Teaching & Learning with Technology

2020 CLASS Conference

The LPS CLASS Conference is a yearly professional learning event that intends to provide sessions that will meet the needs of teachers still emerging in their use of technology as well as the teachers that have been teaching with it for some time. 

The CLASS Conference repeats on multiple dates during the summer.

Held at Don Clifton on...

June 8

June 9

July 8

July 9

Previously offered sessions...

Topics focus on ways the technology tools available to LPS teachers can be used in conjunction with instructional strategies your buildings may already be focusing on!

Assessing student learning with Synergy Assessments

Learn how to wield the district's supported tool for digital, summative assessments.

Personalized Learning

In this session, we will highlight examples of Personalized Learning that are occurring in LPS.

Social learning ideas in G Suite

Use digital learning protocols and G Suite features to help students co-learn.

Micro-feedback loops with Google Keep

Feedback should be timely, specific, and not take up too much of your time. Google Keep can help with that.

Engaging K-1 students with library resources on the iPad

Learn instructional strategies for using PebbleGo, Tumblebooks, and Early World of Learning on the K-1 iPads.

Visible evidence of understanding in Google Drawing

Google Drawing is not a tool for artists, it's a tool for everyone!

Supporting students with disabilities using assistive technology

Read&Write Google, Chromebook extensions, apps & websites to support reading, writing and math.

Formative feedback in Google Forms

Not just for t-shirt signups, Google Forms is a powerful tool with branching, feedback, and automatic grading - with a host of uses!

Excite readers with 24/7 access to eBooks

Improve reading performance by giving students access to high-interest self-selected books.

Feedback loops in G Suite

Use G Suite tools to focus on providing (and receiving) quality feedback from students.

Student project ideas for Google Slides (that aren’t presentations!)

If you think Google Slides is a presentation tool, you are limiting its possibilities!

G Suite foundational skills

New to G Suite? We'll get you a checklist of the skills you need, and point you towards resources for individualized learning.

Chrome & Chromebooks

Become more familiar with the Chrome browser and student Chromebooks.

Syncing Synergy & Google Classroom

Learn about the integration between two of the most used tools in LPS.

Home-school communication options in Synergy

You may not realize all of the ways Synergy allows you to communicate with parents. Find out how to simplify your life... and theirs!

Synergy Gradebook, Rubrics & Drop Box

You use it every day, but you may not know of these important options.

Making learning visible with Google Sites

Building a web site is an authentically engaging activity that allows students to show an audience what they know.

Zoom (Connect to meetings, parents, experts and more)

Zoom can connect you to other teachers and bring the world to your classroom. Learn how!

Engaging secondary students using Gale and World Book

Leverage Gale and World Book to create richer and deeper learning opportunities in your secondary classroom.

Choosing digital tools with The Matrix

Not every tool you find online is appropriate for use with students. Learn what tools LPS has investigated, and how the process works if you want them to look into a tool for your students!

Differentiated Learning Opportunities in the K-1 Classroom using iPads

Discover ways to personalize and differentiate student learning using the iPad.

Share video playlists and galleries with MyVRSpot

Create lessons, labs, and video playlists to make delivering content a breeze.

Create more opportunities to respond in Pear Deck

Bell ringers, quick checks, exit slips and other formative data, in real time!

Exploring learning resources with Destiny Discover

Explore resources for openers, closures, and engagement through this one-stop shop for resources.

Monitor Chromebook use and guide student learning with Hapara

Explore strategies for using Hapara to guide student learning.

Copyright: The questions that haunt us

Learn how to maximize use of digital and print resources in your instruction.

Fact vs. fiction: evaluating online information

Learn strategies for teaching students to critically evaluate & fact-check online information

Make recordings with MyVRSpot

Use MyVRSpot to pre-record and share lessons, labs, sub notes, and more.

Manage digital workflows with Google Classroom

The most popular and most used classroom tool for classroom workflow.

PDF annotation with Kami

Take document annotation to a new level with Kami.

Registration

Registration for 2020 sessions is not yet open.

You must register in Performance Matters for each session you plan to attend. Use the filters below to quickly & easily pull up links to the registration page for each available course. More registration information is included below.

Cost
There is no cost to attend the CLASS Conference sessions, but a limited number of chairs are available in each session. You must register through Performance Matters for each session you wish to attend.

Do we get credit for attending?
District or Building Professional Learning hours may be available for some (or all) sessions offered at the CLASS Conference, as determined by your Principal (building) or curriculum specialist (district). Properly signing up in Performance Matters will help you keep track of what you attended.

District vs. Building Credit
Sessions appear in Performance Matters as district courses. If your Principal is offering BUILDING credit for attending, ask your office staff to convert your session credits from district to building in Performance Matters.

Plans Changed?
Please be considerate of colleagues and register only for sessions you actually plan to attend, and unenroll as soon as any conflicts arise to free up your seat for others.

Build-Your-Own Schedule!
You can sign up for exactly what you need! Build the schedule that makes sense for you by registering for the sessions of your choosing. All of the sessions being offered are 1 hour in length and many of the most popular workshops will be offered multiple times during the day to allow the greatest flexibility in choosing sessions that fit your schedule. Feel free to come back for a second or third day and learn more!

Remember you are creating your own personal schedule for the day. Session leaders will not be able to look up your registrations for you. Make note of what sessions you registered for, or use the mobile app to view them. See the section at right for information on installing the Performance Matters mobile app, if you are curious.

Questions?

About sessions?
Kristi Peters (kristi@lps.org)

About the registration process?
Professional Development
at 402-436-1851

Mobile Schedule

To have access to your own schedule, you might want to install the Performance Matters mobile app on a device that you plan to bring to the conference. To do so:

 

1. Download the app for your device:

 

2. To login, use your LPS credentials and the LPS code: 

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Preparing

Driving directions

Room map

Session Schedule

Tips

Please bring your LPS assigned laptop. 

If you are a new-to-LPS employee you can sign up for sessions with a “guest” account. Bring your own laptop, but you may be limited to observing sessions, depending upon the tool and your status in the onboarding process.

Lunch is NOT provided.
There is a window of time between sessions at the noon hour in which you might leave the building and visit any of the surrounding food options.

Dress in layers.
The air conditioning can be tricky in large buildings in the summer. It gets chilly sometimes!

About the LPS CLASS Plan...

Rather than create a technology plan that emphasizes the “what,” LPS branded our tech plan CLASS (Connected Learning for the Achievement of Students & Staff) to articulate “why” the plan was adopted.

LPS resolves to support, train, and develop staff so that district supplied digital resources can be leveraged to extend the reach of instruction, enhance access to data and expand learning opportunities.