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Thursday, May 16

10:40am CDT

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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Byron Gilliand

Teacher/STEM Facilitator, Winona Area Public Schools

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

11:40am CDT

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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Amanda Madsen

Literacy Coach, Saint Paul Public Schools

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

1:40pm CDT

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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Anika Taylor

The Bakken Museum

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

2:40pm CDT

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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Jennifer Retka-Wallace

Digital Media Learning Coordinator, ISD110 Waconia

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