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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


(UPDATED) Tips for building a Modern Network - Roundtable Discussion
UPDATE AS OF 11/15: Unfortunately Jason Cote from Aruba Networks is unable to make it to the conference. Instead, Mike Kelley from Ormsby's Computer Services and a few Vita-Learn representatives will help facilitate a roundtable discussion on the topic, where participants are encouraged to bring their own tips and engage in conversation.

ORIGINAL SESSION DESCRIPTION: This session will explore the latest advancements in both wired and wireless networking.We will start by taking a look at what's new in the wireless world and discuss the changes from 802.11ac to WIFI 6.From there we will explore how security is evolving in both the wired and wireless network space.As an example, we will discuss how new security standards introduced by the WIFI alliance are impacting today's networks.We will then ask what other cool things our network can do to make network management easier as well as offer new services for our students and teachers.We will wrap up with a round table discussion to offer participants the opportunity to share their experiences.

Friday November 15, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm


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

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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
Gateway 2


Cyber Fundamentals with the micro:bit (Part 1 of 2) (LIMITED CAPACITY SESSION)
PLEASE NOTE: This session has a limited capacity of 30 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. This is a two part session and attendees are expected to stay for both parts.

Cyber Fundamentals with micro:bit is ideal for introducing block-based coding at the elementary and middle school level. The micro:bit is a versatile, affordable platform whose applications will grow with your students' skills. In this two-hour workshop, teachers will work through the basics of block-based coding and learn how to integrate micro:bit projects into their classroom. No prior coding experience required! Teachers will receive access to free curriculum resources.

With (www.parallax.com) and Cyber Innovation Center (www.nicerc.org)

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Joe MacAdam

Curriculum Development Specialist, NICERC
NICERC is your trusted source for Cyber Curriculum, STEM Curriculum and Computer Science Curriculum for all grades K through 12.
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Andy Lindsay

Applications Engineer, Parallax
Andy Lindsay will stand in for Ken Gracey and teach this workshop. Andy is celebrating his 20th year as a Parallax applications engineer and has authored eight educational textbooks to date. These books have gained widespread acceptance with over a million Parallax robotics education... Read More →

Friday November 15, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Northstar 1


Hey Google, is there a role for you and Alexa in classrooms?
Artificial intelligence is now an attainable technology present in millions of American homes. Smart speakers, such as Google’s Home or Amazon’s Alexa, can rapidly retrieve factual information. Come hear how educators are extending their usefulness and discovering creative, thought-provoking ways to use them to challenge students and organize their classrooms.

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Maureen Yoder

Professor, Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
I am on the faculty of Lesley University in the Educational Technology Masters degree program. I teach a course titled "Emerging Technologies" to inservice educators. I've been involved in educational technology since we used 300 baud modems!

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


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
Escapade 2


No More Dumpster Projects: Amplifying Project Based Learning
How might we turn our classrooms from knowledge packing factories into problem solving incubators?  In this workshop, folks will learn how the principles of design thinking can be applied to project based learning in the service of even more authentic and even deeper learning. Participants will learn how to transform poster and popsicle projects that end up in the trash before vacation into prototyping and design portfolios that flex students’ critical thinking skills.

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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 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Northstar 2


Timely Topics for Tech Leaders
In the tradition of the pizza meetings and Vita-learn regional meeting, let's get together to share what's working and what's keeping us at night. Let's collaborate to find solutions that work for Vermont schools. This session will be facilitated by Craig Donnan a COSN certified school technology leader.
Link for content:  https://tinyurl.com/y4ae2jlf

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Craig Donnan

Net Admin, Essex Westford School District

Friday November 15, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Gateway 1