Think BIG, Think Bold, Think Beyond… your classroom and your school as you know it! The TIE 2012 Conference is a three-day event designed for K-12 educators, educational leaders, and those who want to immerse themselves in best instructional practices, seek support for digital learning, and study ways to transform their classrooms by using digital tools and resources.
Don’t miss the pre-conference TIE 2012 Leadership Academy where you can connect with colleagues and compare what works in education. Take advantage of these opportunities to learn and collaborate at the TIE 2012 Conference:

  •  Pre-Conference Leadership Academy (Monday, June 18) offers educational leaders and school/district leadership teams learning, networking, and collaborative opportunities
  •  Keynote speaker, Bernajean Porter, jump-starts us into thinking about how we can add rigor and relevance to our instruction using technological tools and resources
  •  Two Featured Speakers discuss hot topics of interest the second and third days of the conference
  •  Learn from respected educators and leaders across Colorado, and beyond
  •  Eight blocks of interactive, philosophical, and hands-on sessions cover a range of topics addressing the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S)
  •  Learn how to use your new digital device in sessions designed specifically for beginners
  •  Classroom Connections give attendees the chance to engage in a buffet of conversations about classroom lessons shared by educators
  •  Open Source playground
  •  An Exhibitor Pavilion allows you to get your hands on state-of-the-art tools and resources before purchasing them
  •  Collaborate with others informally during lunch, the conference dinner, exhibitor gala, and evening event that are included in your registration
  •  The closing event will wrap it all up…and you may go home with a prize!

Here’s just a sample of the over 140 sessions being offered at the TIE 2012 Conference. Stay tuned for finalized session offerings!

Google Forms Learn to use Google Forms to conveniently create student assessments, surveys, and evalulations.
Digital Citizenship: Blended Style See how to use blended learning techniques to bring Digital Citizenship content into classes.
Using Google Sites to Create Student ePortfolios Begin with an overview of some of the ways Google Sites can be used to create electronic portfolios, then focus on how to create ePortfolios with your students.
Immerse Yourself in an Augmented Reality Explore a variety of augmented reality applications and games designed for iOS and Android devices, then investigate various ways this alternative can be used to supplement both the teaching and the learning experience.
Digital Storytelling: Uniting New Media Literacies Combine oral language, written expression, and digital literacy to make a meaningful learning experience for students that is both thoughtful and creative.
Wiki-Wiki Wow-Wow This session presents attendees with an opportunity to learn about wikis, build a classroom (or personal) wiki, then have it up, running, and ready to put into use for the next school year.
SketchUp for Dummies This session is an introduction to Google’s 3-D imaging software that has been used to model buildings for Google Earth.
Literacy Links: Interactive Poetry Slam Collaborate to create an interactive poetry slam using such Web 2.0 tools as VoiceThread, Blabberize, Mixbook and Glogster in this hands-on session.
Using Technology To Be Successful With At-Risk Students Learn how to develope an innovative, blended teaching approach with at-risk students.
Leading STEM Projects Using Innovative Management and Technology Explore the general principles involved in project management before applying them to your own STEM programs in this interactive workshop for teachers.
Controlling Campus Wi-Fi: It’s all About Intelligent Mobile Device Management Digital learning is now ubiquitous across campus and District administrators are preaching the virtues of bringing your own device while IT administrators are dealing with the challenges of networking so many different devices. The answer is mobile device management (MDM).
Engaging your Brain STEM: Creativity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Explore strategies for, and examples of, student technology projects that enhance learning and support the exploration of complex systems and issues. Highlights from the Colorado Tech Fair including graphic design, animation, and robotics will be shared.
The Magic of Common Sense Media Use Learn how to access material from Common Sense Media, a leading non-profit organization that provides a free Digital Literacy and Citizenship classroom curriculum consisting of more than 70 lesson plans, student handouts, videos, interactive components, and parent outreach resources.
From Low-Tech to Grow-Tech Learn how to take your school from low-tech to grow-tech as Katherine Dockerty shares how her elementary and middle schools went from tech-resistant to tech-tolerant to tech-expectant while keeping the focus on student learning.
My Big Campus and Safe Web 2.0 in Education: Blogging, Messaging, Sharing, and Collaborating Discover how to extend the traditional classroom into a safe online learning environment that gives teachers and students access to the resources they need for more engaging and active learning while providing IT with the necessary safety, monitoring, and reporting tools.
Multiply Early Literacy Instruction by Podcasting Make engaging podcasts that are systematic in format and content, and target phonics, sight words, and fluency skills through a variety of shared examples.
Content Creation with Smart Response Learn how to set up your gradebook and hardware, as well as how to create strong lessons that use the clickers in a variety of ways to achieve multiple levels of understanding.
Amazing iPad Projects Teach your students how to do amazing projects with their iPads—from making movies to being in an iPad band!
Back to Basics: Discovery Education STREAMING 101 Get down and dirty with the basics of using Discovery Education STREAMING! This session is a great building block that provides a springboard to deeper integration.
Network Design: The Things They Didn’t Tell You Learn the trials and tribulations of being a Technology Director managing a school district network in Colorado.
Creating a Digital Classroom: Exploring Edmodo Learn how to use Edmodo, a password-protected and invitation-only Facebook for teachers, to share lessons, get ideas from other teachers, and instruct students.
Which 4C Do You Forsee? Promoting Innovation, Knowledge, and Problem Solving in our Youngest Learners Strengthen your ability to provide beyond 21st Century instruction to elementary learners through hands-on exploration of the tools available to educators supporting the integration of the 4Cs—communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity—and authentic classroom applications.
Technology Skills for Students and Staff Colorado Springs School District 11 shares how they developed their technology skills list for students and staff (based on ISTE NETs), along with sharing ideas about how to create a technology skills list, then get it supported and implemented in your school district.
Media Integration: 50 Ways to Integrate Discovery Education STREAMING This fast-pasted, energizing session will open your eyes to the possibilities of digital media and Discovery Education STREAMING in the classroom.