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Thursday, November 14
 

6:00am

Exhibitor Set-up
Thursday November 14, 2019 6:00am - 7:00am
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

6:00am

Conference Registration Desk Open
Thursday November 14, 2019 6:00am - 4:00pm
Lower Lobby

7:00am

7:00am

Exhibit Hall Open
Thursday November 14, 2019 7:00am - 5:30pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

8:00am

Coaches & Integrationists Roundtable - our changing roles
Tech integrationist, Digital Learning Leader, Innovation Specialist, STEM coach,  Personal Learning Coach, Proficiency Based Learning Specialist -- what do all these have in common?  How are our roles and responsibilities changing? How can we collaborate to find solutions and share what works?  

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Wilson

Jessica Wilson

Digital Learning Leader, Champlain Valley School District


Thursday November 14, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Northstar 2

8:00am

CyberSecurity Assessment
Being prepared for cybersecurity involves more than the network, firewalls, servers, and backups...it involves all of your end users and stakeholders. Almost two dozen districts were victims of ransomware attacks in the first half of 2018 in New England….and most attacks start with your end users. A practical workshop using CoSN’s Cybersecurity for the Digital District assessment tool to identify challenges and prioritize solutions for district and school security planning.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Irish

Paul Irish

Irish Hill Educational Services LLC


Thursday November 14, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Escapade 2

8:00am

Cybersecurity is Exciting to Teach - from early learners to career opportunities
We all teach cybersecurity in different ways. We are excited to share what we do and what it looks like in our classes. Add these activities to your class, decode ciphers and puzzles, make secure communication with cryptography, make LEDs blink. What is all this cybersecurity stuff? How do I get it and what does it look like? Get NICERC’s free curriculum. Elementary through High School. Raise the bar! Open pathways for students.

Speakers
avatar for Kristen Wilson

Kristen Wilson

owner/teacher, River Valley Tech Center
I run my own design business, creating website and branding. I teach information technology at River Valley Technical Center in Springfield, VT. I teach Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Dreamweaver, and intro to programming. CompTIA A+ and ITFundamentals certifications... Read More →


Thursday November 14, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Northstar 1

8:00am

Geo Tools
I will show attendees how to use Google’s Geo tools to enhance their instruction. These tools include Google Earth, My Maps, Tour Builder, and Tour Creator.

Speakers
avatar for Edith Fogarty

Edith Fogarty

Technology Integration Facilitator, Bradford Elementary School
Edith Fogarty has been an educator for over 19 years. She is currently the Technology Integration Facilitator for Bradford Elementary School in Bradford, Vermont. Edith works closely with the staff and students of her school and district to learn innovative ways to use GSuite applications... Read More →


Thursday November 14, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Gateway 2

8:00am

No Cost Digital Resources for College and Career Readiness
EVERFI’s co-curricular, standards-aligned digital resources help tackle the college and career readiness issues facing students today. In this session, attendees will explore lessons on College & Career Readiness, Financial Literacy, and Digital Wellness.

Through these lessons, students will develop both transferable and soft skills, improved financial planning, as well as increased digital awareness and safety. Thanks to sponsors who share our mission, these resources are available at no cost to K-12 Schools across the US.

Speakers
avatar for Zachary Rowe

Zachary Rowe

Vermont Implementation Manager, EVERFI
Zack is a Schools Manager with EVERFI. EVERFI is an education technology provider that brings digital resources to schools across the country at NO COST. Ask me about our free resources in SEL, Health & Wellness, STEM, and Financial Literacy.


Thursday November 14, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Roundabout

8:00am

Supporting Student-Designed Courses
What happens when students want to learn something that doesn't exist in a course catalog? In today's schools, independent learning and developing proficiency go hand-in-hand. But, how can technology support student assessment and provide the vehicle for long-term project/research-based learning? This session will outline key components and lessons learned for teachers considering supporting personalized learning. I'll share results from our pilot last year and answer questions for what worked, and what needed improvement for you to do the same.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Renard

Jeff Renard

Director/Principal, Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative
Jeff is the Founder and Director of the Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative (VTVLC), Vermont’s statewide K-12 online learning program. VTVLC serves thousands of students through a unique partnership of schools; connecting students with courses that are not offered locally, not... Read More →



Thursday November 14, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Escapade 1

8:00am

Virtual Reality in the Classroom (LIMITED CAPACITY SESSION)
PLEASE NOTE: This session has a limited capacity of 20 people. Seating is first-come, first-serve; advance RSVP is not available and adding a session to your agenda in Sched does not guarantee you a seat.

So you’ve read and watched “Ready Player One” you're wondering is this science fiction, can we do any of that virtual reality stuff now? The answer is Yes! Come and find out how our school has implemented Oculus Go’s in the classroom. Travel into virtual reality in this hands on lesson and demonstration of a different world. Learn about the benefits and challenges of setting up a class set of VR goggles in your school.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Ballard

Richard Ballard

Technology Integration Specialist, Missisquoi Valley Union Middle/High School
I am a Technology integration specialist at MVU. Before that I taught middle school science for over 30 years at MVU and in Vero Beach Florida. As the Technology integration specialist, I have been helping to implement the 1:1 computer program at MVU as well as open up our new Maker... Read More →



Thursday November 14, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Gateway 1

9:00am

9:00am

Interactive Lounge
Interact with colleagues around important ed topics! Create and make artifacts to help you be mindful of your INTENTION. Author talks and book signings. Interact with students showcasing their projects and extended learning opportunities. Details at: http://vtfest.vita-learn.org/interact/.

Thursday November 14, 2019 9:00am - 3:00pm
Hallway Outside Session Rooms

9:15am

Creating Partnerships with Students to Create Meaningful Systems of Personalized Learning
Student voice is essential for fostering systems of personalized learning. Come hear about the appreciative process one district used to engage students as partners in the planning and revamping of the personalized learning process. Come share what you or your district has done to engage students in the creation of your personalized learning systems.

You can find my slides here.

Speakers

Thursday November 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Escapade 1

9:15am

Creating Your Own Content for Virtual Reality (LIMITED CAPACITY SESSION)
PLEASE NOTE: This session has a limited capacity of 20 people. Seating is first-come, first-serve; advance RSVP is not available and adding a session to your agenda in Sched does not guarantee you a seat.

Cospaces.io is an interesting program where you can create scenes and programs on a computer and then see them in VR or AR. Join us as we learn how to use Cospaces  and Oculus Go’s to create a simple scene, make a field trip in VR and many other uses for you or your students to create your own VR experiences. Cospaces even allows you to program your scene so it is interactive and allows you to link with Merge Cube to create augmented reality (AR) experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Ballard

Richard Ballard

Technology Integration Specialist, Missisquoi Valley Union Middle/High School
I am a Technology integration specialist at MVU. Before that I taught middle school science for over 30 years at MVU and in Vero Beach Florida. As the Technology integration specialist, I have been helping to implement the 1:1 computer program at MVU as well as open up our new Maker... Read More →



Thursday November 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Gateway 1

9:15am

Education is Communication - Let’s Talk About It
Each day educators take part in a wide spectrum of activities to create personalized learning experiences for each of their students. Throughout these activities and experiences, effective communication of expectations, information, and student achievement is crucial. Everybody talks; let’s get together and talk about effectively communicating a myriad of information with Alma!

Speakers
RA

Raphael Adamek

Director of Instructional Technology, Windsor Central Supervisory Union, Alma
avatar for Theresa Schneiderheinze

Theresa Schneiderheinze

Director of PK-12 Educational Solutions, Alma


Thursday November 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Roundabout

9:15am

Instructional Coaching
Discover seven drivers you can use to improve your daily coaching practices: (1) collaboration, (2) transparency, (3) inquiry,(4) discourse, (5) reverberation, (6) sincerity, and (7) influence. The session will provide participants with an opportunity to dive into each driver and allow them to transform their daily dispositions toward supporting teachers. Participants will also learn the architecture of a transformative instructional coaching framework and build a construct for their own use.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad

Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad

Author, Google Certified Educator, Microsoft Innovative Educator, 2016 Apple Teacher, Solution Tree Consultant, Chief Education Officer at WeVideo.


Thursday November 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Northstar 2

9:15am

Privacy and Student Data: Why Educators Need to Pay Attention Too
You keep hearing about data privacy and breaches, but what does it mean for you? Isn’t that something the IT folks take care of? In this session, for all educators AND IT folks, we will take you through our district’s story. Learn what made us sit up and take notice, what process and procedures we put in place, how we communicated that to educators in all schools, and why we’re committed to continuously improving the process. This impacts all of us and requires the attention of all as well. We need to make sure that our student, family, and educator data is kept safe and secure.
Presented by Bonnie Birdsall, Director of Digital Learning & Communication, and Mike Kanfer, Director of Network Services.

http://bit.ly/VTfestPrivacy 

Speakers
MK

Mike Kanfer

Director Network Services, Champlain Valley School District
avatar for Bonnie Birdsall

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.


Thursday November 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Escapade 2

9:15am

Robotics with Python: cyber:bot (Part 1 of 2) (LIMITED CAPACITY SESSION)
PLEASE NOTE: This session has a limited capacity of 30 people. Seating is first-come, first-serve; advance RSVP is not available and adding a session to your agenda in Sched does not guarantee you a seat. This is a two part session and attendees are expected to stay for both parts.

This is a two-hour workshop to introduce educators to robotics using Python programming and electronic circuit building with a pre-built cyber:bot. Every educator who attends the workshop will receive a free cyber:bot kit ($200.00 value) courtesy of Parallax (www.parallax.com) and Cyber Innovation Center (www.nicerc.org), who will distribute up to $12,000 of robot hardware.

Each of the two courses are limited to 30 middle school or high school tech education instructors. Educators must bring with them a fully-functional laptop computer with working USB ports and power supply. Be on time and ready to have fun!

With Parallax (www.parallax.com) and Cyber Innovation Center (www.nicerc.org).

Speakers
avatar for Joe MacAdam

Joe MacAdam

Curriculum Development Specialist, NICERC
NICERC is your trusted source for Cyber Curriculum, STEM Curriculum and Computer Science Curriculum for all grades K through 12.
avatar for Andy Lindsay

Andy Lindsay

Applications Engineer, Parallax
Andy Lindsay will stand in for Ken Gracey and teach this workshop. Andy is celebrating his 20th year as a Parallax applications engineer and has authored eight educational textbooks to date. These books have gained widespread acceptance with over a million Parallax robotics education... Read More →



Thursday November 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Northstar 1

9:15am

Screencasting for Teaching and Learning
We'll explore how TEACHERS can create screencasts (video recordings of their devices' screens with narration and additional graphics), not just for flipped classroom lessons, but also for providing feedback to students in non-written form. We'll also look at how STUDENTS can create screencasts to expose their reasoning while researching a topic on the web or using a problem-solving application. This provides an authentic artifact for evaluating critical thinking skills. Applications presented work on Chromebooks or other computers running the Chrome browser.
Slides

Speakers
avatar for Charlie  MacFadyen

Charlie MacFadyen

Technology Integration Specialist, SoundTrap


Thursday November 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Gateway 2

10:15am

10:30am

Augmented Reality 2020: The Latest, the Greatest, and Replicable Classroom Success Stories
A fast-paced, lighthearted overview of augmented reality that will amaze and inspire you, including a category guide, an overview of promising new apps, constructivist curriculum examples, and easy aura creation tools. Go beyond the WOW factor and see the potential for enhancing teaching and learning with mind boggling AR options.

Speakers
avatar for Maureen Yoder

Maureen Yoder

Professor, Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
I am on the faculty of Lesley University in the Educational Technology Masters degree program. I teach a course titled "Emerging Technologies" to inservice educators. I've been involved in educational technology since we used 300 baud modems!


Thursday November 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Gateway 1

10:30am

Data Security Best Practices and Data Breach ID and Response
Lead by PTAC/USDOE and AOE
  • Data Security Best Practices with specific emphasis on attack vectors
  • Threats to data security, risk analysis and reasonable methods
  • Best Practices for identification
  • Interactive discussion and planning for response

Speakers
avatar for Peter Drescher

Peter Drescher

State Director of Education Technology, VT Agency of Education
Policy and Practice in Education TechnologyOpen Education ResourcesStudent Data Privacy


Thursday November 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Northstar 2

10:30am

Get Full Visibility Into Your Vulnerabilities
The assets and vulnerabilities on your network are constantly changing. Getting a full picture of your network is half the battle.  Come join WCA as we explore our suite of next generation assessment services and learn about proactive measures to provide overall health, lifecycle management and vulnerability assessments of your infrastructure , WCA will work with you to make sure that you are following industry-leading, best practices in all of your technology deployments. Attendees should have basic knowledge of network infrastructure components (switches, servers, storage) and will leave with an understanding of the value of proactive service delivery vs reactive as well as engage with real life example of data collection that can reduce downtime, mitigate risks, and reduce costs.  WCA will also be reviewing how you can leverage the cloud to resolve your challenges and managed services to minimize outages.

Speakers
KR

Kevin Russell

Whalley Computer Associates
BM

Brian McCarthy

Whalley Computer Associates
DL

Dean Leclerc

Whalley Computer Associates


Thursday November 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Roundabout

10:30am

Interacting with a Gradeless Transcript
At Enosburg Falls High School, a group of students and teachers have been working closely with the Mastery Transcript Consortium to pilot the use of a gradeless transcript and move closer towards a future in which students are holistically assessed as unique, skilled individuals, rather than as a set of numerical values.

Speakers

Thursday November 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Escapade 1

10:30am

It Takes a Village: Navigating Together Towards Digital Citizenship
We will share with you the design we used last year to bring together 95 5th-grade students and their classroom teachers every month to become savvier digital citizens. Beyond individual learning, this team-oriented approach, paired with regular connections at home, built a collective consciousness that empowered daily conversations with teachers and students. Based on Common Sense Education’s digital citizenship curriculum, the approach was designed by a Digital Learning Leader and School Counselor with input from teachers and students and will expand to grades 3-8 in the coming year.

Presentation Link

Common Sense Education's Digital Citizenship Curriculum & Teaching Materials

Speakers
avatar for Tim O'Leary

Tim O'Leary

Technology integrationist and faculty coach in Shelburne, Vermont; Co-Director of What's the Story? The Vermont Young People Social Action Team.


Thursday November 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Escapade 2

10:30am

Making Meaning with Green Screening +: Learning Mathematical Conceptual Language Through Multi-Modalities
Understand multiple ways to understand mathematical concepts and vocabulary using green screens, Google Classroom and technological project-based approaches.


Thursday November 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Gateway 2

10:30am

Robotics with Python: cyber:bot (Part 2 of 2) (LIMITED CAPACITY SESSION)
PLEASE NOTE: This session has a limited capacity of 30 people. Seating is first-come, first-serve; advance RSVP is not available and adding a session to your agenda in Sched does not guarantee you a seat. This is a two part session and attendees are expected to stay for both parts. 

This is a two-hour workshop to introduce educators to robotics using Python programming and electronic circuit building with a pre-built cyber:bot. Every educator who attends the workshop will receive a free cyber:bot kit ($200.00 value) courtesy of Parallax (www.parallax.com) and Cyber Innovation Center (www.nicerc.org), who will distribute up to $12,000 of robot hardware.

Each of the two courses are limited to 30 middle school or high school tech education instructors. Educators must bring with them a fully-functional laptop computer with working USB ports and power supply. Be on time and ready to have fun!

With Parallax (www.parallax.com) and Cyber Innovation Center (www.nicerc.org).

Speakers
avatar for Joe MacAdam

Joe MacAdam

Curriculum Development Specialist, NICERC
NICERC is your trusted source for Cyber Curriculum, STEM Curriculum and Computer Science Curriculum for all grades K through 12.
avatar for Andy Lindsay

Andy Lindsay

Applications Engineer, Parallax
Andy Lindsay will stand in for Ken Gracey and teach this workshop. Andy is celebrating his 20th year as a Parallax applications engineer and has authored eight educational textbooks to date. These books have gained widespread acceptance with over a million Parallax robotics education... Read More →



Thursday November 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Northstar 1

11:30am

Lunch and Keynote Address "Creating Meaningful and Equitable Learning Experiences - Beyond Good Intentions" by Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad
  • Vita-Learn Welcome Remarks
  • Presentation of the Frank Watson Lifetime Achievement Award: The award is presented to a person whose many years of devoted service, vision and leadership have significantly advanced Vermont educational technology at the local, regional and state level.
  • Charlie Wilson Innovation Grant Opportunity: Deadline to apply is Friday November 15 at noon. Presented Friday during Closing Remarks. In honor of one of Vermont's most leading-edge innovators who was always on the forefront of educational technology, Vita-Learn will provide a grant to a Vermont school to launch a new project using educational technology in an innovative way. Learn how your school can qualify for the Charlie Wilson Innovation Grant Award at: https://vtfest.vita-learn.org/charlie-wilson-grant/
  • Keynote Address: Creating Meaningful and Equitable Learning Experiences - Beyond Good Intentions: For our students to experience meaningful learning, we must be intentional with planning and our vision must include building creativity skills.  Where do chaos, self-directed learning, personalized pathways fit into the context of a nurturing and intentional structure for increasing creativity in the classroom?  Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad, author, speaker, and Chief Education Officer at WeVideo, will share his experience at NASA, as a STEM administrator, as a curriculum director working with instructional coaches, and as a classroom teacher as we all work together to map the future of #vted - with intention. 

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad

Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad

Author, Google Certified Educator, Microsoft Innovative Educator, 2016 Apple Teacher, Solution Tree Consultant, Chief Education Officer at WeVideo.


Thursday November 14, 2019 11:30am - 1:30pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

1:30pm

A Tale of Three Projects - Our Successes and Failures with PBL
Join us as we share our journey implementing several project-based learning (PBL) / tech integration units last year in the fifth and sixth grade at Charlotte - including podcasting, video creation and remote sensing. Definitely aligns with "it was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . . " and we promise to share as much as we can to help you successfully dive into some PBL in your classroom as well.  

Speakers
avatar for Allan Miller

Allan Miller

Instructional Coach and Personalization Coordinator, Charlotte Central School
Allan has been involved in public education for the past 33 years, with assignments ranging from teaching science, Russian and robotics, mentoring early career teachers in Alaskan native villages, and being a school principal for grades K-12 in Vermont and Alaska.   Currently he... Read More →



Thursday November 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Escapade 1

1:30pm

Beauty and Joy of Computing Curriculum (approved for APCSP)
Learn about the Beauty and Joy of Computing! BJC is a low-floor, high-ceiling free CS curriculum developed by UCLA, Berkeley and EDC Inc., and a CollegeBoard approved curriculum for AP Computer Science Principles (APCSP). BJC uses visual programming to learn the systems and structures of coding. Come learn about APCSP, why it should be offered to every student, and how BJC makes CS accessible and entertaining for ALL students. This will be a hands-on session. No programming experience is necessary!

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Besso

Lisa Besso

Teacher & Trainer, Enosburg Falls HS/Beauty and Joy of Computing
I've been teaching math for 16years, and computer science for 4 years. Teaching AP Computer Science Principles using the Beauty and Joy of Computing curriculum -- makes CS fun and interactive and is a low floor, high ceiling curriculum, so inclusive to all.



Thursday November 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Northstar 1

1:30pm

Bots! Hands-On Robotics Projects With Everyday Stuff with Award Winning Author Kathy Ceceri (Part 1 of 2) (LIMITED CAPACITY SESSION)
PLEASE NOTE: This session has a limited capacity of 25 people. Seating is first-come, first-serve; advance RSVP is not available and adding a session to your agenda in Sched does not guarantee you a seat. This is a two part session and attendees are expected to stay for both parts.

Want to teach robotics, but don't have much $$$? Learn how to use the projects in the book BOTS! to teach a complete in-class unit or afterschool robotics program using everyday stuff! In Part I, check out real robotics projects made with with crafts and household materials and simple electronics (including reclaimed components from old devices) and build a super-quick paper pressure sensor with LEDs. Then, in Part II, visit stations where you can work on longer projects such as a hydraulic arm, recycled solar robot, working paper robot hand, and programmable cardboard box robot, and explore ways to allow students to customize their projects for an open-ended learning experience.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Ceceri

Kathy Ceceri

STEAM Writer and Educator, Author
Kathy Ceceri is an award-winning author and enrichment educator with a focus on hands-on projects incorporating science, technology, history, and art. She presents workshops for students, teachers, and librarians from elementary through high school featuring activities such as DIY... Read More →



Thursday November 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Gateway 2

1:30pm

Extreme Networks Presentation
IT spends too much time “defending the network”. Extreme Networks delivers secure and intelligent software-driven solutions from the enterprise edge to the cloud giving the control back into the hands of IT. Leveraging real-time analytics and granular visibility into the network, Extreme Management Center (XMC) provides a 360-degree view into your network, applications, and connected devices. XMC enables IT with single pane of glass management and the actionable data necessary to make the right business decisions and deliver a strong user experience.

Speakers
SH

Seo Hwang

Account Executive, Extreme Networks
TM

Todd Marsh

Sr. Systems Engineer, Extreme Networks


Thursday November 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Roundabout

1:30pm

FERPA 101 with Advanced Scenarios
This session, provided by the Privacy Technical Assistance Center is focused on FERPA, interpreting it and understanding it from a school’s perspective. Come with your questions and learn some of the nuances to the law as applied to your local situation. This group does a great job on this complex topic. This session is FREE to outside participants that would like to only attend this session without taking part in the whole of VTFest.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Drescher

Peter Drescher

State Director of Education Technology, VT Agency of Education
Policy and Practice in Education TechnologyOpen Education ResourcesStudent Data Privacy


Thursday November 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Northstar 2

1:30pm

Seeing back-to-school activities & personalized learning through the lens of trauma-informed classroom practices
Join us as we dip our toes into beginning to understand the effects of trauma and its intersection with common approaches to personalized learning. We’ll conversationally present about trauma-informed classroom practices, Shelburne Community School's work around Personalized Learning, how we see those intersecting, and brainstorm ways we can monitor and shift our practices accordingly. Then, plan to reconsider how you might scaffold personalized learning opportunities with a more critical aim towards inclusive practices.

Presentation Link

Recent Blog Post: "Seeing back-to-school activities & personalized learning through the lens of trauma-informed classroom practices"

Speakers
avatar for Tim O'Leary

Tim O'Leary

Technology integrationist and faculty coach in Shelburne, Vermont; Co-Director of What's the Story? The Vermont Young People Social Action Team.


Thursday November 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Escapade 2

1:30pm

WeVideo: Deeper Learning
Instead of assigning boring worksheets and tedious tasks or practice problems, teachers today can design active and fun learning experiences that build on student strengths and interests by using exciting edtech tools—like WeVideo. In this session, I'll provide some practical ways to use WeVideo to create engaging content that encourages students to practice real-life problem-solving skills. Using a student-centered learning approach, you can employ this powerful platform to:
  • Create an environment where students feel safe and empowered
  • Clearly communicate goals in a fun and engaging way, and see learning in action
  • Provide a structure for students to share their voice with the classroom, community, and the world
  • Engage students in deeper learning through critical thinking and creativity

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad

Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad

Author, Google Certified Educator, Microsoft Innovative Educator, 2016 Apple Teacher, Solution Tree Consultant, Chief Education Officer at WeVideo.


Thursday November 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Gateway 1

2:30pm

2:45pm

Bots! Hands-On Robotics Projects With Everyday Stuff with Award Winning Author Kathy Ceceri (Part 2 of 2) (LIMITED CAPACITY SESSION)
PLEASE NOTE: This session has a limited capacity of 25 people. Seating is first-come, first-serve; advance RSVP is not available and adding a session to your agenda in Sched does not guarantee you a seat. This is a two part session and attendees are expected to stay for both parts. 

In the first part of this session, participants will look at some of the many robotics projects that can be done with just ordinary materials and simple electronics (including reclaimed components from old devices) and try their hand at a quick paper pressure sensor with LED indicator. Then, in the second part, educators will visit different stations where they can work on longer projects such as a hydraulic arm, recycled solar robot, working paper robot hand, and programmable cardboard box robot, and explore ways these projects can be customized by students to provide an open-ended learning experience.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Ceceri

Kathy Ceceri

STEAM Writer and Educator, Author
Kathy Ceceri is an award-winning author and enrichment educator with a focus on hands-on projects incorporating science, technology, history, and art. She presents workshops for students, teachers, and librarians from elementary through high school featuring activities such as DIY... Read More →


Thursday November 14, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Gateway 2

2:45pm

Building Your Google Classroom
Come learn how to set up and manage Google Classroom to help streamline your classroom instruction. I will guide attendees through the setup and features of Google's Learning Management System, including posting discussion questions, creating assignments, and assessing student work. This session is intended for those who are new to Google Classroom or want to learn some of the new features of Classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Edith Fogarty

Edith Fogarty

Technology Integration Facilitator, Bradford Elementary School
Edith Fogarty has been an educator for over 19 years. She is currently the Technology Integration Facilitator for Bradford Elementary School in Bradford, Vermont. Edith works closely with the staff and students of her school and district to learn innovative ways to use GSuite applications... Read More →


Thursday November 14, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Escapade 2

2:45pm

FERPA 201: Advanced FERPA Scenarios
This session, provided by the Privacy Technical Assistance Center is focused on FERPA, interpreting it and understanding it from a school’s perspective. Come with your questions and learn some of the nuances to the law as applied to your local situation. This group does a great job on this complex topic. This session is FREE to outside participants that would like to only attend this session without taking part in the whole of VTFest.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Drescher

Peter Drescher

State Director of Education Technology, VT Agency of Education
Policy and Practice in Education TechnologyOpen Education ResourcesStudent Data Privacy


Thursday November 14, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Northstar 2

2:45pm

Highly Engaged Computer Science using Raspberry Pi as a Robot Brain
The Raspberry Pi is a great platform for teaching students about computers, and programming. Setting up and programming the Raspberry Pi as a controller for embedded systems, I.O.T. devices, and robot brains creates a hands on, problem solving environment for learning Computer Science. Python is commonly used to program the Pi to control devices and is a great general purpose language to learn. We will also explore Node-Red with JavaScript or Google Blockly.
link: https://bit.ly/vtfest2019pi

Speakers
avatar for Greg Styles

Greg Styles

GRCSU
I love teaching and I love tech: Computer Science, Programming, Embedded Systems such as Arduino or Raspberry Pi, and 3D printing.I have a background as a professional programmer, repair tech, support tech, technology coordinator, EdTech integrationist, Proficiency-based learning... Read More →


Thursday November 14, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Northstar 1

2:45pm

Literacy: Blended/Personalized Learning
Literacy must be developed through an equity lens to increase opportunities for all learners, understanding that the opportunity gap has widened with the influx of technology. In this session, you’ll learn how to leverage engaging, differentiated content to create equity-based, inclusive literacy instruction and reduce opportunity gaps through personalized learning.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Wilson

Jessica Wilson

Digital Learning Leader, Champlain Valley School District
avatar for Tim O'Leary

Tim O'Leary

Technology integrationist and faculty coach in Shelburne, Vermont; Co-Director of What's the Story? The Vermont Young People Social Action Team.
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Allison Griffin

Learning & Engagement Manager, Newsela
As a Learning & Engagement Manager with Newsela, I support educators, schools, and districts by serving as a resource regarding platform navigation, instructional implementation, and professional development throughout their Newsela journey. My background is in elementary literacy... Read More →


Thursday November 14, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Escapade 1

2:45pm

Preparing for the Wireless Future
Demand for reliable, high-speed networks continues to grow exponentially.? Networks must support learning requirements, including online testing; security measures, such as cameras and IoT devices like locks and sensors; and, ensure bandwidth is sufficient for the explosion of devices seen in schools - personal devices, official devices, and IoT devices like smart boards and thermostats.? This talk will examine how to prepare your schools for the inevitable wireless future for ensuring network availability and efficiency.

Speakers
RS

Roger Sands

CEO and Co-Founder, Wyebot
Roger Sands is a co-founder and CEO of Wyebot, Inc. Roger has 17 years of executive management positions in successful networking startups and Fortune 500 companies. Prior to Wyebot, Roger was the Business Line Manager for Hewlett-Packard’s WW WLAN business growing it from #6 to... Read More →


Thursday November 14, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Roundabout

2:45pm

Twenty for ’20: Tools and Trends to Inspire and Motivate
This lightning fast, lighthearted session includes an overview of trends and technologies that will amaze and inspire you. You’ll learn about classroom uses of Artificial Intelligence (Alexa/Google), updates about virtual, augmented and mixed reality, coding, drones, and robots. Hear about technologies that did not exist when this proposal was written.

Speakers
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Maureen Yoder

Professor, Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
I am on the faculty of Lesley University in the Educational Technology Masters degree program. I teach a course titled "Emerging Technologies" to inservice educators. I've been involved in educational technology since we used 300 baud modems!


Thursday November 14, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Gateway 1

3:45pm

Reception with Sponsors and Exhibitors & Grand Prize Drawing
Cash bar and hors d’oeuvres will be available.

Thursday November 14, 2019 3:45pm - 5:30pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

5:30pm

Dinner On Your Own
Preston’s at the Killington Grand will be open throughout the night. Check with the hotel front desk to learn about other dining options in the area.

Thursday November 14, 2019 5:30pm - 10:30pm
On Your Own
 
Friday, November 15
 

7:00am

7:00am

Exhibit Hall Open
Friday November 15, 2019 7:00am - 1:30pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

7:00am

8:00am

1:1 in Your School - How do you know it's working?
Now that you have been doing 1:1 in your district/school/classroom, the next question is “Does it help students learn?" What are common themes from recent research? What are the foundations, essential conditions, and precursors needed for success? What questions can you ask students, teachers, and parents to show program impact? What items could be included in your Digital Learning Action Plan? A discussion for any stakeholders in a 1:1 program.

Speakers
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Paul Irish

Irish Hill Educational Services LLC


Friday November 15, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Escapade 2

8:00am

Critical Creativity & Rigorous Whimsy: Integrating Creative Expression in the K12 Classroom
We’ve the opportunity to turn our classrooms and impact areas into studios where students can transform whimsical ideas into purposeful action and meaningful products. In this session, participants will explore how edtech tools can support and heighten creative endeavors from sketchnoting to soundtracking, blackout poetry to digital color palettes, paper circuits to LEGO bricks, leading to deeper learning and understanding of content area learning. Imagination is the only prerequisite.

Speakers
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Dan Ryder

Success & Innovation Center Education Director.Idea wrangler, design thinker, improviser, author, and award winning educator.Apple Distinguished educator.NEA Foundation’s 2018 Horace Mann Award for Teaching ExcellenceCo-founder of education consultancy, Wicked Decent Learning.


Friday November 15, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Northstar 2

8:00am

Digital Discourse
Learn how to facilitate cooperative learning, understand conflict, and create accountable digital citizens using accountable talk digitally.


Friday November 15, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Escapade 1

8:00am

Everyone Can Create - Ignite Creativity with iPad (part 1) with Apple
To succeed in today’s world and to shape tomorrow’s, students need to tap into their creative potential and learn to express themselves in new and innovative ways. Join us to learn about Everyone Can Create, a program from Apple designed to help unleash the creative potential in every student through photography, video, music, and drawing with iPad. In this session, you’ll experience engaging lessons that introduce fundamental skills and techniques in video, photography, music and drawing using free apps available on iPad.
We will demonstrate ideas from our Project Guides (the ‘what’) and use the Teacher’s Guide (the ‘how’).. the main teachers guide contains over 300 ideas on how you can apply the projects in five curricular areas: math, literacy and literature, history and social studies, science, and coding. We’ve developed the ideas to emphasize learning objectives that we know deepen student learning: real-world engagement, communication and creation, teamwork, critical thinking, and personalized learning. You’ll also find rubrics you can use as guidelines for evaluating the projects in each medium.

Speakers
RW

Ryan Wiggins

Development Executive, Apple Inc.


Friday November 15, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Gateway 2

8:00am

Getting Started with Computational Thinking
Computational Thinking without a computer? Or before you can read?  You, BET! Learn the 4 cornerstones of computational thinking using unplugged activities! Then take your new computational thinking skills to a new level by using them to program robots.  Even your youngest learners can practice computational thinking and learn to code with CODE.org, robots, and unplugged activities.
Presentation available here:
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1o-xy9CiE56TzCX5ctthtsexZd-H8E5yelGg4pY-5OZk/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
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Darcie Rankin

STEAM Educator, St. Albans City School
Code.org Facilitator for CS Fundamentals (Grades K-5)Maker EnthusiastSTEAM EducatorElementary Ed Robotics Enthusiast


Friday November 15, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Northstar 1

8:00am

Getting to Know Esports
This round table discussion will focus on the growing opportunities Esports offers in high schools and in higher education.Come ready to ask questions and learn how students can gain confidence, grow friendships, and earn college scholarships!

Speakers
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Tanner Duncan

ByteSpeed
ByteSpeed has been a leading IT solutions resource since 1999. We provide customized computer hardware, enterprise networking solutions, and professional IT services nationwide. We are headquartered in Moorhead, Minnesota and have a proven track record of excellent customer service... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Roundabout

8:00am

Making on a Budget- Examining MakerEd Costs through a lens of Equity
Come examine Maker Education practices and curriculum, the wide array of Maker Tools and funding opportunities in Vermont through a lens of equity. Collaborate with other educators and Technology specialists to brainstorm how your makerspace could intentionally engage a wider range of students. Leave with a framework to identify how your Makerspace or MakerEd program may take steps to serve all students more equitably.

Speakers
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Margaret Talbot

Technology Integrationist


Friday November 15, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Gateway 1

9:00am

9:00am

Interactive Lounge
Interact with colleagues around important ed topics! Create and make artifacts to help you be mindful of your INTENTION. Author talks and book signings. Interact with students showcasing their projects and extended learning opportunities. Details at: http://vtfest.vita-learn.org/interact/.

Friday November 15, 2019 9:00am - 3:00pm
Hallway Outside Session Rooms

9:15am

Cloud Computing in Education
The concept of cloud computing is seemingly everywhere, from impacting our banking and shopping habits, to our movie viewing and music listening. Our schools and classrooms are no exception. Get a high level overview of the ways that cloud computing technology has transformed education and how we teach students.

Speakers
RW

Rob Williams

Director of Product Marketing, FirstLight


Friday November 15, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Roundabout

9:15am

Everyone Can Create - Ignite Creativity with iPad (part 2) with Apple
To succeed in today’s world and to shape tomorrow’s, students need to tap into their creative potential and learn to express themselves in new and innovative ways. Join us to learn about Everyone Can Create, a program from Apple designed to help unleash the creative potential in every student through photography, video, music, and drawing with iPad. In this session, you’ll experience engaging lessons that introduce fundamental skills and techniques in video, photography, music and drawing using free apps available on iPad.
We will demonstrate ideas from our Project Guides (the ‘what’) and use the Teacher’s Guide (the ‘how’).. the main teachers guide contains over 300 ideas on how you can apply the projects in five curricular areas: math, literacy and literature, history and social studies, science, and coding. We’ve developed the ideas to emphasize learning objectives that we know deepen student learning: real-world engagement, communication and creation, teamwork, critical thinking, and personalized learning. You’ll also find rubrics you can use as guidelines for evaluating the projects in each medium.

Speakers
RW

Ryan Wiggins

Development Executive, Apple Inc.


Friday November 15, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Gateway 2

9:15am

Gearing up for Coding with Edison Robots
Edison robots are an affordable simple robot that can be used at grade levels from 3-12. Educators interested in introducing programming/coding to students with a more concrete and immediate outcome will find Edison to be a great choice. In this workshop, we will learn the basics of the web based programming environment for edison "EdScratch" (an easy to use graphical interface), create our own programs, and run the programs in Edison.

Suitable for those with no robot/coding experience. Please bring a laptop or chromebook that has a standard audio jack.

Speakers

Friday November 15, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Northstar 1

9:15am

Human Centered Design Thinking Workshop Empathy and Equity
How might we apply the principles of design thinking to addressing the problems we face in our schools, classrooms and communities? This workshop will provide an opportunity to practice a variety of strategies and techniques that can help everyone from students to network administrators become better problem solvers in their impact areas. Participants will walk out the door with tools to implement for immediate impact.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Ryder

Dan Ryder

Success & Innovation Center Education Director.Idea wrangler, design thinker, improviser, author, and award winning educator.Apple Distinguished educator.NEA Foundation’s 2018 Horace Mann Award for Teaching ExcellenceCo-founder of education consultancy, Wicked Decent Learning.


Friday November 15, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Northstar 2

9:15am

Learning Lab VT: Lessons Learned
Learning Lab VT is a year-long practicum that networks Vermont educators and students, who conduct classroom research related to the questions: What, exactly, are teachers and students doing in settings that are becoming increasingly personalized, and to what end? How might our findings be helpful to each other, our students, and our colleagues? Come explore three years’ of insightful findings and helpful resources, a boon for busy educators eager to learn from others’ experiences.

Speakers
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Susan Hennessey

Professional Development Coordinator, Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education
Susan Hennessey is the Professional Development Coordinator for the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education at the University of Vermont, where she facilitates teacher and student learning toward student-centered practices. Before becoming part of the TIIE team, Susan was the Library... Read More →
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Bill Rich

Founder, Red House Learning
About midway through his teaching career, Bill began learning from and working with Chris Jernstedt, a cognitive scientist and professor at Dartmouth. The experience left him gobsmacked. How can it be that educators receive so little training in the biology of how people learn? The... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Escapade 1

9:15am

Live Streaming Basics for School Events
Wondering how to get started with live streaming events in your school or district? We’ll go over the basics and talk about what equipment you might need, how to capture clear audio and smooth video, and how to stream to popular sites like Youtube and Facebook.

Speakers
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Jeremy LaClair

Technology Coordinator, Cambridge Elementary School


Friday November 15, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Escapade 2

9:15am

Making for a Cause - from Empathy, Design, to Social Action
Are you looking for a high interest maker project that builds on student passions and empathy?  Join Leah to learn about how her middle school students are using the vinyl cutter, laser cutter, and green screen to create Public Awareness Campaigns this year.  She will walk you through the curriculum and share several examples of her students’ work.

Speakers
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Leah Joly

Design Technology Teacher, Williston Central School
I teach Design & Technology to grades 5-8 at Williston Central School. Special interests: makerspaces, e-textiles, design thinking


Friday November 15, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Gateway 1

10:15am

10:30am

Art and Science
Led by a Vermont teaching artist, this workshop introduces some of the latest research demonstrating the importance of arts-integrated science learning. We will look at an example curriculum that integrates visual art lessons on creative communication with a traditional middle school microscopy unit. Participants will try an art activity from the curriculum using a digital microscope and leave with an example science art activity to try themselves.

Speakers
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Rachel Mirus

Teaching Artist, Freelance
I originally studiend Biology and Chemistry at UVM and have worked in a diversity of biological research labs. I went into Museum Studies and have taught natural history at local museums like the Montshire and the Fairbanks, written about local nature for Northern Woodlands, and now... Read More →



Friday November 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Northstar 2

10:30am

Building a Podcast Studio
As heard in old timey radio voice> In this age of alternative assessment and modern technology at our fingertips, can we use an old technology - the radio - as a means of student assessment and provide a path to proving proficiency? This session will discuss the whats, hows, and whys of podcasting with students and show you some easy free tools to get started right away on any device.

Speakers
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Joe Bertelloni

School Librarian, Clarendon Elementary School
Technology Teacher at Clarendon Elementary School. Experimenting in STEM and STEAM. Looking to develop elementary level stand alone curriculum.


Friday November 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Gateway 2

10:30am

Diffusion or Disruption: Leading Change in Schools
From Hypercard stacks to Google Sites, from Blended Classrooms to Online Learning, technology has been influencing the course of education for over thirty years. Schools have had goals of integrating technology since the onset of technology plans. But how does innovation create change in systems, and how do we recognize opportunities to enhance diffusion or to prepare for disruption caused by the rapid pace of technology change? A collaborative conversation with classroom, school, and district leaders.

Speakers
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Paul Irish

Irish Hill Educational Services LLC


Friday November 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Escapade 2

10:30am

Processing for Everyone: Getting started with text-based coding in the middle grades!
The Processing language has proven itself in classrooms for almost two decades. This session will walk participants through getting started with text-based coding. The openProcessing version of Processing runs in a web browser and is simple and extremely well documented. We'll build a simple step-by-step game program that embodies the basics of core computational thinking concepts. We'll cover variables and logic operations and we'll throw in a lot of applied middle school math concepts along the way. To close out the session, we'll look at using the Makey Makey to build a game controller.

This session assumes no experience and will run in any Chrome based or Mozilla web browser.

Speakers
JB

Jeff Branson

Jeff Branson is an active member of the national education community and a prolific maker. Jeff's well known for his work as an engineer and developer at Spark Fun Electronics as well as his popular sessions at ISTE, SXSW, Maker Faire, CUE, and ReMake Education. Jeff is fluent in... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Northstar 1

10:30am

Put your Imagination in your Hands- Sculptris, SculptrVR, and 3D Printing
Come see what students at Poultney High School have brought to life combining technology and fine art. Some students enjoy pinching and pulling virtual clay while others love to don the headset and sculpt in the air. 3D printing brings their sculpture into the real world where the fun continues with paint, inks, and even glitter.


Friday November 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Gateway 1

10:30am

Student Safety in the Digital Age- How AI & Human Monitoring Can Save Lives
Keeping students safe online and promoting good digital citizenship is a top priority for every school district. Securly’s Student Safety Tools provide a way for school district leaders to proactively engage administration, counselors, and parents by providing an unparalleled view into the student's online activity. Participants will understand how a child’s online activity can be used to keep them safe online, frame academic conversations, and promote good digital citizenship. Participants will also learn how emotional sentiment scanning is a more comprehensive way to identify instances of self harm, violence, and bullying.

Speakers

Friday November 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Roundabout

10:30am

The Driving Question for Project Based Learning
In this workshop, participants will learn how a driving question can be constructed for the development of authentic project presentations.

Speakers
ML

Michael Lannon

Clarendon Elementary School


Friday November 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Escapade 1

11:30am

Lunch, Awards Presentation, and Keynote Address "Mapping the Future with Empathy, Equity and Intention" by Dan Ryder
  • Vita-Learn Welcome Remarks
  • Presentation of the ISTE Making IT Happen Award: Making IT Happen is an internationally recognized awards program for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools. It identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation.
  • Keynote Address: Mapping the Future with Empathy, Equity and Intention: As the role of public education expands, how might we better identify the needs of our students, colleagues, and communities moving forward? And how might we better address the biases — both conscious and unconscious — that threaten our ability to meet those needs? During this interactive keynote, we’ll explore the principles of design thinking — empathy fueled, human centered problem solving — and how we might apply that mindset to more mindful tech-oriented solutions.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Ryder

Dan Ryder

Success & Innovation Center Education Director.Idea wrangler, design thinker, improviser, author, and award winning educator.Apple Distinguished educator.NEA Foundation’s 2018 Horace Mann Award for Teaching ExcellenceCo-founder of education consultancy, Wicked Decent Learning.


Friday November 15, 2019 11:30am - 1:30pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

1:30pm

Exhibitors Tear Down
Friday November 15, 2019 1:30pm - 1:30pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

1:30pm

BookCreator- Hands on Session
BookCreator is a app is available for iPad, Chromebooks, and web-browser. Teachers can create a free account with 1 library of 40 books, or can purchase a license to expand their capabilities. Attendees will learn how to create a book using the BookCreator App, which can include text, images, videos, maps, and audio. I will also show attendees examples of how to use books as math or science journals, portfolios, or student projects.

Speakers
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Edith Fogarty

Technology Integration Facilitator, Bradford Elementary School
Edith Fogarty has been an educator for over 19 years. She is currently the Technology Integration Facilitator for Bradford Elementary School in Bradford, Vermont. Edith works closely with the staff and students of her school and district to learn innovative ways to use GSuite applications... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Gateway 2

1:30pm

Cyber Fundamentals with the micro:bit (Part 1 of 2) (LIMITED CAPACITY SESSION)
PLEASE NOTE: This session has a limited capacity of 30 people. Seating is first-come, first-serve; advance RSVP is not available and adding a session to your agenda in Sched does not guarantee you a seat. This is a two part session and attendees are expected to stay for both parts.
 

Cyber Fundamentals with micro:bit is ideal for introducing block-based coding at the elementary and middle school level. The micro:bit is a versatile, affordable platform whose applications will grow with your students' skills. In this two-hour workshop, teachers will work through the basics of block-based coding and learn how to integrate micro:bit projects into their classroom. No prior coding experience required! Teachers will receive access to free curriculum resources.

With (www.parallax.com) and Cyber Innovation Center (www.nicerc.org)

Speakers
avatar for Joe MacAdam

Joe MacAdam

Curriculum Development Specialist, NICERC
NICERC is your trusted source for Cyber Curriculum, STEM Curriculum and Computer Science Curriculum for all grades K through 12.
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Andy Lindsay

Applications Engineer, Parallax
Andy Lindsay will stand in for Ken Gracey and teach this workshop. Andy is celebrating his 20th year as a Parallax applications engineer and has authored eight educational textbooks to date. These books have gained widespread acceptance with over a million Parallax robotics education... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Northstar 1

1:30pm

Hey Google, is there a role for you and Alexa in classrooms?
Artificial intelligence is now an attainable technology present in millions of American homes. Smart speakers, such as Google’s Home or Amazon’s Alexa, can rapidly retrieve factual information. Come hear how educators are extending their usefulness and discovering creative, thought-provoking ways to use them to challenge students and organize their classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Maureen Yoder

Maureen Yoder

Professor, Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
I am on the faculty of Lesley University in the Educational Technology Masters degree program. I teach a course titled "Emerging Technologies" to inservice educators. I've been involved in educational technology since we used 300 baud modems!


Friday November 15, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Escapade 1

1:30pm

How Maker and S.T.E.A.M. Can Exist in a Library Space
When we think of maker spaces we think of building, carving, cutting, splicing and messy.  So, how can a maker space exist in a library setting while still maintaining the traditional library ideals?  Come find out how you can have the best of both worlds as we look at how to add Maker and STEAM to your library instruction. This will be a hands on workshop filled with fun and adventure!!

Speakers

Friday November 15, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Escapade 2

1:30pm

No More Dumpster Projects: Amplifying Project Based Learning
How might we turn our classrooms from knowledge packing factories into problem solving incubators?  In this workshop, folks will learn how the principles of design thinking can be applied to project based learning in the service of even more authentic and even deeper learning. Participants will learn how to transform poster and popsicle projects that end up in the trash before vacation into prototyping and design portfolios that flex students’ critical thinking skills.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Ryder

Dan Ryder

Success & Innovation Center Education Director.Idea wrangler, design thinker, improviser, author, and award winning educator.Apple Distinguished educator.NEA Foundation’s 2018 Horace Mann Award for Teaching ExcellenceCo-founder of education consultancy, Wicked Decent Learning.


Friday November 15, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Northstar 2

1:30pm

Timely Topics for Tech Leaders
In the tradition of the pizza meetings and Vita-learn regional meeting, let's get together to share what's working and what's keeping us at night. Let's collaborate to find solutions that work for Vermont schools. This session will be facilitated by Craig Donnan a COSN certified school technology leader.
Link for content:  https://tinyurl.com/y4ae2jlf

Speakers
avatar for Craig Donnan

Craig Donnan

Net Admin, Essex Westford School District


Friday November 15, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Gateway 1

1:30pm

Tips for building a Modern Network
This session will explore the latest advancements in both wired and wireless networking.We will start by taking a look at what's new in the wireless world and discuss the changes from 802.11ac to WIFI 6.From there we will explore how security is evolving in both the wired and wireless network space.As an example, we will discuss how new security standards introduced by the WIFI alliance are impacting today's networks.We will then ask what other cool things our network can do to make network management easier as well as offer new services for our students and teachers.We will wrap up with a round table discussion to offer participants the opportunity to share their experiences.

Speakers
JC

Jason Cote

System Engineer, Aruba Networks
MK

Mike Kelley

Ormsby's Computer Services


Friday November 15, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Roundabout

2:30pm

Break
Friday November 15, 2019 2:30pm - 2:45pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

2:45pm

Cyber Fundamentals with the micro:bit (Part 2 of 2) (LIMITED CAPACITY SESSION)
PLEASE NOTE: This session has a limited capacity of 30 people. Seating is first-come, first-serve; advance RSVP is not available and adding a session to your agenda in Sched does not guarantee you a seat. This is a two part session and attendees are expected to stay for both parts. 

Cyber Fundamentals with micro:bit is ideal for introducing block-based coding at the elementary and middle school level. The micro:bit is a versatile, affordable platform whose applications will grow with your students' skills. In this two-hour workshop, teachers will work through the basics of block-based coding and learn how to integrate micro:bit projects into their classroom. No prior coding experience required! Teachers will receive access to free curriculum resources.

With (www.parallax.com) and Cyber Innovation Center (www.nicerc.org)

Speakers
avatar for Joe MacAdam

Joe MacAdam

Curriculum Development Specialist, NICERC
NICERC is your trusted source for Cyber Curriculum, STEM Curriculum and Computer Science Curriculum for all grades K through 12.
avatar for Andy Lindsay

Andy Lindsay

Applications Engineer, Parallax
Andy Lindsay will stand in for Ken Gracey and teach this workshop. Andy is celebrating his 20th year as a Parallax applications engineer and has authored eight educational textbooks to date. These books have gained widespread acceptance with over a million Parallax robotics education... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Northstar 1

2:45pm

Digital Arts Meets The Business World
I’ll share successes and failures as I let go of grading with guest judges and local clients. Students learn skills and then compete to please their patrons. After working with surprise judges the students head out into the community to give back to our small businesses that always support our school. Students plan their time, work with deadlines, and sometimes bounce back from “being fired”. Students finish with an Open Studio proposal following their bliss.


Friday November 15, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Gateway 2

2:45pm

Future ready PD for the future ready teacher
Ever take a course and wish it was applicable to your current context instead of suffering through it for recertification? Wish there were more options that reflect what you need right NOW? It’s time to think differently about your PD. Join us for a session about creating PD that leverages all that is available to us. How might we design our own professional learning experiences that genuinely help us address the needs of future-ready learners?

Speakers
avatar for Lori Lisai

Lori Lisai

Innovation Coordinator, Lamoille Union
Innovation Coordinator at Lamoille Union Middle & High Schoolglobal collaborator, design thinker, game lover, inspiration junkie, #StuVoice advocate boldly cannonballing important shifts in education


Friday November 15, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Escapade 1

2:45pm

Let’s Talk About Data (with VT AOE)
Please join AOE/ADS’ new Data and IT Leaders, Wendy Geller and Kevin Viani, to hear the latest  about AOE’s Data and IT systems work.  This is a continuation of the conversation we started at this Summer’s Pizza IT Conference.  It’s intended to be a time where we work on expanding our collective partnership in the current efforts around modernization and operational improvement.  We look forward to talking with you.

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Geller

Wendy Geller

Division Director, Data Management & Analysis Division, Vermont Agency of Education
As the first Director of the newly formed Data Management & Analysis Division, Wendy Geller serves alongside her Work Family of Data Scientists as a centralized resource to the Agency of Education. Her crew collects, stewards, and leverages the institution's critical data assets to... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Gateway 1

2:45pm

Maker Educator Meetup
So many maker educators! So many ideas! So many questions!  Why not work together to find solutions to the questions we all have - from safety, to storage, to logistics, to new tools, and more! We'll start collaborating in this session and leave with a plan to keep on collaborating beyond today with virtual and real time meetups throughout the year.  

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Talbot

Margaret Talbot

Technology Integrationist
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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


Friday November 15, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Northstar 2

2:45pm

Personalized Learning Plans in Kindergarten
This workshop demonstrates how a Personalized Learning Plan can look at the early elementary level. The PLP is done with close work by the teachers and other mentors. It uses technology and includes these components:
  • student self-assessment
  • student talents and aspirations
  • student goal setting
  • student cooperative work
  • student challenges
  • student proficiencies.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Mullin

Linda Mullin

teacher, Rutland Town School
I believe that a public school is not only an academic space, but it is a social space. I work to help the whole student grow: socially, emotionally, academically, and physically by building relationships with students and their families.



Friday November 15, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Escapade 2

2:45pm

Tips for building a Modern Network
This session will explore the latest advancements in both wired and wireless networking.We will start by taking a look at what's new in the wireless world and discuss the changes from 802.11ac to WIFI 6.From there we will explore how security is evolving in both the wired and wireless network space.As an example, we will discuss how new security standards introduced by the WIFI alliance are impacting today's networks.We will then ask what other cool things our network can do to make network management easier as well as offer new services for our students and teachers.We will wrap up with a round table discussion to offer participants the opportunity to share their experiences.

Speakers
JC

Jason Cote

System Engineer, Aruba Networks
MK

Mike Kelley

Ormsby's Computer Services


Friday November 15, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Roundabout

3:45pm

4:00pm

4:45pm