Tech & Learning Live @ Dallas

Tech & Learning Live @ Dallas

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Reedy High School

3003 Stonebrook Pkwy, Frisco, TX 75034

What is Tech & Learning Live?

  • District and Building-Level Administrators
  • Technology Directors
  • Technology Coordinators
  • Librarians and Media Specialists
  • Board of Education Members
  • Other education staff involved in technology planning
    Bring your leadership team and make the most of your professional development budget! Sign up here to bring your leadership team at a highly discounted rate (up to 50% off, depending on numbers of people you are bringing).


Registration and Breakfast: Playground

Network with friends while you enjoy a continental breakfast in our “playground” area, where interactive exhibits including makerspaces, learning spaces, new gadgets, and more will be set up throughout the day. Playgrounds include exhibits from Paul Munshower, Instructional Technology Specialist, Abilene ISD (makerspace tools for secondary ed), Juan Orozco, Director of Instructional Technology, Del Valle ISD (Robotics and Coding), and more.

Keynote: How vs. Why--The benefits of whole community buy-in

By this time, most everyone understands the “why” of technology in the classroom, but many don’t always have the answer to “how.” How do we engage both tech and curriculum departments in this conversation? How can schools involve parents to increase their support? How do we ensure all student voices are involved in programs like STEM? And how can schools better partner with local businesses and universities? In his keynote speech, Adam Phyall, Director of Technology & Media Services at Newton County School System (GA), will share specific examples of how his district has successfully addressed these “how” questions. He will offer tips that attendees can use to get the buy-in needed to ensure the success of tech initiatives by involving and engaging with all school stakeholders.

Keynote Presentation

Refreshment and Networking Break: Playground

Breakout Session # 1

Demo (Auditorium): Tools for Teachers/Students

Educators and administrators demonstrate some of the latest tools for K-12. Presenters include: From Wichita Falls ISD: Joe Guidry, Secondary Instructional Technologist (Student Content with Padlet, Quizlet, & Quizziz) ; Susan Cragar, Teacher (Screencastify); Adrian Cargal, Math Instructional Coach (Nearpod).

Classroom Uses for Padlet and Quizlet Presentation

How and Why: Coding in the Classroom (library)

Learn about tools and techniques to integrate coding into your curricula. Presenters include: Kay Knebel, Technology Teacher, Wall Elementary, Wall ISD (Using BeeBots to Teach Coding); Juan Orozco, Director of Instructional Technology, Del Valle ISD (Coding Tips); and Randy Rodgers, Director of Digital Learning Services, Seguin ISD (How and Why: Coding in the Classroom). Moderator: Kimberly Lane Clark

Coding in the 21st Century Presentation

Next-Gen PD #1: Developing PLNs

This session explores how to deliver next gen professional development to educators via collaborative power and tech tools to foster engaging Professional Learning Networks. Presenters include: Shannon Terry, Director of Professional Learning, Arlington ISD,Renee Pope, Coordinator of Professional Learning, Arlington ISD, and Jacqueline Gaffner, Assistant Professor of Education, Texas Wesleyan University. Moderator: Danielle Reynolds, Coordinator of Science, Arlington ISD.

Developing PLNs Presentation

Leadership Track: Transforming Your Faculty with T-TESS

Designed to reflect continuous improvement (growth), reflection and collaborative feedback, T-TESS draws upon the belief that the educational environment is most effective when teachers craft personalized learning experiences. Let’s take an up-close look at how empowering teachers to grow their pedagogical craftsmanship with micro-credentials while documenting their learning journeys with professional portfolios will transform your faculty into T-TESS-taments of mastery. PRESENTER: Brianna Hodges, Director of Digital Learning, Stephenville ISD

Breakout Session #2

Demo : G-Suite Tips & Tools (Auditorium)

Educators and administrators demonstrate some of the latest tools for K-12. Presenters include: Frank Murray, Director of Instructional Technology, Wichita Falls ISD (10 Google Hacks that will help transform your connected classroom); Joe Camacho, Instructional Technology Facilitator, WFISD (New Google Sites: Great for Teachers, Awesome for Students); Cori Coburn, Digital Learning Coach, Georgetown ISD (Digital Art Connections to All Curriculum via Google) and Jamie Morgan, Gifted and Talented Instructional Specialist, WFISD (If You Give a Kindergartener a Chromebook).

G-Suite Tips & Tools Presentation

Robotics (library)

Learn how robotics programs can engage all students. Presenters include: Darrell Dixon, Robotics Teacher, Cleveland Middle School, Mimi McGhee, District Tech Apps Facilitator, Frisco ISD, and Nichole Aryanpur, Frisco ISD Robotics.

Robotics Presentation

Next-Gen PD #2: Three unique PD models to create effective training and support for all staff.

Hear about three unique models of professional development that include badging, teachers training teachers models, and developing a school-wide support plans for teachers, administrators, and campuses for technology growth and expansion. Presenters include: Cheryl McDonald, Director of Digital Learning Services, Frisco ISD; Shivon Loya, Director Instructional Technology, Caddo Mills ISD; and Knikole Taylor, Blended Learning Specialist, Lancaster ISD.

Three unique PD models Presentation

Leadership Track: From Silos to Success: Fostering Collaboration Between Tech & Curriculum

These school leaders discuss ways they supported their technology & curriculum department leaders to better collaborate and support various edtech initiatives. Get insights into planning processes that included budget, research, device selection, and professional development. See how the synergy between the two departments vaulted these districts to success. Bring your ideas and questions. PRESENTERS: Dwight Goodwin, Director of Instructional Technology, & Mike Mattingly, Denton ISD; Dr. Becky Navarre, Assistant Superintendent of Technology, and Khechara Bradford Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum And Instruction, Fort Worth ISD; and Robert Bayard, Chief Technology Officer & Susan Silva, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Clear Creek Independent School District. Moderaator: Sheryl Abshire

Fostering Collaboration Between Tech & Curriculum Presentation

Refreshment and Networking Break: Playground

Anything Goes Discussions #1 (Library)

These small group discussions, on topics suggested by attendees, provide a great opportunity for you to network with fellow technology leaders. Topics include:

TABLE 1: Student Agency and Authenticity -- Changemakers in the Classroom (Susan Davis, Professional Development, ATLIS, Fort Worth, and Jared Colley, English Chair at Oakridge School, Arlington, TX)

Changemakers in the Classroom Presentation

TABLE 2: Addressing Cyber Security (Suzette McIntyre, Director of Technology, Wall ISD)

TABLE 3: Curate Lessons with Blendspace/Thinglink (Adrian Cargal, Math Instructional Coach, Wichita Falls Independent School District)

TABLE 4: Fun with Geocaching (Kay Knebel, Technology Teacher, Wall Elementary, Wall ISD)

TABLE 5: TedEd Platform: spark, create, and share interactive ideas! (Kimberly Lane , Blended Learning Specialist, Lancaster ISD)

TABLE 6: Tech Tools for Gifted and Talented Programs (Jamie Morgan, Gifted & Talented Instructional Specialist, Wichita Falls Independent School District)

Tech Tools for Gifted and Talented Presentation

TABLE 7: Hyperdocs for Student-Centered Learning (Jacqueline Gaffner, Assistant Professor of Education, Texas Wesleyan University)

Hyperdocs Presentation

TABLE 8: Edtech Tools for Behavior Management (Elizabeth Merwald, Behavior & Prevention Specialist, Best Elementary School, Alief ISD, Houston)

TABLE 9: Integrating Technology into the Elementary Science Classroom (Laura McLeod & Jamie Flemmer, Elementary Science Coordinators, Frisco ISD)

Integrating Technology Presentation

TABLE 10: Digital Literacy vs. Fake News (Cori Coburn, Digital Learning Coach, Georgetown ISD)

Digital Literacy vs. Fake News Presentation

TABLE 11: Designing Team Learning Environments (A.J. Shelat, sponsored by Hall Research)

Lunch n Learn & Poetry Slam (Cafeteria)

Enjoy lunch with colleagues from 12:30-1, then sit back to meet some of our sponsors and enjoy a poetry slam hosted by Carl Hooker. Slammers include: Rafranz Davis, Kacy Mitchell, Brianna Hodges, Randy Rodgers, Shad McGaha, and Frank Murray.

Anything Goes #2 (Library)

See details at the 11:45 Anything Goes session--topics will be repeated at 1:20.

Breakout Session #3

Demo (Auditorium): Tools for Administrators

Educators and administrators demonstrate some of the latest tools for K-12. Presenters include: Bruce Ellis (Sr. Director of Professional Development, TCEA), Frank Murray (Director of Instructional Technology, Wichita Falls ISD), Shad McGaha (Wichita Falls ISD), and Susan Cragar (Teacher, Wichita Falls ISD). Moderator: Suzette McIntyre.

Tools for Administrators Presentation

Panel: STEM (library): Including All Voices in STEM Programs

Computer science is foundational knowledge for all students in the 21st century but a shift in paradigm must happen in order to get ALL students learning about computer science. Hear how these schools are engaging all voices in theri STEM programs. Presenters include: Adam Phyall, Kimberly Lane (Blended Learning Specialist, Lancaster ISD), and Rafranz Davis, Executive Director of Professional and Digital Learning, Lufkin, ISD).

Including all voices in STEM Presentation

Leadership Track: Future Ready Think Tank

Is it time to rethink curriculum? The four core areas have been staples of modern education for nearly a century, but looking at the future and the growth of AI and robotics, should these subject areas still be the focus? In this interactive think tank, we'll discuss this and many other taboo topics regarding the sacred institution that is education. Let's get ready for the future by fixing the present.PRESENTER: Carl Hooker, Director of Innovation & Digital Learning, Eanes ISD