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Thursday, November 14
 

8:00am EST

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.LINK

Speakers
avatar for Paul Irish

Paul Irish

Past Executive Director, VITA-Learn
Retired tech director for district of 4000 students in Vermont. Interests include smarter budgets, smarter schools, smarter technology, cybersec assessment, disruptive innovation, policy and legal issues in IT.


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

8:00am EST

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.


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

8:00am EST

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 EST
Gateway 1

9:15am EST

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 EST
Escapade 1

9:15am EST

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 EST
Gateway 1

9:15am EST

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 EST
Roundabout

9:15am EST

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 EST
Escapade 2

10:30am EST

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.

Speakers
avatar for Kathryn Byrne Grossarth

Kathryn Byrne Grossarth

GRCSU Special Educator, GRCSU


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

2:45pm EST

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.
Link to Presentation

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 EST
Escapade 2

2:45pm EST

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 EST
Northstar 1

2:45pm EST

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.
avatar for Allison Griffin

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 EST
Escapade 1
 
Friday, November 15
 

8:00am EST

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. LINK

Speakers
avatar for Paul Irish

Paul Irish

Past Executive Director, VITA-Learn
Retired tech director for district of 4000 students in Vermont. Interests include smarter budgets, smarter schools, smarter technology, cybersec assessment, disruptive innovation, policy and legal issues in IT.


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

8:00am EST

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

Speakers
avatar for Kathryn Byrne Grossarth

Kathryn Byrne Grossarth

GRCSU Special Educator, GRCSU


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

9:15am EST

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
avatar for Susan Hennessey

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 →
avatar for Bill Rich

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 EST
Escapade 1

9:15am EST

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.

Link to Google Slides presentation

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy LaClair

Jeremy LaClair

Technology Coordinator, Cambridge Elementary School


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

9:15am EST

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
avatar for Leah Joly

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 EST
Gateway 1

10:30am EST

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
avatar for Rachel Mirus

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 EST
Northstar 2

10:30am EST

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
avatar for Joe Bertelloni

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 EST
Gateway 2

10:30am EST

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

Robot Jazz
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 EST
Northstar 1

1:30pm EST

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.

Link to Presentation

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 →


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

1:30pm EST

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
KM

Kelly McGee

Librarian, Rutland Town School



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

2:45pm EST

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?
Future Ready Teacher PLP

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 EST
Escapade 1

2:45pm EST

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 EST
Escapade 2