That’s a wrap on Convention 2017--our first ever teamed with the Wisconsin Marketing Education Association (WMEA). We had over 140 attendees and it was two days packed with ideas, resources, and collaboration. Business and Marketing teachers across the state were able to go back to their schools with many new resources for their classrooms and their students. A big thanks goes out to Michelle Gibson-Herman and the convention committee for all of their efforts over the last year. As we move forward this school year, it is important that we set out to accomplish all of those things each of us listed as goals in late August, early September. SLOs, PPGs, building goals, and PDPs are vocabulary that we are familiar with by now and we are learning that analyzing data for those goals is a more effective way of measuring performance. Another vocabulary term we are becoming more familiar with is Professional Learning Communities and Professional Learning Teams. As we move forward in Business and Information Technology Education, it is important to remember that we are an important PLC in the State of Wisconsin. People look to our group for direction and guidance when it comes to B & IT issues in our state. That can only happen if we all take an active role not only in our local communities, but the groups we are a part of outside of our communities. WEBIT needs each and every one of our members to spread the word about our organization to other B & IT teachers and why we need them in our PLC. Perhaps everyone can’t make it to convention, but we can all work together to make sure that our students are college and career ready for the global community they will live in. As the new President for WEBIT, I will strive to reach out to you several times this school year. Some of those contacts may include short surveys where I can gather information on what the membership is thinking and I would like to share that information with our board. Thank you for the work that you do for kids and thank you for being on the WEBIT team.
~Stacey Ryan, WEBIT President
To contact Stacey Ryan, please email her at: email@example.com
Convention Recap 2017!
On October 4, 5 and 6, 2017, WEBIT and WMEA had its first joint convention, Better Together...Pointing to the Future. The atmosphere was filled excitement as the kickoff to convention started off with a social Wednesday evening.
Thursday, the Convention Center at the Holiday Inn in Stevens Point was filled with 144 attendees from both WEBIT and WMEA with 10 of those attendees students from UW-Stout and UW-Whitewater. Thirteen Vendors were on hand to give information on various textbooks, software applications, and donate door prizes! A huge thank you to Cengage Learning/National Geographic Learning for sponsoring the snack break held that afternoon. Sessions, this year, were themed around academic career planning such as Youth Apprenticeship, Partners in Education, Career Locker, CAPP program w/UW-O, and an ACP panel. Other sessions had presenters on the topics of business, marketing and IT from Skyward, Skyline Technologies, Accounting Workshop, SC, Pointe Precision, Marten Machining, and Omni Resources.
Something new this year was the Innovation Lounge which showcased information on how to incorporate a Makerspace within your community (i.e. CREATE Center), coding with Spheros (Kurt Wismer), using Echo by Amazon (Skyline Technologies), and ways to teach technology using real-life applications of emerging technologies in grades 9-12 (Moonshot Learning).
Teachers in Business, IT, and Marketing shared their ideas and resources over the two-day convention, in areas of Game Design, Google Classroom, MobileMakers, Tourism, Business Writing, Personal Finance, Connecting the Classroom to the outside world, Computer Science, Elementary Keyboarding, Presentation Skills, WorkKeys, FBLA and DECA. A huge thank you to the following educators: Kristina Blomquist, Olivia Dachel, Brandon Egnarski, Josh Firgens, Jennifer Gipp, Brent Gostomski, Jason Holter, Phil Huff, Bob Hutchinson, Jan Imhoff, Stephanie Jansen, Cynthia Jensen, Trina Knospe, Marla Konkol, Cheryl Kothe, Michelle McGlynn, Dr. Kristi Roth, Carrie Pierschalla, Sentry Toastmasters, Denise Schulz, and Julie Woletz.
Opening session on Thursday, included comments from WMEA President, Jason Holter; WEBIT President, Sheri Schmidt; Mayor of Stevens Point, Mike Wiza; and Dean of the School of Business and Information Technology at Mid-State Technical College, Missy Skurzewski-Servant. Thursday’s afternoon, keynote speaker, Kelly Brown, CEO and managing partner of American Deposit, capped off the day with her keynote on the Hard Side of Change Management focusing on ways small changes can make a big impact. Her examples of how her company is constantly changing to meet the needs of their customers, ways to minimize a negative impact and how to change the focus of “me” to “us”. Audience members were active participants! Along with her keynote, she also did a session titled, “What is Your Milkshake?” giving great examples of how to make the customer feel success and ways to understand if their needs are met.
Friday morning led off with Dave Thomas and a Jeopardy showdown against UWW/UW-Stout students vs. WEBIT vs. WMEA and their knowledge in What’s New in BM&IT, New Skills for Youth, ACP, and more! Kym Buchanan, Associate Dean of the School of Professional Studies, was the morning’s keynote speaker focusing on the Minecraft Generation. What are the trends, new game neighborhoods, fandoms, and self-publishing all finding their ways into kids of today. What are these things that kids of today are involved with? How can these new trends change the way classrooms are set up and facilitated. Great resources (You’re Never Weird on the Internet, by Felicia Day; Everything Bad is Good for You, by Steven Johnson; Utopian Entrepreneur, by Brenda Laurel; and Kym Buchanan).
The WEBIT Awards Luncheon included awards to Bob Wagner, Marion University for the Friend of WEBIT; Steven Doell, Hosler Award; along with Karolyn Erickson and Allison Rigotti as WEBIT’s scholarship recipients.
As we wrap up 2017 in Stevens Point, we look to 2018 in LaCrosse. Please join us starting October 3, 2018, at the Radisson Inn for a reception and social followed by two fast paced days of workshops, tours, sessions, and keynotes on the Western Technical Campus.
Michelle Gibson Herman, Convention Coordinator
Friday, February 16
@ UW - Whitewater
Note: There will be no Spring Update @ UW - Stout this year, but will return there next year.
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