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The 30th Annual Regional Technology Awareness Day
Building Bridges With Your Stories
Through stories, we learn from one another and build a network of support. Stories can connect and inspire
us. This year, we put the focus on your stories and the bridges they will build between us.

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Friday, December 14
 

8:00am

Registration
Registration will take place from 8 to 8:45 a.m. on Dec. 14, 2018. Please check in at the registration table in the front lobby near the main entrance, get your nametag and then enjoy a continental breakfast as you explore the vendor partner expo in the Courtyard.

We will have a CTLE station set up for attendees to register separately through Frontline/MyLearningPlan to receive CTLE credits for attending Tech A-Day.

Friday December 14, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Main Entrance

8:00am

Vendor Partner Expo
Join us in the Red Lion Courtyard for a continental breakfast and opportunity to learn about NERIC vendor partners participating in Tech Awareness Day. Special thanks to all of our vendors — this event would not be possible without them!

Friday December 14, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Courtyard/Vendor Floor

8:45am

Analytics vs. Assumptions - How Data Can Help Us Find the Real Stories of Student Success
During this session we'll play the game of "Assumptions vs Analytics." To start, we'll look at the story of why students drop out of high school. We'll look at how we can uncover the plot twist before it happens by looking back at the data from tens of thousands of high school dropouts to better see why they failed, when we could have known they were in trouble, and what we could have done to better support them to change the ending of their story. Then we'll see if big data can provide some clarity on the story behind the use of digital learning tools: which apps are being used, which aren't, and which may be impacting student achievement the most.

Presenters
avatar for BrightBytes

BrightBytes

BrightBytes, the leading end-to-end data management solution for education organizations, provides educators with the power to turn big data into big benefits for students. With the data integration platform, DataSense™, BrightBytes enables educators to cleanse, integrate, and bi-directionally... Read More →
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Glen Zollman

Client Success Partner, BrightBytes

Vendor & Community Partners
avatar for BrightBytes

BrightBytes

BrightBytes improves the way millions of people around the world learn. Their team of researchers and statisticians uses in-depth analysis to power Clarity, a business intelligence and decision support platform for educators.


Friday December 14, 2018 8:45am - 9:30am
Stonehenge B

8:45am

Introduction to eSports
Have you heard of Fortnite? Have you watched any of the Overwatch World Cup? eSports is a growing sector of the entertainment industry. 60+ colleges and universities now offer eSports programs and scholarships. This session will help explain the basics of what eSports is and where it fits into the K-12 system. Time will be provided for a discussion on eSports at the end of the session. Questions to discuss: Should first person shooter games be allowed in school? Should eSports be a club or sports team?

Slides: https://goo.gl/De3XBt



Presenters
avatar for Scott Beiter

Scott Beiter

Teacher, Rensselaer City School District

School Districts
avatar for Rensselaer City School District

Rensselaer City School District

The Mission of the Rensselaer City School District is to ensure that all graduates are individuals who undertake challenges, believe in themselves, accept learning as a lifelong process, and determine their own futures by creating for these individuals an environment committed to... Read More →



Friday December 14, 2018 8:45am - 9:30am
State Room

8:45am

Moving Beyond the Basics with Google Expeditions: Body Systems
This session will focus on ways to use multiple Expeditions around a curricular topic, body systems, and will guide teachers on how to create a customized virtual trip for their students. These customized Expeditions can be used as an introduction to a new unit, lesson enhancement, a tool to build background knowledge or as a culminating activity to a unit. Participants will participate in an Expedition as well as have time to explore existing Expeditions to begin their own customized tour.



Friday December 14, 2018 8:45am - 9:30am
Room 303

8:45am

My Journey to Implement a Self-Paced Personalized Learning Classroom
There was a huge problem in my 5th-grade math classroom: every student was working at their own pace, some needed more time to understand concepts, some were ready to move on, and others were just disengaged. Attend this session to learn the steps used to implement a self-paced math classroom, learn the tools which will help in managing the learning, and the benefits that you and your students will reap. Learn from one teacher’s self-paced personalized learning journey, and how district administration is supporting the movement toward this model.

Presenters
avatar for Nicole Enny-Tully

Nicole Enny-Tully

5th grade teacher, Queensbury Union Free School District
Nicole is a 5th grade Math and Science teacher in the William H. Barton Intermediate School in Queensbury, NY. She has been teaching for 12 years, and running a self paced personalized learning classroom for the last 2 years.
avatar for John Luthringer

John Luthringer

Director of Instructional Technology, Queensbury Union Free School District

School Districts
avatar for Queensbury Union Free School District

Queensbury Union Free School District

Queensbury Union Free School District sits in the shadows of the Adirondacks, but it ranks among the top school districts in the Capital Region for academics and fiscal efficiency. More than 3,300 students in grades K-12 attend school on a single campus.The district mission is to... Read More →


Friday December 14, 2018 8:45am - 9:30am
Capital Room

8:45am

Stories to Light Our Way – Preparing our Children for the 4th Industrial Revolution
Join internationally known author, educator, and storyteller, Ralph Singh, and his virtual school friends, for this hands on celebration of our children and their stories. See how to easily embed SEL and Character Development within a multi-cultural framework aligned with both Common Core/State Learning Standards and the new SEL benchmarks.

Learn how to use the simple, yet time honored, oral language format of storytelling to help children quickly internalize the SEL competencies and key character traits that have a positive impact in both behavior and academics, and carry over to family, creating both a school and community climate which honors diversity, nurtures character, and deters bullying. We prepare our children to be fully engaged citizens of an inclusive society and diverse workplace.

Presenters
avatar for Ralph Singh

Ralph Singh

Chair, Wisdom Thinkers Network
Ralph Singh, Author, Educator, Story-teller, and Community Builder, Chairs the Wisdom Thinkers Network and currently consults to develop curricula and resources in poor rural, poor urban, and everywhere in between, to help create a school climate which nurtures character, honors diversity... Read More →

Vendor & Community Partners
avatar for Educational Vistas, Inc.

Educational Vistas, Inc.

Since 1993, Educational Vistas, Inc. (EVI) has been providing schools and districts with both software products and services. Over the course of 24 years, we have developed leading educational management systems and in-district services that are assisting schools to improve student... Read More →


Friday December 14, 2018 8:45am - 9:30am
Stonehenge C

8:45am

Tech Integrators: Where Do Districts Start?
Once upon a time, in a deep dark wood, in a school district, there was a teacher with a passion for technology. How can a district start transitioning from this tech savvy teacher to creating a tech integrator position, or even more?

This session will feature a four-person panel of tech integrators from across the NERIC region, who will tell their personal adventure as well as their district tech integration story. The panel will be open to questions from the audience.

Presenters
avatar for Virginia Bond

Virginia Bond

ISS Integration of Technology Training Specialist, NERIC
Interested in brainstorming ways to increase Tech Integration? Want ideas of how to start in your district, your building, your classroom? I'd love to creatively problem solve along with you.
avatar for Mark Dalton

Mark Dalton

Ed Tech Coordinator, Malone Central School District
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Nick Damiani

Technology Integration Specialist, Peru Central School District
avatar for Erica Preston

Erica Preston

Training Specialist, NERIC
Technology Integrator at Brushton-Moira Central School & St. Regis Falls Central School Districts. https://sites.google.com/neric.org/NERICA
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Jennifer Sangiacomo

Instructional Technology Integration Specialist, Cohoes City School District

School Districts
avatar for Malone Central School District

Malone Central School District

The MISSION of the Malone Central School District is to produce to a healthy, responsible, productive citizen who has acquired learning and is capable of contributing to a global community. We will accomplish this by providing an effective, innovative, dedicated, motivating staff... Read More →
avatar for Peru Central School District

Peru Central School District

The district is committed to providing all students rigorous, relevant and engaging learning experiences for life-long individual success.
avatar for Cohoes City School District

Cohoes City School District

The mission of the district, a partnership of schools, parents and the community, is to prepare its students for success in tomorrow’s world.The vision of the Cohoes City School District is striving to be one of the highest achieving school districts in the greater Capital Regi... Read More →


Friday December 14, 2018 8:45am - 9:30am
Stonehenge D

8:45am

Tech Playground
Visit the Tech Playground and discover hands-on activities and demonstrations that highlight the power of student-centered learning
  • Program a robot
  • Engage in a Breakout EDU game
  • Explore with Google Expeditions
  • Hear from students about the maker movement and the impact it has had on their learning
  • Visit with community organizations and vendors
  • Check out different technology tools, and develop ideas for bringing the maker philosophy back to your own classroom
Sponsored by CDW•G

Sponsors
avatar for CDW·G

CDW·G

CDW·G is a leading multi-brand technology solutions provider to business, government, education and healthcare organizations in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. A Fortune 500 company with multi-national capabilities, CDW·G was founded in 1984 and employs nearly... Read More →

School Districts
avatar for Hudson Falls Central School District

Hudson Falls Central School District

The mission of the Hudson Falls Central School District is to assure the highest level of quality education academically, vocationally and socially to ALL students regardless of sex, race, creed, color, socio-economic status, or ability through a carefully planned and challenging... Read More →
avatar for Mohonasen Central School District

Mohonasen Central School District

Mohonasen has PLANS for our students! Our mission is to ensure that students reach their Potential to Learn in an Academically rich, Nurturing and Safe environment.
avatar for Schalmont Central School District

Schalmont Central School District

The staff and community of Schalmont Central School District will provide programs, resources and facilities to foster a positive learning environment. Each individual will be encouraged and assisted to grow emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially to meet the challenges... Read More →
avatar for Schodack Central School District

Schodack Central School District

Schodack CSD is renowned as one of the best small school districts in the region. Maple Hill High School had the highest graduation rate of any district in the Capital Region in 2017 and 2018. Maple Hill High School was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2017 (the only school... Read More →
avatar for Wynantskill Union Free School District

Wynantskill Union Free School District

The mission of our community-based school is to create a safe, compassionate, progressive learning environment that recognizes individual needs and encourages all students to strive for personal and educational excellence.

Vendor & Community Partners
avatar for Belkin International

Belkin International

At Belkin International, we create products that help people realize the power of technology and make people’s lives better, easier and more fulfilling. This has been Belkin’s mission since our inception in 1983.
avatar for Crafts for Learning

Crafts for Learning

Crafts for Learning educator Kathy Ceceri is an award-winning author, crafts designer, and teaching artist with a focus on science, technology, history, and art. She travels throughout the Northeast and around the country presenting hands-on workshops for students, teachers, and families... Read More →
avatar for Infinite Scope

Infinite Scope

Infinite Scope creates scientific tools that give inquisitive minds the means to exercise their curiosity and learn by exploring the world around them. Our forthcoming product, the Eureka, will transform any phone, tablet, or other smart device into a powerful, portable digital m... Read More →
avatar for Lenovo

Lenovo

At Lenovo, our vision is that Lenovo will create personal devices more people are inspired to own, a culture more people aspire to join and an enduring, trusted business that is well respected around the world. This vision guides us in pursuit of our mission to become one of the world's... Read More →
avatar for MooreCo

MooreCo

At MooreCo, we have been designing and manufacturing classroom and office furnishings since 1985. Our products continue to evolve with time as our design philosophy follows human behavior and the interaction with one another regardless of age. Our goal is to provide furnishings which... Read More →
avatar for Osborne Technologies - with WizeFloor

Osborne Technologies - with WizeFloor

WizeFloor provides a vast collection of games and activities which are projected onto the floor and made interactive using camera tracking technology. Players use their hands, feet and other physical objects such as bean bags or play cones to play games and complete activities individually... Read More →
avatar for Promethean

Promethean

For over 20 years, learning has been, and always will be what fuels our passions. It represents the highest order contribution that we can make to improving the societies in which we live. We believe that the purpose of technology is not simply about automating the teaching and learning... Read More →
avatar for Schoharie Mohawk Initiative for Science and Technology

Schoharie Mohawk Initiative for Science and Technology

It started with an idea: to encourage students to pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It grew into a mission to inspire future innovators and technological pioneers here in the Schoharie and Mohawk regions.
avatar for Vidcode

Vidcode

We build software that teaches teens computer programming through their favorite hobby: video-making. Built by women with teen girls in mind.


Friday December 14, 2018 8:45am - 9:30am
Area past the vendor floor and pool

8:45am

The Activated Classroom - Better Listening Creates Insights to Learning
Learn how to become directly involved in the learning process for each student, tailor instruction based on direct feedback from students, assess where to best invest your time, encourage collaborative learning without interfering and changing group dynamics, record lessons and share techniques with peers. All using the new Activate system.

Presenters
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Dirk Schumacher

Territory Manager, Lightspeed Technologies

Vendor & Community Partners
avatar for Lightspeed - A Learning Company

Lightspeed - A Learning Company

Established in 1990, Lightspeed is dedicated to making a remarkable difference for teachers and students by creating Access to power in-the-moment insights into the learning process. We create access to the teacher's voice for all students in the classroom that isn't there for them... Read More →


Friday December 14, 2018 8:45am - 9:30am
The Grille Restaurant

8:45am

The Bridge to Active Learning Spaces
In the session we will discuss how re-imagined classroom spaces, innovative digital tools and ubiquitous connectivity are changing the ways students learn – and teachers teach. The flexibility and capability to create personalized learning environments for students of varying abilities and learning styles greatly expands opportunities for meaningful engagement, productive collaboration, higher achievement and how your district can benefit from Classroom Transformation.

Presenters
avatar for CDW•G

CDW•G

CDW•G is a leading multi-brand technology solutions provider to business, government, education and healthcare organizations in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. A Fortune 500 company with multi-national capabilities, CDW•G was founded in 1984 and employs nearly... Read More →

Vendor & Community Partners
avatar for CDW·G

CDW·G

CDW·G is a leading multi-brand technology solutions provider to business, government, education and healthcare organizations in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. A Fortune 500 company with multi-national capabilities, CDW·G was founded in 1984 and employs nearly... Read More →


Friday December 14, 2018 8:45am - 9:30am
Phoenix

8:45am

The Next Chapter: Online Testing
Many NYS districts, like Shenendehowa CSD, have successfully started acclimating their students to online assessment administration. Join us to learn how eDoctrina has supported districts in this process and hear from a district representative on how the tools are being implemented. During this transitional time of having students take assessments online, it has become even more important for educators to get instant data reports to help drive instruction and remediation.

Presenters
MB

Meagan Border

Training & Support Specialist, eDoctrina
avatar for Vanessa Cramer

Vanessa Cramer

Instructional Technology Collaborator 6-8, Shenendehowa Central School District
6th Grade Math Teacher that loves to talk TECH! :)

School Districts
avatar for Shenendehowa Central School District

Shenendehowa Central School District

Shenendehowa Central Schools work continuously and in partnership with the community to ensure that all students develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, abilities and character needed to live useful, productive and rewarding lives.

Vendor & Community Partners
avatar for eDoctrina

eDoctrina

The eDoctrina Corporation has quickly established itself as one of the fastest-growing educational software companies around. eDoctrina's mission is to help ALL students succeed. They accomplish this by making implementing educational best practices easier.


Friday December 14, 2018 8:45am - 9:30am
Hudson Room

8:45am

Using QR Codes in the Classroom
QR Codes can be used to give students immediate feedback when working or even to access an article or book you wish them to read. They can be a way for students to access portfolios, access their goals, or share their accomplishments and stories of what goes on at school with their parents. There are no limits to the ways QR Codes can be used to teach and learn within any classroom.

Presenters
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Jill Harris

Teacher, Northville Central School

School Districts
avatar for Northville Central School District

Northville Central School District

The mission of the Northville Central School District is to assure that all students acquire knowledge and develop the skills and work habits to enable them to become productive members of society. The Board of Education of the Northville Central School District is dedicated to educating... Read More →


Friday December 14, 2018 8:45am - 9:30am
Board Room

8:45am

Wanna Learn to BreakoutEdu?: Physical Game
There are three different types of BreakoutEdu kits: physical, blended and digital. This Breakout session is the more traditional game type, the physical game. Every Breakout game begins with a story and has a curricular tie-in. This game is a science game, suitable for all grade levels.

Friday December 14, 2018 8:45am - 9:30am
Room 304

9:30am

Break I
Please feel free to return to the Courtyard for light refreshments.

Friday December 14, 2018 9:30am - 10:00am
Courtyard/Vendor Floor

10:00am

A Fireside Chat with Paul and Peter Reynolds
Join the FableVision’s CEO and co-founder author Paul A. Reynolds and his identical twin brother, Peter H. Reynolds a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, in an informal session, something we like to call the Fireside Chat. This is a unique opportunity to sit down with Peter and Paul and personally connect with them. Go behind the scenes of what it is like to manage an impact company like FableVision and the Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning and Creativity.  Learn how the brothers collaborate in creating stories, books, and animations. Their latest collaborations include “Going Places” and “Sydney and Simon” a STEM chapter book series that gets high marks from its readers and the publishing industry. This is a wonderful time to ask questions about your own stories and illustrations and perhaps share one your creations. Bring a cup of tea, sit back, and get ready for an inspiring hour.

Friday December 14, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Stonehenge A

10:00am

Curriculum Articulation and New Teachers
A district’s curriculum tells the story of what learning looks like inside the wall of the school. Join Anna Sugarman from Shenendehowa Central School District, alongside Atlas Curriculum Management, as they share how curriculum maps are used as a bridge for new teachers to help them understand what outstanding teaching and learning looks like. Discover the importance of documenting curriculum articulation and accessibility to guide new teachers to develop instruction.

Presenters
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Debra Andersen

Account Manager, Atlas
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Summer Li

Education Market Specialist, Atlas
avatar for Anna Sugarman

Anna Sugarman

Professional Development Coordinator, Shenendehowa Central Schools

School Districts
avatar for Shenendehowa Central School District

Shenendehowa Central School District

Shenendehowa Central Schools work continuously and in partnership with the community to ensure that all students develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, abilities and character needed to live useful, productive and rewarding lives.

Vendor & Community Partners
avatar for Atlas

Atlas

Atlas is the curriculum mapping software designed to meet your school’s needs. With Atlas, school’s around the world initiate, revamp, and continuously refine and improve their curriculum development process. Within Atlas, create structure for the curriculum process, document... Read More →



Friday December 14, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
The Grille Restaurant

10:00am

Deep Visibility and Control to Secure and Manage Your Entire Wired and Wireless Network
Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company delivers unparalleled visibility and control to your entire wired and wireless network, regardless of hardware manufacturer. If you cannot see it, you cannot control it. Our session will use a mix of open discussion and live demonstration, to show how our software can provide a greater level of visibility to the: Application, User, Device, Network, IoT, and more. Once you know what is on you network, Aruba can dynamically classify, profile and secure that traffic, drastically simplifying management and vastly improving security, all in a software defined manor using Policy Enabled Networking.

Presenters
TB

Tom Borst

Systems Engineer, Aruba, A Hewlett Packard Enterprise company

Vendor & Community Partners
avatar for Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company

We redefine the intelligent edge. Mobile, IoT, and cloud are disrupting traditional businesses and declaring new winners. We are building smarter networks that are insightful and predictable to accelerate the transition. Infrastructure services are offered as software from the public... Read More →


Friday December 14, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Board Room

10:00am

Elementary STEAM Days
In this session we will explore how to have a successful STEAM day in your building and why they are important.  You will also get some hands on experience with some of the STEAM day activities like video conferencing, maker space and robotics!

Featuring students Ryan, Gabby, Jenna, Lauren, John, Joey, Aliyah, Tradell, Bobby and Riley.

Presenters
avatar for Amy Fraser

Amy Fraser

Instructional Technology Coach, Troy CSD
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Shannon Haegele

Teacher, Troy City School District
avatar for Christina Kole

Christina Kole

Instructional Technology Coach, Troy CSD
avatar for Erin Sheevers

Erin Sheevers

Director of Technology, Troy CSD

School Districts
avatar for Troy City School District

Troy City School District

Troy Schools will provide a strong educational and social foundation to graduate all students, college and career ready.


Friday December 14, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Phoenix

10:00am

FLOSS Desktops for Kids: Hands-on, Project-based, STEM Education
Each year school districts across the U.S. discard thousands of—still functional—computers as the hardware moves off of commercial service warranties or is no longer capable of running the latest operating systems or desktop applications. At the same time, many schools are looking for opportunities to increase STEM within their curricula. The availability of surplus equipment and Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) provides a unique opportunity for schools and teachers to enhance their technology-based educational programs using readily available resources.

Using surplus/discarded school computers, kids break-down and repair computer hardware components, build and administer a local-area network, install free and open source software (e.g. the Linux operating system), and even code a bit. The project teaches kids by doing.

The best part, once completed, students can take their computers home, "for keeps." For many under-served and disadvantaged students who face technology-driven educational environments, where homework is done through the web, collaboration occurs online, and projects are completed via the computer, these rebuilt machines not only ensure access to education, but are a source of pride for the children who build them.

This workshop will introduce the FLOSS Desktop for Kids as a potential model, and community resource for school districts, libraries, and community groups interested in exposing students to technology through hands-on, project-based activities. In addition to an overview of the program, this session will outline the curriculum, present the educational materials (worksheets, projects, etc.) and explain how to work with districts, schools and administrators to launch a local program.

Presenters
avatar for Patrick Masson

Patrick Masson

General Manager & Director, Open Source Initiative
former higher ed. programmer analyst, IT director, cto, cio; open source software advocate and contributor; teaching open source at u albany; developing floss desktop workshops for school districts; n. colonie school board member...
avatar for Michele McColgan

Michele McColgan

Assistant Professor, Siena College
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Jim Yox

Director of tech, Schodack csd

School Districts
avatar for Schodack Central School District

Schodack Central School District

Schodack CSD is renowned as one of the best small school districts in the region. Maple Hill High School had the highest graduation rate of any district in the Capital Region in 2017 and 2018. Maple Hill High School was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2017 (the only school... Read More →



Friday December 14, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Hudson Room

10:00am

Implementing and Using i-Ready: The Story of One School
Why did Chateaugay Central School decide to implement i-Ready? How did we implement the program and what are we doing with the data? We will share insights from both the perspective of administrator and teacher.

Co-presented with Curriculum Associates

Presenters
avatar for Jason Arnold

Jason Arnold

Educational Sales Consultant, Curriculum Associates
NC

Nicole Calnon

Elementary Principal, Chateaugay Central School
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John Calnon

Fourth Grade Teacher, Chateaugay Central School

School Districts
Vendor & Community Partners
avatar for Curriculum Associates

Curriculum Associates

Curriculum Associates was founded in 1969 with a singular mission: To make classrooms better places for teachers and students. In the years since, the company has held tight to this founding value, introducing innovative and exciting new products that give every student the chance... Read More →


Friday December 14, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Capital Room

10:00am

Keeping Schools Safe: A Technology Update
Jeffrey Day from Day Automation Systems will discuss strategies for school lockdown and the latest technology that can be used to automate the process. Topics will include digital video surveillance, card access, notification devices and lockdown initiation devices.

Presenters
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Jeffrey Day

Vice President, Day Automation

Vendor & Community Partners
avatar for Day Automation Systems

Day Automation Systems

Day Automation Systems delivers industry leading solutions in HVAC, Access and Lighting control. Our Video Surveillance systems deliver intelligent solutions that increase operational efficiencies, high levels of situational awareness and increased response times over your existing... Read More →


Friday December 14, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Stonehenge C

10:00am

Learn, Do, Reflect to Become a Common Sense Educator
The Common Sense Recognition Program provides a roadmap for you to embed digital literacy in your classroom. You can become a Common Sense Educator in three steps: LEARN, DO, REFLECT.  Learn how to earn the badge that affirms your commitment to using technology responsibly.  This session will also review the resources available for teaching digital literacy and integrating technology effectively.

Presenters
avatar for Laurie Guyon

Laurie Guyon

Assistant Coordinator for Model Schools, WSWHE BOCES
Laurie Guyon is the Assistant Coordinator for Model Schools at WSWHE BOCES in Saratoga Springs, New York. She is a Common Sense Ambassador, Google Educator, Buncee Ambassador and Educator, Seesaw Ambassador, Nearpod Educator and PioNear, Flipgrid Ambassador, Sphero Hero, EdTechTeam... Read More →
avatar for Allison Renda

Allison Renda

Computer Teacher, Broadalbin Perth Central School District
Allison Renda teaches Computer Literacy to grades K-5 and is the District Technology Coach at Broadalbin-Perth Central School District. She is the district lead for the districts digital citizenship initiative and spearheads the integration into the general education classroom. She... Read More →

School Districts
avatar for WSWHE BOCES

WSWHE BOCES

The Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES provides cost-effective shared educational programs and services that complement component school districts in strengthening the quality of living and learning in their communities.WSWHE BOCES provides educational services for students... Read More →
avatar for Broadalbin-Perth Central School District

Broadalbin-Perth Central School District

Broadalbin-Perth Central School District provides a stimulating and safe environment of success for lifelong learning. Students of all ages will develop intellectually, emotionally, creatively, socially and physically through the cooperative efforts of school and community, all striving... Read More →


Friday December 14, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Stonehenge B

10:00am

Moving Beyond the Basics with Google Expeditions: Space
This session will focus on a way to use multiple Expeditions around a curricular topic, Space, and will guide teachers on how to create a customized virtual trip for their students. These customized Expeditions can be used as an introduction to a new unit, lesson enhancement, a tool to build background knowledge or as a culminating activity to a unit. Participants will participate in an Expedition as well as have time to explore existing Expeditions to begin their own customized tour.

Friday December 14, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Room 303

10:00am

Safer Schools and Campuses - Creating Safe & Secure Learning Ecosystems
The Cisco Team will demonstrate a new vision for protecting our schools. Addressing both physical and cyber security threats, Cisco will discuss how to leverage current technology investments to make your campus smarter, dramatically improving school safety.

Presenters
avatar for Cisco Systems

Cisco Systems

Cisco is the worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected. At Cisco customers come first and an integral part of our DNA is creating long-lasting customer partnerships... Read More →

Vendor & Community Partners
avatar for Cisco

Cisco

Cisco is the worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected. At Cisco customers come first and an integral part of our DNA is creating long-lasting customer partnerships... Read More →


Friday December 14, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Stonehenge D

10:00am

Students as Tech Support
In the 1970s and 1980s, many schools started Audio-Video clubs where students were trusted to setup projectors and other equipment in classrooms. In this decade, some schools are revisiting the idea by having students assist with help desk and hardware repairs. These ideas include after-school clubs, official classes, internships and more. Come and see the ways that Cairo-Durham CSD has applied the idea over the last 20 years. We'll discuss what worked and what didn't. We'll also discuss how to differentiate the approach to fit the needs of different students, how to get your Technology department on board and more. Time will be set aside for lots of questions, so we can help you develop the ideas that fit best with your schools.

Presenters
avatar for Harry Baldwin

Harry Baldwin

Student Helper, Cairo-Durham High School
I started helping my school's IT department in 2017 when I was chosen. Before this starting in 2013 I started experimenting with technology and it evolved from there, outside of school I help my family and the community with technical support.
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Jaime Kikpole

Director of Technology and Innovations, Cairo-Durham Central School District
avatar for Nancy Pine

Nancy Pine

Media Center Specialist, Cairo-Durham Central School District

School Districts
avatar for Cairo-Durham Central School District

Cairo-Durham Central School District

The Cairo-Durham Central School District, in partnership with the community, is committed to creating multiple learning pathways that empower all students to maximize their individual potential and become leaders in their local and global communities.


Friday December 14, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
State Room

10:00am

Tech Playground
Visit the Tech Playground and discover hands-on activities and demonstrations that highlight the power of student-centered learning
  • Program a robot
  • Engage in a Breakout EDU game
  • Explore with Google Expeditions
  • Hear from students about the maker movement and the impact it has had on their learning
  • Visit with community organizations and vendors
  • Check out different technology tools, and develop ideas for bringing the maker philosophy back to your own classroom
Sponsored by CDW•G

Sponsors
avatar for CDW·G

CDW·G

CDW·G is a leading multi-brand technology solutions provider to business, government, education and healthcare organizations in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. A Fortune 500 company with multi-national capabilities, CDW·G was founded in 1984 and employs nearly... Read More →

School Districts
avatar for Hudson Falls Central School District

Hudson Falls Central School District

The mission of the Hudson Falls Central School District is to assure the highest level of quality education academically, vocationally and socially to ALL students regardless of sex, race, creed, color, socio-economic status, or ability through a carefully planned and challenging... Read More →
avatar for Mohonasen Central School District

Mohonasen Central School District

Mohonasen has PLANS for our students! Our mission is to ensure that students reach their Potential to Learn in an Academically rich, Nurturing and Safe environment.
avatar for Schalmont Central School District

Schalmont Central School District

The staff and community of Schalmont Central School District will provide programs, resources and facilities to foster a positive learning environment. Each individual will be encouraged and assisted to grow emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially to meet the challenges... Read More →
avatar for Schodack Central School District

Schodack Central School District

Schodack CSD is renowned as one of the best small school districts in the region. Maple Hill High School had the highest graduation rate of any district in the Capital Region in 2017 and 2018. Maple Hill High School was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2017 (the only school... Read More →
avatar for Wynantskill Union Free School District

Wynantskill Union Free School District

The mission of our community-based school is to create a safe, compassionate, progressive learning environment that recognizes individual needs and encourages all students to strive for personal and educational excellence.

Vendor & Community Partners
avatar for Belkin International

Belkin International

At Belkin International, we create products that help people realize the power of technology and make people’s lives better, easier and more fulfilling. This has been Belkin’s mission since our inception in 1983.
avatar for Crafts for Learning

Crafts for Learning

Crafts for Learning educator Kathy Ceceri is an award-winning author, crafts designer, and teaching artist with a focus on science, technology, history, and art. She travels throughout the Northeast and around the country presenting hands-on workshops for students, teachers, and families... Read More →
avatar for Infinite Scope

Infinite Scope

Infinite Scope creates scientific tools that give inquisitive minds the means to exercise their curiosity and learn by exploring the world around them. Our forthcoming product, the Eureka, will transform any phone, tablet, or other smart device into a powerful, portable digital m... Read More →
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Lenovo

At Lenovo, our vision is that Lenovo will create personal devices more people are inspired to own, a culture more people aspire to join and an enduring, trusted business that is well respected around the world. This vision guides us in pursuit of our mission to become one of the world's... Read More →
avatar for MooreCo

MooreCo

At MooreCo, we have been designing and manufacturing classroom and office furnishings since 1985. Our products continue to evolve with time as our design philosophy follows human behavior and the interaction with one another regardless of age. Our goal is to provide furnishings which... Read More →
avatar for Osborne Technologies - with WizeFloor

Osborne Technologies - with WizeFloor

WizeFloor provides a vast collection of games and activities which are projected onto the floor and made interactive using camera tracking technology. Players use their hands, feet and other physical objects such as bean bags or play cones to play games and complete activities individually... Read More →
avatar for Promethean

Promethean

For over 20 years, learning has been, and always will be what fuels our passions. It represents the highest order contribution that we can make to improving the societies in which we live. We believe that the purpose of technology is not simply about automating the teaching and learning... Read More →
avatar for Schoharie Mohawk Initiative for Science and Technology

Schoharie Mohawk Initiative for Science and Technology

It started with an idea: to encourage students to pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It grew into a mission to inspire future innovators and technological pioneers here in the Schoharie and Mohawk regions.
avatar for Vidcode

Vidcode

We build software that teaches teens computer programming through their favorite hobby: video-making. Built by women with teen girls in mind.


Friday December 14, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Area past the vendor floor and pool

10:00am

Wanna Learn to BreakoutEdu?: Blended Game
There are three different types of BreakoutEdu kits: physical, blended and digital. This Breakout session is the blended game type; part traditional, part digital. Every Breakout game begins with a story and has a curricular tie-in. This game is appropriate as a team building activity for staff meetings and is appropriate for any and all teachers and administrators. Come Breakout together.

Friday December 14, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Room 304

10:45am

Break II
Please feel free to return to the Courtyard for light refreshments.

Friday December 14, 2018 10:45am - 11:15am
Courtyard/Vendor Floor

11:15am

8 Ways to Use Tech in the Classroom
Wondering how to engage students and incorporate technology in the classroom? Is your district becoming a 1:1 device school? Join me to discover how I use technology in a middle school Social Studies classroom every day.  My students have had 1:1 Chromebooks for the past 3 years.  I have incorporated Schoology, Class Dojo, Edpuzzle, Pear Deck and Quizlet in my classroom to promote student engagement and learning.  Become the "guide on the side" and help students develop 21st century skills.

Presenters
avatar for Julie Madlin

Julie Madlin

Social Studies Teacher, Heuvelton Central School
I teach in a 1:1 Chromebook environment. I love to use technology in my classroom and recently began using Schoology. I have been teaching 26 years as a middle school social studies teacher in a small, rural district. In addition to teaching, I work as a municipal historian for the... Read More →

School Districts
avatar for Heuvelton Central School District

Heuvelton Central School District

We are a small rural K-12 school district dedicated to developing the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for our students to be successful.


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Friday December 14, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
Board Room

11:15am

Amplifying Student Voice and Choice in the Classroom Using Educational Technology

This session will emphasize the importance of encouraging student voice and choice in the classroom. Student voices have power. Establishing a classroom culture that values student voice and recognizes different learning styles can help teachers tailor an instructional approach to engage students and meet their learning needs.

Participants will learn about a variety of technological tools that can be used with existing district hardware and infrastructure. The development of “choice boards” allows for individualized, often performance-based assessments that allow for a variety of student learning styles. Video response websites, such as Flipgrid, allow for all students’ voices to be heard, increasing engagement. In addition, it increases student time on task, maximizing student-centered instruction.

Presentation: Amplifying Student Voice and Choice in the Classroom Using Educational Technology


Presenters
avatar for Richard DeCarr

Richard DeCarr

Grade 6 ELA/SS, Schenectady City School District
avatar for Michael Sheridan

Michael Sheridan

Technology Integration/Media Specialist, Schenectady City School District

School Districts
avatar for Schenectady City School District

Schenectady City School District

Schenectady City School District is committed to ensuring that race, economics and disability are never predictors of student achievement. Everybody counts. Everybody learns.


Friday December 14, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
Stonehenge C

11:15am

Book Signing with Paul and Peter Reynolds
Join Paul and Peter Reynolds for a book signing event. Special thanks to Kathleen Carey from the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany for providing Paul and Peter’s books.

Books to include:
The Dot
Ish
Sky Color
The North Star
Happy Dreamer
The Word Collector
I am Peace
I am Yoga
I am Human
The Water Princess
Going Places
Sydney and Simon: Full Steam Ahead
Sydney and Simon: Go Green
Sydney and Simon: To The Moon
Start with a Dot Journal


Friday December 14, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
Stonehenge A

11:15am

Cybersecurity in Your School District
With ransomware attacks increasing in sophistication year by year, the education sector is more at risk than ever. Not only that, it is one of the most targeted sectors by hackers for ransomware attacks. Schools often have budget limitations, small IT teams, a high-rate of file sharing, and personally identifiable information leaving them vulnerable. This discussion will uncover trending cybersecurity topics revolving around technology in schools and how you can be proactive in responding.

Presenters
avatar for Bob Sensenig

Bob Sensenig

Senior Vice President of Business Development & Security, Core BTS
I'm excited to provide a cybersecurity update at the NERIC conference on Friday. I've been in the IT industry for almost 25 years and have the honor of leading our Cybersecurity group at Core BTS. We work closely with school districts to provide security awareness programs and develop... Read More →

Vendor & Community Partners
avatar for Core BTS, Inc.

Core BTS, Inc.

Core has accepted the responsibility: to listen, learn, and communicate to create, provide, and support innovative technology solutions for its valued customers, employees, and investors. Since 1984, Core BTS, Inc., has provided business technology solutions to a wide variety of industries... Read More →


Friday December 14, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
The Grille Restaurant

11:15am

Embedding Digital Literacy in Any Classroom
There is a huge need to incorporate digital literacy, digital fluency, and digital citizenship lessons in our classrooms. But with demanding curriculum, testing, and lack of time, teachers often struggle to fit these lessons in. Come to this session to see how to embed these lessons across curriculum and in any subject or grade level. This session will include a toolkit of ready-made lessons you can use in your classroom next week!

Presenters
avatar for Laurie Guyon

Laurie Guyon

Assistant Coordinator for Model Schools, WSWHE BOCES
Laurie Guyon is the Assistant Coordinator for Model Schools at WSWHE BOCES in Saratoga Springs, New York. She is a Common Sense Ambassador, Google Educator, Buncee Ambassador and Educator, Seesaw Ambassador, Nearpod Educator and PioNear, Flipgrid Ambassador, Sphero Hero, EdTechTeam... Read More →

School Districts
avatar for WSWHE BOCES

WSWHE BOCES

The Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES provides cost-effective shared educational programs and services that complement component school districts in strengthening the quality of living and learning in their communities.WSWHE BOCES provides educational services for students... Read More →


Friday December 14, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
Stonehenge B

11:15am

Explore Gamification...Like a Pirate!
Set sail with Schalmont’s motley crew of adventure seeking teachers navigating the tumultuous waters of gamification and game-based learning. Prepare yourself for hearty challenges and big boss battles, as we acquaint you with ways to gamify and engage this new generation of learners. No “crossbones” about it… there are both treasures and traps awaiting you, but "batten down your hatches" and come hear our tales from a crew of "scallywag" middle school educators who are embracing this new model of classroom design.

Presenters
avatar for John George

John George

Technology Integrationist, Schalmont Central School District
avatar for Kacie Sandbrook

Kacie Sandbrook

Digital Literacy/ Computer Science Teacher, Schalmont CSD
Kacie Sandbrook teaches 6th grade digital literacy and computer science classes at Schalmont Middle and High School. Digital Literacy is a combination of digital citizenship, technology, and ELA. Students learn how to use 21st century skills through digital citizenship curriculum... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Stockbridge

Rachel Stockbridge

Teacher, Schalmont Central School District
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Kirsten VanDyk

Math Teacher, Schalmont School District

School Districts
avatar for Schalmont Central School District

Schalmont Central School District

The staff and community of Schalmont Central School District will provide programs, resources and facilities to foster a positive learning environment. Each individual will be encouraged and assisted to grow emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially to meet the challenges... Read More →


Friday December 14, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
Phoenix

11:15am

Improving Student and Family Engagement with Two-Way Communication
Schools and districts around the country are being evaluated on family engagement—often with critical funding at stake. When educators have a trusted channel for two-way conversation, they don't just have a simple way to share information—they have an opportunity to extend learning beyond the classroom, get families involved in their children's education, and build a stronger community.

Come learn how a strategic use of a two-way communication platform can increase student and family engagement while maintaining the control and oversight you need to protect your community. With over 30 million users in 95% of all public school districts, Remind is the leading communication platform in public education.

Presenters
avatar for Sarah Dougherty

Sarah Dougherty

Account Executive, Remind
I'm a former teacher and classroom coach working to help districts and schools improve communication.
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Remind101

Remind101
Remind is a communication platform that helps give every student the opportunity to succeed.

Vendor & Community Partners
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Remind Inc.

Remind is a communication tool that helps teachers reach students and parents where they are.



Friday December 14, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
State Room

11:15am

Integrating Technology into the Reading and Writing Workshop
In this session we will examine tools to facilitate effectively integrating technology into reading and writing workshops.  We will look at digital book bins, Book Creator, Digital Read-alouds and more!

Presenters
avatar for Amy Fraser

Amy Fraser

Instructional Technology Coach, Troy CSD
avatar for Christina Kole

Christina Kole

Instructional Technology Coach, Troy CSD
avatar for Erin Sheevers

Erin Sheevers

Director of Technology, Troy CSD

School Districts
avatar for Troy City School District

Troy City School District

Troy Schools will provide a strong educational and social foundation to graduate all students, college and career ready.


Friday December 14, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
Hudson Room

11:15am

Moving Beyond the Basics with Google Expeditions: Egypt
This session will focus on ways to use multiple Expeditions around a curricular topic, Egypt, and will guide teachers on how to create a customized virtual trip for their students. These customized Expeditions can be used as an introduction to a new unit, lesson enhancement, a tool to build background knowledge or as a culminating activity to a unit. Participants will participate in an Expedition as well as have time to explore existing Expeditions to begin their own customized tour.

Friday December 14, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
Room 303

11:15am

Student Stories on Connecting to the Greater Educational Community
The presentation will be individual student stories about technology opportunities at their middle school and how being a member of the help desk allows them to cultivate their interest in technology while assisting the school community.

Eighth-grade students Karsen, Jacob, Pratham, Priyansh, Kaleigh, Adrian, Bridgett, Adain, Luke, Kendra, Marissa and Andrew will co-present this session.

Presenters
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Alicia Malanga

Enrichment Teacher, Guilderland Central School District
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Maura Nichols

Library Media Specialist, Farnsworth Middle School
avatar for Jamie Snyder

Jamie Snyder

Network & System Success Manager, Guilderland CSD
Guilderland MS technician working with the brand new MS Help Desk. Plus "ask me about the Google Summit"

School Districts
avatar for Guilderland Central School District

Guilderland Central School District

To inspire all students to be active life-long learners, able to achieve their highest potential in a demanding and ever-changing global community.


Friday December 14, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
Stonehenge D

11:15am

Student Websites and EPortfolios
Link to rescources: bit.ly/studport

Building Digital Bridges, connecting students, with faculty and community in the G Suite? Every student has their own website all about themselves. One page has a Portfolio folder from their Drive account with past and current work. Any teacher or administrator can access these Student Sites from a searchable database.

Who is involved? How is it done? When do we do it? Where do we do it? Why do we do it? What else can be done with it? Graduation exports? Find out what we do and share expertise and ideas yourselves.

Presenters
avatar for Vanessa Cramer

Vanessa Cramer

Instructional Technology Collaborator 6-8, Shenendehowa Central School District
6th Grade Math Teacher that loves to talk TECH! :)
avatar for Tobias Redman

Tobias Redman

Technology Teacher, shenendehowa
LS

Louis Soltys

Technology Teacher, Shenendehowa Central Schools

School Districts
avatar for Shenendehowa Central School District

Shenendehowa Central School District

Shenendehowa Central Schools work continuously and in partnership with the community to ensure that all students develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, abilities and character needed to live useful, productive and rewarding lives.


Friday December 14, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
Capital Room

11:15am

Tech Playground
Visit the Tech Playground and discover hands-on activities and demonstrations that highlight the power of student-centered learning
  • Program a robot
  • Engage in a Breakout EDU game
  • Explore with Google Expeditions
  • Hear from students about the maker movement and the impact it has had on their learning
  • Visit with community organizations and vendors
  • Check out different technology tools, and develop ideas for bringing the maker philosophy back to your own classroom
Sponsored by CDW•G

Sponsors
avatar for CDW·G

CDW·G

CDW·G is a leading multi-brand technology solutions provider to business, government, education and healthcare organizations in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. A Fortune 500 company with multi-national capabilities, CDW·G was founded in 1984 and employs nearly... Read More →

School Districts
avatar for Hudson Falls Central School District

Hudson Falls Central School District

The mission of the Hudson Falls Central School District is to assure the highest level of quality education academically, vocationally and socially to ALL students regardless of sex, race, creed, color, socio-economic status, or ability through a carefully planned and challenging... Read More →
avatar for Mohonasen Central School District

Mohonasen Central School District

Mohonasen has PLANS for our students! Our mission is to ensure that students reach their Potential to Learn in an Academically rich, Nurturing and Safe environment.
avatar for Schalmont Central School District

Schalmont Central School District

The staff and community of Schalmont Central School District will provide programs, resources and facilities to foster a positive learning environment. Each individual will be encouraged and assisted to grow emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially to meet the challenges... Read More →
avatar for Schodack Central School District

Schodack Central School District

Schodack CSD is renowned as one of the best small school districts in the region. Maple Hill High School had the highest graduation rate of any district in the Capital Region in 2017 and 2018. Maple Hill High School was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2017 (the only school... Read More →
avatar for Wynantskill Union Free School District

Wynantskill Union Free School District

The mission of our community-based school is to create a safe, compassionate, progressive learning environment that recognizes individual needs and encourages all students to strive for personal and educational excellence.

Vendor & Community Partners
avatar for Belkin International

Belkin International

At Belkin International, we create products that help people realize the power of technology and make people’s lives better, easier and more fulfilling. This has been Belkin’s mission since our inception in 1983.
avatar for Crafts for Learning

Crafts for Learning

Crafts for Learning educator Kathy Ceceri is an award-winning author, crafts designer, and teaching artist with a focus on science, technology, history, and art. She travels throughout the Northeast and around the country presenting hands-on workshops for students, teachers, and families... Read More →
avatar for Lenovo

Lenovo

At Lenovo, our vision is that Lenovo will create personal devices more people are inspired to own, a culture more people aspire to join and an enduring, trusted business that is well respected around the world. This vision guides us in pursuit of our mission to become one of the world's... Read More →
avatar for MooreCo

MooreCo

At MooreCo, we have been designing and manufacturing classroom and office furnishings since 1985. Our products continue to evolve with time as our design philosophy follows human behavior and the interaction with one another regardless of age. Our goal is to provide furnishings which... Read More →
avatar for Osborne Technologies - with WizeFloor

Osborne Technologies - with WizeFloor

WizeFloor provides a vast collection of games and activities which are projected onto the floor and made interactive using camera tracking technology. Players use their hands, feet and other physical objects such as bean bags or play cones to play games and complete activities individually... Read More →
avatar for Promethean

Promethean

For over 20 years, learning has been, and always will be what fuels our passions. It represents the highest order contribution that we can make to improving the societies in which we live. We believe that the purpose of technology is not simply about automating the teaching and learning... Read More →
avatar for Schoharie Mohawk Initiative for Science and Technology

Schoharie Mohawk Initiative for Science and Technology

It started with an idea: to encourage students to pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It grew into a mission to inspire future innovators and technological pioneers here in the Schoharie and Mohawk regions.
avatar for Vidcode

Vidcode

We build software that teaches teens computer programming through their favorite hobby: video-making. Built by women with teen girls in mind.


Friday December 14, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
Area past the vendor floor and pool

11:15am

Wanna Learn to BreakoutEdu?: Digital Game
There are three different types of BreakoutEdu kits: physical, blended and digital. This Breakout session is the digital game type. Every Breakout game begins with a story and has a curricular tie-in. This game is appropriate for holiday time and is appropriate for any and all grade levels. Come Breakout together.

Friday December 14, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
Room 304
  • about BreakoutEdu

12:25pm

Make Your Mark: Fostering Creative Problem-Solvers Through Storytelling, Courage & Technology
In a world that is facing increasing challenges, there is one human superpower that the Reynolds brothers are confident will come to the rescue: creativity. Human ingenuity, persistence, and creative problem solving are needed to tackle a host of global problems - from cleaner energy to community development, from poverty to access to clean water, from the causes and impact of climate change to access to more affordable and equitable wellness for all. To that end, the Reynolds are dedicated to inspiring creativity and bravery in the next generation of creative problem-solvers around the globe.

In particular, the Reynolds have championed a constructionist approach to STEM learning technologies with very young learners. Their non-profit Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning & Creativity has overseen the development of Fab@School Maker Studio, a web-based digital fabrication software that allows students to create machines, 3D models, and pop-ups with tools ranging from scissors to inexpensive 2D cutters and 3D printers. Core to the project has been providing opportunities for digital fabrication to diverse populations in terms of age, race, and socio-economic status. Technological proficiency is the next opportunity gap, and early exposure to and familiarity with digital tools can help underserved young people bridge this gap. By starting early in life, with the support and participation of their caregivers, these interests, skills, and abilities will follow students through their academic careers and beyond.

Peter and Paul Reynolds launched Boston-based educational media & technology firm FableVision in 1996 with a mission to create and share positive media, storytelling and technology to move the world to a better place. The impact of their films, best-selling storybooks for all ages, and creativity software has been felt by millions around the globe - especially in classrooms, school libraries and other places of learning. Core to their message is the deep-seated belief that creative human potential exists in every young learner. But this unfolding gift must be both protected from a myriad of pressures, and fostered as early as possible and encouraged life-long.

Share the Reynolds’ personal journeys, which gave them the courage not only to navigate their own unique creative work, but led them to make it their own life’s mission to encourage others to do the same. Enjoy snippets of their acclaimed short animated films and storybooks that continue to inspire others to rethink old systems of learning that stifle the very creativity that this next generation of learners will need to take on our planet’s future demands, conflicts and crises.

Sponsored by Cisco

Friday December 14, 2018 12:25pm - 1:00pm
Ballroom

1:00pm

Lunch
Following the endnote, hotel staff will escort attendees by table to the buffet area. Overflow seating will be available in the Phoenix Room.

Friday December 14, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ballroom