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October 21, 2015

ICE Conference - Indiana Connected Educators

Our district was well represented at the 25th annual ICE Conference in Noblesville, IN last week. Bill Stein conducted a session on making iMovies, Craig Prindle demonstrated Open Classrooms: Using social media to enhance communication between parents and classroom, and Julie Kissinger presented The Non-Gamers Guide to Minecraft EDU. Julie was assisted by: Ashley Davis, Dylan Clark , Nathan Tanner , and IS chief Bill Stein.

Thanks to these outstanding speakers for contributing to the Indiana connected network of leaders and learners!

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There are many excellent ideas on the blue links! Click to see presentations from the ICE conference.

Administrator, Amy Heavin, lead a session entitled Leading by Example: A Digital Journey Into Transforming Your School. She also co-lead a session with Kelly Clifford called Organizing Your Life with Chrome Extensions. This innovative administrator is a Google certified educator, FLIPS staff meetings, blogs, tweets @AmyHeavin, leads digital book discussions during the summer with her staff, maintains a staff website, and subscribes to the motto, "Don't just say, model"!

Keynote Speaker, Shelley Terrell, presented Byte-Sized Potential, meaningful ways to involve students in their learning.

Liz Kolb, from the University of Michigan presented App-a-thon! Students Make Apps! Duke Lind and Sarah Hickle modeled Transforming Teaching, Leading and Learning in the Digital Age.

A wonderful presentation for using GOOGLE forms with IEPs was given by Amy Everhart from Liberty-Perry Schools. I'd love to share how she uses this and Boomerang with those of you using IEPs and collecting weekly data from others!

Lastly, a very motivational and touching keynote by Hedda Sharapan, who worked alongside Fred Rogers throughout her professional life, involving Curiosity and Creativity. Through her monthly professional development newsletters, Hedda helps us continue to learn from Fred Rogers' timeless wisdom. Get Hedda's newsletter here.

Boswell, John D. "Garden of Your Mind." You Tube. PBS Digital Studios, 7 June 2012. Web. 18 Oct. 2015. <>.

Mister Rogers Remixed | Garden of Your Mind | PBS Digital Studios

Are YOU a CONNECTED Educator?

A connected educator is a connected learner who collaborates online and uses a range of social media tools to build his/her own personal learning network to interact with other educators (Edublogs Teacher Challenges, Ronnie Burt). In an education environment that changes daily, it is becoming vitally important that each educator be connected. This means taking the time to build his/her own personal (or professional) learning network.

Personal/Professional (P): Having a PLN means building relationships with teachers, administrators, university personnel, and experts next door and around the world.

Learning (L): Sharing ideas and resources, collaborating, and learning. Technology resources available to educators provides some of the best professional development you will ever participate in, and it is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Network (N): Educators are able to build a global learning network to share teaching strategies and resources. An educator must invest time and effort into building this network, but the rewards are well worth the effort!

Watch the following video to learn more about being a connected educator.

Source: Connected Educators, Office of Educational Technology, US Department of Education

Connected Educators


This week's GOOGLE focus: GOOGLE Forms!

Alice Keeler is an amazing educator and also an expert on Google Tools. Click HERE to get her tips on using Google forms. Also, please let us help if you have questions about using these phenomenal tools!

Keeler, Alice. "Making the Google Form." You Tube. N.p., 28 Feb. 2013. Web. 18 Oct. 2015. <>.

making the google form


Remember, many resources, for your grade level, may be found on our Digital Citizenship site! Download some very cool posters to hang in your room as daily reminders. Click HERE.

CC Graphic by Sylvia Duckworth

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