Pre-conference Workshops

These workshops are in-depth, interactive, focused sessions that help to extend your knowledge and strengthen your tech skills.

Pre-Cons are Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

Space is limited, so be sure to register early. They are not included in the conference package and must be registered for separately.

Download the list (PDF)

The pre-conference workshops will now be available to register onsite only. Registration opens at 7:30am on Wednesday, March 7.

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ADMIN: Raising the BAR (Balance, Assisting Practices, Relevance)
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

SIG Steering Committee Members

As an administrator, it is hard to find the right technological tools to help balance your responsibilities and needs, assisting you in your daily endeavours and practices, and making relevance of your "Why".

SIG Admin has scheduled an afternoon session where we have mini-stations set up for our participants to practice using tech tools which will assist them in Raising the B.A.R. (Voxer, Blogging, Podcasting, Gamification of staff meetings, Twitter and TwitterChats, Green Screens)

CREATE: LAUNCH into Design Thinking: How to Bring Out the Maker in Every Student
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Featured Speaker A.J. Juliani, Director of Technology and Innovation at Centennial School District (PA)

Creative work can be hard. It can be challenging. It can sometimes be overwhelming to try and plan and incorporate into the classroom. Yet, we know our students are going to have to be more creative than ever to successfully thrive in today’s world. This talk shares how design thinking can provide a structure for creative teaching and learning, and how this process can empower our students to do remarkable work inside our schools right now.

CS 1: HTML 5 and JavaScript! Oh My!
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Zenia Bahorski PhD, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Eastern Michigan University Program.

For those who want to learn how to create a Web page from scratch with a good editor (like Notepad++ or TextWrangler), and learn what you can create using a browser, look no further! We'll tackle the elements that you'll need to create a Web page, and throw in some JavaScript too. Bring a laptop: either Windows with Notepad++ or a Mac with TextWrangler (both are free to download). 

CS 2: Computer Science –AP - Computer Science Principles Workshop
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Rich Lamb, Math/CS Teacher and Computer Deptartment Chair at Cranbrook Kingswood School; Jacob Hazard Academic Dean, grades 11 & 12 Computer AP Principles Instructor at Cranbook Kingswood School

For those who are already teaching AP Computer Science Principles or for those who are considering teaching it in the near future: Do you want to know what your students need to know for the test? Come gather with Rich Lamb and other like-minded teachers to learn about the test and have a discussion session about the course and how some are teaching it. (“AP” is a registered trademark of the College Board, which is unaware of and does not endorse this workshop.)

2017 Pre-conference session