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Sunday, May 20
 

4:00pm

4:00pm

 
Monday, May 21
 

6:00am

7:00am

7:00am

7:00am

8:00am

Red Clover Book Award
Introducing This Year's Nominees to Your Students. Vermont's Children's Choice Picture Book Award is now in its 23rd year and this year's list is better than ever! Join us as we present the nominees and give you some concrete ideas to help kickstart your program.


Monday May 21, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am
CCM: 221

8:00am

Robot Rodeo = Multi-age Magic
Vermont’s Robot Rodeo inspired our K-6 school to create authentic, standards-based design and coding challenges with a multi-age twist! Reading buddies became coding buddies with Dash & Dot. Third/Fourth grade teams tackled a Library/Tech/Art story map design challenge and created a Blue-Bot coding opportunity for K-2…that was also a beautiful work of art! Come see how robots can be ambassadors of school-wide multi-age student connection and specialist collaboration.


Monday May 21, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am
JOYCE: 304

8:00am

Coding: Where Are We headed?
My journey from making to coding. I’ve recently been automating tasks for work and learning as much as I can about coding. I’ve got a few ideas about getting started, what teachers might need, and how the future could look.

Speakers

Monday May 21, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am
JOYCE: 313

8:00am

Personalizing Protean to Build a PLP and E-Portfolio
Sterling House presents how we build PLPs and curate an e-portfolio through our use of Protean. Students will be presenting their learning and understanding. They will also be answering any questions you may have regarding how 5th and 6th graders feel about PLPs and their ability to use Protean.

Speakers

Monday May 21, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am
JOYCE: 311

8:00am

Cybersecurity Competitions: Put White Hats on Your Kids
Cybersecurity has become a critical topic in today’s society. You can introduce your students to this blossoming career field through the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot competition. Students from the South Burlington High School’s Cybersecurity Club will describe the competition format and give some tips on how they’ve been able to be recognized as the top Vermont team, three years in a row.

Speakers
DD

Duane Dunston

Champlain College
JN

Jamie Navarro

Air Force Association


Monday May 21, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am
JOYCE: 302

8:00am

8:00am

Genrefying Your Secondary School Library
Come hear about how the Peoples Academy Library was genrefied collaboratively by their librarian with a team of student assistants and volunteers. Learn the ins and outs of our process including deciding the genres, balancing the collection, reclassifying books in the library management system, and the physical relocation process.

Speakers

Monday May 21, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am
CCM: 442

8:00am

Hacking Design Thinking
Main Street Middle School students have been using a design thinking protocol called “Care, Think, Design, Act, Share” to set and achieve their personal, academic, and curricular goals. Through broad use of this protocol in our student-negotiated curricula, students have developed robust goal-setting and problem-solving mindsets as they worked to make some neat-o STEAM-driven projects. Come share ideas on how to use design thinking as a project management tool!

Speakers

Monday May 21, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am
JOYCE: 305

8:00am

Google Photos: A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words...
A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words... but only if you can find them! Do you have photos on your phone, on your laptop, on the school’s network drive, on thumb drives, in Drop Box? Google Photos offers a comprehensive solution to unlimited storage and organization for your photos (and video!). You choose which ones to share and who to share them with. Bring your smartphone and tablet/Chromebook/laptop to explore editing photos, creating albums, and organizing the images of your professional life.

Speakers

Monday May 21, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am
CCM: 424

8:00am

EXTENDED SESSION: Leveraging the National School Library Standards to Personalize Learning
Join us for this participatory workshop where we work collaboratively to unpack the learner standards and making meaning of the Shared Foundations. We will use our new understandings to plan personalized learning opportunities for students K-12. You will leave this session with a clear understanding of how to navigate the standards and how to begin connecting the elements of the AASL Standards Framework to powerful student learning.


Monday May 21, 2018 8:00am - 10:00am
CCM: 233

8:00am

The ISTE Standards within Flexible Pathways
In 2017, the State Board of Education “adopted” the new updated ISTE standards for Students.  These standards have long been held by the Vermont education technology community as strong components of learning across various content areas.  In light of Act 77, and flexible pathways, how do we continue to incorporate these standards into a proficiency-based learning classroom and one that allows for personalizing learning.  We’ll use this time to explore some ways we can begin to cross-walk these standards with other work you are doing at your schools to meet Act 77 and how we can strengthen the use of education technology for supporting learning.   Come ready to discuss and explore the standards and how we can make them more prominent in our work within schools.   Peter Drescher and Greg Young, from Agency of Education.

Speakers

Monday May 21, 2018 8:00am - 10:00am
CCM: 232

8:00am

Innovation Showcase & Playground
Come to the Innovation Showcase & Playground Monday and Tuesday  in the Champlain Room to play with new digital and analog tools! Talk with teachers and students about how they are blazing new trails with new tools. From making mixed media using green screens, augmented reality, and virtual reality, to creating with cardboard, 3D printers, laser cutters, and other maker space tools, to coding robots or circuits and projects that integrate STEM/STEAM into the curriculum — come explore the Innovation Showcase & Playground.



Monday May 21, 2018 8:00am - 3:00pm
CCM: Champlain Room

8:50am

Break
Monday May 21, 2018 8:50am - 9:10am
CCM: Champlain Room

9:10am

Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award
Join members of the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award committee for an introduction to the 2018-2019 list of 30 nominees. Time permitting, we will answer questions about anything related to the books or the selection process.


Monday May 21, 2018 9:10am - 10:00am
CCM: 221

9:10am

Integrating with Art, Music, Science, and Technology
In this interactive workshop, participants engage in activities from our collaborative unit connecting art, music, library, science, and technology. Beginning with our elementary students reading the Red Clover nominee book, Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, they then took discarded materials and gave them new life and sound! Participants will share in our students’ learning about the use of recycled materials to create musical instruments, the science of sound, the joy of performing, and a greater understanding of the global community.


Monday May 21, 2018 9:10am - 10:00am
CCM: 442

9:10am

Makerspace and Entrepreneurship: A Perfect Partnership
Come hear about the school wide mall students from PreK-8th grade ran this past holiday season at St. Albans City School. Classrooms created products ranging from ornaments to hats to dog treats. We will focus on the role our Makerspace had in product development and manufacturing. Come learn from our triumphs and stumbling blocks and hear what our students have to say about the project.


Monday May 21, 2018 9:10am - 10:00am
JOYCE: 304

9:10am

Memoir of a MakerCamp: Making Mechanical & Motorized Materials into Media & Memories
The enchantment of Making and STEAM experiences for youth is a feeling well known to camp providers, afterschool club leaders, teachers, and makerspace users. Memories are made of this enchanted feeling. Join my kiddos and me as we spin a yarn about making stuff.  We’ll show how we make social media posts to share our momentous moments with families and the larger world.

Speakers

Monday May 21, 2018 9:10am - 10:00am
JOYCE: 313

9:10am

Podcasts: Increasing Student Engagement
Students used reading, writing, and technology for authentic purposes as they researched colonial topics along with a particular site at the Shelburne Museum. They wrote and created podcasts that taught their peers. Students were completely engaged in learning, seeing the genuine use of technology to gather, organize, and share information. The audio guides were used on a visit to the museum, where other museum patrons asked how to acquire the guides!


Monday May 21, 2018 9:10am - 10:00am
JOYCE: 302

9:10am

Design an Engaging Technology Experience
Not all classes are created equal. This is especially true of classes where keeping a student’s attention in front of a computer is a particular challenge. I’ll show you some tips and tricks that I’ve learned that you can apply in your classroom. Regardless if you are teaching in person or online. Plus, we will look at how we use the tools of our trade, sound pedagogical principles, content knowledge, technical know-how, and a little personality to keep our students engaged.

Speakers

Monday May 21, 2018 9:10am - 10:00am
CCM: 424

9:10am

9:10am

The Emergence of Student Negotiated Curriculum in Vermont
Educators and students from three Vermont middle schools who are learning via negotiated curriculum will share the stories of their different contexts. They will explore what they were doing before collaborating, how they started planning committees (SPC), what they have learned doesn’t work, what has been working well, and potential futures. Then attendees will choose to either participate in a simulated SPC with REAL students or imagine via guided conversation with REAL teachers what could enable them to initiate and sustain student negotiated curriculum at their schools or organizations.


Monday May 21, 2018 9:10am - 10:00am
JOYCE: 305

9:10am

Their Forte: Increasing Student Independence and Understanding Through Self Guided Playlists
Teens and ‘tweens desire independence, but how can that be fostered in the classroom? It can be as simple as Read, Watch, and Do. See how teacher curated and differentiated proficiency playlists provide Proctor middle school students a way to choose their own adventure in learning, gain insight into learning styles, build executive functioning skills, and foster independent- self paced learning.

Speakers

Monday May 21, 2018 9:10am - 10:00am
JOYCE: 311

9:10am

EVERFI SPONSORED SESSION: Digital Resources for Building a 21st Century Blended Classroom & Providing Critical Life Skills
EVERFI (everfi.com/k-12) offers online learning to provide students with critical life skills beyond the classroom. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, every EVERFI program is offered to K12 schools across the country at no cost. Starting as an education technology company with one program on personal finance for high school, EVERFI has expanded to offer additional elementary, middle, and high school programs on financial capability, STEM, SEL, digital citizenship, health and wellness, summer learning loss prevention, and more. Each online program is standards-aligned and designed to support existing curriculum. Students work 1:1 on a device through game-based lessons and complete pre- and post-assessments that are self-graded and reported to teachers in real time. In this session, attendees will learn of the different programs available by grade level and topic. Attendees will be able to create their teacher account, explore the programs and offline resources, and plan integration with existing units or new ones. This session is recommended for educators who have regular access to technology and are looking for blended classroom resources.

Speakers

Monday May 21, 2018 9:10am - 10:00am
CCM: 444

9:10am

Media Flex- OPALS SPONSORED SESSION: Title TBD
Coming soon!

Speakers

Monday May 21, 2018 9:10am - 10:00am
JOYCE: 301

9:10am

Student Program Ed Camp
Coming soon!

Speakers

Monday May 21, 2018 9:10am - 10:00am
CCM: 232

10:00am

Break
Monday May 21, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
CCM: Champlain Room

10:30am

Keynote Presentation: Digital Citizenship for Kids by Kids
Hear from fifth grader Curran Dee, Chief Kid Officer (CKO) of DigCitKids, digital citizenship for kids by kids, and his mother Dr. Marialice Curran, founder and CEO of the Digital Citizenship Institute. The dynamic duo model best practices while working with parents, educators, students and community organizations.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Marialice Curran

Dr. Marialice Curran

Founder & CEO, Digital Citizenship Institute
Dr. Marialice B.F.X. Curran is the founder and CEO of the Digital Citizenship Institute. As a mother and a connected educator, she has served as an associate professor, middle school teacher, principal and library media specialist. As a pioneer in digital citizenship, she develop... Read More →
avatar for Curran Dee

Curran Dee

Chief Kid Officer, DigCitKids
Curran Dee is a fifth grader and is the Chief Kid Officer (CKO) of DigCitKids, digital citizenship for kids by kids. Curran is a connected learner in an unconnected classroom who is passionate about digital access and equity for all students everywhere. As an elementary student... Read More →


Monday May 21, 2018 10:30am - 11:20am
IDX: Gymnasium

11:20am

Break
Monday May 21, 2018 11:20am - 11:30am
CCM: Champlain Room

11:20am

Lunch Block A
Monday May 21, 2018 11:20am - 12:20pm
IDX: Cafeteria

11:20am

11:30am

Book Creator for Chrome: Students and Teachers Collaborating
Susie Snow, librarian, and Meaghan Rice, school counselor, will share their experience collaborating with one another to integrate social skills and technology. Using Book Creator on their Chromebooks, Beeman Elementary School students answered difficult social questions with positive images, videos, and text.  Students will present their final books in Book Creator, while Susie and Meaghan provide a tutorial and time to create a book of your own!


Monday May 21, 2018 11:30am - 12:20pm
CCM: 442

11:30am

Windows into Personalized Learning in the Elementary Classroom
What would it look like if you took the traditional classroom and turned it inside out? Third & Fourth grade teachers Corey Smith & Courtney Elliott of Proctor Elementary School have worked for the past 2 years to incorporate student voice and choice into all aspects of learning, transforming their classrooms to student-centered environments. Students will share perspectives on what, how, and where they learn best as they share about PLPs, flexible seating, PBL, and relationship building.


Monday May 21, 2018 11:30am - 12:20pm
JOYCE: 304

11:30am

Making of a Mathematical Universe
Math on TV! Come learn how a group of fifth graders turned their passion for math into a monthly TV show. Empowered learners creatively communicate their math proficiencies to an audience as wide as the Internet. In partnership with PEGTv, Rutland’s cable access, Clarendon Elementary School learners plan, script, and film their show, The Mathematical Universe, monthly discussing topics ranging from numeracy to advanced understanding of mathematical theory.


Monday May 21, 2018 11:30am - 12:20pm
JOYCE: 302

11:30am

Developing Career Pathways at the Middle Level
How do flexible pathways and personalized learning intersect at the middle level? This year 8th graders combined content (career exploration unit) with community connections (Burlington Tech Center) and the 20% Time personalized learning model to begin developing career pathways. This ongoing process has involved practical insight regarding career and college requirements, debunking stigmas surrounding technical training, and spring internships at community organizations and institutions.

Speakers

Monday May 21, 2018 11:30am - 12:20pm
JOYCE: 313

11:30am

11:30am

Student Voice and Choice through Blogging
Want to learn about ways to implement Universal Design for Learning in your classroom? Unsure what tools are available to engage learners? Tired of five-paragraph essays to assess student writing? In this session, you will have the opportunity to talk to students, teachers, and coaches about utilizing student blogs in a personalized, proficiency based system.


Monday May 21, 2018 11:30am - 12:20pm
CCM: 444

11:30am

WeVideo Storytellers Lab
Short-form storytelling is a popular and powerful way to share your experience and knowledge. Learn how to use the elements of short-form, Moth-style storytelling in combination with videomaking, and share your stories online! A special lab session with RETN and experienced teachers using recording devices and WeVideo.


Monday May 21, 2018 11:30am - 4:00pm
JOYCE: 102

12:20pm

Break
Monday May 21, 2018 12:20pm - 12:40pm
CCM: Champlain Room

12:20pm

Lunch Block B
Monday May 21, 2018 12:20pm - 1:30pm
IDX: Cafeteria

12:40pm

Students in the Driver's Seat
Experience the value of project based learning as a student-driven method that encompasses critical 21st century skills. Join Canaan Schools’ 5th grade class as they share their experience, the technology they used and the social impact of their project that started with a simple conversation with a teacher across the world. Big things can happen when students are in the driver's seat.

Speakers

Monday May 21, 2018 12:40pm - 1:30pm
JOYCE: 311

12:40pm

Global Read Aloud
Are you interested in connecting with students outside your school’s walls and across the country through literacy? This is possible through a project called Global Read Aloud. Learn how students, through this project, can participate in meaningful and engaging conversations about literacy. Come and see samples of student work that involve an authentic audience, make multi-cultural connections and include student-driven inquiry questions.

Speakers

Monday May 21, 2018 12:40pm - 1:30pm
CCM: 424

12:40pm

Projects for Hope: Global Goals inspired, Local Community Supported PBL (project based learning) for 8th grade
Students and teachers from Burke Town School describe their U.N. Global Goals inspired project based learning experiences. From a dynamic community organization launch; to collaborating with a rural community develop group; to author visits and readings on immigration; to creating TedTalks; Burke has taken a deep dive into global and local change making to learn about and improve their communities. Projects, photos, teacher resources, student feedback opportunities, ideas authentic audiences, and other valuable PBL resources will be shared.


Monday May 21, 2018 12:40pm - 1:30pm
JOYCE: 305

12:40pm

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


Monday May 21, 2018 12:40pm - 1:30pm
CCM: 221

12:40pm

1:30pm

Break
Monday May 21, 2018 1:30pm - 2:00pm
CCM: Champlain Room

1:45pm

Grand Prize Drawing and Best Booth Award Winner Announced
Additional prizes will be awarded during scheduled breaks.

Monday May 21, 2018 1:45pm - 1:45pm
CCM: Champlain Room

2:00pm

Design Thinking and STEAM in the Early Grades (K-5): A Year Long Journey
Join principal Cathy Newton and Librarian and Technology Specialist Rebecca Whitney as they share their vision, scope and sequence, and experience launching a weekly Makerspace/STEAM program for students at the Ottauquechee School. Learn about the positive effects of the program, community involvement, and future plans for integration based on the project. Resources for schools hoping to launch school wide, elementary focused Makerspace/STEAM programs will be included.


Monday May 21, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
JOYCE: 304

2:00pm

Flocabulary
Want to boost vocabulary acquisition across content areas in the most engaging way possible? Need an easy to manage online tool that will allow kids to work at their level? Looking to engage a variety of learning styles? Come hear from students about how Flocabulary transformed their learning experience and why you should be using it in your classroom too!

Speakers

Monday May 21, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
JOYCE: 311

2:00pm

Innovation & Voice: How Sustainability Students are Making a Difference
Over the last 2 years, CBMS students have been using innovative ideas and leadership skills to run a small business out of their classroom. What started with selling eggs to teachers, has grown to the development of five products with online sales and shipping across the country! Students were inspired by the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and now choose where profits will be donated to support community organizations in need. Hear their story and learn how to infuse authentic experiences into your own classroom to engage all kinds of learners to make a difference.

Speakers

Monday May 21, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
CCM: 221

2:00pm

Lessons Learned from Year One of Expeditionary Learning
Expeditionary Learning is a model for structuring curriculum, scheduling, and student evaluation that is centered around multi-week, interdisciplinary, and community-engaged projects. I will share the model that Winooski Middle School used when implementing EL for the 2018 school year and all the successes and struggles we encountered.

Speakers

Monday May 21, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
CCM: 424

2:00pm

Students Carve Our PATH
Exploring how student leadership can improve overall engagement of staff and students in developing PLPs has led to choice and voice as essential pieces to the roll out, identity work, and project focus of our PLPs.

Speakers

Monday May 21, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
CCM: 442

2:00pm

2:00pm

Expand Your Universe with Virtual Reality
Have you ever wondered about Virtual Reality? Not sure of its place in education? Come explore the ocean or take to the sky flying a World War II fighter jet. Explore museums, travel through the human brain, immerse yourself in experiences you’ve only imagined -- THAT’S Virtual Reality. Learn how Virtual Reality (VR) can support learning in the classroom and explore discipline specific content.


Monday May 21, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
JOYCE: 202

2:00pm

Student Agency in the Innovation Process
Empowering students to navigate challenging real world problems requires trust in the iterative design process and a dedication to hands-on prototyping. The design studio environment encourages self-motivation and collaboration among peers. Instructors give constructive feedback and encourage risk taking, attempting to remove the fear of failure. Training in digital technologies and fabrication techniques gives the students agency in the development of their projects while they explore potentially innovative outcomes.


Monday May 21, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
JOYCE: 305

2:00pm

Research with a passion using Noodletools
While PBL passion projects can be extremely engaging, they are much more academically meaningful with a solid research process behind them. This collaborative session between a sixth-grade humanities teacher and the school librarian will outline the entire inquiry research process, including development of the research question, information literacy lessons delivered in a self-directed format, extensive use of Noodletools, connections with community, development of project deliverables, all the way to the culminating presentation of projects.


Monday May 21, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
CCM: 444

2:00pm

Communicate and Collaborate with Google Sites
Would you like to bolster communication and collaboration in the classroom? Have you been wanting to create a professional web site or have your students create their own sites? Attend this session and learn how to do so with the new Google Sites. Features are intuitive, clean and fully integrated with GSuite for Education. Bring a chromebook or laptop and leave with your site underway!

Speakers

Monday May 21, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
JOYCE: 313

2:00pm

Keynote Follow-up Q&A
Join Curran and Marialice from the Digital CitizenShip Institute and share questions and hear more about digcitkids and the Digital Citizenship Summit in Ireland.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Marialice Curran

Dr. Marialice Curran

Founder & CEO, Digital Citizenship Institute
Dr. Marialice B.F.X. Curran is the founder and CEO of the Digital Citizenship Institute. As a mother and a connected educator, she has served as an associate professor, middle school teacher, principal and library media specialist. As a pioneer in digital citizenship, she develop... Read More →
avatar for Curran Dee

Curran Dee

Chief Kid Officer, DigCitKids
Curran Dee is a fifth grader and is the Chief Kid Officer (CKO) of DigCitKids, digital citizenship for kids by kids. Curran is a connected learner in an unconnected classroom who is passionate about digital access and equity for all students everywhere. As an elementary student... Read More →


Monday May 21, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
JOYCE: 302

2:00pm

EXTENDED SESSION: Advancing Students by Advancing Your Google Classroom
Get the most out of your Google Classroom with integrated applications.  Bring your Google Apps for Education account and a device to this hands on workshop to explore a variety of apps  that integrate with Google Classroom. Learn how these apps can increase student engagement, creativity, and productivity to advance learning.



Monday May 21, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
JOYCE: 301

2:00pm

EXTENDED SESSION: Making Musical Instrument - Powered by STEAM
We will showcase several Vermont schools who have created interdisciplinary STEAM projects integrating music, science, technology, and literacy. We will examine the role community connections played in the design of individual school projects. Participants will then make their own musical instrument with recycled materials, ending with a discussion about learning outcomes beyond the initial construction.


Monday May 21, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
CCM: 233

2:50pm

Break
Monday May 21, 2018 2:50pm - 3:10pm
CCM: Champlain Room

3:10pm

Build Your Math Problem-Solving Muscles with Technology
A fifth grade teacher and a math coach noticed students were weak in making sense of problems. Come see how they taught students to separate calculation from problem-solving. You will leave with ideas for strengthening students’ problem-solving abilities and rethinking the use of technology in math class.

PLEASE NOTE: Participants are required to bring a device with them (chromebook, laptop, etc.) 


Monday May 21, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
JOYCE: 313

3:10pm

Community Collaboration: Blended Learning in the Elementary Classroom
Hear the story of two librarians who blended their fourth grade classes this year using Google hangouts and Google classroom. The students shared ideas, partnered remotely and worked independently. The presentation consists of our story, curriculum examples, what worked well and how we would change things that did not. We would like to open up a portion of the presentation for questions, a brainstorming session and hearing from others who have tried similar teaching techniques.


Monday May 21, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
CCM: 444

3:10pm

Library Boot Camp: Pumping up Student Energy and Autonomy
BreakoutEdu, GooseChase, FlipGrid, Kahoot, Word Clouds, and even the Amazing Race were incorporated into Library Boot Camp sessions designed to foster student understanding of library organization and independence in locating materials of interest. Each 40-minute class combined exploration, play, and accountability. After one GooseChase session, an NES 5th grader said it best: “This was awesome! It’s like we had PE in Library!”

Speakers

Monday May 21, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
CCM: 442

3:10pm

MakerSpace - Students Creating as Community
Share in the essence of "fun, creating with others, a space to have your own thoughts, you don't get told that you are wrong and you get to really do anything!" Explore Your World with VR, Tech Take Apart, and Hermit Crabs and Create Your World with Lego, 3D printing, Minecraft, Duct Tape, Crafts.

Speakers

Monday May 21, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
JOYCE: 304

3:10pm

Animation 101
I thought I would share my curriculum, the programs I use and some student work for my Animation course at Milton High School. We begin with stick figure flip books on an iPad app, progress to GIF’s with gimp and finish with 3D animations using Blender. This presentation will offer great ways to add cool effects to your videos.

Speakers

Monday May 21, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
JOYCE: 302

3:10pm

Green Mountain Book Award
Preview the 2018-2019 GMBA list with members of the GMBA Committee. You’ll receive next year’s list of nominees and hear booktalks. You’ll also get a chance to talk with individual committee members about incorporating GMBA books into class curricula, promoting the books to students in libraries, and using them to help students connect to various reader communities. Come join the conversation about how to get teens reading!


Monday May 21, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
CCM: 221

3:10pm

Crossett Brook Pride Alliance: Creating Safe Spaces
What does it mean to be in a room with others who are like you, who accept you? What does it take to create the space where you feel safe in a world full of currents of cruelty, ignorance, and hate? Learn from the students and teachers who believe that the work of identity exploration and expression in a loving place is paramount.

Speakers

Monday May 21, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
CCM: 424

3:10pm

3:10pm

Our Search for Student Buy-In to PLP's
Like many VT schools our journey to a personalized learning process that is student centered, builds engagement, and is focused on valuable learning outcomes has been challenging. We feel we have made some breakthroughs this year with our 7th and 8th graders, and invite you to come hear from teachers and students about what we’ve done at Charlotte Central School using executive functioning goals, personal interest projects and Protean.


Monday May 21, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
JOYCE: 311

3:10pm

Setting Minds Aflame: How to Create & Stoke Youth Social Action Teams
What happens when middle and high school students join a network of social action teams, inspired by and connected through a just-right mix of expertise, teamwork, and technology? Students, their instructor, and mentors from What’s the Story? The Vermont Young People Social Action Team will describe and show the power and pleasure of teaching, assessing, and reporting transferable skills through social action.

Speakers

Monday May 21, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
JOYCE: 305

4:15pm

VSLA Annual Meeting
Monday May 21, 2018 4:15pm - 5:15pm
CCM: 221

5:00pm

Old Fashioned BBQ Dinner
Additional fee of $25 - all you can eat! Purchase tickets in advance through the online registration site. A limited number of tickets may be available to purchase onsite at the registration desk, if available. 

Monday May 21, 2018 5:00pm - 7:30pm
CCM: Champlain Room Patio
 
Tuesday, May 22
 

7:00am

7:00am

7:00am

8:00am

Celebrate Banned Books Week!
This workshop will include innovative ideas of how to promote the reading and appreciation of banned and challenged books. Elementary and middle school students will learn about these books through play, puppets, learning stations, short readings, video and audio clips, and guessing games. We will also discuss state and national resources for book challenges. Banned Books Week is a great way of promoting both classic literature and contemporary favorites.

Speakers

Tuesday May 22, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am
CCM: 233

8:00am

Show Students the World with Google Tour Builder
In this session, I will show you how to capture student learning using Google Tour Builder. I will share examples of projects my students have created, and I will guide attendees through how to create a tour of your own. This session is appropriate for those new to Tour Builder.

Speakers

Tuesday May 22, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am
CCM: 232

8:00am

Catch Up with Clover (BYOD)
Come meet April Shaw from VTLIB and learn a bit more about the new statewide interlibrary loan system that is taking Vermont by storm! This session will cover basics of using the system, including logging in, making and receiving requests, setting up email notifications, and have some time for a question and answer period at the end. Bring your Clover questions along and prepare to be a well-informed and confident interlibrary loan Clover user at the end. Please note: this session is Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). 

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Tuesday May 22, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am
CCM 221

8:00am

VoiceThread to Support Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
VoiceThread is an online learning platform that can help us implement the Universal Design for Learning guidelines. VoiceThread helps us provide students with the opportunity to gain skills using multiple modes of representation, multiple modes of expression, and multiple modes of engagement.

Speakers

Tuesday May 22, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am
JOYCE: 302

8:00am

8:00am

Children and Social Media: Planning for Action
The research is becoming clearer about the negative impact of social media on our students. Although the majority of the use is outside school hours, the effect on student’s emotional well-being is being felt in our schools. What actions are being taken in your classroom, your school, and your community? Join a conversation and share your ideas as we develop specific action steps.

Speakers

Tuesday May 22, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am
JOYCE: 301

8:00am

Making Things to Learn vs. Learning to Make Things
Come explore the ways creation and innovation can be a part of your teaching. In this workshop we will explore the design process, talk about the hierarchy of creating, but more importantly MAKE THINGS! We’ll fold hexaflexagons, Platonic solids, and brainstorm opportunities for creation in your classrooms. Please bring a glue stick if possible!


Tuesday May 22, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am
JOYCE: 305

8:00am

Everyday Diversity: How Your Picture Book Collection can Reflect the World without Breaking the Budget
This interactive session will discuss the importance of picture books that reflect Everyday Diversity. Everyday Diversity focuses on main characters that just happen to be diverse and this diversity is not the focus of the story. These characters are experiencing universal occurrences, such as, going to school for the first time or celebrating a birthday. This allows diverse kids to see themselves reflected in the common experience and shows everyone that we have similarities.

Speakers

Tuesday May 22, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am
CCM: 444

8:00am

EXTENDED SESSION: Intellectual Property (Copyright, Fair Use, Patent & Trademark) in the Age of Student Invention and Creation
Unleash your students creativity and inventiveness in the classroom with confidence! Explore key components of IP and digital citizenship. Learn copyright foundations- how to conduct a solid fair use consideration for ethical use of ideas and information. Investigate patent and trademark for invention literacy, to support the next generation of artists, engineers, scientists, programmers, and thinkers. Participants will delve into IP scenarios and experience the invention cycle.


Tuesday May 22, 2018 8:00am - 10:00am
CCM: 424

8:00am

ByteSpeed SPONSORED SESSION: 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.

Speakers

Tuesday May 22, 2018 8:00am - 10:00am
JOYCE: 304

8:00am

Innovation Showcase & Playground
Come to the Innovation Showcase & Playground Monday and Tuesday  in the Champlain Room to play with new digital and analog tools! Talk with teachers and students about how they are blazing new trails with new tools. From making mixed media using green screens, augmented reality, and virtual reality, to creating with cardboard, 3D printers, laser cutters, and other maker space tools, to coding robots or circuits and projects that integrate STEM/STEAM into the curriculum — come explore the Innovation Showcase & Playground.



Tuesday May 22, 2018 8:00am - 3:00pm
CCM: Champlain Room

8:50am

Break
Tuesday May 22, 2018 8:50am - 9:10am
CCM: Champlain Room

9:10am

Digital Learning Portfolios with Seesaw
Seesaw is a free, student-driven digital portfolio that collects students’ digital and physical work in one place. Everything is organized, making assessment, differentiation, and conferences easier! Built-in tools make it easy for students to capture their learning, reflect, and develop new skills. Seesaw is an engaging parent communication tool that seamlessly shares what’s going on in your classroom and builds a strong school-home community.

Speakers

Tuesday May 22, 2018 9:10am - 10:00am
JOYCE: 302

9:10am

STEM for Small Learners
At what age are students capable of hands-on coding and STEM activities? Come see how I integrate STEM activities into my weekly 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade computer classes. Learn how I encourage creativity, coding, collaboration and developing a “Maker Mentality” using Snap Circuits, Code & Go Robot Mouse, We Do 2.0, Makey Makey and the Hour of Code classes. I’ll also share my secret for funding all of these great activities!

Speakers

Tuesday May 22, 2018 9:10am - 10:00am
JOYCE: 301

9:10am

Community Collaboration: Blended Learning in the Elementary Classroom
Hear the story of two librarians who blended their fourth grade classes this year using Google hangouts and Google classroom. The students shared ideas, partnered remotely and worked independently. The presentation consists of our story, curriculum examples, what worked well and how we would change things that did not. We would like to open up a portion of the presentation for questions, a brainstorming session and hearing from others who have tried similar teaching techniques.


Tuesday May 22, 2018 9:10am - 10:00am
CCM: 233

9:10am

Introducing the New AASL Standards: Your New National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries
Attend this session to learn the basics of the new AASL Standards Integrated Framework. Discover how the new standards align perfectly with Vermont’s Proficiency-Based Learning and Grading initiative, and how you can use the six shared foundations, associated domains, and competencies for School Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries in your local district.

Speakers

Tuesday May 22, 2018 9:10am - 10:00am
CCM: 444

9:10am

Bridging the Gap
When given the opportunity to thrive, we, as librarians, are teaching students information-literacy skills, promoting a love of reading and enhancing literacy, integrating technology into the curriculum, facilitating inquiry-based learning, helping teachers grow professionally, fostering creativity and imagination, collaborating on lessons and units, teaching our own classes, and managing our schools’ print and digital information collections. Join a panel of school librarians for a conversation about advocacy, best practices, and real implementation.

Speakers

Tuesday May 22, 2018 9:10am - 10:00am
CCM 221

9:10am

9:10am

Accessibility in Action: Building the Digital Ramp
Are you bewildered by the demands of creating accessible digital content? This workshop will walk you through some of the most common issues that plague your current websites! The workshop will center on P.O.U.R. (perceivable, operable, understandable, and readable). Participants will learn about fixes for these dilemmas: Readable documents; Sensible linking (this should include semantics and Alt text for images in Google); and more!


Tuesday May 22, 2018 9:10am - 10:00am
JOYCE: 304

9:10am

Move to the Head of the Class with Google Classroom
Learn how to use Google's Learning Management System to create and manage assignments, share links, keep parents informed, and communicate with students. Attendees will be given time and assistance to set up their own Google Classroom. This session is intended for those who are new to or looking to gain confidence with Google Classroom.

Speakers

Tuesday May 22, 2018 9:10am - 10:00am
CCM: 232

9:10am

PowerSchool SPONSORED SESSION: Place, Pace and Voice in a Digital World
You’re an educator because you wanted to inspire, motivate and share your love of learning - because knowledge is wealth. Let us show you how to reduce time spent on administrative tasks and increase time empowering students to become lifelong learners with the Unified Classroom. Data driven decision making, actionable activities all supporting student voice - in one single location. One URL. One Username. One Purpose - Student Success!

Speakers

Tuesday May 22, 2018 9:10am - 10:00am
JOYCE: 305

9:10am

Fireside Chats
  • Round 1 | 9:10 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Round 2 | 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
  • Round 3 | 12:40 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Round 4 | 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Tuesday May 22, 2018 9:10am - 2:50pm
CCM: Eats Lounge

10:00am

Break
Tuesday May 22, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
CCM: Champlain Room

10:30am

Keynote Presentation: Voices of Ignite!
Hear the stories of Vermont Ignite Award Teachers talking about the work they did to transform their classrooms.


Tuesday May 22, 2018 10:30am - 11:20am
IDX: Gymnasium

11:20am

Break
Tuesday May 22, 2018 11:20am - 11:30am
CCM: Champlain Room

11:20am

Lunch Block A
Tuesday May 22, 2018 11:20am - 12:20pm
IDX: Cafeteria

11:30am

3D Printing in the Self-Contained Classroom
What is the intersection between 3D design and general ed. curriculum? Using one hour per week dedicated for design/technology, my students learned Tinkercad. After completing a class medallion as a guided project, we 3D printed a copy for each student. Then students worked alone or in pairs to design a medallion for their grades 1/2 buddies. I will share our learning process and tips for integrating 3D design and printing into a self contained classroom.

Speakers

Tuesday May 22, 2018 11:30am - 12:20pm
JOYCE: 305

11:30am

Bring learning to life with Google Expeditions!
Can you imagine exploring coral reefs and the surface of Mars, all in one day? There are hundreds of Expeditions, all over the world. Teachers can take students virtually anywhere! Expeditions is a fantastic tool for extending the walls of the classroom. Students will love exploring the breathtaking images and learning more about the universe! Guiding students through an expedition that aligns with what students are learning will certainly boost the engagement in your classroom. How do we integrate this tool into the curriculum? Timing is Everything! What are pedagogical and curricular strategies for using it with students? How are we getting teachers engaged in using it? How are other attendees using it in their schools? From Machu Picchu to Antarctica to the International Space Station, come demo the equipment and see where Google Expeditions can take you!

Speakers

Tuesday May 22, 2018 11:30am - 12:20pm
CCM: 232

11:30am

Your school has Soccer - Why Not Robotics?
Athletics provides students experience with goal setting, perseverance, teamwork and problem solving. Every school in Vermont supports students by providing athletic opportunities at a variety of levels. But few schools offer much for extracurricular STEM. Did you know there’s a system in place to support robotics K-12? Scott and Karen coach the two-time state champion Rutland Robo-Rattlers, and will share tips, tricks and more for starting your own FIRST-affiliated robotics programs, through your school or as an independent.


Tuesday May 22, 2018 11:30am - 12:20pm
JOYCE: 301

11:30am

11:30am

WeVideo Storytellers Lab
Short-form storytelling is a popular and powerful way to share your experience and knowledge. Learn how to use the elements of short-form, Moth-style storytelling in combination with videomaking, and share your stories online! A special lab session with RETN and experienced teachers using recording devices and WeVideo.


Tuesday May 22, 2018 11:30am - 4:00pm
JOYCE: 102

12:20pm

Break
Tuesday May 22, 2018 12:20pm - 12:40pm
CCM: Champlain Room

12:20pm

Lunch Block B
Tuesday May 22, 2018 12:20pm - 1:30pm
IDX: Cafeteria

12:40pm

Certified Education Technology Leader Program
The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) has a national framework and certification program for technology leadership. Does your role include professional development and working with teams? Do you participate in developing policies or strategic planning involving technology issues? Is your role involved with working on communications with stakeholders or student data and assessment? Join with other Vermont technology leaders and learn about the program, test, and opportunities to work as a cohort towards the certification.

Speakers

Tuesday May 22, 2018 12:40pm - 1:30pm
JOYCE: 304

12:40pm

12:40pm

Tech Tools for Every Teacher
This session is going to expose the attendees to a variety of websites, apps and other technology tools that can aid in the learning for students and workflow for teachers. A few examples include Google Classroom, Symbaloo, Remind, Socrative and more!!!

Speakers

Tuesday May 22, 2018 12:40pm - 1:30pm
JOYCE: 302

12:40pm

EXTENDED SESSION: Advocacy Bootcamp- "Who needs libraries?"
"Who needs libraries?" Beneath those three words is an iceberg of challenges, from delivering on-point messaging, gathering compelling statistics, and the need to re-educate key audiences on the value of libraries. Advocacy & Intellectual Freedom Bootcamp urges attendees to re-think advocacy: to re-define the library community and expand the way we have been advocating for libraries. The program will cover advocacy basics such as messaging, networking and community engagement. Attendees will develop actionable steps that they can implement in their library. This is a joint effort of ALA's Office for Library Advocacy and the Office for Intellectual Freedom.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Cusick

Megan Cusick

Grassroots Specialist, American Library Association Office for Library Advocacy
Megan Murray Cusick is the Grassroots Specialist in American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Library Advocacy. She assists the advocacy efforts of librarians, library staff and advocates across the country, in cooperation with other ALA offices, as well as state chapters a... Read More →
avatar for Kristin Pekoll

Kristin Pekoll

Assistant Director, American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom
Kristin Pekoll is the Assistant Director for American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom where she works with librarians, teachers, administration, and parents regarding challenges to library materials and reading lists. After receiving her MLIS at the Un... Read More →


Tuesday May 22, 2018 12:40pm - 4:00pm
CCM: 221

1:30pm

Break
Tuesday May 22, 2018 1:30pm - 2:00pm
CCM: Champlain Room

1:45pm

Grand Prize Drawing
Additional prizes will be awarded during scheduled breaks.

Tuesday May 22, 2018 1:45pm - 1:45pm
CCM: Champlain Room

2:00pm

The Knoll
Imagine what could happen when 22 students and their two teachers take learning on the road! For six Wednesdays this past Fall, Grade Three and Four students from the Cornwall Elementary School spent the entire day at the Middlebury College Organic Garden. In addition to getting our hands dirty with harvesting, soil prep, and composting we combined topics in the arts (storytelling and music and sketching) with bird watching, soil management, geology and land stewardship. Through active engagement enduring learning occurs. View our student created video which combined our learning with digital communication.


Tuesday May 22, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
CCM: 232

2:00pm

Blind Kahooting - The Lens to Motivate Students (Even Middle Schoolers)
Kahooting is definitely a new buzzword in education, but the potential that lies within this is endless. Motivating students can be a struggle within the classroom and finding an exciting way to check for understanding is a life-saver! Kahooting has traditionally been used to review material, but delving into the world of blind kahooting can open up a new set of doors. Discussion based learning is very powerful and having students learn about a concept through a kahoot can be key. It is also a tool to be used to enrich students and have them create their own Kahoot as a review for the class, they take pride and seeing their contribution to other’s learning is rewarding.

Speakers

Tuesday May 22, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
JOYCE: 305

2:00pm

Start Video Blogging Now
Whether you use it for flipped learning, or your students use the tools to show proficiency, learning to video blog will enhance your classroom. This session I will cover creating a YouTube channel, recording tools for screencasting and video editing, hardware you might use like video cameras and microphones, as well as techniques for planning your presentations. Watch the intro video: http://bit.ly/DL2018VideoBlogging

Speakers

Tuesday May 22, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
JOYCE: 302

2:00pm

2:00pm

Implementing a Personalized Learning Space in High School
The Nexus program at Champlain Valley Union HS allows students to design their own learning experiences and decide how they will demonstrate proficiencies, in collaboration with a team of teachers. Students have done everything from staging plays to building robotic musical instruments to writing satire. Come learn how the program works, what the physical space looks like, and hear from students in the program.


Tuesday May 22, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
JOYCE: 304

2:00pm

Personalization: Vermont Style - an Open Discussion of OUR Facts
Act 77 has mandated the use of personalized learning plans combined with proficiency-based learning and graduation requirements in Vermont. Yet, the process for implementation is individual to every school district. What can we learn from each others’ journey to PLP & PBGRs? This workshop will revolve around the groups’ responses to the following questions: What systems are in place for students to meet proficiencies outside of the classroom? What does PLP “buy-in” look like for your schools? What have you learned through the implementation of PLPS with middle and high school students, faculty, families, & community? What advice would you give to someone just starting out? How do you ensure that PLPs bridge effectively from middle to high school level?


Tuesday May 22, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
JOYCE: 301

2:00pm

PROMETHEAN SPONSORED SESSION: Free Promethean Classroom Software Updates
Coming soon!

Speakers

Tuesday May 22, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
CCM: 424

2:00pm

EXTENDED SESSION: Statewide Longitudinal Data System Rollout Update
By May, we hope to be talking about training schedules and test pilot successes! Join us for learning about the status of this highly anticipated project. This session is probably best suited for those in your IT Dept. or those individuals that work closely with your data at your SU or SD. We’ll be talking file formats and specifications for data sets. Bring your questions for Brian Townsend and Peter Drescher from the Agency of Education.


Tuesday May 22, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
CCM: 444

2:50pm

Break
Tuesday May 22, 2018 2:50pm - 3:10pm
CCM: Champlain Room

3:10pm

Google Drawings - The Swiss Army Knife of Apps
Google Drawings is a powerful and creative, but way underutilized tool. Students can use it to: make electronic drawings to illustrate reports; create flow charts; explore geometric concepts such as flipping and rotating; create labeled maps or images; make posters and infographics; create an illustrated timeline; design floor plans for a dream house; create neighborhood maps; explore virtual manipulatives; create personal interest collages; make and use interactive Venn diagrams; and much more! Come to learn the basics and some key tips, and to survey a vast array of possible projects.

Speakers

Tuesday May 22, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
CCM: 232

3:10pm

Every Single Thing You Can Do With WeVideo
Have you been using WeVideo for basic video editing? Are you interested in learning more? In this session, we will go through every available function, from working with text, to color keying (green screen), to slow motion, to ducking audio, and beyond. This will start as a demonstration-- showing you what every last button and menu item accomplishes-- but we will try to leave enough time for you to try some of the features yourself.


Tuesday May 22, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
JOYCE: 302

3:10pm

3:10pm

Integrated Gamification
Collaboration, Research, Directions, Brain Science, Probability, Art, and Making combine in an interdisciplinary unit based on Gamification. What is gamification? “Gamification is the application of game-design elements and game principles in non-game contexts.” What happens when students design games to teach other students? A magical mishmash of academics, transferable skills, and genuine engagement! Students use 3D printing, laser cutting, and many other maker skills to create assets for their games. They research their topic, write directions, test, iterate, and test again! The result? Real Learning.


Tuesday May 22, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
JOYCE: 305