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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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Friday, November 15


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.


Rob Williams

Director of Product Marketing, FirstLight

Friday November 15, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am


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.


Ryan Wiggins

Development Executive, Apple Inc.

Friday November 15, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Gateway 2


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.

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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
Northstar 1


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.


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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 9:15am - 10:15am
Northstar 2


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.

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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 →
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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
Escapade 1


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

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Jeremy LaClair

Technology Coordinator, Cambridge Elementary School

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


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
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