Google Public School English Assignment Ideas

*Update: If you’d like to learn more about running your own 20% Project – check out my free video course on 20% Time and Genius Hour.

I recently assigned a new project to my 11th grade English students: The 20% Project. Although it’s called a “project”, that term is merely for student understanding and lack of a better word. This project is based on the “20 percent time” Google employees have to work on something other than their job description. It has been well documented, and Google has exponentially grown as a company while giving this 20 percent time.

An Influential Idea

Katherine von Jan explains how Google’s idea came to be in her article, “Pursue Passion: Demand Google 20% Time at School”:

“Google’s “20% Time”, inspired by Sergey Brin’s and Larry Page’s Montessori School experience, is a philosophy and policy that every Google employee spend 20% of their time (the equivalent of a full work day each week) working on ideas and projects that interest that employee. They are encouraged to explore anything other than their normal day-to-day job. As a result 50% of all Google’s products by 2009 originated from the 20% free time, including Gmail. Real break-through happens when we are free from others’ expectations and driven by individual passion.”

When I read her article, and finished Dan Pink’s book Drive, I had to seriously reconsider what I was doing with my students. Extrinsic motivation can only go so far in education, and above everything else I want my students to be people who enjoy learning. However, as educators many times we are constrained by curriculum and standards. This idea came and went during the fall months before resurfacing this December.

In December two things happened that made me decide almost immediately that this had to happen. First, I was part of the curriculum process at my school and really started to delve into the “why we do what we do” questions that allude me most of the time during the daily grind. I also was reading texts about “inquiry based learning” and the “understanding by design” framework. Most teachers would be ecstatic if one of their former students got a job at Google. So…were we preparing students to eventually get this type of job?

Second, I was challenged by Thomas Gaffey (he’s the best math teacher I’ve ever met @tgaffey) to do “new things in new ways” at the Microsoft Innovative Educator program. The 20% time seemed like a new way to engage and motivate students to learn. If we want to prepare students in high school to be life-long learners, assets to their communities, and able to take a successful next step in their academic lives (i.e. college)…then this project would not only change my pedagogy, but also their view on learning after high school.

Assigning the 20% Time

The day after winter break I “assigned the project”. In essence, high school students have spent most of their academic lives being told what to do. Their grades are then dependent on how well they completed the assigned tasks. Most teenagers spend their free time doing things they are “not told to do”. For example, most parents aren’t yelling at their son to play video games, or at their daughter to spend three hours on Facebook. These actions are done because teenagers want to do them (and in part because they are told many times not to do this). My class agreed that most teenagers “want to do what they want to do, and not what others tell them”.

So this project, I said, was me telling them to do something that they want to do, with their time that it is usually spent doing what other people want them to do (that’s a mouthful). The guidelines were simple. Here is the handout:

 

The 20% Project*

1. For the rest of the year, 20% of your time in my class will be spent working on something you want to work on.

2. It has to be some type of learning, and you have to document it (journal etc).

3. You’ll present your accomplishments to the class twice (and will not be graded on it).

4. That’s it. Have fun. Find your passion. Explore it. Enjoy learning what you want.

X___________________________________________

Mass confusion set in. Most of my students were trying to figure out what the catch was, asking questions like: “So what are we getting credit for?”, “What kinds of things can we do?”, “Why aren’t we being graded?”, and “I don’t get it Mr. J, what are we supposed to be doing?”

After a few minutes more of explanation my students began to come around. I was not going to grade them on this project, but I am going to keep them accountable. Many times in education we believe the only way to hold students accountable is by giving some form of assessment. For this project, they’ll be documenting their learning through writing (also, possible podcasts or video journals), and they will present to the class their “accomplishments” at the end of the 3rd and 4th quarters.

Accountability, Standards, and Curriculum

This type of accountability covers the five major standards of Literature Arts: writing, reading, speaking, listening, and viewing. Even better it hits on most of these specific Pennsylvania 11th Grade Reading and Writing Standards.

Finally, I’ll also tie in their next two “independent reading assignments” to this project, having them choose texts that will help them during the 20% time. We won’t be missing out on any curriculum because of this project, rather it will be a supplement to the learning already taking place in my classroom.

Are some of my students still confused? Yes. Are many of them excited? Yes. Will this idea/project be a success? I don’t know.

I do know that in a year and a half my 11th graders will be faced with the prospect of “doing what they want to do” whenever they want. Many students can’t handle the freedom given at college (or real life) and struggle. Many students also excel with this freedom. The 20% time should give my students the small opportunity (I’m only one class out of their busy day) to explore their individual passions before they graduate. I’m excited to see what this time brings, and whatever happens…I’ll keep you posted,

Hear more about this project and how you can get started with my FREE video course on 20% Time projects and Genius Hour.

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Sometimes, a linear document just won’t do. Students need room to move things around and get messy. Here are 10 Google Drawings activities to do that. (Sketch by Matt Miller)

Using a document in Google Apps or Microsoft Word is perfect for many activities, but sometimes they can be so limiting.

They’re restricting. They force you to enter information in a fairly linear fashion, and linear just doesn’t cut it sometimes.

Sometimes, you want your work to be all over the place. Think of sticky notes on a wall or spreading work out on a table or the floor to see everything.

When that’s what you need, your Google Apps tool of choice might be Google Drawings. Drawings is one of my favorites of all of Google’s tools. It’s simple to use but powerful and very versatile.

In fact, here’s how simple it is. The button panel for creating things (see image above) is made up of lines, shapes, text boxes, images and comments. (The arrow is for selecting items on the page.)

Google Drawings is like a digital poster board. Or sheet of paper. Or a blank slate waiting for your great ideas.

Sadly, many educators don’t know about it or know what it does. Maybe part of the reason: when you click “new” in your Google Drive, Drawings is under the “more” tab. (What a shame … one of my favorite Google tools treated like a second-class citizen.)

As versatile and powerful as it is, there are bound to be lots of uses for it. Here are my top 10, and if you use Google Drawings in your classroom or educational setting, please share how in a comment below!

1. Graphic organizers — Often, students have great ideas in their minds. They just struggle to organize them into the logical sequence they need to present them. Graphic organizers can help them pull those ideas and information into a great project or presentation.

How to do it: Create a graphic organizer (think KWL, fishbone, Venn diagram … or make up your own!) in Google Drawings. Then share it with students as “Everyone with the link can view” and have students go to File > Make a copy … to create their own copy of it in their Google Drives. If you’re using Google Classroom, when you create an assignment, use the drop-down menu in the bottom right to make a copy for every student in Google Classroom.

Need some help getting started? Check out my post with 15 free Google Drawings graphic organizers and how to make your own. It’s one of my most popular posts ever! Use my graphic organizers verbatim or use them as a starting point for your own.

2. Interactive posters — Creating posters is an activity that’s a staple in many classrooms. If you don’t want to hassle with glue sticks, markers and magazines for cutting images out, Google Drawings can help. Drawings is a great spot for creating interactive posters. Regular posters are static and only contain the information you can fit on them. Interactive posters have clickable links, making the poster just a starting point for more information.

How to do it: Students create a Google Drawing. They add text boxes with information and shapes to help organize (think of the construction paper behind the text). They can add Creative Commons images by going to Insert > Image … > Search tab to be good digital citizens. (This falls right in line with my post on how to find and use images the right way in class!) They can highlight text and push Ctrl+K or go to Insert > Link … to make clickable links in their text.

Want some more guidance? Check out my post on interactive Google Drawings posters with an example you can click on and copy into your Drive if you’d like.

3. Photo comic strips — I found this one by chance at a Google conference once and really like it. Comic strips are easy to create in Google Drawings. When you add a shape to a drawing, one category of shapes is called “callouts.” Those callouts have speech bubbles and thought bubbles to add to a drawing. Upload a picture — or take a picture by going to Insert > Image … > Take a snapshot to use the camera in your laptop, tablet or other device. Then use the speech/thought bubbles to show what the characters are saying or doing.

I found this idea from Mike Petty, a Google for Education Certified Trainer in Michigan. His site about photo comic strips shows more examples and ways to use them in the classroom.

4. Interactive white board — When shared with a few students or an entire class, a blank Google Drawing can turn into an interactive white board that everyone can control. SMART Boards and Promethean Boards let the person touching the screen make changes … but Google Drawings interactive white boards let anyone make changes.

How to do it: Create a drawing. Click the blue “Share” button and click “Get a shareable link”. Then choose “Anyone with the link can edit.” OR, if you’re using Google Classroom, create an announcement and add the drawing to the announcement. Make sure the drop-down menu on the right says that students can edit.

Of course, having the expectations talk with students beforehand is useful when anyone can make changes to this drawing. My expectations talk usually includes:

  • Remember that this is better than boring activities using paper.
  • If we can’t handle this, we’ll be headed back to the boring activities.
  • Don’t make changes to the drawing until you’re asked.
  • Remember that everything you do is tracked on revision history (File > See revision history), so I’ll know who has done what.
  • Anything you put on the drawing will be treated as if it was said out loud in class and will be handled accordingly.

5. Digital manipulatives — Ever have students put sticky notes out on their desks and move them around? What about cut-out pieces of paper with words or pictures or ideas? If so, Google Drawings lets you create digital manipulatives like those that you can move around.

How to do it: Create a Google Drawing. Then, create the manipulatives you want students to use with text boxes, shapes or images. Make sure your original copy of the manipulatives is “Anyone with the link can view” under the blue “Share” button. Then distribute it to students and let them copy it to their Google Drives by going to File > Make a copy … . If you use Google Classroom, add it to an assignment (graded) or announcement (ungraded) and choose to make a copy for each student.

Some examples: one of my graphic organizers from above called “hexagonal thinking” and Shake Up Learning’s collaborative magnetic poetry.

Click the image to access this image’s Google Drawings file.

6. Annotate images — Thousands and thousands of images are available in Google Drawings (as well as other Google Apps). Just click Insert > Image … and choose “Search”. You can always upload your own images. Once they’re in a drawing, use text boxes, shapes and arrows to write over the top of those images. Use them to tag important features, add commentary, circle or highlight key concepts and more.

7. Informational graphics — In traditional research reports, students gather information, analyze and organize, and then present their findings in essay style. They could demonstrate all of those findings in another way — with an informational graphic! Infographics are all over social media and are very popular. Learning to create an infographic is a useable skill in the real world.

How to do it: Create a new drawing. Do some internet searches to check out some infographic examples. Plan how to organize the infographic and how to illustrate research findings. Create using lines, shapes, text boxes and images. Add clickable links to text and images.

8. Timelines — Use the same elements from the informational graphics above to create timelines. Add a horizontal line to a drawing. (Pro tip: Hold in shift while drawing the line to make it truly horizontal and straight!) Add information for the different dates on the timeline and illustrate them with images.

9. Add and pass activity — Get the whole class working together in this activity. Each student creates a drawing and starts an activity — an illustration, a comic strip, a story … something. Let students work on it for a couple minutes. Then have them rotate to a different desk and work on someone else’s activity. After a few minutes rotate, then rotate again and rotate again. Eventually, the activities get completed. It’s fun to see what the rest of the class did with what you started off with!

10. Tutorial graphics — Teach someone how to do something with a tutorial drawing. This works great with tutorials for doing something online or on your computer/device. Add images to a drawing of what you want the reader to do. These images can be created by taking a screenshot. You could also find images in an image search (Insert > Image > Search) or create images with lines and shapes. Describe what action to take using text. Then share those images on a website, with a link or by adding them to a document.

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Western Wayne (Ind.) SchoolsPershing, IN
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9:00-12:00 p.m.
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Lafayette, IN 47905
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Indianapolis, IN 46241
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Fishers, IN 46037
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7:30-3:00 p.m.
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Franklin, IN 46131
317-346-8100
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09:00-03:00 p.m.
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Indianapolis, IN 46278
317-759-5555
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08:00-03:00 p.m.
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Ivy Tech Community College Tech Workshop 
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PowerED Up ConferenceLeopold, IN
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Leopold, IN 47551
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08:00-03:00 p.m.
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+06/08/2015
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+06/10/2015
08:00-04:00 p.m.
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700 Harriett Street
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812-833-5136
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Yorktown, IN 47396
(765) 759-2550
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08:00-03:00 p.m.
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Milwaukee, WI 53217
414-352-6000
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+06/17/2015
08:00-03:00 p.m.
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+06/22/2015
08:00-03:00 p.m.
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08:00-03:00 p.m.
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+06/27/2015
09:00-03:00 p.m.
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08:00-03:00 p.m.
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785-943-5222
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+07/22/2015
08:00-03:00 p.m.
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Fountain City, IN 47341
(765) 847-1331
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+07/24/2015
08:00-3:00 p.m.
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+07/28/2015—07/29/2015
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+07/30/2015
08:00-03:00 p.m.
Seymour Schools Tech WorkshopSeymour, IN
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Seymour, IN 47274
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08:00-03:00 p.m.
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+08/13/2015
08:00-03:00 p.m.
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+08/18/2015
08:00-03:00 p.m.
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 Workshop:The Digital PIRATE 
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+09/08/2015
08:00-03:00 p.m.
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+09/24/2015
08:00-03:00 p.m.
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08:00-03:00 p.m.
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Angola, IN 46703
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+10/06/2015
08:00-03:00 p.m.
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+10/07/2015
08:00-03:00 p.m.
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+10/08/2015
08:00-03:00 p.m.
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Sponsor:Northern Indiana Educational Services Center
Venue:Christo's Banquet Center
830 Lincolnway E, Plymouth
Plymouth, IN 46563
+10/12/2015
08:00-03:00 p.m.
Tyler ISDTyler, TX
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+10/15/2015—10/16/2015
08:00-03:00 p.m.
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Noblesville, IN
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+10/22/2015
08:00-03:00 p.m.
Mt. Vernon CSC (Indiana)Fortville, IN
 Workshop:Ditch That TextbookPrivate Event
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+11/10/2015
08:00-03:00 p.m.
Cascade Middle SchoolClayton, IN
 Venue:Cascade Middle School
6423 S. County Road 200 West
Clayton, IN 46118
(317) 539-9285
Private Event
+11/11/2015
08:00-03:00 p.m.
Hamilton Southeastern Schools (Indiana)Fishers/Noblesville, Indiana
 Full-day Seminar:Ditch That TextbookPrivate Event
Sponsor:Hamilton Southeastern Schools
+11/14/2015
09:00-02:30 p.m.
Northeast Literacy RetreatFort Wayne, IN
  Public Event
+11/17/2015
08:00-03:00 p.m.
Ditch That Textbook workshop @ ECESCConnersville, IN
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Sponsor:East Central Educational Service Center
+11/18/2015
08:00-03:00 p.m.
Ditch That Textbook @ WCIESCGreencastle, Indiana
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Sponsor:West Central Indiana Educational Service Center
+11/19/2015
08:00-03:00 p.m.
Elgin Local Schools (Ohio)Elgin, OH
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+01/13/2016
8:00am-3:00pm
Madison eLearningMadison, IN
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+01/18/2016
08:00-03:00 p.m.
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 Venue:Hudson Indpendent School District
6735 Ted Trout Drive
Lufkin, TX 75904
936-875-3351
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+01/26/2016
08:00-03:00 p.m.
South PutnamGreencastle, IN
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+02/03/2016
08:00-03:00 p.m.
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+02/09/2016
08:00-03:00 p.m.
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1102 Tree Lane Drive
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812-482-6641
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+02/15/2016
08:00-03:00 p.m.
Educational Service Unit #13Scottsbluff, NE
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+02/16/2016
08:00-03:00 p.m.
Rockford Public SchoolsRockford, MI
 Keynote:Ditch That Textbook!Private Event
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+02/24/2016—02/25/2016
08:00-03:00 p.m.
ICE ConferenceSt. Charles, IL
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St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 584-6300
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+02/25/2016—02/26/2016
08:00-03:00 p.m.
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+03/07/2016
01:15-03:30 p.m.
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+03/09/2016—03/11/2016
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(616) 742-6500
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08:00-03:00 p.m.
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+03/23/2016
08:00-03:00 p.m.
Westwood Community School DistrictSloan, IA
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+04/13/2016
08:00-03:00 p.m.
Wabash Valley Education CenterWest Lafayette, IN
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3061 Benton Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906
(765) 463-1589
+04/18/2016
08:00-03:00 p.m.
Monroe #1 BOCES (New York)Fairport, N.Y.
 Full-day Seminar:The Digital PIRATEPublic Event
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+04/26/2016
08:00-03:00 p.m.
Caesar Rodney School DistrictCamden, DE
 Keynote:Ditch That TextbookPrivate Event
Venue:Caesar Rodney High School
239 Old North Road
Camden, DE 19934
+05/03/2016
Paoli Community School CorporationPaoli, IN
 Venue:To be determined
Paoli, IN
Private Event
+05/25/2016
09:00-09:45 a.m.
Pacific Northwest Apprenticeship Education ConferencePortland, OR
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1000 NE Multnomah Street
Portland, OR
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+05/31/2016
10:30-12:00pm
West Central Career CooperativeCrawfordsville, IN
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Crawfordsville, IN
Private Event
+06/06/2016
08:00-03:00 p.m.
PowerED Up ConferenceLeopold, IN
 Venue:Perry Central Schools
18677 Old State Road 37
Leopold, IN 47551
(812) 843-5576
Public Event
+06/07/2016
08:00-03:00 p.m.
Making a Splash with Digital Learning ConferenceBatesville, IN
 Venue:Batesville Community School Corporation
626 N. Huntersville Road
Batesville, IN 47006
(812) 934-2194
Public Event
+06/08/2016—06/09/2016
08:00-03:00 p.m.
Ignite Your SuperpowerLafayette, IN
 Venue:Sunnyside Intermediate School
530 N 26th St
Lafayette, IN 47904
(765) 771-6100
Public Event
+06/13/2016—06/14/2015
08:00-03:00 p.m.
Summer Spark (Wisconsin)Milwaukee, WI
 Sponsor:University School of MilwaukeePublic Event
+06/15/2016
08:00-03:00 p.m.
REMAST Conference (South Dakota)Brookings, S.D.
 Sponsor:South Dakota State Noyce Scholarship ProgramPublic Event
+06/20/2016
Indianapolis Sister Cities Int'l ConferenceIndianapolis, IN
 Keynote:Connecting Your Classroom to the WorldPublic Event
Sponsor:Indianapolis Sister Cities InternationalRegister to attend
Venue:Covenant Christian High School
7525 W. 21st St.
Indianapolis, IN 46214
+06/22/2016
08:00-03:00 p.m.
Western North Dakota ESADickinson, ND
 Workshop:The Digital PIRATEPublic Event
+06/26/2016—06/29/2016
ISTE ConferenceDenver, CO
 Venue:Colorado Convention Center
700 14th St.
Denver, CO 80202
Public Event
+07/12/2016
08:00-03:00 p.m.
MSD of MartinsvilleMartinsville, IN
 Sponsor:MSD of MartinsvillePrivate Event
+07/13/2016—07/14/2016
08:00-03:00 p.m.
Pulaski County Special School DistrictLittle Rock, AR
 Sponsor:Pulaski County Special School DistrictPrivate Event
+07/18/2016
08:00-03:00 p.m.
Sheridan/Hamilton HeightsSheridan, IN
  Public Event
+07/19/2016
08:00-03:00 p.m.
Launching INquiryFishers, IN
 Venue:Fishers High School College & Career Academy
13000 Promise Rd
Fishers, IN 46038
Public Event
+07/20/2016
08:00-03:00 p.m.
Blended Learning SummitSalina, KS
 Sponsor:Smoky Hill Education Service CenterPublic Event
Venue:Smoky Hill Education Service Center
605 E. Crawford
Salina, KS 67401
785-825-9185
+07/21/2016
08:30-04:00 p.m.
iPadpaloozaEastTXLongview, TX
 Keynote:Ditch That Textbook!Public Event
Sponsor:Region 7 Education Service CenterRegister to attend
Venue:Pine Tree High School
900 Northwest Drive
Longview, TX 75604
(903) 295-5031
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+07/22/2016
08:00-03:00 p.m.
Tyler ISDTyler, TX
 Sponsor:Tyler ISD 
+07/25/2016—07/26/2016
E3 Technology ConferenceWarsaw, IN
 Venue:Warsaw High School
1 Tiger Lane
Warsaw, IN 46580
(574) 371-5098
Public Event
+08/01/2016
08:00-03:00 p.m.
Catholic High SchoolNew Iberia, LA
 Sponsor:Catholic High SchoolPrivate Event
Venue:Catholic High School
1301 de La Salle Drive
New Iberia, LA 70560
+08/05/2016
08:00-03:00 p.m.
Fort Wayne Lutheran Schools PartnershipFort Wayne, IN
 Sponsor:Fort Wayne Lutheran Schools PartnershipPrivate Event

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