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The VSTE Board of Directors and Conference Committee are excited to have you join us at the 32nd Annual Technology in Education Conference. #VSTE17 promises to be the best ever.

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Sunday, December 3
 

9:00am

VSTE Board Meeting
Sunday December 3, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
TBA

9:00am

Presenter's Storage
Sunday December 3, 2017 9:00am - 4:00pm
Bent Mountain

9:00am

Registration Opens
Registration opens for the VSTE 2017 conference.

Sunday December 3, 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm
Roanoke Foyer

10:00am

Ask Me
Sunday December 3, 2017 10:00am - 4:15pm
Upper Conference Foyer

10:00am

Ask Me
Sunday December 3, 2017 10:00am - 4:15pm
Balcony

10:00am

Never Fear, Support is Here
Sunday December 3, 2017 10:00am - 4:15pm
North Entry Foyer

10:00am

Never Fear, Support is Here
Sunday December 3, 2017 10:00am - 4:15pm
Upper Conference Foyer

10:45am

10 Classroom Hacks Using Microsoft Office
Would you like to hack your classroom and gain more instructional time with your students? Come learn 10 tricks and tips for using Microsoft Office more efficiently so that you can hack your classroom, save time, and gain more time to spend on what matters the most - your students!  This session will introduce you to Office Lens, Sway, Office Mix, OneNote class notebooks, and other valuable tools.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Edmonds

Melissa Edmonds

gifted resource teacher, Kyle R. Wilson Elementary
I've been an elementary-school gifted resource teacher for 12 years and taught high school science before that. I am a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and teach at a school with one-to-one laptops for students in grades 3, 4, and 5. Talk to me about gifted education, childr... Read More →



Sunday December 3, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Roanoke G

10:45am

All About Me! Student Journals, portfolios and flipping instruction with Google Sites
Trying to go more paperless and embrace the Google environment? Using Google Sites flip your instruction, implement student journaling and track student yearly progress with digital portfolios. Students can publish work for parents and peers to view. Grade level 3-5

Speakers
avatar for Eric Baar

Eric Baar

Green Run Elementary School
avatar for Michelle Pressley

Michelle Pressley

ITS, Kempsville Meadows ES


Sunday December 3, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Crystal E

10:45am

Creating Innovative, Student-Centered Projects with App Smashing
Kids love hearing the term App Smashing! They wonder: will I really be smashing things together? How do apps fit into this scenario? Students today share a unique characteristic in that they have all been raised in a digital era. Students from all socioeconomic levels have been impacted by digital media in one way or another, and many yearn to be engaged through the use of instructional technology in the classroom. One such example of this is a digital multimedia project termed App Smashing. Kulowiec introduced the term App Smashing and defined it as incorporating or embedding multiple applications together in order to accomplish a major learning task or project (2013). App Smashing is the process of developing content on multiple digital applications and then integrating or "smashing" them together in order to create a richer, innovative digital product.

Why App Smashing you may wonder? Well, some technology projects assigned in the classroom cannot be completed using just one application; some applications require using another application to fill in the gaps to complete a project (Kulowiec, 2013). Young also states that App Smashing encourages student excitement and engagement about creating their own project, demonstrating their individual exceptionality, as well as combining products using familiar applications (2014).

This workshop will showcase an assignment utilized with university preservice teachers that requires the creation of an App Smashing assignment/project for their future students. This project provides an excellent opportunity for students to collaborate to complete a summative authentic assessment. Participants in this workshop will be introduced to several applications (e.g., Prezi, Glogster, Animoto, PowToon, EdPuzzle YouTube, Google Slides Aurasma and Wordle etc.) that are either free or inexpensive, web-based, and easy to navigate, as well as some of the possibilities of how to "smash" them together. Teachers have many different options in how they require students to assemble the apps.

Generally, each app meets a specific requirement of how it connects with the SOL-based content, then the apps are assembled in a meaningful fashion so that the order makes sense. For example, Prezi or Glogster provides a wonderful landscape to embed many of the other apps listed. Example projects will be shared and participants will leave with resources that will aid in allowing them to create their own App Smashing project for students in any secondary content area. This workshop would best be suited for educators at the intermediate, middle, and high school level.

Student reflections reveal that this learning process promotes higher order thinking skills by requiring synthesis, creativity, reflection and critical thinking with specific content; increases 21st century skills through student engagement, technology skills, communication, and collaboration; as well as developing college and career skills through research and writing, project-based learning and presentation skills. These skills meet many of the ISTE standards.

Kuloweic, G. (2013). App smashing: Part one. The History 2.0 Classroom. Viewed 4 May 2015, http://kulowiectech.blogspot.com/2013/02/app-smashing-part-i.html

Young, D. (2014). Creating innovative student projects with App Smashing. Educational Horizons, 93(1), 12-15.

Presentation URL: https://prezi.com/view/WCdr0IzyGfcgzSHnoDnl/

Speakers
avatar for Aimee Brenner

Aimee Brenner

Assistant Professor of Education, Averett University
Aimee M. Brenner, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Education at Averett University in Danville, Virginia. She teaches Reading, Curriculum and Instruction courses to preservice teachers and graduate students. She also supervises secondary level student teachers. Dr. Brenner spe... Read More →


Sunday December 3, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Washington

10:45am

Embracing Social Media - The Good, The Meh, The Increased Student Engagment
Learn how embracing social media will empower real world connections between your classroom, your students and an authentic audience. Take the lessons learned and the strategies used by the presenter back to your classroom through the story of how she modeled the growth mindset, took the plunge into social media, and increased student engagement, pride and recruiting numbers. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1BLWWBAseDNb0PBQXDv8s-VC4W8WQbx_HaDue8JGBVkc/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Jason Buck

Jason Buck

Special Project Development Specialist, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Jason Buck desires to help others become the best version of themselves. He has taught elementary and middle school as well as served as an instructional technology integrator. Currently, he works in the Department of Organizational Development where he helps others with systems... Read More →


Sunday December 3, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Madison

10:45am

Empower Your Super Students' Creativity Using G-Suite Apps
Empower and energize your students to become their own superhero with engaging and interactive technology integration using the G-Suite Apps in your class. Focus on the 4 C's and allow your students to have voice and choice to demonstrate their learning by creating and collaborating on projects for PBL and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Kari Kuebler

Kari Kuebler

Technology Integrator, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Kari Kuebler has served in education for 23 years, 20 of which have been within Chesterfield County Public Schools. She taught in the elementary school setting and is passionate about her position as a technology integrator. Kari attended University of South Carolina - Coastal Ca... Read More →



Sunday December 3, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Pocahontas B

10:45am

Empowering learners with Interactive Video Assessment Tools
How can instructors measure the effectiveness of video interventions? Have you ever assigned your students an online video from Khan Academy, YouTube, or TEDx and then wondered how you could track which students watched the entire video, who clicked play and then became occupied by something else as the video played on, and, of those who actually watched, who was able to grasp the concepts taught in the video? This session will give an overview and comparison of two interactive video assessment tools (EDpuzzle and PlayPosit) that help educators use digital video more effectively as a learning tool as part of an online, blended, or flipped classroom.

Speakers

Sunday December 3, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Buck Mountain

10:45am

Empowerment Through Advocacy: It Starts With You
You can make a difference in the life of a child. Isn’t that why you became an educator?
Raise your voice and Empower yourself and your students! What could be more empowering to young learners than to have their teacher take them to show and tell? Your student stories can reach far beyond the classroom to homes, neighborhoods and the surrounding community. Educating local, regional, state and federal decisions makers empowers educators and students through amplifying their voice. Join us for a few stories about journeys from the classroom to Capitol Hill.
We have told our stories across social media as well as by word of mouth to advocate for students, teachers, and administrators. Parents and community members have joined in to #SpeakUp4Schools and #act4edtech. We face trying times as educators and need to advocate for our children and our schools. Certainly we know the need to contact legislators to support funding but what about our neighbors and friends who can help provide a stronger voice both at home and on the hill? Bring the respect back to education by showing others the value yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Speakers
avatar for Rod Carnill

Rod Carnill

Supervisor of Instructional Technology Coaches, Frederick County Public Schools
GEG of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, Leader


Sunday December 3, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Pocahontas A

10:45am

Find your Student's Super Power with Pixie
Explore how creative projects can engage and motivate your learners, boost literacy skills and build content understanding, while giving students a voice and choice for sharing their learning. Learn how to implement open-ended projects that allow students to apply learning and utilize higher-order thinking skills as they demonstrate mastery of standards through a combination of text, original artwork, voice narration, and images. Discover ideas, tools, and techniques that provide a variety of strategies for reaching a range of students to get them to love learning; and walk away with new ideas for engaging students in deep thinking about the curriculum and resources to help you implement high-level technology projects. Bring your own device to explore Pixie tools.

Speakers
avatar for Pauline Burkett

Pauline Burkett

Instructional Facilitator, Technology, Loudoun County Public Schools


Sunday December 3, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Crystal A

10:45am

From Lil' Minecrafters to Minecraft Makershop: Empowering Kids to Make and Create With Architecture and Design
Minecraft has found its way into millions of young hands around the globe. While many choose to play and survive, others choose to build and create. You can easily find designs of the Eiffel Tower, the Globe Theatre, or even the Great Wall of China online. Minecraft lends itself easily to architecture and design theory where kids can learn how colors, shapes, depth, and textures come together to create amazing things. You'll learn how students as young as kindergarten all the way through middle school can use Minecraft to learn about these skills. Discover samples of these final projects, and see how students can change and grow throughout the unit. Many students go from uncertainty and no skills to thoughtful designs and leaders in design and architecture skills. You'll even leave with templates and lessons to empower students in K-2, 3rd-5th, and 6th-9th grades!


Sunday December 3, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Crystal D

10:45am

If Children's Literature, Google Classroom, and Pixie Had a Baby...
What if you could turn those deer in a headlight looks when your students are asked to write to an excited, energetic passion for publishing? Two Elementary ITRTs will demonstrate some tried and true strategies to use quality children's literature as mentor texts, Google Classroom, and Pixie 4 to take writing lessons from torture to adventure.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Clore

Karen Clore

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Spotsylvania County Schools
My background is varied. I have taught grades 1-4, have served as a Guidance Counselor, a Reading Specialist, and for the past 12 years as an ITRT. I have always had a passion for Children's Literature, as well as the writing process. It has been my joy to help others share th... Read More →
avatar for Casey Reding

Casey Reding

ITRT, Spotsylvania County Schools



Sunday December 3, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Monroe

10:45am

Lightning in a Bottle: Building a Successful Coding Program in Middle School
In 2015, the Commonwealth of Virginia created a course code 527000, Coding At Middle School (CAMS). Blue Ridge Middle, in Loudoun County, was the first to offer a full year elective coding course in seventh grade. Virginia is preparing to release K-12 Computer Science standards which will require computer science instruction in all grade levels. Come listen to one of the original team members and the classroom teacher talk about their journey from an idea to lightning in a bottle. Our program grew from one school to 10 in 2 years, and is going to be offered in all Loudoun County middle schools in 2018-2019. We can help you get your program started by sharing our experience, curriculum resources, our ideas and our plans for the future.

Speakers
avatar for Cynthia Brady

Cynthia Brady

Teacher, Loudoun County Public Schools
avatar for Marnie Hawk

Marnie Hawk

Instructional Facilitator, Technology, Loudoun County Public Schools
Reading, sailing, water, Andy Hawk & The Train Wreck Endings, middle schools, high school, Google, Coding in the Middle School, driving my high schooler around, schnauzers


Sunday December 3, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Crystal C

10:45am

Little Learners, BIG Opportunity
GSfE has the power to redefine learning! If you are a primary teacher and want to begin your journey implementing GSfE in your classroom, this session is for you. In this session, we will explore GSfE activities that littles ones can use, how GSfE can support collaboration, communication, and critical thinking, and things to remember when your littles ones first begin using Google Apps. This is a BYOD session, please bring a laptop with Chrome installed or a Chromebook.

Speakers
avatar for Tonya Coffey

Tonya Coffey

ITRT, Augusta County Schools
G Suite for Education Certified Trainer


Sunday December 3, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Harrison/Tyler

10:45am

Nearpod and Common Sense Media Making Us Super Digital Citizens
Nearpod and Common Sense Media have teamed up to make teaching Digital Citizenship more interactive and engaging and making educator certification even easier. During our time together we will explore the resources available on Nearpod to teach the CSM Digital Citizenship Curriculum. Participate and engage in a lesson to see how class discussions incorporating Nearpod can give voiceless students a way to communicate with their peers about cyber bullying. Learn how to pull reports for certification and reflection.


Sunday December 3, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Roanoke E

10:45am

Open Education Resources: Igniting Change in Teaching and Learning
Open Educational Resources (OER) are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research, and other purposes. Educators can use, modify, and redistribute as necessary without copyright or cost restrictions. U.S. Dept. of Ed is running a #GoOpen campaign encouraging all educators in all districts and states to use openly licensed material in hopes of igniting change within the schools. The driving forces behind OER Commons is to prepare today’s educator with the highest quality resources by encouraging participation and co-creation. Here you can create an account to allow you to create OERs, discover OERs created by other educators, or connect with groups globally.

Digital resources found in OERs can be modified and used to create learning experiences tailored to individual student needs. OER lessons will be design by educators who have collaborated with other educators who are invested in having an open dialogue about the learning experiences of students globally.

Educators in today’s school must design lessons that meet needs of the interactive, digital-media saturated world that our students are growing up in. Today’s students will only know one way to research, watch videos, and consume information. Using OERs will allow educators access to high-quality, relevant materials, strengthen confidence in educators and students by allowing for ownership over teaching and learning, while remaining free to the educator.

Participants will learn about OERs and how to access them. Participants will feel empowered to utilize the resources available and change the way learning happens in their classrooms by SuperEmpowering kids and learning.


Sunday December 3, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Shenandoah A

10:45am

Presentation Zen: From A to Z
Are you tired of sitting through 25 Powerpoint presentations that are ugly, drag on for what feels like an eternity, and are the opposite of entertaining? Are you ready to arm your grade 5-8 students with superpowered presentation skills? Then you will want to join us and learn how to teach your students zen-like presentation skills such as pecha kuchas, ignite and more. We'll walk you step by step through the process of using readily available software such as Powerpoint to communicate learned information in an exciting way that enlivens an audience instead of putting them to sleep. Snore no more! Bonus: Student presentations become authentic assessments that are meaningful and have real-world applications.

Speakers
HB

Heidi Branch

For 11 years I have taught all levels of middle school English Language Arts at Belmont Ridge Middle School in Leesburg, VA. For the last four years I have also served as the Subject Area Lead Teacher and on our school’s literacy team. I am passionate about engaging students in... Read More →


Sunday December 3, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Crystal B

10:45am

Proof Positive! A Guide to Digital Tools that Empower Kids and Support Meaningful Collaboration
What would an ideal classroom environment look like for you? Would all students be actively sharing their thoughts and ideas during collaboration? Would dynamic and high-level academic conversations be a buzz? Would all students feel comfortable expressing their opinions?
In a perfect world, the answer would be yes to all of these questions, but as educators, we know it can be difficult to engage all students, all of the time, especially during collaboration.
However, through the use of several digital tools including Verso, Google Drawings, and Quizlet Live, meaningful collaboration and total participation from your students is possible.
Come discover tools that will propel your 21st century learners into a new level of collaboration and exploration.

Speakers

Sunday December 3, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Mill Mountain

10:45am

PROPS - Peer Recognition of Professional Success
Everybody likes a pat on the back or a big ol' High Five. In an effort to recognize all the great things going on a great group of talented people, Educational Technologist, Daniel Vanover, set up a Peer Recognition of Professional Success (PROPS) shout out spot for the schools he services. Faculty and staff have the ability to publicly thank and recognize their peers for acts of kindness or just overall awesomeness!

Join Daniel and Jesse as they show you how to create a PROPS board using Google Sites and Google Forms and build the morale and professional climate and promote a sense of community within your workspace.

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Roberts

Jesse Roberts

ITRT, Wise County Public Schools
avatar for Daniel Vanover

Daniel Vanover

Educational Technologist, Wise County Public Schools
Daniel Vanover has ten years experience working in the | field of education. He earned a B.A. in Mathematics from | the University of Virginia's College at Wise in 2007 and | M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln | Memorial University in 2011. He spent his... Read More →


PROPS pdf

Sunday December 3, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Brush Mountain

10:45am

Read, Write, Click: Tech Tools and Strategies for the Language Arts Classroom
Stumped on how to embed technology that is strongly tied to Language Arts standards? Looking for ways to give students more voice and choice in their learning? Come learn how our teachers and specialists collaborate in order to effectively integrate various programs, apps and tools to enhance the language arts curriculum and personalize instruction. Ideas will include websites, apps, Google tools, robots, 3-D printing and more! In this session you will walk away with 10 (or more) tech ideas that you can implement right away in your classroom or school.

Speakers
avatar for Brittany Ferguson

Brittany Ferguson

5th Grade Teacher, W.T. Cooke Elementary
I am a 5th Grade Gifted and Inclusion teacher at Cooke Elementary School in Virginia Beach. I enjoy exploring and experimenting with technology in my classroom, finding new ways to deliver instruction, and taking risks. This class will be helpful to ALL educators- from elementary... Read More →


Sunday December 3, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Shenandoah B

10:45am

Super Charge Your Data Collection and Special Education Classroom
Data collection and differentiation can prove to be troublesome at times. The incorporation of GAFE, Edulastic, Quizizz, PlayPosit, and Newsela allows for the teacher to modify their instruction to empower students to take control of their learning and monitor their goal progress. During this session teachers will learn how to use Google applications to monitor and collect data for IEP goals in addition to student personal goals. Also, the teacher will learn how to use the other platforms to promote student agency and empower students to have voice and choice in their learning experience. Teachers will have the opportunity to see work samples and see how these platforms can work to differentiate within the classroom and supports models such as a flipped classroom or flexible grouping.


Sunday December 3, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Tinker Mountain

10:45am

Teacher Makerspaces: Using Problem-Based Learning for Learning Technologies-Integration Professional Development
Technology adoption and integration prove great challenges for school districts. And even more, it is difficult to provide quality professional development that actually helps teachers develop the skills in meaningful and effective ways. This session focuses on using a problem-based learning approach to teach pre-service teachers the use of technology to solve educational problems and effectively integrate. We argue that this method can be used for professional development beyond the pre-service teacher training model.

The session will look at projects developed as part of a problem-based model in the areas of virtual reality, 3-D printing, microcomputer programming and mobile tools. The student-submitted products will provide a launching point for a discussion of re-envisioning professional development for current teachers in addition to pre-service teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Randall Dunn

Randall Dunn

Chair, Technology & Innovation / Associate Professor, Liberty University


Sunday December 3, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Roanoke F

10:45am

Tinkering with Tinkercad
With the addition of 3D printers to schools, it's not always easy to come up with objects to print. Using the online software Tinkercad, students and teachers can begin to design their own virtual models, or edit ones found online, to then print or use in other applications. The software itself can be a little difficult to use at first, but is easy to use after some practice.

Speakers
avatar for Chad Fisher

Chad Fisher

Instructional Technology Coach, Frederick County Public Schools
I'm an ITC in Frederick County Public schools. I was previously a middle school Tech Ed teacher and a middle school Art teacher. Before all of that, I actually taught elementary Art to PreK-6th in North Carolina. All combined, I've been in education for over 20yrs.


Sunday December 3, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Wilson

10:45am

Understanding and Implementing the CoSN/NIST Cybersecurity Framework in your District
How to align the COSN/NIST Cybersecurity Framework within your district. Establish a Baseline of Existing Solutions/Methodologies and build a multi-phase Plan to enable a Supportable and Sustainable Cybersecurity Strategy.

Speakers

Sunday December 3, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Roanoke H

10:45am

Walking Dead, Apollo 13, and STEM PBL Awesomesauce
Let’s rocket ourselves up to the R on the SAMR latter and together Redefine the way we teach. Get you and your student’s creativity superEmpowered with these imaginative, hands on, student centered activities. Set spark of deeper learning in your classroom with these examples of creative, collaborative projects.
I want to inspire you to challenge your own creativity when redefining your lessons. I will show you my way of introducing lessons with my own flair that creates interest and enthusiasm. We will talk about stop motion kinematics videos inspired by Mario Kart, and Guy Richie Movies (all shot on cell phones). Converting DC motors into electric generators with 3D printed wind mills and water wheels. Making a DC motor out of a battery, paperclips, magnets and wire. Cosplay demonstrations that bring presentations to life. And for the daring, you will be participating in my design brief that makes lights illuminate with school supplies!
There is no specific demographic for creativity and engagement but the topics I cover will be examples from my own high school physics classes.

Speakers
PA

Preston Ailor

Physics and Coding teacher, Richmond County Public Schools/Rappahannock High School
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Anna Nole

Kindergarten Teacher/ITRT, Richmond County Public Schools


Sunday December 3, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Appalachian

11:45am

Lunch
Lunch in the Roanoke Foyer and the Hotel Level Lounge/Foyer

Sunday December 3, 2017 11:45am - 12:45pm
Roanoke Foyer

12:00pm

VSTE Outreach Committee Update
Want to be involved with VSTE as a volunteer? The Outreach Committee is a great way to do this! Drop by to talk with VSTE Board Secretary and current Outreach Chair Anita Harris to learn more about the work of the committee and how you can get involved! Also, meet the incoming chair Heath Hurley!

Speakers
avatar for Anita Harris

Anita Harris

Coordinator of Testing & Pupil Personnel, Franklin City Public Schools
EdTech advocate who is always seeking, always learning, always sharing... | ​~ Coordinator of Testing & Pupil Personnel, Franklin City Public Schools | ~ Board Director and Secretary, Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) | ~ Chair, VSTE Outreach Comm... Read More →


Sunday December 3, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm
VSTE Central, Roanoke Foyer

12:45pm

30 Amazing Tech. Tools for Student Creation & Innovation
So many tools and so little time! Save yourself some precious time by attending this session packed with 30+ amazing tech tools for your students to create and innovate. Tools will span the spectrum of creating websites, videos, podcasts, custom map tours, cartoons, animations, and more! Coding, G Suite for Education, Adobe Spark, and many others will be featured. Links to tutorials and examples will be provided for further aid in integrating these game-changers into your classrooms of the future!

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Hausammann

Patrick Hausammann

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Clarke County Public Schools
Patrick Hausammann is a perpetual optimist and believer in the power of a #growthmindset to #failforward en route to creativity and innovation. He is a co-founder of #EdcampNSV and is also a G Suite for Education Certified Trainer, Educator Levels I & II, and Administrator... Read More →


Sunday December 3, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Shenandoah B

12:45pm

Apple Technical Update for Education
Join us for an exclusive briefing about what’s new for schools in iOS and macOS. We believe technology has the power to transform the classroom and now it’s even easier to get devices in the hands of your students.

What you’ll learn:

• Hear about great new productivity and management features in iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra. • Explore new management features that enable schools to manage devices and the classroom experience. • Experience Classroom, the powerful teaching assistant on iPad that helps teachers guide learning, share work, and manage devices. • Learn about zero-touch Apple TV deployment with tvOS 11—no user input required.
• Explore newly released Apple hardware live and in person
Don’t miss this opportunity to see how the latest technologies make learning more relevant and personal and prepare your learners for today’s mobile workforce.

Speakers

Sunday December 3, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Appalachian

12:45pm

Blended Learning: How to Empower Students with Flexible Learning and Student Choice
Join us to learn and discuss how you can use blended learning structures and digital tools in your classroom to support inquiry-based learning, student engagement, as well as promote communication and collaboration. Through these learning experiences, teachers empower students to take ownership of their own learning while as the same time supporting self-efficacy in students with gradual release of responsibility and promoting a growth mindset.

Speakers
avatar for Lyndsie Galizio

Lyndsie Galizio

School Based Technology Specialist, South County MS


Sunday December 3, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Shenandoah A

12:45pm

Coding and Google Classroom - Crack the Classroom Code!
Educators, let’s get our students going with coding activities. Teaching Coding does not have to be only for the Computer Science teachers. In this session you will learn how students can be linked from a coding site through Google Classroom. Discover the power of students connecting Google Classroom with the exploration of coding!
Anyone can code.

Speakers
KF

Karen Franklin

TCE - Keyboarding, Computer
avatar for Alisa Segner

Alisa Segner

Instructional Technology Specialist, Sentara College of Health Sciences
I am always searching for new technology (best practice) ideas that will continue to motivate our students and instructors in this digital age of virtual learning!


Sunday December 3, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Tinker Mountain

12:45pm

Designing, Coding, and Building Scientific Instruments for Field-Based Inquiry
Many scientists design their own field-based instruments to study unique conditions in ever-changing environments. This ethos of scientific “making” is neglected in most secondary science classrooms. Learn how a first year teacher introduced custom-designed instruments (microcontroller-based) for his Earth and Environmental Science students. His citizen scientists coded and constructed their own devices to collect, record, and analyze data about their waterways, weather patterns, and urban agricultural systems. Their iterative process of designing, troubleshooting, refining, and testing helped students grow in ways not typically assessed on standardized tests.

Come and discover what this innovative teacher did to make science meaningful and engaging using inexpensive microcontrollers and sensors. Attendees will receive instructions for replicating each project as well as explore personal insights about designing microcontroller-based instruments.

Project 1: Acting like budding meteorologists, earth science students form Monticello High School wired, built, and coded their own Arduino-based weather stations. Their completed devices measured atmospheric temperature, humidity, pressure, and altitude throughout Albemarle County and autonomously stored all of the data using onboard storage media. After retrieving the weather stations from the field, students analyzed their data sets by comparing what was collected to observed weather patterns and graphing the results in Google Sheets. Through this project-based learning experience, students learned the relevant material required to pass the state test while, at the same time, learning the lifelong skills of coding, wiring and the engineering design process.

Project 2: Two AP Environmental Science students designed a device to test the water chemistry of the Rivanna River in Albemarle County as a final class project. Their goal was to assess changes in the river’s water chemistry after heavy rainfall to assess the impact of water run-off from man-made construction sites. Working collaboratively with experts in technology, science, and water conservation, the two high schoolers built a device that measured the Rivanna’s pH, dissolved oxygen, electrical conductivity, and temperature autonomously for long periods of time. The students spent two months designing, building and researching their Water Analysis Station and, along the way, learned important lessons about engineering design and large-scale projects.

Project 3: Students in an after school Beekeeping Club implemented a monitoring device to study the conditions that impact hive activity and health. Club members tracked humidity and temperature levels within the hive and compared the readings to the conditions outside of the hive. The final monitoring station ran on the school’s WiFi network and concurrently displayed live data on the Beekeeping Club’s website.


Sunday December 3, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Roanoke H

12:45pm

Empower Learning with eMediaVA
Where can students and teachers go to find great digital resources for instruction, presentations, research, and projects? The answer is eMediaVA.

eMediaVA is a web-based collection of over 129,000 free video, audio, graphic, and text based learning objects that teachers can use to build lessons. It is also a powerful tool for students as they explore, curate, and construct knowledge.

With its responsive design and options for download, eMediaVA’s resources can be used online or offline with any device.

See how eMediaVA’s free resources super empower students by bringing flexibility, depth and context to learning.


Sunday December 3, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Crystal C

12:45pm

Empower Their Learning with Google Sheets!
Are you looking for ways to engage and empower your students? In this session, you will learn how to create engaging games and activities, like Jeopardy, BINGO, Hangman, Madlibs and more, by using Google Sheets. Come and learn how to make these awesome activities that are sure to to get your students talking and learning!

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Trude

Heidi Trude

French Teacher, Skyline High School
I am in my 10th year teaching French at Skyline High School in Front Royal, VA. I am a Google Certified Educator Level I and Level II, as well as a Google for Education Certified Trainer. I am the 2017 Region IV Teacher of the Year for Virginia. In addition, I am the 2017-2018 Da... Read More →


Sunday December 3, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Crystal A

12:45pm

Empowering Educators with Flexible, Relevant Professional Learning Opportunities
Does your district’s professional learning routine need a spark of inspiration? Are your teachers eager for professional growth but lack the financial resources to seek development opportunities? Come learn how Tazewell County has transformed professional learning. TCPS is in its inaugural year of a Professional Learning Catalog. The catalog details a variety of sessions that offer educators flexibility and ownership of their professional learning. The courses are facilitated by district employees and other local higher-ed partners. With nearly 60 topics and almost 90 sessions, TCPS educators have abundant professional learning opportunities without ever having to leave Tazewell County. In this session, you will learn the vision and mission of TCPS professional learning, how the district organized and facilitated courses, and its future plans for empowering educators in Southwest Virginia.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Vogel

Jill Vogel

ITRT, Tazewell County Public Schools


Sunday December 3, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Roanoke E

12:45pm

Engaging Every Student, Every Time: Using Classroom Response Programs to Promote Full Engagement
In this world where information, creation, and discovery are taking place faster and access to devices, is a standard instead of a luxury. We realize this can be intimidating or overwhelming for teachers. We see this as an opportunity that allows for creative and engaging teaching IF you know the best methods and tools. In this session, attendees will learn about various classroom response programs that allow learners to answer and share responses in real time, giving teachers formative assessment data, and the opportunity to communicate with all students throughout class. Strategies will be shared that explain different methods using CRS, including Choose-your-own Adventure teaching, critical thinking activities, and student-driven “agile” lecturing. If you want to engage your students and fully maximize the benefits of a 1:1 student/laptop environment, be sure to attend this session!

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker

ITRT, Glen Allen High School
Dr. Drew Baker is a former HCPS Social Studies teacher who works at Glen Allen High School as the faculty's ITRT. He studies student engagement and professional development at VCU, but still listens to history podcasts everyday to get his social studies fix.


Sunday December 3, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Madison

12:45pm

Flipping Teacher Professional Development
The craze for flipping classrooms has revolutionized the way we ‘do school.,’ from how we interact with parents to the very structure of classroom content and instruction. We have seen effective use of this approach in differentiation for student needs, encouraging more active learning classroom environments and developing strong skills in subject areas for students who otherwise might struggle. And the recent advances in technology (specifically network-based) really sets the stage for a wider adoption of this approach to learning.

What if we looked at how a flipped classroom model could be used for professional development? The presenters will be using pre-service teacher training in a traditional classroom environment to propose a different way of approaching teacher professional development, specifically in the development of learning technology integration skills.

Speakers
avatar for Randall Dunn

Randall Dunn

Chair, Technology & Innovation / Associate Professor, Liberty University


Sunday December 3, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Crystal E

12:45pm

Google for Education and Montgomery County Present: The Chromebook Advantage
Simple. Secure. Affordable. Shareable. Join the Google for Education Team for a full Chrome overview.  Highlights will include Chrome differentiators, 2017 device trends, the future of Android apps running on Chromebooks, Q&A. Montgomery County will then share their story and strategies of successfully going 1:1 with Chromebooks.


Sunday December 3, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Crystal D

12:45pm

Google Lit Trips: Mapping the immigrant's journey from there to here.
After reading autobiographical accounts of the struggles of European Immigrants who left their homes to escape religious and political persecution, students used google maps to chart the immigrants' journeys from their home countries to the United States.


Sunday December 3, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Mill Mountain

12:45pm

Growing Great Mindsets with Tech and Gardner's MI Theory
Do you want to cultivate confidence and creativity in your classroom? Do you want to honor your students for all of their gifts while preparing them to succeed in the future? Learn how to utilize Gardner's Multiple Intelligences Theory to learn about your students' special strengths, then thoughtfully integrate technology to help appeal to those strengths and further concretize understanding. We will discuss MI theory with technology integration, examples of implementation in the classroom, and then give you time and resources to start your own planning.

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Orth

Katherine Orth

Technology Integrator, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Katherine Orth is an integrator and a product of Chesterfield County schools, having attended Gordon Elementary, Midlothian Middle, and Clover Hill High School. Before becoming an integrator, she taught first grade for four years. Her favorite parts of being an integrator are bui... Read More →
avatar for Kelsey Pacer

Kelsey Pacer

Technology Integrator, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Kelsey Pacer is one of CCPS’ newest Technology Integrators. Prior to becoming an Integrator, Kelsey taught third and fourth grade at Bon Air Elementary School. She also taught third grade in North Carolina. Kelsey can’t wait to help teachers and administrators use technology... Read More →


Sunday December 3, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Washington

12:45pm

HATE APPLE? TRY ORANGES!
Does an "Apple" a day really keep the doctor away? Hate Apple products? Come learn how to engage your students using your laptop and your android phone.

If you are an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, you have probably come across a teacher or administrator who does not want to confirm to the new Apple trends. They don't want to make the Apple transition, and they've never heard of iMovie or Quicktime. They just want to use their own devices. They want to make instructional videos for their students or have their students make videos with music and pictures to help them learn new subject areas. Maybe they want to make videos for Open House for parents, but they just don't know where to start.

Come learn how to create videos with Windows Movie Maker on your laptop and on your Android phone. We will even show you how to incorporate Google slides into the video making fun for student projects. We will provide access to slides with multiple ideas for video usage in the classroom and in the entire school. Here is a new way to get your students and teachers engaged in Bring Your Own Device!

Speakers
avatar for Chanel Alford-Campbell

Chanel Alford-Campbell

District Instructional Technology Specialist, Norfolk Public Schools
avatar for Sonja Bridgers

Sonja Bridgers

Instructional Technology Specialist, Norfolk Public Schools


Sunday December 3, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Crystal B

12:45pm

Putting the YOU in YouTube - 8 Tips for Better YouTube Videos
With over 1 billion users, YouTube is by far the most popular video hosting site on the Internet. In fact, YouTube reaches more 18-49 year-olds than any cable network in the U.S. (https://www.youtube.com/yt/press/statistics.html) As educational professionals, YouTube is a great way to enhance instruction, professional development, district and school updates, and parent communication. Join Educational Technologist and YouTube Content Creators Daniel and Katie Vanover for an in-depth look at best practices, tips, and tricks for making your YouTube Channel videos exceptional.

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Roberts

Jesse Roberts

ITRT, Wise County Public Schools
avatar for Daniel Vanover

Daniel Vanover

Educational Technologist, Wise County Public Schools
Daniel Vanover has ten years experience working in the | field of education. He earned a B.A. in Mathematics from | the University of Virginia's College at Wise in 2007 and | M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln | Memorial University in 2011. He spent his... Read More →



Sunday December 3, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Buck Mountain

12:45pm

Skyping Through the Curriculum
Have you ever wanted to play a game in your classroom with a class in another state or even country? Mystery Skype is the activity for you! In this session participants will learn how to set up and complete a Mystery Skype session in their classroom. From finding partners, assigning roles, practicing for the session, and actually playing the game! Participants will learn about the different types of Mystery Skype but we will primarily concentrate on Mystery Geography Skype. Not only will we learn about Mystery Skype, but we will actually participate in one right in the session!


Sunday December 3, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Roanoke F

12:45pm

Social Media Superhero; Using your powers to connect student learning to the local and global communities.
I began my teaching career in 2001. Back then, overhead projectors vastly outnumbered SMART boards, cell phones were simplistic, and the only social media available was myspace. In short, connecting and collaborating did not happen digitally. Teachers and students in 2017 are different then they were then. They are more connected to the digital landscape than ever before. It is rare to encounter a teacher, much less a student, that does not have a smartphone. Students, and teachers as well, utilize social media to legitimize every facet of their lives, except for their content learning. How do you use this attachment to social media to build connections with students, faculty, and the community both within the local school and the global community?
Twitter can be used as a platform to quickly share information, highlight successes, and provide and receive feedback from the global community. In this digital landscape it becomes increasingly important for us to become more professional in our use of information, especially as we look at the profile of a graduate and what a future ready graduate looks like in 2017 and beyond. I will explore the use of twitter as a platform to build both teacher and learner agency and to build connections with students, parents as well as both the local and global communities.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Lewis

Scott Lewis

Social Studies Teacher, Frederick County Public Schools


Sunday December 3, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Pocahontas B

12:45pm

Super Empowering Kids to Become a Global Collaborator With Easy To Use Technologies
Go paperless while Super Empowering your kids and breaking down your classroom walls with Global Collaboration. Come learn how simple and quick it is to create visually interesting digital writing journals for your students by combining some popular tech out there. The best part is how little time it takes to create and organize an entire set of class journals into one shareable link using Symbaloo and Padlet!
Want to add an interactive collaborative feature? No problem! Give each student a Google Doc. Their work from Padlet can be easily copied and pasted and anyone with the link to the Google Doc will be able to add comments and feedback.
With one master link you can connect yourself, students and even parents to the writing journals accessible from any device.
Want to add another level global collaboration? Add appear.in. Similar to Google Hangouts but 10 times quicker and easier to use. You can connect your students with others for face-to-face collaboration. Share the MASTER LINK and your students will be able to collaborate with anyone in the world!

Speakers
avatar for Michael Wesely

Michael Wesely

Instructional Technology Specialist at Kempsville Elementary School, Virginia Beach City Public Schools
I am formerly a 4th grade teacher of Tallwood Elementary School. Many of you may have even toured my classroom on a learning walk. I really enjoy sharing and getting others excited about the technology out there. Sharing my discoveries and what I have learned in my "digital conve... Read More →


Sunday December 3, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Wilson

12:45pm

SuperEmpowering Your PD: Personalized Professional Development
Are you tired of the same boring professional development sessions? Are you annoyed by a lack of variety in PD sessions? It's time to empower a change. In this session, we will explore personalized professional development opportunities including Twitter chats, EdCamps, Flipgrid, Voxer, and others. We will look at how personalized PD can be utilized at both the individual teacher level and as a school-wide initiative. As we work to find the best type of PD for all, we will, as the ISTE Standards for Educators state, "pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks" and "dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology."

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Witman

Tyler Witman

Technology Facilitator/Teacher, Prince George's County Public Schools
Technology Facilitator for a staff of over 100 educators. Interested in software training, adult education, and professional development.


Sunday December 3, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Pocahontas A

12:45pm

Using Student Choice to Increase Student Voice
Empower students to become constructors of knowledge by giving them choices in how they show and explain what they know. In this session, participants will get an overview of a variety of student creation tools including WeVideo, Google Drawings, and digital book and infographic creators; walk away with reference sheets complete with tips for all covered technology as well as assignment templates to promote student choice in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Jami Martin

Jami Martin

Technology Integration Specialist, Alexandria City Public Schools


Sunday December 3, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Roanoke G

12:45pm

We Put Huge Molecules in the Sky and our Kids Loved It: Using Minecraft in High School Chemistry
Have you ever quested for a molecule the size of a shopping mall? Have you ever teleported with your best friends while earning science credit? Two teachers and a vivacious college kid pulled together an adventure to end all chemistry lectures. This chemistry lesson and digital game placed students from a public high school smack dab in the middle of a mountainous region in Minecraft. With the help of some friends, WolfRam Alpha and an interactive notebook in Google Drive, students quested for larger than life molecules hidden throughout this colorful world. If that wasn’t enough, students from a neighboring elementary school were bussed in as Minecraft mentors. You see, not all kids are experts at Minecraft. In this workshop you will learn about the instructional design and big ideas that resulted in the Molecraft Adventure Map. Participants will have a front row seat as these teachers share their design processes, the technical wizardry of Minecraft and the integration of chemistry standards.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Karpovich

Michelle Karpovich

Chemistry Teacher
My name is Michelle Karpovich. I have been teaching high school chemistry at Western Albemarle High School in Crozet, Virginia for the past 15 years. I teach 6 classes, 3 preps, and 140 students in a school that operates on an 8-period day in a modified block schedule. I began im... Read More →
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Gene Osborn

Learning Technology IntegratorAlbemarle County Public Schools


Sunday December 3, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Brush Mountain

12:45pm

Coding for Inquisitive Minds; Empowering Student Learning with Ozobots

Join an elementary and middle school ITRT from Goochland County, as they empower teachers and students with an opportunity to integrate coding into the Virginia standards. We will discuss how we implemented a set of Ozobots across the school, lessons ideas, and the collaboration that exists to make this venture successful.  You will learn how the implementation of the Ozobots led to deeper learning and high student engagement/motivation. Come join us as we discuss how one idea sparked a school wide movement towards innovation!! Lesson ideas include: Retelling stories, manipulating numbers, historical timelines, life cycles, explorer travel paths, amusement park rides, and more! Come check out what these tiny programmable robots can do! You will empower your students and open up their minds to a whole new world of thinking and learning!!


Speakers
avatar for Krystle Demas

Krystle Demas

ITRT, Goochland County Public Schools


Sunday December 3, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Shenandoah Foyer

12:45pm

Building Culture And Student Awareness Using Video
We all know that to empower students they must be actively involved, and that is no different when it comes to classroom culture. Learner success is enhanced when you build a positive environment within your subject arena. In this BYOD workshop you will learn how the presenter uses student created videos to help her pupils become more self aware, publicise and recruit for her program, and inspires a team first classroom culture while reinforcing curriculum. You will also receive a framework for student led video projects including a timeline, rubrics and ideas for culminating events that you can modify for your own classroom. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1wp8ysVg7B-scqprZs70u7niRZXwKn3qMdjvhZDn0tzQ/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Jason Buck

Jason Buck

Special Project Development Specialist, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Jason Buck desires to help others become the best version of themselves. He has taught elementary and middle school as well as served as an instructional technology integrator. Currently, he works in the Department of Organizational Development where he helps others with systems... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Jurewicz

Sarah Jurewicz

Baking & Pastry Arts Instructor, Chesterfield Career & Technical Center
I am the Baking & Pastry Arts Instructor at the Chesterfield Career and Technical Center, Courthouse Campus. My mission is to utilize gastronomy to instill in all students the pursuit of life long learning.


Sunday December 3, 2017 12:45pm - 3:00pm
Monroe

12:45pm

Empowering Students with Office 365
SuperEmpowering today's learners for their futures by leveraging communication and collaboration tools that extend learning opportunities beyond the walls of the classroom. In this workshop, participants will practice real time collaboration in Office 365, anytime communication with Skype, explore the endless possibilities with OneNote, and publish interactive content in a Sway. Participants in this session will leave empowered to ignite their students' SUPERPOWERS.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Elliott

Michelle Elliott

Instructional Technology Coach, PWCS- Kilby Elementary School


Sunday December 3, 2017 12:45pm - 3:00pm
Harrison/Tyler

1:45pm

Kid Talks Student Showcase

  1. Ed Ozlos, Maker Space, Grades K-7, Bath County
  2. Bill Schmachtenberg, Mars VR, Grades 9-12, Franklin County
  3. Lori Whitlow, Agri-Science, Grades 7-8,
  4. Liz Ann Russell and Brock Hankins, PBL New Tech Network, Grades 11-12, Henry County
  5. Tina Coffey, STEM Global, Grades 3-5, Roanoke County
  6. Faith Cox, Tribe Vibes, Grades 4-6, 
  7. Jamey McKenna, Coding, Grades K-8, Roanoke City

Sunday December 3, 2017 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Crystal/Roanoke Shared Foyer

2:00pm

5 Forms of First-rate Feedback
Presentation Link: goo.gl/XS4meV Instant, relevant feedback is crucial in accelerating student learning in the classroom. Students need to know how to improve at the moment in which they are applying their skills and knowledge of the content. Feedback given the day after the lesson is just too late! Learn 5 ways in which you can leverage technology to conduct peer evaluations, auto-respond to assignments, enhance group presentations, moderate small group discussions, and annotate student work.

Various tools will be demonstrated in a fun, interactive format that allows participants to get hands-on practice during the session. Alternative tools for non-G Suite schools will also be presented.

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Dulmage

Bryan Dulmage

Instructional Technology Specialist, Lynnhaven Middle School
Talk to me about the effective use of technology in the classroom, playing guitar, soccer, basketball, running, or Twitter.


Sunday December 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Shenandoah B

2:00pm

A Teacher in Detention: How Working With Incarcerated Youth Transformed My Perspective on Teaching and Learning
All students, regardless of their background, situation or circumstance, are able to do amazing things when provided an individualized and technology-rich education. This holds true with even the most disadvantaged learners and in the most challenging environments. Session participants will learn how children in state-supported juvenile detention centers are educated and how the purposeful application of instructional technologies is rapidly transforming education in these unique settings.

Speakers
avatar for Timothy Cruz

Timothy Cruz

Teacher, Prince William County Schools


Sunday December 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Roanoke F

2:00pm

Digital Tools for Metacognition Goal Setting
The session will focus on student goal setting, reflecting, and journaling with using metacognition stems and digital tools. Digital tools including Padlet, Symbaloo, Google Docs, and Google Keep. The session will provide a step by step approach to creating and implementing digital journaling with effective feedback.

Speakers
avatar for Anne Bianchi

Anne Bianchi

Instructional Technology Specialist, Virginia Beach City Public Schools


Sunday December 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Roanoke G

2:00pm

Empowering Learning with EDpuzzle and Google Classroom
Youtube blocked in your district? Want to engage your students with video? Frustrated that you can’t use the useful tool EDpuzzle? Well, worry no more! Our session will show you how to get around the youtube block and successfully use EDpuzzle and Google Classroom in your room this year. Students will feel super empowered with the ability to enhance their own learning. You will increase students’ engagement and accountability by just picking a video, adding your magical touch, and tracking your students’ understanding. Differentiation becomes a snap!

Speakers
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Kathy Carr

Instructional Technology Liaison, King George Middle School
ITRT | Google Certified Teacher
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Jennifer Lorentz

ITRT, King George County Schools


Sunday December 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Buck Mountain

2:00pm

Empowering Students to Teach the World
Allowing students to teach the world provides opportunities that truly engages students in their own learning. Effectively incorporating educational technology into classrooms can empower students with the ability to reach others outside of their own community. Attendees to this session will learn multiple ways for students to connect with others around the world through mystery hangouts (which are not limited to only state locations!), publish their own thoughts and ideas in creative ways that are not just limited to blogs, and curate content to help others learn via websites such as Google MyMaps. Participants will leave this session feeling prepared and confident to provide new and exciting learning opportunities for students.

Speakers
avatar for Luke Roadcap

Luke Roadcap

Social Studies Teacher, Rockingham County Public Schools
This is my 6th year teaching 6th Grade U.S. History at Elkton Middle School in Rockingham County, Virginia. I was named Virginia's History Teacher of the Year in 2017. During Rockingham County's digital conversion process, I served as a digital pilot teacher with Chromebooks and... Read More →


Sunday December 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Crystal C

2:00pm

Engaging and Involving Students in Large Scale Collaborative Projects
An effective method for fighting student disengagement in school is the incorporation of project-based learning (PBL) into the curricula (Krajcik & Blumenfeld, 2006). A PBL instructional approach begins with a problem that needs to be solved, and encourages students to pursue solutions to the problem in authentic and real situations. One way to make PBL more impactful is to collaborate with the greater community (Krajcik, Czerniak, & Berger, 2002). One possible venue for this type of community collaboration and solvable real world problems can be found in school improvement initiatives within the building. Instructional leaders can collaborate and work alongside students to improve the instructional culture in their school while also providing opportunities for those students to engage in PBL, think critically, and be fully engaged in the learning process. Many of these possible initiatives center on the incorporation of instructional technology into daily instruction within the school, and in this area the input of students, as both digital natives and the recipients of daily instruction, can be invaluable. This session labels these type of large-scale projects as “Student Led Instructional Initiatives”.

Included in this session will be an overview of how teachers can successfully include students in designing, implementing, and reflecting upon large scale instructional initiatives in a school, especially ones that enhance how instructional technology is used in building-level instruction. Specific examples will be shared from Glen Allen High School, where over the past three years students have (1) produced and disseminated a digital citizenship training video to the student body and school stakeholders, (2) created the school’s first Augmented Reality Sandbox, and (3) converted a small auxiliary classroom into a whole-school high-tech makerspace and dynamic learning environment for teachers and students in collaboration with Virginia Commonwealth University. All three of these projects have been student-led and teacher facilitated. In each case, students were allowed to succeed or fail in their efforts and make important decisions that impacted and ultimately enhanced the entire school’s learning environment and instructional culture. In each case, part of the overall project goals were to increase the student body’s access to instructional tools and technology.

Using these examples and existent theory on student centered learning, project based learning, and reciprocal teaching, participants will leave with a concrete framework for how to encourage and support the inclusion of students in larger, multi-step, instructional initiatives. They will also be presented with several ideas for school-wide projects that can be pursued by students. While each of the three provided examples took place in a high school, K-12 suggestions and examples will be highlighted so that instructional leaders at any level can initiate student-led instructional initiatives.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker

ITRT, Glen Allen High School
Dr. Drew Baker is a former HCPS Social Studies teacher who works at Glen Allen High School as the faculty's ITRT. He studies student engagement and professional development at VCU, but still listens to history podcasts everyday to get his social studies fix.


Sunday December 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Brush Mountain

2:00pm

Everyone Can Code in K-12
We believe that coding is an essential skill for helping students thrive in a technology-driven future. Learning to code unlocks creativity, develops problem-solving skills, and opens career paths.

Join us to learn about Everyone Can Code, the free comprehensive curriculum that makes it easy to teach coding to students from kindergarten to college. With teacher guides and lessons, you can introduce coding concepts visually on iPad in elementary school, move to writing code with the Swift Playgrounds app in middle school, and support students in building iOS apps on Mac with Xcode in high school and beyond. So whether your students are first-time coders or aspiring app developers, youʼll have all the tools you need to teach coding in your classroom.

In this workshop, you’ll:

• Experience programming in Swift Playgrounds, a revolutionary app for iPad that makes getting started with coding fun and interactive.
• Explore lesson plans and teacher guides designed to bring coding into the K–12 classroom.
• Hear about App Development with Swift, a high school and college curriculum for Mac that shows students how to create apps from start to finish.
• Learn why Swift is the best language for teaching and learning coding, as
well as for developing powerful apps.

Speakers

Sunday December 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Appalachian

2:00pm

Excel with QR Codes: Track, Organize, and Create Learning Opportunities with Your Stuff
Using Google Docs, Excel, and a QR Code reader app, convert text to images to track everyday happenings around you to identify trends that will help you run your school and/or instructional program more efficiently. Use real time data collected to offer learning experiences for your students in real world problem solving, data analysis and displays as well as content for research and writing prompts.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

TRT, Buffalo Trail ES
Buffalo Trail ES, TRT
avatar for Larissa Lemp

Larissa Lemp

Instructional Facilitator, Technology, Loudoun County Public Schools
Work hard. Play harder.



Sunday December 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Tinker Mountain

2:00pm

Incorporating Digital Learning in a Reading/English Classroom
Do you have trouble building reading fluency, comprehension, and increasing reading rates? Struggle to motivate reluctant readers? Choosing high-interest texts? Providing structure for silent reading time? Helping students acquire new vocabulary? Do you want to bring technology into your reading or language arts class more regularly? Do you want to see measurable gains from your students? In my Reading and English classes, students become motivated learners by using an innovative curriculum of digital and nondigital resources built around the use of modern literature and invaluable online resources. With the use of the Reading Plus program in my Reading classes, students have increased their reading levels anywhere between one level and five levels! This program, along with the use of iMovie, Schoology, Kindles, and various apps on Chromebooks and iPads, helps to easily differentiate instruction while simultaneously building confidence in reluctant readers by seamlessly integrating technology with fictional and nonfiction texts. Technology is a tool used to bridge reading gaps and create new types of teacher-student interactions, not to replace good instruction with computers. Once struggling readers learn and develop the strategies needed to navigate through literature, they become empowered and open to many new adventures. Exposing these students to current texts through a variety of technology allows them to have more familiarity with the text, the class, and the appropriate use of various devices and programs. Most importantly, the access to, and consistent use of, digital resources allows students to build their skills and confidence to be successful in the class, in school, and in their futures. Reading and English class are the modes used to empower students to enhance the strengths they already possess. Let me show you how I guide my students back to the path of reading engagement!

Speakers
avatar for Mary Claire Pedagno

Mary Claire Pedagno

English Teacher, Spotswood High School
5th year English 9 and remedial reading teacher.


Sunday December 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Wilson

2:00pm

K-12 Learning Infrastructure Program (KLIP)

This session is for school division technology leaders that are responsible for making informed decisions about broadband connectivity to support digital learning. The session is also for any technology staff that want to learn  about the network infrastructure that underlies digital teaching and learning. Topics to be discussed include: planning and strategy: how to make informed decisions about bandwidth upgrades and the tools, expertise, and methodologies to assist in this process. Other topics will include E-rate mini-bids and the FCC Form 470, state matching funds, VITA state master contracts, webinars, and procurement resources that are available to technology leaders.     

 


Speakers
avatar for Susan Clair

Susan Clair

Learning Infrastructure Coordinator, VDOE
Learning Infrastructure Coordinator, Virginia Department of Education


Sunday December 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Madison

2:00pm

No more sticky notes! Using Read2Grasp during Reader's Workshop with 1:1 devices!
Read2Grasp is a new app that replaces the traditional reading strategy of text coding using sticky notes with the iPad! Teachers monitor student thinking through the web and provide feedback. Learn all the different components of Read2Grasp: student text coding using reading strategy, teacher feedback (praise and goal), student rating of submitted books, student writing opinions of books, class suggestion page monitored by teacher, and student access to peer review of books to choose their next book.
This session will show how to integrate the app into the language arts block. Use as part of a mini-lesson, during guided reading, or as tool for individual conferencing. Students use the app during independent reading time or Reader's Workshop and empower their own learning by using teacher feedback to reflect on their thinking and improving their reading skills.  Participants should bring a charged device to this session if possible.

Speakers

Sunday December 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Crystal B

2:00pm

Panel: Parental Concerns in 1:1, BYOD - CANCELLED
This session has been canceled.  We hope you can find another session to attend during this time block.

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Imagine a school division where a small, vocal minority of parents dominate the conversation. Imagine a school where a rumored issue spreads like wildfire and takes over the entire conversation. Imagine a situation in which "the device" overrules "learning" in every dialogue. Sound familiar? Join a panel of experienced fellow ed tech professionals to honestly, transparently discuss best practices, experiences, and resolutions to nightmares in the implementation and maintenance of individual student devices in schools, K-12.

Speakers
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... Read More →


Sunday December 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Cancelled

2:00pm

Peer Editing and Student Feedback in Google
This class is designed to help teachers use tools within G-Suite to give their students feedback on on-going writing assignments and other projects. In addition, part of the course will be spent showing various rubrics for student peer-editing and also discussing ways to help students peer edit.

Speakers

Sunday December 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Pocahontas A

2:00pm

Preparing Teachers to Master Emerging Technologies - CANCELLED
This session has been canceled.  We hope you can find another session to attend during this time block.

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In today’s digital age it is essential for educators to equip students with the skills to explore, collaborate, and create. There is no longer one right answer, one way to deliver instruction or one modality within which every student must learn. Integrating personalized learning strategies into instruction is now essential. Many districts are bringing new technologies into classrooms, but finding it difficult to support the implementation of these resources for meaningful, student-centered instruction.

Working with hundreds of teachers has surfaced key archetypes of teachers implementing blended learning and the strategies best suited to address the challenges they face. Learn about these archetypes and how you can strategically plan to meet their needs. Hear about how teachers at all levels have seen success and grown through the development of personalized learning paths. You will leave with assets that support the creation of appropriate learning opportunities for the educators in your district.

Speakers

Sunday December 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Cancelled

2:00pm

Super Empowering Learning with Personalized Professional Development
Tired of those meetings that could of just been an email? Sick of hearing the same information at every training you attend? Fed up with seeing some teachers soar students into superb personalized learning activities while others seem stuck in the clay tablet and stylus age? Come see how one middle school is taking professional development to the next level and personalizing opportunities via the playlist model. Check out how voice and choice creates super teachers who empower learning on a whole new level!

Speakers
avatar for JJ Ferrell

JJ Ferrell

Instructional Facilitator, Technology, Loudoun County Public Schools



Sunday December 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Roanoke H

2:00pm

Take Your Classroom Around the World in Eighty Ways!
Looking to take your classroom global? Come find out about tools, services, projects, and programs related to globally connected teaching and learning. Take your learning beyond the four walls of your classroom and into the world! We will explore sites, programs and ideas to connect your students to meaningful experiences that harness the power of 21st Century Learning and the 5 C;s! Real world experiences to collaborate, communicate, think critically, be creative and become a global citizen will be explored! Attend this session and see the power of global connectivity in classrooms! We will explore KIVA, Paul Salopek's Walk Around the World, ePals, Skype in the Classroom, Global Read Aloud and more!

Speakers
avatar for Laura Israelsen

Laura Israelsen

Technology Integrator, Chesterfield School District
Laura Israelsen has been a Teacher Librarian, 21st Century Learning Instructor and K-8 classroom teacher for 15 years. She just started working as a Technology Integrator for Chesterfield County Public Schools. She previously worked in Denver Colorado and recently relocated to Ri... Read More →



Sunday December 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Crystal A

2:00pm

Tech for Tots? Why Not!
Providing technology experiences for our youngest students is important, but often challenging because of their age and ability level. There are ways to break down the barriers that exist! Learn how to set up Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First Grade students for success by facilitating pre-device experiences that will ease the transition to technology usage. Once students are ready to interact with devices, learn how to set up your primary classroom for digital success by putting in place procedures that empower students to have independent success.

Participants will learn about and discuss importance of early literacy in technology success, login strategies, policies and procedures for using technology with primary students, and appropriate programs for primary student technology usage.

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Orth

Katherine Orth

Technology Integrator, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Katherine Orth is an integrator and a product of Chesterfield County schools, having attended Gordon Elementary, Midlothian Middle, and Clover Hill High School. Before becoming an integrator, she taught first grade for four years. Her favorite parts of being an integrator are bui... Read More →
avatar for Karen Ott

Karen Ott

Technology Integrator, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Karen Ott has been an educator in Chesterfield County Public Schools for 36 years. She taught middle school math for 18 years and was a full-time Technology Coordinator for 2 years before becoming a Technology Integrator in 2001.


Sunday December 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Crystal D

2:00pm

Un-Coding
Coding is a great skill to learn, but we must keep in mind that coding languages and syntax change over time. If we think of coding as a vehicle for learning logic, design, and iterative thinking, we can be much more flexible in how we reach learners who might not think coding is for them. This applies to all learners, both adults and children. Using tools already at our disposal, we can tap into learners’ talents and personal interests to achieve the same goals. Creating animations in presentation software, compositions in music editing software, and ediging videos can lead to learning the same thinking structures and skills required by coders.

Speakers
avatar for Bea Leiderman

Bea Leiderman

Instructional Technology Coach, Goochland County Public Schools
Bea has been working with students and teachers at Goochland Middle School and Goochland High School for over a decade. Currently, Bea spends much of her time in classrooms facilitating learning activities in a 1:1 iPad/Macbook environment. During her free time, Bea photographs i... Read More →


Sunday December 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Mill Mountain

2:00pm

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

Speakers

Sunday December 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Roanoke E

2:00pm

We Played A Game In School Today...
And how does that make me college and workforce ready? As a student, I need to learn beyond the simple recall of fact, understand the connections to and implications of what I learn and be able to apply what I learn in new contexts. In this session, we'll delve into computational thinking, strategic planning, design principles and asking good questions as we play! We’ll explore gaming as you experience rule making, breaking and tweaking to develop strategic skills that go across all learning! Join us to play, hypothesize, and learn!


Sunday December 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Pocahontas B

2:00pm

Delve into Virtual Reality like a Kid
It is no longer techy, difficult or expensive to engage students in Virtual Reality worlds or even make their own. Utilize a BYOD program or use the classroom set of iPads with students. Optimize a virtual field trip experience, engage in a science experiment or immerse students in an historical event. You can even design the art of VR. This hands on session goes beyond Google Cardboard to examine many other options for experiencing and creating VR. School viewers are more affordable than ever. Come check out the options in this BYOD session.

Speakers

Sunday December 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Shenandoah Foyer

2:00pm

VSTE Voices, VSTE Leaders
VSTE is led by a Board of Directors who are elected by the membership each year. Come chat with two board members about their work with VSTE and learn how you can get involved. 


Sunday December 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
VSTE Central, Roanoke Foyer

3:00pm

VSTE Voices, VSTE Leaders
Questions about the K-12 Learning Infrastructure Program (KLIP)? Want to talk about digital learning and access with Education Superhighway and the VDOE? Come by VSTE Central to learn more and share your storeies. 

Speakers
avatar for Susan Clair

Susan Clair

Learning Infrastructure Coordinator, VDOE
Learning Infrastructure Coordinator, Virginia Department of Education
avatar for Andrew Kenny

Andrew Kenny

State Engagement Manager, EducationSuperHighway
Let's connect! andrew@educationsuperhighway.org | | EducationSuperHighway is a pro-bono non-profit that works with school leaders, providers, E-rate consultants, and state leaders to make sure every public school has the connectivity they need for their students. | | In... Read More →


Sunday December 3, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
VSTE Central, Roanoke Foyer

3:00pm

Snack Break
Snack Break will be held in Crystal Court, Upper Level Lounge, Hotel Foyer, and Commonwealth Lounge.

Sunday December 3, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
TBA

3:15pm

Adventures in Coaching! Lessons Learned While Supporting a Priority School
Being a coach for 21st Century instruction is hard, but doing it in a struggling school can present different challenges. Need some ideas? Come see resources I have found useful and coaching plans I have used in my building to continue to be an agent of change supporting teacher growth and student achievement.

Speakers
avatar for Rachael Toy

Rachael Toy

STEAM Coordinator, Henrico County Public Schools
As a middle school math and science teacher, I always enjoyed pushing my craft especially in the area of instructional technology. I have served not only as a math and science teacher, but also as an ITRT for Henrico County Public Schools over the past eleven years. I am currentl... Read More →


Sunday December 3, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Shenandoah A

3:15pm

Apple’s Learning Laboratory
Teaching STEM builds job skills that are in high demand. Join us for 
a hands-on event where you’ll see how you can use iPad to engage STEM students like never before. Discover how you can deliver relevant, exciting STEM lessons that encourage creativity, mathematical thinking, and problem solving.

Here’s what you’ll experience:

• Engage in a rich STEM lesson that builds student understanding and offers creative ways to demonstrate knowledge.
• Explore a range of apps and Multi-Touch books that bring STEM topics to life.
• Hear about Everyone Can Code—a new approach to coding that gives everyone the power to learn, write, and teach code.
• See some robotics and connected devices that can extend and enrich your activities.
• Learn how other schools are achieving tremendous success in STEM with iPad.

Speakers

Sunday December 3, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Appalachian

3:15pm

Blended Learning and Technology Integration: There is a difference.
Blended Learning is more than teaching with technology for technology’s sake. Michael Horn, of the Clayton Christensen Institute states, “The most common mistake made in implementing a blended learning model is to set forth with an appetite for the dazzling technology, rather than an interest in the relief it might bring when applied strategically to a frustrating problem. Regrettably, this leads only to cramming more devices, screens, gadgets, and software into students' and teachers' already noisy lives" (Horn & Staker, 2015). Successful implementation requires a well-designed instructional model.
When students are able to spend part of their learning time working with technology, there is an opportunity for personalized instructional time and real-time data on student performance to inform targeted instruction. Add a continuously adaptive diagnostic tool to support the blended learning model, and you have a winning combination to support core instruction.
With the right technology integration, tools, and the blended learning model, a teacher is no longer solely responsible for delivering content to an entire classroom at once, but can use a mix of online instruction, teacher led lessons, and small group instruction to ensure students receive differentiated instruction. Hear directly from a Virginia educator about how the right technology, tools, and blended learning model led to student success.

Speakers
avatar for Lexia Learning

Lexia Learning

Lexia Learning
Lexia Learning, A Rosetta Stone Company, is one of the best-known and most highly respected reading-technology companies in the world. Founded more than 30 years ago with private funding and grants obtained from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, our pr... Read More →


Sunday December 3, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Roanoke E

3:15pm

Blended Learning: Empowering Student Success with Office 365
Office 365 is free for educators, and it includes a powerful, digital toolbox that helps teachers incorporate blended learning best practices into their classrooms. Using Microsoft PowerPoint, Sway and OneNote Class Notebooks, you can build a robust learning environment that fosters student success. Let's explore blended learning, its impact on teaching and learning, and the learning tools provided within Office 365.

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Hinzman

Cheryl Hinzman

Instructional Technology Coach, Prince William County Schools
I am a future ready educator with a passion for lifelong learning and the effective integration of digital tools in today's classrooms! In my twenty years in education, I have had the privilege of being a Teacher, Administrator and an Instructional Coach. In addition to being... Read More →



Sunday December 3, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Pocahontas A

3:15pm

Empowering with Flight
Enhance various programming skills with drones. Empower students to code flying drones to perform specific tasks. Students are motivated by using drag and drop code or more advanced level of programming in Java. Traditional ways of teaching programming on 2D screens take on another dimension. Participants will experience live demonstrations as well as leave with the information to implement drone programming in their school.


Sunday December 3, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Pocahontas B

3:15pm

Getting Moving and Into Your Community with Mobile Mapping
Get your superkids into the community to map trees, grocery stores, animal sightings—any data that can be located on a map, or geolocated. Esri’s Survey 1-2-3 app for smartphones and data can be used in citizen science or crowdsourcing projects. Students can use ArcGIS Online (free to PK-12 teachers) for analysis of their maps.

In this session, we’ll walk through structuring the inquiry experience and discuss how to adjust it according to the students’ age and experience with inquiry. Participants will view customizing and setting up the app for your students’ assignment, and we’ll look at finished examples in various content areas.

Geospatial literacy is an important for creating globally competent citizens. Information that is oriented to time and space provides opportunities to explore the complexity and interconnectedness of economic, political, social, or ecological relationships. Geospatial technologies allow students to utilize critical thinking skills to locate, display and analyze geographic information, and make sense of the increasing amount of place-based data that is emerging. Engaging our students in developing geospatial literacy helps them to understand how location affects perspectives, power, and the environment.

Slides are available at slideshare.net/elangran

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Langran

Elizabeth Langran

Professor of Education, Marymount University


Sunday December 3, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Mill Mountain

3:15pm

Google Sheet - Why Rate Excel When You Can Accelerate!
Learn how Google Sheets can be a powerful tool for administrators, staff, and students. Discover how add-on’s, formulas, and forms can be used to streamline tasks, generate new documents, and track data. Come explore how these presenters have used Google Sheets to track and disaggregate data, build inventories, create a digital hall pass, populate web sites, build a lesson plan warehouse and so much more! Leave this presentation with ideas, templates and formulas that will transform your work environment!

Speakers
KF

Karen Franklin

TCE - Keyboarding, Computer
avatar for Alisa Segner

Alisa Segner

Instructional Technology Specialist, Sentara College of Health Sciences
I am always searching for new technology (best practice) ideas that will continue to motivate our students and instructors in this digital age of virtual learning!

Exhibitors
avatar for Reading Plus

Reading Plus

Regional Manager, Reading Plus
Changing The Way Students Read! Reading Plus simultaneously develops all three domains of reading - physical (Fluency & Stamina), cognitive (Vocabulary & Comprehension), and emotional (Building Confidence and Motivation to Read) –by integrating them in one personalized online... Read More →


Sunday December 3, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Roanoke G

3:15pm

Google Slides: More Than Just a Presentation Tool
Challenge yourself and your students to think beyond the standard when it comes to Google Slides. This session will cover innovative ways that Slides can be used by both teachers and students to create meaningful learning experiences. Learn about how Slides can be turned into picture books, PDFs, comic books, and infographics as well as interactive notebooks, quizzes, and choose your own adventure stories. Along with a brief overview of Slides for beginners, participants will receive advanced tips and tricks, and templates to use in their classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Jami Martin

Jami Martin

Technology Integration Specialist, Alexandria City Public Schools


Sunday December 3, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Monroe

3:15pm

How Google Works: Are Search Engines Really Dumb and Should Educators Care
Google is the first place that students visit when conducting research. Students don’t conduct research, they google a topic. However, most do not know how Google works to determine the results for a search query. This session, citing the most current 2016-2017 sources from Google, will explain how Google works to determines the results returned for a search query. The goal of the presentation is to provide educators with the knowledge to influence students to integrate Google, along with the library databases, into their research process.
The presentation will focus on the on-page and the off-page factors that searchers can exploit to construct better search queries. Attendees will learn about the importance of the locations of words on a webpage; for example, words in the title of the webpage and terms in the webpage address. Attendees will learn about the importance of links as the most important factor that Google considers when ranking results.
This knowledge will dispel the myth that Google ranks webpages based on the popularity of the webpage. Other myths dismissed are that Google understands the words used in a search query, that Google accepts payment for placing webpages at the top of the results, and that Google always returns the best results. Two search queries, one on Martin Luther King and another on Zionist history will prove that Google does not return the best webpages for a query. To prove that assertion, an examination of the links to the webpages returned for the queries will demonstrate that links to a webpage to determine the ranking of results, even when the webpage is racist or anti-Semitic. Attendees will learn that not all links are equal; for instance, links from .edu and .gov sites and some .org sites, like Wikipedia.org, are more important factors to Google when measuring the quality of links.
After attending this session, educators will understand how Google ranks results and, more importantly, they will have the knowledge to teach and guide their students to use Google and the library databases.

Speakers
PB

Paul Barron

Retired Director of Library Archives George C. Marshall Foundation


Sunday December 3, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Brush Mountain

3:15pm

Learning beyond the worksheet: Digital Learning with 1:1 Devices
1:1 device deployments seem to be the trend these days. With most assessments designed to be taken online, requiring students to be comfortable with using and navigating digital resources is key. Mary Williams Elementary School has experienced success with the deployment of over 1,000 devices. They have seen significant gains in Reading and Math. In this session Principal Colon will share their journey, successes, and lessons learn. A 1:1 initiative can be a game changer for any school. Join to learn more about their approach to personalized learning and how to create a magical digital environment for your students.

Participants will learn how to:

· The importance of establishing the Why;

· Put their vision statement front and center;

· Develop a living, breathing strategic plan;

· Meet people where they are;

· Show, just don’t tell; and

· Keep the doors wide open.

Speakers
LC

Lynmara Colon

PrincipalPrince William County Schools


Sunday December 3, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Roanoke H

3:15pm

Managing Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, & ChromeOS devices with FileWave
The FileWave team will take you through an overview of how FileWave has been simplifying Endpoint Management. FileWave continues to be a leader in the IT Management industry, providing education, enterprise, and government institutions around the world with enterprise level, multi-platform systems, and mobile endpoint management software to assist IT teams throughout the lifecycle process of imaging, deployment, management, tracking and maintenance. FileWave’s all-inclusive, highly scalable software solves the many challenges of managing a diverse and growing population of users, devices, and content by ensuring IT teams have a comprehensive solution that supports both client (desktop/laptop) and mobile devices across Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and ChromeOS

Speakers
avatar for Ashlee Jamison

Ashlee Jamison

Account Manager, FileWave Device Management
Are you looking for a simple way to manage your mobile and client devices? If so, stop by the FileWave booth to see me! Let me walk you through how FileWave makes end-point management simple.


Sunday December 3, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Roanoke F

3:15pm

Okay, Google. What’s next?
So you've setup your Google Classroom and taught your students how to login to their Google Drive. What's next? Join us for a session on how to use Google to its fullest. Using the full G Suite for Education (Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawing, and Classroom), we will show you how to create a Google rich environment in your classroom and give examples of lesson plans, student work, and more! . In addition to using Google tools in the classroom we will learn how to effectively use Google to collaborate with your teams and to track student data and progress across your classroom or grade level. https://sites.google.com/locker.lcps.org/okgwhatsnext/home

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Prebeck

Hannah Prebeck

Loudoun County Public Schools
Loudoun County Public Schools
avatar for Robert Rauch

Robert Rauch

Elementary Dean, Loudoun County Public Schools


Sunday December 3, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Tinker Mountain

3:15pm

Open Education Resources in Virginia #GoOpenVA
An overview of what's being done in Virginia with Open Education Resources and how school divisions can participate in this project.

Speakers
BK

Bobby Keener

Chief Technology Innovations Officer, VA Department of Education
Serves as the lead for Innovation and Technology for VDOE.


Sunday December 3, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Madison

3:15pm

Powered UP Portfolios
Rejuvenate performance based assessments with student created and managed portfolios for secondary level students. Personalize the learning experience by differentiating the final product with the New Google Sites platform as a means to increase student engagement, accountability and project management. Discover strategies for facilitating the design process with templates, tips for file management and embedding products using digital media within the G-Suite ecosystem, appropriate to students learning level and goals as indicated in ISTE Standards for Students #4 and #6. With Powered Up Portfolios you can encourage students to creatively and expressively showcase their knowledge within their learning style as self-directed learners.

Speakers
avatar for Norrissa Dandridge

Norrissa Dandridge

Technology Integrator, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Norrissa Dandridge is a proud product of Chesterfield County Public Schools. With 15+ years in education, she enjoys her current role supporting teachers as an instructional technology integrator for CCPS. Outside of work, Norrissa loves to spend time with family and reading a go... Read More →
avatar for Yolanda Eaves

Yolanda Eaves

Technology Integrator, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Yolanda Eaves has been a licensed educator since 2004. Certified in both Business I/T and Art, she taught combining both sides of the brain in the Digital Arts, Visual Arts and Computer Apps on the middle school level for 7 years and as a visual arts teacher in the elementary sch... Read More →


Sunday December 3, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Shenandoah B

3:15pm

Project Based Learning: Making learning visible with student created multi-media products
The objective of this session is to describe how a Project Based Learning unit was developed to incorporate communication skills, reading comprehension, research, and writing. Attendees to this session will explore how students can investigate the real world issues around them and create a presentation of their learning. Attendees will be encouraged to think of the resources available to them and how those resources could turn into a PBL that works in their building. Collaboration among the four content classroom teachers, the Instructional Technology Coach, and experts in the fields of construction project management and humanitarian aide can result in learning opportunities that reach outside of the classroom. Some of the digital tools featured include WeVideo, Google Slides, Google Sites, QR Codes, and Tour Builder. The 5 C’s of 21st-Century education (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and citizenship) were utilized throughout the learning experience.

ISTE Standards include Knowledge Constructor 3c & 3d, and Creative Communicator 6a, 6b, 6c & 6d

Speakers
avatar for Debbie Martin

Debbie Martin

Instructional Technology Coach, Frederick County Public Schools
Debbie Martin is an Instructional Technology Coach for Frederick County Public Schools. She has 21 years of teaching experience with the last eight years focused on instructional technology. She also has experience as a business teacher at both the high school and middle school l... Read More →


Sunday December 3, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Wilson

3:15pm

Super Charge Your Centers with Wixie
You probably already use centers, and maybe even station rotations, but come learn new ways to empower your students to engage with SOLs as independent learners. We will share several examples of how we set up centers and station rotations in our second-grade classrooms, talking you through identifying goals, instructional design, structured rotations, Wixie activities, and strategies for implementation. We will also share how we differentiate what students encounter and create as they work in our centers so that we can more effectively meet our learners where they are and help them make progress in their learning.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Holl

Karen Holl

2nd grade teacher, Newtown Elementary


Sunday December 3, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Harrison/Tyler

3:15pm

The Building Blocks of Capacity Building
Empowered students need empowered teachers. Learn how to magnify your influence as a technology coach by building capacity in your teachers via PLNs, cohorts, innovation committees, and the cycle of coaching.

This session will highlight a technology themed Google+ community PLN of teachers at an elementary school , a division-wide cohort of teachers centered around becoming technology leaders, and examples of successful building-level innovation committees. Participants will walk away with resources and guidance on how to implement these ideas in their school divisions.

ISTE Standards for Coaches: 1a, 1d, 3c, 3g, 4b

Speakers
avatar for Chris Biagiarelli

Chris Biagiarelli

This is Chris Biagiarelli’s 5th year as an integrator. Before becoming an integrator, Chris taught fifth grade for eight years. He gets great satisfaction in solving problems and helping others in anyway he can. In his spare time Chris enjoys eating out with friends at all the... Read More →


Sunday December 3, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Washington

3:15pm

Utilizing a Digital Daily 5 Approach during Your Reading Block
Are you looking to super empower your students by taking your reading block to the next level? Do you feel responsible for teaching students technology skills in an authentic context but find it challenging to work into your already busy day? You can make this happen... for free, and we will show you how we have super empowered our students for learning it in our upper elementary classrooms.

Using Google Classroom, you will receive ideas for whole group instruction, guided reading groups, independent work, student/teacher conferencing, writing, data collection, classroom management, and parent communication. Bring a device because you will join a sample google classroom to experience what a digital Daily 5 structure would look like from a student's perspective as well as have an avenue to access mentioned resources from the session.

While teaching reading with technology is the focal point of this session, many technology standards are covered as a bi-product of technology integration in your classroom. They include: C/T 3-5.1 Demonstrate an operational knowledge of various technologies. C/T 3-5.2 Identify and use available technologies to complete specific tasks. C/T 3-5.3 Make responsible decisions—grounded in knowledge of digital safety and security best practices—that pertain to various digital communication tools and methods.
C/T 3-5.5 Demonstrate digital citizenship by actively participating in positive activities for personal and community well-being. C/T 3-5.8 Practice reasoning skills when gathering and evaluating data. C/T 3-5.10 Communicate effectively with others (e.g., peers, teachers, experts) in collaborative learning situations. C/T 3-5.11 Apply knowledge and skills to generate innovative ideas, products, processes, and solutions.

This session is geared towards upper elementary classroom teachers of reading or all subjects. Many take-aways are here for those new to Google Classroom and it's capabilities for super empowering your students in reading and technology in general. Come and see.

Speakers
SK

Sarah King

Teacher, Augusta County Schools


Sunday December 3, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Buck Mountain

3:15pm

Connected Educator Meetup: Getting Started with Twitter

Make the most of #vste17 by learning more about Twitter! Join Margaret and Tamara in an informal meetup to get you up and running with Twitter so you can have hundreds of resources at your fingertips and get the most out of your VSTE Conference experience.


Speakers
avatar for Tamara Letter

Tamara Letter

ITRT, Hanover County Public Schools
"Only you can tell the story someone else needs to hear." Empowering student and teacher voice with kindness, joy, and a helping dose of creative passion, too! An educator for more than 20 years, with experiences all across the United States, I'm thrilled to learn and grow with y... Read More →
avatar for Margaret Sisler

Margaret Sisler

SBTS/Tech Coach, Fairfax County Public Schools
School-Based Technology Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools


Sunday December 3, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Shenandoah Foyer

4:30pm

Tech Activist: Superhero-in-Training

We live in a world with a lot of problems, but we also live in a time with powerful technology tools to help us create solutions. As technology educators, we possess a superpower, the ability to inspire the next generation in technology. And in the words of Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben, with “great power comes great responsibility”. How do we super empower students and teachers to tackle these real-world problems and wield their technology powers for good? I’ll share some things I’ve learned as a superhero-in-training working with students at St. Anne’s-Belfield school, Tech-Girls and beyond.


Speakers
avatar for Kim Wilkens

Kim Wilkens

K-8 CS Program Coordinator/Founder, St. Anne's-Belfield School/Tech-Girls
I'm passionate about transforming technology users into technology creators, collaborators & activists.


Sunday December 3, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Crystal Ballroom
 
Monday, December 4
 

7:00am

Registration Opens
Registration opens for the VSTE 2017 conference.

Monday December 4, 2017 7:00am - 5:00pm
Roanoke Foyer

7:30am

Presenter's Storage
Monday December 4, 2017 7:30am - 5:00pm
Bent Mountain

8:00am

Opening Session & Keynote
Conference Kick Off: VSTE Board Welcome & Awards

Keynote: Creating Schools That Work For Kids

Schools have traditionally been designed to work well for adults, but the conventional school design hasn't always served our learners. Students today need to be empowered to take ownership of their learning in relevant and meaningful ways to prepare them for a constantly evolving world.  This session will explore how to cultivate shared ownership, respect, and trust, creating a school learning culture that students value and to which they want to belong in the digital age. Attendees will be exposed to a variety of successful strategies and initiatives implemented at schools with a focus on the purposeful integration of technology, a redefinition of learning spaces, personalized learning, and the whole child.  



Speakers
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... Read More →


Monday December 4, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Crystal Ballroom

9:30am

Snack Break
Snack Break will be held in Crystal Court, Upper Level Lounge, Hotel Foyer, and Commonwealth Lounge.

Monday December 4, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
TBA

9:30am

Ask Me
Monday December 4, 2017 9:30am - 4:30pm
Upper Conference Foyer

9:30am

Ask Me
Monday December 4, 2017 9:30am - 4:30pm
Balcony

9:30am

Never Fear, Support is Here
Monday December 4, 2017 9:30am - 4:30pm
Upper Conference Foyer

9:30am

Never Fear, Support is Here
Monday December 4, 2017 9:30am - 4:30pm
North Entry Foyer

9:30am

VSTE Vendor Hall
Come visit the VSTE Vendor Hall in Roanoke Ballrooms A, B, C, and D. 

Monday December 4, 2017 9:30am - 6:15pm
Roanoke Ballroom/Exhibit Hall

9:45am

Classroom Management: What They Didn't Teach you in College
This session will provide teachers and administrators with authentic strategies and techniques which have proven to reduce the majority of pesky, nerve-plucking behaviors. Learn the critical elements to developing a classroom management style that is authoritative yet communicates to students that you highly value them. You will also gain understanding relative to the basic nature of conflict while strengthening your belief that behavior can be changed. Recognize that you have choices which enable you to avoid becoming a participant in discipline problems and that proper timing is always an essential factor when seeking to address off task behaviors. The end result is that you can be provided with 5-9 more hours of instructional time each week.

Speakers

Monday December 4, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Washington

9:45am

Cyber Threat: How IT Leaders Secure School Networks
The future of education technology is bright considering the digital innovation occurring across K-12, giving educators and students alike access to online resources that have contributed to opening the virtual doors of the classroom. Yet, as we chart this exciting and innovative course, many schools are hindered by a lack of awareness, understanding, and effective practices to ensure the classroom doors remain open as a result of the growing cyber threats associated with student privacy and online protections on and off campus. This dilemma is the focus of this workshop. Members of the Executive Board of the National Advisory Council on Cybersecurity will appear on a panel and interactive discussion to explore how they are providing relevant, timely and expert guidance and thought leadership associated with the adoption of practical strategies and recommended best-of-breed solutions to ensure advanced cyber threat protections are afforded to the K-12 public education community.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Butash

Eric Butash

Director of Strategy and Implementation, HIGHLANDER INSTITUTE
Director of Operations at the Highlander institute in Rhode Island. Has spoken many times at the NACC, most recently at the MassCUE as well as FETC.
avatar for Richard Quinones

Richard Quinones

V.P. K-20 Strategic Partnerships, iboss
iBoss


Monday December 4, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Madison

9:45am

Enhancing your Google Slides
Dive into Google Slides and see what it can do for you! Learn different ways it can be used (choose your own adventure, student collaboration) and find out Chrome extensions that can enhance the use (poll everywhere)! Look into Slides itself to find features that will help enhance lessons and students work (Explore and presenter mode).

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Brisentine

Kathy Brisentine

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Bedford County Public Schools
Kathy Brisentine has been an educator for 10 years. She started as a middle school history teacher and has moved into being an ITRT. Kathy works in Bedford County Public Schools in Central Virginia. She is in her second year as an ITRT and first year as a division lead ITRT... Read More →


Monday December 4, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Shenandoah B

9:45am

Incredible Video Editing Made Easy
Come and explore state of the art video editing tools used in schools and in industry! We’ll explore technology that runs the gamut from tools that collect and quickly edit high quality video on the go, to full fledged video editing workstations that are used to edit today’s Hollywood movies. 

Speakers

Monday December 4, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Appalachian

9:45am

Leading the Technology Powered School - CANCELLED
This session has been canceled.  We hope you can find another session to attend during this time block.

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This session will outline how to shift the culture from a traditional learning environment to a more personalized transformative learning environment focusing on digital learning tools for administrators, teachers and students. We will look at how the Principal or school leader must model the use of digital tools and some of the tools and strategies that can be used for this.

Speakers
avatar for David French

David French

Principal ES, Glenwood Elementary
Principal Tallwood Elementary/ Virginia Beach City Public Schools | Educational Technology Administrator Trainer | Professional Development Specialist for Teaching the 21st Century Learner


Monday December 4, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Cancelled

9:45am

Minecrafting your lessons to SuperEmpower Learning.
Have you ever wanted to take your students to ancient Rome? Have you ever wanted them to experience the power of an earthquake? Have you ever wondered how they would handle colonizing Virginia? Come learn strategies for incorporating Minecraft in third through fifth grade classrooms. Participants will explore ideas for standards based learning in Math, Science, and History.

Speakers
avatar for John Painter

John Painter

Instructional Technology Coach, Bristow Run Elementary School
I'm a technologist, geek, lover of expensive electronic boxes, Linux hobbyist, gamer from the Atari 2600 era, former music teacher, composer, amateur video editor, advocate of Minecraft (and gaming) in Education, and advocate of open source software. Phew! Hit me on twitter @zwaa... Read More →


Monday December 4, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Wilson

9:45am

Permissions, Private Property, and Picnic Tables
The Internet is a big neighborhood with millions of backyards. Often the gates are wide open and we can walk right in and take what we want. If you like your neighbor's picnic table, just take it...or should you?
With increased sharing of projects via the internet, the quick grabbing of images and videos, and the ease of copying and pasting, a knowledge of copyright for teachers and students is essential. This session will provide some copyright guidelines, tips for using digital information legally, understanding and applying fair use, the basics of the TEACH act, and a bit of guidance in avoiding plagiarism. Don't let the topic of copyright deter you from attending! I think you will find the session not only informative but entertaining as well.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Reger

Tim Reger

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Rockingham County Public Schools
I graduated from James Madison University with my BA in English and got my MEd and library certification from Longwood University. I taught high school English at Broadway High School for fifteen years and served as a librarian for four years at the elementary and high school lev... Read More →


Monday December 4, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Pocahontas B

9:45am

PERSONALIZED CLASSROOM CONNECTIONS
Classroom management is a teacher’s activity aimed to the appropriate
educational process by maintaining productive behavior and discipline
among students. This session provides practical strategies in the
classroom for student development and achievement.Topics include
managing student behavior, arranging classroom designs, improving
student-teacher relationships, decreasing discipline problems, and
techniques to enable more TIME TO TEACH!

Speakers

Monday December 4, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Shenandoah A

9:45am

Resources, Resources, and MORE Resources!
Looking for readymade resources that are interactive, engaging, and FREE! Come to this session and learn how to access millions of free resources that are easy to edit to make them your own. Come explore the Classflow Marketplace that has any typr of file format, and can be use on any front of the classroom display! Sign up for free www.classflow.com before this session so you can download what your discovery.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Likpa

Melissa Likpa

Education Consultant, Promethean
Melissa is an Education Consultant for Promethean, residing in Michigan. She has been a teacher for 23 years in grades 3rd through 8th. She earned her Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Education from the University of Michigan. Her passion for teaching led her to become more invo... Read More →


Monday December 4, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Roanoke GH

9:45am

Visual Supports for Literacy
In this session, we will explore online tools to support struggling readers. Tools such as Google Apps for Education, Book Creator, Wixie, and Quizlet can help students develop vocabulary, fluency and comprehension skills. In addition to learning how these instructional materials can be integrated into the classroom, we will also demonstrate how students can access them from anywhere, regardless of the type of digital device they own. Participants will have an opportunity to share ideas for effective integration of demonstrated tools, as well as other tools they have used in their classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Reed

Laura Reed

Fairfax County Public Schools- Frost MS



Monday December 4, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Roanoke E

9:45am

Explore the World with VR
In this session participants will get a hands on experience with virtual reality using Google Expeditions and other VR apps. We will share some resources on available lessons and how to use this in the K-8 Classroom. Participants will have the chance to explore the technology from the student side as well as learn how the teacher side works.

Speakers
avatar for Tara Walters

Tara Walters

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher (ITRT), Harrisonburg City Schools...Career Page
Exploring the Word with Google Expeditions


Monday December 4, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Shenandoah Foyer

9:45am

TSIP Refresh Q & A
Want to learn more about the proposed TSIPs? Come to VSTE Central, located in the Roanoke Ballroom foyer just across from registration and chat with Tim Taylor and other members of the VSTE TSIP Refresh Task Force. 

Speakers

Monday December 4, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
VSTE Central, Roanoke Foyer

9:45am

2nd Annual VSTE Demo Slam
The Second (Now Annual) VSTE Demo Slam
Join a group of NoVA educators as they give lively 3 minute presentation on apps, tools, gadgets and gizmos. You will leave with new ideas to fill your teacher tool box. Each presenter will be given a maximum of 3 minutes and 10 slides to present their entry into the demo slam. There will be a strict/monitored time limit. The audience will cheer and jeer and heckle (with nothing but love) the presenters. 
NEW FOR 2017: The top 5 vote getters will be brought back to to the closing keynote to compete for the VSTE Keynote Championship. In the end the audience will crown the VSTE Demo Slam 2017 King or Queen.

Outline:
Introduction of presenters and how the Demo Slam works.
Each presenter is given 3 minutes or less. Any additional time will be given to attendees to also share.
Voting for Demo Slam winner.

Monday December 4, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Buck Mountain

9:45am

Promethean Breakout EDU
Promethean Escape Room:Come experience the excitement of an escape room, Promethean style! This 3D puzzle adventure is for anyone who is an existing Promethean customer or those who may  be interested in creating a truly immersive classroom experience with Promethean. Together this will both challenge and inspire you to use Promethean technology to its fullest potential  by getting your students excited about learning. 

NOTE: Escape room sessions are being held throughout the day on Monday but you MUST sign up. Slots will go FAST. 

Promethean Escape Room Signup

Monday December 4, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Brush Mountain

9:45am

Digital Breakouts: Build your own, but look out...they are addictive!
Want to see your students think differently? In this hands-on session, you will use Google tools to create your own Digital Breakout. You will have the opportunity to “break out” of a Digital Breakout and explore the Digital BreakoutEDU site. You will build a Google Site to display the clues and a Google Form to customize your locks. Creating your own Digital Breakout allows you to link your curriculum to your game and increase student engagement. Be aware, Digital Breakouts are addicting!


Monday December 4, 2017 9:45am - 12:00pm
Harrison/Tyler

9:45am

Learning without Borders with Skype
Using Skype, you can bring in industry experts, take virtual field trips, or connect students from across town to around the world.  Playing Mystery Skype, you can promote geography skills as well as global citizenship.  Learn how you can connect with other educators, get lesson plans, start a project and more with Skype in the Classroom.


Monday December 4, 2017 9:45am - 12:00pm
Monroe

9:45am

By Your Powers Combined, We are...#EdCampVSTE
Ed Camp M100 & M200 2 hour session
 

EdCampVSTE, it’s our hero,

Gonna take boring PD down to zero,

It’s our powers magnified,

And it’s teaching on the education side

 

EdCamp is a form of "unconference" designed specifically for educators and their needs. Unlike traditional conferences (like VSTE) and PD, at EdCampVSTE we will choose, organize and schedule our sessions created by together at the start of the event.  Come to EdCampVSTE to create your own schedule to decide what you want to discuss and learn.  Instead of one person standing in front of the room talking for a designated session, people are encouraged to have discussions and hands on sessions. EdCamp strives to bring teachers together to talk and learn about the things that matter most to them: their interests, passions, and questions.


Speakers
avatar for Samuel Wightman

Samuel Wightman

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Arlington County Public Schools


Monday December 4, 2017 9:45am - 12:00pm
Mill Mountain

9:45am

By Your Powers Combined, We are...#EdCampVSTE
Ed Camp M100 & M200 2 hour session
 

EdCampVSTE, it’s our hero,

Gonna take boring PD down to zero,

It’s our powers magnified,

And it’s teaching on the education side

 

EdCamp is a form of "unconference" designed specifically for educators and their needs. Unlike traditional conferences (like VSTE) and PD, at EdCampVSTE we will choose, organize and schedule our sessions created by together at the start of the event.  Come to EdCampVSTE to create your own schedule to decide what you want to discuss and learn.  Instead of one person standing in front of the room talking for a designated session, people are encouraged to have discussions and hands on sessions. EdCamp strives to bring teachers together to talk and learn about the things that matter most to them: their interests, passions, and questions.


Speakers
avatar for Samuel Wightman

Samuel Wightman

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Arlington County Public Schools


Monday December 4, 2017 9:45am - 12:00pm
Mill Mountain

11:00am

All Students Can Be A Genius With Genius Hour!
Empower your students through Genius Hour! What is Genius Hour? It is a “movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom” (Geniushour.com). Based on Google’s idea of 20% time, students can use Genius Hour to explore their own passions beyond the prescribed grade-level curriculum and learn 21st century research skills. Beyond learning new information, students who participate in Genius Hour grow as people, as they gain self-esteem through presenting and learning how to share kind and specific feedback with peers.

Class will include theory behind Genius Hour, practical tips from teachers who are successfully implementing it in their classroom, sample student projects, and suggestions for incorporating technology. Participants will leave the session with a website with step-by-step resources in implementing Genius Hour with their students. Come learn to let go and let the creativity begin!

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Orth

Katherine Orth

Technology Integrator, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Katherine Orth is an integrator and a product of Chesterfield County schools, having attended Gordon Elementary, Midlothian Middle, and Clover Hill High School. Before becoming an integrator, she taught first grade for four years. Her favorite parts of being an integrator are bui... Read More →


Monday December 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Crystal E

11:00am

Bam!--Empower Students Using High Yield Strategies with Digital Portfolios
Join this fast-paced, highly interactive session that focuses on high-yield strategies of goal setting, self-peer reflection, peer/teacher feedback, and collaboration. An example of a student digital portfolio that embeds these high-yield strategies will be shown. The example portfolio embraces the student taking ownership of their learning. Evidence of the student's growth in learning will include a slidedeck, tweetweek, reflection journal, goal setting diary, artifacts that display student work examples, self/peer feedback and more. In addition, a sample verified resume is included for high school level students to include in their portfolio. Participants will be using a Today's Meet backchannel to collaborate with the presenter and fellow participants. Padlet will provide us with bookmarks of resources used by the presenter. Learn how the digital portfolio aligns with the 2016 ISTE Standards for Students and VDOE's Profile of a Graduate.

Speakers
avatar for Liz Thomas

Liz Thomas

ITRT, Frederick County Public Schools
Helping teachers find the right fit for their comfort level and expertise in using technology to help students learn using 21st Century skills.



Monday December 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Crystal A

11:00am

Building Capacity for Blended Transformation
One of the greatest challenges districts are facing in successfully transitioning to blended environments is how to effectively achieve buy-in from educators. How should leaders approach this change management process and help teachers build new instructional skills and behaviors required for today’s classrooms? Traditional models of professional development are outdated and mindset shifts are just the beginning. This session will explore key characteristics of effective professional development focusing on sustainability and culture transformation for 21st century learning environments. Presented by: Jason T. Green (co-author of Blended Learning in Action, @jasontoddgreen)

Speakers

Monday December 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Shenandoah A

11:00am

Future Ready Educator Cohort: Building Capacity, Increasing Support, and Fostering Collaboration
During their first 2 years, new teachers are trying to maintain their sanity and create their own professional and instructional practice foundation from which to build on. Years 3, 4, and 5 present a prime opportunity to help them make choices about their own educational beliefs and strategies. Prince William County Schools has developed a special program for teachers in their 3rd, 4th or 5th year that will build capacity and increase teacher retention by providing increased support and collaborative experiences.
This program combines best instructional practices and quality technology resources to enhance the teaching and learning experience. We bring together Future Ready strategies, Blended Learning environments, and personalized learning opportunities that engage, support, and motivate learners. During this session, we would like to share our plan and ideas and begin a dialog on how we can expand our professional learning network with other Virginia school divisions.

Speakers
avatar for Diane Harazin

Diane Harazin

Supervisor of Instructional Tecnology, Prince William County Schools
* Passionate about leadership and transforming teaching and learning in a digital world. | | *Believe in the power of student directed learning, the use of student personal devices for learning and organization, and creating a culture of trust that will encourage change an... Read More →
avatar for Sandra Massey

Sandra Massey

Instructional Technology Coach, PWCS
Sandra Massey is an Instructional Technology Coach with Prince William County Schools in Virginia. She has been working in education for over 20 years in a variety of school and district level environments. She promotes best instructional practices through the use of new and emer... Read More →


Monday December 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Wilson

11:00am

How ‘Suite’ It Is: Using Google Apps to Enhance Learning
Empower student learning as we explore G Suite,consisting of Drawing, Sheets, Slides, Sites and more!
This session will provide educators with authentic methods of infusing learning with Google Apps to include all content areas. We will demonstrate how G Suite can support students with varying learning styles through creative thinking, constructing knowledge, and developing innovative products and processes. Activities include:
• Google Draw: Templates for math, trading cards, posters, postcards and more.
• Create a Slide Show
• Mash up Google Tour with Sheets for some classroom fun!
• Google Sites – Easy as drag and drop!
• Use Google Docs and see how easy it is to use the ‘explore tool’!

Teachers will participate with activities and be provided with an assortment of resources and lesson plans/training materials. It is our hope to help teachers create some academically rich Google adventures for their students.

Speakers
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 Cheryl Phillips

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 ha... Read More →



Monday December 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Crystal D

11:00am

Infographics--Not Your Mother's Posterboard
Almost every child in every classroom has been asked to create a poster to present information. In a digital age, paper and markers posters can be dramatically enhanced through infographic design tools. Come learn how tools like Canva, Piktochart, and Easel.ly empower students to be Creative Communicators (ISTE Standard 6), integrating not just great visuals but also videos and other media into their presentations. You will be shown how to use these tools, and examples from 6th-12th grade classrooms will be presented. Let infographics turn your students into SuperEmpowered Learners!

Note: Canva and Piktochart require students younger than 13 to receive parent permission to create accounts.


Monday December 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Crystal C

11:00am

Let's Hear It: Developing Podcasts for Professional Development
If you have listened to a podcast and value educators as colleagues and mentors, then you might consider how podcasts can become a worthwhile tool for anytime, anywhere learning and professional development. Podcasts provide relatable stories that can inspire school professionals to hone their craft, and continue the hard and rewarding work of education. In this session you will learn about the tools and platforms of podcasts, and how to prepare and organize your first few interviews. If you aren’t trained as a journalist or theatrical performer, all the better. What you do need is the ability to understand and appreciate the art and craft of instruction.

Here is the story of our podcast, The Answer Key. In Fairfax County Public Schools there is a belief that learning and leadership may evolve but what remains constant are school professionals who believe in student success. As writer, Stephen Covey, and educator, Bud Spillane, often said, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” The Answer Key is an opportunity to meet educators who love what they do, who affect positive change, and keep the “main thing” kids. The National Center for Education Statistics states that in the fall of 2016 “about 50.4 million students will attend public and secondary schools.” The Answer Key is a sneak peek beyond a classroom setting and an opportunity to understand how teachers teach and how students learn in a large public school setting. This session is an opportunity to learn how you can create a platform for professional development with simple digital tools, to harness the talent of school professionals, and to build a community of learners that empowers instructional practice.


Monday December 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Pocahontas A

11:00am

Reaching All Learners with Accessible Technology
Come to this interactive event and explore the key features built into Apple products for students with special needs. You’ll see how iPad, iPod touch, and Mac offer a rich set of accessibility features that can be customized to help diverse learners succeed.

• Discover the accessibility features included on every Mac and how they support a wide range of sensory and learning disabilities.
• Experience the accessibility features of iPad, and see how these tools can break down barriers to learning.
• Explore apps that can help students overcome individual learning hurdles.
• Get examples of how other institutions are successfully using Apple technology with special needs students.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how Apple devices are helping students with special needs learn and engage like never before.

Speakers

Monday December 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Appalachian

11:00am

The Connected Classroom
ABS and Cisco share the same goals: to help students and educators safely connect, create and share without boundaries. As technology rapidly advances, IT is being leveraged in more ways than ever to not only foster the educational environment in which students learn, but also in how school systems function from safety, communication and productivity aspects.

The Connected Classroom:
There are more ways than ever to take education beyond the classroom – videoconferencing is just one prime example. Furthermore, students and faculty are being informed and managed in new ways. During our presentation, we hope to inform K12 Technology Staff (i.e. Network Administrators, Directors, etc.) of the latest technologies that can be leveraged to make the classroom and the school systems at large a better place to live work and play. Below are a few examples of what we aim to discuss:

Connected Vehicles
Smart Parking
Wi-Fi/CMX
Digital Signage
Asset Observation
Asset Management
Smart Spaces/Lighting
Safety + Security
Incident Response

Presenters:
For this presentation, ABS Technology would present this material and we would potentially present this alongside one of our clients* whom has had success with connected classroom technologies. (*Tentative, TBD.)

Questions:
To discuss further, please reach out to ABS’ Marketing Communications Manager, Sarah Cartwright via email at scartwright@abstechnology.com


Monday December 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Roanoke F

11:00am

The Surprising Versatility of Google Slides
Google Slides is more than just a presentation tool. Learn the way that Slides can be used to create interactive flashcards, digital note and source cards for research, simple blogs, viewer-guided experiences, animation, and more! Participants will see examples and learn the basic building components needed to create their own projects.

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Dickson-Ellison

Ashley Dickson-Ellison

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, RCPS
I graduated from Furman University in SC with a BA in English and French, and I got my MEd at Georgetown College. I taught high school English in a variety of settings for eleven years. I moved to the valley and started teaching at Broadway High School in 2012. I've found that I... Read More →
avatar for Tim Reger

Tim Reger

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Rockingham County Public Schools
I graduated from James Madison University with my BA in English and got my MEd and library certification from Longwood University. I taught high school English at Broadway High School for fifteen years and served as a librarian for four years at the elementary and high school lev... Read More →


Monday December 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Crystal B

11:00am

Tips and Tricks: Navigating your Role as an ITRT
Get ready, get set, go!!! Oh wait, what are you supposed to do now? It’s easy to get caught standing still in the beginning of a school year as an Instructional Technology Specialist or Resource Teacher. Where do you begin? How do you engage teachers? Better yet, how do you empower students and learning if you don’t have your own classroom and students?

Well, we are here to help! We will show you a few tips and tricks that we used to navigate our first few years as ITRTs. From Google Apps to tracking Professional Development, From One-to-One Schools to schools without... we are here to ignite your flame before it burns out!

Come learn how Google Forms, Docs, and add-ons like Autocrat can help you manage paperwork and meet your teachers where their needs are. Not only can they reach out and request one-on-one support, but they can get immediate feedback! Learn how to tackle the hurdles of communication with automated emails and contact logs.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Brunson

Kim Brunson

District ITRT, Norfolk Public Schools
avatar for Jessica Olsen

Jessica Olsen

District Instructional Technology Specialist, Norfolk Public Schools
This is my third year working as an ITRT in Norfolk Public Schools. Before becoming an ITRT, I was a classroom teacher for ten years. While most of my experience has been in 4th and 5th grades, I've also taught 1st and 2nd grades in Virginia. I'm a strong believer in "Where ther... Read More →
avatar for Darnita Woodhouse

Darnita Woodhouse

Instructional Technology Resource Specialist, Norfolk Public Schools


Monday December 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Shenandoah B

11:00am

Tools for the Modern Classroom
Envision a classroom with Connected Solutions, where engagement and achievement meet as one. The Modern Classroom needs tools that are hardware agnostic for both teachers and students that will provide opportunities for engagement, collaboration, communication, differentiation and creation all within the same environment. The presenter will share how to get started with Promethean’s award winning software platform-ClassFlow, presenting digital content and polling students. This platform can be used on any front of the classroom display!

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Likpa

Melissa Likpa

Education Consultant, Promethean
Melissa is an Education Consultant for Promethean, residing in Michigan. She has been a teacher for 23 years in grades 3rd through 8th. She earned her Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Education from the University of Michigan. Her passion for teaching led her to become more invo... Read More →


Monday December 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Roanoke GH

11:00am

Using Google Earth to Enhance Instruction Across the Curriculum
Google Earth is a great way to see your house or your school, but it can also be a great way to enhance your instruction! Come see how you can use Google Earth to visualize scientific data, to explore math concepts, to give historical context of events, and to examine settings in literature. This free tool can help students explore concepts from a different perspective, while keeping them engaged with real world information.

Speakers
avatar for Alan Quimby

Alan Quimby

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


Monday December 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Pocahontas B

11:00am

Virginia's New Computer Science Standards of Learning
An introduction to the new Computer Science Standards of Learning with a discussion of the plans for implementation. There will be time to ask questions.

Speakers
avatar for Timothy Ellis

Timothy Ellis

Computer Science & Virtual Learning Specialist, Virginia Department of Education
MS

Mark Saunders

Director of Technology and Virtual Learning, Virginia Department of Education


Monday December 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Madison

11:00am

Welcome to The Science Cafe! Enhancing Presentation Literacy Using infographics
The Science Café concept emphasizes the importance of celebrating and sharing scientific research with the general public. Students become research scientists as they develop an original research question and present their findings at the Science Cafe using infographic posters. As a result, the learning experience builds and enhances the development of students’ literacy skills in the areas of research and communication. Angela Boubouheropoulos (GRT), Cindy Kube (CT), and Lee Cooper (ITS) [Salem High School, VBCPS] developed a performance task, rubric, and corresponding ancillary materials in order to have Biology students take on the role of research scientists in presenting their research on the connection between biochemistry and cells using infographics.

Speakers
AB

Angela Boubouheropoulos

Salem High School
avatar for Lee Cooper

Lee Cooper

Instructional Technology Specialist, Virginia Beach City Public Schools


Monday December 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Roanoke E

11:00am

Elementary Robotics and Coding

The Elementary Robotics and Coding pop-up session is for anyone thinking about including robotics and coding in their elementary classroom or school. We will explore three types of robots and offer sandbox time and soundly integrated lessons. The featured robots are very affordable and intuitive for beginning teachers and students, but appeal to all levels of skill.


Speakers
BD

Barbara Daniels

Manassas City Public Schools
KG

Katherine Green

ITTS, MCPS
Manassas City Public Schools


Monday December 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Shenandoah Foyer

11:00am

BrandED: Tell Your Story, Build Relationships, and Empower Learning
If you don’t tell your story someone else will. Regardless of your position or where you work the digital age compels you to define yourself, school, and organization or be defined. Stories that pull on emotions while linking to successful outcomes can drive and sustain change. BrandED is a strategic mindset that harnesses the magic power of storytelling to showcase all the good that happens in our schools while building dynamic relationships. In this presentation Eric will showcase ways that every educator can become the storyteller-in-chief while illustrating how feeling can be cultivated through image, promise, result, vision, belief, emotion, and value. The time is now to unlock the potential of brandED.

Speakers

Monday December 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Buck Mountain

11:00am

Promethean Breakout EDU
Promethean Escape Room:Come experience the excitement of an escape room, Promethean style! This 3D puzzle adventure is for anyone who is an existing Promethean customer or those who may  be interested in creating a truly immersive classroom experience with Promethean. Together this will both challenge and inspire you to use Promethean technology to its fullest potential  by getting your students excited about learning. 

NOTE: Escape room sessions are being held throughout the day on Monday but you MUST sign up. Slots will go FAST. 


Promethean Escape Room Signup

Monday December 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Brush Mountain

11:00am

If You Build It, They Will Learn It.
Let's go to the Moon! No human has walked on the Moon since the Apollo 17 mission in December 1972. This time, though, the astronauts will stay much longer than the few days of the Apollo 17 mission. So now, NASA's Exploration Technology Development Program is working on everything that will be needed to make the Moon a place where a crew of astronauts can live for months. One of the possible structures that will support life on the Moon is a geodesic dome. Come build this habitat with us, learn about environmental challenges, and formulate design challenges for your students that incorporate STEM across the curriculum. Even learn how you can replicate this activity on a smaller scale to be used with your students.


Monday December 4, 2017 11:00am - 1:15pm
Lower Conference Foyer

12:00pm

GRAETC Meet Up
GRAETC Meetup in Crystal C.

Monday December 4, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Crystal C

12:00pm

Visit the Vendor Hall
Visit the Vendor Hall as you eat your lunch.

Monday December 4, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Roanoke Ballroom/Exhibit Hall

12:00pm

Lunch
Lunchin the Roanoke Foyer and the Hotel Level Lounge/Foyer

Monday December 4, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Roanoke Foyer

1:00pm

VSTE Voices, VSTE Leaders
VSTE is led by a Board of Directors who are elected by the membership each year. Come chat with two board members about their work with VSTE and learn how you can get involved. 

Speakers

Monday December 4, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
VSTE Central, Roanoke Foyer

1:30pm

7 Simple Steps to Designing Virtual Interactive Professional Development
You may think that creating meaningful, online, interactive professional development is an intimidating task, but we will guide you through 7 easy steps. Join us for this session where we will demonstrate processes, sample classes, chat about roadblocks, and field questions about our own online professional growth program designed for PWCS teachers. Participants will learn strategies of how to create virtual, interactive professional learning opportunities. We will share our teachers' experiences, feedback, and reflections about how they were able to grow and learn from engaging, influential conversations. Throughout this experience, teachers were able to explore the SAMR model, design and implement digitally-rich lessons that incorporated strategies for EL Learners and ISTE standards for students. Whether you are teacher or administrator, before you know it, you will be creating your own virtual learning opportunities! Materials, digital resources, and activities will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Hinzman

Cheryl Hinzman

Instructional Technology Coach, Prince William County Schools
I am a future ready educator with a passion for lifelong learning and the effective integration of digital tools in today's classrooms! In my twenty years in education, I have had the privilege of being a Teacher, Administrator and an Instructional Coach. In addition to being... Read More →
avatar for Cheryl Phillips

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 ha... Read More →



Monday December 4, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Crystal B

1:30pm

Bring the Back Row to the Front with Flipgrid!
Flipgrid is a video response platform where educators have online video discussions with students (and much more!). Teachers can provide feedback to students, and students can provide feedback to one another. In this session, I will be demonstrating how Flipgrid breaks down classroom walls and connects students to their peers, community members, and people from around the WORLD!

We will explore multiple ways teachers, specialists, parents, and administration can use Flipgrid and stay connected through various topics. Content specific in the K-12 classroom will be discussed, along with service-learning and global connections.

Flipgrid is a social-learning tool used to amplify student voice, giving every child an opportunity to be heard. Conversations no longer have bell-ringer time limits, and you as an educator can build relationships outside the walls of the classroom! Presentation: tinyurl.com/flipgridVSTE

Speakers
avatar for Brittany Ferguson

Brittany Ferguson

5th Grade Teacher, W.T. Cooke Elementary
I am a 5th Grade Gifted and Inclusion teacher at Cooke Elementary School in Virginia Beach. I enjoy exploring and experimenting with technology in my classroom, finding new ways to deliver instruction, and taking risks. This class will be helpful to ALL educators- from elementary... Read More →


Monday December 4, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Crystal A

1:30pm

E-Rate Update for 2018
In 2018 the E-Rate Program will continue to evolve under the Modernization Order for the E-rate Program for Schools and Libraries. The Modernization Report outlined major changes in the E-rate program that are impacting your schools fiscal and technology planning for the future. In wake of these changes in the E-rate program you need to continue to adjust and act in a way to minimize the loss of funding in some categories as well as looking at ways to maximize funding in others.
On December 11, 2014 the FCC approve the Second E-Rate Modernization Order that focused on additional flexibility for Schools and Libraries to find options for purchasing broadband services to meet the demand for their Internet capacity needs. On September 11, 2015 the Eligible Services List for 2016 was released that further clarified changes in Category 1 & 2 funding for the new round of E-Rate funding and there will be further changes in the Eligible Services List for 2018.
This session will review the latest changes to the Modernization Order for 2018-19, changes in the Eligible Services list, the effect of raising the spending cap to over $4 Billion per year on your planning, look at ways to plan and optimize E-rate funding for your schools, examine the results of Broadband Projects and look at ways E-Rate can help your schools in the future.

Speakers
BS

Bruno Sestito

Sestito Technology Consultants LLC


Monday December 4, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Roanoke E

1:30pm

Empowering students by creating a Digital Brand
Help empower your students in the global culture. Learn a brief history of branding, what brands mean, how we can brand ourselves, and most importantly, how and why students share their brand through the work they complete in schools.
Participants will begin creating your own digital brand, and walk away with templates that can be used with students in creating their own digital brands in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Futrell

Charles Futrell

Technology Integrator, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Charles “Mickey” Futrell has been an Instructional Technology Integrator in Chesterfield County for 4+ years. Before coming to Chesterfield, he was a Social Studies teacher, football coach, Bouncer, Wal-Mart “Jack of all Trades”, practice squad football player, travel soc... Read More →


Monday December 4, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Pocahontas B

1:30pm

Enter Promethean's World of Immersive Learning
Discover the ins and outs of the modern Promethean Solutions that have made Promethean #1 in the US K-12 market, that also won “Best In Show” at ISTE 2017 and why more Virginia School Systems have chosen Promethean as the "Modern Hub" of collaborative learning environments. Together we will walk you through the simplicity and flexibility that the modern ActivClassroom provides to an everyday classroom. Solutions featured will include the newest ActivPanel, the innovative and unique ActivConnect G-Series, and award winning cloud based software ClassFlow. Come and explore all these exciting and unique solutions!

Speakers

Monday December 4, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Roanoke GH

1:30pm

Fun with Stop Motion
Like the claymation videos of old or the flipbooks that you used to draw on the corners of your notepads, explore different ways to use Stop Motion in your classroom. Kindergarteners to high schoolers will enjoy creating short videos to entertain and explain various concepts. Come join in the fun!

Speakers
avatar for Erin Sauder

Erin Sauder

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, RCPS
I graduated from both Broadway High School and the University of Mary Washington. I have a Masters in Elementary Education and taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades during my 9 years at John C. Myers Elementary School. Going into my 4th year as an ITRT in Rockingham County, I am excite... Read More →


Monday December 4, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Crystal D

1:30pm

Girls Are Geeky, Too: SparkTheir Interest With Girls Geek Days
Have you read about the disparity of women to men working in STEM fields? How about the scarcity of women graduating with math and/or science degrees? Well, we decided to do something in our area to change that, and you can, too! Come learn how to begin Girls Geek Days in your area, as we demonstrate (and you experience) some of our activities. We'll share our logistics, tips and tricks to find volunteers and reactions we've had from both girls and adults.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Wilkens

Kim Wilkens

K-8 CS Program Coordinator/Founder, St. Anne's-Belfield School/Tech-Girls
I'm passionate about transforming technology users into technology creators, collaborators & activists.


Monday December 4, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Crystal E

1:30pm

Google Forms, Spreadsheets and Add-ons, Oh My! Increasing Student Accountability Through Increased Parent Communication
This session will walk you through how to set up an automated parent contact system for use in your classroom or school-wide. We will look at the formulas and add-ons that make this system function. We will also look briefly at scripts you can use that increase functionality.

Speakers
avatar for Ann Nash

Ann Nash

An Instructional Technology Resource Teacher at Pocahontas Middle School in Henrico County and Adjuct Professor for Education at Averett University. I help teachers develop and experience learning opportunities that allow for creativity, critical thinking and collaboration. These... Read More →


Monday December 4, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Shenandoah B

1:30pm

Meet Alexa, Your New Classroom (Voice) Aide
Voice assistant devices are all the rage right now, allowing us to conveniently order products, ask questions, set reminders, and control our environment just by speaking certain key words and phrases from the comfort of our living room couch. Much like many other consumer electronic devices that were originally designed to be used in the home or businesses, voice assistants are breaking out of these environments and finding a place in the classrooms of innovative teachers who use them to empower both their students and themselves. This session will illustrate early best-practice ideas for utilizing voice assistants like Amazon's Alexa, Google's Voice Assistant, Apple's Siri, and Microsoft's Cortana to make learning fun, dynamic, and accessible for diverse learners in elementary classrooms (although secondary teachers and staff may find it useful as well). We will also explore several add on voice assistant "skills" that teachers might find useful, including options for supporting student research, reading, and recreation!

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Newton

Matthew Newton

Technology Coordinator, T/TAC @ Virginia Tech
Passionate about educational/assistive technology, diverse learners, athletics of all types, coffee, and cuisine!!!


Monday December 4, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Washington

1:30pm

Oh the Places You'll Go! Social Learning in the Classroom
This session will allow for participants to become familiar with the social learning theory and the use of personification to enhance critical thinking within the classroom. Three online web-based applications will be presented and participants will be able to take away information to successfully utilize the platforms in their classrooms or schools. Blogging, Fakebook, and MySciLife will be presented as OER for educators. Collaboration, formative assessment, blogging, and digital citizenship will be underlying areas of focus. Participants will be able to walk away with QR codes and print "hot sheets" that feature the tools presented/displayed.

Speakers
avatar for Katy Garvey

Katy Garvey

Social Learning Manager, The Source for Learning
Katy Garvey is the Social Learning Manager for The Source for Learning's K-12 programs. Katy is an accomplished leader in education with 14 years of experience designing and implementing training and professional development programs with a collaborative approach, creating growt... Read More →


Monday December 4, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Shenandoah A

1:30pm

Scrum: Scaffolding Teamwork
Collaboration, communication, creativity. We know we need to foster them in our students, but we get very little guidance on how to do this. Over the past two years, teachers in Goochland County have adapted the Scrum framework to help students manage classroom projects effectively. Through the use of simple procedures, students develop skills and habits that make teamwork seamless. Come see examples spanning all grade levels and content areas.

Speakers
avatar for Bea Leiderman

Bea Leiderman

Instructional Technology Coach, Goochland County Public Schools
Bea has been working with students and teachers at Goochland Middle School and Goochland High School for over a decade. Currently, Bea spends much of her time in classrooms facilitating learning activities in a 1:1 iPad/Macbook environment. During her free time, Bea photographs i... Read More →


Monday December 4, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Appalachian

1:30pm

Simplified Management for Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, & NOW CHROMEOS Devices within a single platform.
FileWave Team will take you through an overview of how FileWave has been simplifying Endpoint/Device Management throughout Virginia and across the Country. Since 1992, FileWave has lead the industry providing education, enterprise, and government institutions around the world with enterprise level, multi-platform systems, and mobile endpoint management software to assist IT teams throughout the lifecycle process of imaging, deployment, management, tracking and maintenance. FileWave’s all-inclusive, highly scalable software solves the many challenges of managing a diverse and growing population of users, devices, and content by ensuring IT teams have a comprehensive solution that supports both client (desktop/laptop) and mobile devices across Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and ChromeOS

Speakers
JC

Jerry Case

Systems Engineer Supervisor, FileWave (USA) Inc.
FileWave
avatar for Ashlee Jamison

Ashlee Jamison

Account Manager, FileWave Device Management
Are you looking for a simple way to manage your mobile and client devices? If so, stop by the FileWave booth to see me! Let me walk you through how FileWave makes end-point management simple.


Monday December 4, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Roanoke F

1:30pm

The Power of Blogs in the Secondary Classroom
Student blogs enrich and invigorate student reading and writing! Blogs offer authentic experiences with real-world audiences; opportunities to build voice and confidence; collaborative discussions between students; an engaging way for students to share book recommendations; and more. As enthusiastic teachers of blogs ourselves, we’ll offer practical advice about grading, the pros and cons of different blogging platforms, and the best way to manage blogs in your platform.

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Dickson-Ellison

Ashley Dickson-Ellison

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, RCPS
I graduated from Furman University in SC with a BA in English and French, and I got my MEd at Georgetown College. I taught high school English in a variety of settings for eleven years. I moved to the valley and started teaching at Broadway High School in 2012. I've found that I... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Moyers

Jennifer Moyers

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, RCPS
I graduated from Bridgewater College and then earned my M.A. in English from James Madison University. An English teacher at Broadway High School for 16 years, I'm beginning my first year as an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher (ITRT) with Rockingham County Public Schools... Read More →


Monday December 4, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Madison

1:30pm

Want to play a game?
You can stand in front of the class and ask questions or you can give every student a voice. It's all about engagement and making the curriculum not only come alive but get the students excited about it. During this session, attendees will learn how to create multiple games that will test information independently and collaboratively. Don't have a lot of time, no worries. All of these activities can be created in under 10 minutes. Yes! 10 minutes! Play them in class. Play them at home. The possibilities are endless.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Kuzma

Julie Kuzma

Instructional Facilitator, Technology, Loudoun County Schools;;
SMART Certified Trainer Notebook 14SMART Exemplary Educator (SEE)SEE Summit 2012 2016, 2017 (mentor) adjunct professor M.ed


Monday December 4, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Pocahontas A

1:30pm

Connected Educator Meetup: Build Your PLN

Add your Twitter handle to our PLN Board and get connected! Join Margaret and Tamara in an informal meetup to grow your Personal Learning Network (PLN). We will share our favorite #eduheroes that inspire us and show you ways to organize your Twitter followers.


Speakers
avatar for Tamara Letter

Tamara Letter

ITRT, Hanover County Public Schools
"Only you can tell the story someone else needs to hear." Empowering student and teacher voice with kindness, joy, and a helping dose of creative passion, too! An educator for more than 20 years, with experiences all across the United States, I'm thrilled to learn and grow with y... Read More →
avatar for Margaret Sisler

Margaret Sisler

SBTS/Tech Coach, Fairfax County Public Schools
School-Based Technology Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools


Monday December 4, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Shenandoah Foyer

1:30pm

Promethean Breakout EDU
Promethean Escape Room:Come experience the excitement of an escape room, Promethean style! This 3D puzzle adventure is for anyone who is an existing Promethean customer or those who may  be interested in creating a truly immersive classroom experience with Promethean. Together this will both challenge and inspire you to use Promethean technology to its fullest potential  by getting your students excited about learning. 

NOTE: Escape room sessions are being held throughout the day on Monday but you MUST sign up. Slots will go FAST. 


Promethean Escape Room Signup

Monday December 4, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Brush Mountain

1:30pm

VSTE Presents Chopped (Based Upon the Food Network Show Chopped)
Watch two teams battle in real time to be crowned the champion in this year’s spin off reality show of VSTE Chopped (Based upon the Food Network reality show Chopped). The two person teams will be informed by the moderator of the instructional tools they are to use in a lesson that Super Empowers student learning. This information will be provided to each team at the same time and they will then have 30 minutes to document their lesson on a Google Doc viewed by audience members. VSTE’s Chopped moderator will interact with judges and audience members alike to generate a plethora of additional ideas and thoughts as the teams battle. At the conclusion of their time, the two teams will share the lessons to critiqued and scored by our esteemed judging panel. Come and take part in this year’s VSTE Chopped session!

Want to be considered as a participating team? Enter your name into the VSTE Chopped pool by clicking on this text. 


Monday December 4, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Buck Mountain

1:30pm

One-To-One Math Classrooms
This session will focus on incorporating free sources and apps to provide quick, quality feedback in a one-to-one math classroom. Each participant will complete an activity with each source, learn how to create and manage class accounts, and leave with ideas on when to best incorporate each source in their own classroom. Some of the sources may include Desmos, Flipgrid, GoFormative, Quizziz, Google Slides and/or EDpuzzle.

Speakers
avatar for Farica Erwin

Farica Erwin

Algebra Teacher, Hampton Roads Academy



Monday December 4, 2017 1:30pm - 3:45pm
Harrison/Tyler

1:30pm

Tell Me a Story: Using Digital Storytelling in the Classroom
Are you looking for creative ways for your students to share their stories? In this session, participants will learn the process of digital storytelling and have the opportunity to create their own digital stories. Bring a device and see how stories and language can empower students and their learning!

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Trude

Heidi Trude

French Teacher, Skyline High School
I am in my 10th year teaching French at Skyline High School in Front Royal, VA. I am a Google Certified Educator Level I and Level II, as well as a Google for Education Certified Trainer. I am the 2017 Region IV Teacher of the Year for Virginia. In addition, I am the 2017-2018 Da... Read More →


Monday December 4, 2017 1:30pm - 3:45pm
Monroe

2:45pm

CANCELLED: Microsoft Azure/Office Update
Come to this session for a quick update on what’s new in Microsoft Azure and Office 365.  We’ve been busy since last year!

Speakers
avatar for Marty Smith

Marty Smith

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.


Monday December 4, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Roanoke E

2:45pm

"It's Showtime!" Make it Count
Can you recall turning out the lights in your classroom and watching a filmstrip movie? A VCR movie? A DVD movie? And now a YouTube movie? With YouTube, our little teacher fingertips tap into an incredible resource for introducing, teaching and reinforcing concepts, but are we using the tool efficiently and effectively? Maybe we are turning it on, and the kids are tuning in and quickly tuning out. With a few simple changes in the delivery of videos to students, we can create the desired outcome of classroom video usage from a “movie” mindset, to a powerful teaching tool. Join us for this concurrent session where you will eat a little popcorn and share a few laughs all while learning incredibly simple strategies to strengthen lesson plans you have already developed.

Speakers
avatar for Sharon Bolan

Sharon Bolan

Library Media Specialist/ITRT, Central High School
I received my undergraduate degree from Longwood College in 1990 and completed the Masters of Education program from Longwood University in 2002. I taught in 2nd and 5th grades at Victoria Elementary School and later moved to the Library Media Specialist position at Central High... Read More →



Monday December 4, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Appalachian

2:45pm

A Creative Conversation: Changing Pedagogy by Design
Changing the way, we teach often meets resistance from educators stepped in the traditional educational models. As a panel, we will share how 'by design’ you can help change the way teachers teach and students learn. We will offer current best practice models that showcase how changing the learning space, rewriting the curriculum and innovative Professional Development strategies have made a difference in changing educators, administrators and districts leaders approach to learning.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Hackett

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 proj... Read More →



Monday December 4, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Washington

2:45pm

Assessments can be Fun!
Classflow is an award-winning cloud-based lesson delivery system, which has been shining light on the transformation of the modern classroom! Classflow lessons can be delivered on any whiteboard, computer or projector.
If you are ready to explore a solution that offers tools and resources to poll, assess, and collect student data, along with customize instruction this is a session for you. Come explore how you can have any student devices connect with your lesson and assessments. Also, in this session, you will discover all the features and benefits to using Classflow in your everyday classroom. Classflow can be delivered on any classroom display. You will need a Classflow teacher account for this session www.classflow.com, and BYOD!

Speakers
avatar for Katie Marx

Katie Marx

Education Consultant, Promethean
Katie Marx, M.A.T. | Education Consultant – Pennsylvania & West Virginia | Promethean


Monday December 4, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Roanoke GH

2:45pm

Blended Learning and Technology Integration: There is a difference.
Blended Learning is more than teaching with technology for technology’s sake. Michael Horn, of the Clayton Christensen Institute states, “The most common mistake made in implementing a blended learning model is to set forth with an appetite for the dazzling technology, rather than an interest in the relief it might bring when applied strategically to a frustrating problem. Regrettably, this leads only to cramming more devices, screens, gadgets, and software into students' and teachers' already noisy lives" (Horn & Staker, 2015). Successful implementation requires a well-designed instructional model.
When students are able to spend part of their learning time working with technology, there is an opportunity for personalized instructional time and real-time data on student performance to inform targeted instruction. Add a continuously adaptive diagnostic tool to support the blended learning model, and you have a winning combination to support core instruction.
With the right technology integration, tools, and the blended learning model, a teacher is no longer solely responsible for delivering content to an entire classroom at once, but can use a mix of online instruction, teacher led lessons, and small group instruction to ensure students receive differentiated instruction. Hear directly from a Virginia educator about how the right technology, tools, and blended learning model led to student success.

Speakers
avatar for Lexia Learning

Lexia Learning

Lexia Learning
Lexia Learning, A Rosetta Stone Company, is one of the best-known and most highly respected reading-technology companies in the world. Founded more than 30 years ago with private funding and grants obtained from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, our pr... Read More →


Monday December 4, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Roanoke F

2:45pm

Creating a student Helpdesk
Student help desks are a great way to incorporate the resources that we all have in our buildings. Using a packaged program for students to learn Google Apps and Chromebook repair may provide you with student led assistance for your 1:1 program while offering a way for students to gain customer service skills and on-the-job training. This presentation will provide an overview of one district's work in this direction at our High Schools and the progress and changes that have occurred during year two.

Speakers
avatar for Chad Fisher

Chad Fisher

Instructional Technology Coach, Frederick County Public Schools
I'm an ITC in Frederick County Public schools. I was previously a middle school Tech Ed teacher and a middle school Art teacher. Before all of that, I actually taught elementary Art to PreK-6th in North Carolina. All combined, I've been in education for over 20yrs.


Monday December 4, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Crystal B

2:45pm

Forming Family Foundations
Connecting with families is so critical to the success of our students, but this is the 21st century. A weekly paper newsletter isn’t going to cut it. Using a variety of GSuite and other web-based tools, you’ll learn how you can connect with families for a positive school year for all involved.

Speakers
avatar for Justin Birckbichler

Justin Birckbichler

Justin Birckbichler is a fourth-grade teacher at Courthouse Road Elementary School in Spotsylvania, VA. He has been teaching fourth grade since 2013, and earned a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University. Justin is a Google for Education C... Read More →


Monday December 4, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Crystal E

2:45pm

Free Microsoft Tools Every Teacher Can Use to Make Learning Accessible and Inclusive
Making a learning environment accessible for everyone is critical to a successful inclusive classroom. Today's classrooms are diverse and include English Language Learners and students with learning challenges, whether they have been identified or not. Every teacher needs to be able to create and deliver content in a way that is accessible to each individual student. Fortunately, teachers already have free technologies at their disposal to assist with this. Join us as we explore strategies and tools that facilitate an inclusive learning environment.

Session Goals:

Recognize why accessibility is important
Understand the scope of who benefits from accessible materials
Demonstrate 6 free Microsoft tools that facilitate powerful accessible learning experiences
Identify easy new habits, hacks, and tools to ensure material is accessible to all

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Okoye

Ruth Okoye

Director of K12 Intitiatives, The Source for Learning
Director of K12 Initiatives at The Source for Learning (https://www.sourceforlearning.org/).


Monday December 4, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Shenandoah A

2:45pm

Google Classroom 411
Join us for an open discussion and Q&A time about Google Classroom. Go to tinyurl.com/vste-google411 to submit your questions in advance and we will do our best to answer them during our session. Additionally we will attempt to answer your questions on the spot about how to's, best practices, and daily use of Google classroom. Following the session, the question and answer forum will be made available to reflect and share with others!

Speakers
KF

Karen Franklin

TCE - Keyboarding, Computer
avatar for Alisa Segner

Alisa Segner

Instructional Technology Specialist, Sentara College of Health Sciences
I am always searching for new technology (best practice) ideas that will continue to motivate our students and instructors in this digital age of virtual learning!


Monday December 4, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Mill Mountain

2:45pm

Google Classroom Is NOT Just For Teachers
When using Google Classroom many automatically assume TEACHING students. However Google Classroom can be used in multifaceted ways. This session will focus on how it can be used for administrators and district level personnel to provide information to faculty and staff, and be used as a Professional Development tool. For example, administrators can develop teacher workshops on Flip PDs, disseminate information easily, quickly, and effectively throughout the school building, and model effective strategies of Google Classroom within the classroom environment. In addition, the session will also share how Google Classroom has been beneficial at the district level to provide Professional Development for staff throughout the district.

Speakers
avatar for Leon Edwards

Leon Edwards

Hampton City Schools


Monday December 4, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Shenandoah B

2:45pm

Google for Education and Culpeper County Present: Preparing for Success with Google Tools and the Profile of a Graduate Framework
Join Culpeper County and the Google for Education Team for the opportunity to rethink best practices for executing the training necessary for your educators to successfully leverage G Suite for Education and Chromebooks. The Culpeper County team will work through the next steps to effectively utilize these tools within the Virginia Profile of a Graduate Framework and project based learning.


Monday December 4, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Crystal D

2:45pm

If You Build It, They Will Learn It - Cancelled
This session has been combined with the Dome build that is in the Lower Foyter.

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NASA has set its sights on going back to the Moon as a part of their mission to Mars. What will we live in on another planet? Come build a habitat with us, learn about environmental challenges, and formulate design challenges for your students that incorporate STEM across the curriculum.


Monday December 4, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Cancelled

2:45pm

JellyBOX 3D Printer Kit: The see-through 3D printer built by educators, for education
JellyBOX 3D printer kit, the winner of Make Magazine's 2017 Best for Schools award, is the first 3D printer kit designed to maximize learning in the least amount of time and effort. Attend this session to watch JellyBOX expert Ladi Goc assemble the JellyBOX 3D printer. Learn about everything from building the printer to maintenance, to how it can be applied in your schools or curriculums!
On one side, JellyBOX is a rock solid 3D printer with a great print quality, easy maintenance, and an elegant transparent design promoting curiosity .On the other side, JellyBOX kit is a highly optimized, hands-on learning experience in 3D printing.
For kids and adults alike, building your own 3D printer grants you superpowers. It's an introduction to both mechanics and electronics. It's a conduit for learning design, 3D design, and product design. It's a gateway into Making and DIY economy. Yet best of all: it grants you a total ownership of your technology knowing you can fix your machine if it breaks.
And, icing on the cake: JellyBOX is held together by zip ties, making is possibly the first 're-usable' 3D printer kit. JellyBOX can taken apart fast and rebuilt repeatedly so that that many people can get the hands-on learning enjoyment.

Speakers

Monday December 4, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Pocahontas A

2:45pm

Living and Working in Space
Learn about what happens to the body during long term living and working in micro gravity. Utilize that to spark student projects to solving real world problems that NASA is trying to solve. The session will include hands-on activities to use in the classroom and highlight resources that can support teacher implementation of Project Based Learning.


Monday December 4, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Crystal A

2:45pm

Span the Globe with Google My Maps
Empower your class with the tools to soar around the world and take learning adventures using the G Suite applications Forms, Sheets and Google My Maps.

Inspiring authentic learning and empowering your class will be a breeze with Google My Maps. Soar around the globe placing markers, measuring distances and creating interactive maps, packed with resources that can be shared with your students to make a truly interactive learning experience. Adding Google Sheets into the mix allows creators to collaboratively upload resources directly into your map with just a few clicks. This feature will allow teachers to work with their teams to create maps to be used for direct instruction. Want to streamline the whole process? Integrate Google Forms to collect information from your Superhero students, to be organized in Sheets and create detailed class maps.

Speakers
avatar for Chance Harding

Chance Harding

Technology Integrator, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Chance Harding is in his second year on the Integrator team. He taught at Ecoff Elementary for 9 years as a fourth and fifth-grade teacher. Chance has recently become a level 1 and level 2 Google Certified Teacher. Aside from growing one of the best beards in the county, he enjoy... Read More →


Monday December 4, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Crystal C

2:45pm

Technify & Thrive: Empowering Teachers Through Coaching
This session will highlight the efforts of a team of technology coaches working in Chesterfield County, Virginia to educate their staff in best practices in effectively planning for and implementing technology enriched lessons. Coaches will learn how to move their staff through the coaching cycle and other technology integration models.

Speakers
avatar for Keith Baldwin

Keith Baldwin

Technology Integrator, Chesterfield County Public Schools
This is Keith Baldwin’s 19th year in education. Currently he is a Chesterfield County Public Schools Technology Integrator. Prior to becoming a technology integrator he taught fifth grade at Spring Run Elementary School. Before that he was a 6th grade science teacher at John Ro... Read More →
avatar for Karen Ott

Karen Ott

Technology Integrator, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Karen Ott has been an educator in Chesterfield County Public Schools for 36 years. She taught middle school math for 18 years and was a full-time Technology Coordinator for 2 years before becoming a Technology Integrator in 2001.


Monday December 4, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Wilson

2:45pm

Virtual Learning Options in Virginia
A presentation regarding the options school divisions have for providing virtual learning opportunities for their students. Time is allowed for questions.

Speakers
avatar for Timothy Ellis

Timothy Ellis

Computer Science & Virtual Learning Specialist, Virginia Department of Education
MS

Mark Saunders

Director of Technology and Virtual Learning, Virginia Department of Education


Monday December 4, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Madison

2:45pm

Virtual Reality (Google Cardboard, Gear VR, and Oculus Rift) in the Classroom!
Google Cardboard is the dominant virtual reality tool in the classroom. The viewers are inexpensive and students can get a 3D experience with head tracking. But more students have Samsung phones that can run Gear VR, and the price of Oculus Rift has dropped recently. I will be running a HANDS ON session where participants can try Gear VR and the Oculus rift in this session. We will discuss basic topics such as are there educationally appropriate programs for Gear VR and rift? What computers are needed to run rift? What are the advantages to using different VR programs? One of the biggest surprises is how easy it is for students to create programs for rift using Unity3D. Creating software for Virtual Reality is an excellent way to SuperEmpower students for learning.

Speakers
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 4, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Pocahontas B

2:45pm

Discover your Superpowers with Green Screen Magic
Want to fly like Superman? Travel across time and space? Swim with the fish? Miniaturize your class? Try on Harry Potter's invisibility cloak?

Discover endless possibilities with the easy-to-use Green Screen by DoInk iPad app. Learn and practice how to layer videos and images using chroma effects and the mask tool. We'll share templates and ideas for a variety of grades and subjects. Bring your own iPad or borrow one from our set to discover your new superpower!

Speakers
avatar for Bethany Deputy

Bethany Deputy

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, RCPS
I am a 2009 JMU graduate and taught 5th grade for six years. Since then, I have had the great pleasure of working in classrooms K-12 as an instructional technology resource teacher for Rockingham County Public Schools.
avatar for Obe Hostetter

Obe Hostetter

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, RCPS
I taught 5th grade and 8th grade before becoming an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher (ITRT) in 2005.  I am Nearpod Certified, Google Certified, NETS*T certified, Smartboard Exemplary Educator, was school Teacher of the Year and won the Governor's Innovative Technology... Read More →


Monday December 4, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Shenandoah Foyer

2:45pm

Promethean Breakout EDU
Promethean Escape Room:Come experience the excitement of an escape room, Promethean style! This 3D puzzle adventure is for anyone who is an existing Promethean customer or those who may  be interested in creating a truly immersive classroom experience with Promethean. Together this will both challenge and inspire you to use Promethean technology to its fullest potential  by getting your students excited about learning. 

NOTE: Escape room sessions are being held throughout the day on Monday but you MUST sign up. Slots will go FAST. 


Promethean Escape Room Signup

Monday December 4, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Brush Mountain

2:45pm

SuperReader Book Battle #KAPOW
Join three SuperReaders for a fast paced, multi-round book battle where all the books are awesome and the points don’t matter. Three avid readers will battle it out in a competition over three rounds where you vote to determine one SuperChampion (who gets all the bragging rights). If you are interested in #SuperEmpowering your or your team’s professional learning with a great book, we will highlight nine that will inspire you as a SuperEducator, SuperLeader, and SuperHuman. Learn how you can unleash the power of the spoken word through audiobooks with OverDrive and Audible, and leave with a free audiobook. #KAPOW!!!

Speakers
avatar for Erin Daniel

Erin Daniel

ITRT, HCPS Instructional Technology
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Erin Pratt

MS Instructional Technology Resource teacher, HCPS Instructional Technology


Monday December 4, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Buck Mountain

3:00pm

VSTE Advocacy: Speaking Up For Ed Tech
VSTE works hard to advocacy for education and technology, making sure teachers and students have what they need for success in the 21st century. In addition, we support the annual Speak Up Survey, an opportunity to collect valuable data from your school division's stakeholders. Board Vice Chair Rod Carnill will be at VSTE Central to talk advocacy and the survey. Come by with questions and to find out how you can get involved.

Speakers
avatar for Rod Carnill

Rod Carnill

Supervisor of Instructional Technology Coaches, Frederick County Public Schools
GEG of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, Leader


Monday December 4, 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm
VSTE Central, Roanoke Foyer

4:00pm

Be the Director of Your Own Learning
It’s time for your students to be the directors of their own learning! Green screen videos allow students to travel anywhere to create authentic projects. Using programs such as Wevideo and DoInk, students are transformed into news anchors, meteorologists, storybook characters, and more! Join technology integration specialists Caroline Doughty, Kari Packard, and Martha Walsh as they demonstrate the features of the iPad app DoInk and online platform WeVideo. Participants will also see examples of how green screen videos can transform the standard oral presentation and give students the creative freedom to express themselves in a unique way.

Speakers
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Kari Packard

Technology Integration Specialist Alexandria City Public Schools
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Martha Walsh

Technology Integration SpecialistAlexandria City Public Schools


Monday December 4, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Crystal E

4:00pm

Blended Learning for the 21C Classroom
This highly interactive workshop will provide teachers with an understanding of the fundamentals of blended learning through a blended experience. Teachers become the 21st century learners as they learn key instructional practices to help support effective integration of technology including how to effectively use technology to deliver lessons, moderate online discussions, conduct formative assessment and differentiate instruction. Teachers will be exposed to and tinker with a range of high quality digital tools to help increase student engagement and learning. Facilitated by leading blended learning experts, this workshop is sure to set teachers on a course of success in redefining their teacher practices. Presented by: Jason T. Green (co-author of Blended Learning in Action, @jasontoddgreen)

Speakers

Monday December 4, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Shenandoah A

4:00pm

By the Power of Collective Knowledge: We Can EdCamp - LOCATION CHANGED
This is a presentation all about how not to present.
EdCamp is the Choose Your Own Adventure of professional learning and meets the needs of all learners because it allows them to focus on what they want to learn. Are you interested in setting up your own EdCamp style professional learning for your region, district, or school? We will cover all the necessary steps to create your own EdCamp no matter how big or small. Come away with FREE books, resources, and even money (well...places to get free money) to kick off your own EdCamp.

Speakers
avatar for Samuel Wightman

Samuel Wightman

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Arlington County Public Schools


Monday December 4, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Madison

4:00pm

Classflow Lessons can be as EASY as 123!
If you have a basic understanding of Classflow, and you like to begin that journey in implementing Classflow this is the right session for you! Learn how quick and easy it is to download and edit readymade lessons from the Marketplace. You will also learn how to create an interactive Classflow lesson activity and simple whiteboarding lessons that uses tools that engage, excite, and connects any student devices. Classflow can be delivered on any whiteboard, panel, projector or computer. BYOD, and you will need a Classflow teacher account. www.classflow.com

Speakers
avatar for Katie Marx

Katie Marx

Education Consultant, Promethean
Katie Marx, M.A.T. | Education Consultant – Pennsylvania & West Virginia | Promethean


Monday December 4, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Roanoke GH

4:00pm

Computer Science SOLs are coming..how do you plan to address student needs
Increasingly, the students we work with are too focused on social media, suspectible to fake news and enjoy too much time on apps. This results in student gaps in the right technology skills essential for Profile of a Virginia Graduate, coding and computational thinking SOLs college, career and life. MCPS is addressing this issue head on by ensuring our students are learning the right digital literacy skills. Please join me and learn how MCPS in partnership with Learning.com are better preparing our students with the right digital literacy skills. With new computer science standards coming, hear how we plan to address the needs.

Speakers
avatar for Pedro Hernandez

Pedro Hernandez

Supervisor of Instructional Technology, Manassas City Public Schools
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Jay Yampolsky

Territory Manager, Learning.com
The Learning.com works with school divisions concerned that their students are too focused on social media but are missing essential productity skills such as problem solving, validating research and keyboarding skills. | | I am the Territory Manager for the Carolinas, Tenn... Read More →


Monday December 4, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Washington

4:00pm

Empower Student Learning with Microsoft OneNote!
Are you using Microsoft OneNote in your classroom? This super-tool is more than just a digital notebook! Attend this session to learn how to empower your students to take control of their own learning by using tools embedded in the program. Need a translator for English Language Learners? OneNote has it. Need a tool for struggling readers or visually impaired students? OneNote has it. Need varied, easy ways to provide feedback to students? OneNote has it. Learn tips and tricks to make implementing OneNote in your classroom easier and more efficient. From add-ins to notebook settings, page distribution to reviewing student work, this session will provide you with some tips and tricks to making your use of OneNote invaluable for you and your students. (Basic knowledge and use of OneNote is expected.)

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Barr

Kristin Barr

Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Personalized Learning, Williamsburg-James City County Schools


Monday December 4, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Appalachian

4:00pm

Google for Education and Lynchburg City Schools Present: Taking Google to the Next Level
Join Google for Education and Lynchburg City schools to learn about:
  • How to effectively make the transition to 1:1
  • Going beyond replacement and pushing what's possible with creativity and collaboration 
  • Differentiation, yes it’s possible
  • How to leverage Google for Education tools to meet your goals for the state technology plan



Monday December 4, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Monroe

4:00pm

Great Digital Resources to Super Power Learning
Want great, free instructional resources? Want them to be searchable by SOL? Want high-quality content such as Wild Kratts, Sesame Street, The Science Museum of Virginia, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Odd Squad, Wilson and Ditch, Sid the Science Kid, Super Why, and many more?

eMediaVA is your one-stop shop for all of these. With a repository of over 129,000 learning objects that are searchable by SOL, it is the premier source for free, high-quality instructional content.

Come to the session and find out how to use these resources to super empower student learning.


Monday December 4, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Crystal C

4:00pm

Hyperdocs: Digital Lesson Design with a Strategic Flow
Introducing HyperDocs, a revolutionary means of delivering traditional content with a 5C’s digital flow. Learn how digital design elements can be coupled with purposeful technology integration to create a learning experience that students will never forget. Become familiar with the theory and terminology associated with the learning process that makes HyperDocs so unique. Browse through a variety of HyperDoc templates where students are encouraged to engage, explore, explain, apply, reflect, and extend their learning. Facilitate and foster learning with Google docs as your delivery mechanism and HyperDocs lesson design as your change agent.

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Maher

Cathy Maher

Technology Integrator, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Cathy Maher had been an educator for 18 years. Cathy is now in her 5th year as an Instructional Technology Integrator for Chesterfield County Schools. Prior to that Cathy has worked for Powhatan County Public Schools for 9 years as an ITRT for 6 years, taught Computer Science for... Read More →
avatar for Lynne Owen

Lynne Owen

Technology Integrator, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Lynne Meredith Owen is a technology integrator for CCPS. Her support schools this year include Bettie Weaver, A.M. Davis, and C.C. Wells Elementary. What she likes most about being a tech integrator is the opportunity to build lasting relationships. Friendly customer service is i... Read More →


Monday December 4, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Crystal D

4:00pm

Makers of Mastery in the Classroom
This session will explore the active ways Maker culture can be incorporated into the classroom. Teachers will learn about the history and philosophy behind the Maker movement. In addition, teachers will learn some of the tools used to facilitate inquiry, creativity and innovation to show mastery of the content, including 3D Printing with TinkerCad, Stop Motion Animation, Green Screen, Spheros, and VR. The presentation will also offer suggestions on how build a maker culture at your school both in pedagogy and acquiring the materials needed to get started.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Dunavant

Mike Dunavant

ITRT, Hungary Creek MS
Mike Dunavant has been a Social Studies teacher and an ITRT in Henrico County for over 15 years. Mike's philosophy is about active learning. How can students learn the content in a relevant way? Last year he and his Librarian collaborated to win a $20,000 HEF grant to bring Maker... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Kinsler

Amanda Kinsler

ITRT, Tuckahoe
Amanda is the current ITRT at Tuckahoe Middle School


Monday December 4, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Pocahontas A

4:00pm

Mentoring the Super(Student)Hero: SuperEmpowering Student Learning
As teachers we often adopt the role of mentor-- providing the young hero with the wisdom, tools, and most of all, confidence to do something monumental on their own. We may have helped them by giving them the tools, but they will be the ones who have to use them. Our gratification comes when we see them take ownership of their learning and apply it in ways even we didn't know they could. This presentation will highlight ways teachers can employ tools such as Google Docs, Draftback, Google Keep, and Google Classroom to enhance the Super-Student's tool belt and create independent, self-regulated learners. We will focus on how these tools can be used in a project-based environment to support performance tasks and assessments and reflect the "5 Cs" of the well-rounded learner: critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, and citizenship.

Speakers
avatar for Candace Henderson

Candace Henderson

English Teacher, Frederick County Public Schools
Follow me on Twitter! @MrsHlovesAPLang | Candace is the English Department Chair at Millbrook High School in Frederick County. She currently teaches AP English 11. | During the 2015-2016 school year, I was given the opportunity to pilot a 1:1 classroom with a group of AP Engl... Read More →



Monday December 4, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Harrison/Tyler

4:00pm

Removing the Technology Barriers from Instruction via Automated Rostering and SSO
Session reviews how Automated Provisioning, Rostering, SSO and User Self Service can be integrated into your district through a Subscription-driven Model

Speakers

Monday December 4, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Roanoke E

4:00pm

Servin' Up Self-Directed Learning with HyperMenus!
Do you want to provide extension, enrichment, and differentiation for your students? Do you want to do it without extra paper, materials, and student confusion? If your answer is "yes," come check out HyperMenus! HyperMenus are a hybrid of new-school HyperDocs and old-school choice menus and will allow for personalized learning in a bite-sized, easy to use Google Doc! Attend this session to see/receive examples of HyperMenus, learn how to implement the use of HyperMenus in your classroom, and start planning for your own HyperMenus!

Speakers
avatar for Kelsey Pacer

Kelsey Pacer

Technology Integrator, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Kelsey Pacer is one of CCPS’ newest Technology Integrators. Prior to becoming an Integrator, Kelsey taught third and fourth grade at Bon Air Elementary School. She also taught third grade in North Carolina. Kelsey can’t wait to help teachers and administrators use technology... Read More →


Monday December 4, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Crystal B

4:00pm

Tech-know-logy
With widely disparate access to technology educators can be at a loss to KNOW which technologies to harness. With the goal of maximizing student engagement and learning, we will explore a variety of available technologies and assess their Learn to harness the AVAILABLE technology to the best use regardless of limitations. Explore ways and means to bridge technology gaps while providing meaningful experiences with 21C Skills.

Educators inspire students to positively contribute to and
responsibly participate in the digital world. Educators:
a. Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially
responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior
online that build relationships and community.
b. Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical
examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and
media fluency.
c. Mentor students in the safe, legal and ethical practices with
digital tools and the protection of intellectual rights and property.
d. Model and promote management of personal data and digital
identity and protect student data privacy.

Speakers
avatar for Liz Hood

Liz Hood

Media Specialist, Saluda Trail Middle School
As a life-long learner, I am interested in contributing ideas and gathering ideas from others as we strive to provide the best educational experience for our students. I am a forward-thinker of technology use!


Monday December 4, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Wilson

4:00pm

The Connected Classroom
ABS and Cisco share the same goals: to help students and educators safely connect, create and share without boundaries. As technology rapidly advances, IT is being leveraged in more ways than ever to not only foster the educational environment in which students learn, but also in how school systems function from safety, communication and productivity aspects.

The Connected Classroom:
There are more ways than ever to take education beyond the classroom – videoconferencing is just one prime example. Furthermore, students and faculty are being informed and managed in new ways. During our presentation, we hope to inform K12 Technology Staff (i.e. Network Administrators, Directors, etc.) of the latest technologies that can be leveraged to make the classroom and the school systems at large a better place to live work and play. Below are a few examples of what we aim to discuss:

Connected Vehicles
Smart Parking
Wi-Fi/CMX
Digital Signage
Asset Observation
Asset Management
Smart Spaces/Lighting
Safety + Security
Incident Response

Presenters:
For this presentation, ABS Technology would present this material and we would potentially present this alongside one of our clients* whom has had success with connected classroom technologies. (*Tentative, TBD.)

Questions:
To discuss further, please reach out to ABS’ Marketing Communications Manager, Sarah Cartwright via email at scartwright@abstechnology.com


Monday December 4, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Roanoke F

4:00pm

The New Educational Technology Plan for Virginia - LOCATION CHANGE
This session is an overview of the new technology plan for the state as well as the requirements for LEA technology plans. There will be plenty of time for questions!

Speakers
MS

Mark Saunders

Director of Technology and Virtual Learning, Virginia Department of Education
avatar for Jean Weller

Jean Weller

Instructional Technology Specialist, VDOE
Interests: Professional development, virtual learning, competency-based learning, alternative assessments, maker spaces, libraries, mystery books, cats and dogs. Find me on Twitter at @JeanWeller


Monday December 4, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Shenandoah B

4:00pm

Two Years In: My Life as an Instructional Technology Coach
Moving into the role as an Instructional Technology Coach was exciting, terrifying, and confusing all rolled into one. What would I be able to do? Would my staff be perceptive? Would I make my administration and coordinator proud?

I quickly found out what I thought I would be doing was not the case. I had to stop, rethink my approach, and start over - 4 MONTHS IN!

This session will go over what worked, what didn't, and what I am looking forward to trying in the years to come.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Wade

Heather Wade

Instructional Technology Specialist, VBCPS - Salem Middle School


Monday December 4, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Crystal A

4:00pm

Who Needs Robin When You Have Google?
Tired of fighting time and a lack of innovation in the classroom? Be the hero your students deserve and join the Spotsylvania Google Certified Trainers as they restock your utility belt with some of our favorite lesser known Google tools through the exploration of Google Keep, shortcuts in Gmail , Docs and Calendar, using Google Hangouts to connect with classes around the state and country, and more. These tricks and tips we’ve learned along the way will help you transform your classroom into an innovative, engaging, and collaborative environment both you and your students will enjoy.

Speakers
avatar for Phillip Slade

Phillip Slade

ITRT
Hello! I am an ITRT from Spotsylvania, VA and I have just completed my first full year in this position. I come from a Health and PE background, where I was blown away by how much technology integration improved my pedagogy, student engagement, and student achievement. This in... Read More →
avatar for Erin West

Erin West

ITRT, Spotsylvania County Public Schools
Hi brave soul reading the "about me" part of the page!I tell terrible jokes and tend to get super passionate about changing education (ed tech, innovative practices, shifting mindsets,etc). Viticulture, gifs, movie quotes and references to Hamilton are generally my favorite modes... Read More →



Monday December 4, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Pocahontas B

4:00pm

Coding Counts in Elementary!
Coding is one of the biggest "buzz-words" in education today, but how do we make it a meaningful practice and connect it to Virginia’s curriculum? Coding Counts teaches elementary educators how to use numerous methods of coding to connect curriculum with 21st Century Skills! Nothing engages students more than giving them a multitude of technology to express their learning. In this session participants will explore how to link SOL standards in grades K-5, and critical thinking skills by using different coding tools. Discover the ways that robotic technologies such as Sphero robots, Ozobots, Code N' Go Mouse, Osmo Coding, and drones can be useful tools in the classroom. However, since not all schools and classrooms have access to these types of technology, participants will also learn how to engage students in coding projects using simple iPad apps, Chromebooks, and laptops! Throughout the session each grade level will be broken down by the standards that are taught and the coding strategies that go along with them.
Starting in the primary grades, participants will see how to bring coding down to a basic level so that even our little learners will feel accomplished! Beginning with the connection that coding is a basic language of the 21st Century, participants will learn how coding can affect their classrooms. Explore how standards such as ordinal numbers, place value, following basic commands, map skills, retelling, sequencing, patterns, shapes, lifecycles, weather patterns, and more fit into a coding curriculum! During the session participants will use multiple ways of coding to teach K-2 SOLs, infusing lessons with both technology and the passion for learning!
For participants who focus on the upper elementary students, come see how grades 3-5 SOLs such as plant parts, longitude and latitude, geography, retelling, word problems, layers of the Earth, simple machines, force and motion, angles, and much more are explored and conquered by allowing students to “show what they know” in code. Even the most tedious standards can be brought to life with a robotic buddy, or an excellent app!
Participants will empower their super students by building their knowledge base of different coding languages and technology tools to express their learning. Participants will see how students are able to “choose their own technology” while teachers take a summative or formative assessment grade. By engaging students in code, even the most reluctant learners will find their “super powers” and be excited and willing to share their understanding of the VA SOLs.
In this BYOT session participants will learn how to use your own technology to super charge your teaching and create an engaging experience for all learners! With clear-cut lessons and ideas, participants will leave with a vast knowledge of coding and a toolbox to begin coding in their own classrooms and schools! Come check out why Coding Counts!

Speakers
avatar for Nichole Thomas

Nichole Thomas

TRT, Liberty Elementary


Monday December 4, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Shenandoah Foyer

4:00pm

Promethean Breakout EDU
Promethean Escape Room:Come experience the excitement of an escape room, Promethean style! This 3D puzzle adventure is for anyone who is an existing Promethean customer or those who may  be interested in creating a truly immersive classroom experience with Promethean. Together this will both challenge and inspire you to use Promethean technology to its fullest potential  by getting your students excited about learning. 

NOTE: Escape room sessions are being held throughout the day on Monday but you MUST sign up. Slots will go FAST. 


Promethean Escape Room Signup

Monday December 4, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Brush Mountain

4:00pm

VSTE Presents Chopped (Based Upon the Food Network Show Chopped)
Watch two teams battle in real time to be crowned the champion in this year’s spin off reality show of VSTE Chopped (Based upon the Food Network reality show Chopped). The two person teams will be informed by the moderator of the instructional tools they are to use in a lesson that Super Empowers student learning. This information will be provided to each team at the same time and they will then have 30 minutes to document their lesson on a Google Doc viewed by audience members. VSTE’s Chopped moderator will interact with judges and audience members alike to generate a plethora of additional ideas and thoughts as the teams battle. At the conclusion of their time, the two teams will share the lessons to critiqued and scored by our esteemed judging panel. Come and take part in this year’s VSTE Chopped session!

Want to be considered as a participating team? Enter your name into the VSTE Chopped pool by clicking on this text. 


Monday December 4, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Buck Mountain

5:00pm

Fun in the Exhibit Hall
Monday December 4, 2017 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Roanoke Ballroom/Exhibit Hall

8:00pm

Super Hero Costumes with Karaoke Party and Photo Booth
Put on your super hero costume and come join the fun.  

Monday December 4, 2017 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Roanoke Foyer
 
Tuesday, December 5
 

7:00am

Never Fear, Support is Here
Tuesday December 5, 2017 7:00am - 12:00pm
North Entry Foyer

7:00am

Never Fear, Support is Here
Tuesday December 5, 2017 7:00am - 12:00pm
Upper Conference Foyer

7:00am

Presenter's Storage
Tuesday December 5, 2017 7:00am - 12:00pm
Bent Mountain

7:00am

Registration Opens
Registration opens for the VSTE 2017 conference.

Tuesday December 5, 2017 7:00am - 12:00pm
Roanoke Foyer

7:30am

Yoga
Yoga at VSTE with Meg Swecker.

Speakers

Tuesday December 5, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Crystal D

7:30am

A Tale of Three Students Reading on Chrome
The use of Goggle Chromebooks and the Chrome browser is increasing in schools across Virginia. However, this effort is not always a smooth one for students who struggle to read. This session will demonstrate how students with a variety of learning differences can use Chrome reading applications to access print materials, such as reading books, textbooks, worksheets, tests and teacher created unit packets that are used in the classroom. Three students using three different reading support technologies will offer insight into how Chrome can be used to empower readers of all levels.

Speakers

Tuesday December 5, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Buck Mountain

7:30am

Breaking Out and Escaping from the Norms with Technology
Educational escape rooms have become all the rage lately. To make it out of the “room” students need to work as a team. The qualities of a successful team consist of engagement, team-building, problem-solving, respect, and intrinsic motivation. This session will demonstrate how to incorporate technology when creating an educational escape room. Participants will learn the basic materials and setup needed for an escape room. Additionally, participants will be introduced to a variety of apps, websites, and hands on technology that can be incorporated in the experience. In addition, session attendees will learn best practices and pitfalls to avoid when they are designing their own escape room activity for their students. Finally, the participants of the session will take part in a culminating escape room activity that will incorporate the different equipment, applications, and technology discussed during the session. The activity will demonstrate what new knowledge attendees will be able to bring back to their building after attending the session.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Hunsicker

Chris Hunsicker

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Norfolk Public Schools


Tuesday December 5, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Crystal B

7:30am

Deeper Learning Through Video Production
The tools we have nowadays make the mechanics of producing a video very simple. However, producing an engaging, informative video is a steep challenge. Generating, planning, and executing a video project encourage creativity, foster collaboration, and push students to connect with classroom content on a personal level. Come find out how to structure and manage video projects that lead to Deeper Learning.

Speakers
avatar for Bea Leiderman

Bea Leiderman

Instructional Technology Coach, Goochland County Public Schools
Bea has been working with students and teachers at Goochland Middle School and Goochland High School for over a decade. Currently, Bea spends much of her time in classrooms facilitating learning activities in a 1:1 iPad/Macbook environment. During her free time, Bea photographs i... Read More →


Tuesday December 5, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Roanoke E

7:30am

Doing More with Less: Stretching your ITRTs to the Max
Learn how Chesterfield County has used digital resources and a teacher cohort to serve a larger population with fewer ITRTs. Examples of Online PD with badging, online application support, using forms to automate processes, and increasing teacher resource capacity in buildings, among others, will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Sepelyak

Mary Sepelyak

Technology Integrator, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Beth Sepelyak has been with Chesterfield County Public Schools for 15 years. She has been an integrator for the past 11 years. She, her three children, parents, and grandparents all attended Grange Hall Elementary, are proud graduates of CCPS, and are staunch advocates of its exc... Read More →



Tuesday December 5, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Roanoke G

7:30am

Everyone Can Draw: Intro to Google Drawing for student-centered activities
I like Google Drawing, but how do I get students to use it in the Classroom?
The purpose of this session is to help familiarize you with Google Drawing as a way to create student-centered activities, generate memes, inspirational posters, and transfer Google drawings into other apps for use. We will model how to create simple formats to pass onto your students, to generate creativity, and provide successful engaging projects. We will also provide plenty of examples to take with you to try with your students.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Frye

Jonathan Frye

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Bedford County Public Schools
Jonathan Frye works at Bedford County Public Schools in Central Virginia. He is a Google Certified Educator and Trainer. He currently provides support to Staunton River Middle school as an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher. He has experience with 1:1 Chromebooks, G Suite... Read More →


Tuesday December 5, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Brush Mountain

7:30am

Formative Assessments with Digital Tools
In this session, we will use Google Forms, Kahoot! Quizizz, Quizlet, and Nearpod to engage students in interactive activities while simultaneously formatively accessing their learning. Results and reports will be used to drive instruction. Examples will be geared towards middle and high school classes; however, these programs can be used at all levels. Bring your device and have some fun!

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Lund

Andrea Lund

ITRT, HCPS Instructional Technology
ITRT at Tucker High School and long-time support of ESL and WL teachers.


Tuesday December 5, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Appalachian

7:30am

Google Classroom: Getting Started
This session will hit on the basics of using Google Classroom. Attendees will learn how to do the following: Create and Join Classes, Personalize their Classroom, Create Questions/Assignments/Announcements, Organize Content, Add/Remove Students and Teachers.

Speakers

Tuesday December 5, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Madison

7:30am

Green Screen Magic - Advanced
Already familiar with the basics of the Do Ink Green Screening app? Already using Green Screening in your instruction? Are you ready to bump up your lessons? Unleash the power of an advanced Green Screening session. Get a crash course in App Smashing by pairing the amazing Do Ink app with Tellagamis, Seesaw, Chatterpics, Puppet Pals and more! Leave with new ways to use Do Ink in your classroom. You will be provided with ready made lessons, organizational templates, and ideas to use TOMORROW in your classroom. Come and get excited about the magic of Green Screening!

Speakers
avatar for Alicia Broughton

Alicia Broughton

Gifted Resource Teacher, Hanover County Public Schools
Gifted Resource Teacher at Laurel Meadow Elementary School, NBCT, Blogger, and Lover of all things Ed Tech! | | Twitter: AliciaBroughton | IG: @createloveteach
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Eliza Gemmill

Gifted Resource Teacher, Hanover County Schools
I am thrilled to be here with my Gifted Resource team from Hanover. They inspire me through their enthusiasm and creativity to be an instructional innovator. Ask me about Do Ink Green Screen or SCRUM.


Tuesday December 5, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Tinker Mountain

7:30am

HigherEd.org - a free resource for educators (and anybody)
HigherEd.org is a site with thousands of resources on a variety of topics that educators can use with students - or for themselves! Created through a grant from the US Department of Labor, HigherEd.org is available to anyone, anywhere, anytime. This session will introduce this innovative site, allow participants to access the site and its functions, and identify how the site can help students achieve knowledge and competency in topics such as cybersecurity, health information management, information technology, employability skills, and even receive certifications through different national entities. Participants are encouraged to bring their devices!

Speakers
avatar for Karen Kellison

Karen Kellison

Dean of Business, Education & Technology, Lord Fairfax Community College



Tuesday December 5, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Roanoke H

7:30am

If You Give A Kindergartener a Chromebook...
she's going to go farther than you can imagine! Join a KG teacher and ITRC in exploring how students as young as kindergarten can use Chromebooks in the classroom. Focusing primarily on literacy and math, we'll explore how our youngest learners can use their Google accounts for word sorts, ebooks, Recap, Classroom, story retelling, graphing, counting and more. Lots of resources will be shared as well as student examples. Bring your own device to follow along with resources!

K-2 can too! Helping primary students soar with Chromebooks!

Speakers
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Kate Erickson

Kindergarten Teacher, W.W. Robinson Elementary
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Valerie Fawley

Shenandoah County Public Schools, Shenandoah County Public Schools
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!


Tuesday December 5, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Shenandoah A

7:30am

Keeping Pace: Transforming the Learner Experience
While we live in a world that is characterized by innovation and rapid change, our learning environments haven’t been able to keep pace. To best meet the needs of today's learner, schools must transform the experience and create conditions that place students at the center of learning. Henrico County Public Schools believes this transformation can happen when learning is anytime, anywhere, authentic and connected, student-owned (agency) and community supported. Participants will come away with ideas and practical resources that will help teachers, schools, and systems keep pace.

Speakers
avatar for Kourtney Bostain

Kourtney Bostain

A sixteen-year educator, Kourtney Bostain is an experienced classroom teacher and instructional coach. Her entire career has been dedicated to the creation of innovative learning experiences for students in Henrico County Public Schools which serves over 50,000 students. Kourtney... Read More →
avatar for Doug Saunders

Doug Saunders

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher (ITRT) for Henrico County Public Schools - NETS Certified, Microsoft Innovative Educator, & Google Certified Educator!


Tuesday December 5, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Pocahontas A

7:30am

More than a Map: SuperEmpowering the Science of Where
Maps can do more than show location. Are you looking for maps that SuperEmpower your students to perform the work of professionals as they analyze data, solve complex problems, and tackle real-world issues? GeoInquiries are short (15-20min), standards-based inquiry activities for teaching map-based concepts integrated with American literature, mathematics, science and world history. Lessons include learning objectives, technical “how-to’s”, and formative whole-class assessment items – all on one page. These activities include a prebuilt ARCGIS Online map for fast, easy exploration. Any teacher can use a GeoInquiry, regardless of their prior experience with digital mapping tools. Come and learn how to supercharge instruction with engaging, FREE, online maps.

Speakers
avatar for Christina Troxell

Christina Troxell

Instructional Technology Specialist, Old Donation School


Tuesday December 5, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Mill Mountain

7:30am

Native Virginia: Empowering student advocacy through project approach learning
“What we can do to support our ecosystem?” From monarch butterflies to bees, birds - or whatever is outside your door, students examine conservation needs around them and respond with inquiry and advocacy. Sylvia Chard’s four-step project approach condenses Project Based Learning into manageable steps for the busy teacher. This process encourages students to identify problems, spurs research, implements solutions, and utilizes technology for data collection, collaboration, presentations, etc. The seamless integration of technology using Google Apps for Education or any other collaborative platform encourages students to produce authentic, meaningful artifacts of their learning journey. Balancing the hands-on aspects of PBL with how much technology and when to implement it can be both challenging and overwhelming at times. Participants will leave this session with a plan of action for engaging the whole child as a researcher, advocate, citizen scientist and will offer suggestions for connecting resources into opportunities for students to grow and showcase their learning.

Speakers
avatar for Janie Banse

Janie Banse

PK - 12 Librarian, Highland School
I am a K -12 Librarian, a book evangelist and collaborator. I love connecting students to books and our libraries to the world. For the past four years I have studied and helped create several project based learning opportunities that give our students the inquiry skills and ti... Read More →
avatar for Erica Deane

Erica Deane

MS Science Teacher, Highland School
Erica Deane is an 11 year teaching veteran, Google for Education Certified Trainer and holds certifications in other technology platforms. She graduated with a BS in Chemistry and a Math Minor from Lynchburg College in Virginia. Her teaching career started in Shenandoah County Pu... Read More →



Tuesday December 5, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Crystal A

7:30am

Soaring To New Dimensions with 3D Design
Equip your students with a new superpower...the power to MAKE using 3D Design! Fly in ready to practice with completely FREE design tools that will allow you to take your curriculum to new dimensions. We will share lesson ideas suitable for learners of all ages. Even if you are brand new to the idea, you will leave empowered to conquer 3D design and printing in your classroom!

Speakers
avatar for Matt Caratachea

Matt Caratachea

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Henrico County Public Schools
HCPS Elementary ITRT: Crestview, Dumbarton, Glen Allen, and Kaechele
avatar for Karen Hues

Karen Hues

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, HCPS Instructional Technology
Elementary ITRT at: Davis, Greenwood, Longan, and Montrose


Tuesday December 5, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Shenandoah B

7:30am

Team Up for Green Screen
Joey might be timid and shy on the playground, but using green screen, he is empowered to trudge through a rainforest or rescue a city from certain destruction. He can give a weather report from Alaska, step into Starry Night, become a character in Magic Tree House, or see himself atop the Great Wall of China.

Green screen videos are are a super-fun way to allow students to express themselves creatively, reach higher and deeper levels of thinking, and publish content with a purpose. While starting with green screen might sound intimidating, we are going to show you how using a team approach makes the process achievable. Using demonstration and audience participation, we will walk teachers and ITRTs through all the steps in planning, executing, and publishing a green screen video that students will beg to watch again and again. We will utilize the Do Ink green screen app, an iPad, green screen background, and a mic. This presentation is intended for a K-8 audience, with potential applications at higher grades.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Breese

Catherine Breese

Lead ITRT, MCPS
On a mission to bring peace and technology to the world, ITRT for Montgomery County Public Schools, Google Certified Educator. Talk to me about anything Google, Chromebooks, elementary education, or impeachment.


Tuesday December 5, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Washington

7:30am

Using BookWidgets in the Classroom
Do you want to make the most of ChromeBooks, iPads, computers and other devices in the classroom? Join us to learn how you can make the most out of your 1:1 devices by creating interactive worksheets, exit slips, assessments, timelines, games and more! These "widgets" can be used as stand alone activities for your students or can be incorporated into iPad books which will be offered as a separate session.

Speakers
avatar for Veronica Spradlin

Veronica Spradlin

Engineering Instructor, Blacksburg High School
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Lorinda (Lori) Whitlow

Agriscience Teacher, Montgomery County Public Schools
I am an Apple Distinguished Educator and National Board Certified teacher with 22 years of experience. I am currently teachning Agriscience, Floral Production and Design and an enrichment Coding class at Christiansburg Middle School.


Tuesday December 5, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Pocahontas B

7:30am

Zumba
During the VSTE conference, some participants may want to get a workout session in during the three days that they are in Roanoke. I propose having a Zumba session as a way to have fun and exercise, I think that it would be a great way to get to know other participants from the state who have a love for dancing and fitness. Even though the session will not target technology integration, it will allow participants during the VSTE conference to relax and have fun. Please complete the attached Zumba waiver that I have attached to the session. I'll have copies of the waiver as well the morning of the session if you forgot your waiver or were unable to print beforehand. Be sure to dress comfortably in your work out clothes and sneakers for this session! Don't forget to bring a towel, water and maybe an extra shirt for afterwards... we will be sweating! :)

Speakers
avatar for Cherry Bell Damasco-Farrington

Cherry Bell Damasco-Farrington

ITRT, Roanoke County Public Schools
This year marks 14 years as a high school teacher with a passion in incorporating technology in my lessons each day. I began as a Spanish teacher and in 2014, I received my M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology from Emporia State University. Now, I am one of the many ITRTs... Read More →



Tuesday December 5, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Roanoke Foyer

7:30am

Photography for SuperEmpowering Student Learning
The best graphics for helping students enhance their learning come from the camera you and most of them carry everywhere: a smartphone. We’ll start with some basic techniques for making great photographs and discuss a variety of ideas for using photography everyday in your classroom. After we take a short photowalk around the hotel to practice, we'll look at easy ways to edit, manage, and share your images using Google Photos and other tools. Finally, if time allows, we’ll play with easy ways to create 360° VR images that can be used in Google Cardboard (think DIY Google Street View) on that same smartphone. Be sure to bring your Apple or Android phone so you can play along.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Stahmer

Tim Stahmer

Educator. Blogger. Learner. Geek., AssortedStuff.com
For many years, I was a professional development leader in the Fairfax County Public Schools, providing training and support for their 200 school-based technology specialists (ITRTs). I regularly present at local, state, and national conferences, sharing ideas for integrating tec... Read More →


Tuesday December 5, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Shenandoah Foyer

7:30am

Breakout Faster Than a Speeding Bullet! Experience and Build Your Own BreakoutEDU
Practicing the Growth Mindset has been the job of Super Heroes (AKA: teachers) for decades and now, thanks to BreakoutEDU, it has never been so much fun! Similar to an “Escape Room” experience, BreakoutEDU allows students to use critical thinking skills and teamwork to decipher the clues, open the locks, and win the game. This is a great exercise for students to learn about something new, practice what they already know and for you to learn about your students. During this session participants will partake in both Physical and Digital Breakouts and then spend the rest of the time building one to use with their students/staff.

Speakers
avatar for Samuel Wightman

Samuel Wightman

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Arlington County Public Schools


Tuesday December 5, 2017 7:30am - 9:45am
Monroe

7:30am

Empowering Students Through Video Production
When students are given the freedom to demonstrate their knowledge or passion through a self produced video, magic or mayhem can happen. This class will walk you through the planning steps to avoid the mayhem and end up with magic. You will use a planning formula to layout the timeline of a video project, design the rubrics and checkpoints, and design your culminating event.You will explore ways to transfer video from a camera or phone to a project and some basic WeVideo editing techniques.

Speakers
avatar for Keith Baldwin

Keith Baldwin

Technology Integrator, Chesterfield County Public Schools
This is Keith Baldwin’s 19th year in education. Currently he is a Chesterfield County Public Schools Technology Integrator. Prior to becoming a technology integrator he taught fifth grade at Spring Run Elementary School. Before that he was a 6th grade science teacher at John Ro... Read More →
avatar for Karen Ott

Karen Ott

Technology Integrator, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Karen Ott has been an educator in Chesterfield County Public Schools for 36 years. She taught middle school math for 18 years and was a full-time Technology Coordinator for 2 years before becoming a Technology Integrator in 2001.


Tuesday December 5, 2017 7:30am - 9:45am
Harrison/Tyler

8:30am

VSTE Vendor Hall
Come visit the VSTE Vendor Hall in Roanoke Ballrooms A, B, C, and D. 

Tuesday December 5, 2017 8:30am - 1:00pm
Roanoke Ballroom/Exhibit Hall

8:45am

Are you the ACTIVATOR? Involved in the learning process of each student? Why Not?
Lightspeed’s instructional Audio and Video Solutions reveal hidden insights to learning that are otherwise missed by students and teachers. It’s time to build listening into the learning environment.
We have identified three aspects of the learning process where the ability to listen and ultimately learn, are at risk due to changes in instruction and the learning environment. In each of these, Lightspeed reveals critical insights needed for learning that are otherwise hidden from teachers and students.
Engage the whole class.
Improve speech intelligibility and provide an even distribution of sound so that students hear, understand, and gain insights even in a less than perfect acoustic environment. Our vision is to have every child hear every word.
Activate group learning
Teachers must be able to listen as well. This is particularly difficult in today’s active, flexible classroom. Activating learning can only come from receiving important feedback from students on how they are progressing. Lightspeed gives teachers tools to listen in on student groups providing them with insights they need to assess student needs in real-time.
Collaborate and grow. Teachers need the ability to listen to their own teaching for self-reflection and listen to the teaching of others to learn new techniques and methods. Insights shared among teachers through coaching, exemplars and professional learning communicates elevate everyone’s skills.

Come to this session to experience how the Activate System can reveal hidden insights in small group learning.

Speakers
avatar for Elaine Freedman

Elaine Freedman

Territory Manager, Lightspeed Technologies, inc.
I want to talk about your classrooms! I've been creating audio-visual classroom solutions for over 15 years. | LIGHTSPEED PRODUCTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE | Lightspeed's instructional audio and video solutions reveal hidden insights to learning that are otherwise missed by studen... Read More →


Tuesday December 5, 2017 8:45am - 9:45am
Roanoke E

8:45am

Blended Learning and Technology Integration: There is a difference.
Blended Learning is more than teaching with technology for technology’s sake. Michael Horn, of the Clayton Christensen Institute states, “The most common mistake made in implementing a blended learning model is to set forth with an appetite for the dazzling technology, rather than an interest in the relief it might bring when applied strategically to a frustrating problem. Regrettably, this leads only to cramming more devices, screens, gadgets, and software into students' and teachers' already noisy lives" (Horn & Staker, 2015). Successful implementation requires a well-designed instructional model.
When students are able to spend part of their learning time working with technology, there is an opportunity for personalized instructional time and real-time data on student performance to inform targeted instruction. Add a continuously adaptive diagnostic tool to support the blended learning model, and you have a winning combination to support core instruction.
With the right technology integration, tools, and the blended learning model, a teacher is no longer solely responsible for delivering content to an entire classroom at once, but can use a mix of online instruction, teacher led lessons, and small group instruction to ensure students receive differentiated instruction. Hear directly from a Virginia educator about how the right technology, tools, and blended learning model led to student success.

Speakers
avatar for Lexia Learning

Lexia Learning

Lexia Learning
Lexia Learning, A Rosetta Stone Company, is one of the best-known and most highly respected reading-technology companies in the world. Founded more than 30 years ago with private funding and grants obtained from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, our pr... Read More →


Tuesday December 5, 2017 8:45am - 9:45am
Roanoke G

8:45am

Class in the Cloud
In the current educational climate, it is imperative that teachers be able to digitally connect with their students. Class in the Cloud allows for student engagement beyond the traditional school day and setting with student feedback to enhance their learning. This workshop will equip you with the skills and digital tools you need for learning to occur anywhere at anytime.

Speakers
avatar for Michael McGee

Michael McGee

Instructional Technology Coach, Newport News Public Schools
I've been an ITC for 12 years now, and I taught first grade for 7 years before becoming an ITC. I received my Master's Degree in Integrated Science and Technology from JMU, and use my IT background to better serve educational professionals around me. I am passionate about usin... Read More →
avatar for Aulander Skinner

Aulander Skinner

Instruction Technology Coach, Newport News Public Schools
I have been an educator in Newport News Public Schools for 23 years as an instructional assistant, computer resource teacher, classroom teacher, and Instructional Technology Coach (ITC). As an ITC, I have worked on the district level to create, enhance and embed technology into t... Read More →


Tuesday December 5, 2017 8:45am - 9:45am
Wilson

8:45am

Cybersecurity Insights for You & Your Students
GenCyber @ Lord Fairfax Community College

For the past few years the NSF (National Science Foundation), and the NSA (National Security Agency), respectively, have provided funding for various summer enrichment programs, specifically aimed at introducing middle school students, high school students, and even K-12 teachers, to the world of Cybersecurity through knowledge, skills, applications, teaching, learning and training opportunities, all across the nation. The GenCyber program has been one of those continuing efforts, specifically designed to positively influence and affect the current and future needs of our nation’s lack of cybersecurity professionals, as we grapple with the looming critical shortage of women and men, young and old, from every race, background and ethnicity, needed to answer this call. We too are needed to answer the call and respond to the challenges that our nation, and the world-at-large now faces, to further the growth and development of future ethically-grounded cyber warriors, able to respond to the security issues that are prevalent in every facet of our lives.

This session will share a few highlights from one of those initiatives, while introducing audience participants to cybersecurity tools, activities, and GenCyber initiatives and activities within and around the Commonwealth of Virginia, so that they may in turn take these tools, skills, techniques, and shared knowledge back into their classrooms, and into their homes to share with their families.

We will also share plans that may offer participants the chance to join in LFCC's efforts to bring additional learning opportunities to the underserved student populations in the Northern Shenandoah Valley region, and perhaps to the Commonwealth as a whole. Session participants may also seek to pursue collaborations, or take advantage of opportunities with institutions and initiatives near or within their specific geographical regions. We ask participants that they bring their laptops, tablets, and smart phones to the session, with which they may be able to participate in a few hands-on activities, and then ultimately take what they glean back home.



Darrell W. Andrews, MEd & MS, is an Associate Professor for Information Technology at Lord Fairfax Community College – Middletown Campus, who served as a K12 teacher and administrator prior to joining LFCC. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at both Northern Virginia Community College – Manassas Campus, and at Marymount University - Ballston.

Dr. Karen Kellison is the Dean of Business, Education, and Technology at Lord Fairfax Community College – Middletown Campus. Prior to entering higher education in 2005, she was a K12 teacher and administrator in Goochland County Public Schools and served as Director of the Blue Ridge Governor’s School.

Speakers
avatar for Darrell Andrews

Darrell Andrews

Associate Professor - Information Technology, Lord Fairfax Community College



Tuesday December 5, 2017 8:45am - 9:45am
Crystal A

8:45am

Digital Identity: Helping Educators and Administrators Protect Our Kids
This session will offer strategies for being proactive in protecting student information. A student's digital identity is formed by numerous people- the student, parents/guardians, teachers, administrators, counselors, and school testing coordinators to name a few. Individuals attending this session will learn how to better protect student information, receive cyber safety lesson planning materials to use with K-12 students, as well as materials to use when communicating the importance of digital identity awareness to families of students.

Speakers
avatar for Pam Mabry

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 5, 2017 8:45am - 9:45am
Madison

8:45am

Empowering students by Personalizing Personalized Learning
By dynamically tailoring learning experiences based on strengths, interests, and needs, we have the ability to empower our students to meet any challenge and experience academic success. Participants will discover how to engage students through targeted instruction, utilize digital content to measure student progress, and motivate students to take ownership of their learning. The components of voice, choice, and joy of learning will be interwoven throughout the session. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their own practices, share strategies with other educational professionals, and celebrate successes. Participants will also have the opportunity to collaborate and communicate in small groups by participating in a station-rotation model. Instruction that is personalized engages learners by empowering them to invest and impact their learning. This session is for any educator who is looking to meet the needs of every single student and finding the time to actually do it.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Hitchman

Ryan Hitchman

Dr. Hitchman is proud to serve as principal of Belmont Ridge Middle School in Loudoun County, Virginia. Belmont Ridge is a National Schools to Watch and is a wave two Personalized Learning within Loudoun County. Dr. Hitchman believes everyone has a little more fun when they hav... Read More →


Tuesday December 5, 2017 8:45am - 9:45am
Crystal E

8:45am

Engagement using Mobile Devices
Excitement, Energizing, and Entertaining, oh wait and don't forget about Assessment!!!. Come learn how you can grab the attention of your students using mobile devices in the classrooms. I will share sites you can use with multiple mobile device platforms to introduce concepts, share ideas, engage students, and offer simple assessments. Come learn about using Smart Notebook, Nearpod, Padlet, and Quizlet just to name a few. Finally come learn a few management tips, tricks and techniques to make mobile device usage effective and engaging.

Speakers

Tuesday December 5, 2017 8:45am - 9:45am
Pocahontas A

8:45am

Learning Experiences to Engage and Empower Students
Are you looking for ways to be inspired to engage your learners? Do you need ideas on how to empower your students? Longwood University's Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP) will share how they are facilitating classroom learning experiences in seven divisions to foster student engagement through 1) technology integration with littleBits; 2) problem-based learning; and 3) global collaboration. Key components also include alternative assessments and the 5c components of the Profile of Virginia Graduate (critical thinking, creative thinking, collaboration, communication, and citizenship).

ITTIP will share the teaching and learning experiences being used in a year-long professional development with teachers from various subject areas in grades 3-8. Teachers are involved in learning how technologies like littleBits and Google Expedition can be used in the classroom to engage their students in content learning through problem-solving and inquiry-based pedagogies. The professional development experience includes exploration with tools such as Seesaw, Google Classroom, and Skype to see how these tools could be used in the classroom to facilitate engagement through collaborate work, communication, and critical and creative thinking.

In addition to being challenged with designing inquiry-based learning experiences for students through problem-based learning (PBL), alternative assessments, and technologies during a five-day summer workshop, participating teachers are continuing their learning and leadership in facilitating an engaged and empowered classroom through a year-long professional learning community. During these experiences teachers will be involved in a fall book study to learn more about ways they can facilitate classroom connections through global learning experiences.

Come hear about our teacher’s experiences and get inspired with ways to empower and engage your students!

ITTIP will share how this professional learning experience is supporting strands of the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) newly released “ISTE Standards for Educators”.

Speakers
avatar for Paula Leach

Paula Leach

Director, ITTIP at Longwood University
Dr. Leach is the Director at the Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP) at Longwood University in Farmville, VA, an educational outreach of Longwood that helps teachers incorporate technology into the classroom and disseminates research-based b... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Playton

Stephanie Playton

I am currently a STEM Learning Specialist at Longwood University's Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP). At the Institute, I focus on professional development for K-12 teachers in instructional design for inquiry based interdisciplinary class... Read More →


Tuesday December 5, 2017 8:45am - 9:45am
Shenandoah B

8:45am

Moving Full STEAM Ahead
Makerspaces, STEAM labs and fab labs are popping up in schools across the state. As educators we know how important it is to provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering. However, Finding the funds for resources as well as the time to allow this exploration in an environment which demands we stick to a pacing guide can be daunting. It can be done! In one month's time a challenge to raise $5000 to start a STEAM lab was successfully undertaken. Come find out how a small rural school division obtained funds and what they do in their STEAM Lab which the entire school fondly calls "The Collaboratory."

Speakers
avatar for Melanie Lewis

Melanie Lewis

ITRT, AMHERST COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
I am a born again Christian wife, mother, and public school educator. You can also follow me on Twitter. My Twitter ID is mclewis.


Tuesday December 5, 2017 8:45am - 9:45am
Crystal B

8:45am

No Letter or Number Grades: Standards-Based Assessment in Practice
Discovery Elementary School utilizes research-based standards-based instruction and assessment practices, and has eliminated both traditional letter grades and numerical grades for both assignments and grade reporting. Instead, it utilizes a state-of-the-art standards-based approach that has proved successful across all grade levels. Elementary school standards-based implementation is challenging, but worth it, and in this session, stakeholders will learn what Discovery is doing, what it has learned, and how you can replicate such success at any scale, from single-classroom pilot to district-wide implementations. Move away from industrial-era teacher-centered schooling, and join the standards-based movement!

Speakers
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... Read More →


Tuesday December 5, 2017 8:45am - 9:45am
Tinker Mountain

8:45am

Reaping the Benefits of the ISTE Standards for Educators
James Madison University ISTE Standards for Educators Certification, an ISTE Mastery Level Seal of Alignment Program, engages teachers in a deeply reflective, intensive process to align their instructional technology practices to the teacher standards set forth by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). This opportunity is for self-directed learners who are confident in their use of technology. Participants in the program develop their skills to become technology leaders at the school and district levels.
This session provides an opportunity to explain the overall scope of the program and its benefits to teachers and administrators. Interested parties will leave with the following information:
• Participant options.
• Program length.
• The program formats.
• Cost, CEU’s, and graduate credit.
• Educational technology use requirements.
• Coaching and feedback.
• A successful completion of the program, what is means for the participant.
The JMU ISTE Standards for Educators Certification program has been in existence since 2002. In 2008 the change to the new Teacher Standards took place, and we are currently changing to the new Standards for Educators. Prior to 2012, the program was a Virginia school district face-to-face experience. In 2012, the program utilized a distance learning approach and extended its opportunity nationally and internationally.
I have been an evaluator since 2008; working at the local level, and in 2012 I became Program Coordinator, working with both international and national groups.

What to share Outline

The following information/documents will be made available:
• Examples of the Standards and their respective rubrics.
• Examples of documents used in the evaluating process: Elaborated Rubrics, Checklists, and rubric Reflections.
• Examples of exemplary teacher submissions featuring lesson plans and project based learning activities.
Supporting Research
• The ISTE Standards for Teachers
• Book: ISTE Standards for Teachers 2/e (NETBO2)
• Book: A Constructivist Approach to the NETS for Teachers by V.N. Morphew

Presenter Background
Michael DiSalvo:
• Evaluator at the district level since 2008.
• Revised 2002 Standards documents to meet 2008 Standards.
• Retired in 2012 after 40 years in education. Taught for 25 years in the Mathematics secondary classroom and coached technology for 20 years.
• Took over leadership of the James Madison University program in 2012, adding distance learning to the program options.
• Other than in Virginia, have lead programs in South America and in California.
• Designed and taught a graduate level Evaluator’s training course.
Previous Conference Presentations:
• ISTE: 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016
• Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE): 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
• JMU Brainstorm (VSTE Regional): 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017

Speakers

Tuesday December 5, 2017 8:45am - 9:45am
Washington

8:45am

TBD - Cancelled
Speakers

Tuesday December 5, 2017 8:45am - 9:45am
Cancelled

8:45am

Teaching Students to Identify, Challenge and Combat Fake News
We assume that because students are fluent in social media they are equally perceptive and critical about what they find on the Internet. Stanford researchers, in their benchmark study, EVALUATING INFORMATION: THE CORNERSTONE OF CIVIC ONLINE REASONING, show the opposite to be true. “Our “digital natives” may be able to move between Facebook and Twitter while simultaneously uploading a selfe to Instagram and texting a friend. But when it comes to evaluating information that flows through social media channels, they are easily duped.” The Stanford researchers concluded that middle school, high school, and college students “show a dismaying inability to reason about information they see on the Internet. Students, for example, had a hard time distinguishing advertisements from news articles or identifying the source of the information.”
This presentation will define “fake news” and “facts” and provide attendees with sources such as, research studies, lesson plans, videos, and checklists appropriate for middle school and for high school students. The sources are from teacher-education programs from colleges and universities like Stanford, PBS stations like KQED in Boston, and organizations like the Anti-Defamation League and the American Psychological Assn. One relevant lesson plan is the PBS News Hour Extra lesson plan, “The role of media literacy in teaching your students about Charlottesville.”
Attendees will learn how to perform reverse image searches to determine the authenticity of an online image. They will learn how to identify misleading websites by analyzing the webage address; for example, is, www.abcnews.com.co the official ABC News website?
Since Google is the most popular and trusted search engine with students, attendees will see two searches that prove – beyond any doubt – that Google does not return the best results.
Attendees will also receive access to a Fake News Portaportal listing online sources that will aid teachers in preparing classes that help kids learn to ask the right questions and gain the skills necessary to evaluate sources and combat fake news.

Speakers
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Paul Barron

Retired Director of Library Archives George C. Marshall Foundation


Tuesday December 5, 2017 8:45am - 9:45am
Buck Mountain

8:45am

The Connected Classroom
ABS and Cisco share the same goals: to help students and educators safely connect, create and share without boundaries. As technology rapidly advances, IT is being leveraged in more ways than ever to not only foster the educational environment in which students learn, but also in how school systems function from safety, communication and productivity aspects.

The Connected Classroom:
There are more ways than ever to take education beyond the classroom – videoconferencing is just one prime example. Furthermore, students and faculty are being informed and managed in new ways. During our presentation, we hope to inform K12 Technology Staff (i.e. Network Administrators, Directors, etc.) of the latest technologies that can be leveraged to make the classroom and the school systems at large a better place to live work and play. Below are a few examples of what we aim to discuss:

Connected Vehicles
Smart Parking
Wi-Fi/CMX
Digital Signage
Asset Observation
Asset Management
Smart Spaces/Lighting
Safety + Security
Incident Response

Presenters:
For this presentation, ABS Technology would present this material and we would potentially present this alongside one of our clients* whom has had success with connected classroom technologies. (*Tentative, TBD.)

Questions:
To discuss further, please reach out to ABS’ Marketing Communications Manager, Sarah Cartwright via email at scartwright@abstechnology.com


Tuesday December 5, 2017 8:45am - 9:45am
Roanoke F

8:45am

The Virginia Cyber Range: Cloud-based Resources for Cybersecurity Education
The Virginia Cyber Range is an emerging resource with the mission to enhance cybersecurity education for students in the Commonwealth of Virginia’s high schools and colleges, and to support Governor McAulliffe’s vision to boost Virginia’s cybersecurity industry through strategic educational investments. The Virginia Cyber Range seeks to increase the number, and the preparedness, of students entering the cybersecurity workforce in operations, development, and research. Our courseware and hands-on exercise area are available to all Virginia educators at the high school, community college, and university level. We also provide infrastructure for cybersecurity competitions (capture-the-flag). This overview and demonstration will show how this resource can be used by teachers that want to include cybersecurity in their existing courses, want to start a new cybersecurity course, or need a training environment for cybersecurity clubs.

Speakers
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David Raymond

Director, Virginia Cyber Range


Tuesday December 5, 2017 8:45am - 9:45am
Brush Mountain

8:45am

Transform Your Lesson Plans with SAMR and TeachersFirst
Technology done right can foster engagement and higher order thinking. When strategically infused into lesson plans designed with sound instructional practices, technology can provide challenging, collaborative, and creative experiences. Learn how to transform your lesson plans by applying the SAMR model in conjunction with resources available on the TeachersFirst website.

Participants will
1. Understand the SAMR Model and its importance to the lesson planning process;
2. Locate resources within TeachersFirst that support lesson planning in your content area; and
3. Discuss how to use TeachersFirst’s resources and the SAMR Model in combination to plan effective technology infused lessons

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Okoye

Ruth Okoye

Director of K12 Intitiatives, The Source for Learning
Director of K12 Initiatives at The Source for Learning (https://www.sourceforlearning.org/).


Tuesday December 5, 2017 8:45am - 9:45am
Shenandoah A

8:45am

TransFORM Your Teaching!
Are you looking for ways to transform your teaching? In this session, you will learn how to use Google Forms to create scavenger hunts, Amazing Race-style games, never fail quizzes and more! You'll leave this session with activities that you can use the next day to empower your students and learning! Bring a device and join the fun!

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Trude

Heidi Trude

French Teacher, Skyline High School
I am in my 10th year teaching French at Skyline High School in Front Royal, VA. I am a Google Certified Educator Level I and Level II, as well as a Google for Education Certified Trainer. I am the 2017 Region IV Teacher of the Year for Virginia. In addition, I am the 2017-2018 Da... Read More →


Tuesday December 5, 2017 8:45am - 9:45am
Pocahontas B

8:45am

Using Online Learning to Empower Students
Discover ways to empower student creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking using WHRO Online Courses.
These courses are aligned to the Virginia Standards of Learning, teacher-led, textbook-independent, and filled with rich multimedia. Students are empowered to apply their knowledge through a variety of learning activities and project based assessments. Free online course content will be shared.


Tuesday December 5, 2017 8:45am - 9:45am
Crystal C

8:45am

Work Smarter Not Harder: Using A Gradual Release Model for Integrating Technology Into Your Classroom
We all know using technology in the classroom increases student engagement but how exactly do you begin integrating technology into your daily lesson cycle to produce lasting results without going crazy and becoming frustrated? The answer is using a five step gradual release method that takes the students through a progression of steps in order for them to become independent thinkers and users of technology. By conducting a few well timed short teacher demonstration lessons you can create self sufficient students who utilize technology to collaborate, communicate, create and critically think all on their own.

Speakers
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Kevin Holiday

Spring ISD
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Susan Pelezo

Spring ISD


Tuesday December 5, 2017 8:45am - 9:45am
Mill Mountain

8:45am

Explore, Learn and Code with Ozobots
Come along and explore coding through the use of a inexpensive miniature robot- the Ozobot.
Ozobot comes to life when you create mazes, tracks and playgrounds on paper,
game boards and digital screens. Learn how to operate the Ozobot, play games and
solve puzzles.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Bradshaw

Alex Bradshaw

Instructional Technology Coach, Newport News Public Schools
I like to talk about anything that has to do with education... technology, curriculum, student engagement, classroom environment, professional development, etc... anything and everything; you have my ear!
avatar for Elizabeth Orlando

Elizabeth Orlando

Instructional Technology Coach, Newport News Public Schools


Tuesday December 5, 2017 8:45am - 9:45am
Shenandoah Foyer

9:00am

VSTE M&M Spotting Game
Tuesday December 5, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
Roanoke Ballroom/Exhibit Hall

9:45am

Snack Break
Snack Break will be held in Crystal Court, Upper Level Lounge, Hotel Foyer, and Commonwealth Lounge.

Tuesday December 5, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
TBA

10:00am

ACCESSIBILITY, EXTENSION, AND MORE, OH MY!
After being a part of our county's assistive committee I have put together a variety of resources on Chromebooks to help students be more successful in the classroom. This session will demonstrate these resources that you can use with your students, especially special education students. We will look at everything from built in accessibility in Chromebooks, Google Extensions, Google Docs, and more.

Speakers
avatar for Denise Henry-Orndorff

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... Read More →



Tuesday December 5, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Crystal A

10:00am

Class Link Puts Its Super Powers to Work for You
ClassLink solves the problem of too many passwords, and too many files scattered about. It’s a one click single sign-on solution that gives students access to everything they need to learn, anywhere, with just one password. Accessible from any device, ClassLink is the perfect tool for ensuring the success of a 1:1 or BYOD initiative.

Tuesday December 5, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Pocahontas B

10:00am

Classroom Design Trends
In this show and tell; we'll demonstrate current trends in instructional design within the classroom, give hands on with new tools and review how districts are funding them.

Speakers

Tuesday December 5, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Roanoke H

10:00am

Colossal Coding Collaboration Adventures Across the Sixth Grade Curriculum.
Two Technology Resource teachers team with a grade level chair to provide daily opportunities for all 6th grade students in our school to code. With no set computer science curriculum in our elementary school, we wanted our students to receive the benefits of coding on a regular basis while integrating math and science SOLs. Coding helps to enable logical thinking and focus on problem-solving within a collaborative work environment. What a perfect blend for future success in secondary school and in the future workplace!

Come explore with us as we develop and implement our plan. Students use iPads, Thinkpads, desktops and robots to accomplish tasks using resources from Code.org, Sphero.edu, Scratch, and Kodable. The overall structure of the coding activities are managed in GoogleClassroom within a Math/Science classroom.

This session is open to all. Though the focus of the lessons are on math and science, it would be applicable to any subject area.

Speakers
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Elizabeth Baun

Technology Resource TeacherPortsmouth Public Schools


Tuesday December 5, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Roanoke E

10:00am

Empower Students through Digital BreakoutEDUs
Join us for a discussion on how using Digital BreakoutEDUs in your classroom can engage students and promote high order thinking. These activities give students opportunities to communicate, solve problems, ask questions, and exchange ideas in a variety of different ways. Learn how we've collaborate with content teams to build our own Digital BreakoutEDUs and what digital tools worked best for us.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Dorman

Heather Dorman

School Based Technology Specialist- Fairfax County Public Schools, Cooper MS
avatar for Lyndsie Galizio

Lyndsie Galizio

School Based Technology Specialist, South County MS


Tuesday December 5, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Washington

10:00am

FileWave - Simplified Management for Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, & NOW CHROMEOS Devices within a single platform.
FileWave Team will take you through an overview of how FileWave has been simplifying Endpoint Management throughout the Country. Since 1992, FileWave has lead the marketplace providing education, enterprise, and government institutions around the world with enterprise level, multi-platform systems, and mobile endpoint management software to assist IT teams throughout the lifecycle process of imaging, deployment, management, tracking and maintenance. FileWave’s all-inclusive, highly scalable software solves the many challenges of managing a diverse and growing population of users, devices, and content by ensuring IT teams have a comprehensive solution that supports both client (desktop/laptop) and mobile devices across Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and ChromeOS

Speakers
avatar for Ashlee Jamison

Ashlee Jamison

Account Manager, FileWave Device Management
Are you looking for a simple way to manage your mobile and client devices? If so, stop by the FileWave booth to see me! Let me walk you through how FileWave makes end-point management simple.
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Patrick Longo

Systems Engineer, Filewave


Tuesday December 5, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Roanoke G

10:00am

Flipping Your Sub Plans
The learning doesn’t have to end when your students are with a substitute for the day. Instead of providing packets for them to work on, continue to give them instruction and feedback during a structured lesson. In this session, you will learn how to create a “flipped” sub plan that allows you to give direct instruction and provide formative or summative assessments. This session is appropriate for anyone who is interested in beginning a flipped classroom model and can be used by teachers in one-to-one classrooms or teachers who have only an LCD projector.


Tuesday December 5, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Crystal B

10:00am

Fuel Up Your STEAM Engine with the ARTS (and SuperEmpower Students for Improved Classroom Learning Experiences)
Participants will gain insight into the ways that free educational tools (such as Soundation and WeVideo), can be used to add arts exposure, develop arts experiences, and enhance understanding of content areas through the lens of creative expression. This drag-and-drop design is intuitive to middle or high school students and can be applied universally in classrooms. Neither teachers nor students need to have any prior music skills or knowledge to be successful with these tools, but will most definitely use some creativity to investigate the endless possibilities of ways to SuperEmpower students for better learning in their classrooms. Teachers will walk away from this session with ready-to-use lessons, rubrics, and an extensive list of differentiated ideas for adding the arts into several different content areas.

Speakers
avatar for Stacey Wright

Stacey Wright

Technology Integrator, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Stacey Wright is an integrator and a product of Chesterfield County schools, having attended Carver Middle School and Thomas Dale High School. Before becoming an integrator, she taught middle school band for thirteen years (five years at Salem Middle in Chesterfield and eight yea... Read More →



Tuesday December 5, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Wilson

10:00am

Get Your "Apps" in Gear
Get Your "Apps" in Gear by discussing the top apps, extensions, and websites for today's 1 to 1 classroom. This session is a fast paced presentation intended to give you just a taste of some of the most popular Chrome apps/extensions being used in the classroom today. You want to hear more about one of the fast paced descriptions?...there is a way to slow it down...

Speakers
avatar for Larry Burner

Larry Burner

math specialist, Frederick County Public Schools
Middle School Math Specialist, Frederick County Schools
avatar for David Campbell

David Campbell

Elementary ITC, Frederick County Public Schools
Googled certified ITC working in a 1:1 chromebook environment.


Tuesday December 5, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Buck Mountain

10:00am

Getting Googley in Upper Elementary
You've heard how GSuite can amp up your classroom, but where are the practical ideas? In this session you'll learn how I have implemented a variety of GSuite activities into my classroom, including Collaborative Docs, Interactive Slidebooks, Self-Remediating Assessments, and more! This sessi