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Thursday, November 14
 

8:00am EST

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 EST
Northstar 2
  Thursday Block 1

8:00am EST

Geo Tools
I will show attendees how to use Google’s Geo tools to enhance their instruction and provide opportunities for students to present their learning in an interactive, digital format. These tools include Google Earth, My Maps, Street View, and Tour Builder

bit.ly/VTFestGeo19

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 EST
Gateway 2
  Thursday Block 1

8:00am EST

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 EST
Roundabout
  Thursday Block 1

9:15am EST

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 Nathan Lang-Raad

Nathan Lang-Raad

Chief Education Officer, WeVideo
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 EST
Northstar 2
  Thursday Block 2

9:15am EST

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 EST
Northstar 1
  Thursday Block 2

9:15am EST

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, Champlain Valley Union High School


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

10:30am EST

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 a Professor Emerita at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  I am a former classroom teacher and have taught kindergarten through high school.  I write and present on various topics including emerging technologies, online teaching, virtual reality, and augmented reality... Read More →



Thursday November 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Gateway 1
  Thursday Block 3

10:30am EST

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, Vermont Agency of Education
Policy and Practice in Education TechnologyOpen Education ResourcesStudent Data Privacy


Thursday November 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Northstar 2
  Thursday Block 3

10:30am EST

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 EST
Roundabout
  Thursday Block 3

10:30am EST

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 EST
Escapade 2
  Thursday Block 3

10:30am EST

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 EST
Northstar 1
  Thursday Block 3

1:30pm EST

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 EST
Escapade 1
  Thursday Block 4

1:30pm EST

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 EST
Gateway 2
  Thursday Block 4

1:30pm EST

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, Vermont Agency of Education
Policy and Practice in Education TechnologyOpen Education ResourcesStudent Data Privacy


Thursday November 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm EST
Northstar 2
  Thursday Block 4

1:30pm EST

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 EST
Escapade 2
  Thursday Block 4

1:30pm EST

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 Nathan Lang-Raad

Nathan Lang-Raad

Chief Education Officer, WeVideo
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 EST
Gateway 1
  Thursday Block 4

2:45pm EST

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 EST
Gateway 2
  Thursday Block 5

2:45pm EST

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 EST
Roundabout
  Thursday Block 5

2:45pm EST

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
avatar for Maureen Yoder

Maureen Yoder

Professor, Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
I am a Professor Emerita at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  I am a former classroom teacher and have taught kindergarten through high school.  I write and present on various topics including emerging technologies, online teaching, virtual reality, and augmented reality... Read More →



Thursday November 14, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm EST
Gateway 1
  Thursday Block 5
 
Friday, November 15
 

8:00am EST

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.

SLIDES HERE

Speakers
avatar for Dan Ryder

Dan Ryder

Director, Success & Innovation Center, Mt. Blue High School
Success & Innovation Center, Director. #SICMBCIdea wrangler, design thinker, improviser, author, and award winning educator.Apple Distinguished educator.NEA Foundation’s 2018 Horace Mann Award for Teaching ExcellenceCo-Author, INTENTION: Critical Creativity in the Classroom (Blend... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Northstar 2
  Friday Block 1

8:00am EST

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 EST
Gateway 2
  Friday Block 1

8:00am EST

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
avatar for Darcie Rankin

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 EST
Northstar 1
  Friday Block 1

8:00am EST

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
avatar for Tanner Duncan

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 EST
Roundabout
  Friday Block 1

8:00am EST

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
avatar for Margaret Talbot

Margaret Talbot

Technology Integrationist



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

9:15am EST

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 EST
Roundabout
  Friday Block 2

9:15am EST

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 EST
Gateway 2
  Friday Block 2

9:15am EST

Gearing up for Coding with Edison Robots
Edison robots are an affordable simple robot that can be used at grade levels from 3-12 and with all kinds of devices. Educators interested in introducing programming/coding and computational thinking to students with a  concrete and immediate outcome will find Edison to be a great choice. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of a web based programming environment for edison "EdScratch", create your own programs, and run the programs on an Edison, and learn where to access free resources for using and implementing edison in your school.  

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

Speakers
avatar for Ollie Brown

Ollie Brown

Technology Integration Specialist, White River Valley School District
Technology Integration Specialist, Master's of Teaching for Social Justice. Passionate about preparing rural youth for an increasingly urban world. After school advocate.



Friday November 15, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EST
Northstar 1
  Friday Block 2

9:15am EST

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.

SLIDE DECK HERE
http://bit.ly/vtfest19empathy

Speakers
avatar for Dan Ryder

Dan Ryder

Director, Success & Innovation Center, Mt. Blue High School
Success & Innovation Center, Director. #SICMBCIdea wrangler, design thinker, improviser, author, and award winning educator.Apple Distinguished educator.NEA Foundation’s 2018 Horace Mann Award for Teaching ExcellenceCo-Author, INTENTION: Critical Creativity in the Classroom (Blend... Read More →


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

10:30am EST

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.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 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Escapade 2

10:30am EST

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 EST
Roundabout
  Friday Block 3

1:30pm EST

(UPDATED) Tips for building a Modern Network - Roundtable Discussion
UPDATE AS OF 11/15: Unfortunately Jason Cote from Aruba Networks is unable to make it to the conference. Instead, Mike Kelley from Ormsby's Computer Services and a few Vita-Learn representatives will help facilitate a roundtable discussion on the topic, where participants are encouraged to bring their own tips and engage in conversation.

ORIGINAL SESSION DESCRIPTION: 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.

Friday November 15, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm EST
Roundabout
  Friday Block 4

1:30pm EST

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.
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 1:30pm - 2:30pm EST
Northstar 1
  Friday Block 4

1:30pm EST

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 a Professor Emerita at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  I am a former classroom teacher and have taught kindergarten through high school.  I write and present on various topics including emerging technologies, online teaching, virtual reality, and augmented reality... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm EST
Escapade 1
  Friday Block 4

1:30pm EST

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

Director, Success & Innovation Center, Mt. Blue High School
Success & Innovation Center, Director. #SICMBCIdea wrangler, design thinker, improviser, author, and award winning educator.Apple Distinguished educator.NEA Foundation’s 2018 Horace Mann Award for Teaching ExcellenceCo-Author, INTENTION: Critical Creativity in the Classroom (Blend... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm EST
Northstar 2
  Friday Block 4

1:30pm EST

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 EST
Gateway 1
  Friday Block 4

2:45pm EST

(CANCELLED) Tips for building a Modern Network
Friday November 15, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm EST
Roundabout
  Friday Block 5

2:45pm EST

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 EST
Northstar 1
  Friday Block 5

2:45pm EST

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 EST
Gateway 1
  Friday Block 5

2:45pm EST

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.

Link to Document

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Talbot

Margaret Talbot

Technology Integrationist
avatar for Lucie deLaBruere

Lucie deLaBruere

Educator, 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 EST
Northstar 2
  Friday Block 5