federal Park Passes are available for all 4th grade students so they, along with their families, can gain free entry into America's most special historical and natural places. Learn how to request these passes for your student and other on-line opportunities to bring the subject matter experts from National Park Service sites into your classroom through virtual visits.

Speakers
JB

Jesse Bolli

Other, NPS-Homestead NM of America


Thursday October 8, 2015 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Ruby 5

12:30pm

Full STEAM Ahead
Come and see how you can take your students most anywhere or connect them with experts without leaving the classroom. Learn how to find virtual field trips that enhance your STEM classes by connecting directly with education specialists and subject matter experts. These are hands on two-way interactive experiences that your students will rave about!

Speakers
avatar for Molly Aschoff

Molly Aschoff

Digital Learning Coordinator, Educational Service Unit 8
Molly Aschoff is currently the Digital Learning Coordinator at ESU 8 in Neligh, NE. She is in her 21th year in Education, before coming to the ESU she was an Elementary and SPED teacher. As the eLearning coordinator she supports instructional design for teachers teaching distance-learning courses or blending their classrooms including development of instructional strategies, course materials, assessment techniques, appropriate integration of... Read More →



Thursday October 8, 2015 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Ruby 6

12:30pm

Re-thinking Internet Filtering Policies
We all want to provide a safe learning environment for our students, but is this accomplished by blocking every controversial and/or social media site? Join the discussion as we examine new ways to think about teaching and protecting our students.

Speakers
avatar for David Evertson

David Evertson

Tech Director, Cozad Community Schools
Technology director at a 1-1 iPad school in Cozad, NE. Passionate about creating positive and lasting change, leadership in technology integration, and improving the K-12 student experience.



Thursday October 8, 2015 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Diamond 9

12:30pm

Say Goodbye Sit and Get! Blending Your Professional Learning
In this session, participants will understand the basics of building blended professional learning sessions, investigate online learning tools, and learn how to incorporate them in trainings. Join us to learn about best practices when training adults and how to use those practices to develop engaging trainings.

Speakers
avatar for Dawn Ferreyra

Dawn Ferreyra

eLearning Supervisor, Omaha Public Schools


Staff PD pptx

Thursday October 8, 2015 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Diamond 8

12:30pm

Ten+ Ways to Use Google Drawings
Come and learn how to create AND collaborate with Google Drawings that can be used in any content area and grade level! You will love the versatility in this powerful Google app! Explore ten plus different ways you can have your students show what they have learned including timelines, brochures, word webs, cartoons and digital posters.

Speakers
avatar for Peg Coover

Peg Coover

Teaching & Learning Coordinator, Educational Service Unit #10
I am a Teaching & Learning Coordinator at ESU 10, where I work with teachers and administrators in the area of Educational Technology. Prior to that I was a math and science teacher for 21 years! I'm excited to be presenting at NETA again, but even more thrilled to be here with so many dedicated and awesome educators! There is no better conference for learning and connecting than NETA! @MrsCoover


Thursday October 8, 2015 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Diamond 5

12:30pm

Using Canva in the Classroom
Learn how to use this FREE, simple graphic design tool in the classroom. With Canva you can create posters, presentations, blog graphics and social media graphics.

Speakers
avatar for Jami Schaffnitt

Jami Schaffnitt

Staff Development/Training, Educational Service Unit 10
Teaching & Learning Coordinator at ESU 10.


Thursday October 8, 2015 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Diamond 4

1:30pm

BlendEd Toolbox - Fun and Engaging Tools for Success! (Part 1)
Free, Cheap, & Crucial solutions for classroom teachers and districts to roll out Blended Learning will be shared. See and experience fun and engaging tools for teachers and students at all grade levels.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Dickeson

Linda Dickeson

Distance Education Manager, Lincoln Public Schools
Distance Learning Manager, BlendEd Initiative Co-chair, Adobe Education Leader, Author & Consultant. Past Executive Director of NETA, Past-President NDLA.
avatar for Scott Jones

Scott Jones

Other, esu 16


Thursday October 8, 2015 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Diamond 8

1:30pm

Bringing STEM to You: Nebraska Extension Mobile Science Lab
The Mobile Science Lab was developed by Nebraska Extension to bring science to the youth of Nebraska in a mobile classroom format. Our goal is to improve the science literacy of the state through fun interactive activities that inspire youth to see the science that is all around them. During this session we will demonstrate several ways the trailer can be used.

Speakers
DP

Darci Pesek

Other, Nebraska Extension
avatar for Racheal Slattery

Racheal Slattery

Agriculture and Science Literacy Education, Nebraska Extension
I coordinate, run and travel around Eastern Nebraska to fairs, summer education camps, schools, and after school activities with Nebraska Extension's Mobile Beef Lab and brand new Mobile Science Lab. Information about our labs can be found at the Facebook links below: | | https://www.facebook.com/pages/UNL-Extension-Mobile-Beef-Lab/721394597875171 | https://www.facebook.com/MobileScienceLabNEExtension


Thursday October 8, 2015 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Diamond 3

1:30pm

Enhancing Writing and Learning Through Blogging
Want to incorporate blogging into your teaching? Let us help! Blogging will enhance writing and subject matter as motivated students write to learn. In this session you will create a class blog and discover ways to get your students blogging across the curriculum. Bring a device and we will help you with a blogging project for your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Friedrich

Laurie Friedrich

Instructor of Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University Instructor, New Literacies Integration, Teacher Education, Elementary Education, Professional Development, @FriedrichLaurie
avatar for Guy Trainin

Guy Trainin

Professor of Education, UNL
Graduate Programs in the Dept of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education including: Masters, Masters + Teacher Certification, PhD, and EdD Programs.



Thursday October 8, 2015 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Diamond 9

1:30pm

Google Drive in the Classroom
Google Drive, released in April 2012, is a file storage and synchronization service provided by Google which enables user cloud storage, file sharing and collaborative editing. Google Drive is also the home of Google Docs, a suite of productivity applications that offer collaborative editing on documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more. This session will explore the Google Drive environment and the essentials of Google Drive and Google Docs to facilitate paperless classrooms. It will give you the necessary skills to facilitate collaboration and sharing in your classes. We'll also explore Google Docs features such as providing feedback on students' written work and creating and using Google Forms to collect information from students (e.g. formative assessment or pre-existing knowledge on learning topics). Bring your iPad or laptop for hands on experience.

Speakers
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Martonnia Gaskill

Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska at Kearney
TH

Tommy Hansen

Higher Ed Instructor/Professor, University of Nebraska at Kearney


Thursday October 8, 2015 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Diamond 5

1:30pm

Leadership - It's not About TECHNOLOGY, It's About Your Story

This session is centered on the idea of shifting the conversation. Too often educators and schools are beaten down by the media and public for not being successful. It is time we tell our story and share the amazing things happening in schools each and every day. In this session you will: Be inspired and motivated to tell your story, Learn easy and practical ways to start telling your story immediately, Get links to ideas that will enhance your ability to share, Leave with a sense of purpose and a positive attitude, and Feel empowered to change the mindset and culture of digital leadership in your organization.


Speakers
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Joe Mazza

Dr. Joseph Mazza is a lifelong learner, leader, and innovator. Joe currently serves as the Leadership Innovation Manager at The University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. In this role, Joe works with faculty, students, and alumni of the Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. In addition to his work at Penn, Mazza is internationally recognized as a leader in family-school partnerships and engagement, including... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Crystal 1

1:30pm

Nebraska's Virtual Field Trips - Power Up Your Curriculum!
Connect to Nebraska's past, present, and future in your classroom! Nebraska's cultural, historical, and scientific institutions offer virtual field trips (VFTs) that can easily weave into your curriculum. Come see and discuss how VFTs can enliven information, expose your students to our state's natural/cultural resources, and also meet state standards! VFT how-to, who's doing what, program information, interdisciplinary possibilities, contact information, websites, and costs will be shared.

Speakers
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Annie Mumgaard

Other, University of Nebraska State Museum


Thursday October 8, 2015 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Diamond 10

1:30pm

Partnering with Community Colleges to Create IT Academies
Papillion-La Vista has partnered with Metropolitan Community College to offer IT certification classes during the summer. Students who take these classes can then apply for internship credit throughout the district working for the IT department. Classes include IT essentials and CCNA semester 1.

Speakers
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Bill Pulte

Director of Information Technology, Papillion La Vista Community Schools


Thursday October 8, 2015 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Ruby 7

1:30pm

PD Made EZ
Communication and collaboration are critical elements for effective classrooms and organizations. Google Communities provides a venue for members to participate in a virtual forum designed specifically for the sharing of and discussion on posted topics.

Speakers
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Patty Finney

Technology Integration Specialist, ESU #17
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Chris Good

Technology Integration Specialist, ESU #1
I am the technology integration specialist at ESU 1. I am actively involved in GAFE, Blended Learning, Canvas and numerous other ventures. ESU 1 is located in Northeast Nebraska. My unit serves 6 counties containing 22 school districts.


Thursday October 8, 2015 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Diamond 4

1:30pm

Putting Math into STEM, Building Bridges Between Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
Students love to explore, invent, build, figure things out and be actively engaged in their learning. STEM activities provide an opportunity for students to work in teams to learn how to approach and solve problems they care about. This presentation will look at the ingredients for a STEM activity as well as provide resources and possible activities.

Speakers
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Lenny VerMaas

Staff Development/Training, ESU 6


Thursday October 8, 2015 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Ruby 6

1:30pm

Using the iPad in the Industrial Technology Classroom
Ways I use the I-Pad Schoology I-Camera I-Movie Using QR codes Using Skitch Creating Photo study Guides Screen Casts for Solidworks

Speakers
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Bill Ford

Bertrand Community School


Thursday October 8, 2015 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Ruby 5

2:30pm

#periscopeEDU: Periscope for Educators
Participants will explore reasons why Twitter’s NEW Periscope live-streaming video application can be a beneficial tool for their school district. Individuals learn how to use Periscope for communicating with families/community, personal learning, and collaboration, as well as develop a strong, global network for ongoing organizational effectiveness. Risks and privacy concerns will also be discussed to help educators establish an understanding of the potential for education-related use.

Speakers
JM

Joe Mazza

Dr. Joseph Mazza is a lifelong learner, leader, and innovator. Joe currently serves as the Leadership Innovation Manager at The University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. In this role, Joe works with faculty, students, and alumni of the Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. In addition to his work at Penn, Mazza is internationally recognized as a leader in family-school partnerships and engagement, including... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Crystal 1

2:30pm

BlendEd Toolbox - Fun and Engaging Tools for Success! (Part 2)
More Free, Cheap, & Crucial solutions for classroom teachers and districts to roll out Blended Learning. This session will be reviewing additional tools that didn't make session 1!

Speakers
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Craig Hicks

Staff Development/Training, ESU 13
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Beth Kabes

Media/DL Coordinator, Educational Service Unit #7
I am the current President of NE School Librarian Association. I am also a Co-Chair for Nebraska's BlendEd project. I also support schools in ESU7 with their distance learning and virtual field trip needs.


Thursday October 8, 2015 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Diamond 8

2:30pm

Building an Interactive Story Map with ArcGIS
This presentation will introduce Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology in the form of “Story Maps”. Participants will understand what GIS is and isn’t, how “Story Maps” can be utilized for instruction and how to obtain a free GIS site license for their school districts.

Speakers
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Harris Payne

Director of Social Studies, Nebraska Department of Education
Director of Social Studies for the State of Nebraska


Thursday October 8, 2015 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Ruby 6

2:30pm

Get More from Your Flipping Meetings
Administrators - Come see how using the flipped classroom concept for your staff meetings can make better use of your meeting time and model the flipped concept for your teachers. You'll see just how easy it is to screencast your information for staff to watch ahead of time and really be able to get the discussion flowing during your meetings.

Speakers
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Chad Ackerson

6th Grade Science, Westridge Middle School
I am a 6th grade science teacher that loves technology. I help create and provide technology professional development for my school and district. I try to find new and exciting ways to integrate technology into my classroom. I love to help other teachers find ways to integrate technology into their classrooms as well.


Thursday October 8, 2015 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Ruby 7

2:30pm

Integrating Technology into Close Reading Instruction
In this session, participants will be introduced to a variety of digital tools to assist and enhance close reading instruction. We will cover how to integrate technology into daily classroom instruction to strengthen reading comprehension in all curricular areas.

Speakers
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Caitlin Leuenberger

Instructional Technology Facilitator - Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln Public Schools


Thursday October 8, 2015 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Diamond 10

2:30pm

Let's Create Personalized PD for Teachers and Admins
Join us for a brainstorming/discussion session exploring ways in which schools across Nebraska (and the world) may collaborate and share resources meant to provide personalized professional development for staff. Topics may include but are not limited to: Gamification, badging, LMS options (with teachers as "students"), and online lessons for teachers.

Speakers
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David Evertson

Tech Director, Cozad Community Schools
Technology director at a 1-1 iPad school in Cozad, NE. Passionate about creating positive and lasting change, leadership in technology integration, and improving the K-12 student experience.


Thursday October 8, 2015 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Diamond 5

2:30pm

Performance Assessment Feedback: Better, Faster, and More Effective
This session will help teachers provide detailed, specific feedback on students' performance assessments (i.e., speeches, presentations, monologues, world language presentations, etc.) by using Podium. Not only can you leave feedback exactly at the time code you want students to improve, but you can share it with their peers or other colleagues so students can collect a variety of feedback on their work.

Speakers
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Jonathan Anderson

Forensics, Kearney High School
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Shannon Cameron

Teacher-Secondary, Kearney Public Schools
Twitter: @shancam or @KearneyTheatre | Blog: www.shannoncameronteacher.wordpress.com | Website: www.shannonEcameron.com | Website: www.khstheatre.com | Instagram: KearneyTheatre | Facebook: Kearney High School Theatre



Thursday October 8, 2015 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Diamond 4

2:30pm

Promoting Your School Through Live Streaming
At Southern Valley, we live stream most varsity sports, play productions, concerts, and graduation. This is a great way to promote your school and stay connected with graduates as well as family members of students that do not live in the area.

Speakers
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James Reed

Technology Specialist, Southern Valley Schools
I obviously love technology, but also love to fish, kayak, read, watch sports, and spend time with my family.



Thursday October 8, 2015 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Ruby 5

2:30pm

YouTube Playlist - Create & Play!
Learn how to create and manage a YouTube playlist of your favorite videos for effective use in your classroom! Come with a few topics in mind for which you'd like to create a playlist so you can begin the process of creatively incorporating YouTube into your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Emmy Fiala

Emmy Fiala

Media Specialist, Aurora Public Schools
JM

Juli Murphy

Ainsworth Community Schools



Thursday October 8, 2015 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Diamond 3

3:30pm

#eduvoxers: Using the Walkie Talkie Tool for Teacher PD
Participants will explore reasons why Voxer’s Walkie Talkie mobile application can be a beneficial tool for their school district. Individuals learn how to use Voxer for communicating with colleagues near and far, families/community, personal learning, and collaboration. Attendees will understand how this tool is being used across local and global networks to create asynchronous bookchats, think tanks and support networks for a variety of lenses.

Speakers
JM

Joe Mazza

Dr. Joseph Mazza is a lifelong learner, leader, and innovator. Joe currently serves as the Leadership Innovation Manager at The University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. In this role, Joe works with faculty, students, and alumni of the Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. In addition to his work at Penn, Mazza is internationally recognized as a leader in family-school partnerships and engagement, including... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Crystal 1

3:30pm

Blended & Online Learning Essentials for Districts
Various aspects need to be considered in order to provide successful online learning experiences for students. Topics that will be discussed are the models of blended learning, LMS and supportive technology, evaluation and effectiveness of course delivery, and professional development.

Speakers
avatar for Dawn Ferreyra

Dawn Ferreyra

eLearning Supervisor, Omaha Public Schools
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Wendy Loewenstein

Director-Omaha Virtual School, Omaha Public Schools



Thursday October 8, 2015 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Diamond 8

3:30pm

Connecting Students Around the World
Tips and suggestions for using Epals, Skype, and Reach the World to connect students across the United States and around the world for learning.

Speakers
DP

Denise Pedersen

Barr Middle School


Thursday October 8, 2015 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Diamond 10

3:30pm

Get Your Classroom 'Googly' with Google Classroom
Getting started with Google Classroom. Find out how Google Classroom can save you time and headaches from turning in homework to organizing information. Find out how documentation can also be added to Google Classroom from your special education teacher.

Speakers
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Bonnie Mitchell

Special Education Teacher, Clearwater-Orchard School
This is my 9th year at Clearwater-Orchard Schools in Clearwater as a Special Education Teacher!! I love trying new things with technology with my kiddos. I have been really focusing on transition and independence with the high schoolers using Google and having some great successes!
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Kortney Sayers

Technology Coordinator/Director, Clearwater Orchard Public School
I am in my 15th year of teaching technology and business and enjoy getting to learn something new every single day. I am a Google Certified Educator.



Thursday October 8, 2015 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Diamond 5

3:30pm

Instructional Innovation for PK-12 Math Teachers: Practices and Productive Tech Tools
Successful Innovators learn from others by adapting, refining, and combining ideas. In this session, productive tools and technology will be presented and discussed in an interactive session for all learners and teachers, but especially those who love math!

Speakers
KG

Kelly Gomez Johnson

Student (Higher Ed), University of Nebraska at Omaha


Thursday October 8, 2015 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Diamond 3

3:30pm

Making Blended Learning Work in the Classroom
Enhance your student instruction and increase student engagement by utilizing a blended learning approach in the classroom. Learn new techniques that will interest students, decrease student to teacher ratios, and allow students to work at their own pace, on their own path, and in their own place.

Speakers
LD

Lyndsey Douglas

North Platte Public Schools
ML

Maddy Lister

North Platte Public Schools


Thursday October 8, 2015 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Diamond 9

3:30pm

Technology and Elementary Literacy
This session will introduce teachers and administrators several ways to enhance technology use in all areas of elementary literacy. Come see the world of reading, writing, listening and speaking come alive!

Speakers
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Mickey Carlson

Professional Development Coordinator, ESU7


Thursday October 8, 2015 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Diamond 4