Speakers

North Idaho Speakers

Jennifer Gingerich

Consumers, Collaborators and Creators

Jennifer is an educational technology consultant working with districts across the northwest to provide training and inspiration for educators to make practical and creative use of technology tools in their classrooms. She also works as a specialist with Discovery Education Professional Development helping teachers harness the power of digital media to engage and challenge students across the nation. Before becoming a professional development specialist Jennifer taught elementary school for nine years and then served as a district technology coach for another six years, helping teachers integrate technology into all content areas and grade levels. She specializes in creating and modeling curriculum based technology lessons and activities infused with digital media. Jennifer continues to seek out simple ways to integrate new tools and educational trends to intensify teaching and deepen learning.


Bob Ranells

I Dare you to Use Data!

Dr. Robert Ranells is currently the superintendent for the Wallace School District in Wallace, Idaho. During the past forty years, he has been a classroom teacher, coach, high school principal, and superintendent. He has done extensive work and research in the area of standards-based curriculum to increase student achievement. Dr. Ranells understands the challenges facing small schools. On any given day, you might find him coaching, driving the bus, leading professional development training, filling in for the principal, etc. He is a proud father of four and grandfather of seven.

Southwest Idaho Speakers

Kevin Capps

Using Edmodo/Technology in the classroom

Kevin is a 5th grade and middle school science teacher for the Melba School District. He attended the State Edmodo training in the summer of 2012 and is an Edmodo advocate.


Jeff Sessions

Blended Model-One to One

Jeff is married with three children and has worked for 10 years in juvenile corrections in Idaho. He formerly taught English and History for five years at a local alternative school and currently teaches Jr. High English in Melba


Kelly Youree

A Visual and Digital Literacy Treasure Chest - Follow the Digital Literacy Treasure Map to explore, plunder, and pillage in your Content Area Classroom

Kelly Youree has been a Social Studies and English classroom instructor for 18 years, teaching for the past eight years at Middleton High School as a U.S. History and World History teacher. She graduated from Northwest Nazarene College in 1996 with a B.A. in English and English Education, acquired a minor degree in Social Studies education in 1999, and received her M.A. in Literacy from Boise State University in 2010. Kelly’s classrooms focus on the acquisition and application of content knowledge through inquisitive thinking, collaborative learning, and technological integration by creating, utilizing, analyzing, and assessing with a variety of Visual/Digital Literacy tools.


Marita Diffenbaugh

Targeting Common Core Standards through Interactive Tools and Global Collaboration

Marita is a 5th grade teacher at Star Elementary in Star, ID. She has thirteen years of teaching experience that includes project-based learning with integration of media and technology. Global collaboration is her passion, and she has involved her students in projects such as Rock Our World, Skype in the Classroom, and Global Book Reads using social media tools. She recently completed a master’s degree from National University in educational technology. As a member of the Leadership Council for Discovery Education in Idaho, Marita has worked to infuse the tools that all Discovery Educator’s have available to them. She has created and shared PD for Discovery Education across Idaho, and nationally. You can learn more about Marita by visiting her class website at www.mrsdiffenbaugh.org You will also be able to view several projects, and videos that students have participated in where creativity, Common Core standards, and technology have been the focus.


Kim Miller

Use Technology to Foster Creativity and Meet ELA Common Core Standards

Kim teaches a combination class of 2nd and 3rd grade at Star Elementary in Star, ID. She has been teaching elementary school for 21 years, and has been on the cutting edge of technology integration from the start of her career. She has organized and implemented a school-wide pilot program to implement iPads and iPods. She researched creativity and use of gaming in the classroom during her studies at National University, where she earned a master’s degree in educational technology. She serves on the Leadership Council for Discovery Education in Idaho, and has helped organize virtual conferences for educators across Idaho. Take time to visit the extensive classroom website that Kim has designed for her students and their families at www.mrsmiller.org. You can also check out creativity in action by viewing projects at Mrs. Miller's Schooltube channel at http://www.schooltube.com/channel/mrsmillerstar/


Joni Stevenson

Project-Based Learning in a Collaborative Environment

Joni received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with a pre-endorsement in Kinesiology from Boise State University, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Northwest Nazarene University. She is currently in her 6th year of her teaching career and her first year at Star Elementary as a fifth grade teacher. Since beginning her teaching career she has taught 1st, 2nd, 5th grades; as well as a 4th/5th/6th combination classroom in the Cascade School District.


Lennette Meyer

Digital Citizenship
Social Networking

Lennette is a certified K-12 health and physical education teacher. Lennette has been teaching for 21 years in the Meridian Joint School District. Lennette has a master’s of Art in Teaching with an emphasis in educational technology.


Paige Goodson

Collaborate and Innovate in (and out) of the Classroom with Google Docs and Forms

Paige Goodson is a Technology Integration Specialist for the Middleton School District. She has been an educator at Middleton High School for the past eight years, teaching English, Speech, Reading, and Leadership. Paige graduated from the University of Idaho with a B.S. in Secondary Education (2005) and obtained her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (2007). Joining Paige in her presentation will be Hunter Kunz and Lexy Wilson, students at Middleton HS.


Ashleigh Jensen and KHS MOUSE Squad Students

Mice in the IT Office- How to Start Your Own Student Lead Helpdesk
BYOD? 1:1? Research Based Resources to Help Get Your Program Started

Ashleigh Jensen is Kuna School District's Educational Technology Specialist. She has been an elementary teacher for the district for the last five years, and recently left the classroom to work with teachers. Ashleigh has her bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and her masters is educational technology. The Kuna High School MOUSE Squad members range in age from 10th-12th grade. They are all members who have been a part of MOUSE Squad during its first year.

Eastern Idaho Speakers

Hayden Allred

Hayden Allred is a seventeen-year-old junior from Burley High School. Although he is an avid computer programmer, he also plays a mean game of hockey as the goalie for his inline hockey team. He will serve as the Senior Class President during the upcoming school year and looks forward to auditioning for a lead role in the school and community production of Les Miserables. Since seeing the stage production at the beginning of his junior year, Hayden fell in love with Broadway and musicals. He’s memorized every word from Les Mis, Wicked and Phantom of the Opera, and sings constantly.

When Hayden was four, he decided to do something special for his Mother's birthday. He asked her for "carrots, poles and glue." When his mother decided he could use some direction, he confided in her that he wanted to build her a roller coaster. His chosen career at that time was "Roller Coaster Researcher."

At nine years old, Hayden ran a duct tape wallet business and was featured in the Times News and on KKAT Country radio. Hayden, with the help of his mother, made hundreds of wallets and earned upwards of $1000.00.

At about age 12, Hayden began to computer program and animate. He learned all he could through YouTube videos and read computer code text books for fun.

At the end of his 8th grade year, Hayden entered a video in the Idaho Meth Project's Paint the State contest. After meeting with the station manager at KMVT studios, Hayden’s entry aired on the CBS affiliate stations. He won first place for Cassia County, earning a check for $1500.00, awarded by Governor Otter. It was then that Hayden realized what an impact his projects could have on people. He used his winnings to purchase a video camera, green screen and lighting for future projects.

During his freshman year, he participated in Business Professionals of America and won first place in Digital Media Production. He traveled to Washington, D.C. where he placed 13th in the nation.

At age 15, Hayden began programming games for the Microsoft Xbox Live Indie Game Marketplace. Between "Sketchy Bounce", "World's Best FREAKING Card Game", and "Tiles With Buddies", Hayden has earned over $3,000.00 from Microsoft.

He recently directed and filmed Burley High School’s Homecoming Lip Dub video, and helps students and teachers with video editing, audio recordings, computer problems, and coding.

His current project is "Survival Games", a 3D video game for the PC. He programs under his company name, Gazido Gaming. While testing the waters for this video game, Hayden built a “Survivors” community with gamers from distant places such as Slovenia, Israel, Australia and Germany. He continues active with his Survival Games Forum and uses ideas from the forum's community in his programming.

Hayden recognizes that all his accomplishments stem from caring parents and passionate educators. He hasn't always been the easiest student, so he'd especially like to thank the patient ones.


Merri Ann Drake, Blackfoot

Idaho Core

Merri Ann Drake was raised and educated in Idaho. She graduated from high school in Driggs, Idaho from Teton High before attending Idaho State University majoring in Spanish Literature and minoring in English and English as a Second Language. She has taught for the Blackfoot School District for the past ten years. Merri Ann is a 2012 Fellow of the Boise State Writing Project.


Denise Mumm, Kimberly Middle School

SBAC: Everything you wanted to know

Denise is an 8th grade language arts teacher in the Kimberly School District. She has 25 years teaching experience, 18 of them in middle school language arts. She has worked to facilitate groups of educators as they have begun implementation of the Idaho Core Standards. A 2006 Boise State Writing Fellow, Denise has worked with the National Writing Project using the Analytical Scoring Continuum to improve student writing. She lives in Kimberly, Idaho, with her husband Marvin.


Michelle Anderson, Kimberly Middle School

Teaching the Idaho Core in Science and other content classrooms, Taking a look at specific strategies to teach disciplinary literacy.

Michelle Anderson graduated from University of Georgia with Master in Science Education has been teaching middle school science for 15 years. She is a Boise state writing Project Fellow and actively uses the inquiry and Idaho Common Core teaching methods in her classroom.


Suzanne Gerard, Kimberly Elementary School

The nature of writing and the Idaho Core in the elementary classroom, balancing the requirements of the standards while encouraging creativity and authenticity in our students with the help of technology.


Patricia Webber, Kimberly Middle School

Using local teacher expertise for effective professional development, finding the talents within your building to create lasting change. Patricia holds an M.Ed. from the University of Idaho and is currently a middle school counselor with the Kimberly School District and Teacher Consultant with the Boise State Writing Project. As a teacher/leader, she advocates for teachers being involved in the designing and/or facilitating of professional development. She has assisted in providing leadership opportunities for teachers within her school setting which increased professional collaboration and community.