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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


A Tale of Three Projects - Our Successes and Failures with PBL
Join us as we share our journey implementing several project-based learning (PBL) / tech integration units last year in the fifth and sixth grade at Charlotte - including podcasting, video creation and remote sensing. Definitely aligns with "it was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . . " and we promise to share as much as we can to help you successfully dive into some PBL in your classroom as well.  

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Allan Miller

Instructional Coach and Personalization Coordinator, Charlotte Central School
Allan has been involved in public education for the past 33 years, with assignments ranging from teaching science, Russian and robotics, mentoring early career teachers in Alaskan native villages, and being a school principal for grades K-12 in Vermont and Alaska.   Currently he... Read More →

Thursday November 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Escapade 1


Beauty and Joy of Computing Curriculum (approved for APCSP)
Learn about the Beauty and Joy of Computing! BJC is a low-floor, high-ceiling free CS curriculum developed by UCLA, Berkeley and EDC Inc., and a CollegeBoard approved curriculum for AP Computer Science Principles (APCSP). BJC uses visual programming to learn the systems and structures of coding. Come learn about APCSP, why it should be offered to every student, and how BJC makes CS accessible and entertaining for ALL students. This will be a hands-on session. No programming experience is necessary!
slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1eI_9VPfsFUsa6SHFfH2p04Di5FuwCV7NibUrjI37Sgk/edit?usp=sharing

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Lisa Besso

Teacher & Trainer, Enosburg Falls HS/Beauty and Joy of Computing
I've been teaching math for 16years, and computer science for 4 years. Teaching AP Computer Science Principles using the Beauty and Joy of Computing curriculum -- makes CS fun and interactive and is a low floor, high ceiling curriculum, so inclusive to all.

Thursday November 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Northstar 1


Bots! Hands-On Robotics Projects With Everyday Stuff with Award Winning Author Kathy Ceceri (Part 1 of 2) (LIMITED CAPACITY SESSION)
PLEASE NOTE: This session has a limited capacity of 25 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.

Want to teach robotics, but don't have much $$$? Learn how to use the projects in the book BOTS! to teach a complete in-class unit or afterschool robotics program using everyday stuff! In Part I, check out real robotics projects made with with crafts and household materials and simple electronics (including reclaimed components from old devices) and build a super-quick paper pressure sensor with LEDs. Then, in Part II, visit stations where you can work on longer projects such as a hydraulic arm, recycled solar robot, working paper robot hand, and programmable cardboard box robot, and explore ways to allow students to customize their projects for an open-ended learning experience.

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Kathy Ceceri

STEAM Writer and Educator, Author
Kathy Ceceri is an award-winning author and enrichment educator with a focus on hands-on projects incorporating science, technology, history, and art. She presents workshops for students, teachers, and librarians from elementary through high school featuring activities such as DIY... Read More →

Thursday November 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Gateway 2


Extreme Networks Presentation
IT spends too much time “defending the network”. Extreme Networks delivers secure and intelligent software-driven solutions from the enterprise edge to the cloud giving the control back into the hands of IT. Leveraging real-time analytics and granular visibility into the network, Extreme Management Center (XMC) provides a 360-degree view into your network, applications, and connected devices. XMC enables IT with single pane of glass management and the actionable data necessary to make the right business decisions and deliver a strong user experience.


Seo Hwang

Account Executive, Extreme Networks

Todd Marsh

Sr. Systems Engineer, Extreme Networks

Thursday November 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm


FERPA 101 with Advanced Scenarios
This session, provided by the Privacy Technical Assistance Center is focused on FERPA, interpreting it and understanding it from a school’s perspective. Come with your questions and learn some of the nuances to the law as applied to your local situation. This group does a great job on this complex topic. This session is FREE to outside participants that would like to only attend this session without taking part in the whole of VTFest.

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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 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Northstar 2


Seeing back-to-school activities & personalized learning through the lens of trauma-informed classroom practices
Join us as we dip our toes into beginning to understand the effects of trauma and its intersection with common approaches to personalized learning. We’ll conversationally present about trauma-informed classroom practices, Shelburne Community School's work around Personalized Learning, how we see those intersecting, and brainstorm ways we can monitor and shift our practices accordingly. Then, plan to reconsider how you might scaffold personalized learning opportunities with a more critical aim towards inclusive practices.

Presentation Link

Recent Blog Post: "Seeing back-to-school activities & personalized learning through the lens of trauma-informed classroom practices"

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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 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Escapade 2


WeVideo: Deeper Learning
Instead of assigning boring worksheets and tedious tasks or practice problems, teachers today can design active and fun learning experiences that build on student strengths and interests by using exciting edtech tools—like WeVideo. In this session, I'll provide some practical ways to use WeVideo to create engaging content that encourages students to practice real-life problem-solving skills. Using a student-centered learning approach, you can employ this powerful platform to:
  • Create an environment where students feel safe and empowered
  • Clearly communicate goals in a fun and engaging way, and see learning in action
  • Provide a structure for students to share their voice with the classroom, community, and the world
  • Engage students in deeper learning through critical thinking and creativity

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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 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Gateway 1