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Welcome to the interactive web schedule for the 2019 Vermont Fest Conference! Click on the "Helpful Info" section below for tips on navigating this site, and building your own agenda. (as of November 15, 2019)


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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Thursday Block 1 [clear filter]
Thursday, November 14

8:00am EST

Coaches & Integrationists Roundtable - our changing roles
Tech integrationist, Digital Learning Leader, Innovation Specialist, STEM coach,  Personal Learning Coach, Proficiency Based Learning Specialist -- what do all these have in common?  How are our roles and responsibilities changing? How can we collaborate to find solutions and share what works?  

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Jessica Wilson

Digital Learning Leader, Champlain Valley School District

Thursday November 14, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Northstar 2
  Thursday Block 1

8:00am EST

CyberSecurity Assessment
Being prepared for cybersecurity involves more than the network, firewalls, servers, and backups...it involves all of your end users and stakeholders. Almost two dozen districts were victims of ransomware attacks in the first half of 2018 in New England….and most attacks start with your end users. A practical workshop using CoSN’s Cybersecurity for the Digital District assessment tool to identify challenges and prioritize solutions for district and school security planning.LINK

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Paul Irish

Past Executive Director, VITA-Learn
Retired tech director for district of 4000 students in Vermont. Interests include smarter budgets, smarter schools, smarter technology, cybersec assessment, disruptive innovation, policy and legal issues in IT.

Thursday November 14, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Escapade 2

8:00am EST

Cybersecurity is Exciting to Teach - from early learners to career opportunities
We all teach cybersecurity in different ways. We are excited to share what we do and what it looks like in our classes. Add these activities to your class, decode ciphers and puzzles, make secure communication with cryptography, make LEDs blink. What is all this cybersecurity stuff? How do I get it and what does it look like? Get NICERC’s free curriculum. Elementary through High School. Raise the bar! Open pathways for students.

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Kristen Wilson

owner/teacher, River Valley Tech Center
I run my own design business, creating website and branding. I teach information technology at River Valley Technical Center in Springfield, VT. I teach Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Dreamweaver, and intro to programming. CompTIA A+ and ITFundamentals certifications.

Thursday November 14, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Northstar 1

8:00am EST

Geo Tools
I will show attendees how to use Google’s Geo tools to enhance their instruction and provide opportunities for students to present their learning in an interactive, digital format. These tools include Google Earth, My Maps, Street View, and Tour Builder


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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 →

Thursday November 14, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Gateway 2
  Thursday Block 1

8:00am EST

No Cost Digital Resources for College and Career Readiness
EVERFI’s co-curricular, standards-aligned digital resources help tackle the college and career readiness issues facing students today. In this session, attendees will explore lessons on College & Career Readiness, Financial Literacy, and Digital Wellness.

Through these lessons, students will develop both transferable and soft skills, improved financial planning, as well as increased digital awareness and safety. Thanks to sponsors who share our mission, these resources are available at no cost to K-12 Schools across the US.

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Zachary Rowe

Vermont Implementation Manager, EVERFI
Zack is a Schools Manager with EVERFI. EVERFI is an education technology provider that brings digital resources to schools across the country at NO COST. Ask me about our free resources in SEL, Health & Wellness, STEM, and Financial Literacy.

Thursday November 14, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EST
  Thursday Block 1

8:00am EST

Supporting Student-Designed Courses
What happens when students want to learn something that doesn't exist in a course catalog? In today's schools, independent learning and developing proficiency go hand-in-hand. But, how can technology support student assessment and provide the vehicle for long-term project/research-based learning? This session will outline key components and lessons learned for teachers considering supporting personalized learning. I'll share results from our pilot last year and answer questions for what worked, and what needed improvement for you to do the same.

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Jeff Renard

Director/Principal, Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative
Jeff is the Founder and Director of the Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative (VTVLC), Vermont’s statewide K-12 online learning program. VTVLC serves thousands of students through a unique partnership of schools; connecting students with courses that are not offered locally, not... Read More →

Thursday November 14, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Escapade 1

8:00am EST

Virtual Reality in the Classroom (LIMITED CAPACITY SESSION)
PLEASE NOTE: This session has a limited capacity of 20 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.

So you’ve read and watched “Ready Player One” you're wondering is this science fiction, can we do any of that virtual reality stuff now? The answer is Yes! Come and find out how our school has implemented Oculus Go’s in the classroom. Travel into virtual reality in this hands on lesson and demonstration of a different world. Learn about the benefits and challenges of setting up a class set of VR goggles in your school.

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Richard Ballard

Technology Integration Specialist, Missisquoi Valley Union Middle/High School
I am a Technology integration specialist at MVU. Before that I taught middle school science for over 30 years at MVU and in Vero Beach Florida. As the Technology integration specialist, I have been helping to implement the 1:1 computer program at MVU as well as open up our new Maker... Read More →

Thursday November 14, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Gateway 1