Workshops | Tuesday, February 14, 2017 | 9am - 12pm

Developing Data Visualization Skills to Demonstrate Value and Make Informed Decisions in Education Using Tableau

Presented By: Erica Clay, Integration Librarian, INFOhio

Track: Digital Content Creation, Curation, and Access

New data analytics and data visualization tools offer P20 educators and administrators the ability to effectively query and utilize volumes of strategic and operational data. As Ohio seeks to establish national prominence in analytics and big data development, and as P20 education continues to pursue a model of data-driven decision making, there is an emerging need for Ohio educators and administrators to develop visual data analytics competencies, building skills and knowledge to critically analyze data visualizations and create effective data visualizations of their own.

Leadership & Vision Managing Technology & Supporting Resources Understanding the Educational Environment Throughout, we will focus on real solutions being used in districts today, with real results and an honest look at the real challenges and opportunities available where digital vision meets execution.

This workshop will prepare Ohio educators to begin to incorporate visual data analytics into their everyday practice and to craft and communicate compelling data stories using Tableau. Tableau, which has both free and paid versions, is a rapid analytics and data visualization software that facilitates the user’s ability to query, blend, explore, discover and then analyze and present data in new and compelling ways. With an intuitive drag and drop interface and a powerful data engine, Tableau makes it easy for users to draw conclusions from data or utilize data for decision-making without requiring knowledge of coding or other higher-level IT expertise. Tableau was identified as a Magic Quadrant leader in Gartner's 2015 annual BI report. Gartner noted that Tableau "has clearly defined the market in terms of data discovery, with a focus on "helping people see and understand their data" and indicated that Tableau "is currently the perceived market leader."

Workshop participants will use Tableau to leverage large sources of data to create engaging and dynamic visualizations that inform decision-making, as well as demonstrate the value their educational institution has on the communities they serve. Prior to the workshop, participants will receive instructions on downloading a free version of Tableau to their own devices, creating an account in the Tableau Public Gallery, and accessing data files that will be used during the session. During the workshop, participants will view and discuss data visualizations created by workshop leaders and shared in the Tableau Public Gallery to establish what characteristics make a data visualization effective. Participants will learn to complete the following tasks in Tableau in order to convey a data-driven argument:
• Open Tableau and connect to a data source.
• Identify the parts of the Tableau interface and describe their purpose.
• Sort, group, and filter data to more effectively present information.
• Create a simple visualization such as a bar chart or a line graph.
• Map geographic data or create a specialty graph such as a tree map or word cloud.
• Use formatting features to present information using appropriate data visualization practices.
• Create an interactive dashboard using one to two data elements.

Participants will share their dashboards with each other to be peer-critiqued in a co-learning environment to determine the effectiveness of the data visualizations. Participants will leave the workshop with information about where they can find additional training tools so they can continue to improve their data visualizations.

Wi-FI Network Design for a Mobile Learning Environment

Presented By: Apple Education

Track: IT Infrastructure Planning and Management

Effective Wi-Fi network design is essential for the success of any mobile learning environment. Join us to discover best practices for designing a powerful Wi-Fi network that provides optimal coverage and capacity for personalized learning.

- Discuss the latest developments and trends in wireless LAN design and evaluation.
- Explore tools that allow you to review your current Wi-Fi design and plan its evolution.
- Hear about how to take advantage of the latest developments in 802.11 specifications.
- Learn how to design your Wi-Fi network around the technical services your students and faculty require.
- Understand how iPad and Mac interact with these services and your Wi-Fi design to provide optimal academic use.

Foundational Concepts of Universal Design for Learning

Presented By: Jeff McCormick, Program Director, UDL Center at OCALI

Track: Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning is simply a framework that assists in reducing barriers and maximizing learning opportunities for all students. Specifically, the framework is designed to remove barriers to learning and improve access to instruction through multiple, flexible approaches.

Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Google Classroom

Presented By: Bryan Drost, Director Of Curriculum And Instruction, Summit County Educational Service Center

Track: Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age

Whether you are a rookie or expert in google classroom, this session will teach tips, tricks and tools to turn YOUR classroom into a cloud based google classroom. Discussion will be related to setting up an effective google classroom, strategies to utilize in classroom to differentiate instruction, and ways to customize classroom to support students' needs.

Participants must have a GAFE (Google Apps for Education Account) or a school gmail account in order to participate to create their own elements, but the presenter will provide access with a generic ID for those who are interested in classroom but do not have regular access.

10G and Beyond: Designing and Managing High-Stakes Infrastructure

Presented By: J. Marc Hopkins, Network Services Manager, Swoca

Track: IT Infrastructure Planning and Management

While BYOD and 1:1 initiatives have made wireless the standard in academic networks, ODE is now calling for bandwidth far in excess of current capacity in most buildings. How do we get there?
The expected stress on the building data infrastructure needed by these new standards will challenge districts of all sizes.
Designing, managing, and maintaining today’s networks is now a required skill for network administrators. Guide your district through the infrastructure maze with a clear understanding of all current data standards, their strengths and weaknesses, as well as an eye on the emerging standards, and how they will affect education.
Topics will include planning for both new and existing buildings, using Category 2 E-rate funding, measuring and managing bandwidth, and forecasting your bandwidth growth.

MakerSpace: Bridge to Imagination

Presented By: Lauren Davis, EdTech Coach, Hilliard City School District

Track: Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age

If you let them build it, they will learn! Come learn how to launch or expand your MakerSpace. CREATE, EXPLORE, BUILD, IMAGINE: tap into your students' natural inclinations through a variety of tools in a personalized learning environment. MakerSpace can be the platform for your students to not only create but to share their creations through a variety of digital tools. This workshop will share strategies for developing a MakerSpace, allow participants to create and share their creations.

Participants need a device that allows them to record and edit pictures and video and create a word processing document.

Google - Make Work Rule

Presented By: Drew Sidel, Google Inc.

Track: Cutting-Edge Technologies, Innovative Teaching Methods, and New Classroom Tools

This hands-on experience was built around insights from Google and other highly effective organizations that will transform how you live and lead. The Google for Education team has curated strategies and lessons that can help any educational organization achieve greater success. This session will focus on building meaning and purpose into work, inspiring your teams to learn from failure, and encouraging a culture of recognition.

Too Many Free Resources, Too Little Time!

Presented By: Anthony Luscre, Technology Integration Specialist, SPARCC

Track: Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age

In these days of decreasing budgets, rapidly changing content and standards, and the move to increased access to technology utilizing free web resources in the classroom essential. Open Educational Resources (OER) and Creative Commons licensing/copywriting of content are two great sources of available free web-based resources. In addition, many commercial sites also offer a large amount of free and/or “lite” versions of content. Finally, there exist a large number of governmental or private grant supported free sites.

This session will acquaint attendees with a wide variety of these resources as we dive into hundreds of free web resources. During our dive will more deeply explore selected sites. Topics include:

  • 10+ Content Areas Pages: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts & Music, Consumer Science & Health, Financial Literacy, Computer Science, Coding, Programing & App Creation, Gifted, World Languages, STEM
  • Technology, Computers, Software & Geeky Stuff
  • Teacher Resources- PLN, Web 2.0, Curriculum, Associations and Education News
  • Searching- How-to guides, Operators/Modifiers, Evaluating Results, Collection of over 230 web searching and research tool sites
  • Media Literacy
  • Free Stuff- 100’s of sources for ebooks, Educational Videos, Podcasts, Online & Interactive Learning Tools & More
  • News- General, for Kids/Students, Education & For Educators, News Aggregators
  • Learn Something New Every Day- Over 230 Links to a wide variety of sites: General Knowledge, Reference, News, How-to, Online Assessments Quizzes & Trivia, Science, “Big Ideas”, Life Skills, Calculators, Time, Dates, Calendars, History, Geography & Maps, Literature, Art, Music, Mechanics, Woodworking & DIY, Ecology, Botany & Gardening, Field Guides, Crafts & Projects, Cooking and more
  • Additional Resource pages- Google Apps for Education (GAFE), Virtual Field Trips, Spreadsheets, Special Ed Resources, Cultural Resources, Copyright, Plagiarism, Fair Use, Creative Commons & Piracy.

The resources are gathered into a website to facilitate access (tiny.cc/wrh). Attendees will each receive an online editable document to use as a guide and to record and annotate their "journey".

Beginning a New Blend

Presented By: Casey Clark, English Teacher, North Canton City Schools

Track: Cutting-Edge Technologies, Innovative Teaching Methods, and New Classroom Tools

Special Note:
This presentation will include a mix of basic and advanced techniques. Attendees only need to have basic computer skills and a basic knowledge of smartphones to participate.

Some of the tools we will use (like Edpuzzle and Kahoot) are really not that new, but we will fill the need of not just what are the cool tools to use in your classroom but HOW do we use these tools effectively.

Presentation Outline
Segment 1
We will begin with a look at using Tackk's (a flexible communication tool) in the classroom. Audience members will not only have access to our Tackk, but we will load it with resources for future use. Think of Tackk as our online toolbox that each audience member gets to take back to their classroom. Maria will give several examples of Tackk's and how they can be used in the English classroom. We will also give examples relevant to other content areas.

Segment 2
Want to collect formative data, but you don’t have a classroom full of iPads and computers? Sounds like Plickers is for you. Plickers collects and graphs student data and all you need is one smartphone. Plickers isn't the only game in town -- we will look at other formative assessment tools like Edpuzzle, Zaption, exittix, and Padlet.

Segment 3
Have webcam will travel! Screencastify is a Chrome Extension that captures audio, video, and desktop video all in one easy package. Start flipping your classroom with the click of a button. Dan will give examples on how to make effective videos as well as how to pair with the TI-85 App. This is not just a math demonstration; Casey will also show audience members how to use Screencastify to create live assessments in the English classroom.

Segment 4
Now that you have a Tackk full of tools, Rebecca will show you how to take these back to your school with Wired Wednesdays. Rebecca's focus is on how to present this information to your staff and her experiences sharing information.

Deploying and Managing Chromebooks

Presented By: Brian Dittfeld, Technology Director, Indian Valley Local Schools

Track: IT Infrastructure Planning and Management

This class will discuss the process and best practices on implementing Chromebooks in an education environment. We will go in-depth on setting up the Chromebooks and how to manage them in the Admin Console. Those attending the session should have access to their district's Admin Console for hands-on participation.

The 3Ds of Learning: Building and Using 3D Environments

Presented By: Gary Greenberg, Director of Educational Technology, CET Public Television

Track: Cutting-Edge Technologies, Innovative Teaching Methods, and New Classroom Tools

This workshop is being presented on behalf of the Ohio Educational Technology Agencies

The availability of low-cost viewing devices for virtual and 3D environments (such as Google Cardboard above) is making educators take another look at using 3D in the classroom. This workshop will give you a state-of-the-art overview of some of the new tools and possibilities.

Get your feet wet with some of the new technologies for teaching with 3D in the classroom, such as Google Expeditions. We’ll explore the latest 3D, VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality) content, and examine some of the teaching issues such as costs, strategies for use, and managing viewing devices in the classroom.

Adopting Technology for K-12 Education: Preparing for Success

Presented By: McGraw Hill

Track: Cutting-Edge Technologies, Innovative Teaching Methods, and New Classroom Tools

Technology is transforming K-12 education, but there can be a sizable gap between the expectations of the digital age and the realities of bringing real digital education strategy to life.

Using the Framework for School System Technology Success developed by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), this workshop will explore three key areas that are critical to a successful approach to educational technology for K-12 educators, with valuable insights for teachers, IT professionals, and administrators.

  • Leadership & Vision
  • Managing Technology & Supporting Resources
  • Understanding the Educational Environment

Throughout, we will focus on real solutions being used in districts today, with real results and an honest look at the real challenges and opportunities available where digital vision meets execution.

Milestones for the 2016-2017 Testing Season

Presented By: Kirk Ross, The Ohio Department of Education

Track: Assessment, Data Analytics, and Data-Driven Decision Making             

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask the ODE testing support team questions that are important to preparing their districts and schools for the spring 2017 testing window and to get real time answers. The workshop is appropriate for the new and experienced testing coordinators, testing administrators and technology coordinators.

Participants will achieve and increased awareness about:
• Important dates to prepare for the spring 2017 administration of Ohio’s State Tests;
• Location of available resources and how to navigate to them; and
• Testing support contact information.