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Thursday, May 15
 

7:30am

Registration
Receive your packet, name tag, lunch tickets and other important information.

Thursday May 15, 2014 7:30am - 8:20am
IDX Student Life Center

8:20am

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Welcome to the conference! Please settle in with a continental breakfast and hear of the important logistics for the day. The keynote will follow immediately.

Thursday May 15, 2014 8:20am - 8:30am
Gym - IDX Student Life Center

8:30am

Keynote - Making, Love, and Learning
Learning outside of school is being transformed by the trends of tinkering, maker culture and personal fabrication. Educators need to be mindful of this major shift in digital learning, married to craft traditions, and student agency to create productive contexts for learning.

The Maker ethos of constructionism, or learning-by-making through first-hand experience will be explored in the context of projects using a range of analog and digital "construction" materials. Children can now use technology to create and solve their own problems. Affordable tools and materials, such as 3-D printers, laser cutters, Arduino microntrollers, Makey Makey construction kits, conductive paint and wearable computing components allow students to go farther than was imagined just a few years ago. Junk, high-tech gear, art supplies and engineering principles collide to expand human potential.

Art and science converge and are amplified by computing. When the artificial boundaries between subject areas are blurred and every student requires the same process skills and tools, the distinction between vocational and academic education are obliterated. In order for schools to seize the opportunities afforded by this "Maker" spirit, educators need more than awareness that the world is changing. They need to develop new skills and redesign classroom environments to support learner-centered practices in order to prepare kids to solve problems their teachers never anticipated.

Thursday May 15, 2014 8:30am - 9:30am
Gym - IDX Student Life Center

9:30am

Maker Room Lab - Open All Day
Find out what this maker fuss is all about in the Maker Room. See a working 3D printer, microprocessors, soft circuits, project examples, and chat with experienced makers who can answer your questions. Stay as long as you'd like, it's an open lab! Located in the IDX Fireside Lounge. Open daily 9:30 – 2:30
  • 3D printer
  • Circuits (Arduino)
  • Soft circuits - E-textiles. E-Origami, Toy Hacking, Squishy Circuits, and Plastic Plankton Chandeliers, Wearable Lilly pad
  • Local maker and EMC
  • Scratch, Tynker, and misc
  • Resource table - Books, ebook first page prints, websites. QR codes?
  • Student projects Lego League, Scratch, musical instrument created from Scratch program
  • Video Looping video of kids and their projects,
  • Hands on activities - littleBits, Squishy Circuits, Snap Circuits
  

Thursday May 15, 2014 9:30am - 2:30pm
IDX Fireside Lounge

9:45am

3D Printing: Prototypes, Products, and Processes
What’s more powerful than designing your own product? Watching it 3D printed before your eyes! This is the new reality at both of Burlington’s middle schools. All Burlington students will now have the opportunity to design an object for a specific purpose and have it printed in a matter of minutes. Come and see what the process is, how it works, and meet a few students who are in the 3D printing vanguard!

Presenters
avatar for Dan Treinis

Dan Treinis

Design and Technology Education teacher, Hunt Middle School


Thursday May 15, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
Auditorium

9:45am

Augmented Reality and the Olympics
In Williston, we have a theme week each year for our school with grades 3-8. This year’s theme was the Olympics. One workshop this year for students in those grades (about 120 students overall) was focused around an augmented reality project. Using iPads, students created short videos about an athlete, a country, a sport and more. They then created Auras (using the Aurasma app) to share their videos around the school.
Come check out the auras, learn about the successes and challenges, and see how augmented reality spread into other areas of the curriculum and school beyond that week.

https://sites.google.com/a/cssu.org/augmented-reality/

Presenters
avatar for Bonnie Birdsall

Bonnie Birdsall

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


Thursday May 15, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
GBTC 112

9:45am

BeyondThePane™ in K-12: Open Hardware, the Maker Movement and Big Data
Bringing the Maker Movement and the Internet of Things into the classroom represents a huge opportunity to get students to realize computers and the Internet are not just about tapping on a pane of glass. This talk will share the exciting results of piloting a high school design course that teaches students how to build their own custom data gathering devices and thereby create their own Big Data sets.

Presenters
avatar for Bryant Patten

Bryant Patten

Education partner, Long Arc Learning


Thursday May 15, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
Joyce 201

9:45am

Making It in Your Community
Come and see what the kids will be making and learning this summer!
A grant from the Vermont Community Foundation was awarded for children and teens in Vermont’s public libraries to support this summer’s Collaborative Summer Library Program theme, Science. The project will create five innovative STEAM modules - E-textiles, E-Origami, Toy Hacking, Squishy Circuits, and Plastic Plankton Chandeliers, train science educators, provide equipment, and bring the programs to libraries around the state. Libraries will keep the curriculum and materials for future use.
In this session, we present the different modules. We will also share other programming happening in public libraries that supports students in their creative STEAM adventures and discuss ways to foster collaboration between schools and public libraries.
We will be presenting the STEAM Modules but not doing demos. http://steam-e-zine.com/index.php/spark-a-culture-of-innovation


Presenters
avatar for Jenn Karson

Jenn Karson

Founder, Vermont Makers
Jenn Karson is an artist and designer. She is the founder of Vermont Makers, STEAM-e-ZINE and the principal at Sesamedia New Media, an early sponsor of Champlain Mini Maker Faire. She has a Master of Fine Art in Design and Technology from the San Francisco Art Institute and teaches out of UVM's Vermont FabLab. Her artwork is exhibited nationally.


Thursday May 15, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
Joyce 210

9:45am

Mastering the Writing Process
Tanya Lee Stone’s books for kids and teens have received multiple awards and honors, including a Sibert Medal (Almost Astronauts) and two Red Clover lists (Sandy’s Circus and Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?). An educator herself, Stone will share how and why she chooses the topics she does, and discuss her approach to Research, Drafting, and Revision. She will also discuss how to help students master these three main phases of writing. Handouts available.

Presenters

Thursday May 15, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
GBTC 114

9:45am

MineCraft: We’ve Hit the Mother Load!
Do you want to make learning fun, creative, and engaging for your students AND for you! Then join Mike Beardsley, Grade 4 teacher as he shows you the many uses of Minecraft Edu from around the world, makes Common Core connections, and leads you on a tour of the Putney Central School Minecraft Edu CreativeBuild! Think Common Core, Creativity, and Fun all rolled into one presentation! It’s never too late to learn!

https://docs.google.com/a/vita-learn.org/document/d/1m74V_uegTFN1bkYFFH1Y6uvXc9RoWjilY87kfhd3c5g/edit 

Presenters
avatar for Mike Beardsley

Mike Beardsley

Grade 4 Teacher, Putney Central School
Using games to teach, Minecraft Edu in the classroom, keeping learning fun and entertaining, ......


Thursday May 15, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
GBTC 117

9:45am

The Other Google Bits and Pieces
You probably know about many of the common Google tools- Drive, Gmail, Blogs... but are you aware of the other underused features Google offers? Come explore the other side of Google and learn how you can use them in your classroom. This is a hands on workshop, so have a Gmail account and get ready to dive into the back side of Google, like creating custom search engines, hidden Easter eggs, explore Mars, use striking visual data, QR codes and shorteners, geo games and much more.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1P5ZesOYvlhrRq6DhD7GkOuITDya0rCxWLT4WbA2KK8Y/edit#slide=id.p 

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 →


Thursday May 15, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
Joyce 310

9:45am

We Research and We Create with Google's WeVideo
Using Google’s We Video students, in this Vermont History class, demonstrate their hypotheses of life in early Vermont. The research includes a visit from the state archeologist and gathering primary sources and first hand experience from field trips to cemeteries, state parks, libraries and museums.

https://docs.google.com/a/cesuvt.org/presentation/d/1ArVHK0wy05txscoI1tTk1nG74Q1CDq_aoHAne18AU6c/edit?pli=1#slide=id.g33b454100_2_143 

Presenters
avatar for Genevieve Knight

Genevieve Knight

Librarian, Spaulding High School


Thursday May 15, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
GBTC 217

9:45am

Write>Create>Animate
Inspired by The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, one teacher dared to ask third and fourth graders to write the story of their lives. From “ joys and sorrows” to “all that (you know) and everything that (you hope for)”. These memoirs, autobiographies and dreams transformed into art-journals, which then became the backgrounds for bringing their words to life through voiceover, green screen, and stop action movies.

http://tinyurl.com/fesmovies 

Presenters
avatar for Carla Lewis

Carla Lewis

Third & Fourth Grade Teacher, Fayston Elementary School
avatar for Allison Schlageter

Allison Schlageter

Technology Integration & Library Media, Fayston Elementary School
@allisonschlags


Thursday May 15, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
GBTC 017

9:45am

You Can Be a Maker, Too!
In this hands-on session, we will take weeded books and repurpose them into works of art. Using old books, scissors, tape and other easy-to-find supplies, we'll transform and recycle discarded books into trees, snowflakes, flowers and more, giving old books new life. Participants will leave with ideas and resources to implement this project with their students.

Presenters
avatar for Genevieve Gallagher

Genevieve Gallagher

Librarian, Winooski Public Schools


Thursday May 15, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
Joyce 211

9:45am

Engaging Students with Augmented Reality (Harry Potter Move Over!) (Hands-On Double Session)
What is augmented reality and how in the world can you use it? If you have ever seen Harry Potter’s newspaper come alive, watched a movie where they show you the perspective of a robot with information in front of his eyes or learned about Google Glasses, then you have had a glimpse of augmented reality! In this workshop, we will explore what augmented reality is and how it can be useful in the classroom. The presenter will share with you some projects she has done with her class and you will make your own augmented reality channel. Bring your smart phone (download the Aurasma app in advance) and a laptop to this session in order to participate fully.

Presenters
avatar for Clarena Renfrow

Clarena Renfrow

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


Thursday May 15, 2014 9:45am - 11:45am
Morgan Room - Aiken Hall

11:00am

A Conversation with Gary Stager
This session provides an opportunity for you to interact informally with our keynote speaker, Dr. Stager, in an informal context. Ask any question you might have about making schools more productive contexts for learning and Gary will try to offer some practical advice based on audience questions

Presenters
avatar for Gary Stager

Gary Stager

Special Assistant to the Head of School for Innova, The Willows Community School
Gary Stager, an internationally recognized educator, speaker and consultant, is the Executive Director of The Constructivist Consortium. Since 1982, Gary has helped learners of all ages on six continents embrace the power of computers as intellectual laboratories and vehicles for self-expression. He led professional development in the world's first laptop schools (1990), has designed online graduate school programs since the mid-90s, was a... Read More →


Thursday May 15, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Joyce 201

11:00am

Connecting Schools Internationally
Twenty-first century emerging technologies allow teachers and students across disciplines and languages to be more effective in the acquisition of foreign languages and cultural knowledge. Moreover, educational technology offers teachers and students opportunities for virtual exchange experiences, which give students mobility in the world—independent of socioeconomic means. Participants will learn about a Rowland Foundation-funded project, Virtual Intercultural Avenues, a successful web-based portal creating virtual environments and connections within the Vermont educational community and abroad.

http://www.viavenues.org/ 

Presenters
JP

Jill Prado

Teacher, A Rowland Foundation Fellow, Essex High School


Thursday May 15, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
GBTC 217

11:00am

Developing a Tech Club and Engaging Student Interest
In this day and age of No Child Left Behind, it’s difficult to expose students to advanced digital tools when you have a limited amount of student contact time. We all know the realities of tech integration, but for some students, it’s just not enough. In this workshop, see how a club was created for seventh and eighth grade students that was student-led and student-driven that taught them a variety of outcomes. These included: basic coding, podcasting, graphic arts creation, as well as opportunities to work with younger students and staff members requiring assistance with various technology needs. You will see examples of these products, as well as “meet” the students and find out why they signed up and what they’ve been able to take from this group. So if you are looking to develop your own club, or just collect some ideas to challenge your students, check this workshop out.

https://sites.google.com/a/rnesu.org/dynamic-landscapes-2014/ 

Presenters
avatar for Jamie Gallagher

Jamie Gallagher

Teacher, Barstow Memorial School


Thursday May 15, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
GBTC 117

11:00am

Invent Your School!
Don’t just use technology at your school – make technology at your school! Encourage student/teacher collaboration and meaningful technology integration by tasking students to invent DIY solutions to authentic school community problems. Students utilize the Design Thinking methodology and integrate skills in communication, programming, and STEAM subjects. Students also experiment with sensors, hands-on practice, and DIY technology commonly associated with the “Maker Movement”. Example student projects from The School at Columbia University will be shared.

Presenters
avatar for Dylan Ryder

Dylan Ryder

Teacher, The School at Columbia
Dylan Ryder is an Educational Technologist at The School at Columbia University, the University’s lab school in New York City. He also heads the Innovation Design & Media Summer Camp at the Marymount School Fab Lab. His goals are to integrate computer science, engineering, and design experiences into elementary school classrooms... and to have fun at school everyday. Dylan’s professional interests include learning through play, physical... Read More →


Thursday May 15, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Auditorium

11:00am

Learning Management, 1:1 Workflow and Personalized Learning
How can teachers leverage Learning Management Systems (we use Schoology) and Google Apps to meet the needs of all students? How can these tools be used to differentiate and personalize learning? What is “Gamification” and how can it motivate students? Mount Mansfield UHS has been exploring these and other questions in our 1:1 program. We will share our experiences, strategies and examples of individualized, self-paced learning in a game-like scenario.

https://docs.google.com/a/cesuvt.org/presentation/d/1tEK66h1Bunvo4cDiYLQnjhec3Pe3cnquipcGXVbFkAY/edit#slide=id.p 

Presenters
avatar for Eric Hall

Eric Hall

Technology Integration, Mount Mansfield Union High School
avatar for Mike Turner

Mike Turner

Teacher, Mount Mansfield Union High School


Thursday May 15, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
GBTC 112

11:00am

Next Generation Science Standards: To the Library and Beyond…!
As Vermont schools prepare for Next Gen Science Standards, let’s look at the Standards, the resources we can provide, and the librarian's role in implementation.

Presenters
avatar for Meg Allison

Meg Allison

Teacher-Librarian, U-32
avatar for Linda McSweeney

Linda McSweeney

Teacher Librarian, Adjunct Instructor UVM, Stowe Middle High School
Linda is the Teacher Librarian at Stowe Middle High School. A graduate of Dickinson College and Rutgers University, she has over 25 years experience as an academic and school librarian. Her passion is providing professional development for digital immigrant educators (like herself!) and she has taught graduate level courses on Virtual Library Design, Web 2.0 applications, and of course, Google Apps. She is a frequent presenter at ed tech and... Read More →


Thursday May 15, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
GBTC 114

11:00am

No Summer Reading Nightmare!
Need to motivate middle school readers over the summer months? Learn how to leverage school and community connections to make summer reading an experience and not a chore. See how teachers, librarians and community members in Charlotte have worked together with the Young Writers Project, giving students time and motivation to read, connect, and create.
We have 3 years of programming to highlight what has worked well, what we've made better over the years, as well as aspects that could still use some work!

http://www.haikudeck.com/p/6FNEAuHHAm/classical-connections

Presenters
avatar for Heidi Huestis

Heidi Huestis

Librarian, Charlotte Central School
CS

Cheryl Sloan

Youth Librarian, Charlotte Library
The Charlotte Library and the Charlotte Central School Library have a close working relationship, trying to complement programs and books to better serve the community. Classical Connections has been our most successful endeavor. The library has also committed itself to begin a Makers Series at the beginning of 2014, we like to think that any activity that utilizes creative thinking supports STEAM.


Thursday May 15, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Joyce 210

11:00am

Social Media in Action! …
Karen McCalla and Debra Gardner-Baasch will share lessons that utilize social media to create student-designed service learning projects. In addition to addressing all the NETS-S standards, the Social Media in Action course explores the question: “How can social media transform education and connect students both locally and globally?”
As part of a semester course, students created interactive websites, learned to use social media tools, developed their online presence, and designed personally meaningful service-learning projects. During this workshop, students will present their projects and share their experiences.

http://goo.gl/POawUp

Presenters
avatar for Debra Gardner-Baasch

Debra Gardner-Baasch

ELA/Literacy Teacher, Mill River Union High School
Adolescent Literacy and ELA teacher, world traveler, book lover, vegetarian cook, advocate for children/adolescents & social justice.
avatar for Karen McCalla

Karen McCalla

Librarian, Mill River UHS
Passionate advocate of tech in education, readers advisory 7-12, and libraries in schools.


Thursday May 15, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Joyce 310

11:00am

STEMing Your Curriculum With Lego Robotics
Kids love to build with Legos. Students love to learn with Legos. Watch what happens when you blend kid Lego play with student learning. Now watch the same Legos come to life as robots through basic drag and drop programing. With Lego Mindstorm education kits students quickly can learn about robotics and how to program the robots to do tasks. Come learn more about how you can integrate Lego robotics into everyday classroom learning. Programing and robotics will teach students the skills they need to be ready for the future.

https://sites.google.com/a/cesuvt.org/lego-robotics/?pageDeleted=%2Fresources 

Presenters
avatar for Dave Bouchard

Dave Bouchard

Enrichment Teacher- Tech support, Jericho Elementary School
As the Enrichment Teacher at Jericho Elementary School I have the freedom to bring creative and innovative learning opportunities into our school. This year we have placed the focus of our Enrichment Program on STEAM learning. I look forward to sharing with you a very popular and engaging project grade three students participated in- The Cell Phone Tower Engineering Challenge. We will explore Little Bits electronics and how they were used in... Read More →


Thursday May 15, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
GBTC 017

11:00am

The Blue Guitar: Improvising Meaning and Truth through Investigation of Fiction
Annie Dillard says, "The mind is a blue guitar on which we improvise the song of the world.'' I believe she means that through fiction authors and their readers access the minds of characters who teach us about their worlds and, by association, our own. To give that teaching authority, authors must achieve a verisimilitude through careful research and an honest portrayal of characters in a story. Be prepared to test your own powers of observation and memory and to fill in the gaps with online investigation.

https://sites.google.com/a/vita-learn.org/dynamiclandscapes2014/Fiction%20as%20Research%20Handout.pdf

Presenters
avatar for Louella Bryant

Louella Bryant

Author, writing coach, presenter, Louella Bryant
Louella Bryant’s books include While In Darkness There Is Light, nonfiction about young expatriates during the Vietnam era, and Full Bloom, a story collection. She has three books for young readers and her stories, poems and essays have appeared in magazines and anthologies. Most recently her essay “Rum Running Queen” is included in the anthology Southern Sin, True Stories of the Sultry South & Women Behaving Badly. For twenty-five years... Read More →


Thursday May 15, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Joyce 211

11:00am

Staggered Lunch
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.

Thursday May 15, 2014 11:00am - 1:15pm
Student Life Complex

11:30am

Author's Lounge
From 11:30 to 1:00 each day, plan to stop by the Authors’ Lounge in the lounge area of the GBTC to informally meet and greet several Vermont authors who are anxious to talk with you individually about their work and discuss school visits and residencies. Book signing is available. These authors will be visiting the Authors’ Lounge at Dynamic Landscapes on Thursday and/or Friday: Louella Bryant, Sarah Dillard, Amy Huntington, Beth Kanell, Dayna Lorentz, David Martin, Tracey Campbell Pearson, Jan Reynolds, Ted Scheu, Melissa Stewart, Tanya Lee Stone, S.S. Taylor, Doug Wilhelm

Thursday May 15, 2014 11:30am - 1:00pm
GBTC Lounge

12:15pm

Capture and Create Engagement with Reading Using Technology
Have you heard about a high school reading elective where students choose their own books? During this course, technology is used to enhance learning in several different ways. In this workshop, the presenter will share how the following uses of technology has increased reading interest and engagement.

1. Shelfari as a way to help choose books, publish writing through book reviews, and share what each person is reading.
2. Students use their phones on a book scavenger hunt in the library
3. Book trailers are one of the final projects
4. Technology unit that teaches students about the different ways to buy and read books electronically. (Nook, Kindle, iPad, different audio avenues), etc.

http://tinyurl.com/lv6bss5

Presenters
avatar for Karen Bohmann

Karen Bohmann

English Teacher, South Burlington School District
Karen Bohmann has been an English Teacher for 19 years. | She has an absolute passion for reading. She is an avid runner. At SBHS she teachers Public Speaking, Contemporary Issues in Health and Fiction and Engaging with Literature. | Engaging with Literature is fairly unique and was created with the CCSS in mind. Students choose and obtain their own books during the semester, but do need to read fiction during the first quarter and... Read More →


Thursday May 15, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Joyce 210

12:15pm

Common Core State Standards Exemplar Texts
Have you had a chance to peruse the list of texts that are recommended as exemplars for complex texts in Appendix B of the CCSS? Are you surprised by what has been included, and excluded? Join a discussion about how teacher librarians can help colleagues with lists of current, engaging literature that meet the criteria for complex text. As resource specialists, teacher librarians are in an excellent position to implement Common Core Standards through quality literature and nonfiction texts. You will also have a chance to help crowd source new lists that will be available on the VSLA website. BYOD.

Presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1O7Ts8NsOv80P_PD7zg2c6oNRJV5wwqhx64uR3-vR-q4/edit#slide=id.p

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/commoncoretextexemplars/ 


Thursday May 15, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
GBTC 114

12:15pm

Exploring the Wonderful World of (Free) Maps
Are you “stuck” with the idea that maps are only for the social sciences? Allow me to shed some light on other subjects. There are a host of powerful online and offline mapping tools available to you and your students. These tools are appropriate in most subject areas and can be used with students of many ages. Maps can get you from point A to point B… and SO much more. Find your way to this workshop and learn about some tools and their applications you may not have heard about and dig a little deeper into their potential uses! Your students will thank you for it.

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B0gf84_BEsmobzA4a1gtQVliU1E/edit?pli=1 

Presenters
avatar for Leslie Pelch

Leslie Pelch

Outreach Coordinator, VT Center for Geographic Information
Helping people understand geospatial technology, the tools that are available, and how to use them.


Thursday May 15, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
GBTC 217

12:15pm

Extending and Enhancing Learning Through Technology
ooking for a fun, exciting, and meaningful way to use technology to extend and enhance learning? Want to encourage students to develop deeper understanding while creatively demonstrating their understanding of a concept? Why not use digital media? Come see how creation of a music video allowed 5th and 6th graders to deepen their understanding of the elements of fiction. Through collaboratively working to plan, organize, storyboard, film, and edit, students strengthened their understanding of academic content, while developing media literacy and applying the skills needed to create, share, and teach others.

https://sites.google.com/site/learningthroughmusicvideo/ 

Presenters
avatar for Emily Biolsi

Emily Biolsi

Teacher, Marion Cross School


Thursday May 15, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
GBTC 017

12:15pm

Innovative ways to Integrate Emerging Technology into your World Language Curriculum
Discover new ways to engage your students in authentic, purposeful and challenging ways in your language content through the use of technology, as they become creators and collaborators. Web cameras and microphones are now built into computers; this is the perfect era to be a language teacher. In our classes or out of our classes it is extremely easy to add videoconferencing, audio applications, digital stories/photography/video and messaging to fire up reading, writing and speaking skills.

Presenters
avatar for Gissele Drpich

Gissele Drpich

Teacher, Burlington High School


Thursday May 15, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
GBTC 112

12:15pm

Kamishibai: Creativity, Collaboration and Common Core
Middle school students share Kamishibai presentations about the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki from American and Japanese points of view – based on primary source documents. Kamishibai is traditional Japanese storytelling using a tabletop stage and story cards. Featuring original art and writing, the project is a collaboration among ELA, art and library media teachers and encompasses national art standards as well as Common Core reading, writing, and speaking and listening standards.

https://sites.google.com/site/kamishibaicccollaboration/ 

Presenters
avatar for Sharon Hayes

Sharon Hayes

Library media specialist/tech integrationist, Folsom Education and Community Center
A book lover who is passionate about literature, learning and educational technology injected with a heavy dose of TPACK! I love my K-8 students -- past and present -- at Folsom School. And, tennis -- here's to a life with a forehand or backhand winner from the baseline!


Thursday May 15, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Joyce 211

12:15pm

LMS with ELL: More than Alphabet Soup
English Language Learners have a tough time adjusting to the U.S. educational system. Even keeping notes can be a challenge. But by using Schoology as a learning management system (LMS), students have a place to go to ask questions, submit assignments and take quizzes. “I already turned that in” becomes less of an excuse. And when students miss classes, they can go back to view that day’s notes.

But hold on… couldn’t this LMS be of benefit to many students who, in some way or another, feel challenged by school? Attend this session… you may like the answer to that question.

https://docs.google.com/a/bsdvt.org/presentation/d/1ElhFQdB1uePnEJt9sPj--D5mvWaCt3uRJK00UIvmj7c/edit#slide=id.p

Presenters
avatar for Beth Evans

Beth Evans

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


Thursday May 15, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
GBTC 117

12:15pm

Motivate Your Students To 'Explain Everything'
End your hunt for a way to access all styles of your students’ learning right here with the Explain Everything app. We all want to provide avenues for multiple means of student expression and to be able to access all they know. Come learn the basics of this app while watching student created videos from across the curriculum. Leave with lessons and projects that will fire up your students and energize your classroom.

iPads are recommended but not essential for participation.

Presenters
avatar for Michael Willis

Michael Willis

Classroom Teacher, Williston Central School
I am a 3-4 multi-age teacher working towards integrating gardening, music and technology into the very busy world of elementary education. My teaching world has been surprisingly and positively impacted by the growing up my two girls are doing in their own lives. Teaching for me is about connecting, making projects relevant, and accessing the different sides of students.


Thursday May 15, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Joyce 201

12:15pm

TalkCraft: A MineCraft Collaborative Conversation
Join the MineCraft conversation. How can we capture our students’ passion for MineCraft to support learning goals. 26 VT teachers have already joined together to examine ways to use MineCraft in school. Whether you are already using the game in your classroom, are a MineCraft player yourself or just want to find out more, join this “collaborative conversation” to discuss opportunities for the coming year. We will co-write a plan to support each others learning, successes, failures, and collaborations.

Presenters
avatar for Jane Wilde

Jane Wilde

Teacher, Technology support, University/college personnel, Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies (and SUNY Albany)
Use address: http://tinyurl.com/wildedl14 for Dynamic Landscapes 2014 presentation materials | Use address: http://tinyurl.com/gie3by3by3 for Games In Education 2013 symposium presentation material. | | Jane Wilde is a passionate gamer, learner, teacher and flat water kayaker. | | A veteran teacher of 30 years, Jane has taught in special and general education at every grade k-12. For the past 8 years her attention has been directed... Read More →


Thursday May 15, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Auditorium

12:15pm

The Social Experience: How Young Learners Connect and Model What Digital Citizens Are @vermontkkids123
Welcome to how young learners connect! In this session you will hear stories about how young learners and their families use social media and other online tools to have conversations inside and outside of our classroom. I will be sharing ways to get started using social media, Skype and Google Plus to connect your students with others. When thinking about digital citizenship my students and I will be sharing how we begin to create a culture inside and outside of our classroom that reflects engagement, captures what we are learning and how through our connections we are inspired to learn new things. You will be able to listen to and view how we are communicating using a variety of tools to have conversations inside and outside of our classroom and the positive impact that it has on our learning.

http://tinyurl.com/ktjoymf  

Presenters
avatar for Sharon Davison

Sharon Davison

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


Thursday May 15, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Joyce 310

12:30pm

New Literacies: Teaching and Learning Digital Literacy with Google Apps for Education (Hands-On Double Session)
Join Maggie Eaton and Elizabeth McCarthy as they explore what it means to be literate in a digital world and how can Google Apps for Education support digital literacy learning. Understanding digital literacy in the classroom has the potential to transform teaching and learning. In addition to the overview, participants will explore many of the Google digital tools that support facilitation and integration of digital literacy learning.

https://sites.google.com/site/newliteracy14/home 

Presenters
avatar for Maggie Eaton

Maggie Eaton

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

Elizabeth McCarthy

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


Thursday May 15, 2014 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Morgan Room - Aiken Hall

1:30pm

Benefits of Social Media in Education
Social media is everywhere; how can these tools possibly enhance your teaching and interaction with students? Learn how to include a variety of social media tools as part of your personal learning network (PLN) to remain current with best teaching pedagogy, and instructional technology. We will also explore the use of these tools with K-12 students to extend the classroom beyond the four walls and into the virtual realm, providing more opportunity for collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking.

Participants should bring their favorite device, their social media experience, and an open mind to approach education from a different lens.

Presenters
avatar for Michael Norkun

Michael Norkun

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


Thursday May 15, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
GBTC 117

1:30pm

Braiding Vermont History and Fiction: Inviting Students to the Critical Historian Table
Beth Kanell, author of three YA and middle-grade adventures framed within demanding historiography, shows how students claim their own history. Using images from hometowns, Beth’s projects engage students in critical evaluation of their history. Using character and plot techniques, she shows how to establish the second and third strands that form a braid for driving writing and research. Realizing changes in how local, state, and national issues are framed is exhilarating and nurtures student-driven work.

http://bethkanell.com/1/post/2014/05/critical-history-classroom-skill-building.html 

Presenters
avatar for Beth Kanell

Beth Kanell

Author
I review mysteries! See KingdomBks.blogspot.com. Also talk with me about what makes a great YA mystery or adventure. Also watch for my newest book in 2017: THE LONG SHADOW. More news soon!


Thursday May 15, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Joyce 211

1:30pm

Creating a 21st Century School-Wide Reading Community
Learn how Edmunds Middle School language arts teachers, the school librarian, and the Young Writers Project director are collaborating to foster a love of reading. Students participate in an online community to share their book reviews and recommendations, using a variety of media: video, audio, images, text, and slideshows. Team, genre, and star rating tags enable students to explore new reading possibilities and have meaningful conversations about books.

https://docs.google.com/a/bsdvt.org/presentation/d/1cGY5gffbPstvKO34gn43wWR3V64JA_Mm9YAGyt8yy_k/edit?usp=sharing

Presenters
avatar for Kathy Gallagher

Kathy Gallagher

Language Arts Teacher, Edmunds Middle School
avatar for Carole Renca

Carole Renca

Teacher-Librarian, Edmunds Middle School


Thursday May 15, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
GBTC 217

1:30pm

Creating Global Connections Through Mystery Skype
California, Texas, Montana, Canada - oh my! Our students are meeting and interacting with students around the country and even around the world! The goal of Mystery Skyping is to locate classrooms using Skype technology as well as research and map skills. We have many different ways of finding the location of different Mystery Skype classrooms and we can’t wait to share them with you!

Mystery Skype 

Presenters
NL

Natalie LaRose

2nd grade teacher, Porters Point School


Thursday May 15, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Joyce 310

1:30pm

Differentiating Learning using Tablets and Google Play for Education
Come preview the new features of Google Play for Education that puts students and learning at the center. We will demonstrate the new touch deployment features puts teachers in control of classroom sets of tablets and allows you to deploy just the right app, book, videos, and content to each student based on their individual needs. Learn about amazing differentiation features designed in Google Play’s new Book options. Learn how to identify teacher vetted standards based content for different subjects using Google Play for Education.

Presenters
avatar for Lucie deLaBruere

Lucie deLaBruere

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


Thursday May 15, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Auditorium

1:30pm

Earth Science and Integrated Technology STEM project
Tropical Storm Irene brought torrential rains in August 2011 damaging the water intake for Rutland City Water Filtration Plant preventing the city reservoir from being replenished. Students in the RHS Freshman Academy Earth Science class used the engineering design process (EDP) to research, design, and create dams that could potentially protect the intake area from future flooding events. Skills included map reading, watershed calculations, soil permeability and porosity tests, 3D drawing, and web page design.

Presenters
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Laurie Wilson

Teacher, Rutland High School


Thursday May 15, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
GBTC 017

1:30pm

K-2 Tech Stars
Cooperative learning is an important goal in K-2 classes, and technology can be a great avenue for teaching these skills. This workshop will share ways we have used collaborative tools like Google Docs, Google Presentation, Padlet, VoiceThread and KidBlog with students in grades K-2. We will provide examples and easily applicable lesson ideas for getting started using these collaborative tools with your students. Tech beginners welcome!

Slideshow 

Presenters
avatar for Nikki Raney

Nikki Raney

Teacher, Dothan Brook School


Thursday May 15, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Joyce 201

1:30pm

No more packets! Create your own eTextbook
Are you the kind of teacher who finds that published texts have almost the right challenge, progression, and materials for your students? Before the world of tablets and laptops, were you the kind of teacher who was constantly running off additional packets to supplement the text you were using? Learn about the process of writing, building, publishing, and implementing your own eTextbook!

Presenters
avatar for Molly Dubois

Molly Dubois

Music Teacher, Burlington School District


Thursday May 15, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
GBTC 112

1:30pm

Quiet Censorship in Schools
Join award-winning Vermont author Tanya Lee Stone and a panel of educators for a discussion of “quiet censorship” in schools and libraries. Ms. Stone’s young adult novel A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl has faced a few formal challenges but she says that more common is the quiet removal of her novel – and others - without public discussion. Why is this kind of censorship so prevalent and how does it harm students, educators, authors, and the public? How can we address the sometimes tough topics that concern adults while protecting intellectual freedom?

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1-UwiYMDwi9SRH6AIe-xpOwBtcYCtc2xXAGgKgokmB4Y/edit?usp=sharing 


Thursday May 15, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
GBTC 114

1:30pm

READjustment ... Growing Sacred Spaces of Quiet Inspiration
Creating a class that gives students the time to read what they wish has strengthened the will to read and has grown a mutual understanding amongst our students that the library is a sacred space of quiet inspiration.  This belief allowed us to be chosen as a YALSA: Teens' Top Ten Nominating Group, in which we receive hundreds of galley copies for students to review.  As a member of the Green Mountain Library Consortium board I am focused on the question of how Vermont will foster the growth of our youthful digital library, ListenUpVermont (LUV).  Can LUV grow a sacred space of quiet inspiration all over Vermont?

Presenters
OM

Owen McDermott

Library Media Specialist, Milton Town School District
I am on the Board of the Green Mountain Library Consortium and have a passion for ListenUpVermont! My zeal for this amazing resource started back in the 90's when I proofread copied pages for Project Gutenburg. | | I am a marathon runner, tai chi practitioner, and lover of reading, writing, and illustrating.


Thursday May 15, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Joyce 210

2:45pm

Keynote - Using Technology to Ignite Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Collaboration
Technology tools look like magic tricks, and like magic tricks they capture students' attention and interest. Students who can cast the green screen spell can creatively communicate what they know to an authentic audience. See how two librarians leverage the magic of green screen movie making to engage students in curricular content and 21st century skills.

Presenters
avatar for Jeanie Phillips

Jeanie Phillips

Librarian, Green Mountain High School
I am a librarian passionate about engaging students and teachers in learning. I currently work at the Green Mountain Middle High School. I am thrilled to be a 2014/2015 Rowland Fellow.
avatar for Shannon Thompson

Shannon Thompson

Library Media Specialist, Chester-Andover Elementary School


Thursday May 15, 2014 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Gym - IDX Student Life Center

3:15pm

Door Prizes (Must be present to win)
Fantastic door prizes are offered, but you MUST be present to win!

Thursday May 15, 2014 3:15pm - 3:30pm
Gym - IDX Student Life Center

3:30pm

Champlain College's Maker Lab Open House
The college will hold an open house of its Emergent Media Center (Maker Lab) for you on Thursday, May 15th from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm. This event is at the college’s Lakeside Ave Miller Center facility. Follow the signs from the parking lot.

4:30pm

Can Teachers and Students MAKE Apps? App-solutely
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants in this hands on session will build their own mobile app that can be used to provide students, parents, and community mobile access to their classroom. No coding required! We will look at teacher created apps built using Appshed as well as tour AppShed Academy - an app building environment designed to turn app development into a teaching tool that lets students create and publish app within a safe and secure environment that can moderated by teachers. Encourage your students to move beyond PowerPoints and brochures to demonstrate their understanding -- scaffold them to building a mobile App.

Participants will need to bring their own laptop.

A $50.00 discount can be taken for evening sessions if you are attending either or both regular conference days.

A light dinner will be served and is included in the cost of the evening session.

The session must have a minimum of 6 participants to run. The maximum is 30.


Presenters
avatar for Lucie deLaBruere

Lucie deLaBruere

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


Thursday May 15, 2014 4:30pm - 8:00pm
Joyce 311

4:30pm

Creating with Chromebooks!
Limited Capacity seats available

Chromebooks can do much more than browsing! Learn how to use Google tools and apps from the Chrome Web Store to turn your Chromebook into a creative tool for transforming photos, movies, audio files and more. Aligned to the Common Core, participants will learn how the creative power of the Chromebook will help students meet writing and speaking and listening standards. Participants in this session can bring one or receive a new Chromebook to use in their classroom.

Get a new Chromebook or bring your own.

A light dinner will be served and is included in the cost of the evening session.

http://principalwells.wordpress.com/workshops/creating-with-chromebooks/

Presenters
avatar for David Wells

David Wells

Administrator, Underhill ID Elem. School
I have been supporting learning with technology for over twenty-five years as an elementary and middle school teacher and principal. I am a member of Vita-Learn, Vermont’s ISTE affiliate’s board of directors where I have advocated for transformative technology integration at the local and state level. I am passionate about authentic learning opportunities like my school's Scratch Programming Club. I also believe deeply in providing high... Read More →


Thursday May 15, 2014 4:30pm - 8:00pm
Joyce 212

4:30pm

Digital Age Learning with Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Elizabeth McCarthy and Maggie Eaton for an evening of Digital Age Learning with Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education. Starting with an introduction to the Chromebook and exploring free Chrome Web Apps, we will begin to address digital age learning (What is digital age learning/why do we care?) See models of digital age learning from around the world, and how Google Apps and Chromebooks can become a platform for creative and collaborative digital learning.

https://sites.google.com/site/gaechromebookscommoncore/



Presenters
avatar for Maggie Eaton

Maggie Eaton

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

Elizabeth McCarthy

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


Thursday May 15, 2014 4:30pm - 8:00pm
Joyce 201

4:30pm

Digital Storytelling with the iPad - A Great Way to Engage Creatively
Limited Capacity seats available

Students will reach the highest level of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy and have a great time doing it by using Digital Storytelling Apps to create! This workshop will show you the basics of using apps to tell a story and address the Common Core at the same time! We will be making a digital story so you can learn how to do it yourself and be prepared for using it with your students. Please bring an iPad and have Puppet Pals (both of them), and Explain Everything downloaded from the App Store in advance. Have your power cords with you just in case! This will be a fun workshop and we will feed you too!

Get an new iPad or bring your own.

A $50.00 discount can be taken for evening sessions if you are attending either or both regular conference days.

A light dinner will be served and is included in the cost of the evening session.

The session must have a minimum of 6 participants to run. The maximum is 30.

Presenters
avatar for Clarena Renfrow

Clarena Renfrow

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


Thursday May 15, 2014 4:30pm - 8:00pm
Joyce 202

4:30pm

Diving Deeper into iPad Features and Apps
Limited Capacity seats available

This hands-on 3 hour session will be dedicated to exploring the lesser known features of an iPad and will explore apps that support the SAMR model, productivity, creativity, and workflow, through mobile learning. This interactive workshop will be more than just how to use an iPad, but really dive deeper into the many possibilities of how iPads can help support learning. Other topics include how to assess apps, store and access files, and encourage student creativity. Prior to this session, participants will be required to create an iTunes, have iOS 7 installed on their iPad, an iTunes card for possible app purchase, and be ready to work with an innovative teaching and learning tool.

Get a new iPad or bring your own.

A light dinner will be served and is included in the cost of the evening session.

https://sites.google.com/a/cssu.org/diving-deeper-into-ipad-features-and-apps-dl-2014/

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 →


Thursday May 15, 2014 4:30pm - 8:00pm
Joyce 211

4:30pm

Google Apps for School Librarians: Think, Create, Share, and Grow in the Googleverse
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is designed for school librarians at districts with Google domains. In the first part of this workshop, we'll unpack our new Chromebooks and explore Chrome OS, the built-in apps, the camera, and the Chrome Store. In the second part we'll harness the power of Google Apps to organize, teach, collaborate, and improve productivity in our libraries. Templates, workflows, and lots of ideas will be provided.

Get a new Chromebook or bring your own.

A $50.00 discount can be taken for evening sessions if you are attending either or both regular conference days.

A light dinner will be served and is included in the cost of the evening session.

The session must have a minimum of 6 participants to run. The maximum is 30.

Presenters
avatar for Linda McSweeney

Linda McSweeney

Teacher Librarian, Adjunct Instructor UVM, Stowe Middle High School
Linda is the Teacher Librarian at Stowe Middle High School. A graduate of Dickinson College and Rutgers University, she has over 25 years experience as an academic and school librarian. Her passion is providing professional development for digital immigrant educators (like herself!) and she has taught graduate level courses on Virtual Library Design, Web 2.0 applications, and of course, Google Apps. She is a frequent presenter at ed tech and... Read More →


Thursday May 15, 2014 4:30pm - 8:00pm
Joyce 302

4:30pm

iPads in Your Classroom: Providing Student Learning through Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop offers an introduction into the effective use of the iPad as a teaching and learning tool. Participants will gain an understanding of the iPad, its care, setup, maintenance, security and use. We will then examine the educational framework of the iPad as a Universally Designed device and consider effective strategies when working with students. We will further explore how iPad use best supports learning and assessment including the Common Core State Standards. Each participant will have access to excellent iPad resources that will continue to support their teaching beyond our time together. If you are just beginning or planning to begin using iPads with your students, please join us for a worthwhile and enjoyable session.

https://sites.google.com/a/cssu.org/edipad/

Presenters
avatar for Ed Bianchi

Ed Bianchi

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


Thursday May 15, 2014 4:30pm - 8:00pm
Joyce 210

4:30pm

Maker Boot Camp for Teachers: Getting Hands-on About Getting Hands-on
Limited Capacity seats available

Maker Movement? Internet of Things? Physical Computing? Raspberry Pi? Arduino?! This workshop opens with a rapid overview of the Maker landscape (Maker Faires, e-textiles), demystifies the jargon and then dives into getting you up to speed with using microcontrollers. If you are concerned about your programming ability - have no fear because the Arduino was designed for artists by artists. It’s time to learn how to have your students build their own classroom technology!

Participants in this session will get an Arduino Starter Kit.

A $50.00 discount can be taken for evening sessions if you are attending either or both regular conference days.

A light dinner will be served and is included in the cost of the evening session.

The session must have a minimum of 6 participants to run. The maximum is 30.

Presenters
avatar for Bryant Patten

Bryant Patten

Education partner, Long Arc Learning


Thursday May 15, 2014 4:30pm - 8:00pm
Joyce 304

4:30pm

Transformational Learning Experiences with the iPad
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore the creative power of the iPad in the classroom! You will be shown project examples and creative use. We’ll divide into groups by interest and brainstorm creative uses, potential pitfalls, digital citizenship, and strategies to create inquiry-based / project-based learning with students.

Highly participatory. Apps: iMovie, Educreations, ShowMe, NearPod.
Project examples, Group work, Shared experiences.

Come with an Apple ID and a valid email account already created!

Get a new iPad or bring your own.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/11HOEG1dmdD7KBQHvn1pocAUtbfxPoUrH2oRfihn0060/edit#slide=id.p

A $50.00 discount can be taken for evening sessions if you are attending either or both regular conference days.

A light dinner will be served and is included in the cost of the evening session.

The session must have a minimum of 6 participants to run. The maximum is 30.

Presenters
avatar for Vitaliy Kulapin

Vitaliy Kulapin

Tech Integration, Burlington High School
Technology Integration K-12!


Thursday May 15, 2014 4:30pm - 8:00pm
Joyce 203

4:30pm

What's Yours is Mine(d)
Limited Capacity seats available

"MineCraft," "minecraft," "MINECRAFT!" What's the big deal?
Roll up your sleeves, grab your pick ax and start mining to learn. In this hands-on workshop, you will be immersed in the game that has captured the hearts and minds of so many of your students (and even some of your colleagues). You will explore, play, discover, and learn. Does Minecraft have something to offer your classroom? Join this session to see and DO.

Participants will need to bring laptop computers (mobile devices will not work for this session). We will provide the game on flash drives.

A $50.00 discount can be taken for evening sessions if you are attending either or both regular conference days.

A light dinner will be served and is included in the cost of the evening session.

The session must have a minimum of 6 participants to run. The maximum is 30.

Presenters
avatar for Mike Beardsley

Mike Beardsley

Grade 4 Teacher, Putney Central School
Using games to teach, Minecraft Edu in the classroom, keeping learning fun and entertaining, ......
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Sally Bisaccio

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

Jane Wilde

Teacher, Technology support, University/college personnel, Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies (and SUNY Albany)
Use address: http://tinyurl.com/wildedl14 for Dynamic Landscapes 2014 presentation materials | Use address: http://tinyurl.com/gie3by3by3 for Games In Education 2013 symposium presentation material. | | Jane Wilde is a passionate gamer, learner, teacher and flat water kayaker. | | A veteran teacher of 30 years, Jane has taught in special and general education at every grade k-12. For the past 8 years her attention has been directed... Read More →


Thursday May 15, 2014 4:30pm - 8:00pm
Joyce 305
 
Friday, May 16
 

7:30am

Registration
Receive your packet, name tag, lunch tickets and other important information.

Friday May 16, 2014 7:30am - 8:20am
IDX Student Life Center

8:20am

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Welcome to the conference! Please settle in with a continental breakfast and hear of the important logistics for the day. The keynote will follow immediately.

Friday May 16, 2014 8:20am - 8:30am
Gym - IDX Student Life Center

8:30am

Keynote - Transliteracy: An Unintentional Film Festival
What are the strategies classroom teachers and teacher librarians must teach to ensure learners at all levels grow as literate/transliterate citizens? From a better understanding of intellectual property to best tools for telling stories and communicating new knowledge, Joyce counts them down and reveals granular strategies for delivering instruction, using illustrations from classic film.

http://blogs.slj.com/neverendingsearch/ 

Presenters
avatar for Joyce Kasman Valenza - Ph.D.

Joyce Kasman Valenza - Ph.D.

Joyce joined the faculty of Rutgers University School of Communication & Information in January 2014. Prior to this she was the teacher librarian at Springfield Township High School (PA). For ten years, Joyce was the techlife@school columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She is the author of Power Tools, Power Research Tools and Power Tools Recharged for ALA Editions. Her NeverendingSearch Blog (on... Read More →


Friday May 16, 2014 8:30am - 9:30am
Gym - IDX Student Life Center

9:30am

Maker Room Lab - Open All Day
Find out what this maker fuss is all about in the Maker Room. See a working 3D printer, microprocessors, soft circuits, project examples, and chat with experienced makers who can answer your questions. Stay as long as you'd like, it's an open lab! Located in the IDX Fireside Lounge. Open daily 9:30 – 2:30
  • 3D printer
  • Circuits (Arduino)
  • Soft circuits - E-textiles. E-Origami, Toy Hacking, Squishy Circuits, and Plastic Plankton Chandeliers, Wearable Lilly pad
  • Local maker and EMC
  • Scratch, Tynker, and misc
  • Resource table - Books, ebook first page prints, websites. QR codes?
  • Student projects Lego League, Scratch, musical instrument created from Scratch program
  • Video Looping video of kids and their projects,
  • Hands on activities - littleBits, Squishy Circuits, Snap Circuits
 

Friday May 16, 2014 9:30am - 2:30pm
IDX Fireside Lounge

9:45am

3D Printing: Teaching Students To Be Makers of Things
3D Printing using the Afinia 3D Printer will be the focus of this session. The topics covered will include types of 3D printers, types of 3D software, types of materials for 3D printing and how to use 3D printing in a classroom setting. Attendees will create a simple object using Tinkercad, and convert their creation into an .stl file for printing on a 3D printer, so bring your laptop!

https://sites.google.com/a/arsu.org/3d/ 

Presenters
avatar for Rodney Batschelet

Rodney Batschelet

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


Friday May 16, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
Joyce 201

9:45am

A is for Allen Brook: A Collaborative Research Project
Do you really have time to take on another project? Well, this one is worthwhile. This collaborative project between a teacher and a librarian is place-based and meaningful to everyone involved. It utilizes many digital tools, such as iPads and cameras to support the research while presenting the final project in google sites and storyjumper.com.
Using the alphabet as a guiding structure, the students researched various places and people around their school using differentiated materials.
This project included parents helping the students through the writing process. This was also student-driven. The students took their own pictures and conducted interviews of school staff, using iPads to record. All children were successful writing their report as topics and tools were chosen by interest and ability. The final project is a book through storyjumper.com, both in print and digital form. A Google site holds all research videos, reports and photos, including the children reading their reports.


Friday May 16, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
Auditorium

9:45am

Design Thinking, Making and Mapping - Prototyping Cartography
What happens when a class adopts a query-based approach, uses a Design Thinking framework and focuses on physical prototypes? Learn how middle schoolers embarked on an ambitious project to 3-D map their campus. Together we'll explore the iterative learning process involved in mapping both trees and topography and see the role for technology in place-based outdoor instruction. Join us to see what Design Thinking and the Maker Movement actually look like in action.

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan Schmid

Jonathan Schmid

Director of Innovation & Technology, The Meadowbrook School of Weston


Friday May 16, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
GBTC 114

9:45am

Doers, Makers, Creators: Personalized Learning
When you watch a learner present unique work to an authentic audience, their creativity and enthusiasm shine. Knowing they can turn their interests into core credit in their public school experience is liberating and engaging in ways they never imagined. Students and Personalized learning staff from Mt. Abraham will describe the learning process, demonstrating the role of technology tools as a way to communicate their learning and ultimately earn their credit for graduation.

Presenters
avatar for Lauren Parren

Lauren Parren

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


Friday May 16, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
GBTC 217

9:45am

E-book Publishing in the High School Classroom
Participants in this session will learn a step-by-step process for creating and distributing their own e-books using free Open Source programs running on both Windows and OSx. The finished e-books are suitable for use on a variety of devices, including Kindle, Nook, and the gamut of devices in between.

The session looks closely at the production of the locally produced e-textbook “Late British Literature from Pepys to Prufrock,” and considers other projects currently in progress.

Presenters

Friday May 16, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
Joyce 310

9:45am

Echo and E-books: E-Learning Experiences …
Inquiry questions, informational text, place-based learning, ECHO, creating and publishing informational e-books, apps, growth from a 1 iPad classroom to team teaching and managing shared devices, community partnerships, larger audiences, Common Core State Standards, SAMR, transformation scenarios, digital citizenship and incidental learning. 2nd grade teachers and students from Edmunds Elementary School will share the specifics of their e-learning experiences. (If bringing an iPad, please download the free version of Book Creator for use in the session).

https://docs.google.com/a/cesuvt.org/presentation/d/1neMqG4FVlABtrioAxUuNUWhClufMpGJ0AhjbNlKV2pE/edit#slide=id.p 

Presenters
JB

Janet Bellavance

teacher, edmunds elementary
avatar for Heather McMorris

Heather McMorris

2nd grade teacher, Edmunds Elementary
Heather McMorris has been teaching for 13 years, and has taught grades 1-6. Heather has B.A.s in Elementary Education and History from Saint Michael’s College and a M.A.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from Ashford University. She has been teaching at Edmunds Elementary school for 9 years. She loves watching students learn and grow, and finds that she is constantly learning from them. In her free time, she loves to run, read, and spend time... Read More →
avatar for Kathy Neil

Kathy Neil

Teacher Librarian, Edmunds Elementary School
avatar for Amy Truchon

Amy Truchon

Tech Integration, Burlington School District
Amy has been an elementary Technology Integration Specialist for eleven years. Amy was formerly a grades 5-6 multi-age teacher. She has a Masters in Education from St. Michael’s College and a BA from Middlebury College. She is a Highly Qualified Google Educator. Amy has presented at the Vermont Fest and Dynamic Landscape conferences in Vermont and the iPad Summit in Boston.


Friday May 16, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
GBTC 112

9:45am

Fostering a Love of Literature: Presenting the 2014-2015 DCF Master List
Join the members of the DCF Committee as we introduce the 30 titles that make up the 2014-2015 DCF Master List. You’ll receive the list, ideas for ways to present the books, and a discussion guide to help connect these titles to the children of Vermont.


Friday May 16, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
Joyce 211

9:45am

Making Literacy Come Alive with Technology!
Witness how our first and second grade students get excited about developing literacy skills through technology! Learn to teach beginning, middle and end for narrative writing by having students produce claymations. Explore how creating a music video helps students remember how to write a complete sentence. Experience sharing class books using digital storytelling tools. And see how giving students a blog to share their excitement about learning reinforces writing skills in a positive and meaningful way.

https://sites.google.com/a/cesuvt.org/techliteracy/ 

Presenters
avatar for Joanne Finnegan

Joanne Finnegan

Tech Integrationist
I worked in public schools for over 42 years, as a math and computer programming teacher, and then as a technology integration specialist. Since I left the public school system, I have continued to teach graduate classes for teachers on the use of technology in education. Ask me about the course I'm co-teaching with Lisa Barry this summer!
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.


Friday May 16, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
GBTC 017

9:45am

SBAC Field Test---Lessons Learned
Join Peter Drescher, Education Technology Coordinator for the Agency of Education as he moderates a panel of educators that have taken part in the Spring SBAC Field Test. We’ll talk about what these folks saw, how they prepared, and what lessons they learned in anticipation of the upcoming 2015 assessment. This session will cover both technology concerns and educator assessment administration. Come with your questions.

http://prezi.com/x7jr41jxn84g/sbac-field-test-panel-dl2014/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy 

Presenters
avatar for Peter Drescher

Peter Drescher

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


Friday May 16, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
Joyce 210

9:45am

Under the Radar: TL Job Descriptions and Evaluations
How are you evaluated as a professional in your school? Do you even have a job description? Do your administrators have any idea about all the hats you wear as the school library media specialist? These are questions that deserve answers, if we want to leverage the need for a teacher librarian position in schools. Without a job description, or an evaluation system that reflects the many layers of your job, you are missing an opportunity to have conversations with your principal or other administrators that reveal your contribution to the educational community-students, colleagues, and parents.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/10BPsnIZC86WY17Bqodv3YHnEbXnaneZsRvZESkDccoA/edit#slide=id.g33504c028_034 

Presenters

Friday May 16, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
GBTC 117

9:45am

Project Based Learning with ARIS - Engaging Students by Pairing Authentic Game Creation with Real World Learning. (Hands-On Double Session)
In partnership with the Echo Aquarium in Burlington, Edmunds Middle School 6th graders used the free open-source ARIS platform to create interactive tours for the museum. The games utilize GPS, QR codes, quizzes and videos to tell interactive stories incorporating Echo exhibits. Students and educators will share their experience of the game-design and community partnership process, then attendees will have a chance to get hands-on with the ARIS platform.

Note: Please bring a laptop or chromebook to the session if possible to use the editor.  The games you create will be played on a iOS device.  Will will have a small number of devices available.

https://sites.google.com/a/bsdvt.org/project-based-learning-with-aris/home

Presenters
avatar for Laura Botte

Laura Botte

6th Grade Teacher, Edmunds Middle School
Passionate about convincing students that they are capable and talented. Math and science geek who loves to play outdoors. Trying to be innovative about prepping my students for the 21st century.
avatar for Kevin Grace

Kevin Grace

Tech Integration Specialist, Hunt Middle School
I spend my time with family and all things tech related. When I disconnect I can be found on my snowboard or mountain bike.
avatar for Susan Hennessey

Susan Hennessey

Professional Development Coordinator, University of Vermont Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education
Susan Hennessey is the Professional Development Coordinator for the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education at the University of Vermont, where she facilitates teacher and student learning supported by digital tools. Before becoming part of the TIIE team, Susan was the Library Media Specialist and former English teacher and English Department Chair at Harwood Union Middle High School in South Duxbury, VT. In addition she taught courses in... Read More →
avatar for Valerie Lodish

Valerie Lodish

Technology Integration Specialist, Burlington School District


Friday May 16, 2014 9:45am - 11:45am
Morgan Room - Aiken Hall

11:00am

Are YOU a Responsible Digital Citizen? Are your Students?
The many topics that fall under the umbrella of Digital Citizenship permeate everything we do. They impact our work with students, all of our lives and interactions, and it is critical that we work together to regularly inform and educate our colleagues and our students about these topics. Internet Safety, Privacy and Security, Copyright and Giving Credit, Cyberbullying, Information Literacy, and more… These are not topics to be taken lightly. Come join a discussion about how we work with all of our students at all ages to inform, engage, and educate around these ideas. Let’s talk about the resources we use, share examples of projects students have created, and strengthen our own knowledge about ensuring that we are all responsible digital citizens.

https://sites.google.com/a/cssu.org/digital-citizenship/home 

Presenters
avatar for Bonnie Birdsall

Bonnie Birdsall

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


Friday May 16, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
GBTC 017

11:00am

CareerSmarts: Exploring the Future
Help Wanted! Classroom AND non-classroom educators need your support to understand how even tech “newbies” can develop engaging tech-based units, identify, create, and adapt tools to meet learning needs, and address CCSS and counseling standards! Discover how a school counselor (supported by a terrific TI) developed Career Smarts, a student-driven, technology-based unit that connects students’ multiple intelligences and interests with future education and career possibilities, utilizing video, online research, Google apps, gamification, avatars, and more!

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1KF_LM1qOjYlgzr9dtMs5J1h28JcCoPMiszv-3W-MldQ/edit#slide=id.p 

Presenters
RL

Rebecca Lallier

School Counselor, Dothan Brook School


Friday May 16, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
GBTC 114

11:00am

Increased Resilience: Tools for Improving Your Teaching and Your Students’ Learning
Neuroscientists have shown emotions impact the teaching / learning environment, yet this is seldom taken into consideration in many classrooms. When you learn to manage your own emotional landscape, your teaching shifts. Learn about the tools and see technology that gives immediate biofeedback to verify your (or students’) improved emotional state, which, in turn improves the learning climate, your life - even students’ test scores!


Friday May 16, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Auditorium

11:00am

Is Educational Technology Living Up to the Promise of Mindstorms? (Will the Maker Movement Push Constructivism to the Next Level?)
In 1980, Seymour Papert wrote Mindstorms. He used the term, “Bricolage,” to describe an activity that mashes together different technologies, trying, failing, and re-trying until something interesting results. In a 2011 TED Talk, Dale Dougherty, the founder of Make Magazine, says we are all makers. Makers are all about the tinkering. Making is bricolage revisited with new technologies. This talk reinterprets the vision in Mindstorms by applying it to the process of making to learn.

Presenters
avatar for Robert Sargent

Robert Sargent

Teacher, Waits River Valley School


Friday May 16, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
GBTC 217

11:00am

Maker Space? Fab Lab? STEAM? Say What?
A basic introduction, with physical examples, of the three main areas of physical computing (aka Maker spaces and fab labs) in education: 3D printing, microprocessor controlling and sensing, and programming. The site and syllabus of an open source 3-credit graduate course on the same subject will be made available for those wishing to self-study, and/or bring Making into their classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Caleb Clark

Caleb Clark

Chair, Teaching with Technology, Marlboro College Graduate School
The Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies, Educational Technology MAT program focuses on the appropriate and effective integration of technology for greater educational outcomes. This course of study is for those who want to work with schools, colleges and businesses as Educational Technology Integrators, Academic Technologists, and Instructional Designers. Courses cover instructional systems design, learning theory, web media... Read More →


Friday May 16, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Joyce 201

11:00am

Old Documents, New Technology: Integrating Primary Sources…
This session – a preview for a summer course of the same name – will focus on how technology can be used to help students analyze primary sources. Participants will learn how to locate online primary sources relevant to both national and state history and investigate technology tools that lend themselves to primary source analysis in the classroom. Participants will also discuss how the CCSS aligns with primary source analysis and historical inquiry.

http://vermonthistory.org/educate/professional-development-workshops/resources-for-odnt 

Presenters
avatar for Victoria Hughes

Victoria Hughes

Education Coordinator, Vermont Historical Society
avatar for Sigrid Olson

Sigrid Olson

All, Vermont Agency of Education


Friday May 16, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Joyce 310

11:00am

Reading is WONDERful!
Join an elementary school librarian as she demonstrates how she incorporated the 2013-14 DCF nominee and critically acclaimed, best-selling book Wonder by R.J. Palacio into her 5th grade library program. Discuss ways you can use popular song lyrics to enhance beyond literal comprehension. Learn how to integrate CCSS into a whole class read aloud experience. Discover ways to address digital citizenship skills and cyber-bullying using this upbeat, humorous, life-affirming story that’s loved by children and adults alike.

https://sites.google.com/a/apps.svsu.org/readingiswonderful/home 

Presenters

Friday May 16, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
GBTC 117

11:00am

Revved-up Red Clover Review – With iPads and Book Trailers!
Are you in a K-6, K-8 or even a K-12 school? Do you want a creative way to build community? Do the “big kids” still talk about the Red Clover Book Award? Using iPads, a group of 6th graders created book trailers for each of this year’s Red Clover nominated books. These trailers were then shown to each class before they voted for their favorite (book and trailer). This session will outline this project as well as offering practical advice on duplicating it at your school.

Presenters
avatar for Genevieve Gallagher

Genevieve Gallagher

Librarian, Winooski Public Schools


Friday May 16, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Joyce 211

11:00am

The Art of Animation and Game Design
A student presentation that will explore animation and game design projects using Flash for grades 2-12. Students from Stafford Technical Center will present their own projects and will share projects and lessons that they have completed with students grades 2-8. Participants can try the processes on their own devices during the presentation.

Presenters
KK

Karen Kysar

Teacher, Stafford Technical Center


Friday May 16, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Joyce 210

11:00am

Using Technology to Plan, Promote, and Personalize; Personal Learning Plans
At Northfield Middle High School we have embraced the concept of personalizing learning through a grass roots movement of student personal learning plan development. As a pilot school for the state of Vermont in the area of personal learning plans we have developed a process that we call “student driven PLPs”; a blend of student leadership development and technology intergradation. Our presentation will trace and describe us process to date.

Presentation

Survey

Presenters
JC

Jerry Cassels

Guidance, Northfield Middle & High School
Commnity
avatar for Brucie Donahue

Brucie Donahue

Educational Technology | Washington South SU (Northfield & Roxbury)


Friday May 16, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
GBTC 112

11:00am

Staggered Lunch
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.

Friday May 16, 2014 11:00am - 1:15pm
Student Life Complex

11:30am

Authors' Lounge
From 11:30 to 1:00 each day, plan to stop by the Authors’ Lounge in the lounge area of the GBTC to informally meet and greet several Vermont authors who are anxious to talk with you individually about their work and discuss school visits and residencies. Book signing is available.

Friday May 16, 2014 11:30am - 1:00pm
GBTC Lounge

12:15pm

Ancient Civilizations, Minecraft, and Student Centered Learning
Want to interest a wide range of students in a novel, gaming-based activity? Join our presentation as we review how Minecraft integrated into our study of ancient civilizations. Basic concepts were explored in an online learning experience that paid big dividends in unexpected ways. Topics as diverse as network programming, differentiated instruction, and creative writing will be discussed and explored as we review how Minecraft can help students learn 21st century skills.

https://docs.google.com/a/vita-learn.org/presentation/d/1npKBRCpkgxGGsfMI5F9H9nwsVU8ZGTqOVi3HFXjcReo/edit#slide=id.p 

Presenters
avatar for Don Taylor

Don Taylor

Teacher, Main Street Middle School
Don Taylor is a middle school educator who is completing his 11th year at Main Street Middle School and his 17th year teaching. He instructs language arts and social studies on Team Summit in partnership with Amy Kimball who covers science and mathematics. | | Taylor is working hard to create an innovative, integrated, and dynamic learning environment for all students. His attempts to make education relevant include the development of... Read More →


Friday May 16, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
GBTC 217

12:15pm

Build your PLN today! Personal Learning Networks and Google Tools
In this session we will help you build your personal learning network right now with Google Plus. Once you have a network, use it to create powerful learning experiences for your students with Google Hangouts. Having a device with you is not required. But those who bring a google plus enabled laptop or mobile device will be able to build their connections while in the session. The co-presenters will bring in guests from outside the conference through Google Hangouts to demonstrate the power of these connections for learning.

Presenters
avatar for Susan Briere

Susan Briere

Coordinator, IT Services, RNESU
Susan Briere is the IT Coordinator for Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union . She is passionate about technology's critical role in teaching and learning. She holds a BSMIS and MSIT from Marlboro College Graduate School. | | Please talk with Susan about how technology is changing the way we connect and collaborate with others, how digital literacy makes it possible for students to access unlimited resources, to learn about any topic... Read More →
avatar for Jane Wilde

Jane Wilde

Teacher, Technology support, University/college personnel, Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies (and SUNY Albany)
Use address: http://tinyurl.com/wildedl14 for Dynamic Landscapes 2014 presentation materials | Use address: http://tinyurl.com/gie3by3by3 for Games In Education 2013 symposium presentation material. | | Jane Wilde is a passionate gamer, learner, teacher and flat water kayaker. | | A veteran teacher of 30 years, Jane has taught in special and general education at every grade k-12. For the past 8 years her attention has been directed... Read More →


Friday May 16, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
GBTC 114

12:15pm

Engagement to Empowerment: Students at the Center of Change

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



Presenters
avatar for Lindsey Halman

Lindsey Halman

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


Friday May 16, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
GBTC 112

12:15pm

Get it Together: Student Collaboration Project
One of the standards in the Common Core under Speaking and Listening is “Comprehension and Collaboration”. Teaching students to work together is sometimes challenging. Comprehending texts brings its own challenges. Allowing freedom in terms of how they collaborate and with whom, utilizing technology with which they are already familiar, and giving short turnaround times can increase engagement, increase learning, leverage and activate technology skills, and demonstrate for students the power of collaborating.

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2b1_MJmKfAbUjJfOFVzOERad1E/edit 

Presenters

Friday May 16, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
GBTC 017

12:15pm

Start a Maker Lab on a Shoestring Budget
How do you get started in the Maker movement on a shoestring budget? Learn to create fun projects with students using things you've never dreamed of. Tracy Rudzitis teacher at The Computer School in Manhattan, NYC and has been running a Maker / Explorative Tinkering Lab that enages students for the last five years.

Presenters
avatar for Tracy Rudzitis

Tracy Rudzitis

Educator, Curriculum Developer
I teach middle school digital media in Manhattan. My students are currently immersed in programming, robotics, electronics, 3D design and printing, animation. I have an ad hoc Makerspace I set up during lunch time at school that welcomes all students to come in and work on whatever projects grab their attention and interest. I am passionate about providing as many opportunities for kids to make and invent during the school day.


Friday May 16, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Joyce 201

12:15pm

Teaching Personal Finance to Children
What does a talking quarter, cucumbers, and a bunny have in common? All are characters found within children’s fiction that are being used to teach personal finance to Vermont’s elementary school students. Reading is an Investment is a program now in use within 130 Vermont elementary schools. We’ll explore how this program works, what money concepts can be taught to young children and how to engage parents in the learning process.

Presenters
LH

Lisa Helme

Director, Financial Literacy at State Treasurer’s Office



Friday May 16, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
GBTC 117

12:15pm

The Red Clover Award: Introducing This Year’s Nominees to Your K-4 Students
Vermont's Children's Choice Picture Book Award is now in its 18th year and this year's list is better than ever! Join us as we present the nominees and give you some concrete, curriculum-based ideas to help kickstart your program.


Friday May 16, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Joyce 211

12:15pm

Time For Change
High School can be a time in a teen's life of becoming and individual with a sense of identity, convictions, and spirit. This is essential to stand out in today's society where students graduate from college often with too many competitors for landing a successful career. As teachers we are responsible for helping students discover their own beliefs and helping them to become citizens and learners that will flourish in today's word. Developing an opinion means taking a stand and one help we can give our students is the ability to effectively and powerfully communicate their opinions in a way that will make a positive impact on society. Giving them the chance to present though digital media story telling has covers a broad spectrum of learning. It gives students the opportunity to practice writing, learn about and use technology, present a mind changing idea, and communicate in a way that is effective in 21st century learning.

Presenters
avatar for Sandra Chicoine

Sandra Chicoine

Teacher, VUHS
Passionate about imparting the skills and knowledge to my students that will help them to make good, safe decisions when driving.


Friday May 16, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Joyce 310

12:15pm

Vermont's Internet2 UCAN: Its Not Just for Cute Cat Videos
Vermont’s Internet2 Unified Community Anchor Network (UCAN), formerly Vermont's SEGP Network, now connects over 100 education and research sites around Vermont via a low-latency network with access to Internet2. Whether your school is already connected to the VT UCAN or your still trying to figure out just what a UCAN or Internet2 are, you will leave this session excited about the transformation that advanced networks can bring to K12 education.

http://prezi.com/0xjymjukvra_/its-not-just-for-cute-cat-videos/

Presenters
avatar for Patrick Clemins

Patrick Clemins

Cyber Specialist, Vermont EPSCoR


Friday May 16, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Joyce 210

12:15pm

No Spectators Allowed! (Double Session)
Share, learn, exchange ideas, solve problems, and build community and capacity at our participant-driven Unconference. In the final two hours, we’ll build a flexible agenda allowing all voices to lead conversations around issues and innovative ideas for effective practice.  Plan to lead or suggest a conversation, participate in Stinks/Rocks debates and be prepared to grab the mic as a participant in our culminating (and archived) Smackdown of best learning tools and strategies.

http://blogs.slj.com/neverendingsearch/ 

Presenters
avatar for Joyce Kasman Valenza - Ph.D.

Joyce Kasman Valenza - Ph.D.

Joyce joined the faculty of Rutgers University School of Communication & Information in January 2014. Prior to this she was the teacher librarian at Springfield Township High School (PA). For ten years, Joyce was the techlife@school columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She is the author of Power Tools, Power Research Tools and Power Tools Recharged for ALA Editions. Her NeverendingSearch Blog (on... Read More →


Friday May 16, 2014 12:15pm - 2:30pm
Auditorium

12:30pm

You’re Never Too Young (or too OLD) to learn to Code when you have an iPad (Hands-On Double Session)
Come learn why mobile tools create new learning opportunities for learning to code at all ages. We’ll play with fun apps that can be used with students as young as Kindergarten and move our way up to Middle school. We’ll connect fun game like challenges to “code routines” used by real programmers.
We’ll even create our own challenges using drag and drop blocks of code. You’ll leave with confidence that can help you connect these fun-addicting apps to your learning standards. Bring your iPad and download the apps found here. http://goo.gl/V5v1SO

Presenters
avatar for Lucie deLaBruere

Lucie deLaBruere

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


Friday May 16, 2014 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Morgan Room - Aiken Hall

1:30pm

Beyond Borders: Exploring European Culture through Interactive Game Play
Beyond Borders invites students to experience the wonder of four European cities through interactive game play. Using their iPads, dice, investigative skills and curiosity, students take a virtual tour of Amsterdam, London, Prague, and Paris while competing to earn points, badges, and most important, knowledge. Common Core standards are wrapped into this experiential game that participants will play with us in the session. Come see how games can help engage students in relevant, meaningful ways.

http://lamoille.wix.com/games 

Presenters
avatar for Lori Lisai

Lori Lisai

Teacher/Tech Integration, Lamoille Union


Friday May 16, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
GBTC 017

1:30pm

Creative Partnerships with Professionals.
Seven students from Stafford Technical Center worked with local Graphic Designer Dave Townsend to create a brochure and website for the school. Students came up with the design, did research, took photos, gathered information and created. These students will present their process and talk about what kind of learning was integrated into a true project based experience. Their teacher, Karen Kysar will discuss the partnership and process of bringing a professional into the learning environment. It was an amazing experience!

Presenters
KK

Karen Kysar

Teacher, Stafford Technical Center


Friday May 16, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Joyce 210

1:30pm

Design it, Engineer it, Make it: Bringing the Maker Movement to High School
The Maker Movement has the lofty goal of making everyone view themselves as makers. While many would scoff at this, the Next Generation Science Standards task us with that very responsibility. One way we're doing this at SBHS is with a class that introduces students to a design process, presents lessons on electronics and working with materials, and supports them as they produce innovative products. SBHS students will show you inventions that will amaze you.

Presenters
avatar for Stephen Barner

Stephen Barner

Teacher, South Burlington High School
I have been a Design Technology teacher since 1987 and have been teaching with information technology since I started. While I have no special love for computers, I appreciate what we can accomplish with them and the fantastic things they can be made to do to enhance communication, solve problems and design useful and fun things.


Friday May 16, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
GBTC 217

1:30pm

Discovering People, Places, Landscapes, Environment, and Time Through Archaeological Collections
The Vermont State Archaeologist uses hands-on student engagement with archaeological objects to learn about Vermont’s people, places, landscapes, and environments across time. The new Vermont Archaeology Heritage Center in Barre contains 2,000 boxes of artifacts and other materials (i.e. animal bone) recovered by archaeologists from Vermont archaeological sites. The collections span over 12,000 years of Vermont’s human, landscape, and environmental history and provide amazing physical links to that very long span of time.

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Friday May 16, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
GBTC 117

1:30pm

Do! Make! Create! - A Minecraft Club
Is a Minecraft Club for you? Peoples Academy High School students host a very successful Minecraft after school Club for grades 5 – 8. How do you get started, what does it involve, are there any educational benefits? Join this forum of students as we answer your questions, give a demonstration, and teach you how to set up a club that models communication, cooperation, challenging goals and lots of fun.

Presenters
avatar for Karen Perry

Karen Perry

Technology support, Peoples Academy
This is our 2nd year of a very successful Minecraft club! | | We are 1.1 Chromebook in HS 1.1 I Pad Middle School


Friday May 16, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Joyce 201

1:30pm

Gain a Different Perspective of Our Solar System Using Technology
Explore the technology involved with real space missions such as EarthKAM, a camera on the International Space Station (ISS). Learn how to sign up for real missions with student involvement.  Also, included in this workshop is an overview of the interdisciplinary earth science educational modules available for teachers from current missions, as the MESSENGER spacecraft, which is currently orbiting Mercury, and New Horizons, which is nearing Pluto.  A webquest will be used specifically on the MESSENGER website to explore its resources.

Presenters
avatar for Sally Jensen

Sally Jensen

After 40 plus years of teaching elementary and middle school students about LIFE, in the name of science and social studies, I am now working as a curriculum consultant. I am still teaching. I simply have a different audience. | While still barely realizing my new adventure in working with teachers, I continue to find amazing connections in the world around me. Einstein said, "Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust; we all dance to a... Read More →


Friday May 16, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
GBTC 114

1:30pm

Green Mountain Book Award, 2014-2015 - Get Teens Reading …
Join members of the GMBA Committee for a look at current technologies and strategies, mixed with creative and captivating classic methodologies, to help promote the 2014-2015 GMBA nominees! You’ll hear all about the new list of awesome, accessible titles for high schoolers, and come away with a plethora of strategies for getting the books off the shelf and into the hands of students.


Friday May 16, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Joyce 211

1:30pm

Moving Beyond Gamification to Game Design!
Your students love to play video games, and now you can empower them to design their own! Through an easy-to-use yet sophisticated software program, Gamestarmechanic, students can learn valuable 21st century skills like problem-solving and iterative design. Workshop participants will see examples of student work, and receive tips on lesson planning. Additional resources on game design and literacy will be provided.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1jKNpRm1oT36ElQ02B__9wu4Xs3P17EOXJi8pTXG6n9I/edit?usp=sharing 

Presenters
avatar for Daisy Frederick

Daisy Frederick

Tech Educator, Brattleboro Area Middle School
I am currently teaching (and learning!) game design, animation, robotics, engineering design challenges, electronics ,3D design etc with middle school students in southern Vermont. I am also developing a makerspace, gathering ideas, materials, resources, collaborators and grant funds...


Friday May 16, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Joyce 310

1:30pm

Powerful Video on a Dime
OpenShot combined with Blender and Audacity, is a powerful video editor that is easy to use and has similar features to the popular video editors. OpenShot mixes the video, Audacity to mix the audio and Blender for effects. Blender, as a bonus, is an open source version of Flash! Check out the 3-D drawing and animation possibilities. This is a tool for simple videos from a camera, phone or flip video, to complex animated creations.

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avatar for Tom Heller

Tom Heller

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


Friday May 16, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
GBTC 112

2:45pm

Keynote - How Do You Do?
Join us to wrap up the two jam-packed days of Dynamic Landscapes with a fun-filled interactive session. We've all done, made, and created our hearts out, so now it's time to share and compare our experiences with one another. Make sure to bring your smart phones, tablets, and creativity to be able to fully participate in this multi-media game session.


Friday May 16, 2014 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Gym - IDX Student Life Center

3:15pm

Door Prizes (Must be present to win)
Fantastic door prizes are offered, but you MUST be present to win!

Friday May 16, 2014 3:15pm - 3:30pm
Gym - IDX Student Life Center

4:00pm

VSLA Annual Meeting
Join librarian colleagues for the annual VSLA meeting.

Friday May 16, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Morgan Room in Aiken Hall