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2015 TICAL Conference
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2/17/2015 to 2/19/2015
When: 2/17/2015
Where: Marriott Hotel
3 Statehouse Plaza
Little Rock, Arkansas  72201
United States
Contact: Mitch Walton

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BASIC SCHEDULE - February 17-19, 2015
Marriott Hotel, Little Rock


Tuesday, February 17

11:00 - 6:00

Registration – Ballroom Foyer

12:30 - 6:00

Pre-Conference Full-Day Workshop

12:30 - 3:00

Pre-Conference Early Afternoon Workshops

3:00 - 3:30

Afternoon Break

3:30 - 6:00

Pre-Conference Late Afternoon Workshops


Wednesday, February 18

7:00 - 4:45

Registration – Ballroom Foyer

7:45 - 8:15

First-Time Attendee OrientationIncludes Raffle! - Hoffman Room

7:45 - 8:30

Continental Breakfast – Ballroom Foyer

8:30 - 9:15

Opening Session – Salon A and B

9:15 - 4:00

MakerSpace from the LaunchPad – Arkansas Ballroom

9:15 - 9:40

Vendor Presentations – Ballroom Foyer

9:45 - 12:00

Concurrent Sessions

10:00 - 3:00

Student Showcase Presentations

12:15 - 2:00

Luncheon and Keynote:Sylvia Martinez

2:00 - 2:30

Vendor Presentations and Refreshments – Ballroom level

2:45 - 5:00

Concurrent Sessions

5:00 - 6:00

Reception and Raffle – Ballroom Foyer


Thursday, February 19

7:00 - 7:45

Continental Breakfast – Ballroom Level Balcony

7:30 - 12:00

Registration – Ballroom Foyer A

8:00 - 11:15

In Depth Concurrent Sessions

11:15 - 12:30

Table Talks, Tech Demos (Demo Slams), Closure, & Raffle! - Salon A and B


Conference Fees-

Full Conference February 18-19, 2015 - $300

One Day Only February 18, 2015 - $200 (Includes Light Breakfast and luncheon)

One Day Only February 19, 2015 - $120 (Includes a Light Breakfast)

(Early Bird Registration ends December 19, 2014)



Hotel Information- A limited block of rooms has been reserved at the Marriott Hotel for a rate of $142 per night - Single/Double.  Call 501-906-4000 and mention you are registering for the AAEA/TICAL Conference. This room rate will be available until January 14, 2015.To make a reservation at the Marriott Click Here

Pre-Conference Workshops
Tuesday February 17th

All pre-conference workshops will be held on Tuesday, February 17th at the Marriott Hotel.Additional fees apply. Space is limited; register early.



I Didn’t Know Google Could Do That! Google’s New Features!
Salon A Room, 12:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Keturah Rush, Technology Integration Specialist, Monticello School
Susan Gilley, Executive Director Federal Programs Instructional Technology, Harrison School District


This session will focus on showcasing Google’s new features! The session will be fast paced and cover topics such as: Gmail is more than email Google Classroom Google Apps and Education Spicing up your browser with Chrome extensions New Add-ons Form features, Making connections with Google+ There are so many simple, yet engaging ways to use Google in the classroom. Come learn how to put Google Apps for Education into practice as a platform for learning, communication and collaboration! Questions about this workshop can be directed to:
Session Tags:google, classroom, GAFE



TICAL/AAEA Technology and Innovation Academy
Ouachita Room, 12:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Dr. Lisa Gonzales, Superintendent, Portola Valley Unified School District, TICAL Cadre Member (CA)


Do you want to enhance your digital leadership skills? Are you interested in supporting students and staff in developing 21st Century college and career-readiness? Are you ready to be a transformative leader? The TICAL/AAEA Tech Academy is a 16-week course that includes certification in Leading Edge. Leading Edge Certification is a national certification program that includes an alliance of nonprofits, universities and regional educational service agencies. Leading Edge Certification for the Administrator focuses on site, district, and regional leaders and is based upon the ISTE Standards for Administrators (ISTE Standards-A). Participants will learn how to effectively utilize technology tools, resources and innovative solutions to advance student achievement, foster educator productivity and extend learning opportunities for all. Upon successful completion, the certification will give schools, districts and other prospective employers assurance that Leading Edge Certified administrators have the skills to effectively lead schools through the 21st Century and provide visionary leadership amongst all stakeholders of their organization. This kick-off event will provide an overview of this online certification course and get you immersed into content  Learn more about this kick-off event.
Session Tags:Innovation, Leadership, 21st Century



Leading an Ed Tech Revolution, a Clinic for the IT Professional
Salon B Room, 12:30 PM – 6:00 PM


Tim Landeck, Technology Director, Pajaro Valley Unified School District, CETPA Board Member and CTO Mentor


This dynamic and fast-paced session will focus on the many aspects of being a CTO (Chief Technology Officer) and the resources available to support someone in this position. We will address Leadership and planning, Professional Development, Finance, Security, Organizational Management, Data Systems, Project Management and much more! This session is a preview to the CTO Mentor program and includes a one year membership to CETPA. Find out how CTOs in California have created a valuable community of IT Professionals who network and share resources, learn from each other, and successfully lead their organizations to improve teaching and learning through the appropriate use of technology in education. Questions about this workshop can be directed to:
Session Tags:CTOs, Leadership, Technology



Google Forms: Learn the Way of the Forms
Neosho Room, 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Will Kimbley, Instructional Technology Consultant, Tulare County Office of Education


Google Forms is a powerful tool to quickly and easily collect information and analyze the data. in this hands-on introductory session you will learn how to create a variety of forms that will greatly increase your productivity. (BYO laptop). Questions about this workshop can be directed to:
Session Tags:google, forms, google forms



Create Your Personal Digital Toolbox: A Workshop for Busy School Administrators
Grampas Room, 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Susan Brooks Young, TICAL Cadre member, SJ Brooks-Young Consulting


Whether using mobile devices, a laptop computer, or something else entirely, every school administrator will benefit from assembling a personal digital toolbox that includes hand-picked resources for getting the job done on a daily basis. Attend this BYOD 3-hour workshop to learn about tools, review resources, and get a jump-start on developing your own personal digital toolbox. Questions about this workshop can be directed to:
Session Tags:personal productivity, collaboration, communication



PARCC it Here!
Chicot Room, 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Oretha Ferguson, Teacher Leader and Technology and Instructional Coach, Fort Smith Public Schools


Are your students PARCC ready? Do your students use technology tools that will help them be ready for the PARCC assessment? In this session, attendees will be shown resources to integrate into the daily curriculum that will help students be PARCC technology assessment ready. Questions about this workshop can be directed to:
Session Tags:PARCC;Technology;Skills



Create a Website for Free with Weebly
Neosho Room, 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Will Kimbley, Instructional Technology Consultant, Tulare County Office of Education


Weebly is one of the most effective platforms to quickly create a high quality, professional looking website development tools in existence - and it’s FREE. By the end of this session you will have a working website that looks as if a professional created it. Simple to update and easy to add images, video, and interactive web features. Weebly also incorporates a blog page and all components are drag-and–drop. Create a school website today. Questions about this workshop can be directed to:
Session Tags:website, weebly



TPACK Coaching: A Collaborative Approach to Instructional Change
Chicot Room, 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Jodee Flatte, Literacy Instructional Facilitator, Fort Smith Public Schools - Northside High School
Anna Harrison, Math Instructional Facilitator, Fort Smiths Public Schools, Northside High School
George Lieux, Instructional Technology Specialist, Fort Smith Public Schools, Professional Development Dept.


Participants will gain insight into the possibilities for professional learning through the use of a collaborative approach to instructional coaching. Using their experience in teaming for student-centered coaching cycles, three presenters - Jodee Flatte, Instructional Facilitator, Literacy; Anna Harrison, Instructional Facilitator, Math; and George Lieux, Technology Integration Specialist - will walk participants through their experiences as an embodiment of the philosophy behind TPACK to lead teachers in their quests for professional growth. With Lieux as the technology component of the model and Flatte and Harrison as the content and pedagogy components, the team will address lessons learned in moving teachers through the change process. Questions about this workshop can be directed to:
Session Tags:TPACK, Coaching Cycles, Technology Coaches



The AppConnection: Connecting Mobile Applications to an Educator’s DailyTasks

Grampas Room, 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Tonia McMillan, Technology Coordinator, Dawson Education Cooperative
Harry Dickens, Instructional Tech Consultant, National and Arkansas


In this engaging session participants will be introduced to Apps that will provide efficient and effective possibilities on their mobile devices.Many of the Apps shared in this session are available for free in the Apple AppStore as well as Google’s Play Store. Get ready to do a bit of App Smashing in this high energy session. You will enjoy this session by two TICAL members who have provided training on mobile device use through out Arkansas and around the country.This session will create opportunities for your mobile device to become even more valuable to you and your daily life as an innovative educator. Questions about this workshop can be directed to:
Session Tags:iPad, Mobile Learning, Productivity






Concurrent sessions are 60 minutes in length on February 18th and 90 minutes on February 19th for deeper learning.

Wednesday, February 18
Concurrent Sessions – Morning
Early Morning - 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM


Wednesday, February 18
Concurrent Sessions
Late Morning - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Wednesday, February 18
Concurrent Sessions – Afternoon
Early Afternoon 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM


Wednesday, February 18
Concurrent Sessions
Late Afternoon 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM



Thursday, February 19
Concurrent Sessions
Early Morning 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM



Thursday, February 19
Concurrent Sessions
Late Morning 9:45 AM -- 11:15 AM





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