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Friday, November 15


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
Northstar 2


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.

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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
Gateway 2


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

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Paul Irish

Irish Hill Educational Services LLC

Friday November 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Escapade 2


Processing for Everyone: Getting started with text-based coding in the middle grades!
The Processing language has proven itself in classrooms for almost two decades. This session will walk participants through getting started with text-based coding. The openProcessing version of Processing runs in a web browser and is simple and extremely well documented. We'll build a simple step-by-step game program that embodies the basics of core computational thinking concepts. We'll cover variables and logic operations and we'll throw in a lot of applied middle school math concepts along the way. To close out the session, we'll look at using the Makey Makey to build a game controller.

This session assumes no experience and will run in any Chrome based or Mozilla web browser.


Jeff Branson

Jeff Branson is an active member of the national education community and a prolific maker. Jeff's well known for his work as an engineer and developer at Spark Fun Electronics as well as his popular sessions at ISTE, SXSW, Maker Faire, CUE, and ReMake Education. Jeff is fluent in... Read More →

Friday November 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Northstar 1


Put your Imagination in your Hands- Sculptris, SculptrVR, and 3D Printing
Come see what students at Poultney High School have brought to life combining technology and fine art. Some students enjoy pinching and pulling virtual clay while others love to don the headset and sculpt in the air. 3D printing brings their sculpture into the real world where the fun continues with paint, inks, and even glitter.

Friday November 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Gateway 1


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.


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


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.


Michael Lannon

Clarendon Elementary School

Friday November 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Escapade 1