Continuing Education Workshops

Wisconsin Digital Learning Conference

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Funded by:
Wisconsin Technology Initiative (WTI)

Lance Ford's Introduction for Attendees

Keynote Speaker: Lance Ford, PhD.

Dr. Lance Ford is an educational technology advocate for Cisco. For the seven years prior, he served as a teacher and technology facilitator/coordinator for Howe Public Schools in Howe, Oklahoma. Howe is a rural district in southeast Oklahoma with a student population of 500 students. The district incorporates a wide variety of technological tools to reach its 21st century student population. Central to these tools is the infusion of video technologies at all levels. The elementary site is implementing a one-to-one laptop initiative that provides students with access to tools from personal video conferencing and collaboration to individual podcasting projects. Middle school science students have participated in collaborative projects with students across the country conducting research and comparing results. Students in the high school participate in video production classes responsible for shooting, editing and producing bi-weekly webcasts. Live and on-demand streaming of videoconferences has been an active part of the Howe integration over the past ten years. Currently, the school uses their equipment for everything from broadcasting basketball games live via the Internet to student created virtual field trips.

Lance has been a speaker for both state and national conferences on technology integration. He has presented for the Oklahoma Technology Association Conference, Missouri Distance Learning Association, Arkansas Distance Learning Association, Texas Distance Learning Association, EduComm in conjunction with InfoComm, NECC/ISTE, and US Secretary of Education’s Virtual School House. Lance has been named Wal-Mart regional teacher of the year, Oklahoma Technology Administrator’s Technology Director of the Year, and the recipient of the Polaris Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2007 Lance was recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator, was awarded the 2008 Long Term Service Award from the Oklahoma Distance Learning Association, and received the Technology Facilitator of the Year award from the National Association for Educational Communications and Technology. Additionally, Lance received the Gold Leadership Award from the United States Distance Learning Association in the spring of 2008. He completed his PhD in Educational Administration, Curriculum and Supervision in the summer of 2009 from the University of Oklahoma. As a technology trainer, Lance has had the opportunity to train over 2500 teachers from Alaska to Maine and Canada to Texas in the effective implementation of video conferencing technologies into the classroom.

Lance is the president of the Oklahoma Distance Learning Association, and is a member of ASCD and ISTE. Currently, he is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maine, Farmington where he teaches a graduate course in technology integration for teachers. He enjoys having the opportunity to work with other technology directors and teachers across the nation in the process of direct integration with curriculum. Lance’s focus is not the technology. Instead he is focused on impacting individual students and helping them attain their maximum potential through the personal interactions made possible with various technical tools. Students in an information age need to focus beyond the facts. They must be able to access, synthesize, and present materials to their colleagues in a meaningful engaging and interactive fashion.

Registration: 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
Conference: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Sun Prairie High School, Sun Prairie WI (All Day Event)

Download the Sun Prairie Course Syllabus (PDF)

Tentative Schedule

7:30 am Registration
8:30 am Opening
8:45 am Keynote - with Lance Ford, PhD
10:00 am Break
10:15 am Session 1
11:30 am-12:30 pm Lunch-provided
12:30 pm Session 2
1:30 pm Break
1:45 pm Lightning Round—2 to 5-minute limit, live demonstrations
2:30 pm Session 3
3:30 pm Adjourn

Or choose the UW-Whitewater satellite location:
Registration: 8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
Conference: 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

UW-Whitewater, Winther Hall, Whitewater, WI (Half-Day Event)
(Virtual keynote speaker and breaking down keynote session)

Tentative Schedule

8:00 am Registration
8:30 am Opening
8:45 am Keynote - with Lance Ford, PhD (Virtual)
10:00 am Break
10:15 am Session 1 - Breaking down keynote session with Lance Ford, PhD (Virtual)
11:30 am-12:30 pm Lunch-provided, discussion with colleagues

Join education professionals during this event. Learn about transforming your classroom through the use of digital learning strategies.

This event is provided at no cost, and lunch and refreshments are included. Wisconsin Technology Initiative (WTI) network members have priority registration until Monday, June 10, 2013.

Final Registration deadline extended to: Thursday, July 18, 2013.

Participants will discover digital learning tools, including:

  • Learning Management Systems, including Edmodo and Moodle
  • Blended and flipped classroom methodologies
  • Collaboration and communication tools, including Google Tools and Apps
  • Instructional strategies and content creation

Who is invited to attend:

  • Classroom teachers
  • Higher Education faculty and staff
  • Library media specialists
  • School administrators
  • Pre-service teachers
  • Technology leaders

College Credit may be available-Participants may choose to earn 1 optional graduate credit from UW-Whitewater. A tuition fee of $212.33 (Discount rate for Digital Learning Conference Only) will be charged for the credit option (must attend college credit session). For more information contact Brenda Stevens.

Event Sponsors:

  • Wisconsin Technology Initiative
  • Sun Prairie Area School District
  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, College of Education and Professional Studies

For Questions Contact:

Brenda Stevens
College of Education and Professional Studies
(262) 472-7585

Address and Map:

888 Grove Street
Sun Prairie, WI 53590

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800 W. Main St
Winther Hall
Whitewater, WI 53190

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SMART Board – Blended Learning Strategies

Discover how to use the SMARTBoard and SMART Notebook in the digital classroom.


SMART Board – Guided work time (must attend 1a)

Bring your lessons and curriculum, and work with the presenter to transform them into quality SMARTBoard lessons.


iTunes U – Blended Learning Strategies

Discover the resources available in iTunes U and how to use them in your classroom.


iTunes U – Blended Learning content creation (must attend 2a)

This session will provide hands-on work time in iTunes U to get a head start on incorporating this tool into your classroom.


Google Tools

Google Docs, Apps, and Drive provide valuable tools for schools across the country. Discover these tools and how they fit into a digital classroom.


Google Tools – Guided work time (must attend 3a)

Bring your classroom materials, and work with the presenter to begin planning and using Google Tools with your students.


Edmodo – Support for Blended Learning

Learn why this learning management systems is growing in popularity, and discover the features that make it appealing to teachers and students.


Edmodo – Guided work time (must attend 4a)

Work with the presenter to set up your classroom and instruction in Edmodo.


Moodle – Blended Learning Strategies

Learn about this respected learning management system and what it has to offer in the digital classroom.


Flipped Classroom

Also called reverse instruction, this digital learning strategy will show you how to deliver content to students as homework, and provide hands-on learning in the classroom.

6b Flipped Classroom – work time (must attend 6a) Bring your materials and start creating.
7 College Credit Option (must attend if choosing credit option) This session is required for participants who want to enroll in the college credit option.
8 Engaging Students in the on-line classroom Student engagement is key for on-line learning to be successful. Come and learn tips and tricks to keep students engaged.
9 Breaking down keynote session Lance Ford, PhD. will be leading a breakout session to personalize his keynote message.
10 Blended Learning from the teacher’s viewpoint Learn about the options for blended learning, and how teachers can change their face to face classroom into a blended classroom.
11 Virtual office hours-Webex, Skype, Google Hangout Want to make yourself more accessible to students, parents, teachers? Consider virtual office hours.
12 Introduction to Virtual/Blended Instruction: The Teachers’ Changing Role For those who are new to virtual and blended learning, this session will provide an overview of important topics, and how they are being utilized in instruction.
13 2.0 Web Tools—Blended Learning (Dropbox, Prezi, etc.) Tools New tools emerge almost daily-come and see some of our favorites and how you can use them in your classroom.
14 Changing Role of the Library Media Specialist in a Blended Learning/Virtual Learning Space Bring your ideas and vision for the future of the school library media center, and share and discover what your peers are doing in other districts.
15 Digital Learning and Literacy in the Classroom Explore a hands on look at how digital tools can be used to enhance literacy instruction. Instructors will demonstrate how digital devices, web 2.0 tools and various applications can increase literacy skills in a variety of areas using project based and station based integration.

Download the Sun Prairie Course Syllabus (PDF)