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Wednesday, November 4
 

12:00pm

Lunch
Cost of lunch is included in your registration for the Pre-Conference Workshops

Sessions

Wednesday November 4, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Northstar II

1:00pm

Leveraging the Chromebooks for Student Centered Learning
Come learn how to effectively integrate Chromebooks into the classroom to create a student-centered, creative and collaborative environment. In this hands-on workshop, we will explore strategies for not only understanding and using Chromebooks, but also the Chrome Browser, and Google Apps for Education in purposeful ways. Participants will learn how Google Education Apps can help improve student accountability and increase engagement, while helping students learn strategies for collaborating and communicating, and becoming responsible individual learners. Get a new Chromebook or bring your own.

Presenter Material 

Presenters
avatar for Jessica Wilson

Jessica Wilson

Technology Integration Specialist, Hinesburg Community School
Jessica Wilson is the Technology Integration Specialist at the Hinesburg Community School and CSSU Central Office. She works closely with the PreK-8 teachers and staff to help transform the school into a flourishing learning environment that incorporates 21st century skills through the use of technology, so everyone can develop good strategies for learning and be active contributors to our global society. Jessica is vice-president of the... Read More →

Sessions

Wednesday November 4, 2015 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Escapade II

1:00pm

Building Innovation Networks
Technology can personalize learning for students. Technology also has implications for how educators work together. Actually, personalizing student learning is difficult if not impossible unless educators are first connected in a common development ecosystem, what David Hargreaves calls, “lateral innovation networks.” This session is for teacher leaders and other organizational leaders who are interested in exploring the theoretical and practical aspects of creating such networks. Topics to be discussed include Standards as a Tagging Scheme, Design Thinking, Rapid Prototyping, and Open Education Resources. As a group we will focus on how to apply these concepts in the Vermont educational context.

Presenter Material

Presenters
avatar for Dan French

Dan French

School Leadership Coordinator, Saint Michael's College
I am interested in changing the structure of schooling in order to better meet the personal learning aspirations of each student.

Sessions

Wednesday November 4, 2015 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Gateway I

1:00pm

It's Showtime with iPads!
Your students can easily show you what they know. Using iPads (2 or newer) and iMovie and Explain Everything apps, create projects that easily fit CC standards regardless of subject matter. Story retelling, story creation, and the paper cut process will be just some of the techniques we will practice. These activities can be ready for your students when you return to your classroom on Monday! This is hands on, so bring your ideas! Participants who bring their own iPad should have iMovie and Explain Everything apps installed. - Get a new iPad or bring your own.

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Wednesday November 4, 2015 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Northstar I

1:00pm

Make Movies and Podcast with WeVideo EDU
Almost ten thousand Vermont students/educators will have access to WeVideo EDU next year. Come learn how to leverage WeVideo EDU to empower student voice with collaborative video projects. Explore the WeVideo K-12 Education account including; robust video editing tools, collaborative editing and video commenting, account management, video gallery, media libraries and selective publishing options (Google Drive and YouTube.) You will get a HQ WebCam and Tripod. Get a new Chromebook or bring your own. Participants can sign up for a FREE We Video Basic license on site and will give given the opportunity to upgrade to an EDU license if they want

Presenters
avatar for Lucie deLaBruere

Lucie deLaBruere

Digital Age Learning Consultant, Marlboro College / University of Vermont
After spending 30 years in K12 education, Lucie and her husband Craig currently live and learn in a 1983 vintage Bluebird bus visiting creative spaces around the US and seeking ways to partner with educators and students who are passionate about creativity and innovation. Lucie is adjunct faculty at the University of Vermont and Marlboro College Graduate School and is also a Google Certified Innovator and Google for Education Certified Trainer... Read More →

Sessions

Wednesday November 4, 2015 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Gateway II

5:00pm

Build a Crafty Robot
Partcipants will have the opportunity to build and program a small robot using craft supplies and a Hummingbird robot kit (included in session) which was developed at Carnegie-Mellon University. Hummingbird kits also integrate with Scratch.

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Wednesday November 4, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Gateway II

5:00pm

CANCELLED: Retro-Coding
Did problem-solving activities during the Hour of Code get some of your students interested in going further? Retro-Coding may be just what they’re looking for. Honor tradition and start with a “Hello World!” program and a couple of simple Logo activities. Next, learn how to use drag-n-drop programming to journey to 1972 and recreate Pong, the first commercially successful video game.” Finally, delve into the Processing language for a bit of simple animation, such as that used to make the Stix in 1981’s Qix game.

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Sessions

Wednesday November 4, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
CANCELLED

5:00pm

iPads and Early Elementary Students
In this session I will share how iPads have transformed learning, enriched conversations, engaged, enriched and captures our learning. Within this session I will also be sharing how the children have evolved around the use of iPads in regards to their learning experiences inside and outside of kindergarten. Using either Skype or Google Hangout I will be highlighting some of my students and/or their parents in regards to how ipads have enriched their child’s learning experiences. I will also share Apps I use and how they connect with CCSS too! Get a new iPad or bring your own.

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avatar for Sharon Davison

Sharon Davison

Teacher, Allen Brook
Sharon Davison is a passionate Kindergarten teacher at the Allen Brook School in Williston, Vermont. She is the Vermont-NEA Angelo J. Dorta Teacher of the Year, a National America Achieves Fellow, Kidblog Ambassador, NEA Foundation Global Leadership Fellow and an online facilitator for the NEA Professional Practice Communities. She believes in wellness, connectivity and collaboration. "Learning is for everyone, technology gives us all a voice."

Sessions

Wednesday November 4, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Escapade II

5:00pm

Looking Beyond the Chromebook
Want to learn more than just the basics of a Chromebook and Google Tools? Join us to explore connecting with Google+, differentiating with Google Classroom and collaborating with WeVideo! Find out how the Chromebook can be a cost effective tool to revolutionize your instruction. This workshop is best suited for education professionals who are familiar with the technology and ready to take it to the next level. *Get a new Chromebook OR bring your own. Participants can sign up for a FREE We Video Basic license on site and will give given the opportunity to upgrade to an EDU license if they want.

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Wednesday November 4, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Escapade I

5:00pm

Sharing Your Story with Chrome (and WeVideo)!
Once upon a time, if you were making a movie or slideshow, you needed to use the same exact device for the beginning, middle and end of the project. But no more- thanks to WeVideo! Using a Chromebook (or the Chrome browser on a Flash-enabled computer) you can build amazing video projects from anywhere, publish them directly to your Google Drive, and share them with an authentic audience. In this session, we’ll create a video book trailer project from start to finish, allowing you to see how easy it is for students as young as 4th grade to create polished video projects. Get a new Chromebook or bring your own, Participants can sign up for a FREE We Video Basic license on site and will give given the opportunity to upgrade to an EDU license if they want

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Sessions

Wednesday November 4, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Northstar I

5:00pm

Making Learning Personal
Students are the most important and interesting resource in the educational landscape. As we consider how to continue to improve the educational experience, it is important to focus on creating space in the school day for authentic, meaningful, student driven learning experiences. Join Diana Laufenberg for a conversation about how to build systems and structures that will empower students to become effective agents and advocates of their own learning paths.

Dinner 5-6PM
Workshop 6-8PM 
Persenter Material 

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Sessions

Wednesday November 4, 2015 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Gateway I
 
Thursday, November 5
 

7:00am

7:00am

Exhibitor area open
Exhibitor area open. Come visit!

Sessions

Thursday November 5, 2015 7:00am - 5:15pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

7:30am

Registration
Registration table is downstairs by the fireplace.

Sessions

Thursday November 5, 2015 7:30am - 8:30am
Fireplace Lobby

8:30am

Apple Education, Teaching, and Learning - What’s New?
Come explore the latest ways Apple tools make great things possible in your classroom. We'll look at the most current updates to Apple tools and see how their capabilities make it possible for teachers to be more effective professionals, and for students to learn in new ways, creating durable digital evidence of proficiency at any grade level and across curriculum areas. And of course, we’ll look forward to hearing participants’ great ideas as well!

Company Presenters
avatar for Apple Inc.

Apple Inc.

Apple, Inc.
We look forward to sharing powerful new possibilities made possible through Apple tools, and to hearing from educators and tech folks about the exciting things happening in Vermont classrooms and communities. Come talk to us about iOS, Mac, iBooks Author, iTunes U, iLife, iWork, Challenge Based Learning, VPP, DEP and more! Jim Moulton - Education Development Executive - Apple Inc. 

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Sessions

Thursday November 5, 2015 8:30am - 9:30am
Northstar II

8:30am

Developing Transferable Skills in a Small Maker's Space
Wondering how to get your students to enhance those intangible skills? You know, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, and be hands-on in their learning? Sure, everyone would love to have a state-of-the-art Maker’s Space, but what if you don’t? In this workshop, you will see how middle school-aged students were able to improve these skills all while working in a limited Maker’s Space. Rest assured, there was no 3D printer or laser cutting tool. Come and see what they built, how worked through the process, and how student learning was assessed by the educator. It doesn’t take a lot to get students hands-on!

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Sessions

Thursday November 5, 2015 8:30am - 9:30am
Gateway II

8:30am

Going Viral in the Classroom
Join me and learn how I use video in the classroom to help my students document learning, communicate ideas, collaborate, think critically, solve problems, innovate and express their creativity. I will share how creating video in the classroom provides students with opportunities to practice Common Core and 21st Century skills, while affording teachers ample opportunities for both formative & summative assessment.

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avatar for Aimee Boucher

Aimee Boucher

5th Grade Teacher, Malletts Bay School
5th grade teacher passionate about 21st Century learning & the power of technology to differentiate instruction, motivate students, & connect with the world.

Sessions

Thursday November 5, 2015 8:30am - 9:30am
Gateway I

8:30am

Take Back Control of Your Digital Learning Environment

GoGuardian empowers educators to see and positively shape student behavior and mold them into responsible digital citizens by giving them powerful insights into what is actually happening on their Chromebooks. Built for Chrome Operating System so it integrates seamlessly with your browser making it easy and fast to set up and manage. 

We increase classroom productivity by promoting on-task behavior. Educators are able to ensure safe online access, detect serious matters such as bullying or intent to commit suicide, and open a dialogue between administrators, parents, and students. Detailed analytics provide insights into student activity, so educators can adapt to positively influence student behavior. We protect millions of students and their devices across five continents. 



Thursday November 5, 2015 8:30am - 9:30am
Escapade I

8:30am

Ed Camp
Come join the Ed Camp 'unconference' convesation, where the agenda is set by the participants at the start of the event.

Helping and Supporting New Teachers
Moderator TBD.
What does your school do to help new teachers get acclimated and connected?  If you’re a new teacher, we’d love to hear your ideas! What’s going well and what didn’t? What type of initial PD and ongoing PD does your school offer new teachers? How can we improve this practice? What can we draft and pass on to our schools? To our State? 

Sessions

Thursday November 5, 2015 8:30am - 9:30am
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

8:30am

1:1 with Chromebooks
We are on year 2 of our Chromebook 1:1 and things are going great. We used Hapara last year and Google Classroom this year for digitally organizing the classroom. In this session I will talk about how we handled rollout, maintenance, collection, and the tools I built throughout the year, like my CheckItOut or Lab Scheduler add-ons.

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Thursday November 5, 2015 8:30am - Friday November 6, 2015 9:30am
Northstar I

8:30am

PLPs at PAML: One Schools Journey Creating Personal Learning Plans
With Act 77 all Vermont students are required to have a personal learning plan. Come and hear about how Peoples Academy Middle Level, a school that serves students in grades 5-8 created and implemented personal learning plans. We will walk you through the process of looking at the requirements of Act 77 to creating meaningful school transformation through the implementation of PLPs and student led conferences.

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Thursday November 5, 2015 8:30am - Saturday November 7, 2015 9:30am
Escapade II

8:30am

Introduction to Making with Arduino
An introduction to the Arduino Development system and how to use it to reinforce Problem solving, the Engineering cycle, Mathematics, Electronics, and Computer science.

The target student audience is grade 5 and above.

The Arduino system is a world wide open standard used to develop smart gadgets, toys, data collection, and of course robots. It is easy to use and inexpensive. This is not a toy it is real world development. Students will combine making, electronics and programming to solve problems and make things. Combine this with 3d printing to make cool gadgets with brains.

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Presenters
avatar for Greg Styles

Greg Styles

EdTech Coordinator & Integration, Rutland SW SU
Chromebooks | Linux | Arduino | robotics | coding

Sessions

Thursday November 5, 2015 8:30am - Sunday November 8, 2015 9:30am
Roundabout

9:00am

Creation & Invention Space
The Creation & Invention Space will have rotating exhibits on both days where we will showcase Making in Vermont Schools and engage you in using technology to make movies, podcast, ebooks,  and more.

  • Paper Circuits

  • 3D Vermont and more STEAM Learning

  • Story of Making at St. Albans City School

  • Building on Our Stories with Video

  • Building on our Stories with Audio

  • Building on our Stories with Text and Images

Ceate and Make at VermontFest

Presenters
avatar for Lucie deLaBruere

Lucie deLaBruere

Digital Age Learning Consultant, Marlboro College / University of Vermont
After spending 30 years in K12 education, Lucie and her husband Craig currently live and learn in a 1983 vintage Bluebird bus visiting creative spaces around the US and seeking ways to partner with educators and students who are passionate about creativity and innovation. Lucie is adjunct faculty at the University of Vermont and Marlboro College Graduate School and is also a Google Certified Innovator and Google for Education Certified Trainer... Read More →


Thursday November 5, 2015 9:00am - 12:00pm
Creation & Invention Space

9:45am

11:00am

10-minute STEM II (Torricelli Thursdays)

Faraday Fridays (Dynamic Landscapes session) presented a way to use small pieces of time to let students (and teachers) gain big ideas about the vital importance of electromagnetism in our modern world.

Torricelli Thursdays brings a new series of activities for a 2nd year, this time about air pressure. Use bits of time 5 and 10 minutes long to develop in-depth knowledge about the importance of changes in air pressure to modern life through simple, engaging activities. (It is NOT necessary to have attended the Faraday Fridays workshop before doing this one).


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Sessions

Thursday November 5, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Escapade I

11:00am

@vermontkkids123: How We Connect Globally
If you are interested in how you can connect young learners and their families then this is the session for you! Come hear about how young 5 and 6 year old children connect globally through a project based learning idea. You will hear about the different digital tools used as well as the how, what and why we engage our learning through a community need.

Presenter Material

Presenters
avatar for Sharon Davison

Sharon Davison

Teacher, Allen Brook
Sharon Davison is a passionate Kindergarten teacher at the Allen Brook School in Williston, Vermont. She is the Vermont-NEA Angelo J. Dorta Teacher of the Year, a National America Achieves Fellow, Kidblog Ambassador, NEA Foundation Global Leadership Fellow and an online facilitator for the NEA Professional Practice Communities. She believes in wellness, connectivity and collaboration. "Learning is for everyone, technology gives us all a voice."

Sessions

Thursday November 5, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Gateway I

11:00am

Classroom Tools to Support 1 to 1 Deployment
This session will focus on tools to address a number of issues when preparing for a 1 to 1 laptop, tablet, or Cromebook deployment. We will look at mobile devise management solutions, how to design your wireless network, as well as a host of interactive tools available to enhance the classroom experience. In addition we will close the session with an overview of possible grant funding opportunities to support your 1 to 1 project.

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Thursday November 5, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Gateway II

11:00am

Lessons that Transform Learning
You have Chromebooks or iPads in your classroom and you are ready to teach with technology, but does it really make a difference?  This workshop will look at examples of technology integration that truly transform learning.  Learn how to design lessons that take your use of technology to the next level.

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Thursday November 5, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Northstar I

11:00am

Look Mom...I really did do something at school! How proficiency-based electronic portfolios bridge the gap between home and school.
Using proficiency-based portfolios can bridge the gap between home, school and the community by demonstrating the skills and learning students acquire throughout the year. Moreover, as we move toward PLPs, portfolios can provide a needed mechanism for archiving and reflecting on achievement. This workshop provides a framework and timeline for the easy implementation of electronic portfolios. Additionally, students will share their experiences and tips for helping them to be successful in developing proficiency-based portfolios.

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Thursday November 5, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Escapade II

11:00am

The Life Cycle of an Employee: Automated
A district’s employees are its most expensive asset, and inefficient employee management costs far more than dollars and time – it damages student growth. Frontline Technologies offers HR software solutions built specifically to help K-12 school districts save time and money managing their employees for the benefit of student learning.

AppliTrack helps you manage the recruiting and hiring processes whereas Aesop manages employees and finds substitutes when needed. Integrating VeriTime allows you to track employee and substitute time and attendance. The best part? No IT work is required. 

Company Presenters
avatar for Frontline Technologies (Corporate Sponsor)

Frontline Technologies (Corporate Sponsor)

Frontline Technologies
When you work with Frontline, you're not just using a software tool - you're part of the family. Our focus is on solving problems for K-12 school districts through innovative software. Customer satisfaction drives every decision we make. We invite you to explore our culture, history and vision to get a feel for our team - but better yet, we invite you to talk to any one of our 5,000+ customers!

Thursday November 5, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Roundabout

11:00am

Using Open Education Resources: An Introduction to Gooru Learning
Teachers need to be able to leverage Open Education Resources (OER) to expand learning opportunities for students. This means teachers will need to be able to use tools that help create and mashup OER made by other teachers, and then deploy those resources in their own districts. This session will describe one such tool, Gooru Learning, which might be particularly useful to Vermont educators who prize creativity and innovation but who work in relative isolation as compared to their national peers due to the small size of Vermont's school districts.

Presenter Material

Presenters
avatar for Dan French

Dan French

School Leadership Coordinator, Saint Michael's College
I am interested in changing the structure of schooling in order to better meet the personal learning aspirations of each student.

Sessions

Thursday November 5, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Northstar II

12:15pm

Lunch and Door Prizes
Lunch and Door Prizes

Sessions

Thursday November 5, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

1:30pm

Apple Education - What's New from a Technical Perspective?
Presented by ePlus

Company Presenters
avatar for Apple Inc.

Apple Inc.

Apple, Inc.
We look forward to sharing powerful new possibilities made possible through Apple tools, and to hearing from educators and tech folks about the exciting things happening in Vermont classrooms and communities. Come talk to us about iOS, Mac, iBooks Author, iTunes U, iLife, iWork, Challenge Based Learning, VPP, DEP and more! Jim Moulton - Education Development Executive - Apple Inc. 

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Sessions

Thursday November 5, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Gateway I

1:30pm

Bringing Genius Hour & Makerspace Into YOUR Classroom Brainstorms, Idea Dumps, Logistical Hurdling, and Time to Get Inspired!
One of the biggest questions teachers ask when we talk about “20% time” is WHEN? The next question is HOW? After that, it’s usually WHAT? This work session will help teachers who are interested in implementing a Genius Hour or 20% time program into their schedules. We will also discuss how to add a “maker” component to existing core content area work through the NGSS Design Tech standards and units you are already teaching.

Teaching teams and partners would benefit from attending this session together because there will be time to plan and brainstorm ways to bring more choice, more making, and more engagement into your current plans. Bring a unit you are working on or plan to teach, bring your ideas, questions, and other possible barriers you have to adding this amazing way of teaching and learning to your school week--we will knock them all down together!

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Presenters
avatar for Kate La Riviere Gagner

Kate La Riviere Gagner

5/6 Classroom Teacher, Monkton Central School
I'm the one who says, "Wait. What if we ...?" and makes everyone else kind of nervous... until they, too, realize that the "what ifs" are the fun part.

Sessions

Thursday November 5, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Escapade II

1:30pm

Digital Citizenship: A Whole Community Approach
Digital citizenship means we know how to use technology safely, respectfully, and responsibly, at any age. Kids today grow up in a digital world with potential for communication, collaboration, and creation, and yet schools face challenges with ethical issues that arise from students’ use of technology. In this collaborative conversation, we will talk about tools, resources, and 3 focus areas that schools can use to create a positive culture around digital citizenship:
1.Teaching students
2. Engaging parents
3. Educating faculty
We will also explore Common Sense Media’s Digital Passport, Digital Bytes, Digital Compass, and their Digital Citizenship curriculum for K-12, and share experiences from our own schools.

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Presenters
avatar for Bonnie Birdsall

Bonnie Birdsall

Technology Integration Specialist, Williston School District
Bonnie Birdsall is the Technology Integration specialist for the Williston, VT School District. She works with teachers, staff, and students to help integrate technology into the curriculum in natural and meaningful ways to enhance learning. Bonnie has taught courses and workshops to Vermont educators and adults on a variety of topics.  She believes that educators are all learners and should use today's technologies to connect, grow, create... Read More →

Sessions

Thursday November 5, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Escapade I

1:30pm

GEG Vermont: Apps & Add-Ons Jam Session
Join us for a fun, participatory jam session where Google Educator Group (GEG) Vermont community members share their favorite Chrome Web Apps, Google Apps & Add-Ons. If you are a GEG Vermont member already, come and share your favorite App or Add-on. If you aren’t a member yet, come and learn more about GEG Vermont and see how this community can support your efforts in enhancing your digital classroom.

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avatar for Elizabeth McCarthy

Elizabeth McCarthy

Google Education Trainer, Digital Learning Specialist
Elizabeth McCarthy has been an educator in Vermont for the past 18 years where she continues to supports teachers and students in leveraging technologies for deeper learning. As a Google Education Trainer, she provides professional development workshops, graduate level courses and presentations that make connections between the use of technology and deeper learning. | Ms. McCarthy is currently an online instructor for Community College of... Read More →

Sessions

Thursday November 5, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Northstar I

1:30pm

How to Survive SBAC
Learn all about the SBAC assessment and resources that support learning through the Digital Library. We will bring a team of three educators for a unique perspective on preparing, delivering, and using SBAC information to inform teaching and student learning. Our perspectives will include views from a teacher who evaluated SBAC test questions and created the digital library, an educator whose students participated field testing and summative assessments, and our schools’ technology specialist.

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Thursday November 5, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Northstar II

1:30pm

Office 365 in Education
Office365 offers a number of powerful tools for education—for free.
Learn how to leverage a sharable/web instance of Office that integrates seamlessly with desktop Office applications. Also see how students are entitled to the full Microsoft Office suite for free students. Also see how you can leverage Team Sites, Libraries and Groups to provide secure and virtually unlimited storage storage for institutional documents and collaboration.

Company Presenters
avatar for Wild Branch Solutions Inc. (Corporate Sponsor)

Wild Branch Solutions Inc. (Corporate Sponsor)

Wild Branch Solutions
Wild Branch Solutions, Inc. has been a leading consultant in educational technology support in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom since 1995. Our growing team of technology professionals supports over 30 educational and private institutions throughout Vermont. Providing expertise in design, implementation and management of systems and networks along with professional development in their use we offer a full range of services tailored to the... Read More →

Thursday November 5, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Roundabout

1:30pm

Creation & Invention Space
The Creation & Invention Space will have rotating exhibits on both days where we will showcase Making in Vermont Schools and engage you in using technology to make movies, podcast, ebooks, and more.

  • Story of Making at Enosburg Falls High School

  • The Story of Making at Williston Central School

  • Making on a Budget  in Rutland Northeast  SU

  • Building on Our Stories with Video

  • Building on our Stories with Audio

  • Building on our Stories with Text and Images 

Ceate and Make at VermontFest

Presenters
avatar for Lucie deLaBruere

Lucie deLaBruere

Digital Age Learning Consultant, Marlboro College / University of Vermont
After spending 30 years in K12 education, Lucie and her husband Craig currently live and learn in a 1983 vintage Bluebird bus visiting creative spaces around the US and seeking ways to partner with educators and students who are passionate about creativity and innovation. Lucie is adjunct faculty at the University of Vermont and Marlboro College Graduate School and is also a Google Certified Innovator and Google for Education Certified Trainer... Read More →


Thursday November 5, 2015 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Creation & Invention Space

1:30pm

Brainstorm: Collaborative Resources for VT Technology Support
This will be a brainstorm/discussion on the topic of what common resources we would want developed or are already developed to share information, collaborate on projects, purchase software, or distribute and develop best practices. We have the School-IT list, but could there be more? What do schools need so they don't end up recreating the wheel or unknowingly evading best practices? Peter Drescher, State of VT Tech Coordinator, Craig Lyndes, and Ray Ballou, South Royalton Schools, have contributed to the session and will be participating

Presenters
avatar for Craig Donnan

Craig Donnan

Systems Administrator, Washington West SU
I coordinate technology infrastructure support at the WWSU Central Office, and support the SU's six schools and the Central Office and their tech coordinators in providing reliable and robust technologies for our teachers and students. I manage servers, networks, wireless, firewalls, support web based apps, phone systems, and integration needs between databases and between any IP based infrastructure including HVAC controls, timeclock... Read More →

Sessions

Thursday November 5, 2015 1:30pm - 11:30pm
Gateway II

2:30pm

Ed Camp
Come join the Ed Camp 'unconference' convesation, where the agenda is set by the participants at the start of the event.

Technology Plans and the Future: Do we need technology plans? 
Moderator: Peter Drescher
The State sees usefulness in a planning process, but what does that look like in 2015? What about Essential conditions as opposed to a static plan, what about common goals to shoot for? What would this look like at your school or SU? How can a planning process along these lines involve teachers and administrators at a much deeper level? How does this tie into the EQS/EQR process? Come dig with Peter Drescher as we grapple with a new direction for supporting schools with an interactive process. 

Sessions

Thursday November 5, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

3:15pm

Begin at the Beginning with CS-First
Looking for an easy onramp to computer science for your school? This workshop will provide an overview of how to get started with Google’s “CS-First” clubs in your school or community.
CS-First provides easy, scripted, 8 week clubs which help students explore computer science while using Scratch to create animations, games, stories and more. Google has already done all the preparation. You just have to provide time, space, and creativity to help kids get started with coding. The workshop will also showcase another resource, pencilcode.net which is another environment with simple explanations and projects to get kids started.

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Thursday November 5, 2015 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Gateway I

3:15pm

Build our Collaborative Story with VoiceThread and WeVideo
Move beyond your classroom walls and connect with another Vermont school to create a collaborative project. In this hands on session, you will partner with another Vermont educator and design a mini-project that gets your students making a movie together using the collaborative features of WeVideo and talking about it using VoiceThread. Don’t have WeVideo? or VoiceThread? No worries - we’ll provide the first 20 participants with an account to use to build this collaborative story.

Presenters
avatar for Lucie deLaBruere

Lucie deLaBruere

Digital Age Learning Consultant, Marlboro College / University of Vermont
After spending 30 years in K12 education, Lucie and her husband Craig currently live and learn in a 1983 vintage Bluebird bus visiting creative spaces around the US and seeking ways to partner with educators and students who are passionate about creativity and innovation. Lucie is adjunct faculty at the University of Vermont and Marlboro College Graduate School and is also a Google Certified Innovator and Google for Education Certified Trainer... Read More →

Sessions

Thursday November 5, 2015 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Northstar II

3:15pm

Interact With Learning Using TouchCast
A TouchCast is a very special kind of presentation/storytelling tool that allows the creator to pull in all kinds of media right into the presentation. The viewer can interact with the media freely! Imagine watching a video that you can touch a link, picture, video, etc. and get more information on the topic and then go right back into the original video? Well now you can and it is a great way to teach, learn and use as an assessment! This presentation will demonstrate to you how it is done!

Presenters
avatar for Clarena Renfrow

Clarena Renfrow

IT Teacher, Rutland High School
I am currently an Information Technology Teacher at Rutland High School and an Adjunct Instructor at Castleton University teaching graduate courses in educational technology. Prior to that I worked as a Technology Integration Coach at Fair Haven Union High School. I am very passionate about how technologies can be used to enrich educational experiences for our students and an advocate for teaching them digital citizenship. Presentation... Read More →

Sessions

Thursday November 5, 2015 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Escapade II

3:15pm

Just the Tip of the Iceberg: E-learning in a High School Classroom
Technology has changed our instruction and now students are learning differently. Our paperless classroom is more student-centered and includes: digital storytelling and video journaling, instant feedback and collaborative writing, increased communication and blended/independent learning. Our focus on E-learning has created positive engaging learning environment, enabling a vast differentiation of students’ ability to demonstrate their learning more confidently. Come and share our story from Burlington High School in a language classroom.

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avatar for Susan Blethen

Susan Blethen

ELL Teacher, Burlington High School
Burlington High School English Language teacher, Susan Blethen, has embraced technology in her classroom creating a blended learning environment. As a 1:1 school, Susan and her students have discovered new and exciting ways to demonstrate learning using technology.

Sessions

Thursday November 5, 2015 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Roundabout

3:15pm

PLPs - The Power is Elementary!
Personal Learning Plans (PLPs) have the potential to shift our learning environments from teacher-directed to student-centered. As a K-8 system, the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union, is in year three of system-wide PLP implementation. Implementation includes student-led conferencing, data analysis, attention to student aspirations, and student ownership. In this workshop, teachers in grades 5 & 6 will share their experiences, both from a pedagogical and technological perspective. The BRSU PLP K-8 implementation continuum will also be shared.

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avatar for Jackie Wilson

Jackie Wilson

Asst. Superintendent, Bennington Rutland Supervisory Union
Our SU has been working on creating personalized learning environments. I'd like to know more about how folks are personalizing learning for students in K-8 systems.

Sessions

Thursday November 5, 2015 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Northstar I

3:15pm

Protect your students: Data Security and the Risks you need to know!
With technology making its way into schools there are many risks that were previously of no concern, that we must be aware of to protect our schools, faculty and students from. Come listen to real life examples of security threats that could affect your schools as you transform into the digital world and how to best protect yourself from having these things happen to you.


Thursday November 5, 2015 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Escapade I

3:15pm

The R710 802.11ac Wave 2 Access Point
The new Ruckus ZoneFlex R710 is the first Wi-Fi access point to now support major technical advances in the 802.11ac standard that allow the simultaneous transmission of multiple client streams to different devices over the same frequency, a highly anticipated new capability called multi-user multiple input/multiple output (MU-MIMO). This enables over two times the density of mobile devices versus Wave 1, and aggregate data rates exceeding two gigabits per second.

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Thursday November 5, 2015 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Gateway II

3:15pm

Therapy! The Worst Consequence of Your Best Ideas.
Therapy! We all need some therapy now and again. A VT Fest first, this session will take place in the outdoor pool! Discuss with peers your biggest gripe about your job. How can you draw on the experience of others to create some motion steps for your problems? What are some strategies that will help? What's the worst consequence of your best idea? Come with frustrations and leave with ideas and strategies to help move things forward. Details will be posted on creativeStir.blogspot.com

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avatar for Adam Provost

Adam Provost

#bsdvt and Vita-Learn
Exploring creativity with students and adults in the world, #BSDVT, President of VITA-Learn (educator PD in VT), adjunct at SNHU, writer, traveler, and coach...

Sessions

Thursday November 5, 2015 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Pool

4:30pm

Exhibitor Reception with Cash Bar
Join your colleagues at the Exhibitor Reception with Cash Bar

Sessions

Thursday November 5, 2015 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

5:30pm

CANCELLED: Google Ninja Training Program
Starting the 15/16 school year we are using a new (free) training program for students and teachers, to teach them the Google Apps suite of tools (http://www.ninjaprogram.com/). Come to this session and I will go through one of the mini courses, and start you on your way to becoming a Google Ninja. Attendees, will need access to a Chromebook or laptops. Tablets won't work.

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Thursday November 5, 2015 5:30pm - 7:30pm
CANCELLED

5:30pm

CANCELLED: Notebook Hacking: e-Luminate Your Ideas With Paper Circuitry
In this electrifying hands-on session, you’ll practice Notebook Hacking, a production-centered approach to literacy through the exploratory integration of coding, electronics, writing, drawing, and making. Come experiment and play to discover how paper circuitry一in combination with the writing process一may be used as a tool for brainstorming and communicating ideas, with the added spark of Circuit Stickers, surface-mounted LEDs, and programmable microprocessors. (Prerequisite: Participants should bring a device already loaded with the latest version of the Arduino IDE to this workshop. Additionally, a working knowledge of basic circuits is helpful but not required.) This session will include a Chibitronics Starter Pack, a Chibitronics Sensor Pack, sewable battery holder, jump wire, tape, and more.

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avatar for Jill Dawson

Jill Dawson

Tech Integration Specialist
I am an educator, artist, and maker. I am currently teaching paper circuitry and green screen workshops for teachers and their students. While I am not tethered to one particular setting, I am a licensed middle and secondary humanities teacher, Google Certified Educator, and technology integration specialist.

Sessions

Thursday November 5, 2015 5:30pm - 7:30pm
CANCELLED

5:30pm

CANCELLED: Take Control of Google Apps with Google Scripts
Why learn to code? Well, for one thing, it’s fun! And really useful for solving problems. Google Scripts is a language that works with Google Apps. If you’ve ever wanted to automate a task in Google Apps or wondered how Add-ons do what they do, come give it a try. We’ll cover the basics and then you’ll dive into a project of your choice. We’ll also see examples of projects students have done. No prior coding experience is required.

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Thursday November 5, 2015 5:30pm - 7:30pm
CANCELLED

5:30pm

CANCELLED: Take Ten for STEM
Can't find time for STEM/Maker activities in your over-crowded curriculum? Use a few minutes of time each month in order to provide great STEM experiences. You can also use STEM activities to help students develop skills such as collaboration, listening, and technical reading.

Perhaps you feel that including a Maker Experience for students requires a room with 3D printers, laser cutters, expensive robots, and the like. Nothing could be further from the truth! While those things are certainly nice to have, there’s tremendous value in working with your hands and making outside of the digital realm.
Electrify your MAKER SPIRIT! Get hands-on experience building electromagnets, super simple motors, galvanometers, telegraphs, and solenoids -- all with simple materials. Experience how the incredible scientist Michael Faraday, in the early 1800s, made our modern world possible and how you might progress to Tesla Tuesdays or Toricelli Thursdays in the future! You'll get directions and some tips on writing successful grant applications to purchase batteries and other tools and materials. In addition, you’ll receive a starter kit with enough materials for your Tech Club or classroom.

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Thursday November 5, 2015 5:30pm - 7:30pm
CANCELLED

5:30pm

Creating with Chromebooks: Multimedia Apps & Tools
Join Elizabeth McCarthy for a fun and informative session on creating with Chromebooks. Receive a new Chromebook, spend a brief time getting started, then begin to explore and create with the many free multimedia apps and tools available. We will play around with everything from; making web banners and newsletters, exploring photo editing tools, creating memes and animations, data visualizations & infographics to digital storytelling. You’ll see that the creative possibilities with a Chromebook for learning are endless. Get a new Chromebook or bring your own.

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avatar for Elizabeth McCarthy

Elizabeth McCarthy

Google Education Trainer, Digital Learning Specialist
Elizabeth McCarthy has been an educator in Vermont for the past 18 years where she continues to supports teachers and students in leveraging technologies for deeper learning. As a Google Education Trainer, she provides professional development workshops, graduate level courses and presentations that make connections between the use of technology and deeper learning. | Ms. McCarthy is currently an online instructor for Community College of... Read More →

Sessions

Thursday November 5, 2015 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Gateway I

5:30pm

iPad Exploration: Making Student Thinking Visible
The personalized learning envisioned in Act 77 pushes educators to embrace multiple avenues of assessing student work. Join us in a hands-on exploration of how students can use iPads to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in rich and meaningful ways. Personal reflection is a powerful component of sense-making by students. Using iPads, students make thinking visible by reflecting on multimedia evidence. We will explore apps for collecting, curating, creating and sharing compelling evidence of learning. Participants may get a new iPad or bring their own.

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avatar for Susan Hennessey

Susan Hennessey

Teacher, Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

Sessions

Thursday November 5, 2015 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Northstar I

5:30pm

On Location ~ Anywhere/ Anytime with Chrome,Green Screen and WeVideo
Turn your Chromebook into a Video Production studio. Add green screen and you have a fun-tastic tool for that can transport your students anywhere, anytime, in the past or the future.
Come MAKE a Movie together. WeVideo’s collaboration features allows you to co-produce your movie and it’s green screen feature allows you to shoot your movie in any location you can dream of. Bring your Chromebook or get a new one! You will get a Green Cloth and Clamps. Participants can sign up for a FREE We Video Basic license on site and will give given the opportunity to upgrade to an EDU license if they want

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avatar for Lucie deLaBruere

Lucie deLaBruere

Digital Age Learning Consultant, Marlboro College / University of Vermont
After spending 30 years in K12 education, Lucie and her husband Craig currently live and learn in a 1983 vintage Bluebird bus visiting creative spaces around the US and seeking ways to partner with educators and students who are passionate about creativity and innovation. Lucie is adjunct faculty at the University of Vermont and Marlboro College Graduate School and is also a Google Certified Innovator and Google for Education Certified Trainer... Read More →
avatar for Eric Hall

Eric Hall

Technology Integration, Mount Mansfield Union High School

Sessions

Thursday November 5, 2015 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Northstar II
 
Friday, November 6
 

7:00am

7:30am

Registration
Registration table is downstairs by the fireplace.

Sessions

Friday November 6, 2015 7:30am - 8:30am
Fireplace Lobby

7:30am

Exhibitor area open
Exhibitor area open. Come visit!

Sessions

Friday November 6, 2015 7:30am - 3:30pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

8:30am

Blended Reality - HP 3D & Immersive Computing Solutions for Education
We live in 3D, yet technology lives in 2D so when we want to create, we hit barriers. Our imaginations are limited to clicks and taps.  We believe technology can be humanized.  It can close the gap to blend the physical with the digital enabling us to create with the tools we were born with, or we can grab something, mash something and make something even better.  This is the vision and the promise we call, Blended Reality, a way to blend the digital world with the physical world we live in. It’s a way to humanize technology and make it more tangible. In this session, we will explore how to bypass the old creative computing process, and go from thought to expression in an instant with a new category of creation, Immersive Computing, featuring the HP Sprout.  

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QR

Quick Reddy

HP Inc. Workstation Solutions Architect
MS

Marcus Szczecinski

Vermont Panurgy/Buffalo Technology Group

Friday November 6, 2015 8:30am - 9:30am
Escapade I

8:30am

Blender for Bunnies!
Do you know blender? Go watch “Big Buck Bunny.” That animation was created with Blender, a fully free/open source 3D creation pipeline. My Animation class at Milton High School took off with this program and created some amazing projects. Come hear how the class was designed, how it changed and experience blender first hand. Bring a laptop with blender loaded (https://www.blender.org/) and get ready to try some tutorials!

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Friday November 6, 2015 8:30am - 9:30am
Gateway I

8:30am

How to find $$ to Support Technology
Gain valuable knowledge on technology grant opportunities and grant resources available to help your district apply for grants. This session focuses on a wide variety of grant funding programs available for Education. We will also look at tools available to help you narrow in on funding opportunities right for your district and how to determine your eligibility as well as a look at resource available to help you apply.

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Friday November 6, 2015 8:30am - 9:30am
Gateway II

8:30am

K-2 Tech Stars 2.0
Ever think your students are just too young? Want to use technology but not sure where to start? This session will provide you with realistic ways students in K-2nd grade can become Tech Stars, using tools such as Google Classroom and Drive, Educreation, Digital Paint and Padlet. It will also give you ways to use Blogger, Twitter, Photostory and iMovie in your classroom.

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Friday November 6, 2015 8:30am - 9:30am
Escapade II

8:30am

The Digital Learning Video Project
Join Peter Drescher and learn about an innovative program that is creating a new set of tools for continuing to increase technology integration in classrooms. The Ed Tech Video Project is creating short videos illustrating Common Core standards with technology integration methods for supporting student learning in those standards. Come see what has been accomplished and how you can help support this endeavor.

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Friday November 6, 2015 8:30am - 9:30am
Roundabout

8:30am

The Happy Ed Tech Marriage of PLP’s, PBL, and Mental Health
What do you get when an inspired school-based clinician and an educator dedicated to personalized learning collaborate for system-level change? An innovative new software platform! Hear the stories and research behind the creative process as David Lipkin and Josie Jordan attempt to merge best practices in student engagement, PLP’s, and proficiency-based learning for an authentic learning experience. Participants will be invited to discuss innovative stakeholder partnerships and software design principles within the educational landscape.


Friday November 6, 2015 8:30am - 9:30am
Northstar I

8:30am

What's up with your SIS? The family wants to know! - Panel
It seems timely to have a conversation about Student Information Systems (SIS), the hub of the data infrastructure for schools. What is the state of the art here? Where is Pearson/Powerschool heading, and is it working for us? What is the likelihood that SIS users with each product like Powerschool, can collaborate to respond to the State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS), and the SIF framework that is being proposed?

Presenters
avatar for Craig Donnan

Craig Donnan

Systems Administrator, Washington West SU
I coordinate technology infrastructure support at the WWSU Central Office, and support the SU's six schools and the Central Office and their tech coordinators in providing reliable and robust technologies for our teachers and students. I manage servers, networks, wireless, firewalls, support web based apps, phone systems, and integration needs between databases and between any IP based infrastructure including HVAC controls, timeclock... Read More →

Sessions

Friday November 6, 2015 8:30am - 9:30am
Northstar II

8:30am

Ed Camp
Come join the Ed Camp 'unconference' convesation, where the agenda is set by the participants at the start of the event.

Is there a new kind of #vted discussion?
Moderators: @PrincipalBerry and @FinleyJD

Is there a new way to have a new type of discussion on Vermont education? A la Front Porch Forum? Slack.com? Twitter and the #vted hashtag? We’ll unpack ideas in this group. Generated from a discussion on Twitter by @PrincipalBerry and @finleyJD… with an invitation sent to @VitaLearn! 

Sessions

Friday November 6, 2015 8:30am - 9:30am
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

8:30am

Creation & Invention Space
The Creation & Invention Space will have rotating exhibits on both days where we will showcase Making in Vermont Schools and engage you in using technology to make movies, podcast, ebooks, and more.
  • Making with Raspberry Pi  at Thetford Academy

  • Story of Making at Mill River School

  • The Story of Making at Hartford Schools

  • Building on Our Stories with Video

  • Building on our Stories with Audio

  • Building on our Stories with Text and Images

Ceate and Make at VermontFest

Presenters
avatar for Lucie deLaBruere

Lucie deLaBruere

Digital Age Learning Consultant, Marlboro College / University of Vermont
After spending 30 years in K12 education, Lucie and her husband Craig currently live and learn in a 1983 vintage Bluebird bus visiting creative spaces around the US and seeking ways to partner with educators and students who are passionate about creativity and innovation. Lucie is adjunct faculty at the University of Vermont and Marlboro College Graduate School and is also a Google Certified Innovator and Google for Education Certified Trainer... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 8:30am - 11:30am
Creation & Invention Space

9:45am

The Great Race
For the past few years, a group of fourth and fifth grade students from Founders Memorial School participated in the “Great Race”, a multidisciplinary activity involving the researching and planning of a trip across the United States. Come learn how our students competed against fourteen elementary classrooms from across the country in this virtual race.

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Friday November 6, 2015 9:45am - 10:40am
Gateway II

9:45am

How to Make a Great Educational Podcast
Want to get in on podcasting in your classroom? We’ll talk you through the process, soup-to-nuts: recording equipment and apps, editing software, and how to publish, host and publicizing your classroom podcast. We’ll go over what to record and when, what makes a great audio story, and how to use podcasting with students for assessment and reflection. This session will be great for administrators interested in telling their school’s story.


Friday November 6, 2015 9:45am - 11:15am
Escapade II

9:45am

Total Threat Protection by Barracuda. Protect your students, your devices, and your network.
Tech Speak: Total Threat Protection integrates best-of-breed security components to provide real-time protection against advanced threats. Each component provides protection for every vector - network, user, email, Web, remote, mobile. TPP scales with your organization and evolves with a changing threat landscape.

Plain English:  Techs will spend less time defending against malware and rebuilding machines.  Students and devices will be protected at school and away.  Solutions to fit Vermont’s smallest schools right up through the largest supervisory unions. 

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Friday November 6, 2015 9:45am - 11:15am
Roundabout

9:45am

Google Apps for Education Administrators
Administrators of Google Apps for Education (GAFE) domains convene to discuss the challenges of GAFE deployment. This session is for current administrators of GAFE domains. We will share both the challenges and solutions we have stumbled upon in the course of administering and maintaining our GAFE domains.

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Friday November 6, 2015 9:45am - 11:45am
Escapade I

9:45am

Make With Code ~ Let's Get Physical
Looking for ways to move beyond the screen and beyond hour of code? Why not try coding physical objects to move, race, dance, sense, and more. Physical objects that students (from grades K - 12) can code are popping up everywhere~ Sphero! Ozobot! KEBO! Dash and Dot! LittleBits! Makey Makey, PicoBoard! Raspberry Pi! Do you have one? Come demo it and let your peers get their hands on some fun ways to make with code. This will be a collaborative conversation where we get PHYSICAL with CODE! Ready for the Fun! Join us!

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avatar for Lucie deLaBruere

Lucie deLaBruere

Digital Age Learning Consultant, Marlboro College / University of Vermont
After spending 30 years in K12 education, Lucie and her husband Craig currently live and learn in a 1983 vintage Bluebird bus visiting creative spaces around the US and seeking ways to partner with educators and students who are passionate about creativity and innovation. Lucie is adjunct faculty at the University of Vermont and Marlboro College Graduate School and is also a Google Certified Innovator and Google for Education Certified Trainer... Read More →

Sessions

Friday November 6, 2015 9:45am - 11:45am
Northstar II

9:45am

New ISTE Standards for Students - Let your voice be heard!
ISTE is planning to refresh the ISTE Standards for Students this year. Attendees at this workshop will be giving ISTE feedback for what is essential in these refreshed standards. What’s required to help students adapt to quickly changing and growing bodies of knowledge? How do we, through these standards, build a student’s love of learning and knowledge of how to learn? Come and speak for Vermont’s teachers in this process.

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Friday November 6, 2015 9:45am - 11:45am
Gateway I

9:45am

Overhauling Tired Learning Spaces
Refit those tired classrooms, learning spaces, and hallways… and do so inexpensively! It's possible! Explore innovative ideas and practices from around the globe to renovate classrooms and school spaces to spark creativity, collaboration, student engagement, teacher pedagogical practice and boost morale! Bring pictures of classrooms and learning spaces you'd like to renovate for some group thinking and rapid prototyping. We’ll share ideas for elementary, middle, and high schools… and even those tires Ed offices! Hey, it’s time to finally admit that there’s more to ‘school’ than high-gloss, institutional beige!

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avatar for Adam Provost

Adam Provost

#bsdvt and Vita-Learn
Exploring creativity with students and adults in the world, #BSDVT, President of VITA-Learn (educator PD in VT), adjunct at SNHU, writer, traveler, and coach...

Sessions

Friday November 6, 2015 9:45am - 11:45am
Northstar I

10:45am

Walking the Walk: Educator PLPs for Professional Growth
What if the first “P” in “PLP” stood for “professional”? Great educators naturally engage in the cycle of goal setting, evidence gathering, and reflection. In this revealing talk, Tarrant Institute staff turn the mirror back upon themselves, or perhaps step through the looking glass, to explore the ramifications of taking a PLP approach to professional growth. Prepare to be treated to the gory and glorious details as you consider whether IPDPs need a rethink.

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Friday November 6, 2015 10:45am - 11:15am
Gateway II

11:30am

Lunch and Award Ceremony
Lunch and Award Ceremony

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Friday November 6, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

12:00pm

VITA-Learn Annual Meeting
Join us at this meeting to learn how your state organization is working to assist all Vermont educators. We would love to hear your ideas and suggestions on how to improve our services to Vermont educators.

Sessions

Friday November 6, 2015 12:00pm - 12:20pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

12:45pm

Chrome Apps and Extensions to Support all Students
This presentation will cover apps and extensions for Google chrome that can support all students. Supports for writing, such as speech to text, word prediction, research, bibliography and annotation apps and extensions will be covered. Additionally, tools to support text to speech, screen casting, podcasting, and executive functioning will be introduced. Case studies of support for students will be examined. Universal approaches to introducing tools will also be discussed. Come learn how one district is supporting more of its students with Google Chrome apps and extensions!

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Friday November 6, 2015 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Northstar I

12:45pm

Flipping the Classroom and Increasing Engagement with BadgeOS
Learn how we transformed course content into a digital achievement-based LMS where students earned badge recognition for meeting proficiencies with a “gradebook” set to only “met” or “resubmit.” A high school Biology Unit and a 5th/6th grade Ancient Greece Unit were transformed using Wordpress and BadgeOS to create social, competitive learning communities. We will share our deep dive into the world of badge earning in a blended environment. The goal: engage all learners.

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avatar for Susan Hennessey

Susan Hennessey

Teacher, Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

Sessions

Friday November 6, 2015 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Gateway II

12:45pm

Hands On Programming for Primary Grades

Get ready to become best friends with Dash and Dot, gather your treasure by programming Robot Turtle and star in a short story that you also produce. This workshop will cover the why and how for coding in elementary grades. You will be introduced to different robots, iPad apps, computer games and unplugged activities. Come prepared to try out different resources and commit to taking at least one idea back to your classroom.

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avatar for Erica Bertucci

Erica Bertucci

K-8 STEAM teacher, St. Albans City School
I am currently tasked with developing STEAM curriculum for K-2. I also teach most grades from K-8 so am interested in all project ideas that engage students in thinking critically, being creative and persevering through challenges. I also am always looking for ways to encourage Making in my school.

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Friday November 6, 2015 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Escapade II

12:45pm

Modeling Climate Science
Using NGSS as a framework, VEEP has designed a unit on climate change for middle schools that incorporates science content and practices in engaging, hands-on lessons. This integrated hands-on, evidence based approach allows students to practice the process of science and see examples of how data is used to reach a scientific conclusion. The curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop and test models and then make connections to real world applications through the use of computer simulations and interactive sites. In this workshop teachers will get all the background information they need to deliver at least 3 climate science modeling lessons, and will be eligible to borrow materials to run the unit in their classrooms.

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avatar for Vermont Energy Education

Vermont Energy Education

Executive Director, Vermont Energy Education Program
PO Box 1364 | Montpelier, VT 05601 | 802-552-8450 | Contact: Cara Robechek | cara.robechek@veep.org 

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Friday November 6, 2015 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Escapade I

12:45pm

Pick up your Phone! And learn about it…
Our phones are one of the most used pieces of equipment in our daily operations, but what do you really know about it? Joins us as we cover a variety of important topics surrounding your phone system. Topics will include: E911, Erate changes and what that means for your current systems, beneficial unified communications that can streamline your daily operations, and how to put your school in the best position for the future of technology.

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avatar for First Choice Communication Services Inc.

First Choice Communication Services Inc.

Sales Engineer, First Choice Communication Services Inc.
First Choice, established in 1992, is a communications systems integrator for voice, data, fiber optics, VoIP, surveillance, door access control and public address. We are experts in multi-system IP integration, and service the education, healthcare, manufacturing and government markets. Trust us for quality design, installation and training of your next communications system or cabling infrastructure design.

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Friday November 6, 2015 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Roundabout

12:45pm

Protect your students: Data Security and the Risks you need to know!
With technology making its way into schools there are many risks that were previously of no concern, that we must be aware of to protect our schools, faculty and students from. Come listen to real life examples of security threats that could affect your schools as you transform into the digital world and how to best protect yourself from having these things happen to you.


Friday November 6, 2015 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Gateway I

12:45pm

Squishy Circuits: Electrify your Mini-Makers Imaginations!
Wondering how to add a little STEAM into your teaching practice? Join us for a maker experience for the little ones. Let us introduce you to scientific play, engineering exploration and design journals using squishy circuits! Learn how to facilitate an engineering experience with hands-on projects that connect to NGSS and CCSS standards. Come ready to Be Curious, Get Messy and Reflect! Leave with the practical tips, applications and resources you need to get started.


Friday November 6, 2015 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Northstar II

12:45pm

Creation & Invention Space
The Creation & Invention Space will have rotating exhibits on both days where we will showcase Making in Vermont Schools and engage you in using technology to make movies, podcast, ebooks, and more.

  • Paper Circuits

  • Story of Making at Benson School

  • The Story of Making at Shelburne Community School  

  • Building on Our Stories with Video

  • Building on our Stories with Audio

  • Building on our Stories with Text and Images 

Ceate and Make at VermontFest

Presenters
avatar for Lucie deLaBruere

Lucie deLaBruere

Digital Age Learning Consultant, Marlboro College / University of Vermont
After spending 30 years in K12 education, Lucie and her husband Craig currently live and learn in a 1983 vintage Bluebird bus visiting creative spaces around the US and seeking ways to partner with educators and students who are passionate about creativity and innovation. Lucie is adjunct faculty at the University of Vermont and Marlboro College Graduate School and is also a Google Certified Innovator and Google for Education Certified Trainer... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 12:45pm - 2:45pm
Creation & Invention Space

1:45pm

Ed Camp
Come join the Ed Camp 'unconference' convesation, where the agenda is set by the participants at the start of the event.

Act 77 and PLPs! What?
Moderator TBD
What’s your school doing for PLPs? What’s the ‘facilitation’ perspective and what’s the ‘student perspective’? What are you doing now, and where might you be headed? A number of schools in Vermont are hip deep in PLPs already. What are the leaders doing to promote student voice and engagement? Bring your troubles, your questions and your ideas to a think tank!

 

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Friday November 6, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

2:00pm

CANCELED: Who is driving this ship? Piloting Personalized Learning Plans
Join a middle school librarian and four middle school students to learn about their experiences with piloting the Personalized Learning Plans. We will share our journey: ups and downs, successes and challenges. You will learn about ways that we explored self identity, goals setting, and reflection. The insight you are invited to gain will help to inform your practice and path with PLPs.

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Friday November 6, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
CANCELLED

2:00pm

Computer Programming and Game Design in High School
Join a conversation and build on our story of getting “Computer Programming” and “Computer Game Design” off the ground in Burlington High School. We will share our story and connect with BHS students to ask questions.Our first year we saw some great things coming from the kids, and some really personalized self-paced learning. Kids will go the extra mile when they are studying something they like with limited parameters - it's our job to guide them and help them to find what it is they want to study. Once they discover the right topic you will be amazed at where they go!

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avatar for Adam Provost

Adam Provost

#bsdvt and Vita-Learn
Exploring creativity with students and adults in the world, #BSDVT, President of VITA-Learn (educator PD in VT), adjunct at SNHU, writer, traveler, and coach...

Sessions

Friday November 6, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Escapade I

2:00pm

Designing a Wireless Network
This session is geared for the IT Director, Network Administrator or anyone interested in learning more about how to design a wireless network. We will look at industry trends, new technologies and look at case studies of recent K-12 wireless deployments. Focus will be on exploring various wireless models such as cloud versus controller based and design models and tips to consider when building out your wireless infrastructure. In addition we will close the session with an overview of possible grant funding opportunities to support your 1 to 1 project.

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Friday November 6, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Roundabout

2:00pm

Immigrants Tell Their Stories
Want to learn how a MS social studies teacher and a librarian worked together to help students turn their immigrant stories into online picture books? It wasn’t difficult but it was interesting using chromebooks, Google apps and a handful of free online tools like StoryboardThat and FLIPHTML5. Sixth grade students wrote and illustrated historically accurate narratives to reflect their specific immigrant group and then to make their stories available to a wider audience they converted them into e-books.

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Jennifer Parker

Library Media Specialist, Arlington Memorial Middle/ High School
Libraries, Minecraft, Second Life, maker spaces, web tools, books & reading, vintage bicycles, cycling

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Friday November 6, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Gateway I

2:00pm

Level Up with Game Based Learning- Engaging students using game-based learning gamification.
Come see Lori Lisai, 2015 Rowland Fellow and ML English teacher, Chris Bologna, tech mastermind and ML SS teacher, Audrey Homan, Tarrant tech blogger and gamer, and tech. integrationist guru Marc Gilbertson as they show-off the game based learning units and gamification tools they use in classes. Participants will leave with models of tested gamification and game-based learning modules that can be used to engage students in your next class. You might even start beginnings of your own game.

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Marc Gilbertson

Tech Integrationist, Lamoille Union

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Friday November 6, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Gateway II

2:00pm

Not so Apparent Chromebooks Tips & Tricks
If you are using (or will be using Chromebooks) come learn some great tips and tricks to help fine tune your productivity and customize your Chromebook to your specific workflow needs. This is a hands-on workshop, so bring or borrow a Chromebook, and get ready to dive into some new ways to use a Chromebook and improve your experience with this powerful learning device.

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Jessica Wilson

Technology Integration Specialist, Hinesburg Community School
Jessica Wilson is the Technology Integration Specialist at the Hinesburg Community School and CSSU Central Office. She works closely with the PreK-8 teachers and staff to help transform the school into a flourishing learning environment that incorporates 21st century skills through the use of technology, so everyone can develop good strategies for learning and be active contributors to our global society. Jessica is vice-president of the... Read More →

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Friday November 6, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Northstar II

2:00pm

Take Back Control of Your Digital Learning Environment

GoGuardian empowers educators to see and positively shape student behavior and mold them into responsible digital citizens by giving them powerful insights into what is actually happening on their Chromebooks. Built for Chrome Operating System so it integrates seamlessly with your browser making it easy and fast to set up and manage. 

We increase classroom productivity by promoting on-task behavior. Educators are able to ensure safe online access, detect serious matters such as bullying or intent to commit suicide, and open a dialogue between administrators, parents, and students. Detailed analytics provide insights into student activity, so educators can adapt to positively influence student behavior. We protect millions of students and their devices across five continents. M



Friday November 6, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Escapade II

3:10pm

Closing and Door Prizes
Closing and Door Prizes - Must be present to win!

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Friday November 6, 2015 3:10pm - 3:20pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom