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Wednesday, November 5
 

12:00pm

Fun iPad Projects for Kids & Teachers
Wanna be a kid again? Play with (not run with) scissors, construction paper, cotton balls, glue and your iPad 2 or newer. We’ll create (and complete) a fun “paper cut animation” project that you can replicate immediately with your grade 1-8 students, and one that will easily meet many CC standards. You will need to have iMovie already installed. Supplies provided. Bring a team for more even more fun !
Get a new iPad or bring your own.
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Presenters
avatar for Brad Edwards

Brad Edwards

District PD, Integrationist, Caledonia North Supervisory Union
Digital Story Telling; Coding on the iPad (and Scratch on the Mac); Technology Integration; (faceyourmanga.com for the avatar)

Session Type

Wednesday November 5, 2014 12:00pm - 4:00pm
TBA

12:00pm

Google Play for Education and Android for your Classroom, School or District - Going where iPads fear to tread...
This session will show how to utilize the *brand new* Google Play for Education platform, Android Tablets, and Applications in the classroom. Session will cover both individual Android accounts and how to roll out a school or district-wide complete Google experiences. Participants get a new Nexus 7 or bring their own Android tablet.

Presenters
avatar for Gregory Connors

Gregory Connors

Rutland Central Supervisory Union - 37, Rutland Central Supervisory Union - 37
The BIG picture ... let's talk about it ...

Session Type

Wednesday November 5, 2014 12:00pm - 4:00pm
TBA

12:00pm

Leading a Tech-Savvy School
Join us for a discussion of topics drawn from themes of educational leadership and operational leadership, relating to today's 21st Century Schools.

We will focus on topics prioritized by a survey of participants, including:

Providing Teacher PD and Teacher Preparation
Measuring Student Outcomes for Technology
Assessing Classroom Impact
Foundations (Infrastructure and Support)
Am I ready for SBAC?
Budget and Sustainability Topics
Legal/Policy Questions
Technology Trends and Coming Storms

Come and join other building and district leaders in a discussion on the these and other topics of interest to the group.
Sponsored by Top Floor                  

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Presenters
avatar for Paul Irish

Paul Irish

Executive Director, VITA-Learn

Session Type

Wednesday November 5, 2014 12:00pm - 4:00pm
TBA

12:00pm

Tech Integration: Ideas, Innovations, and Issues
Do you provide technology integration support for other educators? Whether you are a technology integrationist, teacher, media specialist/librarian, administrator, or lab supervisor—if you provide integration support, this session is for you! Come join conversations on professional development, leadership, Common Core Standards, supporting one-to-one programs, and more. Tinker with tech toys to learn about the maker movement, and trade innovative tools and tricks to support the transformation of learning.
Thanks to our sponsor, Whalley Computer, registration (including lunch) for the first 30 participants is FREE!

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Presenters
avatar for Kristen Courcelle

Kristen Courcelle

Technology Integration Specialist, South Burlington School District
Kristen Courcelle is currently a K-12 technology integration specialist for the elementary schools in the South Burlington School District.  Kristen has been in education for 16 years as a classroom teacher, technology integration specialist, and innovative technology leader in various Vermont schools.  
avatar for Jessica Wilson

Jessica Wilson

Technology Integration Specialist, Hinesburg Community School
Jessica Wilson is the Technology Integration Specialist at the Hinesburg Community School and CSSU Central Office. She works closely with the PreK-8 teachers and staff to help transform the school into a flourishing learning environment that incorporates 21st century skills through the use of technology, so everyone can develop good strategies for learning and be active contributors to our global society. Jessica is vice-president of the... Read More →

Session Type

Wednesday November 5, 2014 12:00pm - 4:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

Breaking the Ice with App Script
This workshop is designed as an icebreaker for those who are comfortable using Google Apps and would like to take it a step further. Google Apps offers a very simple easy to access scripting tool that is built into their product. These scripts can be used to enhance workflow, or automate repetitive tasks.

Things you can do with App Script. The key word is "automation." App script will allow a teacher/integrator/administrator to automate tasks in Google Apps. For example some of the simple task that can be scripted are:

• Folder creation and sharing. So if you need many folders created and shared with specific people App Script can manage that for you.
• Email notifications. For example you can have an email sent and log it in a spreadsheet if a student sets the name of a file to "-final draft". Or have do an email merge with grades from a spreadsheet.
• Calendar events can get automatically created based on a form.

Participants need to bring a laptop. (Mac, Windows, Chromebook)

Presenters
avatar for Bjorn Behrendt

Bjorn Behrendt

IT coordinator, Fair Haven Union High School
IT Coordinator for Fair Haven Union High School | Add-on developer

Session Type

Wednesday November 5, 2014 6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

From Modeling to 3D Printing
Come learn one of the hottest trends in technology education. Instead of being a consumer, you can become a creator. Learn how to 3D model using Trimble SketchUp and then convert those models to a file that can be printed in 3D. This session will take you from the basics of 3D modeling to using online resources to create models that will wow your students can get their creative juices flowing and ready to create their own models to 3D print. Participants will have an opportunity to print their model.

Please bring a laptop with SketchUp downloaded (or we can download it at the workshop).


Presenters
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Mike Hathorn

Teacher, Hartford High School

Session Type

Wednesday November 5, 2014 6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

Google This, Google That
Join us to discover an inexpensive pathway to achieving a 1:1 initiative using the newest technology tools. For this session we will be examining how Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education can enrich and enhance teaching and learning. We will look at the different Google apps and how they support student centered learning. We will also examine how these tools help teachers stay organized and communicate effectively. Come see how Chromebooks and Google Apps are making a difference in elementary school classrooms.

Bring your own device or get a new Chromebook.  Presentation.


Presenters
avatar for Colleen Williams

Colleen Williams

Technology Integration, Essex Town School District
Google Apps for Education

Session Type

Wednesday November 5, 2014 6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

iPad: A Universal Device for Learning Chris CichoskiKelly
In this workshop you will learn how to use the iPad to assist learners of all types including those who struggle in traditional school settings. Among other things, we will work with text to speech and speech recognition. We will also look at and play with apps that help with access to electronic books, scheduling, word prediction, graphic organizing, learning to read, and to help with math! Participants get a new iPad or bring their own.

Presenters
CC

Chris CichoskiKelly

Teacher, CCSU

Session Type

Wednesday November 5, 2014 6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

It’s ‘Appy’ Hour(s)
Come join us for ‘Appy Hour(s)’ in a hands-on 3 hour session that will be dedicated to iPad integration such as App Fluency, App Smashing, curation, and collaboration. This interactive workshop will be more than just how to use an iPad, but really dive deeper into the many possibilities of how iPads can help support learning. Participants will be given hands-on time to explore, practice and refine their skills, as we explore multi-app combination scenarios to create new multimedia content. Participants will be required to create an iTunes account prior to this session, an iTunes card for possible app purchase, and be ready to work with an innovative teaching and learning tool.
Participants get a new iPad or bring their own.

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Presenters
avatar for Jessica Wilson

Jessica Wilson

Technology Integration Specialist, Hinesburg Community School
Jessica Wilson is the Technology Integration Specialist at the Hinesburg Community School and CSSU Central Office. She works closely with the PreK-8 teachers and staff to help transform the school into a flourishing learning environment that incorporates 21st century skills through the use of technology, so everyone can develop good strategies for learning and be active contributors to our global society. Jessica is vice-president of the... Read More →

Session Type

Wednesday November 5, 2014 6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

Robotics in Your Classroom? Why Not!
Learn how to incorporate critical thinking, teamwork, conflict resolution, and communication through the use of robotics in the classroom, while incorporating NGSS and STEM initiatives. This session will focus on the use of the Lego Mindstorm Robots EV3 kits, however the same principles, ideas, and technology will apply for the NXT kits. The main goal is to show how to use these resources not just in science, but in all content areas to activate true student-centered learning.

Participants can select to receive a new Mindstorms EV3 kit or bring their own EV3 or NXT kits.

Please bring a laptop, as well as an appropriate handheld device. This device could be an android, or iphone, ipad, or android based tablet with Bluetooth capabilities to communicate with the robot. I will email you in advance so you can download the appropriate (free) software.

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Presenters
avatar for Michael Norkun

Michael Norkun

Science Teacher and Department coordinator, bellows falls union high school
As an educator, I strive to instill a love for learning, provide students with appropriate skills to be lifelong learners and productive members of any community. I hold the status of a Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) of secondary level science with a Master's Degree in Education. I am also endorsed as a K-12 technology integration specialist. | | Aside from being an educator, my family and I live as sustainable as possible on our homestead... Read More →

Session Type

Wednesday November 5, 2014 6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

STEAM Maker Space Fundamentals: Design Challenge Workshop
Maker Space Fundamentals will help educators explore and develop their own making practice. We see making as a fun yet serious learning endeavor—one that spans many disciplines and content areas and fosters connections between art, science, and technology in ways that can lead to deep discovery. Circuit-related activities (Scribblebots, squishy circuits, LittleBits and more) offer a wealth of opportunities for thinking through making. Learn how to develop and facilitate maker activities for your classroom and libraries that invite students to imagine, invent and innovate. Participants of this workshop will go through a design challenge where they ideate/brainstorm, problem-solve/ iterate/ prototype, build/make and present/share their projects.

Participants may participate without the toolkit option. Bring the following if you can: a pair of scissors, glue or glue gun, and needle nose pliers.

Participants may sign up to get a STEAM Kit that includes Little Bits, Makey Makey, and other Maker materials including coin cell batteries, LED’s, copper tape, etc.

Please bring a laptop


Presenters
avatar for Lucie deLaBruere

Lucie deLaBruere

Digital Age Learning Consultant, Marlboro College / University of Vermont
After spending 30 years in K12 education, Lucie and her husband Craig currently live and learn in a 1983 vintage Bluebird bus visiting creative spaces around the US and seeking ways to partner with educators and students who are passionate about creativity and innovation. Lucie is adjunct faculty at the University of Vermont and Marlboro College Graduate School and is also a Google Certified Innovator and Google for Education Certified Trainer... Read More →
avatar for Shannon Walters

Shannon Walters

Teacher Librarian, Integrated Arts Academy / GIV IT&DM

Session Type

Wednesday November 5, 2014 6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA
 
Thursday, November 6
 

7:30am

Exhibitor area open
Exhibitor area open. Come visit!

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 7:30am - 8:15am
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

7:30am

Registration
Registration table is downstairs by the fireplace.

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 7:30am - 8:15am
Fireplace Lobby

8:15am

Keynote: What is school? What can it be?
What is School 2.0? What are the pedagogical ideas that form it? Examine ideas of constructivist pedagogy and the use of 21st Century tools to create schools that are engaging, caring, and relevant places of learning for everyone involved. The history of the formation of the Science Leadership Academy will form the backdrop for this conversation.

Presentation 

Presenters
avatar for Chris Lehmann

Chris Lehmann

Founder, Science Leadership Academy
Chris Lehmann is the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia, PA. The Science Leadership Academy is an inquiry-driven, project-based, 1:1 laptop school that is considered to be one of the pioneers of the School 2.0 movement nationally and internationally. Science Leadership Academy is the Dell Computing Center of Excellence for Technology in Education. The... Read More →

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 8:15am - 9:25am
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

9:35am

Authentic Learning: Aquarium Design: Biological Engineering
High school students are challenged to develop a sustainable aquarium design, using engineering practices encompassing skills and knowledge that extend what is meant by "inquiring" in science. This session will share the process used in guiding students through developing an aquarium design project using Next Generation engineering standards. Students are using computers, phones, & cameras to record and analyze their data. Will also discuss collaboration with the UVM Watershed Alliance, & Friends of the Winooski. Students that are involved in this project also monitor our local watershed and that data is electronically entered into the Watershed /Alliance web page.

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Presenters
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Brian Slopey

Teacher, U32

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 9:35am - 10:30am
Gateway II

9:35am

Constructivist Learning through Web-Publishing
When using a mix of social media and web-publishing tools such as Google Plus, Blogger, YouTube and multimedia apps such as Pinnacle Studio for the iPad, students acquire Common Core communication proficiencies while publishing to an authentic, global audience. Web-publishing functions as a foundation for constructivist learning, helping students excel by responding to essential questions, researching, designing, editing, and reflecting, while giving students creative freedom to choose specific technology tools that engage them.

Presentation 

Presenters
avatar for Steven Davis

Steven Davis

Integration Specialist, BFA St. Albans
Stop by the Innovation Space's Microprocessor Exhibit on Thursday morning to find out more about Raspberry Pi computers and alter some simple coding scripts. | In addition: a 25 minute hands-on "Python on Raspberry Pi" workshop, Thurs at 9. Link to download free Python IDLE in the resources PDF on my session page... spend less time installing and more time coding during the short session.

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 9:35am - 10:30am
Roundabout

9:35am

Google Play For Education and Nexus Tablets: Empowering Teachers, Engaging Students, Improving Communities
Join 7th and 8th grade students and teachers from the Renaissance Community and the Innovation Specialist from St. Albans City School as we share how Google Play for Education and Nexus 7 tablets can take PBL to the next level, empower teachers, and engage students.

Using these tools, Renaissance students are learning through authentic community-based projects; teachers are in control of getting the resources and tools the students need, when they need them; and St. Albans City is reaping the benefits.

Presenters
avatar for Matt Allen

Matt Allen

Innovation Specialist, St. Albans City School
For the past two years, I've been an innovation specialist, the 6 years prior to that, I was a 4th-6th grade writing teacher, and starting next year, I'll be a 7th and 8th grade literacy teacher. (I'm excited beyond words to be going back to the classroom!) | Right now, I'm most in love with creating and finding authentic PBL opportunities, that bring experts into the classroom, put real tools in the kids' hands, and truly impact the world... Read More →

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 9:35am - 10:30am
Northstar I

9:35am

Managing Apple Devices in K-12
Apple has expanded its suite of features to make it easier than ever to deploy and manage iOS 7 and Mavericks devices in the K-12 environment. During this session we will be discussing what these features are and how they can best be used together to manage and deploy devices while facilitating the purchase, distribution and management of apps -- all with an eye towards improved learning and teaching. 

Presenters
Company Presenters
avatar for Apple Inc.

Apple Inc.

Apple, Inc.
We look forward to sharing powerful new possibilities made possible through Apple tools, and to hearing from educators and tech folks about the exciting things happening in Vermont classrooms and communities. Come talk to us about iOS, Mac, iBooks Author, iTunes U, iLife, iWork, Challenge Based Learning, VPP, DEP and more! Jim Moulton - Education Development Executive - Apple Inc. 


Thursday November 6, 2014 9:35am - 10:30am
Gateway I

9:35am

Rigorous Relevant 3D Printing Projects
Imagine a group of middle school science students taping batteries, wheels, and wires to a plastic tricycle frame. Snap! The frame breaks, the students sigh…back to the tinkercad blueprint! See how students at Main Street Middle School use 3D printing to augment, modify, and redefine science class learning activities. Come discuss how you might weave your school’s 3D printer into your core class. Discuss technical hardware and software questions.

Presentation

Presenters
avatar for Eli Rosenberg

Eli Rosenberg

Teacher, Main Street Middle School

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 9:35am - 10:30am
Northstar II

9:35am

Solutions for Security, Mobility, Printing and High Demand Networks
In-depth discussion on security and demand for a high performance network environment which protects students, facility and staff while enhancing the educational experience.

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Company Presenters
avatar for Vermont Panurgy

Vermont Panurgy

President, Vermont Panurgy

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 9:35am - 10:30am
Escapade II

9:35am

Transforming Schooling: A Systems Approach to Personalizing Learning
Technology has already changed the structure of both knowledge and learning. Transforming the structure of schooling to adapt to this technological context has now become "the work" of educational leaders around the world. BRSU Superintendent Dan French will share the work of his supervisory union in creating a systems approach to transforming the structure of schooling to better meet the personal learning aspirations of each student.

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Presenters
avatar for Dan French

Dan French

School Leadership Coordinator, Saint Michael's College
I am interested in changing the structure of schooling in order to better meet the personal learning aspirations of each student.

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 9:35am - 10:30am
Escapade I

10:00am

Visit the Maker Space - Open 10am - 4pm
Visit the Maker Space - An Ad Hoc Space Assembled by VITA-Learn

See examples of Maker/FabLab space, projects and techniques that are working in Vermont schools. Chat with experienced makers who can answer your questions. Experiment with 3D printers and circuits. Work collaboratively on any projects at our open tables. Hangout and surf. Open 10am - 4pm on Thursday and 8:30am - 2:30pm on Friday

3D printer
Circuits (Arduino)
Soft circuits - E-textiles. E-Origami, Toy Hacking, Squishy Circuits, and Plastic Plankton Chandeliers,Wearable Lilly pad
Local maker and EMC
Scratch, Tynker, and misc
Resource table - Books, ebook first page prints, websites. QR codes?
Student projects Lego League, Scratch, musical instrument created from Scratch program
Video Looping video of kids and their projects,
Hands on activities - littleBits, Squishy Circuits, Snap Circuits


Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 10:00am - 4:00pm
Conference Hallway

10:40am

Classroom Tools to Support a 1 to 1 Laptop Deployment
Classroom tools to support a 1 to 1 deployment: This session will focus on tools to address a number of issues when preparing for a 1 to 1 laptop or tablet deployment. We will look at mobile devise management solutions, how to design your wireless network, as well as a host of interactive tools available to enhance the classroom experience. All participants will have the opportunity to register to receive a free wireless Access Point from Meraki. In addition we will close the session with an overview of possible grant funding opportunities to support your 1 to 1 project.

Presenters
avatar for E Plus

E Plus

Account Manager, ePlus Technology Inc.
ePlus, Inc. is a leading integrator of technology solutions. We enable organizations to optimize their IT infrastructure and supply chain processes by delivering world-class IT products from top manufacturers, managed and professional services, flexible lease financing, proprietary software, and patented business methods and systems. With our core focus areas in data center/cloud computing, collaboration, IT infrastructure, services capabilities... Read More →

Company Presenters
avatar for E Plus

E Plus

Account Manager, ePlus Technology Inc.
ePlus, Inc. is a leading integrator of technology solutions. We enable organizations to optimize their IT infrastructure and supply chain processes by delivering world-class IT products from top manufacturers, managed and professional services, flexible lease financing, proprietary software, and patented business methods and systems. With our core focus areas in data center/cloud computing, collaboration, IT infrastructure, services capabilities... Read More →

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 10:40am - 11:35am
Roundabout

10:40am

E-rate Modernization: What Does It Mean to My School?

Join Peter Drescher, Education Technology Coordinator, as he walks us through the new changes that were implemented around the E-rate program this past summer and fall. For Vermont schools to get the most return on our telecommunications investments, it pays us to all be informed on these changes and how they might be interpreted at the state and local level. Come with your questions.

Presenters
avatar for Peter Drescher

Peter Drescher

Education Technology Coordinator, VT Agency of Education
Education Technology Coordinator, Vermont

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 10:40am - 11:35am
Escapade I

10:40am

Essex High School STEM Academy
Our academy creates a “school within a school” environment for students interested in math and science. This program cooperates with local business and higher education to create opportunities for students to explore their passions. Students are grouped by interest in our weekly advisory time, they are also required to attend guest lectures, complete an internship and design an independent project. Our goal is develop innovative thinkers who continue in STEM education after high school.

Presentation

Presenters
avatar for Lea Ann Smith

Lea Ann Smith

Teacher, STEM Academy Leader, CCSU
I'm creating places at my school where students have access to the tools they need to be successful. I believe these tools are changing all the time and I'm always learning about how to use the best ones possible.

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 10:40am - 11:35am
Escapade II

10:40am

Making Connections with Google+
Have you ever wanted to connect your classrooms to other classrooms around the world? Google+ is one way to get connected with other classrooms. You will learn about the different communities you can follow like Mystery Hangout and Connected Classroom. Don’t know what Google+ is? Come to this workshop to see how we have connected with other schools around the world and learn about the great projects we have done with our students as a result of Google+.

Presentation 

Presenters
avatar for Colleen Williams

Colleen Williams

Technology Integration, Essex Town School District
Google Apps for Education

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 10:40am - 11:35am
Gateway II

10:40am

No more pencils. No more books. No more student dirty looks
It’s 2014. We all know it but don’t want to admit it; the “old style” of teaching is out. Come learn from our knowledgeable manufacturers about how technology has not only improved student testing scores, but how it has improved student education as a whole. Join us and learn how Whalley Computer Associates, Inc. (WCA) and its manufacturers have helped implement and improve technology in more than 275 school systems throughout New England. But wait, the technology doesn’t stop there; stop by our booth and enter a raffle for a free 55” SMART television; attend our breakout and get an extra chance! We hope to see you soon.

Company Presenters
avatar for Whalley Computer Associates (Executive and Corporate Sponsor)

Whalley Computer Associates (Executive and Corporate Sponsor)

Whalley Computer Associates (Executive and Corporate Sponsor)
Founded in 1979 by and for Educators, Whalley Computer Associates, Inc. (WCA) is an exceptional technology sales and service organization that partners with educational institutions to reduce their costs and enrich the student, faculty, and staff learning environment while enhancing student performance through technology. Headquartered in Southwick, MA, and with a full sales and technical operations office in Milford, MA, WCA has been servicing... Read More →

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 10:40am - 11:35am
Gateway I

10:40am

Open Source Everywhere!
Fast. Secure. Efficient. Linux is used everywhere - from cell phones and DVRs to mainframe computers and submarines! Buy something online -- you probably accessed a computer running Linux. Browsers, Apps, even the SBAC test are available for this OS. It’s great for computers in your school, be they older or newer, servers, desktops, notebooks, or netbooks. And it’s free. Struggling with how to afford an upgrade from WindowsXP? Visit this session to learn about the Linux option!

Ubermix is a version of Linux designed for schools. Download and install it in minutes. Use it just as it is or make lots of modifications if you want to. Give users control. If a user “messes it up” just reset to “factory condition” in about 2 minutes -- security isn’t much of an issue.

Come to this session if you’d like to know a bit more about the OpenSource movement, Linux, what a great solution Ubermix is, and to gain some tips for its use.

Presenters
avatar for Mark Kline

Mark Kline

Technology Coordinator, Waterbury-Duxbury S.D.
We are doing some unconventional things at Crossett Brook Middle School that you might be interested in. | One is making use of open source software, especially as an OS. It is much more efficient than Windows or Mac OSX, so that whether we are using new or older devices they are all useful, allowing us to have many devices available for students even though our tech budget is tight. | A second effort is to give our students and... Read More →

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 10:40am - 11:35am
Northstar II

10:40am

Vita-Learn Smackdown
This interactive smackdown of digital apps and tools is a high speed collaborative activity where the participants share their best discoveries for teaching and learning. Contribute a slide to our shared Google Presentation and be ready to run to the mic and share your tool. We all have something to learn from each other.

Presentation

Presenters
avatar for Linda McSweeney

Linda McSweeney

Teacher Librarian, Adjunct Instructor UVM, Stowe Middle High School
Linda is the Teacher Librarian at Stowe Middle High School. A graduate of Dickinson College and Rutgers University, she has over 25 years experience as an academic and school librarian. Her passion is providing professional development for digital immigrant educators (like herself!) and she has taught graduate level courses on Virtual Library Design, Web 2.0 applications, and of course, Google Apps. She is a frequent presenter at ed tech and... Read More →

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 10:40am - 11:35am
Northstar I

11:40am

Lunch and Door Prizes
Lunch and Door Prizes

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 11:40am - 12:40pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

12:50pm

Video Game Programming and Common Core

Want to take computer applications to another level? Looking for a course outline that also includes common core activities? In this session, Bob and Marc will share the process Lamoille Union has undergone to incorporate video game programming into their computer applications curriculum including common core activities.

Presenters
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Bob Fredette

Teacher, Lamoille Union High School

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 12:50pm - 1:15pm
Escapade II

12:50pm

Wifi-Free Scavenger Hunts
Get your students moving, outside and away from wifi -- with iPads! We’ll show how we built a scavenger hunt at the Flume Gorge in New Hampshire using QR codes, Touchcast and iMovie. See how students ran wild back in the classroom, reflecting and building on the content they captured. iPads are about increasing engagement -- not broadband, and you can use them to take real-world gameplay to the next level.

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Presenters
MC

Michael Crocker

Teacher, Cabot School

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 12:50pm - 1:45pm
Roundabout

12:50pm

Building the Next Generation Digital Learning System
First a state-of-the-state reality check on the Learning Management Systems (LMS), Student Information Systems (SIS), Virtual Learning Systems, and major educational software and hardware systems available or in use today throughout the state (or the world) - then, a collaborative, think tank, knowledge session on what is needed for education to evolve, the problems VT faces, and what the future systems can, and *should* look like.

Presenters
avatar for Gregory Connors

Gregory Connors

Rutland Central Supervisory Union - 37, Rutland Central Supervisory Union - 37
The BIG picture ... let's talk about it ...

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 12:50pm - 2:20pm
Gateway II

12:50pm

Panel Discussion: Personalized Learning Plans & Act 77...what does it all mean?
Attend a panel discussion with Vermont educators sharing their understanding and expertise in Personalized Learning, and the impact the new Vermont Act 77 may have on transforming schools. Panelist Maggie Eaton, ELA Curriculum Leader, and Kris Breen from the AOE will talk about the requirements of the new Act 77, and the implications for student learning. Then listen to and ask questions of Vermont educators; JB Hilferty, Matt Allen, and Lauren Parren who have begun the process for PLPs in their school, as they share their experience with eportfolios for student learning. Facilitated by Elizabeth McCarthy.

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Presenters
avatar for Elizabeth McCarthy

Elizabeth McCarthy

Google Education Trainer, Digital Learning Specialist
Elizabeth McCarthy has been an educator in Vermont for the past 18 years where she continues to supports teachers and students in leveraging technologies for deeper learning. As a Google Education Trainer, she provides professional development workshops, graduate level courses and presentations that make connections between the use of technology and deeper learning. | Ms. McCarthy is currently an online instructor for Community College of... Read More →

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 12:50pm - 2:20pm
Northstar I

12:50pm

Science Leadership Academy
The myth of the single teacher, bucking the odds to be that one great teacher in a school may make for a great Hollywood movie, but it rarely -- if ever -- leads to lasting, effective change. We must examine the manner in which our schools and classrooms are set up so that the greatest number of students, teachers and even principals can thrive and learn and feel valued. This session is focused on looking at institutional change, so that attendees can explore what they value and then examine the systems in their districts, schools and classrooms that must change to reflect those values.

Presenters
avatar for Chris Lehmann

Chris Lehmann

Founder, Science Leadership Academy
Chris Lehmann is the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia, PA. The Science Leadership Academy is an inquiry-driven, project-based, 1:1 laptop school that is considered to be one of the pioneers of the School 2.0 movement nationally and internationally. Science Leadership Academy is the Dell Computing Center of Excellence for Technology in Education. The... Read More →

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 12:50pm - 2:20pm
Northstar II

12:50pm

Supervising 21st Century Instruction

Administrators have witnessed technology coming into their schools for decades but the presence of an iPad or “Smart Board” does not always mean technology is advancing learning. Learn how the SAMR model can be used to gage the effectiveness of technology use in the classroom.

Presenters
avatar for David Wells

David Wells

Administrator, Underhill ID Elem. School
I have been supporting learning with technology for over twenty-five years as an elementary and middle school teacher and principal. I am a member of Vita-Learn, Vermont’s ISTE affiliate’s board of directors where I have advocated for transformative technology integration at the local and state level. I am passionate about authentic learning opportunities like my school's Scratch Programming Club. I also believe deeply in providing high... Read More →

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 12:50pm - 2:20pm
Escapade I

12:50pm

What’s the Value of a Blended Learning Environment and How Can It Be Implemented? A Discussion
Blended Learning. The flipped classroom. Technology integration. Buzzwords for today’s classroom. This collaborative discussion session will focus on what blended learning is and how/why it should be used more consistently in all content and grade level areas to the benefit of our instruction and student learning. Participants are encouraged to share their thoughts, feelings, fears, frustrations and successes in their path to a blended class. Come with your resources in digital format so all can access what you have already found (if you are willing!). If you are interested in developing your own blended class, you will want to join us for an hour to chart a path for success!

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Presenters
avatar for Jamie Gallagher

Jamie Gallagher

Teacher, Barstow Memorial School

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 12:50pm - 2:20pm
Gateway I

1:30pm

Students Are Stakeholders Too
As faculty embarked on a 1:1 initiative, the most important participants, the students, were not involved. This is the story of how one teacher consulted & partnered with one class to change school culture by amplifying student voice. Students influenced school-wide decision making by implementing learning analytics, the cloud, and employed digital tools to present their findings to faculty. Students proposed a long-term solution to increase student voice in their school.

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Presenters
avatar for Jeff Badillo

Jeff Badillo

Educational Technology Specialist, Shelburne Community School

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 1:30pm - 1:55pm
Escapade II

2:30pm

3D printing in Vermont schools - More than Keychains
Come be inspired by a panel of teachers and students who moved 3D printing beyond the making of trinkets and keychains. Be inspired! Learn the opportunities and challenges that 3D printing can bring to education. See list of panelist who have agreed to be on the panel here: http://goo.gl/8ARn73

Presenters
avatar for Lucie deLaBruere

Lucie deLaBruere

Digital Age Learning Consultant, Marlboro College / University of Vermont
After spending 30 years in K12 education, Lucie and her husband Craig currently live and learn in a 1983 vintage Bluebird bus visiting creative spaces around the US and seeking ways to partner with educators and students who are passionate about creativity and innovation. Lucie is adjunct faculty at the University of Vermont and Marlboro College Graduate School and is also a Google Certified Innovator and Google for Education Certified Trainer... Read More →

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 2:30pm - 3:25pm
Northstar I

2:30pm

A Safer Place to Be; Whalley Computer Associates and ELERTS
School safety, it’s something that can never be taken lightly. What if you could change the way educators and students respond to threatening or suspicious events? ELERTS Lock It Down is one of the most effective and robust public safety communication platforms using smartphones. Using mobile technology to combine official-sourced alerts with crowd-sourced reports, ELERTS is putting safety and security in the hands of smartphone users in schools across the nation. Join WCA and ELERTS to learn how to make your school a safer place today.

Company Presenters
avatar for Whalley Computer Associates (Executive and Corporate Sponsor)

Whalley Computer Associates (Executive and Corporate Sponsor)

Whalley Computer Associates (Executive and Corporate Sponsor)
Founded in 1979 by and for Educators, Whalley Computer Associates, Inc. (WCA) is an exceptional technology sales and service organization that partners with educational institutions to reduce their costs and enrich the student, faculty, and staff learning environment while enhancing student performance through technology. Headquartered in Southwick, MA, and with a full sales and technical operations office in Milford, MA, WCA has been servicing... Read More →

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 2:30pm - 3:25pm
Gateway II

2:30pm

Demonstrating Learning and Teaching Others through Claymation
Claymation and stopmotion animation offers students a creative medium through which to showcase learning and develop digital literacy. Claymation videos can be a powerful digital media tool to demonstrate understanding of a range of topics. This workshop will focus on exploring the process through which a 5th & 6th grade class created stopmotion animated movies to provide anti-bullying messages to younger students.

In collaborative teams, students were challenged to apply what they’d learned during Guidance classes and a 3rd-6th grade anti-bullying initiative to create movies for a target audience of 1st & 2nd graders which would provide a clear message about bullying issues such as; forms of bullying, the power of the bystander and how to stop bullying. This project required students to expand and apply ELA and digital media knowledge gained throughout the year to create a short narrative script, compose a storyboard, create characters/props/background, use iPads to shoot scenes using Stopanimator, edit and add dialogue in iMovie, and publish to YouTube.

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Presenters
avatar for Emily Biolsi

Emily Biolsi

Teacher, Marion Cross School

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 2:30pm - 3:25pm
Northstar II

2:30pm

How Can a Learning Management System Improve the Writing Process for All Students?
Come and see how teachers from Harwood Union Middle School took a spur of the moment conversation to reality using features from Schoology. Students built Rube Goldberg machines and had to write a procedure essay about the functional design of their machine. Students had to meet certain criteria for each section of the essay before they could proceed with the next.

Presenters
avatar for Brian Wagner

Brian Wagner

Teacher, Harwood Union Middle School
Brian Wagner, 8th grade Science Teacher | Brian complements his four years of teaching with 23 years of experience working as a chemist and staff scientist for environmental engineering and consulting firms. His philosophy that science is best learned by doing is augmented by the use of digital technology that allows students to create their own personal understanding of science content. Brian’s recent presentation to Vermont colleagues... Read More →

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 2:30pm - 3:25pm
Roundabout

2:30pm

Smarter Budgets, Smarter Technology
Based on the themes of Levenson's book Smarter Budgets, Smarter Schools, we will focus on ten things principals and administrators can do to make your technology funds have more impact.

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Presenters
avatar for Paul Irish

Paul Irish

Executive Director, VITA-Learn

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 2:30pm - 3:25pm
Escapade I

2:30pm

Utilizing Evidence-Based Practices with Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delays or Intellectual Disabilities
In March 2014, the National Professional Development Center released a research study entitled Evidence-Based Practices for Children, Youth, and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. During this session we will compare and contrast the results against the 2009 National Autism Center's National Standards Project as well as discuss how the TeachTown technologies can be utilized to support these methodologies.

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Company Presenters
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TeachTown Inc.

TeachTown, Inc., TeachTown, Inc.
TeachTown is an innovative education company that develops learning products for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, speech and language impairments, developmental delays, and other special needs. Our curriculum uses evidence-based best practices from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Speech and Language Pathology, and developmental psychology to teach a wide range of meaningful skills. | | TeachTown®: Basics is a research-based... Read More →

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 2:30pm - 3:25pm
Escapade II

2:30pm

Where is Wall-E?
Learn how to build an arduino-compatible sonic ranging robot for only $40. Open hardware and software create insanely cool opportunities for makers these days. This presentation will discuss what “open” means in the context of hardware and software, and why this approach is important, especially in an educational setting. The parts you need to build the robot are available in a kit through Yourduino.com. The robot will serve as an example of a low cost open hardware kit coupled with an online wiki that has instructions and code for the robot that are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike. The robot is fully customizable by tweaking its Arduino code or adding additional sensors. Building the robot and participating on the wiki are great ways for students to hone their 21st Century engineering skills, and practice social networking with a purpose.

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Presenters
avatar for Robert Sargent

Robert Sargent

Teacher, Waits River Valley School

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 2:30pm - 3:25pm
Gateway I

3:35pm

Differentiation and Project Based Learning Using Technology
In this session you will learn about ways to stagger instruction speeds to reach all students in a self paced and student centered learning environment. You will be shown the most up to date applications and Google Tools. You will be shown how to create projects and incorporate Google Sites, Read and Write for Google, iMovie, and other applications. You will also explore Google Classroom, Dreambox and Google's Fluency Tutor.

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Presenters
avatar for Kelly Wilson

Kelly Wilson

Technology Integration Specialist, Rutland Central Supervisory Union
I am a Technology Integration Specialist at the RCSU. I work with students and teachers in grades k-8.

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 3:35pm - 4:30pm
Northstar II

3:35pm

Godzilla Meets the Common Core: Let the Games Begin!
Okay, it’s not really Godzilla! But imagine joining two very large entities in a tag-team match to motivate student learning! Team up Minecraft Edu with Common Core Standards and join Mike Beardsley on his quest to motivate student learners using Minecraft Edu. Mike will show you activities he created for his 4th graders in the game and how they align with the Common Core standards!

Presenters
avatar for Mike Beardsley

Mike Beardsley

Grade 4 Teacher, Putney Central School
Using games to teach, Minecraft Edu in the classroom, keeping learning fun and entertaining, ......

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 3:35pm - 4:30pm
Northstar I

3:35pm

Mobile Devise Management
This session will look Meraki's free Mobile Device Management tool and how this can be used to manage your mobile devises. We will also look at how this tool can be used to assist with managing your online testing programs. All participants will have the opportunity to register to receive a free wireless Access Point from Meraki.

Presenters
avatar for E Plus

E Plus

Account Manager, ePlus Technology Inc.
ePlus, Inc. is a leading integrator of technology solutions. We enable organizations to optimize their IT infrastructure and supply chain processes by delivering world-class IT products from top manufacturers, managed and professional services, flexible lease financing, proprietary software, and patented business methods and systems. With our core focus areas in data center/cloud computing, collaboration, IT infrastructure, services capabilities... Read More →

Company Presenters
avatar for E Plus

E Plus

Account Manager, ePlus Technology Inc.
ePlus, Inc. is a leading integrator of technology solutions. We enable organizations to optimize their IT infrastructure and supply chain processes by delivering world-class IT products from top manufacturers, managed and professional services, flexible lease financing, proprietary software, and patented business methods and systems. With our core focus areas in data center/cloud computing, collaboration, IT infrastructure, services capabilities... Read More →

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 3:35pm - 4:30pm
Roundabout

3:35pm

Not a Makerspace? Then What is It?
Recently, educators have been adamantly promoting STEAM-centered learning, resulting in the creation of makerspaces in schools. Unfortunately, many students struggle to see the relevancy of these tools in relation to their own interests. Building a more open-ended space seemed to be the perfect answer. Some call these constructivist spaces incubators. We simply call it ProjectSpace, a room where flux and student empowerment are the driving forces. Consider it a malleable playground for problem-solving and design-thinking.

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Presenters
avatar for Steven Davis

Steven Davis

Integration Specialist, BFA St. Albans
Stop by the Innovation Space's Microprocessor Exhibit on Thursday morning to find out more about Raspberry Pi computers and alter some simple coding scripts. | In addition: a 25 minute hands-on "Python on Raspberry Pi" workshop, Thurs at 9. Link to download free Python IDLE in the resources PDF on my session page... spend less time installing and more time coding during the short session.

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 3:35pm - 4:30pm
Gateway I

3:35pm

Office 365 Education w/Microsoft and GovConnection;
Get a first-hand look at the fast and fluid experience of Office 365 and the new Office 365 ProPlus Student Advantage across a variety of devices, including tablets, PCs, and smartphones. Educators can personalize learning with Microsoft’s tools, addressing a variety of learning styles.
In fact, learning is interactive and engaging with Office 365. For example, students can use an online whiteboard, unavailable with other platforms, to share ideas with others. Learn how Office 365 helps teachers also prepare students for the workforce, building skills in using familiar Office tools, in ways people work today.


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Company Presenters
avatar for Gov Connection

Gov Connection

GovConnection can help you seamlessly integrate all the latest technology into your classroom and schools to create productive learning experiences for all students. We can also help you become comfortable and familiar with these new technologies. Exceed your potential - whether you've been in the classroom for two years or twenty-five. Advance your students' learning with 21st century classroom technology! With great computing comes great... Read More →

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 3:35pm - 4:30pm
Gateway II

3:35pm

Taking an Agile Approach with Online Hands-on Interactive Science
In this workshop we will take a look at how to organize a Hands-on Online course and look at some examples of the types of activities in which the students might participate. During this type of experience students may be involved in a wide variety of activities including but not limited to field and lab work, simulated lab experiences, forums, videos, and other experiences. This session will promote a model that can be used in multiple subject areas.

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Brian Slopey

Teacher, U32

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 3:35pm - 4:30pm
Escapade II

3:35pm

The Digital and Agile Principal.
Do you want to spend your time as a principal "creating agile schools that promote creativity"? Then you need to be agile yourself. Learn how to get into classrooms more (with documentation!) by having an empty email inbox, never forgetting that important to-do you promised, keeping your office clutter free, and automating more to save precious decision-making power. Bring your favorite device so that we can get started; you may want to be able to add apps during the session.

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Presenters
avatar for Larry Fliegelman

Larry Fliegelman

Principal, Wolcott Elementary

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 3:35pm - 4:30pm
Escapade I

4:30pm

Exhibitor Reception with Cash Bar
Join your colleagues at the Exhibitor Reception with Cash Bar

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

6:00pm

Digital Age Learning with Chromebooks & Google Apps
Join us for an evening of Digital Age Learning with Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education. Beginning with an introductory hands-on look at the Chromebook, explore free Chrome Web Apps and see models/examples how these tools provide a powerful platform for digital age teaching and learning.

Participants get a new Chromebook or bring their own.

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Presenters
avatar for Maggie Eaton

Maggie Eaton

Education Consultant , Former Middle Level Teacher and Curriculum Leader in Literacy
Student centered learning, digital literacy, Integrated Curriculum, Google Tools for Ed, empowering educators and students for innovation, independence and creativity in a digital world. Personal Interests: Enjoying the beauty of Vermont, swimming, reading, photography, hiking, quilting and sailing.
avatar for Elizabeth McCarthy

Elizabeth McCarthy

Google Education Trainer, Digital Learning Specialist
Elizabeth McCarthy has been an educator in Vermont for the past 18 years where she continues to supports teachers and students in leveraging technologies for deeper learning. As a Google Education Trainer, she provides professional development workshops, graduate level courses and presentations that make connections between the use of technology and deeper learning. | Ms. McCarthy is currently an online instructor for Community College of... Read More →

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

Exploring Educational Uses of iPads Lisa Barry & Joanne Finnegan
Come find out how to use your iPad in the K-8 classroom. We will be exploring content specific and productivity apps for the classroom teacher. There will be some basic operation information but the focus will be on educational use. Participants should know basic fundamental use of the iPad as those topics will not be covered. We will be downloading and demonstrating how to use programs that would be appropriate for use in the classroom by students and educators. Participants will be asked to share some of their favorite apps with others.

Participants will be given access to several good sites to find apps by content and grade level. The iPad can be a tool for individual use or by a group of students. We’ll discuss how use one iPad when you have a class of 20 students.

Participants receive a new iPad or bring their own.


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Lisa Barry

Technology Integration Specialist, Essex Town School District
avatar for Joanne Finnegan

Joanne Finnegan

Tech Integrationist
I worked in public schools for over 42 years, as a math and computer programming teacher, and then as a technology integration specialist. Since I left the public school system, I have continued to teach graduate classes for teachers on the use of technology in education. Ask me about the course I'm co-teaching with Lisa Barry this summer!

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

iLearning 21st Century Style
In this session you will learn about how iPad applications can be used as an assessment tool, to increase student learning and engagement, and differentiate instruction in your classroom. You will leave with a list of applications and lesson ideas, to take with you and feel confident about using this device in your classroom with students of all abilities. (Will support participant owned devices of iOS 7 or later.)

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Presenters
avatar for Kelly Wilson

Kelly Wilson

Technology Integration Specialist, Rutland Central Supervisory Union
I am a Technology Integration Specialist at the RCSU. I work with students and teachers in grades k-8.

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

It's Hip to Mine Squares
You’ve heard the talk about Minecraft from your students. Perhaps you’ve played. Maybe you’ve attended a workshop and considered how you might use this game in the classroom. Here’s your opportunity to try out the game as a teacher. This workshop will show you the basics of Minecraft while making connections to the Common Core and your own curriculum. We will explore the server tool so you can set up your own world, and show you how to manage both the world and students using the teacher dashboard, Come, play, explore, and mine - to learn!

Participants will need to bring laptop computers. Mobile devices and netbooks will not work for this session. Mac Users will need OSX of 1.6 or higher. Java must be installed on all laptops.
Included in the workshop: MinecraftEdu Server Tool


Presenters
avatar for Mike Beardsley

Mike Beardsley

Grade 4 Teacher, Putney Central School
Using games to teach, Minecraft Edu in the classroom, keeping learning fun and entertaining, ......
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Sally Bisaccio

Technology Coach, Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union
I love games and using games in education. I have spent the last couple of years promoting MinecraftEdu as an important tool for learning and student engagement.

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

Mixed Tool Environments with Google Play for Edu, Android Tablets, and Chromebooks
Participants in this workshop will explore new features of Google Play for EDU that leverage Chromebooks and Android Tablets to change the learning landscape and taking differentiation to a new level. Take student learning beyond the classroom walls using features like Cameras and GPS chips Give students choice of tools (mobile tablets for field work or movie creation or Chromebooks for extended desk work) with new ability to managing multiple users per tablet. Make true differentiation of materials possible by using teacher’s ability to push out specific books, videos and apps to different groups of learners using Google Play for EDU.


Participants get a new Android Nexus 7 or bring their own Android tablet.
Participants should also bring a laptop or Chromebook.


Presenters
avatar for Matt Allen

Matt Allen

Innovation Specialist, St. Albans City School
For the past two years, I've been an innovation specialist, the 6 years prior to that, I was a 4th-6th grade writing teacher, and starting next year, I'll be a 7th and 8th grade literacy teacher. (I'm excited beyond words to be going back to the classroom!) | Right now, I'm most in love with creating and finding authentic PBL opportunities, that bring experts into the classroom, put real tools in the kids' hands, and truly impact the world... Read More →
avatar for Lucie deLaBruere

Lucie deLaBruere

Digital Age Learning Consultant, Marlboro College / University of Vermont
After spending 30 years in K12 education, Lucie and her husband Craig currently live and learn in a 1983 vintage Bluebird bus visiting creative spaces around the US and seeking ways to partner with educators and students who are passionate about creativity and innovation. Lucie is adjunct faculty at the University of Vermont and Marlboro College Graduate School and is also a Google Certified Innovator and Google for Education Certified Trainer... Read More →

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

Practical Magic : Arduinos and Physical Computing
‘Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic’ and this level of technology is now available to you!

Our workshop will get you up to speed about how your students can use Arduinos to control their world. We'll discuss actual classroom projects and some of the ‘gotchas’ to avoid. No prior programming experience required. You’ll return to your classroom with lots of ideas about building your own technology!

Each participant will receive the Arduino Starter Kit
Please bring a laptop.


Presenters
avatar for Bryant Patten

Bryant Patten

Education partner, Long Arc Learning

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

SBAC and Education Technology: It's All in Your Preparation
This session, led by representatives of the AOE, focuses on the upcoming SBAC assessment and is especially tailored to education technology professionals and the preparations they will need to be undertaking to ready classrooms for online assessment. The session will include updated information, a panel discussion with educators involved in the field test, and some small group activities to help frame your preparations. Be prepared by coming with your questions and ideas.

Presenters
avatar for Peter Drescher

Peter Drescher

Education Technology Coordinator, VT Agency of Education
Education Technology Coordinator, Vermont

Session Type

Thursday November 6, 2014 6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA
 
Friday, November 7
 

7:15am

Exhibitor area open
Exhibitor area open. Come visit!

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 7:15am - 8:00am
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

7:15am

Registration
Registration table is downstairs by the fireplace.

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 7:15am - 8:00am
Fireplace Lobby

7:15am

VITA-Learn Annual Meeting
Join us at this meeting to learn how your state organization is working to assist all Vermont educators. We would love to hear your ideas and suggestions on how to improve our services to Vermont educators.

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 7:15am - 8:00am
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

8:00am

Chromebooks are Coming!
CSSU spent last year piloting Chromebooks. Based on that success, the schools within CSSU are moving forward with them in the classroom- some moving towards a 1:1. In this presentation, we will share what we learned over the last school year and what we are doing this summer to prepare for the next school year with Chromebooks.

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Presenters
avatar for Nancy Colbourn

Nancy Colbourn

Network Admin, CSSU
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Mike Kanfer

Technology support, Chittenden South Supervisory Union

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 8:00am - 8:55am
Gateway I

8:00am

DocuSped Online!
An introduction to the new online Docusped system for managing and print ion all special education required IEP, 504 and Medicaid reporting and documentation forms.
Features include direct user management, anywhere access, electronic and paper printing, and fully hosted online.

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Company Presenters
avatar for Wild Branch Solutions, Inc.

Wild Branch Solutions, Inc.

Wild Branch Solutions, Inc. (Corporate Sponsor)
Wild Branch Solutions, Inc. has been a leading consultant in educational technology support in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom since 1995. Our growing team of technology professionals supports over 30 educational and private institutions throughout Vermont. Providing expertise in design, implementation and management of systems and networks along with professional development in their use we offer a full range of services tailored to the... Read More →

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 8:00am - 8:55am
Gateway II

8:00am

Google Apps for Education: The Value of the Basics
Understanding the basics of Google Drive and the Google Apps Suite is invaluable to educators, administrators, and students.
Join me as I walk through the basics of GAFE tools, such as organizing and searching Gmail messages; leveraging Calendar as a professional and classroom tool; and utilizing, organizing, and sharing Drive folders, Docs, Spreadsheets, Presentations, and Forms.
In addition, we'll be taking a look at the power of Google+ as a professional development tool; and exploring some powerful mobile features for all of these tools.

Presenters
avatar for Matt Allen

Matt Allen

Innovation Specialist, St. Albans City School
For the past two years, I've been an innovation specialist, the 6 years prior to that, I was a 4th-6th grade writing teacher, and starting next year, I'll be a 7th and 8th grade literacy teacher. (I'm excited beyond words to be going back to the classroom!) | Right now, I'm most in love with creating and finding authentic PBL opportunities, that bring experts into the classroom, put real tools in the kids' hands, and truly impact the world... Read More →

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 8:00am - 8:55am
Northstar II

8:00am

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child - STEM and NGSS Real Application in Classroom and for Science Fair
This workshop on using the new science standards to connect the classroom to the community will present how an award winning Bio-Diesel project transformed the school and the community. Students are using the New Generation Science Standards on Engineering Design as it applies to research topics of students’ interest, from sustainability to climate change, and many other topics. The presentation will include over 25 different electronic posters, guiding the audience to replicate the research plan, identify the hypothesis or outcomes and differentiate between engineering design and scientific method. Technology and literacy are part of this complex science fair project, starting with writing the abstract and ending with data presentation. All students’ work was done in electronic format, using poster templates and printed.


Presenters
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Dana Maria Dezotell

Teacher, MVU Science Fair Coordinator, Missisquoi Valley Union High School

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 8:00am - 8:55am
Northstar I

8:00am

Real-Life Success: The Impact of Universal Design for Learning with Students with Intensive Special Needs.
Meet a group of students from the Hartford Autism Regional Program. Follow their educational journeys and learn how to provide Universal Design for Learning. Follow the yellow-brick road using research-based, instructional lessons, aligned to the Common Core Standards, which “connect-the-dots” in creative classroom lessons. Get a multitude of ideas of how to successfully bridge the gap between learners - making your curriculum planning easier while guaranteeing meaningful inclusion and learning for ALL.

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Presenters
avatar for Angela Dougher

Angela Dougher

Special Educator, Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union
My name is Angela Dougher. I am currently a special educator in the behavior program for the Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union. Prior to that, I was a special educator and co-director of the Hartford Autism Regional Program (H.A.R.P.). At HARP I worked primarily with students who used a communication device as their primary means of communication. | I am a mother of two beautiful children. Cadence, who is 4 years old and Bradley who is 1. My... Read More →

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Friday November 7, 2014 8:00am - 8:55am
Escapade I

8:00am

The Right Tools for the Inclusive Classroom – Clicker and Clicker Apps
Discover how Clicker and Clicker Apps are an essential part of the elementary toolbox to support emergent and struggling learners build their literacy skills and work towards becoming more independent and successful readers and writers. Clicker Apps for the iPad offer unique features that ensure they are easily customizable, highly relevant to the curriculum, and engaging for all your learners. They also work with award-winning Clicker 6 to deliver a comprehensive learning solution.

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Company Presenters
Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 8:00am - 8:55am
Roundabout

8:00am

Video Documentaries to Impact Social Change
In the spirit of Vermont’s active, local politics, let’s use technology to engage learners in a collaborative process of identifying and researching local topics of interest and then designing, creating, and using media to impact positive change.

This workshop outlines a video documentary assignment, teacher and student stories, and will explore student exemplar videos of social worth about a person, people, place, or issue that incites others to contemplate these worthwhile topics.

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Presenters
avatar for Tim O'Leary

Tim O'Leary

English Teacher, Middlebury Union High School, Vermont Bread Loaf Teacher Network
I'm interested in student-created media that sees students as change agents, putting their voices among their community's decision makers.

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 8:00am - 8:55am
Escapade II

8:30am

Visit the Maker Space - Open 8:30am - 2:30pm
Visit the Maker Space - An Ad Hoc Space Assembled by VITA-Learn

See examples of Maker/FabLab space, projects and techniques that are working in Vermont schools. Chat with experienced makers who can answer your questions. Experiment with 3D printers and circuits. Work collaboratively on any projects at our open tables. Hangout and surf. Open 10am - 4pm on Thursday and 8:30am - 2:30pm on Friday

3D printer
Circuits (Arduino)
Soft circuits - E-textiles. E-Origami, Toy Hacking, Squishy Circuits, and Plastic Plankton Chandeliers,Wearable Lilly pad
Local maker and EMC
Scratch, Tynker, and misc
Resource table - Books, ebook first page prints, websites. QR codes?
Student projects Lego League, Scratch, musical instrument created from Scratch program
Video Looping video of kids and their projects,
Hands on activities - littleBits, Squishy Circuits, Snap Circuits


Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 8:30am - 2:30pm
Conference Hallway

9:05am

Helping Hand -e-NABLEing the Future
The 25 minute session will be a story about one student's journey building a 3D printed prosthetic hand for a 9 year old girl and the amazing community of educators, technology specialist and researchers she found along the way. Come hear Sierra Petrocelli, a 6th grade student at Monkton Central School, talk about how her interest in 3D printing and helping people and animals grew into a project beyond school walls and into the real word.  It is a story about the importance of Social Media and Personal Learning Network's to authenticate and connect students learning in a real way.   

Presenters:  Sierra Petrocelli - 6th grade student, Jeremy Simon - 3DUniverse - e-NABLE Volunteer - joining via Google Hangout, Lianne Petrocelli - Assistive Technologist at CESU and Technology Integrationist at WWSU and e-NABLE Volunteer and Sierra’s Mom

Presentation    Personal Narrative

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Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 9:05am - 9:30am
Escapade I

9:05am

A Questing We Will Go: A Digital DCF Book Club for VT Students
Students in four Vermont schools are sharing their reading experiences in an online platform built to encourage deeper engagement with books on the DCF reading list. Students share reflections on their reading via Web 2.0 tools such as Thinglink, Aurasma and Padlet, completing technology-rich quests to earn points and virtually “meet” other students across Vermont. Check out how this unique collaborative environment is helping students take reading outside the classroom.

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Presenters
avatar for Holly Kruse

Holly Kruse

Teacher, Cabot School
I love empowering kids using a project-based constructionist approach to learning.
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Shannon Walters

Teacher Librarian, Integrated Arts Academy / GIV IT&DM

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 9:05am - 10:10am
Roundabout

9:05am

Shrinking the World
Come grab a seat to hear how Twitter and Skype can be used to connect students with experts, teachers and other classrooms all over the world! Through connections, shared learning and friendships, students are discovering how to become global citizens and apply their Common Core learning to the world around them.

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Brianna Laue

6th Grade Teacher, St. Johnsbury School

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 9:05am - 10:10am
Escapade II

9:05am

A Lively Group Discussion on “Mobile Device Management”
MDM’s “Make Devices Managed”? What is working? Who is using what? What about no management? ”. Come and join the discussion. Share your tips and tricks, pitfalls and promos. BYOD? Bandwidth? Security? UDO’s ( Unrecognized Device Objects?) Guest Access?

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Robin Gouin

Technology support, Lamoille Union District 18

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 9:05am - 10:35am
Gateway I

9:05am

GEG - VERMONT (Google Educator Group Kickoff / Demo Slam
Elizabeth McCarthy and Lucie deLaBruere, co-leaders of Vermont - GEG (Google Educator Group) will introduce Google’s new GEG project - communities of educators who inspire and empower each other to meet the needs of students through technology both in the classroom and beyond. We will take a quick look at some of Google’s most recent launch iniatives (i.e. Google Classroom, Google Play EDU, etc) then invite audience to share powerful features and uses of Google tools in a Demo Slam format.
 
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Lucie deLaBruere

Digital Age Learning Consultant, Marlboro College / University of Vermont
After spending 30 years in K12 education, Lucie and her husband Craig currently live and learn in a 1983 vintage Bluebird bus visiting creative spaces around the US and seeking ways to partner with educators and students who are passionate about creativity and innovation. Lucie is adjunct faculty at the University of Vermont and Marlboro College Graduate School and is also a Google Certified Innovator and Google for Education Certified Trainer... Read More →
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Elizabeth McCarthy

Google Education Trainer, Digital Learning Specialist
Elizabeth McCarthy has been an educator in Vermont for the past 18 years where she continues to supports teachers and students in leveraging technologies for deeper learning. As a Google Education Trainer, she provides professional development workshops, graduate level courses and presentations that make connections between the use of technology and deeper learning. | Ms. McCarthy is currently an online instructor for Community College of... Read More →

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 9:05am - 10:35am
Northstar I

9:05am

iPad Apps - Let's Put it All Together!
This hands-on, double session will center on how beautifully a variety of apps (photography, video, drawing, etc) can work together on the iPad to create amazing, student-centered products. We’ll first explore some of the great content-producing apps on the iPad, (iMovie, iPhoto, Corkulous, Drawing Pad, Inspiration, and Explain Everything, among others) and then take the products produced in each of these apps and mash them into wonderful, digital examples of student learning in your classroom, with children from K to grade 12.

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John Minelli

Teacher, Marion Cross School

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 9:05am - 10:35am
Northstar II

9:05am

The MAKING OF Cloud Based Recordings
Want to MAKE make Cloud Based Recordings? Attend this 1.5 hour session and make recordings that can be done on any connected device and shared via the web to small groups or the whole world. If you’ve been looking for an authentic way for your students
to make their voices heard and share what they have learned, attend this session and leave with at least two recordings using SoundCloud and VoiceThread and some collaborative projects to participate in with other teachers around Vermont.

Want to know more attend the 25 min intro session Cloud Based Recording -What is it? Why do it? …From Substitution to Redefinition and then attending the MAKING OF CLOUD BASED RECORDINGS!

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Christina Smith

Technology Integration Resource Educator, WNESU

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 9:05am - 10:35am
Gateway II

9:45am

Universal Design for Learning Meets the iPad!
UDL has been defined as flexible learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences. The iPad is a powerful tool that can meet students where they are and mold to their individual needs. The iPads can do so much more than you have ever thought possible including pair with other tools like hearing aides, switches or braille readers. This workshop will introduce you to how iPads can make a huge difference for students with regard to UDL.

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Clarena Renfrow

IT Teacher, Rutland High School
I am currently an Information Technology Teacher at Rutland High School and an Adjunct Instructor at Castleton University teaching graduate courses in educational technology. Prior to that I worked as a Technology Integration Coach at Fair Haven Union High School. I am very passionate about how technologies can be used to enrich educational experiences for our students and an advocate for teaching them digital citizenship. Presentation... Read More →

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 9:45am - 10:10am
Escapade I

10:45am

A Safer Place to Be; Whalley Computer Associates and ELERTS
School safety, it’s something that can never be taken lightly. What if you could change the way educators and students respond to threatening or suspicious events? ELERTS Lock It Down is one of the most effective and robust public safety communication platforms using smartphones. Using mobile technology to combine official-sourced alerts with crowd-sourced reports, ELERTS is putting safety and security in the hands of smartphone users in schools across the nation. Join WCA and ELERTS to learn how to make your school a safer place today.

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Whalley Computer Associates (Executive and Corporate Sponsor)

Whalley Computer Associates (Executive and Corporate Sponsor)
Founded in 1979 by and for Educators, Whalley Computer Associates, Inc. (WCA) is an exceptional technology sales and service organization that partners with educational institutions to reduce their costs and enrich the student, faculty, and staff learning environment while enhancing student performance through technology. Headquartered in Southwick, MA, and with a full sales and technical operations office in Milford, MA, WCA has been servicing... Read More →

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 10:45am - 11:40am
Gateway I

10:45am

A Vermont Fest Connection Leads to a Kidblog Collaboration!
Attend this session to hear how two teachers, from different schools in Vermont connected here at Vermont Fest and how their early elementary students became mentors and models using Kidblog and Twitter as a platform to connect and engage in fun and meaningful learning activities!

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Sharon Davison

Teacher, Allen Brook
Sharon Davison is a passionate Kindergarten teacher at the Allen Brook School in Williston, Vermont. She is the Vermont-NEA Angelo J. Dorta Teacher of the Year, a National America Achieves Fellow, Kidblog Ambassador, NEA Foundation Global Leadership Fellow and an online facilitator for the NEA Professional Practice Communities. She believes in wellness, connectivity and collaboration. "Learning is for everyone, technology gives us all a voice."
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Brianna Laue

6th Grade Teacher, St. Johnsbury School

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 10:45am - 11:40am
Northstar I

10:45am

Bookshare.org- Making Print Accessible to All Students
Come explore Bookshare.org to make books, newpapers and other print materials accessible for students Grade 3 and older. This is a free national program available for students who qualify for an IEP or 504 Plan, who have a print disabiity due to physical, learning or visual challenges. Learn how to use Bookshare.org on an IPad or PC computer. This AT tool can open up the world of print for your students with the most challenging reading difficulties.

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Karen Downey

Occupational Therapist/Assistive Technology Professional, Burlington School District

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 10:45am - 11:40am
Escapade I

10:45am

Chrome Supports for Struggling Readers and Writers
Chrome Supports for Struggling Readers and Writers
While the Google Apps for Education environment provides great tools for productivity and collaboration, they still lack some of the supports needed by struggling readers and writers. Attendees will see demonstrations of these supports in Read&Write for Google™, which includes a Chrome Extension that works on PCs, Macs, and Chromebooks to make Google Documents more accessible, a toolbar for reading in the Chrome browser, and Apps to make PDF and ePub accessible within Google Drive.

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Texthelp Inc.

Texthelp Inc

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 10:45am - 11:40am
Roundabout

10:45am

Leveraging Learning Management
What are the advantages and challenges of “paperless classrooms?” How can Learning Management Systems (LMS) like Schoology increase efficiency, improve communication between teachers, students and parents and allow teachers to personalize learning? Mount Mansfield is in it’s second year of school-wide LMS implementation and we continue to learn and grow. Come hear our experience and learn some of the strategies we have developed along the way.

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Eric Hall

Technology Integration, Mount Mansfield Union High School

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 10:45am - 11:40am
Gateway II

10:45am

Writing, Technology, and the Common Core
Many schools are now using the Lucy Calkins writing workshop materials in grades K-5. Have you noticed that they do not include mention of technology? Most teachers using these materials are building units of study to implement this great resource, but how can we better integrate technology in an authentic manner that not only supports the writing workshop model, but also impacts building student technology skills? These authentic writing experiences utilizing technology will also help prepare our students for the SBAC.

In this workshop, participants will hear about and see examples of how teachers in CSSU and Vermont are striving to integrate technology into this program and other literacy areas. Together, we’ll build a collaborative resource to share and use with our collective ideas. This work also directly corresponds to many Common Core standards that address writing and technology.

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Bonnie Birdsall

Technology Integration Specialist, Williston School District
Bonnie Birdsall is the Technology Integration specialist for the Williston, VT School District. She works with teachers, staff, and students to help integrate technology into the curriculum in natural and meaningful ways to enhance learning. Bonnie has taught courses and workshops to Vermont educators and adults on a variety of topics.  She believes that educators are all learners and should use today's technologies to connect, grow, create... Read More →

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 10:45am - 11:40am
Escapade II

10:45am

“In Plain English”- Adventures in Making Common Craft Style Videos
This hands on style of video production can be done with a wide range of grade levels with minimal equipment. It’s conducive to small group work with unique roles and can also be used for any content area and supports CCSS, as well as serving as an assessment tool. The greatest benefit is that students will be doing the majority of the work.

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Dave Davidson

tech integration specialist, CCSU
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Lisa Foley

Art Teacher, Thomas Fleming

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 10:45am - 11:40am
Northstar II

11:45am

Lunch and Award Ceremony
Lunch and Award Ceremony

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 11:45am - 12:45pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

12:55pm

Digging into Data-- Collecting, Analyzing, and Representing Information with Google Sheets and Forms.
Do your students have lots of great text documents and presentations in Google Drive but no spreadsheets? Come see what they're missing! In this session, we'll examine how students (and teachers) can collect information using Google forms, analyze it using spreadsheet functions, and present it using reports and charts. We'll look at examples for both students and teachers.

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Charlie MacFadyen

Technology Integration Specialist, Champlain Valley Union HS
Charlie MacFadyen is a technology integration specialist  and computer programming teacher at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, Vermont. He and his students use Google Apps Scripts in a service based learning project where students create solutions for other educators in their school using Google Apps Script.  Charlie has presented at  several Vermont technology conferences on topics ranging from Google Scripts to... Read More →

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 12:55pm - 1:50pm
Gateway II

12:55pm

Eureka! It Works! Sharing Experiences from the Bleeding Edge!
Our panel will bring their expertise on the following topics… • 1:1 initiatives - lots of devices! • Mobil Devices - iOS, Android, Windows Tablets • Wireless - high density, how many devices for each person in a room? • Cloud computing - GAFE, Windows 360, drop box. Please come and interact with a panel of people who have done it. Hear about lessons learned, successes and unresolved issues…. And add your ideas gained from your personal experiences.

Craig Lyndes - Facilitator
Keith Puffer - Mobile devices
Eric Hall - 1:1
Larry Dougher - High Density Wireless
Adam Provost - Cloud computing 

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Larry Dougher

CIO, Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union
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Eric Hall

Technology Integration, Mount Mansfield Union High School
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Craig Lyndes

Network Administrator, St Albans City School
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Adam Provost

Technology Integration / Partnership for Change, Burlington School District, VT
Learning and exploring....
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Keith Puffer

Technology Coordinator, Washington West Supervisory Union
I put passion into my Tech. Fencing is my Passion!

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 12:55pm - 1:50pm
Gateway I

12:55pm

GAFE Classroom Workflow:
One of the highlights of the common core is a focus on digital collaboration. Google Apps is an ideal tool for this collaboration but it changes the dynamics of the classroom. This session I will speak about classroom workflow when using GAFE and introduce some of the tools out there to help: Google Classroom, gClassFolders, gScholar, Doctopus, Hapara

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Bjorn Behrendt

IT coordinator, Fair Haven Union High School
IT Coordinator for Fair Haven Union High School | Add-on developer

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 12:55pm - 1:50pm
Roundabout

12:55pm

No more pencils. No more books. No more student dirty looks
It’s 2014. We all know it but don’t want to admit it; the “old style” of teaching is out. Come learn from our knowledgeable manufacturers about how technology has not only improved student testing scores, but how it has improved student education as a whole. Join us and learn how Whalley Computer Associates, Inc. (WCA) and its manufacturers have helped implement and improve technology in more than 275 school systems throughout New England. But wait, the technology doesn’t stop there; stop by our booth and enter a raffle for a free 55” SMART television; attend our breakout and get an extra chance! We hope to see you soon.

Company Presenters
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Whalley Computer Associates (Executive and Corporate Sponsor)

Whalley Computer Associates (Executive and Corporate Sponsor)
Founded in 1979 by and for Educators, Whalley Computer Associates, Inc. (WCA) is an exceptional technology sales and service organization that partners with educational institutions to reduce their costs and enrich the student, faculty, and staff learning environment while enhancing student performance through technology. Headquartered in Southwick, MA, and with a full sales and technical operations office in Milford, MA, WCA has been servicing... Read More →

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 12:55pm - 1:50pm
Northstar I

12:55pm

Using iPads to Document Student Behavior and Work

This workshop will explore how one team has used iPads with their Paraeducators working with students to document student work and behavior. They have worked with the Special Educators to create a process for collecting student data and then using that to move students forward. This presentation will include a Paraeducator and Technology Integrationist and how they have worked with the team to develop the guidelines for student success. Additional information will be shared on the use of Google Apps for Schools to track student data.

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Lisa Barry

Technology Integration Specialist, Essex Town School District

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 12:55pm - 1:50pm
Escapade I

12:55pm

We Do WeDo with Scratch
Elementary students can build and program robots using WeDo Lego kits. A variation on these projects is to control the robots using the Scratch programming environment. Instead of learning a whole new programming environment, students can build on programming skills learned from basic non-robotic Scratch projects, and boldly code their way to controlling robots from Scratch.

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Robert Sargent

Teacher, Waits River Valley School

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 12:55pm - 1:50pm
Escapade II

12:55pm

What’s new in Apple Education
In this session, we will explore all the latest Apple releases that impact educators and students and how you can use them to benefit the learning and teaching goals in your schools. From iPad to Mac, there are many hardware options for you to explore along with an ecosystem of applications and digital learning assets best suited for your student’s digital learning environment. Content creation, curation, and accessibility features will be discussed as well. Please visit www.apple.com/education to learn more, and then come to the session to see them in person.

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Apple Inc.

Apple, Inc.
We look forward to sharing powerful new possibilities made possible through Apple tools, and to hearing from educators and tech folks about the exciting things happening in Vermont classrooms and communities. Come talk to us about iOS, Mac, iBooks Author, iTunes U, iLife, iWork, Challenge Based Learning, VPP, DEP and more! Jim Moulton - Education Development Executive - Apple Inc. 


Friday November 7, 2014 12:55pm - 1:50pm
Northstar II

2:00pm

Empowering Students in Cyberspace: Teaching Digital Citizenship and 21st Century Skills
Today’s students are growing up in a digital world with potential for collaboration, critical thinking and creation, but how can we help keep them safe? Join us to learn about Common Sense Media’s free research-based, Common Core aligned curriculum that teaches students to be media-savvy digital citizens in an engaging manner. Curriculum is available online with interactive activities, videos, and assessments. You'll leave with ideas and tools that you can immediately implement into your school.

Presenters
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Jason Jackson

West Virginia Education Program Manager, Common Sense Media

Company Presenters
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Education Networks of America (Corporate Sponsor)

Education Networks of America (Corporate Sponsor)
ENA is the nation’s leading provider of managed data, voice and video solutions to school systems, libraries and governments. The converged networks that we design, deploy and manage, as well as the digital classroom resources we offer, improve instructional capabilities and operational efficiencies. ENA currently serves more than 9.7 million customers and over 5,300 sites with best-of-breed technologies, around-the-clock network support and... Read More →

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Gateway II

2:00pm

How to find $$ to Support Technology
How to find $$ to Support Technology
Gain valuable knowledge on the technology grant opportunities and grant resources available to help your district apply for grants. This session focuses on a wide variety of grant funding programs available for Education - from the economic stimulus package to the USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program, to the School Based Health Centers grant (HRSA) and Strengthening Institutions Program (DOE).
Presented by Jeff Mann, ePlus

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E Plus

Account Manager, ePlus Technology Inc.
ePlus, Inc. is a leading integrator of technology solutions. We enable organizations to optimize their IT infrastructure and supply chain processes by delivering world-class IT products from top manufacturers, managed and professional services, flexible lease financing, proprietary software, and patented business methods and systems. With our core focus areas in data center/cloud computing, collaboration, IT infrastructure, services capabilities... Read More →

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E Plus

Account Manager, ePlus Technology Inc.
ePlus, Inc. is a leading integrator of technology solutions. We enable organizations to optimize their IT infrastructure and supply chain processes by delivering world-class IT products from top manufacturers, managed and professional services, flexible lease financing, proprietary software, and patented business methods and systems. With our core focus areas in data center/cloud computing, collaboration, IT infrastructure, services capabilities... Read More →

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Escapade II

2:00pm

Making 2.0 : Here comes the Internet of Things
IT needs to be ready when the Internet of Things hits schools.

We’ll discuss the Internet of Things, how Making and Arduinos fit it, which add-ons (shields and accessories) make sense to purchase, how to support automated data collection, remote control options (Wifi, IR or BlueTooth) as well as how to help students avoid some of the common pitfalls of deploying projects into live environments.

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Bryant Patten

Education partner, Long Arc Learning

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Northstar I

2:00pm

Selecting a Unified Threat Management Device (UTM)
Washington West SU recently went through an evaluation process of three products that provide network gateway threat protection, content filtering, routing, and VPN services, among other services. Come to this workshop to learn how we decided on the product we selected, and something about UTM's. Presentation with open discussion to follow.

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Craig Donnan

Systems Administrator, Washington West SU
I coordinate technology infrastructure support at the WWSU Central Office, and support the SU's six schools and the Central Office and their tech coordinators in providing reliable and robust technologies for our teachers and students. I manage servers, networks, wireless, firewalls, support web based apps, phone systems, and integration needs between databases and between any IP based infrastructure including HVAC controls, timeclock... Read More →

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Gateway I

2:00pm

Student Led Transitions
We would like to share our work around student led transitions, from 4th to 5th grade. We will focus on the student created products using 1:1 iPads, the partnership between the 4th and 5th grades, and ongoing digital citizenship work. We are continuing this work in fall 2014, while we continue the transition and partnerships built in the spring.

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Hannah Lindsey

Classroom Teacher, Peoples Academy Middle Level

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Northstar II

2:00pm

Take the Different out of Differentiation: Chrome for the Inclusive Classroom
Chromebooks are a popular and inexpensive choice for a one computer per student in the classroom. As a general education classroom teacher, you want to be sure you consider the variability of all students while planning materials and resources for your lesson plans that include the use of the Chromebook and choose apps that provide the best access for all students. This workshop will cover Chrome apps that address vision, reading, writing, and organization to name a few. Installing apps to individual chromebooks is easy. Students will have the tools they need but won’t feel like they “stick out”, a common concern for students with special education needs and their parents.

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Jean Chute

Assistive Technology Specialist, South Burlington School District
MAT, Vermont Technology Integration specialized in technology for special needs population. Over 6 years experience implementing assistive technology consideration process in 4 Vermont school districts and supervisory unions in partnership with the Vermont Assistive Technology Program, Vocational Rehab and the Center for Disability and Community Inclusion at the University of Vermont.

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Escapade I

2:00pm

Wearable Electronic Art Project Demonstrates NGSS and Engineering Design
Participants explore light passing through various materials to create wearable electronic art using engineering practices and demonstrating NGSS. This presentation shows how low cost Maker projects can be used to explore and demonstrate NGSS. While this presentation will focus on one project, one standard and one grade level, I will show how similar projects can be used to meet NGSS in general across elementary and middle grades.

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Tricia Finkle

Teacher, Education partner, Mater Christi School
Lighting up young minds with squishy circuits and glowies makes my heart blink! follow me @VTScienceFair!

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Roundabout

3:40pm

Closing and Door Prizes
Closing and Door Prizes - Must be present to win!

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 3:40pm - 4:00pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

3:40pm

Keynote: Education in the Age of the Internet
Communication, access to information, and education itself are changing rapidly. These advances have the potential to allow Vermont’s rural schools to deliver a better education than ever before, but not without having to rethink the classroom, the expert and the skills necessary for a 21st century citizen. Matt will offer his observations as a recovering state legislator, graduate of Hartland Elementary School, and Head of Community Affairs at Google on how to how to leverage the information age to transform education in the Green Mountain State.

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Matt Dunne

Google
Matt Dunne has focused his life's work on bringing together the worlds of entrepreneurship, service and politics. Elected to the Vermont House at the age of 22, he served 7 years before joining the Clinton administration as the Director of AmeriCorps*VISTA overseeing 6000 full-time people working in the fight against poverty | | In 2002 he returned home to Vermont and was elected to two terms in the Vermont Senate. Outside of the legislature, he... Read More →

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Friday November 7, 2014 3:40pm - 4:00pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom