TIESed Newsletter - April 2016

April 2016


Happy Spring! TIESed is excited to announce that the call for proposals for TIES 2016 is open. The conference theme — Empowering Learners — focuses how using technology can empower students, teachers, and school leaders. How are you empowering learners in your work? Share your story at TIES 2016! 


TIES Conference 2016 Call for Proposals Open

The TIES 2016 Education Technology Conference is the premier opportunity for educators, administrators, and tech professionals to learn about innovation in the educational technology arena. From engaging and inspiring keynote and featured speakers to breakout sessions led by fellow educators and tech professionals, TIES 2016 provides infinite value for all attendees as they learn about the constantly growing and evolving impact technology has on the way our students learn and the way our teachers teach.

We are looking for proposals for preconference workshops, listen and learn, explore and create, and poster sessions that encompass this year’s theme: Empowering Learners. Proposals for preconference workshops are due by July 29, 2016 and proposals for general conference sessions are due by August 26, 2016. Lead presenters for accepted preconference workshops receive $200. Lead presenters for accepted general conference sessions receive one complimentary day of registration at the conference for the day they are presenting.

For more information and to submit your proposal, please visit the TIES Conference website.


Our Favorite Things

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Explain Everything
The new Explain Everything Collaborative Whiteboard for iPad is now available! This new app allows users to interact in real-time with other users on the same whiteboard. A great way to create collaborative sessions. Try it free for 30 days.


Moodle Meta-Courses
Sometimes students need to enroll in two or more courses at the same time. Perhaps it’s an interdisciplinary class that’s a part of two teachers’ regular classes or perhaps they participate in a group that pulls them into three separate classes. Enter the meta course. Students enroll in the parent course and then are automatically enrolled in as many child courses as needed.

Go to the child course. Choose Course Administration > Users > Enrollment methods > Add meta course enrollment and choose the parent course from the list.


During an election year, opportunities to help students learn about their civic responsibilities becomes especially important. For the past several years, iCivics (linked) has been one of the premiere ways to teach aspects of civics to K-12 students through an immersive, game-based platform. The free online resources, founded and led by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, include full curriculum units, lesson plans, and the gaming platform. Win the Whitehouse is one important unit. iCivics has also developed additional election resources to help you incorporate these topics in the coming months.


TIES is an affiliate member of the International Society for Technology in Education or ISTE. Below are several benefits you can enjoy due to the relationship between TIES and ISTE. 

  • Individual ISTE Membership: During their annual membership drive, typically in February, affiliate members who renew their individual ISTE memberships receive a discount. Be sure to indicate your TIES’ affiliate membership when you join/renew your ISTE membership.
  • Advocacy: ISTE is actively involved in advocating for education technology at the national level and provides advocacy support for state-level educators.
  • ISTE Conference: ISTE’s annual conference will be held in Denver June 26-29, 2016. This year, “volunteer champions” (linked https://conference.iste.org/2016/glance/volunteer.php ) have the opportunity to earn free conference registration in exchange for 10 hours of volunteer work at the conference.
  • ISTE Standards: ISTE has developed education technology standards for students, teachers, administrators, coaches, and computer science teachers. The organization is in the process of refreshing its standards, starting with the student standards. Learn more about the process and participate by reading this article

If you have any questions regarding ISTE, please feel free to reach out to Cara Hagen, the ISTE affiliate representative for TIES. 


Upcoming TIES Events

TIES Institute: Featuring Google Apps for Education
June 15-16, 2016
This two-day, hands-on event will help you reimagine what teaching and learning can look like with Google Apps for Education. Learn alongside like-minded colleagues as you look at best practices for learning through activities that use all things Google to reinvigorate your lessons!
For more information, visit http://googlein.ties.k12.mn.us/.

August 3-4, 2016
Learnshops: August 3, 2016
iPadPaloozaMN Learning Festival: August 4, 2016
This one-day learning festival celebrates how iPads and other mobile devices continue to impact education. The event will focus on creativity, social collaboration, engagement, and innovative ways schools have integrated iPads and mobile devices into classrooms and enhanced student learning. Join educators from all over Minnesota and surrounding states for a day of celebrating, learning, collaborating, and networking. For more information, visit http://ipadpaloozamn.ties.k12.mn.us/.


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