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VSTE Goes Green: Over the years we’ve made an effort to reduce the amount of paper waste that gets accumulated by reducing the scope of the printed program. This year we will provide a printed conference program with only a summary schedule of the sessions available during each breakout session. For the full detailed listing of each session we encourage attendees to make use of our online schedule here which will work on mobile devices and all major platforms.

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Sunday, December 7
 

11:00am

SMART Response VE – assessment anywhere on any web-enabled device
Join Colette Retrosi to learn more about how to use your SMART technologies in new and innovative ways!

Presenters
avatar for Street and Company

Street and Company

SMART Education Consultant, Street & Co. Audio Visual


Sunday December 7, 2014 11:00am - 11:15am
Street & Co Playground

11:00am

I Don’t Negotiate With Terrorists: How to Stop Repeated Warnings and Multiple Requests and increase instructional time.
Please Note: This session has been cancelled Eliminate repeated warnings and non-compliant students while increasing instructional time. These classroom management strategies will put you on the path to School Success. You will learn strategies that you will use tomorrow, which will result in significant student engagement, and double digit increases in standardized test scores. You will see a dramatic decrease in disciplinary challenges and office referrals in the classroom because up to 90% of problem behaviors can be eliminated. In this session you will learn how to: 1. Improve student scores and engage the non-compliant student 2. Reduce discipline challenges in the classroom 3. Eliminate nearly all office referrals 4. Enhance teacher job satisfaction and reduce stress 5. Increase instructional time and improve time management Educators on average are losing 5-9 hours a week on lower-level discipline challenges. Low-level disruptions are stealing precious instruction time. You will learn strategies you can start using TOMORROW!

Presenters
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Todd Braun

Retired TeacherForsyth County Schools


Sunday December 7, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
3D

11:00am

Coding Capable Schools
Studies have documented the projected mismatch between the supply and demand for computer programmers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects one million programming jobs will go unfilled by 2020. As an educator, do you know how to prepare your students for the unprecedented amount of job openings in the computer industry predicted in the next decade? Students who learn to code are not only preparing for a future workforce, but they are also learning a new language, mathematics, logic, critical thinking, and creativity! This session will share information about how to put students on a path to learning coding – even when the teacher is not well versed in the subject! Within this session we will discuss how to allocate time for coding lessons. We will also cover resources to help teach coding that any teacher can use to build a curriculum. Session attendees will learn to pique students’ interest in coding by making it fun, understandable, and accessible at any location that has Internet access. This session targets teachers working with students in third through eighth grade, but all who are interested in introducing students to coding will walk away with helpful information! Your students could have their "hands on" technologies to learn computer programing as soon as you return to school!

Presenters
avatar for Bea Leiderman

Bea Leiderman

Technology Coach, Goochland County Public Schools
Bea has been working with students and teachers at Goochland Middle School and Goochland High School for almost a decade. Currently, Bea spends much of her time in classrooms facilitating learning activities in a 1:1 iPad environment. During her free time, Bea photographs insects and other small creatures, and has published three interactive books available for free at the Apple iBook Store.
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Zoe Parrish

Technology CoachGoochland County Public Schools


Sunday December 7, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
1C

11:00am

First Inaugural VSTE VE PLN Meeting
The Virtual Environments PLN will be holding its first annual membership meeting. Come learn more about this new group and how you can be involved. Officers will be elected. 

Presenters
avatar for Vasili Giannoutsos

Vasili Giannoutsos

Technology Education Student Teacher, Old Dominion University
avatar for Kim Harrison

Kim Harrison

Computer Resource Specialist, Indian Lakes ES
Computer Resource Specialistwww.indianlakeses.vbschools.com
avatar for Keith Reeves

Keith Reeves

Senior Instructional Technology Coordinator, Arlington Public Schools
Chariperson of VSTE. (www.VSTE.org) | Keith David Reeves is the author of "Insurrection: A Teacher Revolution in Defense of Children," and the co-author of "Paperless Research Writing: Effective Digital Scaffolding for Academic Writing using the Moulen-Reeves Model." A native of Syracuse, New York, he has taught every grade level, K through 12, in underprivileged and affluent schools in both rural and urban settings, as well as educational... Read More →


Sunday December 7, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Tower Boardroom

11:00am

GAFE: All Hands on Tech - Writing Across the Curriculum
Tired of hearing your students complain of all the writing they have to do during the school day? “I have to write an essay in English, a research paper in Science, an analysis of a bill in Social Studies,…..WHEN WILL IT END?!?!?!?” During this presentation teachers will reflect on: their schooling experience, how they learned to make connections between subjects, and how flexible their curriculum can be to work with teachers of other subjects for the common good of their students (ISTE T 1; T 3; T 5). Teachers will brainstorm ways their school can work collaboratively to lessen the workload for their students while still receiving quality work (ISTE T 5/ ISTE S 2). Students will collaborate with each other to edit works for each teacher/class (ISTE S 2a). Presenters will demonstrate how they use Google's Apps for Education tools across the curriculum to not only lessen the workload for students; but also improve the quality of student work submitted.

Presenters
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Becky Harden

Assistant Principal | Robert E. Aylor Middle School/ FCPS
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Angela Hyatt

Teacher, FCPS
TeacherRobert E. Aylor Middle School/ FCPS


Sunday December 7, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
4E

11:00am

Google Drives our Student Enrichment Block
Do your students have a customized block of learning time that is planned especially for them, with them, and even by them? Google Apps for Education fosters a growth-mindset of planning and personalizing this data-driven instructional time. We’ll share our vision of students creating videos, collaborating with Google Docs, designing online auctions, answering emails, sharing Google Forms, recording podcasts, building digital portfolios, blogging, and more! This technology packed session will drastically change the way you plan your enrichment and intervention blocks from now on. You’ll REACH every child through individualized objectives with ease, reward, and excitement!

Presenters
avatar for Sarah Lennon

Sarah Lennon

5th Grade Teacher, Chesterbrook ES
Sarah Lennon is a teacher with thirteen years of experience in the upper elementary grades. She currently has a grade 5 class in McLean, Virginia. She enjoys creating fun and interactive lessons that keep her students engaged in the learning process. Explore her website to see what she has going on in her classroom, and find some fun ideas for math, literacy, and technology that you can implement in your own class.


Sunday December 7, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
2D

11:00am

Launching a 1:1 Program: Best Practices
This past year, I conducted a doctoral research project focused on best practices for starting 1:1 computing programs. The research revealed best practices from a multi-case study approach across 5 districts. Some had substantial experience with 1:1, while others were in their first years of implementation. A variety of platforms and grade levels were also represented from the 5 chosen districts. What resulted from this research was a set of recommendations for districts thinking about, or starting, 1:1 programs. This research was conducted by myself and 3 other colleagues and our resulting dissertation won the 2014 CPED Award - from a pool of over 100 colleges and universities granting the Ed.D.

Presenters
avatar for John G Hendron

John G Hendron

Director of Innovation & Strategy, Goochland County Schools
John Hendron is Director of Innovation & Strategy for Goochland County Public Schools by day. John's professional interests are in innovative instruction: constructionism, 1:1 technology, and deeper learning. My lifelong passions include music and creative pursuits with computers: photography, video editing, and web design. I've been blogging continuously online since 1998 and am currently learning more about the maker movement and the impact... Read More →


Sunday December 7, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
2A

11:00am

Promoting Better Classroom Behavior through Effective Instruction

Classroom management is directly linked to effective instruction. Participants in this session will learn learn key behavior management approaches and strategies to incorporate into instruction as well as how technology can provide support for these methods.


Presenters

Sunday December 7, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
3C

11:00am

Save Trees, Save Time, Put your Assessments Online
Audience: Elementary Teachers, Middle School Teachers, High School Teachers, Technology Coaches ISTE Standards for Teachers: 2D Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments d. Provide students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards, and use resulting data to inform learning and teaching Description: You need to know what your students know. Your students need to know what they know. Immediate feedback is crucial for your teaching and your students learning. You need to collect data of student achievement but grading tests takes time and your observations of student learning are hard to quantify. Technology can help you automate your assessment process which will save you time and provide immediate feedback to you and your students. Your time can be reallocated from grading tests to using the results of the test to impact your teaching. You can quickly and efficiently determine who needs remediation, who is ready for independent practice, and who is ready for additional challenges. Our presentation will focus on traditional assessment techniques updated by computers and tablets. Our presentation will follow the explicit teaching model, presentation, guided practice, and formative/summative assessment. We will present a variety of tools to help you collect data on student achievement during each phase of teaching. Last we will provide examples of other ways to get assessment data, including digital portfolios, videos, and writing samples. Agenda: Introduce the assessment process through an explicit teaching model Presentation Presenting the information with interactive components Peardeck Nearpod Todays Meet Guided Practice Google Spreadsheet Formative/Summative Assessment Google Forms Gradecam Socrative (space race & test) InfuseLearning (center & test) Alternative Assessment Options Blogs Kidblog Edublog Videos Explain Everything Educreations Portfolios Google Sites Questions/Suggestions

Presenters
avatar for Susan JInks

Susan JInks

Instructional Technology Specialist, Falls Church City Public Schools
Makerspace | ITRT | Middle School | 1:1
avatar for Steve Knight

Steve Knight

Coordinator of Digital Learning, Falls Church City Public Schools
Coordinator of Digital Learning at Falls Church City Public Schools and K-12 Curriculum and Instruction Resource Teacher for EdTech


Sunday December 7, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
4B

11:00am

Using Social Media and Technology to Brand Your school and Tell Your Story
If you as the school leader are not out in the community telling your story, someone is out there telling it for you. And there is no way to control what they are saying. This session will explore ways that administrators can leverage social media and technology to tell the world all the great things educators are doing. And all of it is FREE! Learn how to use Twitter, FaceBook and YouTube to get your message out there.

Presenters
avatar for David Ellena

David Ellena

Principal, Tomahawk Creek Middle School
I am the Principal of Tomahawk Creek Middle School in Chesterfield County, VA. I love to talk about new technologies and apps that I can share with my teachers and staff. We are also in the first year of a 1:1 Chromebook initiative in our county.


Sunday December 7, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
3A

11:00am

VDOE and Educational Technology Updates
Important information from the Virginia Department of Education concerning data, assessment, instruction and innovation

Presenters
avatar for Jean Weller

Jean Weller

Educational Technology Specialist, Virginia Department of Education
Professional development, virtual learning, competency-based learning, alternative assessments, maker spaces, libraries, mystery books, cats and dogs


Sunday December 7, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
4A

11:00am

What are you QR-ious about?
Join us for a jam-packed session on the many ways you can use QR codes in your classroom! We NEED you there to participate in this "Choose Your Own Adventure" style format! We will discuss ways in which you can use QR codes across the curriculum and in all grade levels. We will also show you how easy it is to create these fascinating codes on your own for FREE!

Presenters
avatar for Russell Brown

Russell Brown

SBTS, Fairfax County Public Schools
avatar for Kurt Kohls

Kurt Kohls

School Based Technology Specialist, Chesterbrook ES/Fairfax County Public Schools
A School Based Technology Specialist in Fairfax County, Virginia, Kurt works with educators to engage their students through innovative ideas, including the use of cutting edge technologies in elementary education. Kurt successfully presented sessions at NECC 2008, 2009, and ISTE from 2010 to 2014 with his colleagues. Participants of these sessions left excited and energized by new Web 2.0 multimedia tools and their potential to help teachers... Read More →


Sunday December 7, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
2C

11:00am

Making STEAM with 3D Printing! All Hands Aboard!
Come to this Maker exploratorium to learn what 3D modeling and 3D printing can mean for you and your classroom. See how design thinking, the engineering design process, and 3D printing come into play in the classroom. In this hands-on workshop, we will experience these important concepts come together as we ideate, design, prototype, and test our designs in the workshop. We’ll 3D model our designs so please make sure to bring your computer and your creative mind! This workshop will target teachers, technology coordinators, and anyone interested in 3D printing or STEAM activities. The topics we will cover in the workshop will span not only across middle and secondary levels, but also different subjects. We’ll introduce ideas and lesson plans for technology courses as well as how to integrate it into classrooms to augment the learning experience for students. See how 3D printing an artifact like an ancient, primitive Arrowhead or a microscopic organism like a virus can help augment the student learning experience. For the hands on portion, members will also engage in the hands on activity of becoming design thinkers. Participants will learn about design thinking and then will be able to engage in the process and see how this can transfer to their classrooms. Participants will be given ample time to be able to ideate, create, test, and re-design their prototypes. Afterwards, there will be time to learn how to 3D model their ideas with Tinkercad (free) to see how it works. Research on this workshop spans topics like ‘learning by doing’ such as project-based learning (Dewey, 1897; Blumenfeld, 1991), to research on the importance of fostering creativity in students for their futures (Esquivel, 1995; Kao, 1997; McWilliams & Haukka, 2008). Real life projects experienced by alumni in undergraduate and graduate programs will be discussed and how encouraging these skills and types of courses at the middle and secondary level help to cultivate a more well versed and creative student body at their current and future academic institutions.

Presenters
avatar for Richard Rho

Richard Rho

Technology Education Chair, St. Stephens & St. Agnes School
I am currently a Technology Coordinator & Department Chair of the Technology Department at St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA. As the Department Chair, I oversee technology integration JK-12 and work with my team of technology coordinators on providing faculty with the latest on new technologies and students with support. As the technology coordinator for the Upper School, I create courses that provide students with... Read More →


Sunday December 7, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
3B

11:30am

SMART Happenings – an overview of new products and software changes
Join Colette Retrosi to learn new and innovative way to use your SMART technologies. 

Presenters
avatar for Street and Company

Street and Company

SMART Education Consultant, Street & Co. Audio Visual


Sunday December 7, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm
Street & Co Playground

12:15pm

LUNCH
Sunday December 7, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Concourse 2-3

12:30pm

Teaching, Learning and Technology: A Panel Conversation
Lunch and learn: a panel of leaders will discuss technology and education. 

Sunday December 7, 2014 12:30pm - 1:15pm
1D

1:30pm

You Can Do THAT with Maps?!?
Please Note: This session has been cancelled


Join David & Alfonso from the Virginia Trekkers as we share examples of using Google Maps, Google Earth, and various mash-ups to teach reading, writing, math, science, and maybe even a little social studies. Learn how you and your students can create customized maps and flyover video tours. Discover sites that combine timelines with maps for teaching the sequence of stories and historical events. See how students have used maps to learn about distance, measurement, elapsed time, multiplication, and shapes. Explore the ocean depths, outer space, habitats, and animal migration routes all within Google Earth. Many student-created examples will be shared, and you’ll leave our session with a repertoire of resources to use back in your own classroom.

Presenters
avatar for David Clough

David Clough

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Henrico County Public Schools
Elementary ITRT at: Holladay, Laburnum, Trevvett, and Varina
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Alfonse Favale

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Henrico County Public Schools
Elementary ITRT at: Gayton, Nuckols Farm, Rivers Edge, and Springfield Park


Sunday December 7, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
4E

1:30pm

Augmented Reality: What the heck is that?
Augmented reality is no longer just for science fiction movies. This cutting-edge technology is entering schools and classrooms worldwide. Don’t know anything about augmented reality? No worries! Come to this lesson – Learn about it – and walk away not only being able to create and aura but with dozens of ideas to use this technology to bring ownership to your students’ learning.

Presenters
avatar for Jennie Carr

Jennie Carr

Bridgewater College
Assistant Professor of Elementary EducationBridgewater College


Sunday December 7, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
1D

1:30pm

BIG Hands Collaborate and Connect in Virtual Worlds
VSTE Virtual Environments PLN Board Liaison, Keith Reeves, presents how virtual environments, particularly Linden Lab's Second Life, support teaching with authentic learning experiences for high schoolers and post secondary students. Administrators interested in or concerned about the virtual environment trend and SOL technology requirement are invited to participate in this session as well.

Presenters
avatar for Keith Reeves

Keith Reeves

Senior Instructional Technology Coordinator, Arlington Public Schools
Chariperson of VSTE. (www.VSTE.org) | Keith David Reeves is the author of "Insurrection: A Teacher Revolution in Defense of Children," and the co-author of "Paperless Research Writing: Effective Digital Scaffolding for Academic Writing using the Moulen-Reeves Model." A native of Syracuse, New York, he has taught every grade level, K through 12, in underprivileged and affluent schools in both rural and urban settings, as well as educational... Read More →


Sunday December 7, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Tower Boardroom

1:30pm

District Digital Conversion

At some point in the not too distant future, digital districts will become the new normal and new ways of measuring efficiency and effectiveness will emerge that will make this discussion more routine. Districts about to start, or those who have initiated their digital conversions, may find the lessons learned and District Digital Conversion Framework helpful to get started and improve your current efforts. For those seeking advice and support, McGraw Hill Education has a group of committed digital conversion experts, who can consult and tailor a district digital conversion plan to your needs.


Presenters

Sunday December 7, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
3C

1:30pm

Exploring Copia Class
Copia Class is a new and innovative digital content learning platform. Across the state of Virginia, we are bringing together state-approved and SOL-aligned content from a wide variety of publishers and content creators. And we deliver this content via our seamless platform that provides a rich array of interactive and assessment tools inside and outside of the content. Participants will be provided with tablets to help learn how to use Copia Class for the duration of our session. 

Sunday December 7, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
4D

1:30pm

Google and Even More...
Google is so much more than a search engine, right? But, are you utilizing effectively Google products that can save you time and lots of frustration? Attend to learn about the power of Google's Chrome, Drive, Bookmarks, Apps, Extensions and more! Take back to fellow teachers, admins, students and parents ways to better collaborate and utilize Google's "Even More" products.

Presenters
avatar for Anita Harris

Anita Harris

Instructional Technology Specialist, Cumberland County Public Schools
EdTech advocate who is always seeking, always learning, always sharing... | ​~ Instructional Technology Specialist, Cumberland County Public Schools | ~ Board Director and Secretary, Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) | ~ Chair, VSTE Outreach Committee | ~ Certified Online Facilitator, PBS TeacherLine & WHRO | ~ Certified Promethean Trainer | ~ NETS*T Certified | "Your mind is a garden. Your... Read More →


Sunday December 7, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
2A

1:30pm

iBooks Author: Learn how to use the free publishing tool in your classroom
iBooks Author is an amazing Mac app that allows anyone to create beautiful digital textbooks — and just about any other kind of book. Join us and learn how to use this powerful, easy tool to take your own existing content and transform it into something incredible. No computers are required, but if you bring your Mac and existing course content with you, we'll walk you through installing the app and you may even leave the session with a complete book! If you bring a Mac, make sure you have: OS X 10.7 Lion or later installed Internet access set up to use the VSTE Wi-Fi Any course content that you'd like to include in your book (PDFs, MS Word Docs, JPEGs, etc)

Presenters

Sunday December 7, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
2D

1:30pm

Immersing Foreign Language Instruction in 21st Century Multimodal Technology
The teaching and learning of foreign languages has always been by necessity a multimodal endeavor. To understand Spanish, for example, a student must not only read critically, memorize, and regurgitate information, but listen to the language and the nuances of accent, connect visuals to the foreign words, and even view media that captures the culture. Yet with the advent of technologies to facilitate multimodal instruction, the proper integration and emphasis of digital tools in foreign language learning has not flourished as it has in other disciplines. The untapped potential of interactive Web software needs to be addressed because it is a disservice to students in a 21st century foreign language classroom to learn as they have for centuries. In this presentation, I will review my successes in incorporating Audioboo to benefit students aurally via podcasting, Lingt Online Foreign Language Classroom to encourage participation via immersive communication, and EdPuzzle to engage students visually via annotated videos of cultural lessons. My classroom relies heavily on digital multimodal tools to flip the classroom and minimize lecture while maximizing active engagement of the material. This presentation will share these applications with fellow teachers. It is a constant struggle for foreign language instructors to meaningfully cover grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing, speaking, and listening on a daily basis. Emerging technologies like Audioboo, Lingt, and EdPuzzle offer foreign language instructors a means to lessen the load and increase in-class student engagement in all five areas. Audioboo is a podcasting Web site, which allows users to record and upload podcasts that are easily embedded into learning management systems like Edmodo. Podcasts in a foreign language classroom can replace limiting homework assignments and reach students aurally. Lingt benefits students through listening activities that require spoken responses, all contained in a listening/speaking online "worksheet." Both Lingt and Audioboo promote the challenging aspects of communicative, multimodal competency and assist teachers in ensuring reinforcement of speaking and listening that continues outside of class. EdPuzzle goes beyond a simple VHS, DVD, or YouTube experience by posing review inquiries for students to increase comprehension. Teachers are able to post videos that provide meaningful exposure to the language, while being able to track viewing statistics and behaviors and monitor student progress. This presentation will offer strategies for integrating these and other tools into language acquisition and foreign language classrooms. Attendees will be asked to participate in brainstorming applications for these tools to help immerse foreign language instruction in 21st century technologies.

Presenters
avatar for Meredith Gober

Meredith Gober

Foreign Language Teacher, Chesapeake Bay Academy
Foreign Language TeacherChesapeake Bay Academy


Sunday December 7, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
3A

1:30pm

Launching a 1:1 Program: Best Practices
This past year, I conducted a doctoral research project focused on best practices for starting 1:1 computing programs. The research revealed best practices from a multi-case study approach across 5 districts. Some had substantial experience with 1:1, while others were in their first years of implementation. A variety of platforms and grade levels were also represented from the 5 chosen districts. What resulted from this research was a set of recommendations for districts thinking about, or starting, 1:1 programs. This research was conducted by myself and 3 other colleagues and our resulting dissertation won the 2014 CPED Award - from a pool of over 100 colleges and universities granting the Ed.D.

Presenters
avatar for John G Hendron

John G Hendron

Director of Innovation & Strategy, Goochland County Schools
John Hendron is Director of Innovation & Strategy for Goochland County Public Schools by day. John's professional interests are in innovative instruction: constructionism, 1:1 technology, and deeper learning. My lifelong passions include music and creative pursuits with computers: photography, video editing, and web design. I've been blogging continuously online since 1998 and am currently learning more about the maker movement and the impact... Read More →


Sunday December 7, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
4E

1:30pm

Microsoft Office OneNote for ePortfolios
OneNote is a great tool to use for ePortfolios. Teachers can use it for their evaluation portfolios. Students can use it to compile classroom performance assessments. OneNote allows users to add files, record audio and video, and quickly add screen shots. Participants will learn to create templates for ePortfolios using Microsoft OneNote. Using OneNote for ePortfolios will allow students and teachers to share relevant parts of their work (no need to share the entire portfolio unless asked) in order to give and receive feedback as necessary. Best of all, Microsoft OneNote is free. Join us and learn to harness this fantastic educational resource. We’ll demonstrate how to use certain functions and share some examples as well. Presentation Resources on Edmodo with Group Code ryw4iu

Presenters
avatar for Ruth Okoye

Ruth Okoye

Technology Resource Teacher, Portsmouth Public Schools
ITRT, Portsmouth Public Schools
avatar for Karen Streeter

Karen Streeter

Instructional Technology Supervisor, Portsmouth Public Schools
Technology coaching. Making learning accessible, fun, and applicable for teachers and students.


Sunday December 7, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
1C

1:30pm

Microsoft Tools for Teachers

Come to this session to see tools, software and services that you already own or that you can access for no additional cost!  This session isn’t about what you should buy, this is about what you can use today!  Some examples of the tools Marty will cover:  OneDrive, PowerPoint Mix, OneNote Classroom Notebook Creator, Microsoft in Education apps, Lync, Minecraft in the cloud, Office 365 for your school, Bing in the Classroom, Free Surfaces, Yammer, Microsoft Sway and more.

This will be a demo heavy presentation.  In fact, Marty has committed to limiting himself to only one slide in the whole presentation!  Don’t miss this opportunity to see how your teachers can leverage these resources!


Presenters
avatar for Microsoft

Microsoft

Account Technology Strategist / US Education, Microsoft
As the Account Technology Strategist for Microsoft Education, Marty helps customers understand how our newest technologies can help university IT organizations be more efficient, productive and better support the educational mission of the overall university.


Sunday December 7, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
5A

1:30pm

Teachers' Hands on Tech = Students' Hands on Tech
Find out how you can structure a teacher cohort where teachers don't just learn about new technology but consider how to connect new technology to student interests, student needs and student learning. The Teacher Leadership Project is a year-long professional learning experience that transforms teachers from occasional technology users to deep integrators. Presenters will share ideas about how to design professional learning that is project-based, hands-on, and collaborative. Discussion will include recruiting and supporting teachers, celebrating the work teachers accomplish and how to move teachers from using technology as substitution to redefinition. Presenters will use teacher and student artifacts to demonstrate that asking teachers to share, present and analyze their technology usage leads to more permanent shifts in how technology is used for teaching and learning. Participants will walk away with ideas about different approaches to professional learning and strategies for getting teachers to see themselves as technology leaders not just technology users.

Presenters
avatar for Kyle Dunbar

Kyle Dunbar

Technology Integration Specialist, Alexandria City Public Schools
Kyle Dunbar is a Technology Integration Specialist in Alexandria, VA. A graduate of Georgetown University, University of Michigan and George Mason University, Kyle is passionate about the role technology can play to engage all students in learning. She loves to be in classrooms where students are playing games to learn, telling stories digitally, and sharing their ideas with the world. Kyle has presented on educational technology topics at... Read More →
avatar for Todd Koren

Todd Koren

Technology Integration Specialist, Alexandria City Public Schools
Technology Integration Specialist at Alexandria City Public Schools.


Sunday December 7, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
4B

1:30pm

Technology and the Case for Lifelong Learning
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin Technology has obviously changed the landscape of learning, providing teachers and students with vast resources of information and tools that enable them to use the information in a variety of ways. But it also presents a challenge to educators who need to harness the power of technology to engage and motivate students, to involve them in the learning process. There is a great temptation to assume that technology levels the playing field, but the fact is that not all students learn the same and not all teachers teach the same. By the same token, not all students and teachers will use technology in the same ways. So, there is a need to provide students with as many opportunities to respond to instruction as possible. Time to Teach Differentiated Instruction (DI), which is modeled after Marzano’s Nine Instructional Strategies for Effective Teaching and Learning and Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, is the means whereby teachers can use all of the tools in their toolbox, including technology, to engage and motivate students to pursue lifelong learning. In either a “Bring Your Own Device” or “Model Classroom” session, I intend to demonstrate DI, using a combination of technology and interactivity. This model may be of interest to both classroom teachers and school administrators in K-12, and it can be modified for any subject and any grade level. In today’s environment of high stakes testing, a program that maximizes student learning without demanding more of a teacher's day is quite valuable. Teachers can easily incorporate technology into their lesson plans, along with other strategies, to maximize student motivation and performance.

Presenters
avatar for Maryann Whitaker

Maryann Whitaker

National Trainer - Differentiated Instruction, Center for Teacher Effectiveness
Adjunct Assistant Professor, John Tyler CC/National Trainer, Center for Teacher Effectiveness. Ask me about Differentiated Instruction strategies and how to book a workshop for your school.


Sunday December 7, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
3D

1:30pm

Virtual Virginia
Important information from the Virginia Department of Education concerning data, assessment, instruction and innovation

Presenters
avatar for Cheri Kelleher

Cheri Kelleher

Program Coordinator - Virtual Virginia, Virginia


Sunday December 7, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
4A

1:30pm

Wings , Fins and Feet for Reading
Want to excite and engage ALL of your students with reading? Learn to differentiate literature through 3D virtual tours, street view experiences, panaramic views, and interactive maps. Fly around the world, dive under the oceans, walk on the moon and sail through the stars with Google Earth. Connect with examples from Jules Verne's novels and a wide variety of literature from Google Lit Trips. Discover ways to integrate this unique applicaiton of technology with any grade or student population.

Presenters
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Sabrina Buckley

Library Media SpecialistChesterbrook Elementary, Fairfax County Public Schools


Sunday December 7, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
2C

1:30pm

Interactive Art Synthesizer
Electironics, programming and art combine for the premiere performance of Perceptive Transition created in collaboration with artist Isaac Budmen. Participants will play the interactive Art Synthesizer, creating unique variations of the work in this intersection of art/technology and digital/physical.  Advice on how students can use MakeyMakey and Scratch to create their own interactive artwork will be shared.

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Sunday December 7, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
3B

1:45pm

Extreme Collaboration – use your own device to interact with the SMART board
Join Colette Retrosi to learn new and innovative way to use your SMART technologies. 

Presenters
avatar for Street and Company

Street and Company

SMART Education Consultant, Street & Co. Audio Visual


Sunday December 7, 2014 1:45pm - 2:00pm
Street & Co Playground

2:30pm

SMART Blocks – the new math Add-on in Notebook 14
Come to the playground to learn new and innovative ways to use your SMART technologies.

Presenters
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Street and Company

SMART Education Consultant, Street & Co. Audio Visual


Sunday December 7, 2014 2:30pm - 2:45pm
Street & Co Playground

2:30pm

3:00pm

Make it Happen - Lesson Activity Builder
Join Colette in the playground to learn more about SMART technologies.

Presenters
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Street and Company

SMART Education Consultant, Street & Co. Audio Visual


Sunday December 7, 2014 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Street & Co Playground

3:15pm

Building a Community of Practice around Technology at VSTE
Technology is not the answer. It is just one of the tools in the educator’s toolbox that can bring about a pedagogical change to our educational system. Technology and classroom instruction have too often been throw together as if they magically fit. Often the best laid plans by educational leadership fail to value the success stories of the classroom teachers. Through a panel of expert ITC’s we will examine how educational best practices along with a variety of technology resources are making changes in the classroom. We will examine teaching methodologies like Cloud Computing and Flipping the Classroom and will share the resources that have been used to change the way teachers are teaching. We will offer through EdTechReview an opportunity for attendees to share and document their own personal experiences and build out a vibrant active community for educators sharing success stories while connecting with others VSTE members with whom they can build lasting relationships.

Presenters
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Brian Hackett

I have been working in public education since 1981. I have been published in educational magazines and worked closely with the Virginia Department of Education presenting nationally the civic responsibility of Service-Learning and promoting curriculum based community-service projects through technology. I served on focus groups for the US Department of Education working on the ‘Millennials’ and School 2.0 projects during the Bush... Read More →
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Keith Reeves

Senior Instructional Technology Coordinator, Arlington Public Schools
Chariperson of VSTE. (www.VSTE.org) | Keith David Reeves is the author of "Insurrection: A Teacher Revolution in Defense of Children," and the co-author of "Paperless Research Writing: Effective Digital Scaffolding for Academic Writing using the Moulen-Reeves Model." A native of Syracuse, New York, he has taught every grade level, K through 12, in underprivileged and affluent schools in both rural and urban settings, as well as educational... Read More →


Sunday December 7, 2014 3:15pm - 4:15pm
4C

3:15pm

Digital Storytelling: A Springboard to Multimodal and Research Literacies
The National Council for Teachers of English 2005 Position Statement on Multimodal Literacies encourages instructors to assist today's tech savvy scholars, "particularly adept at recognizing creative applications for new technologies," to consider the implications of their digital works. Our digital natives are comfortable in composing in digital spaces; limitless options exist for them to communicate with friends, family, and mass audiences for social, personal, educational, or entertainment purposes. Yet few realize these same multimodal compositions - whether Instagram and Snapchat images and collages, YouTube videos, Twitter feeds, and Pinterest pages - could serve as a springboard from textual or visual narration to in-depth scholarly research. Indeed, many students focus their attention daily on issues of importance to their lives yet struggle to generate unique research topics and perspectives. In this presentation, we will review a digital storytelling assignment for a first-year composition course at Tidewater Community College, analyze how it goes beyond narration to promote inquiry, research, and engagement of multimodal sources, and promote the flexibility of the digital assignment across the curriculum in secondary and post-secondary classrooms. We will discuss the assignment design, the affordances and limitations of various Web tools and software in the production and execution of projects, and the criteria for assessment of multimodal digital compositions. The significance of digital and research competencies for 21st century scholars will be highlighted as the assignment encourages creative choices by students to select the digital tools that best suit them (e.g. Prezi, iMovie, Camtasia Studio, PowToon, Audacity, Tumblr). Participants will view hybrid projects created by students with a wide array of skills in video editing, slideshow presentations, and collage narratives; various tools will also be examined. We will engage participants by asking them to share their experiences and discuss the various pedagogical benefits and limitations of digital storytelling.

Presenters
avatar for Tom Geary

Tom Geary

Assistant Professor, Tidewater Community College
I am a PhD candidate in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Maryland and Assistant Professor of English at Tidewater Community College. | | My academic interests are in writing studies, visual rhetoric, digital storytelling, teaching with technology, procedural rhetoric and electracy, podcasting, Cicero’s rhetorical corpus, and modern rhetorical theories of identity, agency, and subjectivity.
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Meredith Gober

Foreign Language Teacher, Chesapeake Bay Academy
Foreign Language TeacherChesapeake Bay Academy


Sunday December 7, 2014 3:15pm - 4:15pm
2D

3:15pm

Engrade:  Keep the Dots; Add the Connections
Engrade offers school systems a state-of-the-art, classroom-centric instructional information and improvement system that layers over your existing SIS and digital content,  and scales to meet a district’s unique needs.  Come see demonstrations of its standards-based gradebook, integration of 3rd party content, its ability to deploy and score custom assessments (including technology-enhanced items), and its ability to aggregate data at all levels to inform student achievement and growth.  Engrade unifies and personalizes education – all at the same time.

Presenters

Sunday December 7, 2014 3:15pm - 4:15pm
3C

3:15pm

Exploring Copia Class
Copia Class is a new and innovative digital content learning platform. Across the state of Virginia, we are bringing together state-approved and SOL-aligned content from a wide variety of publishers and content creators. And we deliver this content via our seamless platform that provides a rich array of interactive and assessment tools inside and outside of the content. Participants will be provided with tablets to help learn how to use Copia Class for the duration of our session. 

Sunday December 7, 2014 3:15pm - 4:15pm
4D

3:15pm

From Dissertation to Classroom: All Hands on Personal Finance and Tech
The session is for educators interested in teaching personal finance in a high school classroom. The session is an explanation and use of a dissertation research project using EverFi and a simulation experience in a high school classroom setting. The dissertation focused on experiential learning and use of simulations to aide in the understanding of personal finance. Portions of the EverFi program are featured in the session and the use of the simulations demonstrated and interwoven within a personal finance curriculum. As personal finance is now a graduation requirement, the EverFi program is superb supplemental content for a well-rounded financial education program. The program brings interactive content and the simulations give students experiences in dealing with money. All Hands on Tech, and Show Me the Money!

Presenters
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Ellen Nosal

Teacher, Fauquier County Public Schools
Math Teacher | Kettle Run High School


Sunday December 7, 2014 3:15pm - 4:15pm
3A

3:15pm

Google Apps, Extensions and More, Oh My!
Join us as we explore the difference between Google Apps and Extensions. We will discuss the differences between the two and which ones are great for educators. We will look at how to find and install them. Then we will take time to show some of our favorite apps and extensions. Please feel free to bring some to share.

Presenters
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Denise Henry -Orndorff

Instructional Technology Resource Coach, Sandy Hook Elementary School
I am married and have two children. Our days are busy with baseball, soccer, FFA, 4-H, and Relay for Life (where I serve as event lead for our county). I am currently entering my 19th year of teaching in Shenandoah County where I went as a child. I have a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education (K-3 certification) from James Madison University and a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Computer Education from the University of... Read More →
avatar for Valerie Fawley

Valerie Fawley

ITRC, W. W. Robinson Elementary School
Instructional Technology Resource Coach W. W. Robinson Elementary School | I love helping teachers integrate technology into their classroom, especially when it comes to coding and robotics at the elementary level!


Sunday December 7, 2014 3:15pm - 4:15pm
2C

3:15pm

Google Classroom: Join the Paperless Revolution!
Love all things Google? As of August 2014, Google Classroom was released to the public! Come and learn how to introduce real-time collaboration and paperless learning into your teaching through Google classroom. Google Classroom is a free platform available to anyone with Google Apps for Education. Classroom is designed to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly, including time-saving features, organizational structure through Google Drive, and real-time assessment. The session will give a basic description of the features and benefits of Google classroom as well as help teachers to set up their own Google Classroom. This session is open to educators of all subjects and grade levels as well as administrators.

Presenters
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Jennie Carr

Bridgewater College
Assistant Professor of Elementary EducationBridgewater College


Sunday December 7, 2014 3:15pm - 4:15pm
1D

3:15pm

Hands on Presentations with Ipads and QR codes
Participants will actively engage with several free Ipad apps creating exciting presentations that allow for sharing of content knowledge by both students and teachers.. Ipad apps will focus on Educreations, Foto Farm and Scan as well as the website qrstuff.com. Participants may bring their own Ipad and download the apps in advance or use one of a limited number of presenter Ipads.

Presenters
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Theresa Haniford

First Grade teacherRockhill Elementary School, Stafford County Public Schools
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Carol O'Hagan

ITRT, Stafford County Public Schools
ITRTRockhill Elementary School/Stafford County Public Schools


Sunday December 7, 2014 3:15pm - 4:15pm
3D

3:15pm

Independent School Forum
From ISTE SIG-IS: This session will provide a forum for discussion that supports the unique needs of independent school educators based, in part, on their often unique features such as individual missions, clientele, and funding models. Come prepared to share current technology initiatives at your school, ask questions about what others are doing, and discuss challenges and solutions you've encountered over the past year. Plan to spend time networking and getting to know other independent school educators from around Virginia.

Presenters
avatar for Brian King

Brian King

Director of Technology, Fredericksburg Christian Schools
He's just this guy, you know?


Sunday December 7, 2014 3:15pm - 4:15pm
2B

3:15pm

Introduction of Coding in the Middle School Curriculum Using Scratch to Support 21st Century Learning
Get kids excited about learning while supporting the development of 21st Century Skills by incorporating coding into your curriculum. At Blue Ridge Middle School, the Coding At the Middle School (CAMS) initiative is using the MIT Scratch website to integrate coding into the sixth grade keyboarding curriculum. Using LoudounVision, a Moodle based course delivery system, students are introduced into a world of possibilities and fun while remixing projects, deciphering code in challenge activities, and building their own programs. Students are introduced to concepts in each module using teacher-developed example programs on the Scratch website in the Program Resources section. In the What Does It Do? section, students first predict the outcome of a prepared program presented on a PDF. They then enter the code on the Scratch website to determine the accuracy of their prediction. Next, the Challenge Activity provides students with a ‘broken’ program that must be remixed and fixed as indicated. Finally, a selection of scaffolded programming projects are provided to students to allow them to demonstrate mastery at their own level in the Final Programming Activity section. Before jumping into this arena, student online safety, easy access for students, and satisfactory online interactions between student and teacher are considered with best practices in mind. In this initiative, generic student accounts for access to the Scratch website are created by the staff and provided to students. Use of Padlet.com allows students to share projects in a secure location in an anonymous fashion, and provides a streamlined environment for the instructor to view and evaluate student work. Attendees are invited to enter the LCPS LoudounVision course during the lecture, and navigate through the activities provided to students, and to browse student projects.

Presenters
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Marnie Hawk

Technology Resource Teacher, Loudoun County Public Schools
Reading, sailing, water, Andy Hawk & The Train Wreck Endings, CAMS, middle schools, high school, Google, domain administration, TRTing
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Keith Hicks

Technology Resource Teacher, Loudoun County Public Schools
Let's talk Scratch Programming and 21st century learning!


Sunday December 7, 2014 3:15pm - 4:15pm
2A

3:15pm

Is there a crowdfunding campaign in your future?
Over the last three years, crowdfunding has evolved from a cottage industry to become a recognized and legitimate alternative to traditional capital investment services such as banks, venture capitalists, angel investors, and other grantmaking organizations. The initial handful of crowdfunding sites has grown to dozens, with an increasing number of sites serving specialized niche markets such as education. However, successfully navigating this increasing diversified space requires a bit of knowledge and insight. This session explores the rise of crowdfunding for educators, including particular sites of interest (e.g., Kickstarter, Indigogo), as well as specific products and campaigns addressing the education marketplace. The presenter will also announce the launch of his own Kickstarter campaign to create an artificially intelligent tool to support knowledge discovery in teaching and learning, designed for teachers and students. Using this campaign as a focal point, the factors educators should consider in creating their own campaigns will be highlighted. If you have an Idea for the Next Big Thing in educational technology, or if you just have a small idea that needs a bit of financial jumpstart, this session is for you.

Presenters

Sunday December 7, 2014 3:15pm - 4:15pm
4B

3:15pm

It's Only Rock n' Roll - Beach Music Edition
Rock ‘n Roll gives us some great music and stories that create excitement and inspire creativity, and being at the beach this year, it seems only appropriate to use Beach Music to learn important lessons about how we can better use technology! In this session, we will explore some legends of Rock n' Roll and draw inspiration from their lives and music that we will apply to integrating technology in the classroom. This year’s edition will feature great artists like The Beach Boys to teach us about collaboration and Jimmy Buffett to teach us about teaching and learning with data! Expect great music, cool technology resources, and fun lessons about how to better integrate technology into your classroom! Come Rock out at the beach and get some great technology resources!

Presenters
avatar for Alan Quimby

Alan Quimby

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Harrisonburg City Public Schools
ITRT for Harrisonburg City Public Schools


Sunday December 7, 2014 3:15pm - 4:15pm
1A

3:15pm

Let Your Class Flow - Promethean
Do you have a mix of classroom technology (iPads, Chromebooks, Promethean board, projector, laptop cart, etc.) that you’d like to use to their full potential? If so, join us for an interactive experience highlighting how ClassFlow, a FREE cloud-based teaching and learning platform that connects to resources you have on your local computer or in cloud storage solutions (such as Google Drive, Dropbox, or Microsoft OneDrive), gives you a place to create, store, and deliver lessons that include the ability to assess and push content to students on their web-enabled devices. 

Grade Level: All 
Subject Area: All

Presenters

Sunday December 7, 2014 3:15pm - 4:15pm
5A

3:15pm

LITTLE Hands Collaborate and Connect in Virtual Worlds
VSTE Virtual Environments PLN members share virtual environments suitable for elementary students. Come find out how to connect to VSTE's own Minecraft server and see a third grade teacher's Kitely world, complete with Fairy Tale Land and a tour of the state of Maine.

Presenters
avatar for Lisa Alconcel

Lisa Alconcel

Computer Resource Specialist (ITRT), Red Mill Elemantary, Virginia Beach, VA
I've been teaching for 35 years, the last 16 years as a Computer Resource Specialist (or ITRT).
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Kim Harrison

Computer Resource Specialist, Indian Lakes ES
Computer Resource Specialistwww.indianlakeses.vbschools.com


Sunday December 7, 2014 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Tower Boardroom

3:15pm

Successful Tech-enriched, Project-based learning--What Does It Take?
Have you heard it before? “I would love to integrate technology and do project-based learning with my students but lack of time, varying student tech skills, and ability levels make me hesitate.” In spite of our reservations, we jumped in headfirst with a large scale, authentic project with 100 middle school kids; it evolved into a powerful learning experience for all the students (and for us). The project, a multi-generational history of our school, taught us several lessons about logistics, backward design, and the accommodation of different learners. This session will share a rubric for successful design and implementation of tech-enriched, project-based learning. Participants will discuss how to organize and scaffold project-based learning so that all students can advance their skill levels and create a successful product.

Presenters
avatar for Diane Harding

Diane Harding

Instructional Coach, Albemarle County Public Schools
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Susan Scofield

Classroom LA TeacherBurley Middle School/Albemarle County Public Schools


Sunday December 7, 2014 3:15pm - 4:15pm
4A

3:15pm

Unlock to Learn: Principle of GREATEST Privilege
Are your teachers “local administrators” on their school division assigned computers? Can they install their home printer without your permission? Can they keep their own software up-to-date? Are you going through the million reasons this would be a disaster? Well, it’s not. It’s not even a disaster if you make kids the “local administrator” of their machines in a 1:1 deployment. Yep. It works. CIOs and CTOs talk about IT as INFORMATION Technology. We talk about it as INSTRUCTIONAL Technology – technology for teaching and learning. There’s a BIG difference. Come hear stories of why kids learn more in an open educational environment,

Presenters
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Nita Collier

Lead Technology Trainer, Albemarle County Schools
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Becky Fisher

Director of End User Experience, Albemarle County Public Schools
Becky received a BA and MAT in Physics from the University of Virginia while working as a FORTRAN programmer for the University’s Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics. After assisting in an NSF-funded summer institute for Physics teachers, she committed to a career in public education. Over two decades later, she has been a classroom teacher, instructional technology specialist, and central office leader working diligently to change the... Read More →
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Ira Socol

Design Project Manager, Albemarle County Public Schools


Sunday December 7, 2014 3:15pm - 4:15pm
1C

3:15pm

The Sky's the Limit
Ever had to wait for a package from Amazon? We all have! Drones may be your “delivery boy” in the near future! Get a new perspective on shadows, cloud formations, school events, and the change of seasons at your school! Come meet a drone face to face and learn how to take your classroom to new heights!

Presenters
avatar for Russell Brown

Russell Brown

SBTS, Fairfax County Public Schools
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Kurt Kohls

School Based Technology Specialist, Chesterbrook ES/Fairfax County Public Schools
A School Based Technology Specialist in Fairfax County, Virginia, Kurt works with educators to engage their students through innovative ideas, including the use of cutting edge technologies in elementary education. Kurt successfully presented sessions at NECC 2008, 2009, and ISTE from 2010 to 2014 with his colleagues. Participants of these sessions left excited and energized by new Web 2.0 multimedia tools and their potential to help teachers... Read More →
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Sarah Lennon

5th Grade Teacher, Chesterbrook ES
Sarah Lennon is a teacher with thirteen years of experience in the upper elementary grades. She currently has a grade 5 class in McLean, Virginia. She enjoys creating fun and interactive lessons that keep her students engaged in the learning process. Explore her website to see what she has going on in her classroom, and find some fun ideas for math, literacy, and technology that you can implement in your own class.


Sunday December 7, 2014 3:15pm - 4:15pm
3B

4:30pm

Back to the Future is Not Mission Impossible for the Young and the Restless.
First we will take a trip Back to the Future via the one-room schoolhouse. Visualize the one-room schoolhouse—no walls, multiple skill levels, multiple grade levels, blended subject matter and one teacher. Sound familiar? Today we call it differentiated instruction, but futuristic thinkers will call it creative-critical teaching.Teaching requires an endless stream of new ideas. Sometimes the challenge seems overwhelming, but it is not Mission Impossible because you are the Young and the Restless. You are up for the challenge. I believe in you. I believe that our students’ inventions, hobbies, careers and ultimately their lives lie at the nexus of creativity and critical thinking and you must foster both by reaching beyond the expected and into the imaginative unknown. This message today will focus on You-- The Restless, and what it is that you must do to carry us into the future and meet the demands of this new technological generation.

Speakers
avatar for Rob Furman

Rob Furman

Principal, South Park Elementary Center
Dr. L. Robert Furman is the elementary school principal at South Park Elementary School in South Park, Pennsylvania. Rob works with aspiring principals as an adjunct faculty member at the university level and feels strongly that technology is a major key to a successful career in education. He belongs to several regional and national organizations including NAESP, ASCD, and ISTE where he continues to present on virtual leadership topics. Rob is... Read More →


Sunday December 7, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Ballroom 3
 
Monday, December 8
 

8:00am

General Opening Session and Awards Ceremony
The exciting opening to the conference: meet the Board, help us recognize the awards winners, and get ready for an innovative keynote presentation. 


Monday December 8, 2014 8:00am - 8:30am
Ballroom 3

8:30am

A Global Revolution Goes to School: The Maker Movement
The Maker Movement is a revolutionary global collaboration of people learning to solve problems with modern tools and technology. Adults and children are combining new technologies and timeless craft traditions to create exciting projects and control their world. The implications are profound for schools and districts concerned with engaging students, maintaining relevance, and preparing children to solve problems unanticipated by the curriculum. The technological game-changers of 3D printing, physical computing and computer science require and fuel transformations in the learning environment. K-12 educators can adapt the powerful technology and “can do” maker ethos to revitalize learner-centered teaching and learning in all subject areas. 

Speakers
avatar for Sylvia Martinez

Sylvia Martinez

Author and Independent Education Consultant, Constructing Modern Knowledge
Sylvia is co-author of “Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom”, a new book advocating authentic learning using modern technology, real world design principles, and hands-on experiences. The book has been hailed as the “Bible of the Maker Movement in schools.” Sylvia is a principal advisor to the Stanford FabLearn Fellows, and served on the NAEP Advisory Board for the upcoming Technology &... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 8:30am - 9:30am
Ballroom 3

9:30am

Exhibit Hall Open
Monday December 8, 2014 9:30am - 6:15pm
Exhibit Hall A

9:45am

Extreme Collaboration – use your own device to interact with the SMART board
Join Colette Retrosi to learn new and innovative way to use your SMART technologies. 

Presenters
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Street and Company

SMART Education Consultant, Street & Co. Audio Visual


Monday December 8, 2014 9:45am - 10:00am
Street & Co Playground

9:45am

Changes to E-rate and How It Affects You
With all the changes to E-rate, please come to listen, learn and discuss what these changes are and what they can do for you.

Presenters

Monday December 8, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
4E

9:45am

Customize Your Content
Do you ever wish your textbooks were written just for your school, including local content your students could relate to? It is very easy to use Apple's free tool, iBooks Author, to create customized books for any content area or reading level. In fact, teachers do not have to limit themselves to school content. Share your personal interests with your school community and model life-long learning. Come find out how easy it is to share your creations with your school community or with the world.

Presenters
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Bea Leiderman

Technology Coach, Goochland County Public Schools
Bea has been working with students and teachers at Goochland Middle School and Goochland High School for almost a decade. Currently, Bea spends much of her time in classrooms facilitating learning activities in a 1:1 iPad environment. During her free time, Bea photographs insects and other small creatures, and has published three interactive books available for free at the Apple iBook Store.


Monday December 8, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
5A

9:45am

District Digital Conversion

At some point in the not too distant future, digital districts will become the new normal and new ways of measuring efficiency and effectiveness will emerge that will make this discussion more routine. Districts about to start, or those who have initiated their digital conversions, may find the lessons learned and District Digital Conversion Framework helpful to get started and improve your current efforts. For those seeking advice and support, McGraw Hill Education has a group of committed digital conversion experts, who can consult and tailor a district digital conversion plan to your needs.


Presenters

Monday December 8, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
3C

9:45am

Emerging Strategies in School Technology Innovation - Advanced Logic
David Carter, CTO & Mike Sebolt, EdD bring a dual approach to innovating with technology in the academic environment.  In this session David and Mike will share strategies & options for Technology Leaders to more heavily leverage and streamline their IT services infrastructure, identify funding sources and models available to help schools maximize available dollars from programs and best practices many school districts can take advantage of.
This session will be beneficial for academic leadership from multiple areas of responsibility: from Superintendents to IT Directors in a very interactive format.   Our goal from the session is that each participant leave with specific information and strategies on how to innovate services for the academic environment, within the limitations of working with very real budget challenges.  


Monday December 8, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
4B

9:45am

Empowering Student Voice and choice

There is a lot of discussion about personalized learning in schools today, but how do we truly embrace this shift with a definition and tools to support student learning.  Come join a conversation with Adam Garry (Manager of GLobal Education Strategy),on the power of empowering student voice to support personalized learning.


Presenters
avatar for Adam Garry

Adam Garry

Manager of Global K-12 Education Strategy, Dell
Adam Garry is a former elementary school teacher and is now Dell’s manager of global professional learning. He has presented at conferences around the world, including ISTE, and has delivered keynotes across the United States and in Costa Rica, Jamaica and Trinidad. He has published many articles on technology integration for several education magazines and has a strong following on Twitter. Over the past twelve years he has consulted in... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
5D

9:45am

Express Yourself! (Getting the Best From Your Foreign Language Students)
How do you get your students excited about your target language? Engage them with technology! Ideas, strategies and student samples provided to spark your students' creativity and leverage their digital skills. Increase authentic communication through digital media and resources.

Presenters
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Ana Estrada

Teacher-Spanish I & IIHampton City Schools
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Carol Marcolini

CITT, Hampton City Schools
PBL, GAFE, FL, Gifted, teaching the whole student, appealing to students' passions to hook them


Monday December 8, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
2C

9:45am

Google Apps For Education: Educating with All Hands on Tech!
Google Apps For Education: Educating with All Hands on Tech! Ever struggle with creating student excitement about learning? By using Google's Apps for Education tools: Docs, forms, and presentation, teachers can quickly and easily differentiate learning for students, create a 21st century learning environment, and provide hands on technology experiences which engage and challenge all students (ISTE S 1b). The presenters have used this format to determine students’ prior knowledge of a given topic and then differentiate learning to allow high achieving students to flourish while providing scaffolded activities for students who are on grade level or below (ISTE S 4a, b). Students are also able to reflect and collaborate with classmates on assignments (ISTE S 2a). This strategy empowers students to own their learning and participate in hands on learning activities with technology. It allows students to demonstrate their understanding of concepts through a creative outlet. (ISTE S 2a). The strategies learned in this presentation are easily adaptable to any subject area. Examples will be provided from subject areas of English, Science, Social Studies and Civics.

Presenters
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Sandy Bailey

Teacher, Frederick County Public Schools
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Angela Hyatt

Teacher, FCPS
TeacherRobert E. Aylor Middle School/ FCPS


Monday December 8, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
3A

9:45am

How Do We get Our Preservice Teachers Globally Connected?
Global projects during preservice teacher field work can equip interns with an international perspective by interacting with veteran teachers around the world. This study examined attitudes and tendencies of interns and mentor teachers after they had experienced a multi-school global project for the first time. This study supports previous research demonstrating that project-based learning with technology promotes deliberate practice in areas such as global awareness, technology use, communication, creativity, and problem solving. Preservice interns collaborated with global project partners using blogs, video conferencing, e-mail, and other creative embedded digital media while learning in areas of literacy, social studies, math, and fine arts. Participants reported positive teacher education experiences, new personal learning networks on a worldwide basis, and the desire to engage in global projects again.

Presenters
avatar for Terry Smith

Terry Smith

Teacher Education, Science/Social Studies Methods, Global Projects, Radford University
twitter @smithtk - I run two global projects (Monsters and Landmark Games), am on the advisory board of the Global Education Conference, judge media projects for Flat Classroom, and serve on the National Geographic Steering Committee - geoeducation.


Monday December 8, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
3D

9:45am

Interactive Whiteboards in the Special Education Classroom? Definitely a Hands on Approach.
Interactive White Boards are standard in most regular classrooms these days and should be standard in special educations classrooms as well. Coming to the board and physically interacting with the material presented can add another dimension to learning for special education students. Plus differentiating the material in one Interactive Whiteboard Activity is so easy to do. Everyone in the class can participate. In this session the presenter will show practical suggestions for helping your special education students become comfortable using the Interactive Whiteboard and demonstrate many activities that have been used successfully in the special education classroom. The presenter will demonstrate activities made in Smart Notebook, Active Inspire, and Interwrite Workspace. The topics covered will include: First steps – Learning to use the pen or finger to manipulate items on the board. Websites – Internet sites that are easy to use with the Interactive Whiteboards. Designing Activities – Considerations when designing Interactive Whiteboard activities for the special education classroom. Differentiation - Every student in the class can participate in the activity because each page can be planned with individual student’s needs in mind. Documentation – How to capture student performance in an Interactive Whiteboard activity. Virginia State Technology Standards C/T K-2.1 Demonstrate an operational knowledge of various technologies. • Use various types of technology devices to perform learning tasks. C/T K-2.6 Communicate effectively with others (e.g., peers, teachers, experts) in collaborative learning situations. • Use technology tools for individual and collaborative writing, communication, and presentation activities. C/T 3-5.2 Identify and use available technologies to complete specific tasks. • Create, edit, and format a document with text and graphics. C/T 3-5.10 Communicate effectively with others (e.g., peers, teachers, experts) in collaborative learning situations. • A. Use technology tools for individual and collaborative writing, communication, and publishing activities. C/T 6-8.1 Demonstrate an operational knowledge of various technologies. A. Use various types of technology devices to perform learning tasks. • Demonstrate the ability to perform specific tasks using technology, including organizing, analyzing, and presenting data; formatting and presenting text and graphic information; and capturing and manipulating images.

Presenters
avatar for Suzanne Baur

Suzanne Baur

Technology Resource Teacher, Southeastern Cooperative Educational Program
Technology Resource TeacherSoutheastern Cooperative Educational Program | I am dual certified as a Speech and Language Pathologist and a Special Education Teacher. I became an ITRT 7 years ago. I have been in education for 30 years and have held licensure in 4 states. Our program educates the students with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities in the seven cities on the southside of Hampton Roads. We have discovered the benefit of using... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
2D

9:45am

Meaningful Technology for our Youngest Learner
Young children often use apps and websites at home with their families. They consume a lot of media through technology but may not know how to create and build using those same tools. In this session, learn about a variety of tools (including software, online sites, cameras, and more) young children can use to take technology to the next level by creating and sharing their learning. The ideas, tools, and strategies shared here can be used by students in elementary school (and often beyond).

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Orr

Jennifer Orr

Teacher, Fairfax County Schools
Teacher, Lynbrook Elementary


Monday December 8, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
2A

9:45am

NETS-T Certification: Maximizing Technology Integration
NETS-T Certification is an internationally recognized program that engages teachers in a deeply reflective, intensive process to determine if their instructional technology practices meet the standards set forth by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). James Madison University developed a certification program in 2003, updated it in 2008 and is the only NETS-T university certification program in existence. In 2013, it expanded from a face-to-face, in-house professional development concept, to a distance-learning concept, currently working with educators from California and local school districts in Virginia. The current program uses synchronous and asynchronous tools, and offers graduate credit upon successful completion. This opportunity is for self-directed learners, confident in their use of technology, and eager to measure their use of technology in the classroom against an international standard. As one NETS-T certified teacher said, “The certification process helped me to understand how to teach skills that students will need regardless of the technological platform or gadget”, and another, “ Teachers of all ages and at any point in their careers will benefit from the self reflection and innovation required to accomplish NETS*T certification. The end result is a teacher that has shown they are a lifelong learner, experienced and willing to build learning projects that foster student creativity and innovation. Who achieves NETS-T Certification? This session will explain the NETS-T process and benefits to it participants and to their students. The synchronous and asynchronous tools will be demonstrated as well as a program overview.

Presenters
avatar for Michael DiSalvo

Michael DiSalvo

Program Coordinator, James Madison Univerity ISTE-T Certification
ISTE-T Program Coordinator and Consultant, James Madison University


Monday December 8, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
5C

9:45am

Powerful Primary Projects Combine Creativity and Content - Tech4Learning

Learn creative and effective ways to assess understanding and build thinking skills in your classroom. Explore tools and strategies for using Pixie to engage primary students in projects like visual math explorations, social studies applications for culture, language arts proficiencies for first person narratives, and more.

Grade Level: Elementary

Subject Area: ALL


Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Hicks

Jennifer Hicks

ITRT, Hanover County Public Schools
I've been an elementary ITRT for15 years! I currently work at Kersey Creek ES, Pole Green ES, and Rural Point ES. Google, Twitter, and content specific programs are my favorites! I'm also an avid baseball fan of my boys (they play at Glen Allen HS and for the Evoshield Seminoles, and our cousin is a catcher for the Minnesota Twins)!


Monday December 8, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
2B

9:45am

The Digital Leader’s Toolkit
Being a Digital Leader today is more important than ever. From effectively using technology to keep in touch with your school community to creating innovative ways to engage with staff, the role of the Digital Leader is is a crucial one. Join Steven W. Anderson (@web20classroom) as we will examine some easy ways to move from Leader Luddite to Digital Expert.

Speakers
avatar for Steven W. Anderson

Steven W. Anderson

CEO, Web 2.0 Classroom
Steven W. Anderson is a Dad, Learning Evangelist, Speaker and Author. After a successful career in public education as a Teacher, Instructional Technologist, and Director of Instructional Technology, Steven works with educators across the globe as a consultant. Highly sought after for his skills in helping educuators and school leaders better understand technology and social media through his humorous approach to learning, Steven can work with... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
1D

9:45am

Va Beach High School Model Classroom

11th grade English - Jill Davis and class, Princess Anne High School


Presenters

Monday December 8, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
1A

9:45am

VE PLN Playgound: Unity
Come play with Unity, the 3D development tool. 

Presenters
avatar for William Schmachtenberg

William Schmachtenberg

9th grade Earth Science Teacher, Franklin County Public Schools
High School Earth Science TeacherFranklin County High School


Monday December 8, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
Tower Boardroom

9:45am

What's a BAT To Do?
Unable to be ignored, the Bada** Teachers Association is a national movement of over 50,000 educators who believe in the primacy of teaching and learning, and actively oppose the Common Core State Standards and standardized testing. All BATs are welcome to come put their heads together as we discuss how educational technology leaders in schools can use their positions of expertise and influence to keep a firm focus on students and their learning here in the Commonwealth of Virginia. BAT member and protest attendee Keith Reeves, also a former union leader, will discuss employment-friendly options BAT ed tech leaders have at their disposal while discussing, shaping, and implementing policy.

Presenters
avatar for Keith Reeves

Keith Reeves

Senior Instructional Technology Coordinator, Arlington Public Schools
Chariperson of VSTE. (www.VSTE.org) | Keith David Reeves is the author of "Insurrection: A Teacher Revolution in Defense of Children," and the co-author of "Paperless Research Writing: Effective Digital Scaffolding for Academic Writing using the Moulen-Reeves Model." A native of Syracuse, New York, he has taught every grade level, K through 12, in underprivileged and affluent schools in both rural and urban settings, as well as educational... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
4D

9:45am

What’s New with SOL Testing
Important information from the Virginia Department of Education concerning data, assessment, instruction and innovation

Presenters

Monday December 8, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
4A

9:45am

15 + Tech Tools You Can Use Next Week
In this fast-paced presentation, participants will explore popular online tools and iPad apps that will improve instruction, make life as a teacher easier and increase student learning, engagement and motivation. Together we will discover and discuss how you can integrate a variety of Web 2.0 tools into almost any content area. Participants will walk away with ideas for immediate implementation.

Presenters
avatar for Nikki Jones

Nikki Jones

ITC, Porter Traditional School
Nikki Jones is the Instructional Technology Coach at Porter Traditional School in Woodbridge, Virginia. She collaborates with teachers in 1st through 8th grade to develop skills based lessons that incorporate technology into all content areas. Additionally, Nikki develops and facilitates professional development for the Porter staff, sharing new ideas and technology to support and enhance classroom instruction and student learning. Prior to... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 9:45am - 12:00pm
4C

9:45am

Computer Programming for K-12 students
Computer programming fulfills the E in STEM. Many schools focus on Science, Technology, and Math. Programming allows students to create and design a solution to a problem and encourages students to think beyond simply repeating what they are learning. Programming also allows students to utilize math and language arts skills in a functional environment. Students can learn to program using free resources like those available from Code.org, or Microsoft, or Khan Academy. Schools in Virginia have access to Microsoft IT Academy which includes access to Microsoft Visual Studio for school labs and students at no cost to either the school or the students. Code.org teaches programming using drag and drop. Khan Academy teaches programming by example. This will be an introduction to those three resources and will allow teachers to go back to their schools and begin teaching students how to program. Participants will have an opportunity to practice creating simple programs and will learn more about these three resources as well as other free programming resources that can be utilized in a variety of classroom or after school activities.

If you are coming on Monday morning, you may save some time by downloading these programs before you get to the Convention Center
Microsoft Small Basic
http://smallbasic.com/
and Kodu:
http://www.kodugamelab.com/
and Visual Studio Express (optional):
http://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/downloads/download-visual-studio-vs.aspx
We will also be celebrating the Hour of Code:
http://code.org/educate/20hr
and using some online resources such as those at code.org and KhanAcademy.org.

Kodu will need the following three files http://www.kodugamelab.com/
Microsoft XNA Framework Redistributable 4.0
http://tinyurl.com/d2eyqcz
and .net Framework
http://www.microsoft.com/net
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Small Basic will need the following 2 files
http://smallbasic.com/

You will also need  .NET Framework 3.5.1 installed and turned on:
http://tinyurl.com/846d59p

Presenters
avatar for Ed Ozols

Ed Ozols

ITRT, Bath County High School
I enjoy teaching others about computers as well as learning about them myself. Outside of work, I enjoy camping, fishing and hiking.


Monday December 8, 2014 9:45am - 12:00pm
1B

9:45am

Designing Visuals for Any Content Area
With the advent of high-resolution graphic displays and widespread availability of content authoring applications, educators are more frequently faced with having to design the layout, appearance of materials, and graphics for instruction. Although graphic design skills historically were not considered the realm of teachers, basic graphic skills are increasingly required to meet students’ demand for high quality instructional products. Visual literacy is now considered a core skill for teachers and students alike. There has been growing recognition of the importance of visual literacy skills among professional associations (ISTE, ACRL, ASTD, IBSTPI) and organizations that set standards for learning (McREL’s Language Arts Standards and Benchmarks – see http://www.mcrel.org , the National Council of Teachers of English – http://www.ncte.org/standards ). Although many teacher education programs routinely integrate technology into the curriculum, few include visual literacy as a topic of instruction. Unless teachers are specifically educated in visual communication principles, they may unknowingly overtax the working memory of their students by including too much complex visual information in their lessons. Using Mayer’s multimedia theory, dual-coding theory, cognitive load theory, active processing and limited capacity constructs as a backdrop, we will explain how the five types of instructional graphics (decorative, representational, organizational, interpretational, and transformational) may be used to engage the learner, combat cognitive overload, and ultimately maximize learning. We then will use web-based (free) applications to: 1) teach basic design principles, and 2) provide participants with structured activities that will enable them to develop visual literacy competencies. After participating in this workshop, participants will have a greater understanding of the kinds of instructional images and how to use them effectively when creating instructional materials for any content area.

Presenters
JT

Jane Thall

Associate Professor & Department HeadJames Madison University
DW

Diane Wilcox

Associate ProfessorJames Madison University


Monday December 8, 2014 9:45am - 12:00pm
1C

9:45am

X Marks the Spot- Diggin’ Up Tech Treasures
Come dig up some tech treasures in this hands-on, BYOD QR Scavenger Hunt! We will explore many FREE technology teaching resources including: SymbalooEDU, Poll Everywhere, Socrative, and so many more! Remember to bring a web-enabled device and we will set sail on our adventure!

Presenters
avatar for Kim Laraway

Kim Laraway

ITRT, ACPS
ITRTAugusta County Schools
avatar for Karen Miller

Karen Miller

ITRT, Augusta County School
I am currently in my 12th year as being an ITRT for Augusta County schools. In my current role as ITRT (Instructional Technology Resource Teacher) with Augusta County Public Schools, I coordinate and facilitate training and development opportunities and develop support materials related to the use of technology in instruction for school system and teachers/staff. I work in 3 schools within the county. For the schools, I develop effective... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 9:45am - 12:00pm
5B

9:45am

#teachtheweb: Inviting Everyone to the Maker Party
#teachtheweb is all about teaching the art of web making to any generation of learners and empowering them to move from using the web to making the web. Mozilla has provided powerful tools to unleash our collective tech creation potential including X-Ray Goggles, Thimble and Popcorn Maker. Come to the web Maker Party and you’ll be joining a global community of educators, techies and mentors helping spread web literacy around the world. - The Maker Party is a beginner-friendly, highly supportive experience where you can learn about the building blocks of the web by making your first web page or you can share your web literacy skills with others by creating remixable, open resources. - Get familiar with Mozilla’s web literacy map and the many open education resources created and curated by community members around the world to support teaching and learning digital skills. - Become part of a movement empowering underrepresented groups in tech and society to share their ideas with the global community and take action together.

Presenters
avatar for Melissa Techman

Melissa Techman

School Librarian, Western Albemarle High School
High school librarian in Albemarle County Public Schools. I'm interested in new approaches to makerspaces, creativity in schools, supporting students in writing/publishing/ freelance culture.
avatar for Kim Wilkens

Kim Wilkens

Coordinator of Computer Science Initiatives, St. Anne\'s-Belfield School
I am passionate about transforming technology users into technology creators, collaborators and activists, so I am super excited to be part of a community that shares this vision and is leading the way for others.


Monday December 8, 2014 9:45am - 12:00pm
3B

10:15am

SMART Happenings – an overview of new products and software changes
Join Colette Retrosi to learn new and innovative way to use your SMART technologies. 

Presenters
avatar for Street and Company

Street and Company

SMART Education Consultant, Street & Co. Audio Visual


Monday December 8, 2014 10:15am - 10:30am
Street & Co Playground

10:45am

SMART Response VE – assessment anywhere on any web-enabled device
Join Colette Retrosi to learn more about how to use your SMART technologies in new and innovative ways!

Presenters
avatar for Street and Company

Street and Company

SMART Education Consultant, Street & Co. Audio Visual


Monday December 8, 2014 10:45am - 11:00am
Street & Co Playground

11:00am

A New Direction: Moving to Tablets in an established 1:1 computing environment
Alexandria City Public Schools has run a 1:1 computing environment for ten years at TC Williams and this year we have changed our student device from a Windows Computer to an Android Based Tablet through a company called Amplify. We will be discussing our reasons that prompted us to make this change, the planning it took for us to get there, and the technical infrastructure that had to be in place for us to undertake such a change. To make such a large change in computing environments we had to develop all new policies and procedures for student device usage as well as teacher planning and preparation.

Presenters
avatar for Dan Foreman

Dan Foreman

Instructional Technology Coordinator, ACPS
avatar for Todd Koren

Todd Koren

Technology Integration Specialist, Alexandria City Public Schools
Technology Integration Specialist at Alexandria City Public Schools.


Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
3A

11:00am

All hands on GAFE (Google Apps for Education) in the 21st Century Classroom
During this session, we’ll take a look at the Google Apps through the lens of the 21st century instruction. Conversations will focus on Communication and Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Creativity and Innovation, and Research and Information Fluency, and how we can utilize GAFE to touch these categories at a high level. Examples will be from all levels and will utilize the different apps, scripts, and any other tricks of the trades our teachers have utilized.

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan P. Wirsing

Jonathan P. Wirsing

Education Specialist - IT, Henrico County Public Schools


Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
3D

11:00am

Application Visibility and Security
Today's schools have unprecedented use of technology - from BYOD initiatives to the Internet of Things -to provide mobility for administrators, faculty and students, while controlling costs and improving productivity.   But how do you know if the applications are being adopted, if your change management plans are working and if the use of the technology is in line with your policies? Blue Door Networks will explore an in depth discussion of application visibility and security, with real world examples of how application visibility within education provides useful information across the dimensions of utility, security, experience and operations.  Further, how educational institutions can leverage this visibility for enabling control, allowing proliferation of business relevant applications while minimizing vulnerabilities and risk. Together, these concepts allow for an adaptive technology culture while controlling exposure, ensuring operational function and enabling success.


Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
4B

11:00am

Architecting Wireless Networks for Phase 2 Enterprise Gigabit Standards (802.11ac)
In school networks where the push and funding to support 1:1 computing density, more graphics and streaming video, the demand for greater bandwidth in the classroom is insatiable. There is no ability to provide switched infrastructure like wired networks, so it's 802.11ac to the rescue. Or is it? An amazing number of bottlenecks out there impede performance in wireless networks as we know them. Emerging Phase 2 standards for 802.11ac (Gigabit Ethernet) will require greater aggregation and higher speed access point connections. To complicate matters, 802.11ac only runs in the 5GHz range which means less coverage per radio. How will these changes in bandwidth and placement impact your existing wired infrastructure (cabling, switches and policies)? If you are wondering how a high speed wireless network protocol designed for consumer use is going to help or hinder you in bringing greater value to the educational front lines, come and talk to us and each other as we explore how this is all unfolding and see what the industry giants are planning for you next!

Presenters
FR

Frank Roys

Business Development Manager - SLEDEn-Net Services - VENDOR PRESENTATION

Exhibitors

Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
5A

11:00am

Changes to E-rate and How It Affects You
With all the changes to E-rate, please come to listen, learn and discuss what these changes are and what they can do for you.

Presenters

Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
4E

11:00am

Come Together...Right Now...Collaborate!
Have you wanted to just have conversations with others to learn more about what they are doing in their classroom or school district? Have you attended trainings or conferences before and found yourself learning more from just talking with others in a session, at lunch, on a break, or even just chatting between sessions? If so, then this session is for you! There are a number of "unConference's" and "EdCamps" being held across our state and beyond. This session is similar to those. It's where you show up to a conference or event; provide ideas on sessions you would like to learn more about or share with others; then leaders or facilitators are assigned to the sessions; and finally you meet and learn from each other. Well, this session is similar to that. A link to a survey for ideas on topics will be shared out prior to the session for those who are planning on attending. When you come into the session room, the survey results will be displayed. Those who have not completed the survey will be given the opportunity to do so as soon as they enter the room. Topics can be on anything you want to learn more about or even on something you would like to share with others. This is YOUR time to make the learning relevant to YOU! Once the topics are determined, we will break into small groups for 25 minutes of learning. Then we will all come back as a whole group and briefly share what was learned or discussed. Each group will have a notetaker who will add notes to a shared Google Doc so that all attendees will have access to the learning and resources shared. We will only be limited by the size of the room and the number of attendees. All you need is an idea or resource and of course, willingness to share. :-) So, let's come together, right now and collaborate!

Presenters
avatar for Anita Harris

Anita Harris

Instructional Technology Specialist, Cumberland County Public Schools
EdTech advocate who is always seeking, always learning, always sharing... | ​~ Instructional Technology Specialist, Cumberland County Public Schools | ~ Board Director and Secretary, Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) | ~ Chair, VSTE Outreach Committee | ~ Certified Online Facilitator, PBS TeacherLine & WHRO | ~ Certified Promethean Trainer | ~ NETS*T Certified | "Your mind is a garden. Your... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
2A

11:00am

Creativity in the Cloud - Multimedia Authoring Across Devices

Looking for a single creativity tool that can be used across multiple devices?  Bring your laptop, iPad, Android tablet, or other device to learn how easy it is to create projects with cloud-based Wixie.   Paint, add art, record your voice, and edit text in your own multimedia creation even on shared devices.   Wixie offers easy file saving and opening, 24/7 access – even on BYOD or home computers, the ability of teachers to assign, view and assess their students’ activities.  Come experience the next evolution of Pixie – Wixie in the cloud!

Grade Level: Elementary and Middle

Subject Area: ALL


Exhibitors
avatar for Tech4Learning

Tech4Learning

Regional Manager, Tech4Learning
Scott is a former elementary and middle school teacher as well as a district-level integration specialist. He has extensive professional development experience with K-12 educators, administrators, and curriculum personnel. He is former adjunct faculty member of Towson University and is the co-author of four Real World of Math integration books. He joined the Tech4Learning team in August 2007 as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager. This job provides... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
2B

11:00am

Engrade:  Keep the Dots; Add the Connections
Engrade offers school systems a state-of-the-art, classroom-centric instructional information and improvement system that layers over your existing SIS and digital content,  and scales to meet a district’s unique needs.  Come see demonstrations of its standards-based gradebook, integration of 3rd party content, its ability to deploy and score custom assessments (including technology-enhanced items), and its ability to aggregate data at all levels to inform student achievement and growth.  Engrade unifies and personalizes education – all at the same time.

Presenters

Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
3C

11:00am

Exploring Copia Class
Copia Class is a new and innovative digital content learning platform. Across the state of Virginia, we are bringing together state-approved and SOL-aligned content from a wide variety of publishers and content creators. And we deliver this content via our seamless platform that provides a rich array of interactive and assessment tools inside and outside of the content. Participants will be provided with tablets to help learn how to use Copia Class for the duration of our session. 

Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
4D

11:00am

ICT and Technology Integration in Work Experience Programs
ICT and Technology Integration in Work Experience Programs Presented by: Kimberley Walsh, M.S., Ed. Norview High School Norfolk, VA All students should be able to have “ALL Hands on Tech”. Some of the most under serviced students in the world of technology are those with disabilities. Enter the “Job Squad” where all hands of our students are quite literally on TECH throughout their work experience program. Our students learn shredding, folding and stuffing envelopes (small and large quantities), affixing pre-printed labels on envelopes, sharpening pencils, collating up to six sheets of paper, stapling, laminating items, creating brochures and pamphlets, sewing, living skills and piece work all with the use of technology. Our students use work orders filled out by members of our school staff to obtain work and practice real life work, communication, and social skills. We know from research that the “quality of life and quality of support for people with intellectual disability have both been important research topics during in recent decades. Yet in the growing body of literature in this area, people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities have received only limited attention” (Maes, Lambrrechts, Hostyn & Petry, 2007). “Personal ability is considered to be the most powerful predictor of variation in quality of life outcomes, and individuals with lower adaptive skills achieve on average fewer personal outcomes than those with higher levels of social adaptation” (Emerson et al., 2000; Felce, Lowe, Beecham, & Hallam, 2000; Felce, Lowe, & Jones, 2002; Hatton, Emerson, Robertson, Henderson, & Cooper, 1996; Mansell, Beadle-Brown, Macdonald, & Ashman, 2003; Stancliffe & Lakin, 1998). ICTs stand for information and communication technologies. This presentation will explore the usefulness of these types of technology, as well as adaptive technology tools, in the development and implementation of a work experience program for students who are defined as MD / severe and profound. The target population for this presentation is teachers of students whom are 14-22 years of age and are transitioning to the adult supported work environments. This presentation will focus on the building of a work experience programs using technology for students who are MD, AUT, OHI, VI, ect. Areas covered in this presentation will include work experience objective, materials, data collection, instructional correlation to IEP goals, instructional correlation to independent living skills, instructional correlation to post-secondary employment and education, hierarchy of prompting, task analysis, and functional independence scales. The presentation’s goal is to give our audience all the information they need to ensure that they too can have “ALL Hands on TECH”.

Presenters
avatar for Kimberley Walsh, M.S., Ed.

Kimberley Walsh, M.S., Ed.

Special Education Teacher
I started teaching students in 1997. I have a diverse background including being a founder of a public charter school in Indiana. After coming to Virginia, I have been fortunate to be able to design and grow a work experience program for students that are ID/MD in our school. I enjoy the ability to create and be innovative with our students. This of course has required the use of technology and the use of research which I would love to share... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
5C

11:00am

Learning more about Dell's Tablets, Laptops, and ChromeBooks for 1 to 1 Initiatives
Dell has a complete line-up of quality Tablets, Laptops, and ChromeBooks.  Dell’s Regional Client Technologist, Daniel Payne will provide an in-depth look at our Mobility Solutions. Come see why Education Customers are looking to Dell for their 1 to 1 Initiatives.

Presenters
DP

Daniel Payne

Dell
Regional Client Technologist


Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
5D

11:00am

PBL Gets a "Make"-Over - Prompts, Scaffolding, and Assessment for the Maker Classroom
Of course students should have powerful hands-on project-based experiences in the classroom - but how does that happen? This session will explore how to design engaging prompts with helpful (but not TOO helpful) scaffolding. We will also discuss how to manage the project process when students are using cutting edge technology integrated with iterative design. Participants will learn about new research on assessment for projects and real classroom practices with students using modern technology and materials.

Speakers
avatar for Sylvia Martinez

Sylvia Martinez

Author and Independent Education Consultant, Constructing Modern Knowledge
Sylvia is co-author of “Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom”, a new book advocating authentic learning using modern technology, real world design principles, and hands-on experiences. The book has been hailed as the “Bible of the Maker Movement in schools.” Sylvia is a principal advisor to the Stanford FabLearn Fellows, and served on the NAEP Advisory Board for the upcoming Technology &... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
1D

11:00am

School Newspapers – A Tradition for the Digital Age
Schools have long cherished the tradition of a student written newspaper. The decline of printed materials in our society threatens the livelihood of school newspapers in the traditional sense. This session will explain how one elementary school has leveraged technology to revamp the traditional idea of the school newspaper. Students use social media tools and creativity apps to work collaboratively on media rich newspaper articles that are driven by personal interests. The new aged school newspaper continues to provide students a public forum for expressing opinions. Students involved in the project sharpen twenty-first century skills and hone writing abilities. Furthermore, students are immersed in various new literacies such as digital, media, information, and computer literacies. Students in fourth grade and up could learn to utilize technology to develop an ongoing, new aged newspaper publication from the ideas presented in this session!

Presenters
NC

Nicole Carter

5th Grade Teacher | Goochland County Public Schools
ZP

Zoe Parrish

Technology CoachGoochland County Public Schools


Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
2C

11:00am

smART Technology: iLearn, iCreate, iCollaborate
Join the Art Lady as she shares creative uses for technology with cross curricular connections that can be used in a variety of classroom settings. Ipad apps and web based tools will have students engaged in researching, creating, and assessing their work. In the technology transformed classroom students use ipads to access demonstration videos, lessons, historic information, create then upload to their online digital portfolio. Envision the art room where inventive ways to document student learning, share new lesson ideas, and bring excitement into the learning environment with a digital visual voice.

Presenters
avatar for Holly Kincaid

Holly Kincaid

Art Educator, Skyline Middle School
Art Lady (Art Educator), NBCT EC-11 | Skyline Middle School, Harrisonburg City Public Schools | Interdisciplinary art connections using technology


Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
2D

11:00am

The Basics of E-Rate
Attend this session to understand the basics of the E-Rate program before you dive into the changes of the E-Rate Modernization. In late July the FCC Commissioners published the Report and Order “Modernizing the E-rate Program for Schools and Libraries”. The Report outlined major changes in the E-rate program that will impact your schools fiscal and technology planning in the future. In wake of these changes in the E-rate program you need to be acting now to best prepare to minimize the loss of funding in some categories as well as looking at ways to increase funding in others. Learn the basics to help you understand the changes.

Presenters
MS

Mark Saunders

Director of Technology and Virtual Learning, Virginia Department of Education
BS

Bruno Sestito

Sestito Technology Consultants LLC


Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
4A

11:00am

VE PLN Playground: Minecraft
Come play with Minecraft!

Presenters
avatar for Lisa Alconcel

Lisa Alconcel

Computer Resource Specialist (ITRT), Red Mill Elemantary, Virginia Beach, VA
I've been teaching for 35 years, the last 16 years as a Computer Resource Specialist (or ITRT).
avatar for Kim Harrison

Kim Harrison

Computer Resource Specialist, Indian Lakes ES
Computer Resource Specialistwww.indianlakeses.vbschools.com


Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Tower Boardroom

11:15am

SMART Blocks – the new math Add-on in Notebook 14
Come to the playground to learn new and innovative ways to use your SMART technologies.

Presenters
avatar for Street and Company

Street and Company

SMART Education Consultant, Street & Co. Audio Visual


Monday December 8, 2014 11:15am - 11:45am
Street & Co Playground

12:00pm

VE PLN: Lunch Time Meetup
Grab a lunch in the exhibit hall and then come by the Tower Board Room to eat with the Virtual Environments PLN

Monday December 8, 2014 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Tower Boardroom

12:00pm

LUNCH
Monday December 8, 2014 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Exhibit Hall A

1:30pm

Technology in the Band Room...Yes, It's Possible!!
Please Note: This session has been cancelled

In the last few years, the face of education has changed immensely due to advances in technology. Schools are constantly challenged to keep teacher training on technology current. Often times, suggestions for technology use is geared towards the core subjects. This session will offer practical ways to incorporate technology in the band/music room, as well as give numerous resources for directors to help them work smarter, not harder. The presentation will include up to 20 apps/websites/resources for the music director, ranging from online rubrics, grading and lesson plans to sightreading and rhythm apps. It IS possible to use technology in the band room!!

Presenters
avatar for Cami Van Rossum

Cami Van Rossum

Teacher/Band DirectorTabb Middle School


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
3D

1:30pm

Empowering Student Voice and choice

There is a lot of discussion about personalized learning in schools today, but how do we truly embrace this shift with a definition and tools to support student learning.  Come join a conversation with Adam Garry (Manager of Global Education Strategy),on the power of empowering student voice to support personalized learning.


Presenters
avatar for Adam Garry

Adam Garry

Manager of Global K-12 Education Strategy, Dell
Adam Garry is a former elementary school teacher and is now Dell’s manager of global professional learning. He has presented at conferences around the world, including ISTE, and has delivered keynotes across the United States and in Costa Rica, Jamaica and Trinidad. He has published many articles on technology integration for several education magazines and has a strong following on Twitter. Over the past twelve years he has consulted in... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
5D

1:30pm

FileWave 101: How to Manage all Windows PC's, Mac OS X, and iOS Devices with a Single Solution.
Introduction to FileWave For over 22 Years, FileWave has understood in most all organization, multi-platform support is highly desired and often a requirement. We allow IT, Curriculum, and other Administrators to take full control of the technology (Windows PC's, Mac OS X, Android, & iOS Devices) within a single interface. When it comes a having a complete systems management software, FileWave makes it easy! Image, Deploy, Manage, Maintain, Inventory, & Collaborate!

Sponsors
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filewave / Stephen Mirante

National Director, FileWave Endpoint Mgmt
VP of Sales & Strategic Relations, Filewave


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
4B

1:30pm

iCan Learn: Using iPads in the Primary Grades
The rise of mobile learning opportunities presents all teachers with unprecedented learning capabilities. In this session we will explore ways to use iPads with your youngest students in PK-3 classroom. During this hour session we will explore some basic free apps, ways to create interactive lesson activities and help make the iPad an essential part of your curriculum.

Presenters
HA

Heather Askea

Instructional Technology CoordinatorUVAWISE


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
3D

1:30pm

iTunes U: Using the free classroom cross-platform collaboration tool in your classroom
iTunes U is the world’s largest repository of free education content, and it's a FREE tool that you can also use with your own existing content. With over 750,000 audio, video, PDF, and ePub assets as well as full courses, you’ll find content covering just about every topic imagineable. This content comes from hundreds of colleges and universities, K-12 school districts and teachers, and respected museums, libraries, and public broadcasting stations. You can use content and courses from colleagues around the world, and you can create, manage, and share your own courses and content right from a webpage or from the iTunes U app on your iPad. Join us as we walk you through setting up an iTunes U course, looking at other courses from around the country and around the world, and answering any questions that you may have. If you bring an iPad or a laptop, you'll walk out with a demo course ready to use as a model in your own classroom.

Presenters

Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
2C

1:30pm

Motivating the Reluctant Reader Through Technology
“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” – Oscar Wilde.  Oscar Wilde has it right and all readers can easily relate to this quote. But, what about those students who are reluctant to read, or worse yet, don’t read at all. What does it say about them? What about their future? Not only does it scare us to think about our students’ futures without a desire to read, but also it saddens us to think about all they will miss because not one teacher could create the magic that ignites the passion for reading. In this presentation, Dr. Rob Furman, principal of South Park Elementary School in PA, uses the 10 principles for motivating reluctant readers cited in the article, “Taming the Wild,” by Pamela Allyn, to explore more than 25 resources you can use with reluctant readers. He includes technology apps, web sites and programs that create a supportive environment for the reluctant reader and can instill the all-important passion for reading.

Speakers
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Rob Furman

Principal, South Park Elementary Center
Dr. L. Robert Furman is the elementary school principal at South Park Elementary School in South Park, Pennsylvania. Rob works with aspiring principals as an adjunct faculty member at the university level and feels strongly that technology is a major key to a successful career in education. He belongs to several regional and national organizations including NAESP, ASCD, and ISTE where he continues to present on virtual leadership topics. Rob is... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
1D

1:30pm

One Page Wonders
Creating a full Notebook lesson ca be quite time consuming. What if you had multiple one page activities that reviewed the content, can be used as an introductory activity, exit ticket or for those five minutes that seem to linger? During this session, participants will view One Page Wonders and learn how to make them using flash based items found within the Notebook program.

Presenters
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Julie Kuzma

ITRT, Fauquier County
SMART Certified Trainer Notebook 14 | SMART Exemplary Educator (SEE) | SEE Summit 2012 | adjunct professor


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
2D

1:30pm

Pixie 4: Creativity and Collaboration for Today’s Learner - Tech4Learning

Explore ways you can use Pixie to unlock learning and build thinking skills in your classroom curriculum. Learn how to use real-time and cloud-based collaboration to improves student learning. Explore a range of print and audio/video products that incorporate peer editing, real-time creation, and class projects can help motivate elementary and middle school students to produce their best work.

Grade Level: Elementary

Subject Area: All


Moderators
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Geri Pattie

ITS, VBCPS
I am a certified preK-8th grade teacher and Google Certified Educator. Currently, I am an Instructional Technology Specialist at Tallwood Elementary School. Tallwood is in its 2nd year of piloting a 1-to-1 device program for Virginia Beach, we utilize iPads and Laptops for facilitating the learning of every student.

Presenters
KC

Katie Catania

Instructional Specialist, VBCPS


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
2B

1:30pm

Promoting Better Classroom Behavior through Effective Instruction

Classroom management is directly linked to effective instruction. Participants in this session will learn learn key behavior management approaches and strategies to incorporate into instruction as well as how technology can provide support for these methods.


Presenters

Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
3C

1:30pm

Taking the Paper out of the Portfolio
This session will feature information on how to develop a professional portfolio through the use of Google Sites. Participants can bring their computers and get a site up and running. Participants will see how to take a teaching portfolio even further to a student portfolio. Use the professional portfolio to show administrators how much you have accomplished in three years through video, pictures, and more!

Presenters
MZ

Meredith Zirkle

Math Teacher, Dowell J. Howard Center, Frederick County Public Schools


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
2A

1:30pm

THE NEED FOR SPEED: Balancing broadband, budget and online applications to “make it all work” in the classroom

No matter where you are on the path toward technology integration, you’ll encounter challenges in procuring, adopting and managing broadband technologies for an effective learning environment. Please join these thought leaders from the national, state and local arena to discuss the Need for Speed in online learning, and how it affects your budget, resource and support decisions. Hosted by David Giannini, Founder of CirrusWorks, the panel will include:

Gail Warren - Supervisor of Curriculum and Student Services at Virginia Department of Education-Virtual Virginia

Tony Swei - Co-Founder/COO, Education Superhighway

Anita Harris - Instructional Technology Specialist, Franklin City Public Schools, and Director, VSTE

AJ Phillips - Supervisor of Instructional Technology Services for Prince William County Public Schools

 


Presenters
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Anita Harris

Instructional Technology Specialist, Cumberland County Public Schools
EdTech advocate who is always seeking, always learning, always sharing... | ​~ Instructional Technology Specialist, Cumberland County Public Schools | ~ Board Director and Secretary, Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) | ~ Chair, VSTE Outreach Committee | ~ Certified Online Facilitator, PBS TeacherLine & WHRO | ~ Certified Promethean Trainer | ~ NETS*T Certified | "Your mind is a garden. Your... Read More →
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Andrew Kenny

EducationSuperHighway
Hi - My colleague Tony Swei and I are here to share updates on our project to support divisions increase access and affordability of high-speed broadband across the Commonwealth. We've partnered with VA DOE and the McAuliffe administration to ensure all students in Virginia have sufficient connectivity to fully enjoy the opportunities provided by digital learning. | | We'd love to chat with you about the project. Shoot me an email to set... Read More →
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Tony Swei

Co-Founder, EducationSuperHighway
How we are working with State leaders to upgrade internet access in all VA Divisions.


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
4E

1:30pm

The Profile of A Digital Classroom
This session will assist administrators in identifying and evaluating the effective use of instructional technology tools and resources. Attendees will participate in a facilitated discussion regarding strategies for teacher self-reflection and improvement in TPACK implementation. Participants will have the opportunity to work with a Continuum created by the Department of Technology at Virginia Beach City Public Schools. This Continuum will help administrators determine what level their teachers are currently at and where they should strive to be. Time be will given to allow for discussion on what strategies, tools, and suggestions administrators can provide to their teachers in order to grow.

Presenters
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Charlie Hinsch

Coord Instructional Tech, Department of Teaching and Learning
Instructional Technology CoordinatorVirginia Beach City Public Schools


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
4D

1:30pm

Using an online rubric-based assessment system for performance assessment and digital artifacts
Most teachers want an easier way to create, share, and score with standards-aligned rubrics. They also want a way to organize the outcomes from those assessments in relation to other assessments via a digital standards-based gradebook. They want powerful tools, made easy and accessible in everyday practice. The rGrade Assessment Ecosystem fulfills these goals and many more. In this session, we will focus on using rGrade to develop standards-aligned, interactive rubrics for performance assessment and other purposes in their classroom. Designed for individual teacher or school-wide use, rGrade has numerous integrated modules to support classroom assessment. The Programs module organizes assessment requirements, alignments, and student learning outcomes (SLOs). The Rubrics module lets teachers design and share standards-aligned rubrics that can be integrated into rGrade’s Digital Gradebook. The Digital Gradebook.brings performance assessment into everyday practice, with rosters, course-based assessments, reports, and rGrade’s interactive rubric assessment tool. rGrade’s Reports module organizes evidence of curriculum effectiveness based on student-level data. rGrade can be used on any device and complements 1:1 initiatives as a tool to assess the digital artifacts of student work that might be stored in an LMS (such as Moodle) or Cloud solutions like Google Drive. As an Assessment Management System, rGrade fills the gap between your Student Information System and the classroom “layer” of technologies, which can be an LMS or a CMS.

Presenters
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Educational Informatics

Educational Informatics
We analyze, design, implement and support web-based systems for assessment and online learning. | | We have our own platforms for assessment (Program-FX, Teacher-FX and rGrade), portfolios services (RPM) and LMS/CMS design and hosting (Wordpress, Canvas and Moodle) for higher education, teacher preparation, and K-12. | | But we also provide strategic planning, professional development and analyses of your existing systems, data and... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
3A

1:30pm

Va Beach Elementary Model Classroom

1st Grade - Laura Lawver and class, Cooke Elementary School


Presenters

Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
1A

1:30pm

VE PLN: Second Life
Come plan in Second Life

Presenters
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Kim Harrison

Computer Resource Specialist, Indian Lakes ES
Computer Resource Specialistwww.indianlakeses.vbschools.com
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Keith Reeves

Senior Instructional Technology Coordinator, Arlington Public Schools
Chariperson of VSTE. (www.VSTE.org) | Keith David Reeves is the author of "Insurrection: A Teacher Revolution in Defense of Children," and the co-author of "Paperless Research Writing: Effective Digital Scaffolding for Academic Writing using the Moulen-Reeves Model." A native of Syracuse, New York, he has taught every grade level, K through 12, in underprivileged and affluent schools in both rural and urban settings, as well as educational... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Tower Boardroom

1:30pm

What's New in SMART Notebook 14

This session will focus on the new and updated version of SMART Notebook, highlighting new features, and demonstrating virtual collaboration.  We will also cover details regarding the Notebook Advantage License.

Grade Level: all

Subject Area: all


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
5A

1:30pm

What's New With SOL Testing
Important information from the Virginia Department of Education concerning data, assessment, instruction and innovation

Presenters

Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
4A

1:30pm

Where Do I Start? Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom or Makerspace
Want to get started with "making" in the classroom? This session will explore learning by doing with a wide range of new materials and technologies that support STEM, STEAM, and other subjects. We will discuss tinkering, design thinking, genius hour, PBL and other classroom frameworks that support hands-on, minds-on learning for all grade levels. Options and ideas for the best starter purchases, makerspace design, and where to find free and low cost supplies will be shared.

Speakers
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Sylvia Martinez

Author and Independent Education Consultant, Constructing Modern Knowledge
Sylvia is co-author of “Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom”, a new book advocating authentic learning using modern technology, real world design principles, and hands-on experiences. The book has been hailed as the “Bible of the Maker Movement in schools.” Sylvia is a principal advisor to the Stanford FabLearn Fellows, and served on the NAEP Advisory Board for the upcoming Technology &... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
3B

1:30pm

A Course for Adventure--Technology Toolbuckets: A Mind on a New Port of Call!
Come Sail on our Love Boat! Brownsville Elementary School's 4th and 5th Grades are in the second year of implementing a Technology Toolbucket in every classroom. Each learning space has an array of multi-platform devices which are used to guide students in identifying which resources or tool can help with decision making, planning, time management, and goal setting. (C/T 3-5.8) Since the students share devices, organization is our life preserver. We will demonstrate how we manage to keep afloat by sharing our daily practices that create seamless and exciting learning experiences. We will share both student products and teacher processes that enable students to communicate effectively with others through the use of technology tools. (C/T 3-5.10) Every day we navigate the waters to change what learning looks like and make instruction meaningful. We will show attendees how to setup their classes for success with google docs, google presentations, Prezi, Animoto, Nearpod, Educreations, Haiku Deck, and Pages to mention a few. To increase the size of our collaborative fleet and gain teacher partners, we would love to share some management strategies for multiple devices optimizing the google platform which streamline how students transfer information from devices to teachers, families, and other students. Our port of call is Success through the Four Seas (or the four Cs of Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Critical Thinking).

Presenters
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Kris Elsie

4th Grade Teacher, Albemarle County Public Schools
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Barb Grogan

5th Grade Teacher, Albemarle County Public Schools


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 3:45pm
1B

1:30pm

Good Bread Hunting: Caching in on Technology
Put on your explorer hat and join the infamous travelling Bread Brothers, Bilbo Boudin Baguette and Royce The Roll, as we use billion-dollar satellite constellations to learn. Just like past explorers, we will rely on the constellation to guide us, but not a constellation of stars; instead we will use the constellation of satellites orbiting our planet. These satellites will help us calculate our exact position on planet Earth, latitudinal and longitudinally, with pinpoint accuracy (pretty-much) to within 15-20 feet! As educators, we seek ways to integrate engaging technology not just in the classroom, but past the brick and mortar, extending learning beyond regular school hours. An educator’s goal is for students to take ownership of their learning and develop both practical and critical thinking skills. Tasking students with a GPS-based activity and a sound lesson plan offers a superior and engaging way to meet this challenge. Authentic methods to infuse learning with GPS activities, an assortment of resources relating to geocaching, and lesson plans and QR Codes will be included. It is our hope you will catch the geocaching bug and set out to create some academically rich geocaching adventures for your students. Geocaching, a location-based treasure hunting activity, is not just an adventure; it’s also an amazing teaching tool! Geocaching gives students benefits far beyond learning outside the classroom setting; geocaching makes learning more enjoyable and creates unforgettable learning opportunities for students. Geocaching, easier to use today than it was a few years ago, is a fun way for teachers to combine the great outdoors with technology and learning. In the past you had to buy special handheld GPS devices to Geocache (which are still very popular), but today there are GSP units in the hands of many students in the form of a smart phone. Through geocaching, students can learn to effectively use their cell phone to build critical thinking skills while engaging in recreational activity. This increasingly popular activity provides a pathway for developing curiosity about geography, math, and science along with any other desired content. In addition, geocaching provides students with opportunities to work collaboratively, solve problems, and incorporate the characteristics of active, engaged learning in a constructivist environment. Because geocaching has quickly become so popular, numerous books and web pages dedicated to geocaching and education are now available making integration of geocaching in education far easier than in the recent past. Finally, Geocaching teaches responsibility and caring for the environment with the geocacher creed of 'Cache In Trash Out’.

Presenters
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Susanne Besecker

Instructional Technology Coach, Stonewall Middle School
Instructional Technology Coach Stonewall Middle School | ITC for 13 years, past Director of IT at Manassas City Schools | Owner, Current TIDE, Inc (http://CurrentTIDEInc.com)
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Cheryl Phillips

Instructional Technology Coach, Saunders Middle School
Cheryl, an avid Washington Capitals Hockey fan, is an Instructional Technology Coach at Pennington School in Prince William County, Virginia, a Google Certified Teacher, Discovery Star Educator, Tech4Learning Innovated and NET*s Certified. Cheryl started as a classroom teacher having taught kindergarten, 2nd grade, 4th and 5th grade. Her instructional technology career has been going on fourteen years. Currently, Cheryl is with Saunders... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 3:45pm
1C

1:30pm

Let us Edutain You! Featuring the Sensational Seven
In today's world if you're not moving you're left behind.  Attention spans only last between 5 and 15 minutes.  You lose approximately 30% of your audience during PowerPoint presentations. And in front of your classroom, you're supposed to have 100% of your students’ attention 100% of the time.  What's a teacher to do?  Think about it.  How often have you been sitting in a meeting and started making a grocery list instead of notes?  How many of your Facebook posts were when you were sitting in a Professional Development?  Why then do we expect more of our students than we are willing to deliver? Well, in this session we are going to try and expose you to a few tools that can make your classroom a little more Edutaining!  In this session, you will learn about Office Mix, Nearpod, Prezi, Glogster, Thinglink, Tellagami, and Aurasma and how they can help you turn from a “sage on the stage” classroom to an interactive one! All of the aforementioned apps are appropriate to use with Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and Higher Education classrooms and, as presentation tools, can be adapted to fit all of the Virginia Standards of Learning that you already integrate into your classroom. "Research by academics at the MIT Media Lab, suggests that students' brain activity is nearly non-existent during lectures." - Gail Marshall "At the Core" Entrsekt July 2014

Presenters
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Lori Campbell

Instructional Technology Trainer/Instructor, Northern Virginia Community College
Instructional Technology Instructor/TrainerNOVA - Northern Virginia Community College | Before coming to NOVA I taught at a high school in Georgia for seven years. In that time I taught World Literature, British Literature, American Literature, and SAT Prep. I was always looking for new and innovative ways to engage my students and through my work at NOVA I've been exposed to more options than I can recount. My goal is to impart some of that... Read More →
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Kirstin Riddick

Supervisor - Instructional Support and Development, Northern Virginia Community College
Instructional Support and Development SupervisorNOVA - Northern Virginia Community College | | As an accomplished education administrator with proven experience in academic leadership, professional development and instructional technology, I bring a focus on technology-integrated instruction and an expertise in curriculum development that effectively addresses every student’s learning style and abilities. I am an active learning advocate... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 3:45pm
5B

1:30pm

Tablets in the Classroom: Easy as 1, 2, 3 Go!
In this hands-on session, participants will learn that it is the pedagogy behind the use of tablets - rather than the type of tablets or apps available - that is the most important factor for successful use of tablets in the classroom. Participants will be introduced to: 1. Methods of app selection - rubrics to use for determining if an app will be helpful for their specific class, websites that will give teacher reviews, and other criteria that should be taken into consideration 2. Frameworks that help teachers decide where an app would work best in the lesson cycle and how to plan for management and accountability when using apps 3. AppSmashing - putting apps together to make classroom projects Guided hands-on explorations will be included throughout the session and participants will create a culminating project. This session will be device agnostic. Participants with any tablet or laptop will be able to participate. Presentation materials for Tablets in the Classroom 1 2 3 Go are in Edmodo. Group code: 4iutzm

Presenters
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Ruth Okoye

Technology Resource Teacher, Portsmouth Public Schools
ITRT, Portsmouth Public Schools
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Karen Streeter

Instructional Technology Supervisor, Portsmouth Public Schools
Technology coaching. Making learning accessible, fun, and applicable for teachers and students.


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 3:45pm
4C

2:30pm

Invent to Learn Book Signing
Sylvia Martinez will be selling and singing her book Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering and Enginenering in the Classroom. She will be located outside the Hackerspace area.

Speakers
avatar for Sylvia Martinez

Sylvia Martinez

Author and Independent Education Consultant, Constructing Modern Knowledge
Sylvia is co-author of “Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom”, a new book advocating authentic learning using modern technology, real world design principles, and hands-on experiences. The book has been hailed as the “Bible of the Maker Movement in schools.” Sylvia is a principal advisor to the Stanford FabLearn Fellows, and served on the NAEP Advisory Board for the upcoming Technology &... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm
3B

2:45pm

VE PLN: World of Warcraft
Matt Poole will be demonstrating how to make an educational machinima about inventory and a business operating cycle from inside World of Warcraft:  Warlords of Draenor.  He will then demonstrate how to embed said machinima into the Announcements section of an online class in Blackboard.  As an added bonus we should also be able to demonstrate what the video clip looks like using Google Cardboard.

Presenters

Monday December 8, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Tower Boardroom

2:45pm

1:1 in the Secondary Math Class
Laptops, and websites, and learning galore! We’ve heard it a million times, “you could use this in language arts, social studies, or even science”, but what about MATH! Middle-school mathematics teachers will learn how to use technology to put “all hands on tech”, enhancing the classroom experience. The presentation will include the use of Blackboard, Mathalcious, blogging-journaling, Google presentation, Activinspire and more! Co-presenter Peter, Fiddner and I (Sherica Jones-Lewis) presented a similar session at the Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and it was well received. At that conference, at in our everyday lives we listen to the same rhetoric, “you could use this in language arts, social studies, or even science”. The fact of the matter is, mathematics teachers aren’t interested in learning how everyone else is using technology; they want to use it themselves. The 1:1 in the Middle School Classroom presentation will highlight the need to connect science, technology, and math in an overall STEM approach, as well as showcase the use of multiple technologies, with examples from our classrooms!

Presenters
PF

Peter Fiddner

6th Grade Teacher (Math)Albemarle County Public Schools
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Sherica Jones-Lewis

Teacher, Jackson P. Burley Middle School
6th Grade Teacher (Math and Language Arts)Albemarle County Public Schools


Monday December 8, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm
3A

2:45pm

Annual VSTE Membership Meeting
The Virginia Society for Technology in Education is the premiere educational organization in Virginia with a focus on technology and innovation. VSTE membership is free and we provide you an opportunity to learn, share and grow with educators all over the state and the world. If you're a member, here's your chance to learn more about your organization and how you can get involved. If you are not a member, come by to meet us and join in all the fun and learning!

Presenters
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Becky Fisher

Director of End User Experience, Albemarle County Public Schools
Becky received a BA and MAT in Physics from the University of Virginia while working as a FORTRAN programmer for the University’s Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics. After assisting in an NSF-funded summer institute for Physics teachers, she committed to a career in public education. Over two decades later, she has been a classroom teacher, instructional technology specialist, and central office leader working diligently to change the... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm
4A

2:45pm

Back to the Future: Applying 21st Century Tools and Learning Skills to Manuscript Collections
This session highlight the ways in which combining 21st century learning skills with modern technology can breathe life into manuscripts for today's student. We will look at several collections from the VHS manuscript holdings, and demonstrate how primary source analysis and focused inquiry lead to effective learning. We will examine how these documents are used both within the physical museum, and also how the lesson is adapted and delivered for HistoryConnects, the distance learning initiative from the Virginia Historical Society. Participants will work with unique, mostly unknown sources and 21st century tools, including social media, to create modern, relevant lessons ideas for today's student. Primary sources from the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries will be used.

Presenters
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Evan Liddiard

Senior Education Specialist, Virginia Historical Society
Head of distance learning and digital outreach for the Virginia Historical Society. Ask me about HistoryConnects.


Monday December 8, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm
2D

2:45pm

Cisco Meraki FREE cloud-based mobile device management for your 1:1 or BYOD initiatives!
We know that K-12 environments have unique challenges, but the Cisco Meraki solution can make mobile device management and networking simpler for schools! Come listen to how any K-12 can deploy a 100% free Cisco Meraki mobile device management solution that was built for K-12 environments. We will go over some best practices for any 1:1 or BYOD initiative and how our Systems Manager MDM can help proactively enroll, manage, and keep these devices secure!

Grade Level: All
Subject Area: 1:1, Instructional Devices, MDM, and Networking

Presenters

Monday December 8, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm
4B

2:45pm

Connecting with Hard-to-Reach Learners

Every student can learn! Explore how creative projects in Share can engage and motivate middle school learners, boosting building content understanding and sustained learning.  Discover ideas, tools, and techniques that provide a variety of strategies for reaching students who are not succeeding through traditional instruction.

Grade Level: Middle School

Subject Area: All


Exhibitors
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Tech4Learning

Regional Manager, Tech4Learning
Scott is a former elementary and middle school teacher as well as a district-level integration specialist. He has extensive professional development experience with K-12 educators, administrators, and curriculum personnel. He is former adjunct faculty member of Towson University and is the co-author of four Real World of Math integration books. He joined the Tech4Learning team in August 2007 as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager. This job provides... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm
2B

2:45pm

Device & Eco-System Workshop - 2015 Devices
Device & Eco-System selection workshop with a 2015 Device preview - Ecosystem briefing for Intel devices (Microsoft/Google/iOS), next generation Intel platform update, WiDi Demo, and a table full of devices (mobile, tablet, 2n1)

Exhibitors

Monday December 8, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm
3D

2:45pm

Edmodo - How I Found my Classroom Mojo
Have you ever wondered about using Edmodo in a high school classroom? Could it improve engagement? Organization? Homework participation rates? Come to this session to find out more about this flexible classroom tool. You will learn how to set up classes, manage this learning environment, and organize your tools and resources. You will also hear first hand accounts of action research of how student homework completion and preparedness for class increased with the use of Edmodo. Finally you will hear about how Edmodo increases the networking among professional educators locally as well as nationally. You will leave this session ready to utilize Edmodo for your own learning environment.

Presenters
AG

Anthony Garner

High School TeacherNorfolk Public Schools
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Jody Sommerfeldt

Senior Lecturer, Old Dominion University
LecturerOld Dominion University


Monday December 8, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm
1D

2:45pm

Exploring Copia Class
Copia Class is a new and innovative digital content learning platform. Across the state of Virginia, we are bringing together state-approved and SOL-aligned content from a wide variety of publishers and content creators. And we deliver this content via our seamless platform that provides a rich array of interactive and assessment tools inside and outside of the content. Participants will be provided with tablets to help learn how to use Copia Class for the duration of our session. 

Exhibitors

Monday December 8, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm
4D

2:45pm

Goodbye Projectors! Hello Interactive Panels!
Are you or your technicians spending too much on a ladder managing projectors? Are your teachers dimming the lights in the classroom so students can see the screen? Are you tired of replacing expensive projector bulbs, keeping up with whiteboard drivers, solving calibration issues? Maybe it's time to take a serious look at the all new Interactive Panels that boast 10 times the lifespan of traditional whiteboards and projectors. In this session, we will cover the best practices of what to look for in Interactive Panels to ensure a smooth transition to a new and more reliable instructional technology!


Monday December 8, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm
4E

2:45pm

Introducing SMART amp™

Experience SMART amp, connecting a variety of different devices to a single virtual workspace where students can work together and teachers can upload lesson material and conduct real-time assessments.  Participants will be able to use their own devices (from smart phones, to tablets and laptops) to interact during this session.

 Grade Level: all

Subject Area: all


Monday December 8, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm
5A

2:45pm

Learning more about Dell's Tablets, Laptops, and ChromeBooks for 1 to 1 Initiatives
Dell has a complete line-up of quality Tablets, Laptops, and ChromeBooks.  Dell’s Regional Client Technologist, Daniel Payne will provide an in-depth look at our Mobility Solutions. Come see why Education Customers are looking to Dell for their 1 to 1 Initiatives.

Presenters
DP

Daniel Payne

Dell
Regional Client Technologist


Monday December 8, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm
5D

2:45pm

Making Facts fiction; A Frames and Share Approach to Research
How to create Multimedia, cross curricular, collaborative projects. Students in grade 3-5 wrote and created original digital animated stories driven by self-initiated research in science and social Studies. Students also created HTML pages for their research information. Tech4Learning "Frames" and "Share" programs were used to showcase final projects. Other tech resources used were; claymation, green screen technologies, PowerPoint, and digital photography.

Presenters
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Roxanne Edwards

Instructional Technology CoachHaymarket Elementary/Prince William County


Monday December 8, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm
2C

2:45pm

Media Literacy Project - Student Analysis & Creation of Public Service Announcements
Participants in this workshop will walk through an engaging, hands-on workshop, where they will participating in analysis of professionally created public service announcements, and view student created PSAs. Using materials from the National Association of Media Literacy Education, and Common Sense Media, participants will explore methods to engage students in the analysis of media. Sample student-created projects will be viewed, and discussed, and each participant will leave with a collection of useful classroom materials, including student instructions, rubrics, and online resources.

Presenters
avatar for Freyja Bergthorson

Freyja Bergthorson

Technology Resource Teacher, Loudoun County Public Schoools
I love working with students and teachers, and exploring the new technologies that are shaping the future of their world. I am enjoying my first year as a technology resource teacher, but do miss having my own students. I have presented for the VA DOE, Virginia Association of Teachers of English, SVEA, VSTE, Longwood Summer Literacy Institute, NCTE, and LCPS. Outside of school I'm a gardener, knitter, foodie, and avid soccer player, who... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm
5C

2:45pm

Powerful Collaboration with GAFE and Teacher Dashboard
Learn how Goochland County Public Schools' leaders use Google Apps for Education in Grades 3-12 with Hapara Teacher Dashboard (not to mention Schoology Enterprise Edition) to provide an easy to use platform for learning and student collaboration. We'll provide an overview of these products and share how teachers use them every day to take learning to the cloud.

Presenters
avatar for John G Hendron

John G Hendron

Director of Innovation & Strategy, Goochland County Schools
John Hendron is Director of Innovation & Strategy for Goochland County Public Schools by day. John's professional interests are in innovative instruction: constructionism, 1:1 technology, and deeper learning. My lifelong passions include music and creative pursuits with computers: photography, video editing, and web design. I've been blogging continuously online since 1998 and am currently learning more about the maker movement and the impact... Read More →
avatar for Bea Leiderman

Bea Leiderman

Technology Coach, Goochland County Public Schools
Bea has been working with students and teachers at Goochland Middle School and Goochland High School for almost a decade. Currently, Bea spends much of her time in classrooms facilitating learning activities in a 1:1 iPad environment. During her free time, Bea photographs insects and other small creatures, and has published three interactive books available for free at the Apple iBook Store.


Monday December 8, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm
2A

2:45pm

The Power of Adaptive Learning in Literacy
One of the many challenges of implementing a comprehensive, literacy program is multiple learning levels within each classroom. Teachers must prepare a variety of instructional tools to address each student's needs. Come see how teachers partnering with McGraw-Hill Education are able to provide support for EVERY student in their classroom - customizing instruction and maximizing student outcomes - using adaptive technology. Participants will learn how this exciting technology provides an individualized path for students while giving teachers data they need to target desired, instructional outcomes.

Presenters

Monday December 8, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm
3C

2:45pm

Va Beach Middle School Model Classroom

6th Grade History - Dawn Garvey and class, Corporate Landing Middle School


Presenters

Monday December 8, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm
1A

2:45pm

Robots in Your Classroom
Join Tom Lauwers, inventor of the Hummingbird robotics kit, for a demo of the just released Hummingbird Duo and learn how this easy-to-get-started technology can be used for student projects in science, history, arts and more.  Stick around after the session and play with one yourself.

Presenters
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Tom Lauwers

Bird Brain Technologies


Monday December 8, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm
3B

4:00pm

AIM Here! No - Here! What's new at AIM-VA?
AIM-VA has developed a new website and a user friendly portal for All teachers who wish to order FREE educational materials with accessible features for students who have a need and who qualify. The new portal for teachers includes at least 20 recorded trainings, download options for software and sill soon have the ability to track a student's progress. The website includes a Blog - which is a wealth of information on accessible instructional materials and special education topics. Lastly, it is easier than ever to request free trainings for school staff! Just log in and submit a request! Come Learn what you need to know to help struggling students!

Presenters
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Joyce Sharp

Training Coordinator - AIM-VAAIM-VA @GMU


Monday December 8, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
2C

4:00pm

Building SPTLC (Student Professional Technology Learning Communities)
Teachers will share and discuss maintaining an after-school, curriculum supported, and project based Student Technology Club. Teachers will discuss and share the journey of developing growing interest in a technology club within a school community. They will share strategies for management the 20 third-fifth grade students within their first year to the 150 interested applicants by the third year. Teachers will also discuss the collaboration process of student-students, students-teachers, teacher-teachers, and the development of a Technology Student Club led showcase platform for ALL interested students within their school.

Presenters
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Roxanne Edwards

Instructional Technology CoachHaymarket Elementary/Prince William County


Monday December 8, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
4E

4:00pm

Communicating, Collaborating and Creating at Albemarle High School
Please join Erica Thorsen, Librarian, and Andy Ulrich, Social Studies Teacher, as they discuss ways in which they leverage technology resources to support student engagement. We will discuss resources we use to enhance both the classroom and library environment - Google Drive leading to increased collaboration and communication with students - Screen casting creating a 24/7 library and librarian - 3D printing adding excitement in a Social Studies classroom - Skype/ Google Hangout allowing students to connect with others

Presenters
avatar for Erica Thorsen

Erica Thorsen

Librarian, Albemarle High School
avatar for Andy Ulrich

Andy Ulrich

Social Studies Teacher, Albemarle County Public Schools
Social Studies | Albemarle High School | 3D Printing novice | incorporating technology into classrooms to excite and enhance historical understanding


Monday December 8, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
4B

4:00pm

CoSN and the Changing Role of the CTO
CTOs are not just the box and wires techies, but now need to possess skills that encompass leadership and vision, understanding the educational environment, and managing technology. For K-12 education technology leaders, earning the CETL certification will demonstrate to your staff, superintendent, and other stakeholders that you have mastered the knowledge and skills needed to define the vision for and successfully build 21st century learning environments in your school district. CoSN’s CETL certification is changing the dynamic and profession of the CTO. The CETL certification exam is based on The Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO, which is the body of knowledge defining the skill areas critical to today’s education technology leaders. The Framework was created and is kept up-to-date by two volunteer panels of education technology leaders. The Framework is divided into three primary areas: Leadership & Vision, Understanding the Educational Environment, Managing Technology & Support Resources. People who want to understand how the role of the CTO is changing and how they can be prepared - should attend this session.

Presenters
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Dresden Farrand

Senior Director of Membership and State ChaptersCoSN
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Ed McKaveney

Technology Director, Hampton Township School District
#EdTech Director @Hampton_Talbots | Chair PA @CoSN, Withrow CTO Award winner, CETL | @PAECT Board member/Outstanding Leader | @FBIPghCAAA Board member | SciTech Explorer - | | Having worked with educational technologies and media in higher education and K-12 my entire career, I have been continuously focused on faculty development, operational success, and the advancement of student learning through innovative ideas powered by technology. As... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
3D

4:00pm

Education Superhighway Project
Important information from the Virginia Department of Education concerning data, assessment, instruction and innovation

Presenters
avatar for Cheri Kelleher

Cheri Kelleher

Program Coordinator - Virtual Virginia, Virginia
avatar for Andrew Kenny

Andrew Kenny

EducationSuperHighway
Hi - My colleague Tony Swei and I are here to share updates on our project to support divisions increase access and affordability of high-speed broadband across the Commonwealth. We've partnered with VA DOE and the McAuliffe administration to ensure all students in Virginia have sufficient connectivity to fully enjoy the opportunities provided by digital learning. | | We'd love to chat with you about the project. Shoot me an email to set... Read More →
avatar for Tony Swei

Tony Swei

Co-Founder, EducationSuperHighway
How we are working with State leaders to upgrade internet access in all VA Divisions.


Monday December 8, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
4A

4:00pm

Effective Technology Integration with TPACK
Technology is becoming more commonplace in K-12 classrooms. We need to ensure that technology is used effectively in teaching and learning. The Technological, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework can be used to help you think about how you are planning lessons with technology. The participants from this session will come away from the session with strategies and ideas of how to effectively use this framework for planning lessons. In addition, they will also be able to use this framework as an evaluative tool to ensure that (1) the content to be taught, (2) the pedagogy of how they will get the message across to the students, and (3) the technology, are all working together effectively. Handouts will be provided during the session that will be a great go-to resource.

Presenters
avatar for Helen Crompton

Helen Crompton

Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology & ISTE Faculty Member, Old Dominion University & ISTE
Helen Crompton is a highly experienced presenter, author, and educator in the field of educational technology. Crompton draws from 20 years in education, with 16 of those years as a full time classroom teacher in grades K-10 and as a technology coordinator. With a PhD in Educational Technology and Mathematics, she holds the position of Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology at Old Dominion University VA. Crompton has presented at... Read More →
avatar for Jody Sommerfeldt

Jody Sommerfeldt

Senior Lecturer, Old Dominion University
LecturerOld Dominion University


Monday December 8, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
1D

4:00pm

Google Classroom
On August 11, Google launched Google Classroom, a teacher-and-student-specific front end for Google Drive that streamlines document sharing, creation, and assignment management in a way no other Google tool has before. Learn the ropes with Keith Reeves, Virginia's original Google Authorized Education Trainer, who has implemented Google Classroom at his school already. No prior Google Apps for Education experience required!

Presenters
avatar for Keith Reeves

Keith Reeves

Senior Instructional Technology Coordinator, Arlington Public Schools
Chariperson of VSTE. (www.VSTE.org) | Keith David Reeves is the author of "Insurrection: A Teacher Revolution in Defense of Children," and the co-author of "Paperless Research Writing: Effective Digital Scaffolding for Academic Writing using the Moulen-Reeves Model." A native of Syracuse, New York, he has taught every grade level, K through 12, in underprivileged and affluent schools in both rural and urban settings, as well as educational... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
2A

4:00pm

Intel Education Resources & Intel Security
Exhibitors

Monday December 8, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
4D

4:00pm

Learn & Transform with ISTE
Presenters
avatar for Susan Larson

Susan Larson

Director of Affiliate Relations, ISTE
Susan leads the global network of ISTE affiliates as they work together with ISTE to advance teaching and learning. With a network of more than 70 affiliates, Susan helps these organizations increase their impact in their communities, provide leadership and resources for their members, and collaborate with ISTE to advance our collective mission. In addition to a passion for education, Susan loves meeting people and building relationships, travel... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
5A

4:00pm

Making the Standards of Learning Uncommonly Exciting

Learn to use the Standards of Learning for Language Arts and Math as inspiration for exciting and high-level technology projects.  From self-portraits to animated book trailers, learn how the production of images and digital media can help students understand content better, present their learning, and uncover powerful ideas. Best of all – the work and a growing portfolio are access via a cloud-based program called Wixie!

Grade Level: Elementary

Subject Area: Language Arts, Math, Technology


Exhibitors
avatar for Tech4Learning

Tech4Learning

Regional Manager, Tech4Learning
Scott is a former elementary and middle school teacher as well as a district-level integration specialist. He has extensive professional development experience with K-12 educators, administrators, and curriculum personnel. He is former adjunct faculty member of Towson University and is the co-author of four Real World of Math integration books. He joined the Tech4Learning team in August 2007 as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager. This job provides... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
2B

4:00pm

Open Discussions with Sylvia Martinez
Due to popular demand, we've asked Sylvia to spend some time in our last breakout session of the day for anything and everything you want to talk about. Come get a chance to meet her, ask questions, and have open discussions.

Speakers
avatar for Sylvia Martinez

Sylvia Martinez

Author and Independent Education Consultant, Constructing Modern Knowledge
Sylvia is co-author of “Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom”, a new book advocating authentic learning using modern technology, real world design principles, and hands-on experiences. The book has been hailed as the “Bible of the Maker Movement in schools.” Sylvia is a principal advisor to the Stanford FabLearn Fellows, and served on the NAEP Advisory Board for the upcoming Technology &... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
1B

4:00pm

SAMR
How do we know that technology is making a difference in our schools? We view technology-enabled student activities through the SAMR lens. Based on Dr. Ruben Puentedura's research, the SAMR model helps teachers and administrators make the most of a school's investment. SAMR also helps instructional technology staff focus professional development efforts where they will help teachers maximize the transformational power of technology to create innovative learning experiences.

Presenters
avatar for Bea Leiderman

Bea Leiderman

Technology Coach, Goochland County Public Schools
Bea has been working with students and teachers at Goochland Middle School and Goochland High School for almost a decade. Currently, Bea spends much of her time in classrooms facilitating learning activities in a 1:1 iPad environment. During her free time, Bea photographs insects and other small creatures, and has published three interactive books available for free at the Apple iBook Store.
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Zoe Parrish

Technology CoachGoochland County Public Schools


Monday December 8, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
3A

4:00pm

So You Think You Can Present?
Find yourself getting stuck while presenting or teaching a lesson? Are you looking to see more success in teaching your lessons or being a presenter at a conference? Learn how you can be a more dynamic presenter and engage your audience! We may not know exactly how to explain rocket science, but at least we can make you look good while you do it!

Presenters
avatar for Russell Brown

Russell Brown

SBTS, Fairfax County Public Schools
avatar for Kurt Kohls

Kurt Kohls

School Based Technology Specialist, Chesterbrook ES/Fairfax County Public Schools
A School Based Technology Specialist in Fairfax County, Virginia, Kurt works with educators to engage their students through innovative ideas, including the use of cutting edge technologies in elementary education. Kurt successfully presented sessions at NECC 2008, 2009, and ISTE from 2010 to 2014 with his colleagues. Participants of these sessions left excited and energized by new Web 2.0 multimedia tools and their potential to help teachers... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
2D

4:00pm

The LearnSmart Advantage: Adaptive Learning
Students regularly use technology that adapts to their preferences. Why should their learning be different? Unique to each student’s needs, McGraw-Hill Education's adaptive study platform and  adaptive reading experience are designed to change the way students read and learn by adjusting to the individual student strengths, weaknesses, and confidence level . Come experience how adaptive learning resources, LearnSmart and SmartBook, can maximize productivity and efficiency in learning by ensuring each student is practicing the concepts they need to learn while providing teachers with needed data to further customize instruction.

Presenters

Monday December 8, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
3C

4:00pm

VE PLN: Hour of Code
Learn a bit about coding at the VE PLN Playground

Presenters
avatar for Vasili Giannoutsos

Vasili Giannoutsos

Technology Education Student Teacher, Old Dominion University


Monday December 8, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Tower Boardroom

4:00pm

What to do when you get your hands on ActivExpressions!
Student test scores soar when this fourth grade teacher uses ActivExpressions throughout the day in a variety of ways teaching math, science and social studies. Students use ActivExpressions with self-paced math quizzes and Ad Hoc questions frequently. The classroom teacher will share how she uses the data she collects to frame instruction for success. The Computer Resource Specialist will help with step by step directions for asking Ad Hoc questions and creating a question master for self-paced questions. This session is for you if you have been meaning to use those ActivExpressions but just haven't gotten to it yet.

Presenters
avatar for Kim Harrison

Kim Harrison

Computer Resource Specialist, Indian Lakes ES
Computer Resource Specialistwww.indianlakeses.vbschools.com
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Lisa Hemmrich

Fourth Grade TeacherIndian Lakes ES, VBCPS


Monday December 8, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
1A

4:00pm

What? I Can't Have Access to BlackBoard or D2L?
After taking the WHRO online course, Online Teaching Methodology, I asked my city for permission to use the D2L system. The answer was a disappointing, "No." So, stuck with all these online ideas in a brick and mortar class setting, I set out to incorporate everything I could. During this session, I will share with you my fortunes and faux pas along my broken road to incorporate technology into my class. Bring your mobile devices, so you can share in the experience as I take you through my process using a modified performance assessment and more. Programs covered include: EasyBib, Edmodo, Facebook, Prezi, RubiStar, Socrative, Twitter (and Visible Tweets), VoiceThread and more.

Presenters
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Richard Krause

12 AP English Teacher | Heritage High School/NNPS


Monday December 8, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
4C

4:00pm

Cracking the Code: Coding for Elementary Kids
Learning to code is amazing and fun because you can get instant results. Coding combines creativity, science, art, logic and storytelling, which is important for our 21st century learners. If you would like to learn how to code and what programs and apps to use with elementary students then this is the session for you. Feel free to bring an iDevice or laptop. We'll even discuss how to start an after school coding club and how coding has been introduced in 3 elementary schools, from kindergarten to 5th grade!

Presenters
avatar for Valerie Fawley

Valerie Fawley

ITRC, W. W. Robinson Elementary School
Instructional Technology Resource Coach W. W. Robinson Elementary School | I love helping teachers integrate technology into their classroom, especially when it comes to coding and robotics at the elementary level!
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Kat Staton

Technology Teacher, Ashby Lee Elementary
I am a technology teacher for PreK-5. We use GAFE, iPads, Kahoot, robots, etc. and we LOVE to code!! I run several after school Coding and Robotics clubs. National Geographic Certified Educator, Google Certified Educator, Nearpod Certified Educator, Plickers Ambassador, Discovery Education Ambassador and Wonder Innovation Squad Ambassador. Come talk to me!


Monday December 8, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
3B

5:15pm

Exhibit Hall Reception
Cash bar, refreshments and prize drawing for Monday's ticket activity

Monday December 8, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Exhibit Hall A

8:00pm

Karaoke Party at the Hilton
Cash bar, refreshments and the best Karaoke around with Shaner Sound

Monday December 8, 2014 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Peacock Ballroom A Hilton VB Oceanfront
 
Tuesday, December 9
 

7:30am

Critical Pedagogy in Assessment Practices
PLEASE NOTE: This session has been cancelled Teacher educator and pedagogue Keith Reeves will speak about the principles of critical pedagogy as applies to modern assessment practices, focusing on individualizing child learning and assessment, including using our digital resources for what he calls "omnimodal" assessment. Strongly rejecting corporate reform efforts, standardized testing, and homogenizing children, Reeves promotes authenticity and individualism to ensure comprehensive skill mastery for each of our children.

Presenters
avatar for Keith Reeves

Keith Reeves

Senior Instructional Technology Coordinator, Arlington Public Schools
Chariperson of VSTE. (www.VSTE.org) | Keith David Reeves is the author of "Insurrection: A Teacher Revolution in Defense of Children," and the co-author of "Paperless Research Writing: Effective Digital Scaffolding for Academic Writing using the Moulen-Reeves Model." A native of Syracuse, New York, he has taught every grade level, K through 12, in underprivileged and affluent schools in both rural and urban settings, as well as educational... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 7:30am - 8:30am
4B

7:30am

The Power of Adaptive Learning in Literacy
PLEASE NOTE: This session has been cancelled. One of the many challenges of implementing a comprehensive, literacy program is multiple learning levels within each classroom. Teachers must prepare a variety of instructional tools to address each student's needs. Come see how teachers partnering with McGraw-Hill Education are able to provide support for EVERY student in their classroom - customizing instruction and maximizing student outcomes - using adaptive technology. Participants will learn how this exciting technology provides an individualized path for students while giving teachers data they need to target desired, instructional outcomes.

Presenters

Tuesday December 9, 2014 7:30am - 8:30am
3C

7:30am

Apple Presents Mac OS X Deployment Best Practices
Do you have or do you plan to deploy Macs in your classrooms? Wouldn't it be nice to just take the Macs off of the FedEx truck and hand them out to your students and teachers without having to touch anything? You can make that happen. Join us as we discuss and walk through Apple's recommended best practices for Macintosh deployments. We will cover the latest deployment mechanisms in OS X, the newest features of the Volume Purchase Program, and we will explore Apple ID for Students and the Device Enrollment Program.

Presenters

Tuesday December 9, 2014 7:30am - 8:30am
4A

7:30am

Optimize Edmodo to get All Hands on Tech
Edmodo is an education focused social platform that teachers can use to create and maintain a virtual classroom space. This session will introduce the use of the new Virginia SOL version of the Edmodo snapshot tool and how it can be used for progress monitoring in Language Arts and Mathematics. In addition, participants will learn about a variety of free apps available in Edmodo which take the use of the platform beyond a simple dropbox and discussion board to a comprehensive Learning Management System. Session outline:
Intro to Edmodo and it’s basic functions
How to deploy SOL Snapshot
Understanding Snapshot results and recommendations
Discussion: Use of snapshot for progress monitoring
After the snapshot - Differentiated Instruction
Snapshot suggestions
Edmodo Apps
Q & A

Presenters
avatar for Ruth Okoye

Ruth Okoye

Technology Resource Teacher, Portsmouth Public Schools
ITRT, Portsmouth Public Schools
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Karen Streeter

Instructional Technology Supervisor, Portsmouth Public Schools
Technology coaching. Making learning accessible, fun, and applicable for teachers and students.


Tuesday December 9, 2014 7:30am - 8:30am
4C

7:30am

Conquering the Google Admin Console (Middle and High School)
Learn to master the Google Administrator Console (Dashboard) to effectively manage your school's Google domain. Session will cover details of domain configuration, recommended best practices, lessons learned, and differences to consider between middle and high school setup. For anyone overwhelmed by the Google Admin Console, this session is for you!

Presenters
avatar for Susanne Besecker

Susanne Besecker

Instructional Technology Coach, Stonewall Middle School
Instructional Technology Coach Stonewall Middle School | ITC for 13 years, past Director of IT at Manassas City Schools | Owner, Current TIDE, Inc (http://CurrentTIDEInc.com)
avatar for Terry Partlow Lowry

Terry Partlow Lowry

Director of Technology Integration, Wakefield School
Director of Technology Integration for an independent school in The Plains, VA, and member of the VSTE Board of Directors. Avid Twitter user at @tekkieteacher and Google Apps enthusiast!


Tuesday December 9, 2014 7:30am - 9:45am
3D

7:30am

Creating TEI like Items Using the Smart Notebook Software
Bring your laptop and learn how to create TEI like ( technology enhanced items) questions that mimic the VA SOLs. The VDOE has raised the bar for our students on the state exams. It is no longer possible to guess the answer on a multiple choice test and pass. SOLs now have 15% of the test created with TEI questions. Learn how you can make similar items to give your students the edge as they work throughout the school year.

Presenters
avatar for Dawn Eibel

Dawn Eibel

Instructional Technology Specialist, Norfolk Public Schools
I used to play the guitar. I need start playing again. I really love playing. I am a great listener and if you ever need me to be somewhere..."I'll be there!"


Tuesday December 9, 2014 7:30am - 9:45am
1C

7:30am

Ed Media Exchange (EMX) Content Creation Tools Update
There has a been a virtual explosion over the past three years of new and innovative tools for creating high-impact ed media for engaging learners. For VSTE 2012, the count was 45 tools. For VSTE 2013, it was 109 tools. For VSTE 2014, the count is 600+ tools and counting. This session provides a hands-on look at the very latest tools in areas including augmented reality, gaming, video, audio, eBooks, interactive timelines, screencasting, mind mapping, iPad-based production, apps, eLearning authoring, and web development, all from an instructional perspective. After an overview of all tools, participants will have an opportunity to work hands-on with the tools that interest them most. This is a BYOD event, so participants are encouraged to bring their own devices (laptop, tablet, phone, other). Participants are also encouraged to bring their own latest discoveries of content creation tools of interest for sharing with the group. By the end of the session, participants will; 1) Be able to list several dozen content creation tools relevant to their teaching and learning, including where to go for further information to support exploration subsequent to the session; and 2) Gain basic proficiency on one or two content creation tools of their choosing and develop a plan for more advanced mastery. The workshop is part of the Ed Media Exchange (EMX) initiative, in support of widespread adoption and dissemination of ed media in higher education and P-12.

Presenters

Tuesday December 9, 2014 7:30am - 9:45am
1B

7:30am

iCan Learn: Using iPads in the Primary Grades
The rise of mobile learning opportunities presents all teachers with unprecedented learning capabilities. In this session we will explore ways to use iPads with your youngest students in PK-3 classroom. Beginning with some basic free apps we can use to introduce and review basic skills. We will then explore ways to create interactive lesson activities, animations, and even interactive bulletin boards! We will then dive into some key instructional apps to keep your little ones engaged. We close out the session looking at some additional technologies that will make the iPad an essential part of your curriculum.

Presenters
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Heather Askea

Instructional Technology CoordinatorUVAWISE


Tuesday December 9, 2014 7:30am - 9:45am
5B

7:30am

Visual Narratives
Visual Narratives are stories told using mostly images with limited or no text. They can be used in any subject area or grade level to engage students in writing, evaluate student comprehension of subject matter, and encourage student creativity. Learn how to use free software and web-based programs to create comics, graphic novels, video, and ‘green screen without a green screen’ images. Ideas for incorporating visual narratives into classroom instruction will also be discussed.

If you are attending the VISUAL NARRATIVES hands-on session on Tuesday, you can save some time by downloading the free program paint.net which can be found at this website before you come to VSTE. We'll be using this program for one of the techniques we'll be learning during the session. Copies of the program will be available for download during the session in case you are unable to get your copy beforehand. 

Presenters
avatar for Sue Way

Sue Way

District ITRT, Buena Vista City Public Schools
My path to becoming an ITRT was winding and long. I spent 10 years in the corporate world, earned an MEd in Math Education, taught math grades 8-12, and finally became a CRS (ITRT) for VA Beach Schools. Currently I am the District ITRT for Buena Vista Schools, a position which involves serving as ITRT for all 4 schools as well as fulfilling many district level duties (we don't have an Instructional Technology Coordinator). Because I am a big... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 7:30am - 9:45am
1A

8:30am

Extreme Collaboration – use your own device to interact with the SMART board
Join Colette Retrosi to learn new and innovative way to use your SMART technologies. 

Presenters
avatar for Street and Company

Street and Company

SMART Education Consultant, Street & Co. Audio Visual


Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:30am - 8:45am
Street & Co Playground

8:45am

Apple Presents iOS Deployment Best Practices
Do you have or do you plan to deploy iPads in your classrooms? Wouldn't it be nice to just take the iPads off of the FedEx truck and hand them out to your students and teachers without having to touch anything? You can make that happen. Join us as we discuss and walk through Apple's recommended best practices for iOS deployments. We will cover the latest deployment mechanisms in iOS 8, the newest features of the Volume Purchase Program, and we will explore Apple ID for Students and the Device Enrollment Program.

Presenters

Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:45am - 9:45am
5A

8:45am

District Digital Conversion

At some point in the not too distant future, digital districts will become the new normal and new ways of measuring efficiency and effectiveness will emerge that will make this discussion more routine. Districts about to start, or those who have initiated their digital conversions, may find the lessons learned and District Digital Conversion Framework helpful to get started and improve your current efforts. For those seeking advice and support, McGraw Hill Education has a group of committed digital conversion experts, who can consult and tailor a district digital conversion plan to your needs.


Presenters

Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:45am - 9:45am
3C

8:45am

Eduwidgets
Important information from the Virginia Department of Education concerning data, assessment, instruction and innovation

Presenters
avatar for Cheri Kelleher

Cheri Kelleher

Program Coordinator - Virtual Virginia, Virginia


Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:45am - 9:45am
4A

8:45am

eMediaVA Helps Your Lessons Come Alive in a Hurry!!
Prepping for tomorrow’s lesson, all hands on tech!!  eMediaVA integrates with PBS LearningMedia and currently includes over 90,000 purpose-built learning objects from a variety of regional and national sources such as the National Archives, the Smithsonian, NASA, NPR, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia’s Public Media Stations, and other major educational content providers with more being added every day.  Developed on a powerful content management platform, all learning objects are fully correlated with Virginia SOLs, and fully searchable by keyword, grade level, media type, SOL, and more.  Teachers can upload and assign their own learning objects; can create student accounts, classes, quizzes, assignments, and personal playlists, and more. Students and teachers can now be even more empowered with the ability to share their desk objects and their playlists with other eMediaVA users.  eMediaVA is free to all Virginia educators (public, private, and home). http://www.emediava.org

Presenters

Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:45am - 9:45am
4C

8:45am

Empowering Students-Are you ready to go Digital?
In today’s world most students have a mobile device in their hand and most teachers read on a Kindle or iPad, so are you ready to utilize these devices and bring digital textbooks, BYOT, and on-line curriculum into your schools? Participants will observe digital textbooks, BYOT activities an d on-line curriculum from my school division. A demonstration of Project Based Learning at our Warrior Tech will be shown and how a 1:1 environment looks for a STEM Academy. We will also explore how 1:1 can enhance the learning environment in grades 3-8.

Presenters
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Janet Copenhaver

Director of Technology and Innovation, Henry County Public Schools
M.S.  Educational Leadership from Radford University, B.S. Library Science, Radford University; Director of Technology and Innovation Henry County Public Schools


Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:45am - 9:45am
2A

8:45am

Exploring Copia Class
Copia Class is a new and innovative digital content learning platform. Across the state of Virginia, we are bringing together state-approved and SOL-aligned content from a wide variety of publishers and content creators. And we deliver this content via our seamless platform that provides a rich array of interactive and assessment tools inside and outside of the content. Participants will be provided with tablets to help learn how to use Copia Class for the duration of our session. 

Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:45am - 9:45am
4D

8:45am

Ignite Coding with Dancing Robots
Introduce and enhance complex coding algorithms with robots that dance choreographically. The session will introduce how to program robots using a high level programming language and will demonstrate how coding and creativity bond to motivate students. This session applies to those who teach computer science; want to enhance coding in their classrooms and bolster programming in their school systems with ease. Participants will experience coding in C using robots previously constructed by students. Participants experience how the design of the robot influences the music and vice versa. All these aspects then influence the code and motivate students. The artistic qualities of this approach attract girls to the field of computer science. Dancing dolls and animatronics devices no longer are a phenomenon. This approach can be used for beginning coders starting from middle school. Participants will be amazed how higher level programming techniques using methods are so readily and easily used and learned.

Presenters
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Catherine Medina

Math and Computer Science TeacherRiverbend High School


Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:45am - 9:45am
4E

8:45am

Primary Sources - Using Close Reading Strategies to Examine the Declaration of Independence
Why use primary sources in the classroom? Teacher preferences, educational standards, and research studies support primary source analysis as foundational to teaching history and English Language Arts. This interactive workshop provides an overview of Colonial Williamsburg’s model for close reading of nonfiction-based primary sources, focusing on one of America’s most important documents: the Declaration of Independence. Participants will examine the Declaration through a variety of media lenses. The workshop also is an introduction to the Foundation’s “Great Debate” framework, which applies core values of American democratic thought to American documents and issues.The facilitator, Lisa Heuvel Ed.D., will introduce key concepts of Colonial Williamsburg’s close readings and Great Debate models in preparation for group activities and discussions. Participants will learn how to apply these principles and strategies to other primary sources and informative texts that they use in their curricula.

Presenters
CW

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Manager Educational PartnershipsThe Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
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Lisa Heuvel

Manager, Program Development Initiatives, Education Outreach,, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Emerging education technologies, museum studies online, TPD, K-Adult history/civics education


Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:45am - 9:45am
2B

8:45am

Stay Classy, VSTE: Be an Anchorman with Hangouts on Air
This just in…Evendale Elementary School in Frederick County, VA streams their morning announcements, live, using Google Hangouts On Air and so can you! Walk through the steps with Evendale’s principal and ITRT to create a fun, engaging and functional method for reaching your student body daily. You will be able to streamline your method to make access easy for teachers and staff using Google Sites, allow flexibility through replay capabilities on YouTube, and incorporate multiple groups in multiple locations using Google Hangouts. This can all happen while having fun and maintaining student confidentiality.

Presenters
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Jenn Arey

Elementary ITRT, FCPS
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Elizabeth Mistretta

PrincipalEvendale Elementary School - FCPS


Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:45am - 9:45am
2C

8:45am

Techie Tidbits that Won't Break the Bank
Technology can make our lives easier and more organized. Rob will share some of his favorites in the #edtech world. The list includes various apps for academics, time management, classroom management and more.

Speakers
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Rob Furman

Principal, South Park Elementary Center
Dr. L. Robert Furman is the elementary school principal at South Park Elementary School in South Park, Pennsylvania. Rob works with aspiring principals as an adjunct faculty member at the university level and feels strongly that technology is a major key to a successful career in education. He belongs to several regional and national organizations including NAESP, ASCD, and ISTE where he continues to present on virtual leadership topics. Rob is... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:45am - 9:45am
1D

8:45am

Virtual Environments Roundtable Discussion
Members of the Virtual Environment  PLN will share how they Connect, Collaborate, and Change teaching and learning with VEs. Several VE will be shared and compared giving the pros and cons for each in various teaching and learning scenarios. This is a great session to attend if you wonder what this is all about or have your own VE experiences to share. State technology standard C/T 9-12.15 lists virtual worlds as collaborative learning situations for student communication. Here is a chance to get your HANDS on these ideas.

Presenters
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Lisa Alconcel

Computer Resource Specialist (ITRT), Red Mill Elemantary, Virginia Beach, VA
I've been teaching for 35 years, the last 16 years as a Computer Resource Specialist (or ITRT).
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Vasili Giannoutsos

Technology Education Student Teacher, Old Dominion University
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Kim Harrison

Computer Resource Specialist, Indian Lakes ES
Computer Resource Specialistwww.indianlakeses.vbschools.com
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Keith Reeves

Senior Instructional Technology Coordinator, Arlington Public Schools
Chariperson of VSTE. (www.VSTE.org) | Keith David Reeves is the author of "Insurrection: A Teacher Revolution in Defense of Children," and the co-author of "Paperless Research Writing: Effective Digital Scaffolding for Academic Writing using the Moulen-Reeves Model." A native of Syracuse, New York, he has taught every grade level, K through 12, in underprivileged and affluent schools in both rural and urban settings, as well as educational... Read More →
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William Schmachtenberg

9th grade Earth Science Teacher, Franklin County Public Schools
High School Earth Science TeacherFranklin County High School


Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:45am - 9:45am
Tower Boardroom

8:45am

What's Up With Wixie?
Wixie is a publishing and creativity platform that lets students share what they know through their art, their voice, and their writing. Creating with technology appeals to students with a variety of learning styles, and encourages thinking, creativity, and communication skills. Wixie is an online tool so students can create projects and communicate ideas whenever and wherever they are ready to learn. Wixie works in browsers on Windows, Macintosh and Chromebooks, and using an app on tablets like iPads, Android tablets, and Kindle Fire HDs. In this session, we'll explore the possibilities of Wixie, and share student created examples across the curriculum. Join us, and then you'll know - "What's Up With Wixie!"

Presenters
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Russell Brown

SBTS, Fairfax County Public Schools
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Kurt Kohls

School Based Technology Specialist, Chesterbrook ES/Fairfax County Public Schools
A School Based Technology Specialist in Fairfax County, Virginia, Kurt works with educators to engage their students through innovative ideas, including the use of cutting edge technologies in elementary education. Kurt successfully presented sessions at NECC 2008, 2009, and ISTE from 2010 to 2014 with his colleagues. Participants of these sessions left excited and energized by new Web 2.0 multimedia tools and their potential to help teachers... Read More →
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Sarah Lennon

5th Grade Teacher, Chesterbrook ES
Sarah Lennon is a teacher with thirteen years of experience in the upper elementary grades. She currently has a grade 5 class in McLean, Virginia. She enjoys creating fun and interactive lessons that keep her students engaged in the learning process. Explore her website to see what she has going on in her classroom, and find some fun ideas for math, literacy, and technology that you can implement in your own class.


Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:45am - 9:45am
2D

8:45am

Ignite! Sessions
Teresa Coffman - Teaching Through Google Glass
Unlock your educational potential through the use of Google Glass to create innovative pedagogical methodologies that foster creativity in teaching and learning. Build upon sociocultural learning theories to help you unlock this potential. This presentation will serve all audience members and applies to standard ISTE T 1 – using wearable technologies to foster creative and innovative thinking. The idea of creativity and teaching and learning through the use of mobile technologies, specifically wearable technologies, is stressed. The theme of this ignite session is on collaborating and connecting through technology. It will create an opportunity for participants to build on the conference theme to take an active role in engaging learners using technology as a tool.

Kim Wilkens - Hello World: Transforming Users into Creators, Collaborators & Activists!
Kim has been collecting "Hello, World!" moments from coders around the world? Find out why during her Ignite talk.

Barb Gruber - The Importance of Play



Eric De Boer - Harry Potter Comes To School
Remember the paintings that came to life in Harry Potter? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-bXjK_5C8g) That power exists within each teachers and each students. How? Through the magic of augmented reality. Holding a tablet or phone in front of a picture can now turn the image into something entirely different, allowing for movies, slideshows, music, or other information to "augment reality". Attenders will hear our school used augmented reality to transform our school yearbook, library, and student art show. For the first time, we were able to add pictures in April, May, and June...as well as include videos and performances from school events. Students can scan books in the library to watch other students give a book review so they can consider if the book would interest them. Our art show let parents watch the artists as they created and described their artwork. All of this was possible through the free app Aurasma, available on iOS and Android devices.

Anita Harris - All Hands on EdTech in the Classroom
Today’s classrooms are demanding of both teachers and students. To meet those demands, there must be “All Hands on EdTech for the Classroom”. No longer can just the teacher provide ALL the learning. Students have to take ownership of the learning more. Todo this, teachers have to let go of always being the one leading the learning and allow students to be leaders, facilitators,collaborators, creators and makers of the learning. How can this happen when teachers have so much to do and more time being taken away from instruction? This Ignite session will take a look at afew EdTech solutions that could help teachers provide more options for students and once set up, can be more student-driven. 


Presenters
avatar for Eric De Boer

Eric De Boer

Instructional Technology Specialist, Saint Bridget School
Born & shaped in Michigan. Diversified & deepened by Philadelphia. Putting down roots & discovering the South. | | Learner. Technology explorer. Collaborator. Husband. Ultimate frisbee player. | | @edtechwolverine
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Teresa Coffman

Professor, University of Mary Washington
Teresa Coffman is a Professor at the University of Mary Washington College of Education. She is interested in understanding and designing environments and instructional approaches that help people learn how to think. Her research focuses on the development of thinking and understanding across the curriculum and collaboration and community development within online learning environments.
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Anita Harris

Instructional Technology Specialist, Cumberland County Public Schools
EdTech advocate who is always seeking, always learning, always sharing... | ​~ Instructional Technology Specialist, Cumberland County Public Schools | ~ Board Director and Secretary, Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) | ~ Chair, VSTE Outreach Committee | ~ Certified Online Facilitator, PBS TeacherLine & WHRO | ~ Certified Promethean Trainer | ~ NETS*T Certified | "Your mind is a garden. Your... Read More →
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Kim Wilkens

Coordinator of Computer Science Initiatives, St. Anne\'s-Belfield School
I am passionate about transforming technology users into technology creators, collaborators and activists, so I am super excited to be part of a community that shares this vision and is leading the way for others.


Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:45am - 9:45am
3B

9:00am

SMART Happenings – an overview of new products and software changes
Join Colette Retrosi to learn new and innovative way to use your SMART technologies. 

Presenters
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Street and Company

SMART Education Consultant, Street & Co. Audio Visual


Tuesday December 9, 2014 9:00am - 9:15am
Street & Co Playground

9:00am

Exhibit Hall Open
Tuesday December 9, 2014 9:00am - 1:00pm
Exhibit Hall A

10:00am

Blended Learning : Getting it right! Supporting personalized literacy growth for all students -Lexia Learning
Successful Blended Learning is more than teaching with technology for technology sake.  Success requires a well design instructional model. Add a continuously adaptive diagnostic blended learning tool to support that model and you have a winning combination.  Lexia Core 5 -  recently recognized in Forbes Magazine (Sept., 2014) for dramatic literacy gains - can be the tool that helps you Get it Right!

Audience K-6
Subject Areas: Literacy/Reading 

Presenters

Tuesday December 9, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
5B

10:00am

Become the HERO in Your School! Comprehensive American History Resources a Your Fingertips
Discover how one museum engages students in American history via innovative and interactive online and distance learning resources which focus on content, literacy and the stories of this nation’s founding. Participants will explore the award winning online resources available on the Colonial Williamsburg web site; experience the Emmy Award-winning resources that are associated with the Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips (seen on various public television stations throughout Virginia); and discover how to integrate online resources into their history curriculum and utilize the technology skills students bring into the classroom. Today's elementary students are technologically sophisticated and highly visual learners. This presentation will explore a wide variety of engaging resources that those students can use to facilitate their history studies while utilizing those technology skills. Participants will learn how to use online games, interactive maps, interactive exhibits and media resources that will engage young learners with the founding stories of America, and meet state and national standards in history, science, literacy, technology and arts education as well as Virginia State Standards and 21st Century Skills. The presenter will utilize Keynote (Mac) to demonstrate how to locate high quality resources that will enhance the elementary social studies curriculum. Each participant will receive a comprehensive handout and will be emailed a PDF of the handout after the session. Door prizes will be given out that will give winning participants special access to additional resources.

Presenters
avatar for Lisa Heuvel

Lisa Heuvel

Manager, Program Development Initiatives, Education Outreach,, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Emerging education technologies, museum studies online, TPD, K-Adult history/civics education


Tuesday December 9, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
2B

10:00am

Create your own virtual tropical Island classroom!
VSTE has a new group called VSTE VE PLN. In this group, teachers ignite their creativity and experiment with Virtual Environments or VEs. Beautiful tropical islands, moon bases, or undersea worlds can easily be created. One of the tools for doing this is Unity 3D. I have used this program to raise SOL test scores in my high school science classroom, and meet the new twenty-first century technology standards of online collaboration and problem solving. Although I have mostly used Unity 3D for creating high school science content, it will work with any grade level or content area. Although it sounds like this is a hard process, it is not. I have students as young as elementary school, create new virtual worlds in Unity 3D. In this session, I will be sharing with you some of the award winning simulations my students have created over the last year. Once you create your world, you can export it to a pc, mac, internet websites or even mobile devices like an android phone or tablet! Best of all, Unity 3D is a free program to use.

Presenters
avatar for William Schmachtenberg

William Schmachtenberg

9th grade Earth Science Teacher, Franklin County Public Schools
High School Earth Science TeacherFranklin County High School


Tuesday December 9, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Tower Boardroom

10:00am

Curating Content The Right Way
Going digital has made all information available at our finger tips. From research to consumption it is easy, however, to get lost in the rabbit hole of content. Join us as we will look at curation from start to finish. We will answer questions like how to find reliable information and tell its actually reliable and how to save this information so you can get back to it when you need it. We’ll examine the tools, sites and skills necessary to be a Master Curator. 

Speakers
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Steven W. Anderson

CEO, Web 2.0 Classroom
Steven W. Anderson is a Dad, Learning Evangelist, Speaker and Author. After a successful career in public education as a Teacher, Instructional Technologist, and Director of Instructional Technology, Steven works with educators across the globe as a consultant. Highly sought after for his skills in helping educuators and school leaders better understand technology and social media through his humorous approach to learning, Steven can work with... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
1D

10:00am

Digital Tools for Climbing the Topical Writing Ladder
In this presentation, two college of education faculty will describe their professional development course for in-service teachers taught via study abroad in England on the topic of “integrating writing and technology.” More than 50 teachers have participated in three summer iterations of the course since 2011, learning about new writing strategies and tools for multimodal production that they can readily put to use in their own classrooms. Course projects are designed around the “ladder of abstraction” popularized by English educator James Moffett (1992), in which a writer learns to negotiate progressions in writing for different audiences and about different topics. This presentation focuses on our use of varied digital tools to give teachers multimodal writing experiences from the bottom to the top of Moffett’s topical ladder, or writing about familiar to more abstract concepts. The lowest rung on Moffett’s (1992) topical ladder represents sensory verbalizations about “what is happening” in the moment, “immediate and unpondered” (p. 198). In our course, we encourage teachers to use mobile apps to capture voice memos as well as still images and video to represent what is happening or being sensed in the moment. These memos are put to use as teachers write about their impressions of England and craft sensory text for post cards home, then merge these words with captured imagery using editing tools like Pixlr. Moffett’s second topical level relates to “what happened,” or recalling experiences from memory rather than the immediate senses. In our course, teachers keep track of where they went and experiences they had each day of the course on personalized Google Maps with placemarks, annotations, and images. Teachers write duologues representing conversations they had with persons in the host culture and combine this text with animated graphics using GoAnimate. They also use the research feature in Google Docs to determine what happened in England’s past, and prepare presentations for peers on sites we will visit using Prezi as well as historical timelines using MyHistro. Moffett’s third topical level relates to “what happens” or recurs as a generalization, whereby the writer classifies a set of elements as similar or divergent and provides illustrations. In our course, teachers create memes using text and popular culture images to depict what happens in another culture, and they collect visual instances of culture on a Padlet wall with short annotations. Teachers look across these collected “instances” and write syntheses of cultural themes represented by the class. Moffett’s fourth topical level is referred to as “what will, may, or could happen,” or theorizing based on several generalizations. To support this level, our teachers write letters to the self with the tool FutureMe--predictions about what may happen in the course that can be revisited and reflected upon post-course. Teachers also reflect on assigned readings via journals and prepare lesson plans, as predictions for what could happen with writing and technology in their own classrooms. Reference: Moffett, J. (1992). Active voice: A writing program across the curriculum (2nd ed.) Montclair, NJ: Boynton/Cook Publishers.

Presenters
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Kevin Oliver

Associate Professor, NC State University
I am an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for the Digital Learning and Teaching program at NC State University. Our online master's programs (M.Ed., M.S.) prepare in-service teachers to serve in technology coordinator/director roles in public schools, prepare future designers to develop varied learning environments (mobile, online, game-based) (design strand), and prepare future inquirers to research and evaluate technology-enhanced... Read More →
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Ruie Pritchard

Professor, English Education, North Carolina State University
Please consider that the "E" in STEM education, could be ENGLISH!


Tuesday December 9, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
5A

10:00am

Engrade:  Keep the Dots; Add the Connections
Engrade offers school systems a state-of-the-art, classroom-centric instructional information and improvement system that layers over your existing SIS and digital content,  and scales to meet a district’s unique needs.  Come see demonstrations of its standards-based gradebook, integration of 3rd party content, its ability to deploy and score custom assessments (including technology-enhanced items), and its ability to aggregate data at all levels to inform student achievement and growth.  Engrade unifies and personalizes education – all at the same time.

Presenters

Tuesday December 9, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
3C

10:00am

EverFi: Free Web-Based Resources to Teach Critical Life Skills
Are your students equipped with the critical life skills they need to thrive beyond the classroom? EverFi tackles some of the largest career issues facing students today from financial literacy, digital citizenship, career readiness, and civic engagement. These easy to use, engaging web-based resources can be used as a co-curricular tool to enhance the curriculum in a number of different subject areas. Most of all, this technology comes to schools at no cost.

Presenters
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Eric Johnson

Schools Manager, EverFi
EverFi continues to provide unparalleled access and support to a wide array of digital resources for teachers across Virginia. EverFi's resources address critical skills such as Financial Literacy, STEM Readiness, Diversity and Inclusion, and Health and Wellness. Please reach out for more information!
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Michael Oliver

Senior Schools Manager, EverFi
Former high schools Social Studies teacher with a passion for sharing great resources that cost nothing to teachers, schools, and districts thanks to EverFi's generous partners.


Tuesday December 9, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
4C

10:00am

Exploring Copia Class
Copia Class is a new and innovative digital content learning platform. Across the state of Virginia, we are bringing together state-approved and SOL-aligned content from a wide variety of publishers and content creators. And we deliver this content via our seamless platform that provides a rich array of interactive and assessment tools inside and outside of the content. Participants will be provided with tablets to help learn how to use Copia Class for the duration of our session. 

Tuesday December 9, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
4D

10:00am

FileWave - Deep Dive with a FileWave Engineer
Take a walk through the actual interface and see how FileWave makes easy for all to manage any device within a single platform. Managing made easy for all OS X, Windows, iOS, & Android.

Sponsors
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filewave / Stephen Mirante

National Director, FileWave Endpoint Mgmt
VP of Sales & Strategic Relations, Filewave


Tuesday December 9, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
4B

10:00am

ICT and Technology Integration in Work Experience Programs
ICT and Technology Integration in Work Experience Programs Presented by: Kimberley Walsh, M.S., Ed. Norview High School Norfolk, VA All students should be able to have “ALL Hands on Tech”. Some of the most under serviced students in the world of technology are those with disabilities. Enter the “Job Squad” where all hands of our students are quite literally on TECH throughout their work experience program. Our students learn shredding, folding and stuffing envelopes (small and large quantities), affixing pre-printed labels on envelopes, sharpening pencils, collating up to six sheets of paper, stapling, laminating items, creating brochures and pamphlets, sewing, living skills and piece work all with the use of technology. Our students use work orders filled out by members of our school staff to obtain work and practice real life work, communication, and social skills. We know from research that the “quality of life and quality of support for people with intellectual disability have both been important research topics during in recent decades. Yet in the growing body of literature in this area, people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities have received only limited attention” (Maes, Lambrrechts, Hostyn & Petry, 2007). “Personal ability is considered to be the most powerful predictor of variation in quality of life outcomes, and individuals with lower adaptive skills achieve on average fewer personal outcomes than those with higher levels of social adaptation” (Emerson et al., 2000; Felce, Lowe, Beecham, & Hallam, 2000; Felce, Lowe, & Jones, 2002; Hatton, Emerson, Robertson, Henderson, & Cooper, 1996; Mansell, Beadle-Brown, Macdonald, & Ashman, 2003; Stancliffe & Lakin, 1998). ICTs stand for information and communication technologies. This presentation will explore the usefulness of these types of technology, as well as adaptive technology tools, in the development and implementation of a work experience program for students who are defined as MD / severe and profound. The target population for this presentation is teachers of students whom are 14-22 years of age and are transitioning to the adult supported work environments. This presentation will focus on the building of a work experience programs using technology for students who are MD, AUT, OHI, VI, ect. Areas covered in this presentation will include work experience objective, materials, data collection, instructional correlation to IEP goals, instructional correlation to independent living skills, instructional correlation to post-secondary employment and education, hierarchy of prompting, task analysis, and functional independence scales. The presentation’s goal is to give our audience all the information they need to ensure that they too can have “ALL Hands on TECH”.

Presenters
avatar for Kimberley Walsh, M.S., Ed.

Kimberley Walsh, M.S., Ed.

Special Education Teacher
I started teaching students in 1997. I have a diverse background including being a founder of a public charter school in Indiana. After coming to Virginia, I have been fortunate to be able to design and grow a work experience program for students that are ID/MD in our school. I enjoy the ability to create and be innovative with our students. This of course has required the use of technology and the use of research which I would love to share... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
2A

10:00am

Kuzma Kronikle
Are you in need of a new technology idea? Have you been using the same websites with the same ideas for quite some time? Did you just find a great website but not sure what to do with it? The Kuzma Kronikle is your one stop resource. During this session, attendees will be privy to fabulous no cost, log in free websites that can be used for all ages. They will have a chance to explore sites and learn how to incorporate them in their lessons the very next day.

Presenters
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Julie Kuzma

ITRT, Fauquier County
SMART Certified Trainer Notebook 14 | SMART Exemplary Educator (SEE) | SEE Summit 2012 | adjunct professor


Tuesday December 9, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
2C

10:00am

Let Your Class Flow - Promethean
Do you have a mix of classroom technology (iPads, Chromebooks, Promethean board, projector, laptop cart, etc.) that you’d like to use to their full potential? If so, join us for an interactive experience highlighting how ClassFlow, a FREE cloud-based teaching and learning platform that connects to resources you have on your local computer or in cloud storage solutions (such as Google Drive, Dropbox, or Microsoft OneDrive), gives you a place to create, store, and deliver lessons that include the ability to assess and push content to students on their web-enabled devices. 

Grade Level: All 
Subject Area: All

Presenters

Tuesday December 9, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
4A

10:00am

Make Space
One middle school's journey into creating and implementing a Makerspace.

Presenters
avatar for Teresa Hockenberry

Teresa Hockenberry

Library Media Specialist, Tomahawk Creek Middle School
I sponsor our middle school technology club. Ten students and I worked with Doc Davies this summer and learned how to use our new 3D printer. We are almost ready to begin make hands for those in need.


Tuesday December 9, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
3D

10:00am

Preparing for E-Rate Modernization
In late July the FCC Commissioners published the Report and Order “Modernizing the E-rate Program for Schools and Libraries”. This Report outlined major changes in the E-rate program that will impact your schools fiscal and technology planning in the future. In wake of these changes in the E-rate program you need to be acting now to best prepare to minimize the loss of funding in some categories as well as looking at ways to increase funding in others. Funding for some services will be declared Ineligible for E-rate funding in 2015 and in some other areas funding will begin to be phased out. There will also be new opportunities to obtain funding for your wireless infrastructure. This session will cover the major changes in the E-rate program and discuss ways to optimize E-rate funding for your schools.

Presenters
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Bruno Sestito

Sestito Technology Consultants LLC


Tuesday December 9, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
2D

10:00am

Technology Integration for Progressive Learning Environments
Methods for instruction are changing. As we move from lecture based to more interactive and collaborative models, innovative facility and classroom designs are being created to effectively support them. Along with dimensions, lighting, furnishings, finishes, accessibility, and other considerations, technology integration is a key factor in determining the success of these new learning spaces. This presentation will discuss the current trends in educational audiovisual technology. In addition, it will provide practical information on AV sources, displays, connectivity infrastructure, and control. With this knowledge, you will be able to plan for technology in the design phase, providing a seamlessly integrated learning environment for users. Objectives: -Explore challenges faced in designing collaborative learning environments with high definition digital video and distributed audio -Learn about emerging trends in instruction and AV, and how they impact your technology planning -Learn strategies for successful implementation that benefits all stakeholders

Exhibitors
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Extron Electronics

Extron Electronics


Tuesday December 9, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
5C

10:00am

TeqOnlinePD - Street & Co

Teq’s online professional development program offers over 50 courses of live, web-based professional development. It focuses on the most important technology integration challenges facing teachers. Street & Co is now the only reseller of this program. Come and learn what we can do for your schools.

Grade Level: all

Subject Area: all


Tuesday December 9, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
4E

10:00am

Using Google Chromebooks to Differentiate and Augment Instruction in Middle School Science
Prior research by Wilcox and Purcell (2008, 2011) and Purcell and Wilcox, (2011) indicates that the introduction of innovative technologies in middle school science class may improve students’ attitudes about science, their motivation to learn science concepts, and academic achievement. Their research also indicates that less academically able students benefit more from technology interventions than their more academically able peers. The present study investigates how Google Chromebooks may be used to address instructional challenges arising from a lack of technology, students’ varying ability levels, limited English proficiency, and learning disabilities. Thomas Harrison Middle School (THMS) in Harrisonburg, Virginia was chosen to participate in the study because of its limited technology, great diversity of students, and proximity to James Madison University. THMS is one of two middle schools in Harrisonburg City Public Schools. More than 50 languages are spoken in the school district, making it one of the most diverse in the state. Approximately 40% of the students in the district are English language learners. In addition, the school district has a higher than average percentage of students receiving free and reduced lunch (70%). Because of the disparity in economics and language preparation, many students do not possess the science vocabulary and basic science concepts they need to succeed in middle school science. At the other end of the spectrum, however, are the gifted and talented students who often possess an advanced understanding of both science vocabulary and concepts, and require enrichment activities beyond the basic instruction provided in class. Although the school has an abundance of computer technology, access to mobile laptop carts is limited. For this reason, teachers have no way to use technology to provide the differentiated instruction required in their diverse classrooms. To address the unique instructional challenges present in the THMS middle school science classroom, we proposed using Google Chromebooks to augment (and differentiate) instruction. We hypothesized that access to Chromebooks would enable the classroom teacher to more easily accommodate the variety of learners present in a single class by making it possible to simultaneously provide: 1) remedial instruction, 2) enrichment activities, 2) concrete referents and language support for English Language Learners, and 4) access to web-based interactive resources offered by the textbook publisher. In this presentation, we will describe the implementation of Chromebooks in a 6th grade science classroom, and discuss the benefits and challenges encountered when using Chromebooks to augment instruction in middle school science.

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Jane Thall

Associate Professor & Department HeadJames Madison University
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Diane Wilcox

Associate ProfessorJames Madison University


Tuesday December 9, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
3A

10:00am

VDI, Virtualization, & Beyond: A Technical Deep Dive Into VDI and Virtualization in Public Schools - ABS Technology Architects
Published Author of 'VMware vSphere 5.x Datacenter Design Cookbook', Hersey Cartwright discusses virtualization and VDI at length. He will be 'serving up' the benefits, tips, and tricks." 

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Tuesday December 9, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
1A

10:00am

3D Printing in the Classroom
Whirlwind tour of 3D printing in the classroom from a member of the 2015 Make magazine 3D printer review team.  From hands on exploration of 3D printed fossils and sculptures to testing of models being printed on the International Space Station, 3D printing opens the world to your students.

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Tuesday December 9, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
3B

10:00am

IPads + Green Screens = All Hands on Tech
There is a job for everyone when your class makes movies using iPads. For less than a night at the movies with popcorn your students can produce some really great content. Join me as I show you the easy steps to take and how everyone on each team can have a role. We will discuss how to make the green screens, where to find content and creating the characters to star in your productions. My experience is with 3-5 grades, but can be modified to fit your needs. Please download Green Screen by Do Ink and 5 to 10 images onto your iPad prior to the session. Be prepared to have a ball!

Presenters
avatar for Kat Staton

Kat Staton

Technology Teacher, Ashby Lee Elementary
I am a technology teacher for PreK-5. We use GAFE, iPads, Kahoot, robots, etc. and we LOVE to code!! I run several after school Coding and Robotics clubs. National Geographic Certified Educator, Google Certified Educator, Nearpod Certified Educator, Plickers Ambassador, Discovery Education Ambassador and Wonder Innovation Squad Ambassador. Come talk to me!


Tuesday December 9, 2014 10:00am - 12:15pm
1B

10:00am

What's Your Story? Telling Beautifully Illustrated Stories with Your Photographs
Come for a rich, artistic experience learning the art of telling digital stories as well as increasing photography skills using whatever camera you have – smartphone, point-and-shoot, or DSLR! While knowing some tips and tricks for how to operate a camera (or the camera app on your device) will be helpful for taking photos, there is much more to be done when looking through the "view finder". The photographer is the key ingredient in making great photos. Bring your choice of cameras and a laptop or tablet for this hands-on interactive photography and digital storytelling experience. The ideas you learn here are directly applicable in the classroom with students. You’ll leave with ideas for how to guide your students towards better photography and digital storytelling experiences! Supporting the ISTE standards of Creativity and Innovation and Communication and Collaboration, teachers and student will explore the concept of making stories come alive through photography. By artfully choosing about how to extend the mood and theme of a story through well-crafted images, students and teachers become masterful storytellers. During the hands-on presentation, attendees will be engaged in an Introduction to Digital Storytelling and the Take 6 Elements, Craftsmanship of Images and Sound, and Developing The 6 Slide Story. This presentation is supported by the following author’s work. Digitales: The Art of Digital Storytelling by Bernajean Porter Story Proof: The Science Behind the Startling Power of Story by Kendall Haven The Power of Story: Teaching Through Storytelling by Collins & Cooper

Presenters
avatar for Jill Hobson

Jill Hobson

Senior Education Strategist, Promethean
Jill Hobson is the Senior Education Strategist for Promethean. With 16 years experience as a director of instructional technology in one of the most recognized school districts in the United States, Jill provides expertise on best practices in education and instructional technology. As a member of the strategy team, she assists determining the future development of products and services. | | Among the major initiatives that Jill has been... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 10:00am - 12:15pm
1C

11:15am

Be a trailblazer! Leading the way to a smooth mobile strategy - Lightspeed Systems
You know what you want to achieve with technology in the classroom; increased student engagement & academic success, empowered teachers with access to the tools they need to run their classroom. But, how do you get there? Mobile Learning Essentials can help you do all the amazing things you want to do. With seamless integration between our award-winning Learning Management System, MDM, Web Filter and Classroom Orchestrator, there¹s nothing you can¹t do. Join us for this hands-on session and learn how you can be an edtech hero for your school!

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Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:15am - 11:45am
4E

11:15am

SMART Response VE – assessment anywhere on any web-enabled device
Join Colette Retrosi to learn more about how to use your SMART technologies in new and innovative ways!

Presenters
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Street and Company

SMART Education Consultant, Street & Co. Audio Visual


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:15am - 11:45am
Street & Co Playground

11:15am

Keep it Simple: Effective Faculty/Student Interaction through Technology
PLEASE NOTE: This session has been cancelled Faculty will be introduced to several, simple, communication tools like Remind, Instructor DB Thread, Online synchronous sessions, BlooChat, and Jing. The course will be segmented by tool, allowing us to introduce each, then engage faculty in a practical application period. We will begin by explaining how each tool works and will offer illustrations of its effectiveness. Then, we will focus a portion of the time on having faculty members actually practice using the tools so that they can easily integrate them into their classrooms.

Presenters
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Monica Hardin

Department Chair & Assistant Professor of HistoryLiberty University
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Aaron Traphagen

Assistant Professor of General EducationLiberty University


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm
2D

11:15am

'Apps”olutely Amazing iPad Activities for the Classroom
You will learn about iPad apps that K-5 teachers in Henry County use in the classroom with their students. We will look at over 20 apps and I will talk about how the teachers incorporate the apps into the classroom and will show examples of student work.

Presenters
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Dottie Betts

ITRT, Henry County Public Schools
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Pam Mabry

Instructional Technologist, Henry County Public Schools
Instructional Technologist | Lead Learner, Henry County Public Schools | Graduate Certificate Administration and Supervision, James Madison University | MA Ed eLearning Leadership, Virginia Tech | BS Interdisciplinary Studies, Radford University


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm
1D

11:15am

ALEKS
Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) is a Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system . ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know in a math course. ALEKS then instructs the student on the topics s/he is most ready to learn. As a student works through a course, ALEKS periodically reassesses the student to ensure that topics learned are also retained. Come see how ALEKS can change your students math outcomes and ensure success in math for all students.

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Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm
3C

11:15am

Going All Tech in a Math Classroom
This session will discuss what this teacher has done in her classroom to engage students through the use of Google. This teacher uses Chromebooks, with Edmodo and other informational websites to turn students onto education while still meeting the demands of the Standards of Learning. Participants will learn how students are using a teacher's website to access course information as well as learn how students are using journals and interactive websites to be successful!

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Meredith Zirkle

Math Teacher, Dowell J. Howard Center, Frederick County Public Schools


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm
2A

11:15am

Let Your Class Flow - Promethean
Do you have a mix of classroom technology (iPads, Chromebooks, Promethean board, projector, laptop cart, etc.) that you’d like to use to their full potential? If so, join us for an interactive experience highlighting how ClassFlow, a FREE cloud-based teaching and learning platform that connects to resources you have on your local computer or in cloud storage solutions (such as Google Drive, Dropbox, or Microsoft OneDrive), gives you a place to create, store, and deliver lessons that include the ability to assess and push content to students on their web-enabled devices.
Grade Level: All
Subject Area: All

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Exhibitors
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Promethean

Promethean


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm
4A

11:15am

Mystery Location in Action
Watch geography skills soar as you collaborate and communicate with classrooms around the world. Mystery Location is a fast-paced, 20 question geography game. Students use deductive reasoning to figure out where the other class is located. It is a highly engaging, interactive, student-led critical thinking challenge adaptable for any grade. Mystery Location develops communication skills, map reading and geographical knowledge while integrating technology into the classroom. Whether you have 1 computer or more technology than you know what to do Mystery Location is for you!

Presenters
avatar for Nikki Jones

Nikki Jones

ITC, Porter Traditional School
Nikki Jones is the Instructional Technology Coach at Porter Traditional School in Woodbridge, Virginia. She collaborates with teachers in 1st through 8th grade to develop skills based lessons that incorporate technology into all content areas. Additionally, Nikki develops and facilitates professional development for the Porter staff, sharing new ideas and technology to support and enhance classroom instruction and student learning. Prior to... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm
4C

11:15am

Next Generation Intel Innovative Technologies!
Next Generation Intel platform update for Core M and Broadwell - including a focus on User experience in Education applications. We will demo a RealSense camera - please see the Sugar Labs video for background: https://videoportal.intel.com/media/Sugar+Lab+90+Seconds+Internal+Review/0_xfvbr3zw

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Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm
2B

11:15am

Optimize Edmodo to get All Hands on Tech
Edmodo is an education focused social platform that teachers can use to create and maintain a virtual classroom space. This session will introduce the use of the new Virginia SOL version of the Edmodo snapshot tool and how it can be used for progress monitoring in Language Arts and Mathematics. In addition, participants will learn about a variety of free apps available in Edmodo which take the use of the platform beyond a simple dropbox and discussion board to a comprehensive Learning Management System. Session outline:
Intro to Edmodo and it’s basic functions
How to deploy SOL Snapshot
Understanding Snapshot results and recommendations
Discussion: Use of snapshot for progress monitoring
After the snapshot - Differentiated Instruction
Snapshot suggestions
Edmodo Apps
Q & A

Presenters
avatar for Ruth Okoye

Ruth Okoye

Technology Resource Teacher, Portsmouth Public Schools
ITRT, Portsmouth Public Schools
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Karen Streeter

Instructional Technology Supervisor, Portsmouth Public Schools
Technology coaching. Making learning accessible, fun, and applicable for teachers and students.


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm
2D

11:15am

Paperless Research Papers with Google Drive
Using Google Documents, participants will learn how to implement the tried-and-true Moulen-Reeves Paperless Research Paper Model. With two documents, you'll learn how to eliminate paper entirely from the paper, using digital resources in Google Apps for Education to research, draft, edit, revise, peer edit, finalize, submit, assess, and return any research paper. All disciplines, all grade levels welcome. No previous Google experience required.

Presenters
avatar for Keith Reeves

Keith Reeves

Senior Instructional Technology Coordinator, Arlington Public Schools
Chariperson of VSTE. (www.VSTE.org) | Keith David Reeves is the author of "Insurrection: A Teacher Revolution in Defense of Children," and the co-author of "Paperless Research Writing: Effective Digital Scaffolding for Academic Writing using the Moulen-Reeves Model." A native of Syracuse, New York, he has taught every grade level, K through 12, in underprivileged and affluent schools in both rural and urban settings, as well as educational... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm
1A

11:15am

Using the New Google Classroom
Session will cover setup and implementation of the new Classroom module within Google Apps for Education. We will share lessons learned and best practices as well as real world instructional examples of how Google Classroom is used in both middle and high school. Special attention will be paid to digital assignment and submission of student work resulting in a paperless (and therefore, green) learning environment. Come find out how to easily take learning to the cloud.

Presenters
avatar for Susanne Besecker

Susanne Besecker

Instructional Technology Coach, Stonewall Middle School
Instructional Technology Coach Stonewall Middle School | ITC for 13 years, past Director of IT at Manassas City Schools | Owner, Current TIDE, Inc (http://CurrentTIDEInc.com)
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Terry Partlow Lowry

Director of Technology Integration, Wakefield School
Director of Technology Integration for an independent school in The Plains, VA, and member of the VSTE Board of Directors. Avid Twitter user at @tekkieteacher and Google Apps enthusiast!


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm
3A

11:15am

What Happens When Tech Folks Collaborate?
How does filtering work in your school division? Who decides what checkboxes to check and who checks them? How about image creation? Who decides what goes on your student computer images and how the master is configured? What does your technology purchasing process look like? What roles and responsibilities exist in your "technology department" and how to do ensure everyone is on the same page? Come see examples of collaborative workflows that support students and teachers in gaining access to and using technologies to support learning.

Presenters
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Nita Collier

Lead Technology Trainer, Albemarle County Schools
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Becky Fisher

Director of End User Experience, Albemarle County Public Schools
Becky received a BA and MAT in Physics from the University of Virginia while working as a FORTRAN programmer for the University’s Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics. After assisting in an NSF-funded summer institute for Physics teachers, she committed to a career in public education. Over two decades later, she has been a classroom teacher, instructional technology specialist, and central office leader working diligently to change the... Read More →
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Ira Socol

Design Project Manager, Albemarle County Public Schools


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm
4B

11:15am

“Tech a stand!” Navigate, conduct research, and create lessons/activities from the Virginia General Assembly websites
“wherever the people are well informed they can be trusted with their own government”—Thomas Jefferson in Paris to Richard Price, 8 January 1789. This quote is inscribed on the entrance to the Virginia State Capitol. In 225 years, its important message has not waned and yet we, as citizens, find challenges amongst the successes in understanding our government as well as making sense of the legislative interconnectedness, access, and responsibilities we all share as an effective citizenry. Learning to use the Virginia General Assembly websites (virginiageneralassembly.gov, lis.virginia.gov, virginiacapitol.gov/virtualtours, capclass.virginiageneralassembly.gov) and online resources can assist Virginia Studies, Civics, Virginia Government, and United States Government educators and students to connect civic responsibility to self and communities; gain critical background knowledge of social and legislative challenges; and increase and maintain motivation for political engagement. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in Civics is administered to over 21,000 students every three years through educator and student participation in grades 4, 8, and 12. The NAEP 2010 civics assessment measured the civics knowledge and skills critical to the responsibilities of citizenship in America’s constitutional democracy (National Center for Education Statistics [NCES], 2011, p. 4). While the quantitative results showed students making progress in grade four, but not at grades 8 and 12, the results do show 88% of fourth-graders had teachers who reported emphasizing politics and government to a small extent or more; 78% of eighth-graders reported studying about Congress; and 67% of twelfth-graders reported studying about the U.S. Constitution (NCES, 2011, p. 1). Research by Kahne and Sporte (2008) supports the preparation of high school students for civics participation, and that schools and educators can influence the development of meaningful opportunities for civic participation that sustain a democratic society. Kahne and Sporte (2008) also argue that researchers and educators need to deepen their understandings of what particular opportunities for civic participation are to be focused on in order to develop and maintain civic engagement and participation for students who may otherwise not identify themselves with having a voice or identifiable representation in government processes. The Virginia Department of Education (2013) Computer Technology Standards emphasize the ability to access, manage, evaluate, use, and create information responsibly. Across the K-12 Computer Technology Standards, the Technology Research Tools and Thinking Skills, Problem Solving, and Decision Making standards assist to gather information, conduct research and effective search strategies, and communicate in order to investigate and solve legislative problems relevant to an effective citizenry in our globally connected commonwealth.

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MH

Maryann Horch

Senior Systems Analyst | Senate of Virginia Clerk's Office


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm
3D

11:15am

Hacking Twitter for your Classroom
Bring the most useful social network into your classroom with simple to use techniques that will have students riveted to research rather than restless with repetition. Even if you have never used Twitter, this session provides resources for teachers of all levels. Pull information that is targeted directly to your class. Offer options for younger students or any students that don't have twitter accounts. Prompt in-depth conversation for high school. Find out about many of the additional tools connected to Twitter that can make you an amazing Twitter hack.

Presenters
avatar for Joan Brown

Joan Brown

School Based Technology Specialist, FCPS
First and foremost, I am a Google Certified Teacher and thrilled to be in such a creative network of educators. Currently, I am the School Based Technology Specialist at Irving Middle School in FCPS. At Irving we go that extra mile to integrate technology and some of my favorite projects include Google Apps and BYOD. I am also a sub-host on the Flipped Learning Podcast at the EdReach network where I provide a short intro each week called the... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm
3B

12:15pm

LUNCH
Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Exhibit Hall A

1:00pm

Leading to the Now - Spotlight Session
We are living, working and learning in incredible times. As Educators we have access to more information for our own growth than ever before. But what does that mean to us as professionals and what obligations do we have as learners? Join us as we will look at what this access to information means and how we can all Lead To The Now. 

Speakers
avatar for Steven W. Anderson

Steven W. Anderson

CEO, Web 2.0 Classroom
Steven W. Anderson is a Dad, Learning Evangelist, Speaker and Author. After a successful career in public education as a Teacher, Instructional Technologist, and Director of Instructional Technology, Steven works with educators across the globe as a consultant. Highly sought after for his skills in helping educuators and school leaders better understand technology and social media through his humorous approach to learning, Steven can work with... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ballroom 3

2:00pm

Closing Session
Stick around after the spotlight session for your chance to win a ton of great door prizes!

Tuesday December 9, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom 3