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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, November 14


Augmented Reality 2020: The Latest, the Greatest, and Replicable Classroom Success Stories
A fast-paced, lighthearted overview of augmented reality that will amaze and inspire you, including a category guide, an overview of promising new apps, constructivist curriculum examples, and easy aura creation tools. Go beyond the WOW factor and see the potential for enhancing teaching and learning with mind boggling AR options.

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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!

Thursday November 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Gateway 1


Data Security Best Practices and Data Breach ID and Response
Lead by PTAC/USDOE and AOE
  • Data Security Best Practices with specific emphasis on attack vectors
  • Threats to data security, risk analysis and reasonable methods
  • Best Practices for identification
  • Interactive discussion and planning for response

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Peter Drescher

State Director of Education Technology, VT Agency of Education
Policy and Practice in Education TechnologyOpen Education ResourcesStudent Data Privacy

Thursday November 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Northstar 2


Get Full Visibility Into Your Vulnerabilities
The assets and vulnerabilities on your network are constantly changing. Getting a full picture of your network is half the battle.  Come join WCA as we explore our suite of next generation assessment services and learn about proactive measures to provide overall health, lifecycle management and vulnerability assessments of your infrastructure , WCA will work with you to make sure that you are following industry-leading, best practices in all of your technology deployments. Attendees should have basic knowledge of network infrastructure components (switches, servers, storage) and will leave with an understanding of the value of proactive service delivery vs reactive as well as engage with real life example of data collection that can reduce downtime, mitigate risks, and reduce costs.  WCA will also be reviewing how you can leverage the cloud to resolve your challenges and managed services to minimize outages.


Kevin Russell

Whalley Computer Associates

Brian McCarthy

Whalley Computer Associates

Dean Leclerc

Whalley Computer Associates

Thursday November 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am


Interacting with a Gradeless Transcript
At Enosburg Falls High School, a group of students and teachers have been working closely with the Mastery Transcript Consortium to pilot the use of a gradeless transcript and move closer towards a future in which students are holistically assessed as unique, skilled individuals, rather than as a set of numerical values.





Thursday November 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Escapade 1


It Takes a Village: Navigating Together Towards Digital Citizenship
We will share with you the design we used last year to bring together 95 5th-grade students and their classroom teachers every month to become savvier digital citizens. Beyond individual learning, this team-oriented approach, paired with regular connections at home, built a collective consciousness that empowered daily conversations with teachers and students. Based on Common Sense Education’s digital citizenship curriculum, the approach was designed by a Digital Learning Leader and School Counselor with input from teachers and students and will expand to grades 3-8 in the coming year.

Presentation Link

Common Sense Education's Digital Citizenship Curriculum & Teaching Materials

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Tim O'Leary

Technology integrationist and faculty coach in Shelburne, Vermont; Co-Director of What's the Story? The Vermont Young People Social Action Team.

Thursday November 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Escapade 2


Making Meaning with Green Screening +: Learning Mathematical Conceptual Language Through Multi-Modalities
Understand multiple ways to understand mathematical concepts and vocabulary using green screens, Google Classroom and technological project-based approaches.

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Kathryn Byrne Grossarth

GRCSU Special Educator, GRCSU

Thursday November 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Gateway 2


Robotics with Python: cyber:bot (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. 

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 10:30am - 11:30am
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