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Thursday, May 21
 

7:30am

Registration
Registration is in the IDX Student Life Center

Thursday May 21, 2015 7:30am - 8:30am
IDX Student Life Center

8:30am

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Join your colleagues for the welcome, orientation and opening remarks.

Thursday May 21, 2015 8:30am - 8:45am
IDX Student Life Center

8:45am

The Power of Making
Getting kids into making can be hard, so get some tips from a kid maker. Learn about "Super-Awesome" Sylvia's journey as she shares with you her maker spirit, upcoming projects and more. Sylvia is excited to spend time with you as she demonstrates an awesome experiment, shares a project from her book and gives examples of how you can get started in making with your students, at home with your kids or just for fun!

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Presenters
avatar for Sylvia Todd

Sylvia Todd

"Super-Awesome" Sylvia is a 13-year old girl from Northern California who makes a web show called "Sylvia's Super-Awesome Maker Show". The inventor of the "WaterColorBot", a watercolor painting robot and kit, and a soon to be published author in her upcoming project book series based on her shows and more! She is a Maker Faire fanatic, tiger lover, tinkerer and loves to hang out with her friends.Check out more at: sylviashow.com


Thursday May 21, 2015 8:45am - 9:30am
IDX Student Life Center

9:30am

Maker Room Lab - Open All Day
Find out what this maker fuss is all about in the Maker Room. See a working 3D printer, microprocessors, soft circuits, project examples, and chat with experienced makers who can answer your questions. Stay as long as you'd like, it's an open lab! Located in the IDX Fireside Lounge. Open daily 9:30 – 2:30

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Thursday May 21, 2015 9:30am - 2:30pm
IDX Fireside Lounge

9:45am

Add Some Spice to Your Sites!
Library website looking a little lame? Don’t have a web presence beyond your Destiny catalog? Looking to create a virtual library to match your physical one? See how Symbaloo, Thinklink or Padlet can help to assemble all your students' needs in one place. No matter what your level of tech savvy, you can make the most of your electronic resources and get your students using them every day.

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Genevieve Gallagher

Genevieve Gallagher

Technology Integration, St Albans Town Educational Center


Thursday May 21, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
Joyce 102

9:45am

Beyond Hour of Code—a Panel Discussion
Over 200 schools took part in the national Hour of Code week. Our panel will tackle these questions: Are you teaching coding outside hour of code? Which platforms are you using at what grade levels? What impact has Hour of Code or Beyond had? We’ll also pose the bigger questions—how can we foster a larger commitment to students for coding in Vermont? Bring your examples, let’s learn and share!

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Presenters
avatar for Peter Drescher

Peter Drescher

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


Thursday May 21, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
Joyce 310

9:45am

Building your MakerSpace from Scratch
Interested in starting a MakerSpace in your school or Library? Come see how Mill River Union School built a MakerSpace from the ground up. Starting with Create Make Learn Institute in the summer of 2014, MRU planned and built a MakerSpace that is still a work-in-progress. Building in-school, administrator and community support, getting donations, cultivating a web presence and getting the word out to kids and teachers will all be covered as well as successes, challenges and plans for the future. Bring your own experience with MakerSpaces or the maker movement to share.

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Presenters
avatar for Karen McCalla

Karen McCalla

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


Thursday May 21, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
Joyce 210

9:45am

Passion Projects For the Elementary Student
In this session, you’ll hear about educators collaborating to provide opportunities for interest based research projects. Critical thinking, digital and research skills, student inquiry, community involvement, student independence, student choice--these projects have it all! Presented by an elementary enrichment teacher and elementary librarian.

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Presenters
avatar for Darcie Rankin

Darcie Rankin

Enrichment Teacher, Richmond Elementary School
avatar for Beth Redford

Beth Redford

Library Media Specialist, Richmond Elementary School
Information is power! I'm working to assure students have access to information and the skills to use it. Children's and young adult literature is my other worktime passion, especially YA science fiction and fantasy.


Thursday May 21, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
GBTC 114

9:45am

Personalize Learning in Elementary Schools
Join classroom teachers who are finding success in personalizing learning. First we'll clarify the term (how is it different from differentiated instruction? individualization?) Hear teacher stories sharing their techniques, their challenges, and view learners' work. We'll share digital portfolios, created using Google Sites. Time for conversation with like-minded teachers/leaders/librarians will be built in. Putting learners in the driver's seat is an exciting way to increase engagement as students build skills toward proficiency-based success in later years. Two copies of the book Make Learning Personal will be given as door prizes.

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Presenters
avatar for Caroline Camara

Caroline Camara

ANESU Innovation Coach, ANESU
As the Innovation Coach, I work with educators to improve learning outcomes across our district. I help educators integrate personalization and technology tools into their practices to making their teaching and learning environment rich, dynamic and adaptable. Feel free to talk to me about what we do at Mt. Abraham and in our 5 awesome elementary schools. I am also an avid gardener, thrive in the outdoors and am an agent of change for the... Read More →
avatar for Kate La Riviere Gagner

Kate La Riviere Gagner

5/6 Classroom Teacher, Monkton Central School
I'm the one who says, "Wait. What if we ...?" and makes everyone else kind of nervous... until they, too, realize that the "what ifs" are the fun part.
avatar for Lauren Parren

Lauren Parren

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

Rebecca Zavadil

5/6 Teacher, Bristol Elementary School


Thursday May 21, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
Joyce 211

9:45am

Radical Remixing with Creative Commons
Remixing combines the creations of others with the power of ones imagination to design derivative works. Sixth graders at Browns River Middle School practiced digital citizenship by remixing Creative Commons licensed images with their own photographs to make augmented reality fantasy photos. In this session, you’ll see examples of student work, learn how to quickly find—and properly attribute—Creative Commons images, and explore ways that remixing may be used to increase student voice, empowerment, and creativity.

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Presenters
avatar for Jill Dawson

Jill Dawson

Tech Integration Specialist
I am an educator, artist, and maker. I am currently teaching paper circuitry and green screen workshops for teachers and their students. While I am not tethered to one particular setting, I am a licensed middle and secondary humanities teacher, Google Certified Educator, and technology integration specialist.
avatar for Joanne Finnegan

Joanne Finnegan

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


Thursday May 21, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
Joyce 201

9:45am

Student Engagement + Evidence-Based Learning = Brook Trout
How can a brook trout help foster learning? Learn how 3rd and 4th grade students use the experience of raising brook trout as a means to accomplish several CCSS, NGSS, and ISTE standards. Among the things that will be talked about include how students use evidence to support their scientific claims, communicate their findings to an authentic audience beyond their school, and use technology as a tool to help with their data collection and analysis.

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Steven Flint

Steven Flint

STEM Teacher, Mary Hogan School


Thursday May 21, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
GBTC 117

9:45am

The Other 21st Century Skills: Emotional and Social Intelligence
To succeed in a connected world, students need social/emotional skills as well as technological ones. Let’s explore how tech can support emotional awareness and healthy social interactions, and how social and emotional IQ can help students leverage online opportunities.

Presenters
avatar for Alex Shevrin

Alex Shevrin

House Leader, Centerpoint School


Thursday May 21, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
GBTC 217

9:45am

Universal Design for Learning Meets the iPad! Clarena M. Renfrow, M.Ed.
UDL has been defined as a flexible learning environment that can accommodate individual learning differences. The iPad is a powerful tool that can meet students where they are and mold to their individual needs. The iPads can do so much more than you have ever thought possible including pair with other tools like hearing aides, switches or braille readers. This workshop will introduce you to how iPads can make a huge difference for students with regard to UDL.

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Presenters
avatar for Clarena Renfrow

Clarena Renfrow

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


Thursday May 21, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
GBTC 112

9:45am

Vermont History Online: Using Archival Records in the Classroom
Did you know students have access to Vermont government and history records online? Using digital resources from the State Archives and the Vermont Historical Society students can dive into local history by adopting an ancestor or grave, studying how their town has changed over the years, tracking political topics through governors’ addresses, and much more. Participants will have the opportunity to walk through activities to learn how to use these resources.

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Presenters
avatar for Victoria Hughes

Victoria Hughes

Education Coordinator, Vermont Historical Society
avatar for Rachel Muse

Rachel Muse

Senior Archivist, Vermont State Archives and Records Administration
Introducing students and teachers to government records available online through the Vermont State Archives and other institutions.


Thursday May 21, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
GBTC 017

9:45am

Maker Room Lab
Stay as long as you'd like, it's an open lab! Located in the IDX Fireside Lounge. Open daily 9:30 – 2:30. This timesllot will feature: Artbots
Circuit Scribe/ Circuit Stickers
Little Bits & Lego’s
3D Exhibit (3D Printing/Scanners/3D Virtual Reality
Steam Powered Learning in Vermont Classrooms
- Center Technology at Essex - Balloon Challenge
- Williston School w Create It Lab / Grade 4 students
Make with Code Exhibit
eTextiles, Soft Circuits, Girls Make It, IGNITE a Maker

Thursday May 21, 2015 9:45am - 11:45am
IDX Fireside Lounge

9:45am

5 Essential Tips & Tools for Mobile Movie Makers
Tired of making visually boring mobile movies no one can hear? Workshop participants will discover five essential tips and tools for transforming simple classroom videos into powerful visual stories. Learn tips for recording great audio, using advanced iMovie features, and getting the perfect shot. Please bring your iPad with the latest iOS and iMovie app installed, and come prepared to experiment and play.

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Doug Dunbebin

Doug Dunbebin

Community Education & Public Relations Manager, Regional Educational Television Network
I help educators learn to use video to share the creativity happening in the classroom. I especially enjoy demonstrating the iPad/iPhone's amazing video capabilities one-to-one and in small groups. I'm always learning new tips and tools that I love to pass along. Please feel free to share your cool tips with me!
avatar for Gin Ferrara

Gin Ferrara

Multimediator, Spindle & Widget
I love how new technology has made it easier for all of us to tell digital stories, and share them with our communities. I'm a big fan of youth media, new journalism, mobile media, digital storytelling and live storytelling. | | I founded Wide Angle Youth Media in Baltimore, and now work as a Multimediator in Vermont, partnering with Regional Educational Television Network to train teachers, students, and nonprofits in digital media. I... Read More →


Thursday May 21, 2015 9:45am - 11:45am
Morgan Room Aiken Hall

10:00am

Advanced Making at Champlain College's New Makerspace – Laser Cutting (by pre-registration only)
Learn advanced maker skills at Champlain College’s new makerspace!

Laser Cutting. Learn the full workflow of laser cutting using the EMC’s 60 watt Epilog laser cutter. Create a design and use Adobe Illustrator workstations to prep for cutting. Adjust both cutting and etching properties, then watch your design be cut into wood and take it home. Designs can be hand drawn and scanned, or made directly in Illustrator, depending on users skill levels. This is a very similar workflow to the much less expensive vinyl cutting, and there will be a vinyl cutter at the EMC to see as well.

12 person limit.  $50 supply and facilities cost.

Transportation For Emergent Media Lab: Meet at the shuttle area on Maple Street near the Hauke building (See Campus Map) for pick up by 9:45 for transportation to the Lakeside Facility.  

Presenters
avatar for Caleb  Clark

Caleb Clark

Faculty Chair, Teaching with Technology, Marlboro College
calebjc.com


Thursday May 21, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
Emergent Media Lab - Lakeside Ave

10:00am

Advanced Making at Champlain College's New Makerspace – Soldering (by pre-registration only)
Learn advanced maker skills at Champlain College’s new makerspace!

Soldering: Learn how to through-hole solder electronic circuits (in a well ventilated makerspace). Each participant will use one of EMCs soldering kits to work on a $10 “WeevilEye” kit from Sparkfun that they take home.

6 person limit.  $15 material and facilities cost.

Transportation For Emergent Media Lab: Meet at the shuttle area on Maple Street near the Hauke building (See Campus Map) for pick up by 9:45 for transportation to the Lakeside Facility. 

Presenters
avatar for Caleb  Clark

Caleb Clark

Faculty Chair, Teaching with Technology, Marlboro College
calebjc.com


Thursday May 21, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
Emergent Media Lab - Lakeside Ave

11:00am

Maker Room Lab
Stay as long as you'd like, it's an open lab! Located in the IDX Fireside Lounge. Open daily 9:30 – 2:30. This timesllot will feature: Artbots
Circuit Scribe/ Circuit Stickers
Little Bits & Lego’s
3D Exhibit (3D Printing/Scanners/3D Virtual Reality
Steam Powered Learning in Vermont Classrooms
- Center Technology at Essex - Balloon Challenge
- Williston School w Create It Lab / Grade 4 students
Make with Code Exhibit
eTextiles, Soft Circuits, Girls Make It, IGNITE a Maker

Thursday May 21, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
IDX Fireside Lounge

11:00am

3D Knees
What keeps us running? As part of a study of human anatomy, students at Main Street Middle School learn about the interplay between muscles, bones, and nerves in knees. They meet an Osteopath and a Physical Therapist, who explain what can go wrong, and perform virtual knee surgery. Then they play doctor, designing and explaining a biophysically appropriate 3D-printed model of a knee joint in a simulated consultation with a patient.

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Presenters
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Eli Rosenberg

Science Teacher, Main Street Middle School


Thursday May 21, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
GBTC 117

11:00am

Beating the Budget Busters
How can teacher librarians develop and advocate for budgets in trying financial times? Learn some tips and tricks for a proactive approach to counter the annual push to reduce spending in schools and school libraries. Find your inner advocate voice and expound on the return on investment that today’s school libraries bring to local communities. Discuss concerns about the state and local focus on school and district consolidation. Be ready to make the case for what’s best for learners in your learning spaces.

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Heidi Huestis

Heidi Huestis

Librarian, Charlotte Central School
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Judith Kaplan

Coord. SLMS, University of Vermont


Thursday May 21, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
GBTC 114

11:00am

Chronicling America: Using Historic Newspapers in the Classroom
Chronicling America is an online, searchable, free collection of historic newspapers between 1836 and 1922 from Vermont and across America. This Library of Congress site allows students the opportunity to work with primary sources for a better sense of historical perspectives and local, national, and global news and culture of the past. In this hands-on workshop by the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project, participants will learn how to use Chronicling America, as well as explore online classroom tools, lessons, topics and activities.

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Presenters
avatar for Erenst Anip

Erenst Anip

Project Librarian, UVM Libraries
The Vermont Digital Newspaper Project is part of the National Digital Newspaper Program, developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress.
avatar for Karyn Norwood

Karyn Norwood

Digital Support Specialist, Vermont Digital Newspaper Project


Thursday May 21, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
GBTC 017

11:00am

Getting Create with Code in Grades 3-8 How Lyndon Town School Students 'Do, Make, Create' in Tech Design/Computer Class
Coding teaches students how to collaborate on problem solving, and encourages creativity. I will cover how to introducing coding to younger students, skills students learn from coding, coding resources for the younger student, Middle School students, and for the I-Pad. Participants are urged to bring a laptop and/or I-Pad to access the resources as they are introduced.

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Mary Hazard

Mary Hazard

K-8 Computer, Lyndon Town School
I am a 26 year technology educator veteran. After teaching at the 9-12 level for 26 years, I transitioned to teaching technology for grades K-8. I have been a technology fanatic since I took my first computer class in high school on an Apple II, and enjoy seeing my students create projects with the use of technology.


Thursday May 21, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
GBTC 112

11:00am

Google Tools For Younger Learners
Come take a peek into elementary classrooms from three schools who have made Google tools an important part of their learning environment. This panel of K-4 educators will share how they introduce Kindergarten students to Google tools, become writers with Google tools in first grader, conduct research in 2nd grader, build eportfolios in third grade, and learn about citizenships in 4th grade.

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Presenters
avatar for Dawn Daley

Dawn Daley

first grade teacher, West Rutland School
avatar for Colleen Williams

Colleen Williams

Technology Integration, Essex Town School District
Google Apps for Education


Thursday May 21, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Joyce 211

11:00am

Here Comes the Sun…. An Interactive Approach to Weather in Middle School
This workshop will include classroom activities, ipad apps, websites and google activities that were used for a Middle School science lesson on weather. Based on the NextGen Science Standards students will learn about weather by creating a weather report, viewing live weather sites. Students final project will include creating a bid for the next Winter Olympics. Students will be using Google Docs, Sheets and Forms throughout this unit. Presenters will share student samples and templates that you can use and take back to use with your students.

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Presenters
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Lisa Barry

Technology Integration Specialist, Essex Town School District
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Laura Pratt

Teacher, Essex Middle School


Thursday May 21, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Joyce 210

11:00am

Integrating Technology into Place Based Learning
Students seem to enjoy learning more when they are learning by doing as well as learning through place based projects that incorporate investigation, problem solving, communication and collaboration. Students also enjoy non-traditional assessments where they have the freedom to create and express their understanding through various modalities. Learn how to create unique place based projects that integrate various forms of technology to provide unique experiences for students that culminate with documentaries that convey understanding.

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Presenters
avatar for Michael Norkun

Michael Norkun

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


Thursday May 21, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Joyce 310

11:00am

Is it Magic or Google Tools?
Looking for new creative ways to use Google tools. With a little imagination you can turn your Google tools into a versatile digital toolbox that can make learning fun and your workflow even easier. You’ll learn how to create fun games and interactives, turn blogger into collaborative virtual gallery, create ebooks with Google tools and more tricks and tips you would have never considered with Google tools. Let’s create a magical learning space with Google tools.

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Lucie deLaBruere

Lucie deLaBruere

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


Thursday May 21, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
GBTC 217

11:00am

Meet and Make with Sylvia Todd, young Maker/Author
Check out "Super-Awesome" Sylvia's WaterColorBot in action, her new book on getting started with Arduino, interact with one of the books projects and get the chance to ask your questions during her 1-hour show and tell.

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Presenters
avatar for Sylvia Todd

Sylvia Todd

"Super-Awesome" Sylvia is a 13-year old girl from Northern California who makes a web show called "Sylvia's Super-Awesome Maker Show". The inventor of the "WaterColorBot", a watercolor painting robot and kit, and a soon to be published author in her upcoming project book series based on her shows and more! She is a Maker Faire fanatic, tiger lover, tinkerer and loves to hang out with her friends.Check out more at: sylviashow.com


Thursday May 21, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Joyce 201

11:00am

Taking Baby Steps with Google Tools
Overwhelmed by implementing new technologies in your school (like me)? After taking Google Tools for Schools over the summer, I was able to try some tools in all of my K-4 library classes over the course of the year. Forms are fantastic for collecting and graphing information. Slides make great class eBooks - we’ll make one together! Sites are so easy to update. Baby steps: one grade level/project at a time.

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Presenters
avatar for Liv Perry

Liv Perry

Library/Media Specialist, Morristown Elementary School


Thursday May 21, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Joyce 102

11:00am

Staggered Lunch
Eat your lunch at a time of your convenience. NOTE: If you ordered a bag lunch, you may not exchange it for a cafeteria meal, nor may you eat in the cafeteria with your box lunch. It's just the rule - please observe it.

Thursday May 21, 2015 11:00am - 1:15pm
Student Life Complex

12:15pm

Maker Room Lab
Stay as long as you'd like, it's an open lab! Located in the IDX Fireside Lounge. Open daily 9:30 – 2:30. This timesllot will feature:
Cardboard Instantute
Electronic Bookmarks
eTextiles
3D Exhibit - 3Doodler Pen - 3D printer - 3D Scanner -
PrintCraft / (Minecraft)
Steam Powered Learning in Vermont Classrooms
- Malletts Bay Elementary School Grade 5
Make with Code Exhibit - Coding with Minecraft (CompuCraft)

Thursday May 21, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
IDX Fireside Lounge

12:15pm

Accessing, Engaging and Empowering
How do students “Do Make and Create” in a culturally, soci-economically and academically diverse classroom? Come join a second grade teacher, technology integration specialist and students from the Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes to find out how students are empowered to use technology to share their ideas and further their academic growth. Topics include using social media to communicate with families, differentiating instruction for diverse learners and community projects that fulfill the big ideas of sustainability.

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Presenters
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Deirdre Morris

Second Grade Teacher, Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes
avatar for Amy Truchon

Amy Truchon

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


Thursday May 21, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
GBTC 117

12:15pm

Don’t Stop Believin’!
The Winooski JiLab is creating an atmosphere where students take control of their learning during the school day. By setting goals in both academic and personal realms, having choice in content material and integrating technology into all projects, students continue grow into 21st century learners. Students on Team Journey are engaged in technology-enhanced approaches, personalized learning, portfolios and PLPs during jiLab time.

Team Journey is made up of 5 core content teachers, 1 special educator, 1 ELL teacher and 1 P4C ambassador teacher: for a grand total of 8 licensed teachers. We service 78 students. This vast amount of teacher resources allows us to look differently to maximize common planning, teaming and co-teaching. This year is a pilot program for Team Journey and the Winooski jiLab, but our hope for the future is to make this model to spread and thus become sustainable for the entire middle school. The Winooski JiLab has been supported throughout our implementation by the "Tarrant Institute" and Nellie Mae "Partnership for Change."

Presenters
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Will Andrews

Classroom Teacher, Winooski Middle School
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Chris Magistrale

Classroom Teacher, Winooski Middle School


Thursday May 21, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
GBTC 217

12:15pm

Global Learning for the 21st Century
Daunted by the prospect of connecting with schools in other countries? Newbies to global learning will share their process and experiences with Google Hangout, Google Communities, and Twitter. The first half of the presentation focuses on a Grade 5-6 collaborative project with students in Mexico and France to study food/water and economic issues. In the second half, learn how Grade 1-2 students shared monarch butterfly facts with Mexico City students and questioned experts through Twitter to make simple web fliers using Smores.

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Presenters
avatar for Sharon Hayes

Sharon Hayes

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

Middle Grades Teacher, Folsom Community and Education Center
My name is Tom Nolan and I teach the Social Studies and Language Arts classes on the 5/6 Team at Folsom in South Hero, VT. I have a bachelor's degree in Political Economy and International Relations from The Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington, and a Master's degree in Middle Level Curriculum and Instruction from UVM. Before coming to Folsom, I worked with students in Chile, South Korea, and Burlington, Vermont. I am excited to come... Read More →


Thursday May 21, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Joyce 102

12:15pm

Learning About National Parks by Creating a Green Screen Video
Learn all about how students created a video about animal habitats and specific geological phenomena in Yellowstone National Park, Saguaro National Park and Smokey Mountain National Park. Students read a chapter in the book Park Scientist by Mary Cay Carson and used the facts they learned from the book in a skit. They videotaped the skit on an ipad and used an app to add the authentic background to create a news video.

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Presenters
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Cornelia Thoma

School Library Media Specialist, Waits River Valley School


Thursday May 21, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
GBTC 017

12:15pm

Scientist? Poet? Both?
Have you ever thought about combining your love of science with the power of poetry? Kids love nonfiction poetry about animals, weather, dinosaurs, history, etc. They crave information served up in a cool and fun and accessible format such as poetry. Bring along your inner scientist and your inner poet and we’ll see if they can make beautiful music!

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Presenters
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Steve Swinburne

Stephen R. Swinburne Children's Books


Thursday May 21, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
GBTC 114

12:15pm

Teaching with Google Classroom: A Year in a Paperless Classroom
We will focus this presentation on our year spent teaching with Google classroom. We will discuss on how we set up the classroom, and how we currently use Google classroom including setting up a digital class, assigning work, getting work handed in and grading work. We will also talk about how our students have adjusted to a paperless classroom.

Presenters
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Christopher Melnyk

Teacher, Saint Francis Xavier School


Thursday May 21, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
GBTC 112

12:15pm

What Student DOESN'T Know More About Technology Than I Do?!
Students with varying degrees of programming knowledge share how we restructured our class so that everyone learns and grows. Students with advanced knowledge of some languages help with instruction and with debugging student work. Because we address multiple languages, no one knows the entire curriculum and all learn overall basics together as well as fine-tune individual languages. The result is an environment that truly promotes and supports collaboration, growth mindset, perseverance, questioning, self-awareness, and precision.

Presenters
avatar for Whitney Machnik

Whitney Machnik

Teacher, Montpelier High School
I have taught mathematics at Montpelier High School for the past three years, but began teaching an Introduction to Computer Programming course this past year. While I have an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, I have not programmed in a few years and found that I had students in my class with experience more recent than mine. It has been a fascinating year for all of us!!


Thursday May 21, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Joyce 310

12:15pm

Wondering What Rich Text Discussions Look Like Using Digital Tools?
Connected apps found in your Google account are free and provide students with differentiated options to share and discuss the books they love. This session will look at SnagIt, FlipSnack, MoveNote, VideoNot.es, Powtoon, WeVideo and YouTube. Ideas will be offered for talking avatars for your video shy students. Collaborate with many classrooms at once to cultivate authentic text conversation. Organize this work in Drive and take discussion outside of the traditional classroom walls.

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Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Roberge

Jennifer Roberge

Teacher Grades 7/8 & Department Chair, Colchester Middle School
2015 Update: My classroom is 1:1 with Chromebooks and we are having a blast! | March 2014 Update: I am very excited to be part of the first Vermont Google Summit! I have enjoyed learning about and using the tools in my classroom since 2009! Technology in education and innovative thinking are motivational for me. My 7th and 8th grade Language Art students can't wait to hear about all the great things I will bring back from the conference... Read More →


Thursday May 21, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Joyce 201

12:15pm

Diffusion or Disruption: How Technology Changes Education
From Hypercard stacks to Google Sites, from Blended Classrooms to Online Learning, technology has been influencing the course of education for over thirty years. Schools have had goals of integrating technology since the onset of technology plans. But how does innovation create change in systems, and how do we recognize opportunities to enhance diffusion or to prepare for disruption caused by the rapid pace of technology change? A conversation with classroom, school, and district leaders.

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Presenters
avatar for Paul Irish

Paul Irish

Executive Director, VITA-Learn


Thursday May 21, 2015 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Joyce 211

12:15pm

The Digital Backpack for Career and College Readiness
When students leave our K-12 school systems, what digital skills and attributes do we hope they leave us with? Do these skills go beyond ISTE recommendations? How do the new School Quality Standards and Proficiency Based Graduation Requirements change how technology is applied in 9-12? What are the latest expectations and definitions for "Digital Literacy?" Join a panel of High School technology educators to discuss end goals for K-12 technology education.

Presenters
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Will Bohmann

Education Technology Integration Specialist, Center For Technology
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Eric Hall

Technology Integration, Mount Mansfield Union High School
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Vitaliy Kulapin

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

Technology Integration Specialist, Champlain Valley Union HS
Charlie MacFadyen is a technology integration specialist  and computer programming teacher at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, Vermont. He and his students use Google Apps Scripts in a service based learning project where students create solutions for other educators in their school using Google Apps Script.  Charlie has presented at  several Vermont technology conferences on topics ranging from Google Scripts to... Read More →
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Lauren Parren

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

Technology Integration Specialist, South Burlington School District
We produce power for our house and our 100% electric Nissan LEAF, as well as 10 other households. And we also host a 120 kW solar farm, which generates enough power for around 20 more homes. Doing our bit to combat global climate change!


Thursday May 21, 2015 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Joyce 210

12:30pm

Global Storytelling with Green Screen and iPads; The Latitude and Longitude Drop Project
Send your students around the world to tell their stories. Using iPads, apps like Pic Collage, Tellegami, iMovie, Book Creator and VeeScope for green screens, students can create digital stories that let them travel the world and synthesize their learning about the geography, culture and environment of the places they have studied. Students and educators will share their experiences in researching, creating and sharing the connections they made during their virtual world travels. Attendees will have a chance to appsmash, experiment with green screen technology and create their own travel log.

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Presenters
avatar for Laura Botte

Laura Botte

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

Technology Integration Specialist, Burlington School District


Thursday May 21, 2015 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Morgan Room Aiken Hall

1:30pm

Maker Room Lab
Stay as long as you'd like, it's an open lab! Located in the IDX Fireside Lounge. Open daily 9:30 – 2:30. This timesllot will feature:
Cardboard Instantute
Electronic Bookmarks
eTextiles
3D Exhibit - 3Doodler Pen - 3D printer - 3D Scanner -
PrintCraft / (Minecraft)
Steam Powered Learning in Vermont Classrooms
- Malletts Bay Elementary School Grade 5
Make with Code Exhibit - Coding with Minecraft (CompuCraft)

Thursday May 21, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
IDX Fireside Lounge

1:30pm

An Hour of Tower Power: A STEAM project using LittleBits
Little Bits are a great resource for integrating STEAM education in the classroom. Come learn how one educator use them to create a cellular phone tower engineering challenge using Bits and recycled materials. Learn how Little Bits work and brainstorm ways you can use them in your school and classroom. This hour-long presentation will provide student work samples and a "bit" of hands-on exploration at the end.

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Dave Bouchard

Dave Bouchard

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


Thursday May 21, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Joyce 310

1:30pm

Authors in the Digital Age
What are some challenges faced by authors in the digital age? Author visits bring books to life and enrich the curriculum. How else do authors go about meeting their audience of educators and students? (Skype, blogs, Twitter chats, book tours, etc.) Does Common Core influence an author's writing decisions? Come join in a conversation with some fabulous authors.

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Presenters
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Sue Irish

Library Media Specialist, Brewster-Pierce Memorial School
So many books, so little time! My first love is reading, and I love to share my excitement about books of all kinds with kids of all ages. In addition, there are so many exciting ways to gather information these days! I am learning new things about using technology every day and I can't wait to try new communication tools in the library.


Thursday May 21, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Joyce 102

1:30pm

Designing a Coat for Mt. Everest - An Engineering Design Project
Our teams of students began the engineering design process by defining the problem. Students were asked to design a coat that would keep them warm, be thin, and low in cost (Building Math, Boston Museum of Science). Fifth and sixth graders designed and tested their prototypes in teams of four. Burton designers Skyped with the class to describe the design process, collaboration and communication skills that their company uses. Students were able to ask questions, touch materials the experts’ use (they sent us boxes of labeled samples, a dissected coat, insulators, trim, tape etc.). Students created an iMovie to communicate their first design and the design process for feedback before they redesigned. WCAX also came to interview the students on this hands-on project and the process of connecting to community experts. In addition, students were able to interview a local mountaineer (parent) that had climbed Denali and shared the technology he relies on. Each student will synthesize the experiences and use evidence to show what they learned regarding the NGSS engineering practices and how it connects to the real world as a summative.

Resources 

Presenters
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Emily DiGiulio

Library Media Specialist, Fletcher Elementary
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Tracey Godin

5/6 Grade Teacher, Fletcher Elementary
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Denette Locke

STEM Teacher Leader, Fletcher Elementary School
I believe in hard-work, dedication and having fun in all I do both professionally and personally. I love my colleagues and students and strive to learn something new everyday with them. I enjoy my family, our farm and friends.
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Jasmine Tremblay

5-6th Grade STEM Teacher, Fletcher Elementary School


Thursday May 21, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Joyce 201

1:30pm

Fixing the Fixed Schedule -- Embedding Librarians in the Classroom
Hear the experiences of one elementary school librarian who made some big changes in her library classes this year and got a big payoff! Embedding a librarian in the classroom in addition to a fixed schedule of library classes led to some surprising and wonderful results. This presentation will get you thinking about how to work with research and literacy in collaboration with teachers and alongside learners in their classroom environment.

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Kelly Ahlfeld

Kelly Ahlfeld

Librarian/Technology Coordinator, Mettawee Community School
libraries, technology, books, reading, collaboration, fixed and flexible schedules


Thursday May 21, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
GBTC 114

1:30pm

Google Sites and Personal Learning Plans
Please join Don Taylor from Main Street Middle School in Montpelier as he presents his ongoing pilot project integrating elements of Act 77 and personal learning plans. Using Google Sites as the learning platform, students have developed PLPs reflecting their identity as students, growth over time, evidence of standards-based achievement, and transformation into high-school ready students.

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Don Taylor

Don Taylor

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


Thursday May 21, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
GBTC 112

1:30pm

Making is Elementary
What does MAKING look like in elementary classrooms. (K-5) Join this panel of K-5 teachers as they share their lessons learned from integrating MAKING in their classrooms. Your sure to leave with some great ideas and resources from NO Tech to Low Tech edging towards High Tech ways to MAKE with students from grades K - 6)

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Erica Bertucci

Erica Bertucci

K-8 STEAM teacher, St. Albans City School
I am currently tasked with developing STEAM curriculum for K-2. I also teach most grades from K-8 so am interested in all project ideas that engage students in thinking critically, being creative and persevering through challenges. I also am always looking for ways to encourage Making in my school.
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Aimee Boucher

5th Grade Teacher, Malletts Bay School
5th grade teacher passionate about 21st Century learning & the power of technology to differentiate instruction, motivate students, & connect with the world.
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Julie G Rogers

Williston Maker Lab, Williston School District
Check out what my students are creating via the Williston Maker Lab Facebook page.


Thursday May 21, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
GBTC 117

1:30pm

Virtual Field Trips' Next Generation: Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Photospheres
Next Generation Virtual Field Trip tech is here and Google's Connected Classrooms is gathering partners. Virtual Reality cameras have brought people on stage to a Paul McCartney concert and toured through the natural, rugged beauty of British Columbia. To do this, you just print a pair of VR goggles on your 3D printer. Learn how!

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Presenters
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Owen McDermott

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


Thursday May 21, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
GBTC 017

1:30pm

Virtual Learning- Schooling with Skype!
We will explore virtual learning involving Skype in the Classroom, as well as mentoring (via Blogger) and online communication (WeVideo; Google Docs) to connect the curriculum of an 11/12th grade English class at Craftsbury to a 6th grade class at St. Johnsbury. We will document our journey using video footage, Skype, as well as samples from the “buddy” connections. Student reflections via interviews and a skype call with the 6th graders will end our session.

Resource link: http://padlet.com/cmcgill2/b7wvawrwa4g0 

Presenters
avatar for Casey McGill

Casey McGill

High School English, Craftsbury Academy
I am a 9-12 high school English educator at Craftsbury Academy. I am a third year teacher and I have continually focused on the exploration of technology integration into my classes. | | http://padlet.com/cmcgill2/b7wvawrwa4g0


Thursday May 21, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
GBTC 217

2:00pm

Just How Connected are You? Does your privacy matter to you? (SUE Talk)
In 1980 CNN began as a 24-hour television news channel. How did they make money? Advertising. If you go to cnn.com though you may not see any ads. How are they making money? Does that business spend millions of dollars as a public service without expecting a return? It doesn't seem likely. This talk will explore just how many companies connect to you when you go online. We'll also look at the danger of "Echo Chamber Thinking" that develops as more and more is gleaned about us.

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Presenters
avatar for Mark Kline

Mark Kline

Technology Coordinator, Waterbury-Duxbury S.D.
We are doing some unconventional things at Crossett Brook Middle School that you might be interested in. | One is making use of open source software, especially as an OS. It is much more efficient than Windows or Mac OSX, so that whether we are using new or older devices they are all useful, allowing us to have many devices available for students even though our tech budget is tight. | A second effort is to give our students and... Read More →


Thursday May 21, 2015 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Joyce 210

2:00pm

The Perks of Being A Genius: Creativity, Craft, Choice & Chaos in 20% Time
"Genius Hour" or "20% Time" is a way to bring a significant quantity of creative, structured choice time to your classroom. Easily suited to all ages and abilities, this portion of a school week is rife with possibility and promise… if you know how to manage it right. Hear ideas, expertise, and implementation tips from a fifth and sixth grade teacher who has spent the year doing Genius Hour without a net and was recently featured on WCAX’s “30 Schools In 30 Days” for her program.

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Presenters
avatar for Kate La Riviere Gagner

Kate La Riviere Gagner

5/6 Classroom Teacher, Monkton Central School
I'm the one who says, "Wait. What if we ...?" and makes everyone else kind of nervous... until they, too, realize that the "what ifs" are the fun part.


Thursday May 21, 2015 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Joyce 211

2:45pm

Maker Space: A Journey from Storage Room to Creative Commons
Join Martine as she recounts how she and the Essex High School library staff transformed a storage room into a 21st century creative area, combination maker space and crafting corner. From planning and promotion to oversight and management, EHS faculty and students will share their maker adventure giving helpful hints and sharing some unexpected challenges and wonderful surprises along the way.

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Martine Larocque Gulick

Martine Larocque Gulick

Library Media Director, Essex High School
I was a classroom teacher for 20 years in Vermont and overseas. I have also worked as a library media specialist at the International School Wiesdbaden and now here in Essex. I am passionate about helping all students excel and updating libraries to meet the needs of the modern learner!
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Jonathan Stapelton

Science Teacher, Essex High School
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Caty Wolfe

Pre-Tech Instructor, Center for Technology, Essex
Personally, I am a mother, artist, food, and garden enthusiast! Professionally, I teach an integrated program for sophomores interested in tech or art career paths. All sophomore level academics are integrated with technology and career oriented projects to create a dynamic and project based learning space!


Thursday May 21, 2015 2:45pm - 3:15pm
IDX Student Life Center

3:15pm

Door Prizes (must be present to win)
Closing and Door Prizes - Must be present to win!

Thursday May 21, 2015 3:15pm - 3:30pm
IDX Student Life Center

4:00pm

Chromebooks and Google Tools - How to Make it Work
Join us to discover an inexpensive pathway to achieving a 1:1 initiative using the newest technology tools. For this session we will be examining how Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education can enrich and enhance teaching and learning. We will look at the different Google apps and how they support student centered learning. We will also examine how these tools help teachers stay organized and communicate effectively. Come see how Chromebooks and Google Apps are making a difference in elementary school classrooms. This session is intended for people who have some prior experience with Chromebooks. - Get a new 4Gb Touchscreen Chromebook or bring your own.

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Justin Marriott

Justin Marriott

Classroom Teacher, Essex Town School District
5th Grade Teacher Essex Town School District.
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Colleen Williams

Technology Integration, Essex Town School District
Google Apps for Education


Thursday May 21, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Joyce 211

4:00pm

Chromebooks: Exploring a 21st Century Tool
Whether you’re a Chromebook vet or you’re just starting out, join us as we explore their value as educational tools. In addition to looking at popular apps, extensions, and cloud-based programs for educators and students, we’ll look at how Google Play for Education helps schools manage devices and teachers manage the resources and tools students have access to.
There will be plenty of time for discussions, so come with all of your questions! - Get a new 4Gb Touchscreen Chromebook or bring your own

Presenters
avatar for Matt Allen

Matt Allen

Innovation Specialist, St. Albans City School
For the past two years, I've been an innovation specialist, the 6 years prior to that, I was a 4th-6th grade writing teacher, and starting next year, I'll be a 7th and 8th grade literacy teacher. (I'm excited beyond words to be going back to the classroom!) | Right now, I'm most in love with creating and finding authentic PBL opportunities, that bring experts into the classroom, put real tools in the kids' hands, and truly impact the world... Read More →


Thursday May 21, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Joyce 102

4:00pm

Climbing the SAMR Ladder With Your iLearning Device
Do you want to teach "above the line"? Do you already have experience with the iPad or mobile devices in the classroom and aspire toward the transformational level of the SAMR model? Join us for this two hour session of exploring your vision of student learning with the iPad.

We will view inspiring examples, examine new resources and frameworks for using the iPad with core content and plan the next phase of your use of iPads with your students.

Please come prepared with your Apple ID and password as well as a willingness to collaborate and create!

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Amy Truchon

Amy Truchon

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


Thursday May 21, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Joyce 311

4:00pm

Incorporating Student’s Voice into your Classroom
Explore the creative power of the iPad in the classroom! You will be shown project examples and creative use of iPad in Burlington School District http://goo.gl/QrKkmi. We will create own digital story and share it. We will learn strategies to engage your students in producing relevant stories in K-12 environment.

No experience necessary!

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

Come with an Apple ID and a valid email account already created!
- Get a new iPad Air2 or bring your own.

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Vitaliy Kulapin

Vitaliy Kulapin

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


Thursday May 21, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Joyce 305

4:00pm

iPads in the Elementary Classroom
Join us to see how iPads are being used in our elementary grade
classrooms. We will explore both free and paid apps across multiple
curricular areas that will be greatly beneficial to your classroom. You
will gain experience in using the iPad to do everything from basic coding
and book publishing to flipping your classroom with interactive apps.
This workshop is intended to be an introduction to the use of iPads in the
classroom. - Get a new iPad Air2 or bring your own.

Resources 

Presenters
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Erica Goodrich

Teacher, Milton Elementary School
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Leslie Read

Teacher, Milton Elementary School


Thursday May 21, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Joyce 201

4:00pm

Making Sense of Sensors
This is a DIY STEM session using the MIT/Sparkfun Pico Board. We will be doing some physical computing projects using the Pico Board's built in sensors: light, sound, variable resistor, and switches. Participants will learn to program a computer to detect input from the Pico Board to control programs in Scratch. We will also make simple sensors, like a tilt sensor, a pressure sensor, or a color sensor, out of common household items. Time will be built in to give participants the opportunity to tweak and customize their sensors. Modern devices are constantly responding to input from sensors. To many users the behavior of these devices seems magical. The proposed Pico Board workshop demystifies sensors and how they interact with computers. Participants will leave the workshop with lots of ideas for student activities and five Pico Boards to use with their classes. Get 5 Pico Boards or bring your own.

Presenters
avatar for Robert Sargent

Robert Sargent

Teacher, Waits River Valley School


Thursday May 21, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Joyce 202

4:00pm

Mine 2 Learn: Advanced Minecraft
So you've gotten your feet wet with Minecraft and MinecraftEdu, and you're ready to dig deeper. In this workshop we’ll explore plugins which vastly expand the educational possibilities of Minecraft: PrintCraft, which enables students to design and build 3D-printed creations; ComputerCraft, a tool for introducing students to programming; and CustomNPCs, which provides teacher-friendly tools to help you build customized lesson worlds. We’ll also check out the extensive collection of worlds freely available from the MinecraftEdu community. Participants will need to have a Mojang account (register for free if you don't already have one), a laptop, and a mouse (trackpad not recommended). If you're not sure whether your laptop can run MinecraftEdu, please check the minimum system requirements or try the demo.

Presenters
avatar for Adrienne LaPierre

Adrienne LaPierre

Tech Integration Specialist, Guilford Elementary
I'm a freelance instructional designer and K-12 tech integrator who is passionate about supporting students to reach their full potential as self-directed learners and engaged citizens. | | Talk to me about: Minecraft, 3D printing and modeling, GIS and mapping, Arduino and physical computing, Makerspaces, coding, game-based learning, and virtual worlds.


Thursday May 21, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Joyce 203

4:00pm

Turn your Chromebook into a Video Production Studio
Learn the tools and processes students need to Create Videos and Digital Stories with Chromebooks
We’ll take a look at the beginning and advanced features of using We Video and other Chrome Apps (including Green Screen) to create videos and digital stories that save to your Google Drive.
We will also touch base on some new features of You Tube that will have you reconsidering YOUTUBE as a creation option.

Bring your own device (Laptop or Chromebook) or get a new 4Gb Touchscreen Chromebook.
All participants get a We Video Pro subscription

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Lucie deLaBruere

Lucie deLaBruere

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

Eric Hall

Technology Integration, Mount Mansfield Union High School


Thursday May 21, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Joyce 210

4:00pm

Using the iPad as a Powerful ePublishing Tool
Please join me in a lively session exploring the best apps for creating eBooks with your iPad. We will learn how media apps support ePublishing to develop the most effective resources for or with your students. Pictures, videos, text, and voice allow eBooks to be more engaging than traditional paper books. Once created, these powerful resources are easily updated. Spend 2 hours to open the doors to great possibilities!

Presenters
avatar for Ed Bianchi

Ed Bianchi

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


Thursday May 21, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Joyce 301

4:00pm

Yes YOU Can : Creating a MakerSpace in Your School or Classroom
Interested in making but not ready for 3D printing? Come try out some super-simple projects that are easy to integrate in any classroom or library. All the materials you need for these projects fits in one shopping bag or tote. No soldering or electronics experience is required, but these projects get kids excited about combining creativity and technology. We’ll play with MaKey MaKey, which lets you turn anything into a key, and see how students can use it to make interactive games, design their own game controllers or musical instruments, or even create interactive art. We’ll also play with making Bristlebots (tiny, vibrating robots) and challenge each other to racing and sumo wrestling. This is a fun, hands-on session that will encourage you to try these simple activities with your students and get you fired up about making! You’ll leave with a MaKey MaKey kit and a BristleBot kit to use with your students. - Get Makey Makey & Bristlebots or bring your own.

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Karen McCalla

Karen McCalla

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


Thursday May 21, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Joyce 304
 
Friday, May 22
 

7:30am

Registration
Registration is in the IDX Student Life Center

Friday May 22, 2015 7:30am - 8:20am
IDX Student Life Center

8:20am

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Join your colleagues for the welcome, orientation and opening remarks.

Friday May 22, 2015 8:20am - 8:30am
IDX Student Life Center

8:30am

Empowering Student Voice Through Collaboration, Creating, and Sharing
We are living in an extraordinary time in education. We have access to more tools than ever before to empower our students to explore their passions, create new content, crowdsource ideas with global classrooms, and tackle real-world problems through a global lens. How do we collaborate within and beyond our walls to offer students authentic experiences to contribute to our world? What can we do as educators to empower our students to take ownership of their learning? How can we harness the power of the digital tools we have to amplify each student’s voice? Let’s explore these wonderings together.

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Andy Plemmons

Andy Plemmons

Media Specialist, Clarke County School District
Andy Plemmons is the school library media specialist at David C. Barrow Elementary in Athens, GA and a Google Certified Teacher. His library program is grounded in transliteracy, participatory culture, and students as creators of content shared with the global community. Andy’s students are often seen skyping with authors, guest speakers, and the developers of the tools that they use in class. He also collaborates with libraries around the... Read More →


Friday May 22, 2015 8:30am - 9:30am
IDX Student Life Center

9:30am

Maker Room Lab - Open All Day
Find out what this maker fuss is all about in the Maker Room. See a working 3D printer, microprocessors, soft circuits, project examples, and chat with experienced makers who can answer your questions. Stay as long as you'd like, it's an open lab! Located in the IDX Fireside Lounge. Open daily 9:30 – 2:30

Resource 

Friday May 22, 2015 9:30am - 2:30pm
IDX Fireside Lounge

9:45am

Maker Room Lab
Stay as long as you'd like, it's an open lab! Located in the IDX Fireside Lounge. Open daily 9:30 – 2:30. This timeslot will feature
Squishy Circuits
Bristlebots
Circuit Scribe / Circuit Stickers
3D Exhibit - 3D printer - 3D Scanner -
3D Vermont Competition
Steam Powered Learning in Vermont Classrooms
w/ Monkton Community School Grade 5-6 students
Design Technology Association / BFA St. Albans

Friday May 22, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
IDX Fireside Lounge

9:45am

Bringing Stories to Life Using Green Screen Technology
Learn how Edmunds Middle School English Language Learner students are using green screen technology to improve learning. ELL teacher Andrea Techera-Gill, Librarian Carole Renca and Technology Integrationist Kevin Grace will show how telling stories through the use of green screen technology can improve information literacy skills, expand student knowledge and improve language skills. This presentation will have a special focus on fostering an inclusive model for ELL students to help them meet Common Core standards.

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Carole Renca

Carole Renca

Teacher-Librarian, Edmunds Middle School
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Andrea Techera-Gill

ELL Teacher, Edmunds Middle School


Friday May 22, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
Joyce 201

9:45am

Creating a 21st Century Library
Join us on a journey as our high school and middle school libraries evolve into dynamic and engaging learning commons! Explore the different ways we’re adapting our libraries to better connect with students, teachers, and community members. Turning a storage room into a makerspace? Overhauling your library design with minimal money? Advocacy via social media? We cover it all! All grade levels, budget sizes, and library advocates welcome!

Resources 

Presenters
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Caitlin Classen

Library Media Specialist, Albert D Lawton Intermediate School
avatar for Martine Larocque Gulick

Martine Larocque Gulick

Library Media Director, Essex High School
I was a classroom teacher for 20 years in Vermont and overseas. I have also worked as a library media specialist at the International School Wiesdbaden and now here in Essex. I am passionate about helping all students excel and updating libraries to meet the needs of the modern learner!


Friday May 22, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
GBTC 117

9:45am

Don't be Afraid- Learning by Doing!
We've kicked off our 1:1 computing and we have learned quite a bit, but we have much more to learn. We are utilizing all the brain power in the classroom, teachers and students alike to move this process forward. Join us to see how we are moving forward as a team of learners, don't be afraid just jump right in!

Presenters
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Jeffrey Comenitz

Technology Specialist, Halifax
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Dayle Sherman

Program Leader, Halifax School
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Maria Stewart

Halifax School


Friday May 22, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
Joyce 102

9:45am

Finding Vermont Voices
As part of their exploration of what it means to be a Vermonter, 3rd grade students used "My Ebook Maker" on their ChromeBooks to create and publish eBooks. I will share their process and their work along with an overview of how to use this great application. Plan to join us for an interesting session that is relevant to any grade level and any device! - Get a new iPad Air2 or bring your own.

Presenters
avatar for Ed Bianchi

Ed Bianchi

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


Friday May 22, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
GBTC 017

9:45am

Mystery Skype is NOT a mystery: Learn about the USA using Mystery Skype
Let’s make learning about the USA fun! What better way to do this than to use technology to connect with and learn about other states. Our third grade class uses Mystery Skype as one way to learn about regions, time zones, and geographic features. Not only are students learning about the US, they are learning important communication skills! We highly recommend Mystery Skype to teachers and classrooms who want to integrate technology with learning!

Presenters
avatar for Patty Riccardi

Patty Riccardi

Grade 3 teacher, Moretown School
I have been in education for 18 years. I returned to third grade this year after being with fifth and sixth grade students for 10 years. We have used Mystery Skype throughout the year to develop our knowledge of the states in our nation.


Friday May 22, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
GBTC 114

9:45am

The Benefits of a Fiber WAN and Gigabit Internet
Windsor Southeast SU will present the history and the build-out process for comparing proposals for a Fiber WAN, selecting an ISP, preparing your network for the bigger pipe, and how to scale up bandwidth to support a 1:1 program. Presentation with Q&A to follow.

Presenters
avatar for Larry Dougher

Larry Dougher

CIO, Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union
avatar for David Lamb

David Lamb

Senior Technology Specialist, Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union


Friday May 22, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
GBTC 112

9:45am

The Red Clover Award: Introducing This Year's Nominees to Your Students
Vermont’s Children’s Choice Picture Book Award is now in its 20th year and this year’s list is better than ever! Join us as we present the nominees and give you some concrete, standards-based ideas to help kickstart your program. New this year: online resources at your fingertips!

Resources 

Presenters
KD

Kate Davie

Librarian, Blue Mountain Union School
Telling stories in any and all media! Also goats and Mongolia.
avatar for Carol Scrimgeour

Carol Scrimgeour

Librarian, Essex Elementary School
Librarian


Friday May 22, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
GBTC 217

9:45am

Introducing Lakecraft: A Minecraft® World Based on Local Geography
We've created a Minecraft® world using real data of the Lake Champlain Basin. Come learn about this resource and how to implement it at your school. Afterwards, we will tap your creativity and host a curriculum conversation about how Lakecraft can support social studies and science learning in schools and libraries.

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Susan Briere

Susan Briere

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

Nina Ridhibhinyo

Group Programs Manager, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
Nina Ridhibhinyo is the Education Group Programs Manager at the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington, VT, coordinating their school, summer camp, and overnight programs. Prior to ECHO, Nina was an after school site leader for the Burlington School District's 21C Champlain Elementary School site. She has a ScB in Environmental Science from Brown University and is currently enrolled in a Masters of Science Education program with a... Read More →


Friday May 22, 2015 9:45am - 11:15am
Joyce 211

9:45am

Brainstorm: Collaborative Resources for VT Technology Support
This will be a brainstorm/discussion on the topic of what common resources we would want developed or are already developed to share information, collaborate on projects, or distribute and develop best practices. We have the School-IT list, but could there be more? What do schools need so they don't end up recreating the wheel or unknowingly evading best practices? Peter Drescher, State of VT Tech Coordinator, Craig Lyndes, and Ray Ballou, South Royalton Schools, have contributed to the session and will be participating.

Resources 

Presenters
RB

Ray Ballou

Net Admin, South Royalton School
avatar for Craig Donnan

Craig Donnan

Systems Administrator, Washington West SU
I coordinate technology infrastructure support at the WWSU Central Office, and support the SU's six schools and the Central Office and their tech coordinators in providing reliable and robust technologies for our teachers and students. I manage servers, networks, wireless, firewalls, support web based apps, phone systems, and integration needs between databases and between any IP based infrastructure including HVAC controls, timeclock... Read More →
avatar for Peter Drescher

Peter Drescher

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

Network Administrator, St Albans City School


Friday May 22, 2015 9:45am - 11:15am
Joyce 210

9:45am

Creating with Chromebooks: Multimedia Apps & Tools
Bring your Chromebook for a double session of modeling, exploring and creating. Join Elizabeth McCarthy as she shares multimedia learning activities, and guides you in a hands-on session in using a Chromebook and the many multimedia apps and tools available. From, creating a web banner in Google Drawing, or memes with pixlr or picmonkey, to digital storytelling with WeVideo, you’ll see that the creative possibilities with a Chromebook for learning are endless.

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Elizabeth McCarthy

Elizabeth McCarthy

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


Friday May 22, 2015 9:45am - 11:45am
Morgan Room Aiken Hall

9:45am

Faraday Fridays -- 10 Minute STEM!
Can't find time for STEM/Maker activities in your over-crowded curriculum? At CBMS we were able to use a few minutes of Advisory Group (Home Room) time each month in order to give all students (and staff) great STEM experience with classic experiments of Michael Faraday. Electrify your MAKER SPIRIT! Come to this session for hands-on experience building super simple motors, electromagnets, galvanometers, telegraphs, and solenoids -- all with the simplest of materials. Learn how Faraday made our modern world and how you might progress to Tesla Tuesdays in the future! You'll also get directions and some tips on writing successful grant applications to purchase batteries and other materials.

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Mark Kline

Mark Kline

Technology Coordinator, Waterbury-Duxbury S.D.
We are doing some unconventional things at Crossett Brook Middle School that you might be interested in. | One is making use of open source software, especially as an OS. It is much more efficient than Windows or Mac OSX, so that whether we are using new or older devices they are all useful, allowing us to have many devices available for students even though our tech budget is tight. | A second effort is to give our students and... Read More →


Friday May 22, 2015 9:45am - 11:45am
Joyce 310

10:00am

Advanced Making at Champlain College's New Makerspace – Wearable Computing. (by pre-registration only)
Learn advanced maker skills at Champlain College’s new makerspace!

Wearable Computing: Use conductive thread and fabric to learn about electronics and circuits. Each participant will work with an Arduino based re-usable kit that provides thread, needles, fabric, lights, switches, batteries etc. The kit can be taken home, added to, and used for many wearable computing projects with hats, purses, jackets, etc.

12 person limit. May 22nd 10am-n12:00. $50 supply and facilities cost.

Transportation For Emergent Media Lab: Meet at the shuttle area on Maple Street near the Hauke building (See Campus Map) for pick up by 9:45 for transportation to the Lakeside Facility.  

Presenters
avatar for Caleb  Clark

Caleb Clark

Faculty Chair, Teaching with Technology, Marlboro College
calebjc.com


Friday May 22, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
Emergent Media Lab - Lakeside Ave

11:00am

Maker Room Lab
Stay as long as you'd like, it's an open lab! Located in the IDX Fireside Lounge. Open daily 9:30 – 2:30. This timeslot will feature
Squishy Circuits
Bristlebots
Circuit Scribe / Circuit Stickers
3D Exhibit - 3D printer - 3D Scanner -
3D Vermont Competition
Steam Powered Learning in Vermont Classrooms
w/ Monkton Community School Grade 5-6 students
Design Technology Association / BFA St. Albans

Friday May 22, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
IDX Fireside Lounge

11:00am

3-D Printing for the Math Classroom
Make graphing equations, conic sections, and more come to life with 3-D models. See how students explore the relationship between mathematics, the digital world, and the physical world in a way that is both exciting and authentic. View student project examples and access resources for engaging projects like “3-D catapults”, “Stand-Up Equations”, and more. Leave this workshop ready to get your students started on their own 3-dimensional journey.

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Liz Laverty

Liz Laverty

Director of Technology Integration, St. Johnsbury Academy


Friday May 22, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
GBTC 017

11:00am

Googley Goodness in your School Library - Part 1
Is your school a Google Apps for Education School? Then bring your own laptop or Chromebook (no tablets, please) for this 2 hour hands-on double session where we will use the Google Apps suite of tools for teaching, learning, and productivity in your library program. Oodles of resources will be shared and there will be lots of opportunity for collaborative work in the session (and swag!). Don't forget your Google account and password.

Presenters
LM

Linda McSweeney

Teacher Librarian, Stowe High School


Friday May 22, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
GBTC 117

11:00am

Jitterbot Journey
In this session I will be sharing with you the journey of my art class in making and creating Jitterbots (simple moving robots), filming these “bots” using a green screen, making habitats using 2d traditional art media, creating music in Garage Band, and combining these parts to create a clip in iMovie all using the iPad. Individual student clips were then uploaded to Google Drive and combined to create a “feature film” of their Jitterbots!

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Carly Brassord

Carly Brassord

Teacher, Enosburg Falls High School
I currently teach both studio and digital art at Enosburg Falls Middle High School. I'm working on integrating more Maker activities into both my art and computer classes very gradually. I love working with students to help them create art that they are excited about!!


Friday May 22, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
GBTC 114

11:00am

Join the Quest: Gamifying Your Classroom
The concepts behind a good game are the same whether that game is online, comes in a box or is your classroom. Tap into the power of gaming and game-design principles to increase student motivation and engagement. Discover how one librarian applies gaming principles to her classes. In this session, you will learn how to incorporate game design concepts such as leveling up, mission choice, leaderboards, collaboration, competition and narrative into your classroom curriculum.

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Parker

Jennifer Parker

Library Media Specialist, Arlington Memorial Middle/ High School
Libraries, Minecraft, Second Life, maker spaces, web tools, books & reading, vintage bicycles, cycling


Friday May 22, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Joyce 102

11:00am

Presentation of the 2015-2016 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Master List Presentation of the 2015-2016 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Master List
Join members of the DCF committee for an introduction to the 2015-2016 master list of nominated titles. We will briefly summarize each of the titles
and leave you with ideas on how to share these wonderful books with the children in your lives. Please bring your questions, comments and ideas.

Presenters
HP

Hannah Peacock

Youth Services Librarian, Burnham Memorial Library


Friday May 22, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
GBTC 217

11:00am

Transforming Library Learning Spaces in Vermont
Your school is transitioning to a one-to-one school. Now your students are not coming to you for research help. How are teacher librarians adapting “traditional” library spaces to meet the changing educational landscape in their schools and to keep relevant? Join Dan Greene for a virtual tour of Vermont school libraries in transition, from North to South, East to West. Plan your own school site visit. Hear great ideas and practical recommendations for updating physical and virtual spaces.

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Daniel Greene

Daniel Greene

library Media Specialist, U-32 Middle/High School
Daniel Greene is the Department Head and High School Librarian at Union 32 Middle and High School in Montpelier Vermont. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Vermont, where he teaches the Library Media Technology Course as part of Vermont’s Library Media Specialist Certification process. He is a National Board Certified Teacher.


Friday May 22, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Joyce 201

11:00am

Whose Line Is It, Anyway?
Unlike the popular TV series, improvisation is not always the best approach when it comes to Educational Technology. As school programs evolve from tech use in isolation to ubiquitous access, whose responsibility is it to develop policies and procedures and establish expectations for pedagogy and practice? How can Administration, Tech Services and Tech integration/instructional staff collaborate to provide leadership to most effectively meet the needs of teachers and students? Join us for a facilitated, interactive discussion of the interplay of roles and responsibilities in the Ed Tech arena.

Resoures 

Presenters
avatar for Eric Hall

Eric Hall

Technology Integration, Mount Mansfield Union High School
avatar for Keith Puffer

Keith Puffer

Technology Coordinator, Washington West Supervisory Union
I put passion into my Tech. Fencing is my Passion!


Friday May 22, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
GBTC 112

11:00am

Staggered Lunch
Eat your lunch at a time of your convenience. NOTE: If you ordered a bag lunch, you may not exchange it for a cafeteria meal, nor may you eat in the cafeteria with your box lunch. It's just the rule - please observe it.

Friday May 22, 2015 11:00am - 1:15pm
Student Life Complex

11:30am

1:1 with Chromebooks and Self-Directed Learners
Join me for specifics about a digital starting spot with daily agenda and methods for putting students in the driver's seat when they walk in the room. What do you do when students do not complete their digital work on time? Increasing digital work = teachers needing a system for following up with absent/missing or late work. Google Slides, Sheets and Forms can take the headache away for teachers and ease worry for students.

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Roberge

Jennifer Roberge

Teacher Grades 7/8 & Department Chair, Colchester Middle School
2015 Update: My classroom is 1:1 with Chromebooks and we are having a blast! | March 2014 Update: I am very excited to be part of the first Vermont Google Summit! I have enjoyed learning about and using the tools in my classroom since 2009! Technology in education and innovative thinking are motivational for me. My 7th and 8th grade Language Art students can't wait to hear about all the great things I will bring back from the conference... Read More →


Friday May 22, 2015 11:30am - 12:00pm
Joyce 211

11:30am

Get Out There! Place-Based and Project-Based Learning in the 1:1 Environment
Ignite the curiosity of your students, embrace the content creation capabilities of the iPad and delve into project-based and place-based learning. In our Freshman Humanities Capstone, students work with experts at local cultural agencies to identify an area of interest. Students work collaboratively to execute research, delving into primary and secondary sources and conducting interviews. Students design and propose products with specific audiences in mind, later sharing their work and their process with the community.

Resources

Presenters
avatar for Denise Scavitto

Denise Scavitto

Freshman Humanities Program Coordinator, St. Johnsbury Academy
Social Studies & Humanities teacher. Jazzed about teaching, place-based/project-based learning, edtech & saving local history.


Friday May 22, 2015 11:30am - 12:00pm
Joyce 210

12:15pm

Maker Room Lab
Stay as long as you'd like, it's an open lab! Located in the IDX Fireside Lounge. Open daily 9:30 – 2:30Stay as long as you'd like, it's an open lab! Located in the IDX Fireside Lounge. Open daily 9:30 – 2:30
• MaKeyMaKey
• Lakecraft (Minecraft)
• QR Codes, e-Origami
• 3D Exhibit 3D Printing w/Design Technology   - BFA St. Albans
• Steam Powered Learning in Vermont Classrooms
w/ St. Albans City School (K-8)  Erica Bertucci

Friday May 22, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
IDX Fireside Lounge

12:15pm

A Conversation with Andy Plemmons
Do you have lingering questions after listening to Andy Plemmons' keynote presentation? Or would you like to have some time to have deeper conversations on topics Andy brought up? Please stop by this session for some informal conversation with this fabulous educator.

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Presenters
avatar for Andy Plemmons

Andy Plemmons

Media Specialist, Clarke County School District
Andy Plemmons is the school library media specialist at David C. Barrow Elementary in Athens, GA and a Google Certified Teacher. His library program is grounded in transliteracy, participatory culture, and students as creators of content shared with the global community. Andy’s students are often seen skyping with authors, guest speakers, and the developers of the tools that they use in class. He also collaborates with libraries around the... Read More →


Friday May 22, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Joyce 201

12:15pm

Giving Students Choice and Voice with Digital Tools
"VoiceThread, WeVideo, Edu Creations and other digital tools allow students to move beyond text when sharing their understanding. In this session, educators will CREATE using a variety of cross-platform digital tools that give students choice and voice when sharing their learning. Bring your laptop, Chromebook, iPad, or Android tablet and come CREATE with us using digital tools available on multiple platforms (Please test your microphone ahead of time. All tools featured will be available on MORE than 1 platform)

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Presenters
avatar for Lucie deLaBruere

Lucie deLaBruere

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


Friday May 22, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Joyce 210

12:15pm

Googley Goodness in your School Library - Part 2
Is your school a Google Apps for Education School? Then bring your own laptop or Chromebook (no tablets, please) for this 2 hour hands-on double session where we will use the Google Apps suite of tools for teaching, learning, and productivity in your library program. Oodles of resources will be shared and there will be lots of opportunity for collaborative work in the session (and swag!). Don't forget your Google account and password.

Presenters
LM

Linda McSweeney

Teacher Librarian, Stowe High School


Friday May 22, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
GBTC 117

12:15pm

Intro to Real World Computational Thinking
Inspired by the Young Hacks Academy summer technology camp, Oxbow High School has piloted an 8th grade class in 2014-15 that supports multidisciplinary learning and the development of problem solving skills through the medium of computer programming. Using Scratch, a free online coding tool, students develop engaging stories, animations, and games connected to real world issues, all in a fun and engaging format!

Resources 

Presenters
TB

Thomas Bacon

Program Director, Young Hacks Academy
Tech leadership for kids
avatar for Nicholas Phillips

Nicholas Phillips

Educational Technology Specialist, Oxbow High School
With a unique and diverse history of educational, professional, and personal experiences, I consider myself a jack of many trades, and perhaps a master of a select few. Passionate about technology, I have developed a base of useful skills and knowledge in many areas, including web design & development, graphic design, photo editing & manipulation, 3D modeling, animation, video editing, PC/Mac troubleshooting, Google Apps, and general A/V... Read More →


Friday May 22, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
GBTC 112

12:15pm

Making: A Growth Mindset with the Wildcat Inventors Workshop
Bring the Wildcat Inventors Workshop to your school! The Wildcat Inventors Workshop (WIW), Vermont's first mobile micro-maker fair, introduces an innovative professional development model for educators interested in integrating the maker movement across the curriculum. Beginning with custom training sessions in their own classroom focused on areas of their curriculum where they want to enhance learning with making, teachers discover, explore, and experiment with maker activities of interest. Once teachers have experienced the making themselves, they are joined by experienced makers from WIW, the Society of Women Engineers, Generator in Burlington, IBM, and other organizations to host an Inventor's Workshop Micro Maker Fair at their school. This broad based maker experience not only familiarizes teachers with the breadth of the maker movement, but connects teachers to active members of the maker community. As a whole-family activity, the event builds support within the school and across the community for making in the classroom. After as-needed collaboration with WIW, teachers bring their maker units into the classroom with support and equipment provided by the WIW. This presentation will show examples of the transformative effect of this PD model and integration of making across the curriculum. Examples include participation at Richmond, Essex, and Flynn Elementary Schools, and Mater Christi Elementary and Middle Schools. The Wildcat Inventors Workshop is available to all teachers of Vermont students; equipment is funded by grants from IBM and Dealer.com through the Vermont State Science and Math Fair Educator Outreach program.

Presenters
avatar for Tricia Finkle

Tricia Finkle

Teacher, Education partner, Mater Christi School
Lighting up young minds with squishy circuits and glowies makes my heart blink! follow me @VTScienceFair!


Friday May 22, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Joyce 211

12:15pm

On the Air with VPR’s Dorothy’s List
Would your students like to be on the radio, asking questions of some of today’s best middle grade authors? Dorothy’s List is Vermont Public Radio’s book club for kids, based on books nominated for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award. We visit libraries and classrooms across Vermont to capture discussions, activities and students’ questions for the DCF authors. We’re looking for schools and libraries to participate next season. Find out how to get involved!

Presenters
avatar for Amy Kolb Noyes

Amy Kolb Noyes

Dorothy's List Curator, Vermont Public Radio
I want to hear your thoughts on the 2015-2016 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award list!


Friday May 22, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
GBTC 217

12:15pm

STEAM and Maker Projects for a Middle School Science Curriculum
How can educators facilitate hands-on, interest based projects in their classrooms? How can individual ideas and projects allow students the opportunity to investigate their ideas and passions? In this session we will look at the variety of projects that were designed and created by 6th and 7th graders, the inexpensive materials that were needed for the projects, and the student- constructed instructions that accompany each of the projects. We will also evaluate how the students were able to internalize their understandings of circuits and electricity and demonstrate these understandings throughout the process and making of their project.

Bring your questions on how you can incorporate the maker mindset and exploration of materials to your own classroom. Get ideas and starter instructions for a variety of circuit and electricity projects.

Presenters
avatar for Tracy Rudzitis

Tracy Rudzitis

Teacher, The Computer School MS 245


Friday May 22, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
GBTC 114

12:15pm

Student ‘Projects of Learning’ aided by Technology, Business, and Grants
A revitalized school courtyard, regional news reporters, café composting, elementary literacy, food-fitness activities, etc.: What is the common thread? Answer: high school students completing K-12 projects—some supplemented by grants. See example student work and how the journey is documented through technology. Students have even built upon projects in college and business.
The goal of this session is to generate ideas for schools through information sharing, including the technology used to communicate and document projects. Discover the potential and challenges in managing work-based learning, volunteer service, and competitive grants.

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Presenters
MW

Mary Waterman

CBL Educator/Grant Facilitator, South Royalton School


Friday May 22, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
GBTC 017

12:15pm

We Be Jammin’: Making Games Instead of Playing Games
A Game Jam is a game design activity where participants create a game around a theme in a short period of time. Game Jams can be tabletop or digital. Tabletop Game Jams are inexpensive, flexible and everyone gets involved. Come learn the structure for a Tabletop Game Jam and participate in a mini Jam. After this session, you will be an experienced Jammer and will be able to try this fun, low-cost activity in your classroom.

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Parker

Jennifer Parker

Library Media Specialist, Arlington Memorial Middle/ High School
Libraries, Minecraft, Second Life, maker spaces, web tools, books & reading, vintage bicycles, cycling


Friday May 22, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Joyce 102

12:30pm

Delving into Do Ink: Adding iPad Animation to Green Screen Videos to Tell Your Story
Interested in an imaginative way for you and your students to be transported into a scene from a novel, a work of art, or the midst of an historical event? Participants will learn the basics of applying two apps—Do Ink Green Screen and Do Ink Drawing and Animation—to tell compelling visual stories with whimsy, creativity, and flair. Please bring an iPad with the apps downloaded, and come prepared to experiment and play.

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Jill Dawson

Jill Dawson

Tech Integration Specialist
I am an educator, artist, and maker. I am currently teaching paper circuitry and green screen workshops for teachers and their students. While I am not tethered to one particular setting, I am a licensed middle and secondary humanities teacher, Google Certified Educator, and technology integration specialist.
avatar for Doug Dunbebin

Doug Dunbebin

Community Education & Public Relations Manager, Regional Educational Television Network
I help educators learn to use video to share the creativity happening in the classroom. I especially enjoy demonstrating the iPad/iPhone's amazing video capabilities one-to-one and in small groups. I'm always learning new tips and tools that I love to pass along. Please feel free to share your cool tips with me!


Friday May 22, 2015 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Morgan Room Aiken Hall

12:30pm

Endless possibilities with Google Sites
Do you want to learn more than the basics of google sites? We will put together much of the basic knowledge you have about google sites to create effective teaching and communication tools. At this session, you will learn how to use Google sites to share information with parents, create project based learning assignments for students, help students create a comprehensive portfolio, be a platform for students to present new learning and reflect, and more!

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Kelly Wilson

Kelly Wilson

Technology Integration Specialist, Rutland Central Supervisory Union
I am a Technology Integration Specialist at the RCSU. I work with students and teachers in grades k-8.


Friday May 22, 2015 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Joyce 310

1:30pm

Maker Room Lab
Stay as long as you'd like, it's an open lab! Located in the IDX Fireside Lounge. Open daily 9:30 – 2:30
• MaKeyMaKey
• Lakecraft (Minecraft)
• QR Codes, e-Origami
• 3D Exhibit 3D Printing w/Design Technology   - BFA St. Albans
• Steam Powered Learning in Vermont Classrooms
w/ St. Albans City School (K-8)  Erica Bertucci
• Girls Make IT

Friday May 22, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
IDX Fireside Lounge

1:30pm

3D Vermont—Where History Meets 3D!—Panel Discussion
This year was the inaugural year for a competition amongst over 20 schools to create 3D models of historic town buildings. The culminating event was in March and it was a great day! Lots of great presentations and a fabulous huge map with 3D models created by students for all to see! Come hear about the competition from some of the teachers that participated and make plans now to involve your school or Tech Center!

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Peter Drescher

Peter Drescher

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


Friday May 22, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
GBTC 017

1:30pm

Authors in the Digital Age
What are some challenges faced by authors in the digital age? Author visits bring books to life and enrich the curriculum. How else do authors go about meeting their audience of educators and students? (Skype, blogs, Twitter chats, book tours, etc.) Does Common Core influence an author's writing decisions? Come join in a conversation with some fabulous authors.

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Presenters
SI

Sue Irish

Library Media Specialist, Brewster-Pierce Memorial School
So many books, so little time! My first love is reading, and I love to share my excitement about books of all kinds with kids of all ages. In addition, there are so many exciting ways to gather information these days! I am learning new things about using technology every day and I can't wait to try new communication tools in the library.


Friday May 22, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Joyce 201

1:30pm

From Passive Watching to Active Viewing
Teachers use videos as an engaging and valuable teaching tool, but as students passively watch, how do we know they are engaging with the content in a way that supports meaning making? Come see a demonstration of a number of apps and digital resources that support participation and encourage thinking and doing during the viewing process.

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Susan Hennessey

Susan Hennessey

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


Friday May 22, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
GBTC 114

1:30pm

Game Design: Systems Thinking, Project-Based Learning Awesomeness!
Engage your students in the challenging yet rewarding field of game design and help them gain practice with key life skills: problem-solving, collaboration and persistence. Workshop participants will get resources to access a wide variety of free/low-cost software as well as helpful tips for getting started. No previous experience needed, since there are many tutorials available and the students will often teach each other. You can incorporate math and literacy skills into the project, and expose students to an exciting career option.

Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Daisy Frederick

Daisy Frederick

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


Friday May 22, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
GBTC 112

1:30pm

Green Mountain Book Award - Get Teens Reading!
Join members of the Green Mountain Book Award Committee as we introduce the 15 titles that make up the 2015-2016 GMBA Master List. You’ll receive the list, the handbook, and see creative ways to help connect these titles to Vermont high school students in your library and online.

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Sue Monmaney

Librarian, Montpelier High School


Friday May 22, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
GBTC 217

1:30pm

How Can a Stylus Teach Students about Conductors and Insulators?
Have you ever wanted to have students write more accurately on an iPad or touchscreen device? And why does your touchscreen only react to your finger? We decided to have students 3D print their own stylus’ and test conductive materials while learning about touchscreens. Learn to make a stylus for a touchscreen!

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Courtney Asaro

STEM, JJ Flynn Elementary
This year I taught the newly created position of STEM teacher. It was the first year of implementation and it was a huge success in terms of engagement for students. This summer I am working on creating lessons aligned with NGSS with two newly formed community partnerships. We have also decided to change my position from STEM to STEAM to integrate the arts.
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Nicholas Mack

4th Grade Teacher, JJ Flynn Elementary School
JJ Flynn(home of the fireflies) is an elementary school with a STEM focus. We are constantly trying to incorporate more maker related events as well.


Friday May 22, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Joyce 211

1:30pm

Inquire, Reflect, & Connect: Using Primary Sources to Promote Inquiry Thinking in the Elementary and Middle School Classroom
Primary sources are concrete & engaging ways to connect students to the past and to promote inquiry. Using visual images, documents, audio and video as tools for teaching engages multiple learning styles and asks students to create their own understanding and interpretation. The Library of Congress houses a primary sources digital collection. This workshop demonstrates how to use these resources with students and introduces participants to the Teaching with Primary Sources website.

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Annie Brabazon

Teacher Librarian and Tech Integration, Grand Isle School
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Megan Sutton

School Librarian/LAN Cooridnator, Weybridge Elementary School
Weybridge Elementary School is in a small, rural town in central Vermont. As the School Librarian, I am teaching and continually learning about inquiry, children's literature, technology integration and everything else that comprises the role of a 21st Century School Librarian. We are actively planning and happily anticipating a maker space.


Friday May 22, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
GBTC 117

1:30pm

The Design Lab: Mainstreaming STEM Curriculum
The Design Lab is producing a series of educational, topic based episodes via television and internet. Offering fun, upbeat, and current educational television or web based programs will encourage students to find a passion for the technology based subjects that drive our world today. The Design Lab is collaborating directly with educators; consequently, teachers and students will pick the projects. Additionally, students will show their own experiments, designs, and solutions through social media.

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Denis O'Brien

Producer, The Design Lab
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Phillip Peterson

Creator, The Design Lab
"My Passion is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math/inquiry based curriculum. STEM curriculum is all abut discovery, hands on experimentation, and higher concept learning. In terms of constructivism, STEM curriculum gives students skills for today, while also setting them up for success in the future; high school, college, and beyond!"


Friday May 22, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Joyce 210

1:30pm

Video Clubs As Drivers Of Organizational Change: Developing Authentic Demonstrations Of Teaching Practice With Collaborative Video Editing Tools
Participants will examine web-based collaborative video editing tool to examine teaching episodes, make video cases, and collaborate with their peers in a Web 2.0 participatory media sharing site. We will examine multiple collaborative video editing tools including The Digital Interactive Video Exploration and Reflection (DIVER) system to analyze student learning and teacher actions in real classroom experiences that participants have brought to the session. The session will end with a discussion of “video clubs” and “lesson studies” at local schools.

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John Stroup

Professor, Champlain College
John Stroup came to Champlain College in the fall of 2009, having received his PhD in Education from the University of Virginia and his BA from The University of the South. Before receiving his PhD, Professor Stroup taught Middle School and High School English and Social Studies in San Antonio, TX. Among his many responsibilities, he also coached the middle school boys basketball team. | | Professor Stroup's research focuses on teacher... Read More →


Friday May 22, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Joyce 102

2:45pm

Closing Friday Keynote from the AOE
Vermont Secretary of Education, Rebecca Holcombe, shares her thoughts about education in Vermont.

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Rebecca Holcombe

Secretary of Education, Vermont Agency of Education
Rebecca Holcombe joined the Agency of Education in January 2014. Prior to joining the Agency, Rebecca taught at the middle school, high school and university levels. She taught social studies and science before becoming the principal at the Fairlee School. While at Fairlee, she helped lead the district through the formation of the Rivendell Interstate School District. | | Rebecca researched issues related to high stakes testing and worked on... Read More →


Friday May 22, 2015 2:45pm - 3:15pm
IDX Student Life Center

3:15pm

Door Prizes (must be present to win)
Closing and Door Prizes - Must be present to win!

Friday May 22, 2015 3:15pm - 3:30pm
IDX Student Life Center

3:30pm

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

Friday May 22, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Morgan Room in Aiken Hall