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Thursday, November 2
 

7:00am

Continental Breakfast to Breakfast and Visit with Sponsors and Exhibitors
Join us for a continental breakfast in the vendor area.

Thursday November 2, 2017 7:00am - 8:00am
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

7:00am

Conference Registration Desk Open
Thursday November 2, 2017 7:00am - 4:00pm
Lower Lobby

7:00am

Exhibit Hall Open
Thursday November 2, 2017 7:00am - 5:30pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

8:00am

iPad in the Primary Learning
More than ever, teachers are using iPad and digital learning experiences to revolutionize earlychildhood education. Come experience in a hands-on session a variety of curriculum-focusedapps and built-in tools that engage students and personalize learning. Explore creativity toolson iPad that let students share knowledge in compelling new ways.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Roundabout

8:00am

Change Management Toolkit for Shifting Schools Toward Proficiency-Based Learning
This session focuses on seven high leverage tools and strategies school administrators can utilize to facilitate the implementation of proficiency-based systems of teaching and learning. Gradebooks, vision statements, professional development plans, instructional coaches, guidelines/procedures, distributed leadership structures, and professional learning communities can all provide a cohesive package of tools to help with the shift to a proficiency-based model of education.


Thursday November 2, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Northstar 1

8:00am

Children and Social Media - Impact for Schools
The average tween spends about 7 hours per day on media, and the onset age of smartphone use is decreasing.  Apps developers use psychological engineering to capture users eyeballs, yet the more time teens look at screens, the more they are likely to report symptoms of depression.  What is the research saying about social media use, possible effects on children, and what impact might this have for the social, psychological, and educational functions of schools?

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Thursday November 2, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Escapade 1

8:00am

Creating and Making: Vision, Leadership, and Pedagogy
Although #makered and #makerspaces are trending in K12, there is NO single pathway to a successful space for creating and making! But there is ONE absolute FIRST step in the journey -- KNOW your WHY! We’ll take a look at schools who articulated their vision around creating and making, some common frameworks, and research on primary and secondary benefits of maker centered learning. Come share your vision for creating and making in your school, or come to help shape your WHY!.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Gateway 2

8:00am

How Social Media Can Improve Your School
We’ll explore different social media tools and their direct benefits to your school community (to students, to families, to educators and to leaders). We’ll discuss some of the perceived challenges and concrete strategies to address those concerns. Tips, tricks and proper management techniques will be shared along with a chance to collaborate with educators from across the state.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Northstar 2

8:00am

Project-based learning as a path to personalized and flexible pathways
Project based learning has been a successful conduit to personalized learning and has started to develop flexible pathways for students to demonstrate their proficiency. Hear how schools are adapting to these flexible and emerging pathways as they develop. Along those line, we will talk about how school policies and practice might need to change as a result of these pathways.


Thursday November 2, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Gateway 1

8:00am

Screencasting as a Practical Tool for Student Centered Learning
The methods of screencasting (recording content and narration on-screen) can be accomplished easily on most devices and can be used in a variety of ways to facilitate student centered learning. I wish to showcase how my students and I have used screencasting in a variety of valuable ways including creating new instructional content (a la flipped classroom), video lab reports, show-and-explain assessments, and video reflections.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Escapade 2

9:00am

9:15am

Virtual Reality in the Classroom
The real world is not flat after all, so why constrain our classrooms to experience the digital world on a flat screen? The shift from 2D to 3D immersive learning is as natural as adding color to movies and television was in the 1950?s. In many ways, it is even more impactful. Virtual Reality is transforming education. What started out as something that was simply ?cool? has become a way to engage learners like never before. Imagine the possibilities?you are teaching children about dinosaurs and suddenly with the help of a VR headset, there is a life-sized one in front of their eyes. Your kids can view the International Space Station while floating in space or learn about Africa by riding a canoe through a small village. The possibilities are endless and the impact on education is beyond our imagination. Join us as we show you how to bring your classroom to the cutting edge of 21st century learning.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Roundabout

9:15am

Assessment and Technology - A Perfect Blend
We’ll explore current aspects of assessment & technology, including many tenets of proficiency-based learning. We will share and evaluate a variety of digital tools for summative and formative assessment. We will discuss how feedback and reflection play an integral part of the assessment process and share various digital tools to support that. Finally, we’ll take a close look at the ISTE standards, especially those related to assessment, with an eye toward developing learning targets.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Gateway 1

9:15am

Creating and Making: Implementing your Space - Logistics, Budget, and Practical Considerations
This discussion will range from physical space to making space in the day or space in your curriculum. From library corners, to old computer labs, to mobile carts, creating and making can look very different in each of our schools. What functions does your space need to address (storage, safety, creativity tools, etc). Where does creating and making fit into a student’s day? Come share your school’s approach or come pick up some ideas for your own planning.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Gateway 2

9:15am

Digital Learning Portfolios that work!
Seesaw is a digital portfolio that collects students’ digital and physical work in one place. Everything is organized, making assessment and conferences easier! A space that each student can own to capture their learning, reflect, and develop skills. This tool also allows for easy day-to-day communication with parents to share what’s going on in the classrooms. Best of all there is a free trial version available to you for attending this session.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Escapade 1

9:15am

Directing Self-Direction: Helping Students Cultivate Self-Direction
Personalization, Proficiency-Based Learning, Project-Based Learning—their common boon is the opportunity to create student agency and give students ownership over their learning, enabling them to learn on their own and with others. In this workshop attendees will have the opportunity to use a digital learning menu designed to help them self-direct independently and cooperatively for learning how to cultivate self-direction in their students. This activity will be followed with a group debrief of the experience.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Northstar 1

9:15am

DIY Google PD - Becoming a Google Certified Educator
Do you use Google tools in the classroom or want to learn more? This session is for both beginner and intermediate Google users and will give you LOADS of great Google tips and tricks. It will get you started on how to work through the 15 hour self-guided study and prepare you to take the Google Educator Level 1 certification. Learn the resources and start one of the self study units. Join this PLC as you work through this DIY PD.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Escapade 2

9:15am

Making History: Using Social Media to Connect with Our Community
In 2014 BAMS entered into a partnership with the Brattleboro Historical Society and WKVT to produce a weekly radio show about local history. Since then we have expanded our work with the historical society to include a podcast, Twitter account and Facebook page. Students complete research, compose content and create recordings for each of these social media platforms. In this workshop students and adults will demonstrate the techniques used for our Making History project.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Northstar 2

10:15am

10:30am

Programming & Broadcasting a Virtual School Library
How to use OPALS portal features to connect students and teachers with your information resources and services.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Roundabout

10:30am

The Network Outage That Never Happened – WCA IT Assessments
Come join WCA as we explore our suite of next generation assessment services and hear about how it discovered issues before they became critical. WCA will present a comprehensive review of the five key areas where you can gain the critical data you need to take control of your infrastructure. Whether it is server and storage capacity planning, prepping for a virtualized environment, wireless optimization, power and cooling, or assessing the overall health of your network, WCA will work with you to make sure that you are following industry-leading, best practices in all of your technology deployments.

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DL

Dean Leclerc

Whalley Computer Associates

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Thursday November 2, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Escapade 2

10:30am

Bricolage: Creation from a diverse range of available things
How do you change up a system of learning? You begin by using a wide range of available things! Bricolage! Join the discussion to bring to light the multi-modal needs that true learning design incorporates when used for personalizing student learning across a system. What is working in your school? District? Explore tools and professional development ideas to support this type of change.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Escapade 1

10:30am

Creating A Global Culture For Learning
How to create a culture for learning via the Global Goals for Sustainability. We will learn what the goals are and why they are important. We will explore the Global Goals and how they can be implemented throughout the year. I will share how both synchronous and asynchronous tools through a global lens that can connect students, family, and community and globally and build an awareness for positive change.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Northstar 2

10:30am

Creating and Making: Curriculum and Standards Through Creating and Making
Come share ideas for different types of creating and making activities and how they contribute to student learning. Which standards can be addressed through creating and making? Transferrable Skills? Proficiencies? CSTA, Transferrable Skills, NGSS, Math, ELA, SS, Art standards? Come share your ideas or pick up some new ones in during this discussion.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Gateway 2

10:30am

Digital Badging & Micro-credentialing VT Style
Join us as we explore how Vermont learners, both teachers via professional development and students via flexible pathways and PLP’s, can be supported through a micro-credentialing pathway. Who are the issuers? How do earners display their achievements? Why earn a micro-credential or badge in the first place? We will share current pilots designed to support students and educators, and include strategies, tools, and challenges facing us as Vermont educators develop personalized pathways for learning.


Thursday November 2, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Gateway 1

10:30am

The Full Monty: How a Vermont District Went Gradeless
At FNESU this year, our freshman are “gradeless”-- their progress is shown by proficiency. Our discussion will be structured to surface your own school’s or district’s challenges with PBGR as we share systems FNESU has used to support: reporting, defining mastery, redesigning curriculum in a proficiency framework, accommodating self-paced learning, and strategies to communicate redesign. Your session outcomes: collect systems and strategies, generate solutions and share ideas, and gain models of proficiency-based curriculum design.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Northstar 1

11:30am

Lunch and Keynote Address
Thursday November 2, 2017 11:30am - 1:30pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

12:30pm

KEYNOTE: Sustaining System Change - Five Critical Elements: Diana Laufenberg
Join Diana Laufenberg as she reflects on a her experiences creating meaningful and engaged learning environments through new school creation, school transformation and professional development in schools across the country. Slide Deck here.

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avatar for Diana Laufenberg

Diana Laufenberg

Inquiry Schools, Executive Director and Lead Teacher
A farm kid from Wisconsin, Diana Laufenberg has taught all grade levels from 7-12 in Social Studies. Laufenberg most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy (SLA). For the past two decades Diana has been a secondary social studies teacher in Wisconsin, Kansas, Arizona and Pennsylvania. She most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on modern learning. Her practice has deep roots in experiential education, taking students from the classroom to the real world and back again. Prior to her work in Philadelphia, she was an active member of the teaching community in Flagstaff, AZ where she was named Technology Teacher of the Year for Arizona and a member of the Governor's Master Teacher Corps. Diana was featured on TED.com for her... Read More →


Thursday November 2, 2017 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

1:30pm

Ransomware: Sit back & Relax
The rise of ransomware, a specialized form of malware that charges a user a ransom to restore a locked up, or encrypted system, is taking center stage in 2016, inspiring news outlets, the FBI, and major business interests to take notice. Healthcare, government, and law enforcement agencies are the most frequent targets, with experts looking at the manufacturing space as the next likely battleground, to include networks managing logistics, supply chain, and RFID tracking systems.


Thursday November 2, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Escapade 2

1:30pm

Web Filters and Digital Citizenship
Understand more about the relationship between digital citizenship and web filters with a web that is always changing.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Roundabout

1:30pm

Community Storytelling in Digital Spaces
YWP, in its 12th year helping students gain writing and digital media skills and assisting teachers in the classroom, leads a fun, interactive storytelling session. Experience the power of YWP’s latest intuitive platform that helps students develop ideas, exchange peer-to-peer feedback and find audience for best work. See content available to teachers to use in the classroom. Get new ideas for bringing storytelling – and community connections – to the classroom. Student exemplars. Bring laptops.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Northstar 2

1:30pm

Extending and Deepening PBL: Service Learning
Service learning has taken root in colleges across the country. But what about its potential to help middle level students learn transferrable skills, disrupt bias, and meet proficiencies? A quick research review how service learning benefits middle level students will be shared along with examples of how it is being implemented in schools. Resources for deepening project based learning to include service will be shared and explored as well.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Gateway 1

1:30pm

Making and Engineering with Wood
Making and Engineering with wood is a sustainable and satisfying activity for kids. Learning how to use woodworking tools and equipment builds skills and confidence that can last a lifetime. This workshop will introduce the nuts and bolts (hammers and nails) of woodworking and constructing with wood, for kids K-6.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Gateway 2

1:30pm

Personalized and Digital Learning: Conversations with and Resources from the AOE
How are schools using technology to personalize learning for students? How does digital learning enhance personalized learning? The AOE Personalized Learning team will lead a discussion around these questions, show examples from the field, introduce you to their new online resources, and get your feedback around what additional resources are needed to support personalized learning efforts around the state.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Northstar 1

1:30pm

The Transferable Skills Implementation Project
This session focuses on the development and implementation of a data driven system of supporting students’ proficiency with self-direction. This year, VTVLC has implemented a process that requires students to set learning goals and report their progress twice each month. Data reports and teacher/course examples will be shared to demonstrate the program’s implementation and effectiveness.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Escapade 1

2:30pm

2:45pm

Launch Learning with Nearpod
Discover first hand how a 1:1 environment can reach new heights, by equipping you to engage 100% of your students to interact with you right from their seats. Explore how this can be done with Nearpod, allowing students to send answers, data, and drawings to the you in real-time. You will uncover how this student centered approach puts learning opportunities at your student's fingertips and in their laps.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Roundabout

2:45pm

Critical Elements in Sustainability - Keynote Follow-up Session
Join Diana Laufenberg as she reflects on a her experiences creating meaningful and engaged learning environments through new school creation, school transformation and professional development in schools across the country. Follow-up Session to Keynote. Resources here. 

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avatar for Diana Laufenberg

Diana Laufenberg

Inquiry Schools, Executive Director and Lead Teacher
A farm kid from Wisconsin, Diana Laufenberg has taught all grade levels from 7-12 in Social Studies. Laufenberg most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy (SLA). For the past two decades Diana has been a secondary social studies teacher in Wisconsin, Kansas, Arizona and Pennsylvania. She most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on modern learning. Her practice has deep roots in experiential education, taking students from the classroom to the real world and back again. Prior to her work in Philadelphia, she was an active member of the teaching community in Flagstaff, AZ where she was named Technology Teacher of the Year for Arizona and a member of the Governor's Master Teacher Corps. Diana was featured on TED.com for her... Read More →


Thursday November 2, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Northstar 2

2:45pm

Finding and Using Open Education Resources: An Introduction
Have you heard of Open Education Resource? Do you know where to find them? Come to this info session to learn about an exciting opportunity happening for Vermont Educators. Open Education Resources are powerful tools that support the Student-Centered Learning Environment. Come find out how you can take advantage of Open Education Resources with your classes.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Escapade 2

2:45pm

Making the Perfect Cocktail: Technology Tools for the Three Pillars of Personalized Learning
We will review the three pillars of personalized learning - personalized learning plans, proficiency based assessment, and flexible pathways - and discuss the technology tools that middle and high school teachers are using to effectively engage students and monitor their academic career in light of Act 77 education reforms. We will provide specific examples how how specific technology can allow teachers to implement all three facets of personalized learning simultaneously in their classrooms and at their schools.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Gateway 1

2:45pm

Personalization: Thinking Small, and Going Big
Hazen Union Middle Level students and faculty engaged in a J-term last June, modeled after work from Lyndon Institute and other Vermont schools. Teachers created authentic, hands-on, applied learning seminars from the interests, strengths, and passions of our students; seminars were led by staff and community members to provide opportunities for meaningful learning experiences. Join us as we share our process and resources in this whole-school effort to create personalized, proficiency-based, flexible pathways for our students.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Northstar 1

2:45pm

Preparing the Pathway: Supporting College Success for Online High School Students
Every semester, several hundred high school students enroll in online courses at the Community College of Vermont (CCV) through Vermont’s dual enrollment program. CCV has developed a system to advise, orient, and support these students to ensure a successful first college experience. This workshop will introduce the CCV support systems in place for online high school students and highlight a new pilot project that employs text messaging to foster ongoing adviser-student communication.


Thursday November 2, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Escapade 1

2:45pm

Therapy
Vent, relax, and rejuvenate with peers in the pool!

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Thursday November 2, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Pool

2:45pm

Using Your Maker Space To Teach Solar Energy, Coding, Circuits, and Collaboration
High school students designed, coded, constructed and analyzed mini solar trackers to charge a cell phone. They used a Raspberry Pi and Python to control a servo to track the sun, built a charging circuit with a mini solar panel, and used a laser engraver to build a box to contain it. Not knowing how to do any of this, including the teacher, every student group succeeded in producing a working prototype in three weeks.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Gateway 2

4:00pm

Vita-Learn's 25th Anniversary Reception with Sponsors and Exhibitors
Join us in celebrating 25 years of working to promote and support the use of information technology to transform Vermont education! Stop by for your chance to win great prizes donated by our sponsors and exhibitors, and the Exhibitor Passport Game prize drawing. Cash bar and hors d’oeuvres will be available. The Best Booth Award winner will also be announced – be sure to vote for your favorite display so the sponsors and exhibitors have a chance to win too!

Thursday November 2, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

6:15pm

Promethean Interactive Classroom Update – win a Connect G Android Computer!
As we shape the modern classroom of the 21st century, we are focused on providing teachers with tools for creating a highly collaborative learning environment that is inclusive of all. This session will provide a hands-on demo of Promethean’s latest technology offering including a look at the new ActivPanel offerings and how ClassFlow Connect allows you to connect multiple end-user devises into one presentation solution. One lucky person will win a Connect G Android Computer (must be present to win). 

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Thursday November 2, 2017 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Gateway 2

6:15pm

Vermont Panurgy / Barracuda Networks – Ransomware Detection, Prevention and Recovery
Until now, K-12 IT professionals have been slow to adopt protections against ransomware, perhaps thinking that they are unlikely to be targeted, but since a K-12 user base includes young people and children, it is an especially tempting target since young users are simply less mindful of potential consequences and more likely to open suspicious email and attachments which is how most attacks begin. With the right combination of protective measures, however, it is entirely possible to block most attacks—and to render powerless those few that that may penetrate your network. Learn how to detect, prevent and recover from ransomware attacks from the trusted leader in K-12 IT Security – Barracuda Networks.


Thursday November 2, 2017 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Escapade 1

6:15pm

Hands-On with the Internet of Things
Have you, or your students, wanted to create your own Internet of Things (IoT) device but didn’t know where to start or worried it would be too overwhelming.  Fear not!  During this workshop, you will create your own ‘Thing’ that senses your environment, sends data to the cloud and then displays that data anywhere on the Internet.  Learn to use your Maker skills to build devices that solve real-world problems for your school or community.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 6:15pm - 8:30pm
Northstar 2

6:15pm

Live Chromebook Teardown (and giveaway)
Each year we look at what devices we need to purchase.  We look at reviews and try and get some test models.  In this session we will not only get a hands-on look at several devices, we will physically take them apart and see how they can be self-maintained by the school itself.    Participants will have opportunity to work on an Acer SPIN, NL61T, HP 11G5, and C202SA, and will have a chance to take away one of the devices (if anything is left).

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Thursday November 2, 2017 6:15pm - 8:30pm
Escapade 2

6:15pm

Robot Rodeo RoundUp
Come find out about the THIRD annual Robot Rodeo (featured in K12 Horizon Report).  Come kick off the send off of a fleet of codable robots into Vermont schools as a way to extend Hour of Code.  Hands on and discussion - try out the robots, sign up for a robot visit to your school!

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Thursday November 2, 2017 6:15pm - 8:30pm
Northstar 1
 
Friday, November 3
 

7:00am

Continental Breakfast to Breakfast and Visit with Sponsors and Exhibitors
Join us for a continental breakfast in the vendor area.

Friday November 3, 2017 7:00am - 8:00am
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

7:00am

Exhibit Hall Open
Friday November 3, 2017 7:00am - 1:30pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

7:00am

Conference Registration Desk Open
Friday November 3, 2017 7:00am - 4:00pm
Lower Lobby

8:00am

Hewlett Packard Enterprise – HPE Simplivity Solutions
Rapid proliferation of applications and the increasing cost of maintaining legacy computer infrastructure causes significant IT challenges for schools. With HPE SimpliVity, every size school can streamline and enable IT operations at a fraction of the cost of traditional IT systems and/or public cloud solutions by combining your IT infrastructure and advanced data services into a single, integrated all-flash solution. HPE SimpliVity is a powerful, simple, and efficient hyperconverged platform that joins best-in-class data services with the world’s best-selling server.


Friday November 3, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Roundabout

8:00am

Developing Digital Learning Plans - Remote Session
Join Peter Drescher and others in the VT Ed Tech community for both information and discussion on Digital Learning Plans. At the end of this school year, each Supervisory Union needs to submit a 3 year plan for how they will continue to support digital learning at their schools. Come learn about the process and hear from other educators about their plans to support digital learning. What role can you play in this process at your SU?

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Friday November 3, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Gateway 1

8:00am

Have You CYA With Policies, Guidelines and Procedures?
An open forum to discuss: Is it policy, guideline, or procedure, and why should you care? What should be included in an AUP? How do you address student photo and work publication? Who makes internet filtering decisions? Have BYOD rules? Have a staff device custody agreement? Who owns equipment obtained in workshops? Answers to life, the universe and everything await you!

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Friday November 3, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Gateway 2

8:00am

Spatial Analysis, Data and Geography
This session will focus on the ESRI ArcGIS software, including ArcInfo online, currently available at no cost to K-12 education. These tools bring geography and spatial analysis together in a set of visual tools that offer teachers and students powerful learning advantages. Participants will learn about the products, tools and resources available, see various presentation tool options and samples of Vermont student work, and have an opportunity for hands on work with the software.



Friday November 3, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Escapade 2

8:00am

Student Data Privacy - What’s Required?
This session will cover the basic requirements of the major student privacy laws; FERPA, PPRA, COPPA, HIPAA, & CIPA, focused on a basic understanding of the requirements of each of these laws for school districts. Emphasis will be place on operational impacts of these on day to day policies and procedures. Participants can expect to leave with a solid understanding of what may be required to ensure compliance with all student privacy regulations.

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Friday November 3, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Northstar 2

8:00am

We Love WeVideo
WeVideo is an amazing tool that allows students to produce polished, engaging videos to document their creativity and learning. Connected to their Google accounts, students can edit from anywhere or collaborate on group projects. From green screens to Youtube adventures, there are many ways students can use WeVideo to tell their own stories. In this session, I will share resources compiled during the Create Make Learn Institute as well as student examples.

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Friday November 3, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Escapade 1

8:00am

YWP Academy -- A new way for students to learn
A new free service for youths from Young Writers Project: YWP Academy, month-long, interactive workshops designed to help students dive deeper into all aspects and genres of writing and digital media. A powerful, interactive space with peer, mentor and instructor support. Finished work can be “published” to external audiences, saved to portfolios. A look at how it works, finished student work and youth reaction. Credit-worthy. Perfect for flexible pathways, blended learning, personal learning plans.

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Friday November 3, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Northstar 1

9:00am

9:15am

Simple, Secure, Device on Boarding Utilizing Cloudpath
Cloudpath is a self service secure device authentication and on boarding solution. Cloudpath will install a certificate on Windows, Apple, or Chrome devices. Cloudpath can also authenticate headless devices as well. Once the certificate is installed the user will automatically connect to the proper network until the certificate expires. Certificates are the gold standard in security and eliminate the need for passwords.

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Friday November 3, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Roundabout

9:15am

Building a Data Culture: Using Data PLCs to Drive Decisions about MTSS, Curriculum, and Instruction
We will discuss the evolution of Data PLCs and how they have been shifting the culture to use data to make decisions at the District, School, Grade and Classroom level. We will talk about the challenges and benefits of implementing data teams, using data with the MTSS model, and low-tech and high-tech processes. Come see how a robust data environment can support an MTSS model and drive instructional practices.


Friday November 3, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Northstar 1

9:15am

Children's Internet Usage Study
The Center for Cyber Safety and Education conducted a study with US children in 4th to 8th grades, and their parents, to better understand children’s Internet usage behavior and the extent to which they engage in age inappropriate, or even dangerous, behavior while using the Internet. This session will take a look into how this usage impacts the classroom and the collective steps we all can take to help guide children into better internet habits.

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Friday November 3, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Escapade 1

9:15am

Facebook, FUD and Risk - the role of decision makers in school technology initiatives
Who makes the technology decisions at your school? Who do they trust for information? How do you balance risk and innovation? Who sets expectations for new learning goals in our changing world? Come share and discuss whether Facebook should be allowed while at school.

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Friday November 3, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Gateway 2

9:15am

Harnessing the Power of Google Products in a 1:1 Environment
Google products are powerful tools for personalization, differentiation, UDL and deeper engagement of students. They are the cornerstone of our 1:1 program. We'll walk through the popular aspects of Google Docs, Keep, Forms, Sheets, Sites, Classroom, Slides, and Drawing. And we won't forget to examine Chrome Store Apps, Extensions and Android Apps. Using the Google Admin Console we will look at key reports (so you can gain greater understanding of your implementation and usage of these powerful tools).

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Friday November 3, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Gateway 1

9:15am

Pop-Up Maker Space
Come play and explore in the pop-up maker space!

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Friday November 3, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Escapade 2

9:15am

Student Data Privacy Consortium; Operational Resources to Address Privacy Issues
Come learn how the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) is assisting Districts in addressing day to day operational issues around meeting student data privacy concerns and requirements. The SDPC is growing quickly with thousands of districts, state agencies and vendors represented, with alliances being formed in 16+ states . Current projects include; A Common Contracting Framework, Digital Tools Governance, and Application Profiles. How can SDPC assist Vermont Districts in dealing with student data privacy issues?

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Friday November 3, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Northstar 2

10:15am

10:30am

"Bringing VMWorld 2017 to You"

Whalley Computer Associates (WCA) has developed a unique technology briefing in the latest of VMware software releases & Announcements.

Bringing VMWorld 2017 to You delivers:

• An opportunity to learn about all the new technologies that VMware announced and released in Las Vegas in August at VMWorld
• VMware Veteran Dan Sullivan, now with WCA, has assembled a presentation that distills the intellectual property into understandable, digestible chunks
• Dan is in Year 11 of delivering this valuable technology update that provides customers the understanding they need in order to apply the appropriate technology to their IT environment

With the knowledge gained from this technology briefing, you will be able to assimilate the technology bits into something that you can understand and use.

We look forward to providing you with this comprehensive, VMware Technology Briefing, showcasing the latest releases from VMWorld 2017.


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Dan Sullivan

Whalley Computer Associates


Friday November 3, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Escapade 2

10:30am

Comparing Wireless Technologies & Vendors
This session will take a platform neutral look at today?s wireless technologies and what is right for your school. We will look at the leading vendors and do a comparison of different architectures, models, and feature sets. This session will also provide the opportunity for participants to share their own experiences in a roundtable format.

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Tyler Gray

ePlus Technology, Inc.

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Friday November 3, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Roundabout

10:30am

SLDS Implementation Overview
An overview of the goals, deliverables, status, and timelines for Vermont’s Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) implementation. This session will give you a background of the overall SLDS project, what it seeks to accomplish, and an overview of areas where this project will interface with your work in Vermont’s schools and districts. This session will update SLDS project details and will be followed by a more in-depth ‘SLDS Vertical Reporting Discussion Forum’ session later in the day.

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Friday November 3, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Northstar 1

10:30am

The Microsoft Alternative: Cool Tools for the Classroom with O365
Office 365 – The Microsoft Alternative The Washington South Supervisory Union uses the Microsoft Office 365/OneDrive platform for email and collaboration. We use Outlook, Skype, OneNote, and have access to all the Office webs apps or full desktop versions on any device. With our 1:1 programs, OneDrive integrates easily. Microsoft Teams is the tool we use for classroom collaboration and well as Forms. Come see what Microsoft has to offer and learn about educational side of implementing Office 365.


Friday November 3, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Gateway 1

10:30am

The Physics of Computer Networks: Enhancing Network and WiFi Performance
Overview of environmental factors that affect network and WiFi performance. specifically, how the placement of equipment including desks, chairs, file cabinets, etc., can enhance or diminish network and WiFi performance.

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Friday November 3, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Escapade 1

10:30am

What Not to Do with Your “Archive:” Getting in Sync with the Program
Do you know there is a statewide records and information management (RIM) program under which, by state law, all local and state public agencies, including schools, must manage its records and information, including data? Join Vermont State Archivist and Chief Records Officer Tanya Marshall for a lively presentation, discussion and Q&A session on the statewide RIM program. Learn how to meet compliance requirements, including retention and disposition, and how to mitigate risk, such as lawsuits.


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Friday November 3, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Gateway 2

11:30am

Lunch and Keynote Address
Friday November 3, 2017 11:30am - 1:30pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

12:30pm

KEYNOTE: Cybersecurity and School Readiness: Jon Rajewski
Join Jon Rajewski as he shares insights on current cybersecurity activity and steps schools can consider to improve their readiness.

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Friday November 3, 2017 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

1:30pm

Join us for a Promethean Interactive Classroom Update & win a Connect G Android Computer
As we shape the modern classroom of the 21st century, we are focused on providing teachers with tools for creating a highly collaborative learning environment that is inclusive of all. This session will provide a hands-on demo of Promethean’s latest technology offering including a look at the new ActivPanel offerings and how ClassFlow Connect allows you to connect multiple end-user devises into one presentation solution. One lucky person will win a Connect G Android Computer (must be present to win). 

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Friday November 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Roundabout

1:30pm

Cybersafety in the Classroom
You’re probably hearing the term cyber safety more often than ever before. What does it mean and why does it matter as an educator? We’ll deep dive into how cyber security protects you, your school, and your students. The session looks at techniques and tools that educators can use to keep abreast of the latest cyber threats targeting schools and families and how you can share this knowledge amongst coworkers, administrators, and parents.

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Friday November 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Northstar 1

1:30pm

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Passing the CETL Exam!
Become a Certified Education Technology Leader. What is it and how do you prepare? COSN’s CETL certification is a national certification for technology education leaders. Learn more about what it takes to prepare for and take the exam? The Connecticut COSN chapter recently held a CETL Bootcamp for over 20 technology leaders. Learn about the bootcamp, individual test preparation, and the CETL exam. This session will include information, activities, and an opportunity to answer your questions

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Friday November 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Gateway 1

1:30pm

Open Education Resources--Building Local Awareness
Join Agency of Education personnel along with members of the new OER Ambassadors group to learn how Open Education Resources (OER) are making inroads into classrooms. Last Spring, the Agency developed a partnership with OER Commons, a tool for creating and disseminating high quality resources under OER. We’ll take a deep dive into the catalog and learn how Open Education Resources level the playing field for schools and teachers and create a model environment for sharing classroom resources.  To get the most from this session, bring a computing device.


Friday November 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Gateway 2

1:30pm

Pop-Up Maker Space
Come play and explore in the pop-up maker space!

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Friday November 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Escapade 2

1:30pm

SLDS Vertical Reporting Discussion Forum
An in-depth review of Vermont’s Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) project and new Vertical Reporting process. This session is a follow-up to the ‘SLDS Implementation Overview’ session taking place earlier in the day. It will include more in-depth details of how the SLDS will streamline your data reporting efforts as well as a discussion of the role that schools, districts, and their vendors will play as the Agency of Education rolls this system out statewide this year.

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Friday November 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Northstar 1

1:30pm

The Web - Complying with New Accessibility Guidelines
In January of 2017, the rules changed dramatically for web accessibility. 16 new regulations were added to address universal accessibility for all digital information being used by you, your school, and your district both externally and internally. Is your district ready? These new rules go into effect on January 18, 2018. This session will give you an overview of the new rules and the ways in which you can move your school’s digital use into compliance.

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Friday November 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Escapade 1

2:30pm

Break
Friday November 3, 2017 2:30pm - 2:45pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom

2:45pm

Aruba Networks - Hewlett Packard Enterprise - Taming the Edge Network
In the past the main congestion points for networks were at the core. With the proliferation of more and powerful endpoints (i.e. Chromebooks, Tablets, etc.), and the introduction of 1:1 or BYOD initiatives in the K-12 environment, IT staff are struggling to provide appropriate bandwidth and controls and still satisfy increasing needs for school activities such as testing and research. HPE/Aruba Networks has been helping a variety of institutions address these issues in cost effective and effective manors for both the wired and wireless environment. Please attend this discussion to hear how HPE/Aruba is providing improved performance for our customers facing these new demands.


Friday November 3, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Roundabout

2:45pm

A Side: Developing a Digital Learning Plan / B Side: Mashup of Ideas and Conversation
We want to have a conversation. We’d like to share our district’s Digital Learning Plan process so far and then pivot into a collaborative discussion to brainstorm and consider varying approaches and resources districts might use as each constructs a unique approach to this work. ACSD has created a Digital Learning Plan council that will meet for a full-day in late September and anticipates having a working draft of a DLP by VTFest.

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Friday November 3, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Escapade 1

2:45pm

A Technologist’s Survival Guide to the Internet of Things
What is the Internet of Things (IoT), what should school technologists know and what amazing opportunities does IoT afford your students and your school? This session will answer these questions and explore how all this opportunity also comes with some serious (but mitigatable) risks you should know about in advance.
If your students are experimenting with an Arduino and Raspberry Pi but you're wondering what’s next for you, come and find out.

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Friday November 3, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Escapade 2

2:45pm

Effective and Practical IT Management
Are you a new IT Director? Are you a former teacher put into the Tech Director role? Are you a former Sysadmin or HelpDesk tech that has been promoted to CIO? Are you feeling overwhelmed by "putting out fires"? Then this workshop is for you! You will learn practical management tools to help bring take your IT Department to the next level of effectiveness. Get great results while retaining your people.

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Friday November 3, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Gateway 1

2:45pm

Google Apps for Education - System Management Tools and Tips
In this session, we will look at the tools Google provides to administer a G Suite for Education Domain, formerly known as Google Apps for Education. We will look at common or noteworthy settings for your Google Domain, Gmail and Google Docs. We will also discuss as a group ways to manage Google Groups and User Accounts, YouTube content as well as Google Device Management and Apps.

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Friday November 3, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Gateway 2

2:45pm

SIS/SMS Users Groups Breakout
Do you regular work in an SMS or SIS? Powerschool, Infinite Campus, or other student data system? This session is an open call for data managers and other interested persons who would like to promote and plan user groups to collaborate and support each other's work.

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Friday November 3, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Northstar 1

2:45pm

The Digital Learning Dance: SIS, LMS, Act 77, Grading and Stakeholders
How are Vermont districts responding to the complex problem of making digital tools (LMS/SIS) work together to meet Act 77 demands? A panel of educators representing three different district solutions will share how they organize the technical tools to communicate clearly to all stakeholders. How can these workflow/feedback/grading/reporting systems open opportunities for all to thrive in a personalized and proficiency-based system and not stand in the way of learning?

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Friday November 3, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Northstar 2

3:45pm

4:00pm

Vita-Learn Annual Meeting
All aer welcome to attend the Annual Meeting.

Friday November 3, 2017 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Oscar Wilde Ballroom