WDM staff presenting at state tech conference

Congratulations to the following West Des Moines Schools staff…   their proposals were accepted for the state technology conference which begins on Monday, Oct 17th.   We’ve had staff present in prior years, but I believe this is the largest number we’ve had in a long time:  a total of 6 sessions, handled by 7 presenters.

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Carrie Jacobs, Walnut Creek Campus Alt High School

Title:  Flattening the world, one classroom @ a time
Monday, 8am, Room 137

Title: Instilling Cultural Awareness in Teens
Tuesday, 8am, Room 143
Description: 
Our Global Society is a class created and taught by Carrie. Using web 2.0 tools, students experience culture firsthand, learning to appreciate their own as well as other’s cultural backgrounds. Participants learn techniques that are useful in any classroom.

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Jackie Neuberger and Mark Vance,  WDM Schools

Title: Teacher Laptop Initiative – Not the Same Old, Same Old!
Monday, 10:45am, Room 143
Description: Check out the WDMCSD formula: one laptop + 15 hours of training x 300 staff members = successful teacher laptop initiative.  Learn how we did it!

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Adam Nidey and Beau Barrett, Crestview Elementary

Title:  Engage your students using only ONE iPad in an Elementary Classroom!
Monday, 12:40pm, Room 136

Description: Experience the iPad firsthand as we explore many apps, uses, and benefits currently implemented by Crestview Elementary teachers. Learn to engage diverse learners in literacy, math and science. 21st century learning with ONE iPad is easier than you think!

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Carl Sundermann, Valley High School

Title: Getting a Grip on Staff and Student Printing
Tuesday, 8am, Room 140
Description: We revamped our printing procedures, starting with our print shop, then went to a badge system at our building copiers, then implemented a program called PaperCut to manage student and staff printing at the building HP printers.

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Brian Abeling, WDM District
with Ray Coffey, Indianola & Keith Lyles, SE Polk

Title: Banned Technologies in Iowa
Monday, 3:15pm, Room 138
Description:  
Find out who’s opening access to what… and why… and why you should too.   Hear how other districts are handling cell phones, social media, personal wi-fi devices, and more.  Preview the results of the state wide survey that was used for the basis of this presentation:

https://wdmtech.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/banned-technology-in-iowa/

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