My 2018 Great Plains Summit Sessions

My 2018 Great Plains Summit Sessions

I am excited and honored to present at the 2018 Great Plains Summit in Lincoln, Nebraska this July 12th and 13th!

I always look forward an opportunity to see old friends, make new friends, share some ideas, and learn so many new things from others.

My Sessions:

Thursday, July 12th

  • Google Tools for Struggling Students
    7/12 - 10:00–10:50 am - Location: Room D
    Session resources:
    Description: There are many Google tools, apps, extensions, and features available to assist struggling learners or students with special needs. These include text-to-speech, speech-to-text, and apps that aid readability, reading comprehension, organization, focus and more. Learn what tools are available and how to access and use them with students.
  • Holy Sheets: Google Sheets Activities for all Subjects
    7/12 - 11:00-11:50am - Location: Room D
    Session resources:
    Description: Google Sheets is not just a tool for crunching numbers. It is a powerful tool for learning, inquiry, exploration, and inspiration in any subject area. In this session we will take a look at several practical activities for a wide range of content areas including random writing prompts, flash cards, educational games, student-created learning databases, art and creativity, and of course analyzing data to draw conclusions and make predictions.
  • Hipster Google - Tools You've Probably Never Heard Of
    7/12 - 2:00–2:50pm - Location: Room E
    Session resources:
    Description: Learn about lesser-known Google tools for that you can use in the classroom inlcuding nGram, Google Trends, AutoDraw, Toontastic, Smarty Pins, Poly, Meme Buddy, Mystery Animal, Science Journal, Semantris, Grasshopper, Art Palette & much more!
  • Supercharge Google Docs with Drawings
    7/12 - 3:00-3:50pm - Location: Room E
    Session resources:
    Description: You can't do that in Docs! If you have ever made this claim, you may not be taking advantage of everything Docs can do. Built into Docs is Google Drawings, a tool that can add more features and make Docs more interactive. See how you and your students can use the integrated Drawings option in Docs to add playable videos, insert text boxes, add captions to images, embed graphic organizers, add interactive activities, provide a whiteboard area for student work, and more.

Friday, July 13th

  • Google Tour Builder for any Subject
    7/13 - 10:00-10:50am - Location: Auditorium
    Session resources:
    Description: Google's Tour Builder is an easy to use but powerful tool for students to create virtual tours, including locations, images, videos, descriptions, hyperlinks, and more. These tours can be used in any subject area such as retelling the events from a novel, tracing the locations of a historical event, visiting different biomes or landforms around the world, and more. Tours can be viewed by others in Tour Builder, or even imported into Google Earth for a full 3D experience. Learn how you and your students can make and take virtual tours with Google Tour Builder.
  • Supercharge Google Slides with Add-Ons
    7/13 - 11:00–11:50 am - Location: Auditorium
    Session resources:
    Description: Google Slides is already pretty awesome, but with free Add-Ons you can make it even awesome-er! Learn how to find, install, use, and manage Add-Ons for Slides including tools for finding and inserting free images, creating a photo slideshow from a Drive folder, creating interactive presentations with Pear Deck, batch formatting of text and images, and more.

[Making Learning Transparent - Finding, Making, and Using Transparent Images for Learning]

Connect with Me

I would love to stay connected with you after the conference. Please feel free to connect with me in any of the ways listed below:

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Eric Curts is an education trainer and consultant with over 20 years' experience throughout the U.S. He is an authorized Google Education Trainer and a Google Certified Innovator. Read his blog at and follow him on Google+ and @ericcurts on Twitter.