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PLEASE NOTE: Some sessions have a limited capacity. Seating for all sessions is first-come, first-serve. Advance RSVP is not an option; adding an item to your agenda in Sched does not guarantee you a seat. Look for LIMITED CAPACITY in the session title to see which sessions are going to close their doors after capacity is hit and read the session description to see how many people they will accept. 

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Thursday, November 14
 

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

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 EST
Escapade 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 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

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

1:30pm EST

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!
slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1eI_9VPfsFUsa6SHFfH2p04Di5FuwCV7NibUrjI37Sgk/edit?usp=sharing

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 EST
Northstar 1

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
 
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

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

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

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

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
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Michael Lannon

Clarendon Elementary School


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

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