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Welcome to Virginia’s world famous Technology in Education conference. Whether you are a first-time attendee or a seasoned veteran you will find the conference full of information ready to take back to your school or workplace.

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Sunday, December 2
 

9:00am

VSTE Board Meeting
VSTE Board Meeting: this session is limited to the VSTE Board. If you are interested in learning more about the Board, check the schedule for VSTE Central as the board will be available for conversations and questions throughout the day on Sunday and Monday. 

Speakers

Sunday December 2, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
Tower Board Room

9:00am

Registration Open
Sunday December 2, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Level 1 (Near Tower)

10:45am

A 'Swell' PBL
Do you PBL? Project Based Learning (PBL) is a rich learning experience to deepen students understanding of content through real world application. However, it can be a daunting task for teachers! How do you manage it all? What technology do you integrate to engage your students and simplify project tasks? Learn to work smarter, not harder, in this innovative K-5 session.

A link to our presentation:
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1yooJNBcTNRcdfEoc21FikE0sU6siX-vEPg0Uo9lvnZw/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
CD

Chelsea Diana

Kindergarten Teacher, Liberty Elementary, Loudoun County Public Schools
AS

Alison Schoenherr

5th Grade Teacher, Liberty Elementary, Loudoun County Public Schools


Sunday December 2, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
3B

10:45am

AR/VR and the Future of Education
The world is changing. Education needs to change as well. With AR and VR being the current technology that is inspiring students and teacher alike, it is time to take a serious look at AR and VR in the classroom. This session with share valuable tips, lessons and apps/websites to get your classroom into the AR/VR movement.

Speakers

Sunday December 2, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
5C

10:45am

Classroom Clickbait - Tapping into Student Curiosity
Have you been lured by clickbait before? It's those Internet ads you can't help clicking on because the images or words spark your curiosity. Wouldn't it be great if you could get your students to do that with learning? In this session we will explore five techniques from the clickbait pros that you can use tomorrow in your classroom to grab students' interest and make them WANT to engage in learning. You won't believe technique #5! (See what I did there)? We will show several examples of each strategy; share how we have used them in real lessons; and explore online tools for harnessing the power of classroom clickbait. All our presentations can be found on this site.

Speakers
avatar for David Clough

David Clough

Innovative Learning Coach, Henrico County Public Schools
Elementary ITRT at: Holladay, Laburnum, Trevvett, and Varina
avatar for Alfonso Favale

Alfonso Favale

Innovative Learning Coach, Henrico County Public Schools
Elementary ITRT at: Gayton, Nuckols Farm, Rivers Edge, and Springfield Park


Sunday December 2, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
4D

10:45am

Coding the World: An Introduction to Coding for Girls
Technology is changing everything about the way we live and work. Computing skills are the most sought-after in the US job market, with demand growing 3X the national average — but girls across the US are being left behind. Today, less than a quarter of computing jobs are held by women, and that number is declining. Girls Who Code, the national non-profit dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology, is working to reverse the decline. Last year, we reached 90,000 girls in all 50 states with the help of our free Clubs program. In this workshop, we will provide you with an interactive coding lesson, as well as more information about our Clubs programs and how to launch one in your school or district.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Layman

Amy Layman

Regional Partnership Coordinator, Girls Who Code
I look to set up community partnerships to provide free computer science opportunities for 3rd - 12th grade girls.



Sunday December 2, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
4E

10:45am

Content Creation Calibration for Blended Learning
Blended learning is an exciting way to personalize learning for students however, creating and calibrating content for the different blended learning models can be daunting. Blended learning has many models (i.e., station rotation, lab rotation, individual rotation, flipped classroom, flex, a la carte, or enriched virtual) and content creation for each model depends upon the purpose of the blended learning task and the learning path that the students are on.

Much of the current content being used for the various blended learning models is pre-packaged by publishers, hence, transferring those materials to a district's online learning management system can be quite time consuming and overwhelming. Hence, when creating content for the different blended learning models, the standards of learning, the instructional procedures and the students’ learning stages and learning processes are essential to the creation and calibration of content design. Creation and calibration of content considers whether one should use analog or digital tools within the design while examining best practices for streamlining online assignments with other activities.

In this session, participants will leave with a checklist for content creation and calibration plus tools for creating interactive digital handouts and interactive multimedia. Participants will also understand the steps for beta testing content with students in order to tailor their assignments for particular niches. Finally, participants will consider the future of learning and content design by surfing the digital wave of open educational resources (OERs). Hence, in this session, participants will consider how they will factor in the 5Rs of OERs (i.e., Retain, Reuse, Revise, Remix and Redistribute) for content distribution.

Speakers
avatar for Anitra Butler-Ngugi

Anitra Butler-Ngugi

Reading Specialist, Arlington Traditional School
I love instructional design, personalized learning, and all things PBL.



Sunday December 2, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
2C

10:45am

Deep Diving into Online Databases: Building Empathy in Our Students Using Research and Creativity
Teenagers are developmentally self-centered; they can’t help it; it’s genetically programmed into them. However, they’re also increasingly aware of the fact that there is an entire world spinning and struggling around them, thanks largely to the pervasiveness of technology today. In this session, the audience will see what it’s like when students suit up to dive into a blended study of human rights by examining seminal documents, graphic journalism, and spoken word, all culminating in a student-driven research assignment in which they create a work designed to address a current human rights issue.

Through this approach, students not only practice digital annotation and workshop skills with apps such as Google Docs and Kami, they also take charge in selecting their own mentor texts and media through individual research as well as teacher-selected playlists to meet student needs. Students make their thinking visible with mind maps and word sorts, setting individual research and writing goals along the way. They conference in workshop groups to share resources and ideas and, over time, begin to see the world as a multi-faceted one riddled not only with a wide range of needs and dilemmas, but also with a diverse body of forward-thinking problem-solvers that just so happen to be occupying the seats around them in their very classrooms.

Centered around one driving question, students are tasked with exploring multiple sides of controversial topics-- a mission both uncomfortable and rewarding for them, as it compels them to seek out common perspectives and realistic solutions as they navigate the turbulent waters of our society today.

Speakers
avatar for Carrie Wright

Carrie Wright

English Teacher, Fairfax County Public Schools
Talk to me about blending classrooms, coming up with off-the-wall PBL ideas, or turning abstract concepts into comics so all our students can get to thinking at higher levels!



Sunday December 2, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
4A

10:45am

Fostering Creativity through Video-Based Projects
With the advent of the YouTube Age, students have moved from being consumers of instructional videos to becoming creators with an opportunity to share their opinions, thoughts, and passions. How do we as teachers facilitate this into video-based projects? In this introductory session, you will learn about different types of video projects, understand the importance and process of storyboarding and which tools can be used to create finished products.

Speakers
avatar for Darcie Priester

Darcie Priester

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Manassas Park City Schools
Darcie Priester has served in the role of Instructional Technology Resource Teacher since 2006 and currently works at Manassas Park City Schools on the secondary campus. She earned an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Integrating Technology in Schools. Ms. Priester... Read More →



Sunday December 2, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
2D

10:45am

Get Stoked - Catch the Wave with Google HyperDrawings
Learn to go new school by using Google Drawings to create an in-depth, multifaceted, student-centered lesson based around a single image. Experience how embedding hidden links into a hyperdrawing supports image analysis skills and tie in the Four C’s. Engaging directly with the components of primary sources forces students to think critically about the details that make up an image, teaching them to formulate interpretations. Geography lessons become a creative playground where students can build their own presentations that literally travel the Silk Road. You can amp up the excitement by breaking out of the barrel entirely with an escape room, requiring students to work collaboratively to solve an authentic problem. Tie in communication tools like Flipgrid and Padlet, and a single image can connect the whole class on a broader scale. While the base tool used in this lesson is Google Drawings, it can ultimately include any type of linkable resource, from Edpuzzle, to Google Forms, to further reading topics - the options are endless. Like with a hyperdoc, students are able to move at their own pace, and including periodic self-assessments help keep students on track to guide their own learning. This activity aligns with the TSIP standards for Learning Facilitator, as well as ISTE Student Standard 3c, and ISTE Teaching Standards 5b and 5c. The target audience for the presentation is Secondary level educators.

Google Presentation: bit.ly/HyperDrawing

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth McDowell

Elizabeth McDowell

School Based Technology Specialist, Kilmer Middle School


Sunday December 2, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
4C

10:45am

Getting Started with 1:1 and Blended Learning!
In this session we will walk you through the start of a 1:1 transition in your classroom. We will discuss the ins and outs of moving to 1:1 technology in a blended learning classroom. We will focus on practical setups: classroom environment, behavior management and daily routines. We will also focus on how to transition your teaching to a blended learning style.

Getting Started with 1:1 Technology: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SFbZjETlod16MvYlKcghod0JjKUGfwqF/view?usp=sharing 

Speakers
CA

Christina Arnberg

Teacher - Grade 6, Poplar Tree Elementary/Fairfax County Public Schools
KP

Kim Paska

Teacher, Poplar Tree ES, FCPS



Sunday December 2, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
3A

10:45am

Hanging 10 with PL: Tips for Riding the Personalized Learning Waves
Based on our own personalized learning journey, we will share strategies for utilizing blended/personalized instruction in the classroom and on a school level. Participants will walk away with tips shared through the lens of “Dipping Your Toes”, “Wading”, and “Diving Deep “ to fit all implementation levels!

Speakers
avatar for Colleen O'Neill

Colleen O'Neill

Principal, Sully Elementary, Loudoun County Public Schools
avatar for Hannah Prebeck

Hannah Prebeck

Instructional Facilitator of Technology, Sully Elementary, Loudoun County Public Schools
Loudoun County Public Schools



Sunday December 2, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
1B

10:45am

I USED to Hate to Write
Many students struggle with language and writing skills. Help these students experience success and develop their language skills by using elements of visual storytelling to supplement and enhance their writing in all content areas. This presentation will provide an overview, including how to obtain educational accounts, of free or low-cost software which can be used to inspire your students to write or used as an alternative assessment in content classrooms. Programs being discussed include Storybird, Pixton for Schools, LucidPress, and more. Lesson plans and ideas for using these programs in all content areas will be shared.

Google Slide Show - I Used to Hate to Write 
Video -  I Used to Hate to Write

Speakers
avatar for Sue Way

Sue Way

Instructional Technology Coordinator/CTE Teacher, Buena Vista City Public Schools
My path to becoming an Instructional Technology Coordinator was winding and long. I spent 10 years in the corporate world, earned an MEd in Math Education, taught math grades 8-12, and finally became a CRS (ITRT) for VA Beach Schools. After a few years in non-educational work, I returned... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
2A

10:45am

Learn how 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) improves the productivity in the Classroom
802.11ax is the 6th generation of the Wi-Fi standard and introduces several significant technologies compared to prior Wi-Fi generations. Learn about these differentiated features and what you can expect in classroom deployments. 

Speakers
avatar for Gavin Bertsch

Gavin Bertsch

Product Manager, Extreme Networks Smart OmniEdge Wireless

Sponsors

Sunday December 2, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
5B

10:45am

Ozo's New Job
Would you like to be able to share Ozobots with your students and still teach your curriculum? Sound too good to be true? It really is not. This course will show you how to incorporate Ozobots into your classroom instruction with ease! While robots are fun, they will be used to teach patterns, skip counting, story retelling, mapping, and much more. All while teaching your students how to code!

Speakers
avatar for Charlotte Bordino

Charlotte Bordino

Teacher, An Achievable Dream Academy



Sunday December 2, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
5A

10:45am

Sand, Surf and Sheets?? - Google Sheets That Is!
Get stoked learning about spreadsheets! Avoid the riptide of thinking spreadsheets are just for math and statistics! There are so many other far out applications for use in your classroom. Hang ten during this session and learn more about how you can use Google Sheets in all subject areas. For example, learn how to practice math facts, area, and volume by creating hidden images with pixel art. In addition, use Google Sheets to engage your students in everything from writing, sequencing, word study to graphing. Don’t know about conditional formatting? It’s Epic!! Conditional formatting using Google Sheets will allow your students to get immediate feedback. Be sure to check out this gnarly session!! It's Tubular!!


Link to Presentation: https://goo.gl/Z4BLuQ 

Speakers
LL

Lisa Lawson

Instructional Coach, William Monroe High School
avatar for Leah Talbert

Leah Talbert

New Teacher Support Coordinator, Greene County Public Schools



Sunday December 2, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
1A

10:45am

Show Off Learning Through Video
Don’t wipe out… Ride the waves with high quality, professional looking videos using wevideo editing software. When students are given the choice to show off their learning 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.

Speakers
avatar for Keith Baldwin

Keith Baldwin

Instructional Technology Integrator, Chesterfield County Public Schools
This is Keith Baldwin’s 20h 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 Rolfe... Read More →
avatar for Karen Ott

Karen Ott

Technology Integrator, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Karen Ott has been an educator in Chesterfield County for 38 years. She taught middle school math for 18 years and was a full-time Technology Coordinator for 2 years at Robious Middle School. Karen has been a technology integrator for 18 years.



Sunday December 2, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
5D

10:45am

Simplistic Answers Muddle Reality
Examining learning activities through the SAMR lens can help teachers and administrators transform learning through effective technology use. This requires a deeper understanding of SAMR than what we get from images of swimming pools or coffee cups on Twitter. Come participate in a discussion of SAMR and how it can be used to help classrooms become connected, collaborative environments where technology truly transforms learning.

Speakers
BL

Bea Leiderman

Instructional Technology Coach, Goochland County Public Schools


Sunday December 2, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
4B

10:45am

Taking Leaps in Literacy: Apps to Help Struggling Readers
As teachers we are always looking for new resources to help our students meet their fullest potential while keeping activities engaging and fun for our learners. During this presentation, we will highlight a few amazing apps that can help students improve their skills in reading fundamentals, fluency, comprehension, writing and spelling. Put the love in reading back into your classroom with these highly engaging reading apps.

Here is the link to our Presentation!

https://tinyurl.com/VSTEleapslit


Speakers
KG

Kerianne Greer

Teacher/ITC, Mary G. Porter Traditional School
avatar for Aileen McDermott

Aileen McDermott

Teacher/ITC, Mary G. Porter Traditional School


Sunday December 2, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
1C

10:45am

Tech Buddies: Building Confidence and Community in Elementary Schools
In this session participants will learn about the concept of "tech buddies" and how it can build technology skills in younger students and foster leadership skills in older students all while supporting instruction. This session will highlight the successful implementation of this strategy at Falling Creek Elementary in Chesterfield County. Participants will walk away with resources, examples, and a step-by-step guide to starting "tech buddies" in their own school.

Resource Site

Speakers
avatar for Chris Biagiarelli

Chris Biagiarelli

Technology Integrator, Chesterfield County Public Schools


Sunday December 2, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
3D

10:45am

Using Flipped & Self-Paced Small Groups to Increase Student Agency
When faced with minutes that didn't add up, and not enough time for everything, I turned to flipped content lessons and stepped away from the typical 20 minute rotations to allow more time for small groups & engaging class activities. What I have found is that my attempt to maximize my time actually made my students take on more responsibility, and they loved it! No more listening to the teacher lecture during class! In this session, I will share various tools & strategies I use to give my students choice as well as responsibility for their own learning. I will also give an overview in how to create a flipped video using Powerpoint.

Speakers
avatar for Hailey Bishop

Hailey Bishop

5th Grade Teacher, Virginia Beach City Public Schools



Sunday December 2, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
3C

10:45am

Why have students only consume when they can create? Creative uses for Google Slides
How often do students sit in class only to consume information instead of creating it? Google Slides are best known for their use as creative presentation tools but in reality, they can do much more. In this session, participants will learn how Google Slides can be used for students to create their own content and have collaborative experiences. Participants will explore a variety of examples such as collaborative slides (within and beyond the school building), choose your own adventure, stop motion, and manipulative projects. Utilizing Google Slides in this manner will both deepen understanding and provide students with new ways to demonstrate learning. A basic understanding of Google Slides is suggested. 

View this presentation: http://bit.ly/2AsdBZk


Speakers
avatar for Theresa Ducassoux

Theresa Ducassoux

Instrumental Music Teacher, Arlington Traditional School


Sunday December 2, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
2B

10:45am

VSTE Camp - Power Users
VSTEcamp is an unconference session where PowerUsers can get, share, and learn from each other on another level.  There will be a Demo Slam held at the end of each this VSTEcamp session. 
Bring your questions. Share your knowledge. Collaborate and learn together. 

Who is a Power User? 
A power user has a strong pedagogy background, a solid understanding of technology integration, and knowledge of multiple ed tech  tools and resources. Just like a good surfer you are jack of all trades! You have the ability to troubleshoot both technological and instructional challenges, are flexible and able to seek alternative solutions. When things don't go as planned, you don’t WIPE OUT!

You use research-based strategies to craft your learning experiences. You may not be an expert in all digital tools but you have a sound understanding of most tools, and are willing to learn and share. You are open minded and willing to take risks. As a good surfer, you always handle whatever the oceans throws at you.

VSTE Power Users Camp Sessions Grid 2018

Sunday December 2, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
1D

11:45am

Lunch
Lunch will be served on Level 1 outside of Exhibit Hall A. Follow instructions from the conference staff and have your Sunday lunch ticket ready.
  • Home style chicken salad with lettuce and tomato on a buttery croissant
  • Italian turkey wrap with sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil mayonnaise in a pesto tortilla
  • Roast beef and swiss with lettuce, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke spreads on ciabatta bread
  • Spinach, hummus, and roasted vegetable wrap


Sunday December 2, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
Level 1 (Outside of Exhibit Hall A)

12:45pm

Sunday Spotlight: Courage to Make Waves with Jennifer Orr
Educators face new challenges every day. They come at us from various directions: from politicians and policy makers, from local and school level administrators, from parents and families, from our students, and even from ourselves. In the midst of all our jobs entail it is often easier not to face these challenges. We are lucky, however, to live in an age in which technology offers us many opportunities to connect with others, learn from others, and collaborate to face our challenges and improve education for our current and future students. Together we can find the courage to make waves.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Orr

Jennifer Orr

Teacher, Fairfax County Schools
Teacher, Lynbrook Elementary
avatar for Karen Richardson

Karen Richardson

Executive Director, VSTE
Executive Director of VSTE


Sunday December 2, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Ballroom 3

12:45pm

VSTE Central: Lunch with David French
Come learn more about VSTE with David French, member of the VSTE Board of Directors. 

Speakers

Sunday December 2, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Tower Board Room Atrium

1:45pm

Kid Talks Showcase
Visit the students who are showcasing their projects and learning. We talk ABOUT kids...take some time to talk TO kids.

Sunday December 2, 2018 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Concourse 2, 3, & 4

1:45pm

VSTE Central: Meet the Board
Come learn more about the VSTE Board of Directors with Janet Copenhaver. 

Speakers

Sunday December 2, 2018 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Tower Board Room Atrium

2:00pm

Critical and Creative Thinking in the Blended Learning Classroom
Do you struggle in providing your students depth in their learning? Implementing critical and creative thinking strategies can allow for students to analyze, assess and reconstruct their thinking. We have found that technology and resources have enhanced our students' ability to analyze, assess and reconstruct their thinking. We want to share ways that our students have developed their critical and creative thinking skills in our blended learning classrooms so that you can do the same!

We will look at different tools and resources that teachers will be able to immediately incorporate into the classroom. Come explore and join in on an interactive guide to connect critical thinking while using technology in the blending learning classroom.

While all teachers will benefit from this session, it will be geared for teachers in grades 4 and up. we will touch on several TSIP standards, but will focus on C/T 6-8.7 Plan and apply strategies for gathering information, using a variety of tools and sources, and reflect on alternate strategies that might lead to greater successes in
future projects.

Speakers
CA

Christina Arnberg

Teacher - Grade 6, Poplar Tree Elementary/Fairfax County Public Schools
KP

Kim Paska

Teacher, Poplar Tree ES, FCPS



Sunday December 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
5D

2:00pm

Decoding the Computer Science SOLs
Virginia’s Computer Science standards become a requirement in fall 2019 - Not sure where to get started?

CodeVA's Director of Education Rebecca Dovi covers the new Virginia Computer Science SOLs. The session defines computer science and gives insight into the structure of the standards. Free resources and tools will be shared along with an overview of training available to all Virginia teachers.

Many people are surprised to discover computer science is more than just coding. It is the study of how we use computing devices to solve human problems and the new Computer Science SOLs include Networking and the Internet, Data and Analysis, Cybersecurity, Impacts of Computing, Computing Systems, and Algorithms and Programming. While this may feel overwhelming CodeVA has learned Virginia’s teachers are up to the challenge through the trainings they’ve conducted since 2014.

In 2016 Virginia became the first state in the country to mandate computer science be incorporated into instruction for all students. In fall 2017 the state Board of Education passed the new Computer Science SOLs and in spring of 2018 the VDOE set the expectation that school begin implementing by fall of 2019.

CodeVA is a Statewide nonprofit with the mission of supporting Computer Science Education for all Virginia teachers and students. Since 2014 CodeVA has trained teachers from elementary to high school in computer science education all across the Digital Dominion.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Dovi

Rebecca Dovi

Director of Education, CodeVA
I am a teacher on a mission. Every student should have access to computer science, it starts in my classroom(s). Director of Education for CodeVA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit bringing computer science education to students across Virginia. | @superCompSci @codeVirginia


Sunday December 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
4C

2:00pm

Eye for Design: Creating Infographics to Increase Student Engagement
Did you know that 65% of students are visual learners? Join us as we discuss the science behind infographics and its correlation to student engagement and comprehension. Dive into the basics of graphic design and how to utilize free and available tools to create in your classroom. Leave this session with inspiration for classroom use across all content areas!

This session will focus on using tools such as Google Drawings, Pixlr, and chrome extensions paired with the learning theories of Dual-Coding and Cognitive Load.

Speakers
avatar for Amelia Buchanan

Amelia Buchanan

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Hanover County Public Schools
Master of Educational Technology: James Madison University
avatar for Laura Cooper

Laura Cooper

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Hanover County Public Schools



Sunday December 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
5C

2:00pm

How to Train the Time Crunched Teacher
Professional development in a school setting can be tricky. Teachers have many responsibilities and duties already, so finding time for training and methodology improvement can be nearly impossible for educators who are already stretched thin. Although difficult, creating opportunities for teachers to hone their skills isn't impossible and if done correctly can be very successful. Join Educational Technologists Daniel Vanover and Dr. Scott Kiser from Wise County, VA as they share the methods they have used to successfully train and prepare teachers to use 21st century technologies and teaching strategies that enhance instruction and promote student achievement without overwhelming the Time Crunched Teacher.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Kiser

Scott Kiser

Director of Technology, Wise County Public Schools
avatar for Daniel Vanover

Daniel Vanover

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



Sunday December 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
5A

2:00pm

Increasing Student Engagment 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, Flipgrid, Merge Cubes VR and Square Panda just to name a few. Finally come learn a few management tips, tricks and techniques to make mobile device usage effective and engaging.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Heath

Patrick Heath

Instructional Technology Coach, West Gate Elementary
I am the Instructional Technology Coach at West Gate Elementary in Prince William County. I have been in this position for the past 7 years. Previously I was a 4th grade teacher in Georgia. I have a passion for teaching others how to use technology in a new way with the things... Read More →



Sunday December 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
4E

2:00pm

I’m Right, You’re Wrong! Civil Debate in the Classroom
Do your students engage in well-reasoned, thoughtful debate with one another? Is society at large skilled in civil discussion? These are rhetorical questions because the answers are clear. Rhetoric and oratory were once vital parts of the curriculum, going all the way back to ancient Greece and Rome. Now they are often relegated to just a couple of lessons per year. This is unfortunate because employers state that the ability to communicate is one of the most important skills they look for in new hires. A powerful speech can change the world--think of Abraham Lincoln, Patrick Henry, Sojourner Truth, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Technology has made it easier to give every student a voice, and we need to train them to use those voices effectively. In this session we will share practical ways to foster civil debate in the classroom, provide real life examples, and explore web tools that facilitate teaching oracy. All our presentations can be found on this site

Speakers
avatar for David Clough

David Clough

Innovative Learning Coach, Henrico County Public Schools
Elementary ITRT at: Holladay, Laburnum, Trevvett, and Varina
avatar for Alfonso Favale

Alfonso Favale

Innovative Learning Coach, Henrico County Public Schools
Elementary ITRT at: Gayton, Nuckols Farm, Rivers Edge, and Springfield Park


Sunday December 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
1C

2:00pm

Keeping Students Safer with Cisco Meraki
From end-user devices, to the underlying network, to the students, teachers, and staff themselves, Cisco Meraki is helping schools remain safe and secure at several touch points. By integrating endpoint security, network security, and physical security, Meraki enables schools to create a safe campus environment that empowers students to focus on learning, teachers to focus on teaching, and IT to focus on proactive projects.

Speakers
Sponsors

Sunday December 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
3A

2:00pm

MAKERing it Fun
Makerspaces are a blast. The creativity and collaboration that happen in a room with no limitations is amazing. Now to balance the hands-on activities, small group technology ideas and interactive white board engaging lessons to ensure students leave with the desire and excitement to return again and again. During this session, attendees will learn ways to incorporate SMART’s learning suite (It’s a free part of the software!) into an ever-engaging Makerspace.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Kuzma

Julie Kuzma

Instructor Facilitator of Technology, Ball's Bluff Elementary School/Loudoun County
Forward thinking, solutions-focused Instructional Technology Educator with 20+ years of experience as a Technology Trainer and classroom teacher. Certified SMART Exemplary Educator (SEE) and Trade Show Teacher, selected 3 times to attend (including 1 as Mentor) the SEE Summit. Approachable... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
3C

2:00pm

Microsoft Intune vs Microsoft SCCM: Why are we fighting?
Understand the differences, advantages and disadvantages of using these tools to help manage your whole environment from core systems, to your classroom deployed technology throughout your school system

Speakers
GC

Gene Choquette

Manager, Solutions Consulting, Encore Technology Group
DR

Dominic Reina

Sr. Systems Engineer, Encore Technology Group

Exhibitors
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Encore Technology Group

Office of the CTO, Encore Technology Group


Sunday December 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
4A

2:00pm

Moving from Boogie Boarding to Shredding the Big Waves: Using 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 or YouTube and then wondered how you could track which students watched the entire video, who clicked ‘play’ and then became occupied by something else, and, of those who actually watched, who was able to grasp the concepts taught in the video? This session will give an overview of two interactive video assessment tools (EDPuzzle and PlayPosit) that will help you move from boogie boarding with digital video in your classroom to shredding the big waves and using digital video more effectively as a learning tool as part of an online, blended, or flipped classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Pierce

Laurie Pierce

Technology Coordinator, Trinity Episcopal School



Sunday December 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
4B

2:00pm

PD for 700 Teachers on the first day of Summer Vacation? Yes, you can!
The 2018 Inspire Loudoun Teacher Conference was held on Monday, June 18, at Riverside High School - this was the first day of summer vacation for Loudoun County Public School teachers. Just over 800 teachers attended the six, 50 minute sessions that took place; and each session had 25-28 presentations for them to choose from. The Inspire Loudoun Teacher Conference is a teacher-run professional learning day where Loudoun County Public Schools teachers come together to share best practices in teaching with technology. Over the past seven years, this conference has hosted over 600 teachers over a single non-contract day who exchanged ideas on collaborative practices, flipping the classroom, project and problem-based learning, Computer Science, STEM, use of 1:1 and BYOT devices for teaching and learning, and much more. In this session, we will discuss the history of this conference, the successes and the iterations that it went through when changes needed to be made; and how this can be developed in other school divisions.
  • Please view the 2018 VSTE Presentation here.
  • Please view the Inspire Loudoun 2019 website so that you can get updates for the conference on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.
  • Follow us @inspireloudoun or #inspireloudoun19

Speakers
avatar for Nick Grzeda

Nick Grzeda

Digital Integration Specialist, Loudoun County Public Schools
Nick Grzeda is a Digital Integration Specialist in the Office of Educational Technology for Loudoun County Public Schools. His responsibilities include managing the LMS for the division; leading divisionwide initiatives like BYOT and providing staff training in the area of blended... Read More →
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Jason Robey

TRT, LCPS
Jason Robey is a 2003 graduate of James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Social Science with a minor in Middle Education. He began his teaching career that same year teaching sixth grade science and mathematics at Farmwell Station Middle School. For... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
1A

2:00pm

Riding Waves of Innovation: Harnessing Engagement with Blended Learning 
Are you ready to surf the waves of blended learning research and empower your students with engaging lessons that allow them to be collaborative creators? Blended learning models foster communication and collaboration skills. Blended classrooms allow more one-to one interactions with students making differentiating instruction more effective in meeting the varied needs of all of our students.  The goal of this session is to offer teachers’ knowledge and resources needed to integrate digital tools into their lessons in order to differentiate instruction for all learners and ensure they are prepared for a successful future.  Resources utilized in this workshop include tools from Discovery Education and Microsoft Office 365.. Educators will experience ISTE standards as Learners, Collaborators, and Designer.

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Hinzman

Cheryl Hinzman

Instructional Technology Coach, Kelly Leadership Center
I am an educator with a passion for lifelong learning and the effective integration of digital tools in today's classrooms! In addition to being an Innovative Educator Master Trainer with Microsoft, I enjoy being a Lead Ambassador for Discovery Education to teachers and students in... Read More →
avatar for Chelsea Northman

Chelsea Northman

EL Instructional Specialist for 6-12, PWCS



Sunday December 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
2D

2:00pm

Sink or Swim: Who Knew Littles Could be Wavemakers?!
We will dive into how Chromebooks have been successful with kids as young as kindergarten. With the advent of the Chromebook in education, many teachers are hesitant to use these devices with younger students. Focusing primarily on literacy and math, we'll explore how our youngest learners can use their Google accounts and Seesaw 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!
Materials: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1yvojf5P17aBZo2ebCLluLHVEkUx9o_LTqaZ7WW7UuMQ/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
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Valerie Fawley

Instructional Technology Resource Coach, 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!
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Natalie Rhodes

Instructional Technology Resource Coach, Shenandoah County Public Schools


Sunday December 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
4D

2:00pm

Tubular Students Charging towards the Impact Zone through Video Game Design
Can you imagine a first grade classroom where every student is engaged and personalizing their learning while still working towards a common goal? Or a fifth grader showcasing his/her research project through a video game? How about a collaboration between an art teacher and a classroom teacher to enhance a typical classroom lesson to incorporate video game design?

In this session, we will explore the world of video game design through a child’s eyes using Bloxels. Bloxels is a user friendly iOS, Android, and Chromebook platform for building video games with students as young as first grade. Learn how two elementary technology coaches integrated this tool into classrooms across the school and inspired teachers and students to personalize learning. We will share resources, ideas, and examples of how this awesome tool works! Come be inspired to charge towards the digital wave of the future!

Speakers
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Krystle Demas

Instructional Technology Coach, Goochland County Public Schools
avatar for Morgan McMullin

Morgan McMullin

Instructional Technology Resource Coach, Goochland County Public Schools



Sunday December 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
1B

2:00pm

Use gamification to engage reluctant writers!
Teachers are always looking for ways to help students develop their writing, creativity and critical thinking skills. I was looking for a solution within these very areas of study when I discovered Night Zookeeper. It is an educational cross-platform game that incorporates creative writing, literacy, collaboration, and problem-solving all in one. Even the most reluctant writers will beg to log onto nightzookeeper.com and start writing, both at school and from home.

In this session, you will learn how to inspire a love of writing in your classroom by using nightzookeeper.com. I will show you around the core features of the program and introduce you to the amazing story and characters that get students so very excited about writing!

Link to my presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1jicxwoeYJ3AFIXd8lNeunTSJDo85YU33MJXW18ZuBlc/edit?usp=sharing


Speakers
avatar for Janell Maszatics

Janell Maszatics

ITRT, Fauquier County Public Schools



Sunday December 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
2C

2:00pm

Video Gaming: The Next High School Sport?
Competitive esports is taking off. Professional gamers sell out arenas and have their matches broadcast on ESPN, while a growing number of colleges offer athletic scholarships to top players. The greatest benefit is connecting students back to their school. Come learn more about esports, starting a league at your school, the equipment necessary and all of the ways you can benefit from esports in your school.

Speakers
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Greg Henderson

Field Account Executive, CDWG

Exhibitors

Sunday December 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
5B

2:00pm

VSTE VE PLN General Assembly Meeting
The VSTE - Virtual Environments Professional Learning Network will be holding its annual General Assembly meeting where we will be going over the past year's events and announce the new events to span virtual worlds like Second Life, Minecraft, Unity VR, and other virtual places. New business includes voting in new officers, professional development opportunities fundraising event theme, and some door prizes for attending. Please join us for an exciting time with good friends and good camaraderie.

Speakers
avatar for Vasili Giannoutsos

Vasili Giannoutsos

Student Teacher, Old Dominion University



Sunday December 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Tower Board Room

2:00pm

What's New With Google?
This session will take a look at what is new with Google and share information on how you can stay informed with future new releases prior to the roll out!

Join our Collaborative Doc for this session here: goo.gl/vQ4YFf  (this link is case sensitive) 

Speakers
SK

Sireesha Kalapala

Program Manager, Google
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Danieta Morgan

Program Manager, Google
Collaborative Doc - Post Questions, Product Feedback here: goo.gl/vQ4YFf (this link is case sensitive) | Be Internet Awesome - https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en | Privacy One Pagers and Quick Videos - edu.google.com/privacy | Applied Digital Skills - https://applied... Read More →

Exhibitors
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Google

Program Manager, Google


Sunday December 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
2A

2:00pm

Why teach ALL kids to code?
Coding or computer programming is getting a lot of attention these days. Is an Hour of Code enough? Should every student learn to code or is it a specialized skill? Join Jeff Mao for a conversation that explores this question. Jeff will share perspectives from Seymour Papert to Steve Jobs, and provides his take on why coding is an essential literacy for the modern world.

Jeff Mao is an internationally known education technology leader. Jeff served as the Learning Technology Policy Director for the Maine Department of Education (2004-2014). In that role, he provided leadership and education technology policy support to four Commissioners of Education. He was directly responsible for the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI). He oversaw all aspects of the program including vision, implementation, policy, professional development, procurement and contract management. He was a lead author of the State of Utah’s Master Plan: Essential Elements for Technology Powered Learning. Additionally, he is an advisor for Future Ready Schools and has moderated and presented at almost all of Future Ready’s Summits and Institutes. Jeff was a Senior Director for Common Sense Media’s education division (2014-2017). He is currently a Senior Strategic Education Outreach Manager for Wonder Workshop and independent education technology consultant.

Jeff has keynoted international events sponsored by UNESCO, World Bank, InterAmerica-Development Bank, and the Korean Education and Research Information Service. In the United States, he has keynoted state conferences including NYSCATE (New York) and VITA-Learn (Vermont), and presented at events including ISTE, CoSN, SETDA, FETC, SXSWEdu, TASA, TCEA, and CETPA. He served on the Board of Directors of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) for six years including two as Chair of the Board.

He has been recognized by EdScoop (EdTech Hero, 2017) SETDA (Leader of the Year, 2013), and Common Sense Media (Educator of the Year, 2012).

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Mao

Jeff Mao

Sr. Strategic Education Outreach Manager, Wonder Workshop
Jeff Mao is an internationally known education technology leader. Jeff served as the Learning Technology Policy Director for the Maine Department of Education (2004-2014). In that role, he provided leadership and education technology policy support to four Commissioners of Education... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
2B

2:00pm

Your Digital Wave Riding Vehicle - eMediaVA
Teachers need a wave-riding vehicle to help them tame the tsunami of digital content. With over 153,000 free digital learning objects, all searchable by SOL, type, grade level, and more, eMediaVA is that digital wave-riding vehicle. With eMediaVA teachers can find resources, create playlists, upload files and build assignments utilizing high-quality digital content. With the new creative commons search and publication features, teachers can now also find, create, and share open educational resources. Come and see how eMediaVA can help teachers tame the wild digital wave.

Speakers
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WHRO

Director of eMediaVA, WHRO

Exhibitors

Sunday December 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
3B

2:00pm

“Why wipeout when you can shred”
Wave choice is crucial for surfers. Choose wrong and risk wiping out. Choose right and prepare to dazzle. Similar choices are made every day in classrooms around the world. Let’s explore apps like Screencastify, Wevideo, Flipgrid, Hapara Workspaces, and others that promote #studentvoice through #studentchoice.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Lewis

Scott Lewis

Instructional Technology Coach, Frederick County Public Schools



Sunday December 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
3D

2:00pm

VSTE Camp - Round 2 - Power Users
Round 2 of VSTEcamp is an unconference session where PowerUsers can get, share, and learn from each other on another level.  There will be a Demo Slam held at the end of each this VSTEcamp session. 
Bring your questions. Share your knowledge. Collaborate and learn together. 

Who is a Power User? 
A power user has a strong pedagogy background, a solid understanding of technology integration, and knowledge of multiple ed tech  tools and resources. Just like a good surfer you are jack of all trades! You have the ability to troubleshoot both technological and instructional challenges, are flexible and able to seek alternative solutions. When things don't go as planned, you don’t WIPE OUT!

You use research-based strategies to craft your learning experiences. You may not be an expert in all digital tools but you have a sound understanding of most tools, and are willing to learn and share. You are open minded and willing to take risks. As a good surfer, you always handle whatever the oceans throws at you.

VSTE Power Users Camp Sessions Grid 2018

Sunday December 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
1D

3:15pm

Azure First Steps - Put the "done" in Redundant Infrastructure
"I know there's a better way to protect my data and operations using the cloud, but where and how to start?" Come to this session for answers. Using plain English and a lot of demos, Marty will walk you through several easy first steps you can take to leverage Azure and Office 365 to protect your faculty, staff and students from Mr. Murphy.

This session will be geared toward the IT gang--propeller hats are encouraged--but anyone is certainly welcome!

Speakers
avatar for Marty Smith

Marty Smith

Account Technology Strategist, 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.

Exhibitors

Sunday December 2, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
4C

3:15pm

Bringing 3D Modeling and Printing Into the Humanities Classroom
Technology can enhance learning across the curriculum, not just STEM classes! US History students at Foxcroft School are studying material culture of early America using 3D Modeling and Printing. Learn how they are using these new technologies to explore history in a new and active manner, and imagine how you might use them in Humanities classrooms in your school.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Northrup

Alex Northrup

Director of Educational Technology, Foxcroft School
History Department ChairFoxcroft School



Sunday December 2, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
3B

3:15pm

CANCELLED - Surfing in a Hurricane: Top Tech Hacks That Will Keep You Balanced!
Life as a teacher can, at times, be best described as organized chaos. How does one manage it all efficiently and effectively? Between parent communication, classroom management, grading, student engagement and data collection, there's so much to do and so little time. In this session, attendees will learn how to hack basic, and new, tech tools to streamline their day, maintain organization, and ultimately, ride the wave!

Speakers
avatar for Paige Faul

Paige Faul

4th Grade Teacher, Liberty Elementary, Loudoun County Public Schools
Passionate about purposeful tech integration in the classroom, and a strong believer that everyone can (and should) incorporate technology on a daily basis!


Sunday December 2, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
1A

3:15pm

Coding and Robotics for Early Elementary Age Learners
UPDATE: 12/2/18 It looks like we're going to have a very full house! That may make real hands-on very difficult, but we'll do our best!

If your students are still learning their letters and basic counting skills, is it too early to introduce computer programming (coding) and robotics? Wonder Workshop believes it not too early! Join Jeff Mao for a hands-on exploration of how to introduce coding and robotics to young learners. Together with Dash and Dot, we'll learn through play!

If you have your own Dash or Dot, feel free to bring them along! Participants are encouraged to bring an android or iOS device with the following apps by Wonder Workshop pre-loaded: Wonder, Blockly for Dash and Dot, Xylo, and Path.

Jeff Mao is an internationally known education technology leader. Jeff served as the Learning Technology Policy Director for the Maine Department of Education (2004-2014). In that role, he provided leadership and education technology policy support to four Commissioners of Education. He was directly responsible for the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI). He oversaw all aspects of the program including vision, implementation, policy, professional development, procurement and contract management. He was a lead author of the State of Utah’s Master Plan: Essential Elements for Technology Powered Learning. Additionally, he is an advisor for Future Ready Schools and has moderated and presented at almost all of Future Ready’s Summits and Institutes. Jeff was a Senior Director for Common Sense Media’s education division (2014-2017). He is currently a Senior Strategic Education Outreach Manager for Wonder Workshop and independent education technology consultant.

Jeff has keynoted international events sponsored by UNESCO, World Bank, InterAmerica-Development Bank, and the Korean Education and Research Information Service. In the United States, he has keynoted state conferences including NYSCATE (New York) and VITA-Learn (Vermont), and presented at events including ISTE, CoSN, SETDA, FETC, SXSWEdu, TASA, TCEA, and CETPA. He served on the Board of Directors of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) for six years including two as Chair of the Board.

He has been recognized by EdScoop (EdTech Hero, 2017) SETDA (Leader of the Year, 2013), and Common Sense Media (Educator of the Year, 2012).

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Mao

Jeff Mao

Sr. Strategic Education Outreach Manager, Wonder Workshop
Jeff Mao is an internationally known education technology leader. Jeff served as the Learning Technology Policy Director for the Maine Department of Education (2004-2014). In that role, he provided leadership and education technology policy support to four Commissioners of Education... Read More →



Sunday December 2, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
2B

3:15pm

Creating Behavior Plans/Goal Trackers with Google Forms
For many years, special education teachers and case managers have tracked progress on student goals and behavior plans for IEPs on paper. This presented quite a few flaws, including the student forgetting their paper, and not being able to easily and quickly analyze the collected data. Because of this, data was lost, and the teacher spent more time than needed trying to determine patterns or connections. Not anymore! In this session, learn how to use Google Forms to design a behavior plan or goal tracker for students, and then create a Google Sheet file to analyze the data. Learn what question types work best for plans, the best way to collect responses from teachers, and how to look at the collected data. Attendees will leave with plenty of resources, including a series of videos that replicates the creation of the behavior plan. With Google Forms, you'll never have to worry about students losing their behavior plan! This session meets the TSIP standard for the lifelong learner and using technology to improve pedagogy and learning.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Moravec

Rachel Moravec

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Fluvanna County Public Schools



Sunday December 2, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
4E

3:15pm

Creating Digital Citizens that act and model in ways that are safe, legal, and ethical takes a village!
Come explore how looking at your system through a gradual release of responsibility model builds a strategic plan of strategies to help district technology and curriculum departments, teachers, and students succeed.

Speakers
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Greg Henderson

Field Account Executive, CDWG

Exhibitors

Sunday December 2, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
5B

3:15pm

DIY VR: Surfing the Virtual Wave
VR doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated, and you can do it yourself. Using Google’s new Tour Creator, you and your students can easily create and share virtual tours, similar to those in Expeditions. Bring your laptop or Chromebook as we leverage the vast library of 360° images from Google Street View to build our own VR tour and view them with or without goggles. You’ll also learn how to take your own 360° VR images and make them part of the project.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Stahmer

Tim Stahmer

Freelance Educator, AssortedStuff.com
For many years, I was a professional development leader in Fairfax County Public Schools, working with the talented instructional tech specialists in our 190+ schools. Now I continue to help educators and others make the best use of technology for learning online, and live in conference... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
2C

3:15pm

Google Arts & Culture: Using Inquiry to Connect Cultures
Perhaps you have heard of the Google Arts & Culture, one of the largest online databases of art, artifacts, and cultural pieces? Now, let’s explore how to use the Google Arts & Culture website in dynamic ways that require students to research, analyze, and curate their own cultural collections. Enjoy 360º scenes and video tours, cultural icons, and incredibly high resolution imagery spanning from the ancient river valleys to the 21st century.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Moran

Katie Moran

ITRT, Rockingham County Public School
I graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and M.A.T. in Secondarty Education. I had the great fortune to teach my passion for history in Rockingham County, VA from 2007-2016. During my teaching tenure, I discovered my love for educational... Read More →



Sunday December 2, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
3A

3:15pm

Hang Ten with Authentic Assessment in the Blended Classroom
Bored of the same repetitive review activities? Tired of the same quotidian quizzes? Then come to this session and learn how to create authentic assessments utilizing instructional technology. We will learn how to make poignant pre-assessments using Google Forms, fun formative assessments using Padlet and Google Drawings, remarkable review guides using HyperDocs, and stellar summative assessments using Screencasts. While the examples are from middle and high school language arts classrooms, middle school and high school teachers of all subjects will benefit from this session. Time will be given to create an authentic assessment under guided supervision. Please bring ear buds and a device.

Speakers
avatar for Nishi Langhorne

Nishi Langhorne

School-Based Technology Specialist, McLean High School



Sunday December 2, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
4A

3:15pm

Helping ELLs shred the Daily 5
Everyone knows that elementary ELL students need extra support in reading, writing, speaking, and listening daily. But, how do get the most out of your of Daily 5? Catch the digital wave by flipping the classroom! You, and your students, will be stoked to do Language Arts every day! Learn how to get the most out of your students by shredding the Daily 5 routine through appsmashing. We will show you how your students can become independent learners, improve parent-teacher-student communication, and increase student engagement! Give your students the practice they need in the 4 WIDA domains of reading, listening, writing, and speaking every day so they can make progress and get cranking in Language Arts. Whether you are 1:1, BYOD, or only have access to a few devices, we can show you ways to make technology work for ALL students and get the most out of your Kindles, iPads, and traditional desktops/laptops. While this session is geared towards ESOL teachers, anyone that teaches Prek-5 can appsmash in the classroom! Come join us as we explore ways to get your students engaged, creating, and collaborating. Appsmashing and ELLs...totally awesome!

Speakers
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Meaghan Martin

ITC, Coles ES/PWCS
Having taught English Language Learners (ELLs) since 2007, I enjoy integrating technology to provide multiple ways for students to develop language from speaking and listening to reading and writing.
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Heather Williamson

ITC/ESOL Teacher, McAuliffe ES/PWCS
As an ITC/ESOL teacher for the last two years, and an ESOL/primary teacher, I love blending technology and ESOL to meet the needs of our K-2 students.



Sunday December 2, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
4B

3:15pm

Holy Sheet! Using Forms, Sheets, and Rubrics to Streamline Grading and Feedback
You've learned about the benefits of PBA. You've learned about developing rubrics. Now lets streamline the process of grading using these rubrics and sharing the feedback with students. What if you could save yourself time and do this all in one step. The good news is you can. We will cover making your rubrics digital using Google Forms, Processing/Grading the work using Google Sheets, and Providing Feedback to students using Autocrat. You will be walked through the process of setting this up and examples of each set up will be shared during this session. 

Presentation...
http://bit.ly/VSTEHolySheet

Speakers
avatar for Jon Novick

Jon Novick

ITRT, Clarke County Public Schools
I'm an ITRT and Coach in Clarke County Public Schools. Before becoming an ITRT 6 years ago I was a HS Chemistry teacher for 8 years in Arizona and Virginia. | I work with grades preK-12 in our district, splitting my time between an Elementary School and the High School in our small... Read More →



Sunday December 2, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
1B

3:15pm

It's so easy being green
Using green screen technologies is really fun and the resulting videos are so much fun to watch. In this session we explore ways in which we can make digital green screen segments for even more learning fun. Capturing video from applications such as Keynote, PowerPoint, Explain Everything, and even Scratch, you and your students can bring anything to life and interact with it on screen.

Speakers
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Bea Leiderman

Instructional Technology Coach, Goochland County Public Schools


Sunday December 2, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
5D

3:15pm

Moving from Vision to Implementation
Schools are 342% more likely to achieve success when using best teaching practices and technology frequently*. However, implementing technology without a clear vision and plan often results in little change to teaching and learning. In this session, explore how to align with leadership from multiple departments to build a vision and develop a plan that transforms learning environments and inspires teachers using a variety of tools. Learn how SMART Technologies has partnered with districts as they identify desired learning outcomes, evaluate technology, develop learning environments, and build an implementation plan to achieve success. 
*According to the Teaching, Technology and Learning: Understanding the Interconnection 2016 Research Study by Filigree Consulting.

Speakers
avatar for Aron Fristoe

Aron Fristoe

Education Sales Consultant, SMART Technologies
Love teaching, technology, family and fly fishing.
MW

Matt Wallace

Efficacy and Implementation Manager, SMART Technologies

Exhibitors

Sunday December 2, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
4D

3:15pm

Robots Come Alive Through the Art of Storytelling
We will turn STEAM into STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Art, and Math). With the use of science topics, robots, reading skills, design, art and math, we will bring reading to life. Attendees will learn how to incorporate robotics and coding into a reading lesson. This is a hands on workshop. The participants will understand how to create plugged and unplugged codes and create a storyline to share.

Speakers
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Sharon Gaston

Reading Specialist, Taylor Elementary/Arlington Public Schools
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Atleacia Gibson

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Taylor Elementary/Arlington Public Schools



Sunday December 2, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
1C

3:15pm

Standards-Based Assessment
Discovery Elementary School has become a national leader in revolutionizing assessment practices, having eliminated letter and number grades at all grade levels K-5, and now leading a county-wide charge to do so for Middle and High Schools. Learn the underlying philosophy of omnimodal assessment, the techniques and protocols to implement such a system (at the classroom, school, or division level), and the tools that will assist you in doing so.

Speakers
avatar for Keith Reeves

Keith Reeves

Senior Instructional Technology Coordinator, Discovery Elementary School / Arlington Public Schools
Chariperson of VSTE. (www.VSTE.org) | Keith David Reeves is the author of "Insurrection: A Teacher Revolution in Defense of Children," and the co-author of "Paperless Research Writing: Effective Digital Scaffolding for Academic Writing using the Moulen-Reeves Model." A native of Syracuse... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
5A

3:15pm

Surf the Cross Curricular Waves of the Open Classroom Ocean
We can no longer view a school with traditional walls, classrooms, lectures, and specialized teachers but rather an open space with well-rounded and collaborative educators and students. If we model education in this way we will make learning more meaningful and prepare our students for the ACTUAL real world.

Why not design a new shoe for a solar panel installer? Have students research the role of footwear in various cultures (history), test the coefficient of friction of their shows (physics) or create a regression model (math)? Then design a fashionable yet functional shoe (art), research the production process (finance) and write a proposal letter to the company (English). Why not record an interview or commercial (media) about your shoe and create a sales pitch (public speaking) in another language (foreign language)?

Let's reimagine our schools and think about what and how we teach to better prepare our students for the real world.

Speakers
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Eric Johnston

Learning Technology Integrator, Albemarle County Public Schools



Sunday December 2, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
3C

3:15pm

SWAY Cool Reading
Good readers take breaks to process what they are reading. Learn to use Microsoft Sway to guide comprehension through the use of research-based strategies. Helping students become aware of reading comprehension strategies allows them to manage their learning and empowers them to read strategically. While teaching students to think about how they read isn't an end to itself, it is a great instructional strategy. This is specifically helpful in a flipped or blended learning model. Join us and learn how to put this into action in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Okoye

Ruth Okoye

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

Exhibitors

Sunday December 2, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
2A

3:15pm

The Next Great Director is using an iPhone
Cell phone technology has changed end-over-end since I first started making home videos in 1995. With recent advancements in cell phone camera abilities, entire productions are now being shot on smartphones (See: Tangerine). Educators have this tremendous power sitting in their pocket, and through this presentation we will tap into that power for the growth of both the student and the teacher.

Speakers

Sunday December 2, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
5C

3:15pm

The Practical Inquiry Model Revisited: Developing Deeper Understanding in Online Learning Environments
We spend so much time designing interactive learning activities for online courses, but how do we know our students really learning? Through the lens of Cognitive Presence operationalized through the Practical Inquiry Model, we will take a critical look at common online and blended learning activities and brainstorm ways to boost cognitive presence and student engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Askea

Heather Askea

Instructional Technology Coordinator, UVAWISE Center for Teaching Excellence



Sunday December 2, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
3D

3:15pm

Coding Across the Curriculum
Join an 8th grade information technology teacher and a 6th grade U.S. history teacher as they provide effective strategies for incorporating coding activities throughout various disciplines. While some teachers may be nervous about “giving up time” to code, teachers will leave this session realizing that coding involves learning content and developing critical thinking skills. This will be a hands-on session as attendees will be able to practice coding with Spheros by using real activities designed for the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Luke Roadcap

Luke Roadcap

Social Studies Teacher, Rockingham County Public Schools - Elkton Middle School
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 MacBook... Read More →
AS

Anne Senger

Information Technology Teacher, Rockingham County Public Schools - Elkton Middle School


Sunday December 2, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Concourse 3

3:15pm

Twitter 101
Building relationships and connections with experts, teachers, administrators and others around the world is an effective way to discover new ideas, enhance student learning, & reflect on what we do in schools. Time, location, and budgets are often challenges for educators in expanding their knowledge base. Building a Personal and Professional Learning Network (PLN) on Twitter is a great way to overcome these barriers while gaining inspiration from amazing experts and resources. Come learn the basics of Twitter, make your account and start learning with educators from around the room before you leave the session!

bit.ly/VSTEtwitter101

Speakers
avatar for Tamara Letter

Tamara Letter

ITRT, Hanover County Public Schools
"Only you can tell the story someone else needs to hear." An educator for more than 20 years, with experiences all across the United States, Tamara Letter empowers student and teacher voice with kindness, joy, and a helping dose of creative passion, too! She currently serves Hanover... Read More →
avatar for Margaret Sisler

Margaret Sisler

Educational Specialist, Instructional Technology Integration, Fairfax County Public Schools
I work in our division offices and support FCPSOn, our initiative to shift teaching and learning to include more student centered learning experiences and 1:1 access for all students (Windows 10 PCs). I'm a former elementary and HS tech coach and I'm passionate about social media... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Concourse 2

3:15pm

Hot Topic Session - Power Users
Bring your questions. Share your knowledge. Collaborate and learn together. 

VSTEcamp Hot Topic Session - Join us as we circle back to the trending topics from our morning VSTEcamps:
  • Robotics & Coding
  • Student & Teacher Choice & Voice (student work ethic, teacher motivation, etc.)
  • Professional Development (time effective, tech infused design, targeted, etc.)
  •  Digital & Virtual Creation

Who is a Power User? 
A power user has a strong pedagogy background, a solid understanding of technology integration, and knowledge of multiple ed tech  tools and resources. Just like a good surfer you are jack of all trades! You have the ability to troubleshoot both technological and instructional challenges, are flexible and able to seek alternative solutions. When things don't go as planned, you don’t WIPE OUT!

You use research-based strategies to craft your learning experiences. You may not be an expert in all digital tools but you have a sound understanding of most tools, and are willing to learn and share. You are open minded and willing to take risks. As a good surfer, you always handle whatever the oceans throws at you.

VSTE Power Users Camp Sessions Grid 2018



Sunday December 2, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
1D

3:15pm

VSTE Central: Meet the Board
Come learn more about VSTE and the Board of Directors with Josh Long and Mike Speidel. 


Sunday December 2, 2018 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Tower Board Room Atrium

4:30pm

15 Google Add-ons To Save Your Life
In this session, we will go through the steps of finding and installing Google Add-ons. We will also dive deep into 20 of the most time-saving add-ons for apps such as Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Chrome, and Google Sheets. Some add-ons in the presentation include: Flubaroo, Grammarly, EasyBib, (G)Math, Geogebra, Goobric, and Chrome Remote Desktop.

The presentation for this session can be found at bit.ly/vsteaddons

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Witman

Tyler Witman

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Arlington Public Schools


Sunday December 2, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
4C

4:30pm

Advanced Google Searching
Google is the present and the future! To prepare your students for the future it’s time to teach them to be better Google searchers. BYOD to learn how to teach your students to do phrase searches with the Boolean AND, OR, NOT operators, to search for words and phrases in the title of a webpage, to limit results to a single top-level domain (.edu, .gov, and .org), to limit results to a single website, to limit results to a country (.de – Germany, .uk – Great Britain), to limit results to only PDF documents or PowerPoints, and to find animated images. After your instruction, your students will be expert Google searchers and ready for any current or future research projects.

Speakers
PB

Paul Barron

Director of Library and Archives (retired), George C. Marshall Foundation
Retired Director of Library Archives George C. Marshall Foundation



Sunday December 2, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
1B

4:30pm

All The Things You Didn't Know Google Slides Could Do!
Come learn all about Google’s presentation software, Google Slides! We’ll briefly explore all the nooks ‘n’ crannies of Slides including creation, editing text, editing themes/backgrounds, inserting images, editing images, inserting videos, collaboration, research, and animations! 
The session will then take an exciting turn to launch out into custom slide sizes for newsletters and posters along with creating eBooks, magnetic poetry, choose-your-own-adventure, social media project templates and more! We will move at a casual pace to ensure everyone is comfortable and many resources will be provided for further learning! Explore the versatility of GSlides and the awesomeness your students can create with it!

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 Innovator, Trainer, Educator Levels I & II, and Administrator... Read More →



Sunday December 2, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
3D

4:30pm

Combing for Hidden Treasures in Google Slides
Have you ever used Google Slides for more than a presentation? No? Then this session is for you! This session will showcase the hidden treasures waiting to be surfaced in Google Slides to move you and your students beyond presentation creation. Master slides to create academic sorts, emojis to create #Booksnaps, and diagrams to create infographics are just a few of the hidden treasures that will be presented. Learn ways to increase student engagement and empower students to become critical thinkers and creators with this user-friendly digital tool.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Snow

Jessica Snow

Instructional Technology Specialist, Great Neck Middle School - VBCPS



Sunday December 2, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
3C

4:30pm

Discovery Education and More Oh My!
Tweet Share
Are you making the most of your Discovery Education account? Have you tried using their BUILDER TOOLS (Assessment Builder, Quiz Builder, Writing Prompt Builder, Board Builder, Studio)? Have you tried one of the one hundred SOS STRATEGIES? Better yet have you connected your GOOGLE CLASSROOM to Discovery Education? Discovery Education is more than just videos! If you have a Discovery Education account with your school come by and learn how you can make the most of your account!

Speakers
avatar for Denise Henry-Orndorff

Denise Henry-Orndorff

Instructional Technology Resource Coach, Strasburg HS, Signal Knob MS, Sandy Hook ES
I am married and have two children. Our days are busy with baseball, Relay for Life, and church. I am currently finishing my 21st year of teaching in Shenandoah County where I went as a child. I have a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education (K-3 certification) from James Madison... Read More →



Sunday December 2, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
5C

4:30pm

Exploring the World Without Barriers: Using Virtual Reality Resources to Support ESOL Students
Virtual Reality builds background knowledge, increases student engagement, and immerses them into the learning process. Students can explore the world, experience different places and cultures without ever leaving their classroom community. Virtual reality personalizes learning by putting the students in control of their experience and by bringing content into their world without barriers of language, exposure, or location.

Our session will explore various VR resources such as Google Expeditions, Ricoh Theta 360 cameras and View-Master headsets. Participants will experience a virtual reality embedded lesson plan and will have the opportunity to build out their own lessons using the Virginia Standards of Learning.

Speakers
avatar for Charli Nolan

Charli Nolan

Learning Technology Integrator, Albemarle County Public Schools LEAD Department
LS

Lucy Spencer

Learning Technology Integrator, Albemarle County Public Schools LEAD Department



Sunday December 2, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
3B

4:30pm

Get Stoked - Catch the Wave with Google HyperDrawings
Learn to go new school by using Google Drawings to create an in-depth, multifaceted, student-centered lesson based around a single image. Experience how embedding hidden links into a hyperdrawing supports image analysis skills and tie in the Four C’s. Engaging directly with the components of primary sources forces students to think critically about the details that make up an image, teaching them to formulate interpretations. Geography lessons become a creative playground where students can build their own presentations that literally travel the Silk Road. You can amp up the excitement by breaking out of the barrel entirely with an escape room, requiring students to work collaboratively to solve an authentic problem. Tie in communication tools like Flipgrid and Padlet, and a single image can connect the whole class on a broader scale. While the base tool used in this lesson is Google Drawings, it can ultimately include any type of linkable resource, from Edpuzzle, to Google Forms, to further reading topics - the options are endless. Like with a hyperdoc, students are able to move at their own pace, and including periodic self-assessments help keep students on track to guide their own learning. This activity aligns with the TSIP standards for Learning Facilitator, as well as ISTE Student Standard 3c, and ISTE Teaching Standards 5b and 5c. The target audience for the presentation is Secondary level educators.

Google Presentation: bit.ly/HyperDrawing

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth McDowell

Elizabeth McDowell

School Based Technology Specialist, Kilmer Middle School


Sunday December 2, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
5B

4:30pm

Helping Social Science Grommets "trim the wave"
Do your grommets know the stance to take when approaching timelines in history and the choppy waters of sequencing all the people, places, and events they need to learn in Social Science classes each year?

We will share project ideas and interactive resources (both plugged and unplugged) for you to use in your surf school which we hope will help your surfers be amped and stoked while learning. The resources shared in this session can be used in a variety of Social Science classes in the upper elementary through middle school grades.

Speakers
KW

Kelly Watkins

Educational Technology Facilitator, York County Schools
ETF for Seaford and Coventry Elementary Schools in York County, VA


Sunday December 2, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
1A

4:30pm

Imagine Academy + Industry Certifications = Unlocked Possibilities
Microsoft Imagine Academy (MSIA) provides students and educators with industry aligned curricula and certifications to build competencies and validate skills for high-demand technologies. Students gain valuable skills for college and careers that will help them succeed in a tech-driven economy. Join us to learn more about the program benefits, courses and certifications offered and hear how MSIA has positively impacted students across the globe.

Speakers

Sunday December 2, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
4E

4:30pm

Moving to Digital Literacy: Embedding Digital Tools and Multimodal Texts in Reading and Writing Workshop
With the advent of technology, teachers need to embed digital and media texts into reading and writing workshops and create several venues and opportunities to engage students to be digitally literate. This workshop will hopefully equip and expose classroom teachers, specialists and literacy coaches on the hidden instructional value of multimodal texts and in using varied digital tools and multimodal media in reading and writing workshops.

The objective of this presentation/workshop is to inspire teachers to authentically embed digital and media tools and some multimodal texts to heighten students’ interests and to help them become digitally literate in this “techy” world.

Reading & Writing Workshop Framework Model. We will briefly talk about the reading and writing workshop framework so participants can have a perspective of where anchor, mentor, and independents texts would fit in.

Using Digital and Multimodal Texts as Anchor and Mentor Texts. In this segment, we will explore some multimodal texts (songs, videos, play, advertisements, speeches, etc.) as anchor texts where teachers can draw their lessons for the next few days, just like the way we use interactive read aloud.

Teaching Reading Comprehension Skills Using Digital and Multimodal Texts. We will explore how to use some digital and multimodal texts to specifically teach some reading comprehension skills like inference, text structure, character’s motivation, etc. The author will deliberately show how to target small skills from a unit of study and based on what she observed about her students, so participants can see the importance of zooming into small skills in the focus lessons.

Embedding Digital and Media Literacy in Writing Workshops - In this segment, the focus is more on critiquing and analyzing multimodal texts. The author will model  sample multimodal texts to specifically target some writing skills like author’s craftsmanship, lead, ideas, etc.

Participants will be given a list of resources to choose from so they can create their own writing workshop focus lessons/conference lessons embedding digital literacy.

We will also explore some resources where teachers can publish their own students writing in the internet through various forms like website, blogs, Google sites and e-Books (Laird, 2015).

Speakers
avatar for Krishna Belino Cart

Krishna Belino Cart

Literacy Coach & Curriculum Director, Young Scholars Circle
Krishna Belino Cart MA Ed, NBCT, a National Board Certified Reading Specialist, is the Curriculum Director. As a Reading Specialist and Literacy Coach, she provides specific teaching strategies to English and Language Arts K-12 classroom teachers. Having more than 23 years of teaching... Read More →



Sunday December 2, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
4A

4:30pm

Protecting your children with Cisco Umbrella- the smartest way to meet CIPA compliance & protect students and teachers
With nothing to download or install, Umbrella is the absolute favorite Web security service of K-12 school districts. As more schools embrace 1:1 programs, tablets and mobile devices, Umbrella enables IT administrators to seamlessly extend Web filtering and Internet security to all devices, even those that leave campus.

Umbrella’s no-manual-required, easy deployment means the cloud-based Web filtering service can be up and running district-wide in a day. Read on to see why Umbrella is fast becoming ubiquitous in K-12 schools.

Speakers
Sponsors

Sunday December 2, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
2A

4:30pm

Riding the Literacy Wave with Book Creator
Book Creator is an epic resource that is so easily used by students and teachers for a variety of objectives, including literacy, which is a huge focus at the elementary level. We will show how Book Creator can enhance your literacy instruction through shared books and individual creations. By making the students the author, they will be more engaged in the writing process knowing that their work will be published to a larger audience. Hang ten as we ride the literacy wave with Book Creator!

Click Here to View Our Presentation!

Speakers
avatar for Christina Aquilina

Christina Aquilina

Innovative Learning Coach, Henrico County Public Schools
avatar for Karen Hues

Karen Hues

Innovative Learning Coach, Henrico County Public Schools
Elementary ITRT at: Davis, Greenwood, Longan, and Montrose


Sunday December 2, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
5D

4:30pm

Riding the Wave of Technology-Based Assessments in Science
Tired of grading papers? Wish you could visually see how students perform before and after a lesson without so much paper? Wish you could spend more time with your toes in the sand chasing off the seagulls from your lunch? Do you have a limited budget and you cannot take those island vacations because you keep spending your own money for class experiments and investigations? Throw the paper-pencil assessments to the seagulls and let technology do the work for you. We will show you how to create technology-based formative and summative assessments using multiple platforms for science content. Be able to give formative assessments, pre/post tests, and summative assessments online with technology based grading. We will bring you a bucket of free online virtual labs and resources at no-cost to you and your school. There are enough tools and resources to keep your students engaged in your assessments independently and collaboratively all year. Come ride the wave of technology-based assessments with us!

Speakers
avatar for Analisa Santillan

Analisa Santillan

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Norfolk Public Schools
avatar for Chrystal Ueltschi

Chrystal Ueltschi

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Norfolk Public Schools



Sunday December 2, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
3A

4:30pm

Robots Come Alive Through the Art of Storytelling
We will turn STEAM into STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Art, and Math). With the use of science topics, robots, reading skills, design, art and math, we will bring reading to life. Attendees will learn how to incorporate robotics and coding into a reading lesson. This is a hands on workshop. The participants will understand how to create plugged and unplugged codes and create a storyline to share.

Speakers
SG

Sharon Gaston

Reading Specialist, Taylor Elementary/Arlington Public Schools
AG

Atleacia Gibson

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Taylor Elementary/Arlington Public Schools



Sunday December 2, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
2C

4:30pm

Spheros Can Dance!
Music, math, and coding are our favorites. Come learn from students how math patterns turn to song in the Chrome Music Lab and watch them program Spheros to dance. It's the best student led dance party you've ever attended!
Presentation: https://tinyurl.com/yd54x76o

Speakers
BW

Becky Wallace

Gifted Resource Teacher, North Landing Elementary, Virginia Beach City Public Schools



Sunday December 2, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
5A

4:30pm

Student Voices: 2018 International Robotics Team Champions from Chesterfield, VA Share and Reflect
Learn about the Wonder League Robotics Competition (WLRC) and hear from last year's winners in the 6-8 year-old division, Husky Power, from Chesterfield, VA. Over 7200 teams from 63 countries participated in the annual competition, and Virginia's Husky Power climbed to the top! Jeff Mao from Wonder Workshop will introduce you to the WLRC, and then facilitate a conversation with Husky Power team members and their coach. Learn about what they learned, and advice for you to start a successful robotics team.
Be sure to check out the Presentation files for all the video links of their journey and slides from the presentation.

Speakers
KL

Kieu Luu

Wonder League Robotics Competition Coach, Husky Power Team
avatar for Jeff Mao

Jeff Mao

Sr. Strategic Education Outreach Manager, Wonder Workshop
Jeff Mao is an internationally known education technology leader. Jeff served as the Learning Technology Policy Director for the Maine Department of Education (2004-2014). In that role, he provided leadership and education technology policy support to four Commissioners of Education... Read More →



Sunday December 2, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
2B

4:30pm

Surfing the Digital Wave Without Wiping Out
Let’s talk about this thing called technology that has taken over our lives and keeps us plugged in 24/7. How do we not allow it to overwhelm us?

Have you ever been on vacation and your family is calling out to you but you’re not hearing them because you’re checking work email? Do you go out to dinner, look at the table near you, and see the entire table of friends texting and checking social media with very little social interaction? Are you surfing Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat or email and the next thing you know you look up and an hour’s worth of time has gotten away from you? All of these situations can lead to unpleasant, undesirable results.

But how can we overcome that? Technology can be the Quick Silver Surfboard in surfing the digital wave, but all great surfers know you don’t want to wipe out. Come learn how to surf the digital wave without wiping out!

Here's the session's bit.ly! ----> Surfing the Digital Wave Without Wiping Out


Speakers
avatar for Sonja Bridgers

Sonja Bridgers

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Norfolk Public Schools
I am always excited about the opportunity to present anything instructional technology related to my colleagues! I LOVE what I do! I've been an educator for 21 years. Formerly I was a business and information technology teacher (my first education love). I am thrilled to present at... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
4D

4:30pm

Tech Throwdown
This is a technology battle royale. Join two tech dudes as they present and defend their preferred technologies. The audience will serve as our judge and decide the fate of each technology. This session will showcase our favorite student response systems, content management systems, and our favorite educational apps and extensions. We guarantee that you will leave entertained and with some new technologies to use in your classroom.

Speakers
JR

Josh Reynolds

ITRT, Wise County Public Schools
avatar for Jesse Roberts

Jesse Roberts

ITRT, Wise County Public Schools



Sunday December 2, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
1C

4:30pm

Tempered-Glass Foundations: Early Literacy with iPads
iPads in early education can be a challenge. Selecting apps is only the beginning. Come learn how teachers in Goochland County are helping their youngest students app smash their way into reading and writing. Screen captures from various apps, videos, voice recordings can come together to help students drive their own literacy progress in collaboration with their peers.

Speakers
avatar for Morgan McMullin

Morgan McMullin

Instructional Technology Resource Coach, Goochland County Public Schools


Sunday December 2, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
4B

4:30pm

Using Desmos to make Math more Interactive
Desmos is a free online-graphing tool that teachers can bring into the classroom to help math come alive. Activities that were once done on a hand-held calculator can be brought online so that students have to worry less about the calculator steps and can discover more about the math. In this session, we will focus on how Desmos can be used in High School math courses to help enhance the student learning through discovery and practice. We will learn basic information needed in order to create learning activities for students and explore the pre-made lessons that teachers can use as well.

Speakers
KP

Kristina Peck

Director of Clinical Experiences, University of Mary Washington


Sunday December 2, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
2D

4:30pm

Learning Through "Osmo"sis
Have you ever wished your students were more engaged in their learning? Been seeking that formidable “hook” to catch your students’ interest? Come to this session and be immersed in Osmo. You will be introduced to an innovative technology that engagingly blends 21st century learning within game play. Participants will see and interact with the numerous and diverse opportunities for all learners.

Click here to access our Google Slides presentation!

Speakers
avatar for Sharon Carino

Sharon Carino

Computer Resource Teacher, Botetourt Elementary/Gloucester County Public Schools


Sunday December 2, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Concourse 2

4:30pm

VSTE Chopped 2.0 - Power Users
Who is a Power User? 
A power user has a strong pedagogy background, a solid understanding of technology integration, and knowledge of various technology tools and resources (just like a good surfer you are jack of all trades). You have the ability to troubleshoot both technological and instructional challenges, are flexible and able to seek alternative solutions. When things don't go as planned, you don’t WIPE OUT!
You are able to seamlessly integrate technology in both teaching and learning and use research-based strategies to craft your learning experiences. You may not be an expert in all digital tools but you have a sound understanding of most tools, and are willing to learn and share. You are open minded and willing to take risks.
And remember to be a good surfer, you always handle what the oceans throws at you.

VSTE Chopped 2.0 - teams will be randomly selected to compete against one another. Four secret instructional technology resources will be revealed that must be used in the creation of a lesson that ingnites student learning before time runs out.  One team will be the winner.

Registration for Chopped will close Sunday December 2nd at 1:00 PM. Thank you.


Sunday December 2, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
1D

8:00pm

VSTE Trivia Night
Bring your team and a mobile device to compete against other VSTE attendees in Trivia Night! This fast paced, fun, and informative experience is guaranteed to be a great way to spend your first night at this year's VSTE conference. Unwind with colleagues while playing along in this new conference experience. 


Sunday December 2, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Virginia Beach 1900 Pavilion Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, USA
 
Monday, December 3
 

7:00am

Registration Open
Monday December 3, 2018 7:00am - 5:00pm
Level 1 (Near Tower)

8:00am

Opening General Session & Keynote Address
The opening session will include a welcome from Board Chair, Keith Reeves; awards for Outstanding Coach of the Year, and the keynote from Sarah Thomas:

#TBT: Looking Backwards to Look Ahead
The present is a gift, the past has passed, and the future is what is to come.  Let's time travel and reminisce on our first days of teaching.  What has changed?  What lessons might we learn from our past, and how might this inform our future?  Take a trip with Sarah Thomas on this magical journey that discusses the power of reflection and community, edtech trends over the years, and...fanny packs?

Speakers
avatar for Keith Reeves

Keith Reeves

Senior Instructional Technology Coordinator, Discovery Elementary School / Arlington Public Schools
Chariperson of VSTE. (www.VSTE.org) | Keith David Reeves is the author of "Insurrection: A Teacher Revolution in Defense of Children," and the co-author of "Paperless Research Writing: Effective Digital Scaffolding for Academic Writing using the Moulen-Reeves Model." A native of Syracuse... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas

Founder, Prince George's County Public Schools
Sarah Thomas, PhD is a Regional Technology Coordinator in Prince George’s County Public Schools. She is also a Google Certified Innovator, Google Education Trainer, and the founder of the #EduMatch movement, a project that empowers educators to make global connections across common... Read More →


Monday December 3, 2018 8:00am - 9:30am
Ballroom 3

9:30am

Exhibits
Monday December 3, 2018 9:30am - 6:00pm
Exhibit Hall A

9:45am

Apple Playground: Tools for Teaching and Learning
This year Apple announced many new and exciting tools for teaching and learning. Join us at the Apple Playground where you will visit hands-on experiential pods focusing on…
Augmented Reality
Apple Professional Learning
Everyone Can Code
Capturing Learning with Clips
Tools for Observation
Everyone Can Create
Classroom Management Tools: Classroom & Schoolwork
Accessing Abilities
Engaging Primary Learners


Speakers
EL

Ellen Loos

Account Executive, Apple


Monday December 3, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
5C

9:45am

Breaking out: An escape room experience
Solve puzzles and race the clock to escape. This is a learning experience where you will work together as a team to solve multiple puzzles, unlock boxes and escape before time is up. Afterward, there will be a breakdown of how to create escape rooms for students and incorporate curriculum across all content. You will not want to miss this fun and exciting adventure!

Speakers
SC

Sandra Cahill

Instructional Technology Coach, Prince William County Public School
JM

Joy Moller

Instructional Technology Coach, Victory Elementary - Prince William County


Monday December 3, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
5B

9:45am

Commonwealth Cascades - Free MSCI Digital Resources
Do you like the rides, games, food, animals, and shows of amusement parks? If so, you will like exploring the fictional park, Commonwealth Cascades, the instructional online content built by WHRO to help schools meet the VDOE’s Middle Schools Career Investigations requirement (see Superintendent’s Memo #264-18). Come join in the fun and view this free, downloadable digital resource available for all schools across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Speakers
MT

Meagan Taylor- Booth

E-Learning Manager, WHRO
MF

Mitzi Fehl-Seward

Director of E-Learning, WHRO

Exhibitors


Monday December 3, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
3B

9:45am

Geometry, Technology & Me
Sometimes students need to be stretched and given the opportunity to show what they know about Geometry. Join us to see a way for students to practice what they know about polygons, measurement, and problem solving using a robot. This session will be using a Sphero and Ozobot, but the lesson can be applied to any robot you can get your hands on!

Presentation: https://tinyurl.com/y8yocebl

Speakers
BS

Beth Smith

Gifted Resource Teacher, Virginia Beach City Public Schools
BW

Becky Wallace

Gifted Resource Teacher, North Landing Elementary, Virginia Beach City Public Schools



Monday December 3, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
5A

9:45am

Hey Sage, Get Off the Stage! Enhance your student-centered learning environment with collaborative tools
Discover how to connect any device for collaborative and engaging learning with SMART Learning Suite Online.  From interactive games to collaborative workspaces, students are active throughout the entire learning process. You will learn how simple it is to combine content, pedagogy and technology to create powerful learning experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Aron Fristoe

Aron Fristoe

Education Sales Consultant, SMART Technologies
Love teaching, technology, family and fly fishing.

Exhibitors

SLSO Challenge notebook

Monday December 3, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
4D

9:45am

Integrated Physical Security: Prevention Not Just Evidence
We will demonstrate an efficient, comprehensive methodology for protecting students and Physical Assets in a Secure environment within your districts physical environment.

Speakers
Exhibitors
avatar for Encore Technology Group

Encore Technology Group

Office of the CTO, Encore Technology Group


Monday December 3, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
4A

9:45am

Level Up Your LMS!
Using the same LMS as everyone else in your school/district? Bring your class to the next level by Gamifying your LMS using the free tools available in Classcraft! Gamification increases engagement and participation and completely transforms your classroom into a powerfully magical place. 

bit.ly/GamifyVSTE




Speakers
avatar for Arcadia Parson

Arcadia Parson

Technology Education Teacher, Virginia Beach City Public Schools



Monday December 3, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
5D

9:45am

Safely Surfing the Digital Wave: Cyber Security Basics

Be a cyber secure digital lifeguard as you lead your students in surfing the sometimes turbulent and murky waters of the digital world. Learn the principles of cyber security and explore resources that can be used to educate your students about safely and ethically treading digital waters.

Among the refreshed TSIPs addressed are:

Digital Leadership: Teachers positively contribute to and responsibly participate in the digital world.

  • Cultivate and manage their digital identities and reputations and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world
  • Promote and model safe, legal and ethical behaviors with students by embedding digital citizenship skills in online lessons and activities
  • Select and correctly attribute appropriate digital content, tools and resources that meet local, state and/or federal policies
  • Understand the rights and obligations of student privacy and security when collecting and using student data, communicating with stakeholders, reviewing user agreements, and selecting digital content, tools, and resources

Click here to open the online version of my presentation in Sway called Surfing the Digital Wave: Cybersecurity Basics

The printable PDF is also available below this description.


Speakers
avatar for June Jones

June Jones

Educational Technology Facilitator, York County School Division
My name is June Jones. I am a graduate of the University of Mary Washington with a degree in Spanish Language and Literature. I taught Spanish in York County for the first 15 years of my career. Over the years, I developed a love for the use of technology in the classroom. In 2003... Read More →



Monday December 3, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
3A

9:45am

Should makerspaces in community-based organizations, schools and libraries coexist?
What are makerspaces? Makerspaces can take the form of places where individuals meet to share space and tools for the purpose of making things. Some makerspaces may be for-profit companies, non-profit corporations or organizations affiliated with or hosted within schools, universities or libraries (https://spaces.makerspace.com). These spaces provide opportunities for people of all ages to create, build, collaborate and learn together using no tech to high tech tools and equipment.

Some schools create makerspaces for after-school initiatives. Other schools integrate aspects of makerspaces’ design thinking and experimentation into their curriculum during the instructional day. In other school districts, electives or special classes are dedicated to creative exploration within their makerspace environments that help prepare students for fields in science, technology, engineering and math (https://www.edutopia.org/blog/creating-makerspaces-in-schools-mary-beth-hertz).

Most community-based makerspaces offer their tools as well as classes and workshops to community members of all ages for the purpose of developing knowledge and skills for designing, prototyping, and creating products. The makerspaces within these community-based environments represent the “democratization of design, engineering, fabrication, and education” (https://spaces.makerspace.com).

Makerspaces are becoming more popular for many reasons. Makerspaces provide collaborative opportunities that help participants develop design and manufacturing skills and express creativity while working with tools, materials, and equipment such as woodworking, metalworking, 3D printing, lasercutting, CNC machines, soldering irons, kilns and more. Makerspaces can also be incubators for startup businesses. For some who attended schools before the 1970’s when industrial arts was an important part of the school curriculum, it is important to create makerspaces that allow industrial learning opportunities for younger generations that do not currently have woodshop or metalworking classes in today’s schools. For retirees who downsized their homes and no longer have access to tools and equipment that they once had in their basements or garages, makerspaces become like a “club” or gathering of like-minded makers as they work together to create things. This also gives them an outlet to share their knowledge of making by teaching classes or giving hands-on workshops.

Should makerspaces in community-based organizations, schools, and libraries coexist? After all, don’t these makerspaces provide opportunities for making, collaborating, learning and sharing for all ages?

This session will provide participants with an opportunity to interact with one another to exchange ideas about forming collaborative makerspace partnerships between schools, libraries, and community-based makerspaces. Two VSTE members, one a school district makerspace educator and the other a retired educator now the education liaison for a non-profit makerspace who collaborate to establish maker initiatives that benefit schools and the community at large. They will lead the session by posing these questions for sharing and discussion:

1. In what ways do makerspaces in schools, libraries, and community-based maker organizations share the same mission, goals and objectives? How are they different?
2. What are some examples of such makerspace partnerships? What types of exchanges of ideas and resources are occurring?
3. If forming such makerspace partnerships is important to a community, what strategies and desired outcomes should be considered?

Speakers
avatar for Nick Grzeda

Nick Grzeda

Digital Integration Specialist, Loudoun County Public Schools
Nick Grzeda is a Digital Integration Specialist in the Office of Educational Technology for Loudoun County Public Schools. His responsibilities include managing the LMS for the division; leading divisionwide initiatives like BYOT and providing staff training in the area of blended... Read More →
avatar for Diane Painter

Diane Painter

Education Liaison, Makersmiths, Inc.
I am interested in instructional technology and assistive technology to support persons with disabilities in pre-K-12+



Monday December 3, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
3D

9:45am

Sneaking in Computer Science Standards in the Elementary Classroom
Learn how to “sneak” in the computer science standards in the K-6 classroom using lessons you already have and incorporating more technology. Teaching the new standards should not be an additional task for teachers, but can be taught using math and science lessons teachers already have in place or refreshing old lesson plans to incorporate the new standards in a fun meaningful way. In this session, participants will receive real examples, websites, manipulatives and fresh ideas for grade level K-6 incorporation.

Session Materials

Speakers
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nichole ward

Teacher, Portsmouth Public Schools


Monday December 3, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
2C

9:45am

TeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown
There are many technology tools available for classroom use, but which ones are teachers’ favorites? Come explore new and tried-and-true technology tools for your classroom. Join TeachersFirst as we showcase our favorite edtech resources. Help us decide which tool is the session winner of our Smackdown!

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Okoye

Ruth Okoye

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

Exhibitors

Monday December 3, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
2D

9:45am

Techno-Safari: Hands-on Technologies that Will Engage Your Little Ones
It’s technology center time! Come to explore some of the coolest technology tools! Get hands-on with Bloxels, Merge VR, Osmo learning tools, 3D Doodler, and more!

Speakers
avatar for Heather Askea

Heather Askea

Instructional Technology Coordinator, UVAWISE Center for Teaching Excellence


Monday December 3, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
4E

9:45am

Top Considerations for Implementing SSO to Strengthen Technology Access
What considerations are essential to ensure a safe and seamless single sign-on experience? How can we ensure that instructional technology is a time-effective accelerant of student achievement?
Join Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) to learn about how they have simplified access to and improved effectiveness of instructional technology using SSO. This session will cover:
  • Considerations for a secure and seamless SSO Platform
  • ACPS vision, rollout and ongoing management of technology resources using Clever SSO
  • ACPS plan to measure student achievement through utilization data

District co - hosts from Alexandria City Public Schools are Emily Dillard, Marya runkle, and Elizabeth Hoover.  

Speakers
avatar for Federico Velarde

Federico Velarde

District Success Manager, Clever Inc.

Exhibitors


Monday December 3, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
4B

9:45am

Using Read2Grasp to Increase Reading Comprehension
Teachers and ITCs will learn how to implement Read2Grasp (R2G) as an app or an online tool for chromebooks, etc.  during the language arts block. Come and see how R2G can be used for mini-lessons, guided reading, and during independent reading. Learn how to use the feedback component to conference with students and use the data component to enhance your instruction. 

Speakers
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Nivvi Tareen

Teacher, Campbell School


Monday December 3, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
2B

9:45am

Using Technology to Teach Problem Solving Skills in Math
Make math more relevant by using Google Apps for Education. Let's take your tech skills beyond the substitution level! If you're fine with creating digital practice worksheets on Google Docs or digital assessments using Google Forms, would it not be better if you can actually use technology to teach meaningful problem-solving skills? How about encouraging creativity and the ability to apply problem-solving skills in real life? After this session, if you're an educator, you will find out how much you need (or don't need) to get your ITS/ITRT involved in planning your tech-driven lesson with you! So let's surf the digital wave and "tech" this out like rockstars!

Speakers
avatar for Maria Thomas

Maria Thomas

Instructional Technology Specialist, Norfolk Public Schools



Monday December 3, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
4C

9:45am

Using Technology Tools to Teach Students to Identify, Challenge, and Combat Fake News
Fake news has been described as a poison that is injected in small doses that undermines the very fundamentals of a democratic society. The most durable solution is to combat the influence of fake news is to educate students how to understand what is fake.
In the session fake news will be defined and attendees will be introduced to fact checking websites recommended by ISTE and other sources like the Poynter Institute. Websites with downloadable posters, checklists, fact-checking lesson plan sources, and videos from Stanford, KQED and Common Sense Education will be recommended. Attendees will receive access to sources stored online in a Portaportal “Fake News” portal. They will learn to use Google to do reverse image searches to verify image sources and receive preformatted Google fact-finding and fake news evaluation queries. Finally, since nearly two-thirds of students get their news through technology platforms like smartphones, the role of social media will be reviewed.

Speakers
PB

Paul Barron

Director of Library and Archives (retired), George C. Marshall Foundation
Retired Director of Library Archives George C. Marshall Foundation



Monday December 3, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
3C

9:45am

Ride the Tech-Wave to Better Student Engagement
Come ride the tech-wave with us as we explore robotics, coding, programming, building, and engineering in all subject areas. A hands-on workshop will include an array of activities to demonstrate ways to integrate STEM across the curriculum. This session will involve stations for participants to rotate through with activities that can be easily replicated with specific SOL curriculum connections.
Presenters are Technology Integrators and classroom teachers who have infussed these resources with afterschool clubs for K-4 and integrated into the core curriculum throughout two elementary schools.
Catch the wave!

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Daniels

Barbara Daniels

Instructional Technology Training Specialist, Manassas City Public Schools
Manassas City Public Schools
avatar for Kate Green

Kate Green

Instructional Technology Training Sepcialist, Jennie Dean Elementary
Manassas City Public Schools



Monday December 3, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
Concourse 2

9:45am

VSTE Central: Meet the Board
New board member Lynmara Colon will bring a bit of magic to VSTE Central!

Speakers

Monday December 3, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
Tower Board Room Atrium

9:45am

Keeping students safe with G Suite and Machine Learning
Come learn how Google and Syscloud can work together to keep your students safe. Learn how you can be proactive in protecting your school with Syscloud.  Also hear about the game based approach that Google has taken to teach your students how to be leaders and be safe online.

Speakers
G

Google

Program Manager, Google


Monday December 3, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
2A

9:45am

Coding with BrainPOP
Learn more about Creative Coding with BrainPOP! Developed with Scratch and Vidcode, it includes both block- and text-based projects that span the K-12 curriculum and require no prior experience. No matter what you teach, these projects are an easy on-ramp to the world of coding: come find out why!

Attendees will learn how Virginia districts have already implemented Creative Coding into the curriculum and addressing VA Computer Science Standards. We will share our latest research and examples of real student coding projects.

Bring your laptop to get “hands-on” with your own coding projects and take back what you learn to "show what your know" with your curriculum team!


Monday December 3, 2018 9:45am - 11:45am
1A

9:45am

Embed PD for 21st Century Teachers into Your Master Schedule
Three years ago, Blue Ridge Middle used the structure of the master schedule to embed professional development during the school day. Each year, our teachers spend 10+ hours learning more about their craft, as well as leveraging technology to deepen their students learning. Now in our third year, we want to share our experiences with other schools in Virginia. Using our master schedule to demonstrate how we made it work as a school, we will take you through the process, step by step. We will share resources, ideas, forms, documents, lesson plans, lessons learned, links to materials and more.

Please bring with you to this workshop (either hardcopy or digital) - a master schedule of all classes in your school, your school's event calendar for the year (inclusive of field trips, clubs, assemblies, meetings and whatever else might alter the regualr school day.)  If you don't have access to your calendar or master schedule, we will provide a sample.

LINK to presentation

Speakers
avatar for Marnie Hawk

Marnie Hawk

Instructional Facilitator, Technology, Blue Ridge Middle School/Loudoun County
I am a native Virginian with a healthy sense of fun and I am pretty good at finding harmless trouble. I make things. I break things. I build things. I improve things. I enjoy empowering teachers and watching them learn with their students. Hanging with my friends, raising a... Read More →
avatar for Karin Nixon

Karin Nixon

Dean, Blue Ridge Middle School / Loudoun County



Monday December 3, 2018 9:45am - 11:45am
1C

9:45am

Flipped Out over Flipgrid!
In this interactive BYOD session, participants will learn how to empower student voice with the Flipgrid platform. Participants will experience Flipgrid as a student, then create their own experience as a teacher. All participants will leave the session with a Grid and Topic customized for next-day implementation as well as multiple resources for continued support throughout the year found here: http://bit.ly/flipvste18.

Speakers
avatar for Tamara Letter

Tamara Letter

ITRT, Hanover County Public Schools
"Only you can tell the story someone else needs to hear." An educator for more than 20 years, with experiences all across the United States, Tamara Letter empowers student and teacher voice with kindness, joy, and a helping dose of creative passion, too! She currently serves Hanover... Read More →


Monday December 3, 2018 9:45am - 11:45am
1D

9:45am

Three Apps and an iPad for Littles
Personalized Leaning for the Kindergarten, First, and Second grade students can be fun and engaging without knowing every app and website. Teachers can design captivating centers with only a few basic apps and websites, you can do more with less! BYOD. Bring your own iPad to learn, explore, plan, and play like a "Little".

Presentation
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1w27Bc5ZKX7PwbWVFmljNW5puK8DS2OA1MwlO6sBKrf8/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Pauline Burkett

Pauline Burkett

Instructional Facilitator for Technology, Loudoun County Public Schools



Monday December 3, 2018 9:45am - 11:45am
1B

10:00am

VESIS Annual Meeting
The Virginia Electronic Student Information Services (VESIS) promotes  the effective and efficient use of student data in educational decision making by providing a forum for Virginia school systems and Virginia student information organizations to communicate with state and federal policy makers and federal government agencies responsible for data collection.

Virginia Electronic Student Information Services - Website

Monday December 3, 2018 10:00am - 2:00pm
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Virginia Beach 1900 Pavilion Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, USA

10:00am

Common Sense Media Kiosk
Come by VSTE Central to learn more about Common Sense Education. Common Sense Education provides schools with free and timely resources for teaching in the digital age. We support educators with a comprehensive K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum, ratings and reviews of digital tools, and expert advice that can be adopted school and districtwide.  

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Huth

Barbara Huth

Education Outreach Manager, Common Sense Education
Barbara Huth is an Education Outreach Manager for Common Sense Education and she is based out of the DC Metro area. She collaborates with teachers, families and education leaders across DC, Maryland, and Virginia, to build a culture of digital citizenship and learning, where technology... Read More →


Monday December 3, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm
Tower Board Room Atrium

11:00am

Apple Playground: Tools for Teaching and Learning
This year Apple announced many new and exciting tools for teaching and learning. Join us at the Apple Playground where you will visit hands-on experiential pods focusing on…
Augmented Reality
Apple Professional Learning
Everyone Can Code
Capturing Learning with Clips
Tools for Observation
Everyone Can Create
Classroom Management Tools: Classroom & Schoolwork
Accessing Abilities
Engaging Primary Learners


Speakers
EL

Ellen Loos

Account Executive, Apple


Monday December 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
5C

11:00am

Be the Most Tubular Teacher with Tinkercad
Want to be the most tubular teacher around? Come learn how to engage students in one of the most radical ways out there! Tinkercad is a free 3D modeling that is web based, so students can design anytime, anywhere. In this session you’ll get some hands-on experience with the tool, and see how we are using Tinkercad and 3D printing across the curriculum! Get ready to not only learn, but have a blast doing it!

bit.ly/VSTE20183D

Speakers
avatar for Matt Caratachea

Matt Caratachea

Innovative Learning Coach, Henrico County Public Schools


Monday December 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
4D

11:00am

Beyond Access — Accelerating Student Agency and Achievement
How can technology & curriculum leaders begin to measure technology impact and engagement? How do districts ensure edtech funding is being allocated efficiently? How can technology improve student agency and provide teachers with just-in-time data that impacts instruction?
Join Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) to learn about how they are tackling these questions. This session will cover:
  • ACPS Blended learning technology vision
  • Challenges and opportunities ACPS sees to empower teachers with Ed-tech usage data
  • How to use data across all applications to answer critical questions about equity of access to technology
  • ACPS implementation plan of Clever Goals

District co - hosts from Alexandria City Public Schools are Emily Dillard, Marya Runkle, and Elizabeth Hoover.  

Speakers
avatar for Federico Velarde

Federico Velarde

District Success Manager, Clever Inc.

Exhibitors


Monday December 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
4B

11:00am

Breaking out: An escape room experience
Solve puzzles and race the clock to escape. This is a learning experience where you will work together as a team to solve multiple puzzles, unlock boxes and escape before time is up. Afterward, there will be a breakdown of how to create escape rooms for students and incorporate curriculum across all content. You will not want to miss this fun and exciting adventure!

Speakers
SC

Sandra Cahill

Instructional Technology Coach, Prince William County Public School
JM

Joy Moller

Instructional Technology Coach, Victory Elementary - Prince William County


Monday December 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
5B

11:00am

Coding with a Purpose
Did you know that you can use coding in an English class? How about combining it with a research project? The opportunities are endless with CS First! Learn how to utilize coding in an authentic way in your classroom and help prepare your students for a 21st century world in an authentic and captivating way!
Find slide deck here

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Munson

Nathan Munson

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Bedford County Public Schools



Monday December 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
3B

11:00am

Collaborative Classroom with Office 365
Come to this session to see how Microsoft tools, software and services that you already own can be used to create a collaborative classroom! The demo won't stop with the classroom, you'll see how these tools use syncing so that they can be leveraged outside of the classroom even if there is no internet available! This session isn’t about what you should buy, this is about what you have and can use today!

This will be a demo heavy presentation. Don’t miss this opportunity to see how teachers can leverage Microsoft resources for collaborative learning!

Speakers
avatar for Marty Smith

Marty Smith

Account Technology Strategist, 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.

Exhibitors

Monday December 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
4C

11:00am

Digital Equity Session
As we reimagine and further define digital equity, there's an increasing need to come together and learn from each other. In this session, we will facilitate a dialogue about the multiple dimensions of digital equity with the goal of determining actionable steps for K-12 campuses. 

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas

Founder, Prince George's County Public Schools
Sarah Thomas, PhD is a Regional Technology Coordinator in Prince George’s County Public Schools. She is also a Google Certified Innovator, Google Education Trainer, and the founder of the #EduMatch movement, a project that empowers educators to make global connections across common... Read More →


Monday December 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
3C

11:00am

Diving Deep with Assistive Technology for Reading and Writing
We're at the beach, so let's take a deep dive into one of the most feature-rich assistive technology supports out there for students with reading disabilities: Read and Write. Bring your own device (laptops or Chromebooks are ideal, but we can work with tablets too) as we will be flipping the classroom, placing YOU in the role of student with a print disability with an assignment to complete. How can the features of Read and Write help you accomplish this task? Let's dive in and find out! Come prepared by downloading the Read and Write for Google Chrome Extension (http://bit.ly/2U1QH3M) or if you don't have a laptop or Chromebook, the Read and Write tablet application (https://apps.texthelp.com/).  Participants will not only come away from this session with first-hand knowledge of the supporting features Read and Write has, but also ideas for how to integrate it into lessons happening in classrooms right now! Bonus content: Math supports for students struggling to read/write equations as well.  The presentation can be viewed at https://www.bit.ly/ATDive.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Newton

Matthew Newton

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



Monday December 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
3D

11:00am

Encouraging Productive Struggle (Middle Grades)
Every child knows how to persevere, but many are inhibited by the fear and anxiety of getting wrong answers and in turn getting bad grades. Learn 5 key design principles that video game designers use to encourage productive struggle that math teachers can use immediately to make math irresistible. Middle school teachers will experience exactly how these principles can be applied to mathematics first hand as they tackle challenging problems in the session. The session will also feature use of technology to help teachers share student thinking.

Speakers
avatar for Raj Shah

Raj Shah

CEO Math Plus Academy, Speaker, Author, Math Plus Academy
Dr. Shah is a life-long math enthusiast who earned his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois. After working nine years at Intel, Dr. Shah quit his job in 2008 to pursue his passion of introducing kids to the wonder of mathematics and teaching them to think rather than just... Read More →

Exhibitors


Monday December 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
2A

11:00am

From Ripples to Waves-The Impact of Technology in Student Centered Leadership
This session will take the participant on a journey of technology integration from the beginning stages to a 1-1 device environment. Create the ripples through the introduction of programs that provide opportunities for students to develop skills in collaboration, communication, and critical thinking with technology. Through taking risks, trying new things, and going outside the classroom walls, make some waves as a student-centered leader!

https://tinyurl.com/yalf58q6

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Bianchi

Elizabeth Bianchi

Principal, John B. Dey Elementary School
avatar for Anne Bianchi

Anne Bianchi

Instructional Technology Specialist, Seatack Elementary School


Monday December 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
4A

11:00am

Future of Learning: Promethean’s Digital Wave of Immersive Learning!
Join the Promethean team as we “Surf” the future of immersive
learning by exploring Promethean’s current and take a sneak
peek at our future roadmap of digital Solutions! Promethean is
#1 in the US K-12 market, that also won “Best in Show” at ISTE
2018 and find out why more Virginia School Systems have
chosen Promethean as their "Future Modern Hub" of
collaborative learning environments. Together we will walk you
through the simplicity and flexibility that the future
ActivClassroom provides to everyday classrooms. Solutions
featured will include the newest ActivPanel, the innovative and
unique ActivConnect G-Series, and what’s new with our
award-winning software solutions. Come discover all these
exciting and unique solutions!

Speakers
PI

Penny Izquierdo

Education Consultant, Promethean Inc

Exhibitors
avatar for Promethean

Promethean

Promethean Mid-Atlantic Director, Promethean Inc


Monday December 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
2C

11:00am

Give students the "Gift of Gab" with Podcasting
Build your students communication and collaboration skills through Podcasting! Podcasting has become a growing way in which people are gaining information and being entertained. This session will allow you to leverage the podcast trend to create student based podcasts and even start your own! The presenters of this session will share their journey from using podcasts for professional development, creating podcasts with students, and the successes of start their own podcast, “The Talk of Tuckahoe”.

Speakers
avatar for Brice Fritts

Brice Fritts

Teacher, Henrico County Public Schools
avatar for Amanda Kinsler

Amanda Kinsler

Innovative Learning Coach, Henrico County Public Schools



Monday December 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
4E

11:00am

Keeping Students Safer with Cisco Meraki
From end-user devices, to the underlying network, to the students, teachers, and staff themselves, Cisco Meraki is helping schools remain safe and secure at several touch points. By integrating endpoint security, network security, and physical security, Meraki enables schools to create a safe campus environment that empowers students to focus on learning, teachers to focus on teaching, and IT to focus on proactive projects.

Speakers
Sponsors

Monday December 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
3A

11:00am

Project Based Learning for Language and Content Acquisition Through Technology
Participants will learn how to plan and execute project based learning units that utilize technology for students to engage in authentic learning tasks. Using examples from a 6th and 7th grade social studies classroom of all English Language Learners, facilitators will show how they determine what content, skill, and language goals students will master, how to develop activity guides that build the necessary skills for the students to successfully complete their projects, and how technology tools such as Tourbuilder and WeVideo allow students to show their learning in meaningful, real-world experiences.

Link to presentation

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Eckhoff

Tyler Eckhoff

6th/7th Social Studies Teacher--International Academy, Francis C. Hammond Middle School
I teach social studies on the 6/7 International Academy team at Francis C. Hammond Middle School. In addition to teaching, I also coach cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field at TC Williams.
avatar for Clark Richardson

Clark Richardson

Technology Integration Specialist, Ferdinand T. Day Elementary School
Talk to me about strategies for incorporating blended learning strategies in your classroom! I have a background having taught 2nd grade, Pre-K, and 9th grade (World History), and I have been a TIS at the middle school level the last two years. I also love to support project-based... Read More →


Monday December 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
2D

11:00am

Spark 101
Do you teach STEM Skills? Are you looking for a way to interest your students in STEM careers? Join us to learn about this free resource. You will learn how teachers use Spark 101 in their classes. Explore our videos and lesson plans. You will leave the session with something you can use as soon as you return to your school.
Spark 101 STEM Skills Videos feature real “on-the-job” professional challenges in a format that allows students in traditional classrooms, after-school clubs and summer camps to apply their own creativity and skills.
Our free 10-minute classroom videos—co-developed by educators, employers, and our experts—engage students in authentic STEM problem solving. Students learn how real challenges are addressed in business, government, nonprofits, and academic institutions. Professionals from our employer partners guide them to develop solutions and understand the careers. The videos meet national and state educational standards and use a format proven to be effective in schools.

Speakers
avatar for Russell Brown

Russell Brown

Content Design Lead, 114th Partnership


Monday December 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
5D

11:00am

The Recipe for an Effective Digital Lesson
Surfing can be scary the first time, but we are here to help! Join us as we dive into the digital waves to create comprehensive lesson menus including an appetizer of Getting Started, an entree of students Working on It, and a delectable dessert of Connect and Reflect. While designing our menu, we will consider sides of classroom management, student engagement, and differentiation and accommodations . Moving through each of the three courses, guests will move beyond substitution and ride the digital wave into redefining student learning. All guests regardless of surfing skill and background are encouraged to attend, as there will be a meal for every level!

Speakers
avatar for Lindsey Smith

Lindsey Smith

Instructional Technology Coach, Newport News Public Schools
avatar for Allison Stetar

Allison Stetar

Instructional Technology Coach, Newport News Public Schools
Math, Science, Instructional Strategies, Integrating technology into lessons, Coaching, Google Suite, Microsoft Office, nearpod, Plickers, PowerSchool, Synergy, Make Beliefs Comix, Puzzlemaker



Monday December 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
2B

11:00am

Oculus Rift Virtual Reality tour of the Grand Canyon
Participants will be able to try a tour of the Grand Canyon on the Oculus Rift that was created using Unity 3D. The National Park Service has asked me to create this simulation for the centennial celebration of the Grand Canyon. You can walk or fly around the canyon in this simulation and the software will tell you about the geology of the layers that you see in real time.


Monday December 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Concourse 2

11:00am

Reboot Your Lessons with Robots
Are you an elementary classroom or technology teacher looking for ways to bring excitement to your lessons and engagement with your students? Looking for a way to combine technology and computer science standards with robots into your elementary curricula? Whether you are new to coding and robots or have some experience with them, then this is the session for you! Join us as we share hands-on lessons used in the classroom incorporating SOLs with different types of robots such as Ozobots, Bee Bots, Dash, Sphero, and Botley. Experience the power of technology to transform your teaching as you get your hands on the robots as well as the lessons. So "Dash" in and "Bee Bot" out of our sessions with some ideas you can implement when you get back to your school. bit.ly/RebootLessonsWithRobots

Speakers
avatar for Jeannine Dearmon

Jeannine Dearmon

STEAM Resource Teacher, Spring Run Elementary CHESTERFIELD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
avatar for Laura Prymak

Laura Prymak

STEAM Resource Teacher, Winterpock Elementary School - Chesterfield County Public Schools
CCPS PreK-5 STEAM teacher, coding, robotics and innovative teaching!



Monday December 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Concourse 3

11:00am

VSTE Central: Outreach Committee Meet and Greet
Come learn more about the work of the Outreach Committee with committee chair, Heather Hurley, and other committee members. 


Monday December 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Tower Board Room Atrium

12:00pm

Lunch
Lunch will be served inside of Exhibit Hall A. Follow instructions from the conference staff and have your Monday lunch ticket ready.
  • Virginia ham and smoked gouda with lettuce and tomato on a buttery croissant
  • Hickory smoked chicken breast with brie and pesto spread on focaccia bread
  • Turkey BLT with roasted turkey, bacon, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and cheddar cheese served on multi-grain bread
  • Hummus, cucumber, tomatoes, and carrots on wheat berry bread


Monday December 3, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Exhibit Hall A

1:00pm

21st Century Digital Presentation Alternatives
The presenters will walk attendees through several new digital presentation tools, focusing on tips and tricks that allow middle school students to share performance-based assessments and take ownership of their learning.
With the new Virginia Profile of a Graduate, schools are encouraged to refocus attention on the 4C’s: Critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication. When implemented effectively, digital tools can foster these 21st Century skills.
Attendees will leave with the tools to assign, easily collect, and access projects for evaluation, focusing on Microsoft Sway and Sutori. Both web-based tools are available for free and accessible on several devices. The session will also discuss when each service would be useful and provide innovative example performance tasks that can be applied in several content areas. Special attention will be given to scaffolding instruction for students who are not computer-savvy, including instruction sheets to help students work independently.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Moses

Michelle Moses

Teacher, Grafton Middle School (York County)
7th grade history teacher at Grafton Middle School in Yorktown, VA. I am also currently completing a master's degree in Educational Technology at James Madison University.
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Regina Zimmerman

Teacher, Grafton Middle School (York County)



Monday December 3, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
4D

1:00pm

Apple Playground: Tools for Teaching and Learning
This year Apple announced many new and exciting tools for teaching and learning. Join us at the Apple Playground where you will visit hands-on experiential pods focusing on…
Augmented Reality
Apple Professional Learning
Everyone Can Code
Capturing Learning with Clips
Tools for Observation
Everyone Can Create
Classroom Management Tools: Classroom & Schoolwork
Accessing Abilities
Engaging Primary Learners


Speakers
EL

Ellen Loos

Account Executive, Apple


Monday December 3, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
5C

1:00pm

Are your schools protected?
Using artificial intelligence and IoT technology, Sitch Ai’s proprietary solutions are designed to improve response time and situational awareness during active shooter incidents, such as school shootings and, ultimately, stop them before they start.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Baughman

Chris Baughman

Chief Revenue Officer, Sitch Ai
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ESI

ESI

Sponsors

Monday December 3, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
1D

1:00pm

Becoming a Connected Educator Made Easy
In this globally connected world, being a connected educator is paramount. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Voxer, Snapchat, Periscope, Flipgrid, and many more platforms are emerging and evolving every day. Is it just enough to collaborate with our grade level, department, building, or district? There is a wealth of knowledge, expertise and inspiration at our fingertips if we only know where to look for it. Grab your virtual surf boards and ride the digital wave into global collaboration!
Becoming connected enables educators to reach outside the four walls of a building, beyond the professional development offered within each district, and into the globally connected world. Once connected, educators will find that there are so many more people just as passionate about all educational topics and ready to share their knowledge.
In this course, participants will learn how to choose a platform that fits their needs as an educator. Participants will learn the basics of a variety of platforms in order to tap into this wealth at their desired pace. The type of platform one chooses is personal. Participants will be able to assess the return on time invested, the easy of accessibility, and the preferred format (video, text, audio, or combination). Educators will hear the pros and cons of different platforms and learn how to optimize each. They will be able to use this information to choose a platform for their students to use as well.
We will look specifically at Voxer, Twitter, Facebook, Flipgrid, and Instagram. Participants will learn how each platform works and how to apply it for their collaboration needs for developing professional learning networks. In addition, tips will be provided on how to incorporate these same platforms with students K-12 in the classroom for communication and collaboration.
TSIP Standards addressed:
Lifelong Learner: Teachers engage in ongoing professional learning related to content, pedagogy, technology and leadership.
• Use technology to obtain feedback that allows for reflection and improvement in the learning process
• Use local and global professional learning networks to collaborate and learn in both physical and digital environments
Digital Leadership: Teachers positively contribute to and responsibly participate in the digital world.
• Cultivate and manage their digital identities and reputations and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world
Learning Facilitator: Teachers facilitate learning with technology to support student achievement.
• Assist students in selecting and using appropriate and available digital tools to communicate, create, collaborate and solve problems

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Merce

Elizabeth Merce

Teacher, Virginia Beach City Public Schools
avatar for Amanda Tatum

Amanda Tatum

Teacher, Virginia Beach City Public Schools
I have been a kindergarten teacher for 18 years. I am interested in the social emotional learning of students. I want to learn more about how to improve a school's culture in order to support our students' SEL growth.


Monday December 3, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
4A

1:00pm

Blend your Instruction: Easy Steps to Get Started

Start a journey of small transformations that will empower your students, creating a culture of change and growth mindset in your classroom. Our students are using kindles and laptops to access instructional tools like Wixie, VoiceThread, Pebble Go, Tumblebooks, RazKids, BookFlix SmartNotebook and more to enhance their learning. With a few easy modifications, learn to manage a learner-centered elementary classroom where students rotate between independent, virtual, collaborative, whole group and individual instructional opportunities.

Presentation available at http://bit.ly/vste18blendedlearning


Speakers
avatar for Regina King

Regina King

Instructional Technology Specialist, Prince William County Schools


Monday December 3, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
5A

1:00pm

Breakout with OneNote!
Looking for fun, engaging, meaningful ways to make your classroom more student-centered without learning new tools or spending money? Consider creating a digital breakout using OneNote! Participants in this session will learn how to utilize OneNote for a digital breakout tool. Participants will participate in a breakout, learn how to make a breakout in OneNote, and leave with resources to create their own breakout activity.

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Barr

Kristin Barr

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



Monday December 3, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
2B

1:00pm

Bridging the language in mathematics
BrainPOP’s Make-A-Movie empowers students and teachers to make their own BrainPOP-style movies. How can we use BrainPOP’s Make-A-movie App as The Bridge to learning? Come and join CBE 2016 BrainPop Certified Educator, Rosalita Santiago, explore and discover BrainPOP’s Make-A-Movie App as a tool for Language-Math-Technology Integration in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Rosalita Santiago

Rosalita Santiago

ITC, Arlington Public Schools
Rosalita Santiago has thirteen years of experience in education, teaching kindergarten, first grade, fourth grade, seventh grade, and high school. She is the Instructional Technology Coordinator at Claremont Immersion School in Arlington, Virginia. | Her professional experience includes... Read More →



Monday December 3, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
5D

1:00pm

Encouraging Productive Struggle (Elementary)
Every child knows how to persevere, but many are inhibited by the fear and anxiety of getting wrong answers and in turn getting bad grades. Learn 5 key design principles that video game designers use to encourage productive struggle that math teachers can use immediately to make math irresistible. Elementary teachers will experience exactly how these principles can be applied to mathematics first hand as they tackle challenging problems in the session. The session will also feature use of technology to help teachers share student thinking.

Speakers
avatar for Raj Shah

Raj Shah

CEO Math Plus Academy, Speaker, Author, Math Plus Academy
Dr. Shah is a life-long math enthusiast who earned his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois. After working nine years at Intel, Dr. Shah quit his job in 2008 to pursue his passion of introducing kids to the wonder of mathematics and teaching them to think rather than just... Read More →

Exhibitors


Monday December 3, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
2A

1:00pm

Future Learning with Tried and True Tech
Have you noticed we’re always trying to keep up and add new things because we feel we have to? What about sticking with what we have and trusting what is proven to work time and time again? It may not be the coolest looking or the newest invention, but at the end of the day we know it works and trust it. Ron Clark has called it, “a gift for teachers”, and his teachers have said it’s the last thing they would give up. It’s what students have said that allows them to be heard in the classroom when they would shy away from speaking before, and it’s a technology that empowers and enhances the teacher more than anything. What is it? Come hear from your peers about how using microphones in the classrooms and more has made current and future teaching and learning the most effective.

Speakers
avatar for Luanne Ropp

Luanne Ropp

Regional Director of Professional Development, Audio Enhancement
avatar for Johnny Sink

Johnny Sink

Director of Southern Region, Clinton Learning

Sponsors

Monday December 3, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
2C

1:00pm

Get Amped for Assessments with Media Arts
The purpose of this session is to introduce how Media Arts can be an engaging form of assessment in an Arts classroom. Outcomes are:
How to plan assessment with learning goals in mind
Media Arts assessments that can be used in different grade levels.
How to utilize Media Arts assessments even with limited access to technology.

Organization of Content

Introduction & Definition of Media Art
Types of Assessment & the challenges of assessments in the classroom
Demonstrating Vocabulary with Photography- participants will engage in a digital photography challenge
One Take Video to demonstrate knowledge on a topic- participants will engage in a one take video challenge
Final Thoughts & Questions

Relevance of Topic

Using Media Art as a form of assessment is very relevant at the secondary level. Students are disconnected with the assessment process because they experience so many tests. Teachers also what students to think more in-depth about the artistic process. Most students are also attached to their personal technology and would be interested in completing an assessment using that technology. If policy doesn’t allow for personal devices, most schools have enough devices to make this concept successful.

Google Drive Folder with Presentation & Resources: http://bit.ly/VSTEamped18

Speakers
avatar for Selena Ward

Selena Ward

Technical Resource Analyst for Creative Arts, Prince George\'s County Public Schools
Things I am passionate about: 1. Helping students be creative. 2. Working/Discussing/Sharing with other passionate educators 3. Gamification in the classroom, Media Arts, Arts Integration, Data for improvement


Monday December 3, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
4E

1:00pm

Google Arts and Culture - More Than a Pretty Picture!
Google Arts and Culture is an underutilized Google application with a myriad of instructional uses. Google Arts and Culture enables users to virtually tour partner museums’ galleries and compile their own virtual collection. While you can find and examine famous works of art, you can also go on virtual field trips, peruse historical collections of artifacts, and curate your own collections. In our session, you will learn the eye-popping capabilities of Google A&C, receive ready-to-use lesson ideas and resources, and start making your own instructional masterpiece! The "walk-through" feature of the project uses Google's Street View technology. Come take a virtual field trip with us!

Google Arts & Culture More Than a Pretty Picture Presentation

Speakers
avatar for Laura Israelsen

Laura Israelsen

Technology Integrator, Chesterfield County School District
Hi! My name is Laura Israelsen and I've been an educator for 15+ years! I started my career as a 5th grade teacher in a year round school and then moved to the library and worked as a Teacher Librarian and 21st Century Learning Instructor at a K-8 in Denver, Colorado. I am now working... Read More →
avatar for Kelsey Pacer

Kelsey Pacer

Technology Integrator, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Kelsey is an Instructional Technology Integrator with CCPS. She loves working with teachers and students at Bensley, Harrowgate, and Jacobs Road Elementary Schools!


Monday December 3, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
5B

1:00pm

Instructional Strategies Supporting Inquiry-based Learning - Discovery Education in partnership with Prince William Co Schools
Inquiry-based instruction can activate student’s curiosity and be fun to teach! Join Prince William Co educators and Discovery Education in exploring research-based instructional strategies that promote active learning and spark student engagement. 

Speakers
CW

Curt Witthoff

Teaching and Learning Manager, Discovery Education

Sponsors

Monday December 3, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
4C

1:00pm

Sail into your Future with SeeSaw
Digitize your classroom with Seesaw! This free platform makes a splash with teachers, students and parents. Parents view snapshots of your classroom day and their child’s work throughout the year. Students complete your assignments online using drawing tools, cameras, recordings. Authentic audiences include classmates and family members who can provide timely feedback. Differentiate and focus more on your students by seeing and hearing what they share in their online journals. Experience how our school has bubbled over with the use of Seesaw from grade one through five. Participants will observe the parent-student, teacher-student and student-student connection that Seesaw provides. Participants will sign into a conference class to see how easy it is to get onto and use this platform. Discover the activities already provided by the Seesaw team and how Seesaw lends itself to all subject areas and grade levels. Your students will acquire the experience in using technological devices, modeling responsible online behavior, and utilizing technology for communication and publishing purposes. Surf on into our session and watch the engagement of your parents and students swell this school year.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Burgoyne

Katie Burgoyne

5th grade teacher, Bethel Manor Elementary/YCSD
5th grade teacher - Bethel Manor Elementary - York County
avatar for Susan Willard

Susan Willard

Educational Technology Facilitator, Bethel Manor Elementary /YCSD
Susan has been an ITRT for over 20 years across 4 school divisions in Virginia working at both the elementary and middle school levels. Starting as an elementary school teacher, Susan found her way into educational technology integration earning a Masters in Instructional Technology... Read More →



Monday December 3, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
3D

1:00pm

Student Choice Boards: Empower, Engage, Elate
Student choice boards are not just a bunch of options in a table. It's a carefully considered set of tasks with accompanying tech tools (or not) that help student follow their passion and produce amazing demonstrations of their learning. Learn various types of choice boards, best practices in implementing them in your classroom, and get a chance to craft your own with a huge bank of ideas and resources.
PRESENTATION LINK: http://bit.ly/VSTEChoiceBoards

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Dulmage

Bryan Dulmage

Instructional Technology Specialist, Virginia Beach City Schools
Talk to me about the effective use of technology in the classroom, playing guitar, soccer, basketball, running, or Twitter.


Monday December 3, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
2D

1:00pm

Surf into Blended Learning in the K-3 Classroom
Transform your primary classroom by surfing into blended learning. Through the use of Project Based Learning, one to one technology, G-Suite and Wixie; your students will be engaged and on their way to learning 21st century skills. During this session attendees will learn that their primary students (K-3) are never too young to begin blended learning. Attendees will learn strategies for the successful implementation of Blended Learning and Project Based Learning (PBL). They will hear about the transformation of my own first grade classroom, as well as how blending technology with PBLs has increased the engagement of all students. Attendees will be given examples of a PBL with technology blended throughout. Just as learning to surf takes practice and determination, so does the transformation of our classrooms. While things may be messy at first, persistence and growth-mindset can change what is happening in our primary classrooms. Our primary students are capable of “Surfing the Digital Wave”.  
https://tinyurl.com/ycprdqmu



Speakers
avatar for Heidi Bowers

Heidi Bowers

First Grade Teacher, Fairfax County
avatar for Tammy Ofano

Tammy Ofano

School Based Technology Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools



Monday December 3, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
3A

1:00pm

The Power of Student Voice, the Power of Flipgrid
You've created your first Flipgrid topic but now what? Flipgrid, a video response tool, helps teachers give every student a voice. In this session, participants will learn how to best utilize the new Flipgrid features to create quality videos, maximize student engagement, and empower young digital citizens. Topics will include: an explanation of the new grid types and features, strategies for classroom usage to increase student learning and improve demonstrations of learning, and collaborative opportunities to include schools, families, and communities. Strategies in this session will apply to all teachers in all subject areas. Ride the wave so you too can catch #FlipgridFever!

View this presentation:  http://bit.ly/2E7oYKw
 

Speakers
avatar for Theresa Ducassoux

Theresa Ducassoux

Instrumental Music Teacher, Arlington Traditional School


Monday December 3, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
3C

1:00pm

The Top 5 Web Tools You’ve Never Heard Of
If you think you’ve heard it all, then this session is for you. We had never heard of these web tools ourselves until we had some specific project demands and searched extensively online for tools that would best meet our needs. These are free tools for drawing, coding, animating, presenting, modeling, recording, and more.  They may not have the publicity of the popular apps, but are often more effective and easier to use. Some of them took hours to find, so we are eager to share them with you and save you the effort.  Each tool has been tested in real classrooms with real student projects that you will see. There are actually more than a dozen web tools we’d like to share, but you will vote on which ones you’ve never heard of, and we will focus on the top five. So you might leave with MORE than five new web tools!  Come ready to share your top unheard of web tool as well! All our presentations can be found on this site

Speakers
avatar for David Clough

David Clough

Innovative Learning Coach, Henrico County Public Schools
Elementary ITRT at: Holladay, Laburnum, Trevvett, and Varina
avatar for Alfonso Favale

Alfonso Favale

Innovative Learning Coach, Henrico County Public Schools
Elementary ITRT at: Gayton, Nuckols Farm, Rivers Edge, and Springfield Park


Monday December 3, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
4B

1:00pm

VDOE - Blended-learning to the Rescue!
Do you feel like you’re treading water in a swirling sea of new educational buzzwords? The terms personalized learning, personalized practice, deeper learning,  Open Educational Resources (OER), competency-based education, and performance assessment have become part of our educational vernacular, but what do they mean and how what is the connection to the power of teaching and learning?  As technology leaders and classroom educators we must cipher through the trends and focus on the practices that will make the biggest difference in the classroom.  This session will focus on how you can merge various practices and utilize existing resources to navigate murky waters in order to leverage technology in ways that help us work smarter and not harder.  Come discover how blended learning can aid educators in successfully surfing the digital wave rather than simply treading the water.

Speakers
MF

Meg Foley

Virtual Learning Specialist, VDOE
TM

Tina Manglicmot

Director of STEM, VDOE



Monday December 3, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
3B

1:00pm

Balloon Cars, Fidget Spinners, STEAM, and how I turned my classroom into a pop-up maker space
Ride this tsunami of STEAM into your classroom. I’ll show you how I turned a blank physics lab into a pop-up maker space on the cheap. Bonus: you will leave with four design briefs that you can use in almost any classroom.

Design briefs include:
Turning trash into energy. Make water wheels and wind mills that actually produce electricity out of trash.
Physics Fidget Spinners. Homopolor motors of all shapes and designs.(I’ve even had art teachers get in on this one)
Balloon vs Rubber Band Powered Cars: what type of power works best? This lab has a “purchase limit” so it focuses on the design aspect and my students had to fill out a purchase order and get it approved before the get materials.
Marble Roller Coasters. Get your students building roller coasters out of card stock and tape. You should see the excitement this builds!

Speakers
avatar for Preston Ailor

Preston Ailor

Physics & Swift Teacher, Rappahannock High School
PW

Paula Wonderling

Technology teacher, Richmond County Elementary/Middle


Monday December 3, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Concourse 3

1:00pm

Build Your Network and Learn About Twitter Chats!
Hashtags. Slow Chats. Twitter Chats. PLNs. These are all tools to push your thinking, connect you with educators around the world and help you explore new opportunities in your school and classroom. The VSTE Social Media team will host a session to help you dive into Twitter chats and expand your Personal and Professional Learning Network. Come and connect with other edutwitter users and learn more!

http://bit.ly/VSTEpln

Speakers
avatar for Tamara Letter

Tamara Letter

ITRT, Hanover County Public Schools
"Only you can tell the story someone else needs to hear." An educator for more than 20 years, with experiences all across the United States, Tamara Letter empowers student and teacher voice with kindness, joy, and a helping dose of creative passion, too! She currently serves Hanover... Read More →
avatar for Margaret Sisler

Margaret Sisler

Educational Specialist, Instructional Technology Integration, Fairfax County Public Schools
I work in our division offices and support FCPSOn, our initiative to shift teaching and learning to include more student centered learning experiences and 1:1 access for all students (Windows 10 PCs). I'm a former elementary and HS tech coach and I'm passionate about social media... Read More →


Monday December 3, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Concourse 2

1:00pm

Coding with CS First
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**Be sure to bring your LAPTOP and if you have them HEADPHONES ** 


In this hands-on 90 minute professional development workshop, partnership with CodeVA, teachers will learn how to use CS First, Google’s free ready-to-teach introductory computer science (CS) curriculum for elementary and middle school students. Students follow step-by-step instructional videos that introduce fundamental computer science concepts and build computer programs using Scratch, a block-based programming language. 
During the 90 minute workshop, teachers will review the CS First curriculum, test drive a CS First class from a student and teacher perspective. Teachers will walk away with a plan of action and strategies for starting to teach CS First in their classrooms. Most importantly, teachers will join the growing community of CS First educators from around the world. 

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Wallace

Bryan Wallace

Education Community Manager, CodeVA


Monday December 3, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
1C

1:00pm

Make and Take: Digital Breakouts
If you like using digital breakouts in your classroom, why not make your own. Create your own digital breakout using your grade level content and ideas for locks. Participants will use Google Sites, Forms, and Drive to get a start on building a digital breakout. Participants are encouraged to have an idea of what digital breakout they want to create. Participants will need a device that can access the Google suite of apps.

Speakers
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Denise Fisher

Educational Technology Facilitator, York County School Division
Educational Technology FacilitatorYork County Public Schools
avatar for Shellye Wardensky

Shellye Wardensky

Educational Technology Facilitator, York County School Division



Monday December 3, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
1B

1:00pm

Student Driven Performance Based Assessments
This session will take attendees on a trip through performance based assessments that have been successfully used in class. Ever wanted to know how to run a Twitter Chat in Google Classroom? Use Instagram to teach Geometry? Use video to learn and teach all about cells? Or maybe package an entire lesson or unit in one Google Doc complete with information, lessons, and activities? If any of these sounds like engaging ways to let students drive their learning, this session is for you! These are not the collages and power points you grew up with! #StrunkHausEDU

Check out the presentation here: http://bit.ly/sdpba18

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 Innovator, Trainer, Educator Levels I & II, and Administrator... Read More →
avatar for Phil Strunk

Phil Strunk

History Teacher, Clarke County Public Schools
Phil is a 7th Grade US History II Teacher in Clarke County, VA. Active on Twitter (@MrPStrunk), Phil hosts Wins And Losses Ed Chat (#waledchat) Thursday nights at 9pm. He is also the host of the Wins And Losses Podcast and writer for the Wins And Losses Blog, both of which are available... Read More →


Monday December 3, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
1A

2:00pm

KLIP Workgroup Meeting
This is a meeting of the state KLIP Broadband Advisory group led by Susan Clair. This event is private and open to workgroup members only. 

Monday December 3, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
4F

2:15pm

Amp up Your Game with ClassCraft
Imagine stepping through a portal into a new and magical world. You are the GameMaster and with you are clans of student explorers that are ready to embark on a journey of wonder and excitement. Share their enthusiasm as they enter a world that celebrates creativity and collaboration, and provides opportunities for students to tackle challenges. Build and strengthen relationships, not only between you and your students, but also between classmates! Warning: Entering this world will change you and your class FOREVER!

Welcome to the world of ClassCraft. This amazing web-based app will enhance your elementary or secondary (grade 3-12) classroom in ways you have yet to imagine. Your classroom will become a fun-filled game that will engage and inspire your students to be seekers of knowledge! Student explorers will become absorbed in story-based Quests that will lead them down a path of personalized learning adventures.

Participants will embark on their own adventure while learning more about this program from the student’s point of view. ClassCraft offers many built in features that will enhance any learning experience! Participants will create their own avatar, train a mystical pet, experience an epic boss battle and venture on a Quest through an uncharted land. Participants will also experience the game as the GameMaster, and see how they can use the program to support PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports). Participants are encouraged to bring a device so that they may interact with the program during instruction!

Gamifying the classroom, using ClassCraft as a portal, allows teachers to facilitate learning with technology to support student achievement. Educators can also incorporate different learning strategies and modalities to meet individual learning styles and needs. Through the integration of various apps and programs (such as Google Suite apps, Kahoot and Quizizz), students are given the tools they need to communicate, collaborate and solve problems. Opportunities to provide feedback with formative and summative assessments enhance instruction.
Participants are encourged to bring a device so they can interact with this program during the presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Kellie Weisenbeck

Kellie Weisenbeck

Instructional Technology Specialist, Virginia Beach City Public Schools



Monday December 3, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
3A

2:15pm

Apple Technical Briefing
Come and learn what’s new in iOS 12, tvOS 12, and macOS Mojave for students, teachers, and technology staff. We will provide a brief overview of new software and hardware from Apple, and then discuss deployment and management tips and tricks. We’ll wrap up with a Q&A session.

Speakers
RG

Rafi Guroian

Systems Engineer, Apple
EL

Ellen Loos

Account Executive, Apple


Monday December 3, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
5C

2:15pm

Be the Most Tubular Teacher with Tinkercad
Want to be the most tubular teacher around? Come learn how to engage students in one of the most radical ways out there! Tinkercad is a free 3D modeling that is web based, so students can design anytime, anywhere. In this session you’ll get some hands-on experience with the tool, and see how we are using Tinkercad and 3D printing across the curriculum! Get ready to not only learn, but have a blast doing it!

bit.ly/VSTE20183D

Speakers
avatar for Matt Caratachea

Matt Caratachea

Innovative Learning Coach, Henrico County Public Schools


Monday December 3, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
1D

2:15pm

Creating a Community of Digital Citizens
There are aspects of digital citizenship that need to be addressed with not only students, but also their families. Digital Citizenship Nights are a great avenue to present this information and leverage community resources. Instructional Technology Coaches from Prince William County Schools will present how they planned and executed a digital citizenship night that involved all stakeholders.

Link to our presentation:  http://bit.ly/DCNVSTE 

Speakers
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Cherise Hodge

Instructional Technology Coach, Lake Ridge Middle School
I wrote a dissertation on the ITRT position using survey data gathered from ITRTs across the state.
SW

Sean Ward

Instructional Technology Coach, Prince William County Schools



Monday December 3, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
2C

2:15pm

Creating a Surge of Innovation Within Your School/Classroom
Looking for ways that you can help your students develop 21st Century Skills? Session attendees will take away tangible ideas that range from school-wide initiatives such as creating an "Innovation Lab" to classroom activities that promote the skills included in the Fairfax County Public Schools Portrait of a Graduate initiative (Communicator, Collaborator, Ethical and Global Citizen, Creative and Critical Thinker, and Goal Directed and Resilient Individual). Drawing on the unique school and academy structure offered at Chantilly High School, administrators and a teacher will share the various ways that educators can use 21st Century Skills to connect, engage, and inspire students from a wide variety of backgrounds and interests.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Poole

Scott Poole

Principal, Chantilly High School
SS

Scott Settar

Chantilly Academy Principal, Chantilly High School Academy



Monday December 3, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
2B

2:15pm

CyberSecurity in K12: Strategies Looking ahead
We’ll review active trends both in defense of our critical services and the emerging attack strategies that keep us up at night. We’ll be discussing the future of network design from a security and systems architecture perspective and explore how even the simple things we do, like remembering passwords are all ideas that we should question as we think about serving students and staff in our school systems.

Speakers
Exhibitors
avatar for Encore Technology Group

Encore Technology Group

Office of the CTO, Encore Technology Group


Monday December 3, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
5A

2:15pm

Digital Citizenship for Social Media Savvy Students and Parents
The goal of this session would be to provide the attendees with a clear outline of what goes into a presentation for students/parents on the topic of Digital Citizenship, and more specifically social media. We will discuss technical aspects, provide students/parents with ideas of how to proactively protect themselves, complete activities that show can offer the students a paradigm shift about how they view themselves online, and share some anecdotes that drive home the point. We have been doing this for years and have presented to thousands of students and would like to share what we have learned.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Nemerow

Daniel Nemerow

Technology Coach, Patriot High School
Patriot High School Instructional Technology Coach Daniel Nemerow, has spent the past 17 years working to refine and enrich consciousness in young people of all abilities. From his years teaching in a school for students with emotional disabilities to his tenure as a math department... Read More →
avatar for William Watts

William Watts

Instructional Technology Coach, Charles J. Colgan High School



Monday December 3, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
4D

2:15pm

Digital Storytelling in the Primary Classroom with Wixie
Participants will learn the basics of Wixie, including how to add text, images, original artwork and narration to create and share digital stories that demonstrate creativity and content mastery. Teachers will also be instructed on how to access and assign hundreds of easy-to-use templates to support whole group and individualized instruction. Grade specific lesson ideas, how to guides and videos will also be spotlighted to ensure participants have all the necessary support to immediately integrate this easy-to-use digital maker application with their elementary students!

Speakers
Exhibitors
avatar for Tech4Learning

Tech4Learning

Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager, Tech4Learning


Monday December 3, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
3D

2:15pm

Eye for Design: Creating Infographics to Increase Student Engagement
Did you know that 65% of students are visual learners? Join us as we discuss the science behind infographics and its correlation to student engagement and comprehension. Dive into the basics of graphic design and how to utilize free and available tools to create in your classroom. Leave this session with inspiration for classroom use across all content areas!

This session will focus on using tools such as Google Drawings, Pixlr, and chrome extensions paired with the learning theories of Dual-Coding and Cognitive Load.

Speakers
avatar for Amelia Buchanan

Amelia Buchanan

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Hanover County Public Schools
Master of Educational Technology: James Madison University
avatar for Laura Cooper

Laura Cooper

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Hanover County Public Schools



Monday December 3, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
4E

2:15pm

Google Earth - Way more than looking at your house!
Google Earth is a far greater tool than most people know. Learn how your students can take you on 3 dimensional tours of their own creation! Travel to the settings in a Jane Austen novel, to the bottom of the Grand Canyon in 3-D and with 360 view. Evaluate the Topography of volcanoes! And, then expand that to the Moon and Mars. It is a lot to take in, but each participant will leave with a digital handbook that guides them through the steps!

Speakers
avatar for Michele Baird

Michele Baird

Instructional Technology Specialist, Norfolk Public Schools
avatar for Robin Krupansky

Robin Krupansky

Instructional Technology Specialist, Norfolk Public Schools



Monday December 3, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
3C

2:15pm

Google for Education Presents: Make Work Rule!
Google is no stranger to building impactful teams. The Google for Education team has created an experiential session built around four lessons from high-performing organizations and how to apply them to help any organization that hopes to achieve greater success.  This session will focus on these ideas and the importance of leadership in driving transformation throughout schools and classrooms.

Join our Collaborative Doc for this session here: goo.gl/vQ4YFf  (this link is case sensitive) 

Speakers
SK

Sireesha Kalapala

Program Manager, Google
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Danieta Morgan

Program Manager, Google
Collaborative Doc - Post Questions, Product Feedback here: goo.gl/vQ4YFf (this link is case sensitive) | Be Internet Awesome - https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en | Privacy One Pagers and Quick Videos - edu.google.com/privacy | Applied Digital Skills - https://applied... Read More →

Exhibitors
G

Google

Program Manager, Google


Monday December 3, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
2A

2:15pm

How many times do I have to give the directions?! Oh, just once--
Screencasting allows teachers to give instruction just once--no matter how many classes they teach or how many times their students need to hear it. You can be responsive to student needs, and still efficient with your time by casting your screen. Students can view your instruction multiple times--and you can spend time working directly with students, rather than repeating the directions again and again.

Speakers
avatar for Ellen Nesbit

Ellen Nesbit

Instructional Technology Specialist, Brandon Middle School



Monday December 3, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
2D

2:15pm

How to grow your Computer Science program with a CS Club and CSHS Chapter
We all know computer science is a very important field for all students in K-12, but it can be difficult to get students into the classroom, and once students are in the class what if they want to do more than what the class might have to offer. A great way to recruit students is to have a Computer Science Club, and once you have them it is important to recognize their achievements and leadership with a Computer Science Honor Society. Computer Science club done right involves things that welcome and engage new comers to the field as well as activities, competitions and challenges to keep the experienced students engaged. The Computer Science Honor Society is a great way for students to demonstrate leadership and the community service focus of the society will help your CS program gain recognition in your school and community. The more people know about computer science the more likely it will be for students to take the course you offer. This session will share ideas for setup of both a CS Club and how to start a CSHS chapter. Success stories of existing clubs and chapters will be shared and teachers who start a CSHS will have access to everything they need to run a successful chapter as well as be able to join the network of existing CSHS advisors throughout the US.

The Computer Science Honor Society is a project of CodeVA.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Dovi

Rebecca Dovi

Director of Education, CodeVA
I am a teacher on a mission. Every student should have access to computer science, it starts in my classroom(s). Director of Education for CodeVA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit bringing computer science education to students across Virginia. | @superCompSci @codeVirginia
BH

Buffie Holley

Director Computer Science Honor Society, Code Virginia



Monday December 3, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
5B

2:15pm

I have 6 iPads, Now What?
You've just been given six iPads for student use in the classroom, but you have over 20 students to teach! How do you make it work? Learn how to manage, integrate and engage students to effectively use iPads independently and creatively in the K-3 classroom.

Speakers
CD

Caroline Doughty

Technology Integration Specialist, Alexandria City Public Schools
Technology Integration Specialist
avatar for Martha Walsh

Martha Walsh

William Ramsay Elementary, Alexandria City Public Schools
Technology Integration Specialist


Monday December 3, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
4A

2:15pm

Infusing Infographics Into Instruction
Do you want to help students ride the wave of digital information in the 21st century? When teachers and students interact with infographics in the classroom, they are utilizing the power of visual learning. Students are far greater visual learners today due to advancements in technology. Creating infographics allow students voice and choice to summarize, synthesize, and illustrate information in a visually engaging way. Consistent with emerging technologies and access to information, the combination of text and graphics enables students to be creative in their consumption and presentation of information. This session will provide learners with research supporting infographics in education, samples, and resources to share.

http://bit.ly/VSTEIIII


Speakers
avatar for Suzanne Heath

Suzanne Heath

Technology Integrator, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Teaching + Technology = My Passion! I have been a Technology Integrator for 14 years and love working in CCPS!
avatar for Kelsey Pacer

Kelsey Pacer

Technology Integrator, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Kelsey is an Instructional Technology Integrator with CCPS. She loves working with teachers and students at Bensley, Harrowgate, and Jacobs Road Elementary Schools!


Monday December 3, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
4B

2:15pm

Riding the Wave of Student Leadership Through Genius Bars
During this session attendees will learn about how one elementary school used students as agents of change during monthly staff meetings. Attendees will learn how students took ownership of their learning by meeting weekly and talking about what engages and what digital tools would help them learn. Attendees will see examples of student designed professional development that led to increased student engagement and gave students a unique avenue to take ownership of their learning.


Monday December 3, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
5D

2:15pm

The Art of Inquiry in Science Classrooms - Discovery Education in partnership with Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Join Virginia Beach City Public Schools and Discovery Education educators on how they engage students through the inquiry approach, as they explore concepts and open minds to new ways of thinking and solving problems.  Learn new ways of approaching lesson development and how to support problem-solving skills using readily available tools and resources.  You will never plan another science lesson the same way again.  

Speakers
CW

Curt Witthoff

Teaching and Learning Manager, Discovery Education

Sponsors

Monday December 3, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
4C

2:15pm

VDOE - VDOE Initiatives Panel
This panel will bring everyone up-to-date about various initiatives being pursued by the Virginia Department of Education and how these fit together, support each other, and impact technology issues of concern to all educators.

Speakers

Monday December 3, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
3B

2:15pm

VSTE Central: Online PD from VDOE
Please drop by and learn about the free 6-week online professional development courses offered by the VDOE, which focus on integrating technology into learning and support the Profile of a Virginia Graduate. Educators can earn 30 recertification points while participating in lively discussion with their fellow educators from around the state.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Michaels

Laura Michaels

Instructional Technology Consultant, Eclec-Tech Consulting
I am a recently retired educator from Chesterfield (CCPS), but I like to be referred to as “rewired” as I am a lifelong innovator always looking for new ways to enhance teaching and learning. After 38 years in education first, as an LD teacher and then in the technology department... Read More →
JW

Jean Weller

Technology Integration Specialist, VDOE


Monday December 3, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Tower Board Room Atrium

3:30pm

ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT, LET’S EXPLORE NEW GOOGLE SITES
In 2016, Google Sites changed - for the better. No longer do you need to have a background in website design to make an easy-to-use and beautiful website. In this interactive session, participants will learn the ease and simplicity of the new Sites. Whether it’s a Site for classroom, professional, or personal use, by the end of this session, you'll be ready to hit the ground running!

For a complete listing of all sessions, visit bit.ly/mrbresources

Speakers
avatar for Justin Birckbichler

Justin Birckbichler

ITRT, Spotsylvania County Public Schools
Justin Birckbichler is an instructional technology resource teacher at Lee Hill Elementary School in Spotsylvania, VA. Previously, he has taught fourth grade and earned a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University. Justin is a Google for Education... Read More →


Monday December 3, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
3C

3:30pm

Building Relationships Stronger Than Sandcastles
Grab your sand bucket and shovel because we will be digging in and building lasting relationships to foster student confidence, communication, and community. Building relationships with students is becoming more difficult as the tech divide expands. The current generation, Generation Z, is crashing ashore daily as they confront huge waves of constantly changing information. How do we teach our students important life skills without them “bailing”? We meet them where they are! How? Using tools such as iMovie, WeVideo, Flipgrid and Google Classroom, tech tools they may be familiar with, but they will certainly love! We will show you how to avoid the choppy waves of outdated technology, and ride the smooth waves to ignite and inspire your students’ desires to be engaged and be a partner in their learning journey. These tips and tools can help you safely reel students ashore while providing another avenue to connect with them outside of traditional means. Not to mention, if you’re big on collecting data to share with important stakeholders in your school or district about the ways in which you are able to connect and bring about change, we will share on that too! Any and all educational roles and content areas are invited to learn an exciting way to deliver essential information and skills to small groups, classrooms, school-wide, and beyond. Come hang with us as we learn to fortify our relationship building with students in order to withstand the gnarly waves of life!

Speakers
avatar for Amirah Bohler

Amirah Bohler

School Counselor, Chesterfield County Public Schools


Monday December 3, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
4E

3:30pm

Coding + The 5C’s + Problem Solving = Scratch and Scratch Jr. Technology Integration.
With the versatility of both Scratch and Scratch Jr., students can create their own video games, lively cartoon stories, and other digital animations to display their learning of many different standards and objectives. Whether it be to show understanding of money, functional text, animal habitats, or to re-enact the civil war, these web-based platforms allow students to create through block style coding. Come learn how to kick off your scratch classroom with the basics including how to build capacity through small step-by-step tutorials and integration of graphic organizers to organize and plan for great projects.

Google Doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1a_zA4KiQWQR3v1HZuyY89Pc5rROKEpoV9ilmRhJnRfM/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Tim Bakner

Tim Bakner

Instructional Technology Specialist, John B Dey Elementary School


Monday December 3, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
1A

3:30pm

Differentiation and Personalized Pathways for Elementary Learners
Our students are tackling blended learning in the classroom and at home. Learn about resources and pathways to meet all of the needs of your students whether they are struggling learners or above and beyond achievers. Tools such as Symbaloo, GoGuardian, Classkick, EdPuzzle, and more demonstrated to create personal pathways for your students in grades K-5.

https://tinyurl.com/y928zqgc

Speakers
avatar for Anne Bianchi

Anne Bianchi

Instructional Technology Specialist, Seatack Elementary School



Monday December 3, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
5C

3:30pm

Future of Learning: Promethean’s Digital Wave of Immersive Learning!
Join Clinton Learning and the Promethean team as we “Surf” the future of immersive learning by exploring Promethean’s current and take a sneak peek at our future roadmap of digital Solutions! Promethean is #1 in the US K-12 market, that also won “Best in Show” at ISTE

2018 and find out why more Virginia School Systems have chosen Promethean as their "Future Modern Hub" of collaborative learning environments. Together we will walk you through the simplicity and flexibility that the future ActivClassroom provides to everyday classrooms. Solutions featured will include the newest ActivPanel, the innovative and unique ActivConnect G-Series, and what’s new with our award-winning software solutions. Come discover all these exciting and unique solutions!

Speakers
avatar for Johnny Sink

Johnny Sink

Director of Southern Region, Clinton Learning

Exhibitors
avatar for Promethean

Promethean

Promethean Mid-Atlantic Director, Promethean Inc


Monday December 3, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
2C

3:30pm

Harness the Power of the Waves with Padlet, FlipGrid, GSuite and more
The future of learning is here we discuss how to use digital tools in your classroom to increase student engagement, as well as facilitate the growth of student communication, critical and creative thinking skills. 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. Surf the different digital waves with us using Padlet, FlipGrid, GSuite, etc. 

http://bit.ly/HarnesstheWaves

Speakers
avatar for Heather Dorman

Heather Dorman

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

Lyndsie Galizio

School Based Technology Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools



Monday December 3, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
5B

3:30pm

Have It Your Way: Personalizing your Professional Development
If a restaurant can make a burger your way, why can't the professional development we offer to teachers meet their strengths, interests, and needs? In this session, participants will learn how one staff is provided the opportunity to select their professional development from a playlist of options to gain magical points towards recertification. After identifying how professional development has been presented in the past, participants will be divided into smaller groups. One group will spend time viewing the Belmont Ridge Personalized PD Google site and how artifacts can be submitted and stored in the digital warehouse. The other group will discuss possible activities their staff could participate to gain PD points. After 15 minutes, the two groups will switch. We will conclude the session by asking participants to complete a 3-2-1 exit activity and allow time for question and answer. Let's make professional development exciting, meaningful, and empowering. Pack up your woody (station wagon), wax your boards (keyboards that is), and join us as we surf the wave of personalizing professional development.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Hitchman

Ryan Hitchman

Middle School Principal, Loudoun County Public Schools
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 in their second year of Personalized Learning. Dr. Hitchman believes students, teachers, and parents have a little more fun when... Read More →
avatar for Steve Norman

Steve Norman

Instructional Facilitator, Technology, Loudoun County Public Schools
Instructional Facilitator at Belmont Ridge Middle School in Loudoun County.



Monday December 3, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
1D

3:30pm

Making Waves With Word Study
Are you looking to enhance your current elementary word study routines with technology? Hang ten with us as we explore a variety of ways to integrate familiar technology tools into your daily word study instruction. This hands-on session will focus on word study stations using tools such as Seesaw, Draw & Tell, Chatterpix, PicKids, and more!

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Markel

Lauren Markel

ITRT, Rockingham County Schools
RCPS ITRT | I graduated from James Madison University with a degree in early childhood education in 2008. I taught kindergarten, first, and third grade for 7 years. In 2010, I received an M.Ed in Education Technology. I now work as an instructional technology resource teacher for... Read More →
avatar for Priscilla May-Maiden

Priscilla May-Maiden

ITRT, Rockingham County Schools
I am a graduate of Spotswood High School & Bridgewater College. I also recently completed the Mathematics Specialist Masters Program at James Madison University. I began my career at John C. Myers Elementary School in 2011 as a 4th Grade Teacher. I also taught 2nd Grade in my time... Read More →



Monday December 3, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
2A

3:30pm

Passion Driven Learning
Have you heard of Passion Projects or Genius Hour? This session offers you the rationale, guidelines, and digital tools to assist you in guiding your students as they catch their own wave to learn by choice.

https://goo.gl/z9DykJ
 




Speakers
avatar for Kristina DeMoss

Kristina DeMoss

Instructional Technology Specialist, VBCPS, Creeds ES
avatar for Heather Wren

Heather Wren

Instructional Technology Specialist, VBCPS, Salem ES


Monday December 3, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
3D

3:30pm

Removing Barriers to Learning: Finding Tools to Reach All Students Through Design
Understanding the learning barriers that students face is the start of designing a personalized learning experience that meets the needs of all your students. In this hands-on session, you will address learning and attention issues by better understanding students’ experiences with a simulation and explore tools & strategies that employ Universal Design for Learning guidelines to reach all learners.  Participants will leave with tips and free resources from Common Sense Education & Understood.org for an inclusive classroom.


Access the presentation here - tinyurl.com/VSTE18UDL


Speakers
avatar for Barbara Huth

Barbara Huth

Education Outreach Manager, Common Sense Education
Barbara Huth is an Education Outreach Manager for Common Sense Education and she is based out of the DC Metro area. She collaborates with teachers, families and education leaders across DC, Maryland, and Virginia, to build a culture of digital citizenship and learning, where technology... Read More →



Monday December 3, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
1B

3:30pm

Safely Searching the Digital Wave
How can divisions help students and parents surf the wave of digital learning safely? Hang Ten with Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS), as they share their multifaceted approach to this mission. Participants will learn how ACPS uses tools and curriculum to support students and families to keep the focus on learning as they navigate the digital world. Resources used include Securly, Hapara, Kajeet, Google Admin Console and Common Sense Education.

Speakers
avatar for John Crites

John Crites

Director of Infrastructure and Support Services, Alexandria City Public Schools
avatar for Dr. Elizabeth Hoover

Dr. Elizabeth Hoover

Chief Technology Officer, Alexandria City Public Schools


Monday December 3, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
5D

3:30pm

Save Yourself Some Time: QR Codes and Attendance Tracking
Save yourself from drowning in all of the paperwork and come learn how you can use QR codes to track attendance in your school or classroom. If you have access to Google and Microsoft programs you can get started today!

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1J8pShe9FTwoIL-bJPXCCDamWqhHRUeAm  

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Olsen

Jessica Olsen

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher Specialist, Norfolk Public Schools
This is my fourth 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 there's... Read More →



Monday December 3, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
4A

3:30pm

STEAM Lessons with OK Go!
Bring STEAM lessons into your classroom with great resources provided by the OK Go Sandbox. In addition to learning about the OK Go Sandbox, attendees will also participate in STEAM mini-lessons based on music from the innovative rock band, OK Go. Lessons will incorporate science, math, and arts standards. Attendees will learn how to infuse inquiry, critical thinking, and creativity into STEAM lessons, as well as take away ideas, tools, and resources they can use in their classrooms.

This presentation can be found at: http://bit.ly/2FMdvS6 


Speakers
avatar for Theresa Ducassoux

Theresa Ducassoux

Instrumental Music Teacher, Arlington Traditional School
MH

Molly Haines

Music Teacher, Hoffman Boston Elementary School



Monday December 3, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
5A

3:30pm

Surf's Up: Ride the Waves of FREE Resources
Surfing for new, cool, and FREE resources for your classroom takes time. Let this session acquaint you to a wide selection of FREE tools that you can implement easily into your curriculum. This fast-paced session will introduce you to each resource as well as provide a brief demonstration. Stop by for some surfin’ fun for all grade levels.

Speakers
avatar for Sharon Bolan

Sharon Bolan

Library Media Specialist/ITRT, Central High School, Lunenburg County
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 School... Read More →
FW

Frances Wilson

Director of Technology, School Board Office, Lunenburg County
Technology, testing (SOL), STEM


Monday December 3, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
4D

3:30pm

Surfing Anytime, Anywhere
Surfing the digital wave: Anytime, Anywhere. Join in a session on how to create space for learning across time, place and space. We will dive into how to reach all learners in your community, the nuts and bolts of empowering learners, where to start, and what works and why. This will address ISTE Standard #1: Empowered Learner; ISTE Standard #3: Knowledge Constructor.

Speakers
avatar for Carrie Hood

Carrie Hood

Innovative Learning Coach, Henrico County Public Schools



Monday December 3, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
4B

3:30pm

Surfing Through Cause and Effect in Nonfiction Text with Ozobots
Today’s learners are engaged with technology. They are thrilled with the lights, sounds and cool moves of robots. Fill your classroom with the excitement of critical thinking and collaboration when science texts become integrated with language arts. Students are actively engaged in finding the causes and effects in the nonfiction text so they can move onto a maze for their Ozobot. The students will decide on a cause and code a path to the correct effect. Sound easy? Try it out! Participants in this session will have the opportunity to work with partners to read and identify the causes and effects in the selection. They will then use markers to color code stickers with directional codes. These codes will tell the Ozobot to turn left, turn right, or go straight. Make the Ozobot dance when it reaches the end with a back walk or zigzag code! We will also discuss how students have created their own maps to help classmates review what they have learned. Participants will also learn how to use the Ozoblockly app to code their Ozobots. This session is designed to provide a hands-on learning experience and explain how we used the technology to motivate our students.

Speakers
HL

Halli Long

3rd Grade Teacher, Three Oaks Elementary/ Virginia Beach Public Schools
avatar for Gayle Wuesthoff

Gayle Wuesthoff

Instructional Technology Specialist, Three Oaks Elementary/ Virginia Beach Public Schools



Monday December 3, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
1C

3:30pm

Swell Student Engagement with a Microsoft Breakout
Join us for this session to learn several strategies that will "wipeout" boredom in your classroom. We will demonstrate several tools from Microsoft Office 365 that can be used to design interactive digital breakouts to enhance the blended classroom. Lessons will be "sick" with collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills that will amp up your students' interest in learning. Participants should have an active Office 365 subscription, free to all educators.

Speakers
avatar for Carrie Gahagan

Carrie Gahagan

Instructional Technology Coach, Osbourn Park High School
I have been an Instructional Technology Coach for 15 years in Prince William County Schools. During this time, I have coached elementary and high school teachers in integrating technology. Currently at Osbourn Park High School, our technology is going more mobile and collaborative... Read More →
avatar for Cheryl Hinzman

Cheryl Hinzman

Instructional Technology Coach, Kelly Leadership Center
I am an educator with a passion for lifelong learning and the effective integration of digital tools in today's classrooms! In addition to being an Innovative Educator Master Trainer with Microsoft, I enjoy being a Lead Ambassador for Discovery Education to teachers and students in... Read More →



Monday December 3, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
2B

3:30pm

The Art of Inquiry in Science Classrooms - Bring it Home - Discovery Education in partnership with Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Join Virginia Beach City Public Schools and Discovery Education in a hands-on session to dive deeper in to an inquiry-based approach to teaching science in your class, school, or division. Walk away from this session with immediate next steps to transform learning for students using inquiry, supported by a wealth of proven strategies from Virginia Beach City Public Schools. 

Speakers
CW

Curt Witthoff

Teaching and Learning Manager, Discovery Education

Sponsors

Monday December 3, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
4C

3:30pm

The Power 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, its power in directing the use of technology in classroom instruction, 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.

Speakers
MD

Michael DiSalvo

JMU ISTE-T Program Coordinator, James Madison University


Monday December 3, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
3A

3:30pm

Using BreakoutEDU to Engage Students in Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving
Similar to Escape Room, BreakoutEDU is a phenomenal tool that allows educators to create or implement lessons that require students to collaborate to solve a puzzle that will enable them to open the Breakout box. Join this session to learn how to create a Breakout lesson and incorporate various forms of technology to engage your students in the problem-solving process. From QR codes to hidden messages, the possibilities are endless and the skills gained invaluable.

Presentation: http://bit.ly/BREAKOUTEDU2

Speakers
CA

Chanel Alford-Campbell

Technology Integration Specialist, Alexandria City Public Schools
CB

Chelsea Bradford

Technology Integration Specialist, Alexandria City Public Schools
Technology Integration Specialist


Monday December 3, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
2D

3:30pm

VDOE - Virtual Virginia Blended Offerings (a HS focus)
You may be familiar with the name “Virtual Virginia” (VVa) and its connection to virtual high school courses. In the past few years, VVa has expanded and has so much more to offer! Come and dive into the new, free blended learning resources and modules available to all educators in the areas of mathematics, science, computer science, and economics-personal finance. During the session, we will provide all participants with a general overview of VVa and participants will hear strategies for using these free resources from a practitioner in the field operationalizing the blended learning modules with time for hands-on discovery. Focus level: High School

Additional Speakers:
Roger Hagy , VDOE , Virtual Virginia Computer Science Instructor & Communications Specialist
Sarah Warnick , VDOE , Virtual Virginia Instructional Supervisor

Speakers
MF

Meg Foley

Virtual Learning Specialist, VDOE
TM

Tina Manglicmot

Director of STEM, VDOE



Monday December 3, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
3B

3:30pm

Be Less Surfer and More Wave
Since you are attending the VSTE conference, you probably spend a lot of time online, likely including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other digital “communities”. However, instead of contributing your content to those companies for advertising fodder, you need a domain of your own. Join us for a discussion of why educators should be publishing to sites they own and control instead of those owned by large corporations. If you decide to stick around after that, we’ll look at just how easy, inexpensive, and rewarding the whole process can be.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Stahmer

Tim Stahmer

Freelance Educator, AssortedStuff.com
For many years, I was a professional development leader in Fairfax County Public Schools, working with the talented instructional tech specialists in our 190+ schools. Now I continue to help educators and others make the best use of technology for learning online, and live in conference... Read More →


Monday December 3, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Concourse 2

4:00pm

VSTE Central: Education Committee
Come learn about the work of the education committee with committee chair, Tim Taylor, and committee members. 

Speakers

Monday December 3, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Tower Board Room Atrium

4:30pm

Exhibit Hall Reception
Monday December 3, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Exhibit Hall A

8:00pm

VSTE Silent Disco
Take a break from surfing the Digital Wave on Monday night and get on your dancing shoes – VSTE Silent Disco Style! Boogie on down to 3 different DJs spinning different music and dance the night way on an LED dance floor, but the only music you’ll be hearing is the music that’s pumping from your headphones! If you need to take a dance break, you can also check out the photo booth where you can pose for your very own VSTE surfing picture. Surf’s Up!


Monday December 3, 2018 8:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Virginia Beach 1900 Pavilion Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, USA
 
Tuesday, December 4
 

7:00am

Registration Open
Tuesday December 4, 2018 7:00am - 12:00pm
Level 1 (Near Tower)

7:30am

10 Things to do When the Wi-Fi goes Wonky
Oh no, the Internet is down. What do I do now? My entire digital lesson required the Internet. Or even worse, my students don't have access at home. Rather than panic, join us for 10 classroom engaging activities to do in your space when this happens. Learn how to make the time work for you.  View presentation online.

Speakers
avatar for Alfred Toole

Alfred Toole

LTI Integrator, Albemarle County
I work as an LTI and serve as a youth minister. I am a father of 5. I love Google Slides, video editing, and Spades. I have MOUS certification, and I root for the Dallas Cowboys.


Tuesday December 4, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
4E

7:30am

Digital Presentation Tools
This session will focus on digital presentation tools for elementary students grades K-5. We will be discussing Flipgrid, Book Creator, DoInk, and Wixie. These 3 tools support personalized learning, voice and choice, and student reflection. They are easily integrated into all subjects and can be modified based on grade level. We will share how we have been using them, as well as student examples and lesson ideas.  https://goo.gl/cCWy4X

Speakers
EN

Erin Nye

LMS, Kingston
avatar for Keri Schoeffel

Keri Schoeffel

ITS, Kingston


Tuesday December 4, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
5A

7:30am

From Doggy-Paddling to Riding the Swell
This session will focus on how school leaders can help staff members catch the digital wave by using technology to enhance student learning and understanding. With the support of school leaders, assuring that life vests and water wings are always available, even the most apprehensive of teachers will be able to have technology work for them in the classroom. As a first-year technology facilitator/coach, I will share the unique and exciting perspectives I’ve gained while in this transformational role. These tips and fresh insight will help those new to a leadership role as well as invigorate those that have prior experience. We will be discussing how to fully embrace the ISTE Standards for Educational Leaders to be a Visionary Planner, Empowering Leader, and Connected Learner in your school. So much can be achieved when surfing the digital wave! Kowabunga!

Link to presentation.

Speakers
RM

Robert Marple

Principal, Loudoun County Public Schools
Principal, Cedar Lane Elementary, Loudoun County Public Schools
avatar for Michelle Nyhuis

Michelle Nyhuis

Instructional Facilitator of Technology, Loudoun County Public Schools


Tuesday December 4, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
4B

7:30am

Going 1:1 is not about student devices
Is your school or district going 1:1? To stay afloat , put the logistics to the side and lead with learning! Hear about the journeys of two tech coaches from diverse high schools in Fairfax County on how we built relationships, cultivated teacher leaders and transformed school culture while creating technology infused classrooms. 1:1 is a tidal wave of learning – come ride the wave with us!

Resources link:

Speakers
SJ

Summer Johnson

School Based Technology Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools
SO

Sarah Olson

School Based Technology Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools


Tuesday December 4, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
3A

7:30am

Hanging Ten with the K-5 VDOE Computer Science Standards
In this session, elementary classroom teachers, librarians, and technology coaches will explore 10 “epic maneuvers” to surf their way to understanding and implementing the VA CS Standards. You will go from "kook" to "kahuna" as we share computer science details and hands-on exploration of these standards in action. We will discover how adding computer science goes far beyond coding. Learning the lingo, understanding computer science goals, and building capacity with computational thinking across curriculum will have you “slotted” for the VDOE Computer Science wave in grades K-5! By attending this session, you will have resources and hands-on activities to begin “shredding” the computer science implementation at your school.

Session Materials - Click Here

Speakers
JE

Janie Everette

Instructional Technology Specialist, Virginia Beach City Public Schools
avatar for Sheila Teri

Sheila Teri

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Virginia Beach City Public Schools


Tuesday December 4, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
2C

7:30am

How to Hang Ten in PD: Deliver PD in a Blended and Personalized Format
When delivering PD to staff on Blended Learning, it’s time to walk the talk and present it in the same format! Join in this blended, personalized workshop to engage with Google Sites, Google Sheets, Answer Garden, Google Forms, Flipgrid, EDpuzzle, Padlet and Hyperdocs as you follow the evolution of a Blended Learning cohort of teachers and envision how this could work in your school or organization. All materials created for the cohort, such as a personalized professional learning plan worksheet, and activities, such as a virtual Blended Learning Overview lesson, will be shared with attendees.

Visit the following link for the presentation for this session:  https://tinyurl.com/Hang10PDDeck 

Speakers
avatar for Kim Shahin

Kim Shahin

School-based Technology Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools, Marshall High School


Tuesday December 4, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
4D

7:30am

Make it your own! Design your own district VSTE conference!
Design a district VSTE conference for teachers, administrators, and support staff to learn how technology can increase productivity and student engagement! Participants will walk away with ideas to help them design and develop a VSTE/EdTech for their own district. Session discussions will focus on planning, execution, and evaluation of the conference, while also targeting ways to meet the needs of attendees. Presenters will share ideas from their first organized conference for their district - what worked and what needs improvement for next year.

Google Slides Presentation:  http://bit.ly/MakeyourownVSTE

Speakers
avatar for Shari Gomez

Shari Gomez

Instructional Technology Specialist/ITRT, Norfolk Public Schools


Tuesday December 4, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
3C

7:30am

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, learn how to create and manage class accounts, and leave with ideas on when to best incorporate each source in their own classroom. Don’t forget your computer or iPad! This will be an interactive session where you are guaranteed to learn about something new.

Speakers
avatar for Farica Erwin

Farica Erwin

Math Teacher, Hampton Roads Academy
I am currently in my 19th year teaching Algebra 1. Additionally, I manage my school’s Makerspace and maintain my school’s curriculum webpage. This is my second year presenting at VSTE. I activitely seek new tools and materials to help facilitate my classes.



Tuesday December 4, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
4C

7:30am

QR Codes and Task Cards/Digital Feedback
The future is here, learn how to ride the digital wave using QR Codes and Task Cards.
Learn how to use and create task cards with QR codes for any subject. Your 3rd, 4th and 5th graders will enjoy working with task cards individually or in small groups. Guide your students to complete activities on task cards, scan the QR code using an app on Chromebooks, IPADS, or computers to get instant feedback digitally. A recording sheet can be used for formative assessment. Google sheets can be used for responses for data collection and item analysis. No paper, responses are provided digitally!
C/T 3-5.11 Apply Knowledge and skills to generate innovative ideas, products, processes, and solutions.
A. Organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways that others can view, use, and assess.
TSIP Learning Facilitator: Teachers facilitate learning with technology to support student achievement.
Incorporate learning strategies that use technology to accommodate learner variability, personalize learning, and allow student choice, self-direction, and goal-setting
Model the appropriate use of technology to communicate, create, collaborate, and solve problems
Assist students in selecting and using appropriate and available digital tools to communicate, create, collaborate and solve problems
Acquire, access, and analyze a variety of formative and summative assessments that leverage the power of technology to provide immediate and specific feedback and offer alternative learning paths to students
http://bit.ly/QRCodesTaskCards

Speakers
avatar for Debbie Walwer

Debbie Walwer

EdTech Coach, Colonial Heights Public Schools



Tuesday December 4, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
1B

7:30am

Ride the Mixed Reality Wave to Create the Future!
Ride the wave of mixed reality to bring the future into focus! Model and assist students as they collaborate and create mixed reality- including AR and VR experiences. As a learning facilitator you will also gain the technology skills to assess student knowledge while leveraging the power of mixed reality. Participate in interactive activities such as virtual field trips, scavenger hunts, and 3D images, as you create mixed reality learning experiences for your students through the following applications: Nearpod, Metaverse, CoSpaces, Merge Cube, Blippar, Google Tour Creator.

Session Presentation:
Are you ready?! https://mtvrs.io/BluevioletZealousGossamerwingedbutterfly
Nearpod (Self-paced for review): https://share.nearpod.com/vsph/cexkBbcgNu
Slides: bit.ly/VSTE18ARVR
Attendance Google Form

Speakers
avatar for Natalie Davis

Natalie Davis

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Richmond City Public Schools
Techie girl. Determined EdTech Integrator. Edmodo Ambassador - DEN Star - CODE Fanatic - I ❤ Canva - Fired up for ThingLink, Nearpod, Adobe, Seesaw, and Tackk!
avatar for Sarah Webster

Sarah Webster

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Richmond City Public Schools
Hello! I am an ITRT (Instructional Technology Resource Teacher) for Richmond City Public Schools in Richmond, Virginia. I am a Nearpod PioNear and Certified Educator and Certified Trainer, Certified BrainPOP Educator, Seesaw Ambassador, Class Dojo Mentor, and Google Certified Educator... Read More →



Tuesday December 4, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
2B

7:30am

Riding the Techno Wave with Digital Natives
Are you ready to ride the digital wave with your students? Jump into the water and prepare to launch a wave of excitement in your classroom. Through the creative use of digital tools, teachers are able to provide opportunities for students to create, collaborate and communicate. You might ask, “What does student creation and collaboration look like in the classroom? How can we incorporate technology into the learning process?“ Through this session, participants will discover how two elementary school teachers use tools such as Voki, Powtoons, Book Creator, Adobe Spark and Google Suite tools to amplify student creation, communication, and collaboration.

This presentation is geared towards elementary teachers of all subject areas. However, ideas can be adapted for middle or high school teachers as well. Our TSIP focus is on the learning facilitator, showing ways we use technology to personalize learning. The digital tools presented are used to foster the 4Cs: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. Our district has implemented a fifth C: citizenship, to instill community building and relationships within the classroom as well.

Riding the Techno Wave in our classrooms is a vital component to the success of our students.
In our digital age, technology is ever-changing. As Jon Kabat-Zinn said “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” Our students are more excited than ever to ride the big kahunas of technology, always hungry for the next wave of tech tools they can use to show their learning. Let’s make their experience epic!

Speakers
avatar for Kellie Weisenbeck

Kellie Weisenbeck

Instructional Technology Specialist, Virginia Beach City Public Schools



Tuesday December 4, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
5C

7:30am

Simple Google Tips & Tricks that will keep you from a Wipeout
Do you love Google and GSuite because it is so easy to use? You’re going to love it even more after this session. I’ve got lots of Google tips and tricks that will amaze you, surprise you and make your life easier. Join me for an hour that will leave you saying, “Wow, I didn’t know Google would do that,”

Speakers
avatar for Fara Faust

Fara Faust

Instructional Technology Specialist, VBCPS



Tuesday December 4, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
1D

7:30am

Surf the Future Learner's Wave of Learning
Join us as we surf the day of a K-3 future learner. From paperless parent communications, to class team building and digital integration throughout the instructional day . We will explore several different digital tools that will engage your students and parents, amp up collaborative learning and launch curiosity beyond the school day. Open the doors for transforming student learning with our hands - on workshop.

Presentation materials 

Speakers
avatar for Eric Baar

Eric Baar

Instructional Technology Specialist, Green Run ES
avatar for Michelle Pressley

Michelle Pressley

Instructional Technology Specialist, Kempsville Meadows ES


Tuesday December 4, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
1C

7:30am

Surfing Through PowerPoint for More Than Just Slideshows
We hear the word PowerPoint and immediately think presentations and slide shows. That’s understandable. But you do know that PowerPoint can be used to create other products, right? Are you thinking? Great!

Surf on by and see how students are riding the digital wave in demonstrating their understanding of a concept through the creation of digital graphic images using one PowerPoint slide. Create an infographic. Create an eBook. Create a digital story. PowerPoint is probably a very familiar tool for your students. Take their familiarity a step further and see how PowerPoint makes these projects easy to do. Surf on by to see how!

Here's the link to our presentation documents ---->  Surfing Through PowerPoint for More Than Just Slideshows



Speakers
avatar for Diane Blowe

Diane Blowe

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Norfolk Public Schools
I love to train and support staff. I have been teaching for 34 years. Technology is my world. People can ask me anything that involves instructional technology.
avatar for Sonja Bridgers

Sonja Bridgers

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Norfolk Public Schools
I am always excited about the opportunity to present anything instructional technology related to my colleagues! I LOVE what I do! I've been an educator for 21 years. Formerly I was a business and information technology teacher (my first education love). I am thrilled to present at... Read More →


Tuesday December 4, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
2A

7:30am

Swimming in Paper? Surf into a Paperless Classroom!
Are you a teacher that spends hours a week at the copier? How much of your day is wasted cleaning out paper jams and reloading empty paper trays? Imagine never fighting with a copier again! In this session, you’ll learn how I transformed my secondary science classroom into a completely paperless one. We’ll explore the free digital tools I use for lab reports, tests, quizzes, instruction, and student assignments. Please bring your device so you can try them as you learn.

Speakers
avatar for Katrina Stafford

Katrina Stafford

Science Teacher, Orange County High School


Tuesday December 4, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
2D

7:30am

The Best Guided-Tour-Makin’ Personalized-Leaning-Promotin’, Technology-Integratin’ Presentation E-V-E-R!
Participants will be introduced to Wizer.me, an online app that allows teachers to create blended worksheets, or as I like to call them, "Guided Tours" through the day's lesson for any subject area! Wizer.me promotes a personalized learning environment, also a topic of our presentation. You'll see different ways Wizer.me can be used to help you more effectively and efficiently deliver lesson content to your students. In addition to Wizer.me, look for other technologies to be sprinkled into the presentation (ie. FlipGrid, Quizlet, VideoNot.es, Desmos, etc.), each designed to promote 21st century learning.

Speakers
LH

Luke Hardin

Instructional Technology Specialist, Virginia Beach
avatar for Bob Parsons

Bob Parsons

Instructional Technology Specialist, Virginia Beach



Tuesday December 4, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
5B

7:30am

The Future is Now with Augmented Reality
Participants in our session will discover the world of Augmented Reality (AR) and its uses in the classroom. Augmented Reality uses the capability to engage students in new experiences through interaction with materials they may otherwise not have available. Students will also be empowered to create their own Augmented Reality environments. Through hands on explorations with Merge Cubes, and other free apps, participants will leave with ready to implement lessons to enhance their students' learning environment.

Speakers
MA

Maureen Ambrose

Gifted Resource Teacher, Hanover County Public Schools
KY

Krystle Yarbrough

Gifted Resource Teacher, Hanover County Public Schools


Tuesday December 4, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
1A

7:30am

VDOE - Update on K-12 Computer Science
Computer Science standards go into effect in Fall 2019! Will you be ready? This session will discuss the standards, new resources, and support you can use in your school. There will be time for questions. All grade levels.

Slides at http://bit.ly/CS_VDOE_VSTE

Speakers
avatar for Timothy Ellis

Timothy Ellis

Computer Science Specialist, VDOE


Tuesday December 4, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
3B

7:30am

Video Games: Distraction or Teaching Tool?
In this session we’ll discuss the pros and cons of using video games as a teaching tool and vehicle for learning. Ideas, lessons, tips, and tricks will be shared on ways to productively capitalize on childrens' love of video games while providing strategies to keep it structured around learning in a wide range of content areas. We’ll discuss programs, apps, and maker-tools that provide great opportunities for student learning in a form they are easily excited about.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Tran

Jessica Tran

Art Education, Caroline High School
Illustrator, Graphic Designer, and advocate for integrating technology into the arts and the arts into pretty much everything else. I'm always happy to chat about what's new in art, what's new in tech, and more. By the way, I firmly believe that the A in STEAM means ART!


Tuesday December 4, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
5D

7:30am

Getting The Big Picture: Photography For Teaching and Learning
You and your students probably take thousands of photos every year. But, besides adding a filter and posting them to social media, what do you with them? Join us to explore and share ideas for using photography to enhance both your instruction and student projects. You’ll also learn some tips and tricks for making better photographs, as well as for organizing and managing all of your images. Bring your smartphone and Google account so you can fully participate in the learning.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Stahmer

Tim Stahmer

Freelance Educator, AssortedStuff.com
For many years, I was a professional development leader in Fairfax County Public Schools, working with the talented instructional tech specialists in our 190+ schools. Now I continue to help educators and others make the best use of technology for learning online, and live in conference... Read More →


Tuesday December 4, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
Concourse 2

8:00am

Exhibits
Tuesday December 4, 2018 8:00am - 1:00pm
Exhibit Hall A

8:45am

Beyond Grades - Exploring Motivation Through the Gamification Lens
As teachers, we can't settle for grades as the only way to motivate students. Revamp the game of school by learning about motivation. Catch the wave that drives students to the video gaming world. Gamification is human-focused design and educators have a lot to learn from gaming industry. We will take a deep dive with author and speaker, Yu-kai Chou. His “Octalysis” framework has helped many schools rethink their reliance on the grading structure. Each piece of the 8 sided puzzle of motivation will be filled with digital tools to encourage all students to love learning. Teachers will swim with the knowledge they can build balanced lessons to reach and inspire more students. You’ll understand why some activities don’t motivate specific students. Positively impact digital and analog strategies that create an immersive Blended Learning environment.

Speakers
avatar for Joan Brown

Joan Brown

School Based Technology Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools
I am a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer and passionate about giving students the opportunity to direct their learning and feel a part of the system. Technology is the path to individualized success in education and we are just beginning.


Tuesday December 4, 2018 8:45am - 9:45am
3B

8:45am

Building a Community of Readers
This session will focus on strategies to build a community of readers both school-wide (students and staff) and in the classroom. We will demonstrate the use of Padlet, Flipgrid, and Seesaw as digital tools to share book reviews, build literacy skills, and provide recommendations. We will share templates for summer reading programs and how to continue them throughout the school year.     https://goo.gl/FPs2Qa


Speakers
EN

Erin Nye

LMS, Kingston
avatar for Keri Schoeffel

Keri Schoeffel

ITS, Kingston


Tuesday December 4, 2018 8:45am - 9:45am
2B

8:45am

Changing Current – Working with Reluctant Staff
Trends in teaching are constantly shifting and so is the expectation of incorporating technology. Some staff members are uncomfortable when told to incorporate technology into their teaching or even into their planning and preparation. In this session, we will discuss some of the approaches used with reluctant staff members to encourage them to embrace some tech into their routines while still respecting their experience. Participants are invited to share their ideas so we can all leave with some new techniques to try.

I know you have great ideas and techniques...we can all benefit if we share the wealth!

Resources:
  • Presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1pPTYtbwe3C47AX6Lin3IQ6suwOunUgywln44dUnetg8/edit?usp=sharing
  • Google Sheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1N2VTVagTYCmJXgKhBdBKTaCTJW3e75UI6tbZOf5H76Y/edit?usp=sharing


Speakers
avatar for Charlotte Davis

Charlotte Davis

ITRT - Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Norfolk Public Schools
This is my 26th year as an educator. I spent 12 years as a middle school teacher, 13 years as a librarian, and this is my second year as an ITRT. I have always loved technology and was eager to share that with others. Being an ITRT is challenging but a daily adventure.



Tuesday December 4, 2018 8:45am - 9:45am
5C

8:45am

Class VR - Making Virtual Learning a Reality in the Classroom
ClassVR is an interactive student learning system that enables teachers to deliver instruction to students in virtual, augmented, and mixed reality environments. The ClassVR system consists of two main components: student virtual reality headsets and the ClassVR Portal. ClassVR Portal is the computer application that allows teachers to discover and deliver content. Class VR Portal has a wide range of pre-prepared content selections ranging from Math to Art History and everything in between. Furthermore, ClassVR portal is the mechanism to monitor progress and deliver individualized content to specific student headsets.

Attendees will be given an overview to how we practically use the system in an urban school setting. Additionally, we will explain how teachers can easily create their own virtual reality experiences for students by using 360 captured images, downloaded images, PDFs, or by the downloading pre-made content from ClassVR Portal. In addition, we will explain how teachers can easily create their own playlist of virtual reality experiences for students. Finally, attendees will be give the opportunity to try the headset, ClassVR Portal, and brainstorm ideas with the presenters on how this program could be effectively implemented in their own school setting. We have seen that using ClassVR raised student engagement and increased knowledge retention in our school.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Hunsicker

Chris Hunsicker

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Norfolk Public Schools
MR

Matthew Roadruck

Norfolk Public Schools


Tuesday December 4, 2018 8:45am - 9:45am
1B

8:45am

Digital Lifeguards: Web Safety & Digital Citizenship Surfing Lessons 101
Here’s a gnarly fact: the average teen spends 9 hours in front of a screen PER DAY! Are you concerned about their safety online? Do you worry about how kids are interacting with other web surfers? Us too, dudes! Web safety and digital citizenship are important topics that we all too often ignore in our classrooms and daily lives. Come take some web surfing lessons and learn just want it means to be a good, safe digital citizen in an age of turbulent waters. We will provide lesson plans, parent handouts, articles, resources, and videos for the classroom. Teachers will leave with lots of ideas and materials to use with students, while administrators and school leaders will get a crash course on steering the digital citizenSHIP in your own ocean. Feel confident about implementing all the other awesome tools you’ve learned about here at VSTE, knowing you have a stable surfboard of web safety and digital citizenship strategies keeping you afloat. There will be resources to share with families, too!

Speakers
avatar for Allison Starks

Allison Starks

Learning Technology Integrator, Albemarle County Public Schools
avatar for Kley Todd

Kley Todd

Learning Technology Integrator, Albemarle County Public Schools


Tuesday December 4, 2018 8:45am - 9:45am
2D

8:45am

Future Learning with Tried and True Tech
"Have you noticed we’re always trying to keep up and add new things because we feel we have to? What about sticking with what we have and trusting what is proven to work time and time again? It may not be the coolest looking or the newest invention, but at the end of the day we know it works and trust it. Ron Clark has called it, “a gift for teachers”, and his teachers have said it’s the last thing they would give up. It’s what students have said that allows them to be heard in the classroom when they would shy away from speaking before, and it’s a technology that empowers and enhances the teacher more than anything. What is it? Come hear from your peers about how using microphones in the classrooms and more has made current and future teaching and learning the most effective.

Speakers
avatar for Luanne Ropp

Luanne Ropp

Regional Director of Professional Development, Audio Enhancement
avatar for Johnny Sink

Johnny Sink

Director of Southern Region, Clinton Learning

Sponsors

Tuesday December 4, 2018 8:45am - 9:45am
5B

8:45am

Game Show for EdTech Enthusiasts: 22 Secrets to Success
In this interactive game show we’ll celebrate your hard work while you win prizes and learn the secrets of better EdTech outcomes. We asked over 450 educators in 10 countries how to achieve better learning and we’ll share their perspectives. We’ll also discuss with you how you can participate in the survey to share your perspective and learn how you compare. Whether you leave with a prize or access to the survey, everyone is a winner!

Speakers
avatar for Aron Fristoe

Aron Fristoe

Education Sales Consultant, SMART Technologies
Love teaching, technology, family and fly fishing.

Exhibitors


Tuesday December 4, 2018 8:45am - 9:45am
4D

8:45am

Getting SMART
In today's fast-paced world, everyone is looking for ways to engage students, collaborate and share with colleagues. Join Kevin Marcus, Instructional Technology Resource Teacher from Wise County Public Schools, Virginia and SMART Exemplary Educator, as he demonstrates how to engage students with simple teacher-driven lessons and student-led activities, involve students in real time multi-user collaboration, and save time and learn from one another by sharing lessons and best practice with fellow educators. All of this made possible and simple with the help of SMART Learning Suite 18 and SMART Learning Suite Online.

Bring a device so you can interact and see what fun the students will have.

Speakers
avatar for M. Kevin Marcus

M. Kevin Marcus

ITRT, Wise County Public Schools
| Kevin Marcus is an Instructional Technologist with Wise County Public Schools. In this position, he provides training to school district instructional staff regarding the appropriate and creative uses of technology in the classroom, while also providing training and support to... Read More →



Tuesday December 4, 2018 8:45am - 9:45am
4C

8:45am

Give students the "Gift of Gab" with Podcasting
Build your students communication and collaboration skills through Podcasting! Podcasting has become a growing way in which people are gaining information and being entertained. This session will allow you to leverage the podcast trend to create student based podcasts and even start your own! The presenters of this session will share their journey from using podcasts for professional development, creating podcasts with students, and the successes of start their own podcast, “The Talk of Tuckahoe”.

Speakers
avatar for Brice Fritts

Brice Fritts

Teacher, Henrico County Public Schools
avatar for Amanda Kinsler

Amanda Kinsler

Innovative Learning Coach, Henrico County Public Schools


Tuesday December 4, 2018 8:45am - 9:45am
3A

8:45am

Jump in the Podcast Pool! The water is fine!
Podcasts are quickly becoming the wave of the future even though they are rooted in a medium from the past. Roosevelt's "Fireside Chats" allowed a nation to feel as though the president was speaking directly to them; today, people listen to something like Serial's "This American Life" to make personal connections with the speakers and the stories being told. Others listen to podcasts that debate topics, discuss current (or historical events), and explore the unexplained. The art of sharing stories and conveying ideas draws the audience closer to the speaker, and creating a podcast allows the speaker to creatively build collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills while practicing digital citizenship. This session will show you how to craft a lesson to help students create and share their own podcasts using available recording devices and Padlet. It will touch on developing the criteria for the assignment as well as real world applications for collaboration, creativity, communication, critical thinking, and citizenship.
Presentation
Podcast Rubric


Speakers
avatar for Candace Henderson

Candace Henderson

English Department Chair/Teacher, Millbrook High School/FCPS
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 English 11... Read More →


Tuesday December 4, 2018 8:45am - 9:45am
4A

8:45am

Learning to Swim: Building a Student Tech Team with a Laptop Lending Library
Not all students have their own devices, so we can't depend on a BYOD program if we want students working consistently with technology. However, not all schools can afford to provide a device for every student. We need to find alternatives. Fortunately, a generous company gave us their old, wiped laptops when they upgraded. YEAH! Our district won't add donated devices to their management system. BOOO!

BUT, we also should be teaching our students to troubleshoot their devices. This gave us an excellent opportunity to create a student tech team that could troubleshoot problems, because they understood how the computers worked. Now we have 45 laptops for students to check out: some with specialized programs for math, science or substitutes, others with just the basics, all with protection to ensure that student information is wiped between each user. We also have a set of students with the skills to help their teachers and colleagues in class.

Learn from our experience how to set up a successful laptop lending library from scratch, along with a student tech team to keep them in good repair.

Presentation
Link to copy Computer Troubleshooting quiz
Our laptop cart checkout system (entire carts for teachers)

Speakers
avatar for Molly Rippa

Molly Rippa

Instructional Facilitator, Technology, Potomac Falls HS-LCPS
Google Certified Educator Level 1 & Level 2


Tuesday December 4, 2018 8:45am - 9:45am
1D

8:45am

Let Students Lead the Way with Google Tours
When students build their own virtual, 360º tours to demonstrate their learning, everyone benefits! Learn how to use Google Tour Creator to build your own interactive virtual tours and discover strategies for empowering students to create and share their own tours. This is intended to be a hands-on, interactive session, so attendees will benefit the most from bringing a Chromebook or laptop.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Moran

Katie Moran

ITRT, Rockingham County Public School
I graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and M.A.T. in Secondarty Education. I had the great fortune to teach my passion for history in Rockingham County, VA from 2007-2016. During my teaching tenure, I discovered my love for educational... Read More →



Tuesday December 4, 2018 8:45am - 9:45am
4E

8:45am

Making the 5 Cs Come Alive in an Elementary Makerspace
Makerspaces offer students authentic opportunities for critical thinking, creative thinking, collaboration, communication, and citizenship - key competencies outlined in the Profile of a Virginia Graduate. This session is based on the premise that these competencies must be taught to all students beginning in kindergarten. It follows the journey of one elementary school through the creation and implementation of an Elementary Makerspace that includes opportunities for students to interact with tools for engineering, manufacturing, coding, programming robotics, 3-D printing, producing movies, exploring electricity, and deconstructing objects. Attention will be given to the factors that are critical in the creation of a Makerspace including the designation of physical space, funding, and the selection of materials. The session also will examine factors that contribute to successful implementation of a Makerspace including scheduling, staff training, opportunities for special education inclusion, student choice, and the creation of curricular connections. Participants will leave will this session equipped to create a Makerspace that will allow all students to explore, design, and innovate while developing their capacity to demonstrate the 5 Cs.

Speakers
KB

Kristin Bolam

Principal, Mt. Vernon Elementary School/York County School Division
HL

Heather Long

Educational Technology Facilitator, Mt. Vernon Elementary School/York County School Division



Tuesday December 4, 2018 8:45am - 9:45am
3D

8:45am

Periodic Table of Google Extensions
Do you use Google Extensions? Want a few more tools for your Google Toolbox? Come and learn about Google Extensions Periodic Table style that you and your students can use.

Speakers
avatar for Denise Henry-Orndorff

Denise Henry-Orndorff

Instructional Technology Resource Coach, Strasburg HS, Signal Knob MS, Sandy Hook ES
I am married and have two children. Our days are busy with baseball, Relay for Life, and church. I am currently finishing my 21st year of teaching in Shenandoah County where I went as a child. I have a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education (K-3 certification) from James Madison... Read More →



Tuesday December 4, 2018 8:45am - 9:45am
1A

8:45am

Staying afloat: Using Nearpod to keep engagement from sinking
In a digital age where students are still being talked AT and lectured TO, learn how to interact with students and promote engagement using the website Nearpod. We will explain how to create a Nearpod, and we will do a sample one together. We will discuss how Nearpod can be used as a an introduction to a lesson or a review of a previous lesson. Come hear about an engaging (and EASY TO USE!) way to work with students.

Link to nearpod lesson: https://share.nearpod.com/NlfiitKofS

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Poumade

Nathan Poumade

School-Based Technology Specialist, Franklin Middle School-Fairfax County Public Schools
avatar for Jessica Woolwine

Jessica Woolwine

7th Grade English Teacher, Franklin Middle School-Fairfax County Public Schools


Tuesday December 4, 2018 8:45am - 9:45am
5D

8:45am

Surfing for FREE Resources, Lessons, and MORE is just finding the right “Wave”!
Surfing the Digital Wave can mean working hard to catch the right
wave. Sometimes online searches for lesson resources can lead to going
adrift in an ocean of content that isn't always suitable for K12.
Promethean, with 20 years of Education Technology expertise and
leadership has done it again with their FREE Marketplace providing
millions of digital resources for all teachers leveraging ANY front of the
classroom interactive display.
Come join your local Promethean team to learn how to find the best
FREE resources to fit your digital lessons. You will discover all the most
popular file formats for resources, ready made lessons, interactive
simulations, 3D models, and engaging student activities all in one place!

Speakers
PI

Penny Izquierdo

Education Consultant, Promethean Inc

Exhibitors
avatar for Promethean

Promethean

Promethean Mid-Atlantic Director, Promethean Inc


Tuesday December 4, 2018 8:45am - 9:45am
2C

8:45am

Swimming with STEM through Children's Literature
Rapunzel, Rumplestiltskin, a troll and other literary characters will introduce participants to the fun to be had with integrating STEM challenges. All of the 4 C's will be used as participants discover how coding, task challenges, and projects can be integrated with children's books and their characters. The presenters will share their experiences with utilizing the Media Center Makerspace Resource Center as the hub of all of the fun. STEM challenges and activities and materials lists for 7 Folk Tales will be shared.


My Google Slides Presentation:  

http://bit.ly/STEMandLIT

or  (in case the bit.ly is being cranky)

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1NDlhpNEDiNrxMuLsiLnUaIX-W4AfCVmlHCabiqzXmb4/edit?usp=sharing



Speakers
avatar for Kathy Blades

Kathy Blades

Instructional Technology Facilitator, Currituck County Schools
avatar for Lisa Rose

Lisa Rose

Media Specialist, Moyock Elementary School
I have been a K-5 media specialist for 20 years. I love books and children and will do just about anything to get them together. I can't wait to share the fun I've had with Global Read Aloud and with a Makerspace in the media center.


Tuesday December 4, 2018 8:45am - 9:45am
1C

8:45am

TeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown
There are many technology tools available for classroom use, but which ones are teachers’ favorites? Come explore new and tried-and-true technology tools for your classroom. Join TeachersFirst as we showcase our favorite edtech resources. Help us decide which tool is the session winner of our Smackdown!

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Okoye

Ruth Okoye

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

Exhibitors

Tuesday December 4, 2018 8:45am - 9:45am
2A

8:45am

Techstravaganza! Raising your PD Game on a Budget
Have you ever wondered how to provide your school system with better Tech PD? Feeling constrained by a shoestring budget and limited staffing? Say no more! This session will show you how to make a plan for a one day Tech Professional Development session that gets people excited, creates a sense of community and raises interest for very little cost and limited human power. Find out how we transitioned in just 2 years from a week long, low interest summer training camp to Techstravaganza, a single day event attracting almost 1/3 of our teachers, admin and staff with 60+ sessions, food trucks, door prizes and giveaways. This presentation will include discussion of subjects like:

- Scheduling sessions
- Recruiting presenters from outside of your I