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Presenter: Mrs. Monica Plantan
Classroom Blog: Monica's blog
E-mail: mplantan@zcs.k12.in.us

Monica Plantan has been an educator for 25+ years and has facilitated student-led conferences for over 10 years. Monica teaches math and language arts at Zionsville Middle School - a four-star and National Blue Ribbon school. She holds a Master's Degree as a Reading Specialist and a Gifted/Talented endorsement. As teachers in a 1:1 laptop program, she and her colleagues possess a unique perspective on the impact that 21st Century tools have on an already valuable process.
Session Title: Student-Led Conferencing in the Digital Age
Session Date: Friday, November 6, 2009
Session Time: 2:00:00 PM - 3:15:00 PM
Program Book Number: 2566

Description: Hear how middle level students take the lead in their parent-teacher-student conference and thereby take responsibility for their own learning. Discover how this effective strategy can be taken to the next level through student blogs, wikis, and other 21st Century tools. Attendees will leave equipped with materials and ideas on how to bring this most important participant - the student - into the conference mix.

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Presenter: Miss Sean Marie Sweeney
Tech Blog: http://tech4urContent.edublogs.org
Classroom Blog:http://misssweeney602.edublogs.org
E-mail: ssweeney@zcs.k12.in.us

Sean Sweeney has been a middle level educator for six years and a district leader in the area of technology integration. As teachers in a 1:1 laptop program, she and her colleagues possess a unique perspective on the impact that 21st Century tools have on an already valuable process. Sean teaches science and language arts at Zionsville Middle School-a four-star and National Blue Ribbon school. She frequently presents and hosts staff development sessions on technology use in the classroom.
Session Title: Offering a Rich Technological Learning Environment on a Tight Budget
Session Date: Saturday, November 7, 2009
Session Time: 9:45:00 AM - 11:00:00 AM
Program Book Number: 3285

Description:This session will share effective techniques for integrating technology into your classroom to engage your students in your curriculum. After a brief introduction to 21st century skills and resources to learn more, we will focus on the proper way to implement technology into your existing curriculum to strengthen the impact on your students. Participants will walk away with a list of resources that are user friendly, easy to implement, and won't require a dime!

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Presenter: Mrs. Lindsay Valencourt
E-mail: lvalencourt@zcs.k12.in.us

Lindsay Valencourt is in her fifth year of teaching sixth grade at Zionsville Middle School, a four star and National Blue Ribbon school. She has an elementary education degree, a middle school math endorsement, a gifted and talented endorsement, and a master's degree in education. She teaches social studies and language arts, and she and her colleagues participate in a 1:1 laptop program, defining new ways to incorporate 21st century skills in the classroom.
Session Title: Addressing Multiple Standards Through "Omniprojects"
Session Date: Saturday, November 7, 2009
Session Time: 11:30:00 AM - 12:45:00 PM
Program Book Number: 3326

Description: The omniproject, a term coined by Latin stem-savvy 6th graders, is a project-based approach to interdisciplinary learning. Rather than thinking of 21st Century skills as "more to cover," learn how to break the content-driven paradigm by creating authentic student learning situations that address multiple standards across the curriculum. Hear from students who thrive in this rich learning environment.

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ZMS Principal: Mr. Sean Conner
Blogs: Principal Thoughts (blog for parents), Conner's Corner(blog for educators)
E-mail: sconner@zcs.k12.in.us

Sean Conner is entering his 11th year as principal of Zionsville Middle School, and has enjoyed a 20+ year career in education as a German teacher and administrator. Sean performed his undergraduate work at Wabash College and Albert Ludwigs Universitaet in Freiburg, Germany. He holds a Master's degree in German literature from Purdue University, and earned his administrative licensure through Butler University's EPPSP Master's program. Sean considers himself blessed to work with an innovative, forward-thinking and industrious staff at Zionsville Middle School.
Session Title: Using Technology to Create Education 2.0 (Site Visit)
Session Date: November 5, 2009
Session Time: 7:30 AM - Depart, 11:30 AM - Return
Program Book Number: SV1308

Description: Zionsville Middle School began a 1:1 student laptop pilot program in the fall of 2008. Visitors will be invited to observe and interact with teachers and students in the 1:1 environment and learn about the program's development and expansion.