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Wednesday, November 2
 

5:30pm

SLACK -- The New School-IT?
Come to get some hands-on work with Slack if you can't make the Friday presentation, a communication tool you may find useful in your Districts.

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Moderators
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Wednesday November 2, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Gateway I

5:30pm

Becoming a Connected Educator and Building Your PLN
This year's conference theme is Making Connections Matter. In addition to making connections face-to-face at the conference, you might want to delve more deeply into how we can take advantage of social media tools to make powerful connections to help you grow professionally. Come and explore/learn about using Twitter and Google+ Communities to connect, stay current, and stretch your thinking. 

Presenter Material 

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 →


Wednesday November 2, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Gateway II
 
Thursday, November 3
 

7:00am

8:30am

Building a 3D printer at VermontFest Kickoff
We'll review our plans to Build a 3D printer made mostly of 3D printed parts at VermontFest. We'll review the Materials we've gathered and the plans to make it happen - then Kick Off the Build

Speaker Resources 

Moderators
avatar for Rodney Batschelet

Rodney Batschelet

Technology Specialist, Benson Village School
I am a commercial/fine artist of 30+ years (my profile avatar is one of my paintings) and technology fanatic. I have been working for the last five years to share my love of art and computer science with as many students as I can. Technology and art collide spectacularly when a 3D printer is in the mix.

Presenters

Thursday November 3, 2016 8:30am - 8:55am
Roundabout

8:30am

Conquering Tech Grants: How to make your proposal WIN
ePlus Technology, Inc.Learn about top tech opportunities and grant resources available to help make your application successful. This session focuses on a wide variety of steps to take to ensure you receive a win.  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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Thursday November 3, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Escapade II

8:30am

Scalable, efficient IT Asset Management

Whalley Computer Asset Management

IT environments are becoming increasingly more diverse and complex, and consequently, more difficult for you to manage. Mobility, along with more and more “smart” devices (i.e., the Internet of Things) has led to a significant increase in the number and types of devices that are connected to corporate networks; devices that you must inventory, manage and secure. The scope of this challenge becomes evident when you consider the number of different platforms you have to manage, including Windows®, Windows Server®, Mac® OS X®, Linux®, UNIX, iOS™, and Android™. Even if you’ve always believed you could “get along” without a comprehensive strategy, it is becoming imperative for your organization to make IT asset management (ITAM) and systems a priority.


Presenters

Thursday November 3, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Escapade I

8:30am

Exhibitors
Thursday November 3, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

8:30am

8:30am

1:1 With Chromebooks
Many schools are either 1:1 now or going 1:1 in the future.  There are many things that people have learned along the way, or have questions about.  So let's learn together.  

Presenters
avatar for Bjorn Behrendt

Bjorn Behrendt

IT coordinator, Fair Haven Union High School
IT Coordinator for Fair Haven Union High School | Add-on developer


Thursday November 3, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

8:30am

Coding with FinchBot
Pre-K through 4 students can easily learn basic coding skills using the SNAP language and Finch Robots.  

Presenters
avatar for Joe Bertelloni

Joe Bertelloni

Technology Teacher, Clarendon Elementary School
Technology Teacher at Clarendon Elementary School. Experimenting in STEM and STEAM. Looking to develop elementary level stand alone curriculum.



Thursday November 3, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

8:30am

Promoting Student Voice: Social Media
Building classroom culture and community using social media. Highlighting student voice and parent connectivity with school. 

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Promoting Student Voice 

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."


Thursday November 3, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

8:30am

Reflective Teaching, How Having an Authentic Audience Helps
Let's talk about how blogging and putting our units on websites gives us as teachers authentic audiences and leads us to being increasingly reflective in our practice.

Presenters

Thursday November 3, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

8:30am

8:30am

Challenges with Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements

Part 1: Essentially we’ve lived in a world to this point where a D- ‘proficiency’ can still equal a high school diploma.

It’s a great idea… PBGRs. What are some schools doing on this front? What are the consequences of these decisions? What is ‘proficient’ and are we prepared to enforce it? And how / what does this mean to post-secondary education?



Presenters
avatar for Diana Laufenberg

Diana Laufenberg

Inquiry Schools, Executive Director and Lead Teacher
For the past two decades Diana has been a secondary social studies teacher in Wisconsin, Kansas, Arizona and Pennsylvania. She most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on modern learning. Her practice has deep roots in experiential education, taking students from the classroom to the real world and back again. Prior to her work in Philadelphia, she was an... Read More →


Thursday November 3, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Northstar II

8:30am

Connecting the Whole Community Around Digital Citizenship
Part 1: Digital Citizenship is a topic that we need to address in schools and in partnership with our parent communities. In this session we'll discuss and share what we're doing, where we're going, and steps to get there. Some of Common Sense Media's resources will be shared, as well as others.

Presenter Material 

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 →


Thursday November 3, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Gateway I

8:30am

The New ISTE Standards and what they mean to VT Educators

Part 1: A conversation about the new ISTE standards and how they can tie to our work here in VT.  Be ready to explore the new standards, and delve into the connections between those standards, our VT work in the Education Quality Standards (EQS) and the Transferable Skills, our Federal work that is coming via the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and our upcoming Digital Learning Plan.  Participants should bring a connected device and expect to work in small groups to explore a variety of resources and together come to some conclusions about how the ISTE standards and other resources inter-relate.  Above all, we’ll have some fun thinking about the ways we see these resources as both challenges and opportunities.


Presenters
avatar for Peter Drescher

Peter Drescher

Education Technology Coordinator, VT Agency of Education


Thursday November 3, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Gateway II

9:00am

Start Coding in Python on Raspberry Pi
Learn how to start coding in Python with the free IDLE (integrated development environment) that comes bundled with the Raspbian operating system for Raspberry Pi.

Speaker Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Steven Davis

Steven Davis

Integration Specialist, BFA St. Albans
Stop by the Innovation Space's Microprocessor Exhibit on Thursday morning to find out more about Raspberry Pi computers and alter some simple coding scripts. | In addition: a 25 minute hands-on "Python on Raspberry Pi" workshop, Thurs at 9. Link to download free Python IDLE in the resources PDF on my session page... spend less time installing and more time coding during the short session.



Thursday November 3, 2016 9:00am - 9:25am
Roundabout

9:30am

Project Based Learning in a Real Life Classroom
Mary Colvin will share how she integrates Project Based Learning in her 7-12 Social Studies Classroom. A student will co-present on the PBL experience from the student point of view.

Speaker Resources 

Presenters

Thursday November 3, 2016 9:30am - 9:55am
Roundabout

9:45am

Keynote Pannel
Thursday November 3, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

10:00am

Robot Rodeo
Sign up to host a robot for a month at your school. This opportunity will give your students a chance to code a robot in preparation for Robot Rodeo this Spring. We hope that 10 of your will leave VermontFest with a Robot in your hands to bring back to your school.  

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Thursday November 3, 2016 10:00am - 10:25am
Roundabout

10:30am

From Paper Circuits to Programming
Demo on how Coding can take your Paper Circuits to the Next Level.\

Speaker Resources 

Presenters
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.


Thursday November 3, 2016 10:30am - 10:55am
Roundabout

11:00am

Apple Teacher and the Classroom App

We've designed the Apple Teacher program to help teachers build skills and stay inspired. And after completing online quizzes, you will receive an official Apple Teacher logo you can share with the world.  Additionally we will be providing a hands-on session with the Classroom App.  Classroom is a powerful new iPad app that helps teachers guide learning, share work, and manage student devices.

 


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Thursday November 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Escapade I

11:00am

PLPs and Proficiency- based Mindset

Teachers and students learning together: a whole-system approach to PLP and proficiency-based mindsets.

SchoolHack Solutions

Meaningful adoption of personalized learning strategies often requires us to rethink and rewire our instructional practices. Superficial solutions that don't address the underlying systemic challenges only confuse students and creates initiative fatigue among teachers. What supports are needed to help educators confidently navigate the change process? Designed by and for Vermont educators, LiFT provides educators with a step-by-step approach to create true learner-centric systems in their classrooms.

Come hear how schools and districts across the nation are using this Vermont grown platform to set the stage for meaningful change.




Thursday November 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Escapade II

11:00am

Exhibitors
Thursday November 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

11:00am

11:00am

Challenges with Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements

Part 2: Essentially we’ve lived in a world to this point where a D- ‘proficiency’ can still equal a high school diploma.

It’s a great idea… PBGRs. What are some schools doing on this front? What are the consequences of these decisions? What is ‘proficient’ and are we prepared to enforce it? And how / what does this mean to post-secondary education?



Presenters
avatar for Diana Laufenberg

Diana Laufenberg

Inquiry Schools, Executive Director and Lead Teacher
For the past two decades Diana has been a secondary social studies teacher in Wisconsin, Kansas, Arizona and Pennsylvania. She most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on modern learning. Her practice has deep roots in experiential education, taking students from the classroom to the real world and back again. Prior to her work in Philadelphia, she was an... Read More →


Thursday November 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Northstar II

11:00am

Connecting the Whole Community Around Digital Citizenship

Part 2: Digital Citizenship is a topic that we need to address in schools and in partnership with our parent communities. In this session we'll discuss and share what we're doing, where we're going, and steps to get there. Some of Common Sense Media's resources will be shared, as well as others.

Presenter Material 



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 →


Thursday November 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Gateway I

11:00am

The New ISTE Standards and what they mean to VT Educators
Part 2: A conversation about the new ISTE standards and how they can tie to our work here in VT.  Be ready to explore the new standards, and delve into the connections between those standards, our VT work in the Education Quality Standards (EQS) and the Transferable Skills, our Federal work that is coming via the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and our upcoming Digital Learning Plan.  Participants should bring a connected device and expect to work in small groups to explore a variety of resources and together come to some conclusions about how the ISTE standards and other resources inter-relate.  Above all, we’ll have some fun thinking about the ways we see these resources as both challenges and opportunities.

Presenters
avatar for Peter Drescher

Peter Drescher

Education Technology Coordinator, VT Agency of Education


Thursday November 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Gateway II

12:00pm

Lunch
Thursday November 3, 2016 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

1:15pm

Invent your own Internet of Things! No Coding, No Wires - No Kidding!
Learn how to use SAM Labs' kits to instantly create wireless systems and connect them to the Internet without any coding skills needed. You'll be learning how to use blocks and simple app to understand the basics of programming, logics, the Internet of Things and engineering. You'll be inventing in no time, whether expert or beginner.

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WB

Will Bohmann

Education Technology Integration Specialist, Center For Technology


Thursday November 3, 2016 1:15pm - 1:40pm
Roundabout

1:15pm

Endpoint Systems Management Security
Whalley Computer Assiocates

Over the last decade a lot of focus has been on the datacenter and infrastructure, but the reality is that most of an IT staff's time is spent resolving issues around endpoint systems. Desktops have been replaced by laptops and tablets making the end user more mobile and less secure especially when they are outside the firewall, but this is the reality of how we do business today. Kace can radically reduce the time spent dealing with, and remediating endpoint related issues and strengthen endpoint security beyond antivirus, and give your IT Staff time back to work on the more strategic projects that you have.

Presenters

Thursday November 3, 2016 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Escapade II

1:15pm

Look at that Shiny New Toy!!! A Review of Things to Consider Before Purchasing an LMS

K-12 education has become a vibrant marketplace for technology and software products. Many districts are investigating implementation of a Learning Management System (LMS) to better manage their digital instruction practices. Districts considering this option shouldn’t be rushed. An LMS involves much more than just adding another piece of educational software to your infrastructure. Join us for a discussion on how a properly integrated LMS impacts teachers, students, parents, administrators, and data managers.



Presenters

Thursday November 3, 2016 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Escapade II

1:15pm

Exhibitors
Thursday November 3, 2016 1:15pm - 3:30pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

1:15pm

1:15pm

Roundtable Discussions
Presenters
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...


Thursday November 3, 2016 1:15pm - 3:30pm
Pool

1:15pm

Chromebooks and Google Redefining UDL, Differentiation, Personalization and MTSS

In this collaborative session we will share how Chromebooks can redefine Universal Design for Learning, Differentiation, Personalization and MTSS.  We'll talk about engaging digital tools, content, process, product and so much more.

Let's hammer out ideas for

  • Re-imagining learning with Apps

  • Maximizing with Classroom

  • Producing creative artifacts

  • Kids collaborating effectively

  • Collecting data effortlessly

Presenters

Thursday November 3, 2016 1:15pm - 3:30pm
Escapade I

1:15pm

Connecting Integration: Ideas, Innovations, & Issues
Do you provide technology integration support for learners?  Whether you are a technology integrationist, teacher, media specialist/librarian, administrator, or lab supervisor—if you provide integration support, this session is for you!  Using the design thinking model we will tackle challenges that have been keeping you up at night.  Come connect with other integrators in the EdCamp-style conversations on professional development, leadership, supporting one-to-one programs, all things Google, digital citizenship, best of the best resources, and more.

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Presenters
avatar for Kristen Courcelle

Kristen Courcelle

Technology Integration Specialist, South Burlington School District
Kristen Courcelle is currently a K-12 technology integration specialist for the elementary schools in the South Burlington School District.  Kristen has been in education for 16 years as a classroom teacher, technology integration specialist, and innovative technology leader in various Vermont schools.  
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 →


Thursday November 3, 2016 1:15pm - 3:30pm
Gateway I

1:15pm

Designing Open Education School Systems

Vermont has several laudable education policy initiatives pertaining to personalizing student learning including PLPs, early college, flexible pathways, and proficiency-based learning.  Additionally, we remain focused on addressing persistent equity issues while at the same time increasing learning opportunities for all students.  From a historical perspective, all of these concepts can be described under a larger narrative of Open Education, the continued expansion of who has access to a high quality education.

This session will engage participants in an interactive exploration of three interconnected themes in order to develop a systems approach to designing an open education school system that can be instituted locally and also scaled across Vermont.  These themes are:

  • Open Opportunity: Open Education Resources (OER) offer students the ability to access an expanded curriculum and are shifting the role of teachers to be Designers of Learning.

  • Open Organization Systems – New organizational approaches such as Design Thinking allow schools to adopt a more open, dynamic and nimble disposition towards change.

  • Open Community – Technology is redefining community and creating new means for developing and sharing best practices across a distributed organizational structure.

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.



Thursday November 3, 2016 1:15pm - 3:30pm
Gateway II

1:15pm

Inquiry Based Learning - A Classroom Full of Questions

A classroom full of questions.

A classroom where collaboration is emphasized, and practiced… over and over again.A classroom where teachers are promoting student voice.

What does that look like?
What are some strategies to make your learning time and spaces with kids more engaging?

Presenter Material 


Presenters
avatar for Diana Laufenberg

Diana Laufenberg

Inquiry Schools, Executive Director and Lead Teacher
For the past two decades Diana has been a secondary social studies teacher in Wisconsin, Kansas, Arizona and Pennsylvania. She most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on modern learning. Her practice has deep roots in experiential education, taking students from the classroom to the real world and back again. Prior to her work in Philadelphia, she was an... Read More →


Thursday November 3, 2016 1:15pm - 3:30pm
Northstar II

1:40pm

Transforming Space: Giving A Design Technology Program A New LOOK and FEEL
Leah will share her process of Transforming Space and her process of Giving A Design Technology Program A New LOOK and FEEL at Williston Central School

Speaker Resources 

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avatar for Leah Joly

Leah Joly

Design Technology Teacher, Williston Central School
I teach Design & Technology to grades 3-8 at Williston Central School. Special interests: makerspaces, e-textiles, design thinking


Thursday November 3, 2016 1:40pm - 2:00pm
Roundabout

2:05pm

Planning for the Zombie Apocalypse
Katy will share her experience with Project Based Learning in the Classroom. 

Speaker Resources 

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Thursday November 3, 2016 2:05pm - 2:30pm
Roundabout

2:30pm

Getting Started with Green Screen/WeVideo
Introducing WeVideo and green screen to your school, and troubleshooting potential challenges.

Speaker Resources 

Presenters
EP

Ericka Page

Teacher, North Country Union Jr. High


Thursday November 3, 2016 2:30pm - 2:50pm
Roundabout

2:30pm

Promethean New Product Update

As we shape the modern classroom of the 21st century, we are focused on providing teachers with tools for creating a highly collaborative learning environment that is inclusive of all. As a milestone toward that mission, we’re very pleased to announce the launch of the all-new Promethean ActivPanel which was recently awarded Tech & Learning’s Best of Show at ISTE 2016.

Join us and discovery these new teaching and learning tools, FREE evaluation products will be offered to those who would like to provide feedback on their fit in your environment.




Thursday November 3, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Escapade II

2:30pm

2:30pm

You Too Can Travel to Germany and Learn about STEM!
I was awarded a fellowship with the Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP) for STEM teachers.  I traveled to Germany for two weeks with other educations from the USA to learn about the German education system and how they are teaching STEM.  We met with German STEM teachers, visited the teacher training academy, met students and learned about all the environmental technology being used currently in Germany.  Of course, we learned all about German culture as well.  I would like to talk about this amazing trip, what I learned, and give other teachers the chance to apply and participate themselves next year!

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 →


Thursday November 3, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

2:55pm

Coding in Elementary School Curriculum
Coding Elementary School Curriculum from Media literacy to integrating Scratch in the Curriculum

Speaker Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Kyra Ginalski

Kyra Ginalski

Librarian, Bristol Elementary School


Thursday November 3, 2016 2:55pm - 3:20pm
Roundabout

3:30pm

 
Friday, November 4
 

7:00am

8:30am

Raspberry Pi
Exploring Using the Pi to control Robots

Speaker Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Michael Norkun

Michael Norkun

Science Teacher and Department coordinator, bellows falls union high school
As an educator, I strive to instill a love for learning, provide students with appropriate skills to be lifelong learners and productive members of any community. I hold the status of a Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) of secondary level science with a Master's Degree in Education. I am also endorsed as a K-12 technology integration specialist. | | Aside from being an educator, my family and I live as sustainable as possible on our homestead... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 8:30am - 8:55am
Roundabout

8:30am

8:30am

Today’s Teens and their First Screens: a conversation about mobile phones in education
With learners of all ages carrying mobile phones, let’s talk about how they’re being used in your schools.  With dynamic capacities and super powers, their potential for helping students personalize education and demonstrate proficiency seems amazing.  This is particularly true when paired with the various other mobile devices offered in schools.  Yet we know their distraction potential is pretty high as well.  Couple this with an insatiable appetite for communication, and our central question is framed.  So let’s talk about ideas, perspectives, management strategies and engaging pedagogies.  Let’s curate and share the many great practices surrounding cell phones sure to be happening in Vermont. 

Presenters
avatar for Colin McKaig

Colin McKaig

English Teacher & Rowland Fellow, Black River Middle High School
2013 Rowland Fellow studying mobile technology, neuroscience, teaching & learning.


Friday November 4, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

8:30am

SHI/Intel
Friday November 4, 2016 8:30am - 10:45am
Escapade II

8:30am

Building Communities and Schools Through Social Media

How we use social media to connect with educators and our stakeholders, increase shared voice in our story, personalize professional development and improve the culture of our learning communities.

Presenter Material 



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avatar for Michael Berry

Michael Berry

Administrator, MMMUSD-CESU
I'm currently the principal of Richmond Elementary School. We work hard to share the story of our school using multiple avenues of social media and communication tools. Next year I'll be transitioning into a new role of Director of Curriculum, Communication and Innovation for the MMMUSD-CESU schools.
avatar for John Craig

John Craig

Associate Principal, Hazen Union School


Friday November 4, 2016 8:30am - 10:45am
Gateway II

8:30am

Learning Visually

Infographics work in the classroom because they grab students and allow an entry point to learning — and because they sum up pages and pages, even chapters, of information that would take a reader hours to process.  Interactive infographics make kids want to immediately start clicking around to see what’s what. For a teacher who prioritizes an inquiry-driven classroom, that’s a great starting point.  Infographics and Data visualization are not just for consumption though, teachers and students can also challenge the learning process by creating original graphics for themselves.

Presenter Material



Presenters
avatar for Diana Laufenberg

Diana Laufenberg

Inquiry Schools, Executive Director and Lead Teacher
For the past two decades Diana has been a secondary social studies teacher in Wisconsin, Kansas, Arizona and Pennsylvania. She most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on modern learning. Her practice has deep roots in experiential education, taking students from the classroom to the real world and back again. Prior to her work in Philadelphia, she was an... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 8:30am - 10:45am
Northstar II

8:30am

Pathways to Virtual Learning, Barriers and Beliefs

The first hour will focus on sharing and collecting ideas around virtual learning and dual enrollment pathways that exist for Vermont students. Participants will work in small groups to identify, catalog and share out where their schools and regions are in the opportunities that exist for their students.

The second hour will build upon these pathways by identifying barriers to student engagement while looking at where Vermont should be heading in order to offer these opportunities for students.

Presenter Material




Friday November 4, 2016 8:30am - 10:45am
Gateway I

8:30am

SLACK - The new SCHOOL-IT?

Come explore and help launch a tool that could transform how we work together in the VT Ed Tech community.  This top developer tool aids in any kind of collaborative environment, and that's what this community is!  Easily build a wiki and make the posts searchable, add supporting documents, organize by hashtag and theme, have parallel private chats, and this can also be a great workgroup tool for in-school teams of all types, tech or not.   Easy and powerful, come learn to transform your workplace and the way we communicate.

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Friday November 4, 2016 8:30am - 10:45am
Escapade I

8:30am

9:00am

Integrating Making in the Primary Grade Curriculum
Integrating Making in Grades 1,2,3 at St. Albans City School

Speaker Resources 

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Friday November 4, 2016 9:00am - 9:25am
Roundabout

9:30am

Using Inkscape for Laser Cutters
Getting Started with Inkscapes to design for laser cutters and vinyl cutters

Speaker Resouces 

Presenters
avatar for Melissa Haberman

Melissa Haberman

Art teacher, St. Albans City School


Friday November 4, 2016 9:30am - 9:55am
Roundabout

10:15am

Robot Rodeo
Learn how you can host a coding robot at your school for a month as part of Vermont's Robot Rodeo. 

Speaker Resouces 

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Friday November 4, 2016 10:15am - 11:40am
Roundabout

10:30am

WeVideo
Tips and Tricks for Working with WeVideo

Speaker Resources 

Presenters
EZ

Erica Zimmer

Tech Integrationist, Rutland Central Supervisory Union


Friday November 4, 2016 10:30am - 10:55am
Roundabout

11:00am

Lunch, Hot Topic Panel and Awards
Friday November 4, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

12:45pm

Everyone Can Code

In this hands-on session we will be sharing the following resources with lesson activities, reflection questions and journal prompts so that you can provide a new coding experience to your students in middle school and high school:

  • Swift Playgrounds—a free app for iPad for first-time coders that provides a complete set of Apple-designed lessons.

  • The Swift Playgrounds: Teacher Guide

  • App Development with Swift

• The App Development with Swift: Teacher Guide



Presenters

Friday November 4, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Escapade II

12:45pm

Open Education Resources and #GoOpen—Get your school started with OER materials

Building on our work with a group of OER Ambassadors, this session will be a working session where participants will be exploring Open Education Resource repositories and putting together units or lessons that capitalize on these dynamic resources.  We’ll learn about Creative Commons licensing and the various nuances to using copyright materials in an OER environment.  Be ready to take the plunge at tweaking, revising and reimagining updatable and much more relevant materials procured from the digital landscape under Open Education.  We’ll also talk a little about VT’s role in the national #GoOpen movement.

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avatar for Peter Drescher

Peter Drescher

Education Technology Coordinator, VT Agency of Education


Friday November 4, 2016 12:45pm - 3:00pm
Gateway I

12:45pm

PLP’s: Driving School Change and Student Empowerment in the Middle Grades

In this session, we will examine how technology and PLPs have merged to catalyze school change that empowers students in their learning. This interactive session will showcase examples from Vermont middle schools, and provide hands-on opportunities to help you develop PLPs for student empowerment.



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avatar for John Downes

John Downes

Associate Director, Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education


Friday November 4, 2016 12:45pm - 3:00pm
Gateway II

12:45pm

S.O.S T - Save On Software - Together!
What software do we all buy? How can we identify these titles and work with vendors to maximize our savings in real dollars and soft dollar administrative costs? Let's work together to find the answer!

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Friday November 4, 2016 12:45pm - 3:00pm
Escapade I

12:45pm

The Digital Backpack

Join three tech integration specialists (K-12) in a two-hour work session designed to complete a Digital Backpack, a website designed around Vermont’s Transferable Skills.  Last spring at Dynamic Landscapes we shared the first draft of the Backpack with approximately 20 teachers from across the state and gained valuable insights about what might work and what could be improved.  Together we explored tech tools that might be used to help learners practice skills toward each Transferable Skill.  As always, we want to be sure that good pedagogy is at the heart of any use of technology, so we are back with a two hour session in which we’ll:

1.    Explore the backpack, including the Skills and Rubrics

2.    Examine the tools already listed

3.    Consider adding new tools

4.    Discuss what learning opportunities could provide evidence of success at meeting each skill.

5.    Decide on a format for submitting examples of learning to the Backpack.

Discuss next steps in moving forward, management, and maintenance of the backpack.

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avatar for Kristen Courcelle

Kristen Courcelle

Technology Integration Specialist, South Burlington School District
Kristen Courcelle is currently a K-12 technology integration specialist for the elementary schools in the South Burlington School District.  Kristen has been in education for 16 years as a classroom teacher, technology integration specialist, and innovative technology leader in various Vermont schools.  
avatar for Lauren Parren

Lauren Parren

Tech Integration Coach, SBHS
I’ve been trying to change teaching and learning in VT since I started teaching 40 years ago. Although we’ve moved from Polaroids and 8-tracks to iPhones and Podcasts, often our pedagogy hasn’t changed. Let’s create new learning opportunities using the power of technology to do things we couldn’t have imagined back in the day!
avatar for Steve Webster

Steve Webster

Technology Integration Specialist, South Burlington School District
We produce power for our house and our 100% electric Nissan LEAF, as well as 10 other households. And we also host a 120 kW solar farm, which generates enough power for around 20 more homes. Doing our bit to combat global climate change!


Friday November 4, 2016 12:45pm - 3:00pm
Northstar II

12:45pm

1:00pm

Finishing 3D prints
Tips and Tricks for finishing 3D prints

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avatar for Rodney Batschelet

Rodney Batschelet

Technology Specialist, Benson Village School
I am a commercial/fine artist of 30+ years (my profile avatar is one of my paintings) and technology fanatic. I have been working for the last five years to share my love of art and computer science with as many students as I can. Technology and art collide spectacularly when a 3D printer is in the mix.


Friday November 4, 2016 1:00pm - 1:25pm
Roundabout

1:30pm

Coding Finch Robot with SNAP
Level up from EASY to ADVANCED when using SNAP to code the Finch Robot

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avatar for Joe Bertelloni

Joe Bertelloni

Technology Teacher, Clarendon Elementary School
Technology Teacher at Clarendon Elementary School. Experimenting in STEM and STEAM. Looking to develop elementary level stand alone curriculum.


Friday November 4, 2016 1:30pm - 1:55pm
Roundabout

2:00pm

What's New Wih Voice Thread
VoiceThread just released some amazing New Features. Come check them out and learn why I recommend VoiceThread for so many projects at my school. 

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Friday November 4, 2016 2:00pm - 2:25pm
Roundabout

2:00pm

Let’s Have a Wireless Bake-off

This session is geared for the IT Director, Network Administrator or anyone interested in learning more about today’s wireless technologies and what is right for your school.  We will look at the leading vendors and do a comparison of different architectures, models, and feature sets. This session will also include demos of some of the leading solutions to provide an opportunity to see these solutions in action to help you determine what is right for your environment.



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Friday November 4, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Escapade II

2:00pm

BreakoutEDU!
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avatar for Cynthia Day

Cynthia Day

Educator/Maker/Math Doer
Enthusiasm for challenge keeps me growing my talents, expanding my repertoire, and cultivating my ability to influence by example. A work in perpetual progress. Soon to be grandmother of twins. Dogs rule.


Friday November 4, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

2:00pm

Design Your Dynamic Landscapes
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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...


Friday November 4, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

2:00pm

Make It Happen!
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Friday November 4, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

2:00pm

President's Roundtable! What's coming up for Dynamic Landscapes in May 2017?
Join the discussion, yes, in or around the outdoor pool to hear about what's coming up for Dynamic Landscapes and help draft ideas.
Statewide competition for Student KeynoteOver 100 free passes to students!All students have full conference access and can pitch their own strands as well.New auditorium space! 200 seats... who could be on the big stage?  What ideas do you have?

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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...


Friday November 4, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Pool

2:00pm

2:30pm

360 Video
A demo and discussion about 360 media's potential for teacher to use, and perhaps create and broadcast. We'll look at some 360 media currently online, discuss tips for shooting and uploading and using in education. 

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avatar for Caleb Clark

Caleb Clark

Marlboro College (Corporate Sponsor)
The Educational Technology program focuses on the appropriate and effective integration of technology for greater educational outcomes. This course of study is for those who want to work with schools, colleges and businesses as Educational Technology Integrators, Academic Technologists, and Instructional Designers. Courses cover instructional systems design, learning theory, web media production, online learning, learning management systems... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 2:30pm - 2:55pm
Roundabout

3:15pm

Door Prizes
Friday November 4, 2016 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

3:30pm