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Wednesday, October 24
 

10:15am EDT

Assessing the Educational Impact of 1:1 and Other Technology Initiatives
This session showcases, and explains, a process for developing meaningful assessments of technology’s impact on teaching and learning. Particular emphasis is given to 1:1 initiatives and the potential impacts these have on students and teachers. Participants will learn how they can join a MassCUE professional development project for producing technology initiative evaluations.

Speakers
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Jeanne Clark

Director, Sun Associates


Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:15am - 11:10am EDT
Blue Level 19 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

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

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.


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

10:15am EDT

Podcasting in Middle and High School
Learn how to use podcasting to meet the new MA Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing while incorporating the newest technologies. Using recording equipment, Audacity software, podcasting hosts and iTunes. Learn to create broadcasts that enrich your writing curriculum and provide a valuable community service as well.

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Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:15am - 11:10am EDT
Red Level 21 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

The Parent Trap: Bridging the Knowledge Gap Between School and Home
Bridge the knowledge gap between school and home. De-mystify classroom technology through parent education and communication. By bringing parents into the fold, you will empower your teachers to use a greater array of tools and your students to engage with their parents on a comfortable level.


Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:15am - 11:10am EDT
Blue Level 25 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

11:30am EDT

A Virtual Dogfight: Piloting an iPad 1:1

In the 2011-2012 school year, a high school English teacher piloted an iPad 1:1 with a senior English class to assess its viability as a 1:1 tool. This workshop will present the findings, focusing on hardware, apps, logistics, assessment, and the viability of the iPad as a 1:1 device.


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Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:30am - Wednesday December 31, 1969 4:00pm EST
Blue Level 19 East 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
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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

Transitioning a Traditional School Library to a Dynamic Learning Commons

Transforming the book-centric school library into a technology-rich learning center is a crucial step in transitioning students and faculty to the Common Core and 21st century, skills-based learning. The philosophy of the learning commons, steps in transitioning, using a data-centered approach to evaluate skills, and pro-active planning for the future will be covered. Strategies in assessing vendors for digital content and e-books will be included in planning for the future.


Speakers
avatar for Robin Cicchetti

Robin Cicchetti

Head Librarian, Concord - Carlisle Regional School District
Improved digital information literacy and access for all!


Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:30am - 12:25am EDT
Red Level 21 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

11:30am EDT

Tools for Empowering 21st Century Education Leaders

Creating a 21st Century learning environment that is student centered requires new visions and meaningful collaboration. How do superintendents and principals play an active part in setting the vision in your district and school and enabling a digital conversion? Of all the challenges you face as an education leader, technology leadership may be the one that leaves you feeling the most unprepared, uncertain, and vulnerable.  You are not alone and there is help available from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).  In this session we will explore the resources included in the Revised Superintendents Toolkit developed by the CoSN.  Learn more about the Teaming for Transformation initiative that focuses on Leading a Digital Conversion for Student Learning.


Speakers
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Annamaria Schrimpf

Director of Educational Technology, Minuteman Technical Regional High School
NEISTE President and MassCUE Board Member


Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:30am - 12:25pm EDT
Theater A West Side West Side

11:30am EDT

SIF Interoperability in the Cloud

In today's economy, district IT professionals are assuming greater workloads. To meet the demand you need tools that automate tasks, increase staff efficiency, and decrease costs. Pearson K-12 Technology’s SIF products integrate applications in and out of the cloud, in real-time. Come see a live demonstration of SIF in action!



Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:30am - 12:25pm EDT
Red Level 17 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse

11:30am EDT

Technology Integration in Singapore: Lessons Learned

In January 2012, Justin Reich and Tom Daccord were invited by the Ministry of Education in Singapore to serve as Outstanding Educators in Residence, working with educators from across the system to examine 21st century learning and technology integration. Come join us as they share their key insights from Singapore.



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

2:00pm EDT

Behind the Scenes Launching iPads
Lesley University and Kennedy-Longfellow School in Cambridge will share experiences with large-scale deployment issues related to the iPad. Participants will get a glimpse of using JAMF’s Casper Suite and classroom survival strategies including layered configuration for teacher iPads, unique app libraries for different grade levels, and student tech leaders.


Wednesday October 24, 2012 2:00pm - 2:55pm EDT
Blue Level 14 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.

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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

Teaching the iPad Teacher: A Blended PD Model
We will explore a blended model for iPad PD that provides sustained individual and community support. We will look at particular strategies to make both hands-on and online iPad PD dynamic, interactive, and meaningful to teacher practice.


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

2:00pm EDT

The Cure for Ineffective Rubrics & Assessment - Leveraging Google Docs to Create Collaborative and Meaningful Forms of Assessment
New tools are constantly released to help teachers track, grade and/or assess students. Want to create your own tool rather than use six different sites for each class? In this workshop we will explore how to creatively leverage GoogleDocs to construct your own assessment tools and interactive grading rubrics.


Wednesday October 24, 2012 2:00pm - 2:55pm EDT
Red Level 23 East Side Putnam Investments 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

3:15pm EDT

Virtualization in a BYOD Environment

See how West Bridgewater has implemented a virtualized system for students, teachers, and administrators to use in a BYOD environment. Students have access to core applications, while teachers have access to the SMS, Gradebook and more. See how virtualization works on such devices as the iPad, iPhone, Chromebook and more!


Speakers
JC

John Collins

Technology Director, West Bridgewater Public Schools


Wednesday October 24, 2012 3:15pm - 4:10pm EDT
Blue Level 19 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse
  Spotlight, Session 4

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

Our BYOD Journey

The Reading Public Schools has been piloting a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative in Grade 7-12 classrooms since January. This workshop will examine the challenges and opportunities that teachers and administrators have faced in piloting this initiative, including, examples of how it is being implemented in the classroom.



Wednesday October 24, 2012 3:15pm - 4:10pm EDT
Blue Level 10 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

Evolution of a Blended Learning/Flipped Classroom Model

Have you ever wished your students could create and present their work to classmates using an easy, user-friendly flipped online presentation tool model? You can! We have a found solution that is easy to implement and use -- iPresentPresio and iPresentonline. Come see what this learning management solution has to offer. These tools allow you to create a rich multimedia web based classroom. A brief overview of the software will begin the journey and proceed to sample units from classes in Computer Design and Entrepreneurship. Students used these tools to post their presentations, assess their classmates’ work at home, and share discussion points for the next class. We will close with your questions for the software developer and Tech Directors.



Thursday October 25, 2012 10:15am - 11:10am EDT
Red Level 14 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
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Dr. Thomas Copper

Media Ethics Professor, Tremont


Thursday October 25, 2012 10:15am - 11:10am EDT
Red Level 17 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
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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