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Monday, May 23
 

7:30am

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Monday May 23, 2016 7:30am - 4:00pm
Champlain Room

8:30am

Genius Hour and Independent Learning Projects in Middle School
Interested in using Genius Hour in the middle grades? Come hear from students and teachers from Vergennes Union High School about how we integrated Genius Hour into our 7th grade and our plans for using Genius Hour as a launch pad for student’s independent research projects in 8th grade.

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Monday May 23, 2016 8:30am - 9:00am
Joyce 202

8:30am

Coding Meets Creative Writing
Inspired by the Hour of Code project, students explored using Scratch Jr. to create a coded clip with a story to match. This session will show you how first graders planned, coded and created a story with descriptive characters and key story elements featured. This project was capped off with a reflection piece completed by the students and shared to enhance their learning.

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Monday May 23, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Joyce 210

8:30am

Gamify Learning with Quest Based Learning
Take advantage of game mechanics to allow students to demonstrate proficiency in learning. Session will share ways to create a learning environment where students are provided opportunities to personalize the way they learn. With quest based learning, learners can select a variety of pathways, complete quests, and earn badges showing evidence of learning. Session will share resources of how to integrate game mechanics into classrooms or professional development.


Monday May 23, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Joyce 201

8:30am

iTunes U Course Manager on iPad

Apple has released some impressive, new iTunes U Course Manager features and workflows for the iPad. The new iTunes U has homework hand-in, an integrated grade book, and private discussions. Track progress with a simple glance, built-in grading saves you time and creates an organized grade book and learning workflow. By the time you leave you can be creating your own blended learning courses.

iTunes U 3.0 is available for download from the App Store. You can learn more about creating a customized learning experience for your students on apple.com/itunesu.

iTunes U courses make it easy to deliver lessons, grade assignments, and stay connected with your students on iPad. With iTunes U courses, all the materials you need for your course are organized in one place. Right in the app, your students can play video or audio lectures, read books, participate in individual or whole-class discussions, and hand in homework. The integrated grade book lets you track grades and assignments for your students—all in one place.

Courses can include your syllabus, handouts, assignments, and other items. You can add content from the iBooks Store and App Store, as well as links to websites. And you can link to materials from over 1,000,000 learning resources available on iTunes U, including audio and video content from the world’s leading education institutions. Once your course is ready, you can share it locally with your students or publish it to your institution’s iTunes U site to share it with teachers and learners around the world.

iTunes U 3.0 is available for download from the App Store. You can learn more about creating a customized learning experience for your students on apple.com/itunesu.


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Matt Brooks

K-12 Education Development Executive, Apple Inc.
k-12 Development Executive, Apple Inc.


Monday May 23, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Joyce 304

8:30am

Licenses, Standards, Oh My! The New Role of the School Librarian
Join Patrick Halladay, Vermont AOE Coordinator of Pre-service Teacher Quality, Alan Tinkler, Assistant Professor, Department of Education, UVM, and Judy Kaplan, VSLA Higher Education Representative for a panel discussion of the changing role of the School Librarian. With a revision to the Vermont School Media Specialist Licensure and new AASL Learning Standards & Guidelines on the horizon, this session is a ‘must attend’ for licensed school librarians and wannabees. Your feedback and questions will be encouraged. Moderated by Linda McSweeney.

Presentation Link
Draft version of the School Librarian Licensure (note name change to reflect AASL standards)
Link to Google Comment Form which will go to Patrick Halladay, Project Manager, AOE


Monday May 23, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
GBTC 017

8:30am

Screencasting & Green Screen Videos
Students should create media as well as consume it -- do you? Screencasting can enhance your instruction, learning materials, and student assessments. Green screen videos are a fun and creative way for students to bring the world into their videos and expand how they demonstrate their learning. Join this workshop to learn the basics and have fun creating your own. A green screen will be available. Attendees must bring their own device for editing videos.

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Monday May 23, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
GBTC 217

8:30am

The Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award
The Dorothy Canfield Fisher award committee has been reading like fiends for the past 12 months and we are excited to share the list of nominees with all of you. Please join us for a quick introduction to the 30 amazing titles on the 2016-2017 list.
Learn some tips for sharing these books with the children in your lives and be sure to have questions ready for us!


Monday May 23, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
GBTC 112

8:30am

Using Google Docs and Slides to Assist Struggling Readers and Writers
This workshop will show you simple, scaffolded tools that you can create with Docs and Slides that will assist your struggling readers and writers in all content areas. The bulk of our time will be given to working collaboratively to experiment with using, and building upon, those basic tools for your classroom.

This workshop will have time for you to apply what you have learned to your own curriculum.  Please bring a Google friendly device (an iPad will be frustrating for you) and make sure you have some curriculum materials on your Drive. 

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Monday May 23, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Joyce 211

8:30am

Principal 3.0
Are you an instructional leader looking to take the next step with technology? I will share how to use social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, blogs, and podcasts to communicate day-to-day happenings along with school-wide transformation. I will also demonstrate some custom-built tools to support supervision and evaluation. Lastly, I will share some interactive and engaging tools used to run faculty meetings and professional development.

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Monday May 23, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Joyce 102

8:30am

Robot Olympics
Afraid of AI take over? Embrace the technology and learn how to use the LEGO Mindstorm EV3 robot for various classroom level competitions that engage students on many different tiers of Blooms Taxonomy. These various challenges immerse students in STEM and enhance creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration. The culminating project can be a high energy school event, generating interest in science and engineering.

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Monday May 23, 2016 8:30am - 10:45am
Joyce 301

8:30am

Building School 2.0
Zac Chase and Chris Lehmann literally wrote the book on Building School 2.0. The model outlined in Building School 2.0 presents ninety-five theses that are designed to help educators and administrators—in all schools both private and public—examine specific practices in their own schools. These ninety-five theses are written with the intention to open conversations and elicit questions for educators and administrators to explore with colleagues. Join Zac for an immersive workshop that challenges educators and administrators to construct more modern and humane spaces for our most cherished resource: our students.

 

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Monday May 23, 2016 8:30am - 10:45am
Aiken Hall Morgan Room

8:30am

Open Education Resources in the Classroom
With the advent of so many online resources, teachers are fortunate to be able to pull from a vast pool of resources. As an expert in the field of OER and the Chief Open Education Advisor at the Office of Education Technology, join Andrew in a hands on, immersive workshop to locate, evaluate and incorporate more open educational resources in your classroom.

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Monday May 23, 2016 8:30am - 10:45am
GBTC 117

8:30am

Innovation Lounge
What does CREATING and MAKING look like it in our Vermont schools and libraries?  Stop by the Dynamic Landscape Innovation Lounge where you will get a chance to chat with educators and students who are currently Creating and Making  in their classrooms, libraries, and other learning spaces.  The Innovation Lounge will include virtual and physical Exhibits from libraries and classrooms, including a Screening Room with student films, exhibits of student projects ranging using  Code, 3D printers, circuits, motors, microprocessors, cardboard, and more. Check out Hands on / Minds On  Learning with and without technology.  Exhibits will vary by time slot.  A schedule of exhibits will be posted in the Lounge and Online. The lounge will be open for you to visit from 8:30 to 3:30 each day, but will be closed from 11:00 to 12:00 during Keynote Speakers.

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Monday May 23, 2016 8:30am - 3:30pm
IDX Fireside Lounge

8:30am

Building a Student Centric Advisory Program
A well crafted advisory program can serve as the anchor of a school system. Building strong relationships between students and a faculty advocate throughout their school experience is challenging and incredibly rewarding at the student, staff and school level. Join Mary Beth in a workshop that explores the qualities of an effective advisory program and work to bring the best of advisory into your school environment.

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Monday May 23, 2016 8:30am - 3:45pm
Hauke 444/203

8:30am

Math & Project Based Learning
Brad Latimer is an expert in inquiry and project based math from the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia and will be coming to DL! Latimer will bring tons of battle tested example projects for grades 9-12 and lead this immersive discussion to move math away form worksheets and into perplexing problems and deeply collaborative student work. Come with questions and leave with great resources, strategies and connections!

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Monday May 23, 2016 8:30am - 3:45pm
Hauke 442/204

8:30am

Modern Learning Spaces
Connective technologies, mobile devices, and new global learning opportunities are reshaping how, what and where people learn. Conversely, traditional brick and mortar schools are composed of decades-old classrooms designed to support a different type of learning from a different age. So, do our current schools, to maintain relevance and effectiveness, need to rethink how their spaces are used to support learning in a connected world? The answer is yes. In this session, we'll explore exemplars of physical space design and strategies for rethinking how "classrooms" can be rethought to support a more contemporary learning experience.

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Monday May 23, 2016 8:30am - 3:45pm
Hauke 221/005

8:30am

Vermont Afterschool and Montshire Museum are teaming up to tinker!
This training is designed for ALL educators interested in experiencing several tinkering activities first hand while digging deeper into the fundamentals of tinkering – materials, environment and facilitation. Through discussion, video and resources the goal is to support classroom teachers, afterschool providers, youth librarians and others eager to design quality tinkering experiences while working within budget, space and time constraints of their learning environments. Put on your student hat AND your educator hat and get busy tinkering. Space is limited to 20 participants. Teams of afterschool and school day educators from the same district are encouraged!


Monday May 23, 2016 8:30am - 3:45pm
GBTC 114

8:45am

How to Design a Good Makerspace
Tour Champlain College’s MakerLab and Emergent Media Center. Makerspaces are more than a collection of cool tools. Their very design fosters specific methods and modes of learning. By lowering the cost of failure, lowering the barriers to production, and by fostering a community of learning, these spaces promote iterative design, critical thinking, interdisciplinary thinking and open collaboration. After a discussion lead by MakerLab faculty and staff, there will be a tour, and time to explore the MakerLab.

This workshop is limited in attendance to 10 people each.

Sign up will be at the Registration Table on a first come basis.  A shuttle will pick up participants 20 minutes prior to the workshop at the designated shuttle pick up area. After the workshop the shuttle will return the participants to the conference on the main campus.

Monday May 23, 2016 8:45am - 10:45am
Emergent Media Center

9:15am

Teach, Learn, and Make with Raspberry Pi - credit card size computer
So what exactly can I do with this $35 credit card size computer called the Raspberry Pi, or its little sister the $5 pi Zero? How can it be used with students of different ages to explore computing and coding, make, invent, innovate,and hack? Does a Raspberry Pi belong in my library? in my maker space? in my classroom? or in my student's hands? Whether you're just curious or have your own Pi - join us for this half presentation/ conversation. Let's have a Raspberry Jam!

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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.


Monday May 23, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Joyce 202

9:45am

Building your Digital Learning Experience with Apple

In this session you will learn about the latest available resources you could use in your classroom.  With approximately 1.5 million apps available, a variety of multi-touch books, and both collections and courses in iTunes U, the educational ecosystem with Apple is both vast and dynamic. In this session, learn how you can meet the needs of learners and teachers through specific apps, books, and iTunes U content.  Additionally, we will be showcasing 9.3 and 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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Matt Brooks

K-12 Education Development Executive, Apple Inc.
k-12 Development Executive, Apple Inc.


Monday May 23, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Joyce 304

9:45am

Educating for Responsible Digital Citizenship: the What and the How
Librarians play an important role in helping learners become responsible digital citizens. Together we will collaborate to define the what of responsible digital citizenship: the skills and dispositions students need to be considered proficient in this area. Then we will co-create the how: the strategies and practices teacher librarians use to instruct and teach students these skills. Join us for this conversation and be ready to share your expertise and learn from the expertise of colleagues.

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Monday May 23, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
GBTC 217

9:45am

Lights, Cameras, History!
“What does it mean to be a modern society?” and “What does it mean to be an American?” are two of the questions students address through multimedia at Mount Mansfield UHS. Students focus on delivering effective multimedia messages in a concise, engaging format by carefully organizing content ideas, creating storyboards, scripts and gathering raw materials before grabbing cameras, microphones and donning costumes to record their evidence. The final production is a collaborative effort using WeVideo with embedded instruction on use of equipment, the logistics of file storage, transfer, and manipulation in a variety of formats as well as video editing techniques.

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Monday May 23, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Joyce 210

9:45am

Red Clover Book Award
Vermont’s Children’s Choice Picture Book Award is now in its 21st year and this year’s list is better than ever! Join art teacher M.C. Baker and VT Department of Libraries Youth Services Consultant Sharon Colvin as we present the nominees and give you some concrete, creative, and standards-based ideas to help kickstart your program.


Monday May 23, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
GTBC 114

9:45am

Teamwork, Technology, and Student Strengths at the Table in Project-Based Work
Effective team players know their charge; effective coaches assign roles according to strengths. How does digital technology permit a greater variety of roles to employ a broader array of student strengths? How can we assign roles in teams so that students can be the best possible learning resources for each other? We’ll look at examples and brainstorm ideas for applications in our own classrooms.

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Strengths at the Table Teamwork

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Monday May 23, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Joyce 211

9:45am

The Daily 5TM Program
Are your classroom teachers and students immersed in The Daily 5TM program? Learn several simple ideas that have been successfully implemented to support literacy in classrooms for free or very low cost. Try out the low-maintenance apps and programs provided by the librarian that dovetail perfectly with classroom literacy centers, including hands-on, no-tech library activities. The ideas presented here could easily be used in any classroom to help support literacy activities. Bring your own experiences and ideas to share with the group.

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Monday May 23, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
GTBC 017

9:45am

Transforming the Classroom Through Technology
Come and learn how students are learning in today's technology driven world. What used to be pencils and notebooks, today is an interactive classroom. Learn how to improve your students test scores by adding technology to your classroom.

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avatar for Whalley Computer Assiocates, Inc.

Whalley Computer Assiocates, Inc.

Whalley Computer Associates, Inc. – Founded in 1979 by and for Educators, Whalley Computer Associates, Inc. (WCA) is an exceptional technology sales and service organization that partners with educational institutions to reduce their costs and enrich the student, faculty, and staff learning environment while enhancing student performance through technology. Headquartered in Southwick, MA, and with a full sales and technical operations... Read More →


Monday May 23, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Joyce 201

9:45am

“More than Words-- Using Technology to Transform Writing”
Do you teach “writing” to your students? What does that mean today? We all know that reading has evolved with technology; are our emerging writers producing the engaging multimedia content that today’s readers expect? In this workshop, we will discuss the process an 11th grade English class underwent, examining cutting-edge digital text then creating their own work that incorporated images, video, and graphic design considerations. You will have time to create some “writing” of your own.

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Monday May 23, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Joyce 102

10:55am

11:00am

Keynote: Be The Hero
The landscape is changing for school libraries and the future is unclear. Technology is rapidly developing and the favorite tools of the classroom 2.0 are ever-adapting to meet the diverse needs of our students. It's time to be the hero.

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Monday May 23, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
IDX Student Life Center

12:00pm

Lunch A
Eat your lunch at a time of your convenience. NOTE: If you ordered a bag lunch, you may not exchange it for a cafeteria meal, nor may you eat in the cafeteria with your box lunch. It's just the rule - please observe it.

Monday May 23, 2016 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Cafeteria

12:00pm

OER Brainstorm!
Want to know where to find Open Educational Resources (OERs)? Have an OER everyone should know about? Come discuss and share all the great OERs you already use as well as learn about new resources. We will also discuss the direction of OERs in the US and why they’re important. Who doesn’t love having awesome free resources at their fingertips? Let’s pool those resources together in one big pile of awesomeness.

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Monday May 23, 2016 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Hauke 442/204

12:50pm

Lunch B
Eat your lunch at a time of your convenience. NOTE: If you ordered a bag lunch, you may not exchange it for a cafeteria meal, nor may you eat in the cafeteria with your box lunch. It's just the rule - please observe it.

Monday May 23, 2016 12:50pm - 1:30pm
Cafeteria

1:15pm

Adobe Illustrator for “CNC” Laser and Vinyl Cutters
Learn to use Adobe Illustrator (AI) for laser and vinyl cutting. See the MakerLabs EPILOG MINI 60W laser cutter and GCC Puma III vinyl cutter make cuts from an AI file. 2 hrs. Uses MakerLab’s computers and software.

This workshop is limited in attendance to 10 people each.

Sign up will be at the Registration Table on a first come basis.  A shuttle will pick up participants 20 minutes prior to the workshop at the designated shuttle pick up area. After the workshop the shuttle will return the participants to the conference on the main campus.

Monday May 23, 2016 1:15pm - 3:15pm
Emergent Media Center

1:35pm

Augmented Reality Interactive Storytelling (ARIS)
Augmented Reality Interactive Storytelling (ARIS) is a user-friendly platform for imagining, creating, and playing interactive stories and place-based games on mobile devices. Students at Main Street Middle School integrate their study of adaptation and environment with ARIS to make games that integrate the landscape with a world of virtual interactive characters, items, and media. Using GPS and QR Codes, students invite you to take a walk in the field and see the world through new eyes.

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Monday May 23, 2016 1:35pm - 2:35pm
Joyce 102

1:35pm

A Smorgasbord of World Collaborations
6. Global collaborator
That is an ISTE standard that had plagued me for years. Epals and CILC were two sources which got me going, and now there’s no stopping the potential. I have had successes with Skype, polycom systems, blogging, emails, letters, and other online tools. There have also been pitfalls. I will share with you my experiences, and have time for us to collaborate on new projects.

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Monday May 23, 2016 1:35pm - 2:35pm
Joyce 310

1:35pm

Bee Bots In Kindergarten!
Come and see how Kindergarten children use Bee Bots as a way to begin to explore the world of coding and hear about how these little bees connect learning throughout the day. You will be able to see how we weave these bees into all areas of our learning. There will be lots of opportunities for collaboration. Join us!

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Monday May 23, 2016 1:35pm - 2:35pm
Joyce 202

1:35pm

Best Book Sites (so far)
What's better than a good book? A good friend (or two) to share it with. Join Matthew Winner for a tour through a dozen of his favorite children's literature websites, communities, celebrations, and resources and walk away with a few new tools and ideas you'll be excited to share.

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Monday May 23, 2016 1:35pm - 2:35pm
GBTC 017

1:35pm

Digital Backpack for Transferable Skills
Ed Tech Specialists in South Burlington are creating a user-friendly “Digital Backpack” geared toward sharing tools to meet the transferable skills of Communication, Integrative Thinking, Problem Solving, Self Direction, Citizenship. Come join us to offer insights, favorite tools, and ways to manage an expanded spreadsheet. Walk away with a copy of the site, newly enhanced by our Dynamic Landscapes working group. We’ll all need to do this work across the state and grades; why re-invent the wheel?

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Website 


Monday May 23, 2016 1:35pm - 2:35pm
Joyce 211

1:35pm

Experience Classroom: Apple’s new iPad app built for teachers
Come learn about Apple’s new app for Education:  ClassroomClassroom turns your iPad into a powerful teaching assistant, helping teachers guide students through a lesson, see their progress, and keep them on track.   In this session, you will learn how you can launch a specific app, website, or textbook page on any device in the class, or share student work on a TV, monitor, or projector using Apple TV.  You can even see which apps students are working in, and assign a specific shared iPad for the class period.  Classroom helps teachers focus on teaching so students can focus on learning.   Come join us and gain a better understanding of the power of your iPad to enhance your classroom.


Monday May 23, 2016 1:35pm - 2:35pm
Joyce 304

1:35pm

Green Mountain Book Award - Get Teens Reading!
Preview the 2016-2017 GMBA books with members of the GMBA Committee! You’ll receive next year’s list of nominees and hear booktalks. You’ll also get a chance to talk with individual committee members about incorporating GMBA books into class curricula, promoting the books to students in libraries, and using them to help students connect to online reader communities. Come join the conversation about how to get teens reading!

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Monday May 23, 2016 1:35pm - 2:35pm
GBTC 112

1:35pm

How a School Can Transform a Community
Join Hazen Middle Level and take a look at how we started our year off going 1:1, rolling out Personalized Learning Plan sites, teaching digital citizenship, shifting to a house model, beginning a negotiated learning endeavor, and team-teaching a school-wide Interdisciplinary Unit ...ALL AT THE SAME TIME, and all while gearing our energies and learning toward giving back to our community, a mindset that has brought Hardwick together.

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Monday May 23, 2016 1:35pm - 2:35pm
Joyce 201

1:35pm

Poetry Helps Young Writers Find Their Voices
Winning techniques (and laughs), from a published children’s poet and teacher, for using poetry in your elementary and middle school classroom to inspire writing confidence, imaginative word choice, and enthusiasm (yes, really!) for revision. Fun, easily implementable lessons and techniques, along with a bibliography of helpful resources will be enthusiastically shared. Specifically addresses Common Core writing outcomes, K-8.

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Poetry Guy's Website

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Monday May 23, 2016 1:35pm - 2:35pm
GBTC 217

1:35pm

Storyboard That! Greek Mythology
Learn how the AMHS librarian and 6th grade English teacher collaborated to get their students creating retellings from Greek Mythology with the free online tool StoryboardThat. StoryboardThat is an storyboarding tool with many design features, integrates with Google Apps and allows students to print, share or download their finished work. After exploring Greek Mythology in class, students created both a classic retelling and a modern version of their traditional myth as part of a culminating project.

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Monday May 23, 2016 1:35pm - 2:35pm
Joyce 210

1:35pm

Making Across the Curriculum: How can your maker space support content and curriculum across the range of disciplines?
This conversation for teachers, technology integrators, and librarians will begin with examples and ideas from two years of operating an interdisciplinary “maker campus” at Saint Johnsbury Academy, and then offer a structured brainstorming session for how the tools you have available can be used to support design thinking in a range of contexts.

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Monday May 23, 2016 1:35pm - 3:05pm
GBTC 117

1:35pm

Using your Time Wisely: Re-imaging School Scheduling
One of the largest drivers in a school experience is the schedule. It is also one of the least innovative pieces of the school experience. Join Diana to discuss a variety of appraoches and models of school schedules to meet the educational mission and vision of your educational setting.

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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 →



Monday May 23, 2016 1:35pm - 3:45pm
Aiken Hall Morgan Room

2:45pm

Authors, Readers, and Schools
Do you worry about literacy in the age of digital diversions? How are authors and educators working to keep students reading? Come meet some of our Vermont “rockstar” authors and join in a meaningful discussion of ways authors and educators can work together toward our common goals.

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Monday May 23, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
GBTC 112

2:45pm

Blended-learning in a 1:1 High School Classroom
Come learn how our 1:1 initiative with Chromebooks and iPads have transformed classroom instruction at Burlington High School for this veteran teacher. Our 1:1 has created a student-centered classroom: digital storytelling and video journaling, instant feedback as well as collaborative writing, increased communication and blended/independent learning is making a huge difference in the way our students are learning. Explore how focusing on a blended E-learning has created positive and engaging learning environment. Preparing our students for the future and this teacher for Act 77 proficiency based learning.

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avatar for Susan Blethen

Susan Blethen

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


Monday May 23, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Joyce 201

2:45pm

Creating A Meaningful PLP with Naviance!
Experience first-hand how Naviance provides ways for students to surpass the needs of the AOE Critical Elements by creating tangible, action‐oriented, and personalized plans that focus students on their future while keeping schools and parents informed. Naviance provides ways for students to make the connections between who they are as individuals, their education goals and future career pathways.

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Monday May 23, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Joyce 202

2:45pm

Digital Citizenship Dance
Digital Citizenship Dance

It is becoming more evident the importance of teaching our students to be safe, respectful, and responsible citizens in the digital world, but how do you add another thing to an already packed school schedule? Come listen and share your ideas on how to roll out digital citizenship in your school. We'll discuss topics such as logistics of implementation at your school as well as curriculum selection.


Monday May 23, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
GBTC 217

2:45pm

Project Atlantic--Students Create Award-Winning Digital Films. Join Us!
My students create documentary videos on local energy and environmental topics as their culminating project in Environmental Science class, collaborating with Town Energy Committees, Academics, Entrepreneurs, and Politicians.

Come hear my students and I present our process, show some clips of our work and give you some ideas on how to help make this a statewide movement by participating in YOUR town!

Engagement Enhances Education!

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Monday May 23, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Joyce 211

2:45pm

Project Based Learning- Making School Easier
Engaging students to learn is our primary objective; avoid being the sage on the stage and become the guide on the side. Learn 6 unique ways to use the Google Environment to engage students with project based learning. These projects ideas can send students off to delve into their own creativity, while integrating various google tools that will help students achieve and demonstrate mastery.

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Monday May 23, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Joyce 310

2:45pm

Ready for College Research? Mine the Gap!
How well prepared are graduating high school seniors to tackle academic research as they enter college? How do academic librarians support and stretch those skills for incoming students? Join the conversation between academic and high school librarians as they compare notes about the challenges first year students have as they transition to the demands of higher level research and learning beyond high school. Academic librarians from local colleges, and high school librarians will share perspectives that focus on what it means to be “college ready” in the digital age.

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Monday May 23, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
GBTC 017

2:45pm

Student-Centered Photovoltaic Energy Investigations
Looking for a way to tackle the concept of energy using a student-centered maker approach? VEEP is excited to share our newly revamped photovoltaic curriculum for grades 4-8. We will share strategies for carrying out hands-on solar investigations and incorporating elements of the maker movement while meeting NGSS energy and engineering standards. Leave with ready-to use photovoltaic lessons and the opportunity to borrow a PVs curriculum kit of materials from VEEP.

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avatar for Vermont Engery (VEEP)

Vermont Engery (VEEP)

VEEP’s programs serve students in kindergarten through 12th grade, their teachers, and their school communities through Vermont and beyond. We guide students in developing a deep understanding of energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy technologies, and climate change. We also provide ways for students to take action on the issues they are learning about so that they can make a difference.


Monday May 23, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Joyce 210

2:45pm

Using Video To Tell Your School's Story
We'll explore the different ways that video can be used to enhance your learning community and support scholar success. Practical tips, examples and systems planning to make video sustainable and reasonable within school.

Presenter Material
Presenter Blog 

Presenters
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.


Monday May 23, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Joyce 102

3:15pm

Illuminations- bringing a current issue to light. (A STEAM Project)
Research into the history and properties of light provide inspiration for student projections related to a personal interest in a current issue or event. LED lights, batteries, copper tape or Arduino are some of the tools student utilize to design prototypes. Presenting designs through social media provides possible dialogue with communities outside of school.

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Monday May 23, 2016 3:15pm - 3:45pm
GBTC 117

3:50pm

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

Monday May 23, 2016 3:50pm - 4:00pm
IDX Student Life Center

4:15pm

VSLA Annual Meeting
Join us in the Morgan Room in Aiken Hall immediately following the door prizes (at about 4:15pm) on Monday, May 23. Learn about VSLA’s Year in Review, new business, and welcome Cheryl Kissel as the incoming VSLA president. Refreshments will be served and a shuttle bus will be provided following the meeting to transport members to the conference parking.

Monday May 23, 2016 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Aiken Hall Morgan Room
 
Tuesday, May 24
 

7:30am

7:30am

Exhibitor area open
Exhibitor area open. Come visit!

Tuesday May 24, 2016 7:30am - 4:00pm
Champlain Room

8:30am

Connecting Our Dots - 1-1, SBL, & PLP's
In partnership with the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education, Shelburne Community School's three middle school teams are one year into learning how standards based learning and technology rich instruction are the key to personalization. If this is a journey you are on as well - we'd love to share what we've learned (the good and the bad) and where we think we are going next.


Tuesday May 24, 2016 8:30am - 9:00am
Joyce 201

8:30am

'Using e-Portfolios as a platform for PLPs.'
Interested in learning about how to develop, manage, and engage students in the PLP process? This presentation will show how Swift House, a 5-8 team at Williston Central School, implements the PLP process with all 94 of its students.


Tuesday May 24, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Joyce 210

8:30am

Get going with Gale and go beyond Google
Do your student go beyond Google? Do you? Did you know that most of the articles found on the 50+ Gale Databases are not available in full-text through Google searching? Did you know that although digital natives may have lots of experience with “digital stuff” they often enter college without digital skills when it comes to research? Thanks to the Vermont Online Library, all of our students can access high-quality information from online databases that include articles, audio and video clips, chapters from reference books and more. Even better, these resources can be downloaded directly to your Google Drive. Learn to get the most out of these databases for your students and your own professional development.

Presenters

Tuesday May 24, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
GBTC 112

8:30am

PLPs Meet Literacy
Will giving students choice in LA increase engagement? Will students be motivated and interested in reading with supported reader advisory and varied access to the story? Will students' writing improve when they can choose the type of piece and organizational tools? We set out to find the answers and we did!

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Tuesday May 24, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
GBTC 114

8:30am

Revolutionizing Student Research with Padlet
Say goodbye to the days of index cards strewn about your classroom like confetti! If you assign projects that require your students to research, then integrating Padlet into your classroom will optimize and streamline the process of note-taking and organization. Learn how this innovative tool can revolutionize the entire research process, including collaborative brainstorming, providing students with specific feedback and differentiating for individual student needs. Everyone benefits from this EASY to use, yet effective tool!

Presenters

Tuesday May 24, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Joyce 310

8:30am

Student-Centered Learning using Open Educational Resources (OER)
There are some incredible Open Education Resources (OER) out there on the web, yet many teachers do not know they exist. It's time to ditch the outdated textbooks for all the wonderful free, high-quality education resources out there. Come learn about OERs and see how a middle school science teacher has transformed his class with the proficiency-based learning model using open educational resources.


Tuesday May 24, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Joyce 102

8:30am

Surviving the One-Person Show
Many small schools have just one library/technology integration position, and sometimes it's not even a full-time one. If you are doing both these jobs, especially if you don't have an assistant, come talk with others in a similar position. We'll talk about the challenges inherent in this situation, successes you've had, and hopefully ideas for how to survive from others who are living it.

Presenters

Tuesday May 24, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Joyce 017

8:30am

WeVideo: An Awesome Collaborative Video Creation Platform
The cloud-based video editor WeVideo has stepped it up to become a great new tool you can easily use with your students. With exceptional pricing sponsored by Vita-Learn, WeVideo has taken video editing to a new level. Real time collaboration is built right in, you can assign projects, make comments, and monitor student progress. Media can be easily shared and works great on Chromebooks! So come learn about this fantastic video storytelling platform and how you can help your students make their own compelling video digital stories.

Presenter Material

Presenters
avatar for Jessica Wilson

Jessica Wilson

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


Tuesday May 24, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Joyce 202

8:30am

Video Making with Backward Design
What do your students need to create an exceptional video project? In this conversational, hands-on session with media educator Gin Ferrara and tech integrationist Brent Truchon, we’ll use backwards design to get from Z to A - envisioning the goal of your video project, and identifying the exercises and scaffolds that can get you there. You will leave with an elegant strategy for success!


Tuesday May 24, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Joyce 211

8:30am

Open Education Resources
With the advent of so many online resources, teachers are fortunate to be able to pull from a vast pool of resources. As an expert in the field of OER and the Chief Open Education Advisor at the Office of Education Technology, join Andrew in a hands on, immersive workshop to locate, evaluate and incorporate more open educational resources in your classroom.

Presenters

Tuesday May 24, 2016 8:30am - 10:45am
Hauke 444/203

8:30am

Student Centric PLPs
Focusing on the student as the most important agent in their own education is the goal of PLPs. Join Diana to workshop the ins and outs of making this process relevant, meaningful and effective. Practical examples and time for workshopping your best and biggest ideas for helping students find their own voice and agency in their 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 →



Tuesday May 24, 2016 8:30am - 10:45am
Hauke 442/204

8:30am

Coding with Turtles: MinecraftEDU and the Hour of Code
Turtle Island is a special MinecraftEDU world designed to teach students the basics of programming. Elementary and Middle School students can explore programming and computer science concepts with the many hours of puzzles and activities using ComputerCraftEdu and Custom NPCs. Bring your laptop loaded with MinecraftEDU to explore, learn and play along with other educators. Join an experienced Miner to learn tips, tricks and the pitfalls before trying to use this with your students.

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Tuesday May 24, 2016 8:30am - 10:45am
GBTC 017

8:30am

Every Student Is An Inventor!
In the spirit of the “maker” movement, Little Bits (http://littlebits.cc) are small magnetic circuits that snap together, allowing your students the chance to create an unlimited number of great inventions. Using pre-made modules or just letting the children freely create, my elementary and middle school students couldn’t be more excited for their technology innovations class.

Join me for a two hour, hands-on immersion session where we will learn about Little Bits, access their terrific resource library, and learn first-hand about what a great “maker” resource Little Bits can be for your classroom. Come prepared to be an inventor yourself.
I will have materials for about 15 participants.

Presenters

Tuesday May 24, 2016 8:30am - 10:45am
GBTC 117

8:30am

Design Thinking
This conversation engages participants in a holistic treatment of the design thinking process, and helps them to begin developing a design mind, one that sees problems and issues always as a design problem. Participants will form design teams, and use the process of design thinking to address a contemporary issue surrounding education (design provocation). Embedded in this conversation will be strategies to help participants vision design thinking as a 21st Century pedagogy, and one that deeply engages students in developing solutions to human needs. Additionally, other components that support the process, such as developing the types of learning spaces that support such design thinking, will be addressed. After developing a prototype solution, participants will have an opportunity to share and receive feedback on their designs.

Presenters

Tuesday May 24, 2016 8:30am - 10:45am
Hauke 221/005

8:30am

Innovation Lounge
What does CREATING and MAKING look like it in our Vermont schools and libraries?  Stop by the Dynamic Landscape Innovation Lounge where you will get a chance to chat with educators and students who are currently Creating and Making  in their classrooms, libraries, and other learning spaces.  The Innovation Lounge will include virtual and physical Exhibits from libraries and classrooms, including a Screening Room with student films, exhibits of student projects ranging using  Code, 3D printers, circuits, motors, microprocessors, cardboard, and more. Check out Hands on / Minds On  Learning with and without technology.  Exhibits will vary by time slot.  A schedule of exhibits will be posted in the Lounge and Online. The lounge will be open for you to visit from 8:30 to 3:30 each day, but will be closed from 11:00 to 12:00 during Keynote Speakers.

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Tuesday May 24, 2016 8:30am - 3:30pm
IDX Fireside Lounge

8:30am

Electrify Your Ideas: Notebook Hacking in the Writer’s Workshop
In this interactive session you’ll explore paper circuitry, a novel way to e-Luminate the creative process and communicate ideas with light. Through the exploratory integration of electronics, artistry, and making with code, Notebook Hacking offers a production-centered approach to literacy. Come see how we’ve applied circuitry to the writing process with middle school students, and test out some ideas of your own. Through guided experimentation and play, you’ll leave with classroom-tested ideas grounded in research.

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Tuesday May 24, 2016 8:30am - 3:45pm
Aiken Hall Morgan Room

8:45am

How to Design a Good Makerspace
Tour Champlain College’s MakerLab and Emergent Media Center. Makerspaces are more than a collection of cool tools. Their very design fosters specific methods and modes of learning. By lowering the cost of failure, lowering the barriers to production, and by fostering a community of learning, these spaces promote iterative design, critical thinking, interdisciplinary thinking and open collaboration. After a discussion lead by MakerLab faculty and staff, there will be a tour, and time to explore the MakerLab.

This workshop is limited in attendance to 10 people each.

Sign up will be at the Registration Table on a first come basis.  A shuttle will pick up participants 20 minutes prior to the workshop at the designated shuttle pick up area. After the workshop the shuttle will return the participants to the conference on the main campus.

Tuesday May 24, 2016 8:45am - 10:45am
Emergent Media Center

9:15am

Implementing & Improving PLPs - A conversation to help sort babies from bathwater
Description: Barre City School started off this school year by having all middle school students 5th-8th grade create PLPs. This session will revolve around a presentation on what our teams have done to create PLPs and how to be more successful next year. Join us to help separate our successful babies from the bathwater of our varied efforts, and share your own trials and successes. By pooling our experiences we can all improve.


Tuesday May 24, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Joyce 201

9:45am

Explore Math
This workshop will focus on making math come alive via dynamic, interactive, and fun explorations! The workshop will provide examples and resources using GeoGebra, Desmos and other free web-based tools for Algebra and Geometry courses. We will allow for some time at the end of the workshop for you to explore, ask questions, and get some ideas for your next lesson. Math is always at your fingertips!

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Tuesday May 24, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Joyce 102

9:45am

Human Rights, Research & Creative Collaboration
Trying to engage your students in the research process? Hoping to collaborate more with your classroom teachers or school librarians? Learn how a high school librarian and English department have collaborated and developed a skill based research project completed by all 9th grade students. Students are engaged in the self-selected topics about human rights and find meaning in the research they do. Web-based technology tools used include Schoology, LibGuides, Google & Easybib.

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Presenters
avatar for Faith Carpenter

Faith Carpenter

Librarian, Mt. Mansfield Union High School


Tuesday May 24, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
GBTC 112

9:45am

Mathcraft: Minecraft in the Elementary Classroom
Two teachers with little Minecraft experience used their classroom iPads and the $4.99 Minecraft app to create many engaging learning opportunities for their students. Learn about their journey, the ups and downs, using Minecraft to enrich their math curriculum. Previous experience using Minecraft is not needed for this session.

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Tuesday May 24, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Joyce 202

9:45am

Setting the Stage for an Effective Personal Learning Plan
A Personal Learning Plan (PLPlan) needs to include skill development and goal setting so that every learner can develop the skills to be independent and self-directed, a learner with agency, for college and careers that are yet to be imagined. Discover how to empower your learners to tell their story of who they are and how they learn using the neurosciences that sets the stage in developing a PLPLan so that they are truly future ready.

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Tuesday May 24, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Joyce 210

9:45am

Telling Their Stories… Digitally
Come see how students in grades 5-6 at the Fayston Elementary School have used tech tools to support goal setting. In addition to researching and planning, students use technology to represent their goals on their Personalized Learning Plans (PLPs), track progress, and document their accomplishments. Once a goal is accomplished, students tell the story digitally so that other students and the broader school community can learn and be inspired.

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Tuesday May 24, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Joyce 310

9:45am

Time Travel To the Past
In an expanding universe of digitized historical documents, educators and students can eavesdrop on the past without years of research in musty archives. Sit with Lincoln as he reads his mail. Have a peek at Thomas Edison's application for a patent for a light bulb. Share Rachel Revere's anguish as she tries to make contact with Paul, hiding after his famous ride. Travel to Britain to read a book from the 8th century.

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Tuesday May 24, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
GBTC 114

9:45am

VSLA: What's in it for me?
Join VSLA Board members in a meet-and-greet, informal conversation about moving our organization forward. Come hear about recent initiatives and new advocacy efforts, and discuss leadership opportunities and ways to help our organization grow. We especially encourage librarians new to the field to attend!


Tuesday May 24, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
GBTC 017

9:45am

Solving the World's Problems One Video at a Time: WeVideo Public Service Announcements
This project challenged our 6th graders to create, edit and publish using WeVideo with a combination of video clips, images, text, and music. PSA topics ranged from the small to large - serving our school, community, and beyond. From bike safety and bullying to recycling and proper handwashing, creating PSAs challenged students to address real-world issues and empowered them to develop solutions.

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Tuesday May 24, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
GBTC 017

10:15am

Humanitarian Response, Mapping the World Together
Remote volunteering is becoming a potent new tool to provide humanitarian organizations with the digital maps required to facilitate an effective disaster relief response. Not only is this an exciting and real world application of geography and GIS but it’s fun and easy to learn. Come see how to implement a series of short modules, teaching students basic GIS skills and how they can be used to save lives.

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Tuesday May 24, 2016 10:15am - 10:45am
Joyce 211

10:55am

11:00am

Keynote: Common Sense for Today's Classroom
Jeff Mao joined Common Sense Education in the fall of 2014. He provides strategic consulting to states and districts on the effective implementation of digital learning programs. He was a lead facilitator for the Future Ready Schools Summits, and a lead author of Utah Essential Elements For Digital Power Learning, the state’s master plan. Prior to joining Common Sense Education,  Jeff served as the Learning Technology Policy Director for the Maine Department of Education. In that role, he provided leadership and education technology policy support to four Commissioners of Education, and he was directly responsible for the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI). He oversaw all aspects of the program including vision, implementation, policy, professional development, procurement and contract management. Jeff has keynoted international events sponsored by UNESCO, World Bank, InterAmerica-Development Bank, and the Korean Education and Research Information Service. He served on the Board of Directors of the State Educational Technology Directors Association for six years including two as Chair of the Board. Common Sense Media named him Educator of the year in 2012, and SETDA named him Leader of the Year in 2013.

Presenters
JM

Jeff Mao

Common Sense Media


Tuesday May 24, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
IDX Student Life Center

12:00pm

Lunch A
Eat your lunch at a time of your convenience. NOTE: If you ordered a bag lunch, you may not exchange it for a cafeteria meal, nor may you eat in the cafeteria with your box lunch. It's just the rule - please observe it.

Tuesday May 24, 2016 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Cafeteria

12:00pm

What do we Value? The Student or The Learner
How do we create a school culture in which being a learner is more valuable than being a student?

Presenters

Tuesday May 24, 2016 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Hauke 442/204

12:50pm

Lunch B
Eat your lunch at a time of your convenience. NOTE: If you ordered a bag lunch, you may not exchange it for a cafeteria meal, nor may you eat in the cafeteria with your box lunch. It's just the rule - please observe it.

Tuesday May 24, 2016 12:50pm - 1:30pm
Cafeteria

1:15pm

Level 2 Programming with Arduino
Use a basic setup of an Arduino, proximity sensor, and LED to build a simple robot with a heart. You will learn some basic electronics, logic in code, and explore the human factors involved in our tendency to anthropomorphize gadgets.  Though this class will go beyond the basic introduction, no prior experience with electronics or programming is necessary.

This workshop is limited in attendance to 10 people each.

Sign up will be at the Registration Table on a first come basis.  A shuttle will pick up participants 20 minutes prior to the workshop at the designated shuttle pick up area. After the workshop the shuttle will return the participants to the conference on the main campus.

Tuesday May 24, 2016 1:15pm - 3:15pm
Emergent Media Center

1:35pm

Integrating PLPs Into High School Classes
Our teachers are integrating PLPs into their curriculum. We are interested in how PLPs formalize students' developmentally appropriate self-interest, but, more pointedly, how PLPs can become tools for students as they investigate their academic interests. Beyond PLPs as a way to organize evidence of learning, how do we begin to make use of them as tools that can be transferred to a life of learning and to help students shift from being consumers to producers?

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Tuesday May 24, 2016 1:35pm - 2:35pm
Joyce 210

1:35pm

Expansion of Learning Beyond the Classroom Walls!
In this workshop participants will be introduced to the technological tools and pedagogical methods used for learning a foreign language. We will discuss how it was beneficial to teacher and students to provide learning opportunities online in order to expand face-to-face classroom. We will share our journey with students using wikis, mp3 players, and creating audio/videos. Also we will discuss how the experimentation with our LMS (Canvas) is aiding us to work towards creating proficiency-based learning. Participants will be invited to share their questions and experiences with integrating technology in their own classroom/school.

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Tuesday May 24, 2016 1:35pm - 2:35pm
GBTC 117

1:35pm

Five-Star Feedback Loops: Formative Assessment Ideas for Every Grade
Need some strategies and tools for collecting feedback about your students’ learning? We will look at digital and “old-school” tools for easy and effective formative assessment -- and we’ll get into exactly how they work! Our discussion will include K-2, 3-5, and 6-12 tools, and we'll cover both one-to-one and one-to-many classrooms. The last 15 minutes will be a sharing session for more great ideas from the audience.

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Tuesday May 24, 2016 1:35pm - 2:35pm
GBTC 017

1:35pm

Short Radio Stories
In partnership with a local radio station and the Brattleboro Historical Society, middle grades educator Joe Rivers and his students have begun researching and producing short radio stories focusing on the Brattleboro area’s rich history. Students use online records to research places and events in Brattleboro history, becoming independently engaged by their town’s past, and launching research projects of their own. Come hear how this amazing community partnership has become the talk of the town.


Tuesday May 24, 2016 1:35pm - 2:35pm
Joyce 310

1:35pm

STORYKEEPERS: Learning History Through Family Stories
Storykeepers teaches students how to do historical research based on their family stories. Units include genealogy and family trees; photography, where students do detective work by looking at fashion, hairstyles, etc.; primary/secondary sources; Town Clerk records; artifacts; census records; other online research such as findagrave, Chronicling America (newspaper archives), vermontcivilwar.org, and ancestryclassroom. Students choose their person to research, three tools of research, and culminating activity, i.e. poster, Powerpoint presentation, scrapbook, etc.

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Contact for author visits

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Tuesday May 24, 2016 1:35pm - 2:35pm
GBTC 114

1:35pm

Student Vlogging to Increase Student Voice
Learn how to support students in sharing their point of view and perspective on life and learning via videoing vlogging. Students thrive in the world of storytelling, filmmaking, expression, collaboration, creativity, bravery and confidence building. We will share structures, strategies, amazing vlogs, and the gift that this experience will bring to you and your students.

Presenter Material 
Michael Berry's Blog 
Katie LeFrancois' Blog 

Presenters
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 Katie LeFrancois

Katie LeFrancois

Grade 4 Teacher, Richmond Elementary School
I have taught grades K-4, and am currently a fourth grade teacher at Richmond Elementary School. It is my passion to inspire children and give them a deep love of learning by teaching through the arts and technology. I believe in giving students a voice in their learning and helping them share their thinking with the world.


Tuesday May 24, 2016 1:35pm - 2:35pm
Joyce 201

1:35pm

Transforming the Classroom Through Technology
Come and learn how students are learning in today's technology driven world. What used to be pencils and notebooks, today is an interactive classroom. Learn how to improve your students test scores by adding technology to your classroom.

Exhibitors
avatar for Whalley Computer Assiocates, Inc.

Whalley Computer Assiocates, Inc.

Whalley Computer Associates, Inc. – Founded in 1979 by and for Educators, Whalley Computer Associates, Inc. (WCA) is an exceptional technology sales and service organization that partners with educational institutions to reduce their costs and enrich the student, faculty, and staff learning environment while enhancing student performance through technology. Headquartered in Southwick, MA, and with a full sales and technical operations... Read More →


Tuesday May 24, 2016 1:35pm - 2:35pm
Joyce 211

1:35pm

Driving Personalized Learning with the Vermont Digital Learning Plan
This workshop will include a discussion on how Education technology supports this work, how the new VT Digital Learning Plan can drive this work and how we can showcase some of the good work your schools are doing in this area. This session is looking for participation from the get-go, so come with input on how your school is making this work or what barriers you need to overcome to be more successful. We'll be sharing examples seen in schools currently and how those can be scaled to other locations.

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Tuesday May 24, 2016 1:35pm - 2:45pm
Joyce 102

1:35pm

TRAILS ~ A Project of Kent State University: A Key Assessment Tool for Information Literacy Skills and Evidence-Based Practice.
According to Professor Judy Moreillon, “The current age of accountability requires all educators to be responsible for collecting evidence that demonstrates improved student learning.” She maintains that TRAILS, provides a way for teachers/librarians to collect student “achievement data.” This tool can be used as a benchmark, which will identify “various strengths and weaknesses in students’ information-seeking skills” (Moreillon, 2014). Teacher Librarians and Classroom Teachers can then use the assessment results to co-design information literacy instruction, which will have a ongoing measurable, and very positive impact on student learning outcomes.

Learn how this assessment tool will:
* Positively guide your future instruction and collaboration with classroom teachers.
* Provide the evidence you need, to showcase improved student learning outcomes.
* Empower YOU to lead the way in your school district for improved teaching and student achievement outcomes with evidence-based practice.

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Tuesday May 24, 2016 1:35pm - 2:45pm
GBTC 112

1:35pm

Lights, Camera, Action! Hands-On Stop Motion Movie Making
Join Nichole and Karen as we show how we work with groups of students in grade 4 and up to create stop motion movies. We’ll walk you through setting up stop motion projects with students, including storyboarding, narrative building and character generation. Then we’ll dive into making movies! We’ll bring some props, clay, paper, backgrounds and some small toys, plus tripods and a few iPads. You bring your own tablet or smartphone (that you can add apps to) plus your own props if you want, and we’ll work singly or in small groups to make a short movie. We’ll wrap up the session with a red carpet premiere of our finished movies. Stop motion movie making is easier than you think, and is within the reach of any student (or teacher)! Onion-skinning on apps makes lining up your next shot easy, and we’ll show you all the tips and tricks we’ve learned over the years for lighting, apps that work, tripods (and hacks that work if you don’t have tripods). Come join us for this half-day session, and leave a movie-maker!

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Tuesday May 24, 2016 1:35pm - 3:45pm
Hauke 442/204

1:35pm

Break Out of the Box with BreakoutEDU: A platform for immersive learning games exemplifying high- and low-tech integration.
Experience the competitive fun of communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills.

BreakoutEDU was inspired by "escape rooms" around the world where you pay to get "locked in" a room with friends and try to escape by solving puzzles and unlocking codes.

We will have a pre-created learning adventure with a "locked kit" and a website to access clues.

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Tuesday May 24, 2016 1:35pm - 3:45pm
Hauke 221/005

1:35pm

Coding as a Central Component of a Mathematics Curriculum
Coding provides an authentic, rich context through which mathematics concepts are made approachable, engaging, and challenging for all students in mathematics classes. Participants will see how The Putney School weaves coding through its “traditional” high school mathematics curriculum. Using the Processing language, participants will work through rich problems supporting canonical topics in algebra, geometry, and precalculus. The session is appropriate for all high school mathematics teachers.

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Tuesday May 24, 2016 1:35pm - 3:45pm
Hauke 444/203

1:35pm

VR-mont:Virtual Reality and experiential learning are here!
Come experience the Oculus Rift! Explore 1,000s of VR apps. Immersive VR Education has created an experience that allows the learner to sit in the cockpit of the Apollo 11 rocket from launch to landing. See 360 degree immersive videos from the New York Times and others that give a personal experience of Syrian refugee camps or food drops in Africa. Come experience Virtual Reality!

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Tuesday May 24, 2016 1:35pm - 3:45pm
GTBC 217

2:45pm

The Digital Publishing Library
Harvard, McGill and Cambridge University Press are a few familiar publisher names that remind us that in addition to teaching, academic institutions disseminate scholarly information and knowledge. In the past only these large well-endowed institutions could afford the infrastructure costs for such a service. The advent of open source digital publishing suites makes it possible for every Internet connected library to provide digital authoring, technical resources for their members. This workshop will show how libraries can become a community authoring haven, where eBooks, school annuals, community history and more can be authored, published, cataloged and promoted for all all the world to read.

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Exhibitors
avatar for Media Flex - OPALS

Media Flex - OPALS

OPALS Open-source Automated Library System manages eBooks, digital resources, single login database authentication, print resources, equipment & assets, as well as event, facilities and resource advanced-booking & scheduling. The system is web-based, and well supported by highly acclaimed technicians. Community driven updates are implemented continually by full-time, competent and responsive software engineers.


Tuesday May 24, 2016 2:45pm - 3:34pm
GBTC 117

2:45pm

1:1 in Your School - How Do You Know It’s Working
With more and more classrooms using some form of a one-to-one technology model, the second most common question is “Does it help students learn? What are common themes from recent research? What are the foundations, essential conditions, and precursors needed for success? What questions can you ask students, teachers, and parents? What items could be included in your Digital Learning Action Plan? A discussion for any stakeholders in a 1:1 program.

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Tuesday May 24, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Joyce 210

2:45pm

Authors, Readers, and Schools
Do you worry about literacy in the age of digital diversions? How are authors and educators working to keep students reading? Come meet some of our Vermont “rockstar” authors and join in a meaningful discussion of ways authors and educators can work together toward our common goals.

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Tuesday May 24, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
GBTC 017

2:45pm

Being Creative with Student Interests: go ahead and give yourself permission
Our elementary school decided it was high time to honor the idea of student electives to increase engagement. We jumped in this year (for a little step) with what was dubbed: I Can Hour. Learn how we started it, implemented it for an afternoon in January, and then repeated it with tweaks in the spring (May/June). Google Forms was usually our friend. And then it inspired me to be more creative in the library instigating a mini-maker movement in the midst of our Red Clover Program.

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Tuesday May 24, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
GTBC 114

2:45pm

Blast off with Newton, NGSS, 3D Printing and Video Analysis of Motion
Come hear how 9th graders at Mount Mansfield UHS spent time designing, building, launching and studying bottle rockets in a project that incorporates Newton’s Laws, NGSS Engineering Standards, 3D design and video analysis of motion. Documenting the design and construction process, learning 3D modeling software, working on collaborative teams and learning how to gather motion data using a video analysis tool called Tracker kept students engaged in this multi-faceted activity that yielded a deeper understanding of Newton’s Laws.


Tuesday May 24, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Joyce 102

2:45pm

Increasing Student Engagement with Digital Content
Digital content can motivate students and create a higher level of engagement in your 
school’s curriculum. Hear success stories and learn best practices on the most effective 
ways to implement a digital content program that meet’s your school’s goals with 
OverDrive, the leading digital distributor to over 30,000 schools and libraries.

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Tuesday May 24, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Joyce 201

2:45pm

Maker Space Start Up and Student Projects
Students will share from their perspective the experiences of learning how to grow a MakerSpace. The efforts to transition an existing traditional classroom into a 21 Century creative, design and prototype learning environment. From creating rules and processes to designing storage shelves, ordering equipment, creating SketchUp models, and 3D printing; students were involved in every stage. Students will share their experiences with this new type of learning.

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Tuesday May 24, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Joyce 211

2:45pm

Playlists for Personalization
Personalization requires teachers to be both instructional designers and facilitators of learning. But where do we find the time? Learn how to create “playlists” - a sequence of learning resources and activities using Open Educational Resources (OERs) to support students whether they are learning content in your classroom or exploring an interest in a student-driven project. Participants will construct and customize playlists and consider ways in which they can be co-created with students.


Tuesday May 24, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Joyce 310

2:45pm

Robots for Everyone! Collaborative Robot Projects
Learn about two collaborative projects that make use of fun codable robots.
— an INTERstate project where students from Vermont, Georgia and Connecticut collaborated learning to code Finch Robots
— an INTRAstate project where students from 40 Vermont schools collaborated training a fleet of robots that traveled around Vermont for Robot Rodeo
Learn the workflow to implement collaborative robot projects in your district or with other schools. What worked well? What would we tweak?
How can your students take part in a collaborative robot project?


Tuesday May 24, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
GBTC 112

2:45pm

We Visited Our National Parks (and never left Norwich, VT!)
Each year our 5th grade students, during Library class, do a detailed study of many of our National Parks. They research, perform skits, dress up, and take the audience on a virtual visit to their park.

This year, using the iPad app, Green Screen by Do Ink (and an inexpensive Green Screen purchased from Amazon) our students took their audience on a virtual tour of their park. They dressed as Rangers and included video and images from their park for a “Green Screen” virtual tour of the park. The movies were then combined with other video clips, audio, and images using iMovie on the iPad and turned into a finished project.

Join us for the “how’s and why’s” of this project plus some suggestions for the many uses of Green Screen technology in elementary classrooms. We will share lots of examples.


Tuesday May 24, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Joyce 202

3:50pm

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

Tuesday May 24, 2016 3:50pm - 4:00pm
IDX Student Life Center