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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

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 18 years as a classroom teacher, technology integration specialist, and innovative technology leader in... Read More →
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 12:00pm - 4:00pm
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 Westford 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

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
 

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... Read More →

Session Type

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

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

10:40am

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+.

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Presenters
avatar for Colleen Williams

Colleen Williams

Technology Integration, Essex Westford School District
Google Apps for Education

Session Type

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

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

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... 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

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

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

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

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

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... Read More →
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... 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.


Presenters
LB

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

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, ......
avatar for Sally Bisaccio

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... 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

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
 

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

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

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... Read More →

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

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

Presenters
avatar for Lianne Petrocelli

Lianne Petrocelli

Technology Integrationist & Assistive Technology Consultant, Chittenden East Supervisory Union & Washington West Supervisory Union

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.
avatar for Shannon Walters

Shannon Walters

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

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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Presenters
avatar for Brianna Laue

Brianna Laue

6th Grade Teacher, St. Johnsbury School

Session Type

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

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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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 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... 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.

Presenters
avatar for John Minelli

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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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 →
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Brianna Laue

6th Grade Teacher, St. Johnsbury School

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

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

Director of Digital Learning & Communication, CVSD
Bonnie Birdsall is the Director of Digital Learning and Communication for the Champlain Valley School District in Vermont, serving the communities of Charlotte, Hinesburg, Shelburne, Williston, and St. George.

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

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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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
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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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Adam Provost

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

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

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

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... Read More →

Session Type

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

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... Read More →

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