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Friday, November 15


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

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Paul Irish

Irish Hill Educational Services LLC

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


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.


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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


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
Escapade 1


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.


Ryan Wiggins

Development Executive, Apple Inc.

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


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:

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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


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!

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Tanner Duncan

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


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.

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Margaret Talbot

Technology Integrationist

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