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Hacking Your Classroom: Choosing the Best Tools & Applications for the Job

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Nicole Allien  
Elise Barton  
Spencer Kiper  
Sunny Posey  

Creating opportunities to support and engage students has never been easier - but also more challenging! Discover how you can choose the right technology-based tools and applications that are important for educators of all levels and critical for meeting the needs of students in classrooms facing modern learning barriers.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Professional learning
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
  • Pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks.
  • Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

During this session, presenters will share digital tools and resources they can take back to their classroom and use immediately. Our session will be unique and catered to the current needs caused by the pandemic and the critical need to accelerate our learners due to the significant learning gaps. The tools presented in this session have been field-tested and proven to be effective in addressing deficits in student learning. Participants will leave with a ready-to-use tool and will be able to share how the tools will be implemented on their campus.


Attendees will be briefly introduced to the presenters and their range of experiences with integrating technology. Presenters will connect ISTE standards with the purpose and the digital tools that will be presented within the session.

Each presenter will use 5-7 minutes to present their top classroom digital resource. The presenter will share how the digital tool will enhance student learning and engagement in the classroom. Attendees will have an opportunity to witness its practical use and value in a classroom environment

Participants will reflect on the digital tools presented and discuss which tools would work best in their learning environment. Participants will reflect on any barriers to implementation and have an opportunity to reflect on their use on their campus.

Supporting research

-Campbell, M., Detres, M., & Lucio, R. (2019). Can a digital whiteboard foster student engagement? Social Work Education, 38(6), 735–752. https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2018.1556631

-Bond, M., & Bedenlier, S. (2019). Facilitating Student Engagement through Educational Technology: Towards a Conceptual Framework. Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2019(1). https://ezp.waldenulibrary.org/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ1228555&site=eds-live&scope=site

-Greener, S. (2018). Student disengagement: Is technology the problem or the solution? Interactive Learning Environments, 26(6), 716–717. https://doi.org/10.1080/10494820.2018.1498235

-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.

-Rila, A., Estrapala, S., & Bruhn, A. L. (2019). Using technology to increase opportunities to respond. Beyond Behavior, 28(1), 36–45. https://doi.org/10.1177/1074295619835207

-Ashtari, S., & Taylor, J. (2021). Winning Together: Using Game-Based Response Systems to Boost Perception of Learning. International Journal of Education and Development Using Information and Communication Technology, 21(1), 123–141.

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Nicole Allien, Caddo Parish Public Schools
ISTE Certified Educator

Nicole Allien is an Instructional Technologist with Caddo Parish Public Schools. She has been an educator for 21 years. She holds a Master's degree in Educational Technology Leadership. Nicole was among the first 200 people to become an ISTE Certified Educator. She is also an Apple Learning Coach.

Elise Barton, Caddo Parish Schools

Elise Barton is a former NIET Master Teacher, coaching teachers weekly on best practices in teaching. Elise was able to coach and support teachers while integrating technology use within all professional development trainings. While experiencing hands on, teachers were able to learn and experience using digital tools in the classroom. Elise is now an Instructional Technologist, serving and training a wider range of teachers and students in her district.

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.

Sunny Posey, Caddo Parish Public Schools
ISTE Certified Educator

Sunny Posey is an Instructional Technologist with Caddo Parish Public Schools and has 25 years of Teaching experience. Sunny has a Masters degree in Educational Technology Leadership and was among the first 200 people to become an ISTE Certified Educator and has used the knowledge gained through that process in her school district to better support teachers and students.

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