Conferences and MeetingsNBEA 2018 Annual Convention


Technology Workshops

The following technology workshops are offered in conjunction with the NBEA 2018 Annual Convention and are available to NBEA member registrants through advanced registration only. Registrations are handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Note: All computer workshops will accommodate 1 person per computer.

Tuesday, March 27, 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

1A Let’s Get Social in the Business Education Classroom (Beginning/Intermediate)

Using social media in business and marketing is easier than ever! In this session, you will learn how to set up your social media accounts to get them noticed, how to teach students to use them in business and to promote themselves professionally, and ways to engage your students using social media as a tool. Social media as an instructional strategy with tips for classroom instruction will be provided.

Presenters: : Pamela Scott Bracey, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS; Michelle Taylor, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS

Tuesday, March 27, 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

1B Coding for Teachers (Beginning)

If you’ve wanted to teach coding, but weren’t sure how or what programming site to use, then this workshop is for you. This workshop will focus on the basics of coding and we’ll explore different program sites. You will learn condition statements with, loops with Microsoft Touch Develop, algorithms, and variables with other sites. You can learn to code and explore the different program sites to fit your style, aptitude, and budget. Programming sites include: Microsoft Touch Develop,, Code Academy, Scratch, and Apple Swift.

Presenter: Dennis Garner, Utah State University, Roosevelt, UT

Tuesday, March 27, 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

2A An Overview of Using and Teaching Microsoft Access 2016 (Beginning/Intermediate)

Microsoft Access is a wonderful software tool, but it often strikes fear with many instructors. This session will walk participants through this widely misunderstood piece of software and provide teaching tips for helping students get the "big picture." A textbook, containing all four lessons, will be given to each participant. During this session, participants will work step-by-step with the presenter.

Presenter:Iris Ellis, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA

Tuesday, March 27, 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

2B Insert Expert Infographics In Your Presentations (Beginning/Intermediate)

In a world where we are bombarded with imagery that competes for our attention, it is more important than ever to use the best design resources to connect and communicate with your audience. PowerPoint may not be an effective media platform when you want to convey visual information, however, a well-designed infographic will certainly grab the audience’s attention. With the right tools and resources, you can be on your way to producing engaging stories as you help others visualize important data. This workshop will cover both the design and implementation tips for using infographics.


Presenter: Lori Hauf, Dickinson State College, Dickinson, ND

Tuesday, March 27, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

3A Adobe Quick Tips (Photoshop, InDesign, DC) (Beginning/Intermediate)

Have you wanted to learn some basic skills in Adobe Creative Suite but haven’t had the time due to chaos? Then this is the perfect workshop for you! Learn some quick ways to fix photos in Photoshop, edit .pdf files in DC, and design print materials in InDesign. Come ready to work and play.

Presenter: Angie Chittick, Mid-Plains Community College, North Platte, NE

Tuesday, March 27, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

3B H.O.T. Topics (Beginning/Intermediate)

This workshop offers you an inside passage to the H.O.T. web tools for today’s business educator. To make the top grade the web tools are Handy, Outstanding, and Time saving (H.O.T.). Participants will visit these top web tools and discuss practical uses for them in today’s business classes.

Presenters: Jessica Crabtree, Newton High School, Newton KS; Kimberly Dhority, Flint Hills Technical College, Emporia, KS

Wednesday, March 28, 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

4A Create an Escape Room Challenge in Your Classroom (Beginning/Intermediate)

Escape room simulations are popping up in classrooms all over the country.( An escape room is an adventure game where players are locked in a room and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles and escape within a set time limit.) Get in on the fun by participating in a business-themed escape room. Crack the codes! Solve the problems! Discover the clues! Escape from the room! When you break free, we will work together to create your very first escape room challenge using free online tools that can be used in your own classroom.

Presenter: Jacqueline Prester, Mansfield High School, Mansfield, MA

Wednesday, March 28, 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

4B Recording, Editing, and Publishing Podcasts and Webcasts (Beginning)

Are you interested in recording podcasts and webcasts as part of an online learning program? How about creating learning aids for students who miss class or need reference materials? Podcasts and webcasts are fun and easy to create. In this workshop, participants will use free software to record and edit podcasts and webcasts. Once the podcasts and webcasts are recorded and edited, participants will publish them so they are available online. Participants will receive assignment sheets and rubrics to use as a class activity.

Presenter: Sandra O’Brien, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA

Wednesday, March 28, 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

5A Microsoft Office Productivity Tips, Tricks, and Timesavers (Beginning/Intermediate)

With all of its incentives, many Microsoft shortcuts, tips, and techniques are not obvious or intuitive. This session will explore a few of the great additions and improvements Microsoft made to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2016. Attendees will learn how to simplify actions using Microsoft tools and learn tips and shortcuts to quickly and easily get work done. Discover new methods to energize your classroom lectures and increase student engagement.

Presenter: Amy Williams, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA

Wednesday, March 28, 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

5B Using Technology to Engage Millennials (Beginning)

The Millennial generation has grown up in the midst of rapid technological advances. This session will focus on technological tools and applications geared towards teaching this generation of students. Tools and activities will be shared that can help you achieve your class objectives.

Presenters: Jessica Crabtree, Newton High School, Newton, KS; Kimberly Dhority, Flint Hills Technical College, Emporia, KS

Wednesday, March 28, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

6A Advanced Excel Tools for Decision Making (Intermediate/Advanced)

This workshop is action packed with Excel applications for personal and business use. Discover new tips and strategies to increase student engagement. Teaching tips will also be shared on how to use the Excel tools provided. The tools that will be covered in this session are some of the advanced tools in Excel.

Presenter: Todd Stabenow, Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo, IA

Wednesday, March 28, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

6B Infographics: Marketing Tool Extraordinaire (Beginning/Intermediate)

Infographics are a popular marketing tool used today, especially in social media. Join us for a lesson on creating infographics and ideas for implementing lessons in your classroom that your students will love! Illustrator will be used to create the infographics, and additional free tools will be explored.

Presenters: Pamela Scott Bracey, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS; Michelle Taylor, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS

Thursday, March 29, 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

7A Desktop Publishing Using InDesign (Beginning/Intermediate)

Have you been tasked with teaching Desktop Publishing using InDesign? In this session, basic as well as advanced tools will be presented, along with great ideas to engage your students. Take away some lesson plans for desktop publishing!

Presenter: Marie Coleman, Sam Houston High School, Lake Charles, LA

Thursday, March 29, 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

7B Digital Literacy Resources, Apps, and More (Beginning)

This session will take instructors on a tour of the resources and tools that are available for digital literacy. Lesson plan ideas will be modeled with the participant trying out those ideas, resources, and tools during the session.

Presenters: Karen May, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM; Michelle Taylor, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS

Thursday, March 29, 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

8A Next Level Teaching Strategies with Technology (Beginning/Intermediate)

Are you using technology to its fullest potential? This session is full of ideas on how technology can be used as a game changer in the classroom. Participants will gather and practice tools on how technology can be used to create new tasks, allow for more student-centered classrooms, and shift the focus of learning to deeper analysis.

Presenter: Alex Lamon, Livingston High School, Livingston, NJ

Thursday, March 29, 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

8B Marvelous Masks for Meaningful Photoshopping (Intermediate/Advanced)

Learn how to use both layer masks and clipping masks in this interactive workshop. After covering the key concepts behind selections and exploring Photoshop's selection tools, participants will explore a variety of advanced techniques that will help you make accurate selections, create seamless composite images, and apply adjustments that do exactly what you want them to do. This workshop places a special emphasis on mixing and matching different tools and techniques to unleash the full power of what Photoshop can do so your students can create professional photo projects with ease.

Presenter: Tonya Skinner, Jackson Senior High School, Jackson, MO

Thursday, March 29, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

9A Project Management for Everyone (Beginning/Intermediate)

Interested in teaching project management but don’t know where to begin? In this workshop we will discuss the basics of project management, online resources that are available, and how to obtain a certification through the Project Management Institute. We will also learn how to use Trello, a free task board program, and Slack, a free instant messenger/discussion board program that is being used by teams to manage projects. Join us to learn about managing projects for your students and yourself.

Presenter: Sandy O’Brien, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA


Thursday, March 29, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

9B A Teacher’s Day Made Easier with OneNote (Beginning/Intermediate)

In education, it is as easy as 1, 2, 3! With OneNote it is as easy as ONE—one place to create all of your lessons, one place to share with students and one place to create student portfolios, projects and collaborative class creations. Discover how to create, organize and share dynamic notebooks rich with interactive content. Bring the classroom to life with enticing audio and video features. Stay organized and on-topic using tagging, tables, and tabs for new content. Then, easily personalize the learning experience with Class Notebook. Use the Content Library to digitize your existing lessons, and easily communicate with the entire group using the Collaboration Space.

Presenter: Kelly Williams, DeWitt High School, DeWitt, MI

Friday, March 30, 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

10A Technology Joins Forces with Teaching Strategies (Beginning/Intermediate)
Do you need ideas to keep your students engaged? Just think what your classroom could look like when technology is thoughtfully integrated into classes. From processing new content, chunking, reflective practices, and everything in between, embrace the possibilities and see how technology can join forces with various teaching strategies. Throughout the session, multiple technology tools will be explored, demonstrated, and practiced to strengthen teacher goals and increase student engagement. Participants will leave this session with multiple resources to engage your students throughout the learning process.

Presenter: Shelly Mowinkel, Milford Public Schools, Milford, NE

Friday, March 30, 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

10B QuickBooks: Tips and Tricks (Beginning/Intermediate)

Discover what is new with QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Desktop in accounting education. Participants will learn tricks and tips for successful course integration. Whether you currently use QuickBooks Online, QuickBooks Desktop, or are looking to add a new technology component to your accounting course, this session will give you an opportunity to learn, try, ask, and takeaway new ideas all in one session!

Presenter: Cathy Scott, Navarro College, Corsicana, TX

Friday, March 30, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

11A Upping Your XFactor—Engaging Gen Z with Technology (Beginning/Intermediate)

Welcome to Generation Z also known as iGen. Join the discussion and discover how to deliver content and formative assessments through up-to-date technology and apps that students will appreciate. Technology techniques will be shared that include how to embed questions into your curriculum with NearPod, how your students can utilize Screencasts, and use Explain Everything. In addition, other virtual exit tickets (assessments) will be demonstrated.

Presenter: Susan Hall Webb, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA

Friday, March 30, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

11B The Battle of Free Video Software (Beginning/Intermediate)

In this session, several popular free video applications will be demonstrated with explanations of why and how each can have a place in your creation of curriculum. Teaching in the electronic age can be a challenge unless you find the right tools. Come learn why you need Screencast-o-Matic and recording in PowerPoint (or Office Mix).

Presenters: Karen May, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM; Sherrell Wheeler, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM