OTA Encyclo-Media 38: November 29 & 30

OTA Student Media Festival EAST: April 24

OTA Student Media Festival WEST: May 1

Session 1

Tuesday, 10/3, 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM


Session descriptions are provided to help you plan your conference experience.
  • Schedule Changes are posted as information becomes available.
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Great Hall C - 2nd floor

Discover, Design, Drive: A Student Makers Celebration Part II

Kevin Honeycutt, Educational Services and Staff Development Association of Central Kansas


Deeper dive into keynote with time for an audience Q & A session

Great Hall D - 2nd floor

TRIUMPH OVER TRAGEDY: The Literature of Resilience and Resistance

Lois Ruby, 2017 Sequoyah Winner

Curriculum & Instruction - All Levels

An interactive workshop on literature for middle grades through high school, celebrating the triumphs of people who overcome incredible hardships. We'll look at American slavery and native people; the Holocaust; African genocides and civil wars, North Korea; Pakistan, and Nepal, among other places where people find the courage to resist and transcend the dire circumstances of their lives.

Great Hall E - 2nd floor

Oklahoma Author Showcase Panel 1

Gwendolyn Hooks, Author
Jennifer Latham, Author
Barbara Lowell, Author
Julie Dill, Author
Timothy Lange, Illustrator

Library Media - All Levels

Come meet award-winning Oklahoma authors and illustrators as they discuss their latest books, share behind-the-scene stories about their writing and illustrating, and tell about their upcoming works and visits for the 2017-18 school year. Each showcase, Panels 1 & 2, feature different speakers, so be sure to catch both sessions. Door prizes include autographed copies of books and posters. Come join the fun!

Room A - 1st floor

Tech Tool Shout-Outs

Tami Shaw, Positive Strategery & Edmond PS

Instructional Technology - All Levels

In this fast-paced session, the facilitators AND participants will share their favorite tech tools, each in under two minutes!

Room 9 - 1st floor


Dr. Keith Polette, University of Texas at El Paso

Curriculum & Instruction - All Levels

What to do when students fail to read “between the lines,” when they can’t seem to be able to make inferences necessary for the creation of deep meaning?   Use new, explicit techniques that help struggling readers develop the inferential skills they need to become independent readers.  This workshop will demonstrate powerful, effective, and ready-to-use “best practices” to help all students develop essential skills to read both inferentially and connotatively. All activities are based on state standards.

Room 10 - 1st floor

Why We Went Google: District Panel

Britton Picciolini, Google

Technology Infrastructure - All Levels

This session will be a discussion with district leaders on what led them to adopt Chromebooks and GSuite for their schools. Hear best practices for piloting devices, making a device decision, structuring PD, and getting off to a good start.

Room 11 - 1st floor

Catch Flipgrid Fever

Alicia Farley, Durant PS

Instructional Technology - All Levels

Flipgrid is a video discussion community for your classroom that supercharges your students’ voices. You add the topics, your students respond with short videos, and everyone engages!

Room 12 - 1st floor

Social Media and the First Amendment: "If I Raise My Hand, Can I Say That?"

Colin Webb, Noble PS
Glen Hammonds, Assistant Attorney General

School Administration - All Levels

Free speech ain’t always “Free”. Social media use by students and staff has emerged as a major legal issue. It has become a leading cause of student suspensions, staff terminations and legal liability for teachers and administrators. This session will explore the evolution of legal decisions impacting first amendment applications in schools and practical recommendations for student-staff social media  interaction and policy.

Room 16 - 2nd floor

Writing about Famous Oklahoma Trees

Darleen Bailey Beard, Best of Books

Library Media - All Levels

Join award-winning Oklahoma author, Darleen Bailey Beard, as she shares one of her fun, hands-on writing workshops that YOU can teach. In this workshop, your students will learn about famous Oklahoma trees. What? You didn't know Oklahoma has some famous trees? Yes, we certainly do! And you will write a poem using personification, the 5-senses, and active verbs about these trees. This workshop has a fun, quick PowerPoint that goes along with it. A perfect hands-on writing workshop for autumn when trees are changing colors and vying for attention! Designed for students in grades 3rd-6th, but can be adopted for older students up through 12th grade.

Room 17 - 2nd floor

Simple Classroom Drawing Techniques

Danny Gordon, Danny Gordon Art

Curriculum & Instruction - All Levels

Did you know that anyone can learn to draw? If you don't believe it, artist and illustrator Danny Gordon will show you how during a fun and enlightening mini drawing workshop. You will be surprised at the masterpiece you will create!

Room 18 - 2nd floor

The Prince of the Prairie: Using Picture Books to Introduce Students to Bison and American Prairie Themes, Facts and Environmental Issues

Betty Selakovich Casey, The RoadRunner Press

Curriculum & Instruction - All Levels

Oklahoma children's author/illustrator/and former teacher, Betty Selakovich Casey presents 10 ways teachers can use her new picture book, THE PRINCE OF THE PRAIRIE, in K-12 classrooms to introduce environmental themes, facts about bison, and the Great Plains, and, for older students, encourage discussion about conservation issues. This timely book coincides with the bison being named the first National Mammal of the United States.

Room 19 - 2nd floor

A View from 2 Newbies

Lee Peacock Jones, OKCPS/East Central University
Melissa Jones, OKCPS/Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Library Media - All Levels

A mother-daughter librarian team share their ideas and thoughts as new librarians.  Scheduling. fundraising, resources and survival tips will be discussed.

Room 20 - 2nd floor

They're Writing on Their Own!

Thomas "Lucky" Burney, Okmulgee PS

Curriculum & Instruction - All Levels

I teach a creative writing class which utilizes animation to encourage students to write more.  The students write, rewrite, table read, record, design layouts, and produce their own animated cartoons.  These cartoons are then shared publicly via social media.  You can see some of our productions on youtube or facebook at Okmulgee Animation Club.

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