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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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Thursday, November 14


Creating Partnerships with Students to Create Meaningful Systems of Personalized Learning
Student voice is essential for fostering systems of personalized learning. Come hear about the appreciative process one district used to engage students as partners in the planning and revamping of the personalized learning process. Come share what you or your district has done to engage students in the creation of your personalized learning systems.

You can find my slides here.


Thursday November 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Escapade 1


Creating Your Own Content for Virtual Reality (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.

Cospaces.io is an interesting program where you can create scenes and programs on a computer and then see them in VR or AR. Join us as we learn how to use Cospaces  and Oculus Go’s to create a simple scene, make a field trip in VR and many other uses for you or your students to create your own VR experiences. Cospaces even allows you to program your scene so it is interactive and allows you to link with Merge Cube to create augmented reality (AR) experiences.

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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 9:15am - 10:15am
Gateway 1


Education is Communication - Let’s Talk About It
Each day educators take part in a wide spectrum of activities to create personalized learning experiences for each of their students. Throughout these activities and experiences, effective communication of expectations, information, and student achievement is crucial. Everybody talks; let’s get together and talk about effectively communicating a myriad of information with Alma!


Raphael Adamek

Director of Instructional Technology, Windsor Central Supervisory Union, Alma
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Theresa Schneiderheinze

Director of PK-12 Educational Solutions, Alma

Thursday November 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am


Instructional Coaching
Discover seven drivers you can use to improve your daily coaching practices: (1) collaboration, (2) transparency, (3) inquiry,(4) discourse, (5) reverberation, (6) sincerity, and (7) influence. The session will provide participants with an opportunity to dive into each driver and allow them to transform their daily dispositions toward supporting teachers. Participants will also learn the architecture of a transformative instructional coaching framework and build a construct for their own use.

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Nathan Lang-Raad

Author, Google Certified Educator, Microsoft Innovative Educator, 2016 Apple Teacher, Solution Tree Consultant, Chief Education Officer at WeVideo.

Thursday November 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Northstar 2


Privacy and Student Data: Why Educators Need to Pay Attention Too
You keep hearing about data privacy and breaches, but what does it mean for you? Isn’t that something the IT folks take care of? In this session, for all educators AND IT folks, we will take you through our district’s story. Learn what made us sit up and take notice, what process and procedures we put in place, how we communicated that to educators in all schools, and why we’re committed to continuously improving the process. This impacts all of us and requires the attention of all as well. We need to make sure that our student, family, and educator data is kept safe and secure.
Presented by Bonnie Birdsall, Director of Digital Learning & Communication, and Mike Kanfer, Director of Network Services.



Mike Kanfer

Director Network Services, Champlain Valley School District
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Bonnie Birdsall

Director of Digital Learning & Communication, CVSD
Bonnie Birdsall is the Director of Digital Learning and Communication for the Champlain Valley School District in Vermont, serving the communities of Charlotte, Hinesburg, Shelburne, Williston, and St. George.

Thursday November 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Escapade 2


Robotics with Python: cyber:bot (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.

This is a two-hour workshop to introduce educators to robotics using Python programming and electronic circuit building with a pre-built cyber:bot. Every educator who attends the workshop will receive a free cyber:bot kit ($200.00 value) courtesy of Parallax (www.parallax.com) and Cyber Innovation Center (www.nicerc.org), who will distribute up to $12,000 of robot hardware.

Each of the two courses are limited to 30 middle school or high school tech education instructors. Educators must bring with them a fully-functional laptop computer with working USB ports and power supply. Be on time and ready to have fun!

With Parallax (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 →

Thursday November 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Northstar 1


Screencasting for Teaching and Learning
We'll explore how TEACHERS can create screencasts (video recordings of their devices' screens with narration and additional graphics), not just for flipped classroom lessons, but also for providing feedback to students in non-written form. We'll also look at how STUDENTS can create screencasts to expose their reasoning while researching a topic on the web or using a problem-solving application. This provides an authentic artifact for evaluating critical thinking skills. Applications presented work on Chromebooks or other computers running the Chrome browser.

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Charlie MacFadyen

Technology Integration Specialist, SoundTrap

Thursday November 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Gateway 2