Conference Schedule 2015

Thursday, March 5, 2015

8:00 AM  Registration, Coffee & Rolls, Visit Sponsors [Lincoln Ballroom]

9:00 AM  Welcome and Keynote Address

Emerging Insights on the Next Generation of LearningDr. Mark Milliron; author, consultant and Chief Learning Officer for Civitas Learning
Download Mark’s presentation slides here
In this presentation, we’ll catalyze key conversations about the changing face of education. We’ll weave together issues and insights from research and practice on a wide variety of topics: (1) the growing diversity of teachers and learners, including generational differences; (2) blended, mobile, and game-based learning; (3) digital curriculum, MOOCs, and open education; (4) competency-based and personalized learning; (5) advanced analytics and related adviser, student, and faculty apps; (6) emerging work on brain science and student non-cognitive factors; and (7) our shared commitment to deeper learning and maintaining the human touch. Finally, we’ll explore strategies for engaging these conversations in a thoughtful and inclusive way—avoiding the all-too-common hyperbole or hysteria, while being open to real possibilities for the road ahead.

9:45 AM  Wayne Fisher Award Presentation

10:00 AM  Sponsor Break

10:30–11:15 AM  Breakout Sessions 1

Keynote Follow-upDr. Mark Milliron
Dr. Milliron will follow up his keynote presentation with an informal “Town Hall” style session where he will engage participants in further discussion.

Content Providers PanelLaura Huntimer, Joslyn Art Museum [moderator]
Access presentation slides here.
Whether you are currently providing educational virtual field trips (enrichment programs) from your institution or just in the planning stages, this moderated panel discussion by experienced program providers is just for you!

Enhancing Presence in the Online ClassroomAngie Fedon Wassenmiller, Concordia University
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Online courses can be isolating for students, especially when they do not feel a connection with the instructor. This presentation will address strategies instructors can use to establish identity, create rapport, forge authentic relationships, and ultimately enhance teaching and learning in the online classroom.

11:30–12:15 AM  Breakout Sessions 2

LifeSize Cloud, the Connected Experience!Steve Colehour, LifeSize & Travis Stutzman, BIZCO
Learn more about the quality and ease of use for video conferencing meetings using your iPad, iPhone, Mac, PCs, Droids, etc.

NVIS: The Nebraska Way to Virtual Field TripsNate McClenahan & John Stritt, ESU 10
Get to know the website
NVIS has been the state curriculum hosting site for classes as well as VFTs. The Virtual Field Trip section has been overhauled with emphasis on Nebraska VFT providers. In addition the revised VFT site will include additional search options, the ability to register for VFTs, and new ways to market programs to teachers.

Facilitating Active Learning in Online Mathematics CoursesDr. Michelle Homp, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
UNL’s Department of Mathematics offers graduate/professional development courses for mathematics teachers. The face-to-face sections of these courses are highly interactive, including group tasks and discussions and the sharing of multiple solution strategies. We will discuss how these features of the in-person course have been transferred to an online setting. Successes and challenges will be shared along with feedback from teachers who have enrolled in the courses.

12:15 PM  Lunch, Visit Sponsors

1:15–2:00 PM  Breakout Sessions 3

Disrupting the Factory Model [Featured]Angelique Kobler, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Lawrence Public Schools.
Disrupting the Factory Model video
How do we take advantage of the strengths of both traditional instruction and online learning using the right tools for the right situation? Learn how Lawrence Public Schools is investigating and implementing ways to alter the learning environment and custom-design instruction based on student needs, increasing our number of blended classrooms from 8 to over 150—undoing the factory model of education. Joining Angelique as co-presenters are Diana Bailey (fifth grade teacher) and Danira Flores (Teacher on Special Assignment) of Lawrence Public Schools.

Badge or Not to Badge, That is the QuestionAmanda Braun, Iowa Western Community College
Are you interested in determining ways to engage your students? As educators, we know that personalized engagement is important in any learning environment. Badges are designed to add reward and recognition in your classroom. In this session, we weill explore the history ad latest trends for badges. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to create a personalized eco badge system for the classroom.

2:15-3:00 PM  Breakout Sessions 4

Spotlight Follow-up—Angelique Kobler
Angelique, Diana and Danira will provide follow up to their presentation in this Q & A session. Come with your questions about blended learning models, inplementation, how to create change in your school and more!

Gamification in the Classroom—Jamey Boelhower, Sandy Creek High School
You have probably heard of gamification, but what does it mean for a classroom. In this session discover the basic components of gamification, how a learning managment system can be used in gamification, and generate ideas for gamifying aspects of your class.

UNMC: Breakthroughs for LifeMike Kozak & Kyle Hall, University of Nebraska Medical Center
During this sharing session University of Nebraska Medical Center staff will share latests trends and utilization of telemedicine, distance learning, and educational technologies used on campus. With the ground breaking of the Lauritzen Outpatient Center & Fritch Surgery Center new tools and practices will shared as they emerge. Come drive a tele-presence robot, see innovative technologies being used to treat Ebola patients, and share experiences in this informal discussion.

3:15–4:00 PM  Breakout Sessions 5

Measuring the Impact of Technology on Learning—Carrie Rigney, BrightBytes
Large investments are spent each year on educational technology, but we rarely explore how these investments impact learning. As districts and schools implement technology initiatives, we are shifting in the way we teach and learn. But are we tracking whether these investments improve learning? During this interactive session, we will explore the ways research and analysis can shape and support a vision for student centered technology integration and look at components needed for successful implementation.

Creative Videoconferencing Solutions for K-12 Education—Linda Dickeson, Lincoln Public Schools
Download Linda’s presentation slides here
Learn how K–12 schools in Nebraska use videoconferencing to connect students to classes, collaborations, enrichment content and much more. Educators at the Lincoln Public Schools have discovered how to use videoconferencing solutions to serve uncommon needs in many creative ways, so come and see how!

13 Things You May Not Know About the National Library of Medicine—Marty Magee, National Network/Libraries of Medicine—MidContinental Region
Where are you going to look for health and science resources that are freely accessible? The answer should be the National Library of Medicine. It more than 200 databases for topics such as human anatomy, drug information, chemistry, biology and environmental toxicology. has information on more than 800 health topics, and includes slide programs, videos, and Spanish language resources.

 4:30–6:30 PM  NDLA Social

Join us on the second floor of Old Chicago, across the street from the hotel, for complimentary appetizers (beverages available for purchase).

Friday, March 6, 2015

8:00 AM  Registration, Coffee & Rolls, Visit Sponsors [Lincoln Ballroom]

8:30 AM  General Meeting and Keynote Address

Becoming Future Ready through TechnologyRichard Culatta, Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education
See Richard’s TED Talk
Stay Connected web site
Take the Future Ready Pledge
Technology has the power to transform learning and change lives, but are our schools Future Ready? Richard Culatta, Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the US Department of Education will talk about opportunities to use technology to close equity gaps and prepare students to thrive in a connected world.

9:30 AM  Sponsor Break

10:00–11:45 AM  Breakout Sessions 6

Distance Learning Connections with Washington, D.C. Content Providers [Featured]—Dave Rosenbaum, Consultant & Educator
Education Programs at National Archives
Dave Rosenbaum is a long-time Nebraska educator who spent six years working for and delivering video conferences for the National Archives in Washington, D.C. He will share his experiences, discuss the benefits of bringing distance learning programs to your classroom, and provide two surprise connections live, during this session.

Three Steps to Get Started Blending My Class—Beth Kabes, ESU 7
See Beth’s presentation slides here
Blended learning is reaching more and more schools in Nebraska. What does it all mean? Why do I want to blend a class? How is this different from “flipped” class? How can blending increase engagement in my class? Attend this session to experience a blended learning opportunity. Nebraska BlendEd Co-Chairs Craig Hicks and Beth Kabes will demonstrate three steps to get started and provide opportunities to work on the path to blending a class. Participants will want to bring a technology device and an open mind about change in your classroom.

Learning Environments Infrastructure AdvancesScott Isaacson, ESU Coordinating Council & Mike Danahy, ESU 2
Technology resources, data and content must be highly available, accessible, easy to use and secure. A Nebraska cloud can provide a highly-reliable foundation for providing and accessing these services. One secure user identity per person can provide access to all K-12 resources from the local to the national level. This session is a demonstration of the work of these Nebraska projects and a look at their future direction.

11:00–11:45 AM  Breakout Sessions 7

Field Trips Gone Virtual—Molly Aschoff, ESU 8
Access Molly’s slides here.
Come and see how you can take your students most anywhere or connect them with experts without leaving the classroom. I will show you how to find virtual field trips that enhance your everyday curriculum. I will also demonstrate the technology needed to make the experience a success.

Blend Ed: Nebraska Statewide Blended Learning Intitiative—Craig Hicks, ESU 13
The BlendEd website
Nebraska BlendEd has made significant progress in the last year and continues to build the statewide capacity to move the project forward. The goal of Nebraska’s BlendEd eLearning System is to implement instructional and content technologies to enhance teaching and learning to improve learning outcomes for students of all ages. The tools that have already been deployed as well as next steps of the project will be shared.

iCEV Implementation: Certification, Auto Testing…—Mark Johnson, CEV Multimedia
From automatic testing and grading to managing your class roster to industry-backed certifications, iCEV’s new course management tools make classroom implementation even easier. With state-specific pacing guides and standards correlations, the online platform provides time-saving lesson plans, as well as thought-provoking student projects and interactive activities to enhance student learning and retention. Organized by subject area, users can access CEV’s ENTIRE CTE curriculum library allowing multiple courses to be taught from one location.

11:45 AM  Lunch, Visit Sponsors

12:30–1:15 PM  Breakout Sessions 8

An Affordable Solution to Video Conferencing—John Stritt, ESU 10
Link to presentation
Is it the cost of video conferencing or not knowing where to begin that is holding you back as a viewer or presenter? This presentation will provide you with some inexpensive (how about free) desktop applications along with how the applications work.

Professional Development—Will it Blend?—Jason Schmidt, Bennington Public Schools
Blended learning has received a lot of attention recently, but how is this instructional strategy being leveraged with teachers? In this session, we will talk about a blended workshop that models good instructional practice while helping them obtain the skills they need to meet the objectives of the training.

Making Blended Learning Work in the Classroom—Maddison Lister & Lyndsey Douglas, North Platte Public Schools
Featured Project video
Enhance your student instruction and increase student engagement by utilizing a blendd learning approach in the classroom. Learn new techniques that will interest students, decrease student to teacher ratios, teach students from any location, and keep parents informed in the learning process.

1:30–2:15 PM Round Table Conversations with Selected Moderators [Lincoln Ballroom]

Tentative topics:

  • Content Providers (Enrichment Programs/Virtual Field Trips)
  • Future of Distance Learning in Nebraska
  • Blended Learning Models
  • New Trends in DL Technology
  • Telehealth Issues

2:30 PM  Door Prize Drawings—must be present to win [Lincoln Ballroom]