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Wednesday, November 3
 

12:00pm EDT

Exhibitor Setup
Exhibit Hall Available for Setup only

Wednesday November 3, 2021 12:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

3:30pm EDT

Registration Desk Open
Registration for Pre-Conference attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors

To Register for Vermont Fest 2021, please visit vita-learn.org/vermontfest/register

Wednesday November 3, 2021 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Lower Lobby

4:00pm EDT

Vita-Learn Board Meeting (Invitation Only)
Vita-Learn Board Members and invited guests

Wednesday November 3, 2021 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Roundabout

4:00pm EDT

Building Antifragile Schools
The evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate change events of this past summer have made it quite clear that a “return to normal” is not in the cards for educators and school leaders in the near future. Given this, it is desirable to think about how student learning and schools might be able to evolve and thrive in this context, and how they might explore new paths for growth - in short, how they might become _antifragile_. In this workshop, we will look at how to accomplish this goal at three key levels defined by the learner, the classroom, and the school. In doing so, we will leverage a new set of extensions to the SAMR model and the EdTech Quintet that have been specifically tuned to respond to the needs of antifragile design. Activities will unfold in progressively more localized fashion, starting with scenario analysis and role play, continuing with design processes, and concluding with participant-defined ready-to-use projects. All workshop activities have been carefully constructed so that all members of the school community can benefit from participating on an individual basis, while school teams will derive an additional boost and set of insights from group participation.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ruben Puentedura

Dr. Ruben Puentedura

Founder and President, Hippasus
Dr. Ruben Puentedura is the Founder and President of Hippasus, a consulting firm based in Western Massachusetts focusing on transformative applications of information technologies to education. He has implemented these approaches for over twenty-five years at a range of K-20 educational... Read More →


Wednesday November 3, 2021 4:00pm - 6:30pm EDT
Northstar II

4:00pm EDT

Cybersecurity with CYBER.ORG using a Cyber Range
In this hands-on session, you will use a cyber range to showcase attack and defend style labs using a Kali Linux and Windows OS. Attendees will learn how to implement Cybersecurity in your classroom with the help of CYBER.ORG’s free Cybersecurity course. The content developers will also cover real-world case studies and the 150+ lessons (containing teacher notes, presentation materials, and quizzes) that come with the course.

In partnership with the Department of Homeland Security, CYBER.ORG's Cybersecurity course is designed for 9-12 cybersecurity classrooms at no cost to the educators/schools. Aligned to CompTIA's SY0-601 Security+ objectives, this course is aimed at preparing students to become workforce-ready by exploring the threats and vulnerabilities of cybersecurity.

This session will utilize/showcase the following labs:

- Credential Harvesting Lab
- Phishing Lab
- Brute Force Lab
- Denial of Service Lab
- Web Application Attack Labs

Speakers
avatar for Joseph MacAdam

Joseph MacAdam

Curriculum Development Specialist, Cyber.org
Joe MacAdam is a Curriculum Development Specialist for CYBER.ORG, focusing on High School content. Prior to CYBER.ORG, Joe spent 4 years teaching a variety of subjects - Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, and CYBER.ORG’s own Cyber Literacy, Cyber Science, and Physics - in New Orleans, LA... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Bartles

Jonathan Bartles

Curriculum Development Specialist, Cyber.org


Wednesday November 3, 2021 4:00pm - 6:30pm EDT
Gateway II

4:00pm EDT

Everyone Can Create – Ignite Creativity with iPad
To succeed in today’s world and to shape tomorrow’s, students need to tap into their creative potential and learn to express themselves in new and innovative ways. Join us to learn about Everyone Can Create, a program from Apple designed to help unleash the creative potential in every student through photography, video, music, and drawing with iPad. In this session, you’ll experience engaging lessons that introduce fundamental skills and techniques in music and drawing using free apps available on iPad.

Each attendee is provided with free curriculum guides and skills to create deeper learning activities centered on creation in the classroom. Remember everyone is an artist!

This workshop is offered with a device included in the workshop fee format ONLY.

Registration Fee $699 - includes an iPad Air (10.9-inch Wi-Fi 64GB - Space Gray) and Apple Pencil gen 2 - to ensure that the equipment can be ordered and shipped on time, this workshop registration must be completed by Oct 8, 2021!!

Speakers
MB

Matt Brooks

Education Leadership and Learning Executive, Apple, Inc.


Wednesday November 3, 2021 4:00pm - 6:30pm EDT
Gateway I

4:00pm EDT

Robotics and Coding for All! Let's put an Edison Bot in your hands and explore hands-on STEM together
Robotics is one of the most versatile STEM tools in that it allows for design thinking in both physical and computational design. It's also just super engaging and fun to learn to take control of a machine and the instantaneous feedback makes for a dynamic learning environment. Seeing a student realize for the first time that they are talking to / controlling a machine with code never disappoints. Microbric Robotics from Australia has created the Edison robot, an affordable platform that is codable on a Chromebook in three different "languages" (primary blockly, scratch or python) and can be engineered with Lego blocks for nearly endless creations. If you have never coded but could picture robots in your school or curriculum, come let me introduce you to your own Edison and give you a broad hands-on introduction. If you're a robotics guru but have never explored the Edison, this will be a great session as I know you will love this platform. I've successfully used the Edison with students from K-12 and the potential curricular connections are limitless. I guarantee Edison can turn anyone into a coder - come let me show you how.

Registration Fee $75 - includes an Edison Robot - to ensure that the robots can be ordered and shipped on time, this workshop registration must be completed by Oct 1, 2021!!

Speakers
AM

Allan Miller

Champlain Valley School District, STEM4Learning Consulting
Allan Miller is a recovering school administrator who now spends his days helping students and teachers explore STEM. He is a Digital Learning Leader and Design Tech teacher with the Champlain Valley School District, and a Fulbright Fellow currently providing STEM professional development... Read More →


Wednesday November 3, 2021 4:00pm - 6:30pm EDT
Northstar I

5:00pm EDT

Board, Sponsor, & Exhibitor Reception (Invitation Only)
Vita-Learn & VSLA Board Members + Sponsors & Exhibitors

Wednesday November 3, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Preston's Restaurant and Bar

6:30pm EDT

Dinner - On Your Own
Preston's Restaurant will be closed on Wednesday for dinner. To find a restaurant nearby, please see this page: https://killingtonpico.org/what-is-open-in-killington/ Make sure to call ahead to confirm that the restaurant will be open!

Wednesday November 3, 2021 6:30pm - 8:00pm EDT
 
Thursday, November 4
 

6:00am EDT

Exhibitor Setup
Exhibit Hall Available for Setup only

Thursday November 4, 2021 6:00am - 7:00am EDT
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

6:00am EDT

Registration Desk Open
Registration for Main Conference attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors

Thursday November 4, 2021 6:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Lower Lobby

7:00am EDT

7:00am EDT

Exhibit Hall Open
Exhibit Hall open to all attendees

Thursday November 4, 2021 7:00am - 6:00pm EDT
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

8:00am EDT

Doing the Data Dance (Is this anything like disco dancing?)
Consider the following... How does your district leverage data to provide personalized learning experiences for all students? Does your SIS data support day-to-day school operations? In what ways are you preparing data to present to your extended educational community? Are you dancing around data?

Let's get your data out of the 1980s and bring it into 2021. From imports to exports, state compliance reporting, and visualizing your data with Google Data Studio, let’s talk about taking data bits and bytes and transforming it into a data success story for your district!

Speakers
avatar for Theresa Schneiderheinze

Theresa Schneiderheinze

Alma VT/ NH/MA Regional Director, Alma SIS
After spending 30 years as a career educator, digital learning specialist, and technology coordinator, Theresa joined Alma to support educators and students all over the New England region. Theresa holds a Master's in Education focusing on Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment and... Read More →


Thursday November 4, 2021 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
Gateway II

8:00am EDT

Managing Learning Media Format Diversity
Learning media formats and the various devices to access them have multiplied and surpassed what our spreadsheets can do to manage deployment, access, delivery, maintenance and inventory. Our software engineers have worked with New York State and Wisconsin BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) to develop customizable, sustainable technology integrating digital resource access (SSO), discovery search, IT asset management, STEM, textbook and bookroom services. Discover how this technology can be used in a regional, district or building level context to provide efficient learning technology and digital resource services to students, parents and teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Harry Chan

Harry Chan

President, Media Flex / OPALS
Harry Chan is the founder of library services companies located in the U.S. and Canada. Media Flex Inc. developed one of the earliest PC-based, integrated library systems in 1986 and in 2004, introduced OPALS, a Web-based, open source, integrated library system used in many Vermont... Read More →


Thursday November 4, 2021 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
Escapade

8:00am EDT

Podcasting is for Everyone and Every Content Area!
Podcasting is making a big comeback. We listen to learn; we create to inform or entertain. We tell stories and there are so many stories to tell! In this time of remote and classroom learning, Podcasting is a great way to reach students and to have students demonstrate their content learning and express creativity. This workshop will discuss the use of podcasting for teaching, learning, assessment, and the Universal Design for Learning. We will be creating podcasts together so that attendees can learn the basics of podcast creation and why this is a great way for students to learn!

Speakers
avatar for Clarena Renfrow

Clarena Renfrow

IT Teacher, RUTLAND CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Clarena M. Renfrow, M.Ed., has been an educator for 21 years. She is an Information Technology Teacher (Rutland High School), a Technology Integration Specialist, Educational Technology Consultant, and an Instructor at Castleton University who teaches graduate-level courses in Educational... Read More →


Thursday November 4, 2021 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
Northstar I

8:00am EDT

Robotics and Coding for All! Let's put an Edison Bot in your hands and explore hands-on STEM together
Robotics is one of the most versatile STEM tools in that it allows for design thinking in both physical and computational design. It's also just super engaging and fun to learn to take control of a machine and the instantaneous feedback makes for a dynamic learning environment. Seeing a student realize for the first time that they are talking to/controlling a machine with code never disappoints. Microbric Robotics from Australia has created the Edison robot, an affordable platform that is codable on a Chromebook in three different "languages" (primary blockly, scratch or python) and can be engineered with Lego blocks for nearly endless creations. If you have never coded but could picture robots in your school or curriculum, come let me introduce you to Edison and give you an introduction. If you're a robotics guru but have never explored the Edison, this will be a great session as I know you will love this platform. I've successfully used the Edison with students from K-12 and the potential curricular connections are limitless. I guarantee Edison can turn anyone into a coder - come let me show you how.

Speakers
AM

Allan Miller

Champlain Valley School District, STEM4Learning Consulting
Allan Miller is a recovering school administrator who now spends his days helping students and teachers explore STEM. He is a Digital Learning Leader and Design Tech teacher with the Champlain Valley School District, and a Fulbright Fellow currently providing STEM professional development... Read More →


Thursday November 4, 2021 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
Gateway I

8:00am EDT

Striving for Social Justice Libraries through Collaboration and Creativity
Who is better poised to build collaboration and foster creativity for social justice than librarians? Join this panel of elementary, middle, high school and public librarians to learn about different ways we are building bridges across our communities. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. Having time and space to share ideas, barriers, challenges, fears, successes, inspiration and more will strengthen our entire community.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Wood

Emily Wood

School Librarian, Mount Mansfield Unified Union SD
Emily Wood is the librarian at Richmond Elementary School. She loves all things weird and wonderful, graphic novels, a good laugh, games, coding, podcasts, hiking, and animals. But not fish. She is afraid of fish.
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Peter Langella

Champlain Valley Union HS
Peter Langella (he/him) works at Champlain Valley Union HS in Hinesburg as a librarian and co-advisor to both the Racial Alliance Committee and Gender Sexuality Alliance. Peter also works as a school librarianship instructor at the University of Vermont and an English instructor at... Read More →
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Jennifer Hill

Jennifer Hill is the librarian at Crossett Brook Middle School. As a collector and questioner she finds ways to fit more rocks in her pockets, more stories in her heart, and more ways to wonder about this world and her place in it.


Thursday November 4, 2021 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
Northstar II

9:05am EDT

Conference Opening Remarks & Keynote: Let Them Be Heard. Giving Our Students A Voice with Shannon McClintock Miller
Opening Remarks
Keynote Speaker: Shannon McClintock Miller



Young people have the opportunity to change the world with their actions, creativity, words, and most of all…their voice.  Shannon McClintock Miller has empowered her students and others to embrace and talk about the things that are important to them.  In this presentation, you will hear the voice of young people as Shannon shares stories of choice, experiences, access, space, collaboration, creativity, and so much more.  


As you prepare for this day and her presentation ask yourself this question… What is important to you and your learning?  We will answer this question together as we take a look at our learning and most of all….that of the young people we work with every day. 


Speakers
avatar for Shannon McClintock Miller

Shannon McClintock Miller

Future Ready Librarian Spokesperson, Van Meter Community School
Shannon McClintock Miller is an international speaker, consultant and author who has a passion for education, librarianship, advocacy, technology, social media and making a difference in the world and lives of others, especially children. Shannon brings a special expertise and vision... Read More →


Thursday November 4, 2021 9:05am - 10:15am EDT
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

10:45am EDT

Shannon Miller Book Signing
Keynote Speaker, Shannon McClintock Miller, will be available to sign her new book, Leading from the Library
Help Your School Community Thrive in the Digital Age.
Copies will be available for purchase at the Vita-Learn Book Shop (also located in the Lower Lobby).

Speakers
avatar for Shannon McClintock Miller

Shannon McClintock Miller

Future Ready Librarian Spokesperson, Van Meter Community School
Shannon McClintock Miller is an international speaker, consultant and author who has a passion for education, librarianship, advocacy, technology, social media and making a difference in the world and lives of others, especially children. Shannon brings a special expertise and vision... Read More →


Thursday November 4, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Lower Lobby

10:45am EDT

Anti-racism and Equity in the K-3 School Library
This workshop, or more accurately, work session, is for K-3 librarians interested in exploring ways to create more inclusive and equitable library spaces and lessons for our youngest learners. This session will be a work and brainstorm session and will focus on the following:
  • Using the social justice standards from Learning for Justice as a guide to develop lessons.
  • Identify ways to integrate these standards with our AASL standards so anti-racism equity and justice education is ongoing.
  • Share resources and ideas for personal and professional learning in this area.
  • Identify ways to continue to support each other in this work.
We have thought through some initial focus areas to get us started and realize that this work is about more than lessons. We will identify other areas for future focus and will welcome your ideas as we move forward.

Speakers
avatar for Annie Brabazon

Annie Brabazon

Teacher Librarian, Porters Point Elementary School
avatar for Susie Snow

Susie Snow

Teacher Librarian, Hiawatha Elementary School
Susie Snow is a teacher librarian at Hiawatha Elementary School in Essex Junction, VT. She received her Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Vermont and is licensed as a K-6 Educator, K-12 Librarian, and K-12 Educational Technologist. 


Thursday November 4, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Northstar II

10:45am EDT

Cybersecurity with CYBER.ORG
In this session, you will learn how to implement Cybersecurity in your classroom with the help of CYBER.ORG’s free Cybersecurity course. The content developers will showcase the course, which contains attack and defense style labs using a cyber range, numerous real-world case studies, as well as 150+ lessons (containing teacher notes, presentation materials, and quizzes).

In partnership with the Department of Homeland Security, CYBER.ORG's Cybersecurity course is designed for 9-12 cybersecurity classrooms at no cost to the educators/schools. Aligned to CompTIA's SY0-601 Security+ objectives, this course is aimed at preparing students to become workforce-ready by exploring the threats and vulnerabilities of cybersecurity.

This session will provide an overview of the full year-long course and show you how to implement this modular curriculum into your specific classroom. Lesson topics include:

• Cryptography and Encryption
• Social Engineering Attacks
• Laws and Policies
• Risk assessment for all systems, including IoT and mobile devices

Speakers
avatar for Joseph MacAdam

Joseph MacAdam

Curriculum Development Specialist, Cyber.org
Joe MacAdam is a Curriculum Development Specialist for CYBER.ORG, focusing on High School content. Prior to CYBER.ORG, Joe spent 4 years teaching a variety of subjects - Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, and CYBER.ORG’s own Cyber Literacy, Cyber Science, and Physics - in New Orleans, LA... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Bartles

Jonathan Bartles

Curriculum Development Specialist, Cyber.org


Thursday November 4, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Northstar I

10:45am EDT

Data-Driven Instructional Planning - Work Smarter!
What's stopping you from using data to make instructional decisions in your classroom? Do you ever prepare and deliver the best lesson ever and then assess the students a week later to find out half of them didn’t remember the information? Learn how to reteach small groups of students based on formative assessment data and save yourself time and energy. In this presentation, the Teaching & Learning Team from North College Hill City School District in Cincinnati, OH will be sharing our journey of maintaining a positive culture while increasing focus on data-driven decision-making. Our focus on data has been adjusted to include consistent and frequent reflection that leads to changes in instruction, processes, & eventual outcomes. We hope you'll join us to discover how you can work smarter, not harder as a teacher and see amazing student achievement results.


Speakers
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Michelle Garton

Director of Teaching and Learning, North College Hill City School District
I have been fortunate throughout my career to have access to many diverse educational experiences. As a technology director, I was a visionary planner & project initiator. I birthed new projects with a solid foundation and then handed them off to others to maintain & grow. As a building... Read More →
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Emily Mulcahey

Instructional Coach, North College Hill City Schools


Thursday November 4, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Gateway II

10:45am EDT

Identity: The On-Ramp to Learner Empowerment
The research from the learning sciences tells us that “Identity is at the core of adolescent social and emotional learning.” Knowing one’s identity includes who I am, how I learn (using the UDL Lens) and what I aspire to be. With this understanding, each learner is empowered to know and value their variability and uniqueness so they can develop the skills and practices to support and enhance their learning in the classroom or remote learning environment. In this session, participants will learn how to create an Empower the Learner Profile of a learner they know so they discuss how they can empower the learner with tools, skills and practices to become agents and self-advocates of their own learning.


Speakers
avatar for Kathleen McClaskey

Kathleen McClaskey

CEO & Chief Learning Officer, Empower the Learner
Kathleen McClaskey, M.Ed. (@khmmc) is CEO and Chief Learning Officer of Empower the Learner, LLC (empowerthelearner.com), founder of Make Learning Personal (kathleenmcclaskey.com) and co-author of bestsellers Make Learning Personal: How to Personalize Learning and contributing author... Read More →


Thursday November 4, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Gateway I

10:45am EDT

Make this Interactive Touch Board ONCE & Re-use it Over and Over - Grades 5 & Up
Your upper grade students can make this intermediate tech project once and your lower grades can use it (with simple tweaks) over and over again (if the older kids will let it go :-)

To get you started, I'll show you the interactive Bare Conductive Touch Board project that I made. Then, I'll use it to demonstrate an easy educational exercise that I did to encourage reading. Can it be used in other subjects beside reading?

In my presentation, I'll discuss how it can easily be adapted for the full range of subjects and classroom uses.

Speakers
avatar for Eileen Vaughn

Eileen Vaughn

Library Media and STEAM teacher, Windsor Central Supervisory Union
I work at four of the Windsor Central Supervisory Union’s elementary schools as a library media specialist. I also teach a Makerspace/STEAM class at three of those schools. I am very fortunate because I truly love my work. My job involves children, teachers, books and technology... Read More →


Thursday November 4, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Escapade

11:45am EDT

12:00pm EDT

Vita-Learn Annual Membership Meeting and Board Elections
*Bring your Lunch*

A brief overview of the organization's activities and finances followed by elections for the Board of Directors. 

Thursday November 4, 2021 12:00pm - 12:30pm EDT
Northstar I

12:45pm EDT

"As Went Maine..." - Learning From Innovation Pioneers in the Original MLTI
In 2002 global EdTech took a massive step forward with the implementation of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI). That year 1:1 entered the mainstream, as all 7th Grade public school students and teachers in Maine received Apple iBooks in a ground breaking program that provided devices, wireless networks, technical support, building-based teacher leadership, along with ubiquitous access to professional development for teachers and leadership. In 2003 Maine's Grade 8 joined the MLTI, which expanded to other grade levels and continued for almost 20 years.

Join Jim Moulton. one of those involved with the original MLTI since before the 2002 rollout, to hear about what's being learned through the video project he has undertaken. He's recording conversations with folks who were deeply involved in the early days of this groundbreaking innovation. Participants to date have included classroom teachers, students, technology directors & integrationists, and Maine's then Commissioner of Education.

By listening to these folks and reflecting together, we'll be better prepared to make the most out of the next innovation that comes along. Let's face it - EdTech innovation is a constant - let's work together to be sure we use those innovations in the best way!

Speakers
avatar for Jim Moulton

Jim Moulton

Education Consultant, JimMoulton.org Inc.
"Jim Moulton is a parent, grandparent, and educator first and foremost – clearly focused on preparing the learners of today to be the leaders of tomorrow. He has taken part in Vermont Fest multiple times, both as session presenter and keynote speakerHe collaborated with others in... Read More →


Thursday November 4, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm EDT
Escapade

12:45pm EDT

Bring Augmented Reality to Your Classroom with iPad
Firsthand experience is one of the most powerful ways to learn. With augmented reality, students can experience just about anything they can imagine. Join us to explore augmented reality apps on iPad that help students connect their learning to the world in new ways.

Speakers
MB

Matt Brooks

Education Leadership and Learning Executive, Apple, Inc.


Thursday November 4, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm EDT
Northstar II

12:45pm EDT

Choice Boards With Capstone eBooks, PebbleGo, Capstone Connect and More! with Shannon Miller
Capstone is the leading publisher of both print and digital content for students. Join Shannon McClintock Miller and Eric Fitzgerald, VP of Capstone, as they explore what the past 18 months have taught us, what we take away from these experiences​,​ and strategies to help schools move forward in an uncertain environment. Choice Boards have become quit the rage! In this presentation, Shannon will show you the curation/organization, tools and techniques to create choice boards, how to share choice boards, ways to use them within the curriculum and through collaboration, and more!. It's important that districts have a ready to implement plan so every educator, and every child, is ready to teach and learn."

Speakers
avatar for Shannon McClintock Miller

Shannon McClintock Miller

Future Ready Librarian Spokesperson, Van Meter Community School
Shannon McClintock Miller is an international speaker, consultant and author who has a passion for education, librarianship, advocacy, technology, social media and making a difference in the world and lives of others, especially children. Shannon brings a special expertise and vision... Read More →
avatar for Beth Fuller

Beth Fuller

Representative, Capstone
Beth Fuller has worked in educational publishing for 31 years during which time she has done district and school wide professional development as well as district and county book talks. She has also provide sessions for Mass. Reading Assoc., New England Teachers of English, Univ... Read More →
avatar for Eric Fitzgerald

Eric Fitzgerald

Vice President, Capstone


Thursday November 4, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm EDT
Northstar I

12:45pm EDT

Project-Based Learning for Mathematics
Project-Based Learning should include mathematics and this presentation will show the particpant one way to do it.

Speakers
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Michael Lannon

Mill River Unified Union Scool District
"53 years of teaching experience. 6 years of project-based learning experience BA and LL.B."


Thursday November 4, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm EDT
Gateway I

12:45pm EDT

Understanding the User Experience
When you connect devices with a wire, it's very easy for those devices to report that they are functioning properly...but what happens when your users are still having difficulty? Or when the "network is terrible", but reports come in hours or days after they happen? What about random problems that happen on the network...how do you diagnose those? In this session, you will learn about the Aruba User Experience Sensor, and how you can use this device to track down those hard to solve problems and how to design a proactive response to network issues.

Speakers
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Jason Cote

Systems Engineer, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company
Jason Cote is an Aruba Certified Edge Professional, and has been designing Aruba networks for the last 5 years for K-12, Higher Education and Healthcare teams in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Previously, he served for 15 years in Network and System Engineering positions, primarily... Read More →


Thursday November 4, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm EDT
Gateway II

1:45pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

AASL Best of
Don't miss this opportunity to learn how the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) can ignite your passion and your career! AASL Immediate Past President Kathy Carroll will help you navigate the multiple features and benefits of AASL membership while highlighting exciting and practical resources to help you in your career as a school library professional. Learn more about how your membership in AASL supports the profession and how you can get involved with the work of your national association. New and prospective AASL members are invited, and long-time AASL members are welcome to attend this great networking opportunity.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Carroll

Kathy Carroll

AASL President 2020-2021, American Association of School Librarians
Kathy Carroll is the immediate past president of the American Association of School Librarians. She currently serves on the AASL Board of Directors, the ALA Council, the ALA Nominating Committee, and the ALA Transforming ALA Governance Task Force. Carroll was on the PRAXIS National... Read More →


Thursday November 4, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Gateway I

2:00pm EDT

Integrating SeeSaw into the Elementary Classroom
Kaylie Bufano, Kindergarten Teacher at Hiawatha Elementary School, will show how she integrates the features of SeeSaw into her classroom from the very first day of school and throughout the year. She will show how she uses SeeSaw for family communication, sharing photos throughout the day to sharing assignments for in-school or at home. It is an integral part of her classroom and teaching practice.

Ryan Dudley and Colleen Williams will show the back-end administration of SeeSaw from the perspective of an Ed. Tech Integrationist. Creating and managing classes are simple and quick to learn with SeeSaw.

Speakers
avatar for Colleen Williams

Colleen Williams

Technology Integration, Essex Westford School District
Google Apps for Education
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Ryan Dudley

I'm a sixth-generation Vermonter that came into teaching as a second career. For the last twelve years, I have been teaching math and science at the elementary and middle levels. I have always been curious about new technology and how to weave that into my own teaching so I recently... Read More →


Thursday November 4, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Northstar II

2:00pm EDT

Records Management Resources for Schools
The Vermont Public Records Act requires school officials and employees who are custodians of public records to retain and manage those records. It can be difficult to identify which records need to be kept and to understand
whether and when those records may be discarded or destroyed. This session will provide a broad overview of Vermont's public records act, records management best practices and standards, and an overview of existing resources for schools.

Speakers
avatar for MEG WHEATON-BOOK

MEG WHEATON-BOOK

Records and Information Management Specialist III, Vermont State Archives and Records Administration
Megan Wheaton-Book is a Records and Information Management Specialist IV at the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration where she provides a full range of information governance services including the development of policies and procedures for the systematic identification... Read More →


Thursday November 4, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Escapade

2:00pm EDT

Using Games In Education: A Pragmatic Approach
The first version of _Oregon Trail_ was created and introduced to the teaching world in 1971. Fifty years later, what have we learned about digital games in education, and what does - and doesn’t - work? In this workshop we will take a hands-on approach to answering this question, informed by the latest research. We will both use existing games and create new ones, focusing on readily available cross-platform tools and techniques. We will also examine the connections between board and narrative games and their digital counterparts, and how to use both types productively. Finally, we will sneak a peek at emerging uses for virtual reality games that open up new domains of immersive learning, reaching far beyond a text message reading “you have died of dysentery.”

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ruben Puentedura

Dr. Ruben Puentedura

Founder and President, Hippasus
Dr. Ruben Puentedura is the Founder and President of Hippasus, a consulting firm based in Western Massachusetts focusing on transformative applications of information technologies to education. He has implemented these approaches for over twenty-five years at a range of K-20 educational... Read More →


Thursday November 4, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Northstar I

2:00pm EDT

Why They Should All be Trauma-Invested Spaces
Why should I care about trauma?
Great question!
You can't learn if you don't feel safe as we all learned from Abraham Maslow. Understanding how trauma could be affecting your students will allow you to make them feel safer, which in turn, will allow them to have far greater access to the education you are offering to them.
I will explain the impact of trauma on the brain, how it can manifest in your schools, why you should commit to crating trauma-informed spaces, and strategies and resources to help you become more trauma-invested.
The best part is that trauma-invested practices help every student!

Speakers
RB

Rebekah Blaisdell Simays

Community High School of Vermont
I am a teacher at the Community High School of Vermont. I have a master's degree in Secondary Education: Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Vermont. I am currently working on a second master's degree through the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. I... Read More →


Thursday November 4, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Gateway II

3:00pm EDT

3:15pm EDT

Engage Students With Experiential Learning Experiences Now To Prepare Them For Later!
There has recently been a lot of talk about how to best engage students, especially while teaching online. This hands-on experiential learning (ExL) session will help you understand how to create student-centered, culturally relevant classes that connect students with their local, state, and/or global communities, both online or while they are physically in the classroom. Participants will receive a plethora of resources and a unit template they may make a copy of to start engaging their own students in ExL experiences that may actually change student lives forever!

Speakers
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Deborah Ehler-Hansen

Fair Haven Union High School
Deborah Ehler-Hansen is the Teacher Librarian for Fair Haven Union High School (Vermont). She received a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Vermont and has been working on an Experiential Teaching and Learning Certificate from Northeastern University... Read More →


Thursday November 4, 2021 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Northstar I

3:15pm EDT

Jumping in the Field of Red Clover!
Kid's choice and lots of voice! The VT Red Clover Picture Book Award is now in its 26th year. Join us as we chat about the 10 book nominees and give you some concrete ideas to help kickstart your program. Share with us how you've implemented the Red Clover Program. This is a great session to collaborate!

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Fjeld

Hannah Fjeld

Library Media Specialist, Neshobe School
avatar for Cara Clopton

Cara Clopton

School Librarian, Champlain Valley School District
Cara wacky dances, sings, reads and plays as the PreK-grade 2 school librarian for Allen Brook School in Williston. She also serves as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coach for the Champlain Valley School District. Picture books are her passion! She's excited to share story-time... Read More →


Thursday November 4, 2021 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Gateway II

3:15pm EDT

Using Oculus in the Classroom
Explore the why? the what? and the how? of using Oculus, a virtual reality headset, in the classroom. Learn how the Oculus can be an engaging tool to provide educational content, assess understanding, and allow students the opportunity to create. This presentation will include recommendations for specific content on the Oculus as well as tips for getting started. Following this session, participants will have the opportunity to try out an Oculus in the exhibit hall - and maybe even win one for their classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Willcott

Julie Willcott

Education Products Manager, zSpace
Julie Willcott is currently the Education Products Manager for zSpace, a virtual reality company. Prior to taking a more active role in developing standards-based, engaging K-12 curriculum, she taught high school science in Maine for 20 years. Since leaving the classroom, Julie's... Read More →


Thursday November 4, 2021 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Gateway I

3:15pm EDT

What You Really Need to Know About Privacy in the Classroom
School looks very different now with a mixture of remote and in person learning. The pandemic has forever changed the way we use technology in school. The scrutiny on privacy is ramping up with Facebook, Google, and Zoom all facing public concerns and publicity around this issue. Privacy is certainly a big deal in the classroom now, but how is a teacher or tech integrator to know what really matters to keep kids safe and avoid compliance issues? In this session, we are going to talk about safety, privacy, security, and compliance as it directly relates to the classroom. Join us as we provide valuable free resources to help you understand and manage privacy issues in your school.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Garton

Steve Garton

Senior Manager, Common Sense Privacy Project
Steve Garton is a Senior Manager for Common Sense Privacy and is an expert in meaningful technology integration, particularly in large-scale initiatives. He supports districts with professional development planning, program monitoring, student assessment, privacy issues and communication... Read More →


Thursday November 4, 2021 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Northstar II

3:15pm EDT

4:15pm EDT

6:00pm EDT

Dinner On Your Own
Preston's will be open at the Killington Grand or you can go to other nearby restaurants. Check out this page for more details about restaurants open nearby: https://killingtonpico.org/what-is-open-in-killington/ Make sure to call ahead to confirm with the restaurant or to make a reservation is applicable!

Thursday November 4, 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
On Your Own

7:00pm EDT

Evening Reception - VR/AR and Social Gaming
Networking and Social Time with Games & Activities in the Lower Lobby and breakout rooms. Preston's Bar will be open! Come and have fun and sample different types of gaming from VR (Oculus Quest 2) to AR, cooperative mobile gaming, Minecraft and more!

Thursday November 4, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Lower Lobby
 
Friday, November 5
 

7:00am EDT

Breakfast and Visit with Sponsors and Exhibitors
Meal/Break

Friday November 5, 2021 7:00am - 8:00am EDT
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

7:00am EDT

Exhibit Hall Open
Exhibit Hall open to all attendees

Friday November 5, 2021 7:00am - 1:45pm EDT
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

7:00am EDT

Registration Desk Open
Registration for Conference attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors

To Register for Vermont Fest 2021, please visit vita-learn.org/vermontfest/register

Friday November 5, 2021 7:00am - 3:00pm EDT
Lower Lobby

8:00am EDT

Bot Buddies
This hands on session will introduce you to using WeDo 2.0 Lego™ robotics kits. Learn how we used these well designed kits with kids during the summer Achieve program for our school district. Students worked with a buddy to learn how to build, program, trouble shoot and run robots using all the parts and pieces in the kits. Primarily meant for 2nd-4th graders, we had many K-1 students who worked with a buddy to achieve success. These kits are great for the classroom, an afterschool program, club or robotics team. Come and try them out, build and program a robot to light up, play a sound, and move.

Speakers
avatar for Christina Smith

Christina Smith

STEAM Coach, WNESU
Christina Smith has 35 years experience in Vermont Education as a Classroom teacher, VISMIT Science TA, Tech Integration Resource Educator and now STEAM coach for WNESU. Christina attended Castleton State College for her bachelors and received her masters from Marlboro College. Christina... Read More →


Friday November 5, 2021 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
Northstar I

8:00am EDT

Connect With Your Library Stakeholders Using the National (AASL) School Library Standards!
Participants will learn how to unpack the American Association School Library standards and then use them to create connections with their stakeholders. During the session they will then actively create materials, using a digital tool of their choice (Smore, Bookcreator, etc.) to inform, instruct, and provide solutions for students, educators, parents, and other stakeholders at the local, state, and national levels.

Speakers
DE

Deborah Ehler-Hansen

Fair Haven Union High School
Deborah Ehler-Hansen is the Teacher Librarian for Fair Haven Union High School (Vermont). She received a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Vermont and has been working on an Experiential Teaching and Learning Certificate from Northeastern University... Read More →


Friday November 5, 2021 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
Northstar II

8:00am EDT

PD Connections and Collaboration with Edmodo
In this interactive session, learn how to utilize Edmodo classes and groups as a platform for digital professional development and collaboration with colleagues. We will review the functionality of Edmodo and how to create Classes and Groups for professional development events, micro-credentialing, and more! We will take a deep dive into Universal Design for Learning, a course created on Edmodo by the Agency of Education, and show you how to participate and create your own Edmodo Classes and Groups for professional development.

Speakers
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Kate Baker

Senior Community Engagement Manager, Edmodo
Kate Baker, M.Ed and MAIT, is the Senior Community Engagement Manager at Edmodo, a veteran high school English teacher with 20+ years classroom experience, board member of the Flipped Learning Network, & contributing ​author of Flipping 2.​0​:  Practical Strategies for Flipping... Read More →


Friday November 5, 2021 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
Gateway I

8:00am EDT

Supporting Effective Foundational Literacy with Print and Online Resources
This presentation will document the success achieved using print and digital resources with emergent readers. Readers develop through explicit instruction and exposure to texts in a variety of formats. Learn how to incorporate multiple modalities of learning to engage early learners with 2400+ texts and 110 interactive phonics titles. A demo on how foundational literacy skills, phonics emersion, measuring growth, and personalizing the reading experience for students produce amazing gains and create life-long readers. Collecting data as students engage and read stories with the MetaMetrics Lexile framework provides extensive external validation. Using this actionable data, teachers pinpoint student progress with print and digital books to drive instruction promoting continued engagement and reading growth.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Rothenberger

Jeff Rothenberger

Educational Consultant, Rosen Classroom
Jeff Rothenberger is currently your local educational consultant for Rosen Classroom. He has been a conference and workshop presenter at a variety of national and state conferences. He formally worked as an Administrator in the Office of Professional Development and Curriculum for... Read More →



Friday November 5, 2021 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
Roundabout

8:00am EDT

Twenty-two for '22: Tools and Trends to Inspire & Motivate
This will be a fast-paced, lighthearted session guaranteed to tickle your geeky side and delight the teacher in you. It will highlight free tools you can master quickly, innovative virtual and augmented reality apps, artificial intelligence devices, and inexpensive little drones and robots. Hear about technologies and innovative ideas that do not yet exist at the time this session was proposed. Evidence of successful implementation in f2f and online instruction will be presented with research-based learning outcomes. The term “Electronic Constructivism” was coined by this presenter who will link these technologies to what it is all about: Good Teaching. No experience necessary - just your curiosity, enthusiasm about teaching, and a sense of humor.

Speakers
avatar for Maureen Yoder

Maureen Yoder

Professor, HIgher Education
Dr. Maureen Brown Yoder is an Educational Technology Professor Emerita at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Yoder began her career when the field of educational technology was in its infancy, when the Apple 2 was state of the art, and a 300 baud modem was impressive... Read More →


Friday November 5, 2021 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
Escapade

8:00am EDT

Windows 11: A First Look.
Here is a chance to get a first look at Windows 11, Microsoft's upcoming replacement to Windows 10! Lots of new choices, and a new Start menu. If you're curious, this can be a good place to start, or even advance your knowledge!

I will have a high end Lenovo Lap-top with Windows 11 running on it and we can walk through the operating system! Qustionsare highly encouraged.
















Speakers
avatar for Michael Lambert

Michael Lambert

Lambert Associates
I'm a Technologist/Systems Engineer with over 40 years of experience in technology, including computers and video systems. I was a principal in the design and implementation of Vermont's IP-based Interactive Learning Network for schools and produce programs, "live" and recorded using... Read More →


Friday November 5, 2021 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
Gateway II

9:00am EDT

9:15am EDT

Integrating your User, Network, and Security Management into One "Pane-of-Glass"
This session is structured as an open forum with a focus on exploring best practices for network management, security policies, and problem remediation. We will also take a look at Aruba Central as a single platform to manage user experience, security, wireless, wired, and gateways. We will also explore Aruba’s User Experience Sensors and how they can help you identify network issues and how to remediate before they become a problem.

Speakers
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Jason Cote

Systems Engineer, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company
Jason Cote is an Aruba Certified Edge Professional, and has been designing Aruba networks for the last 5 years for K-12, Higher Education and Healthcare teams in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Previously, he served for 15 years in Network and System Engineering positions, primarily... Read More →


Friday November 5, 2021 9:15am - 10:15am EDT
Gateway II

9:15am EDT

Project LIT - Let's Collaborate!
Learn how a group of librarians and teachers began collaborating to bring high interest books to students, using the Project LIT collection as a starting point. This unit allows for student choice and the ability to create engaging discussions and activities around young adult literature.

Speakers
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TJ Mead

Teacher, Champlain Valley Union High School
TJ Mead (he/him) works at Champlain Valley Union HS in Hinesburg as a Wellness Teaching (a hybrid Physical Education and Personal Health course) in the 9th Grade Core Program on an interdisciplinary team of teachers. He sits on the Chittenden House EST and is an Engage Team Leader... Read More →
avatar for Heather MacDonald

Heather MacDonald

Heather MacDonald (she/her) teaches ninth-grade Math at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, VT. She is a part of Chittenden Core; a team of six teachers that work together to support students and develop interdisciplinary work. Heather has most recently participated in... Read More →
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Peter Langella

Champlain Valley Union HS
Peter Langella (he/him) works at Champlain Valley Union HS in Hinesburg as a librarian and co-advisor to both the Racial Alliance Committee and Gender Sexuality Alliance. Peter also works as a school librarianship instructor at the University of Vermont and an English instructor at... Read More →
avatar for Christina Deeley

Christina Deeley

Teacher-Librarian, CVU High School
Christina Deeley (she/her) is a Librarian, Social Studies teacher and DEI Coach at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, Vermont. She also a chapter leader of Project LIT; holding twice weekly book groups with students. In addition to continuing the push towards racial... Read More →
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Katie Mack

Teacher, Champlain Valley Union High School
Katie Mack (she/her) is a ninth-grade Humanities teacher at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, VT as part of a team of six teachers who work in the interdisciplinary Core Program. She is a certified Critical Friends coach and an advisor to the ACLU club.


Friday November 5, 2021 9:15am - 10:15am EDT
Gateway I

9:15am EDT

Revising for an Authentic PLP Process
The PLP, or Personalized Learning Plan, is not a new initiative, but it remains a difficult and somewhat ambiguous one. At EFHS, we have worked to develop a Personalized Learning Plan, and a process to support its authentic use. We would like to share that work with others in the hope that this statewide requirement will as be a valuable tool for students!

Speakers
MC

Margaret Cavazos

I have been working at Enosburg Falls High School for the past 5 years as the Extended Learning Opportunities Coordinator and as part of that I have worked to develop our Personal Learning Plans and the processes that surround them into a tool and practice that is useful for students... Read More →


Friday November 5, 2021 9:15am - 10:15am EDT
Escapade

9:15am EDT

Setting FIRE to Learning with Keynote Speaker Brianna Hodges
18+months of zooming has zapped our learners and lessons in many ways. 
News outlets, school board meetings, and grocery aisle conversations are calling for a ‘return to normalcy' and a step back from screens. 
Completely spent from the nearly two years of round-the-clock triage teaching, we find ourselves -- teachers, administrators, coaches, parents, and caregivers -- exhausted and extinguished, our passion and purpose charred crumbles.
Unwilling to torch our students’ tomorrows, how do we capture the fire and become torchbearers instead?
We’ll examine how intention serves as the match and kindling to set learning afire. Using the acronym FIRE, we’ll explore the critical characteristics necessary to cultivate the highest levels of return on instruction.  You’ll leave with a fire-starter kit, including research, resources, and ready-made exemplars.

Speakers
avatar for Brianna Henneke Hodges

Brianna Henneke Hodges

Strategic Storyteller & Leadership Coach, Brianna Hodges LLC
Strategic Storyteller. Learner-Centered Leader. National Advisor and Faculty for Future Ready Schools®.National Spokesperson for Future Ready Instructional Leaders™.K12 Administrator to Watch (2018) Texas EdTech of the Year (2017). An experienced school and district leader with... Read More →


Friday November 5, 2021 9:15am - 10:15am EDT
Northstar II

9:15am EDT

STEM 101: Federal Tools for Moving STEM Forward
Learn with a panel of Albert Einstein Distinguished Educators as they share STEM lessons, applications, and innovative ideas that the federal government has available for education.Put new skills into place to be successful in the classroom. Experimentation and innovation are catalysts for STEM programs. Identify key takeaways from various federal agencies to transform science education for the next generation.

Speakers
avatar for Chanda Jefferson

Chanda Jefferson

US. Dept. of Energy, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow
Chanda Jefferson (Columbia, South Carolina) is a 9th-12th grade Biology teacher at Fairfield Central High School in Winnsboro, South Carolina.  She taught in the public schools of SC for ten years where she was also selected as the 2020 South Carolina Teacher of the Year. Ms. Jefferson... Read More →
avatar for David Lockett

David Lockett

Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, Meharry
https://science.osti.gov/wdts/einstein/Fellows-Central/Current-Fellows/David-Lockett
avatar for Rachel Benzoni

Rachel Benzoni

US. Dept. of Energy, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow


Friday November 5, 2021 9:15am - 10:15am EDT
Northstar I

9:15am EDT

VoiceThread: Amazing Conversations about Media
VoiceThread is one of the most affordable and easy-to-use collaboration tools in the education market. During this session, you will learn how to create your own VoiceThread and just how easy it is to use. A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, an audio file, or video (via a webcam). A person can share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues, and alternatively, they are able to record comments too on the slides. I can do all of this in my Supervisory Union for $300!

(Note: VoiceThread is available through Vita-Learn as discounted pricing that varies depending on district size. The largest districts in Vermont pay less than $900, see vita-learn.org/voicethread/)

Speakers
avatar for Brucie Donahue

Brucie Donahue

Instructional Technologist, Northfield Middle High


Friday November 5, 2021 9:15am - 10:15am EDT
Roundabout

10:15am EDT

10:30am EDT

Combining Book Creator and Green Screen for World Wide Travels
Dive into combining Book Creator and a green screen to have students travel virtually around the world. Participants will learn about Book Creator in-depth and have time exploring with a green screen and the DoInk app to create images. I'll share about how my students used these two tools to "travel", research, and share about their travels during Covid. Time will be available for participants to get hands on with both tools.

Speakers
CR

Carol Rowell

North Country Supervisory Union
After being a school librarian and tech integrationist for years I now work for NCSU as the SU wide technology integration instructional coach. I am lucky enough to work with teachers and students to add technology to their lessons in a meaningful and relevant manner. I'm a Seesaw... Read More →


Friday November 5, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Northstar I

10:30am EDT

Digital Transformation With Communication, Collaboration and Accessibility
Education systems in 2020 were disrupted at an unprecedented level. Districts were forced into adjusting to new teaching and learning styles that relied on technology being the critical environmental success factor for students. Fast forward to 2021 where schools are forced to embrace change and be prepared to turn on a dime while remaining focused on teaching and learning. During our panel session, hear how district leaders and school support addressed these challenges and learned how to create flexible learning programs to serve all students. Join us to hear how the current trends are shaping the future of education and creating connected classrooms, building a culture of communication and collaboration, and ensuring curriculum is accessible is becoming the norm.

Speakers
avatar for Cindy Daniels

Cindy Daniels

Professional Development Specialist, Connection.com
Cindy Daniels is a Professional Development Specialist for Connection.  Cindy has developed short-and long-term professional development plans through collaboration with schools and districts across the nation. Cindy has 23 years of experience in curriculum and instruction, school... Read More →


Friday November 5, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Roundabout

10:30am EDT

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: School Librarians Leading the Charge in Their Learning Communities
As the AASL President during the COVID Pandemic and a school librarian in South Carolina, Kathy Carroll will share information to help support Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion efforts in our learning communities. She will explore the necessity for EDI leadership within the profession and will share her experiences and available resources for promoting EDI in faculty collaborations, school library collections, and community partnerships.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Carroll

Kathy Carroll

AASL President 2020-2021, American Association of School Librarians
Kathy Carroll is the immediate past president of the American Association of School Librarians. She currently serves on the AASL Board of Directors, the ALA Council, the ALA Nominating Committee, and the ALA Transforming ALA Governance Task Force. Carroll was on the PRAXIS National... Read More →


Friday November 5, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Escapade

10:30am EDT

Leveraging Google Slides in In-person, Hybrid, and Online Instruction
Google Slides is a powerful tool for creating engaging presentations to support in-person instruction -- and so much more! This talk will give an overview of basic-to-intermediate functions within Google Slides including using transitions and adding and editing images. You’ll leave with actionable ideas for how Slides can be used to boost creativity in both the brick-and-mortar classroom and the Google Classroom (or whichever LMS you're using!). Attention will be placed on using Slides as a publishing tool for student work as well as in conjunction with tools like screencasting and Zoom breakout rooms to support and enhance hybrid and online instruction. Although we won't have time for a full-blown workshop, you’re welcome to bring a laptop and a Google login to play around with some of the functionalities we'll be discussing!

Speakers
LH

Lily Hart

Lily has been teaching high school foreign language for nine years. During that time, she has been working on a master's degree from Middlebury College in German, with a focus on German language pedagogy. She also teaches Latin and German to students throughout the state as a teacher... Read More →


Friday November 5, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Northstar II

10:30am EDT

Transform your practice with the ISTE Standards!
Join educators who are working towards (or have achieved) their ISTE Certification to learn about the impact that it has had on their professional practice and, most importantly, their students! The ISTE Standards for Students and Educators guide and support us to make pedagogical changes that empower students to be digital citizens and global collaborators through the application of impactful practices in classrooms and school districts. Through this rigorous and internationally recognized certification, these educators have transformed their practice and are prepared for whatever the future brings.

Speakers
avatar for Suzanne Judson-Whitehouse

Suzanne Judson-Whitehouse

Program Director/ISTE Certification Trainer, Collaborative for Educational Services
Suzanne Judson-Whitehouse is the Director of Licensure & Credentialing at the Collaborative for Educational Services. She has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of New Hampshire, a Master's Degree in Technology Integration from Marlboro College Graduate School and a Social Media... Read More →
avatar for Angela Burke

Angela Burke

Chief Technology Officer, Collaborative for Educational Services


Friday November 5, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Gateway I

10:30am EDT

Zoom(ed): Zoom Applications and the "rebirth" of Zoom.
Ok, so you spent the money and helped Zoom reach the stars. Then you found out Zoom was great, but not everything you might need. This session will teach you how Zoom has matured to integrate Apps into its platform and give you a look at some of the applications that are becoming available and how you can help you tailor your Zoom to be even more.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Lambert

Michael Lambert

Lambert Associates
I'm a Technologist/Systems Engineer with over 40 years of experience in technology, including computers and video systems. I was a principal in the design and implementation of Vermont's IP-based Interactive Learning Network for schools and produce programs, "live" and recorded using... Read More →


Friday November 5, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Gateway II

11:30am EDT

Lunch & Awards Presentation
Frank Watson Award and ISTE Making IT Happen Award Ceremony will begin promptly at 11:50 AM in the Ballroom.

Friday November 5, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

12:30pm EDT

Absolutely Amazing Learning: Creative Solutions for the Global Good
Education is not about the number of minutes we have our students, but rather the number of great moments we craft for them to experience. In this session, we'll look at the Creative Solutions for the Global Good class at Junípero Serra High School in San Mateo, California. Participants will explore what kind of learning allows a student to build confidence, explore cool, connect with students globally, and pursue personal excellence. Attendees will leave with what they need to launch a similar program at their school. Administrators are encouraged to bring one or two teachers who might be able to lead such a class.

Speakers
avatar for Rushton Hurley

Rushton Hurley

Executive Director, Next Vista for Learning
Rushton Hurley is a former high school teacher, former principal of an online high school, author of three books on learning and schools, and founder and executive director of an educational nonprofit. Rushton has spoken to and trained over 100,000 teachers and school leaders around... Read More →


Friday November 5, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Roundabout

12:30pm EDT

Building Literacy Skills with iPad in K-5
Discover how iPad supports early learning and can help close learning gaps. Explore the built-in features on iPad and a variety of education apps that can build reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Experience creativity apps that help students increase fluency and demonstrate their knowledge in creative and personal ways.

Speakers
MB

Matt Brooks

Education Leadership and Learning Executive, Apple, Inc.


Friday November 5, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Northstar II

12:30pm EDT

Multimodal Learning with Seesaw
This session will take a look behind the scenes of a district Seesaw launch.  I will cover what an administrator will see, whether they are a principal observing a class digitally, or working in the technology department and responsible for setting it up.   We will discuss some of the more lesser known but powerful features which make Seesaw an ideal tool for PLP, and multimodal learning.

Speakers
BB

Bjorn Behrendt

Technology Innovation and Data Management Specialist, BRSU
Currently working as the Technology Innovation and Data Management Specialist for BRSU, I hold a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.   I started my educational career in the IT department and now focused on Curriculum, specifically technology integration and improving learning... Read More →


Friday November 5, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Northstar I

12:30pm EDT

Recover From Covid with Deep-Learning: A Case for Using Makerspace to Integrate the Intermediate Curriculum
Recover lost learning and reduce the educational trauma from Covid by engaging students in deep-learning programming. In the face of covid, a long term project to improve math understanding in the intermediate grades has shown striking benefits for students during the pandemic. Intermediate students were engaged in trimester long projects that integrated concurrent art, math, technology, language arts and social studies curriculum, resulting in authentically contextualized deep-learning experiences. Four emblematic projects will be presented to show the pattern of deep-learning programming; (4th grade) String Figures, Mindstorms Biome Survival!, (5th grade) Minecraft Formal Gardens, and Fossil Formation Animations.

Speakers
TF

Tricia Finkle

Mater Christi School
As Mater Christi’s first Makerspace Integrationist, Tricia Finkle synergistically designs deeply contextualized project based learning across the established content curriculum at Mater Christi School. Through collaboration with the school’s entire faculty, Tricia creates effective... Read More →


Friday November 5, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Gateway I

12:30pm EDT

School Libraries: Information Boutique or Department Store?
This school year, we learned that a district administrator instructed a librarian to acquire eBooks only, unaware that during the pandemic, students and parents reached out to librarians for curbside-delivered printed books. Our programmers worked with librarians to simplify self-service requests that even K-3 students embraced! Technology also delivered advance booking services facilitating classroom book delivery for teachers ordering topical resources for their students. In addition, the pandemic did drive more students and teachers to use the digital resources that library portals broadcast and that Chromebook proliferation made possible to access. We will explore how librarians can use technology to build and offer "boutique" information services within a "department" store setting, using diverse media formats to respond to diverse and inclusive learning contexts.

Speakers
avatar for Harry Chan

Harry Chan

President, Media Flex / OPALS
Harry Chan is the founder of library services companies located in the U.S. and Canada. Media Flex Inc. developed one of the earliest PC-based, integrated library systems in 1986 and in 2004, introduced OPALS, a Web-based, open source, integrated library system used in many Vermont... Read More →


Friday November 5, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Gateway II

12:30pm EDT

Start your own Girls Who Code club!
Come hear about the Girls Who Code club happening at Richmond Elementary School. In this presentation you will learn about why you should start a GWC club, the materials and training available to you, and reflections on how it worked best in our school community.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Wood

Emily Wood

School Librarian, Mount Mansfield Unified Union SD
Emily Wood is the librarian at Richmond Elementary School. She loves all things weird and wonderful, graphic novels, a good laugh, games, coding, podcasts, hiking, and animals. But not fish. She is afraid of fish.


Friday November 5, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Escapade

1:30pm EDT

1:45pm EDT

Book Repair and Discounts
Do you have a pile of books to be repaired or waiting to be covered sitting in your office?  Do you still feel uncomfortable being a book doctor? Come spend time with facilitator Jill Abair and your knowledgeable colleagues from VT libraries as we help each other learn tips and tricks on how to repair and cover books.  Bring along some books from that stack on your desk, or the whole thing, if you have room in your bag! I will have materials available for covering paperback and hardcover books.  I will also have some supplies needed for book repair. Let's also discuss how to register for MHEC, an opportunity to get your repair materials and other library supplies or books at a discount.



Speakers
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Jill Abair

I am a Teacher Librarian at U-32. I've been working in libraries for over 15 years and love coming to work every day!


Friday November 5, 2021 1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT
Northstar II

1:45pm EDT

Design a School BioBlitz Using iNaturalist
A BioBlitz is a fun and engaging event to catalog every living thing in a given area in a fixed amount of time. A school BioBlitz introduces students to the vital role biodiversity plays in healthy ecosystems, and gets them thinking about what can be done to improve habitat for native species on school property and around their community. Meanwhile, students learn to use easy and powerful crowdsource database technology to discover new species and become part of a worldwide scientific community.
Participants will learn tips for planning a schoolwide, individual class, or community BioBlitz, how to use the iNaturalist platform to record and identify species and connect with a global community of scientists, plus ideas for follow-up activities. Presenters include high school, middle school, and elementary school teachers who have spearheaded BioBlitzes at their schools, and a community science educator with extensive knowledge of using iNaturalist and other technologies to host BioBlitz events and analyze the data to help make future decisions around biodiversity conservation.

Speakers
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Katie Sullivan

Teacher, Harwood Unified Union School District
Katie Sullivan teaches third and fourth grade at the Warren School in Warren, VT. She studied environmental education at Penn State University and worked as a teacher/naturalist before becoming a classroom teacher. Katie serves on the board of directors for the Friends of the Mad... Read More →


Friday November 5, 2021 1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT
Escapade

1:45pm EDT

Personal Learning PATH (PLP) with Seesaw
PLPATH is a framework for Personal Learning Plans that is focused on documenting student owned learning; providing educators with knowledge to build stronger relationships and personalize learning. This session I will walk through the framework, show some examples of PLPATH’s that were created using the Seesaw platform, and show how teachers can get started with their own PLPATHs.

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Bjorn Behrendt

Technology Innovation and Data Management Specialist, BRSU
Currently working as the Technology Innovation and Data Management Specialist for BRSU, I hold a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.   I started my educational career in the IT department and now focused on Curriculum, specifically technology integration and improving learning... Read More →


Friday November 5, 2021 1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT
Northstar I

1:45pm EDT

Service and Distinction
Schools have many stakeholders and many competing priorities. While it is at the heart of many schools' vision and mission statements, service to the community can end up on the back burner in the face of more immediate concerns. However, when students and teachers become active citizens globally and good neighbors locally, they can be the vehicle for educational excellence that is celebrated in the community. Telling these stories of hope and impact can be the fuel for teacher recruitment, community pride, student admissions, and a distinctive school culture. In this workshop, participants will build a plan for integrating service into classes and campus activities, with special attention focused on the tools and systems for effectively telling stories of students making a difference in the lives of others.

Speakers
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Rushton Hurley

Executive Director, Next Vista for Learning
Rushton Hurley is a former high school teacher, former principal of an online high school, author of three books on learning and schools, and founder and executive director of an educational nonprofit. Rushton has spoken to and trained over 100,000 teachers and school leaders around... Read More →


Friday November 5, 2021 1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT
Roundabout

1:45pm EDT

WiFi: Then, Now (and Soon): A deeper dive into WifI standards from WiFi 1 through WiFi 6E.
When do WiFi networks outpace wired ones? What the history of WiFi can tell us now from WiFi 1 through WiFi 6E, and how WiFi may well finally make wired networks obsolete. This seminar is both a look at the history of wireless networks and the possibilities. If you want to make an informed decision about network direction with respect to WiFi, this is a seminar must. Working knowledge of networking or an active curiosity is a requirement for this session.

Speakers
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Michael Lambert

Lambert Associates
I'm a Technologist/Systems Engineer with over 40 years of experience in technology, including computers and video systems. I was a principal in the design and implementation of Vermont's IP-based Interactive Learning Network for schools and produce programs, "live" and recorded using... Read More →


Friday November 5, 2021 1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT
Gateway II

2:45pm EDT

Closing Keynote: From Burnt Out To Emblazoned: Tending the Fire Amid Inescapable Uncertainty with Brianna Hodges
We're adapting as fast as we can, to do the best we can, with what we have, from where we are. We're trying to be everything to everyone, every day, everywhere. And we're tired; depleted and exhausted, our fire all but extinguished.

As we seek to shine for our students and stakeholders, promising them future bright days, we struggle to sift hope from ash, confidence from coal. How do we keep our fire alive despite the changing winds and unrelenting conditions?

Sharing experiences, lessons, and a few cautionary tales, Brianna Henneke Hodges will help you stoke your fire, control your burn, and tap torchbearers to cast a brighter, bolder light for today's learners.

Speakers
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Brianna Henneke Hodges

Strategic Storyteller & Leadership Coach, Brianna Hodges LLC
Strategic Storyteller. Learner-Centered Leader. National Advisor and Faculty for Future Ready Schools®.National Spokesperson for Future Ready Instructional Leaders™.K12 Administrator to Watch (2018) Texas EdTech of the Year (2017). An experienced school and district leader with... Read More →


Friday November 5, 2021 2:45pm - 3:45pm EDT
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

3:45pm EDT