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Tuesday, November 27
 

10:20am

A Professional Development & Technology Integration Framework That Works
Our school district's model of timely and targeted professional development opportunities has helped develop a culture of innovative learning. A unique blend of technology staff, technology coaches and turnkey trainers provide actionable training and support for staff throughout the summer and the school year that has had a profound impact on our district. We will review the unique roles in our district, the evolution of our professional development program, the three technology goals that guide our technology integration program, a sampling of the available course topics, and the strategies used to conduct needs assessments. (Presenter(s): Todd MacDonald, Technology Integration Coordinator, Hillsborough Township Public Schools (NJ), and Joel Handler, Hillsborough Township Public Schools)

Tuesday November 27, 2018 10:20am - 11:10am
Merrimack (C)

10:20am

Create a Digital Book with Pages on iPad
Discover the newest features of Keynote, Numbers, and Pages, free apps from Apple, that work together to give students professional quality tools to create work they're proud of. Rethink storytelling with Keynote, organize and manage a project with Numbers, and bring everything together to create a digital book in Pages. iPad devices will be available for use during this session. (Presenter(s): Matt Brooks, Apple Inc.)

Tuesday November 27, 2018 10:20am - 11:10am
Pierce

10:20am

Flipped (Staff) Meetings - Getting the most out of meetings!
Are you tired of talking at staff meetings? Feeling like your running list of "to do's" is only getting longer? Flipped Staff Meetings can change that! In this session leaders will learn how to make the most out of their time with staff by flipping meetings! Discover how flipped meetings can still check off your "to do" list, while providing ample time for conversation, differentiated PD (let's be honest if students need differentiated instruction, your staff need differentiated tasks!), and mobilizing your staff to feel empowered. Principals, Curriculum Coaches, Leaders of "any" meeting, can use this simple concept to focus meeting tasks. Your staff will come to meetings prepared and ready to work, allowing maximum quality products as the end result. See examples of Flipped Staff Meetings that guide whole school book studies, differentiate PD, guide vertical discussion, and much more! Your staff will thank you for making their time well spent. No doubt they will now leave staff meetings feeling accomplished. (Presenter(s): Paula Izbicki, Hollis Primary School Principal, Hollis School District)

Tuesday November 27, 2018 10:20am - 11:10am
Coolidge

10:20am

Google the WHOLE school: unlock the Unified Arts and the rest of the school
Eat some snacks and hear from a couple of folks who use Google Classroom everywhere, including the "core classes." Come learn about how we use Google Classroom in every corner of our learning environment; from staff meetings to art class, physical education to sports teams we utilize this tool to help teachers, staff, and students streamline their workflows and keep information organized. Bring your favorite Classroom enabled device and let's explore how you can make your life more efficient. (Presenter(s): Jonathan Reed, Technology Integrator, Sunapee School District, and Kirk Romein, Sunapee Middle High School)

Tuesday November 27, 2018 10:20am - 11:10am
Contoocook (D)

10:20am

Mitigating Student Caused Damage to Devices
Learn of the pitfalls that accompany a 1:1 Initiative as it relates to student caused damage to devices. Find out how schools are addressing the issue and how your specific issues can be addressed. (Presenter(s): Eric Ogden, Trinity3 Technology)

Tuesday November 27, 2018 10:20am - 11:10am
Stark

10:20am

Show Me The $$$! Writing and Winning Successful Grants
Join Ethel Gaides and Kiley Kapp, two successful competitive grant writers/winners in SAU #48! Participants will learn: Where to find funding sources How to find/study successful grants How to address selection criteria How to focus on impact of project on people, not "stuff" How to support the application with evidenced-based research How to stand out from the competition with additional materials How to follow the rubric or rules for grant competitions If participants would like to learn more about writing successful grant proposals, information will be provided for the participants. (Presenter(s): Ethel Gaides, Assistant Superintendent, SAU 48, and Kiley Kapp, Campton Elementary School)

Tuesday November 27, 2018 10:20am - 11:10am
Piscataquog (B)

10:20am

The Joy of Add-Ons
Add-ons are short scripts that can be installed in G Suite products. Add-ons can sort, merge, distribute, calculate, etc. Add-ons can help you become more productive as they automate the process. (Presenter(s): Christina Swenson, District Technology Integrator, SAU 62)

Tuesday November 27, 2018 10:20am - 11:10am
Dartmouth

12:00pm

#GoogleAddict 3.0
We are back at it ready for year 3 of #GoogleAddict! If you love Google and all that it has to offer, then this session is for you. Come learn about clever tips, ideas, tricks, and techniques that will take your #GsuiteEDU experience to the next level. The best part you ask? The audience decides how the session is run. Come keep us on our toes! (Presenter(s): Craig Sheil, Technology Integration Teacher, Bedford High School, and Kerri Lunn, Bedford School District)

Tuesday November 27, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Piscataquog (B)

12:00pm

Cyber Security & You: Understanding HB1612 & Your Role as an Educator
In April 2018, some of you may be aware that the NH Legislature passed HB1612 which amends RSA 189:65 that deals with the security of student and staff information. These changes introduce a much larger level of oversight with much finer controls, reporting and measurement components. Essentially, the responsibility for cybersecurity is extending far beyond IT and touching each of your everyday lives. While the framework for the HB 1612 are being worked on by the NH Department of Education there is much that each individual school administrative unit, school and educator can do now to better understand the changes in advance of the June 2019 mandate to comply, by beginning to gather the information that will be needed and making. Additionally, there are habits that you can all implement in the classroom that will keep your student's info safe in advance of this new framework. Come to this informative, fast paced and, yes, fun session aimed at making you a more informed participant in the cyber security inner workings at your school. (Presenter(s): Raymond Benoit, President, RTM Communications, Inc)

Tuesday November 27, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Stark

12:00pm

Discover Schoolwork and Classroom: Powerful Tools for Teaching
Learn how to manage iPads during class, easily distribute and collect materials, assign activities within apps, follow student progress, and collaborate with each of your students, all in real time. These new teaching tools help you and your students take advantage of the creative power of apps on iPad. iPad devices will be available for use during this session. (Presenter(s): Matt Brooks, Apple Inc., and Clif Hirtle, Apple Inc.)

Tuesday November 27, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Pierce

12:00pm

Extreme UDL Makeover
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a standards-based framework focused on student engagement. It affords students choice and voice. In order to adapt teaching and learning to incorporate the UDL framework, teachers are re-examining how they teach, what their classrooms look like, how students are assessed, how they design homework, and classwork looks like. Join Julie and Thea to experience an "Extreme UDL makeover" bringing the UDL Guidelines to life in their roles as classroom teacher and Digital Learning Coach. Julie helps teachers improve student access to curriculum, developing choice assignments, modeling collection of Mastery-Oriented Feedback and other realistic applications of UDL. In her role as a classroom teacher, Thea implements UDL through her use of Google Classroom, choice and self-reflection structures during review, and ongoing student goal-setting. You will leave with lots of ideas of how to apply UDL in your classroom, with and without the use of technology. (Presenter(s): Julie Spang, Technology Integration Specialist, Lexington Public Schools, and Thea Durling, Groton Dunstable Regional Middle School)

Tuesday November 27, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Coolidge

12:00pm

Meeting Students Where THEY Are in Mathematics
Students are at different levels of math ability and that is okay. Hear from Micah Depper, STEM Teacher and Director of Teaching and Learning at Harpswell Coastal Academy, as he shares his best practices of using a differentiated support and individualized pacing program to prepare his students for real-life problems involving math! Learn how Micah uses a digital math platform that allows him to customize differentiated lessons for each student and see their work in real time. Discover how you can drastically reduce the amount of time required for prep-work and assessment in the classroom to focusing your energy on helping students to problem solve. (Presenter(s): Micah Depper, Director of Teaching and Learning, Harpswell Coastal Academy, and Suzanne Rickard, self employed)

Tuesday November 27, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Dartmouth

12:00pm

Nineteen for '19: Tools, Trends, & Techniques to Inspire & Motivate
Want to hear about tools, trends and techniques that will appeal to your geeky side while delighting the teacher in you? This fast-paced session has been completely updated from last year's McAuliffe Conference "Eighteen for '18". New this year is an overview of classroom use of Smart Speakers, including Amazon's Alexa and Google Home Mini that goes beyond information retrieval There will be an update on virtual and augmented reality, and teacher-tested uses of coding resources, drones, and affordable robots. You will learn about tools that you did not know you could not live without, and see innovative apps promoting classroom interaction. You will learn about many free and powerful apps and resources in all subject areas and grade levels, and hear about technologies and innovative ideas that do not yet exist at the time of this proposal. The term "Electronic Constructivism" was coined by this presenter who will stress what really matters: Good Teaching. No experience with these technologies is necessary, but an open mind along with a sense of adventure and fun are highly recommended. Stay to the end for a raffle with technology related door prizes. (Presenter(s): Maureen Yoder, Professor, Lesley University)

Tuesday November 27, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Contoocook (D)

12:00pm

Skills for Innovative Leadership
Explore innovative strategies to enhance and become more efficient with launching ideas, risk taking, and creating a culture of innovation. Supporting digital learning and innovation in schools is challenging. Join the presenter, a veteran building principal who recently moved into a district technology leadership role, to identify key elements critical to putting innovative leadership into action. An innovative leader should try to create new ideas, but it is more important that they create a culture of innovation. Explore methods to empower your teachers with a shared vision and a safe and supportive environment of risk taking, trust, and swift implementation. Innovative leaders not only "think" differently, but they "act" differently. Now is the time to act and put these innovative characteristics into action. This session will empower YOU to build a culture of innovation. (Presenter(s): Matthew Joseph, Director of Innovation & Digital Learning, Milford Public Schools)

Tuesday November 27, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Merrimack (C)

1:40pm

Are Your Network & Endpoints Really Secure from All Threats?
Learn more about the current threat landscape and how cyber criminals target your data. Get practical advice on how to protect your organization and combat advanced threats of today. We will address social engineering, malware, and exploitation techniques. Discover your vulnerabilities and the best way to insure your school, staff and students are completely secure. Don't miss this one and there will even be a raffle for a gift card for all attendees to this session. (Presenter(s): Mark Turner, Sophos, and Chris Chaves, Sophos)

Tuesday November 27, 2018 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Coolidge

1:40pm

Digital Citizenship ~ A Successful District Approach
Nancy Marrese and Cheryl Pulkowski, Marlborough Public Schools, will also serve as facilitators for this session. Over the past year, Marlborough (MA) Public Schools has committed to developing a Digital Citizenship Curriculum to help educate students to make safe, smart, and responsible choices online. Learn about our year-long collaborative process for researching, developing, and implementing a district-wide digital citizenship curriculum that has been well-received by all the different constituencies. Time will be provided for session attendees to engage in group discussions in order that they gain a better understanding of the successes and possible pitfalls that may be encountered when moving their own schools forward. (Presenter(s): Tom Plati, Director of Instructional Technology, Marlborough (MA) Public Schools, and Chris Henry, Marlborough (MA) Public Schools)

Tuesday November 27, 2018 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Piscataquog (B)

1:40pm

Meet Them Where They Are: Using Technology to Help Struggling Learners
Technology makes it easier than ever to help students in your classroom access the general curriculum. Differentiation can be a click away and students can access websites and extensions to help them access material. Technology can also allow students to capture their learning through alternative means and allow them to use their strengths instead of focusing on their areas of concern. Participants will learn about many web-based tools, apps, and Google Chrome extensions that will help teachers differentiate their curricula. Discussion will include tools that student can use to access the content on their own. Lastly, they will learn about resources that will allow students to document their learning in new and meaningful ways. The workshop will focus on reading, writing, executive functioning, and English Language Learners. Participants will learn about tools such as voice typing, SeeSaw, Text Compactor, PrintFriendly, and more. (Presenter(s): Kara Wilkins, District Technology Integration Specialist, Lowell Public Schools)

Tuesday November 27, 2018 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Merrimack (C)

1:40pm

So What is a Blockchain?
What would you do if you could have a decentralized global database with strong guarantees of consistency and security? Some people build currencies. Some people track assets. MIT just issued all of its 2018 diplomas on the blockchain. Blockchains are the fastest-growing technology on the Internet and some say the technology is as revolutionary as the Internet itself. Wtart from zero, come up to speed on the basic concepts, and talk about some ways the technology may be an essential component of the future of education. (Presenter(s): Bill McGonigle, Entrepreneur, BFC Computing, LLC)

Tuesday November 27, 2018 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Dartmouth

1:40pm

Social Emotional Learning: Where to Find It, How to Fund It
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) mandates that states measure at least one nonacademic indicator of school success. This could be school climate, how safe students feel at school, the prevalence of fights, suicidal thoughts, or other measures. SEL (social emotional learning) might not be core content, but it's the core of all content. New research indicates that school-based interventions to promote social and emotional skills have large--and long-term--positive impacts: an average of $11 for every dollar invested, according to an analysis by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Another study finds that when SEL skills increase, there is more classroom time for academics, and students achieve more. Panelists share some data on social emotional learning, ideas of how to measure it, where to place it in the curriculum, and how technology is a contributor in this area. In addition, ideas for funding it will be discussed. For those who may be unfamiliar with this area, some background from organizations such as CASEL, Edutopia, and The Wallace Foundation is provided. Digital tools can be part of the assessment, the instruction, monitoring, and more. (Presenter(s): Rita Oates, Oates Associates, and Cynthia Waltman, Plymouth State University, and Wendy Weiler, Weiler Associates LLC)

Tuesday November 27, 2018 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Webster

1:40pm

Unleash Student Expression through Video, Photography, Music, and Drawing
Explore how to bring creativity into every subject " like video in math, music in history or drawing in science. Get hands-on with the new Everyone Can Create curriculum for iPad that helps teachers give students the skills they need to flex their creative muscle in and out of school. iPad devices will be available for use during this session. (Presenter(s): Matt Brooks, Apple Inc., and Clif Hirtle, Apple Inc.)

Tuesday November 27, 2018 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Pierce

1:40pm

Unlocking 17th Century Ideas with 21st Century Skills
As teachers, we can be intimidated by technology while our students can be intimidated by our curriculum. By giving tech-savvy students a wider range of options to demonstrate their understanding of course content, teachers can facilitate opportunities for technology to be truly transformative. Classical literature becomes accessible for students of all levels giving them the opportunity to deepen their understanding of essential concepts. Giving students ownership of their assessments through mediums that are new to us encourages them to increase the complexity of their interactions with course content. Join us as we discuss our use of book trailers and character Twitters to connect our modern, high school students with classic literature. (Presenter(s): Kristen Sullivan, English Teacher, Pelham School District, and Jessica Parent, Pelham High School)

Tuesday November 27, 2018 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Contoocook (D)

3:10pm

Enhance your 1:1 Environment by Harnessing the Powers of Google Console
Google Console is a powerful management tool, but may not always be easy to navigate. Come hear what one K-8 school has done with Chrome settings to limit students in a 1:1 environment in ways that a traditional filter can't. Learn how to use the Google Admin Console to customize Chrome settings and set limitations to specific users and devices. We will take an in-depth look at Chrome settings within console and explore how to block plugins, set up printer settings, lock Chromebooks to a domain, share out Android apps on compatible 2-in-1 Chromebooks and more. We will also learn how to add settings for desktop backgrounds, tabs to open on startup and custom bookmarks and extensions. (Presenter(s): Chantal Duval, Technology Integration Specialist, Chichester Central School, and Alex Libby, Chichester Central School)

Tuesday November 27, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Piscataquog (B)

3:10pm

Google Sites for Beginners
The "old" Google Sites will be discontinued soon. Learn the basics (and some tricks and tips) to make your transition smoother over to the NEW Google Sites! This session is for beginners so it will be about walking through the features of sites as well as setting up a site and resources for reference after the summit. This session is not intended for the migration of existing sites. (Presenter(s): Christina Swenson, District Technology Integrator, SAU 62)

Tuesday November 27, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Dartmouth

3:10pm

LEGO STEAM Learning in All Your Learning Spaces
Discover hands on learning solutions for elementary STEAM in maker spaces, afterschool programs and classrooms with LEGO Education. It is becoming increasingly important that students start learning STEM skills, including robotics, coding and computer science at a young age. Attendees will build and code physical robots and discover ways to enhance their students' abilities in computational thinking. Learn the basics of coding and engineering and walk away with concrete ideas on how to bring engineering design principles to life in all your learning spaces. (Presenter(s): Bonnie Morrissette, LEGO Education, and Michelle Dudek, LEGO Education)

Tuesday November 27, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Stark

3:10pm

Radically STEAM
Radically STEAM's panel of New Hampshire education innovators will explain fundamentally what is STEAM and describe how it is (or is not) the same as STEM. Find out why these innovators value STEAM and how STEAM engages students in the learning process. Learn about these programs and more. Find out how these programs got started, hear what's working (and what's not), and be inspired by recommendations they have for you in starting out or transitioning to a STEAM-based program. Time will be devoted to questions from the audience. (Presenter(s): Marcia McCaffrey, Arts Consultant, New Hampshire Dept. of Education)

Tuesday November 27, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Webster

3:10pm

Student Portfolios using Google Sites
In this session, I will show you how create a digital portfolio for students of all ages. Attendees will learn how to change themes, add pages and subpages, and embed files from Google Drive. This beginner-level session is appropriate for anyone new to Google Sites or digital portfolios. (Presenter(s): Edith Fogarty, Technology Integration Facilitator, Bradford Elementary School)

Tuesday November 27, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Contoocook (D)

3:10pm

Teach Serious Code in a Seriously Fun Way on iPad
Seeing an idea unfold in real life is a powerful way to learn and problem-solve. With specialized lessons for iPad, students can create coding programs to make robots walk and control flying drones. This hands-on approach shows how coding concepts take shape in the real world. iPad devices will be available for use during this session. Time will be spent sharing the free resources from the curriculum guides and the free playgrounds to support the learning. (Presenter(s): Matt Brooks, Apple Inc., and Clif Hirtle, Apple Inc.)

Tuesday November 27, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Pierce

3:10pm

Text to Tech
Discover how we have integrated technology with some of our favorite children's books. A variety of projects will be shared that were completed using chromebooks or iPads. Participants will have an opportunity to participate in some hands-on activities using Bee-Bots and Ozobots. Everyone will leave the workshop with ideas ready to implement with their students the next day. (Presenter(s): Helen Kelley, Digital Learning Specialist, North Reading Public Schools, and Dianne Maguire, North Reading)

Tuesday November 27, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Merrimack (C)

3:10pm

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
We tried a lot of resources this year for the first time. Let me tell you about what worked really well, and where I had trouble. Cubelets " These innovative robots were a great success; learn tips and tricks to make them even better. I will bring some for hands-on activities. Quizlet Live - I worked this into fifth grade classrooms. How I rolled it out to the kids in my class and then pushed it out to their classrooms. Breakout Edu - We tried it and loved it. What to know to make it a successful activity. Google CS First " based on Scratch - I used their computer club curriculum with great success"let me tell you! I learned some lessons of what to do better next year! Low Tech - My students asked if they could make "real" projects. Let's talk about what we did to help other students and teachers in the building while also fulfilling standards. Finally: Donors Choose. I tried it and loved it. Let me show you a few tips on winning grants. Hands-on work, using this website so consider a grant idea before you come. (Presenter(s): Christine Donoghue, Technology Teacher, Billerica Public Schools)

Tuesday November 27, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Coolidge
 
Wednesday, November 28
 

10:20am

Closing the Homework Gap: Are your students connected?
Explore strategies to close the homework gap for your students. Our panel will discuss different strategies to help schools and districts close this Homework Gap, and provide all student the tools they need to succeed. From providing offline alternatives, to using existing or additional access points, to providing laptops and hotspots to check out from the library or Internet Essential packages. We can't keep our heads in the sand. As more and more districts implement digital and web-based learning programs, a large number of low-income and/or rural students are finding themselves caught in a widening Homework Gap. On average, one-third of U.S. students do not have adequate Internet access when they leave school. These students are often struggling to keep up with their more affluent peers who have anytime, anywhere access to learning. (Presenter(s): Deb Boisvert, Consultant, Google Certified Educator, NHSTE, and Brenda McGee, Gilfrod School District)

Wednesday November 28, 2018 10:20am - 11:10am
Pierce

10:20am

CodeSpark the Foos: Programming with PreK through Grade 5
The CodeSpark Foos are adorable characters in a completely engaging digital world that is accessible to non-readers and readers alike. This free for schools app is fantastic for introducing our youngest learners to programming basics and building up to intermediate programming skills and free coding opportunities. Teach skills about sequencing, logic, problem solving and more in a game like cartoon adventure. Come meet the CodeSpark Foos friends and learn why these little friends will have your students coding in no time and prep work will be a breeze. (Presenter(s): Chantal Duval, Technology Integration Specialist, Chichester Central School)

Wednesday November 28, 2018 10:20am - 11:10am
Merrimack (C)

10:20am

Competency Grading Best Proactices
Across New Hampshire schools have implemented competencies in a multitude of ways. Join us to share best practices from the class room and across the District (Presenter(s): Patrick Grace, Product Manager, Computer Resources, and Brenda McGee, SAU 73)

Wednesday November 28, 2018 10:20am - 11:10am
Dartmouth

10:20am

Create Your Own Online Bookchat
Looking for a way to deliver professional development differently? Come learn how a Tech Integration Teacher and Librarian teamed up to create an online bookchat for professional development for its staff (and the state of NH). Detailed information will be provided as to how the bookchat was organized, run, and implemented. Time will be provided for participants to share ideas. (Presenter(s): Craig Sheil, Technology Integration Teacher, Bedford High School, and Jessica Gilcreast, Bedford School District)

Wednesday November 28, 2018 10:20am - 11:10am
Contoocook (D)

10:20am

Educating Educators About Blockchain
Join UNH professor in this introduction for educators on blockchain technology - what it is, its primary and myriad proposed use cases, and its impact on education and students. The goal of this session is to demystify the topic and give examples of how to incorporate the blockchain and cryptocurrency into various subjects and courses, in both traditional and online classrooms. (Presenter(s): Tonya Evans, Professor of Law, University of New Hampshire School of Law)

Wednesday November 28, 2018 10:20am - 11:10am
Coolidge

10:20am

Instructional Technology Coaching
Too often schools launch new technology without a plan for supporting and coaching teachers through the process of using new technology effectively in their classrooms. One key to launching and supporting is increasing the opportunity to support teachers and help them raise student achievement. Today's students' needs vary as they are growing up in the digital learning age. Knowing how to integrate existing tech with today's instructional best practices and strategies engages students to maximize learning. Supporting educators on this journey is a critical step. Just like with teaching, we need to differentiate instruction/support to meet the needs of the teachers. There is no "one size fits all" approach. The support is also not one time, it is a cycle of support. This cycle generally consists of: setting goals, co-planning lessons, observation, and debrief after the lesson. Each step is done collaboratively with the teacher and the integration specialist. Forming professional relationships and connections with teachers can be the foundation of a great coaching cycle. A teacher may not always reach out to integrate, we as specialists may need to reach out to them. The initial phase of a coaching cycle is routed in the "WHY" for integrating EdTech and Curriculum. This session will focus on the why of coaching and then support and increase opportunities. Participants will learn Elements of EdTech Coaching from active coaches sharing experience and ideas. (Presenter(s): Matthew Joseph, Director of Innovation & Digital Learning, Milford Public Schools)

Wednesday November 28, 2018 10:20am - 11:10am
Piscataquog (B)

10:20am

Show Me The Money! Feedback on Funding Ideas
Explore strategies to find funding and support for technology and other school needs, such as social emotional learning. Bring a grant announcement that intrigues you. Explore what might be written "between the lines" that should be taken into consideration. If you have been funded recently, plan to share briefly something you learned in this process and help others who have not ever written or won a grant. (Presenter(s): Rita Oates, President, Oates Associates, and Wendy Weiler, Weiler Associates LLC)

Wednesday November 28, 2018 10:20am - 11:10am
Webster

10:20am

Strategies for Developing Self-Directed Learners
Explore the self-directed learning cycle and discover techniques for supporting students developing habits of success. Participants complete a personalized learning self-evaluation and leave with concrete strategies to help their students become self-directed learners. This session allows participants to explore a variety of formats, approaches, and resources for working with students such as goal setting, mentoring, small group workshops, and reflection. (Presenter(s): Peter Siner, Personalized Learning Coach, New England Basecamp, and Tricia Breen, New England Basecamp)

Wednesday November 28, 2018 10:20am - 11:10am
Stark

12:00pm

A Learner with Agency is a Learner Who is Future Ready
As we try to educate all children to become independent and self-directed learners so they have choices in college, career, and life, our promise should be for each child to develop learner agency. But how can we as leaders fulfill that promise to create learner-centered environments where all children develop agency so that can pursue their passions and interests, take ownership to learning and be future ready? Participants will learn about a 3-step innovative process based on the learning sciences to develop agency with all learners. First, discover how you can empower learners (of all ages) to tell their story of who they are and how they learn and then create a Personal Learning Backpack of tools and skills to support their learning along with a Personal Learning Plan so that they can develop goals and action plans to become future ready for college, career and life. (Presenter(s): Kathleen McClaskey, Founder, Make Learning Personal)

Wednesday November 28, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Piscataquog (B)

12:00pm

Citizen Science: Authentic data in the classroom
Discover different citizen science opportunities your classroom can participate in such as the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network and International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge. In this session participants will learn from the presenter's experiences of how to integrate authentic data and local data analysis in their STEM course. Includes presentation of different ways to integrate real data, collect data for organizations/government entities, and analyze data through graph making and using the CER model. Examples of data use will be provided for all major sciences, math, and engineering. Presenter's personal focus is Earth sciences. (Presenter(s): Kimberly Galambos, Science Teacher, The Founders Academy)

Wednesday November 28, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Coolidge

12:00pm

Invention Education & Youth Innovation: School Invention Conventions
Hear from a panel of K-12 Invention Convention Teachers that utilize project-based learning pedagogy to bring about inventive thinking in the classroom ultimately helping learners problem-solve real world challeges while developing 21st Century Skill Sets. Learn about the flexibility of implementation options that address a variety of strategies to meet classroom STEAM learning objectives, including STEM enrichment, after school extended learning opportunities, or invention club models that are inexpensive and easy to integrate into today's challenging school environments and schedules. The panel will include the Elementary School perspective, Middle School as well as High School scaffolding of the curriculum, as well as addressing how to engage the school and local community in putting on a successful Invention Convention event, or adding an invention strand to an existing science or maker fair. Learn about how 3-D modeling technologies, MEAs (Model-Eliciting Activities), practical hands-on brainstorming and the use of upcycled materials can help students in the process of applying design thinking concepts. Learners will successfully produce individualized projects with a focus on critical thinking, MAKING, and public speaking-- all invaluable skills to their growth as learners as well as their future educational and professional pursuits. (Presenter(s): Nicole Bellabona, Director, Young Inventors' Program of NNE, Academy of Applied Science/DePaul Univ, and Laura Vittorioso, Barrington Elementary School)

Wednesday November 28, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Merrimack (C)

12:00pm

Laconia's Technology in the Classroom Packs a Super Punch!
Discover how a small district with a large free and reduced lunch population is able to pack a serious punch in the area of technology integration by utilizing teacher leadership. The teachers in Laconia School district are superheroes when it comes to how they integrate technology into the classroom and help students see technology as a tool for learning. While transitioning to a competency-based, personalized learning system, Laconia has leveraged technology to change instruction, improve assessment, and transform curriculum. Panel members share success stories, helpful resources, and ideas for how you can save the day for your students by helping them develop the 21st-century skills that utilize the technology that will be paramount in their success in college, career, and beyond. The team from Laconia includes Angel Burke, Academic Coordinator; Shannon Siegler, 8th grade ELA & 2017 NHSTE Pat Keyes Technology-Using Educator Award recipient; Lindsay Middleton, 8th grade ELA; Lisa Hinds, high school Math; and Irene Stinson, 5th grade educator. (Presenter(s): Angel Burke, Academic Coordinator - Teaching & Learning, Laconia School District, and Shannon Siegler, Laconia Middle School)

Wednesday November 28, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Webster

12:00pm

Learned vs Earned: Best Practices Implementing Competency-Based Grading
Examine the opportunities and challenges presented by implementing competency-based grading and reporting with Merrimack Valley and Inter-Lakes School Districts and their corporate partner Alma Technologies, Inc. In this session we will discuss the districts' reasons for shifting to competency-based grading, their implementation and communication plan, the lessons they learned, and then analyze the impact on student outcomes thus far. Both districts will share information on the tools they use to manage and support this approach to student learning and assessment, along with the metrics they rely on for evaluating their success along the way. John Martin from Inter-Lakes School District and Merrimack Valley Superintendent, Mark MacLean share their New Hampshire experience. (Presenter(s): John Martin, Dir of Innovation & Tech, Inter-Lakes SD, and Mark MacLean, Merrimack Valley School District)

Wednesday November 28, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Stark

12:00pm

QR Codes, Stations, Centers, & more!
Learn about creating centers and stations with individualized instruction through the use of QR Codes. Imagine a classroom where you aren't repeating directions a dozen or more times... it is possible! Through the use of QR codes, students can be linked to an infinite number of sites, videos, documents, and more, right at their station! Discuss the use of QR codes in a Choice Based Art classroom as well as Physical Education, but would also be appropriate for classroom teachers who use centers and stations. (Presenter(s): Susan Tuttle, Visual Art/Technology Teacher, Claremont School District)

Wednesday November 28, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Pierce

12:00pm

QRIt! The Trail Project
In this session we will walk participants through our journey creating QR codes and student assembled google sites. The google sites describe and provide historical, scientific, mathematical, and arts connections to our extensive outdoor campus. Some of the areas covered include the playground rules, historical and scientific information about our trail system and solar array. Future plans include visual arts and and music inspired by the natural campus as well as additional information about the campus. This multi year, whole school project has helped our students become invested in their environment digitally and physically. We are also providing information, through the QR codes and websites, to the greater community. (Presenter(s): Mary Cantlin, Technology Integrator, Plainfield School, and Jen Frederick, Plainfield School)

Wednesday November 28, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Dartmouth

12:00pm

Social Media Credit Score: The Hidden Risks & Benefits for Students
If schools are going to successfully reimagine education, IT leaders must work in new and better ways to support innovative learning opportunities while ensuring digital privacy, safety, and security. But read the headlines: Colleges and businesses are beginning to assess our students like banks evaluate borrowers, using a Social Media Credit Score to better understand potential risks. While some students have seen their college acceptances and job offers rescinded, others are having scholarships and unique internships offered skyrocket based on social media reports generated by social media investigation companies. Stop looking for social media's "OFF" button! This session will help school educators discover constructive ways to protect and educate students and teachers on this new threat. As a participant, you will walk away with a clear understanding of your role and techniques you can use to assist the most connected generation proactively build positive online identities. Their future depends on it! (Presenter(s): Eric Butash, Director of Operations, Highlander Institute)

Wednesday November 28, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Contoocook (D)

1:40pm

A Rubric For District Robotics Success: A Buyer's Guide & Hands On Guide
Looking to invest in robotics for your district? This presentation will provide participants with a hands-on buying guide to help review the largest robotics platforms: Lego EV3, VEX EDR, VEX IQ, Raspberry Pi and Tetrix platforms with a hands on demonstration of their different building options, required programming skills and controller capabilities. In addition to these platforms a range of low cost options for elementary robotics will also be discussed and shown such as the Edison, Ozobot, Sphero and Bee-Bot platforms. Leave this presentation informed on the features of these platforms and a rubric to help you select robotics platforms based on your educational and financial goals. This presentation will also highlight the essential 21st Century Skills and Computer Science skills that robotics bring to a students learning. View classroom videos, robotics challenges and experience these platforms for yourself. (Presenter(s): Kathleen Dasho, Kathleen Dasho, North Reading, and Daniel Downs, North Reading District)

Wednesday November 28, 2018 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Dartmouth

1:40pm

All Systems Go: Empower Co-Workers to Create Meaningful Learning
Learning opportunities occur by empowering one another. Through collaborative, collegial relationships a physical education teacher, media specialist, and curriculum coordinator worked together to empowered one another to immerse students in learning. Our system worked together! We imagined the dream learning experience in an Athletic Training class by recognizing one another's strengths and roles. In the end we included a live cadaver lab with a university, a multi-user e-book about concussions followed by discussion with the author, and lessons on sketchnoting and infographics. This all came together with an authentic assessment. This magic all happened because different parts of the system worked together! While we will discuss Athletic Training resources and student work, our focus will be on building a collaborative relationship, anticipating questions and potential challenges, and scaffolding a performance task that included transferable skill sets. (Presenter(s): Karen Desjadon, Media Specialist, Londonderry School District, and Neil Leavis, Londonderry School District)

Wednesday November 28, 2018 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Contoocook (D)

1:40pm

Digital APUSH: Practicing Digital History in the HS Classroom
By substituting alternative research methods and projects for traditional research papers, digital history can be brought into the high school classroom. At Sunapee High School, AP U.S. History students have completed an annual digital history project since 2015. This session provides an overview of this work, including the 2016 "Revealing History with Chronicling America" project, which won a National Endowment for the Humanities award, and the controversial 2018 project, entitled "If Jefferson had Used Twitter, and if Jefferson were Trump." (Presenter(s): Ray Palin, librarian, Sunapee)

Wednesday November 28, 2018 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Coolidge

1:40pm

Keeping Learning First - Leadership for Education Technology
Early in MLTI, Maine's statewide 1to1 program, we knew: The true power of technology is not in learning to use it, but rather using it to learn. The device (by itself) isn't the magic, all the ways students can learn with it is! But over time, MLTI, and so many other initiatives, have drifted to a primary focus on providing devices and equity of access. Come learn about a model for keeping learning first and insuring that your technology initiative is squarely focused on the learning, not simply a "tech buy." (Presenter(s): Mike Muir, Profiiciency-based Education Specialist, GEAR UP Maine)

Wednesday November 28, 2018 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Piscataquog (B)

1:40pm

Resiliency 101: Ensuring Your IT Resources Make the Grade
Know what IT resilience is? It's a fancy term for making sure that your network, communication, and data resources can function optimally, even during common disruptions like power outages, human error, and viruses. Learn how you can be an IT honor roll star by ensuring you have the right network, cloud, and unified communications resources in place, including the right strategies for redundancy, data backup, and disaster recovery. (Presenter(s): Rob Williams, FirstLight)

Wednesday November 28, 2018 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Stark

1:40pm

Resources to Close the Homework Gap for ALL Your Students
Join Dr. Robert McLaughlin, founder and leader of the National Collaborative for Digital Equity (NCDE), based in Weare, NH. NCDE has pioneered a national initiative to assist states to mobilize community leadership teams in low-income areas to close the digital divide for learners of all ages, in support of educational and economic opportunity. Many NH students in low-income and rural areas face the "homework gap" " i.e., lack affordable home access to computers, broadband, tech support, assistance in addressing cyberbullying and device addiction, and other requisites for learning in the digital age. Join us for this very interactive exploration of a wide range of resources you and your colleagues can tap to close the digital divide at home through a wide range of resources, brought together by the nonprofit NH-based National Collaborative for Digital Equity. Participants receive a copy of NCDE's Guide to CRA Grantmaking for Digital Equity and Economic Inclusion. (Presenter(s): Robert McLaughlin Ph.D., Founder & Chair, Nat'l Collaborative for Digital Equity)

Wednesday November 28, 2018 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Pierce

1:40pm

Space Innovations: Creating Powerful Learning Spaces
Explore ideas for transforming your classroom, library, lab, and hallways into collaborative and flexible learning spaces for today's learners. (Presenter(s): Pam Harland, Faculty, Plymouth State University)

Wednesday November 28, 2018 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Merrimack (C)

3:10pm

A Rubric For District Robotics Success: A Buyer's Guide & Hands On Guide
Looking to invest in robotics for your district? This presentation will provide participants with a hands-on buying guide to help review the largest robotics platforms: Lego EV3, VEX EDR, VEX IQ, Raspberry Pi and Tetrix platforms with a hands on demonstration of their different building options, required programming skills and controller capabilities. In addition to these platforms a range of low cost options for elementary robotics will also be discussed and shown such as the Edison, Ozobot, Sphero and Bee-Bot platforms. Leave this presentation informed on the features of these platforms and  a rubric to help you select robotics platforms based on your educational and financial goals. This presentation will also highlight the essential 21st Century Skills and Computer Science skills that robotics bring to a students learning. View classroom videos, robotics challenges and experience these platforms for yourself.                                                          

Wednesday November 28, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Webster

3:10pm

Crowdfunding Your Classroom Needs Using Donors Choose
Are there things you want for your classroom that are not in the budget? Maybe you attended a great workshop and don't want to wait until the next budget cycle to get materials. Come find out how Donors Choose can help you get the materials you need for your classroom from a Donors Choose Ambassador. (Presenter(s): Joanna Marcotte, Computer Science Teacher, The Founders Academy)

Wednesday November 28, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Dartmouth

3:10pm

Flatten Your Classroom: Knock Down the Walls of Your Classroom and Let your
Our students are going beyond the walls of their homes every day. As educators, we need to capitalize on this wonder and flatten the walls of our classroom. This presentation will introduce you to three different levels of world exploration that utilizes technology. We will first explore the world as "Day Trippers". "Day Trippers" allow their students to explore the world around them. We will focus on Google Maps, with special attention to the 360-degree spheres, Google Cardboard, Google Expeditions, live webcams, and other hands-on exploration of various sites throughout the world. Next, participants will become "Weekend Warriors". "Weekend Warriors" helps their students travel the world. They use Skype and Google Hangouts and are connected to communities of like minded educators. We will discuss virtual field trip and presenter opportunities from Learn around the World, Microsoft Education, Nepris, Field Trip Zoom, and Microsoft Educator Community. Participants will learn about Mystery Location Calls and virtual author visits. Lastly, participants will become "Backpackers for Life". "Backpackers for Life" not only use amazing tools like Google Maps and virtual field trips, they create these experiences for themselves! Participants will learn how their students can create experiences like 360-degree spheres and live videos of the places of interest in their community and share it with other students around the world. (Presenter(s): Kara Wilkins, District Technology Integration Specialist, Lowell Public Schools)

Wednesday November 28, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Piscataquog (B)

3:10pm

Google Apps & the Performing Ensembles
This workshop will demonstrate how several apps of the G-Suite for Education can be effectively integrated for instruction of large performing ensembles. The apps that form a coherent toolkit for a variety of chorus and band ensembles include: Google Classroom, Google Sites, Google Voice, and Google Forms. The app-based assignments increase student engagement and make your life as an ensemble director easier around folder checks, playing tests, concert assessments, even community building. The workshop will include time for individual discovery and questions with a certified Google Educator. (Presenter(s): Helfried Zrzavy, Technology Integration Specialist, ConVal Regional High School, and James Wickham, ConVal Regional High School)

Wednesday November 28, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Merrimack (C)

3:10pm

LEGO STEAM Learning in All Your Learning Spaces
Discover hands on learning solutions for STEAM in maker spaces, afterschool programs and classrooms grades 5 and up with LEGO Education. It is becoming increasingly important that students start learning STEM skills, including robotics, coding and computer science at a young age. Attendees will build and code physical robots and discover ways to enhance their students' abilities in computational thinking. Learn the basics of coding and engineering and walk away with concrete ideas on how to bring engineering design principles to life in all your learning spaces. (Presenter(s): Bonnie Morrissette, LEGO Education, and Michelle Dudek, LEGO Education)

Wednesday November 28, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Stark

3:10pm

Show Students the World with Tour Builder
In this session, I will show you how to capture student learning using Google Tour Builder. I will share examples of projects my students have created, and I will guide attendees through how to create a tour of your own. This session is appropriate for those new to Tour Builder. (Presenter(s): Edith Fogarty, Technology Integration Facilitator, Bradford Elementary School)

Wednesday November 28, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Coolidge

3:10pm

Sketchnoting & Doodling: Full STEAM AHEAD
During this session, participants will experiment and uncover the ways that doodling can improve creativity and collaboration skills. Educators will practice the same skills that students to practice in classes. Don't worry, the presenters will model how we use doodling during our own professional activities and how we have encouraged students to do the same. That's right! We are not just touting this merely as a mindfulness activity. We have implemented this in classrooms! Sketchnoting can aid in developing infographics and vocabulary retention. We have found that it can help to motivate students and assist with maintaining student focus. So hop aboard and learn the practice of sketchnoting and doodling. (Presenter(s): Karen Desjadon, Media Specialist, Londonderry School District)

Wednesday November 28, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Contoocook (D)

3:10pm

Virtual Worlds in Education: Benefits, Challenges, & Opportunities
What exactly is virtual reality? It's thought of as a tool that's able to enrich education, create all-new hands-on experiences, and send students to alternate realities. Sometimes, it gets so real that we're unable to distinguish between our own reality, an augmented reality, and a virtual reality. The immersion and opportunities that VR provide play a big role in motivating students to explore new ideas. In order to use VR educationally, however, we must first combat visual stress and cognitive overload while finding a way to increase the depth of learning, allowing kids to create content " not just consume it. How can teachers and students use VR constructively " without turning kids into guinea pigs? Dive deeper into the pros and cons of virtual reality and how its potential for tech-based design unlocks new avenues for creativity as students experience supplemental opportunities while learning the skills to design their own reality. Strapping on a headset for 360-degree involvement, you'll learn how to bring experiences to life and life to learning experiences as well as how VR fits into the classroom or library. Going beyond the everyday and unlocking adventure-based learning with first-hand tours, excursions, demonstrations, and simulations, students will build in-demand skills like design, programming, and technical engineering all while experiencing the power of this unique medium. (Presenter(s): Palo Peirce, Director, Eduporium, and Anna Orientale, EdTech Specialist, Eduporium)

Wednesday November 28, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Pierce
 
Thursday, November 29
 

8:00am

Developing Student Technology Leaders Through GenYES
Join us for a look at how our school district has empowered student technology leadership through a unique program called GenYES. We'll share lots of examples showing how our empowered student leaders have helped to maximize instructional time, support our school culture, and develop enrichment lessons for their peers. We will hear from supporting staff members, along with our student leaders. (Presenter(s): Kathryn Liston, Technology Integrator, Pelham School District)

Thursday November 29, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am
Pierce

8:00am

HB1612: What is a district to do?
The NH ISC2 chapter is putting together a one-day conference to provide key information needed to address HB1612 using the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF). Join this session to get a sneak peak of the full one-day session, covering the 7 steps to address the Cybersecurity Framework and covering the 5 Functions of the Cybersecurity Framework. (Presenter(s): Cody Dumont, Tenable Technical Account Manager, and Lisa Metzke, (ISC)2 NH Chapter President, and Cody Dumont, Tenable)

Thursday November 29, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am
Dartmouth

8:00am

I Used to Teach, But Now I Coach
Come get a glimpse at how Project Based Learning (PBL) can be effectively run in the elementary classroom. Learn strategies and tools to support Project Based Learning in your classroom from teachers who have implemented it. Those who attend this session will be provided with an overview of PBL as well as strategies to incorporate it into the classroom. (Presenter(s): Nicole Cassamassino, Technology Integration Specialist, Bedford SD, and Lindsay Bucknam, Peter Woodbury School)

Thursday November 29, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am
Coolidge

8:00am

Move to the Head of the Class with Google Classroom
Come learn how to set up and manage Google Classroom to help streamline your classroom instruction. I will guide attendees through the setup and features of Google's Learning Management System. This session is intended for those who are new to Google Classroom. (Presenter(s): Edith Fogarty, Technology Integration Facilitator, Bradford Elementary School)

Thursday November 29, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am
Piscataquog (B)

8:00am

PBL in the form of Webquest
Moving to the Project Based Learning direction, come see how Google Sites and the creation of web-quest can help promote student creation of work. In this workshop, teachers can come learn how to facilitate, create, and implement webquests to help students focus on a theme and use the webquest to craft their product. For folks who are unfamiliar with Google Sites, I will spend time breaking down how this piece of Google technology can help build a simple topic and show how students can use this to help promote authenticity in their work. (Presenter(s): Mallory Higgins, Social Studies Teacher, Merrimack School District)

Thursday November 29, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am
Merrimack (C)

8:00am

Technology to Support Competency & Achievement
What role can technology play in the struggle to help all students achieve and come to proficiency? How can technology help teachers reach more students and help them perform. Participants will explore 5 critical approaches to using technology in the classroom to support learning, achievement and your proficiency-based learning work. (Presenter(s): Mike Muir, Profiiciency-based Education Specialist, GEAR UP Maine)

Thursday November 29, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am
Contoocook (D)

8:00am

The Whole Child: Social Emotional Learning with Coding & Digital Skills
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, & Emotional Learning (CASEL) recommends that social emotional learning skills be embedded within curriculum rather than taught in isolation. When students have better social and emotional skills, there is more opportunity for academic achievement -- and less time spent on classroom management. Parents are requesting more teaching of coding and digital literacy, but how do you fit it into the curriculum when there are so many other things to cover? Scientifically developed and aligned with ISTE standards, come explore a global organization that is a fine example of this integration. FUNecole demonstrates one strategy how elementary schools, grades 1-6, can scaffold the use of digital skills embedded into activities that are anchored in real-world contexts and situations. Learn how you can make a difference with your students academic and social emotional learning. (Presenter(s): Rita Oates)

Thursday November 29, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am
Webster

9:35am

Breaking Barriers
The UDL framework emphasizes the students need for purpose, access, choice and voice in order to learn. Join Catlyn Morris, 6th grade science teacher, and Julie Spang, District Digital Learning Coach as we dive deep into practical ways to make learning accessible to all students. Examples may include: student surveys, note taking options, peer feedback, homework choices, exam wrappers, classroom seating options, choice end products and more. Discussion will cover various technologies used to meet the varying needs of students and also grants that resulted from Julie and Cailyn's collaboration. (Presenter(s): Julie Spang, Technology Integration Specialist, Lexington Public Schools, and Caitlyn Morris, Groton Dunstable Regional Middle School)

Thursday November 29, 2018 9:35am - 10:25pm
Merrimack (C)

9:35am

Fun with Forms
Learn how to effectively use and reuse Google Forms, as well as the benefits of using the add-ons Autocrat and Choice Eliminator 2 to streamline your workload and make the most of your instructional time in the classroom. Presentation can be previewed at: https://goo.gl/1nGMSN (Presenter(s): Jenifer Hollander, Teacher Grade 5, Milford School District)

Thursday November 29, 2018 9:35am - 10:25pm
Coolidge

9:35am

Genre-fy Your Collection: A School's Journey & the Research Behind It
Discover how to restructure (genre-fy) your collection to make it student centered. For Rachel Small, teacher librarian in Burlington (MA) Public Schools, not only was it an opportunity to weed, get to know the collection, and find gaps"she was able to understand both her students' needs and the entire school curriculum on a whole new level. Elementary students now come into the learning commons throughout the entire school day to self check-in, find, and self-check out books. Pam Harland, will share the research behind the shift. (Presenter(s): Rachel Small, Teacher Librarian, Pine Glen Elem, Burlington Public Schools, and Pamela Harland)

Thursday November 29, 2018 9:35am - 10:25pm
Piscataquog (B)

9:35am

K-5 Deep Dive: CS Standards
Are you curious about the new NH Computer Science standards and how they can be implemented at the elementary level? In this session we will explore the standards and discuss ways to integrate them into the K-5 classroom through the use of both digital and unplugged activities. You may be surprised at how many computer science concepts are already embedded within other content areas! You will come away with resources and activity ideas for integrating the new standards into what you already do every day! (Presenter(s): Heather Drolet, Technology Integrator, Christa McAuliffe School)

Thursday November 29, 2018 9:35am - 10:25pm
Contoocook (D)

9:35am

Library Boot Camp: Pumping up Student Energy & Autonomy
Discover how BreakoutEdu, GooseChase, FlipGrid, Kahoot, Word Clouds, and even the Amazing Race can be incorporated into Library Boot Camp sessions designed to foster student understanding of library organization and independence in finding materials of interest. Each session combines exploration, play, and accountability. An added bonus: students learn technology tools that could then be integrated into classroom projects. After one GooseChase session, an NES 5th grader said it best: "This was awesome! It's like we had PE in Library!" (Presenter(s): Laurie Williams, Librarian/Tech Integrationist, Newbury Elementary School)

Thursday November 29, 2018 9:35am - 10:25pm
Pierce

9:35am

Project Based Learning in the Library & Classroom
Explore strategies on incorporating Project Based Learning in library classes and the regular classroom. View samples created by students in grades K-8 from the 2017-2018 school year. Walk through the process the students took while creating their projects and end with time for questions and answers. (Presenter(s): Robin Scott, Professor of Education, wmcc)

Thursday November 29, 2018 9:35am - 10:25pm
Dartmouth

9:35am

Supporting K-6 Digital Media Competencies
In this session, participants will learn about a collaborative project between Plymouth State University and a local elementary school. Through the authentic use of technology tools, eight Elementary Education teacher candidates designed personalized instruction that redefined K-6 student learning experiences. Within the practicum setting, the practicum coordinator used an embedded professional development model for shared learning. This sustainable project empowered 8 teacher candidates, 4 multi-age classroom teachers, and 65 elementary students. This project supported mentor teachers as they engaged with the tools and digital tasks alongside their students. This project allowed teacher candidates to meaningfully engage with New Hampshire K-6 student competencies. Because the practicum coordinator was embedded in the elementary school with the teacher candidates, hands-on support and feedback was provided immediately to ensure the development of teaching and learning strategies. At the conclusion of this project, a carefully selected multi-age team was put in place to continue exploration of creative applications at the elementary level and OERs will be shared with local and international educational networks. (Presenter(s): Susan Sabella, University Teaching Faculty, Plymouth State University, and Jeremy Hillger, Sandwich Central School)

Thursday November 29, 2018 9:35am - 10:25pm
Webster

11:10am

Blind Them with Library Science: Making research-driven decisions
Together we will explore current research and data and look at new ways to leverage information to improve educational outcomes in the school library. We will investigate some of the research and explore how to use information to change outcomes in your library, and build a culture of research-driven decision-making in support of your school's mission and vision. (Presenter(s): Pam Harland, Faculty, Plymouth State University)

Thursday November 29, 2018 11:10am - 12:00pm
Piscataquog (B)

11:10am

CANCELLED - Inquiring Minds...Love Dialogue & Feedback
Developing inquiry while integrating technology can be a challenging task, if done in isolation. Through collaborative, collegial relationships a history teacher, media specialist, and librarian worked together to immerse students in personalized learning. Prior to this session, participants will have access to an inquiry assignment, rubric, and our curriculum map. Please come with questions or feedback. Additionally, participants will leave with resources they can use to develop their own inquiry projects. This session is suitable for all content areas and specialist positions. (Presenter(s): Karen Desjadon, Media Specialist, Londonderry School District, and Susan Wakelin, Londonderry School District)

Thursday November 29, 2018 11:10am - 12:00pm
Dartmouth

11:10am

Helping Students Overcome Their Biggest Nonfiction Writing Roadblocks
Join a lively discussion of the obstacles young nonfiction writers face and strategies for overcoming those challenges. Led by award-winning children's nonfiction author Melissa Stewart, this presentation will address such topics as selecting a focused topic; thinking creatively about research; organizing, summarizing, and synthesizing information; finding the stamina to revise; and working productively with critique partners. (Presenter(s): Melissa Stewart, Children's book author, Children's book author)

Thursday November 29, 2018 11:10am - 12:00pm
Webster

11:10am

Integrated STEAM Education
Integrated STEAM classrooms are more than Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math- they are a place in which learning hinges on the inclusion of all learners in carefully designed and maintained communities, grappling with increasingly authentic problems. In this session, we'll explore the ways in which different tools support our work and collaborate on the creation of a resource guide to support us as we move forward in our own contexts. (Presenter(s): Laura Thomas, Director, Center for School Renewal, Antioch University New England, and Danika Tyminski, Swift River Elementary School)

Thursday November 29, 2018 11:10am - 12:00pm
Merrimack (C)

11:10am

Planning your time for Projects
Have you ever let your students loose to design their own projects and then quickly realized you have 25 different projects at the same time? In this session participants will learn about managing all the moving parts of inquiry based, student led projects. We will discuss the planning process, shifting from a culture of teaching to a culture of learning, organizing sacred times, office hours with students, and managing the time and space. We will explain how we have done away with traditional school schedule and established a more comprehensive and progressive school schedule. We did away with bells; do you? (Presenter(s): Melissa Jellison, STEAM Teacher, White Mountains Regional High School, and Jeannine LaBounty, SAU 36)

Thursday November 29, 2018 11:10am - 12:00pm
Coolidge

11:10am

Relevance while facing Reality: Student Voice in School Violence Dialogue
On April 20, 2018, Farmington High School students lead a student-centered panel discussion about school violence, their concerns, questions, and solutions. Betsy Jacobsen and Ruth Ellen Vaughn will share with you their process of getting the adults out of the way so that students could be heard by state and local officials and their own peers. In this "Birds of a Feather" discussion, we will talk about letting the students direct the dialogue and applications to other topics that challenge our communities. (Presenter(s): Ruth Ellen Vaughn, Superintendent, SAU 61, and Betsy Jacobsen, SAU 61)

Thursday November 29, 2018 11:10am - 12:00pm
Contoocook (D)

2:15pm

5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Rethinking Your Children's Book Collection
Most children's literature enthusiasts are naturally drawn to stories and storytelling, including fiction and narrative nonfiction But up to 42 percent of elementary students prefer expository nonfiction. This session breaks down the five categories of nonfiction children's books, offers tips for updating book collections, and provides strategies for integrating a variety of nonfiction texts into reading and writing lessons. (Presenter(s): Melissa Stewart, Children's book author, Children's book author)

Thursday November 29, 2018 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Webster

2:15pm

Confessions of a One-Day-A-Week Librarian
Explore the realities of being an itinerant and part-time librarian. How do we meet the expectations of full-time programs when we see students one or two days a week? What are our favorite tips, strategies, tools, and processes for managing the library while also meeting our instructional goals? This session will be facilitated by Laura Thomas, LMS at Harrisville Wells Memorial school and Teaching Faculty at Antioch University New England. (Presenter(s): Laura Thomas, Director, Center for School Renewal, Antioch University New England)

Thursday November 29, 2018 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Merrimack (C)

2:15pm

Form Follows Function
In this session, participants will discover how an agile high school classroom supports a competency-based approach to learning and embraces a multiple modes of learning- lecture, workshop, small group, and individual " all within one class period. Through the story of one high school English classroom's transition from traditional to agile, participants will have the opportunity to discover the purpose and day to day function of an agile classroom as well as which strategies have proven most successful. (Presenter(s): Elizabeth Juster, English Teacher, Londonderry High School)

Thursday November 29, 2018 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Dartmouth

2:15pm

Personalized Professional Learning with Micro-credentials
What's all the fuss about micro-credentials and digital badging? What are they and how do I earn them? What do they have to do with professional development and personalizing learning for educators? What's the iLearnMaine Educator Micro-credentials program? Attend this session and not only discover answers to these questions, but get a head start on figuring out which micro-credentials you might like to earn! (Presenter(s): Mike Muir, Profiiciency-based Education Specialist, GEAR UP Maine)

Thursday November 29, 2018 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Contoocook (D)

2:15pm

Show Students the World with Tour Builder
In this session, I will show you how to capture student learning using Google Tour Builder. I will share examples of projects my students have created, and I will guide attendees through how to create a tour of your own. This session is appropriate for those new to Tour Builder. (Presenter(s): Edith Fogarty, Technology Integration Facilitator, Bradford Elementary School)

Thursday November 29, 2018 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Coolidge

2:15pm

Using Books to Encourage Children's Interest in STEM
Ignite students interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) through STEM-related books, both fiction and nonfiction. Barriers to learning about these subjects include: inadequate exposure; prejudicial expectations; and lack of interest. Books can help students overcome all these obstacles. The digital divide in our country runs deep. How can our poorer districts afford the resources needed for children to learn about STEM? If we can't provide hands-on experiences for these children, at least we can help them learn about STEM through books. Certain groups of students, such as girls, children of color, and those with physical or mental challenges, have an additional barrier to their STEM education"prejudicial expectations. Books can help combat the stereotypes driving these prejudices. Many children have preconceived notions of about what they think a scientist or mathematician is supposed to look like. Books will help change these. The last barrier to STEM education is a child's lack of interest. It is perfectly reasonable for children to prefer interests other than STEM. What is not acceptable is if this lack of interest is due to the child never being exposed to the creative, enjoyable side of STEM. Here again, books can help, by showing the fun side of STEM. There are so many well-written STEM books, both fiction and nonfiction, available to our children today. Let's take advantage of them and prepare our children for today's world. (Presenter(s): Laurie Wallmark, Adjunct Assistant Professor - Computer Sci, Raritan Valley Community College, and Jennifer Swanson, Johns Hopkins University's Center for Tale)

Thursday November 29, 2018 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Piscataquog (B)