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Wednesday, October 24
 

10:15am EDT

How to Search4STEM the Easy Web Way
Search4STEM is a “one stop” knowledge exchange system for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Using the website itself, this presentation will take attendees through the various elements of Search4STEM all contextualized and personalized for the user. Examples of a search will be demonstrated followed by Q & A.


Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:15am - 11:10am EDT
Red Level 23 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

10:15am EDT

Online PD is Here - New - Teaching American History with Digital Media Course
History and Social Studies teachers interested in learning how to incorporate digital media resources into their classrooms now have a comprehensive online American History course offered through MassOne’s Moodle Learning Platform. Participate in a hands-on exploration of the attacks of September 9/11 and view results of the first pilot test.


Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:15am - 11:10am EDT
Red Level 17 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

10:15am EDT

Paperless Research with iPads

Can students conduct a research process from beginning to end in a completely paperless environment using iPads? A resounding YES! Researching, planning, social bookmarking, tagging, collaborating, writing and publishing was all done using iPads by a 10th grade English class.


Speakers

Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:15am - 11:10am EDT
Blue Level 26 East Side Puttnam Investment Clubhouse

10:15am EDT

TEC Online Academy
Since 2010 TEC Online Academy has provided high school students with the opportunity to enroll in fully virtual college preparatory, honors and AP courses all developed and taught by exemplary teachers from our TEC districts. Come hear about this exciting initiative directly from TEC Online Academy teachers and administrators.


Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:15am - 11:10am EDT
Blue Level 10 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

10:15am EDT

Technology in the Hands of Students
What happens when you put technology in the hands of students? Please join educators from Lesley University and Kennedy-Longfellow School in Cambridge as they share their experiences transitioning to technology-rich learning environments that include a SmartBoard, an Elmo, and one-to-one student access to iPads.


Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:15am - 11:10am EDT
Blue Level 14 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

10:15am EDT

'Publish' A Book: Create An eBook And Learn Ways They Can Be Used In A Classroom

eBooks can be a wonderful resource for your classroom, even better if you or your students are the authors. Come learn how eBooks can enhance your teaching and excite your students. In this workshop learn about several tools to create eBooks, including Apple's iBooks Author and Pages software.


Speakers
KC

Karen Cavanagh

Technology Integration Specialist, Acton Public Schools
   


Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:15am - 12:25pm EDT
Red Level 77 West Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

11:30am EDT

Blended learning: Extending a Virtual Hand of Support Online Through the Universal Design for Learning
How does a teacher offer a virtual hand of support to students when they are lost? What strategies and techniques can teachers use online to engage students, address the different learning styles, differentiate instruction, and also provide opportunities for student self-reflection and frequent formative assessments and check-ins? This workshop provides examples of student work and courses designs that answer these questions by integrating universal design for learning into a blended approach.

Speakers

Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:30am - Wednesday December 31, 1969 4:00pm EST
Blue Level 25 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

11:30am EDT

Institution, Ownership, and the Need to Build Participatory Cultures in Our Schools
In a time when information is abundant and students have the ability to learn from the more than 2 billion connected individuals worldwide, schools continue to struggle to break free from institutional constraints that dominated the 20th century. In the meantime, educators often fail to recognize who truly owns the learning and how to leverage the power of connective technologies to foster a participatory culture in our schools. Join Tony as he challenges educators to think of the institution differently as he shares a vision for schools beyond the 21st century – schools that honor all learning, foster the development of a participatory culture, and form partnerships to personalize learning for every student.

Speakers
TB

Tony Baldasaro

Chief Human Resource Officer, Virtual Learning Academy Charter School
   


Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:30am - Wednesday December 31, 1969 4:00pm EST
Red Level 14 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

11:30am EDT

Integrating with Limitations

Even if a district does not have the newest technology for every student, the teachers still need to integrate technology into their lessons. This presentation will look at how teachers in these districts can make do with limited resources and still foster 21st century skills in their students.



Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:30am - 12:25pm EDT
Red Level 10 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

11:30am EDT

Transforming Lessons with PBS LearningMedia™

Discover how PBS LearningMedia’s FREE digital resources support your lesson planning needs. Explore the value of technology integration in instruction, the role of digital media in Common Core, and resources included in the model curriculum units developed by MA educators in partnership with the MA DESE. Join us and enter to win PBS prizes!


Speakers

Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:30am - 12:25pm EDT
Blue Level 13 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

2:00pm EDT

Achieving Outcomes With Digital Portfolios and Google Docs
Students create a digital portfolio and are trained in how to use the digital portfolio. They are then given a rubric that illustrates how many exhibits of work they need for each class. They are given a due date. Students then set about collecting exhibits of work during the year that satisfy the rubric. The whole process is mostly self-managed, self-driven and focuses on outcomes based education, the creation and publishing of products. All 21st century learning skills that enable the students to self-manage their learning and performance outcomes.

Speakers

Wednesday October 24, 2012 2:00pm - 2:55pm EDT
Red Level 21 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

2:00pm EDT

Adopt Common Core Literacy Standards with PBS LearningMedia™

Join us as we explore FREE media-rich resources that provide students with the content knowledge and motivation to meet Common Core literacy standards. We’ll draw on thousands of FREE resources available in PBSLearningMedia, including video, interactive, games, and more. We’ll also provide strategies that support instruction. Don’t miss the PBS DVD raffle!


Speakers

Wednesday October 24, 2012 2:00pm - 2:55pm EDT
Blue Level 13 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

2:00pm EDT

Creating Exciting Independent Learning Environments
Utilize the power of technology in your classroom but organize it in a way that makes it safe, productive and easy for all learners and for us as teachers. Come and view three multi-skill projects for grades one, two and three that build on skills in writing, research, geography, science, STEM, graphic design, art, technology and more while accommodating for different learning styles and abilities.

Speakers
SC

Suzanne Craig

Technology Integration Specialist, Independent School- Wellesley MA Tenacre School


Wednesday October 24, 2012 2:00pm - 2:55pm EDT
Blue Level 19 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

2:00pm EDT

Developing & Implementing A Mobile Applications Curriculum With Flash
This presentation covers the design of curriculum and implementation of tools for developing mobile applications in the classroom. Developing mobile applications using flash utilizes several tools to help students/teachers design, develop and implement their own mobile applications for the Android, iPhone, iPad device market. This presentation will show you examples and also strategies for getting started.

Speakers

Wednesday October 24, 2012 2:00pm - 2:55pm EDT
Red Level 15 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

2:00pm EDT

Flipped Professional Development
The flipped PD model allows for teachers to go at their own pace, have some “one-to-one” time, and have the ability to review the lesson whenever they need to. This presentation will review the equipment used, lesson setup, best practices, and potential issues we have encountered in providing PD through a flipped model. This is a follow-up to the introduction from the MassCUE Leadership Symposium.

Speakers

Wednesday October 24, 2012 2:00pm - 2:55pm EDT
Red Level 10 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

2:00pm EDT

Harnessing the Power of PLNs through Blogger and Twitter
Move your PLN beyond your building with Blogger and Twitter. See how to use these tools to create a network of colleagues and contacts including: classroom teachers, ITS and librarians from across the country and give examples of how these tools have lead to authentic learning experiences beyond the classroom.


Wednesday October 24, 2012 2:00pm - 2:55pm EDT
Red Level 14 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

2:00pm EDT

Leveraging Technology to Engage Students in Reading and Writing in All Disciplines

Explore how technology, smartphones/tablets/computers, can increase student engagement and promote social learning. Discuss ways today’s tech tools facilitate collaboration and foster critical thinking in diverse learning environments. Hear examples of how leveraging thoughtful social networks and access to models of rich academic discourse encourage students to read and write more.


Speakers
DD

Deb DiCairano

Diocese of St. Augustine and QOP Academy\nhas served as an advocate of Innovative Education for the past twenty years, with a primary focus of enhancing teaching and learning through the use of visionary, practical technology. Ms. DiCairano serves in lead


Wednesday October 24, 2012 2:00pm - 2:55pm EDT
Blue Level 27 East Side Putnam Investment Clubhouse

2:00pm EDT

Using a Blended Approach to Address Instructional Issues and Make Student Thinking More Visible
A blended approach focused on 21st century project-based learning. We will demonstrate how we are solving instructional problems, making student thinking more visible and going global with the support of technology. Topics include: 21st century project-based learning, the flipped model and online discussion forums.


Wednesday October 24, 2012 2:00pm - 2:55pm EDT
Blue Level 25 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

2:00pm EDT

ASSISTments: Be Informed with Data

Learn how to collect data online and use it to inform instruction. ASSISTments is a free public service of WPI that blends ASSESSment and instructional ASSISTance. Make free accounts and experience the system as a student and a teacher. Develop a routine to use right away in a class.


Speakers
CH

Cristina Heffernan

ASSISTment Professional Development Specialist


Wednesday October 24, 2012 2:00pm - 4:10pm EDT
Red Level 77 West Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

3:15pm EDT

How Twitter Can Change Professional Development
Learn why Twitter should be their primary professional development tool. Explore how to participate more fully in Twitter by learning how to find people to follow, gain followers, effectively use hashtags, participate in different Twitter communities, and use Twitter tools to stay connected. First time, as well as long time, users of Twitter are welcome.

Speakers
TB

Tony Baldasaro

Chief Human Resource Officer, Virtual Learning Academy Charter School
   


Wednesday October 24, 2012 3:15pm - 4:10pm EDT
Blue Level 25 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

3:15pm EDT

New Resources in Science and Engineering: the NASA Educator Resource Center at Framingham State University

Discover the many online resources available from the NASA Educator Resource Center at Framingham State University. Learn how to access NASA educational technology tools such as NASA websites, videos, podcasts and NASA TV, along with lessons, units, and teacher workshops, all standards-based and available for free to Massachusetts educators.


Speakers
KC

Kim Cochrane

Co-Director Curriculum Librarian, NASA Educator Resource Center Framingham State University


Wednesday October 24, 2012 3:15pm - 4:10pm EDT
Red Level 17 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

3:15pm EDT

Students. Learn. Express. Share.
Join us as we show how second and third grade students power-up with technology to demonstrate and share their learning. We’ll show you how these students are using tools such as KidPix, Google Docs, VoiceThread, Animoto, Wordle and Skype as vehicles for expression and communication and how this understanding can extend beyond the four walls of the classroom.


Wednesday October 24, 2012 3:15pm - 4:10pm EDT
Red Level 14 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse
 
Thursday, October 25
 

10:15am EDT

Power Up and 'Blend' Your School Music Program with Noteflight
Introducing Noteflight, a web-based technology tool that allows face-to-face and online students to save music scores online, share them with anyone, and collaborate on teacher-created assignments. This is a one-of-a-kind program that is currently reshaping the world of K-12 music education. Come see what it’s all about!

Thursday October 25, 2012 10:15am - 11:10am EDT
Red Level 10 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

10:15am EDT

Robotics & Engineering for All
Come meet our robots and share our Robotics Curriculum. The curriculum spans all grades K-8. We start with simple, programmable Bee-Bots, we work our way through many LEGO Education kits and materials, and the finale is the NAO Platform and its humanoid, programmable robot and its STEM curriculum.

Speakers
DC

Dotty Corbiere

Tech Teacher, The Meadowbrook School Weston


Thursday October 25, 2012 10:15am - 11:10am EDT
Blue Level 19 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

10:15am EDT

The Simplicity of Flipping

Participants will be introduced to the basic concepts of the flipped classroom. They will learn how to create simple screencasts and how to effectively use the time freed up in the classroom to create a more collaborative, student-centered approach to learning.


Speakers
MB

Mark Burkholz

Director of Technology, Lawrence Academy
   


Thursday October 25, 2012 10:15am - 11:10am EDT
Red Level 18 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

10:15am EDT

Tweet, Poof, and Audio Boo: 15 Web 2.0 Tools to Use TOMORROW!
Join us as we open our Web 2.0 toolbox with you and demonstrate 15 free resources that are perfect for digital immigrants to use and engage today's digital natives. These creative tools include Time Toast, Kerpoof, Chart Tool, Twitter, Audio Boo, and Skype.


Thursday October 25, 2012 10:15am - 11:10am EDT
Blue Level 13 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

10:15am EDT

Understanding Your Media Usage for Mindfulness and a Healthier Brain
Do you think students are addicted to media? Well, this might be a solution. This workshop explores a online unit designed to help students become more mindful about their media usage. The unit is based on the book Fast Media, Media Fast by Emerson College professor Dr. Thomas Cooper.

Speakers
DT

Dr. Thomas Copper

Media Ethics Professor, Tremont


Thursday October 25, 2012 10:15am - 11:10am EDT
Red Level 17 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

10:15am EDT

Introduction to Elementary and Middle School Robotics

Join us in this fun, hands-on workshop and explore BeeBot, Lego WeDo, and Lego NXT robots and how they can successfully be applied to the K-8 curriculum.


Speakers

Thursday October 25, 2012 10:15am - 12:25pm EDT
Red Level 76 West Side West Side

10:15am EDT

Picture Book and Technology Connections

Enjoy a review of what's new in children's picture books. Common Core connections will be made through classroom activities, art projects, and featured websites and technology applications. Participants will leave with a better understanding of current children's literature, as well as a bibliography of reviewed books.


Speakers
JB

Jeremy Brunaccioni

Classroom Teacher, 38 Conway Grammar School


Thursday October 25, 2012 10:15am - 12:25pm EDT
Red Level 77 West Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

11:30am EDT

Flipping, Blending and Asynchronously Collaborating in your Classroom

We will demonstrate course presentation tools for creating highly organized and resourceful virtual classrooms and rich multimedia presentations. General information on using the tools for asynchronous collaboration, a sample virtual classroom showcasing the tools’ capabilities and educational value in supporting differentiated instruction, blended learning, and the classroom-flipping model will be presented.



Thursday October 25, 2012 11:30am - 12:25am EDT
Red Level 14 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

11:30am EDT

9th Grade Technology Orientation with Google Apps: A Self-Paced Approach
This workshop will present the use of Google Apps in a 9th grade Technology and Media Literacy class. Students learned how to use the various Google Apps by completing self-paced assignments with a media literacy theme.


Thursday October 25, 2012 11:30am - 12:25pm EDT
Red Level 21 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

11:30am EDT

Moving Beyond the Textbook

Utilizing the Discovery Education TechBook and other digital resources enables teachers to create a 21st Century learning environment. The workshop explores and provides ways of using digital media to engage learners in student-centered inquiry-based science instruction.


Speakers
SS

Shaina Squires

Director of Science, Randolph Public Schools


Thursday October 25, 2012 11:30am - 12:25pm EDT
Red Level 15 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

11:30am EDT

MythBook: Fake Facebook Page
This workshop describes the Mythbook lesson for fifth graders that covers a variety of standards and content and includes a description of the technology integration tools used.


Thursday October 25, 2012 11:30am - 12:25pm EDT
Red Level 23 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

11:30am EDT

Real World STEM Connections in Class!
In preparing students for the 21st Century teachers are expected to make real world connections and use technology across the curriculum. This workshop will give insight to all teachers on how to create partnerships using technology. These partnerships can provide much needed materials at no cost to your school.

Speakers
DC

Diana Cost

NSF Master Teacher Teacher Fellow UMASS Dartmouth, Global Learning Charter Public Charter School


Thursday October 25, 2012 11:30am - 12:25pm EDT
Blue Level 19 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

11:30am EDT

Sketchup Ketchup!
Teach math or geography across K-12 in a new dynamic way! Different lesson plans discussed--using free software from Google and AR Sights. Simple and complex models are computer generated and created by students. Augmented Reality can be used to hold the digital drawing or landmark, virtually, in one’s hands.


Thursday October 25, 2012 11:30am - 12:25pm EDT
Blue Level 13 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

11:30am EDT

Top Ten Open Educational Resources (OER) for the Science Classroom
As the movement toward releasing resources into the public domain continues to grow, each year brings a wealth of new opportunities to engage students in science through various forms of digital content. This session will share 2012's Top 10 Science OER and explore ways to integrate these resources into the classroom.

Speakers

Thursday October 25, 2012 11:30am - 12:25pm EDT
Red Level 18 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

2:00pm EDT

ASSISTments: Be Informed with Data

Learn how to collect data online and use it to inform instruction. ASSISTments is a free public service of WPI that blends assessMENT and instructional ASSISTance. Make free accounts and experience the system as a student and a teacher. Develop a routine to use right away in a class.


Speakers
CH

Cristina Heffernan

ASSISTment Professional Development Specialist
DP

Dawn Peterson

8th Grade Math Teacher\nBellingham Middle School


Thursday October 25, 2012 2:00pm - 2:55pm EDT
Theater B West Side West Side

2:00pm EDT

Bringing the World Into the Elementary Classroom

Technology makes the study of a foreign country tangible to even the youngest students, allowing them to gain an understanding of geography, culture, and ecosystems. This presentation will describe the evolution of interdisciplinary, technology-rich curricula to provide elementary students with global perspective, exposure to technologies, and 21st Century Skills.


Speakers
avatar for Beth Holland

Beth Holland

Instructor, EdTechTeacher
EdTechTeacher Instructor, Edutopia and EdTech Researcher Blogger, TEDx Presenter, Google for Education Certified Trainer, and doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University, Beth leverages her experience with professional development, technology integration, and differentiated instruction... Read More →


Thursday October 25, 2012 2:00pm - 2:55pm EDT
Red Level 21 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

2:00pm EDT

Constructing a Professional Learning Network Online
Learn how you can begin to develop your own PLN (Personal Learning Network) using some of the best web 2.0 tools to create and participate in an online support system of colleagues and mentors. BYOD to get started right away! Featured tools include: iGoogle, Google Reader and Ning.


Thursday October 25, 2012 2:00pm - 2:55pm EDT
Red Level 14 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

2:00pm EDT

Discover the power of ThatQuiz!

Unleash the power of ThatQuiz, a free site where you can use ready-made quizzes, check-ins, essay questions, etc. (or create your own) in many curriculum areas. Come see how easy it is to set up a class, create material, and analyze data. The potential uses for this site are limited only by the user's imagination. Bring a laptop!


Speakers

Thursday October 25, 2012 2:00pm - 2:55pm EDT
Red Level 23 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

2:00pm EDT

Information Literacy 2.0

Looking to shake up your information literacy curriculum? Keeping up with social media and students' personal interests are crucial in cultivating an engaging library classroom. Join one school librarian on her mission to improve literacy skills through the use of a variety of web 2.0 tools, apps, and other fun and easy technologies! Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet device to try out tools along the way!


Speakers

Thursday October 25, 2012 2:00pm - 2:55pm EDT
Blue Level 19 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

2:00pm EDT

iKids For Tomorrow: iPads!
iPads in your classroom? Where do you begin? This hands-on workshop is designed to help educators see and design educational experiences for students. Topics will include routines, expectations, apps, student work samples, and technical dos and don’ts. Please bring your device and curiosity with you to this engaging session!


Thursday October 25, 2012 2:00pm - 4:10pm EDT
Red Level 76 West Side West Side

2:00pm EDT

Video Grammar: Improve Your Video

Learn 10 ways to improve your videos. See examples of what works and what can be done better. Receive handouts and web resources ranging from how to shooting better video (primary focus of presentation, lesson ideas, and demystifying the process of safely uploading work to the World Wide Web.


Speakers

Thursday October 25, 2012 2:00pm - 4:10pm EDT
Red Level 77 West Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

3:15pm EDT

Authentic Assessment through Podcasting
Authentic assessment is a valuable tool to increase student proficiency and motivation. Combining podcasting with this method can be very powerful and effective. Student and teacher podcasting provides a meaningful context in which to use modern languages.


Thursday October 25, 2012 3:15pm - 4:10pm EDT
Red Level 18 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

3:15pm EDT

Crafting a Digital Citizenship and Literacy Curriculum
Today’s 24/7, connected culture offers our children unimaginable power to explore, connect, create, and learn. Issues, such as cyber-bullying, plagiarism and safety, have a detrimental impact on the use of technologies in the classroom. Learn how The Meadowbrook School has implemented a comprehensive K-8 Digital Citizenship and Literacy Curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Scafati

Mike Scafati

Teacher - Technology, Film, Social Studies, The Meadowbrook School of Weston
Mike is a Common Sense Education Ambassador for digital citizenship who teaches technology, filmmaking, and drama at The Meadowbrook School of Weston. Mike co-developed, implemented and now runs Meadowbrook’s K-8 digital citizenship curriculum and has presented on it nationally... Read More →


Thursday October 25, 2012 3:15pm - 4:10pm EDT
Blue Level 14 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

3:15pm EDT

Power Up: Writing Across the Curriculum Using Online Learning
This presentation will highlight how using online tools can engage students in 21st century literacies, primarily writing and thinking, in a way that traditional pedagogy cannot. Particularly, using online tools affords digital natives the opportunity to receive instant feedback (in additional to traditional feedback) and flexibility with participation time that can motivate students to achieve at higher levels. This presentation will unpack how a teacher can incorporate online tools to calibrate their scoring of writing and keep students connected with their class and with their content as much as students are connected to their computers to limit academic regression when students are away from school. Because the new Common Core requires that all teachers become literacy teachers, this workshop will discuss online tools that support teachers who are not classically trained writing teachers bridge the gaps that may be left despite a district's professional development initiatives

Speakers

Thursday October 25, 2012 3:15pm - 4:10pm EDT
Blue Level 19 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse