Sunday, July 24, 2022

My 2022 SPARCC EdTech Conference Sessions

I am excited to be starting my 31st year in education, as well as my 10th year at SPARCC, the Stark Portage Area Computer Consortium, where I serve as a Technology Integration Specialist supporting more that 30 districts in northeast Ohio.

We are once again hosting our annual Educational Technology Conference, this year on Friday, August 5, 2022
  • The conference will be completely online and virtual with a mix of live sessions and pre-recorded sessions
  • This is a FREE conference for teachers, administrators, technology staff, and anyone interested in using educational technology to support teaching and learning. 
  • Certificates of attendance for professional development will be available for each session you watch live or recorded.
  • Recordings of all the sessions will be available afterwards if you can't watch them on the actual date of the conference.
  • This is an excellent way to kick off a new school year with great ideas!
You can get all the details at the conference website at or see below for all the information, as well as the sessions I will be presenting this year.

✅ Registration

Registration is not required, but allows us to keep you up to date with any details or changes related to the conference. The conference is free and you can register using the Google Form linked below.

💻 Live Sessions
  • We have 28 live sessions scheduled for the conference with time slots at 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, and 2:00pm, all Eastern Standard Time.
  • Each live session will have a Google Meet link you can use to join the session when it is live.
  • If you are unable to join a session live, the sessions will be recorded for viewing afterwards.
  • You are encouraged to review the sessions ahead of time to determine which live sessions you will want to join.
  • You can view the current list of live sessions at:

🎞️ Pre-recorded Sessions
  • In addition to the select live sessions, we will have a large number of pre-recorded sessions available to view.
  • On the day of the conference (August 5th) each session will have a link to view the pre-recorded video of that session.
  • The recordings will be available for viewing afterwards as well.
  • The list of pre-recorded sessions will be posted to the site before the conference date at:

🧔 My Sessions

In addition to helping organize the conference, I am excited to be presenting several sessions.

Google Screencast for Teaching and Learning
  • Time: 8:00am - 9:0am EST
  • Google's new Screencast tool for Chromebooks lets teachers and students record their screen, webcam, voice and annotations, and makes an interactive transcript that can be searched and translated! Learn how to use all the features of this awesome new tool, and explore how you and your students can use it for creative learning activities including instructional videos, student assessments, student projects, personalized teacher feedback, narrating slideshows, giving speeches, dubbing videos, explaining solutions, and much more.
  • Session Agenda:

Chromebooks Can Do That?!
  • Time: 9:30am - 10:30am EST
  • Chromebooks have become a common tool in schools, but are you and your students getting the most out of them? In this session we will explore powerful Chromebook features including screen capture and screen recording, using the camera for photos, videos, and scanning documents, helpful keyboard shortcuts, managing multiple desks, extending your capabilities with Android apps, offline access for Drive, Gmail, and Calendar, built-in accessibility tools, and more!
  • Session Resources:

Engaging ELA Activities with Google Docs
  • Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
  • Looking for ways to techify your literacy activities? In this session we explore several engaging hands-on language arts activities that use features built right into Google Docs. These include improving reading comprehension with Google Docs highlighting, creating black out poetry, writing interactive "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories in Docs, cloze reading activities with dropdown chips, summarization skills with the Word Count tool, fun ways to use Emojis in Docs for reading and writing, prewriting with embedded graphic organizers, and more!
  • Session Resources:

Google Tools to Support all Learners
  • Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
  • There are many Google tools, apps, extensions, and features available to assist all learners. In this session we take an in-depth hands-on look at a wide range of technology tools to assist any and all learners. These can include text-to-speech, speech-to-text, readability, reading comprehension, audio support, organization, focus, and more. Learn what tools are available and how to access and use these free tools with your students.
  • Session Resources:

📧 Connect with Me

I would love to stay connected with you after the conference. Please feel free to connect with me in any of the ways listed below:

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