Transforming Our State of Classrooms

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Take the next step in using classroom technology and transform your approach in meeting the needs of all students.

On Saturday, November 10, the Wisconsin Technology Initiative presents our annual collaborative learning experience, WTI Academic Forum 2012: Transforming Today’s Classroom.

During the session you’ll have the chance to explore advanced technologies in a practical, hands-on setting with peers from across the state. Come prepared to share the strategies and techniques that have helped you integrate technology into your classroom.

Learning Tracks

Our learning tracks will run simultaneously throughout the day. Choose the track that best matches your area of interest, position, and grade level (PK-5/6-12) and get ready for an exciting day of learning and collaboration.

LT1: Teaching With Technology — Session full

This learning track will focus on best practices related to digital classroom sites, collaboration tools and production tools.  Specific topics covered include:  Ipad apps,  podcasting, vodcasting, flipped classroom, Weebly, classroom blogging with Google, and Edmodo.

SESSION 1: 9:20 – 10:30
Grades PK-5: EXPLORE Weebly, Classroom Blogging with Google, Edmodo
Grades 6-12: EXPLORE Podcasting & Vodcasting

SESSION 2: 10:40 – 11:50
Grades PK-5: EXPLORE Podcasting & Vodcasting
Grades 6-12: EXPLORE Weebly, Classroom Blogging with Google, Edmodo

SESSION 3: 1:00 – 2:10
Grades PK-5 and 6-12 sessions available.

SESSION 4: 2:20 – 3:30
Grades PK-5 and 6-12 sessions available

LT2: The 4 C’s: Communication, Collaboration, Creating and Critical Thinking

Our new generation of digital learners will experience learning beyond the classroom via collaborative learning networks and virtual communities. In this track we’ll learn about new technologies, curricular resources and strategies that will prepare our students for the future.  Specific topics include: web 2.0 tools, building online community (tools and strategies), the Khan Academy, WebEx conferencing tools and strategies to bring the world into your classroom.

SESSION 1: 9:20 – 10:30
WEB 2.0: THE 4 C’S
Grades PK-5 and 6-12 sessions available

SESSION 2: 10:40 – 11:50
6-12: DELIVERING THE 4 C’S: With the Common core

SESSION 3: 1:00 – 2:10
PK-5: Delivering the 4 C’s: With the Common Core
6-12: Khan Academy

SESSION 4: 2:20 – 3:30
WebEx: Bring the World to Your District
Grades PK-5 and 6-12 sessions available

LT3: Content Creation

In this learning track, we will look at and apply Best Practices and Interactive Notebook Strategies to your lessons with time for collaboration and support from the instructor and attendees. Educators will explore and share grade level and curriculum integration ideas, create lessons with SMART Response and have an opportunity to upload lessons to the SMART Community.

SESSION 1:  9:20 Р10:30
SMART Notebook
Grades PK-5 and 6-12 sessions available

SESSION 2: 10:40 – 11:50
Content Creation with SMART Notebook
Grades PK-5 and 6-12 sessions available

SESSION 3: 1:00 – 2:10
Content Creation with SMART Response
Grades PK-5 and 6-12 sessions available

SESSION 4: 2:20 – 3:30
Contribute Content in the SMART Community
Grades PK-5 and 6-12 sessions available

LT4: Administrator Track

Leading a digital district will be the focus of the Administrator Track. We’ll discuss emerging trends and necessary transformations to prepare our digital learners.  Specific topics will include: blended learning, SMART, distance learning, mobile devices/bring your own device (BYOD) or 1:1 programs, observation & evaluation of technology use and Cisco Academy. Participants will share best practices for integrating effective technology into their district infrastructure and achieving curricular visions.

SESSION 1: SMART 9:20 – 10:05

SESSION 2: Blended Learning 10:10 – 10:55

SESSION 3: Distance Learning 11:00 – 11:50

SESSION 4: Mobile Devices (BYOD, 1:1) 1:00 – 2:00

SESSION 5: Observation & Evaluation of Technology Use 2:05 – 2:50

SESSION 6: Cisco Academy 2:55 – 3:30

Registration closed Friday, November 2 at 5:00 pm CDT

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Saturday, November 10, 2012
8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

8:15 - 8:45: Registration
8:45 - 9:10: Welcome
9:20 - 11:50 Morning Learning Tracks
12:00 - 1:00: Lunch
1:00 - 3:30: Afternoon Learning Tracks
3:40 - 4:00: Closing Remarks
4:00 - 4:30: Social

Where: D.C. Everest School District

D.C. Everest Middle School
9302 Schofield Ave.
Weston, WI 54476
Driving Directions


A block of rooms have been set aside at the following hotels until October 26. When calling for rates or to make a reservation, please ask for the WTI Fall Conference room rate.

Fairfield Inn & Suites
7100 Stone Ridge Dr.
Weston, Wisconsin 54476 USA
Phone: 1-715-241-8400

Weston Inn & Suites
5810 Schofield Ave.
Weston, WI 54476
Contact: 1-866-912-9955