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Thursday, May 16
 

8:30am

Check-In and Light Breakfast
Thursday May 16, 2019 8:30am - 9:00am
Theater

9:00am

Welcome and Announcements
Thursday May 16, 2019 9:00am - 9:30am
Theater

9:30am

Keynote
Speakers
avatar for Joseph Adamji

Joseph Adamji

Science Museum of Minnesota, Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center
A mixed kid from Chicago with cultural roots in Africa, Ireland, India and Poland, Joseph Adamji grew up a “bridge builder” of sorts. He serves as the Director for the Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center (KAYSC) at the Science Museum of Minnesota creating bridges between families... Read More →
avatar for Shiranthi Goonathilaka

Shiranthi Goonathilaka

Science Museum of Minnesota, Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center
Shiranthi Goonathilaka is a Saint Paul native, with an organizing career going on 13 years. Her background is in informal STEM Education and grassroots organizing in policy change, intra community work and political education. She also has experience in institutional change management... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Theater

10:40am

Keynote Follow Up
Join in for a follow-up to the Keynote with additional discussion and Q/A.  

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Adamji

Joseph Adamji

Science Museum of Minnesota, Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center
A mixed kid from Chicago with cultural roots in Africa, Ireland, India and Poland, Joseph Adamji grew up a “bridge builder” of sorts. He serves as the Director for the Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center (KAYSC) at the Science Museum of Minnesota creating bridges between families... Read More →
avatar for Shiranthi Goonathilaka

Shiranthi Goonathilaka

Science Museum of Minnesota, Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center
Shiranthi Goonathilaka is a Saint Paul native, with an organizing career going on 13 years. Her background is in informal STEM Education and grassroots organizing in policy change, intra community work and political education. She also has experience in institutional change management... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 10:40am - 11:30am
Theater

10:40am

Coding with Chromebooks
How to level the playing field in coding when all you have are Chromebooks. Learn how to write code in Python, code drones, in the classroom, run a competitive robotics program, and even use the Chromebook for digital making with Arduino.  Most of the resources shown are free, but there are some that have costs associated with them.  This session is for any classroom teacher wanting to explore coding, but has thought you had to have a PC or Mac to make this happen.

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Speakers
avatar for Burke Egner

Burke Egner

STEM Teacher, Albert Lea Area Schools
I am the STEM teacher for Southwest Middle School in Albert Lea, MN. I teach 6th and 7th grade elective courses which include; Coding and Game Development, Robotics and Engineering, Fundamentals of Design, and Circuitry and Electronics.


Thursday May 16, 2019 10:40am - 11:30am
Rm 326

10:40am

Community Building with Scratch
The Scratch Community has many resources designed to build community and practice digital citizenship. Experience this from the point of view of a student as you join our classroom, post a project, comment and reply to comments. Learn about Scratch Educator resources including ScratchEd Meetups and ScratchPals.

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Speakers
avatar for Joe Druskin

Joe Druskin

Teacher, K-5 Engineering and Programming, The Blake School



Thursday May 16, 2019 10:40am - 11:30am
Rm 302

10:40am

Building a Mobile Scavenger Hunt in 50 minutes
Come learn to use a map-based mobile editor good for scavenger hunts to start with, but capable of building full space based role playing games using locative hardware and navigation tools. See examples in ETC Press' Mobile Media Learning I or II. (App is iOS based, editor is web based)

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Speakers
avatar for Seann Dikkers

Seann Dikkers

Associate Professor, Bethel University
Built forts with neighborhood friends. Married my best friend. Two playful adult children. Games in Learning author, researcher, and trainer. Long time Civ and TW geek.


Thursday May 16, 2019 10:40am - 11:30am
Rm 301

10:40am

Integrating micro:bits, Hummingbird Robotics, and Makerspace Curriculum
Mounds Park Academy opened their PK-12 makerspace in August of 2017. Learn how the technology integrationist and makerspace coordinator have implemented a scope and sequence for middle school students that brings coding and makerspace tools and materials together.

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Speakers
NK

Nicole Koen

Mounds Park Academy
AK

Ariel Kitch

Mounds Park Academy


Thursday May 16, 2019 10:40am - 11:30am
Rm 319

10:40am

Programming and Technology Tools for Mathematics
Mathematics projects involving programming in R, technical writing using LaTeX, and simulations of experiments using a variety of instructional technology such as the TI-Innovator Rover will be shared.

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Speakers
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Tim Harms

Minnesota State University Moorhead


Thursday May 16, 2019 10:40am - 11:30am
Rm 304

10:40am

Hands on Coding for Grades 6-12 (Really!)
Hand on Coding for Grades 6-12 (Really) offers an overview of many different student friendly platforms that can support beginning through advanced coding in a middle and high school program.  This session features student inventors who are eager to share their own coding creations that can then be brought back to summit participant's home schools.  

The session will begin with a brief overview of a wide variety of platforms available to support coding in both middle and high school settings. Participants will then be able to meet with students from grades 6-12 who will share examples of their own coding projects and experiences in an informal session. Student presenters range in ages from 12-17 and in skill levels that vary from beginning middle schoolers using block code platforms to advanced javascript web-designers in the high school. This program is ideal for educators interested in seeing the big picture of a complete middle and high school program and meeting the students who are part of that program. It is also ideal for educators hoping to get ideas of platforms to support their own coding instruction.

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Speakers
PW

Peter Williams

St. Paul Public Schools
VR

Valerie Rudderforth

St. Paul Public Schools


Thursday May 16, 2019 10:40am - 11:30am
Rm 325

10:40am

Creating a Coding Culture in the Classroom
10 Easy to follow steps to creating a culture of coding within your classroom while mastering content standards.

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Speakers
avatar for Byron Gilliand

Byron Gilliand

Teacher/STEM Facilitator, Winona Area Public Schools


Thursday May 16, 2019 10:40am - 11:30am
Rm 324

10:40am

Our Coding Journey: Tynker and Python
5th grade students in our school have been engaged in coding challenges throughout the year.  They started with basic block coding using Tynker. After finishing those lessons, we moved them into coding using Python to create a game for their kindergarten buddy.  We would like to share our story, resources we have used, and give time for participants to ask questions and try coding (Tynker and Python).  We hope you leave feeling confident that you can learn to code along with your students.  

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Speakers
avatar for Natalie Weatherman

Natalie Weatherman

Shakopee Public Schools
avatar for Katie Davis

Katie Davis

Digital Learning Coach, Shakopee Public Schools


Thursday May 16, 2019 10:40am - 11:30am
Rm 305

10:40am

Hands-On Playground
Want to try out some great tools for teaching computer science?  Come join us in the hands-on playground demo area with many different devices and technologies to help incorporate computer science into the classroom.  New to coding education? This is a great chance to try out many different computer science activities and ask questions of educators who have experience using them in the classroom.  Have you been teaching computer science for a while? Come explore new ideas and learn new ways to integrate computer science into already existing curriculum.  The playground area will feature ideas for lessons and projects for both beginning and advanced coders.

Thursday May 16, 2019 10:40am - 11:40am
Rm 307

11:40am

Equity in CS: Recognizing & Interrupting Bias
We know there are large gender and race gaps that currently exist in computer science and STEM fields.  But did you know that our subconscious can play a role in those gaps?  Come join us as we discuss our own personal bias, how to recognize it, and what we can do about.  We will discuss steps to take to increase participation among all students in computer science education.

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Speakers
avatar for Andrea Wilson Vazquez

Andrea Wilson Vazquez

Maker Educator / Program Director, Intermediate District 287
avatar for Lana Peterson

Lana Peterson

PD & Community Engagement Coordinator, University of Minnesota


Thursday May 16, 2019 11:40am - 12:30pm
Theater

11:40am

Coding Ozobots to Measure Velocity and Acceleration
Determining speed, velocity, and acceleration can be a difficult concept for some students.  This session incorporates the coding of an Ozobot to help students understand the relationship between these 3 concepts.

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Speakers
avatar for Arik Anderson

Arik Anderson

Austin Public Schools
AC

Anne Christopherson

Science Teacher, Austin Public Schools


Thursday May 16, 2019 11:40am - 12:30pm
Rm 302

11:40am

Creating Code Clubs with Google CS First
Come and explore how Google CS First has designed engaging computer science and coding classes that you can launch in your school tomorrow. Led with Google videos and Scratch integration, the various CS classes are differentiated, very intuitive, and best of all they are free! Participants will explore a session as a student, then have the opportunity to register and explore these free Google resources as a teacher so they can start a coding class of their own.

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Speakers
avatar for Doug Keddie

Doug Keddie

Digital Learning Coach, Shakopee Public Schools


Thursday May 16, 2019 11:40am - 12:30pm
Rm 326

11:40am

Virtual Escape Rooms for Educational Engagement
"Escape Rooms" are a popular form of group entertainment, involving collaborative puzzle solving with a strong story element. In 2018, we built "Riddle Mia This", an augmented reality smartphone application which sought to bring the escape room experience to the Minneapolis Institute of Art.  After a successful launch, we have begun exploring ways to replicate this experience in other environments, including within the K12 classroom.  This session will review the results we've seen from Riddle Mia This, and describe some ways the lessons from that project are being applied elsewhere. Participants will also learn about ways they can begin building these experiences on their own, either using our open source code or off-the-shelf tools.

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Speakers
CM

Colin McFadden

University of Minnesota, Liberal Arts Technologies and Innovation Services
avatar for Samantha Thi Porter

Samantha Thi Porter

Digital Preservation Specialist, University of Minnesota, Liberal Arts Technologies and Innovation Services
I am a part of Liberal Arts Technology and Innovation Services (LATIS) in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. Our lab specializes in advanced imaging technologies including 3D scanning (photogrammetry, structured-light, and terrestrial LiDAR), reflectance transformation... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 11:40am - 12:30pm
Rm 301

11:40am

What Does Engineering Education Have to Do with Computer Science?
Participants in this session will learn how practices common in engineering education - collaborative problem-solving, the engineering design process, and integrating STEAM disciplines to solve real-life problems - can support CSTA Standards. We’ll also share tools and programs available through St. Thomas University to support students and teachers.

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Speakers
avatar for Tami Brass

Tami Brass

Director of Instructional Technology, St. Paul Academy and Summit School
I've been teaching in and supporting 1:1 environments for over 15 years and most recently have been geeking out on making and computer science. Don't ask what level I'm on in Candy Crush...
DB

Deb Besser

St. Thomas University


Thursday May 16, 2019 11:40am - 12:30pm
Rm 319

11:40am

Bring Code to your Math Classroom
In this session participants will get an introduction to Scratch Programming. They will see why it is important to integrate coding into the math classroom, see examples of how we have integrated code into our math classrooms to enhance math understanding, and leave with primary and secondary lesson resources.

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Speakers
avatar for Ashley Tewes

Ashley Tewes

Math Teacher, Mounds View Public Schools
I am a math teacher who is passionate about bringing life to the mathematics in my classroom. The best ways I have found to do this come from the use of technology, specifically coding.


Thursday May 16, 2019 11:40am - 12:30pm
Rm 304

11:40am

Micro:bit for Makers: Working with Pins
Many parts of a micro:bit are pretty intuitive - buttons, LEDs, and shaking, for example - but some require a little more background. This session is focused on digging into one: the gold pins on the bottom.
Participants will start with theoretical understanding of what the pins on a micro:bit are for and how to use the relevant MakeCode/Scratch blocks. They'll apply their knowledge by exploring several different projects incorporating pin press code with physical objects, and expand knowledge of how micro:bit can be used by makers!

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Speakers
EK

Eileen King

Core:IT instructor, Minnesota Computers for Schools


Thursday May 16, 2019 11:40am - 12:30pm
Rm 325

11:40am

Hands-On Playground
Want to try out some great tools for teaching computer science?  Come join us in the hands-on playground demo area with many different devices and technologies to help incorporate computer science into the classroom.  New to coding education? This is a great chance to try out many different computer science activities and ask questions of educators who have experience using them in the classroom.  Have you been teaching computer science for a while? Come explore new ideas and learn new ways to integrate computer science into already existing curriculum.  The playground area will feature ideas for lessons and projects for both beginning and advanced coders.

Thursday May 16, 2019 11:40am - 12:30pm
Rm 307

11:40am

Robot Retell
Learn how to support students build their comprehension skills by coding robots to do the retelling! We will learn some basic coding commands and work collaboratively to retell a story with Dot and Dash robots.

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Speakers
avatar for Amanda Madsen

Amanda Madsen

Literacy Coach, Saint Paul Public Schools


Thursday May 16, 2019 11:40am - 12:30pm
Rm 324

11:40am

SCRUM it Up!
Overwhelmed with things to do? Does your committee meet, talk, and accomplish very little? Do your students need help with managing projects and assignments, or collaboration? This session is for you! Learn how SCRUM, a project management process widely used in software development, can be adapted to student projects, administrative initiatives, personal work management, and teaching & learning. You'll leave this hands-on session with an overview of SCRUM, be able to apply practical SCRUM techniques immediately in your work, and have knowledge of free and open-source tools for managing SCRUM.

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Speakers
avatar for Mike Smart

Mike Smart

Innovation Facilitator, Intermediate District 287
Like to talk about... Innovation. Education. Teaching. Maker Movement. Japanese. Programming. Games. Books. Parenting. Soccer. Coaching. ... Whatever, really, except Antiques and Gardening.
avatar for Ben Drewelow

Ben Drewelow

Special Education Instructor & innovation Coach, Intermediate District 287


Thursday May 16, 2019 11:40am - 12:30pm
Rm 305

12:30pm

Hands-On Playground
Want to try out some great tools for teaching computer science?  Come join us in the hands-on playground demo area with many different devices and technologies to help incorporate computer science into the classroom.  New to coding education? This is a great chance to try out many different computer science activities and ask questions of educators who have experience using them in the classroom.  Have you been teaching computer science for a while? Come explore new ideas and learn new ways to integrate computer science into already existing curriculum.  The playground area will feature ideas for lessons and projects for both beginning and advanced coders.

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Rm 307

12:30pm

Lunch
Lunch will be served beginning at 12:30 by the Theater.

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Theater

12:30pm

Lunch and Networking
Lunch will be served outside of the theater.  Throughout lunch there will be options for networking at our 'Birds of a Feather' sessions, as well as time to explore hands-on resources at the playground.

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm

1:00pm

AP Computer Science
Come join in an informal discussion centered around AP Computer Science. The Birds of a Feather sessions are meant to help be a tool for networking, asking questions, and sharing ideas or resources with others.

Speakers
avatar for Nicholas Springer

Nicholas Springer

Stillwater Area High School


Thursday May 16, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Rm 326

1:00pm

Broadening Participation in Computer Science Education
Come join in an informal discussion centered around Broadening Participation in CS Education. The Birds of a Feather sessions are meant to help be a tool for networking, asking questions, and sharing ideas or resources with others.


Thursday May 16, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Rm 325

1:00pm

Creating a Scope and Sequence for Computer Science Education
Come join in an informal discussion centered around Creating a Scope and Sequence for Computer Science Education. The Birds of a Feather sessions are meant to help be a tool for networking, asking questions, and sharing ideas or resources with others.

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Speakers
avatar for Lana Peterson

Lana Peterson

PD & Community Engagement Coordinator, University of Minnesota


Thursday May 16, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Theater

1:00pm

CS in K-8
Come join in an informal discussion centered around CS in K-8. The Birds of a Feather sessions are meant to help be a tool for networking, asking questions, and sharing ideas or resources with others.


Thursday May 16, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Rm 324

1:00pm

CS in non-STEM areas
Come join in an informal discussion centered around CS in non-STEM areas. The Birds of a Feather sessions are meant to help be a tool for networking, asking questions, and sharing ideas or resources with others.

Speakers
avatar for Tami Brass

Tami Brass

Director of Instructional Technology, St. Paul Academy and Summit School
I've been teaching in and supporting 1:1 environments for over 15 years and most recently have been geeking out on making and computer science. Don't ask what level I'm on in Candy Crush...
HC

Hui Chang

University of Minnesota


Thursday May 16, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Rm 304

1:00pm

Infusing CS into Teacher Education: Pre or Post Licensure
Come join in an informal discussion centered around Infusing CS into Teacher Education: Pre or Post Licensure.  The Birds of a Feather sessions are meant to help be a tool for networking, asking questions, and sharing ideas or resources with others.

Speakers
avatar for Siri Anderson

Siri Anderson

Director of Graduate Education for Licensed Teachers, St. Catherine University
Long delighted by things shiny and new, I have been working technology into the classroom since the mid-90s when most online interaction was still just one step above pong. Now a died-in-the-wool online learning geek, I'm invested in digitally empowering social change through student... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Rm 301

1:00pm

Maker Ed
Come join in an informal discussion centered around CS in Community and Higher Education. The Birds of a Feather sessions are meant to help be a tool for networking, asking questions, and sharing ideas or resources with others.

Speakers
avatar for Kim McConley

Kim McConley

Tech Integrationist, St. Paul Public Schools
I am a technology integrationist and part time prep specialist but I am looking for how to expand and use more technology as our school is becoming a 1:1 iPad school in the Spring.
avatar for Tom Cozzolino

Tom Cozzolino

Maker Space Facilitator, St. Paul Public Schools


Thursday May 16, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Rm 319

1:00pm

Physical Computing
Come join in an informal discussion centered around Creating a Scope and Sequence for Computer Science Education. The Birds of a Feather sessions are meant to help be a tool for networking, asking questions, and sharing ideas or resources with others.

Speakers
EK

Eileen King

Core:IT instructor, Minnesota Computers for Schools


Thursday May 16, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Rm 302

1:00pm

Scratch MeetUp
Come join in an informal discussion centered around Scratch Ed. The Birds of a Feather sessions are meant to help be a tool for networking, asking questions, and sharing ideas or resources with others.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Druskin

Joe Druskin

Teacher, K-5 Engineering and Programming, The Blake School
JZ

Jacob Zimbric

Intermediate District 287


Thursday May 16, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Rm 305

1:00pm

Hands-On Playground
Want to try out some great tools for teaching computer science?  Come join us in the hands-on playground demo area with many different devices and technologies to help incorporate computer science into the classroom.  New to coding education? This is a great chance to try out many different computer science activities and ask questions of educators who have experience using them in the classroom.  Have you been teaching computer science for a while? Come explore new ideas and learn new ways to integrate computer science into already existing curriculum.  The playground area will feature ideas for lessons and projects for both beginning and advanced coders.

Thursday May 16, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Rm 307

1:40pm

Gender Equitable and Culturally Relevant Teaching and Learning in CS
The gender gap in computer science classrooms will continue to persist until we can create the supports needed for ALL students to develop positive STEM identities. While there is abundant research on engaging girls and underrepresented minority students, educators need specific practices for the classroom. Since 2010 the SciGirls Strategies have been used by over 3,000 formal and informal educators in STEM and CS classrooms. After two years of reviewing research, the updated SciGirls Strategies are available. The SciGirls Strategies provide specific practices for engaging girls in STEM with detailed tips that allow any educator to easily implement them in their classroom. This session will introduce attendees to the new strategies and include time to discuss how to apply the practices in their classroom. Participants will leave the session with a copy of the strategies and inspiration to develop new gender equitable and culturally responsive computer science programming.

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Speakers
avatar for Katie Hessen

Katie Hessen

STEM Content & Outreach Specialist, Twin Cities PBS: TPT


Thursday May 16, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Theater

1:40pm

LEGO Mindstorms Robotics 101
Experience the thrill of making a LEGO robot move!  During this hands-on session, designed for beginners, we will explore robotics using basic programming to make the robot drive.  Using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 icon based software, we will also integrate sensor feedback into the programming.  Participants will work in teams on a laptop and robot provided by presenter.  No Experience Necessary!

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Speakers
JB

Jeannie Badger

High Tech Kids
CM

Cheryl Moeller

High Tech Kids


Thursday May 16, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Rm 302

1:40pm

Taking it to the Next Level: Transitioning from Block to Text Coding
In this session we will discuss how students of all ages can transfer their learning from block coding experiences like the Hour of Code to text coding in the language of Python. Using a web based programming environment and a Python graphics package called "Turtle", participants will create their own drawings with the use of loops, sequences, and conditionals.  

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Speakers
avatar for Annie Schroeder

Annie Schroeder

Digital Learning Specialist, Bloomington Public Schools
I am a Digital Learning Specialist for Bloomington Public Schools and a University of Minnesota Learning Technologies graduate student. Prior to holding this position I was an 8th grade math and computer science teacher. I strive to contribute to the creation of an exciting, collaborative... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Rm 326

1:40pm

The Day When Machines Exceed Humans
We are getting further and further away of procedural based coding, and creating machine based systems that not only mimic what a human can do, but far exceed them. These types of systems are not possible when "only" humans create the programs. This day in age it's the convergence of human and machine that will take us into the next era of computer programming.

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Speakers
avatar for Jon Herke

Jon Herke

Sr. Software Engineer, Optum


Thursday May 16, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Rm 301

1:40pm

Computer Science, Computational Thinking & Maker Mindsets for All? Absolutely!
Learn how an elementary Library Media Specialist in rural southern Minnesota has been working to integrate computer science concepts, computational thinking activities and a maker mindset with teachers and students in her schools. Discuss the importance of incorporating these materials and activities in classrooms in order to encourage purposeful play which builds invaluable executive skills for young learners. Get tips for collaborating with teachers, and get ideas for unplugged and robotic materials to purchase to start a mobile makerspace library in your school. If you’re intimidated by the thought of trying to start a computer science or maker mindset initiative in your school or district, this session is for you!

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Speakers
avatar for Kristen Seeger

Kristen Seeger

Teacher, Albert Lea Area Schools


Thursday May 16, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Rm 319

1:40pm

Geometry Infused with Computer Science and Computational Thinking
Morph your classroom from a place of solely learning standards into a collaborative environment where students are thinking critically and problem solving. Students are curious, excited, engaged, and experiencing the material by embedding computer science (Scratch) and computational thinking concepts. This session demonstrates strategies for shifting to a competitive, gamified, inquiry-based, classroom and puts the fun back in education.  I will speak primarily about my Geometry class but a lot of the tips can be used in any classroom.

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Speakers
avatar for Nicholas Springer

Nicholas Springer

Stillwater Area High School


Thursday May 16, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Rm 304

1:40pm

Creative & Crafty Coding
In this session we will explore the ways that creativity, coding, and crafting (aka making) intersect to create meaning for our learners. We will look at some frameworks that work well in creative computer science work as well as curricular examples that bridge creative coding and meaningful making. We will look at how coding platforms, physical computing components, and different craft areas can come together to create powerful learning experiences.

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Speakers
HB

Heather Benedict

Consultant, St. Catherine University


Thursday May 16, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Rm 325

1:40pm

Hands-On Playground
Thursday May 16, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Rm 307

1:40pm

A Bee's Code: Obvious and Out of the Ordinary Approaches to K-2 Coding
These days, it seems everyone is talking about teaching students to code, but it can be hard to get started if you aren't familiar with the concepts or don't have the tools. Come learn some ways to introduce coding concepts to young students using basic materials as well as more sophisticated equipment (Bee Bots). In this session you will learn both about coding and the science of bees, and briefly discuss how easy it is to embed coding in other science topics. Recommended for grades K-2.

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Speakers
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Anika Taylor

The Bakken Museum


Thursday May 16, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Rm 324

1:40pm

CSforAll: Differentiating CS Lessons & Activities
In this session we will examine Carol Ann Tomlinson's model for differentiation that breaks lessons and projects into three main parts: Content, Process, and Product.  By manipulating these three components we can make decisions that intentionally differentiate student work.  Then we will dive in to how this can be applied to the world of Computer Science to help expand participation among all students.

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Speakers
avatar for Tom Cozzolino

Tom Cozzolino

Maker Space Facilitator, St. Paul Public Schools


Thursday May 16, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Rm 305

2:40pm

Using Technology as a Tool for Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies
The purpose of this session  is to help teachers, incorporate Digital Kinship instructional strategies into your classroom curriculum and pedagogy.
In addition we will explore ways to engage diverse student in authentic relevant ways while at the same time providing a pathway for 21st Century Technology skills.

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Speakers
avatar for Dr. Lanise Block

Dr. Lanise Block

Founder, Principal Consulting, Sankore Consulting


Thursday May 16, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Theater

2:40pm

Getting Your Students Started with Game Creation: Choosing the Right Platform
Kids love games. Creating games can be a great lever for opening students up to the world of coding, art, and collaboration. And unlike a decade ago, game creation has never been easier to get started with. There are dozens of free and cheap game creation tools and platforms for teachers to choose from—many of which are beginner friendly and require no programming. But with so many options, choosing the right option for your students can be daunting. In this session, we’ll look at a number of the best tools available for building games, with the lens of choosing the right platform for your particular students and your teaching comfort level. You’ll leave this session with a clear understanding of what’s out there and where to get started!

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Speakers
avatar for Mike Smart

Mike Smart

Innovation Facilitator, Intermediate District 287
Like to talk about... Innovation. Education. Teaching. Maker Movement. Japanese. Programming. Games. Books. Parenting. Soccer. Coaching. ... Whatever, really, except Antiques and Gardening.


Thursday May 16, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Rm 302

2:40pm

Mobile CSP through CE
Mobile CSP is a college board endorsed curriculum for AP credit that is being modified for concurrent enrollment(CE). Students build socially useful apps in the project based curriculum. The poster session will have an overview of the current NSF project, chance to build an app using the curriculum as well as a recruitment message for teachers for professional development. Mobile CSP is designed to broaden participation among girls and underrepresented minority students.

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Speakers
RL

Ryan Lindsay

Teacher, St. Louis County Schools
Technology, Robotics, Film, K-12


Thursday May 16, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Rm 326

2:40pm

Social (in)Justice and Surveillance Capitalism: CS and Civil Rights
Participants work in teams to create an algorithm that will solve a school related problem. Work is done in English, no computer science (CS) specific knowledge required. Activities are useful for considering how to position CS as a social justice issue, which can make it a more compelling topic for girls and students from underrepresented groups in CS.

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Speakers
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Siri Anderson

Director of Graduate Education for Licensed Teachers, St. Catherine University
Long delighted by things shiny and new, I have been working technology into the classroom since the mid-90s when most online interaction was still just one step above pong. Now a died-in-the-wool online learning geek, I'm invested in digitally empowering social change through student... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Rm 301

2:40pm

Using Tinkercad to Represent Mitosis
This session integrates the process of mitosis with the program Tinkercad.   Students color code the 5 major stages of mitosis, then extrapolate what they think happens between each stage.  Finally, they are to make models of their drawings using Tinkercad.

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Speakers
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Arik Anderson

Austin Public Schools
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Anne Christopherson

Science Teacher, Austin Public Schools


Thursday May 16, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Rm 319

2:40pm

Let's have a GAS with Google Apps Scripts
Get google to work for you! This session introduces participants to the basics of Google Apps Scripts (GAS) through hands-on practice. We will use JavaScript to build custom functions in Sheets, create larger programs that can be triggered by external events and ask participants to build an automated form for data collection.

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Jacob Zimbric

Intermediate District 287


Thursday May 16, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Rm 304

2:40pm

Physical Computing in K-8 Environments: Let’s Play with Electricity
In this session we’ll discuss a variety of tools and strategies for helping K-8 students to develop a foundational understanding of electricity and learn to tinker with it safely, creatively, and inexpensively.

I’ll plan to cover how Squishy Circuits, Scrappy Circuits, Paper Circuits, electrified wearables, dollar store robots, Makey Makey (and Funkey), and Microbits.

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Speakers
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Tami Brass

Director of Instructional Technology, St. Paul Academy and Summit School
I've been teaching in and supporting 1:1 environments for over 15 years and most recently have been geeking out on making and computer science. Don't ask what level I'm on in Candy Crush...


Thursday May 16, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Rm 325

2:40pm

Hands-On Playground
Thursday May 16, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Rm 307

2:40pm

Moving Beyond Play: Purposeful Use of Robotics, Coding and Computational Thinking Skills
Hear how one elementary school is working to implement a school-wide coding and robotics program that promotes computational thinking skills and coding concepts K-5.  In the spring of 2017, we received the funding to purchase one robot for each grade in our elementary school.  Hear how our technology integrationist has been working to develop a grade-level progression for teaching coding concepts and vocabulary, moving “beyond play,” identifying purposeful ways to utilize robotics with our learners.  See our process in action as we
-Focus on using one robot per grade level
-Explore guiding resources that helped us identify key concepts, vocabulary, and a grade-level progression (e.g. ISTE, Code.org’s curriculum, company resources, Twitter)
-Developed a tinker| research | try approach to adapt “high interest” robotic activities in the teaching of classroom content
-Specifically focus on math integration with 4 different robots and social studies and writing with Scratch.
-Hear about commonalities (and differences) that we have found in all six robots that could help anyone get started with fewer options and choices.
-Have an opportunity to try a math activity challenge for four different robots (e.g. Kibo, Blue-bot, Ozobot, Sphero)

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Speakers
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Jennifer Retka-Wallace

Digital Media Learning Coordinator, ISD110 Waconia


Thursday May 16, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Rm 324

2:40pm

Computer Science & Literacy: Integrating Picture Books and Graphic Novels
With national initiatives like CSForAll, computer science education is seeing a powerful surge in schools. The publishing world is also seeing the influence of this movement with authors writing more books about CS. This session offers insight about how picture books (elementary) and graphic novels (MS/HS) align with the CS practices and represent diverse characters doing CS so teachers know where best to integrate these books into their lessons.

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Rachelle Haroldson

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
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Dave Ballard

Richfield Public Schools


Thursday May 16, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Rm 305

3:30pm

Closing and Prizes
Join us in the Theater to wrap up the day, as well as some great give-aways!

Thursday May 16, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Theater