2018 Program with Descriptions

7:45 – 8:45 a.m. — Check-in

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9:00 – 9:40 a.m. — Welcome and Opening: The Experiential Learner – Andrew Abate – Room 101

Students learn by experience, and then apply the knowledge they gained. From robotics to working with developers, to creating applications that are designed by students themselves, these authentic experiences enable students to engage with their learning and expand their knowledge on their own terms. Learn how teachers can function as facilitators to help guide students and provide advice along their learning journey.

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Select One Session to Attend During the 9:50 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. Timeslot

9:50 am – 10:40 am – Room 101

Navigating the Curriculum Landscape: Supporting Students to Think Critically and Create in a World of Real and Fake Information Overload

Susannah Richards – Eastern Connecticut State University

This session will focus on how technology tools may be used to deliver, demonstrate and assess curriculum content. It will highlight tools and strategies to help students evaluate information delivered in online and digital platforms as part of their daily decision-making.  Topics will include the role of technology to scaffold ELA, math, science and social studies content to meet curricular objectives. The goal will be to consider how technology is integrated as a teaching tool that adds value while it helps deliver content, manage student learning, and supports creativity.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users – Users of personal devices other than iPads – Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Padlet, Evernote, LOC.gov and other online sites and tools
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Art, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice- Intermediate

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9:50 am – 10:40 am – Room 201

Spark Up Your Classroom with Adobe Spark

Molly Waszkelewicz – R.J. O’Brien STEM Academy

Karen Hursty – R.J. O’Brien STEM Academy

Bonnie Chalmers – R.J. O’Brien STEM Academy

Adobe Voice is a free creativity and presentation app. Their motto is “Everyone has a story that matters. Pitch an idea. Explain a concept. Inspire action.” This app is user friendly and projects can be tailored to meet various curricular standards. Participants will also use Google Drive and QR Codes to share digital work with students and families.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Adobe Spark Video, Google Drive, and QR reader
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice- Intermediate- Expert

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9:50 am – 10:40 am – Room 202

Apps for ELs – How to use apps to support language acquisition. In order to be able to take part in the interactive professional development, please download the Nearpod app onto your device before the conference date.

Michelle Goodwin – Goodwin Elementary School/O’Brien STEM Academy – EHPS

Ann Donahue – O’Connell Elementary

This presentation will begin with a quick background on the stages of language acquisition (LA) and basic strategies teachers could use to help ELs in each stage of development., Then after that, we will demonstrate why and how we use apps to support all the domains of language learning including speaking, listening, reading and writing.  Finally, we will have a question and answer time and also hand out a card with QR codes for the apps demonstrated, as well as, any other documents presented in the presentation for easy access for attendants.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: notability, spark video, book creator, write about, epic, nearpod, popplet. and iMovie
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice- Intermediate

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9:50 am – 10:40 am – Room 205

Technology & Leadership: Modelling Teacher Tech to Solve Administrative Problems

Adam Schoenbart – Darien High School

This presentation will focus on practical ways school leaders can use technology to model the role of technology in schools and lead by example. With the same free and cloud-based tools used in our classrooms, school leaders can improve systems, collect data, communicate better, and build a common culture and language around technology. Participants will be asked to bring their problems of practice to work together to develop instructional technology solutions based on the examples and strategies shared in the presentation.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users – Users of personal devices other than iPads – Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: G Suite for Education Apps: Google Drive, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Classroom, Forms, and add-ons
  • Other free cloud-based tools based on participant choice (i.e. Padlet, PollEverywhere, Twitter, Kahoot!, and more)
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Administration
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice- Intermediate- Expert

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9:50 am – 10:40 am – Room 206

Increasing Engagement and Understanding using Nearpod Virtual Field Trips

Kelley Girnys – West School New Canaan

Stefanie Sommerville – West school New Canaan

Familiar with Nearpod? Do you want to let your students experience the places you talk about in school? Learn how to use the Field Trip Feature in Nearpod to design lessons that will spark imagination, foster engagement, and increase student understanding. Travel underwater, to a foreign country or different state. The possibilities are endless.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users – Users of personal devices other than iPads – Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Nearpod
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: , Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice- Intermediate

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9:50 am – 10:40 am – Room 301

Student TEDtalks: Using New Technologies to Facilitate Engaging Performance Tasks

Jeremy Gervais – Glastonbury High School

Tell your students that they will be using robots for their next research presentation, and watch their eyes light up! It might sound intimidating at first, but new technologies are becoming more powerful, affordable and intuitive. In this session, we will explore a new technology called Swivl and its exciting potential uses in the classroom. In conjunction with the iPad, Swivl allows students to create, revise, record, and execute well-rehearsed presentations that go way beyond the boring, over-used powerpoint. Additionally, Swivl provides students the opportunity to engage in meaningful self-reflection, a critical 21st-century skill. Help your students become better speakers, researchers, and storytellers (and have fun doing it)!

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Swivl
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: , Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice- Intermediate- Expert

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9:50 am – 10:40 am – Room 302

Embedding Multimedia in Social Studies and English Classrooms

Robert Ford  – North Branford Public Schools

Stephanie Cangiano-Barry – North Branford Public Schools

A Social Studies and English teacher will share a series of interdisciplinary lessons that integrate three core applications: Kami, Nearpod, and EdPuzzle.  In the process, they will show how these applications work together to engage students in textual, visual, and media literacy and enhance instruction and assessment.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users – Users of personal devices other than iPads – Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Kami, Nearpod, EdPuzzle
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Art, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice- Intermediate

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9:50 am – 10:40 am – Room 305

Google Classroom for Beginners

Jenna Cinelli – Dolan Middle School

Always wanted to try Google Classroom but have no idea where to start? Need some help just getting started with it? This is the presentation for you! We will go over the basics of Google Classroom and how to start using it in your classes right away. We will go through the basic features, how to set up classes, and how to begin using it with your classes on a beginning level. You can even begin to start setting up your classes and creating assignments on your device during the presentation. Even if you are not a 1:1 device school, we can show you how to make Google Classroom work for you and help you streamline your lesson planning! Let’s get our Google Classroom on!

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users – Users of personal devices other than iPads – Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Google Classroom
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice

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9:50 am – 10:40 am – Room 306

App Smash 101

Denise Jaffe – Robinson + Cole LLC

There really isn’t just “an app for that!” To address higher order thinking and transformative learning, teachers and students can use multiple apps to create and share content. In this interactive presentation, we will address the what, how, and why of “app-smashing”. Participants will explore app smashing and the ways it can be integrated into any content area. Let the app smashing begin!

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Tellegami, Keynote/PowerPoint and the iPad built-in camera tool and maybe a few more!
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Administration, Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice- Intermediate- Expert

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10:40 – 10:50 a.m. — Break

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Select One Session to Attend During the 10:50 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. Timeslot

10:50 am – 11:40 am – Room 101

Coding with iPads

Karen Bryer – West Side Middle School

Anna Stout – West Side Middle School

Students have been using Sphero and Ozobot robots in the Coding/Robotics Club started at West Side this year.  Using the robot specific apps on the iPad, students have learned the coding necessary to program the robots for various tasks.    Through weekly meetings, students determined which activities they wished to program the robots to complete.  These activities included navigating through the hallways to create a virtual tour of the school and maze navigation.  This is an opportunity to share their success and their learning. While the apps/robots were used for enrichment in an afterschool program, after student demonstration, discussion will be held and resources shared as to how these resources could be used for enhancing students’ academic learning.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Sphero, Ozobot
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Mathematics, Science
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice

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10:50 am – 11:40 am – Room 201

Explore/Revisit Live Notes & Video in the Blended Classroom

Dana Cook – University of New Haven

Jason DiStasio – Brookfield High School

This session will present how an iPad and LMS/website are used to create a blended (flipped) post-secondary mathematics classroom AND how an iPad, AppleTV and a television/projector are used to create live notes in a secondary mathematics classroom.  A post-secondary mathematics teacher working in a lecture/lab environment using video, Blackboard and website to execute a blended classroom.  A high school mathematics teacher using OneNote to present prepared notes and/or create notes constructively with students during class.  Join us to explore how we do it and what might work for you.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users – Users of personal devices other than iPads – Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Microsoft OneNote, Notability, Screenflow/Quicktime, Blackboard or LMS such as Schoology, Google Sites – Hardware: AppleTV, iPad, Apple Pencil, TV, Projector, Lightning to HDMI adapter (etc)
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Administration, Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice- Intermediate

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10:50 am – 11:40 am – Room 202

Seesaw- Student Driven Digital Portfolios

Ashley Bayard – Southeast Elementary School

Kelly Villar – Southeast Elementary School

Erika LaBella – Southeast Elementary School

Seesaw is a digital portfolio and parent communication app that makes it easy to capture work in a variety of ways. Teachers and students can share videos, audio recordings, photos, and notes with families. Families can interact through messaging, commenting, and liking features. Our presentation will show how the free app can be used in lower elementary classrooms to build classroom community and foster communication with families. We will show how even our youngest students can be involved in digital citizenship and in building their own digital portfolios. Through our experiences in grades K, 1, and 2 we will show how these skills build each year and how using the app becomes more independent for students.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users – Users of personal devices other than iPads – Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Seesaw
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K, 1, 2
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice- Intermediate- Expert

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10:50 am – 11:40 am – Room 205

Using Google Classroom as a Learning Management System

Patrick Murren – West School

Maureen Correa – West School

Google Classroom enables teachers to facilitate a paperless communication with students and streamline learning assignments. Google Classroom allows teachers to create classes, post assignments, organize workflow and view student work in real-time. Our workshop will offer an in-depth review of features and step by step instructions for setting up your first classroom.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users – Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Google Classroom
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice- Intermediate- Expert

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10:50 am – 11:40 am – Room 301

Classkick: Moving Towards a paperless ELA and Math Clasroom

Karissa Stolzman – Engineering Science University Magnet School

Taylor Napoletano – Engineering Science University Magnet School

In this workshop, you will learn the basics of the ClassKick App for IPADs. The Classkick app will allow you to provide instant feedback to students, streamline work flow and create a paperless classroom. You will also learn how to upload worksheets, import images, create learning activities and assessments for your Elementary and Middle school math and language arts classroom.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users – Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Classkick
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: – Intermediate

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10:50 am – 11:40 am – Room 302

Predicting PSAT and SAT Scores for your School to Make Data-driven Curricular Decisions

Anthony Girasoli

This presentation is geared towards high school principals, administrators, and guidance counselors.  In this workshop, you will learn how to use a new cloud-based tool, Predictive Analytics, to predict PSAT and SAT scores for making informed decisions on shaping your curriculum.  Predictive Analytics is a web-based utility that allows you to easily perform analyses that predict how students will perform, on average, in the different subscores for the PSAT/SAT English and math sections.  You can predict by course, section, teacher, or by another grouping.  We will discuss the application’s use, how to interpret the results, and ways to address your findings.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: – Users of personal devices other than iPads
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Predictive Analytics
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 9, 10, 11 and 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Administration and Guidance Counselors
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice- Intermediate- Expert

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10:50 am – 11:40 am – Room 305

Google Suite Simplified

Whitney Wadecki – Waterford Public Schools

Robin Shine – Waterford Public Schools

Participants will learn the basics about Google Drive, Google Sheets, Google Pages, Google Forms and Google Docs. The focus will be on basic functions and uses as well as tips and tricks for easier navigation and workflow. Learn how Google Suite can foster collaboration among students and teachers.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users – Users of personal devices other than iPads – Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Google Drive, Google Sheets, Google Pages, Google Forms and Google Docs
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Administration, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice

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10:50 am – 11:40 am – Room 306

Ten Essential Google Chrome Extensions for Educators

Steve Turgeon – Simsbury High School

Mike McKenna – Simsbury High School

Are you a teacher in a 1:1 Chromebook district? Do you use Google Chrome as your web browser on your own Chromebook, desktop, or laptop? Are you interested in learning more about how to make Google Chrome responsive to your needs as an educator? If you answered yes to all of these questions, this session may be a good fit for you! This session will present & explain Ten Essential Google Chrome extensions that will help make your Google web browser more powerful by streamlining tasks, creating shortcuts, and creating a better web browsing tool for your personal or classroom use!

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: – Users of personal devices other than iPads – Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Ad Blockers (For web & YouTube), Checker Plus for Gmail, Spreed, Cite This For Me & EasyBiB, Mercury Reader, Save to Drive, Share to Classroom, goo.gl or bit.ly URL shortener, Lazarus, Imagus, Plus – A list over many more you can explore on your own!
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Administration, Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice- Intermediate- Expert

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10:50 am – 11:40 am – Room 206

Navigating Technology in the Classroom: Successes and Frustrations

Michael Lewis – Apple Distinguished Educator

Susannah Richards – Eastern Connecticut State University

What are the characteristics of a classroom where students have the autonomy and agency to use the technology to demonstrate their learning? This session will provide an overview of how an upper elementary educator created a classroom climate where students navigated and utilized technology to learn within and outside the classroom. Students experienced successes and frustrations across content as they used tools to learn vocabulary, research concepts and ideas, and create multimedia stories. The classroom became a place where students took the responsibility for learning how to demonstrate and share their knowledge. This class did not choose technology over learning, they used technology to learn.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users – Users of personal devices other than iPads – Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Varied technology tools
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice- Intermediate

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11:40 – 1:10 p.m. — Lunch

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Select One Session to Attend During the 1:10 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Timeslot

1:10 pm – 2:00 pm – Room 101

Ten Tech Tools to use Tomorrow

Whitney Wadecki – Waterford Public Schools

Robin Shine – Waterford Public Schools

Participants will explore several innovative digital tools that can be used to transform learning environments, foster creativity, and amplify student voice!  The focus will be on: perseverance, problem solving, creativity, and computational thinking. Explore engaging technology resources such as: Seesaw, Shadow Puppet, Plicker, Chatterkids, Google MyMaps and Chromville.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users – Users of personal devices other than iPads
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Seesaw, Plickers, DoInk, Chromville, ShadowPuppet, Book Creator, Scratch Jr., Pic Collage Kids, Google MyMaps, and Chatterpix Kids
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice

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1:10 pm – 2:00 pm – Room 201

The Power of Nearpod: Engaging Diverse Learners

Shannon Saglio – East Lyme High School

Kathleen Sasso – East Lyme High School

This session will introduce educators to the power of Nearpod to transform classrooms and engage diverse learners.  Participants will get to participate in an introduction demo created by Nearpod, view samples of the Nearpod Library, and will be able to create a sample presentation to unlock the powerful tools teachers can use to assess student learning and to foster a collaborative and multi-dimensional learning environment.  Nearpod is an interactive presentation and assessment tool that can be used on all devices.  It allows teachers to create presentations that contain video clips, polls, formative assessment tools, drawing-boards, VR slides, and more! (Elementary teachers are welcome, but the sample lessons will be based on middle school and high school curriculum).

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users – Users of personal devices other than iPads – Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Nearpod
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Administration, Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice- Intermediate

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1:10 pm – 2:00 pm – Room 202

Teach Beyond the Four Walls of Your Classroom with Google Expeditions

Rebecca Zenczak – Windsor Public Schools

Steve Rodonis – Windsor Public Schools

Rachele Limberakis – Stonington Public Schools

Are you ready to bring your lessons to life?  Imagine exploring coral reefs or the surface of Mars in an afternoon. With Google Expeditions, teachers can take students on immersive, virtual journeys.  Explore with us as we take you beyond the four walls of the classroom and jump right into an expedition!  We’ll preview a Google Expeditions kit,  which has everything you need to take your class on virtual reality tours: a tablet, virtual reality viewers, phones and a router to connect them all.   With over 700 expeditions created, you’ll leave feeling amazed at how this technology transforms learning.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users – Users of personal devices other than iPads – Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Google Expeditions
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice- Intermediate- Expert

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1:10 pm – 2:00 pm – Room 205

Chrome Tools for Making Digital Materials Accessible to Diverse Learners

Alescia Ford-Lanza – Adapt & Learn, LLC

This presentation identifies Chrome-based tools (apps, extensions) that can support a wide range of student needs and is organized into “areas of consideration” such as: executive functioning (organization and productivity), cognitive rescaling (text leveling), writing process (graphic organizers, note taking, outlining, text-to-speech, speech-to-text, word prediction), visual accommodations, math tech, and much more! Many of the extensions discussed are free tools that support a Universal Design for Learning approach to student programming.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: – Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: do, connected mind, extensity, beeline reader, claroread chrome, co:writer universal, equatio, ginger page, grammarly, helper bird, high contrast, kami, magic scroll web reader, mindomo, mercury reader, move it, myhomework student planner, open dyslex
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: – Intermediate

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1:10 pm – 2:00 pm – Room 206

Seesaw: Spark Engagement and Connectivity

Nicole Truhart – St. Rita School

Cheryl Panzo – Our Lady of Mercy

Seesaw is a digital portfolio space that each student can own.  Built-in tools make it easy for students to create, capture their learning, reflect, develop new skills, and share what they’re learning at school.  All students’ digital and physical work is collected in one place.  Everything is organized, making assessment and conferences easier!  Seesaw engages parents by giving them a real-time, personalized glimpse into their child’s school day, through automatic iOS or Android app notifications, text messages or emails. It builds a strong school-home community. Learn how to use Seesaw to engage students and involve parents, even with your youngest learners! Students of all ages can publish and share their learning in a snap–We’ll  show you how!

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users – Users of personal devices other than iPads – Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Seesaw
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice- Intermediate

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1:10 pm – 2:00 pm – Room 301

You Can Prevent Alternative Facts – Using NoodleTools to Establish Source Authority

Jennifer Rocca – Brookfield High School

Kathy Malatesta – Brookfield High School

Students researching online encounter many unfiltered resources. How can we lead them to independently evaluate information sources for authority and accuracy? We will demonstrate how NoodleTools can facilitate a way for students to show their thinking about sources and how they know what to trust.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users – Users of personal devices other than iPads – Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: NoodleTools and G-Suite
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Administration, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Intermediate- Expert

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1:10 pm – 2:00 pm – Room 302

Upload iPad Pics and Video Clips to Google Drive to Create a We Video Movie

Mary George – Stamford High School

Use iPads for their Great Camera App to upload pics and video clips to Google Drive and then to WeVideo where you can combine them with features such as text and music! 

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users  – Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Camera App, YouTube
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Administration, Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice- Intermediate

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1:10 pm – 2:00 pm – Room 305

Personalized Learning with Google Classroom

Jessica Cullen – New Canaan High School

Jacquelyn Hauge – New Canaan High School

Google Classroom is a free online platform that allows you to create and grade assignments in a paperless way. It helps to personalize learning for students by  automatically emailing them homework reminders and saving any class handouts in their Google Drive. Students stay organized, and teachers can more easily keep track of work in progress. This presentation will provide an overview of the basic functionality of Google Classroom, as well as a discussion of how it was used in a high school English classroom to promote student learning.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users – Users of personal devices other than iPads – Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Google Classroom, Google Docs, Google Forms
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Language Arts, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice- Intermediate

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1:10 pm – 2:00 pm – Room 306

Quizizz: like Kahoot, but better!

Sarah Loveland – Simsbury High School

Melissa Leonard – Simsbury High School

Have you ever used Kahoot, but some students fall behind? Quizizz is a similar web-based platform to Kahoot, but allows for students to complete questions at their own pace, while still having an engaging activity and a competitive feel.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users – Users of personal devices other than iPads – Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Quizizz (web-based)
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Administration, Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice

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2:00 – 2:10 p.m. — Break

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Select One Session to Attend During the 2:10 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Timeslot

2:10 pm – 3:00 pm – Room 306

iPad Basics and Beyond with Apple Apps

Theresa Welch – Beardsley School

If you have recently received iPads and want to start with what comes out of the box, look no further!  Come learn about how to use Pages beyond essays, Keynote for more than presentations and Numbers for your own organizational tasks!  You will learn about the Apple apps and how you can utilize what comes pre-installed on the iPads.  This is a great introductory course for those who have recently acquired iPads and are wondering where to start!

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Pages, Keynote, Numbers, Notes, Camera (all pre-installed Apple apps)
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Administration, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice

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2:10 pm – 3:00 pm – Room 201

Intro to Seesaw- An Amazing Digital Tool

Kimberly Luiz – Newington Public Schools

Jessica Bedford – Newington Public Schools

Participants should bring an iPad with latest version of Seesaw downloaded. There was an awesome update released on Friday, 10/20/17, so PLEASE UPDATE your iPad before the start of the session. Or, teachers may bring a charged Chromebook OR teacher laptop. All teachers should bring a class list of names to add to Seesaw as we will create a class together with those who have not already done so. Educators will understand the purpose of using Seesaw with students, how to set up their own free Seesaw accounts, how students can make posts in Seesaw to share their learning, teach others, or post their best work using various tools within Seesaw.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users – Users of personal devices other than iPads – Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Seesaw
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice

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2:10 pm – 3:00 pm – Room 202

Read&Write for Google Chrome

Mike McKenna – Simsbury High School

Bryan Marchinkoski – Simsbury Public Schools

Boost reading and writing confidence across all types of content and devices, in class, at work, and at home! Enables text-to-speech, dual color highlighting, embedded dictionaries, speech-to-text, word prediction and voice notes to make reading & writing easier for all learners. Great for summarizing, research and simplifying text to make web pages and common Drive file types (Docs, PDFs, ePub) more accessible.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: – Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Read&Write for Google Chrome
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Administration, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice

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2:10 pm – 3:00 pm – Room 206

Enhancing Curriculum Using 3D Printing, Chrome Devices and iPads

Jeffrey Spivey – Coventry Public Schools

Jennifer Trueman – Coventry Public Schools

Attendees to this presentation will see how students used Google Apps for Education, Tinkercad, Chrome devices, iPads and 3D printers to bring geometry to life.  While this activity focused on the use of Geometry as the guiding topic, the ideas and principles for the program can be used in a variety of situations.  You will see how students transformed a 2-dimensional shape into a 3-dimensional object they could hold in their hands.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users – Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Google Classroom, Google Docs, Google Drawing, Google Forms, Google Sheets, Tinkercard, Makerbot Print
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice- Intermediate

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2:10 pm – 3:00 pm – Room 301

The Paperless Student (and teacher!) with LiquidText

Denise Jaffe – Robinson + Cole LLC

LiquidText will change the way that you and your students read, write, manipulate and comprehend text on an iPad.  This app can be used for close-reading, mind-mapping, note-taking, annotating and much more. It can also impose some order in the new chaos of gathering and referencing information online and is especially useful in synthesizing this information. For those that prefer the tactile feeling of pen and paper the  LiquidText app is especially useful when paired with an iPad Pro and companion Apple Pencil stylus. NOTE: Please download the free version of the app prior to the workshop for a first-hand experience as we take an interactive walk-through its superpowers.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: LiquidText
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Administration, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice- Intermediate- Expert

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2:10 pm – 3:00 pm – Room 302

Math Apps!

Jennifer Faenza – Coventry High School

Emily Robinson – Coventry High School

Participants will learn a brief overview of GeoGebra and Desmos (both free) to guide students through various concepts in middle school and high school mathematics.  These concepts will include functions, transformations, and polygons.  The content is most appropriate for mathematics teachers of Pre Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and PreCalculus.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users – Users of personal devices other than iPads – Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: GeoGebra & Desmos
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Mathematics, Science
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice- Intermediate

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2:10 pm – 3:00 pm – Room 305

Using Google Classroom to address IEP goals and objectives

Trish Docker – Daniel Hand High School

Danielle Fragoso – Daniel Hand High School

I will present an introduction to creating and using Google Classroom to assist in addressing  a student’s’ IEP goals and objectives. Topics include creating your classroom, adding links, adding assignments, pushing out announcements, creating a google form for special education students to use to update their own data on goals and objectives.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users – Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: google classroom
  • google forms
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Administration, Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice

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2:10 pm – 3:00 pm – Room 205

Using Whooo’s Reading to Engage Readers

Nicole Campbell – Robert J. O’Brien STEM Academy

Stacy Constantine – Robert J. O’Brien STEM Academy

Mary White – Robert J. O’Brien STEM Academy

Whooo’s Reading is a free website that engages and motivates students to write about what they are reading. This website is user friendly and promotes independent thinking with open-ended quiz questions, journal responses and more for any book. Whooo’s Reading provides real-time reminders to cite evidence and answer all parts of the question as students are typing their response.  It is a great way to hold students accountable for independent reading with their easy to track data system. During the session, participants will hear from teachers in multiple grade-levels, explore features of Whooo’s Reading, and set up their class account.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users – Users of personal devices other than iPads – Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Whooo’s Reading
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Administration, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice- Intermediate- Expert

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