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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 Block 5 [clear filter]
Thursday, November 14

2:45pm EST

Bots! Hands-On Robotics Projects With Everyday Stuff with Award Winning Author Kathy Ceceri (Part 2 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. 

In the first part of this session, participants will look at some of the many robotics projects that can be done with just ordinary materials and simple electronics (including reclaimed components from old devices) and try their hand at a quick paper pressure sensor with LED indicator. Then, in the second part, educators will visit different stations where they 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 these projects can be customized by students to provide an open-ended learning experience.

avatar for Kathy Ceceri

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 2:45pm - 3:45pm EST
Gateway 2
  Thursday Block 5

2:45pm EST

Building Your Google Classroom
Come learn how to set up and manage Google Classroom to help streamline your classroom instruction. I will guide attendees through the setup and features of Google's Learning Management System, including posting discussion questions, creating assignments, and assessing student work. This session is intended for those who are new to Google Classroom or want to learn some of the new features of Classroom.
Link to Presentation

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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 2:45pm - 3:45pm EST
Escapade 2

2:45pm EST

FERPA 201: Advanced FERPA 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.

avatar for Peter Drescher

Peter Drescher

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

Thursday November 14, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm EST
Northstar 2

2:45pm EST

Highly Engaged Computer Science using Raspberry Pi as a Robot Brain
The Raspberry Pi is a great platform for teaching students about computers, and programming. Setting up and programming the Raspberry Pi as a controller for embedded systems, I.O.T. devices, and robot brains creates a hands on, problem solving environment for learning Computer Science. Python is commonly used to program the Pi to control devices and is a great general purpose language to learn. We will also explore Node-Red with JavaScript or Google Blockly.
link: https://bit.ly/vtfest2019pi

avatar for Greg Styles

Greg Styles

I love teaching and I love tech: Computer Science, Programming, Embedded Systems such as Arduino or Raspberry Pi, and 3D printing.I have a background as a professional programmer, repair tech, support tech, technology coordinator, EdTech integrationist, Proficiency-based learning... Read More →

Thursday November 14, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm EST
Northstar 1

2:45pm EST

Literacy: Blended/Personalized Learning
Literacy must be developed through an equity lens to increase opportunities for all learners, understanding that the opportunity gap has widened with the influx of technology. In this session, you’ll learn how to leverage engaging, differentiated content to create equity-based, inclusive literacy instruction and reduce opportunity gaps through personalized learning.

avatar for Jessica Wilson

Jessica Wilson

Digital Learning Leader, Champlain Valley School District
avatar for Tim O'Leary

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.
avatar for Allison Griffin

Allison Griffin

Learning & Engagement Manager, Newsela
As a Learning & Engagement Manager with Newsela, I support educators, schools, and districts by serving as a resource regarding platform navigation, instructional implementation, and professional development throughout their Newsela journey. My background is in elementary literacy... Read More →

Thursday November 14, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm EST
Escapade 1

2:45pm EST

Preparing for the Wireless Future
Demand for reliable, high-speed networks continues to grow exponentially.? Networks must support learning requirements, including online testing; security measures, such as cameras and IoT devices like locks and sensors; and, ensure bandwidth is sufficient for the explosion of devices seen in schools - personal devices, official devices, and IoT devices like smart boards and thermostats.? This talk will examine how to prepare your schools for the inevitable wireless future for ensuring network availability and efficiency.


Roger Sands

CEO and Co-Founder, Wyebot
Roger Sands is a co-founder and CEO of Wyebot, Inc. Roger has 17 years of executive management positions in successful networking startups and Fortune 500 companies. Prior to Wyebot, Roger was the Business Line Manager for Hewlett-Packard’s WW WLAN business growing it from #6 to... Read More →

Thursday November 14, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm EST
  Thursday Block 5

2:45pm EST

Twenty for ’20: Tools and Trends to Inspire and Motivate
This lightning fast, lighthearted session includes an overview of trends and technologies that will amaze and inspire you. You’ll learn about classroom uses of Artificial Intelligence (Alexa/Google), updates about virtual, augmented and mixed reality, coding, drones, and robots. Hear about technologies that did not exist when this proposal was written.

avatar for Maureen Yoder

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 2:45pm - 3:45pm EST
Gateway 1
  Thursday Block 5