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2017 Featured Presenters
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Featured Presenters

Each of the Featured Presenters will offer three separate workshops for attendees to choose from.


Tom Bober, RM Captain Elementary Librarian, School District of Clayton

Tom Bober is an elementary librarian at RM Captain Elementary in Clayton, Missouri, a former Teacher-in-Residence at the Library of Congress, and a Digital Public Library of America Community Rep. He has written about the use of primary sources in classrooms in School Library Connection, Social Education magazine, and the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog. Tom also presents at regional and national conferences, runs workshops, and has developed and presented webinars for the Library of Congress and ABC Clio on a variety of strategies and topics for students’ use of primary sources in the classroom. Follow him on Twitter @CaptainLibrary.



Primary Sources and Picture Books

A picture book that focuses on a historic event or individual can introduce students to a piece of history. Layering in primary sources allows for different types of engagement and understanding. This session will focus on how the pairing of primary sources and picture books can enhance the awareness of a historic event or individual and also the author’s or illustrator's interpretation of history.

Digital Offerings from the Library of Congress

With over 270 digital collections and tens of millions of digitized items, the website of the Library of Congress can be overwhelming and intimidating to students and educators, but with knowledge of the digital holdings and searching tips, treasures can be found that can benefit your staff’s teaching and students’ learning. This session will give an overview of the Library of Congress site, highlight areas of interest to students and educators, and accentuate navigation features helpful to searching the site.

Close Reading with Historical Newspapers

There is a wealth of information in historical newspapers, but it can be challenging for students to find and access the information on the page. This session will explore how students can find content in historical newspapers related to topics of study and how close reading and other historical analysis approaches can assist students in coming to an understanding of the text’s meaning in the newspaper and of the historical event being written about.


Greg Lawrence, Director of Technology for the Wentzville School District

As a former district instructional technology coach and a middle school educator, Greg is motivated by the engagement technology creates. He has been instrumental in training and supporting Wentzville's 250+ high school educators as they began their 1:1 Student Initiative. He has worked with many school districts and presented at regional and state conferences.  He is a Discovery STAR educator, serves on the METC Advisory Board, ETA of STL Board, is a SMART Certified Trainer, and an adjunct professor for Missouri Baptist University.  He is also a certified LoTi (Level of Teaching Innovation) Mentor.  Greg was chosen as a Spotlight Educator for the Midwest Education Technology Conference (METC).  He was a recipient of ISTE's Making IT Happen award in 2012.  Greg is also a Google Apps Certified Administrator, Google for Education Certified Trainer, Google for Education Certified Innovator, and a co-leader for GEG (Google Educator Group) Eastern Missouri.  He is also an Ambassador for WeVideo.


Empowering Chrome Super Creators


Students are creating more than ever, are are they creating in your classroom? Let’s dive into the world of Google Chrome web apps that give your students the ability to be creators, by discovering engaging Chrome apps/websites for producing video, composing music, and designing graphics.


Google, Starbucks, and Optimus Prime


With amazing technology tools and resources available, it’s easy to integrate them into our classrooms and libraries, though is it really transforming our learning spaces?  Discover practical idea and tips for lesson transformation that focuses on rigor, relevance, engagement, and technology.  It's time to take student learning to the next level with Google, Starbucks, and Optimus Prime!


Creating In Hand: You’re More Powerful Than You Think


It’s time for our students to create and what’s amazing is the mobile devices they carry around in their pockets (I know you have noticed the white earbuds) can compose music, produce a movie, design a poster, and so much more!!!  Come experience and rethink the power of mobile and how it can transform learning in our learning spaces.  You are more powerful than we think!




Stephanie Madlinger, Director of Educational Innovation and METC


As the Director of Educational Innovation and METC, a resource of EducationPlus, Stephanie Madlinger has inspired and supported educators across the world. For more than 20 years, Stephanie has provided various learning opportunities to thousands of learners and continues to present and share through her Professional Learning Networks, workshop trainings, and conference presentations. As a product of the eMINTS program, Google Certified Innovator, Tech4Learning Innovative Educator, Missouri K-12 Distance Learning Educator of the Year, and PLN DENny Award Winner, Stephanie’s contribution and collaboration with others has been acknowledged across the nation. Her leadership and support as one of 12 ISTE Affiliate Executive Directors on the Advocacy Committee, demonstrates her strong passion for educational technology and global connections.

Stephanie graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor's degree in elementary education with an emphasis in math and computers. She earned her master's degree in educational administration from Lindenwood University. She then returned to MU for her specialist degree in educational technology. Stephanie is near completion of her dissertation on digital citizenship in elementary schools, and will be earning her doctorate in educational leadership from William Woods University in May of 2017.

Stephanie Madlinger’s extensive education background and experiences as a K-12 educator, state leader, and adjunct professor earn her creditable recognition. Stephanie is well-known for her passion for children, teaching, and sharing, and has been named one of the Top Connected Educators in Missouri and is consistently noted as the top 100 Twitter users in St. Louis. As an active, innovative certified educator, Stephanie is known worldwide for effectively providing educators and business officials with instructional technology and leadership methods and resources. Those who know and work with Stephanie appreciate her dedication to high standards and integrity, as well as her unique ability to connect others for the good of all.



Google Tools for EduLeaders

Has your school or district Gone Google? Are you interested in learning how to utilize the Google Suite for Communicating and Collaborating with your staff and peers? Then this interactive session is for you! Come learn from a Google EduLeader who has years of experience with Google Apps in Education within her role as local, regional, and national speaker and trainer. Learn how to communicate and collaborate effectively with these free tools! Bring your devices and follow along...critical thinking and creativity are a bonus!


Are You Digitally Fit? Staying Healthy While Online

Do you need to get your online life in shape? Do you want to help others with their health & wellness while online? Through the awareness and teaching of digital citizenship, the relationship between character and technology can be positive and healthy. As educational leaders we need to be more aware of this alliance and the effects of social, emotional and physical well-being of our staff and students. Cyberbullying and online behavior expectations need to be addressed at an earlier age, and we must be the model. This session will complete several REPS for keeping all students and educators healthy in the digital age.


Increasing STEAM While Connecting the Standards

Adding more to your already full plate may seem like it is impossible, however adding a bit of STEAM can be done! Learn how you can integrate the components of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math into your lessons, strategies and communications all while connecting to standards for learning. We will explore how to increase STEAM using the Missouri Learning Standards, 21st Century Learner, and the new ISTE Student and Teacher Standards.




Julie Smith, Professor at Webster University & Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville


Julie Smith has been teaching media literacy in St Louis since 1997. She currently teaches at Webster University and Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville. Julie is the author of Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save our Plugged-In World and an upcoming book about how to increase engagement in the university classroom.

Julie travels extensively speaking to schools about media literacy, verifying online information, and engagement strategies. She also speaks to students and parent groups about social media and its impact.


Her current passions include de-bunking fake news and political news coverage.  Julie's family includes three teenage boys, a very patient husband, and a dog that doesn't know she is a dog.


Implementing Media LIteracy Across the Curriculum


Our students spend on average 11 hours per day with the mass media. It's time to inject media literacy into every classroom at every age. This spunky session will show you just how easy it is to include this 21st Century Survival Skill into what teachers are already teaching -and give your students a step-up in engagement and critical thinking.


Activate Your Classroom's Lie Detector


Do your students know the tips and tricks for determining what is real online and what is not? This fun and fast-paced session will help you analyze the why/how of online fakery and arm your students with tools to not be fooled. Since the election, the timing for this skill could not be more important. Your students (and possibly some of your friends!) need to learn what is real and what's not - online.


Beyond Bullying: What We're Missing in Digital Citizenship

The news will tell you that social media causes identity theft, sexting and/or bullying. And districts will tell you that digital citizenship education needs to be implemented in every room. In this informative (and sometimes frightening) session, I will propose that we are missing the point. That the real issues of social media for our kids are increased anxiety/drama, gullibility about any information, and vulnerability when it comes to control of photos and materials. Our students are basing their self-worth on their number of likes and followers: how can we help them navigate this emotional mine field?

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