Kiker Learning Theater

Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts

Thursday: 10 -10:50 a.m.

Presenter: Dan Kaufmann
Do you find yourself spending too much time in the classroom before or after school? Join me as we explore 100+ tips, tricks and shortcuts to use in YouTube, Google Chrome, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Calendar, and Slides. Once mastered, these skills will save you time every day.

Travel the World with Google Tools

Thursday: 11 – 11:50 a.m.

Presenter: Rick Lapi
Take your students around the world, right from your classroom. This session will focus on a variety of Google tools—Google Spheres, My Maps, Google Cardboard, Google Earth and Google Lit Trips to name a few—that will help enhance student activities and increase engagement in all subjects.

Think Outside the Box with Google Classroom

Thursday: Noon- 12:50 p.m.

Presenter: Chrissy Romano Arrabito
Already using Google Classroom? Looking for more creative ways to leverage this organization tool? Want your classroom to be more student-centered? Then this is the session for you. Participants will walk away with numerous ideas on how to integrate digital tools, apps and extensions through the use of Google Classroom to make this simple tool work for you.

Escape the Convention

Thursday: 1 – 1:50 p.m.

Presenters: Kristen Tsaoys, Jen Fischer, and Don Platvoet
Everywhere you look, it seems like Escape Rooms are all the rage! A team signs up to be locked in a room and must find clues and solve puzzles to complete a mission and find the key to escape. How can we harness this excitement and momentum and bring it into our classrooms? Participants will learn the basics of Digital Breakout Games, work together to “Escape the Convention,” and discover how to use Google Sites to develop a game for use in their own classrooms.

Screencasting in Every Classroom

Thursday: 2 – 2:50 p.m.

Presenter: Chris McCaffrey
Screencasting is a flexible tool for teaching, learning, assessment and feedback. By putting screencasting in students’ hands, they can create, collaborate, and share knowledge in ways never before possible. Teachers can also use these tools to flip their classroom or to create learning objects.

Believe the Hype

Friday: 10 – 10:50 a.m.

Presenters: Kristen Tsaoys,Jen Fischer, and Don Platvoet
So, what’s all the Hype about HyperDocs? By putting all of the resources students need in one Google Doc, teachers can differentiate, engage and push them to higher levels of learning. It’s like creating a perfect one-stop-shop for all of your students’ needs! It’s time to “Believe the Hype.”

Pencil Me in for Google Drawings

Friday: 11 – 11:50 a.m.

Presenters: Rick Lapi
At first glance, it can be easy to ignore the Google Drawing app. It can seem simplistic and not very useful. In reality, it is a powerful image creator and editor. Add in the fact that you can collaborate on a drawing, and it’s too awesome to be ignored. This session will focus on ways to use Google Drawings in the classroom. From creating timelines and infographics or even using it to show work on a math problem, Google Drawings is a versatile and engaging tool for any classroom.

Checking in with Students: Formative Assessment Tools that Work

Friday: Noon- 12:50 p.m.

Presenter: Chrissy Romano Arrabito
This session will address the need for formative assessment in the classroom and various forms of formative assessment from high tech to low tech to no tech. Participants will leave with a variety of tools to put into practice the next day.

Choose Your Adventure

Friday: 1 – 1:50 p.m.

Presenter: Laurie DeMuro
This session will highlight Forms and Slides in the reading/writing environment by designing Choose-Your-Adventure stories. Choose-Your-Adventure stories are an interactive way to let students make decisions about characters, setting and plot. They can be driven by you or you can guide your students to let their imaginations run free.

#DigiKeepers: Trapper Keepers Gone Digital

Friday: 2 – 2:50 p.m.

Presenters: Suzanne Crowley and Jennifer Fischer
Trapper Keepers. They answered the prayers of the 1980s for most disorganized students. Organization. Style. Velcro. Trapper Keepers had it all. Now, what if we could harness the excitement of the Trapper Keeper, but digitally? Participants will learn how to use Google Sites to create a DigiKeeper to not only help keep students’ digital work organized, but give them a way of expressing who they are.