Going Google

Sunday, April 19 @ 6:45 PM

For the past few years we've seen how Google has moved from a simple search engine to one of the most powerful set of educational tools in the classroom. Join Jared for this session in which he'll share stories of teachers and students leading the charge into the classrooms of tomorrow using the tools from Google Apps for Education and more.

Jared Covili  

Jared Covili has been a trainer at Utah Education Network (UEN) for 10 years. He specializes in teaching strategies for classroom integration of technology such as Google Tools, geospatial learning, web page design, and digital devices.


Previously, Jared was a Language Arts teacher at the secondary level. He received a Bachelors degree in English and a Masters in Instructional Design and Educational Technology from the University of Utah.


Jared is also an adjunct faculty member of the College of Education at the University of Utah, where he teaches technology integration classes to undergraduate students. He served as the president of Utah Coalition for Educational Technology (UCET) for 2011-2012 and currently serves on the UCET board.

In 2012, Cowrin Press published his first book, Going Google: Powerful Tools for 21st Century Learning. His second book, Classroom in the Cloud, is set for release in early 2015.

Cycle of Learning: Reaching and Teaching Using Modern Media

Monday, April 20 @ 8:15 AM

Using examples from research, the classroom and popular culture, this keynote will make a case for a pedagogy-first approach to 21st Century instruction that leverages current technology as a strategic classroom partner rather than a "silver bullet".

Ramsey Musallam  

Ramsey Musallam is a secondary science instructor and Director of Inquiry and Innovation at Sacred Heart Cathedral in downtown San Francisco. He also runs invention workshops for elementary and middle school students in the Bay Area.


Ramsey hosts the Infinite Thinking Machine, an internet TV show dedicated to sharing innovative ideas for teachers and students. Ramsey’s TED Talk “3 Rules to Spark Learning” is widely popular with classroom teachers and was the lead talk on TED's first ever PBS TV premiere, “TED Talks Education.”


Upon graduating from the University of California Davis with a BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Ramsey went on to obtain a MA and Ed.D in Education from the University of San Francisco. Ramsey’s research interests have since shifted from using Multimedia to manage student Cognitive Load, to a focus on harnessing Multimedia as a tool in cultivating student curiosity, inquiry and motivation.

A Work In Progress: Customizing Education in McCook Central

Tuesday, April 21 @ 8:15 AM

Over the last five years, Joshua Schmidt has been working to customize his Middle School Math classroom at McCook Central in Salem, South Dakota. His goal has been to create a curriculum that is not only appropriated leveled for each student but also one that allowed students to progress at their own pace.This work has come with many successes and challenges. Joshua is excited to share an honest look into his current classroom environment to try and help teachers and schools who are interested in trying to customize their own curriculum.


Since customizing a curriculum takes on a variety of shapes, Joshua will share the technology and software he is currently using as well as an over-arching view of why he chose those tools in the first place. He hopes that people leave his presentation with a better understanding of customization in addition to some ideas that they could put into practice in their own schools. All of the materials for the presentation can be found on Joshua’s website:

Joshua Schmidt  

Featured Speaker: Joshua Schmidt

from McCook Central School District, SD


I believe that MOTIVATION is the greatest key to student success.


TIE Tech Slam

Tuesday, April 21 @ 12:25 - 1:30 pm

TIE Tech Slam  

It's back! The third-annual TIE tech slam promises to be another action-packed event as several TIE staff members are given short amounts of time to share their best resources for using technology in and out of today's classrooms. It's what you need to know, just when you need it -- right now!


We'll wrap it up with several prize drawings. Must be present to win!