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District 191 staff to present at statewide tech conference

ties conference logoNine staff members from Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 will be presenting their work, experience and knowledge at the TIES 2017 Education Technology Conference Dec. 9-12 in Minneapolis.

Alex Tofte, a digital learning specialist (DLS) at M.W. Savage Elementary, is leading a session about his first year as a DLS, a position that was newly created as part of Vision One91.

Rahn Elementary digital learning specialist Mary Casserly-Smith is sharing her experience on two topics. One is on using the digital portfolio program Seesaw as a tool for student assessment, while the second is an introduction to Makerspaces, which are being used in all District 191 elementary schools.

Sky Oaks Elementary digital learning specialist Lisa Christen will be presenting in the TIES Playground in a  Playful Learning session. This is a hands on session. She will be sharing two activities, one on binary numbers and the other on a coding program called Bitsbox. 

Cindy Drahos, computer science teacher at Burnsville High School, is collaborating with fellow CS teachers to share resources that will help schools create and grow their computer science curriculum.

Digital learning specialists Katie Ness, Katie Salmela and Rachel Walgenbach together are presenting “The 4 Cs + One: Computational Thinking,” a presentation that covers what computational thinking is and how teaching it ensures students are also working on communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.

Lexi Rollie, the digital learning specialist at Gideon Pond is presenting “In-Class Flipped Learning: The Why and How.”

District 191 Technology Director Doug Johnson will share ideas on how traditional library spaces in schools can be repurposed at a time when students and teachers are relying more on digital resources that can be accessed in the classroom, at home or on mobile devices.

TIES is an  education technology collaborative of 48 Minnesota school districts. The TIES Education Technology Conference has been a leading conference in the Midwest for more than 30 years, covering subjects including classroom technology, digital citizenship, and technology support and infrastructure.

For more information about the TIES Education Technology Conference, go to ties2017.ties.k12.mn.us.

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Posted: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 15:00