SMACKDOWN of Tools That You Can Use Tomorrow — ISTE Standards Edition

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Location: Room 275-6
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Dr. Sara Bourgeois  
Spencer Kiper  
Jessica Pray  
Marcus Stein  
Avery Vavasseur  
Dr. Cynthia Vavasseur  

In this session, friends of Nicholls State University's Educational Technology Leadership Program will lead an epic SMACKDOWN of favorite tools connected to each of the ISTE Standards for students. Come to find new tools, vote on the best tools, and even share your favorite tools for teaching and learning.

Audience: Coaches, Professional developers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: iOS, Android, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Using the ISTE Standards
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Digital Citizen
  • Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
Innovative Designer
  • Students select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

During this session, presenters will present digital tools and resources. However, unlike many other sessions, these will be presented framed by the ISTE standards for students and educators. Louisiana teachers have been impacted not only by the COVID pandemic, but also by devastating hurricanes during the last two years. Presenters also have experience utilizing these tools and resources to support teaching and learning face to face, hybrid and while teaching virtually. Presenters will very briefly showcase different tools that they have utilized with their students that align to each standard, then participants will be able to vote on the best tool!


1. Introductions: Leaders of the session will briefly describe who will be presenting, the symmetry seen between ISTE standards for students and educators, and how each standard will be presented with a digital tool or resource that educators have utilized during hurricane and pandemic teaching.

2. Content: Each presenter will have 90 seconds to present their digital tool or resource. They will go "head to head" with another presenter to show what worked best in their classroom based on the presented standard.

3. Process: Participants will have the opportunity to vote on the "best" tool presented for each standard.

Supporting research

-Bond, M., & Bedenlier, S. (2019). Facilitating Student Engagement through Educational Technology: Towards a Conceptual Framework. Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2019(1).

-Halif, M. M., Hassan, N., Sumardi, N. A., Omar, A. S., Ali, S., Aziz, R. A., Majid, A. A., & Salleh, N. F. (2020). Moderating Effects of Student Motivation on the Relationship between Learning Styles and Student Engagement. Asian Journal of University Education, 16(2), 94–103.

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Dr. Sara Bourgeois, Nicholls State University
ISTE Certified Educator

Dr. Sara Dempster is an assistant professor and the coordinator of clinical experiences in the Department of Teacher Education at Nicholls State University in Louisiana. She has experience teaching undergraduate and graduate-level courses focused on educational technology and she regularly works with preservice teachers to help prepare them for the digital age classrooms they’ll enter upon graduation. She also works with in-service teachers and educational professionals to help them integrate technology into their current classrooms and other educational settings they may work in.

Spencer Kiper, Caddo Parish Public Schools
ISTE Certified Educator

Spencer Kiper is an instructional technologist for Caddo Parish Public Schools in Shreveport, Louisiana, and the 2019 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year. A regional and global STEM education and edtech advocate, Kiper believes in empowering students through culturally enriched and industry-based connections. His efforts to build a pipeline for STEM and career/technical education led him to create a student STEM lab, and his work as an educator crew trainer for the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and STEM Revolution has impacted educators from over 30 countries. A frequent conference presenter, Kiper holds advanced degrees in edtech, cyber education and educational leadership. He’s an adjunct professor and school partner to the teacher preparation and alternative certification programs at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Nicholls State University and Reach University.

Jessica Pray, Our Lady of the Lake School

Our Lady of the Lake School Technology Specialist Mandeville, LA Google Certified Trainer

Marcus Stein

Marcus Derrell Stein, M.Ed., is the Teacher Success Champion at Kami. He’s passionate about personalizing teacher professional development by embedding humor and joy into instruction. After earning his bachelor's degree in English education from McNeese State University in 2008, Stein worked as a Secondary English teacher. With a talent for edtech integration, Stein started his teacher leadership career by working as a technology professional learning community leader and then a districtwide Promethean Board trainer. After teaching, he worked as a Promethean consultant with AXI Education Solutions He also earned his master’s in educational technology leadership from Nicholls State University.

Avery Vavasseur, St. Michael the Archangel High School
Dr. Cynthia Vavasseur, Nicholls State University
ISTE Certified Educator

Cindy Vavasseur (Dr. V) is a Professor of Educational Technology and the Program Chair for Master of Educational Technology Leadership at Nicholls State University. Nicholls is an ISTE Certification Provider and the first University to gain this distinction on first submission. Dr. Vavasseur is also the 2021 ISTE Teacher Education Network Award winner for Excellence in Teacher Education.

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