#NWOCATechDay16 Session Descriptions


Note: “Tracks” are being used to categorize sessions. All sessions are open to all participants.

1:1 Chromebook Panel

Join a panel of technology coordinators who have implemented 1:1 Chromebook programs in their school districts. The panelists range from those who have had programs for a couple years to those who are just implementing this year. Hear about their successes and challenges and ask questions about their experiences.

Panelists:  Rebecca Short, Fayette Local Schools

                 Adam Singer, Central Local Schools

Teaming up on Technology

With the proliferation of new technologies, NWOCA has been working closely with districts to stay ahead of the demands these technologies are putting on networks and individuals. We have developed an array of solutions to address these demands.  This session will quickly review all of these services.  Take this opportunity to learn of these services, and also come with new ideas for services and solutions you need help with at your district. We are here to help!

Presenters:  Brad Rellinger, NWOCA

                   Andrew Thornton, DataServ

Filtering YouTube

We will be discussing the methods we use to filter YouTube at Wauseon.  We are a 1:1 district utilizing Chromebooks.  We will be discussing the use of the Google Admin Console and Lightspeed filtering to manage YouTube.  This will be a discussion panel to explore filtering options for all platforms.  If you are having trouble managing YouTube in your district, or have some insight to offer, please come join our discussion!

Presenter:  Curt Crew, Wauseon Exempted Village Schools

Scan Your Accountability Worries Goodbye
You’re accountable for every book, every Chromebook, every iPad, every musical instrument, every Bunsen burner in your school. Do you know that you already have a tool that can help? A tool that can easily track who has that equipment-or who had it last? A tool that allows you to quickly see what equipment is due for maintenance or replacement? And would you like to do that without investing in new tracking software? Learn how to track Chromebooks, iPads, or other school equipment the district lends to students by using the INFOhio Integrated Library System (ILS), software the district is already using to track library resources. In this session you will learn how to maximize your ILS and provide accountability and data for school stakeholders.

Presenter: Kim Murry, NWOCA

Online Web Resource Parent Consent and Approval Process

This presentation will detail the process by which Anthony Wayne Local Schools: 1. researched issues surrounding the use of student data in free online web resources, 2. investigated the various options presented by legal counsel regarding the use of student data in online web resources, 3. created a District Web Resource Committee that vets and approves these resources, and 4. created and implemented a parent consent agreement notifying our parents of the use of student data with online web resources and presenting them with an opportunity to opt-in to their classroom use.

Presenter: Chris Hamady, Anthony Wayne Local Schools


Note: “Tracks” are being used to categorize sessions. All sessions are open to all participants.

Intro to Google Drive and Docs

New to the Google World and wondering what it is all about?  At the center of Google Apps is your gDrive.  Drive is unlimited cloud-based storage that allows the creation and sharing of files. Google Docs is a web-based document application that allows users to create and share documents online. This session will show you how to upload, convert, manage, and organize your files in Google Drive. We’ll also highlight the features and functions of Google Docs and show how to share your Document with others for live collaboration. Learn how other teachers and students are using Google Docs to enhance their teaching in and out of the classroom.

Presenter: Kristie Hughes, NWOCA

Google Classroom for Dummies
Have you heard about Google Classroom from your colleagues and wondering what all the fuss is about? This session will go through the basics of Classroom and introduce you to all the features that you can use to easily share, collaborate, set and track assignments all from the comfort of your Google account.

Presenter: John Mansel-Pleydell, NWOCA

Three (Fun, Free and Simple!) Assessment Tools for Teachers
“Do the students really get what I’m teaching? I wish there was an easy way to assess their understanding! How can I make reviewing the material fun and engaging?” If you have ever thought about these questions, this is the session for you! Chris will demo three simple tools – Kahoot!, Plickers and Mentimeter – that you can integrate into your classroom and make a complementary part of instruction. All of these tools are free, and show a myriad of data while fostering student engagement. Teachers that are just getting into technology, or those looking for some simple ways to assess student understanding can benefit the most from this hands on, interactive session. Bring your own device. Come ready to have fun, be engaged, and learn three easy ways that you can seamlessly fold technology into your curriculum at any level!

Presenter: Chris Malanga, NWOCA

Google Email

From a perspective of a school that recently converted all staff to the Google gmail service, I will discuss many of the different settings available in Gmail and how you can customize the look to whatever you'd like. We will discuss how to label messages, organize contacts, use Tasks. How attachments work from a computer vs Drive. We will create rules, show filters, create out of office messages and signatures. I will also demonstrate how to view your Gmail on mobile devices.

Presenter: Steve Baker, Patrick Henry Local Schools

Forget the Paper… Let Google Drawings Take Over

Are you interested in creating a digital poster board, flyer, diagram, or even a flowchart? In this Google Drawing session, we will discuss how other teachers and students are using Google Drawing and how you can get started. The many features of Google Drawing will be shown and participants will see how these drawings can enhance classroom teaching.

Presenter: Kristie Hughes, NWOCA


Note: “Tracks” are being used to categorize sessions. All sessions are open to all participants.

Augmented Reality
We will focus on bringing lessons to life in your classroom using augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). We will focus on meaningful ways to integrate AR and VR into your classroom and school. We will learn how to create our own AR using Aurasma. By the end of the session you will walk away with a list of best AR and VR education apps currently available leaving you excited to start using this technology in your classroom to enhance learning.

Presenter: Kim Murry, NWOCA

Coding in the Classroom

Session attendees will explore the benefits of introducing coding to your students. The session will offer coding options for students of all ages. Attendees will have an opportunity to try out the coding options to see what will work best for their students.

Presenter: Amber Franzdorf, Bryan City Schools

Coding to Make Big Projects Simple
Learn how schools can unleash the full power of Google Apps by developing their own mini-applications. In this session you will learn about Google Apps Script and see examples of how it can make scheduling and data crunching easier. You will be guided step-by-step to write your own code. BEGINNERS WELCOME! You will leave with resources so that you, your students, or others in your district can dive deeper into Google Apps Script to simplify large projects.

Presenter: John Word, Sylvania City Schools

LEGO WeDo 2.0 and EV3 Robotics

For 35 years, LEGO® Education has been working with teachers and educational specialists to deliver playful learning experiences that bring subjects to life in the classroom and make learning fun and impactful. LEGO® Education has a wide range of physical and digital educational resources that encourage students to think creatively, reason systematically and release their potential to shape their own future.  This session will demonstrate two of the solutions for educators - WeDo 2.0 and LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3.  WeDo 2.0 makes elementary science come to life through hands-on tasks, real-world projects, and relevant technology that engages students. Through project-based activities, students’ skills are enhanced across science, engineering, technology, and coding. For middle and high school students, the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 enables students to build, program, and test their solutions based on LEGO building bricks and real-life robotics technology.  This solution can enhance student skills in math, science, technology, engineering and computer science.

Presenter: Chris Malanga. NWOCA


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Presenter: INFOhio


10 Ways to Use Google Forms in the Classroom

Google Forms has added many features since last spring.  I will demonstrate 10 quality ways to use Google Forms in the classroom for many different purposes.  Examples from my classroom will be included.  The new quiz feature can now be used with multiple choice questions and can be easily and quickly graded.  An add-on called Flubaroo can also be used to grade multiple choice or short answer questions.  I'll show you how to utilize Google Forms to save you time and get more out of your assessment strategies with students.

Presenter: Stacey Snyder, Maumee City Schools

Using 21st Century Skills to Teach 21st Century Skills
21st Century Learning is a concept that has garnered much attention in education. 21st Century Learning is based on the assumption that the learning of how the content is taught is just as important as the content itself. This session will describe how students are introduced to 21st Century Learning  methodologically applying the 4 C's (critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity) through the use of technology, Universal Design for Learning, and Bloom’s Taxonomy.  In this workshop technology is viewed as a tool that can help good teachers be better, but teachers need to be good from the beginning.  Universal Design for Learning is modeled through incorporating technology in every aspect of the course, such as Google Drive, making it paperless.  Bloom’s Taxonomy is integrated in all lessons and assessments moving students toward higher order thinking by the end of the course when they have to create a presentation applying technology to the teaching of content in their licensure area.  Participants will learn by seeing 21st Century Learning modeled and then learning the skills by doing them.

Presenter: Fred Coulter, Defiance College

SAMR: Integrating Technology with Lessons You Already Use

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Presenter: Kathi Bauer

Internet Safety

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Presenter: TBD

YouTube: More Than Just Cat Videos

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Presenter: John Mansel-Pleydell, NWOCA

eBook Author’s Corner

You and your students can create high-quality, professional eBooks/eZines/eNews using Google Slides. The free presentation app beautifully combines words, images, and design features that create publications that can be easily shared. The finished publication will be saved as a PDF so that no special device or high tech software is needed to display. During this session, we will discuss how students can demonstrate learning by creating an electronic publication. The writing can be a book report, art / poetry portfolio, children's book, a mini textbook explaining unit, etc. We will also explore how you can create a classroom / school newsletter. Along with your device, bring ideas and content that will appear in your newsletter.

Presenter: Julianne Lange, NWOCA

Circle-o-graph: Creating a Digital Flipbook

Do you remember creating handheld flipbooks? A flipbook contains a series of pictures that vary slightly from one page to the next. When “flipping” through pages at a rapid speed, image appears to move. We will explore how to create a Google-o-graph: a moving picture. We will use a provided gDrawings template and create several PNG files to create a GIF. Your gDrawings will come alive! A Google-o-graph is a fun and entertaining way to demonstrate life cycles, phases of the moon, or tell a story.

Presenter: Julianne Lange, NWOCA

Between the Sheets

Do you use Google Sheets in your everyday work? If you are not you are missing out on some really useful and time saving features. This session goes under the covers to reveal some of the most useful and awesome features of Google Sheets that will help you increase productivity.

Presenter: John Mansel-Pleydell, NWOCA

Going Further with Google Classroom

Teachers will get an overview of the new features added to Google Classroom within the past year/months.  I will demonstrate how I currently utilize Google Classroom in my class and have students "turn in" their homework.  I will also share some tips and tricks that I have found helpful.  One of the most exciting features is the ability to invite parents to view your Google Classroom.  They can receive weekly updates on assignments and announcements.

Presenter: Stacey Snyder, Maumee City Schools

Grading Essays with Google Docs

I will explain how I use the features of Google Docs in my high school English and college composition classes. The focus will be on writing instruction. The following topics will be covered: Grading and commenting on writing assignments; Reducing the paper load: Peer revision and editing; Writing templates and examples; Using Docs on ALL devices--Chromebooks, iPads, PC's, even smartphones.

Presenter: Tim Bowers, Four County Career Center

Add-Ons, Apps and Extensions

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Presenter: TBD


Building Digital Assessments for AIR Test Prep Through Edcite

As teachers adapt their classroom materials to look and feel like AIR tests, they want to create digital assessments that feature all of the interactive tools, like drag-and-drop items, interactive graphs, highlighters, note pads, and equation editors. Edcite provides a solution, offering over seventy question types aligned to AIR, SBAC, and PARCC. Teachers can create assessments, load students into classes, manage data, and more. Learn about this free service and spend some time creating your own assessment.

Presenter: Alex Clarkson

Google Docs: Beyond Word Processing
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Presenter: Kathi Bauer