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Vermont Fest 2013 - Vermont’s Premiere Educational Technology Conference
"I Teach from the Classroom.. to the Cloud.. and Beyond!"
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Wednesday, November 6
 

9:30am

Schools, Parents & Technology: Effective Internet Use for the Whole Community
How many parents of students are not using computers and the Internet? How does that impact student achievement? How can we help Vermonters see the relevance of technology to every child’s future, whether he or she chooses to work on the land, in tourism or to become home-based entrepreneurs? The USDA-Rural Development Broadband section and the Vermont Telecommunications Authority seek your ideas and perspectives. Your input will inform planning for future efforts to increase availability of digital devices and effective use of the Internet.


Wednesday November 6, 2013 9:30am - 11:30am
TBA

12:00pm

An iPad for the Teacher
Out of the box and ready to go with your iPad, but aren't quite sure where you're going? Join us to explore and play with many great Apps that Teachers love to use in their classrooms. Classroom response, early learning, concept maps, productivity, content-specific, notes/management/organization; you name it; we'll check it out. This is your time to explore, discover, and share. The first 30 minutes will be guided setup of your new iPad, then the remainder of time is your time to play!

Presenters

Wednesday November 6, 2013 12:00pm - 4:00pm
TBA

12:00pm

Becoming a Tech Savvy Administrator/Leader - The Never-ending Journey
Join us on the continuing journey of tech-savvy Administrators/Leaders. Discussions will be based on participant survey, including the following:
How to maximize social media to increase parent communication, teacher professional development and personal professional development; how to move from device-centric thinking to learner-centric practices - the three “laws” of tech; how to prepare your school for the 21st century (which is now!), and how to tell if you are in a 21st century classroom (tips for walk-throughs). Come and join other building and district leaders in a discussion on these and other topics of interest to the group. This session is sponsored and underwritten by
and is free to the first 30 people who sign up who are also attending at least one of the regular conference days. All others $50.00.


Presenters
avatar for Paul Irish

Paul Irish

Executive Director, VITA-Learn
avatar for Ned Kirsch

Ned Kirsch

All, FWSU

Sponsors
avatar for The Top Floor (Executive and Corporate Sponsor)

The Top Floor (Executive and Corporate Sponsor)

The Top Floor (Executive and Corporate Sponsor)
The Top Floor is a local company that is the trusted technology source of over 45% of the public school districts in Vermont, as well as countless colleges, universities and other educational organizations here and around the country. As a Hewlett Packard Public Sector Elite Partner (and the largest volume HP Agent in the state) The Top Floor negotiates special discounted pricing for Vermont educational institutions on servers, blades, storage... Read More →


Wednesday November 6, 2013 12:00pm - 4:00pm
TBA

12:00pm

Short Shortz: Movie Making on the iPad
Bring your iPads and imaginations to this session where you will work with others creating a production company, scouting location(s), writing a simple storyboard with script and producing a 1-3 minute film to share with the group.

Learn and practice a dozen different camera techniques, lighting strategies, set designs and sound tips. Assemble and edit your shots all on your iPad. Create a disappearance scene, a doorway scene and the "inside shot." Learn how to add voice overs and text. You'll be able to share all these skills with your students with iMovie on the iPads they use.

See what other optional equipment is available. Learn methods on how to combine movies from two iPads into one. See what's needed to plan for your own fabulous, "dressed to the 9's" Oscars Night, and view some exemplar movies made by 4th and 5th graders. You will need an iPad2 with iOS 5+ or newer with iMovie, Doodle Buddy(free) and Idea Sketch(free)

Please be sure to have an iTunes account already set up and be sure you have your Apple ID and password with you.

Presenters
avatar for Brad Edwards

Brad Edwards

District PD, Integrationist, Caledonia North Supervisory Union
Digital Story Telling; Coding on the iPad (and Scratch on the Mac); Technology Integration; (faceyourmanga.com for the avatar)


Wednesday November 6, 2013 12:00pm - 4:00pm
TBA

12:00pm

Supporting Common Core State Standards through Technology
During this hands-on session we will explore a variety of technology tools that you can use starting Monday morning to support the Common Core State Standards. We will investigate classroom and assignment management tools as well as explore distance-learning possibilities. In addition, we will consider how technology can be effectively used for a variety of other practical classroom uses from researching and developing reports to implementing a variety of classroom projects. Finally, we will check out several technology resources that will assist your students’ attainment of the Common Core State Standards.

Presenters

Wednesday November 6, 2013 12:00pm - 4:00pm
TBA

12:00pm

Technology Integrators’ Forum- Edcamp Style
Do you provide technology integration support for other educators? Whether you are a technology integrationist, teacher, media specialist/librarian, administrator, or lab supervisor—if you provide integration support, this session is for you. Come join the “Edcamp” style of discussions on hot topics with other technology integrators including supporting one-to-one programs, professional development models, Common Core Standards integration, Policies that make sense, and more.

By joining together we can combine our collective experiences, best practices and share our expertise to the benefit of all Vermont students and teachers. Please join us in this important meeting of tech educators who help Vermont teachers and students in using technology to support, enhance, and extend learning opportunities.
This session is sponsored and underwritten by
and is free to the first 30 people who sign up who are also attending at least one of the regular conference days. All others $50.00.

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

Sponsors
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SHI

SHI
SHI - Founded in 1989, SHI International Corp. is a $3.8 billion+ global provider of technology products and services. Driven by the industry's most experienced and stable sales force and backed by software volume licensing experts, hardware procurement specialists, and certified IT services professionals, SHI delivers custom IT solutions to Corporate, Enterprise, Public Sector, and Academic customers. With over 1,800 employees worldwide, SHI... Read More →


Wednesday November 6, 2013 12:00pm - 4:00pm
TBA

12:00pm

The Nexus Alternative
The Nexus is least expensive and smallest tablet that still has features the competition would die to have. Let’s chat about the competition iPad mini, and Samsung galaxy tab and see how the Nexus 7 stacks up. This workshop will cover key features, apps, proper setup and tips and tricks. I will review how the Google integration on this device is more mobile than a Chromebook. Also, I will share experiences with using the Nexus in the classroom and as an assistive technology device.

Presenters

Wednesday November 6, 2013 12:00pm - 4:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

Common Core State Standards, Middle Level Students & iPads
In this workshop participants will explore the use of iPads with intermediate and middle level students. We will explore "apps" that integrate the iPad with teaching and learning through the Common Core State Standards. We will also spend time learning about effective strategies and settings that will help you and your students gain the most from these remarkable tools. Please join us for a lively session full of learning and sharing.

Presenters
avatar for Ed Bianchi

Ed Bianchi

Technology Integration Specialist, Charlotte Central School
I am the Technology Integration Specialist at the Charlotte Central School. I also teach graduate courses for Southern New Hampshire University through their Vermont Site. I enjoy supporting teachers to offer the most effective technology integration into their students' learning environments. I am fully committed to Universal Design for Learning because it offers students full engagement and challenge while removing many of the barrier they... Read More →


Wednesday November 6, 2013 6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

iPad Productivity Tools in Middle and High School Classrooms
iPad; consumer or producer? Join us for an exploratory session on how iPads can be great productivity tools, supporting the attainment of the Common Core Standards in Middle & High School classrooms. We will focus on several apps that allow students to produce, submit, collaborate, diagram, and reflect on their work. Apps including Edmodo, Educreations, and Evernote will be used as we engage in Math, Reading, and Writing CCSS activities. This session will be mostly hands-on guided discovery, including searching for Apps that support your classroom & content area.

Presenters

Wednesday November 6, 2013 6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

iPads and the Common Core State Standards in Early Elementary
In this session I will be sharing how the iPad can support, enhance and enrich the Common Core State Standards for students in early elementary school. I will be sharing a variety of Apps and examples of student work that get at specific skill content as well as those Apps that foster creativity and innovation for teachers and students.

Vocabulary is an important part in the Common Core Standards. I will be highlighting how the iPad and Apps can support the development and use of higher-level vocabulary when working with young students in all content areas. I will highlight how the iPads have enhanced and supported student engagement throughout the curriculum (highlighting Common Core Standards addressed) within and outside of the classroom.

Finally, I will share how my students and their families have evolved and become more connected with the use of iPads and how we all have transformed in our thinking and discoveries we have made in regards to learning.

Please make sure you have set up an iTunes account prior to coming to this session and don’t forget to bring your iTunes ID and Password with you.

To start with you can also get the App for the Common Core Standards for your iPad. It is free. Go to:www.masteryconnect.com

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."


Wednesday November 6, 2013 6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

iPads in the Implementation of Common Core : Grades 3-5
In this workshop for teachers of grades 3-5, participants will be provided with hands-on opportunities to explore a variety of strategies and resources to develop a student workflow to leverage iPads in the implementation of the Common Core. Apps explored in this workshop will get at specific strategies, skills, knowledge, and content. All-purpose apps that support the 21st Century skills embedded in the Common Core - creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and sharing, will be included.

The Common Core Standards call for students to be able to move further in emphasis on analyzing, evaluating, and creating. The iPad can engage students by giving them the power to gain deeper understanding of new learning, and give them the opportunity to share their learning globally. This workshop will not be about how to use the iPad, but rather how the iPad can be used to support learning activities and assessment strategies aligned to the Common Core Standards.

Please have your iTunes account set up with your credit card or bring an iTunes gift card, as we will be purchasing about $20 worth of iPad apps

Presenters
avatar for Jessica Wilson

Jessica Wilson

Technology Integration Specialist


Wednesday November 6, 2013 6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

Let’s get Personal with Chromebooks
Join us for an evening of Chromebooks, Google Apps and Common Core. See how the Chromebooks are an affordable option for developing a personalized digital learning environment for your classroom and school. The cloud-based computers will have you up and running in 10 seconds where we can begin creating and collaborating with the many free Chrome Apps and Google Apps for Education tools, and begin to make “connection points” with the Common Core State Standards.

Presenters
avatar for Maggie Eaton

Maggie Eaton

Education Consultant , Former Middle Level Teacher and Curriculum Leader in Literacy
Student centered learning, digital literacy, Integrated Curriculum, Google Tools for Ed, empowering educators and students for innovation, independence and creativity in a digital world. Personal Interests: Enjoying the beauty of Vermont, swimming, reading, photography, hiking, quilting and sailing.
avatar for Brad Edwards

Brad Edwards

District PD, Integrationist, Caledonia North Supervisory Union
Digital Story Telling; Coding on the iPad (and Scratch on the Mac); Technology Integration; (faceyourmanga.com for the avatar)


Wednesday November 6, 2013 6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

Mobile Media Making
Would you like to collaborate with other educators in the making of mobile media that can help you flip learning? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could collaborate with others who wanted to create an ITunes U course, e-Book, or a series of Screencast to use in a flipped classroom?. Or perhaps you want to make media that tells the story of learning in your classroom to share with other educators who are eager to learn from your experience. Grab a partner or come prepared to hook up with a new partner and come ready to collaborate. Today’s digital tools provide numerous opportunities to collaborate during and after the session in the making of mobile media to support teaching and learning. Stop wishing you had the time and support to do this and join a group of educators willing to take the plunge. (Bring your Mac, PC, iPad, learning materials, brilliant ideas and a collaborative spirit)

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 →


Wednesday November 6, 2013 6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA
 
Thursday, November 7
 

7:45am

Exhibitor area open
Exhibitor area open. Come visit!

Thursday November 7, 2013 7:45am - 8:30am
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

7:45am

Registration
Registration table is downstairs by the fireplace.

Thursday November 7, 2013 7:45am - 8:30am
TBA

8:20am

Keynote: Leadership 3.0
The educational landscape is changing. As a result educators must recognize this shift, anticipate needed changes, and lead by example in order to meet the diverse needs of key stakeholders in the 21st Century. Attendees will learn how to harness the power of digital tools and social media accessible today to improve communications, enhance public relations, implement the Common Core, increase student engagement, transform learning spaces, discover opportunity, and grow professionally like never before.

Presenters

Thursday November 7, 2013 8:20am - 9:30am
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

9:40am

A Common Opportunity: Leveraging the Common Core to move Curriculum and Technology Ahead
The CCSS provides the opportunity to rethink how we are using technology and teaching. See how one school has systematically updated technological infrastructure, developed a plan for 1:1 capabilities, created ebook teaching manuals to fill in gaps between our Math program and Common Core, and is building dynamic student textbooks in the iPad format. Leverage the Common Core and technology to give teachers the support they need to prepare students for the 21st century.

Presenters

Thursday November 7, 2013 9:40am - 10:35am
Northstar II

9:40am

How to Not Ruin a Presentation with Technology
Do you roll your eyes when you see a presenter loading up a PowerPoint, Google Presentation, Prezi, or Keynote? Believe it or not, presentation software can be very effective-- when used well! In this workshop, we will examine useful design principles and apply them to a sample presentation. You will walk away with tips to share with your students, including specific techniques in various presentation tools and how to find effective images.

Presenters
avatar for Charlie MacFadyen

Charlie MacFadyen

Technology Integration Specialist, Champlain Valley Union HS
Charlie MacFadyen is a technology integration specialist  and computer programming teacher at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, Vermont. He and his students use Google Apps Scripts in a service based learning project where students create solutions for other educators in their school using Google Apps Script.  Charlie has presented at  several Vermont technology conferences on topics ranging from Google Scripts to... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2013 9:40am - 10:35am
Escapade I

9:40am

iOS Management and Deployment
As the iPad continues to enter classrooms at a rapid pace, now is the best time for IT directors and staff to learn about iOS and how to best support it. Geared towards IT support professionals, this session will focus on the methods and strategies used to configure, manage and deploy iPad in an educational setting. A portion of the session will focus on Apple Configurator which makes it easy for anyone to deploy iPads with the settings, apps and data you specify for your students.


Thursday November 7, 2013 9:40am - 10:35am
Gateway II

9:40am

iTunesU, Your Students, and You
This nuts and bolts session will offer the steps involved in creating your own iTunesU course on your computer to be taken on the iPad. From registration to student enrollment, we will create a sample course so you can see the specific steps involved. You will be able to register and get started during the session.

Presenters
avatar for Ed Bianchi

Ed Bianchi

Technology Integration Specialist, Charlotte Central School
I am the Technology Integration Specialist at the Charlotte Central School. I also teach graduate courses for Southern New Hampshire University through their Vermont Site. I enjoy supporting teachers to offer the most effective technology integration into their students' learning environments. I am fully committed to Universal Design for Learning because it offers students full engagement and challenge while removing many of the barrier they... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2013 9:40am - 10:35am
Gateway I

9:40am

Mobility in the Classroom, are You Ready?
Join WCA to learn how mobility is rapidly becoming a standard of teaching in schools and what you need to do to be prepared to use mobility in your classrooms.

Presenters
avatar for Whalley Computer Assocaites

Whalley Computer Assocaites

Whalley Computer Associates
Contact: Christopher Whalley 1 Whalley Way Southwick, Ma. 01077 413-569-4227


Thursday November 7, 2013 9:40am - 10:35am
Escapade II

9:40am

The Technology Enhanced Literacy Classroom
Join us for a technology-rich overview of how a variety of tools have engaged students deeply in literacy while supporting the Common Core Standards. We will demonstrate how technology enhances both Reader's and Writer's Workshop within the elementary classroom and provides an authentic audience for students. During our presentation you will see how VoiceThread, wikis, Google Tools, Go-Animate, Skype, Twitter, and many other technology tools play an important role in students' literacy development.

Presenters
LR

Leslie Read

Teacher, Milton Elementary School


Thursday November 7, 2013 9:40am - 10:35am
Northstar I

9:40am

Using Kidblog With Young Children
Kindergarten is like a breath of fresh air everyday! Learning is like magic! When we explore and discover new things we are inspired and then our inspiration is contagious!

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 7, 2013 9:40am - 10:35am
Roundabout

10:45am

Maximize Your Erate Funding
The E-Rate Program

Introduction
o Origination of the Program
o Purpose of the Program
o How it helps

Program Overview
o What the filing process entails
o Who is involved
o Program timeline
Getting Started
o Who is eligible
o Filing on your own vs. using a consultant
o What to expect



Thursday November 7, 2013 10:45am - 11:40am
Roundabout

10:45am

Minecraft: This Will Blow You Away
If you're a teacher of elementary or middle school students, chances are you've heard of Minecraft. Students talk about it every free moment they have. What can you do to incorporate it into your practice? Join us in an exploration of this wildly popular game and its Edu mod. We will discuss strategies and benefits for using it with your students. Please note: you don't need to play or even have it installed to use these ideas.

Presenters
SB

Sally Bisaccio

Technology Coach, Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union
I love games and using games in education. I have spent the last couple of years promoting MinecraftEdu as an important tool for learning and student engagement.
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Jane Wilde

Instructor/Consultant, Marlboro College Graduate School
Geek, learner, teacher, gamer, flatwater kayaker. I believe that digital technology is changing everything, including how we learn and what it means to know. I am passionate about learning through connection using digital technology.


Thursday November 7, 2013 10:45am - 11:40am
Gateway II

10:45am

PATH: Personal, Achievement, Transformational, Highway
In this session we will demonstrate a set of Google Templates for ePortfolios and Student Learning plans as well as a Google template for teacher curriculum maps. The idea of PATH was a way to bring all these elements together into one cohesive plan that can be implemented easily.

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 7, 2013 10:45am - 11:40am
Escapade I

10:45am

Reimagine Teaching and Learning with Windows 8
Windows 8 brings learning to life--apps, content publishers, and OneNote will energize and engage students. With a Windows 8 device, you can have a touch tablet and full featured laptop all in one. Discover free teaching resources on the Partners in Learning Network to unleash Common Core with 21st century learning.

Presenters
avatar for Hewlett Packard

Hewlett Packard

Hewlett Packard - HP
Hewlett Packard - HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The world’s largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure to solve customer problems.    | Contact: Ruth Mockus 99 Cliffe Rd., Whitinsville, MA 01588 508-864-1539


Thursday November 7, 2013 10:45am - 11:40am
Northstar II

10:45am

Tell Me About It! Bolstering Academic Speech with iPads
Capitalizing on the district's 1:1 initiative, ELL English 3 students are collaborative over scripts, filming and using the iMovie app on iPads to create their own short movies. Students learn how to creatively solve problems, resolve conflicts and develop a rubric to grade their work. Finished films are shared with the teacher through Google drive and shared with students for evaluation...and all in English.

Presenters
avatar for Beth Evans

Beth Evans

Teacher, BHS
I love teaching my students and learning about new technology and discovering how I can use it in my classroom. I'm a runner (that's the first time I've said that) and I enjoy spending time with my family going on little adventures!


Thursday November 7, 2013 10:45am - 11:40am
Escapade II

10:45am

Using 21st Century Toolbox to Teach Unmotivated Middle and High School Level Students
This workshop is a demonstration of how collaborating with a team consisting of an art teacher, a music teacher, a English/Social Studies teacher and an unmotivated student created another way for students to communicate what they learned from an assignment. From hair-pulling exasperation to eureka moments it is all here. Plus, a mini presentation from a newly motivated learner and the audience will go aw


Thursday November 7, 2013 10:45am - 11:40am
Gateway I

10:45am

Using Google Tools to support the Common Core
Google Tools offers much more than a search engine to help students become college and career ready. This session will feature advanced Search and other Google tools to help students communicate, comprehend, critique, process content, work with complex text and more. (Participants without Google Accounts should create a Google username and password ahead of time)

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 7, 2013 10:45am - 11:40am
Northstar I

11:50am

Lunch and Door Prizes
Lunch and Door Prizes

Thursday November 7, 2013 11:50am - 1:00pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

1:10pm

Connecting with the World
Have you ever wanted your students to connect with students across the globe in a meaningful prolonged conversation? Teachers and students in the Franklin West Supervisory Union have moved beyond the idea of a traditional "pen pal" and started a true global collaborative. Working with International Virtual School (IVECA), fourth and fifth grade students have started the journey to intercultural competence, an essential skill in our present world. IVECA helps students to communicate with one another in different cultures and countries. The program provides a virtual environment that enables students to share subject matters and socialize within the program. Join FWSU educators, and the Executive Director of IVECA, to learn more about our experience and how to plan your own global collaboration.

Presenters

Thursday November 7, 2013 1:10pm - 2:05pm
Escapade II

1:10pm

Lets Explore iTunes U and iTunes U Course Manager
You probably know Apple's iTunes U as a wonderfully rich collection of teaching and learning resources. All sorts of learning objects can be found there - from Library of Congress text, image and video content to materials posted by the Maine Department of Education in support of the MLTI, and so much more. In February 2013, there have been over 1 billion digital content downloads. But things have changed - the new iTunes U app for iOS allows access to iTunes U courses that can contain all types of content along with assignments and commentary. Great content - curated as a course. In addition, through iTunes U. Course Manager, K-12 institution faculty can now create these courses independently. Head here: www.apple.com/education/itunes-u/ to learn more, and then plan to come to this session to see iTunes U and iTunes U Course Manager in action


Thursday November 7, 2013 1:10pm - 2:05pm
Gateway II

1:10pm

Leverage Your Digital Content to Toss Print Textbooks Out the Window
Textbooks become outdated quickly, and teachers often find it difficult to keep their curriculum current. Bring a new dimension to textbooks by making dynamic, current digital content easy to use in the classroom, supporting one-to-one and mobile learning initiatives and extending the life of textbooks indefinitely . Now you can bring up-to-date, curriculum-aligned content to your learners digitally in a way that will: increase engagement, support 21st century learning, meet Common Core Standards and provide information in a contextual framework


Thursday November 7, 2013 1:10pm - 2:05pm
Northstar II

1:10pm

Research Paper for the Digital Native
Discover the evolution of the research paper - The Research Video. Students love to make videos and many already have some posted on YouTube. Now, turn those Karaoke videos into documentaries about a historical topic. Come see what the teacher needs and what the students need and what to expect. Bring some popcorn because VUHS students have created some award winning documentaries.

Presenters
avatar for Tom Heller

Tom Heller

Tech Educator, Vergennes Union High School
Open Source in public schools! Proprietary software is for the business sector, not education. Anything Windows can do, Linux can do for less!


Thursday November 7, 2013 1:10pm - 2:05pm
Northstar I

1:10pm

Tech Integration for the 'Little Guys'
Having challenges integrating technology in your pre-k or primary grade classroom? I'll give you a fast paced rundown of useful tips and tricks, as well as the best apps and websites I've found for young tech users and their teachers. This presentation will cover examples of quick assessment documentation, easy family communication ideas and engaging, interactive Smart Notebook 11 lessons/activities that are accessible even for emergent readers and early tech users. You are sure to find something new or take your current knowledge to the next level.

Presenters
avatar for Carolyn Dix

Carolyn Dix

Early Educator & Consultant, Dover Elementary School, WCSU, Primacy Consulting
To thine own self be true...


Thursday November 7, 2013 1:10pm - 2:05pm
Roundabout

1:10pm

What in the world is a STEMinar class??
Come learn from us as we showcase our successes and challenges from our first semester of this class at Essex High School. This course has been designed to help students use digital tools to create their own personal learning networks in their STEM area of interest. Students will be working with their teacher and a Mentor as they complete an internship in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math field. They will create an electronic portfolio of their learning and will present their findings and reflections to a panel of industry experts at the conclusion of the class.

Presenters

Thursday November 7, 2013 1:10pm - 2:05pm
Escapade I

1:10pm

When One-to-One and BYOD Merge
Woodstock Union High School and Middle School will be entering it’s 4th year with a one-to-one environment in the fall of 2013. The initiative began in the 7th grade and fall 2013 will mark the first year with full implementation in grades 7 through 12. In this session, we’ll discuss the origins of the program and our plans to merge school-issued devices in grades 7 through 10 with BYOD in the upper high school grades. We’ll also discuss our successes and challenges in moving the initiative through the middle school and into the high school as well as the student-run help desk/help center, an integral component that is instrumental to the success of the initiative.

Presenters

Thursday November 7, 2013 1:10pm - 2:05pm
Gateway I

2:15pm

Enriching Educational Programs with the Power of Technology
Enable a rich learning experience for your students and educators, utilizing solutions that our tailored to your educational programs. By combining UC, video conferencing and intelligent networking for a high quality user experience. Join Carousel Industries, together with Polycom and Juniper Networks, to learn how to implement video in your school district through a network model that is more scalable, efficient, and affordable.


Thursday November 7, 2013 2:15pm - 3:10pm
Roundabout

2:15pm

From Invention to Indiegogo
What started as a unit on Invention turned into a very successful Indiegogo campaign driven by 5th and 6th graders. These projects incorporated Google Docs, Research Skills, Skype, Video, and more. Come see an example of students reaching outside of their school to connect with the community and beyond.

Presenters
JB

Jennifer Burton

Integrationist, Hazen Union School
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Monica Morrissey

Middle Level Math


Thursday November 7, 2013 2:15pm - 3:10pm
Northstar II

2:15pm

Inside Out and Back Again in Vermont Schools
How do classrooms in Vermont experience a shared social reading connection while participating in meaningful literacy instruction? Come and see how Edmodo was used to unite six, sixth grade classrooms in reading the book Inside Out and Back Again. In this session we will explore the use of Edmodo as a collaborative learning management system and investigate a variety of 2.0 tools utilized to show student learning.

Presenters
MK

Maura Kelly

Elem & MS


Thursday November 7, 2013 2:15pm - 3:10pm
Northstar I

2:15pm

REEL HISTORY: Using Media to Capture the History of Our Local Communities
Learn how a group of U.S. History students are creating high-quality videos of local people, places, and events and posting them online for locals and tourists to enjoy. Learn how QR codes are being placed in several locations, which when scanned, will bring the viewer directly to the student's videos and how students have posted these locations on a Google Map. Come listen to students talk about their experience archiving, creating and sharing the history of their local communities, view student work, and learn practical methods for teaching your students how to do the same.

Presenters

Thursday November 7, 2013 2:15pm - 3:10pm
Gateway II

2:15pm

RTI at the Secondary Level: Technology is making it possible!
Learn how middle and high schools in MA, NH and VT that are successfully implementing an RTI program. Come see the software tool that many are using to make the RTI program work smoothly! Enriching Students is providing them with proven technology to help schools manage their RTI blocks. We've developed easy to use, yet sophisticated software that helps middle and high schools run successful RTI programs.


Thursday November 7, 2013 2:15pm - 3:10pm
Escapade I

2:15pm

STEM- How to Handle (Big) Data
There is a lot of data analysis in the Next Generation Science Standards and some authentic Big Data available for teacher and student use. Many teachers want students to analyze the data for unusual or interesting trends but have little experience with spreadsheets and business intelligence tools. What’s an educator to do? We will
• Look at the steps to work through big data-- inspecting, cleaning, transforming, and modeling data with the goal of highlighting useful information, suggesting conclusions, and supporting decision making
• Demonstrate some of the tools I use for prepping data
• Examine different types of visual representation tools and methods to present data
• Share some big data sets available to teachers, bring your resources too
• Identify methods for collaborative data collection by students so you can build your own authentic local data sets
• Set you up for future learning with some awesome free screencasts

Thursday November 7, 2013 2:15pm - 3:10pm
Escapade II

2:15pm

Take a Bite at Apple iBooks
Will show how iBooks, a free native iPad app can turn reading interactive. Learn how iBooks can make your students active readers. I will show the features that take reading an eBook or ePub from beyond substitution level of the SAMR model and I will share how to get, convert existing content, and create ePubs to use with iBooks. This session is relevant to all grade levels and content areas. This session is for a teachers/classroom using iPads.


Thursday November 7, 2013 2:15pm - 3:10pm
Gateway I

3:20pm

A Day in the Life of an iPad: How iPads are Really Being used in a 1:1 Environment
See what it's like to be an iPad in a 1:1 environment. Classroom teachers, and technology specialists present the nuts and bolts of how iPads are used by following an iPad through a school day. Find out about "Workhorse" apps, procedures, and ideas that we have used during our first few months of 1:1 iPads in middle school and high school. Come learn about our successes and benefit from our mistakes.

Presenters
avatar for Marc Gilbertson

Marc Gilbertson

Tech Integrationist, Lamoille Union
SR

Sara Reed

MS & HS


Thursday November 7, 2013 3:20pm - 4:15pm
Gateway II

3:20pm

All Digital Paperless Classroom
This workshop will model the use of primary source audio files, downloaded audio files, electronic assessment, pdf files and video files for classroom instruction. Specifically, participants will work with audio, video and photographic resources related to the JFK assassination in this, the 50th anniversary month of the assassination. Additionally, a Skype session will be demonstrated if it can be arranged with an eyewitness to an aspect of the assassination.

Presenters

Thursday November 7, 2013 3:20pm - 4:15pm
Escapade II

3:20pm

Creating a Successful 1-2-1 Initiative with the HP LTI EnablED 1-2-1 Suite of Services
Many 1-to-1 learning initiatives are focused on simply buying devices. Without the proper planning, training and support to facilitate learning, these projects typically fail. This is where HP's partnership with the EnablED 1-2-1 team can make a difference. The EnablED 1-2-1 service suite provides an affordable, comprehensive solution that makes creating a 1-to-1 learning environment as easy as 1, 2, 3. Join us to learn about all the ancillary services such as managed Wi-Fi, professional development, mobile device support and help desk services included in the HP LTI offering that enable you to keep your focus on learning, not technology, to help ensure success.

Presenters
avatar for Hewlett Packard

Hewlett Packard

Hewlett Packard - HP
Hewlett Packard - HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The world’s largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure to solve customer problems.    | Contact: Ruth Mockus 99 Cliffe Rd., Whitinsville, MA 01588 508-864-1539


Thursday November 7, 2013 3:20pm - 4:15pm
Escapade I

3:20pm

From Engagement to Empowerment
Connect with middle school teachers and students as they explore their integration of a student centered learning environment, with a one-to-one laptop initiative. Through the lens of education for sustainability, this middle-school team infuses technology into an integrated project-based learning model that encourages learners to make change in their community. The role of technology goes beyond students' passive use of digital tools, to encouraging critical thinking and active voice.

Presenters
avatar for Lindsey Halman

Lindsey Halman

Facilitator, The Edge Academy - Essex Middle School
Lindsey Slan Halman has always been drawn to young adolescents and their unique nature and needs and teaching at the middle level. She has taught middle school in Vermont for the past eleven years and is currently teaching at Essex Middle School on the The Edge Academy team. She is a co-founder of the Edge team which focuses on student voice, project-based learning, technology integration and education for sustainability into all aspects of the... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2013 3:20pm - 4:15pm
Northstar II

3:20pm

Mobile Devices, Meet Your New Manager
Mobile devices are changing education. So now we're changing the way you manage them. Find out how you can say goodbye to the frustrations of trying to manage district mobile devices with a solution created for enterprises. The new Mobile Device Management solution from Lightspeed Systems was made just for schools, and has a simple, easy-to-use interface, hierarchical policies, centralized management, and more. Join us to discuss district mobile device deployments; to see the new solution; and to join a lively Q&A.


Thursday November 7, 2013 3:20pm - 4:15pm
Gateway I

3:20pm

The Wonderful World of First Grade
Join the journey of a first grade teacher and a technology integration specialist who embarked on a goal to write a yearlong unit for community and family history that integrates technology in all aspects possible. Our first grade students are using Google Sites as portfolios, iPads to create eBooks, Google Draw to create maps, mapping on the iPads and much more. Students are excited about their work! They are asking to put both academic and creative work on their portfolios. We'll share with you our journey from beginning to end.

Presenters
KT

Kitty Tracy

Early Elem
avatar for Colleen Williams

Colleen Williams

Technology Integration, Essex Town School District
Google Apps for Education


Thursday November 7, 2013 3:20pm - 4:15pm
Roundabout

3:20pm

Virtual Pictures at an Exhibition
Augmented reality allows you to embed video, links and other information in everyday objects that remains hidden until viewed through a smartphone or other web-enabled device. How can this technology increase student engagement and improve community partner integration? We'll look at three free AR tools and cover how they can be used inside (and outside) a classroom. Attendees will visit an on-site AR exhibition and have the chance to play an AR scavenger hunt.

Presenters

Thursday November 7, 2013 3:20pm - 4:15pm
Northstar I

4:30pm

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

Presenters

Thursday November 7, 2013 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

6:00pm

ARIS Through the Looking Glass (And In Your Hands)
ARIS, the free, open-source iOS augmented reality game design platform, is being used by students around the world to build place-based games in their communities. In this hands-on workshop, we'll embark on a historical scavenger hunt then look at how to replicate this build. Please bring a laptop and an iOS device.

Presenters

Thursday November 7, 2013 6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

Chromebooks and the Google Ecosystem
Learn hands-on how to incorporate Google Chromebooks into the classroom, or your district, with direct examples of collaborative and instructional Apps and Extensions. Offerings from both Google and Third Parties will be explored, appropriate for various subject areas and ages (K-12). You will also become familiar with Chrome OS, what is required to set students up, permissioning, maintaining classroom flow or monitoring, and troubleshooting.

Presenters
avatar for Gregory Connors

Gregory Connors

Rutland Central Supervisory Union - 37, Rutland Central Supervisory Union - 37
The BIG picture ... let's talk about it ...


Thursday November 7, 2013 6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

Flipped Classrooms, Blended Learning and other Fables
What are flipped classrooms? What constitutes blended learning? Should I use these? Why? Why not? How? This workshop is an introduction to flipped classrooms and blended learning models. Through the workshop, participants will learn the basic theory behind these models, how to implement these models appropriately within the classroom setting, and how they can enhance student learning. Appropriate for teachers of all grade levels and content areas. Please bring your laptop.

Presenters
TV

Terri Vest

Humanities teacher, Twinfield Union School


Thursday November 7, 2013 6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

Managing Feedback at Warp Speed: A Toolbox for Assessment and Sharing Data
In this hands-on workshop, educators will learn how to utilize several essential Google scripts (Doctopus, Goobric, Flubaroo) to be more efficient in managing and assessing student work while collecting valuable data. In addition to understanding these scripts, participants will see how these tools tighten the feedback loop with students/parents/special educators, show student growth over time, and allow for effortless data analysis.

Presenters

Thursday November 7, 2013 6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

The Magic of Making with Your iPad
Come ready to use your iPad to promote creativity and innovation in your students. Participants will leave with the resources to lead students through the creativity cycle using tools they carry in their pockets every day. You’ll leave with the confidence to tell your students “Don’t just imagine a new animation, mobile game, or iPad App ~ Make it with your iPad/iPhone/or iPod touch.” If you loved the type of learning environments made possible by tools like SCRATCH and wished there was a way to create similar learning opportunities with mobile tools - then this session is for you.

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 7, 2013 6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

VT Fest iPad Workshop - Exploring Educational Uses
Come to this workshop to expand your understanding of how to use your iPad in the K-8 classroom. We will be exploring content specific and productivity apps for the classroom teacher. We will not be covering how to use the iPad but how to use it educationally. Participants should know basic fundamental use of the iPad as those topics will not be covered. We will be downloading and demonstrating how to use programs that would be appropriate for use in the classroom by students and educators. Participants will be asked to share some of their favorite apps with others.

Participants will be given access to several good sites to find apps by content and grade level. The iPad can be a tool for individual use or by a group of students. We’ll discuss how use one iPad when you have a class of 20 students.

Presenters
LB

Lisa Barry

Technology Integration Specialist, Essex Town School District


Thursday November 7, 2013 6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA
 
Friday, November 8
 

7:30am

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.

Friday November 8, 2013 7:30am - 8:10am
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

7:30am

Exhibitor area open
Exhibitor area open. Come visit!

Friday November 8, 2013 7:30am - 8:15am
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

7:30am

Registration
Registration table is downstairs by the fireplace.

Friday November 8, 2013 7:30am - 8:15am
TBA

8:15am

A Technology Anthology: Integrating Green Screen Technology to Engage Students in Active Learning –
We will begin this workshop by showing "Triumph and Tragedy: A Civil War Anthology", a docudrama created by my fourth grade students and myself with assistance from the school's technology advisor. Next, we will look closely at the various stages of production and talk about how we integrated technological tools and programs into the project including Google apps, Audacity, Jellycam, and music recording and editing programs


Friday November 8, 2013 8:15am - 9:10am
Escapade II

8:15am

Geography, Geology, and Technology –
See how 7th and 8th grade Science students created Google Earth tours of rock formations and landforms. Students used Google Maps to make geographically-themed clues that hint at a series of destinations, exported the data to .kml files, and now invite you to solve the clues. Learn how to easily integrate your own themes and content with the fun of geographical exploration.

Presenters
avatar for Eli Rosenberg

Eli Rosenberg

Teacher, Main Street Middle School


Friday November 8, 2013 8:15am - 9:10am
Escapade I

8:15am

Keep Your Classes Animated –
Someone on the School-it list recently asked about software to make animations of the motion of molecules. This session will be a quick review of three different programs for making computer animations. Gcompris is a suite of applications that has an object oriented drawing app that can be used for simple animations frame by frame. It works with students as young as K-2. Scratch is a program for making digital mashups. It takes a different approach to animation; students program the motions of the objects that they want. Scratch captures the imagination of students starting around grades 4-5. Finally, Pencil is a more feature rich animation program than the one in Gcompris. Pencil’s drawing editor has many features to facilitate the animation process. By middle school students are prepared to use Pencil’s more sophisticated interface to get higher production values in their animations. None of these applications are cloud-based, but all three are available for download online free of charge in Mac, Windows, and Linux versions.

Presenters
avatar for Robert Sargent

Robert Sargent

Teacher, Waits River Valley School


Friday November 8, 2013 8:15am - 9:10am
Roundabout

8:15am

Research: More Collaborative, More Often, More Awesome –
This workshop will focus on how educators can better facilitate the research process across content areas in preparation for the growing demand for more frequent research activities in the Common Core. Emphasis will be given to empowering educators to embark on more frequent, individualized, better facilitated, and more dynamic research projects. We'll work with strategies and tools for hand-held devices, tablets, and laptops in a variety of student to computer ratios. This workshop is designed for all levels of comfort, with an emphasis on positive risk-taking.

Presenters

Friday November 8, 2013 8:15am - 9:10am
Northstar II

8:15am

Tech Tools Top 40 –
Not as fast paced as the ever popular 60 in 60 but definitely more exciting than Letterman’s Top 10. Rock on as you discover and explore the 40+ FREE web tools, online resources and apps this librarian couldn’t live without like Edmodo and BrainPop. Be sure to BYOD to explore the tools as we go and be prepared to jump in with ideas or suggestions that didn’t make the list but shouldn’t be forgotten.

Presenters

Friday November 8, 2013 8:15am - 9:10am
Northstar I

8:15am

What’s new in Apple Education –
In this session, we will explore all the latest Apple releases that impact educators and students and how you can use them to benefit the teaching and learning goals in your schools. From iPad to Mac, there are many hardware options for you to explore along with an ecosystem of applications and digital learning assets best suited for your student’s digital learning environment. Content creation, curation, and accessibility features will be discussed as well. Please head over to http://www.apple.com/education/ to learn more, and then come to the session to see them in person.


Friday November 8, 2013 8:15am - 9:10am
Gateway II

8:15am

Why Should We Look at 1:1 Learning?
In this session we will discuss the key learning challenges that 1:1 Learning programs address as well as a new sustainable, comprehensive 1:1 learning solution available to schools in Vermont. We’ll focus this discussion on these key topics: Academic challenges/trends across the US, Common Core standards & Smarter Balanced assessment guidelines, Nine Key Performance Indicators that 1:1 Learning programs address, and the NASPO LTI (Learning Technology Initiative) full 1:1 learning program available to Vermont schools.

Presenters
avatar for Hewlett Packard

Hewlett Packard

Hewlett Packard - HP
Hewlett Packard - HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The world’s largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure to solve customer problems.    | Contact: Ruth Mockus 99 Cliffe Rd., Whitinsville, MA 01588 508-864-1539


Friday November 8, 2013 8:15am - 9:10am
Gateway I

9:20am

After Hours Social Studies - Using Haiku LMS to Promote 24/7 Learning –
For this session two high school social studies teachers will demonstrate how they use Haiku LMS to conduct dynamic online discussions and promote student learning outside the school day. The presenters will show real examples of online discussions, assessment, and collaboration for learning. Although Haiku LMS is the platform being used, the principles may be applied to other LMS’s as well.

Presenters
avatar for Whitney Kaulbach

Whitney Kaulbach

Teacher, Lamoille Union
I love travel and so I enjoy linking world history to geography and migration. I always want to know - where will my students go and why? | | I am passionate about reading. Exploring new ideas in all the forms of communication that literacy offers. Check out my blog! | | Currently, I am collecting stories from veteran teachers- see my published articles at - theeducatorsroom.com


Friday November 8, 2013 9:20am - 10:15am
Gateway II

9:20am

BYOD: Truths, Consequences & Results –
Your students already have devices, so why not bring them into the classroom and utilize them? The hurdles seem to be tall and in great numbers, but they really aren’t! Alleviate your stress and feel confident in taking the next step by joining us in a thought provoking discussion as Greg Connors, Director of Technology at the Rutland Central Supervisory Union, Jay Power, ENA’s Director of Solutions Engineering, and others discuss how to take that next step and ensure success. The truth is, results are waiting behind the door in front of you; there only consequences if you're too afraid to open it.

Presenters
avatar for Gregory Connors

Gregory Connors

Rutland Central Supervisory Union - 37, Rutland Central Supervisory Union - 37
The BIG picture ... let's talk about it ...


Friday November 8, 2013 9:20am - 10:15am
Gateway I

9:20am

Google-Up Your Classroom!
Are you looking for web-based tools that provide flexibility in your teaching and help you meet the Common Core Standards? What about providing your students a chance to use complex thinking and problem solving, while building upon their content knowledge? This session will show you a variety of Google tools that enable you to have fun with enhancing your student's learning, be it mathematics, language arts, science and engineering, music, art, or the humanities. Students will jump at the opportunity you will give them to grasp the tools that will make them better prepared for the 21st Century!

Presenters
avatar for Jamie Gallagher

Jamie Gallagher

Teacher, Barstow Memorial School


Friday November 8, 2013 9:20am - 10:15am
Northstar II

9:20am

How to find $$ to Support Technology-
Gain valuable knowledge on the 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 - from the economic stimulus package to the USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program, to the School Based Health Centers grant (HRSA) and Strengthening Institutions Program (DOE).

Presenters

Friday November 8, 2013 9:20am - 10:15am
Escapade I

9:20am

Kuzweil 3000-Assistance with Accessing the Common Core –
The challenge still remains: how to best assist those students who continue their struggle to read and learn from the same grade level text as their peers? Kurzweil 3000 – firefly makes curricula accessible for students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, those who require additional reading intervention, students who struggle with reading comprehension and English language learners.

Presenters
KI

Kurzweil & Intellitools

Contact: Nancy Avery 24 prime Parkway, Natick, MA 01760 781-258-8275


Friday November 8, 2013 9:20am - 10:15am
Roundabout

9:20am

The iPad and Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) –
This workshop will first cover best practices for use of the iPad and AAC apps. Then, highlights of three of the most popular apps, Proloquo2Go, Sonoflex and Touch Chat with Word Power will be discussed and case studies using each of the apps will be presented.


Friday November 8, 2013 9:20am - 10:15am
Escapade II

9:20am

Write, Reflect, Create, Share . . . Digital Writing Across the Curriculum
Let your imagination go wild! iPads bring writing to life and give students the opportunity to collaborate and share their work with a real audience. This session will share both free and paid apps that will engage and motivate your students. Join us and learn how you can integrate iPads across the curriculum. You will leave with ideas you can use immediately in the classroom.

Presenters
AB

Aimee Boucher

Teacher, Malletts Bay School


Friday November 8, 2013 9:20am - 10:15am
Northstar I

10:25am

Codesmyths: Learning Programming and Perspective –
Codesmyths (pronounced “code-smiths”) is an enrichment opportunity for 4th-8th grade students that allow them to learn computer-programming skills using Stencyl, a cross-platform visual interface (similar to Scratch). The main focus of this course is teaching them how to learn and teach themselves. Eventually, the students will learn to program apps for iOS devices using Xcode (Apple’s preferred programming language). Throughout the course, they’ll develop design, engineering/problem solving, and critical thinking skills.

Presenters
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.
TG

Tony Galle

Elem - Middle
RW

Roland Wilhelm

VCAT Architect, St. Albans City School


Friday November 8, 2013 10:25am - 11:20am
Gateway I

10:25am

Education Technology Horizons: A State of the State –
Join Peter Drescher, Education Technology Coordinator, as he discusses the current state of Ed Tech from the Agency of Education’s perspective. Peter will discuss the Multi-State Technology Initiative progress to date, with participation and experiences from school personnel involved, to efforts from the AOE regarding the support of STEM education and the status of our Smarter Balanced Tech Readiness. Other topics will include Virtual learning, E911 compliance, local and national perspectives on broadband, Common Core and policy guidance for schools around social media, responsible use and the use of mobile platforms. Come with your questions.

Presenters
avatar for Peter Drescher

Peter Drescher

Education Technology Coordinator, VT Agency of Education
Education Technology Coordinator, Vermont


Friday November 8, 2013 10:25am - 11:20am
Roundabout

10:25am

Google Chrome - Ninja Tips and Tricks –
The Google browser, Chrome, has many totally awesome features like the omnibox, tabbed browsing, cool search techniques, and a bookmark bar that are all fast and give great results. In addition to those topics, we will explore the Chrome Web Store for tons of free web apps and extensions that will help you with productivity, ease of use, learning and having fun!

Presenters

Friday November 8, 2013 10:25am - 11:20am
Escapade II

10:25am

High School Competitive Robotics: STEM in action –
Team 2370 is one of three high school teams in Vermont that compete at the highest level of FIRST robotics. We will cover how our team is able to design, prototype, and build a robot for competition in just 6 weeks. We will also demonstrate how robotics aligns with STEM competencies in the real world. A must-see for engineers, tinkerers, and makers.


Friday November 8, 2013 10:25am - 11:20am
Northstar I

10:25am

Mobility in the Classroom, are You Ready? –
Join WCA to learn how mobility is rapidly becoming a standard of teaching in schools and what you need to do to be prepared to use mobility in your classrooms.

Presenters
avatar for Whalley Computer Assocaites

Whalley Computer Assocaites

Whalley Computer Associates
Contact: Christopher Whalley 1 Whalley Way Southwick, Ma. 01077 413-569-4227


Friday November 8, 2013 10:25am - 11:20am
Gateway II

10:25am

Take A Stand on the Land -
Persuasive writing challenge to students: Decide if our town should prohibit development on its publicly owned forest, then persuade voters on Town Meeting Day. Third and fourth graders combined civic engagement, persuasive writing and technology tools such as Kidblog, Keynote and IMovie to tackle an authentic, timely issue in their town. This project was all about kids learning to use their voices and all the tools around them to make a difference and take a stand.

Presenters

Friday November 8, 2013 10:25am - 11:20am
Northstar II

10:25am

Track My Progress: Your simple and effective Common Core Assessment –
Track My Progress is a new online formative assessment for the Common Core that quickly and easily provides you with the information you need to guide your students’ learning in Reading, Language & Math. TMP is adaptive and uses innovative test questions to determine if your students have the deeper level of understanding that Common Core requires. Instant online data reports illuminate which students need additional support and in which areas of the CCSS.


Friday November 8, 2013 10:25am - 11:20am
Escapade I

11:30am

12:40pm

21st Century PenPal Relationships: How to Make it Happen Using 21st Century Tools -
The 5-8 students of Folsom School and the Institute Sainte Jeanne d’Arc (ISJA) in Brignoles, France have been communicating and sharing projects. In October 2012, 30 students from ISJA spent a week in South Hero. This session is an interactive sharing and discussion of the “how-to” and experiences involved in this endeavor. If possible, I will have the French teacher Yves Gouast use Skype/Google Hangout to participate in this session.

Presenters
avatar for Helen Bishop

Helen Bishop

Middle and Elementary teacher, Folsom Educational and Community Cente.


Friday November 8, 2013 12:40pm - 1:35pm
Escapade I

12:40pm

CAD and 3D Printing: Improving Engagement in the Classroom –
This session will cover how Internet resources or student made CAD drawings can be transformed into tangible products with 3D printing. We will discuss 3D design software options, and will have a 3D printer on site for demonstration purposes. We will also present project ideas for how 3D printing can enhance instruction in a variety of subject matters.


Friday November 8, 2013 12:40pm - 1:35pm
Northstar I

12:40pm

Interacting with iBooks and creating your own with iBooks Author –
Teachers have been making books with their students forever. But what if those books could be digital? And what if those books could include all types of media, from text and still images to video, 3-dimensional objects, independent assessment, note-card generation, interactive images, audio recordings and more? Apple's new iBooks Author does all of this, allowing users to create highly interactive and engaging content that can be leveraged to help a teacher improve a lesson, or to help a student tell the story of their accomplishments. Applicable across all grade levels and curriculum areas. Head here www.apple.com/ibooks- author/ to learn more, and then come to this session to see how easy it is build these books, and to view them on iPad. We will be also sharing ideas of what other educators like yourself have been designing with this extraordinary application.


Friday November 8, 2013 12:40pm - 1:35pm
Gateway I

12:40pm

Movement Sparked by Technology –
Current research indicates that coordinated mind-body exercises spark neurological benefits that facilitate the learning process. How might computer-assisted and web-based technologies help students become more active? Teachers and students from Winooski Middle School have created an on-line classroom-based movement program called Bushintai-Do for the Classroom (www.bushintai-do.com). This program, funded, in-part, by the Bay and Paul Foundations and Martial Way Self-Defense Center, offers a way for educators to integrate a motivational psycho-motor activity that promotes respect, perseverance, and self-control while using 21st Century technology. Bring your laptops, wear comfortable clothes, and be prepared for “active” learning.

Presenters
JL

Jamie LeBlanc

Freelance educator - living and learning mobile


Friday November 8, 2013 12:40pm - 1:35pm
Roundabout

12:40pm

On the Road to iPad App Development –
This session will provide a review of some of the tools that are being used to get students started with iPad app development. It will include tools that can be used to develop “Pre-engineering” thought and computational thinking that prepare students for working with more robust app development tools . It will review the stages of iPad App development from idea generation to building prototypes to publishing. If you are already on the road to App development, come share your experience. Let’s learn together.

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 8, 2013 12:40pm - 1:35pm
Gateway II

12:40pm

Reimagine Teaching and Learning with Windows 8 –
Windows 8 brings learning to life--apps, content publishers, and OneNote will energize and engage students. With a Windows 8 device, you can have a touch tablet and full featured laptop all in one. Discover free teaching resources on the Partners in Learning Network to unleash Common Core with 21st century learning.

Presenters
avatar for Hewlett Packard

Hewlett Packard

Hewlett Packard - HP
Hewlett Packard - HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The world’s largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure to solve customer problems.    | Contact: Ruth Mockus 99 Cliffe Rd., Whitinsville, MA 01588 508-864-1539


Friday November 8, 2013 12:40pm - 1:35pm
Escapade II

12:40pm

Vermont Intercultural Avenues and VE2: Connecting Language Educators –
Vermont Intercultural Avenues (VIA) is a budding tool for students to improve their effectiveness in the acquisition of foreign language skills and cultural awareness. In its initial stages, VIA will use the Vermont Education Exchange (VE2) as a way to connect foreign language teachers so they may exchange ideas, tools, and resources. Jill Prado, French and Spanish teacher at Essex High School and Rowland Foundation Fellow and Sigrid Olson, technology integrationist at the VT AOE will present their vision for how we can use technology to bring the world to Vermont’s students.

Presenters
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Sigrid Olson

All, Vermont Agency of Education
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Jill Prado

Teacher, A Rowland Foundation Fellow, Essex High School


Friday November 8, 2013 12:40pm - 1:35pm
Northstar II

1:45pm

Digital Learning with Google Apps and Teacher Dashboard –
Come see how a team of middle school educators used Google Apps for Education (GAE) and Teacher Dashboard as a digital learning environment, changing their classroom instruction to a flipped model and where students create, collaborate and communicate in ways relevant to the world they live in. Examples of learning activities and units supported by the GAE digital learning environment that align with the Common Core State Standards will be shared.

Presenters
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Maggie Eaton

Education Consultant , Former Middle Level Teacher and Curriculum Leader in Literacy
Student centered learning, digital literacy, Integrated Curriculum, Google Tools for Ed, empowering educators and students for innovation, independence and creativity in a digital world. Personal Interests: Enjoying the beauty of Vermont, swimming, reading, photography, hiking, quilting and sailing.
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Brad Edwards

District PD, Integrationist, Caledonia North Supervisory Union
Digital Story Telling; Coding on the iPad (and Scratch on the Mac); Technology Integration; (faceyourmanga.com for the avatar)


Friday November 8, 2013 1:45pm - 2:40pm
Northstar I

1:45pm

DocuSped
Introduction to the new fully web based Special Education, 504 and Medicaid Documentation program designed specifically for Vermont.


Friday November 8, 2013 1:45pm - 2:40pm
Gateway II

1:45pm

Flat Stanley Meets the Travel Bugs –
Learn how to use GPS technology to integrate Geocaching Travel Bugs into any curriculum. Although GPS receivers enhance lessons, they are not required to create engaging lessons that promote GIS skills. After intro about travel bugs, we will explore how to design lessons that have students creating actual travel bugs they can interact with within a global community. Will provide resources connecting your curriculum to the free online geocaching community. Think Flat Stanley on steroids!

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Angelique

All, Franklin West Supervisory Union


Friday November 8, 2013 1:45pm - 2:40pm
Escapade I

1:45pm

Growing an “Organic” Textbook; Cultivating Student-Centered Learning” –
The one-to-one netbook initiative and Google apps set the stage for the creation of an original student-centered digital grade 7 global studies textbook. To assist students in managing digital information, this textbook furnished the platform for effective student collaboration and inquiry-based learning. This provided an authentic audience for student work and lead to highly motivated students enthusiastic to apply and share their learning. We are eager to share what we have learned and how we continue to grow!


Friday November 8, 2013 1:45pm - 2:40pm
Northstar II

1:45pm

One Person's Trash is Another Person's Treasure - How to Use Your Old Electronics –
Do you have closets full of old computers and electronics that you do not know what to do with or do you dislike throwing this trash in the landfill? See how you can use old electronics for artwork, teaching about computer parts, fundraising, and a community-wide eRecycling day. Join me to see how to turn this trash into treasures while at the same time incorporating some Computer Science lessons into your teaching.

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Friday November 8, 2013 1:45pm - 2:40pm
Roundabout

1:45pm

Scout Badges meet the Digital Age –
Students in Vermont schools are earning badges as concrete recognition that they have mastered a concept or skill. Join us to see how teachers are using resources like ClassBadges and Badgestack to create an environment that fosters self-directed, asynchronous, proficiency-based online learning.

Presenters
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Susan Hennessey

Teacher, Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education


Friday November 8, 2013 1:45pm - 2:40pm
Gateway I

1:45pm

Teachers Flipping for Videoconferencing in 'The Flipped Classroom' –
Flipping the classroom creates an opportunity for students to learn concepts and subject matter at home, saving that precious classroom time for putting what they’ve learned into action and asking questions as needed. Videoconferencing solutions like ENA Live assist educators with technology tools that enhance and support flipping the classroom by providing a way to record and store lectures that students can easily access, but the benefits don't stop there. ENA Live also allows educators to take students on virtual trips to locations around the world to meet with experts and truly see everything they’ve learned put into action. Join us to learn how ENA Live can enhance learning and assists with your classroom flipping initiative.


Friday November 8, 2013 1:45pm - 2:40pm
Escapade II

2:45pm

Keynote: Connected Voices - Bringing Vermont Students Together
We know the importance of teaching out students’ good collaboration skills. And, we know that technology today makes it quite easy to connect students throughout Vermont and beyond. In this session we will discuss some projects that have “Connected Voices” throughout Vermont over the past few years AND introduce to some ideas for Connecting Voices of your students in the future.

Presenters
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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 →
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Charlie Wilson

PD Coordinator, Vita Learn


Friday November 8, 2013 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

3:15pm

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

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Friday November 8, 2013 3:15pm - 3:30pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom