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Wednesday, November 5
 

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

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

Digital Learning Leader, Williston Schools
Jessica Wilson is the Digital Learning Leader at the Williston Schools . 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... 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... Read More →
avatar for Shannon Walters

Shannon Walters

Teacher Librarian, Burlington High School
Teacher Librarian/Tech Integration. Tinkerer. Lifelong learner.

Session Type

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

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

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... Read More →

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

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... 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... Read More →

Session Type

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

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... Read More →

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 8:00am - 8:55am
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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Presenters
avatar for Christina Smith

Christina Smith

STEAM Coach, 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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Presenters
avatar for Clarena Renfrow

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... Read More →

Session Type

Friday November 7, 2014 9:45am - 10:10am
Escapade 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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Presenters
avatar for Sharon Davison

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... Read More →
avatar for Brianna Laue

Brianna Laue

6th Grade Teacher, St. Johnsbury School

Session Type

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

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 

Presenters
avatar for Lucie deLaBruere

Lucie deLaBruere

Professional Development, University of Vermont/ Vita-Learn/
creativity and innovation, maker centered learning,equity and technology, rural outreach, girls and tech,Google Certified Trainer, Google Certified InnovatorPersonalized Learning, Creating with Code, physical computing
avatar for Larry Dougher

Larry Dougher

CIO, Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union
avatar for Eric Hall

Eric Hall

Technology Integration, Mount Mansfield Union High School
avatar for Adam Provost

Adam Provost

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

Keith Puffer

Technology Coordinator, Harwood Unified Union School District
I put passion into my Tech. Fencing is my Passion!

Session Type

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