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Welcome to the interactive web schedule for the 2019 Vermont Fest Conference! Click on the "Helpful Info" section below for tips on navigating this site, and building your own agenda. (as of November 15, 2019)


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.

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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

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.

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Kathryn Byrne Grossarth

GRCSU Special Educator, GRCSU

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

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Greg Styles

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
Friday, November 15

8:00am EST

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

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Kathryn Byrne Grossarth

GRCSU Special Educator, GRCSU

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

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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 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.

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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 EST
Northstar 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!!


Kelly McGee

Librarian, Rutland Town School

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

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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