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Wednesday, December 9
 

7:45am EST

Need Help? VSTE Tech Support is here for you.
Need Tech Support?  VSTE Technology Support is here for you.  

Wednesday December 9, 2020 7:45am - 8:45am EST
Tech Support

8:00am EST

Student Engagement through Choice and Project-Based Assessment: Skills for Future Readiness
In this session, we will be exploring project-based choice assessments to enhance student engagement. We will discuss ideas for how to implement project-based assessment with your elementary and secondary students that include student choice for the different learning styles. We will include specific tech tools as examples of choice that students can use collaboratively or individually to create podcasts, newsletters, and videos.

Speakers

Wednesday December 9, 2020 8:00am - 8:30am EST
Crystal B

8:00am EST

Virtual Organization: Your Future is Clear... and Categorized!
Tired of looking for “that document”? Do you have to remind students where to find content and materials for your class regularly? While remote learning takes a strong role in education, the need to be virtually organized is more essential than ever. Gain some 2020 vision when it comes to the structure of your digital life.

Inspired by professional organizers, discover how two learning technology integrators from Albemarle County Public Schools take virtual messes by storm and turn them into color-coded (in rainbow order, of course) structure. This session will focus on strategies and tools that can be applied to make your learning management system (such as Schoology and Google Classroom), Drive, apps, and more become clean and easy for anyone to navigate. Fill your future with maintainable habits and formats that can be carried through for years to come.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica James

Jessica James

Learning Technology Integrator, Albemarle County
6th grade science teacher turned Learning Technology Integrator for Albemarle County Public Schools
avatar for Shelly Robinson

Shelly Robinson

Learning Technology Integrator, Albemarle County Public Schools


Wednesday December 9, 2020 8:00am - 8:30am EST
Crystal A

11:45am EST

Need Help? VSTE Tech Support is here for you.
Need Tech Support?  VSTE Technology Support is here for you.  

Wednesday December 9, 2020 11:45am - 12:45pm EST
Tech Support

12:00pm EST

Focus on the Future with Virtual Learning
As we experience the impact of COVID-19, let’s focus on the future with blended and virtual learning. Let’s focus on providing practical steps to teaching and learning in an online environment. Let’s focus on planning, communicating, and navigating best online instructional practices to help students stay connected in meaningful ways.

Speakers
MF

Meg Foley

Virtual Learning Specialist, Virginia Department of Education
avatar for Reginald Fox

Reginald Fox

Virtual Learning Specialist, Virginia Department of Education
School Administration, Instructional Technology, Virtual Learning



Wednesday December 9, 2020 12:00pm - 12:30pm EST
Crystal A

12:00pm EST

Increasing Productivity with Google Tools
Virtual learning has brought us many new challenges, not least of which is the challenge of time management. If this is a problem you face, Google may have the solution you need. Join this session to learn strategies to help you manage your time and dig into the Google tools that will help you implement them.


Wednesday December 9, 2020 12:00pm - 12:30pm EST
Crystal B

12:00pm EST

Resources to Support Distance Learning
This year teachers have been asked to radically change their practice, while families have been challenged with totally new student experience at home. In this interactive session, participants will explore WideOpenSchool, a free resource, launched by Common Sense in response to the pandemic to provide curated high-quality resources (both digital and offline) in a variety of subjects to educators and families. Participants will leave with a personalized, curated list of resources to enrich and support distance learning they can use immediately.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Huth

Barbara Huth

Common Sense Education, Common Sense Education
Barbara Huth is the Education Program Manager for Common Sense Education in the D.C. Metro area. She partners with school districts in DC, Maryland, Virginia and beyond to help educators and parents build the foundational digital citizenship skills for kids to utilize technology safely... Read More →


Wednesday December 9, 2020 12:00pm - 12:30pm EST
Washington

5:00pm EST

Digital Badges as a Student Motivator
Motivation is a significant predictor of learning outcomes. In this 50-minute interactive presentation. You will learn to create digital badges to ignite students to take initiative, formulate goals, and achieve skill mastery. We will walk you through resources such as Canva, Adobe Spark, and Google Drawings. Attendees will leave with a supply of badges to get them started.

Speakers
avatar for Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith

Instructional Technology Specialist, Renaissance Academy
avatar for Chima Staley

Chima Staley

Teacher, VBCPS


Wednesday December 9, 2020 5:00pm - 5:30pm EST
Washington

5:00pm EST

From Then-and-There to Anywhere - Flipping District PD
Every year, Chesterfield County’s Department of Instructional Innovation hosts a large-scale district professional learning opportunity with thousands of teachers in attendance. This year, our plans went out the window as we pivoted to flip an in-person event into an entirely virtual experience. Join us to learn how this potential calamity became our highest-attended and one of our most well-received county professional development offerings. Teachers appreciated the flexibility in scheduling and opportunities for collaboration and personalization. We will share our process, successes and reflections, and resources that you can use in preparing for virtual professional learning opportunities for your districts.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Burton

Stephanie Burton

CCPS Instructional Designer, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Hello,Want to talk about math instruction, how to use technology to support mathematics or anything mathematics related? Let me know. Also love to talk about faith, cycling, news, and books.
avatar for Kelsey Pacer

Kelsey Pacer

Instructional Designer, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Instructional Designer @ Bensley ES and Clover Hill ES


Wednesday December 9, 2020 5:00pm - 5:30pm EST
Monroe

5:00pm EST

Traveling the Earth... Virtually (Part 1)
You and your students can travel to every corner of the globe using the magic of Google Earth, and create tours so others can join you. In this three-part, hands-on session, we will build a tour of our favorite places using the Projects feature in Earth. During the first part, we'll look at the steps for creating a location for the tour. During the second part, everyone who wants to participate will create one location in a shared tour. For the third part, we'll take that tour and discuss ways that you can use Google Earth resources to help students understand geography, world cultures, history, science and more. Note: you will need the Chrome browser on a Mac or Windows computer, or a Chromebook to participate in building the tour. Those on tablets or phones are welcome to watch.

This session is Part 1 of two sessions. Part 2 is on Sunday, December 13, 2020, 9:00-9:30am.

If you would like to collaborate on the Google Earth Project started in Part 1, please complete this form: https://forms.gle/63Nt4dY8W5t9LqVt9 and then watch your mail for an invitation.

You can find tutorials for getting started with Google Earth and Projects, along with additional resources to continue your learning after the conference here: https://www.assortedstuff.com/stuff/ .


Speakers
avatar for Tim Stahmer

Tim Stahmer

Educator. Blogger. Learner. Geek. Photographer., AssortedStuff.com
For many years I was a professional development leader for the almost 200 school-based technology coaches in Fairfax County Public Schools. Currently I continue to advocate for teachers and students as a member of the VSTE Board of Directors. I also serve on the VSTE Conference Committee.I... Read More →


Wednesday December 9, 2020 5:00pm - 5:30pm EST
Crystal B

5:00pm EST

Win the Right to be Heard: Cultivating a Conversational Learning Environment
Success in the classroom is built on the foundation of a trusting relationship. Whether virtual or in-person, relationships start with a conversation. Join our conversation as we discuss five ideas around building successful learning relationships with students, colleagues, and the community. We will share successful strategies to investing time with students, understanding the Generation Z student, developing a conversational classroom, purposeful on-demand lesson ideas, and establishing healthy habits and boundaries in today's instant generation.

Speakers
avatar for William Watts

William Watts

Instructional Technology Coach, PWCS
William Watts, in his 15th year as an educator and his 6th year as an Instructional Technology Coach at both the elementary and high school level. William's work with digital citizenship ranges across all grade levels. He customizes lessons for students in elementary, middle, and... Read More →


Wednesday December 9, 2020 5:00pm - 5:30pm EST
Crystal A

5:00pm EST

Zoom in the K-12 Classroom: best practice, new features, hybrid learning environments
Bring your Zoom"itude" to this informative and engaging demonstration of best practice for using Zoom in K-12 teaching environments.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Mobley

Jason Mobley

Educational Solutions Engineer, Zoom
Jason Mobley is an Education Solutions Engineer at Zoom and a veteran of managing higher-ed instructional technology departments and distance learning programs.  As the former Executive Director of IT at Florida A&M University (FAMU), he managed a large online distance learning program... Read More →
avatar for Jason Nast

Jason Nast

Account Executive - K12, Zoom
Jason Nast is a K-12 Education Account Executive at Zoom and a 15 year veteran in the Edtech space.  Jason has previously worked with a leading digital whiteboard company, as well as the largest AV integrators in the U.S.  He began his journey into the educational technology space... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Jason Nast

Jason Nast

Account Executive - K12, Zoom
Jason Nast is a K-12 Education Account Executive at Zoom and a 15 year veteran in the Edtech space.  Jason has previously worked with a leading digital whiteboard company, as well as the largest AV integrators in the U.S.  He began his journey into the educational technology space... Read More →


Wednesday December 9, 2020 5:00pm - 5:30pm EST
Pocahontas

7:00pm EST

Break Out of Ordinary Virtual Learning with OneNote Digital Breakouts
Engage students with a non-traditional escape room experience! Digital Breakout Games -- either in a group or individually -- make a great activity for asynchronous learning days or in a flipped classroom and provide opportunities for critical thinking. Turn an ordinary worksheet into an adventure. Turn a review packet into a scavenger hunt. Solve puzzles and brain teasers to break out of the game. The possibilities are endless! Unlike some digital breakouts, there is no backing out of the game to find the clues; there is only one way to get through a OneNote breakout -- FORWARD, which promotes a growth mindset for your students. OneNote breakouts are also a good substitute for in-person boxes and locks once we return to the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Jeanie Ingram

Jeanie Ingram

Instructional Technology Coach, Gar-Field HS, Prince William County Schools
Instructional Technology CoachGar-Field High SchoolPrince William County SchoolsTwitter: @EdTech_Jeanie


Wednesday December 9, 2020 7:00pm - 7:30pm EST
Washington

7:00pm EST

Focus on Hybrid Learning - How to Integrate Office365 Tools into Your Bi-Modal Classroom
Hybrid and blended learning methods have been implemented on a fast-track due to COVID-19. This session will focus on Microsoft Office365 tools that can be implemented in both the physical and virtual classroom for connection, instruction, collaboration, and review/feedback.

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Barr

Kristin Barr

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


Wednesday December 9, 2020 7:00pm - 7:30pm EST
Crystal B

7:00pm EST

Hands-on Creative Computing (Part 1)
You can't learn by being talked to. Join this session to get some scaffolded hands-on experience with Scratch, a framework for successfully bringing Scratch to your classroom, and project ideas.

This is Part 1 of two sessions.  Part 2 is on Sunday, December 13, 2020, 12:45-1:15pm.

Speakers
avatar for Bea Leiderman

Bea Leiderman

Instructional Technology Coach, Independent
Bea is a former teacher and instructional technology coach. She specializes in helping teachers plan hands-on activities and open-ended creative projects. 



Wednesday December 9, 2020 7:00pm - 7:30pm EST
Monroe

7:00pm EST

Top Secret Canvas Tips Revealed!
Are you a Canvas user? You will be amazed at some of the hidden tips and tricks you will learn in this fast-paced session. You will leave with ideas that will enhance your course creation, save you time, and increase student engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Marcia Jeans

Marcia Jeans

ITRT, Prince William County Schools


Wednesday December 9, 2020 7:00pm - 7:30pm EST
Crystal A
 
Thursday, December 10
 

8:00am EST

Get Nsync with Engaging and Empowering Virtual and Face to Face Learners
Whether you're saying “Bye, Bye, Bye” to teaching virtually or continuing to teach students online, high impact engagement is the key to success for all students. As we “Focus on the Future” during these uncertain times, it is imperative to grow highly committed and highly focused learners. “I Want it That Way” because these learners have been identified as having the most success in any learning environment. In this session we will get Nsync with synchronous, asynchronous and face to face strategic moves to be the best teachers we can be no matter the circumstances. Who is ready to engage all learners? “It’s Gonna Be Me”!

Speakers
avatar for Sheila Teri

Sheila Teri

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Follow you? Follow me: @techteachVB
avatar for Charles Hinsch

Charles Hinsch

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Virginia Beach City Public Schools
I'm an Instructional Technology Coordinator with a passion for infusing technology in education & looking to change the way digital natives learn. Lets connect!


Thursday December 10, 2020 8:00am - 8:30am EST
Crystal A

8:00am EST

Integrating Interactive Bitmoji Classrooms in the Canvas Platform
Putting Bitmoji Classrooms in the Canvas platform to increase student interactivity and engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Gail Moore

Gail Moore

ITRT, Amherst County Public Schools
avatar for Teresa Howell

Teresa Howell

Math Teacher, Monelison Middle School
I have been teaching for 22 years and have taught everything from math to computer applications, to digital photography, to web page design. I am currently a level 1 and 2 Google Certified Educator and a Google for Education Certified Trainer. I love integrating technology into my... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2020 8:00am - 8:30am EST
Monroe

8:00am EST

The VA K-12 Computer Science Pipeline Project
Chesapeake Public Schools and Loudoun County Public Schools are collaborating on the construction on the VA K-12 Computer Science Pipeline, which will include the creation of a K-8 Curriculum and an internship program through Experiential Learning in grades 9-12.

Speakers
avatar for Nick Grzeda

Nick Grzeda

Supervisor, Computer Science, Loudoun County Public Schools
Nick Grzeda is the Supervisor for Computer Science in Loudoun County Public Schools. From 2016-2020, Nick was a Digital Integration Specialist in the Office of Educational Technology and was responsible for managing VISION (LCPS instance of Moodle); leading division-wide initiatives... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2020 8:00am - 8:30am EST
Washington

8:00am EST

Virtual Special Education: Meeting the Needs of Exceptional Learners in Exceptional Times
With the current significant challenges presented to the field of Education in 2020, necessitating the moving of instruction into online learning environments through completely online or hybrid education formats, educators are faced with the daunting task of meeting individual learning needs, especially those of exceptional learners. School districts and educators hope to remain connected to these students by still providing access to valuable learning supports, services and individualized instruction, even when students and teachers cannot be face-to-face. This session seeks to explore methods, approaches, and technologies that support meeting the individual learning needs of exceptional learners. The focus of this session will be more specifically on the process of special education as it necessarily moves into a digital online format.

Speakers
avatar for Randall Dunn

Randall Dunn

Associate Professor/ Program Director, Special Education, Liberty University


Thursday December 10, 2020 8:00am - 8:30am EST
Crystal B

8:00am EST

Benefits of Zoom's Unified Communication Platform in an Educational Ecosystem
Using Zoom's entire platform to transform the communication equality from school to home.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Mobley

Jason Mobley

Educational Solutions Engineer, Zoom
Jason Mobley is an Education Solutions Engineer at Zoom and a veteran of managing higher-ed instructional technology departments and distance learning programs.  As the former Executive Director of IT at Florida A&M University (FAMU), he managed a large online distance learning program... Read More →
avatar for Jason Nast

Jason Nast

Account Executive - K12, Zoom
Jason Nast is a K-12 Education Account Executive at Zoom and a 15 year veteran in the Edtech space.  Jason has previously worked with a leading digital whiteboard company, as well as the largest AV integrators in the U.S.  He began his journey into the educational technology space... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Jason Nast

Jason Nast

Account Executive - K12, Zoom
Jason Nast is a K-12 Education Account Executive at Zoom and a 15 year veteran in the Edtech space.  Jason has previously worked with a leading digital whiteboard company, as well as the largest AV integrators in the U.S.  He began his journey into the educational technology space... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2020 8:00am - 8:30am EST
Pocahontas

12:00pm EST

Canvas Studio Quizzes: Setting the Foundation for FUTURE Mastery
Let your students Focus on their Future by preparing for their classes virtually. Canvas Studio can do just that! Teachers can create video lectures with confirmation of watching prior to the class with this valuable tool. This is the perfect opportunity to flip your classroom. This session is for designed teachers and coaches who currently use Canvas with the Canvas Studio add on.

There’s no way to stop the future from happening, so why not prepare for it? Canvas Studio can help our students prepare for their immediate future…... Not only will they survive this preparation, but maybe prepared to thrive in your class.

After attending this session, you will be able to:

Create a Canvas Video Quiz
Assign the Canvas Video Quiz and have Speed Grader grade it
Utilize the analytics feature built into Canvas Video Quiz to inform instructional decisions

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Hall

Rachel Hall

ITRT/Webmaster/STC, Northumberland County Public Schools
I have been an ITRT for the Northumberland district for over 6 years now. I have many hats as many of you do. I taught 9-12 math in Kansas for 10 years, moved to VA where I taught math for 7 more years. I have been working as an ITRT / Webmaster for over 6 years and now serve as the... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2020 12:00pm - 12:30pm EST
Monroe

12:00pm EST

Classroom and Virtual Activities for Teaching the New Virginia Energy Career Cluster
This year Virginia Legislature created a new Energy Career Cluster, and became the first in the nation to design eight new energy and sustainability courses to be offered to high school students, with hands-on STEM and STEAM activities modules for younger students in elementary and middle school. This session introduces technology-based activities, explorations and experiences that can be integrated within any curricula, ranging from World Languages to Physics and Social Studies. Standards-aligned activities help teachers guide students through the history and processes of harvesting of natural resources to new initiatives in wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, oceanic and even bio-digester energy sources and infrastructures, Activities also provide opportunities for participating in design challenges and competitions to showcase student innovations and Virginia Profile of a Graduate skills and understandings. College and career exploration activities are supported by regional energy industry companies and can lead to school-based partnerships.

Speakers
JE

James Egenrieder

Dr. James A. (Jim) Egenrieder is on the College of Engineering's Research Faculty and Director of the Qualcomm® Thinkabit Labs™ at Virginia Tech in the National Capital Region. He creates, develops, and facilitates programs (and funding) for technical and professional (STEM) education... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2020 12:00pm - 12:30pm EST
Crystal B

12:00pm EST

Microsoft Sway for Lessons, Newsletters, and Training
Join me to discover how Microsoft Sway, a versatile web-based presentation application, can be used for digital lessons, newsletters, technology tips, and training presentations. Microsoft Sway has built in templates and themes, allowing for quick, easy creation of professional-looking online content.

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Barr

Kristin Barr

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


Thursday December 10, 2020 12:00pm - 12:30pm EST
Washington

12:00pm EST

The New Virginia Digital Learning Integration Standards of Learning
Formerly known as the Computer Technology Standards of Learning, the Digital Learning Integration (DLI) Standards of Learning (SOL) focus on the development of digital learning competencies in students through teaching and learning experiences. Attend this session to learn more about DLI SOL and to provide input on the development of guidance documents and resources to support the implementation of the standards.

Speakers
MS

Mark Saunders

Technology Integration Coordinator, Virginia Department of Education


Thursday December 10, 2020 12:00pm - 12:30pm EST
Crystal A

12:00pm EST

Managing Multi-Platform Devices in an Era of Schools Without Walls
FileWave provides both “Unified Endpoint Management and Mobile Device Management” solutions. FileWave’s Management Suite is built to empower IT teams throughout the entire device lifecycle process of imaging/provisioning, deployment, management, maintenance, and security. FileWave’s all-in-one, highly scalable software, (cloud and on-premise supported), solves the many challenges of managing a diverse and growing population of users, devices, and content by ensuring IT teams have a comprehensive solution that supports both client (desktop/laptop) and mobile devices across all macOS, Windows, iPadOS/iOS, Android & ChromeOS., Windows, iOS and Android.

The need to manage devices outside the schools walls and network has become a necessity FileWave will share how district staff can manage all OS types from the outside to ensure student, admins and all other staff continue to receive the support they need while ensuring they remain secure.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Mirante

Stephen Mirante

VP, Sales - Americas, FileWave
FileWave provides schools with multi-platform device management software, to fully manage the lifecycle process of imaging, deployment, management, security, tracking, and maintenance. FileWave is all-inclusive and solves managing a growing population of devices, by ensuring organizations... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Stephen Mirante

Stephen Mirante

VP, Sales - Americas, FileWave
FileWave provides schools with multi-platform device management software, to fully manage the lifecycle process of imaging, deployment, management, security, tracking, and maintenance. FileWave is all-inclusive and solves managing a growing population of devices, by ensuring organizations... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2020 12:00pm - 12:30pm EST
Pocahontas

3:00pm EST

New Year, New View?!
Winter break is on the minds of many which can also bring the opportunity for some self-chosen PD! Join Monica as she walks through using extensions & apps to aid with organization + interactive instruction. Special focus on ELs*

Sponsors
avatar for Patrick Hausammann (UnisonEDU.org)

Patrick Hausammann (UnisonEDU.org)

Executive Director, UnisonEDU, Inc.
About UnisonEDUNo school division, regardless of its location or financial means, should see lesser resources, professional development, or support. UnisonEDU offers a twofold support framework to schools and districts including high quality professional learning at reduced or ev... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Crystal A

5:00pm EST

Future Re-entry
In 2020 you blasted off to the future of education whether or not you you were ready. From the 20,000 foot view how will we maintain and sustain all the wonderful growth in educational technology in the future.


Thursday December 10, 2020 5:00pm - 5:30pm EST
Washington

5:00pm EST

The Future of Food: Sharing Creative Solutions to Global Crisis
Food deserts, food's carbon footprint and food waste.....come learn how students identified problems, proposed solutions and took action. A diverse group of students found a myriad of ways to address these problems through technology, advocacy and innovation.

Speakers
avatar for John Mitchem

John Mitchem

Learning Technology Integrator, Albemarle County Public Schools


Thursday December 10, 2020 5:00pm - 5:30pm EST
Crystal A

5:00pm EST

Using Wixie Across the Elementary Curriculum to Support Language Acquisition
Come and learn how Wixie supports meaningful instruction and assessment for all content areas in elementary school. Cross-curricular examples and mini-builds will be demonstrated to showcase how easy and effective Wixie is for demonstrating learning at a variety of levels. 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 students!

Speakers
avatar for Meaghan Martin

Meaghan Martin

ITC, 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.Please follow me on Twitter @ITCColes



Thursday December 10, 2020 5:00pm - 5:30pm EST
Monroe

5:00pm EST

Yes, Littles Can!
Littles can create what now?! More than you can imagine! This engaging session will provide you helpful tips, tools, templates, and resources that you will be able to take back and use in your classroom the next day! Learn how to create and implement activities using GSuite Apps, Seesaw, gamification, and computer science resources, to utilize with our youngest learners! Watch what they can create and do when you empower them!

Speakers
avatar for Christine Danhoff

Christine Danhoff

Technology Integration Specialist, Genoa Area Local Schools


Thursday December 10, 2020 5:00pm - 5:30pm EST
Crystal B

7:00pm EST

GIFs...The Gifts That Keep On Giving!
GIFs (like gifts, not the peanut butter) are a unique file format that can be used powerfully in practice. More expressive than a picture and less work than a video, a GIF can be the happy medium you are looking for to spice up a presentation, provide clarity in directions, or spark interest in a topic. We'll start by showcasing the many ways you can begin using GIFs in your classroom! Then, we'll show you where to find GIFs, how to make your own and put them into documents.

Speakers
avatar for Alissa Wetton

Alissa Wetton

Instructional Facilitator for Technology, Loudoun County Public Schools
avatar for Paige Faul

Paige Faul

IFT, Liberty Elementary, Loudoun County Public Schools
Paige Faul is the Instructional Facilitator of Technology (IFT) at Liberty Elementary School. Prior to becoming the IFT, Paige worked as a fourth and first grade teacher and was excited to embed digital content into her classroom on a daily basis. Now as IFT, she looks forward to... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2020 7:00pm - 7:30pm EST
Crystal B
 
Friday, December 11
 

8:00am EST

Engagement Strategies for Today's Hybrid or Distance Learning Classroom
Whether we are in a six-foot-spaced classroom or online, our classrooms look different this year. No longer can we rely on our regular pair-and-share or group work formats. That doesn't mean collaboration and sharing are over. How can we take what we already know about engaging students and translate it to distance learning experiences? Join Common Sense Education to discuss foundational digital citizenship skills for a digital classroom that is filled with collaboration, communication, and civil discourse. We will explore resources, tools, and strategies to create engaging and welcoming learning environments. You will leave with ideas and resources to engage students this year and next.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Huth

Barbara Huth

Common Sense Education, Common Sense Education
Barbara Huth is the Education Program Manager for Common Sense Education in the D.C. Metro area. She partners with school districts in DC, Maryland, Virginia and beyond to help educators and parents build the foundational digital citizenship skills for kids to utilize technology safely... Read More →


Friday December 11, 2020 8:00am - 8:30am EST
Crystal B

8:00am EST

Top Tips for Presenting Like a Pro
In virtual learning, we’ve all become part presenter, part entertainer, and part innovator. In this session, we’ll show and tell you how to bring all of those roles into planning and providing a killer presentation.

Speakers
NE

Netia Elam

Instructional Technology Coach


Friday December 11, 2020 8:00am - 8:30am EST
Crystal A

8:00am EST

Learning from Anywhere with Google for Education
In a time of unprecedented educational disruption, Google for Education is working to empower learning from anywhere for over 140 million students and teachers worldwide. Hear about how schools are rising to meet the challenges of distance learning, and how Google’s products and programs are evolving to meet the needs of teachers, students, and districts in the 2020-21 school year and beyond.

Speakers
SK

Sireesha Kalapala

Program Manager, Google
avatar for Samantha Lieberman

Samantha Lieberman

Regional Manager, Google for Education
A Free Solution Built for Teachers and Students. Learn More. Tools Schools Can Trust. Join the 45+ Million. Save Time. Free Tools for School.Chat Room

Sponsors
avatar for Samantha Lieberman

Samantha Lieberman

Regional Manager, Google for Education
A Free Solution Built for Teachers and Students. Learn More. Tools Schools Can Trust. Join the 45+ Million. Save Time. Free Tools for School.Chat Room


Friday December 11, 2020 8:00am - 8:30am EST
Pocahontas

12:00pm EST

Discover the Hidden Possibilities of Augmented Reality
Objects are popping off the page and coming into our world! How? This engaging and interactive session will assist you in getting started with and how to create and utilize augmented reality in your classroom and/or remote learning environment. Resources, examples, as well as ideas on how to integrate this technology into the curriculum will be provided. Get ready to explore all of the possibilities for you and your students!

Speakers
avatar for Christine Danhoff

Christine Danhoff

Technology Integration Specialist, Genoa Area Local Schools


Friday December 11, 2020 12:00pm - 12:30pm EST
Crystal A

12:00pm EST

The Future of Feedback
This session will discuss what quality feedback looks like and how to give it to students using technology tools.

Speakers
avatar for Tara Walters

Tara Walters

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher (ITRT), Harrisonburg City Schools...Career Page
avatar for Kelly Troxell

Kelly Troxell

ITRT, Harrisonburg City Schools
I have been teaching in HCPS for 16 years, the past three years as an ITRT. I love collaborating with teachers to bring digital citizenship and computer science to life in a fun and engaging way for students.


Friday December 11, 2020 12:00pm - 12:30pm EST
Crystal B

12:00pm EST

Fostering Literacy Growth for K-5 Learners
An elementary principal will share insights, thoughts, ideas, successes, and suggestions around what has worked to enhance and engage students during this time of blended and virtual learning. Hear comments from his staff and students as he discusses his schools use of adaptive literacy solutions to foster students’ literacy growth. A Rosen Classroom consultant will provide an overview of the unique resources, LevelUp and Rosen-LightSail. Both offer personalized reading experiences for your youngest learners with data to drive instruction.


Friday December 11, 2020 12:00pm - 12:30pm EST
Washington

12:00pm EST

Implementing Foundational Literacy Best Practices Through Blending Print and Online Resources
Readers develop through explicit instruction and exposure to texts in a variety of formats. Learn how to incorporate multiple modalities of learning to engage early learners. Understand how foundational literacy skills, measuring growth, and personalizing the reading experience for students can produce amazing gains and create life-long readers.

Speakers
Sponsors
avatar for Laura Reilly

Laura Reilly

Conference Coordinator, Rosen Classroom
Rosen Classroom is a division of The Rosen Publishing Group, an independent educational publishing house that was established in 1950 to serve the needs of students in grades Pre-K-12 with high interest, curriculum-correlated materials.Please connect with us at the conference using... Read More →


Friday December 11, 2020 12:00pm - 12:30pm EST
Washington

12:00pm EST

Zoom in the K-12 Classroom: best practice, new features, hybrid learning environments
Bring your Zoom"itude" to this informative and engaging demonstration of best practice for using Zoom in K-12 teaching environments.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Mobley

Jason Mobley

Educational Solutions Engineer, Zoom
Jason Mobley is an Education Solutions Engineer at Zoom and a veteran of managing higher-ed instructional technology departments and distance learning programs.  As the former Executive Director of IT at Florida A&M University (FAMU), he managed a large online distance learning program... Read More →
avatar for Jason Nast

Jason Nast

Account Executive - K12, Zoom
Jason Nast is a K-12 Education Account Executive at Zoom and a 15 year veteran in the Edtech space.  Jason has previously worked with a leading digital whiteboard company, as well as the largest AV integrators in the U.S.  He began his journey into the educational technology space... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Jason Nast

Jason Nast

Account Executive - K12, Zoom
Jason Nast is a K-12 Education Account Executive at Zoom and a 15 year veteran in the Edtech space.  Jason has previously worked with a leading digital whiteboard company, as well as the largest AV integrators in the U.S.  He began his journey into the educational technology space... Read More →


Friday December 11, 2020 12:00pm - 12:30pm EST
Pocahontas

5:00pm EST

Empower Our Girls: Opening the Door for Girls to Achieve More
Here’s to helping girls find their real power! Let’s move beyond sparkly words and create environments that teach girls all over to world to know their value and unleash their true potential. Join Lynmara in a conversation that will challenge attendees to empower the young girls of our local communities to create the future of their dreams.  

Speakers
LC

Lynmara Colón

Director, PWCS
Director of EL Program and ServicesPrince William County Schools


Friday December 11, 2020 5:00pm - 6:30pm EST
Crystal A

6:00pm EST

Conference Connections: Chat with Attendees, Sponsors and Exhibitors
Check out the Discord server to chat with other attendees, conference sponsors and attendees.

Chat Room



Friday December 11, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Exhibit Hall

6:00pm EST

7:00pm EST

Virtual Cocktail Class
Start your Friday evening off right with a virtual cocktail course that will feature Heather Hurley, Supervisor of Personalized Learning for Arlington Public Schools and VSTE Board member. Heather is Level 2 certified by the Wine and Spirits Education Trust and she will instruct attendees on the process for making delicious classic cocktails like a professional using simple easy to find ingredients. No need for large bottles of alcohol, all cocktails will utilize one “airport” size bottle that can be found behind the counter at any liquor/ABC store Participants can choose to make all three or just the ones that interest them.

Tequila: Paloma
Ingredients
2 oz (4 tablespoons) tequila blanco
2 oz (4 tablespoons) fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
1/2 oz (1 tablespoon) fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 oz (1 tablespoon) simple syrup
1 oz (2 tablespoons) soda water
Flaky sea salt & grapefruit wedge, for the garnish

Vodka: Bay Breeze
Ingredients
2 oz (4 tablespoons) vodka
3 tablespoons 100% pineapple juice
1/3 cup (6 tablespoons 100% unsweetened cranberry juice (do not use sweetened or cocktail)
1 teaspoon simple syrup
1 lime wedge
Whiskey: Boston Sour
Ingredients
2 oz (4 tablespoons) whiskey
1 oz (2 tablespoons) fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz (1 1/2 tablespoons) pure maple syrup
1 egg white
Garnish: Orange peel and a cocktail cherry
Ice, for serving (optional)

Recipes utilize simple syrup. You can buy it in the alcohol section of the supermarket or make your own.

How to make simple syrup (it really is that simple!) recipe from https://www.acouplecooks.com
If you’ve got sugar and 5 minutes, you can make simple syrup! There’s really no skill involved here, so let’s get right to it. It’s a formula you can memorize and make again and again:
Place equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan. In this recipe we used 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water.
Heat over medium and whisk until the sugar dissolves. Resist the urge to simmer! All you want is to dissolve the sugar.
Cool to room temperature. That’s it: you’re done! Cool to room temperature before using.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Hurley

Heather Hurley

Supervisor of Personalized Learning, Arlington Public Schoolsa


Friday December 11, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Allegheny
 
Saturday, December 12
 

9:00am EST

Keynote Session
Speakers
avatar for Kim Lane Clark

Kim Lane Clark

Director of Engagement, Computer Science/EdTech Consultan
Kimberly Lane Clark, Ed.S. is an award-winning educator and keynote speaker based in Texas. She is the Director of Blended Learning and a computer science/ed-tech consultant. Kim began her career in educational technology 11 years ago, teaching students in grades K-12 in Mississippi... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am EST
Crystal A

10:15am EST

Camp Canvas Live VSTE Edition
This session is for the Canvas Power User. We will introduce you to some of our favorite features to amp up your Canvas classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Nemerow

Daniel Nemerow

Technology Coach, Patriot High School
Daniel is starting his 6th year as an instructional technology coach. Previously a math teacher and VSTE teacher of the year award winner, Daniel‘s focus now has largely been on the implementation of teacher tools in the classroom to change how students have access to and are assessed... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2020 10:15am - 10:45am EST
Wilson

10:15am EST

Clearly Seeing the 5 C's
You've been teaching in your brick and mortar class years. Typically your class is filled with conversations and creations where students dive deep into the content. This year you need to transfer all of that through a screen. During this session we will focus on the 5 C's, best practices and using tools you have available to enhance your lessons. We will discuss a variety of Ed Tech tools and how they can be embedded into your synchronous and asynchronous lessons.

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 →


Saturday December 12, 2020 10:15am - 10:45am EST
Roanoke F

10:15am EST

Give the "AXS" to Your Virtual Learning Materials!
"AXS" (the way the cool kids type "access") is a buzzword that can mean different things in virtual learning. In this session, we will explore virtual learning access in terms of the accessibility of your learning management system, Bitmoji Classrooms, and instructional materials for students with disabilities. Whether you use Google Classroom, Canvas, Moodle, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Schoology, or something else, if the virtual learning experience that you provide your students is built with accessibility (and universal design) in mind, everyone will benefit. Participants will leave with AT LEAST three tips or tricks that they can use to improve the accessibility of their virtual instructional materials in less than 10 minutes.

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!!!


Saturday December 12, 2020 10:15am - 10:45am EST
Roanoke E

10:15am EST

OUR Future’s So Bright, WE’VE Gotta Wear Shades - Collaboration in a Virtual Environment
Collaborative instruction between classroom teachers and librarians, tech coaches, and instructional coaches has long been considered a best practice; yet, as teachers race to meet the needs of hybrid, virtual, and in-person students, time spent on collaborative efforts can feel like a luxury that time doesn’t afford. However, today’s students deserve the rich experiences that collaborative instruction can provide. This session will share how two professionals make collaboration a reality in today’s mixed instructional environment. Participants from all professional backgrounds will leave this session with the confidence to approach potential collaborative partners and continue to foster meaningful learning experiences that blend technology expertise, content knowledge, and social-emotional supports.

Speakers
avatar for Brooksie Kramer

Brooksie Kramer

Librarian, Brookville High School
Passionate about student-centered learning, independent reading, makerspace, and all things library.


Saturday December 12, 2020 10:15am - 10:45am EST
Crystal B

10:15am EST

Switch Up Assessment with Infographics!
Are you looking for a new way to assess learning? Tired of quizzes and presentations? Try infographics! Did you know that the human brain processes images 60000 times faster than text?! Infographics allow students to show what they know in a new way, while also increasing their understanding of charts and graphs. Join us to learn some ways to use infographics, and try out some tools available to you and your students to create infographics. (Bonus- infographics make creating a syllabus easy and attractive!)

Speakers
avatar for Moriah Walker

Moriah Walker

Media Design & Communication Teacher, Lakota Local Schools
Moriah Walker is an ISTE Certified Educator and the Media Design and Communications teacher for Liberty Junior in Lakota. Moriah has a lucky 7 years of teaching experience and continually challenges herself and her students to grow in technology. Her students have created and led... Read More →



Saturday December 12, 2020 10:15am - 10:45am EST
Washington

10:15am EST

Take a look at your Teaching Studio
In this session we will take a look at the equipment you need/want to set up your virtual learning studio; must haves, helpful tips and cost effective alternatives.

Speakers
avatar for Cody Christensen

Cody Christensen

Science/CS Teacher, Colonial Beach High School
I teach science and computer science I am tall and bearded.


Saturday December 12, 2020 10:15am - 10:45am EST
Monroe

10:15am EST

What did you learn in school today? Using Google Sites to Showcase Learning
This “infamous” question that we ask our students will be a thing of the past when teachers use Google Sites for digital learning portfolios. The goal is for students to identify their own learning and showcase samples on Google Sites as a digital portfolio. Come learn strategies to help students create and design their own Site, to foster teacher/student collaboration in supporting learning goals, and to organize these digital portfolios for easy teacher organization and management.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Moran

Katie Moran

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Rockingham County Public Schools
I graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and M.A.T. in Secondary 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 →


Saturday December 12, 2020 10:15am - 10:45am EST
Pocahontas

10:15am EST

What to "FOCUS" on With Discovery Edcuation
Whether you are new to Discovery Education or looking for new ways to maximize your experience, this session will guide you through Discovery Education's dynamic features

Speakers
avatar for Denise Orndorff

Denise Orndorff

Technology Coach, Frederick County Public Schools
I live in Strasburg, Virginia and am married with two children. I am currently an Instructional Technology Coach at Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School in Frederick County. I have been an educator for 23 years. I have a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education (K-3 certification... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2020 10:15am - 10:45am EST
Shenandoah

10:15am EST

YouTube: Your Classroom in Any Instructional Environment
In this session, come learn how you can use YouTube to its fullest extent and make it work for you in any kind of instructional environment: face-to-face, hybrid, or fully virtual! You'll learn what kinds of videos to use in different instances, how to go "live" with students, and edit in special effects that professional YouTubers use to engage audiences such as cards and end screens to offer suggestions for other educational videos for students to watch. Then update your channel with playlists and featured sections to maximize student learning.

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 High School. She earned an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Integrating Technology in Schools. Ms. Priester is also a Google for... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2020 10:15am - 10:45am EST
Crystal A

10:15am EST

Bring Augmented Reality to Your Classroom with iPad
Firsthand experience is one of the most powerful ways to learn. With augmented reality, students can experience just about anything they can imagine. Join us to explore augmented reality apps on iPad that help students connect their learning to the world in new ways.

This session is considered confidential, so please do not post any content on any public forum including all social networks for example, Linkedin, FaceBook or Twitter etc. Please note that screen capture, photography, audio or video recording for this session is not allowed.

Speakers
avatar for James Richardson

James Richardson

Apple Education
James T. Richardson joined Apple’s Community Education Initiatives Team on August 9, 2015 as an Education Development Executive. He now serves as a K-12 Account Executive in Southern Virginia.As a leading-edge educational technology educator for over 17years, James has worked intimately... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2020 10:15am - 10:45am EST
Mill

10:15am EST

Extreme Networks: A story worth hearing on a Saturday
Designed to streamline every aspect of your network from deployment to maintenance & troubleshooting, ExtremeCloud IQ has been built with the human element in mind, helping IT professionals focus on what’s really important to them instead of dealing with menial and time consuming operational tasks. Join us to hear about our journey to the cloud and how learn Extreme can help you create an effortless networking experience.

Speakers
CW

Chad White

Extreme Networks

Sponsors
avatar for Extreme Networks

Extreme Networks

Extreme Networks
Progress is achieved when we connect – allowing us to learn, understand, create, and grow. Extreme Networks make connecting simple and easy with effortless networking experiences that enable educators to advance and improve learning outcomes. We push the boundaries of technology... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2020 10:15am - 10:45am EST
Buck

10:15am EST

Director Conversation - What's Working
Speakers

Saturday December 12, 2020 10:15am - 10:45am EST
Bent

10:45am EST

Virtual Exhibit Hall
Saturday December 12, 2020 10:45am - 11:00am EST
Roanoke Ballroom

11:00am EST

Breaking Out of your Blindspot with Zoom
Ever wonder what to do with your students during a Zoom conference? Join us to learn how to use Breakout rooms to increase student to student interaction.

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.


Saturday December 12, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am EST
Roanoke E

11:00am EST

Building a Coaching Community
A tech coach role (ITRT) can be a lonely job. You’re often the only one in your role at your school and finding time to work with other tech coaches can be challenging. Come learn how we have developed our own teams (@ITCS4all and @6NoVACoaches) to support each other and our school communities. This collaboration has strengthened our coaching skills and helped us feel less alone. By working together in a cross-county partnership we’ve amplified those benefits even further! Hear from our panel of coaches how we formed these groups and find the time to connect and support each other through new technology adoptions, distance learning and more!

Speakers
avatar for William Watts

William Watts

Instructional Technology Coach, PWCS
William Watts, in his 15th year as an educator and his 6th year as an Instructional Technology Coach at both the elementary and high school level. William's work with digital citizenship ranges across all grade levels. He customizes lessons for students in elementary, middle, and... Read More →
avatar for Lindsey Fisher

Lindsey Fisher

School Based Technology Specialist (SBTS), Fairfax County Public Schools
I'm an instructional technology coach who is always looking to learn and talk more about:Student-centered instructionPerformance-based assessments and project-based learningBuilding relationshipsGamifying learningBuilding creativity


Saturday December 12, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am EST
Crystal B

11:00am EST

Building Blocks of Student Engagement with Minecraft in the Classroom
Minecraft is a popular video game among game players. The sandbox nature of Minecraft makes it an engaging tool for students to learn any subject matter and demonstrate their learning in creative ways. Want to help your students focus on their future and learn content in an engaging way? Join us for this session in which we share our experiences with and our ideas for integrating Minecraft: Education Edition into collaborative student learning opportunities. We will also share where to find additional resources for teachers to help get started with using Minecraft: Education Edition in your own classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Sandra Massey

Sandra Massey

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

Sean Ward

Instructional Technology Coach, Prince William County Schools


Saturday December 12, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am EST
Monroe

11:00am EST

Can We Talk? Personality, Teams, Conversations and Feedback
Need help with connection? Want to know how to help your teams actually talk? This session will guide you through how. Learn how to better understand people through identifying their Personality Color. Then you will learn know how to approach, give feedback, and really build connection. This can apply to any age, any subject and you can continue the connections all year long.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Rothstein

Stephanie Rothstein

EdTech TOSA, Design Thinking Dept Chair, Google Coach, Innovator, Trainer, Los Gatos Saratoga Union High School District
I am an EdTech Consultant, Public Speaker, Google Innovator, Trainer and Certified Coach, and currently serve the Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District as an EdTech TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment). I am also the Co-Chair for the LEAD@LG pathway and teach English... Read More →



Saturday December 12, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am EST
Shenandoah

11:00am EST

Lead with Magic: The Power of Creating Magical Environments for All
Is your school/classroom the happiest place on earth?  How can we create a climate overflowing with optimism, happiness, partnership, and "of course" rigorous learning, even in a distance learning environment? Discuss the keys to make magic this school year with Lynmara Colón in this interactive session.

Speakers
LC

Lynmara Colón

Director, PWCS
Director of EL Program and ServicesPrince William County Schools


Saturday December 12, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am EST
Crystal A

11:00am EST

Lessons Learned from Quarantine - Moving Forward with Blended Learning
The 2019-2020 school year ended in an unprecedented fashion. While educators scrambled to once again redefine the classroom and restructure learning to meet the demands of our students, new opportunities and learning spaces were explored. This presentation will discuss five key lessons learned from the experience that will facilitate a new chapter in blended and personalized learning.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Coffron

Sean Coffron

Instructional Technology Training Specialist, Manassas City Public Schools
Dr. Sean Coffron has served as an educator with Manassas City Public Schools for nineteen years, including six years as an administrator and instructional technologist. Having earned a PhD in Educational Leadership and an MBA, his research interested include professional learning... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am EST
Roanoke F

11:00am EST

Navigating Digital Dilemmas
Join Common Sense Education in a discussion of the digital dilemmas our students may be facing and how to navigate the questions that they raise. In this interactive session, we will consider the risks around new technologies and walk through a thinking routine, designed and developed in partnership with Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education to help students' slow down and self-reflect, seek facts and evidence, explore perspectives, and envision options and impact. Participants will leave with strategies, thinking routines, and tools to help 6-12 students navigate their digital lives with perspective.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Huth

Barbara Huth

Common Sense Education, Common Sense Education
Barbara Huth is the Education Program Manager for Common Sense Education in the D.C. Metro area. She partners with school districts in DC, Maryland, Virginia and beyond to help educators and parents build the foundational digital citizenship skills for kids to utilize technology safely... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am EST
Washington

11:00am EST

Top 10 Apps/Programs to continue After Virtual Learning
Lets have a Letterman Style Top 10. Our top ten will focus on 10 resources that have changed the game for education during our time in Virtual Learning. Come learn how to bring these resources back to the classrooms. Virtual learning has changed the face of the 21st Century and we want to continue this momentum into face to face learning of the future.

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 they... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am EST
Wilson

11:00am EST

30 in 30: Top Canvas Tips for Teachers and Admins
In this session, Dominic Church, Regional Director for Instructure and a former K-12 teacher, instructional coach, school administrator, and district leader will share targeted tips for getting the most out of Canvas in your classes, schools, and divisions.

Speakers
avatar for Dominic Church

Dominic Church

Regional Director, Instructure

Sponsors
avatar for Canvas

Canvas

Canvas
Instructure's educational software includes Canvas LMS, used by schools and universities worldwide.BoothChat Room... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am EST
Pocahontas

11:00am EST

Bring Augmented Reality to Your Classroom with iPad
Firsthand experience is one of the most powerful ways to learn. With augmented reality, students can experience just about anything they can imagine. Join us to explore augmented reality apps on iPad that help students connect their learning to the world in new ways.

This session is considered confidential, so please do not post any content on any public forum including all social networks for example, Linkedin, FaceBook or Twitter etc. Please note that screen capture, photography, audio or video recording for this session is not allowed.


Saturday December 12, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am EST
Mill

11:30am EST

Virtual Exhibit Hall
Saturday December 12, 2020 11:30am - 12:00pm EST
Roanoke Ballroom

11:30am EST

Pet Costume Contest
VSTE Pet Costume Entry Form

Was your pet all dressed up for Halloween with nowhere to go? Dress your pet in his or her very best and join us in zoom as we select the most creative costume. All pets are welcome! Best in show (most votes) will receive $75. The first runner up will receive $50, and the second runner up will receive $25.




Saturday December 12, 2020 11:30am - 12:00pm EST
Allegheny

11:30am EST

Lunch
Saturday December 12, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm EST
Home/School

11:30am EST

Conference Connections: Chat with Attendees, Sponsors and Exhibitors
Check out the Discord server to chat with other attendees, conference sponsors and attendees.

Chat Room



Saturday December 12, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm EST
Exhibit Hall

12:30pm EST

Digital Pineapple Chart: PD that encourages southern hospitality in your building
Many have tried a physical pineapple chart for PD that gives educators an opportunity to invite and share what they're doing in their classroom. Learn a new twist to this strategy and how to deliver PD in your PJ's, and create a culture of sharing in your building.

Speakers
avatar for Lucy Spencer

Lucy Spencer

Learning Technology Integrator, Albemarle County Public Schools LEAD Department


Saturday December 12, 2020 12:30pm - 1:00pm EST
Monroe

12:30pm EST

Discover the Amazing Tools of Discovery Education
Discovery Education has grown and become an amazing tool for educators to use to increase engagement in the classroom. DE is so much more than just videos. Our program will showcase in particular the many resources that can quickly and easily be used by educators for asynchronous and synchronous learning. Also learn how easy it is to use DE tools to integrate science , social studies, math, language arts and technology to engage students and excite learning.

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 they... Read More →
avatar for Sandra Massey

Sandra Massey

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


Saturday December 12, 2020 12:30pm - 1:00pm EST
Roanoke F

12:30pm EST

Focus On Accessibility For the Future
Are you focused on integrating technology in your lessons? Are you providing innovative video content? Are you providing closed captioning to make your videos accessible to all? Join us to learn how to increase engagement with closed captioning!


Saturday December 12, 2020 12:30pm - 1:00pm EST
Roanoke E

12:30pm EST

Managing Your Zoom
Are you overwhelmed by Zoom, or would you like to focus on the nuts and bolts? Find out how we do it at Albemarle County and also get the wisdom of other participants. Join us for best practices tips and a ton of resources.

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.
avatar for Charli Nolan

Charli Nolan

Learning Technology Integrator, Albemarle County Public Schools LEAD Department


Saturday December 12, 2020 12:30pm - 1:00pm EST
Wilson

12:30pm EST

Podcasting - A Tool for Creativity, Learning and Sharing
A podcast is an audio or video transcription of information that can be played anytime and anywhere (Riley, 2019). Podcasts have become a very popular medium for listening and learning about topics of interest and can be an excellent medium to use in your classroom. Want to learn more about YOUR FUTURE with podcasting? Join us and participate in our live podcast format presentation as we discuss and share our ideas and experiences using podcasts in the classroom. Participants will learn ideas for use of existing podcasts in the classroom and ways your students can use their own creativity to create and share their own podcasts using simple and available tech tools. Listener questions will be taken via Twitter and resources on how to use the tools discussed during the session will be made available.

Speakers
SW

Sean Ward

Instructional Technology Coach, Prince William County Schools


Saturday December 12, 2020 12:30pm - 1:00pm EST
Crystal B

12:30pm EST

Teaching Science in an Online Environment
In an environment where students may be distance learning, learning science without "doing" can be difficult to do and to understand. Science should be taught using multimodal opportunities and hands-on opportunities but also allow students to understand the why. Participants will engage in online/hands-on learning activities to help students "do" science in an online environment while allowing students to show their understanding of concepts using higher level thinking.


Saturday December 12, 2020 12:30pm - 1:00pm EST
Washington

12:30pm EST

Apple Tech Update for Education
Find out what's new with Apple in 2020

This session is considered confidential, so please do not post any content on any public forum including all social networks for example, Linkedin, FaceBook or Twitter etc. Please note that screen capture, photography, audio or video recording for this session is not allowed.

Speakers
RG

Rafi Guroian

Systems Engineer, Apple
avatar for James Richardson

James Richardson

Apple Education
James T. Richardson joined Apple’s Community Education Initiatives Team on August 9, 2015 as an Education Development Executive. He now serves as a K-12 Account Executive in Southern Virginia.As a leading-edge educational technology educator for over 17years, James has worked intimately... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2020 12:30pm - 1:00pm EST
Mill

12:30pm EST

Guiding Principles for Remote and Hybrid Learning
As teachers and building leaders this has been a challenging year and a year of adjustment and trying new things. The remote and hybrid classroom calls for adjustment in both our strategies and expectations. This session will focus on the 6 principles for all remote and hybrid learning to maximize effectiveness, to alleviate teacher anxiety, and to make the most of synchronous, asynchronous and independent time for our students. This can be applied immediately to any classroom.

Speakers
Sponsors
avatar for McGraw Hill

McGraw Hill

McGraw-Hill Education partners around the world with students, educators, administrators and other professionals to deliver engaging, adaptive and personalized solutions that improve performance and results. We combine proven, research-based content with the best emerging digital... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2020 12:30pm - 1:00pm EST
Buck

12:30pm EST

Make & Take - Create Modern "App Like" Activities w/Promethean's New Activity Builder!
Did you know the latest free updates to Promethean's world famous ActivInspire Pro includes an all new Activities Builder and Activities Player? Your students will swear you are an App Developer when you engage them with this easy to learn and easy to use instructional tool. Activity Builder creates matching, flash cards, sequencing, labeling, crossword puzzles, vin diagrams, timelines and more. Your Virginia ActivClassroom Specialists, Penny & Chad, will have you impressing yourself in under 30 minutes building beautiful interactive Activities for your students and building a new skill set along the way!

Speakers
avatar for Penny Izquierdo

Penny Izquierdo

Education Consultant, Promethean Inc
avatar for Promethean

Promethean

Promethean Mid-Atlantic Director, Promethean Inc

Sponsors
avatar for Promethean

Promethean

Promethean Mid-Atlantic Director, Promethean Inc


Saturday December 12, 2020 12:30pm - 1:00pm EST
Allegheny

12:30pm EST

Teaching Engineering and CTE-STEM in a remote or hybrid environment: What we've learned with WhiteBox Learning
With COVID-19, remote learning became a necessity. Initially, engineering and CTE STEM educators were concerned. But what they discovered was that the right digital tools could motivate students to truly design and engineer products - in a way that building physical products alone does not. You'll hear schools' stories and hear about the lessons learned about remote STEM education. You'll also get a short demo of WhiteBox Learning, the digital learning system that teaches students the engineering design process with 3D virtual models and unlimited design iterations - most like the real world.


Saturday December 12, 2020 12:30pm - 1:00pm EST
Pocahontas

12:30pm EST

VSTE Education Committee
Speakers
avatar for Tim Taylor

Tim Taylor

Instructional Technology Supervisor, Shenandoah County Public Schools
I am have been in public education for over forty years. I am on the VSTE Board, currently serving as the chair of the Education Committee. I am a member of UnisonEDU and the Shenandoah Valley Technology Consortium (SVTC).  I'm an adjunct professor at Eastern Mennonite and James... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2020 12:30pm - 1:00pm EST
Bent

1:00pm EST

Virtual Exhibit Hall
Saturday December 12, 2020 1:00pm - 1:15pm EST
Roanoke Ballroom

1:15pm EST

3DWebWorldz simulations and virtual field trips that run in Canvas on a Chromebook
To me Focus on the Future means that education in the future must allow students to collaborate and create online. 3DWebWorldz is a program that allows students to take virtual field trips or do science simulations either by themselves or with other students. They can also create their own simulations. One of my students has created a virtual field trip of Pompeii. So far, I have done a simulation of a natural history museum and a field trip to the Grand Canyon. I also have a seasons simulation. Results of using this program in my science class will be presented. 3DWebWorldz is willing to work with teachers to create their own simulations and virtual field trips

Speakers
avatar for William Schmachtenberg

William Schmachtenberg

Teacher, Franklin County High School
3DWebWorldz,Unity 3D, App Development IOS and android, Earth Science, Geology, Paleontology, Google Cardboard, multiplayer games, Virtual Reality



Saturday December 12, 2020 1:15pm - 1:45pm EST
Roanoke F

1:15pm EST

Building Coaching Opportunities by Sliding Into Their Inbox
The teacher-webs are overcrowded and overwhelming, full of information and tools that can be used to make or break instruction. As a tech coach (ITRT, SBTS, etc), come learn how encapsulating some of the information out there in a regularly scheduled newsletter can be one of your best coaching moves. Make the most of a weekly message by learning to maximize the message with minimal information- avoid being just another unread email! By establishing a routine newsletter or instructional tech tip, you can make yourself visible as an instructional leader and open a dialogue with teachers- you’re already in their inbox and they just need to click reply! See the process behind curating and designing tech tips to be accessible for all teachers, the evolution of one coach’s newsletter, and how to include school staff in the process.

Speakers
avatar for Tabitha Reber

Tabitha Reber

School Based Technology Specialist, FCPS
School Based Technology Specialist at Hayfield Secondary School


Saturday December 12, 2020 1:15pm - 1:45pm EST
Crystal B

1:15pm EST

Cashing in on Each Other: How STEM brought a school community together
It began with a simple question, “Is there an adaptive cash register that my special education students can use in their school cafe?” In this session, we will share how a bit of creativity, coding, and Makey Makey technology laid the foundation for the Cash Register Project (as featured on Makey Makey’s blog and webinar series). Join us to learn how these students used real-world inquiry and workplace readiness opportunities to ideate, construct, and implement a cash register that met the needs of a wide variety of students with physical and intellectual abilities.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Moran

Katie Moran

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Rockingham County Public Schools
I graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and M.A.T. in Secondary 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 →


Saturday December 12, 2020 1:15pm - 1:45pm EST
Crystal A

1:15pm EST

Creating Equitable Computer Science Experiences
All students need the opportunity to learn computer science (CS) to enable them to become creators, not just consumers, of the next wave of discoveries, solutions, and innovations. The growing importance of CS education was affirmed in Virginia in 2017, when the Department of Education adopted K-12 Computer Science Standards of Learning (VA K-12 CS SOL) that were expected to be integrated into K-12 education across the state beginning in the 2019/2020 school year.

However, we know that CS education is facing some challenges. One challenge is that K-8 teachers do not receive much in the way of preparation to teach CS through their formal education. Another challenge is that interest in and knowledge of CS is still relatively low for students who identify as female, Black, and/or Latinx. A positive experience with CS education in K-8 can go a long way toward bridging that gap while a negative experience builds more barriers.

The goal of this workshop is to help K-8 teachers incorporate equitable computer science (CS) strategies into their instruction. Participants will become aware of typical biases that can emerge when teaching CS so they develop understanding and are able to apply strategies to increase participation and interest in CS for all students. The great thing about these strategies is that they really help both teachers and students to have a more positive experience in CS and in STEM fields overall!

Dr. Jennifer Chiu, Associate Professor at the University of Virginia School of Education and Kim Wilkens, Tech-Girls Founder and EdD candidate at UVA will share research-based equitable CS teaching strategies.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Wilkens

Kim Wilkens

EdD student, University of Virginia
I am currently an Ed.D. candidate at the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia. In 2012, I founded Tech-Girls, a grassroots, non-profit with a mission to empower girls to imagine and achieve their future dreams in our tech-savvy world. I am is passionate... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2020 1:15pm - 1:45pm EST
Washington

1:15pm EST

Engaging Students with Minecraft Education Edition on Chromebooks
It is a dream come true for most of us - Minecraft Education Edition is now available on Chromebooks! Please attend this session and learn how you can engage your students in using Minecraft Education Edition in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Nick Grzeda

Nick Grzeda

Supervisor, Computer Science, Loudoun County Public Schools
Nick Grzeda is the Supervisor for Computer Science in Loudoun County Public Schools. From 2016-2020, Nick was a Digital Integration Specialist in the Office of Educational Technology and was responsible for managing VISION (LCPS instance of Moodle); leading division-wide initiatives... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2020 1:15pm - 1:45pm EST
Monroe

1:15pm EST

Stop Repeating Yourself! Screen Cast Instead!
Every class has students who miss instruction and students who need to hear the instructions multiple times. Many teachers teach the same class multiple times, and worry that they'll leave something out--"Did I already say this to this class?" Creating a screen cast allows you to record your teaching in your own voice and your own style so students can view your lesson as many times as needed, and frees the teacher from "Can you repeat that" kinds of questions. This works great for students to demonstrate their learning, as well.

Speakers
avatar for Ellen Nesbit

Ellen Nesbit

Instructional Technology Specialist, Brandon Middle School
I have been at the same school, teaching with technology, for a very long time--I won't say how long, but when I started we were using the TRS-80, then the Apple IIe, and on through today's Chromebooks.



Saturday December 12, 2020 1:15pm - 1:45pm EST
Roanoke E

1:15pm EST

Virtually STEM clubs
Moving Your STEM club online

Speakers
SK

Scarlett Kibler

STEM Teacher, Frederick County Public Schools
I teach K- 5 STEM.


Saturday December 12, 2020 1:15pm - 1:45pm EST
Wilson

1:15pm EST

Students Speak about Experiences with Learning Robotics From Home
This session will celebrate the work of several students (Grades 5-8) that participated in a summer, online program with Longwood University. Students worked at home using Hummingbird Robotics kits to tinker and create their own masterpieces over a two-week period through synchronous and asynchronous learning activities using various digital tools to communicate their understandings.

During this kids talk panel, students from the summer program will discuss, describe, and share their experiences as they used vital skills (e.g. critical thinking, communication) to experience robotics during a pandemic. Come learn how these students worked to craft their robotic masterpieces through successes (and failures!) while learning at home. Come ask them some questions!

Speakers
avatar for Paula Leach

Paula Leach

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

Stephanie Playton

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


Saturday December 12, 2020 1:15pm - 1:45pm EST
Shenandoah

1:15pm EST

Build a Better Lesson with BrainPOP
In this interactive webinar, learn how BrainPOP is designed universally to meet the needs of learners at all tiers of instruction. You will build a better lesson that incorporates BrainPOP resources to build background knowledge and practice thinking skills that yield evidence of learning for assessment.

Sponsors

Saturday December 12, 2020 1:15pm - 1:45pm EST
Pocahontas

1:15pm EST

Strengthening Literacy with iPad
Discover new ways to enhance students’ literacy skills with the power of iPad. Explore the built-in features on iPad and a variety of education apps that can build reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Experience creativity apps that help students increase fluency and demonstrate their knowledge in creative and personal ways.

This session is considered confidential, so please do not post any content on any public forum including all social networks for example, Linkedin, FaceBook or Twitter etc. Please note that screen capture, photography, audio or video recording for this session is not allowed.

Speakers
avatar for James Richardson

James Richardson

Apple Education
James T. Richardson joined Apple’s Community Education Initiatives Team on August 9, 2015 as an Education Development Executive. He now serves as a K-12 Account Executive in Southern Virginia.As a leading-edge educational technology educator for over 17years, James has worked intimately... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2020 1:15pm - 1:45pm EST
Mill

1:15pm EST

Technology and C&I partnering to tame the wild west of edtech
Have a sense that edtech in your district became the wild west after COVID closures? All of those free tools teachers downloaded have really added up - the average district is using 90% more edtech now than last year. Dr. Jodi Zeis, Supervisor of ITC's at Frederick County public schools shares details on their journey toward holistic edtech management and empowering all stakeholders to existing digital learning tools with greater effect. Ready to tame the wild west of edtech in your district?

Speakers
avatar for Gregory Terry

Gregory Terry

Director of Partnerships, LearnPlatform
LearnPlatform is an edtech effectiveness system that equips education organizations to control their \\"Wild West\\" ecosystem by empowering them to organize, streamline, and analyze their technology to save time,  money, and improve outcomes.


Saturday December 12, 2020 1:15pm - 1:45pm EST
Buck

1:15pm EST

VSTE Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee
Speakers

Saturday December 12, 2020 1:15pm - 1:45pm EST
Bent

1:45pm EST

Virtual Exhibit Hall
Saturday December 12, 2020 1:45pm - 2:00pm EST
Roanoke Ballroom

2:00pm EST

CSforVB: Bring Computer Science to the Elementary Students through a Weekly Webinar
What do you do when all the schools close and you want to reach out and teach computer science? You create your own webinar, of course! Join this group of VBCPS Instructional Technology Specialists to learn how they created a weekly webinar to spread the word about computer science to elementary students in their district.

Additional co-presenters:  Dina Dreistadt, Michelle Pressley, and Heather Wren

Speakers
avatar for Fara Faust

Fara Faust

Instructional Technology Specialist, Alanton Elementary School
I support CSforALL! 2018 CodeVA Computer Science Educator of the Year /  Certified Google Educator / Certified BrainPop Educator / Certified NearPod Educator"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." Albert Einstein


Saturday December 12, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST
Shenandoah

2:00pm EST

ePortfolios: the Future of Resume Design
Participants will see the creation and benefits of having students create electronic portfolios to display their educational process. Focus will be given for subject areas and how to incorporate into pre-existing lessons.

Speakers
avatar for Ellen Nosal

Ellen Nosal

Teacher, Kettle Run High School
Math TeacherKettle Run High School


Saturday December 12, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST
Crystal A

2:00pm EST

Have it Made with TeacherMade
TeacherMade.com is a new online tool that will help teachers save time. It easily adapts any assignment to an online assignment. Pdf and image files are easily adapted to become self-graded online activities. TeacherMade fully integrates with Google Classroom, Canvas, and Schoology. It also has an impressive list of digital tools to modify activities to fit the needs of teachers and students. Never recreate a paper copy of an assignment or activity again! Best of all it is Free!

Speakers
avatar for Jason Hicks

Jason Hicks

Technology Coach, Wise County Public Schools


Saturday December 12, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST
Roanoke E

2:00pm EST

Infusing Community Storytelling with Virtual Learning!
Telling stories is one of the most powerful means that people have to influence, teach, and inspire. Storytelling forges connections among people and ideas. Stories convey the culture, history, and values that unite people. When it comes to our communities and our families, we understand intuitively that the stories we hold in common are an important part of the ties that bind. In this session, you will see how students can help share stories about their local community by using digital storytelling tools in collaboration with local organizations. In order for students to not only “Focus on the Future,” but impact it, they need to know their communities.

Speakers

Saturday December 12, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST
Crystal B

2:00pm EST

Keeping our "FOCUS" with Google Extensions
Do you use Google Extensions? Want a few more tools for your Google Toolbox? During this session I will share some of the top extensions you and your students can use.

Speakers
avatar for Denise Orndorff

Denise Orndorff

Technology Coach, Frederick County Public Schools
I live in Strasburg, Virginia and am married with two children. I am currently an Instructional Technology Coach at Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School in Frederick County. I have been an educator for 23 years. I have a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education (K-3 certification... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST
Roanoke F

2:00pm EST

Ride the Wave to the Future: Wakelet
Come learn how to use Wakelet to share resources with students. Also learn how to have students start curating resources, a 21st-century skill. #wakeletwave

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Fielding

Katherine Fielding

Instructional Technology Coach, Prince William County Schools
With 17 years of experience in public schools, Katie Fielding is always excited to talk about ways to integrate technology into the classroom. Katie transitioned to the role of Instructional Technology Coach at Woodbridge Senior High School after 13 years in the high school science... Read More →



Saturday December 12, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST
Washington

2:00pm EST

Strunk's Edtech Power Rankings
What is the top edtech tool? Are Google Slides better than Google Docs? Come check out Phil's power rankings to see how he ranks his top 10 edtech tools. Leave with ideas and strategies about edtech tools that you can use whether you are teaching virtually or in person.

Speakers

Saturday December 12, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST
Wilson

2:00pm EST

Topic Hubs with Google Draw
Focus your resources in a visually appealing format using Google Draw. There’s a lot of power in an interactive Bitmoji classroom. But how do you pick one resource to link to, when there are so many different directions to take the learning? Come away from this session with a ready-to-use template using Google Draw to set up hubs for any topic AND facilitate ongoing discussion with your staff or students!

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth McDowell

Elizabeth McDowell

School Based Technology Specialist, Kilmer Middle School
http://bit.ly/2s3HYoo


Saturday December 12, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST
Monroe

2:00pm EST

Anytime, Anywhere Learning with VIEWPath
Discover a platform that is easy to use for create awesome, high quality video content and much more that doesn't require using multiple platforms and application to piecemeal together lessons.

Speakers
avatar for Johnny Sink

Johnny Sink

Clinton Learning Solutions
Click here to schedule time with Clinton in our virtual sponsor hall. There are lots of technology options for the classroom creating noise and confusion, but Clinton Learning partners with EdTech Companies who bring clarity and effectiveness for students and teachers in the classroom leveraging technology. Our key partners are Promethean, Audio Enhancement... Read More →
avatar for Chris Clayville

Chris Clayville

Mid-Atlantic Territory Manager, Audio Enhancement
Click here to schedule time with Audio Enhancement in our virtual sponsor hall.Audio Enhancement innovates to create more effective schools through improving technology and the learning environment. Our solutions have been helping schools manage the challenges seen commonly in education, as well as obstacles brought by the pandemic. Audio Enhancement's soluti... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Johnny Sink

Johnny Sink

Clinton Learning Solutions
Click here to schedule time with Clinton in our virtual sponsor hall. There are lots of technology options for the classroom creating noise and confusion, but Clinton Learning partners with EdTech Companies who bring clarity and effectiveness for students and teachers in the classroom leveraging technology. Our key partners are Promethean, Audio Enhancement... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST
Pocahontas

2:00pm EST

Strengthening Literacy with iPad
Discover new ways to enhance students’ literacy skills with the power of iPad. Explore the built-in features on iPad and a variety of education apps that can build reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Experience creativity apps that help students increase fluency and demonstrate their knowledge in creative and personal ways.

This session is considered confidential, so please do not post any content on any public forum including all social networks for example, Linkedin, FaceBook or Twitter etc. Please note that screen capture, photography, audio or video recording for this session is not allowed.

Speakers
avatar for James Richardson

James Richardson

Apple Education
James T. Richardson joined Apple’s Community Education Initiatives Team on August 9, 2015 as an Education Development Executive. He now serves as a K-12 Account Executive in Southern Virginia.As a leading-edge educational technology educator for over 17years, James has worked intimately... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST
Mill

2:30pm EST

Conference Connections: Chat with Attendees, Sponsors and Exhibitors
Check out the Discord server to chat with other attendees, conference sponsors and attendees.

Chat Room



Saturday December 12, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm EST
Exhibit Hall

2:30pm EST

Virtual Exhibit Hall
Saturday December 12, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm EST
Roanoke Ballroom

7:00pm EST

Zoom Dance Party
Dance Party Song Submissions
Participants will join us in zoom on the final night of the VSTE conference to unwind as we play hits from all genres from the 70's through the 2010's.


Saturday December 12, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Allegheny
 
Sunday, December 13
 

9:00am EST

Chasing the 5C's with GooseChase
GooseChase is a digital scavenger hunt. It proves a dynamic, fresh learning experience for students of all ages! It takes learning to a new level by empowering students to actively participate in tasks and challenges!

The GooseChase EDU app has many strengths that appeal to educators. Students can play as individuals or in teams, the teacher can track game progress and provide positive real - time feedback, games can be created or modified to align with grade level curriculum, and games can be reused. It is an effective teaching tool that can be used with minimal set up!

GooseChase can enhance field trips, and provides a sneaky, fun way to deliver content!

The heart of GooseChase is team building, collaboration and communication. Your students will beg for more!

Speakers
avatar for Maureen Ambrose

Maureen Ambrose

Gifted Resource Teacher, Hanover County Public Schools
avatar for Krista Miller

Krista Miller

Gifted Resource Teacher


Sunday December 13, 2020 9:00am - 9:30am EST
Monroe

9:00am EST

Coding & Decoding Math
Making math visible can help students make meaning of concepts we usually teach in abstraction. Get some hands-on experience with Scratch projects you can use immediately, or adapt for your own students, in person or remotely.

Speakers
avatar for Bea Leiderman

Bea Leiderman

Instructional Technology Coach, Independent
Bea is a former teacher and instructional technology coach. She specializes in helping teachers plan hands-on activities and open-ended creative projects. 


Sunday December 13, 2020 9:00am - 9:30am EST
Washington

9:00am EST

Distance Learning with eMediaVA: Virginia's Premier (and Free) Digital Content Library
How do you make your content more engaging, diverse, and relevant to today’s digital learners? eMediaVA has you covered. eMediaVA is a free digital content library for Virginia educators, featuring over 150,000 digital learning resources from state and national leaders in educational content. The goal of this session is to share strategies and resources available in eMediaVA to successfully integrate digital media into your lessons to both engage learners and make your content relevant to students’ lives and experiences. Educators will leave the session with ready-to-use digital media like videos, simulations, and interactives, as well as strategies educators can utilize to ensure students are both consumers and creators of innovative learning resources. Digital media resources utilized in this session include PBS Learning Media, PBS Kids, NPR, BBC, National Geographic, Colonial Williamsburg, NASA, and more!
*Please note: this session will serve as an introduction to eMediaVA's most popular features and content library.

Speakers

Sunday December 13, 2020 9:00am - 9:30am EST
Shenandoah

9:00am EST

Gamification, Productivity, and Workflow Tools You Can Use Tomorrow!
Come join us to watch two dueling techies sharing their favorite tech tools and amazing app smashes trying to out sell the other! This session will share creative ideas about many amazing gamification, productivity, and workflow tools that will help you create more time in your day!

Speakers
avatar for Michael Wesely

Michael Wesely

Instructional Technology Specialist, VBCPS
I am an Instructional Technology Specialist at Kempsville Elementary in Virginia Beach, VA and love being a technology innovator. It is such an exciting time to be an educator with all the different ways you can engage your students learning. I love sharing and seeing the amazing... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 9:00am - 9:30am EST
Allegheny

9:00am EST

Helping Students and Parents to C Consistency in your LMS
How do we create a better virtual experience for our stakeholders? It starts with consistency from the Admin and the Teachers.

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.


Sunday December 13, 2020 9:00am - 9:30am EST
Roanoke E

9:00am EST

Remaining Aloft in the Twitterverse
You’ve taken flight and your Professional Learning Network has grown with Twitter. Now you’re ready to take the next steps on focus on using Twitter for the future! In this session, we’ll look at how to become an advanced user by learning about Twitter's search filters to find lessons and others to collaborate with, how to schedule tweets ahead of time with free third-party apps such as Buffer and TweetDeck, how to integrate Twitter with Wakelet, and participate in a live Twitter Chat!

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 High School. She earned an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Integrating Technology in Schools. Ms. Priester is also a Google for... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 9:00am - 9:30am EST
Crystal B

9:00am EST

To Infinity and Beyond from your Virtual Classroom
This session will launch from the building phase of designing your virtual classroom space to the application. Participants will learn ways to leverage their Bitmoji virtual space as a tool for inquiry, exploration, and engagement! We will share ideas, resources, and ready-to-use ideas and examples of Bitmoji virtual spaces.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Hoggard

Kelly Hoggard

Instructional Technology Specialist, Indian Lakes ES
Instructional Technology Specialist from Virginia Beach City Public Schools, author of Champ for Kids, founder of the #champforkids Twitter chat
avatar for Paula Ott

Paula Ott

Linhorn Park ES
ITS, Seesaw Ambassador, Level 2 Flipgrid, Level 1 Google Certified, Student-Centered Coaching, anything new, exciting, & innovative!


Sunday December 13, 2020 9:00am - 9:30am EST
Wilson

9:00am EST

Traveling the Earth... Virtually
You and your students can travel to every corner of the globe using the magic of Google Earth, and create tours so others can join you. In this three-part, hands-on session, we will build a tour of our favorite places using the Projects feature in Earth. During the first part, we'll look at the steps for creating a location for the tour. During the second part, everyone who wants to participate will create one location in a shared tour. For the third part, we'll take that tour and discuss ways that you can use Google Earth resources to help students understand geography, world cultures, history, science and more. Note: you will need the Chrome browser on a Mac or Windows computer, or a Chromebook to participate in building the tour. Those on tablets or phones are welcome to watch.

This is Part 2 of a two part presentation.

If you would like to collaborate on the Google Earth Project started in Part 1, please complete this form: https://forms.gle/63Nt4dY8W5t9LqVt9 and then watch your mail for an invitation.

You can find tutorials for getting started with Google Earth and Projects, along with additional resources to continue your learning after the conference here: https://www.assortedstuff.com/stuff/ .

Speakers
avatar for Tim Stahmer

Tim Stahmer

Educator. Blogger. Learner. Geek. Photographer., AssortedStuff.com
For many years I was a professional development leader for the almost 200 school-based technology coaches in Fairfax County Public Schools. Currently I continue to advocate for teachers and students as a member of the VSTE Board of Directors. I also serve on the VSTE Conference Committee.I... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 9:00am - 9:30am EST
Crystal A

9:00am EST

Using Kami with G Suite: It is more than just an annotation tool
Kami gives us an easy way to annotate digital documents and PDFs. That is just the biscuit. I will now tell you about the Gravy. Join us today and learn how Kami alongside GSuite allows us to increase student interactions. Whether you are a math teacher looking for ways students can show their work, or a special education teacher looking for an easy way to do read aloud tests. Kami is more than just a document annotation tool. It is a great addition to any educator's tool belt.

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Roberts

Jesse Roberts

ITRT, Wise County Public Schools
Jesse Roberts has Fourteen years of experience working in the field of education. He earned a B.S. in Social Science from Radford University in 2005. He spent his first seven years in education teaching middle and high school history. He was then hired as an Educational Technologist... Read More →
avatar for Jason Hicks

Jason Hicks

Technology Coach, Wise County Public Schools


Sunday December 13, 2020 9:00am - 9:30am EST
Roanoke F

9:00am EST

Access Abilities: Designing for All Learners
Join us to learn about tools and resources from Apple that allow all students to explore, communicate, and create in new and powerful ways. Explore the built-in accessibility features included on every iPad, Mac, and Apple TV that can be customized to help diverse learners succeed.

This session is considered confidential, so please do not post any content on any public forum including all social networks for example, Linkedin, FaceBook or Twitter etc. Please note that screen capture, photography, audio or video recording for this session is not allowed.

Speakers
avatar for James Richardson

James Richardson

Apple Education
James T. Richardson joined Apple’s Community Education Initiatives Team on August 9, 2015 as an Education Development Executive. He now serves as a K-12 Account Executive in Southern Virginia.As a leading-edge educational technology educator for over 17years, James has worked intimately... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 9:00am - 9:30am EST
Mill

9:00am EST

Collaborative Success
The current pandemic has created bold Opportunities. Instead of viewing virtual/blended learning as less “ideal” than traditional in-class models, we lean into an innovative opportunity to build bridges among educators, students, and parents/families. Never before have we experienced these circumstances...open doors to connect and share ideas with all stakeholders to create the future together.

This session is geared toward educators, coaches, and tech integrators. It will focus on how to use technology, both old and new, to promote student success. We will show how to combine digital content with engaging physical media (manipulatives, games, etc). Our educators create content with commercially available software and a multi-media suite consisting of a wide format printer, cold film laminator, and automated paper cutter.

We use research based/pandemic-proof/bi-lingual (ESL) content to create innovative Student Resource Kits. These visual learning tools ensure that students remain engaged during virtual sessions because they will have content in their hands wherever they are. Further, open ended resources such as Graphic Organizers (Venn Diagrams, Story Outlines, etc) allow our students to articulate their understanding as opposed to simply clicking on a predetermined multiple-choice answer. ALL students, including diverse learners, are empowered to share their voices. They will be supported to meet Virginia Standards of Learning in both classroom & virtual settings. Best of all, these aligned resources work both in the home and in the classroom, which supports all stakeholders, especially families as they have equal access to relevant content.

Session will drive audience participation via group poll (using PollEverywhere), a content creation demonstration, and free templates to immediately share with educators back in school.

Now, we as educators have an opportunity to create collaborative success by engaging parents and students at the same time. We have a chance to ensure parents know how to leverage great educational content. The future of education will see students, parents, and educators working together to ensure student success.

Let’s Focus on that Future!

Speakers
Sponsors
avatar for PSS

PSS

We provide our teachers with amazing communication tools to achieve their goals and cover state mandated objectives. We do this by providing state standard aligned - content across several subjects (Math, ELA, STEM, ESL). We also provide the technology needed to produce this content... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 9:00am - 9:30am EST
Buck

9:00am EST

UDL in Canvas: Reaching ALL Learners
Naomi Church, a nationally sought after consultant in the areas of Universal Design for Learning and the Canvas Learning Management System will show you how the platform and the pedagogy can come together to ensure you are deeply engaging every learner in your organization.

Speakers
avatar for Dominic Church

Dominic Church

Regional Director, Instructure

Sponsors
avatar for Canvas

Canvas

Canvas
Instructure's educational software includes Canvas LMS, used by schools and universities worldwide.BoothChat Room... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 9:00am - 9:30am EST
Pocahontas

9:00am EST

VSTE Refreshed TSIP Implementaton
Speakers
avatar for Tim Mays

Tim Mays

Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Student Information Systems, Sussex County Public Schools


Sunday December 13, 2020 9:00am - 9:30am EST
Bent

9:30am EST

9:45am EST

11 Features That Make Nearpod AMAZING
Nearpod is an interactive presentation tool that allows teachers to engage all students in their lesson. By enabling all students to follow along and interact with a presentation on their own devices, Nearpod increase engagement. Features include polls with live results, embedded quizzes with realtime formative data, virtual reality field trips, and more! During this session, participants will experience a hands-on Nearpod lesson as a student and end the session by creating their very own Nearpod lesson.

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Witman

Tyler Witman

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Arlington Public Schools


Sunday December 13, 2020 9:45am - 10:15am EST
Crystal B

9:45am EST

Coding in Kinder
Begin building the problem solving and critical thinking skills that they will use throughout school and beyond. Using screen-free coding games, as well as coding-specific tools like Osmo, the Code-and-Go Mouse, and Ozobots, we can build activities to incorporate the Kindergarten curriculum while teaching children the logic of coding and inspiring them to see themselves in the technology careers of the future.

Speakers
avatar for Rachael Rachau

Rachael Rachau

LTI, Albemarle County Public Schools


Sunday December 13, 2020 9:45am - 10:15am EST
Washington

9:45am EST

Connecting Students Interests With Learning Goals
In this session we will dive into students interests in gaming, Minecraft, art, pets, cooking, and more and find ways to connect their learning with their passions. Have students who love Minecraft? Need them to show what they know about animal habitats? Let them build it in Minecraft to see what they have learned. Need kids to showcase their understanding of historical figures? Let them creat models using Lego, clay, art materials, or technology programs and share their learning. We will see examples from a class, discuss how to incorporate it in your class, and have a little fun along the way.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Penchev

Nancy Penchev

@penchevable


Sunday December 13, 2020 9:45am - 10:15am EST
Monroe

9:45am EST

Create a Hand-Drawn Animation on a Chromebook
Art plus technology equals creative, engaging, fun. Yes, you can really draw on a Chromebook and animate that drawing. This project brings an art teacher and an ITRT together to invite students to garner both technical and creative skill. The art teacher provides the instruction for the drawing portion, and the technology teacher provides the instruction to make the animation function. This project uses Google Slides and an app in Chrome called Canvas. It requires a touch screen Chromebook so that students can draw with their fingers. This project is appropriate for students in late elementary through high school. Plan to create your own animation in this session as well as learn how we did it.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Breese

Catherine Breese

Lead Technology Resource Teacher, Montgomery County Public Schools
I’m Catherine Breese, a Lead Instructional Technology Resource Teacher and Google for Education Certified Trainer. As a career educator, I embrace lifelong learning, critical and creative thinking as the center of good instruction, and all things fun in the classroom and the workplace... Read More →



Sunday December 13, 2020 9:45am - 10:15am EST
Crystal A

9:45am EST

Cruising the tech highway with older, non-traditional, pre-service teacher candidates
Not everyone who enters the world of teaching begins the journey as an 18-year-old high school graduate whisking off to college. Learn how Longwood University has used technology to deliver a non-traditional licensure program to working adults in a hybrid off-campus setting. What tech support systems have worked, which instructional delivery methods have had to be added or modified to meet student needs and expectations? What does the future hold?

Speakers

Sunday December 13, 2020 9:45am - 10:15am EST
Allegheny

9:45am EST

Diary of a (Not-So-Wimpy) Elementary Computer Science Facilitator
Introducing the true tales from two elementary school computer science facilitators — the good, the really good, and the failures during the first-year implementation of computer science standards in grades K-5. They will share their discoveries, experiences and resources.

Speakers
avatar for Shawn DeLuca

Shawn DeLuca

Instructional Facilitator of Computer Science, LCPS
As one of two Elementary Instructional Facilitators of Computer Science, I cover nine schools throughout Loudoun County. I work with Waxpool Elementary which is the only PBL through the lens of Computational Thinking school in the entire county. I also work with the only three Computer... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 9:45am - 10:15am EST
Shenandoah

9:45am EST

G Suite Gold for Hybrid and Online Learning
This session will show a range of ways to utilize G Suite tools and others for remote and hybrid learning. Hyperdocs, Choice Boards, Interactive Classrooms, and more will be showcased. All will be explained with examples alongside resources and work time to help all attendees leave the session with something they can use!

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Hausammann

Patrick Hausammann

Supervisor of Instructional Technology/ITRT, 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 leads with empathy and believes in empowering others to accomplish their goals along the path to their individual greatness. Patrick is... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 9:45am - 10:15am EST
Pocahontas

9:45am EST

Make Remote Learning Engaging for Students by Focusing on Equity and SEL
For remote teaching to be engaging for all learners, educators must consider the academic, career, and social and emotional learning of their students. This requires savvy lessons that focus on equity, incorporate sound teaching strategies, edtech with breakout room capabilities, interactive slides, and to be social enough for the most digitally connected students.

Join education coach Jorge Valenzuela for a session that will provide you pro tips, resources, and actionable steps to help you level up both your virtual and face to face lessons by focusing on equity and SEL in tandem with academics.

Speakers
avatar for Jorge Valenzuela

Jorge Valenzuela

Adjunct Professor / Consultant / Author, Old Dominion University / PBL Works / Rev Up Robotics
Jorge Valenzuela has years of experience in education as a classroom and online teacher, a curriculum specialist, and now an educational coach and consultant. Currently, Jorge is an adjunct professor at Old Dominion University, and the lead coach at Lifelong Learning Defined (LLD... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 9:45am - 10:15am EST
Wilson

9:45am EST

Preparing Our Students for the Future by Amplifying Thinking Routines Using Digital Tools
Project Zero’s Thinking Routines promote students' thinking by taking what students have read or learned about and have them synthesize their thoughts to make their thinking visible. Haven’t heard of them yet? Come to this session and learn all about them. Discover when and how using technology tools, such as GSuite, Padlet, Pear Deck and Flipgrid can amplify the use of these routines. Empower your learners to new levels as you learn to combine thinking routines and technology tools.

Speakers
avatar for Debbie Tannenbaum

Debbie Tannenbaum

ES tech coach, Fairfax County Public Schools
Debbie Tannenbaum is an Elementary School Technology Specialist in Fairfax County, VA. An educator with over twenty years of experience, Debbie Tannenbaum is beginning her third year in this role, where she supports both staff and students to integrate technology tools into instruction... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 9:45am - 10:15am EST
Roanoke F

9:45am EST

Recalibrating your lens: The Continuum of Computer Science in Middle School
Not one more thing! You know your content and you have a million standards to cover so why do you need to add the VA Computer Science Standards into your classroom? The session will approach this question through the lens of equity and access with a focus on 21st-century skills. We will debunk the scariness of “computer science” by breaking it down into problem-solving strategies that all students should be exposed to in middle school. We will discuss and demonstrate multiple opportunities for integration to help you visualize how computer science can support your core content while creating opportunities that are engaging for your students and easy for you to manage. No computer science skills are needed!

Speakers
avatar for Susan Jinks

Susan Jinks

Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School
Makerspace, STEM, Coding, Computer Science Discoveries, CTE teacher, Robotics, Design Thinking, Digital Badges, NCTIES 2018 Outstanding Teacher


Sunday December 13, 2020 9:45am - 10:15am EST
Roanoke E

9:45am EST

The Future of Read Aloud: Bringing Magic to Your Story
The Novel Effect app is an interactive app that brings your read aloud to life through character voices, sound effects, and music. This easy-to-use app is a game changer whether you're teaching in-person or virtually. Together we'll explore the ways in which you can use Novel Effect in your class and create your own magical read aloud using the app!



Sunday December 13, 2020 9:45am - 10:15am EST
Bent

9:45am EST

Apple Tech Update for Education
Find out what's new with Apple in 2020

This session is considered confidential, so please do not post any content on any public forum including all social networks for example, Linkedin, FaceBook or Twitter etc. Please note that screen capture, photography, audio or video recording for this session is not allowed.

Speakers
RG

Rafi Guroian

Systems Engineer, Apple
avatar for James Richardson

James Richardson

Apple Education
James T. Richardson joined Apple’s Community Education Initiatives Team on August 9, 2015 as an Education Development Executive. He now serves as a K-12 Account Executive in Southern Virginia.As a leading-edge educational technology educator for over 17years, James has worked intimately... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 9:45am - 10:15am EST
Mill

9:45am EST

Play on Player! 20 Tips and Tools for Remote Game-Based Learning
Join us on a journey in gaming as we share 20 tools, tips, and tricks for using game-based learning in all grade levels. We will delve deeper into tools that you can use to create your own games and some "ready to go" gaming treasures! The session will be fast-paced. Come ready to play!

Speakers
MH

Melissa Henning

Content Manager, TeachersFirst
I am a life-long learner (and teacher).

Sponsors
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Source for Learning

The Source for Learning
The Source for Learning is a nonprofit organization that has been committed to exceptional teaching, learning, and professional growth for more than 40 years. Our seasoned professionals create and curate quality educational assets for K-12 and early childhood education. Our K-12 resources... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 9:45am - 10:15am EST
Buck

9:45am EST

VSTE Outreach Committee
Speakers
avatar for Heather Hurley

Heather Hurley

Supervisor of Personalized Learning, Arlington Public Schoolsa


Sunday December 13, 2020 9:45am - 10:15am EST
Tinker

10:15am EST

Virtual Exhibit Hall
Sunday December 13, 2020 10:15am - 10:30am EST
Roanoke Ballroom

10:30am EST

Build a Technology Bridge with Children's Literature
This session will focus on children's literature with an emphasis on the Computer Science Strands of Virginia. Concepts will be illustrated with Beebots, Ozobots, and Spheros. Lesson activities, exemplars, and a list of ready to use resources will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Dunphy

Michelle Dunphy

Instructional Technology Coach, Prince William County
Passionate about computer science in elementary schools.  Working in a Title 1 School to help increase the ethnic and economic diversity of students pursuing computer science in middle, high school and college.  


Sunday December 13, 2020 10:30am - 11:00am EST
Monroe

10:30am EST

Collaboration in the Classroom
Today’s classroom is completely different than it was twenty year ago. Our classrooms are filled with students of all different levels and expectations to make them all fit the same mold. Within this classroom, there are so many different ways to make collaboration possible between students and teachers and achieve so many great things. Our students do not learn based on lecture or books any more, the use of project-based learning has become an urgent sense of achievement of mastery of different materials

In this session, we will discuss how to create project based learning in the classroom for collaboration for all students. We will discuss how to use Google and other technology applications to increase student participation and ownership of activities. We will discuss how to build a positive collaborative environment for the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Reed

Jessica Reed

Special Ed. Teacher, Dade County Schools (GA)
Jessica Reed is a special education teacher in Georgia, who has been teaching for 11 years. Jessica’s undergraduate degree is in Elementary Education from the University of Kentucky. She has a Masters of Arts in Collaborative Teaching (6-12) from the University of Alabama. She received... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 10:30am - 11:00am EST
Roanoke E

10:30am EST

Focus on Engagment
Are your students virtually in front of you? How do you keep them engaged in your lesson? This session will show you how embedding your lesson with Nearpod Activities will help increase student engagement in both what they are learning and what they are producing.

Speakers
avatar for Charlotte Bordino

Charlotte Bordino

Teacher, Newport News Public Schools


Sunday December 13, 2020 10:30am - 11:00am EST
Wilson

10:30am EST

Google Expeditions; From Consumption to Creation
Have you ever searched for a 3D experience in Google Expeditions, but couldn't quite find what you were looking for? This session will help you take the next step from consuming to creating immersive 3D experiences with and for your students.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Lewis

Scott Lewis

Instructional Technology Coach, Frederick County Public Schools


Sunday December 13, 2020 10:30am - 11:00am EST
Washington

10:30am EST

I've got 98 Problems, but PBL and CT Ain't One!
Participants will explore the elements of Project Based Learning (PBL) and Computational Thinking (CT) to see how, when brought together, students get excited to solve authentic challenging problems. Join us in this interactive session to explore the many different ways to engage elementary school students in PBL and CT experiences. The session will include classroom examples, implementation ideas, and resources to take back to your own classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Rahn

Laura Rahn

Division Instructional Facilitator
avatar for Shawn DeLuca

Shawn DeLuca

Instructional Facilitator of Computer Science, LCPS
As one of two Elementary Instructional Facilitators of Computer Science, I cover nine schools throughout Loudoun County. I work with Waxpool Elementary which is the only PBL through the lens of Computational Thinking school in the entire county. I also work with the only three Computer... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 10:30am - 11:00am EST
Crystal B

10:30am EST

Learning Virtually through Digital Media with eMediaVA
Learn more about engaging learners online with eMediaVA's digital media collection, as well as strategies to improve learning goals.
Digital media, a blend of technology and content, is everywhere, which is both exciting and overwhelming. In this session, we'll discuss how digital media can be used to enhance instruction and improve learning goals for students, as well as how to use digital media to engage students in a virtual learning environment. We'll also look at relevant examples of digital media that teachers and students can find in eMediaVA, Virginia's largest digital content library (for free!).
*Please note: this webinar is not an introduction to eMediaVA features. For how-tos on getting started with eMediaVA, please visit emediava.org/help.

Speakers

Sunday December 13, 2020 10:30am - 11:00am EST
Shenandoah

10:30am EST

Survival Strategies for the Digitally Exhausted Educator: Maintaining Student Engagement and Motivation
Many educators have survived, perhaps even barely, the scramble of quickly transitioning to fully remote learning with very little notice. This fall brought additional challenges for teachers who had to prepare for re-opening plans that were very fluid and may have changed daily. Still, educators had to plan for in-person, hybrid and completely online learning. Many school personnel are struggling to maintain student engagement and motivation with so many modes of instruction being carried out in schools across the nation. In this session, several application-based strategies will be modeled that aid in promoting attention and interest to increase student engagement and motivation. These strategies help you reach and engage all of your students and crush the curve that the pandemic has created on the educational scene. Utilizing these strategies can increase engagement and motivation in your students by 67% (Macon, 2015) and allow you to catch your breath.

Speakers
avatar for Aimee Brenner

Aimee Brenner

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


Sunday December 13, 2020 10:30am - 11:00am EST
Roanoke F

10:30am EST

Video Self- and Peer-Modeling for Supporting Students with Autism
In this session, participants will learn about research that supports the use of video self-modeling and video peer-modeling for the benefit of students with autism spectrum disorder. Best practices for teacher creation of these videos will be described, and examples will be shared. Additionally, in acknowledging the benefits of inclusive practices and development of compassion and empathy in typically-developing students, ideas for engaging student peers in the actual creation (filming, editing, and use) of these videos will be addressed. Participants who will benefit most from this session are special education teachers, and general education teachers who teach in inclusive classrooms; examples across all grade levels will be included in this presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Potter

Rachel Potter

Director, Applied Behavior Analysis & Autism Studies, Mary Baldwin University


Sunday December 13, 2020 10:30am - 11:00am EST
Crystal A

10:30am EST

WOW! Google Slides Does THAT!?!
Check out some ideas of how to maximize and amplify your use of Google Slides with some simple tips, easy tricks, and UNIQUE SMASHES! Google Slides is great, but it can be AMAZING and amplify student engagement when combined with other tech and some imagination! Let me spark your imagination and share with you how you can create interactive: silhouettes, games, a digital word wall, amplified writing activities,Tiktok, bitmoji classrooms, Instagram stories, chapter books, digital binders, and even digital newsletters that can be viewed on your classroom parent’s cell phone! Let me show you how you can use your phone as a remote for Slides and combine remove.bg with Slides to turn any lesson into a LEARNING EXPERIENCE!

Speakers
avatar for Michael Wesely

Michael Wesely

Instructional Technology Specialist, VBCPS
I am an Instructional Technology Specialist at Kempsville Elementary in Virginia Beach, VA and love being a technology innovator. It is such an exciting time to be an educator with all the different ways you can engage your students learning. I love sharing and seeing the amazing... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 10:30am - 11:00am EST
Allegheny

10:30am EST

Resources for Teachers
Learn about the latest resources designed by Apple to inspire learning. Check out lesson ideas, find out how to use Apple technology and curricula, and join the conversation with fellow teachers. You’ll leave this session with new skills and ideas, implementation resources, and ways to connect to a community of peers.

This session is considered confidential, so please do not post any content on any public forum including all social networks for example, Linkedin, FaceBook or Twitter etc. Please note that screen capture, photography, audio or video recording for this session is not allowed.

Speakers
avatar for James Richardson

James Richardson

Apple Education
James T. Richardson joined Apple’s Community Education Initiatives Team on August 9, 2015 as an Education Development Executive. He now serves as a K-12 Account Executive in Southern Virginia.As a leading-edge educational technology educator for over 17years, James has worked intimately... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 10:30am - 11:00am EST
Mill

10:30am EST

Using Wixie as a Dynamic Part of Duel Instruction
Wixie is an ideal tool for meaningful instruction. This session is intended to provide an overview of the tools and features perfect for capturing student knowledge and understanding. This includes adding student audio and video files for a wide range of products including justification/explanation, interviews, and public services announcements as well as for creating primary-aged artifacts with fluency and counting. Coupled with dynamic drawing tools, students' ability to work collaboratively with classmates plus dynamic teacher tools including auto-save/auto-'drop box', monitoring student usage data, and quick student access for teacher-assigned templates, make Wixie the perfect productivity tool for whatever type of instruction you are delivering.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Loomis

Scott Loomis

Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager, Tech4Learning
Scott is a former elementary and middle school teacher as well as a district-level instructional technology specialist having worked for 14 years with Baltimore County Public Schools. He has extensive professional development experience with K-12 educators, administrators, and curriculum... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Scott Loomis

Scott Loomis

Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager, Tech4Learning
Scott is a former elementary and middle school teacher as well as a district-level instructional technology specialist having worked for 14 years with Baltimore County Public Schools. He has extensive professional development experience with K-12 educators, administrators, and curriculum... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 10:30am - 11:00am EST
Buck

11:00am EST

Virtual Exhibit Hall
Sunday December 13, 2020 11:00am - 11:15am EST
Roanoke Ballroom

11:15am EST

Addressing Student-Centered, Culturally-Responsive Teaching with OER: #GoOpenVA
The future of education lies with student-centered and culturally-responsive teaching, and with teachers who are flexible and continually growing their own skills. Openly-licensed educational resources (OER) provide resources to support such teaching, and #GoOpenVA provides resources to support the teachers! Local divisions can use #GoOpenVA as a tool to cultivate new resources, new techniques, and new skills for their educators. Using OER to encourage a new way of teaching is a long-term strategy to provide teachers support for a permanent change.

Speakers
avatar for Jean Weller

Jean Weller

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


Sunday December 13, 2020 11:15am - 11:45am EST
Monroe

11:15am EST

Closely Reading Primary Sources
Inspire students to interact and closely "read" images. Explore various edtech platforms vital for effective engagement and learning to allow students to demonstrate their thinking and understanding of historical primary source images. Walk away with creative activities and lessons to use in your classroom the next day combining Close Reading tactics and EdTech Platforms such as Thinglink, Buncee, Nearpod, Slides, and Seesaw.

Speakers
avatar for Leticia Citizen

Leticia Citizen

i4Coach, Beverly Hills Unified School District
Leticia Citizen, an educator for 21 years, is midway through her third year as an i4Coach. She uses many instructional tools to impactfully educate, with a particular interest in technology-enhanced teaching and global connections. As a result, she currently and effectively implements... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 11:15am - 11:45am EST
Roanoke E

11:15am EST

Computer Science On Task and in - Focus
After implementing a successful drone program in 2018, Michelle Dunphy and Kim Gudinas knew they had to think outside of the box to move their computer science mission forward. Computer Science had become an integral part of the school day. In order to keep computer science objectives in focus, students are given the opportunity to explore computer science in their homes through a take home program. Fitzgerald Elementary school continues to provide hands on Computer Science opportunities for their students.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Dunphy

Michelle Dunphy

Instructional Technology Coach, Prince William County
Passionate about computer science in elementary schools.  Working in a Title 1 School to help increase the ethnic and economic diversity of students pursuing computer science in middle, high school and college.  


Sunday December 13, 2020 11:15am - 11:45am EST
Roanoke F

11:15am EST

Focus on Creativity: Getting Creative with Chromebooks
Imagination and creativity play a vital role in a developing brain, but our current emphasis on standardized testing has squeezed creativity into one wing of the school. The traditional classroom shouldn’t be the place where we slowly kill children’s creativity. Instead, we should be inviting it. This session will examine ways that students can use the Chromebook to convey messages--informative, analytical, and artistic--via digital images, video, animation, and book creation. We will look specifically at Chrome Canvas, Pixlr, PicMonkey, Book Creator for Chrome, and Adobe Spark video. This session is appropriate for any instructional level, grades 2-12.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Breese

Catherine Breese

Lead Technology Resource Teacher, Montgomery County Public Schools
I’m Catherine Breese, a Lead Instructional Technology Resource Teacher and Google for Education Certified Trainer. As a career educator, I embrace lifelong learning, critical and creative thinking as the center of good instruction, and all things fun in the classroom and the workplace... Read More →



Sunday December 13, 2020 11:15am - 11:45am EST
Allegheny

11:15am EST

Make It Digital: Transform hands-on activities to digital interactive activities for virtual learning and beyond
Transforming hands-on activities to digital activities can enrich virtual learning for students to help them experience the content in new ways from home! The presenters will share hands-on ideas (booklets, discovery boxes, and more) used in a middle school Social Studies class that were transformed into digital activities using Google Apps and used in a virtual class. These activities work in both a virtual and a 1:1 classroom too!

Speakers
avatar for Shari Gomez

Shari Gomez

Instructional Technology Specialist/ITRT, Norfolk Public Schools


Sunday December 13, 2020 11:15am - 11:45am EST
Shenandoah

11:15am EST

Maximizing Engagement Through Regular Immersion in Computer Science-METRICS
In order to Focus on the Future, we will share how we developed our Education Innovation
Research early-phase grant project through our first year of implementation of METRICS. Through a whole-school immersion approach, our model will focus on three integrated field-initiated innovations at the elementary level: curriculum, professional development, and linking minority students beyond the classroom.
Three Take A ways we hope our "Focus on the Future" brings are:
Goal #1 How to create rigorous Computer Science curriculum units and assessments to support STE(A)M coursework connected across all subjects through problem-based learning.
Goal #2 How to provide high-quality teacher development and support process to sustain innovative CS instructional practices.
Goal #3 Strengthen students' tethers to CS and STE(A)M coursework by engaging students with a focus on traditionally underrepresented minority and female students, in real-world linkages beyond the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer  LaBombard-Daniels

Jennifer LaBombard-Daniels

METRICS (CS) Project Specialist, Winchester Public Schools
Jennifer LaBombard-Daniels directs the METRICS Grant for Winchester Public Schools and is an adjunct professor in the School of Education and Leadership at Shenandoah University. In her 21 years of education, Dr. LaBombard-Daniels has served as a STEAM Teacher, elementary teachers... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 11:15am - 11:45am EST
Pocahontas

11:15am EST

Teaching at a Distance - Tips from a decade of practice
The author of Teaching Math at a Distance: A Practical Guide to Rich Remote Instruction, will engage you in an interactive workshop to showcase 14 routines that increase student voice, interaction, and collaboration. These routines incorporate multiple modalities to broaden the scope of student voice. Learn the protocols that enable students to gain confidence using a microphone, promote keyboarding skills, and enhance digital literacy through media searches. You will be able to implement these protocols, routines, and templates immediately.

Speakers
avatar for Theresa Wills

Theresa Wills

Assistant Professor, George Mason University
Professor: math specialists & preservice teachersResearch: online learning & math specialistsMath coach: K-8Math teacher: K-12


Sunday December 13, 2020 11:15am - 11:45am EST
Crystal B

11:15am EST

VSTE Inclusion
In 2019, The VSTE Board of Directors agreed to create an Ad Hoc Inclusion Task Force focused on issues related to diversity in education and educational technology in Virginia. This group had two initial goals: learn more about the challenges related to workforce diversity and identify ways VSTE can help increase diversity. This taskforce is now a committee with three initiatives: The Mentoring Project; Professional Development; and the Website. Panel participants (Jennifer Orr, Amy Stewart, Bea Leiderman, Charles Randolph, Katie Fielding) will discuss their work involving the three initiatives and the committee as a whole.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Hausammann

Patrick Hausammann

Supervisor of Instructional Technology/ITRT, 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 leads with empathy and believes in empowering others to accomplish their goals along the path to their individual greatness. Patrick is... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 11:15am - 11:45am EST
Crystal A

11:15am EST

Working Smarter not Harder transforming your Whiteboard to the cloud
Are your Smart Notebook lessons becoming boring? Are you looking for new ways to increase student engagement without changing what you already do?Do you use any devices in your classroom such as a kindle, iPad or laptop?Come learn how Smart Learning Suite Online can change your classroom and increase student engagement all at the same time.

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 they... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 11:15am - 11:45am EST
Wilson

11:15am EST

Students Speak about Experiences with Learning Robotics From Home
This session will celebrate the work of several students (Grades 5-8) that participated in a summer, online program with Longwood University. Students worked at home using Hummingbird Robotics kits to tinker and create their own masterpieces over a two-week period through synchronous and asynchronous learning activities using various digital tools to communicate their understandings.

During this kids talk panel, students from the summer program will discuss, describe, and share their experiences as they used vital skills (e.g. critical thinking, communication) to experience robotics during a pandemic. Come learn how these students worked to craft their robotic masterpieces through successes (and failures!) while learning at home. Come ask them some questions!

Speakers
avatar for Paula Leach

Paula Leach

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

Stephanie Playton

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


Sunday December 13, 2020 11:15am - 11:45am EST
Washington

11:15am EST

Microsoft Teams in the Modern Classroom
Using Microsoft Teams to securely deliver a robust remote classroom experience.

Speakers
avatar for Sterling Beane

Sterling Beane

Microsoft is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. In education, it’s to empower every student. We believe limitless potential is within... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Microsoft

Microsoft

At Microsoft our mission and values are to help people and businesses throughout the world realize their full potential.Connect with us at the conference using the links below:BoothChat Room... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 11:15am - 11:45am EST
Buck

11:15am EST

Resources for Teachers
Learn about the latest resources designed by Apple to inspire learning. Check out lesson ideas, find out how to use Apple technology and curricula, and join the conversation with fellow teachers. You’ll leave this session with new skills and ideas, implementation resources, and ways to connect to a community of peers.

This session is considered confidential, so please do not post any content on any public forum including all social networks for example, Linkedin, FaceBook or Twitter etc. Please note that screen capture, photography, audio or video recording for this session is not allowed.

Speakers
avatar for James Richardson

James Richardson

Apple Education
James T. Richardson joined Apple’s Community Education Initiatives Team on August 9, 2015 as an Education Development Executive. He now serves as a K-12 Account Executive in Southern Virginia.As a leading-edge educational technology educator for over 17years, James has worked intimately... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 11:15am - 11:45am EST
Mill

11:45am EST

Lunch
Sunday December 13, 2020 11:45am - 12:45pm EST
Home/School

11:45am EST

Conference Connections: Chat with Attendees, Sponsors and Exhibitors
Check out the Discord server to chat with other attendees, conference sponsors and attendees.

Chat Room



Sunday December 13, 2020 11:45am - 12:45pm EST
Exhibit Hall

11:45am EST

Virtual Exhibit Hall
Sunday December 13, 2020 11:45am - 12:45pm EST
Roanoke Ballroom

12:45pm EST

20 Google Add-ons and Extensions to Focus Your Attention
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 and extensions 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.

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Witman

Tyler Witman

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Arlington Public Schools


Sunday December 13, 2020 12:45pm - 1:15pm EST
Allegheny

12:45pm EST

Empowering Our Future Leaders' Voices with Technology Tools Today
Today's students will become our future leaders. What opportunities do you provide for your students to share their voices today? Are you communicating that their voices matter? How do you create learning experiences that empower learners? In this session, you will learn easy ways using technology tools such as Wixie, Flipgrid, Pear Deck and Padlet to give your students opportunities to share their voices in interactive ways.

Speakers
avatar for Debbie Tannenbaum

Debbie Tannenbaum

ES tech coach, Fairfax County Public Schools
Debbie Tannenbaum is an Elementary School Technology Specialist in Fairfax County, VA. An educator with over twenty years of experience, Debbie Tannenbaum is beginning her third year in this role, where she supports both staff and students to integrate technology tools into instruction... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 12:45pm - 1:15pm EST
Monroe

12:45pm EST

G Suite for Education Refresher: Re-learning Features to Focus on the Future
This session, presented by a Google Certified Trainer, will give participants their own voice and choice as we refresh on the core G Suite Apps (Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Sites, Drawings, and Jamboard) and re-learn new or forgotten features. Participants will have time to explore activities and take sample resources that can be used immediately upon returning to school such as using suggestion mode and giving feedback in Google Docs, how to use and/or change the Master Slide in Google Slides, and how to set up collaborative jams using Google Jamboard.

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 High School. She earned an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Integrating Technology in Schools. Ms. Priester is also a Google for... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 12:45pm - 1:15pm EST
Shenandoah

12:45pm EST

Gettin' Creative! Creating Interactive Activities in Google Slides
Come discover, learn, and create engaging interactive activities for students using Google Slides. In this session, you will design and build an interactive activity for your students. You will have the opportunity to learn how to create a drag and drop, fill in the blank, and clickable Google Slide. Join me for a fun-filled hour building and designing interactive Google Slides activities. This is a BYOD session, please bring a laptop with Chrome installed or a Chromebook.

Speakers
avatar for Tonya Coffey

Tonya Coffey

ITRT, Augusta County Public Schools
I am an ITRT for Augusta County Public Schools. I collaborate with teachers assisting them with integrating technology into their instruction. I am also a G Suite for Education Certified Trainer and a G Suite for Education Administrator. I love creating and sharing Digital Breako... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 12:45pm - 1:15pm EST
Roanoke E

12:45pm EST

Hands-on Creative Computing
You can't learn by being talked to. Join this session to get some scaffolded hands-on experience with Scratch, a framework for successfully bringing Scratch to your classroom, and project ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Bea Leiderman

Bea Leiderman

Instructional Technology Coach, Independent
Bea is a former teacher and instructional technology coach. She specializes in helping teachers plan hands-on activities and open-ended creative projects. 


Sunday December 13, 2020 12:45pm - 1:15pm EST
Washington

12:45pm EST

Kicking It With Kami - Your Digital Classroom Hero
Kami is the digital learning multi-tool you won't know how you ever lived without! With the ability to annotate PDFs and other files, add audio and video feedback, split and merge documents, and read text-to-speech, Kami transforms existing documents into an interactive learning experiences. As a Kami Hero for 2020, allow me to give you the grand tour of this incredible program!

Speakers
avatar for Katrina Stafford

Katrina Stafford

TTRT, Orange County High School


Sunday December 13, 2020 12:45pm - 1:15pm EST
Roanoke F

12:45pm EST

Strategies for Embedding Equity and SEL into Lessons
For lessons to be engaging for all learners, educators must also consider the social and emotional learning (SEL) of their students. This requires savvy lessons that focus on equity, incorporate sound teaching strategies, and be social enough for the most digitally connected students.

Speakers
avatar for Jorge Valenzuela

Jorge Valenzuela

Adjunct Professor / Consultant / Author, Old Dominion University / PBL Works / Rev Up Robotics
Jorge Valenzuela has years of experience in education as a classroom and online teacher, a curriculum specialist, and now an educational coach and consultant. Currently, Jorge is an adjunct professor at Old Dominion University, and the lead coach at Lifelong Learning Defined (LLD... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 12:45pm - 1:15pm EST
Crystal B

12:45pm EST

The Classroom of the Future
Bitmoji classroom virtual spaces have taken the learning from home scene by storm! Join us for a nuts and bolts session on how to build from scratch! We will cover topics like layering, locking, removing backgrounds, hyperlinking your classroom! Participants will walk away with a virtual classroom that they can share with their students and colleagues whether you are in your building or working virtually!

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Hoggard

Kelly Hoggard

Instructional Technology Specialist, Indian Lakes ES
Instructional Technology Specialist from Virginia Beach City Public Schools, author of Champ for Kids, founder of the #champforkids Twitter chat
avatar for Paula Ott

Paula Ott

Linhorn Park ES
ITS, Seesaw Ambassador, Level 2 Flipgrid, Level 1 Google Certified, Student-Centered Coaching, anything new, exciting, & innovative!


Sunday December 13, 2020 12:45pm - 1:15pm EST
Wilson

12:45pm EST

The Future Is Accessible
Making your web content you create accessibly is important. In this session, I’ll review 10 steps to making sure the content you create in your LMS is accessible to all users, as well as some tips for making sure your school’s social media content is following the legal guidelines. Making your content accessible widens your audience.

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Fielding

Katherine Fielding

Instructional Technology Coach, Prince William County Schools
With 17 years of experience in public schools, Katie Fielding is always excited to talk about ways to integrate technology into the classroom. Katie transitioned to the role of Instructional Technology Coach at Woodbridge Senior High School after 13 years in the high school science... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 12:45pm - 1:15pm EST
Crystal A

12:45pm EST

Using the UDL Approach to Create Web Content that Engages and Motivates Learners
In this time of online learning, teachers struggle with building content that actively engages and motivates students rather than presenting information that simply promotes passive learning. This session will provide an actual example of how a high school teacher created a website using the web development tool, WIX, that presents information about the French language and culture in different ways that actively engages and motivates students to learn the foreign language, French. Ms. Bauserman will give participants a virtual tour of her website, French Learning Connections, that will focus on the purpose of the website and its intended audience. She will share the learning goals that are specific, relevant and achievable. Participants will learn how the Universal Design for Learning Approach (UDL) was used to guide the development of the website such as offering different ways information is presented (visual and auditory). She will explain the specific activities and resources (music, movies, print and audio books, virtual tours of cultural sites) that are included in the website that help students understand and speak French as well as understand aspects of French culture throughout the world. Participants will also learn the different ways she connected with her students that helped her build upon and improve the website to meet their specific desires and needs. Participants in this session should be encouraged at the end of this innovation station session to explore different website development tools, the additional information given about UDL, and communication options for connecting with their students through interactive, engaging websites that they will feel confident to build for use in online learning.

Resource Links:
The French Learning Connections (website): https://abauserm13.wixsite.com/website
The French Learning Connections videotaped presentation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NOzBMv7ewRGBsp49hLSV_RQD_Yzp08ez/view?usp=sharing




Speakers
avatar for Diane DeMott Painter

Diane DeMott Painter

Associate Professor, Shenandoah University
As a retired K-12 special educator, I now teach part-time at Shenandoah University in the Curriculum and Instruction Department. I am also interested in how to use technology in maker spaces. I belong to Makersmiths, Inc. (a non-profit maker space in Loudoun County, VA) and serve... Read More →



Sunday December 13, 2020 12:45pm - 1:15pm EST
Pocahontas

12:45pm EST

Connect with Apple
"Connect with Apple to get your product questions answered by Apple Education team members. Learn about iPad and Mac in the classroom and deploying Apple products in your school.
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This session is considered confidential, so please do not post any content on any public forum including all social networks for example, Linkedin, FaceBook or Twitter etc. Please note that screen capture, photography, audio or video recording for this session is not allowed.

Speakers
avatar for James Richardson

James Richardson

Apple Education
James T. Richardson joined Apple’s Community Education Initiatives Team on August 9, 2015 as an Education Development Executive. He now serves as a K-12 Account Executive in Southern Virginia.As a leading-edge educational technology educator for over 17years, James has worked intimately... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 12:45pm - 1:15pm EST
Mill

12:45pm EST

Guiding Principles for Remote and Hybrid Learning
As teachers and building leaders this has been a challenging year and a year of adjustment and trying new things. The remote and hybrid classroom calls for adjustment in both our strategies and expectations. This session will focus on the 6 principles for all remote and hybrid learning to maximize effectiveness, to alleviate teacher anxiety, and to make the most of synchronous, asynchronous and independent time for our students. This can be applied immediately to any classroom.

Speakers
Sponsors
avatar for McGraw Hill

McGraw Hill

McGraw-Hill Education partners around the world with students, educators, administrators and other professionals to deliver engaging, adaptive and personalized solutions that improve performance and results. We combine proven, research-based content with the best emerging digital... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 12:45pm - 1:15pm EST
Buck

12:45pm EST

UnisonEDU
Come learn all about UnisonEDU and what this professional learning organization can do for your school or division! Our mission is to provide world-class support to all educators in need at reduced costs (perhaps even free). UnisonEDU has done so for West Point Public Schools as well as helping to provide a free online conference with Brainstorm 2020. UnisonEDU can offer learning opportunities in many areas including Google Workspace (Drive, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms, Jamboard, Classroom), Tech for online & hybrid learning (Meet, Zoom, Canvas, Schoology, Google Classroom & more edtech!), leadership, and more! All divisions can access this professional learning and learn more about UnisonEDU at www.unisonedu.org.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Hausammann

Patrick Hausammann

Supervisor of Instructional Technology/ITRT, 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 leads with empathy and believes in empowering others to accomplish their goals along the path to their individual greatness. Patrick is... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Patrick Hausammann (UnisonEDU.org)

Patrick Hausammann (UnisonEDU.org)

Executive Director, UnisonEDU, Inc.
About UnisonEDUNo school division, regardless of its location or financial means, should see lesser resources, professional development, or support. UnisonEDU offers a twofold support framework to schools and districts including high quality professional learning at reduced or ev... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 12:45pm - 1:15pm EST
Bent

1:15pm EST

1:30pm EST

Closing/Raffle Session
Sunday December 13, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm EST
Crystal A