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Thursday, May 16

10:40am CDT

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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Natalie Weatherman

Teacher/Chaperone, Shakopee Schools
As a Digital Learning Coach at Shakopee Public Schools (and former media specialist), I am passionate about student learning and engagement. I love to learn and get out of my comfort zone to bring the best learning opportunities to our students.@NatalieWeatherm
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Katie Davis

Digital Learning Coach, Shakopee Public Schools

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

11:40am CDT

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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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.
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Ben Drewelow

Special Education Instructor & innovation Coach, Intermediate District 287

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

1:40pm CDT

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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Tom Cozzolino

Maker Space Facilitator, St. Paul Public Schools

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

2:40pm CDT

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

Dave Ballard

Richfield Public Schools

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