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Tuesday, November 6
 

8:00am

KEYNOTE: The Value of Inclusive STEM Education: Robots and their Role in our Future
The Robots are coming! The Robots are coming! The Robots are already…. Here. In recent months, there has been an upsurge in the attention given to robots and artificial intelligence (AI) and their future role in our society. No longer is a robot chauffer, i.e. an autonomous robot car that can drive an individual to work, a whimsical thought of a science-fiction movie director. No longer is a robot suit, i.e. a robot exoskeleton that can assist a paraplegic to walk, a fantasy story of a writer. Robots, with intelligence, are advancing into beneficial, life-saving, machines for assisting us in our everyday lives. The challenge is determining how we, as educators, can best train the next generation of students for a future that is still evolving? How do we make robots accessible for the next generation of diverse students? This talk provides a first look at how robots are changing the texture of our day-to-day experiences. Through lessons learned building robots that assist children with special needs, this talk will discuss the elements of intelligence, trust, and emotional empathy robots are emulating. The talk will conclude with how we, as educators, can best prepare our students to embrace this inevitable future.



Tuesday November 6, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Liberty Hall

9:15am

Engaging Children in Early STEM Education Through Tangibles and Games
Educational standards describe what students should know and be able to accomplish in each subject in each grade. With the increased adoption of standards, even for computer science and engineering subject matters, even young children are required to be prepared to both master the standards and demonstrate this mastery. However, the process of teaching and assessing these standards, with respect to all children, including those with special needs, must incorporate instructional supports and accommodations. Instructional supports should foster student engagement by allowing, for example, multiple, diverse ways for children to act and express their knowledge. One means of incorporating such instructional support in the early childhood classroom is through the use of tangibles and games.
In the traditional classroom, manipulatives (or tangibles) are typically defined as objects that enable a learner to perceive some STEM concept through physical interaction. These types of manipulatives are frequently used when teaching concrete representations, the first step involved in teaching computer science and engineering concepts. By also augmenting the use of tangibles with accessible STEM-based gaming apps, the learning needs of young children with diverse abilities can effectively be addressed. 
In this breakout we will discuss a number of resources that educators can incorporate into their early childhood classroom for teaching STEM concepts. This includes tangibles, math games, and coding apps, with curriculum that can be easily adopted for use. 


Tuesday November 6, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Grand Master 2

9:15am

Student Voice in Math & Beyond with Flipgrid
Join Jennifer as she share ways to increase math confidence among her students at middle school level with the use of Flipgrid. Participants will learn and explore how this simple student voice app packs a big punch for all age levels and subject areas.

Flipgrid for her students to capture their visible thinking, collaborate with peers (near & far) as well as provide constructive feedback to one another. Attendees will have an opportunity to explore Flipgrid’s Discovery Library and have their own voice heard by sharing ideas on ways to amplify voice among their students.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Saarinen

Jennifer Saarinen

Jennifer teaches math at Kickemuit Middle School (BWRSD), Warren, Rhode Island. She is proud to incorporate the use of technology in her math classroom as a way to ensure that every student has a voice. She is also that shoulder to lean on for any staff member who needs a little encouragement... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Grand Master 3

9:15am

Create a Combustible Classroom
Discover innovative methods to create a school and classroom culture that "IGNITES" student learning.  Digital Learning Coach/Grade 3 master teacher Jed Stefanowicz shares strategies to leverage technology and innovation to create a Combustible Classroom- the culture and space to spark engagement and enhance teaching and learning.  Through personal and professional stories and 23 years of classroom stories, Jed’s high-energy workshop will focus on digital content creation, coding, makerspaces, greenscreen, passion projects and discovering modes for students to show what they know through technology. Explore through the Who, What, Where, When, Why and How of creating a culture of dynamic learning that is student-focused, inquiry-inspired and engagement-driven. Dive into station-rotation implementation, computational thinking, and flexible tech-integration to promote the conditions for combustion, incorporating elements of Blended Learning, Differentiation, and the 4 C’s to share tools for the elementary teacher to personalize instruction and meet the needs of every learner.

Speakers
avatar for Jed Stefanowicz

Jed Stefanowicz

TOSA- Digital Learning Coach, Natick Public Schools
Jed Stefanowicz taught grade 3 for 22 years in Natick, and is a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA), as Elem. Digital Learning Coach, providing job-embedded PD and coaching for academic technology integration. Jed engages and builds staff/student capacity with ed-tech, always focusing... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Silver Ballroom 2

9:15am

Getting Started with Book Creator on Chrome
Do you want to turn your students into creators this school year? Join Book Creator Ambassador Dr. Monica Burns for an introduction to Book Creator on Chrome. This hands-on session will provide an opportunity to create a multimedia-enhanced ebook. You’ll see student work examples from elementary, middle and high school classrooms and ideas for using Book Creator across the content areas.


Speakers
avatar for Monica Burns

Monica Burns

EdTech & Curriculum Consultant, Class Tech Tips, LLC


Tuesday November 6, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Silver Ballroom 1

9:15am

Hands On Digital Literacy Skills in A World of Memes and Fake News
Media Literacy might be the most important critical thinking skill of our time, especially in a 1:1 learning environment. What programs should we have in place to evaluate facts, identify bias and discern truth across the curriculum? This session will take a look at how we have taught media literacy in the past and the new challenges we face in teaching students who, device in hand, are connected to information at all times. Bring your devices, this session will use web-based tools and practice hands on classroom strategies for students of all ages.

Speakers
avatar for Shawn McCusker

Shawn McCusker

Instructor, EdTechTeacher


Tuesday November 6, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Silver Ballroom 3

9:15am

Providing Students with Personalized Feedback with G Suite
Feedback is most useful to students when it’s timely, relevant, & actionable.  Google tools make it easy to provide meaningful feedback to students!  In this session, we'll explore a variety of engaging ways to use Google Slides, Docs, and Forms to lead students to success through effective feedback.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Sanders

Heather Sanders

Learning Technologies Coach, Burleson Independent School District
Heather Sanders is an energetic 20-year veteran teacher, a Learning Technologies Coach, and Google Certified Trainer for Burleson ISD.  Heather is also a Flipgrid Ambassador and Nearpod PioNEAR.  When she isn’t Googling something, Heather is an avid reader, runner, cupcake baker... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Grand Master 1

10:30am

Exploring Anne Frank's Reality: A Virtual Tour
Through this presentation, participants will learn about the use of virtual reality to enhance student’s understanding after reading The Diary of Anne Frank. I will present the lesson for the virtual reality scavenger hunt I created and walk participants through the experience I had with students. I will share my observations of student engagement and how the lesson helped my students further develop of empathy and understanding of the Frank’s experience.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Cauthen

Sarah Cauthen

English Teacher, `Iolani School
Sarah has been an English teacher at `Iolani for the past four years, teaching seventh and eighth grades as well as a writing elective for juniors and seniors. She is also a class advisor, faculty advisor for the Plastic Free Initiative, and is a member of the new residential life... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Grand Master 2

10:30am

Broadcasting From the Classroom: Podcasting in EDU
As mobile and classroom technologies have improved, so has the domain of audio creation, editing and publishing. Whether a classroom has access to mobile devices (phones & iPads) or laptops & Chromebooks, there is a mobile or web app for nearly every platform that allows for any classroom to create and publish audio online. From individual production to collaborative classroom podcasts, this session will explore all things audio creation in the classroom from elementary to high school. Session attendees will walk away with concrete tools and approaches to integrating audio creation in the classroom and will contribute to a podcast that will be created live during the session!

Speakers
avatar for Greg Kulowiec

Greg Kulowiec

Instructor, EdTechTeacher
An early adopter of mobile devices, Greg first integrated cell phones, and then iPads, into his high school history curricula. As an EdTechTeacher instructor, he works with schools across the country, presents at national conferences, and blogs regularly about the creative capabilities... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Silver Ballroom 3

10:30am

From paper to YouTube - Movie making & Storytelling in the iPad/Chromebook/MacBook classroom
Making a movie is one of the most diverse learning experiences, project-based at it’s core. It’s not just about the visuals but about all the different mediums coming together to tell a cohesive story. From thinking about genre to crafting an engaging story to filming and fine tuning during editing to sharing and processing feedback. For us, every movie project ends on YouTube. But that’s the least important part. Crafting the story, writing the script, storyboarding the action, creating sets and staging scenes, all these different things happen within, but also without, technology. The writing process is key, the editing and revising of every step of the process, the story telling... This session will take a look at how 4th and 5th graders make movies for everything from a unit on immigration to public service announcements about social and environmental issues. How we start with an idea, research the genre, write the scripts, record, edit and share. We use stop motion, iPads, MacBooks, and even Chromebooks. Making a movie is a project-based writing project that transcends content area and can be done across the technology spectrum, with plenty of analog components too. This session goes down the rabbit hole of it all...

Speakers
avatar for Chris Casal

Chris Casal

Purveyor of Geekery, Heathcote School, Scarsdale Public Schools


Tuesday November 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Liberty Hall

10:30am

Rapid Prototyping & Reality TV - four learning design challenges based on four reality TV shows
Too often, when teachers consider redesigning their curriculum to take advantage of new technologies, they get stuck digitizing existing practices. In this fast-paced, hands-on, design session, participants will work in teams to blend four different lessons or activities with the express focus of leveraging digital tools for content delivery, instruction, creation, personalization, and feedback. From Chopped to Fixer Upper to The Amazing Race, groups will complete four reality TV inspired design challenges to see who can best embrace a new approach to rethinking teaching and learning.

Speakers
avatar for Beth Holland

Beth Holland

Instructor, EdTechTeacher
EdTechTeacher Instructor, Edutopia and EdTech Researcher Blogger, TEDx Presenter, Google for Education Certified Trainer, and doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University, Beth leverages her experience with professional development, technology integration, and differentiated instruction... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Grand Master 1

10:30am

Robotics: Gateway to Coding and Creativity with Sphero
This will be a truly hands-on presentation! After a quick introduction to the robot, Sphero and the resources available, participants will be asked to grab one of the robots and get rolling! Through their own exploration, participants will discover how students can go beyond driving the Sphero and learn programming while having fun in the classroom. Attendees will be required to bring their own device and have the Sphero EDU app downloaded in advance.  

At the end of the session, attendees will be able to navigate the Sphero EDU app, and understand the basics of the Draw and Blocks programming canvas. Connections will also be made to the resources available to get started with programming and activities that can be used in their classrooms and districts that are linked to standards.  

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Macdonald

Jeremy Macdonald

Content & Training Manager, Sphero EDU
Jeremy Macdonald is the Education and Training Manager for Sphero Edu. Prior to this role, Jeremy spent 13 years in public education, ranging from a classroom teacher in grades 3, 5, & 6, a Language Development specialist, Instructional Coach, and most recently the Director of Technology... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Grand Master 3

10:30am

Playful Rehearsal: Teacher Practice Spaces
Every great teacher knows that skill development requires deliberate practice; ironically, teachers themselves have limited opportunities to practice important teaching strategies and moves in low-stakes settings. In this presentation, Justin Reich, EdTechTeacher co-founder and head of the Teaching Systems Lab at MIT, will describe the ideas underlying this research and showcase prototypes of games and simulations that help teachers rehearse for and reflect upon important decisions in teaching.

Speakers
avatar for Justin Reich

Justin Reich

EdTechTeacher
Justin Reich is an educational researcher interested in the future of learning in a networked world. He is the executive director of the PK-12 Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a research scientist in the MIT Office of Digital Learning, and a lecturer in the... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Silver Ballroom 1

10:30am

Stop Worrying About Screen Time
Adults, teens, and children spend more time with their fingers and faces on screens than ever before. Should we be worried? How is is this changing our brains? This session will review the latest neurological research around screen use. Then we will talk about concrete actionable teaching strategies to use in the classroom with students of all ages to build the skills necessary to navigate our digital world successfully. Participants will leave the session able to differentiate between effective uses of technology and pure distraction.

Speakers
avatar for Kerry Gallagher

Kerry Gallagher

St. John's Prep


Tuesday November 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Silver Ballroom 2

12:45pm

Building a Culture of Inquiry Using Visible Thinking with Recap Queue, Journey & Video Responses
Build a culture in your classroom (or anywhere!) that values questioning, guides students towards independent research and practice, and deepens traditional in-class discussion with engaging visuals and video. In this session, teachers will learn how to use the Recap Queue, Journey & Video Response tools to make student learning visible privately or in groups, and engage students beyond traditional in-class questioning strategies by harnessing digital tools and videos to develop more sophisticated communication, performance and critical thinking skills.

Speakers
avatar for Tracey Heisler

Tracey Heisler

English Teacher, Instructional Coach, Notre Dame Preparatory High School
Tracey Heisler has been teaching for 16 years in both public and private high schools and is currently teaching AP English Language and working as an Instructional Coach for a private high school in Scottsdale, AZ. Tools that promote visible thinking are among her favorites because... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Liberty Hall

12:45pm

Digital Escape Rooms: Creative Problem Solving for the Interactive Classroom
Digital Escape Rooms are an immersive, engaging way for students to learn and review content. Through online puzzles students are encouraged to build critical thinking skills, use creative problem solving, and hone their growth mindset. These gaming experiences enhance students’ interpersonal skills through teamwork and interactive learning opportunities. 

Participants will be able to build their own Digital Escape Room using classroom objectives. Options for extending the Digital Escape Room into the physical space will be presented. Examples and resources for further Digital Escape Rooms will be shared as well.  Bring a device and any curricular materials you might need and join this session for a hands-on opportunity to create! 



Speakers
avatar for Samantha Gale

Samantha Gale

District Media Specialist, Alexandria Township School District
Samantha Gale is the District Media Specialist in Alexandria Township, NJ, for students in grades K-8. She received her MLIS from Rutgers University, an MA in Education from California State University, Chico, and her BS in Art Education from Penn State. When she’s not saving the... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Grand Master 2

12:45pm

Interactive Notebooks Gone Digital
Interactive Notebooks are getting a makeover. Digital interactive notebooks allow teachers to take common practice and and maximize it according to 21st century demands. Participants will learn how to digitize interactive notebooking, using Google Slides as our notebook. Google Slides take that spiral-bound notebook and turn it into a digital, one stop shop for collaboration, inquiry, creation and publishing. This emphasizes both the process and the product, which is readily available at all times to both student and teacher. After introducing our framework, the why behind this session and initial setup, participants will be introduced to the various digital tools that can populate our Google Slides, including Wizer, HyperDocs, QR codes, Youtube, and more. Lastly, participants will examine completed digital notebooks that serve as models and discuss student responses regarding being in the driving seat of their own learning. At the conclusion of this session, a digital interactive notebook toolkit and blank templates will serve as the first step towards innovation after observing published student work and student recorded videos on the topic. 


Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline Schlegel

Jacqueline Schlegel

6th Grade Teacher, Hillview Middle School
Being in the heart of Silicon Valley, Jacky Schlegel is surrounded by innovation and seeks to purposefully use technology in order to reach all students. Having started her career as an ELD and ESL teacher, she never ceases to look for the new digital tool that will bring language... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Silver Ballroom 2

12:45pm

Optimizing Student Driven Learning with Seesaw for iPad
Preparing your students for their future now includes using devices for teaching and learning.  But how can you do this in the most efficent way which allows you to create learning activities, students to create artificats to document their learning, and all while convincing parents that using technology in the classroom enhances the learning experience?  Look no further than Seesaw: The Learning Journal app!  In this hour long session you'll use Seesaw as a learner to experience first hand how students can use Seesaw's built-in tools to demonstrate learning using images from the camera roll, taking a picture, recording video, recording audio, using drawing tools, typing a note, and more! While you're creating artifacts, you'll view the teacher dashboard to see both perspectives and see how you can turn on various settings to customize Seesaw to fit your classroom best including how to include parents so they can view their child's work.  Be ready to get hands-on by bringing your own iPad or iPhone with Seesaw:The Learning Journal app already installed.   

Speakers
avatar for Anissa Labrador

Anissa Labrador

Instructor, EdTechTeacher
Anissa Labrador is a dedicated lifelong educator who is never satisfied with status quo and is always looking for her next opportunity to learn. She strives to inspire teachers to embrace change, learn by making mistakes, and enhance their teaching strategies with technology with... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Silver Ballroom 3

12:45pm

Four Shifts for the Future
Schools have always faced the twin challenges of conserving important traditions and preparing students for a changing future. In this talk, we'll explore four important shifts taking place with implications for educators: exponential growth of informal learning, changing teaching practices inside colleges, the impact of automation on working life, and the continually improving field of the science of learning. Examining these important changes, we'll explore what schools need to preserve and where schools need to grow and change to prepare young people for a complex world. 

Speakers
avatar for Justin Reich

Justin Reich

EdTechTeacher
Justin Reich is an educational researcher interested in the future of learning in a networked world. He is the executive director of the PK-12 Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a research scientist in the MIT Office of Digital Learning, and a lecturer in the... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Grand Master 3

12:45pm

Personal Digital Inquiry & Creating to Learn: Structures & Tools to Help Learning Meaningful & Relevant with Students
In this session we will learn how to design new learning opportunities for students to creatively express their knowledge using the Personal Digital Inquiry model & Dr. Renee Hobbs’s new book Create to Learn. The first half of our session will be spent looking at the aspects of the inquiry including generating questions, collaborating & discussing findings with peers, accessing and analyzing potential ideas for creativity, taking action through the creation and, finally, reflecting on the action. The second half of the session will center mediums for digital media creation that you can bring to your classroom. We'll look at options such as blogging, vlogging, podcasting among other means of sharing one's learning.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Quinn

Dave Quinn

Director of Technology Integration, Mendon / Upton Regional School District
Dave Quinn is the Director of Technology Integration for the Mendon-Upton Regional School District in Massachusetts, and works directly with teachers and students in grades K-12 to reimagine learning experiences through the meaningful use of technology. He is also a candidate in the... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Grand Master 1

12:45pm

Tradition + Innovation = The Sweet Spot for Education
There are tried-and-true traditional teaching strategies we all value and, when combined with the latest innovative approaches, can be enhanced and improved. For example: lecture + digital formative assessment, analytical essay + book promo video, research + podcast creation, data analysis + infographic design, and much more! In this course, you’ll be encouraged to adopt a growth mindset as you reimagine how teaching and learning is changing in response to our rapidly changing world. We’ll identify times when digital tools should be used, and times when they should NOT be used. You’ll have a chance to redesign existing lessons to incorporate traditional and innovative approaches so that you’re finding the perfect balance in education.

Speakers
avatar for Kerry Gallagher

Kerry Gallagher

St. John's Prep


Tuesday November 6, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Silver Ballroom 1

2:00pm

Intro to AR & VR in the Classroom
We will look at the evolution of both Augmented and Virtual reality, and how you can bring these experiences in your classroom. As well as an outlook on what the future may hold. 

Attendees will be able to use Google cardboard, Expeditions, Poly as well HP Reveal but not just what these apps are but how to use them to enhance their students learning. 

Speakers
avatar for Jean-Pierre Trudeau

Jean-Pierre Trudeau

Director of Technology, Selwyn House School
Jean-Pierre Trudeau is the Director of Technology at Selwyn House School in Montreal, Canada. He is also a certified Google Trainer, Microsoft Educator, MCSA, ACTC, A+, CCNT.


Tuesday November 6, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Silver Ballroom 2

2:00pm

Creating Interactive Learning Experiences with G Suite for EDU
Our youngest students do NOT need to be left behind in the G Suite classroom. From writing and narrating a story to exploring new ideas to reflecting on their learning process in a digital portfolio, G Suite for EDU offers a variety of opportunities for engaging young learners. In this session, we will explore ways teachers can create interactive activities with Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Drawings, as well as audio recording and screencasting tools.

Speakers

Tuesday November 6, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Silver Ballroom 3

2:00pm

Personalize Learning To Amplify Student Voice & Agency
Successful personalized learning environments not only optimize instructional approaches to students needs and interests, but also emphasize student agency in which they take ownership of the learning. To do this effectively, students must become co-designers of the learning environment in which they are provided with choice and autonomy regarding what, how, when and where they learn. Personalized learning done well also promotes social and emotional learning by amplifying student voice as learners actively engage and collaborate with educators, students, and outside networks throughout the learning process. During this session, participants will explore these concepts along with specific examples of this in action across the nation. Participants will leave with practical strategies and resources that will help them implement these approaches in their educational settings.

Speakers
avatar for Tom  Driscoll

Tom Driscoll

Instructor, EdTechTeacher
As a Director of Digital Learning (BWRSD), EdTechTeacher Instructor, authorized Google for Education Trainer, author and speaker, Tom is recognized nationally as a leader in helping teachers, schools and districts transform teaching and learning with technology. Tom’s career in... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Silver Ballroom 1

2:00pm

Social Impact and Computer Science: A Purpose for Under Represented Students
Developing Computer Science skills for social impact moves students from drills and assignments to authentic real-world experiences. Lauderhill 6-12 is a Title 1 combo school in Broward County where students learn and develop CS projects that address current relevant needs of the neighborhood and the local community. Student motivation, excitement, and engagement have improved knowing that their original ideas can help others and with investor support their ideas can come to fruition. Student work has been recognized by the NAACP ACT-SO, Entertainment Software Association (ESA), Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF), and our local Congressman.

Speakers

Tuesday November 6, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand Master 2

2:00pm

Social Media & Blogging in the Elementary Classroom
Speakers
avatar for Christine Boyer

Christine Boyer

5th Grade Teacher, Scarsdale Public Schools


Tuesday November 6, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand Master 1

2:00pm

Back to the Future - now what?!
When we come back for the next Summit, what change will we have instituted as a result of this year's event? How will we have an inclusive conversation that yields concrete action toward re-designing the student learning experience?  Many of the ideas for the future have their roots in the past, which led us to ponder Back to the Future. In this session, we want to look at ways to change the present so that we can alter the future and create conditions for students to become inspired learners.


Speakers
avatar for Beth Holland

Beth Holland

Instructor, EdTechTeacher
EdTechTeacher Instructor, Edutopia and EdTech Researcher Blogger, TEDx Presenter, Google for Education Certified Trainer, and doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University, Beth leverages her experience with professional development, technology integration, and differentiated instruction... Read More →
avatar for Dave Quinn

Dave Quinn

Director of Technology Integration, Mendon / Upton Regional School District
Dave Quinn is the Director of Technology Integration for the Mendon-Upton Regional School District in Massachusetts, and works directly with teachers and students in grades K-12 to reimagine learning experiences through the meaningful use of technology. He is also a candidate in the... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Liberty Hall

2:00pm

Transforming teaching practice by creating time and space for pedagogical dialogue
This presentation will showcase the necessity of transforming practice to reflect modern learning in a 1:1 programme. I will highlight how we sought to transform our pedagogy to reveal significant classroom engagement and student learning by investing time to establish a pedagogical dialogue in teachers' schedules trough "pedagogical circles". Inspired by the work of Ritchhart, Church and Morrison  (2011) and Ritchhart  (2015) through Project Zero at Harvard, teachers delved into an examination of their practice to integrate "visible thinking" routines to transform their pedagogy and engage students in deeper thinking and learning. Through "pedagogical circles", teachers have led pedagogical and physical transformations of their classrooms to exhibit active and deep learning. Records of teachers' reflections and classroom observations on a blog, as well as bi-monthly discussions were instrumental to bringing forward significant change.

Speakers
avatar for Mélanie Bronsard

Mélanie Bronsard

Pedagogical Coach, Collège de Montréal
Mélanie Bronsard is a pedagogical coach Collège de Montréal. Mélanie taught ESL and advanced ESL for several years. She helps teachers ignite the curiosity of their students through pedagogical innovation. Mélanie provides pedagogical support through a practices before tools... Read More →
avatar for Nathalie Lemelin

Nathalie Lemelin

Director of Development and Innovations, Collège de Montréal
Nathalie Lemelin, Ph.D. is director of development and innovations in teaching and learning at Collège de Montreal. She brought Action Research to the museum education context in Québec, through her doctoral research whereby she implemented a participatory action research model... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand Master 3

3:15pm

Computational Thinking in the Early Years
Educators will get a peek into my curriculum for introducing Computational Thinking and Computer Science to the youngest learners in my school.  They will get to see how I use “toy tools” such as: Bee-Bots, Code-a-Pillar, Bell Dance Code, kinesthetic code trails, as well as a few iPad apps like Code-a-pillar, The Foos, Bell Dance Code, Lightbot Jr, PBS Kids Scratch Jr and Augmented Reality apps Envolve and Quiver.
Participants will get a chance to play with some of these tools and think about how/when they might incorporate these into their teaching.  I will be sharing photos and my experiences surrounding how I use different tools with different age groups and different size groups. 

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Fortino

Sarah Fortino

Instructional Technologist, The Chestnut School
Sarah Fortino is Experienced Technology Teacher who has taught technology to students in age three through grade nine.  Her teaching career has taken her to several different continents before landing her in Boston and at The Chestnut Hill School.  Before becoming an Instructional... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Grand Master 2

3:15pm

Google Add-Ons & Chrome Extensions for Research, Writing & Feedback
Discover some of the best Google Add-Ons and Extensions that provide an excellent array of research, writing and editing tools perfect for laptop, desktop, and Chromebook classrooms. Also learn strategies that promote more effective teacher feedback and guidance.  Among the tools featured include: WriteWell for Google Docs, Google Explore, SAS Writing Reviser, VideoNot.es, Screencastify, and others.  Examine how educators make the most of tools that extend Google capabilities.

Speakers

Tuesday November 6, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Silver Ballroom 1

3:15pm

Tech and Executive Functioning: Supports, Strategies and Resources
 Many of our students struggle with executive functioning. Executive Functioning skills are those that are needed for everyday life. They include: planning, problem solving, flexibility, organization, time management and task initiation. For many of our students, these skills can be challenging and pose many educational hurtles. In this workshop, participants will explore a variety of tools, resources and strategies that can aid in time management, organization, note taking and reading.


Speakers
avatar for Rosey McQuillan

Rosey McQuillan

Instructor, EdTechTeacher
I  am assistive and educational consultant whose career combines over 25 years of experience with a focus on the use of technology to provide differentiated instruction. As an instructor, I have extensive experience working with teachers across all grade levels and curriculum strands... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Grand Master 1

3:15pm

Creating a Competency-Based Education Culture
Competency-based education (CBE) has become a driver of deeper learning and meaningful engagement as educators strive to better prepare students for college and careers. CBE enables students to progress at their own pace based on mastery of content rather than time spent at a desk. In this interactive session, Dan Corsetti, Assistant Principal of Washington Middle School in Meriden, CT will demonstrate how school administrators can create a culture of learning that supports teachers in implementing competency-based practices in their classrooms.

Dan will draw from his expertise as a student-centered learning coach and member of the Meriden Public Schools District Leadership team to share strategies on aligning competency-based approaches with curriculum, instruction and assessment and promote more personalized and equitable learning opportunities for all students. This session will be helpful to educators, school administrators and district leaders working at both the middle and high school levels.

The session will engage participants in breakout groups to assess their readiness for implementing competency approaches and participants will learn how to foster a school culture of CBE that bolsters student learning as well as teachers’ connectivity to work. Audience members can contribute to the conversation in real time using the social media chatter tool TodaysMeet. 

Speakers
DC

Daniel Corsetti

Assistant Principal, Washington Middle School
As Assistant Principal at Washington Middle School in Meriden, CT, Daniel Corsetti draws upon more than 14 years of experience as an educator to bring student-centered learning practices to the middle school level. Prior to his work at Washington Middle School, Dan spent seven years... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Grand Master 3

3:15pm

Live Podcast Recording of So We've Been Thinking
Join this first of a kind session at the Boston Summit.  EdTechTeacher's Shawn McCusker & Greg Kulowiec will record a live episode of their So We've Been Thinking Podcast.  Join us for both an engaging and fast paced discussion about all things education & edtech and get an inside look into the process of creating and publishing a podcast.  By pulling audio excerpts from previous podcast guests including Will Richardson, Audrey Watters, Laura Fleming & more, Shawn and Greg will reflect on the key take-aways learned from interviewing thought leaders in the world of edtech.  

Speakers
avatar for Greg Kulowiec

Greg Kulowiec

Instructor, EdTechTeacher
An early adopter of mobile devices, Greg first integrated cell phones, and then iPads, into his high school history curricula. As an EdTechTeacher instructor, he works with schools across the country, presents at national conferences, and blogs regularly about the creative capabilities... Read More →
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Shawn McCusker

Instructor, EdTechTeacher


Tuesday November 6, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Silver Ballroom 3

3:15pm

No More Dumpster Projects: More Meaningful Making
How might we apply a design thinking mindset in the service of amplifying teaching and learning in our classrooms? How might we evolve MakerSpaces and STEM labs into venues for social justice and restorative practices? How might we transform popsicle stick projects into points of problem-solving pride? Explore possibilities and identify solutions in this session for any educator.

Speakers
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Dan Ryder

Educator by trade, generalist by practice, I’m a 18-year veteran English teacher and improv coach at Mt. Blue Campus in Farmington, Maine. As a part-time education consultant, I offer customized professional development experiences in design thinking, project based learning, technology... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Silver Ballroom 2
 
Wednesday, November 7
 

9:15am

Flatten Your Classroom: Knock Down the Walls of Your Classroom and Let Your Students Engage the World
Our students are going beyond the walls of their homes everyday.   As educators, we need to capitalize on this wonder and flatten the walls of our classroom.  This presentation will introduce you to three different levels of world exploration that utilizes technology.   We will first explore the world as “Day Trippers”.  “Day Trippers” allow their students to explore the world around them. We will focus on Google Maps, with special attention to the 360 degree spheres, Google Cardboard, Google Expeditions, live webcams, and other hands-on exploration of various sites throughout the world. Next, participants will become “Weekend Warriors”.  “Weekend Warriors” helps their students travel the world.  They use Skype and Google Hangouts and are connected to communities of like minded educators.  We will discuss virtual field trip and presenter opportunities from Learn around the World, Microsoft Education, Nepris, Field Trip Zoom, and Microsoft Educator Community.  Participants will learn about Mystery Location Calls and virtual author visits. Lastly, participants will become “Backpackers for Life”.  “Backpackers for Life” not only use amazing tools like Google Maps and virtual field trips, they create these experiences for themselves!  Participants will learn how their students can create experiences like 360 degree spheres and live videos of the places of interest in their community and share it with other students around the world.


Speakers
VR

Veronique Roberts

District Integration Technology Specialist, Lowell Public Schools
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Arthur Santos

District Integration Technology Specialist, Lowell Public Schools
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Kara Wilkins

District Technology Integration Specialist, Lowell Public Schools
Kara Wilkins spent eighteen years teaching special education and social studies to 7th and 8th graders.  She is currently a District Technology Integration Specialist for the Lowell Public Schools. She is a Google Certified Educator, an Apple Teacher, a 2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator... Read More →


Wednesday November 7, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Grand Master 3

9:15am

Making It Fun Again
“Making” It Fun Again will share how the students and teachers of Bancroft School are using “making” and digital learning to make learning fun again.   This session is designed for K-5 educators.  The focus of this session is to show how using making principles along with digital learning educators can nurture curiosity, motivate and support student learning and achievement.  In today’s society students need to be able to create and think outside of the box.  Using maker skills along with strong digital literacy students are set up for success. Participants will learn about the evolution of the Bancroft MakerStudio. Its start from as a small movement and how it spread school wide.  The Bancroft MakerStudio is a place where children can explore how to build different objects, inventions, or gadgets. The objective of the MakerStudio is to provide children the freedom of innovative experimentation and exploration. The MakerStudio allows students to learn to be creative in their  expression of thoughts and ideas. How do we help children accomplish this objective? We create a space that has the materials, tools and the appropriate space to spread out and work alone or collaboratively with others. The end product is either a new creation or a representation of an idea. The challenge for any educator is time.  How did I fit it all in?  How can we go to the MakerStudio and still finish our prescribe curriculum.  During this session,time will be spent exploring how to make curriculum more maker.  Specific examples of classroom tested projects will be shown


Speakers
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Tim Harkins

Digital Learning Coach, Bancroft Elementary School
Tim Harkins is a Digital Learning Coach at Bancroft School in Andover.  He has worked in the Andover Public Schools over 16 years.  Over the years, he has taught 2nd and 5th grade and provided countless hours of professional development in the areas of digital learning, engineering... Read More →


Wednesday November 7, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Silver Ballroom 3

9:15am

Social Reading with Technology
Speakers
avatar for Greg Kulowiec

Greg Kulowiec

Instructor, EdTechTeacher
An early adopter of mobile devices, Greg first integrated cell phones, and then iPads, into his high school history curricula. As an EdTechTeacher instructor, he works with schools across the country, presents at national conferences, and blogs regularly about the creative capabilities... Read More →


Wednesday November 7, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Silver Ballroom 1

9:15am

Empowering Innovation & Combating Stagnation
In every school or district there are “pockets of excellence,” great teachers innovating and enhancing pedagogical practices. But if schools are to move from pockets of excellence to widespread reform they have to develop a system that acknowledges, encourages, and rewards innovative teachers willing to take chances to meet student needs. Yet, reluctant or negative staff members may dissuade innovative teachers from risk-taking and so it’s essential that school leaders take away that negative power. In this session, we'll examine concepts and practices designed to nurture innovative practices across an entire faculty and combat stagnation. As Stanford researcher Linda Darling-Hammond underlines, "the intensive development of teachers and leaders" should be the central focus of school improvement and is they key to developing a positive and risk-taking culture. 

Speakers

Wednesday November 7, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Silver Ballroom 2

9:15am

Teacherpreneurship 101
The Internet has made it possible for teachers to earn a nice second income without having to wait tables or paint houses during summer vacation. For the last ten years I’ve earned my income online while helping other teachers. I’m frequently asked, “how’d you do it?” and “can you help me?” Come to this presentation to find out how you can earn your second or even primary income online. This isn’t a get rich quick system and I won’t be pitching Teachers Pay Teachers or multi-level marketing schemes that annoy your friends. The lessons shared in this presentation can be passed on to your students as you help them prepare to join a workforce that requires them to be able to sell their skills to employers and clients.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers


Wednesday November 7, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Grand Master 2

10:30am

Virtual Reality in EDU
With the rapidly changing landscape of Virtual Reality and the reality of classroom integration, this session will explore the implications of virtual reality in a classroom setting as well as a the tools and resources that are readily available to begin integrating this potentially transformative technology. From consumption to creation session attendees will walk away with both a framework and tools to begin exploring pre-created VR content and VR as a storytelling platform.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Kulowiec

Greg Kulowiec

Instructor, EdTechTeacher
An early adopter of mobile devices, Greg first integrated cell phones, and then iPads, into his high school history curricula. As an EdTechTeacher instructor, he works with schools across the country, presents at national conferences, and blogs regularly about the creative capabilities... Read More →


Wednesday November 7, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Silver Ballroom 2

10:30am

Beyond Presentations with Keynote on iPad
Keynote:   Presentations as Peanut Butter:Jelly...                                            
But have you considered using Keynote beyond it's original intent? While the Keynote app is Apple’s productivity and presentation tool designed to work on the iPad it also has endless creative capabilities for students and teachers. In this session, learn how to use the shapes library, animation tools, drawing tools and instant alpha. Explore ideas to create instructional templates that can be sent to students via a link. Learn how to enable iCloud to use collaboration features. The goal is for you to leave this session with plenty of ideas to make Keynote one of the main apps used in your iPad classroom!   

Speakers
avatar for Anissa Labrador

Anissa Labrador

Instructor, EdTechTeacher
Anissa Labrador is a dedicated lifelong educator who is never satisfied with status quo and is always looking for her next opportunity to learn. She strives to inspire teachers to embrace change, learn by making mistakes, and enhance their teaching strategies with technology with... Read More →


Wednesday November 7, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Silver Ballroom 2

10:30am

Comics in the Classroom: More than Laughs
Using a hands-on approach, participants will explore how integrating cartoons into classroom instruction enriches and enhances lessons and projects for more learners.  Using different web-based programs students will be able to demonstrate their deep content learning through an alternative assessment format, while being encouraged to show creativity.  This concept can be used in many subject areas, including, but not limited to grammar, reading, math, social studies, foreign languages, and science.This session is intended for instructors and teachers to promote creativity and individuality in assessing content knowledge based on project-based assessments and individual learning goals. 

Speakers
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Stephanie Krisulevicz

Computer Science Curriculum Facilitator; Grade 5-8 Computer Science Teacher, The Salisbury School
Stephanie, known as Mrs. Kris to her students, has been teaching in the classroom for 20 years.  She has taught a wide range of ages and topics, from Pre-K to middle school math.  Currently she’s teaching computer science at an independent school in Maryland.   She has also presented... Read More →


Wednesday November 7, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Grand Master 3

10:30am

Promoting Mindfulness with Science & Technology
Using neuroscience and technology to enhance well-being for students and faculty.

Participants will have a better understanding of the neuroscience behind four mindfulness techniques and tools to use for enhancing and monitoring one's practice.

Speakers
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Jonathan Felix

Technology Integrationist, Friends Academy
Jonathan Felix is an IT administrator, educator, and mindfulness coordinator celebrating over 20 years in education. He offers workshops and classes on meditation throughout the south coast. Past clients include the New Bedford Police Department, Bristol Community College, Hawthorne... Read More →


Wednesday November 7, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Silver Ballroom 3

10:30am

Student Presentations: Ditch the TriFold and Ignite Passion and Creativity
For years, 5th graders in Scarsdale, NY did a 6 week culminating project at the end of the year.  Capstone. They researched an area of interest, developed questions they sought answers to, talked to industry experts, and then they shared their learning. On tri-fold boards. With paragraph summaries of the answers to their questions. Pasted to the board. And a picture or two. Maybe some glitter. But is that really inspired, passionate learning? We didn’t think so. We are now entering year three of CapCon! A Capstone Learning Conference. There are no tri-folds. Instead, students do Ignite talks summarizing the story of their experience. They do TED talks and demonstrate their learning in individual and creative ways. They make movies; live action and stop-motion, to tell their story. This session will dive into rethinking the notion of student driven learning and presenting in modern, engaging ways. How one school flipped the staid tri-fold model and turned it on it’s head. We will outline the year-long process to prepare students to truly culminate their elementary experience is a mic-drop kinda way. Students telling their stories their ways

Speakers
avatar for Christine Boyer

Christine Boyer

5th Grade Teacher, Scarsdale Public Schools
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Chris Casal

Purveyor of Geekery, Heathcote School, Scarsdale Public Schools


Wednesday November 7, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Grand Master 2

10:30am

Using G Suite for Digital Differentiation
Moving from an analog environment to a digital one has never been more important or easier. It can be challenging to design learning experiences which allow students voice and choice while providing opportunities to support diverse learning styles. Digital differentiation using G-Suite, allows information to be presented in multiple ways and encourages students to take ownership of their learning. In this session, participants will learn strategies to enhance student access, provide for differentiation and student productivity with G Suite for EDU.

Speakers
avatar for Rosey McQuillan

Rosey McQuillan

Instructor, EdTechTeacher
I  am assistive and educational consultant whose career combines over 25 years of experience with a focus on the use of technology to provide differentiated instruction. As an instructor, I have extensive experience working with teachers across all grade levels and curriculum strands... Read More →


Wednesday November 7, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Grand Master 1

10:30am

A Willingness to Adapt: Living Our Mission
Utilizing our mission as our guide and following four core principles (Program Development, Classroom/Curriculum Implementation/Integration, Professional Development, and Reflection/Evaluation), students and educators from Blake Middle School have brought an engaging student-centered model to fruition.  This session will focus on two of these core principles...
  • Classroom/Curriculum Implementation/Integration (Student/Teacher demonstrations across curricula demonstrating the applications of the program; Fostering creativity/redefinition and reflections/curation via student portfolios)
  • Professional Development Structure (ETT, common planning, internal structures, appropriate staffing, #Edcamps, #DLDMedfield)
Participants will walk away with a framework to help address questions, highlighting our approach to thematic professional development, a culture of collaboration, student creativity, policies and procedures, purposeful learning, and digital citizenry.  Areas of specific focus include…student recognition and feedback, standards-based reporting, project-based learning, Genius Hour, student-led conferences, district determined measures, and student-generated portfolios.
We will exhibit our methods of transparency and communication with the parents and greater community, philosophy of mistakes, and professional development model.  The lessons we have learned, and approach we have taken as a team to enhance the learning for our students, will hopefully help with sharing our approach, successes, mistakes, and process of growth.  At the heart of all of this work is our ‘willingness to adapt’.
 

Speakers
avatar for Nat Vaughn

Nat Vaughn

Principal Blake Middle School, Medfield Public Schools


Wednesday November 7, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Liberty Hall

12:45pm

Developing Classrooms Around Holistic Phenomenon-based Learning
We believe that change is needed in how education is delivered.  Individually and collaboratively we have introduced phenomenon-based learning into our classrooms.  Phenomenon-based learning is a holistic approach that begins with teaching by topics, builds on natural curiosity, and incorporates digital technology.  We will demonstrate how we have incorporated phenomenon-based learning into our unique learning environments as well as those of our colleagues.  The presentation will include classroom examples from diverse content areas including science, English, and art.  It will incorporate examples from Ohio, New York, and Maine middle schools, high schools, and community college - both public and private schools.  


Speakers
avatar for Richard Perry

Richard Perry

English/Language Arts Teacher, Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District
Rich has been a classroom teacher at Sanford H. Calhoun High School for 20 years. The inclusion of iPads, student created video response, Sphero robotics, & 360 degree video into the classroom has changed the dynamic of his English class. Rich also shares his classroom passion with... Read More →
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Julie Willcott

Adjunct Science Professor, Kennebec Valley Community College
Julie Willcott is a recognized educational leader. She presents to educators worldwide on innovative educational practices; advises educational technology companies on improved outreach and impact on the educational landscape; prepares and presents professional learning for educators... Read More →


Wednesday November 7, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Grand Master 3

12:45pm

Enchancing Empathy and Understanding Through Collaborative, Virtual Reality-based Field Experiences
If this next generation of children is indeed so immersed in technology so early and pervasively that it will be harder and harder to get their attention and focus them of key issues of learning, then we're going to need new tools to educate them well.  Classroom-based, virtual reality-based, collaborative experiences might be just that instrument.  Recent research now points to the impact that visualizations, emotions, and personal experiences  have upon long-term memory and empathy training.  Within a VR environment, students can collectively travel to and explore physical and social environments remarkably different from their own.  If seeing is believing, then well-planned, problem-based VR learning excursions where students see first-hand the practical, physical challenges confronting underprivileged persons from across the globe should serve as powerful tools in the development of socially-conscientious young citizens.  

Speakers
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Jeff Beine

Associate Professor, Malone University
Dr. Jeff Beine has spent twenty years in the classroom, serving students of all ages (third - twelfth) of all ability ranges (Special Education - Gifted) and diverse settings (private school - urban public).   For the last decade, Dr. Beine has taught in Malone University's (Canton... Read More →


Wednesday November 7, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Grand Master 2

12:45pm

The Art of Reflection
Far too often when time in class gets short, we omit the chance for students to reflect on their learning. How can we strengthen and enhance the ability of students to reflect, and to share that reflection with their community of learners. What do leading experts and researchers say about the importance of reflection. Perhaps more importantly, how can we move from exit slips and essay to a wider variety of engaging methods. 

Speakers
avatar for Shawn McCusker

Shawn McCusker

Instructor, EdTechTeacher


Wednesday November 7, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Silver Ballroom 2

12:45pm

Ultimate Multi-Device App Smash with Book Creator
Get ready to take your use of Book Creator to the next level! Book Creator Ambassador Dr. Monica Burns will take you through a hands-on exploration of how to use Book Creator across devices to create dynamic student products. You’ll see how Book Creator on Chrome can combine with your favorite iPad apps and Chrome-friendly websites to spotlight student work across content areas. Dr. Burns will also introduce real-time collaboration in Chrome and ways to connect with an authentic audience.

Speakers
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Monica Burns

EdTech & Curriculum Consultant, Class Tech Tips, LLC


Wednesday November 7, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Liberty Hall

12:45pm

Fast & Fun Formative Assessment
Gauging your students’ understanding of the topics you teach is a process that involves discussion, a bit of intuition, and some formative assessment activities. In this webinar you will learn how to use free tech tools to create and conduct fun, engaging, and informative formative assessments. Whether you teach elementary school, middle school, or high school, you will come away from this webinar with fun formative assessment activities that you can do tomorrow. Fast & Fun Formative Assessments addresses the needs of teachers who don’t have computers or tablets for every student. And teachers who do have laptops, Chromebooks, or tablets for every student will learn some new ways to have students use those too.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers


Wednesday November 7, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Silver Ballroom 3

12:45pm

Leading Personalized Learning
Although personalized approaches to learning have gained considerable traction, there is still much confusion regarding what this complex set of ideas actually looks like in practice. In this session, join Bristol Warren Regional School District Superintendent Dr. Mario Andrade and Digital Learning Director Tom Driscoll as they lead participants through an exploration of the key components of personalized learning, such as learner profiles, competency-based progressions, flexible pathways and student agency. They will also highlight specific steps and key leadership moves that you can take to refine a vision for personalized learning and put it into practice across your school or district.


Speakers
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Dr. Mario Andrade

Mario J. Andrade, Ed.D. is an educational practitioner who has had over 19 years experience in private and public education.  He has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Johnson & Wales University, a Master of Science in Special Education from Simmons College, and a Bachelor... Read More →
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Tom Driscoll

Instructor, EdTechTeacher
As a Director of Digital Learning (BWRSD), EdTechTeacher Instructor, authorized Google for Education Trainer, author and speaker, Tom is recognized nationally as a leader in helping teachers, schools and districts transform teaching and learning with technology. Tom’s career in... Read More →


Wednesday November 7, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Silver Ballroom 1

12:45pm

Vermont to the International Space Station - Spacey PBL
This presentation will share the story of how our sixth grade team took an exciting but stand-alone NASA event, the opportunity to videoconference with astronauts onboard the ISS, and used it as a launch to empower a PBL unit embedding NGSS standards around experimental design and data analysis, as well as CCSS literacy standards.   Our discussion will focus on how our experience can serve as a framework to empowering deep standards based learning through PBL in your classroom.

At the end of thissession, attends will have a better sense of how to utilize some readily accessible NASA resources to engage students in content rich science inquiry.    

Speakers
avatar for Natasha Grey

Natasha Grey

6th Grade Teacher, Champlain Valley School District (CVSD)
Tasha is in her fourth year of teaching Math and Social studies to Charlotte Central School's 6th grade. She is always seeking ways to increase student engagement and learning, often through collaborating with coworkers and community members to provide students with varied, real... Read More →
avatar for Allan Miller

Allan Miller

Instructional Coach and Personalization Coordinator, Champlain Valley School District (CVSD)
Allan has been involved in public education for the past 33 years, with assignments ranging from teaching science, Russian and robotics, mentoring early career teachers in Alaskan native villages, and being a school principal for grades K-12 in Vermont and Alaska.   Currently he... Read More →


Wednesday November 7, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Grand Master 1

2:00pm

To Be Announced...
Speakers
avatar for Shawn McCusker

Shawn McCusker

Instructor, EdTechTeacher


Wednesday November 7, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Silver Ballroom 1

2:00pm

Exploring Augmented Reality in EDU
The easily accessed computer vision of smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices is a growing phenomenon inside schools and out. The power of the camera spans from photography and video, to quick and easy digitalization, to QR code readers, to various forms of augmented reality. These ocular recognition technologies can create opportunities for students to make connections between the physical and digital worlds, and to create engaging and interactive physical and digital projects.  

This session will expose attendees to a number of augmented reality technologies, and leave educators with practical ideas for incorporating AR tools in their classrooms. 

Speakers
avatar for Robert Kalman

Robert Kalman

Digital Design Teacher & Technology Integrator, Eric S. Smith Middle School
Robert Kalman is a digital design teacher and tech integrator at Eric S. Smith Middle School in Ramsey, New Jersey. He is an avid edtech presenter and consultant, and has experience integrating iPads, Chromebooks, & PC’s in a 1:1 device environment. Robert loves working with both... Read More →


Wednesday November 7, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand Master 2

2:00pm

Chromebooks as a Multimedia Creation Tool
Unlock the creative potential of the Chromebook and move beyond using the device for word processing, productivity and organization. The workshop will explore the creative potential of the Chromebook to give your students the ability to craft amazing multimedia masterpieces! Participants, will explore various apps, web tools and extensions available to create multimedia such as interactive images, video, and audio. In addition, learning strategies and thoughtful approaches to Chromebook creation.

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Wednesday November 7, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Silver Ballroom 2

2:00pm

Design Thinking in Action
Students, utilizing the Design Thinking process, take a current high school classroom and redesign it to fit their needs.  Each group presented their design to a community partner in the high end furniture manufacturing  industry.  Come see what a  21st century classroom should really look like.

Speakers
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Taryn Grigas

Business / Technology Teacher, Nashoba Regional High School
Taryn Grigas is a high school business teacher with a passion to promote career paths for students’ futures.  In addition to teaching business curriculum, Taryn instructs Computer Applications and Multimedia classes. She continues to focus on learning new ways to integrate technology... Read More →
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Mary Marotta

Tech Integration, Nashoba Regional High School
Mary Marotta is an Instructional Technology teacher with over twenty years experience teaching at the high school and college level with a focus on technology integration.  She is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and MassCUE Pathfinder.  Mary uses technology with teachers... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Foley Procko

Melissa Foley Procko

Teacher with Tech Integration Coach, Nashoba Regional High School
Melissa Foley Procko (high school English teacher) and Mary Marotta (high school tech integration teacher) with over fifteen years experience share their classroom experience implementing a Design Thinking project with high school students.


Wednesday November 7, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand Master 3

2:00pm

Get Hyped for Hyperdocs
Combine the power of Google Slides and your curriculum to create engaging lessons that promote collaboration, communication, reflection, and creativity among students! In this session, you'll learn the key components of a HyperDoc, explore subject-specific examples, and take away valuable resources by grade level. Bring your computer to begin designing your first HyperDoc to use right away with your students! 

Speakers
avatar for Anissa Labrador

Anissa Labrador

Instructor, EdTechTeacher
Anissa Labrador is a dedicated lifelong educator who is never satisfied with status quo and is always looking for her next opportunity to learn. She strives to inspire teachers to embrace change, learn by making mistakes, and enhance their teaching strategies with technology with... Read More →
avatar for Rosey McQuillan

Rosey McQuillan

Instructor, EdTechTeacher
I  am assistive and educational consultant whose career combines over 25 years of experience with a focus on the use of technology to provide differentiated instruction. As an instructor, I have extensive experience working with teachers across all grade levels and curriculum strands... Read More →


Wednesday November 7, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Silver Ballroom 3

2:00pm

Media Literacy in the EdTech Classroom
This week schools and organizations around the world are celebrating the 4th annual Media Literacy Week. Media literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, communicate, and create using all forms of communication. In this session, explore fun, engaging, and essential media literacy practices for the edtech classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Ciccone

Michelle Ciccone

Technology Integration Coordinator, McAuliffe Charter School
Michelle Ciccone serves on the Leadership Council of the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), and is the Technology Integration Coordinator at McAuliffe Charter School in Framingham, Mass. In this position, Michelle teaches a digital literacy class to 6-8th graders... Read More →


Wednesday November 7, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Liberty Hall

2:00pm

The Collaborative Classroom
Afraid your students are isolated while using technology? This hands-on workshop will show you ways to use technology and foster collaboration in the classroom and beyond. Some tools highlighted include, GooseChase, Code.org, GoogleClassroom, SeeSaw, BreakoutEDU, GoogleDrive, and BrainPOP.

Attendees will walk away a plethora of different apps, online tools and experiences that foster collaboration for students in the classroom and beyond. They will have experienced GooseChase and BreakoutEDU, and have the knowledge to implement these tools in their classrooms.  They will posses a deeper understanding of the benefits for student work with peers around critical thinking, communication, creativity as well as collaboration.  Finally, they will have a clear understanding of how to utilize Google Drive and Classroom to promote students using each other as resources.

Speakers
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Sarah Dahlheimer

4th Grade Teacher, Natick Public Schools
Sarah is a fourth grade teacher at Bennett-Hemenway Elementary School in Natick, MA and has been an elementary classroom teacher for 14 years.  Sarah is passionate about integrating technology into her classroom in responsible and creative ways. She has presented at ISTE, MassCUE’s... Read More →
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Nina LaPlante

2nd Grade, Bennett-Hemenway Elementary School
Nina LaPlante is a second-grade teacher at the Bennett-Hemenway Elementary School in Natick, Mass. She has been an elementary classroom teacher for 20 years. In addition, Nina is an Elementary Instructional Leader for the second grade across the district. Over the last several years... Read More →


Wednesday November 7, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand Master 1