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Wednesday, October 24


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.


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


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.


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


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.


Tony Baldasaro

Chief Human Resource Officer, Virtual Learning Academy Charter School

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


Motivation, Management and Media

Come find out how we are using a variety of Web 2.0 tools to help manage student behavior as well as motivate students to focus their attention on learning in fun and engaging ways! Backchannels, ClassDojo, wikis and other tools will be presented with our experiences to be shared with you!


Amie Abdal-Khabir

Grade 3 Teacher\nNixon Elementary\nSudbury Public Schools

Laura Burney

Grade 4 Teacher, Sudbury Public Schools

Sara Fischer

Grade 4 Teacher\nLoring Elementary\nSudbury Public Schools

Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:30am - Wednesday December 31, 1969 4:00pm
Red Level 18 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse


Applying QR Codes/Augmented Reality

Teachers can easily harness emerging trends in mobile technology to engage students in new ways while addressing educational objectives. Free and low-cost apps for multiple platforms allow educators to utilize technologies such as QR Codes, Scanning, and Augmented Reality to provide “layers” of information within the educational setting.


Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:30am - 12:25am
Red Level 15 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse


Leveraging iPads, Computers, Mobile Devices & Other Technologies to Differentiate Instruction and Create Rich Curricula for ALL Students

Today’s technologies allow teachers to create flexible, individualized, curricula that can scaffold as well as enrich. In this session we will explore how various technologies can facilitate differentiation, support diverse learners, and create rich learning environments that meet the needs of all students, special needs to gifted, in the classroom.

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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 →

Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:30am - 12:25am
Blue Level 26 East Side Puttnam Investment Clubhouse


Plymouth Public Schools - Talk on Technology

The Plymouth Public Schools has an extensive technology program with over 5000 computers connected to their network. This workshop will demonstrate what Plymouth does in their district with technology and how to build the type of infrastructure to support the extensive technology there.


Gary Maestas

Superintendent\nPlymouth Public Schools

Matthew Mena-Landry

Coordinator of Educational Technology and Instructional Media

Daniel Riley

Educational Television Director

Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:30am - 12:25am
Red Level 23 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse
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Power Up: Supporting Personalized Learning with Data

This session will present evidence of the major pressures to change American Education, the alternatives being proposed, and one exceptional solution that was created by educators in a local district, expanded to cover a state, and is now exploding across several states as an easy-to-use method to focus on the needs of each individual student while retaining the classroom structure.

Schools across the nation continue to strive for improved student outcomes through improved staff collaboration and efficiency, better access to data to inform instructional decisions, added structure and cohesiveness for Response to Intervention (RtI) processes, and more transparent and consistent benchmarking methods to discern student progress. Silverback Learning Solutions has streamlined this whole process to make it easier for teachers and principals to “personalize” education, support each student where necessary, create virtual teams of capacity builders around each student, and bring the parents back to the table of accountability where research has proven they need to be in order to affect achievement gains necessary to fulfill each child’s academic potential.  The presentation will include data collected from three currently active districts with various socio-economic backgrounds as well as research that support the need for developing personalized learning environments for each and every student.

Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:30am - 12:25am
Blue Level 14 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse


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.

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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
Red Level 21 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse


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
Red Level 10 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse


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
Red Level 17 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse


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
Blue Level 10 East Side Putnam Investments Clubhouse


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!


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


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.


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
Blue Level 27 East Side Putnam Investment Clubhouse