Tech and Trek Conference

Tech and Trek Conference

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Information about last year's conference can be found below.  


What: Tech and Trek Conference

The Tech and Trek Conference is an opportunity for all educators (K-Higher Ed) to explore The Mindful use of Technology, Mobile Technology, Creating High-Impact Student Experiences, and Innovations in Teaching and Learning.

This is an educational technology conference that spans three days and two nights on the beautiful campus of Hiram College.  At the conference, you will…

  • Form and sustain a collaborative bridge for higher ed and K-12 educators and technologists.
  • Participate in an ongoing dialogue between higher ed and K -12 educators and technologists regarding the mindful use of technology.
  • Reflect on effective technology in learning abilities.
  • Explore the possibilities of mobile technology for learning experiences outside of the traditional classroom.

Keynote Speaker and hands-on workshop facilitator

Alan November








Will Richardson

Author & Educator




Featured Speakers


Michael Mercier

President, Screen Education

"Screen Addiction"











Suzanne Rusnak

University Hospitals

“Incorporating Mindfulness in Our Schools and in Our Lives”



Catherine Bosley

Former TV News Anchor and Professional Speaker

"Digital Danger: Forever and For All to See"



2019 Schedule


Check-in, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  

Opening Keynote Speaker: Michael Mercier, "Screen Addiction"  2:30 p.m. (Kennedy Center)

Mindfulness Breakout Sessions  3:30 p.m.

  • A Framework for Explanatory Thinking Using iPads - Jonathan Zemmer and Lisa Kenyon (Hinsdale 203)
  • Mind the Mind and Digital Responsible Citizenship Project - Nancy Pyrini (Hinsdale 209)
  • The A.R.T. of Blended Learning - Michael Martin (Hinsdale 213)
  • Successful Collaboration & Conflict Resolution in PBL - Michael Feldman (Hinsdale 215)

Dinner:  Featured Speaker - Suzanne Rusnak, “Incorporating Mindfulness in Our Schools and in Our Lives”  5:00 p.m. (Dining Hall)

Mindfulness Breakout Sessions  7:30 p.m.

  • Greater Global Social Awareness through VR, Interactive Media, and Mindfulness - Taya Pocock (Hinsdale 203)
  • Gross Motor Mathematics: Wayfinding Our Way to Achievement - Amy Magnus and Jacob Berrier (Hinsdale 209)
  • Peace, Love, Tech & Mindfulness -  Angela Wojtecki and Annette Lang (Hinsdale 213)
  • Apps to Bring Mindfulness Into Your Class - Katie Grootegoed (Hinsdale 215)

Tech and Trek Evening Activities  8:45 p.m.

  • Appy Hour - Apple Teacher Badges (Kennedy Center)
  • Night Hike  (Kennedy Center)

Tech Talk Cafe (Optional)


Hike, run, yoga, meditation (Optional)

 Breakfast  7:30 a.m. (Dining Hall)

 Keynote Speaker: Will Richardson, Keynote  9:00 a.m. (Kennedy Center)

 Hands-On Workshop with Will Richardson

 Lunch  12:15 p.m. (Dining Hall)

Technology Breakout Sessions  1:30 p.m. 

  • Mobile Technology in Music Education - Isaac Winland (Hinsdale 203)
  • AR VR Everywhere in the Classroom - Jim Martin (Hinsdale 209)
  • Evidence of Impact: Elements for Digital Change and Instructional Improvement - Bryan Drost (Hinsdale 213)
  • Ham Radio: The Original Maker Movement - Anthony Luscre (Hinsdale 215)

Technology Breakout Sessions  2:30 p.m. 

  • Exploring Our World with Google VR Tour Creator - Amanda O'Mara (Hinsdale 203)
  • Beef Up Your Google Slide Presentation with Pear Deck - Merav Anafi (Hinsdale 209)
  • I Received an iPad, Now What? How We Bridged the Gap from Acquisition to Effective Use - Vincent Laverick (Hinsdale 213)
  • Podcasting -  Dave Strukel & Garrett Munro, Chris Rennison & Alex Barni (Hinsdale 215)

Trekking Breakout Sessions (with dinner)  4:00 p.m. (Meet in front of Kennedy Center unless noted)

  • Horseback Riding
  • Goat Yoga
  • Hiram Farm
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • Geocaching (Hinsdale 213)
  • Gaming and Instructional Design

Summer Solstice Bonfire/Cocktail Hour and Evening Activities  8:00 p.m. (Meet at Kennedy Center)

Tech Talk Cafe (Optional)


Breakfast and Closing Keynote Speaker: Catherine Bosley, "Digital Danger: Forever and For All to See"  8:00 a.m.

Innovations in Teaching and Learning Breakout Sessions  9:45 a.m.

  • Universal Design for Learning: What Is It and How Can It Help Your Classroom? - Brittany Jackson (Hinsdale 203)
  • Build Your Own Standards-Aligned Digital Curriculum…for Free! - Roger Minier (Hinsdale 209)
  • AR VR Everywhere in the Classroom: No 3D Printer? No Problem! - Jim Martin (Hinsdale 213)
  • Forming the iWolf Pack: Implementation of a Culture Shift involving Technology in Higher Education - Vincent Laverick (Hinsdale 215)

Innovations in Teaching and Learning Breakout Sessions 10:45 a.m.

  • App Smashing with WeVideo to Inspire Creativity and to Enhance Students' Presentations (Hinsdale 203)
  • Digital, Not Disengaged (Hinsdale 209)
  • Your Secret Weapon: School Librarians Are Your Swiss Army Knives (Hinsdale 213)
  • Implementing Apps in Digital Art Education - Matthew McKenna and Tom Berger (Hinsdale 215)

Closing Session and Lunch  11:45 a.m. (Dining Hall)

Checkout  1:15 p.m. (Dining Hall)

The 2019 conference is made possible by a joint partnership between Hiram College and ideastream.




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