Did you know that Minnesota has state license agreements for GIS and Sketch Up Pro at no cost to districts? This session is for district IT directors, Teaching and Learning Directors, and content area teachers (specifically science and social studies). The session is applicable for all elementary, middle and high school teachers. We will explore the software tools, see exemplar lessons and brainstorm implementation strategies.

Half the day will be spent on exploring Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with Scott Freburg, Minnesota IT at MDE specialist along with specialists from the field. With new social studies standards in geospatial skills, the software will be essential as you roll out the newly implemented standards. The second half of the day will be spent exploring SketchUp with Doug Paulson, MDE STEM Integration specialist along with teachers demonstrating ideas from their classroom. SketchUp Pro is a tool that will aid in expanding out engineering from the science standards and is compatible with CAD software being used in engineering and technology courses. Both softwares are ways to have teachers in grades K-12 better understand the literacy in social studies, history, science and technical areas.

Prior to attending the session, please make sure to have SketchUp Pro and GIS installed on your computer. Please bring your computer to the session. If you need licensing codes or subscription information please contact mde.schooltechplan@state.mn.us.

The session will be held 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in MDE Conference Center B, rooms CC-15 and 16. There is no charge to the participant, but lunch is not provided. Please visit the following link to register for the upcoming networking session. Space is limited to 180 participants. Each district is invited to bring a team of 3-4 people that should include a technology director, a teaching and learning director and a teacher.

Registration: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TechforInstruc

For more information, contact mde.schooltechplan@state.mn.us.

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