Leveraging iPad to Support Literacy for Emergent Readers and English Learners

Christine Medrano, Instructional Technology Specialist, Richardson ISD
Morgan Cave, Instructional Technology Specialist, Richardson ISD
David Hernandez, K12 Development Executive, Apple Education

Participants will walk away with a clear understanding of how iPad features support language acquisition and fluency for emergent readers and English Learners, view student examples of creation-based learning within literacy, and hear strategies of how to deliver professional learning for elementary educators surrounding integrating iPad within literacy.

Work from Home Strategies

Karen Fuller, Director Infrastructure Communications, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
Bryon Kolbeck, Chief Technology Officer, Lewisville ISD
Dianne Borreson, Chief Technology Officer, Hays CISD
Alice Owen, Executive Director, Texas K-12 CTO Council (moderator)

This panel of technology experts will discuss how they took their districts from office work to remote work overnight during the pandemic. They will discuss good practices and tools for working from home to be able to continue to collaborate with colleagues. They will also give good tips on maintaining work/life balance during these stressful times.

The New Pajama Game: Providing Virtual PD During the Pandemic

Kari Murphy, Chief Technology Officer, Deer Park ISD
Kelly Grigg, Coordinator, Instructional Technology, Deer Park ISD

Participants will be presented with research, strategies, and “dos/don’ts” for building effective virtual professional development. Discover cost effective tools for building and delivering virtual PD within one’s organization, and share experiences of developing and delivering virtual PD in participants’ own district.

Implementing a Collaboration System to Support At-Home Learning: Responding, Operating, and Innovating

Bryon Kolbeck, Chief Technology Officer, Lewisville ISD
Michele Jacobsen, Director, Digital Learning, Lewisville ISD
Michael Griffin, Collaboration and IoT Practice Manager, Netsync Network Solutions

Lewisville ISD will share how they implemented Cisco WebEx’s platform to implement a phased response to COVID-19. This will include tools for calling, collaboration, and meeting tools to support at-home learning. Insights will be shared related to how the solution addresses at-home learning challenges, the benefits for students, parents, and staff, and what the district has done to operationalize the use of the platform beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

Google for Admins: Strategies for Bridging the Distance with Hands-on Learning

Frank Murray, Director of Instructional Technology, Wichita Falls ISD
Amy Mayer, CEO and Founder, friEdTechnology

Learn how schools can leverage Google tools to move from sit and get to active learning in every type of environment: online, blended, and face to face. As they move into this new age of teaching and learning, administrators are instructional role models, so it’s more important than ever to learn how to use Google tools to take teaching, learning, and leading to new levels in their school or district.