TECH Camp 2017

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Wednesday, April 19th In San Antonio 

TLA’s acclaimed TECH Camp returns Wednesday, April 19th as a preconference event for the TLA Annual Conference in San Antonio with new content to equip participants with skills and knowledge to maximize social media platforms, web applications, digital content, and tech tools that wow students, teachers, and administrators.  Learn what’s hot, what will be hot, and how to master and promote these resources to build learning and collaboration at your school or public library.  This is a BYOD (bring your own device) preconference sponsored by CRT, TASL, and YART.

Limited number of participants; $70 registration for *2017 TLA members; $95 non-member registration; registration includes lunch and a spirit stick.
*Please note that you must be a 2017 TLA member in order to receive the member rate for the 2017 Annual Conference, including Tech Camp.  You can join or renew your membership HERE.


For members:

• Go to the Members Only page (
• Login using your email as the login name and your regular password.
• Click on the Members Registration link under the Meetings column.
• Select the 2017 Annual Conference from the drop down list and follow the directions for registering.

For non-members:

• Go to the main registration page (
• If you’ve registered for a TLA event before, log in using the email address and password you’ve previously registered with.
• If you’ve not registered for a TLA event before, select the New Registrant option and follow the directions to set up a log in.
• Select the 2017 Annual Conference from the drop down list and follow the directions for registering.


Opening Keynote Presentation Link
Hadi Partovi @hadip
Founder of

Hadi Partovi is a tech entrepreneur and investor, and CEO of the education non-profit In 2013 Hadi and his twin brother Ali launched the education nonprofit which Hadi continues to lead full-time as CEO. has established computer science classes in 15% of US classrooms, created the most broadly used curriculum platform for K-12 computer science, and launched the global Hour of Code movement that has reached over 100 million students. A computer science graduate of Harvard University, Hadi began his career during the browser wars in the 1990s, when he was Microsoft’s Group Program Manager for Internet Explorer. In a second stint at Microsoft, he was General Manager of the MSN portal, delivering its first year of profit. As an entrepreneur, Hadi was on the founding teams of Tellme Networks and iLike, which were acquired by Microsoft and MySpace, respectively. Hadi has served as an early advisor to numerous startups including Facebook and Dropbox, and as a tech investor his portfolio also includes airbnb, Uber, Zappos, IndieGogo,, and others. Aside from his investments, Hadi also serves as a Director on the boards of TASER International and Convoy.

Inspirational Lunch & Breakout Sessions Inspirational Lunch Keynote Slides
Sherry Gick @SherryGick
Associate Director of Innovative Learning  
2015 LJ Mover & Shaker 

Sherry Gick is a Teacher-Librarian, Technology Integrator, Tech Coach, International Speaker, social media lover, YA reader, technology addict, iPhone fiend, collaborator, relocated southern belle, envelope pusher, idea challenger, optimist, & runner.  She has 20 years of experience in education teaching K-12 students.  She was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2015, is a Bammy nominee, and is the Past-President for the ISTE Librarians Network.  

Closing Keynote & Breakout Sessions Closing Keynote Slides
Nikki D. Robertson @NikkiDRobertson
Librarian and Instructional Technology Facilitator James Clemens High School

Nikki is a veteran educator, librarian and Instructional Technology Facilitator for James Clemens High School.  She is passionate about 1:1 Digital Initiatives, collaboration with other education professionals, and assisting students in becoming well informed, critically thinking digital citizens. Nikki is the co founder of EdCamp Atlanta, co moderates the #TLChat LIVE! Twitter Sessions, and produces and co anchors TL News Night. Nikki is the recipient of several honors including a Bammy Award nomination, ASLA Ann Marie Pipkin Technology Award, and the AASL Bound to Stay Bound Grant.

Featured Breakout Session Presenters

Kyle Pace, an Instructional Technology Coach with the Grain Valley School District in Grain Valley, Missouri, has worked with K-12 teachers to provide instructional technology professional development and support since 2004. Kyle’s prior experience was teaching in the elementary classroom. Kyle holds a Master of Arts degree in Education with an emphasis in Educational Technology. Kyle champions to support teaching and learning with meaningful technology integration using a multitude of technologies. Kyle is a keynote speaker and presenter at education conferences such as EdTechTeam’s Google Apps for Education Summits, ISTE, TCEA, FETC, METC, ASCD, and individual school districts around North America.

Kyle is also an organizer of #edcampKC since 2010. As part of his ongoing commitment to professional growth, Kyle became a Google for Education Certified Innovator in 2011.  In January 2013, Kyle was named as one of Education Week’s 2013 “Leaders to Learn From” and joined the other honorees in Washington, D.C. to receive recognition from Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. The same year Kyle was also recognized nationally as an ASCD “Emerging Leader”. Most recently Kyle contributed to the newly published book The Educator’s Guide to Creating Connections. Kyle has a strong passion for sharing with teachers, administrators, students, and parents about the impact that educational technology can have on adult and student learning.

Amy Mayer @friEdTechnology

Amy Mayer is a twenty year veteran public school educator, mother of between 2 and 4 children (depending on how you count them), the owner of a web startup (, an Ed Tech consulting company that is now an official Google Partner for Professional Development (, and she also works part time as the Director of Instructional Technology at The Village School, a private school in Houston, Texas. Amy has a LOT to say about education in the 21st Century, and we guarantee you don’t want to miss learning alongside this Google Certified Innovator. She’s been described as funny, enlightening, and incredibly helpful, and those are just the things we can mention! Find her on social media by searching “friEdTechnology” or on YouTube at /friEdTechnologyAmy

Jessica Malloy @jess_malloy

Jessica Malloy is a STEM Coach at Christie Elementary in Plano, Texas. Jessica has worked on her campus to bring STEM to life for all students. Her passion lies in the conviction that fostering creativity, critical thinking, and innovative practices help prepare students for success. To this end, Jessica has cofounded Gadget Girls, an engineering initiative raising interest in STEM disciplines particularly for girls in Grades 3-5.  Jessica has helped transform her school library into a bustling collaboration hub now called the Learning Commons. Jessica has been a Pitsco TAG member for the last 2 years, Mickelson STEM Academy Alum, presented at NSTA, TCEA, and CAST to share her passion for STEM and making. Jessica is a self-labeled Maker space Ninja and educational risk taker that is always pushing the educational limits.

Dr. Laura Sheneman @DrLauraSheneman 

Dr. Laura Sheneman is the Coordinator of Library Services and Information Resources for Region One Education Service Center. She provides training and support for 600+ school librarians in deep South Texas from Laredo to Brownsville, Texas.  Dr. Sheneman's interests include instructional technology, professional development, and leadership development. She is particularly interested in how technology can be used to enhance and advance current practices including program evaluation, training opportunities, and lifelong learning.


Future Ready Think Tank!

With the Future Ready movement in full swing, we want to offer a space for librarians to come together at Tech Camp and brainstorm ways they can make their libraries and students Future Ready! Librarians with great Future Ready ideas area also encouraged to come to this space and share. The Future Ready Think Tank will be open all day and Tech Camp participants are encouraged to pop in as they have a few minutes here and there.

Breakout Session Presenters
Breakout Session Information
Tech Camp is being revamped! This year, we are offering tons of sessions! Participants will have 4 breakout session times, with multiple sessions being offered at those times. Attendees are encouraged to go to any and all sessions they are interested in, and can move between sessions offered at the same time. 

Breakout Session Schedule 

10:00-10:50 Opening Keynote

Breakout Sessions (There are no repeated sessions)

  • 11:00-11:40 am: (Session #1)
  • 11:45-12:25 pm: (Session #2)

12:30-1:20 pm: Inspirational Lunch & Sponsor Visits (50 min)

  • 1:25-2:05 pm: (Session #3)
  • 2:10-2:50 pm: (Session #4)

3:00-4:00 pm: Closing Keynote

Breakout Session Descriptions

Session 1

Libraries, Makerspaces, & Messes...oh my! ROOM 214A Resource Link
Sherry Gick
We all know that learning can and should be messy! We'll explore various ways to engage students in your library and beyond with hands on learning and exploration via coding, makerspaces, and more. Learning may be messy, but failure isn't a dirty word. Let's talk about how to offer students a space to fail safely to learn and grow.

STEMgineers in the MAKEing ROOM 214B Resource Link
Jessica Malloy
Do you want to inspire the next generation of STEMists? How about incorporating Engineering Design Challenges into your space that can connnect content across the curriculum? I'll show you how to sneak STEM in and make a huge impact.

Digital Literacy - Take Charge of Your Searching ROOM 214C Resource Link
Kyle Pace
Google Search is so much more than typing in a word and looking up information. Information literacy is something that all teachers and students need to be skilled in. The ability to locate and curate quality information is critical for students. This session will cover how to find the information you’re looking for in a much more efficient manner with Google’s various search functions. Google search also puts huge amounts of helpful day to day information right at your fingertips. Come get lots of tips, tricks, and hone your Google search skills!

Chrome Extensions You Could Live Without...But Shouldn't! ROOM 214D Resource Link
Amy Mayer
Chrome is more than just a browser, it's a whole OS with more free options than a pirate's chest! Come and learn about some of the extensions and add-ons that you COULD live without...but shouldn't in this hands-on session with Amy Mayer of Be sure to bring your Mac, PC, or Chromebook!

Helpful Apps for 1:1 Libraries ROOM 216AB Resource Link
Carolyn Foote
iPads or 1:1 laptops? Having devices available to students provides you with many opportunities to engage students. What are some go-to apps that are useful across many subject areas? Explore ways to collaborate with teachers and some helpful apps like Canva, Flipgrid, and more!
Don't Debug Me...I'm Coding! ROOM 213AB Resource Link
Crissy Casey
Only 1 in 4 schools teach computer programming, yet careers in computer science are on the rise. Libraries are rapidly becoming the place to prepare students for these 21st century skills, and librarians must be equipped to meet this demand. This session will provide attendees with the tools needed to introduce coding to their patrons and create a coding program in their library for students of any age.

Session 2

Digital Portfolios: The Rest of the Story ROOM 214A Resource Link
Nikki D Robertson
In this session, participants will explore ways digital portfolios are a critical and powerful educational component that grow and develop with students throughout their lifetimes. Digital portfolios allow for alternative grading, self reflection, and so much more! Join Nikki D Robertson to learn how you can start using digital portfolios in your school starting with Kindergarteners all the way to YOU!

Anytime, Anywhere. Learning for All. ROOM 214B Resource Link
Dr. Laura Sheneman
School librarians are in a strategic position to positively impact student learning and teacher effectiveness. This workshop will address strategies school librarians can use to increase their effectiveness when supporting teachers with the new teacher evaluation tool (T-TESS).

Creating Even More with Google Drive! ROOM 214C Resource Link
Kyle Pace
Are you ready to take your use of Google Drive beyond Docs, Sheets, and Slides? Did you know there's lots of awesome apps available to you in Google Drive that make it do even more! Come to this session to learn about all of the extra awesome things that Google Drive can do for you and your students!

An Unshakeable Passion for Screencasting Or How to Teach Thousands For Free ROOM 214D Resource Link
Amy Mayer
I have a confession. . . I have a passion for screencasting, and I would love to share my tips and tricks with an audience ready to help 1000s people via YouTube. Learn how to start your own YouTube channel, add thumbnail images and captions, and get your first subscribers. We'll attempt to make our first video and get it uploaded during this fast-paced session. Come ready to do and learn and find our own passion for screencastin' with Amy.

Tech Club @Your Library ROOM 216AB Resource Link
Michelle Cooper
Introducing STE(A)M activities into your library curriculum promotes real world problem solving, hands on inquiry and open ended exploration, collaboration, and recognizing that failure is an important part of the learning process. Starting a tech club enables your students the opportunity to learn about circuits, robotics, coding and more.

Virtual Learning Commons ROOM 213AB Resource Link
Heather Lister
The idea of a Learning Commons isn't new, but how about taking that philosophy of a flexible, participatory space and take it digital. Ditch the traditional library website and recreate the space into a two-way stream of information, made for participation.

Session 3

The Digital Playground: Who’s On Recess Duty? ROOM 214A Resource Link
Nikki D Robertson
Our kids are growing up on the digital playground and no one is on recess duty. In this session, join Nikki D Robertson to learn how and why librarians should serve as role models regarding the proper use of social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, Instagram), support authentic learning experiences that include social media tools as a component, and advocate for ways schools can use these platforms and more to inform, involve, and engage.

Lions and Tigers and Robots....Oh my! ROOM 214B Resource Link
Jessica Malloy
Participants will get up close and personal with a robotic petting zoo. In this session participants will have the opportunity to try out various robots. After participants explore the robots, they'll receive different ideas on how to implement using robots into the curriculum and library program.

YouTube: Work Smarter. Create Harder. ROOM 214C Resource Link
Kyle Pace
Are you ready to increase your knowledge of YouTube beyond playing a video here and there in class? This session will cover ways to not only curate existing content, but how to create content, upload it, and make it work best for you and your students. Learn how to use YouTube in new ways to not only provide quality instructional content to your students, but produce quality content for your students as well. Tools for creating screencasts will be covered as well as important security settings for uploading content you create.

Clone Yourself: Maximizing Library Instruction ROOM 214D Resource Link
Amy Mayer & Joan Evans
Librarians never have enough time to do all that needs to be done. Learn how digital tools like Screencastify, Google Classroom, and Google Hangouts can help you duplicate yourself in order to teach every student and teacher the 21st century skills they need to be successful.
Ardui-No? or Yes! ROOM 216AB Resource Link
Allyssa Loya
If you haven’t heard of Arduino, you need to! Arduino is an incredibly versatile (and affordable) platform that students can use to build a number of amazing electronic projects. From simple blinking lights on a circuit breadboard to coding the Arduino Uno, this is the next step for all of your tinkering and coding kids. This presentation will show you the ins and outs of how to get started with the basics of Arduino. Building, coding and ready to print instructions will be covered in this session. Arduino is best for kids 5th grade and up. See you there!

Badge Up! Making Learning Visible Through Digital Badges ROOM 213AB Resource Link & Badging Site
Teresa Diaz
Digital badges are a powerful tool for identifying, validating, and virtually sharing diverse skills, knowledge, and competencies. Digital badges have made their way into professional learning environments, the occasional classroom or project assessment, but what about your library, or even your entire school community? See how one school library developed a badge ecosystem for engaging, applying, and recognizing ongoing learning for its students through flipped instruction, self-paced learning, and mastery-based formative assessment. Explore ideas and ways to develop an integrated digital badge platform for your own library or campus.

Session 4

Getting HYPED with hyperdocs! ROOM 214A Resource Link
Sherry Gick
What the heck is a hyperdoc? Why should you be using them with students and staff? How do I get started creating them? We'll explore the ever expanding world of hyperdocs using a variety of tools and resources. Your hyperdocs tool belt will be locked, loaded, and ready to use after this session!

Online Design Tools ROOM 214B Resource Link
Dr. Laura Sheneman
School Libraries provide a comprehensive collection of high-quality instructional resources and services that help students develop information and digital literacy skills. In this session, teachers will explore the resources that tap into your students’ interests and imaginations.

Twitter as a Professional Development Tool ROOM 214C Resource Link
Kyle Pace
Twitter is a widely popular tool for developing a PLN, or Personal Learning Network. It’s a quick and easy way to connect with like minded educators, get ideas and resources, and participate in educational chats. This session will cover the basics of how to use Twitter, terminology, hashtags, and making connections. Leave with a great beginning to your personal learning network!

Tech Tools to Revolutionize Your Library FREE from Google ROOM 214D Resource Link
Jacqueline Higginbotham & Amy Mayer
In this hands-on session, librarians will interact with real-world examples of technology integration in the library settings. From knowing who is using the library, and how often, to keeping track of scheduling future visits and events, Google has the tools for you. Whether or not your school uses Google Apps for Education, you can still use these techniques. Investigate Google Forms and learn to create Google Calendar layers that will keep your library running smoothly and YOU in the know about what’s coming up next. Join Amy Mayer of friEdTechnology, veteran EdTech guru, and Jacqueline Higginbotham, school librarian and TALL Texan for this relevant, transformative session. Bring your Mac or PC Laptop and be ready to build products you will use every day!

Explore the World with Google Expeditions ROOM 216AB Resource Link
Julie Brem & Kara Johnson
Google Expeditions virtual reality experience, designed for educators and learners, allows students to engage with a variety of environments to enhance learning and generate further inquiry. In this session, you will venture on an Expedition or two and learn how you can be a "Guide" on your campus as well.

Let's Get Digital ROOM 213AB Resource Link
Nicole Graham
With the seemingly countless numbers of digital tools targeted to educators, it can be overwhelming to figure out which tool(s) to use. We will narrow our focus to a handful of simple but effective web 2.0 tools that teachers and students can use to take lessons and projects to the next level. This session is intended for educators who are new to the classroom or educators who are new to implementing web 2.0 tools in their classrooms.


A special thanks goes to our Tech Camp sponsors:

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 The Tech Camp Logo was created by Career & Technology student Ariana Dutson of Reedy High School in Frisco, TX.

Thank you Ariana for an amazing logo!






Created on Sep 27, 2016 | Last updated April 25, 2017