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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


(CANCELLED) Tips for building a Modern Network
Friday November 15, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm


Cyber Fundamentals with the micro:bit (Part 2 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 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Northstar 1


Digital Arts Meets The Business World
I’ll share successes and failures as I let go of grading with guest judges and local clients. Students learn skills and then compete to please their patrons. After working with surprise judges the students head out into the community to give back to our small businesses that always support our school. Students plan their time, work with deadlines, and sometimes bounce back from “being fired”. Students finish with an Open Studio proposal following their bliss.

Friday November 15, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Gateway 2


Future ready PD for the future ready teacher
Ever take a course and wish it was applicable to your current context instead of suffering through it for recertification? Wish there were more options that reflect what you need right NOW? It’s time to think differently about your PD. Join us for a session about creating PD that leverages all that is available to us. How might we design our own professional learning experiences that genuinely help us address the needs of future-ready learners?
Future Ready Teacher PLP

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Lori Lisai

Innovation Coordinator, Lamoille Union
Innovation Coordinator at Lamoille Union Middle & High Schoolglobal collaborator, design thinker, game lover, inspiration junkie, #StuVoice advocate boldly cannonballing important shifts in education

Friday November 15, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Escapade 1


Let’s Talk About Data (with VT AOE)
Please join AOE/ADS’ new Data and IT Leaders, Wendy Geller and Kevin Viani, to hear the latest  about AOE’s Data and IT systems work.  This is a continuation of the conversation we started at this Summer’s Pizza IT Conference.  It’s intended to be a time where we work on expanding our collective partnership in the current efforts around modernization and operational improvement.  We look forward to talking with you.

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Wendy Geller

Division Director, Data Management & Analysis Division, Vermont Agency of Education
As the first Director of the newly formed Data Management & Analysis Division, Wendy Geller serves alongside her Work Family of Data Scientists as a centralized resource to the Agency of Education. Her crew collects, stewards, and leverages the institution's critical data assets to... Read More →

Friday November 15, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Gateway 1


Maker Educator Meetup
So many maker educators! So many ideas! So many questions!  Why not work together to find solutions to the questions we all have - from safety, to storage, to logistics, to new tools, and more! We'll start collaborating in this session and leave with a plan to keep on collaborating beyond today with virtual and real time meetups throughout the year.

Link to Document

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Margaret Talbot

Technology Integrationist
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Lucie deLaBruere

Professional Development, University of Vermont/ Vita-Learn/
creativity and innovation, maker centered learning,equity and technology, rural outreach, girls and tech,Google Certified Trainer, Google Certified InnovatorPersonalized Learning, Creating with Code, physical computing

Friday November 15, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Northstar 2


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
Escapade 2