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Wednesday, June 7


What is Future Ready? Ignite Your Understanding!
Gear Leaders from Academy District 20's Future Ready Leadership Team, joined by IT-ES team members will share in a  5-minute Ignite Talk Format information about the Future Ready Initiative and what this means for students, teachers, and community members as we embark on a journey to "plan and implement personalized, research-based digital learning strategies so all students can achieve their full potential."

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Don Begier

Director of Information Technology for Education Services, Academy School District 20
I have been an educator for 22 years. I began my career as middle school social studies teacher and coach. I have taught middle and high school social studies, been an high school assistant principal, a middle and high school principal, an executive officer for learning services... Read More →
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Lori Hartman

Technology Specialist, Academy School District 20
Lori Hartman has served as the Academy District 20’s Instructional Technology Specialist since 2006. She has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology, and recently passed the CETL (Certified Educational Technology... Read More →
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Maureen Lang

Director for Professional Learning, Academy District 20
During the 33 years of Maureen’s career in education, she has held a variety of positions in Wyoming, Texas, Nevada, and Colorado.  The last 18 years have been in Academy District Twenty.  Her resume includes: parent volunteer, substitute teacher, high school athletic coach, elementary... Read More →
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Nancy White

21st Century Learning & Innovation Specialist, Academy District 20
Nancy White is the 21st Century Learning & Innovation Specialist for Academy School District 20 previously serving as the Information Literacy Specialist/Library Coordinator and working in middle school and elementary school libraries and classrooms in Colorado and Germany. Nancy... Read More →

Wednesday June 7, 2017 8:15am - 9:00am
Thursday, June 8


Demo Slam!
This high energy sharing of tools for learning will have your head spinning and your fingers whizzing across your device to get the details to download and explore. Sign up to participate. Each participant will have 3 minutes to WOW the audience.  Audience will vote, and prizes will be awarded!

First 10 people to sign up are in!  CLICK HERE to sign up!

Excerpted from Sylvia Duckworth's Blog:

Here are my top 10 tips for a winning Demo Slam.

  1. Choose something fairly easy to demonstrate. Nerves can trip you up if there are too many steps.
  2. Everyone loves a good story. Try to tell one during your Slam. String a few ideas together in a cohesive way.
  3. Be original. If you use a Demo Slam that people may have seen before, put a unique twist to it.
  4. Perform your Slam beforehand in front of your friends and ask for honest feedback and suggestions.
  5. Time your Slam while performing it out loud and make sure that it does not go over 3 minutes.
  6. Practice is key. Practice your Slam over and over again until you can do it without thinking.
  7. Trash talk the competition: they love it and the audience loves it, too.
  8. Play up the home court advantage if you have one. Remind the audience that you are from their home town and that they should vote for you.
  9. Play up the foreigner advantage if you have one. Throw in flattering comments about their city. Bonus: attempt to speak in their language if different from yours.
  10. It’s all about attitude. Try to exude confidence even if you are not feeling it.

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Michael Pollard

BYOD Integration Specialist, Academy District 20
Michael Pollard helps schools discern how to best integrate tech into their culture. He has coached students in English, Media, Tech, Cross Country, Track & Field, Guitar, and Life.

Thursday June 8, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm