2019 Sessions and Descriptions

 7:45 – 8:45 a.m. — Check-in

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9:00 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. – Room 102

Welcome and Opening Session

 

Managing Distraction

Jennifer Rocca – Brookfield High School

Classroom tech brings benefits we all enjoy, but the distractions it brings into the classroom cannot be ignored. There are specific, concrete strategies that can help students succeed in the classroom by using the right technology at the right time.

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9:50 – 10:40 a.m. (select one session to attend)

 

9:50 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. – Room 101

Computer Science & Programming on a Chromebook, iPad, or any Other Device

Andrew Abate – Riverdale Country School

In this session, learn about the free online development interfaces to incorporate programming and coding in your classroom. We will examine device-independent coding platforms and discuss strategies for student work , collaboration, and submission. Code in many languages on any device!

  • 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: scratch 3.0, repl.it, codesters.com, https://editor.p5js.org/
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 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 -Expert

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9:50 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. – Room 201

Technology Leaders: Strategies to Lead by Example and Solve School Problems with Technology

Adam Schoenbart – Darien High School

How do successful school leaders use technology? Explore strategies and models proven to be successful by school leaders to problem-solve and make technology an essential part of school culture. This presentation will focus on practical strategies and tools for leaders to lead by example with technology. 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 should bring their problems of practice and be ready to discuss instructional and technological solutions to improve our work in schools.

  • 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 Apps (Forms, Sheets, Docs, etc.), Add-ons, Twitter
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 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 -Expert

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9:50 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. – Room 202

Khromebooks in Kindergarten

Jessica Bedford – Newington Public Schools

Mallory Letourneau – Newington Public Schools

Rubi Nicholas – Newington Public Schools

Kim LuizNewington Public Schools

Come learn about activities used in Kindergarten classrooms using touchscreen Chromebooks. We will share how we used G Suite for Education tools to connect with the curriculum and app Smash with other online applications. This was a pilot program introducing Kindergarteners to Chromebooks in a 1:1 environment. This is open to any grade level. We are a team of Kindergarten teachers and technology teachers. We will share how we collaborated in multiple settings with multiple projects in G Suite.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: G Suite for Education, Seesaw, and Screencastify
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4,
  • 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 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. – Room 206

Let’s Blend

Nicole Truhart – St. Rita School

Cheryl Panzo – East Shoreline Catholic Academy

Encourage your students to become knowledge constructors and creative communicators using digital resources, tools, and methods that are part of the blended learning content. Participants will be inspired to create a hands-on experience for their students within a blended learning format. They will be provided with technology tools that can be used to personalize the learning experience. We will tell how the integration of these tools meet daily objectives and possible ways to organize and manage a blended environment.

  • 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, Shadow Puppet, Pic Collage, Popplet, Princess Fairy Tale Maker, Superhero Comic Book Maker,   Epic
  • 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: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies,
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice -Intermediate –

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9:50 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. – Room 301

Genius Hour = Instructional Synergy = Powerful Learning

Leah Brown-Wilusz – Roger Ludlowe Middle School

Nicki Callahan – Roger Ludlowe Middle School

How is it possible to accomplish all of the new initiatives we are given and new teaching strategies we read about? Too many ideas, too little time! Join us to develop an instructional “synergy” using Genius Hour for Powerful Learning. Teachers will leave with a plan, a partnership, a purpose and a process for powerful, personalized 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 Sites
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 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 –

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9:50 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. – Room 302

Redefine Reports and Projects with Google Slides: Student Interactive Texts Come to Classrooms

Bryan Marchinkoski – Simsbury Public Schools

Kim Wolf – Tariffville Elementary

How do you take an informational book project and make it into a unique learning experience? See how a sixth-grade teacher teamed up with a technology resource teacher and coach to lift the level of the students’ technology skills in social studies. Students infused their writing with self-made diagrams and maps, and other technology tools. They even created their own video tour of their interactive book. Come see how a typical writing experience became an opportunity to create something much bigger than anyone thought, and how that learning is still making an impact with those students today.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Screencastify, Read&Write for Google, Google Slides, Google MyMaps, Google Classroom, Google Docs
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 5, 6, 7, 8,
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Language Arts, Social Studies,
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Expert

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9:50 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. – Room 306

Teaching with Google’s G Suite for Education In Secondary Classrooms

Brooke Kleinman – Horace W. Porter School

Google’s G Suite for Education has improved how teachers and students interact with technology in the classroom. In this presentation, we will look at different ways to streamline your classroom and student work using the Suite of apps including Slides, Drawings, Forms, Sheets, and Sites. We will explore innovative student report writing, doodle notes, interactive student projects, self-scoring assignments, and data collection options. The presentation will be personalized based on attendees’ preferences and experience levels. As a certified Google trainer, my philosophy is that technology and Google’s G Suite allow for teachers to plan, create, and deliver content more efficiently, which improves student engagement and success.

  • 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: Google Sites, Google Forms, Google Sheets, Google Drawings, Google Slides
  • 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: 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 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. – Room 305

Quizizz: Like Kahoot, but Better!

Sarah Loveland – Simsbury High School

Melissa Leonard – Simsbury High School

Have you used Kahoot or another online quiz platform, but would like students to have their own pacing? Well Quizizz is the place for you. You can create, borrow, share and engage students using Quizizz. This is a web-based program, so either an iPad, chromebook, or other device will be helpful.

  • 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: web-based Quizizz
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 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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9:50 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. – Room 205

Set the Goal and Let the Students Drive: How to Support Learning with Technology, Literacy and Literature

Susannah Richards – Eastern Connecticut State Universiy

Laura Smith – Wells Road Intermediate School, Granby, CT

How are schools and libraries transforming literacy and literacy education as a result of technologies? This session will focus on the ways that libraries and literacy education are changing to use the technologies to enhance literacy instruction. We will use one library where technology elements have found a home as a model with examples of other initiatives in schools. Throughout the session, we will feature examples of online services that have changed how kids find and access books, read and discuss books using Chromebooks and other digital tools, and track their reading and recommend books to others. The technology impact has moved beyond the students’ literacy and has also changed the teachers who listen to podcasts, create collections in Epic!, listen to audiobooks during their commutes through their phones, and share what they are reading on Goodreads. Come listen to and share your literacy and technology ideas with books, technology, literacy and Makerspaces that combine it all. Don’t be surprised to learn about a few new books in print as well.

  • 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: Get Epic!, GoodReads
  • 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, Art, 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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10:40 – 10:50 a.m. — Break

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10:50 – 11:40 a.m. (select one session to attend)

 

10:50 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. – Room 101

Not Just Another Slide Show: How to Put Life Back into Presentations

Veronica Lima – Darien High School

This interactive session will introduce several handy tech tools and apps that work to encourage authentic language production, highlight student creativity, and facilitate collaboration in any classroom. Participants will be introduced to apps that can be used for daily interaction and meaningful practice, comprehension checks and even culminating projects. In addition, participants will learn how to design assignments that will put students at the center of creative control and even work to eliminate the hesitation that can often accompany public speaking. You will leave with fresh ideas that can be incorporated into your classes the next day with minimal preparation!

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users – Users of personal devices other than iPads –
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Pic collage, Chatter Pix, Video VOV, Spark Post, Voki
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 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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10:50 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. – Room 201

Attendance Matters: Technology to Improve Attendance and Culture

Adam Schoenbart – Darien High School

Tired of a line of students signing in late to school every morning? Frustrated by the confusion around a student’s attendance record? Learn how we improved attendance and morning tardiness with tools like Barcode ID Scanners, Google Forms, Add-ons, and more. We used the same tools we want our students and teachers to use to implement a new attendance policy to improve communication, data management, and interventions. As a result of the technology and strategies, students spent more time where it really matters: learning in our classrooms.

  • 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 Apps (Forms, Sheets), HeroK12, Google Add-ons
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Administration, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice -Intermediate -Expert

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10:50 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. – Room 202

Code & Go

Kate Wakefield – Newington Public Schools

Kim Luiz – Newington Public Schools

Even littles can learn the “literacy of code” in an hour, but how can educators take it further? Integration of computational thinking for elementary students within social studies content sparks engagement in this global-ready field. Participants will also explore and apply design principles to create innovative and interactive virtual digital learning environments that engage and support learning. By finding and designing virtual tours, as well as learning to teach students how to create in this emerging field of AR/VR, teachers can truly up level their social studies content. Join us on the journey with 360, VR, 3D and bots.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users – Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Google: My Maps, Street View, Earth, Tour Creator, Expeditions, Slides, Coding: Blockly for Dash and Dot, SPRK Lightning Lab, 3D Design & Coding: CoSpaces EDU
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4,
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Social Studies,
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Intermediate –

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10:50 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. – Room 206

Capturing Conversations and Responses

Jennifer Zugarazo – Annie Vinton Elementary

Laura Smith – Annie Vinton Elementary

Having trouble meeting with all your book club groups? Is meeting one-on-one with students taking all your time?  Give these apps a try to streamline your classroom. Screencastify is an app that you can add to a Chromebook. It records videos of individuals and groups, and even captures the desktop screen.  We will check out Flipgrid, a great web-based program where students can provide an oral response to a question as well as listen to others and provide feedback. Finally, we will use the video function on your Chromebook to record responses and share them via Google Classroom.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Screencastify, Flip Grid, Video Feature on Chromebooks and Google Classroom
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 2, 3, 4, 5,
  • 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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10:50 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. – Room 301

Developing Student Leaders Through Technology Teams

Hilary McDevitt – Geraldine W. Johnson School

Students are one of our most important–and underutilized–resources when it comes to technology expertise. We can capitalize on that and promote student leadership by creating student technology teams in our schools. This presentation will share the experiences of Geraldine W. Johnson School’s “Genius Squad”–a team of 5th-8th graders. Presenters will include the team’s facilitator (a classroom teacher) and several student members. We will share how our team supports our school’s students and staff in integrating technology. We will offer ideas, lessons learned, and tips for beginning and growing student technology teams in your own schools.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users – Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Seesaw, Clips, iMovie, Sketches School, SpheroEDU, LightBot, Keynote, Green Screen
  • 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, Language Arts,
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice -Intermediate -Expert

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10:50 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. – Room 302

Fortnite and eSports: Understanding Communities of Practice and eSports

Andrew Cochran – Neag School of Education – Educational Psychology, University of Connecticut

This presentation will start with a brief introduction of Fortnite and a demonstration of gameplay. Topics of presentation for discussion will include communities of practice (How does Fortnite foster these communities? What do these communities look like? How can teachers leverage these communities in their classrooms?) and the emerging popularity of eSports in middle and high schools around the country (How do these programs impact learning? What benefits and risk factors are involved?). Time will be left at the end of the presentation for a lively discussion of the topics covered.

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

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10:50 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. – Room 305

Making the Most of Do Ink Apps in the Makerspace

Karissa Stolzman – Celentano Biotech Health and Medical Magnet School

Ashley Newton – Celentano Biotech Health and Medical Magnet School

During this session, participants will learn how to use Green Screen by Do Ink and Animation & Drawing by Do Ink. Animation & Drawing by Do Ink is the fun, creative way for students to make animations on the iPad. During the session, participants will learn how to use the drawing editor to create vector artwork and frame-by-frame (flip book) animations. They will also learn how to use the composition editor to combine artwork–along with props from the Do Ink prop library–into more complex and sophisticated scenes. Participants will also learn Do Ink  Green Screen. This app makes it easy to create incredible green screen videos and images right on your iPad or iPhone. The app lets you combine photos and videos from the camera roll with live images from your iPad or iPhone’s camera.  With Green Screen by Do Ink, you can tell a story, explain an idea, and express yourself in truly creative and unique ways.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users –
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Animation & Drawing by Do Ink and  Green Screen by Do Ink
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • 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: Intermediate –

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10:50 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. – Room 306

Assistive Technology Tools for the 2e Learner

Alescia Ford-Lanza – Adapt & Learn, LLC.

Caroline Henderson – Student

Twice-exceptional students are gifted and they have learning disabilities that often mask their high-level capabilities. This presentation will provide attendees with a list and demonstration of cross-platform apps and Chrome extensions to accommodate for learning disabilities and maximize student performance. Hear from a 14-year old 2e student on how she makes materials digitally accessible using a range of AT tools for reading, writing, organization, and creative arts and engage in a meaningful discussion from her first-hand experiences using assistive technology.

  • 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: AudioNote2, Claro suite apps, CoWriter Universal, Dyslexia Keyboard, Easy Spelling Aid, Google Keep, Prizmo, Read & Write PDF Reader, Snap & Read Universal, Trello – among others shared as part of an “app wheel” for additional resources
  • 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, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Intermediate -Expert

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10:50 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. – Room 205

Engage, Differentiate, and Personalize Learning – the Easy Way!

 Jeanne Pascon

Renzulli Learning

Michael DiMauro

Renzulli Learning

UConn’s own Renzulli & Reis pioneered influential educational models centered on how personalization and differentiation inspire learning and engage students. Do you believe in a student-centered, project-based learning environment? Enter Renzulli Learning! Renzulli Learning starts with the Profiler, which generates each student’s top interests, learning styles, and expression styles. Next, students use it to guide their exploration of 40,000+ vetted, online, specifically matched resources in the Renzulli database. Teachers develop lessons utilizing the database to locate activities that align to curriculum and standards, taking advantage of a vast array of assignment templates, unit supplements, and the Differentiation Engine! Learn more about this popular fee-based program.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad usersUsers of personal devices other than iPads – Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Renzulli Learning
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 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: Beginner – Intermediate -Expert

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11:40 a.m. – 1:10 p.m. — Lunch

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1:10 pm – 2:00 pm (select one session to attend)

 

1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Room 101

Empowering Dyslexic Students with Microsoft Learning Tools

Shannon Saglio – East Lyme High School

One in five students falls on the dyslexia spectrum making reading, writing, and in some cases math tasks more challenging. Microsoft has released a robust series of free learning tools to help support dyslexic students in the Tier 1 setting.  In this session, learn about what dyslexia is and how the immersive reader (text decoding solutions), dictation tool, and OneNote can help dyslexic students access content, gain confidence, and be independent learners for life. These tools can also support other diverse learners as well (dysgraphia, ELL, ADHD, etc.). This session will include both web-based Microsoft Tools and Apps. Office 365 is free for students and teachers. You can set-up an account on the Microsoft Office site.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users – Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Microsoft Lens App, Microsoft OneNote App, and Microsoft Word App
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 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 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Room 201

WeVideo—Integrating Video Production and Cloud-Based Video Collaboration

Jeffrey Spivey – Coventry Public Schools

WeVideo is a powerful cloud-based video editing program with exceptional capabilities. Available as an app on the iPad and as a full site with PC, Mac and Chromebook, WeVideo can revolutionize the way you use Project-based learning in your classes. From a wealth of video, music and image clips to on the fly “green” screen capability, you won’t want to miss out on this tool!

  • 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: WeVideo, Google Drive, Camera Apps, Google Classroom
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 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 -Expert

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1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Room 202

ABCDE’s of Primary Technology

Jaime Prokop – O’Brien STEM Academy

Michelle Milton – O’Brien STEM Academy

Emily McInerney – O’Brien STEM Academy

ABCDE’s for primary grades! ABCmouse, Draw With Stars, Epic and more! This session will highlight customizable resources to support Literacy in the primary grades. Participants will create free educator accounts to access the resources available through ABCmouse, Epic and ReadingIQ. Participants will learn how to use tools such as groupings, assignments and home access. Presenters will also share tips and tricks for using technology to support classroom management and social skills in the primary grades.

  • 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: ABC Mouse, Epic, ReadingIQ, Draw Stars, Adobe Spark Video
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K, 1, 2, 3,
  • 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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1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Room 205

Google Classroom for Beginners

Jenna Cinelli – Dolan Middle School

Have you ever wanted to use Google Classroom but have no idea how to start? Then this session is for you! Come check out the basics of Google Classroom for beginners who have not used Google Classroom before!

  • 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: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies,
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice –

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1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Room 206

No Google? No Problem!: A Look at two Google Classroom-like Apps

Tracey Lafayette – O’Brien STEM Academy

Nicole Campbell – O’Brien STEM Academy

Margaret Seclen – O’Brien STEM Academy

Google Classroom has become increasingly popular with teachers across the nation. Many educators are looking for new ways to incorporate technology in their classes while also saving paper, but do not have access to Google Classroom. Our session will focus on Edmodo and Kiddom, two apps/websites that will allow teachers to interact with their students in new ways. In this session, we will show educators how to use these apps to assign work, assess student learning through auto-graded assessments, communicate with students digitally, and allow families to connect to their child’s 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: -Edmodo-Kiddom
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 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 -Intermediate -Expert

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1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Room 301

Collaborative Google Apps to Enhance Teaching & Learning

Jeremy Gervais – Glastonbury High School

When integrating educational technology in our practice, it is essential to consider how we provide students numerous opportunities to practice, apply, and master the 4Cs of 21st-century skills: critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication. Google Apps for Education are flexible, feature-rich tools that were created to promote authentic, seamless collaboration amongst learners. If we want our students to become more skilled in collaborating effectively with others in various settings, we must design learning experiences that promote this key life skill. This session will explore a wide array of real-world activities you can embed into your lessons tomorrow. The activities we discuss and experiment with will utilize a variety of different Google Apps to help you promote collaboration and take your teaching to the next level.

  • 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 Docs, Google Slides, Google Sheets, Google Drawings, Google Forms, Google Hangouts, Google Sites, Google Classroom
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 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 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Room 302

Surpassing CRAP: Using Google Tools to Enhance the Research Process

Katie Tietjen – East Hampton High School

Samantha LaBonte – East Hampton High School

The ability to critically analyze information has never been more important. Our presentation will show how we, as high school educators, keep current with educational technologies and information literacy to best teach and guide our students through the research process. We will share how a library media specialist and classroom teachers collaborated to create an innovative research system now widely used across grade levels and subject areas at our school. Using the Google Suite of apps, we integrated note-taking and critical source evaluation, scaffolded creation of annotated bibliographies, and streamlined our ability to provide meaningful and ongoing feedback.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Google Classroom, Google Drive, Google Docs
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: 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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1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Room 305

Learn to Code by Building iPhone & Android Apps with Thunkable

Andrew Abate – Riverdale Country School

In this session, we will discuss how students can learn the principles of computer science and programming by building iPhone & Android apps using Thunkable, an online coding and development platform. Using Thunkable’s drag and drop interface, students apply the fundamentals of app design and programming to build mobile applications for both the Android and iOS using the same code! During the session, we will examine the Thunkable platform and build some basic mobile applications that you can run directly on your own device, and you will learn some programming concepts along the way!

  • 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: com, Thunkable app for Android and iOS
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 4, 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 -Expert

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2:00 – 2:10 p.m. — Break

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2:10 – 3:00 p.m. (select one session to attend)

 

2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Room 305

Google Classroom for Primary Students

Beth Haydu – Memorial School

Have you heard about Google Classroom and would like to try it out? This presentation will help you get started and teach you the basics. I’ll share how to get the ball rolling to start using Google Classroom right away with your young learners. After going through the basics, I will show you how to set up a class and how to begin scheduling assignments for your students. You will have time to begin setting up your class and creating assignments during the presentation. You will also learn how to incorporate Google Forms into your assignments. Google Classroom makes planning lessons easier and allows students to revisit assignments with ease.

  • 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: Google Classroom, Google Forms
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 2, 3, 4, 5,
  • 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 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Room 101

Using Do Ink to Enhance ELA Practice

James Dzwonchyk – George Hersey Robertson Intermediate School

Torrie Phillips – George Hersey Robertson Internediate School

Would you like to take ELA to the next level with technology integration? Your students will love embedding their reading interests with this demonstration of Do Ink. Learn how to navigate through the program and make it useful in your classroom.

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

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2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Room 205

Animation Projects in the Elementary Classroom

Ryan O’Connell – Northeast Academy Arts Magnet School

Creating classroom experiences that maximize student engagement is a challenge. Among other factors, teachers must consider students’ different learning styles, background knowledge, and personal interests when planning for lessons or projects. One approach to infusing all of these instructional elements is through the use of animation. This presentation will demonstrate how teachers can integrate iPads and Chromebooks with animation, and how animation projects address a host of learning modalities, helping students to better engage with their learning and demonstrate content mastery across the disciplines. Highlights will include content integration ideas, time and age considerations, materials, and project guidelines.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users – Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: iMotion, Stop Motion Animator
  • 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 –

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2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Room 206

#EveryoneCanCreate with iPads—Vocabulary

Theresa Welch – Beardsley School Bridgeport, CT

How can you use the various tools of Everyone Can Create to help students build their vocabulary skills? Join me to learn how you can use your students’ iPads to make vocabulary flash cards and tap into their creativity to enhance their learning!

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users –
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Sketches School, Keynote, Pages, Clips
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: 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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2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Room 301

Analyzing Twitter Feeds with IFTTT and Google Sheets

Andrew Abate – Riverdale Country School

Twitter is a great repository of information! In this session, we will show you how to easily grab Twitter feeds and analyze them with Google Sheets. We will examine and use a tool called IFTTT (If This Then That), an online service that connects apps and data that don’t usually talk to each other. We will also apply a Google sheet script to perform sentiment analysis, the process of determining the emotion behind a series of words. This session will focus on using these tools for statistics, data science, and social studies.

  • 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: IFTTT, Google Sheets, AYLIEN sentiment analysis scripting tool
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Mathematics, Social Studies,
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Intermediate -Expert

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2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Room 302

Starting Out with Swivl

Jessica Cullen – New Canaan High School

Jacqueline Hauge – New Canaan High School

Donna Burns – New Canaan High School

The Swivl device records video and audio data, and comes with flexible software to help achieve your organization, teacher, and student goals. Students can use the device as a presentation tool; Teachers can use it to record video and audio of students engaged in group work, or as a tool to reflect on their own teaching. The presentation will discuss the differing ways the device was used in a high school English classroom.

  • 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: Swivl device
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Language Arts,
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice –

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