Each presenter had just five minutes to share a short but powerful spark of their best thinking on a topic of their choosing. Presenters followed each other in quick succession. Spark sessions were a fast-paced, high-energy way for participants to learn from experts in their field. Although many were enhanced by slides or multimedia, this was not required. Attendees were able to participate as a member of the audience or as a presenter.
- Deskless by Choice - Lessons from our deskless classroom
- Modern Storytelling- Trifolds to TED Talks
- Moving from React to Respond
- Moving from Realistic to Real
- Reflecting on Your Practices: Fewer Things, Better
- Take a Meta Moment and Be Your Best Self
- “Most Teachers Like Slides - Not Skydiving!” - The Path to Personalized Learning
- Developing the Connected Learner
- Hacking Leadership: 5 Leadership Realities
- Leading the Future of Instructional Technology
- Lessons from Toto’s Africa
- Presuming Competence - The Least Dangerous Assumption
Thes sessions were a fast-moving and high-energy opportunity for educators to share strong lesson ideas and learn from others. Facilitators were stationed at tables and provided a 10-minute showcase of a lesson or unit. They utilized resources, student work samples, and a device set up with a short presentation. Participants chose which lesson to learn about during each round.
- “What’s That Noise?: An Interactive, Collaborative, and very “STEAMY” Bulletin Board
- BreakOut Edu (To the Other Side!): Opening Doors for Collaborative Problem Solving
- Bubbleology: Where content learning, PBL and joy intersect
- Deep “See” Fishing- For “deep” discussions that allow the teacher to include and see ALL students’ participation using Backchannel from Padlet.
- Defining Innovation: A CS Approach to Design Thinking
- Fostering student engagement, literacy skills and inquiry with NEWSELA
- Math Running Record
- Set Design Prototyping: Incorporating Math, Science, Art and @DoInkTweets
- The “Why” behind regrouping
- WODB? Interactive Math
Participants engaged in a fast-paced exploration of web tools that support individualized instruction, active learning, formative assessment, and creativity. Participants chose which apps they would explore as they selected a table during each rotation.
- Adobe Spark
- Classroom QR Codes
- Lucid Charts
- MathLearning.org apps
- Twitterology - The Art & Science of a Tweet
“Crash camps” are improvised, often unplanned campsites that hikers use in a pinch. Unlike more traditional P.D. sessions, which have set topics and “expert” presenters, CrashCamp sessions were created by the participants at the start of the event. There was no expert; just a facilitator who agreed to provide some basic structure to the round-table discussion. The event relied on collaboration, connection, and group expertise. Sessions were scheduled based on interest, and facilitators volunteered to lead the discussion.
- Book Clubs, Podcasts, and More. . .
- Flexible Learning Spaces - Walking Tour of some Innovative Greeley Learning Spaces
- How & when do we use tech to enhance learning in K-1
- ISTE 2019 reflection time
- Should We Give Homework to Elementary Students?
- Supercharge Your PLN - Connect and learn from others locally and globally - Meet and Greet & Conference Debrief
- Want to write a book? Learn from Published Author
- What does Reading and Writing Workshop Look Like in Middle and High School?
- What is the role of Social/Emotional Learning in a project-based learning environment?
These sessions were prepared in advance and facilitated by someone who has a level of expertise in the given topic. The facilitator served as the “teacher” and the participants were the “students.” Interactive, student-centered sessions were encouraged.
- Creating a Culture of Inclusivity, Empathy & Kindness with literature
- Empowering our youngest learners
- Ignite the student presentation: Ignite and TED Talks in 4th grade and beyond
- Innovating Instruction with Microsoft Tools
- Moving from Realistic to Real
- OMGeo! Geo Tools for Every Classroom
- Poetry Smackdown (Poetry explored in multimedia)
- Question Formulation Technique - Get your students asking the right questions to fuel deep discussion, debate, and research
- Self Care & Passion Planning - Life alignment for educators
- Self-talk and SEL. Are you being good to yourself?
- Starting with the Kids: Planning Teaching that Meet Kids’ Needs
- STEAM & PBL - Prototyping Trebuchets with Design Process
- The Karate Chop: Going Beyond Radical Candor - Tough conversations that get results!
- The Mindfulness Advantage: A Roadmap to More Present & Attentive Students in Your Classroom
This was a quick-paced, high-energy, fast-moving session in which participants volunteered to teach the group anything in just 5 minutes.
These sessions simply sprang up throughout the day, generally inspired by another session where participants connected but needed a bit more time to continue their learning. By listing these pop-up sessions, participants had an opportunity to mobilize groups and invite others to collaborate around the listed topic.
- Come try the Oculus Quest! VR!
- By design, other opportunities arose at a moment's notice and therefore could not be listed as part of the official agenda