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Sunday, December 8
 

8:00am

Registration Check-In
Check-in to begin your VSTE experience from our planning committee and steadfast volunteers.

Sunday December 8, 2019 8:00am - 6:00pm
Roanoke Foyer

9:45am

All Aboard the Pioneer Innovative Teaching Lab!
The Pioneer Innovative Teaching Lab is a space for teachers to collaborate, research, create and plan lessons using 3D printing, podcasting, AR/VR, and other emergent technologies. Follow the journey from concept to implementation so that you can design a space to meet the needs of your teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Lewis

Scott Lewis

Instructional Technology Coach, Frederick County Public Schools


Sunday December 8, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Mill Mountain

9:45am

All the Ways to Wixie: Stay on track with your tech and don't let your students get derailed by too many resources.
Cross-curricular ideas that integrate technology into daily classroom instruction. Ideas combine content resources like Discovery Education and Brain-Pop with web-based technologies such as Google Classroom and Wixie.

Speakers
avatar for Pauline Burkett

Pauline Burkett

Instructional Facilitator for Technology, Loudoun County Public Schools



Sunday December 8, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Crystal C

9:45am

Apple Tech Update for Education
Join us for an exclusive briefing about what’s new for schools in iOS and macOS. You will learn about great new productivity and management features in iOS 13 and macOS Catalina, Apple Classroom and Apple Schoolwork. Don’t miss this opportunity to see how the latest Apple technologies make learning more relevant, personal and prepare your learners for today’s mobile workforce.

Speakers
AI

Apple, Inc

Apple, Inc.


Sunday December 8, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Pocahontas B

9:45am

Creating Adventures in the Classroom
Take your lessons to the next level with "Choose Your Own Adventures" activities. Turn a math lesson into a trek through the rain forest or turn a reading lesson into a medieval quest. The possibilities are as endless! Join me and learn how to reignite passion in your classroom.

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Sunday December 8, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Roanoke E

9:45am

DIY VR: Around the World With Google Tour Creator
Google Tour Creator allows you and your students to build 360° immersive VR tours similar to those found in Google Expeditions, complete with text and audio. In this very short hour we’ll look at a few examples and then build a tour using scenes from Google Street View as well as 360° images you can make yourself. Finished tours can be viewed almost anywhere: on computer or mobile device, with or without goggles, and inside or outside of the Expeditions app. You’ll leave with all the resources you need to do this yourself.

All of the information from my session, including the examples I showed and link to my step-by-step tutorial for building a tour, can be found at this site: http://www.assortedstuff.com/stuff. Click the contact link on that page if you have any questions or comments.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Stahmer

Tim Stahmer

Educator. Blogger. Learner. Geek. Photographer., AssortedStuff.com
For many years, I was a professional development leader in the Fairfax County Public Schools, providing training and support for their 200 school-based technology specialists (ITRTs). I regularly present at local, state, and national conferences, sharing ideas for integrating technology... Read More →


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Sunday December 8, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Wilson

9:45am

Eye for Design: Using Google Slides to Create GIFs for Learning
Students love GIFs. Let's use that to our advantage!

In this fun, interactive session, you will learn how to utilize Google Slides to make Stop Motion GIFs that your students will love. They'll have so much fun, they won't even know they're learning!

Resources: bit.ly/E4DVSTEGIF

Speakers
avatar for Ameila Buchanan

Ameila Buchanan

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Hanover County Public Schools
Master of Educational Technology: James Madison University
avatar for Laura Cooper

Laura Cooper

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Hanover County Public Schools
M.Ed Instructional Design and Technology | NBCT | Certified Google Trainer


Sunday December 8, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Buck Mountain AB

9:45am

Follow, Tinker, Play, Share with Makey Makey
Making with a Makey Makey is easy. Getting your students started on inventions can still be a challenge. Come make your own little invention and have some fun with basic coding. You will leave with a ready-made project you can use right away with your students or your faculty.

Speakers
avatar for Bea Leiderman

Bea Leiderman

Technology Facilitator, The Steward School
Bea has been working with students and teachers and students for over a decade to plan and implement hands-on learning activities.


Sunday December 8, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Pocahontas A

9:45am

Full steam ahead: Hop on this platform to learn how you can conduct an UDL-infused middle school poetry lesson!
Long ago, when a little horse's power was harnessed on a snowy day, Robert Frost stopped by some woods. Now, with the power of the internet, middle school students can stop by lava flows, fjords and canyons! Bring your device and explore the possibilities when you conduct a lesson based on the Universal Design for Learning guidelines and apply them to a middle school poetry project. I'll provide resources to put you on the right track: we'll pair Google's Hidden Worlds of the National Parks digital field trips with #hyperdocs and Chrome extensions that support accessibility, engagement, and expression for your young scholars.

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Sunday December 8, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Tinker Mountain

9:45am

Get on Track with Virtual & Augmented Reality
Take your students around the world or back in history using virtual and augmented reality! Your classroom walls are no longer barriers when you use Google Expeditions, YouTube and other sites and tools to allow your students to visit far off lands and long ago places. I'll share with you the equipment, applications, and websites that you need to get your students on track with the marvelous world of virtual and augmented reality.

Speakers
avatar for Fara Faust

Fara Faust

Instructional Technology Specialist, VBCPS



Sunday December 8, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Monroe

9:45am

It's not just a lesson...it's an Adventure!
Virtual field trips...no permission slips required, no money to collect, no lunches to pack. Students can travel to the past, take a train ride down the one of the steepest inclines in the world, or even venture inside the human body! Virtual field trips let educators take students to amazing places and give them remarkable experiences without ever leaving the classroom. Learn about the wealth of options available, how to effectively integrate them into instruction, and even how to create your own!


Sunday December 8, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Roanoke F

9:45am

Keep on the Track with Google Extensions
Do you use Google Extensions? Want a few more tools for your Google Toolbox? During this session I will share over 80 extensions with via a Periodic Table of Google Extensions come and learn!

Speakers
avatar for Denise Henry-Orndorff

Denise Henry-Orndorff

Instructional Technology Resource Coach, Strasburg HS, Signal Knob MS, Sandy Hook ES
I am married and have two children. Our days are busy with baseball, Relay for Life, and church. I am currently finishing my 23rd year of teaching in Shenandoah County where I went as a child. I have a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education (K-3 certification) from James Madison... Read More →



Sunday December 8, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Washington Lecture Hall

9:45am

Laying the Track for Virtual Reality with Google Tour Creator
Ever wanted to have your students create their very own 360 degree virtual reality-ready tours, but feel derailed by how to begin? Now you can with Google’s Tour Creator! Optimized for use with Google Expeditions and Google Cardboard, Google Tour Creator provides an easy-to-use platform that enables anyone to create their own VR tour using imagery from Google’s Street View or their own 360-degree photos. This session will teach you how to create a tour in Google Tour Creator, add photos, ambient audio, and points of interest, record narration, and even add image overlays. Completed tours are then viewable on a mobile or computer with Poly or with a Google Cardboard viewer and are easily sharable via link with an individual or even the world. Join an experienced technology facilitator and high school history teacher as we show you how simple it is to get on track with creating and publishing a tour with your students.


Sunday December 8, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Crystal B

9:45am

Let Students Lead the Way with Google Tours
When students build their own virtual, 360º tours to demonstrate their learning, everyone benefits! Learn how to use Google Tour Creator to build your own interactive virtual tours and discover strategies for empowering students to create and share their own tours. This is intended to be a hands-on, interactive session, so attendees will benefit the most from bringing a Chromebook or laptop.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Moran

Katie Moran

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Rockingham County Public Schools
I graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and M.A.T. in Secondary Education. I had the great fortune to teach my passion for history in Rockingham County, VA from 2007-2016. During my teaching tenure, I discovered my love for educational... Read More →



Sunday December 8, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Crystal E

9:45am

Moving and Grooving Utilizing Literature Circles through Google Sites
Have you ever wanted to start literature circles but did not know where to begin? Are you ready to introduce interactive literature circles in an organized manner? Have you already started literature circles and are interested in making them more student led rather than teacher guided? This is the place for you!! In this session Tiya Shaw and Carla Waller will guide you through the process of implementing Literature Circles in your classroom with the use of Google Classroom. We will provide you with Literature Circle suggestions, forms, schedules and management resources. In our experience in working with at-risk students from areas of socio-economic disadvantage this method provides excellent engagement and true student-led learning. Come join us as we take a fantastic voyage into learning.

Speakers
avatar for Tiya Shaw

Tiya Shaw

Teacher, Spotsylvania County Public School
I am an educator with a passion for teaching. I have been teaching for 16 years. I am now interested in moving into leadership. In changing to a leadership role, I am interested in incorporating technology in the capacity of a school leader. I look forward to meeting and exchanging... Read More →
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Carla Waller

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Spotsylvania County School



Sunday December 8, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Roanoke G

9:45am

Plugging in the Unplugged Teacher
We all have those lessons we've been using for years. They have worked before so why not keep using them? However, students of today want to dive deeper into their learning through coding, robotics, and software. They want to know how and why something works. Once understood, they want to take those ideas and build something new with it. Hear about how unplugged veteran teachers became plugged-in using tools such as Makey Makey, Hummingbird Kits, Ozobots and more, all while following curriculum requirements. See lesson plan examples, pictures of projects and makerspace lab set-up, and hear testimonials from teachers, students and their families.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Kuzma

Julie Kuzma

Instructor Facilitator of Technology, Ball's Bluff Elementary School/Loudoun County
Forward thinking, solutions-focused Instructional Technology Educator with 20+ years of experience as a Technology Trainer and classroom teacher. Certified SMART Exemplary Educator (SEE) and Trade Show Teacher, selected 3 times to attend (including 1 as Mentor) the SEE Summit. Approachable... Read More →



Sunday December 8, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Harrison/Tyler

9:45am

Project ACE: The Gains from Games
Project ACE is a student created interactive program designed to help teachers learn how to assist students in the classroom dealing with emotional trauma. It is focused on the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, a compilation of ten of the most common ways children are victimized by abuse in the household. The program consists of several different scenarios involving students suffering from symptoms of their past and allows teachers to respond in various ways to the situation at hand. The actions chosen determine how the student and classroom reacts in future scenarios, simulating a real life classroom experience. Dealing with issues such as intentional and unintentional defiance, panic attacks, exaggerated startle responses and more, the program enables teachers to effectively reach out to students in troubling times.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Lewis

Scott Lewis

Instructional Technology Coach, Frederick County Public Schools


Sunday December 8, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Crystal D

9:45am

Technology Field Day - Moving Full Steam Ahead with CTE and Elementary Students!
Ozobots, Spheros, MineCraft Coding, Race Car Engineering, and a Maker Space with 3D Printing, Vinyl Cutting, and Laser Cutting - all in one day, yes it is possible! Come see how our district got on track with the new Profile of a Virginia Graduate and created the first ever "Technology Field Day" where High School CTE students, ran Technology-based stations for our districts 5th grade students in an effort to create excitement over CTE educational opportunities!

Speakers
avatar for Chrissy Carr

Chrissy Carr

ITRT, Prince George County Public Schools
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Matt Weston

Graphic Imaging Technology, Instructor, Prince George High School



Sunday December 8, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Shenandoah B

9:45am

Zap! Pow! Click! Student activities you get to pick
Creating small group math and reading rotations using Nearpod to engage students! Through the creating and editing of Nearpod lessons to engage students in content knowledge.


Sunday December 8, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Crystal A

9:45am

Mindfulness Experience
Reserve your space beginning on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Click here to schedule your time.  In the midst of conference life, take the time to practice self-care. Visit the VSTE Mindfulness room to find water to sip on, relaxing music, and comfortable seating for your experience.

Sunday December 8, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Madison

11:00am

Access Abilities: Designing for All Learners
More students are coming to school with a varying array of abilities. And teachers are exploring new ways to not only support these learners, but to also personalize every student’s learning experience. Join us to learn about tools and resources from Apple that allow all students to explore, communicate, and create in new and powerful ways. Explore the built-in accessibility features included on every iPad, Mac, and Apple TV that can be customized to help diverse learners succeed.

Speakers
AI

Apple, Inc

Apple, Inc.


Sunday December 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Pocahontas B

11:00am

All Aboard the Discovery Education Express
Whether you are new to Discovery Education or looking for new ways to maximize your experience, this session will guide you through Discovery Education's dynamic features. from videos to sound clips to instructional strategies. This session will only be beneficial for you if your school has purchased Discovery Education.

Speakers
avatar for Denise Henry-Orndorff

Denise Henry-Orndorff

Instructional Technology Resource Coach, Strasburg HS, Signal Knob MS, Sandy Hook ES
I am married and have two children. Our days are busy with baseball, Relay for Life, and church. I am currently finishing my 23rd year of teaching in Shenandoah County where I went as a child. I have a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education (K-3 certification) from James Madison... Read More →



Sunday December 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Crystal D

11:00am

All Aboard the Virtual Reality LOCO-Motive!
Virtual and augmented reality are current trends within the educational technology community. Just like most educational technology, there is debate about the effectiveness of its integration into K-12 classrooms. We set out to determine if virtual reality has an affect on student engagement and learning in a third grade classroom. Using a departmentalized grade level, we enriched science lessons to one class using virtual reality and used normal videos with another. We will also be providing a hands-on experience with the devices we used for this research. Do not be a-freight to find out the results of our action research at this session and to get a hands-on experience with ClassVR!

Speakers
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Michale Siverio

ITRT, Norfolk City Public Schools
avatar for Matt Roadruck

Matt Roadruck

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher Specialist, Norfolk Public Schools



Sunday December 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Roanoke G

11:00am

An Intro to Student-Centered Coaching for Lead Teachers and School Leaders
Are you a lead teacher or school leader that is trying to help teachers improve their student outcomes? In this session we will explore some of the methods, skills, and roles in student-centered coaching. You will leave with specific ways to approach planning, co-teaching, and reflecting on coaching cycles.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Bakner

Tim Bakner

Instructional Coach, Virginia Beach City Public Schools


Sunday December 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Crystal A

11:00am

Autocrat: More than just a mail merger
In this session we will explore the Google Sheets add-on AutoCrat. We will look at several examples of how this has been used from District level Admins to individual classroom teachers. Examples will include walk-through forms, discipline referrals, classroom record keeping, "paper" copies of online quizzes/tests, and many more. Samples of everything presented will be provided.

Link to the Presentation: http://bit.ly/VSTE2019autocrat
Presentation has links to working samples of all examples shown.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Novick

Jon Novick

ITRT, Clarke County Public Schools
I'm an ITRT and Coach in Clarke County Public Schools. Before becoming an ITRT 6 years ago I was a HS Chemistry teacher for 8 years in Arizona and Virginia.I work with grades preK-12 in our district, splitting my time between an Elementary School and the High School in our small... Read More →


Sunday December 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Brush Mountain

11:00am

Beyond Bells & Whistles… Growing a Tech Mindset
As gadgets, apps and tech stream into schools, educators must learn to turn these toys into tools. This session will inspire teachers and leaders to establish new environments and set new expectations, while transforming what it means to teach in this unprecedented era.

Speakers
avatar for Marc Isseks

Marc Isseks

Assistant Principal, New Hyde Park Memorial High School
Marc Isseks is a writer, speaker, podcaster and building administrator. His book, Forward Fast: Making Sense of Education in an Era of Rapid Change, chronicles the sweeping transformations that have occurred in classrooms during the technological revolution and paves a path to the... Read More →


Sunday December 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Tinker Mountain

11:00am

Create Presentations That Are Faster Than A Speeding Bullet Train With Ignite Talks!
Are you looking for a great final product for a PBL project or other unit of instruction? Would you like to help your students improve their presentation skills? Ignite is just the ticket! Empower students and engage audiences as you avoid lengthy presentation layovers with these speedy, five-minute talks. In this hands-on, interactive session, you will learn about this fast and fun presentation tool as you work in teams to create and share Ignite Talks of your own using Google Slides. Wave goodbye to your type-A tendencies - slides automatically advance every 15 seconds!


Sunday December 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Crystal B

11:00am

Driving the train doesn't set the course, the real job is laying the track.
“Driving the train doesn’t set its course. The real job is laying the track.” In the classroom, the tools we provide our students help them to optimize their learning. In this session, the presenters will share ways in which instructors can using technology (Apps, Webquests, Blogging, Film and Video, Digitial Field Trips) to encourage Engish Language Learners to connect with course material and master content along with their peers. This session will include both discussion and hands-on learning opportunities.

Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline Zacarias

Jacqueline Zacarias

ELL Teacher, Frederick County Public Schools
I taught third grade for three years and made the jump to high school ELL! Love my new position and all I'm learning! Follow me on twitter and help me grow my #PLN! @ESL_Adventures


Sunday December 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Roanoke E

11:00am

Easy Tools for Integrating Physical Computing from K through 12
bit.ly/pcVSTE2019 (all of our resources) Looking for a hands-on way to integrate computer science into your curriculum? From kindergarten to high school, and from science to language arts, we have ideas that you can integrate at each level. Utilizing Microbits, Makey Makeys, Arduinos, and Raspberry Pis, your students will be engaged and gaining essential skills to understand the world they are growing up in and the ability to create on a whole new level. Stop on by to see which tools we recommend for each development level and then come by our Innovation Station throughout VSTE to tinker and create! Leave with a list of ready-made resources and step-by-step resources for getting started with your students!

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Eric Johnston

Learning Technology Integrator, Albemarle County Public Schools


Sunday December 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Buck Mountain AB

11:00am

Embracing Instructional Changes In The 4th Industrial Revolution
What is the 4th Industrial Revolution? Are you prepared for this economic generation? Gain insight about some of the latest, leading-edge technologies that will impact perspective students, faculty, universities and be at the center of the “Campus of the Future”. Elliott Levine, HP Distinguished Technologist & Director of Education, examines how 3D print will transform manufacturing, provide examples of how XR is creating powerful learning environments and why AI is reengineering almost every industry.

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HP, Inc.

HP
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Sunday December 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Appalachian

11:00am

Flipping Formatives: formative data in a flipped classroom to keep students on track!
In this workshop, we will combine elements of a flipped classroom with choice menus and playlists to create the ultimate student pathway for learning. Students are given a formative assessment to check for understanding to begin class, which will be used as a baseline to drive instruction. Then, students will use their formative score to determine their targeted instruction for the period. Based on their score, students will participate in different flexible groups such as small group targeted instruction with the teacher, practice for missing concepts, and extension activities for students who have achieved mastery to promote deeper learning. This digital model allows for immediate feedback for students and immediate data collection for you! After participants get a first-hand look at the model, we will focus on how to set up structures for this classroom model to promote student ownership - putting the focus on the students! This particular lesson example is from 6th Grade English, however, this model is able to be applied to any grade level and any subject. Examples of other grade level and subject models will be provided for teachers to explore on their own.

Speakers
avatar for Kelsey Brown

Kelsey Brown

6th Grade English Teacher, Loudoun County Public Schools
bit.ly/flippingformatives



Sunday December 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Wilson

11:00am

Follow the train into the Student Engagement Station with Pear Deck, EdPuzzle, Formative, Flip Grid and More
Looking for ways to bring increased engagement to your classroom? How to add magic and interactive questions to your formative assessments? Want to empower student critical and creative thinking in your classroom and take ownership of their own learning? Jump on our train as it ROARS into the Student Engagement Station with Pear Deck, EdPuzzle, Formative, Socrative, FlipGrip and so much more.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Dorman

Heather Dorman

School Based Technology Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools
http://bit.ly/DORMANVSTE19


Sunday December 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Crystal C

11:00am

Girls Who Code & Loudoun County Public Schools - a partnership model on how to inspire your female students to code
By 2026, there is expected to be more than half a million jobs available in technology, making computing the most sought-after in the US job market. However, only 19% of students who receive degrees in computing are women. Girls Who Code is working to close this gender gap by offering FREE coding curriculum to schools and nonprofits. Our mission is to inspire, equip, and educate girls with the CS skills they need for 21st century jobs. We do this by working closely with school district partners to drive our work and expand our reach. Loudoun County Public Schools has successfully implemented Girls Who Code curriculum across their school district the last three years, reaching over 20 schools and over a hundred students. During this workshop, participants will hear strategies and best practices from Girls Who Code and Loudoun County Public Schools. Not only will they leave with a thorough understanding of Girls Who Code’s free curriculum offerings, but they will also be provided with a Community Partnership Model to bring back to their school district for county-wide implementation.

Additional member of presentation team: Michelle Laycock

Speakers
avatar for Amy Layman

Amy Layman

Regional Partnership Coordinator, Girls Who Code
After four years in the classroom working as a math specialist, I realized that gendered beliefs about math and science were happening far earlier than I anticipated. I became passionate about making sure every student saw themselves as a mathematician. My experience in the classroom... Read More →
avatar for Nick Grzeda

Nick Grzeda

Digital Integration Specialist, Loudoun County Public Schools
Nick Grzeda is a Digital Integration Specialist in the Office of Educational Technology for Loudoun County Public Schools. His responsibilities include managing the LMS for the division; leading divisionwide initiatives like BYOT and providing staff training in the area of blended... Read More →



Sunday December 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Shenandoah B

11:00am

Having Technical Difficulties with Motivation?
Motivation can be a tricky thing. Learn how to engage all students with activities that awaken your students' Central Processing Unit. Explore learning modalities and reception modes, then prepare to be learning with with feet. Strategies include: Vote with Your Feet, Human Graphing, Hot Seat, What's the Story With? You will leave with great strategies to engage and motivate even your most reluctant learner by using these techniques to develop lessons that incorporate multiple learning modalities into the lessons you teach. Don't be afraid to be yourself in this session. You will leave laughing and with great ideas for how to deliver instruction in ways students will love.

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Sunday December 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Roanoke F

11:00am

Hop on the VSTE Express with Nearpod
The Nearpod Education platform is an engaging presentation "train" that you can use in all forms of classrooms. This train will come to life with Virtual Reality field trips, videos, polls, and 3D objects. Your students will "stay on track" with the content you teach through the use of open-ended questions, multiple choice questions, collaboration boards,drawing tools, and an engaging environment. Students can access this train whether they are at home or at school with a device, internet connection, and a Nearpod code that is automatically generated after your lesson is designed. Hop on the Nearpod cart of the VSTE Express to learn how you can engage and participate all types of learners in your classroom!

Speakers
avatar for Tobin Traxler

Tobin Traxler

ITC, Prince William County



Sunday December 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Washington Lecture Hall

11:00am

How Khan Academy Can Keep Your Kids on the Right Track
This session will provide a unique perspective for K-12 educators on how Khan Academy can be implemented in their classroom. From rollout to content to the bells and whistles that make the site truly special, attendees will see a tool that they can not only implement the day they get back to school, but they’ll be eager to show their students.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Nemerow

Daniel Nemerow

Technology Coach, Patriot High School
Patriot High School Instructional Technology Coach Daniel Nemerow, has spent the past 18 years working to refine and enrich consciousness in young people of all abilities. From his years teaching in a school for students with emotional disabilities to his tenure as a math department... Read More →



Sunday December 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Mill Mountain

11:00am

On Track with Technology Integration that works for you
Tired of implementing another program or technology idea that is more work than benefit? Come learn and share technology ideas that work for you and your elementary classroom. Why do work for students that they can do with technology. Students can share what they're doing at school, teach other students (and teachers!) how to complete tasks, and read to younger students without leaving the classroom. Focus will be on apps/ tools that come on the computer and free websites like SeeSaw, Nearpod and ScreenCastOMatic. Bring your ideas to share as well.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Elliott

Michelle Elliott

Instructional Technology Coach, PWCS- Kilby Elementary School



Sunday December 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Harrison/Tyler

11:00am

Personalize Learning with Digital Task Cards
Want to make the most of instructional time? Self-checking digital task cards provide instant feedback and teachers receive real time data to make informative decisions and provide immediate intervention for all students.

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Sunday December 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Pocahontas A

11:00am

Transforming Learning by Creating a Modern Learning Space
Over the last 80 years, the physical structure of schools has changed, but the average classroom still looks very much the same. In order to address the needs of the 21st Century teacher and student and to support modern pedagogy, the learning space needs to adapt as well. Modern learning environments use individual learning devices, STEM tools, Audio Visual supports, and intentional design to create opportunities for creating, collaborating, and sharing.

Examine current literature and theory concerning classroom design
Review examples of current Modern Learning Environments
Identify the design drivers centered on learning outcomes and educational experiences

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Sponsors
avatar for CDW-G

CDW-G

Account Executive, CDWG
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Sunday December 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Shenandoah A

11:00am

Transforming the Learning, One Podcast at a Time!
Podcasts are transforming the learning experience for both teachers and students. Podcasts are free, easy to access, and introduce diverse stories and perspectives. This session will first introduce a variety of podcasts for teachers looking to expand their professional learning network, gain new ideas, and challenge their current mindset. The session will also introduce innovative ways to use current podcasts to promote transfer and meaning-making with your students. Lastly, participants will learn about creating podcasts in the classroom with a variety of platforms that can be used from kindergarten to senior year.

Speakers
avatar for Caroline Doughty

Caroline Doughty

Technology Integration Specialist, Alexandria City Public Schools
Technology Integration Specialist


Sunday December 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Monroe

11:00am

Breaking Down Coding with Lego Wedo Robotics
In this session you will integrate Lego Wedo Robotics in with the Design Process. You wild Build, test, reflect, modify and retest. Everything our students should be doing.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Rickard

Kevin Rickard

Instructional Technology Specialist, Newtown Elementary School
I am finishing my 13th year as a teacher in public schools. I have spent the last 8 years as a CRS/ITS at Newtown Elementary. Prior to that I retired out of the Navy after 23 years service. I tracked submarines using passive and active acoustics and certified as a Master Training... Read More →



Sunday December 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Commonwealth Lounge

11:00am

Mindfulness Experience
Reserve your space beginning on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Click here to schedule your time. In the midst of conference life, take the time to practice self-care. Visit the VSTE Mindfulness room to find water to sip on, relaxing music, and comfortable seating for your experience.

Sunday December 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Madison

11:00am

VSTE Table Talks: Virtual Virginia
Come by the VSTE Central table to talk with representatives from Virtual Virginia. 

Speakers
avatar for Lyndsey Martin

Lyndsey Martin

Curriculum Supervisor, Virtual Virginia


Sunday December 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
North Entry Foyer

12:00pm

Lunch
SALAD SELECTION
Pearl Couscous Fennel Pear Salad (V)
SANDWICHES
Turkey Horseradish Havarti Sandwich
Zesty Italian
Vegan Grilled Vegetable Hummus Wrap
DESSERTS & BEVERAGES
Cookie, Bag of Chips, Whole Fruit, Soda or Water

Sunday December 8, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Roanoke Foyer

12:00pm

VSTE Table Talks: VSTE Executive Director, Karen Richardson, Plus Board Member David French
Come by the VSTE table to chat with VSTE's Karen Richardson, Executive Director, and Board member David French. 

Speakers
avatar for Karen Richardson

Karen Richardson

Executive Director, VSTE
Executive Director of VSTE


Sunday December 8, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
North Entry Foyer

1:00pm

Spotlight - Cultivating Kindness for Global Impact
In this fast-paced era of technological advances and digitized experiences, it's easy to miss simple opportunities to strengthen humanity. Discover the power of cultivating kindness - both in the classroom and beyond - to broaden perspectives and enrich learning. Join Tamara Letter as she shares her experiences of supporting and empowering students, teachers, and administrators in their quest to make a positive impact in the world around them.

Speakers
avatar for Tamara Letter

Tamara Letter

ITRT, Hanover County Public Schools
Tamara Letter is an enthusiastic presenter, writer, and kindness cultivator who strives each day to add a little good to the world. She is author of A Passion for Kindness and in addition to being a mom, educator, and writer, she is also an active VSTE conference committee member... Read More →


Sunday December 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Crystal Ballroom & Washington Lecture Hall (Overflow)

1:00pm

VSTE Table Talks: Anita Harris, VSTE Board Member
Come by the VSTE table to chat with Anita Harris, VSTE Board Member. 

Speakers
avatar for Anita Harris

Anita Harris

Coordinator of Testing & Pupil Personnel, Franklin City Public Schools
EdTech advocate who is always seeking, always learning, always sharing... ​~ Coordinator of Testing & Pupil Personnel, Franklin City Public Schools ~ Board Director, Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) ~ Certified Online Facilitator, PBS TeacherLine & WHRO... Read More →


Sunday December 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
North Entry Foyer

2:00pm

Kid Talks
The 5th Annual Kid Talks is an updated Poster Session but with the twist of having students leading the discussion and explaining one way technology is being used in their school to enhance the learning process. They are encouraged to create the “old fashioned” poster but also bring devices to share their Kid Talks.

Sunday December 8, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Crystal/Roanoke Shared Foyer

2:15pm

#GoOpenVA: It's about the journey!
January 2020 is #GoOpenVA's launch, but it is only the very beginning of the journey along this new platform that will provide open education resources, community spaces, and support for teachers looking to personalize learning. This session will provide an introduction to #GoOpenVA and help you devise an itinerary for your own unique journey.

Speakers
avatar for Jean Weller

Jean Weller

Instructional Technology Specialist, Virginia Department of Education
Interests: Professional development, virtual learning, competency-based learning, alternative assessments, maker spaces, libraries, mystery books, cats and dogs. Find me on Twitter at @JeanWeller



Sunday December 8, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Pocahontas A

2:15pm

Apple Creativity Lab / iPadOS for Education
Join us for an immersive learning experience that’s possible only with iPad. Unleash your creativity through Green Screen technology with iMovie, drawing, photography, video, music, coding, and augmented reality. Get hands on with fun activities, then take your projects home to share with peers.

Speakers
AI

Apple, Inc

Apple, Inc.


Sunday December 8, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Pocahontas B

2:15pm

Are you cyber safe?
It’s no longer a matter of “if”, but “when”. As the world becomes more mobile and connected, cyberattacks continue to rapidly grow in frequency and sophistication, placing your company’s data and personal information at risk.  Are you protected? While organizations are aware of the growing threat, most are overly focused on security software and data center protection while neglect securing client and end-point devices.  HP looks at client end-point security holistically; a multi-layered approach rooted in hardware. Security that’s built-in, not bolted on.  HP’s approach to security is unparalleled in the PC industry – and this is only the beginning.

Speakers
JB

Jurgen Bayer

Sr. Security Adviser

Sponsors
HI

HP, Inc.

HP
Learn about HP laptops, pc desktops, printers, accessories and more at the Official HP® Website.


Sunday December 8, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Appalachian

2:15pm

Can You Gamify Your Way to Better School Culture?
Is it possible to use gamification techniques and strategies to improve the culture in your building? What strategies work well, and which ones simply aren’t worth the time? How many people need to buy in to make your effort successful? Join us to explore these questions and more as we share our experiences with #MARVELousBryant!


Sunday December 8, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Mill Mountain

2:15pm

Coding, Robotics and 21st century Skills through Competition - Inclusiveness & Equity in STEM
How can you address the goal of permeating STEM education into schools and meeting state Computer Science requirements? STEM education and especially teaching engineering and technology in the classroom needs a new approach. The Cyber Robotics Coding Competition uses competition, gaming, and online learning to introduce robotics and coding to all students. The competitive environment engages students, is more inclusive and equitable than any other approach, breaks down gender and diversity obstacles and kids have FUN.

This session will introduce the CRCC - a competition and learning platform for teaching tech literacy to all levels. Teachers will get a chance to interact with the platform and practice hands on problem solving.

Audience: CRCC is a middle school program and will expand in the future to high schools. The session is for educators, technology leaders, STEM coordinators, and district leaders who have a desire to follow industry trends and prepare their students for the future.

Speakers

Sunday December 8, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Wilson

2:15pm

Google Accessibility Extensions and Apps
Making learning accessible and exciting to all students is the target for every teacher and administrator. The Chrome OS and Chrome browser offer tools that can support children who are struggling, who have special needs, and who want to do more. Learn some ways to increase accessibility and encourage participation for all students.

Speakers
Sponsors
avatar for CDW-G

CDW-G

Account Executive, CDWG
Your Business Technology Resource. Shop CDW Today - People Who Get IT. Free account registration. Custom configuration. Dedicated account teams. Authorized reseller. Types: Desktops, Scanners, Ink & Toner, Batteries, Cables.


Sunday December 8, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Shenandoah A

2:15pm

How Do the Digital Lives of Our Students Impact Their Social Emotional Well-Being?
We know that meeting social & emotional needs of students is critical to academic success—students learn better when they feel heard, valued, & respected. Sadly, our students are experiencing additional digital stressors that may be hard for them to overcome, which spill over into the classroom. Join Common Sense Education as we explore unique ways educators can use digital citizenship and social-emotional learning to create engaging welcoming learning environments. Participants will discuss digital dilemmas our students may be facing and the questions that they raise. You will leave with strategies, thinking routines and tools to help students navigate their digital lives with perspective.

Presentation Link:  tinyurl.com/VSTESEL

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Huth

Barbara Huth

Common Sense Education, Common Sense Education
Barbara Huth is the Education Program Manager for Common Sense Education in the D.C. Metro area. She partners with school districts in DC, Maryland, Virginia and beyond to help educators and parents build the foundational digital citizenship skills for kids to utilize technology safely... Read More →


Sunday December 8, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Washington Lecture Hall

2:15pm

How To Achieve Success With Your School's Esports Program
Today 20% of schools have implemented an esports program and another 50% are considering one. Come join us to learn why Esports is enhancing education for students. Additionally, we will share technology tips and tricks from the experts that will help ensure you create a successful Esports program.


Sunday December 8, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Harrison/Tyler

2:15pm

On the right track to hosting a Digital Literacy Night
We all know what we do in our classrooms with technology, but do our stakeholders know? Come to our session and learn how hosting a digital literacy night can highlight all the amazing things your school is doing with technology. We will share how hosting a student led digital literacy night at our school helped us gain support and answer questions on how a 1:1 digital environment continues to impact and enhance student learning. Presenters will discuss everything from pre planning stages, publicity, getting teacher buy in, showcasing grade level work, to our glows and grows from hosting two digital literacy nights.


http://bit.ly/VSTEDLN



Speakers
avatar for Katie Bruechert

Katie Bruechert

Librarian, Fairfax County Public Schools


Sunday December 8, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Roanoke F

2:15pm

Podcasts are the New Essays
Come learn about how to do podcasting for yourself or in your classroom. We will review the podcasting process, tools, and K-12 content related ideas. This is a great way to have students start to build their brand online, tell stories, and improve their writing of actual essays. Podcasting is a great way to communicate with your community beyond the newsletter format. #PodcastsAreTheNewEssays

Visit podcastsarethenewessays.com for resources from the session. 

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Fielding

Katherine Fielding

Google Trainer and Innovator, Prince William County Schools
I am passionate about improving homebound instruction for chronically ill students. podcastsarethenewessays.com
avatar for William Watts

William Watts

Instructional Technology Coach, Charles J. Colgan High School
SPED teacher, Middle School Language Arts Teacher, High School Instructional Technology Coach. I believe our greatest impact on students, educators, and the community is in the relationships we cultivate. We must Win the Right to be Heard.


Sunday December 8, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Buck Mountain AB

2:15pm

Robots Come Alive in Literacy
Participants will engage in this fantastic experience of implementing robotics into literacy. They will have a hands-on opportunity to code/program robots and create and use stories that come to life. The story jumps off the page!

Speakers
AG

Atleacia Gibson

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Taylor Elementary/Arlington Public Schools



Sunday December 8, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Shenandoah B

2:15pm

Students as Conductors: Learning Paths for Personalizing Instruction
Come learn how to combine Google Draw and Google Classroom to design personalized learning paths for your students! Learning paths allow student voice as they explore the curriculum at their own pace. These paths reinforce executive functioning skills such as time management and goal-setting as students navigate the path’s “tracks”.

In our session we’ll share how to create learning paths, manage them, and scaffold them for learners of all-abilities. We’ll share examples from our classroom and student feedback, as well as teach participants how to make one.

This session is applicable for grades 3-8 teachers.

Technology Standard:
Learning Facilitator: Teachers facilitate learning with technology to support student achievement.

Speakers
avatar for Eileen Glass

Eileen Glass

5th Grade Teacher, Fairfax County Public Schools
avatar for Kelly Herring

Kelly Herring

3rd grade teacher, Fairfax County Public Schools


Sunday December 8, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Roanoke G

2:15pm

Students as Engineers: Switching Tracks to Alternative Assessments
The participants will learn ideas for how creativity tools can be used to empower students and assess mastery of learning. As evidence of learning shifts to performance based, students can use technology tools to demonstrate their knowledge, get feedback, and revise until mastery is achieved. Participants will explore a variety of K-5 project examples, technology tools for creativity, and rubrics and resources for assessing students' work.

Speakers

Sunday December 8, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Brush Mountain

2:15pm

The Subtle Art Of Developing Computational Thinkers in K-12
Developing Computational Thinking skills in the students of Loudoun County Public Schools is an undertaking that we are currently invested which started with implementing extracurricular coding activities like the Hour of Code, examining robotics, and using block based platforms like Scratch and iOS coding apps like Swift. These initial steps bolstered the enthusiasm of our students and assisted them in understanding the importance of learning Computer Science. The integration of Computer Science into the core curriculum has gained much traction in our division and we would like to share the journey that LCPS has taken to establishing a wall-to-wall PBL School for Computational Thinking with you! From the accomplishments seen at our three Computer Science Immersion Elementary Schools to the addition of three Computer Science Instructional Facilitators co-facilitating with teachers at 15 Elementary Schools in grades K-2 and five Middle Schools in grade 6, please learn how LCPS has developed strategies to enhance the Computational Thinking skills of our students.

Speakers
avatar for Nick Grzeda

Nick Grzeda

Digital Integration Specialist, Loudoun County Public Schools
Nick Grzeda is a Digital Integration Specialist in the Office of Educational Technology for Loudoun County Public Schools. His responsibilities include managing the LMS for the division; leading divisionwide initiatives like BYOT and providing staff training in the area of blended... Read More →



Sunday December 8, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Roanoke E

2:15pm

Use Goal Setting, Critique and Reflection to Keep Your Class On Track
We often say that there is never enough time. Time to set goals, plan lessons to meet independent needs, critique student work and reflect on that work. We often find ourselves settling for the bare minimum: just plan the lessons. We can show you some simple tech savvy techniques to get it all in and keep your class on track.
In this session geared toward secondary teaching environments, we will demonstrate and discuss a variety of successful techniques that you can use consistently and even repetitively to train your students to value the iterative goal setting, critique, and reflection process and take control of their own learning. If you work with students in collaborative teams or have aspirations to incorporate more student choice in projects without losing control of your engines then this session is a definite stop!

Speakers
avatar for Erin Richburg

Erin Richburg

Visual Arts Teacher - VPAA, VBCPS Salem HS
I teach a ton of digital based art classes and I am constantly looking for ways to use technology to create, document, discuss, and interact with graphics and art in the classroom.


Sunday December 8, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Tinker Mountain

2:15pm

Staying on Track with Dash
How can Dash robots enhance learning and keep students on track in the elementary classroom? Dash robots allow students to interact with curriculum in an innovative way. Come learn how Dash can help students be the conductor of their own learning by bringing creative opportunities to math and science. To program robots to achieve goals, students must utilize coding and logical thinking. Students engage in collaborative, hands-on learning, developing grit and problem-solving skills. Learn how to integrate these powerful tools into your curriculum and keep students on track.

Speakers
avatar for Martha Walsh

Martha Walsh

Technology Integration Specialist, Alexandria City Public Schools
Technology Integration Specialist


Sunday December 8, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Commonwealth Lounge

2:15pm

Mindfulness Experience
Reserve your space beginning on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Click here to schedule your time. In the midst of conference life, take the time to practice self-care. Visit the VSTE Mindfulness room to find water to sip on, relaxing music, and comfortable seating for your experience.

Sunday December 8, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Madison

2:15pm

VSTE Table Talks: Virtual Virginia
Come by the VSTE Central table to talk with representatives from Virtual Virginia. 

Speakers
avatar for Lyndsey Martin

Lyndsey Martin

Curriculum Supervisor, Virtual Virginia


Sunday December 8, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
North Entry Foyer

3:30pm

All Aboard: Portfolios & Personalized Learning!
Are your students' active members in their learning and data analysis? We'll show you the many ways that our students are tracking, reflecting, analyzing, and showcasing their story through Google Drive portfolios. We'll share examples of K-6 students creating videos, collaborating with Google Docs, designing online games, answering emails, sharing Google Forms, publishing podcasts, recording music, creating digital art, and more! Student owned portfolios provide a powerful way for all children to share their accomplishments with learning teams who collaborate, encourage, and inspire them along their educational journey. Plan to leave this technology-packed session feeling empowered to guide students in designing and implementing a portfolio that reflects their story and specific goals with ease, reward, and excitement!

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Lennon

Sarah Lennon

Tech Coach, Willow Springs ES
Sarah Lennon is a teacher with fifteen years of experience in the upper elementary grades. She currently serves as Tech Coach to more than 1000 students and 150+ adults in Fairfax, Virginia. She enjoys creating fun and interactive lessons that keeps learners engaged in the education... Read More →



Sunday December 8, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Monroe

3:30pm

Are You on the Right Track with Computer Science?
Virginia has new standards of learning for computer science in grades K-12.Many educators are nervous and not sure how to address these standards in their classroom.I'll lift the fog and have you chugging down the track of computer science education in no time.Join me to learn more about what is computer science and how to implement the new computer science standards in your elementary classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Fara Faust

Fara Faust

Instructional Technology Specialist, VBCPS



Sunday December 8, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Harrison/Tyler

3:30pm

CDW-G Meet and Greet
Conversate with CDW-G in an informal meet and greet session and learn all about the company can assist with your instructional needs.

Speakers
Sponsors
avatar for CDW-G

CDW-G

Account Executive, CDWG
Your Business Technology Resource. Shop CDW Today - People Who Get IT. Free account registration. Custom configuration. Dedicated account teams. Authorized reseller. Types: Desktops, Scanners, Ink & Toner, Batteries, Cables.


Sunday December 8, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Shenandoah A

3:30pm

Cultivating Kindness: A Conversation with Tamara Letter
Continue the conversation about cultivating kindness with Sunday Spotlight speaker, Tamara Letter. Discuss the impact of technology integrated kindness lessons and how to support a culture of empathy, compassion, and positivity in your classroom, school, or district. Presentation Link: http://bit.ly/vstekind19

Speakers
avatar for Tamara Letter

Tamara Letter

ITRT, Hanover County Public Schools
Tamara Letter is an enthusiastic presenter, writer, and kindness cultivator who strives each day to add a little good to the world. She is author of A Passion for Kindness and in addition to being a mom, educator, and writer, she is also an active VSTE conference committee member... Read More →


Sunday December 8, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Washington Lecture Hall

3:30pm

Differentiate to Meet your Students Where They Are
Do you struggle in providing your students with the content they need in their learning journey? Implementing scaffolds to differentiate the learning experience can allow for students to start their learning in the space that is right for them and challenges them. We have found that technology and resources have provided flexibility if offering these opportunities for our students and enhanced our students' ability to analyze, assess and reconstruct their thinking. I want to share ways to set up a differentiated experience for your students so they are challenged and find success in the classroom.

We will look at different tools and resources that teachers will be able to immediately incorporate into the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Poumade

Nathan Poumade

School-Based Technology Specialist, FCPS



Sunday December 8, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Roanoke F

3:30pm

Esports Technology: Hardware, Infrastructure, and Games
Since joining HP Inc, Joshua Pann has led HP's charge in collegiate Esports. He has been an avid life-long gamer and hobbyist PC builder. He combines his experience as an educator with his knowledge of Esports to help universities support the vibrant student communities forming around Esports.

Speakers
Sponsors
HI

HP, Inc.

HP
Learn about HP laptops, pc desktops, printers, accessories and more at the Official HP® Website.


Sunday December 8, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Appalachian

3:30pm

Explore the World and Step Up Instruction Across the Curriculum Using Google Earth
Google Earth is a great way to see your house or your school, but it can also be a great way to enhance your instruction! Come see how you can use Google Earth Pro, and the new web-based version of Google Earth to visualize scientific data, to explore math concepts, to give historical context of events, and to examine settings in literature. This free tool can help students explore concepts from a different perspective, while keeping them engaged with real world information, and helping them develop spatial reasoning skills.

Speakers


Sunday December 8, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Crystal A

3:30pm

Google Drawings: Just the Ticket for Creating in the Classroom
Google Drawing, the often forgotten G Suite App, has numerous applications in the classroom. Students can create their own graphic organizers, diagrams, and presentations, both independently and collaboratively. Teachers can create resources for student learning, such as graphic organizers, hyperlinked photos/diagrams, escape room-style activities, and more!

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Prebeck

Hannah Prebeck

Instructional Software Specialist, Loudoun County Public Schools
Loudoun County Public Schools


Sunday December 8, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Crystal D

3:30pm

Google for Education Presents: What's New with Google
With G Suite for Education, educators can create opportunities for learning, streamline administrative tasks, and challenge their students to think critically—all without disrupting current workflows. G Suite for Education tools are powerful on their own, but work even better together.

Speakers
Sponsors
avatar for Google

Google

Schools and universities are using Google's products, programs, and philanthropy to help them improve learning and innovation.


Sunday December 8, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Crystal E

3:30pm

iPad and Student Assessment
iPad is a powerful device for all types of student assessment, from daily formative assessment to high- stakes testing. Join this hands-on session to explore how iPad can support daily learning, formative assessments, and online state tests. Experience formative assessment on iPad and how Automatic Assessment Configuration secures iPad for summative assessments

Speakers
AI

Apple, Inc

Apple, Inc.


Sunday December 8, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Pocahontas B

3:30pm

Let's Take a Ride on the Soul Train
Although many of us teach students from destinations all over the world, we struggle with how to be culturally responsive to those around us.Join us to explore 5 ways to make the journey more enjoyable for those riding with us.20 years from now, our kids may not remember much of what we taught them, but they will remember how we taught them.Get on board this Soul train.We’ll visit ways to make this train ride one they will never forget, regardless of their future destinations.

Speakers
avatar for Alfred Toole

Alfred Toole

LTI Integrator, Albemarle County
I work as an LTI and serve as a youth minister. I am a father of 5. I love Google Slides, video editing, and Spades. I have MOUS certification, and I root for the Dallas Cowboys.



Sunday December 8, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Tinker Mountain

3:30pm

Movin' to Small Group Instruction
This class will model and explain the shift from whole group direct instruction to small group instruction in a secondary classroom. See the multiple of examples of tech integration and well as planning tools for small group instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Blais

Jennifer Blais

ITS, VBCPS
avatar for Leah Donohue

Leah Donohue

Teacher, VBCPS



Sunday December 8, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Crystal C

3:30pm

Moving Forward on the Edtech Track: Using Wakelet as an Instructional Hub
Wakelet is a free platform that allows you to save, organize and share content from all over the web.Pulling all of your lesson content into one collection that students can navigate independently is a great instructional strategy. Used to implement flipped/blended learning, it allows students to be more self-reliant and gives the instructor more time to help students who struggle.Wakelet offers flexibility in how you share content with your students encouraging creativity in both the instructional sequence and in the ways students demonstrate learning. Join us to learn about Wakelet and how it can be used to reshape your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Okoye

Ruth Okoye

Director of K12 Initiatives, The Source for Learning
Director of K12 Initiatives at The Source for Learning (https://www.sourceforlearning.org/).

Sponsors
avatar for Source for Learning

Source for Learning

The Source for Learning is a nonprofit that supports Early Childhood & K-12 education by providing high-quality classroom and professional learning resources; including TeachersFirst®, a collection of free teacher-reviewed, curated, and classroom-ready content and ideas for K12 educators... Read More →


Sunday December 8, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Wilson

3:30pm

ScratchEd Meetup - Part 1
ScratchEd Meetups are peer-designed professional learning experiences inspired by the unconference model. This means that you decide what your learning looks like! At our Meetup, you will have the opportunity to share, create, and learn with other educators who are also passionate about teaching with Scratch in the classroom. This meetup will focus on sharing and learning from others with time to experiment, create, play, and tinker! For the core of the meetup, you might start a new Scratch project, explore ideas related to your creative computing teaching practice, embark on a Scratch challenge, and more. Anyone who is interested in connecting with fellow educators and learning more about using Scratch in educational settings is welcome to participate!

Additional Presenters: Joe Beasley and Karen Hues

Speakers
avatar for Matt Caratachea

Matt Caratachea

Innovative Learning Coach, Henrico County Public Schools
avatar for Krystle Demas

Krystle Demas

Technology Coach/ ITRT: Elementary (3-5), Goochland County



Sunday December 8, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Shenandoah B

3:30pm

Staying Off the Wrong Side of the Digital Tracks: Embedding Digital Citizenship Education into Secondary Curriculum
With technology paving the way for instruction on a daily basis, there is a strong sense of urgency related to Digital Citizenship education. Join Hayfield Secondary Technology Coaches to hear how the Common Sense Education Digital Citizenship lessons were integrated into subject area content in ways that were meaningful and not “extra.” Prior to any lessons being taught, the needs of the school were assessed through interviews with all stakeholders, gauging the needs and prior knowledge of digital citizenship. After needs were assessed, the school offered professional development to teachers and then collaborated with them to use the Common Sense digital citizenship curriculum. Together, coaches and teachers found curricular ties that made lessons more meaningful for students. The digital citizenship curriculum helped open a conversation for teachers, students, and parents that left everyone feeling better equipped for a 1:1 rollout throughout the school. As a school, Hayfield was able to earn Common Sense recognition for their work in Digital Citizenship education and is continuing that work in the 2019-2020 school year. Participants in this session will learn how to identify themes within lessons and be better equipped to identify ways to embed them into their subject area content.

bit.ly/VSTEDigCit has the presentation resources.

Speakers
avatar for Tabitha Reber

Tabitha Reber

School Based Technology Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools



Sunday December 8, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Roanoke E

3:30pm

Taking the Fast Track to IEP Data Collection with Google Forms
All aboard the IEP goal tracking express! In this session, participants will explore how simple and efficient it can be to use Google Forms as a tool for IEP goal tracking. Google Forms offers users the opportunity to create customizable survey documents that special educators and inclusion teachers can use in a variety of contexts to track progress of student goals. Participants will learn about the benefits of using Google Forms for goal tracking, how to create Google Forms for use with their own students, and how to protect and use the data generated from this tool to measure student growth and set future goals.

Speakers
KT

Kelly Thompson

Special Education Teacher, Hurt Park Elementary School/ RCPS
avatar for Georgia McKown

Georgia McKown

Former elementary teacher and current Learning Sciences doctoral student at Clemson University. Digital Media and Learning Instructor for future teachers.


Sunday December 8, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Brush Mountain

3:30pm

The "Reel" Deal:Filmmaking as PBL
Video production empowers students to be stakeholders in their learning.Many applications and websites now make the process of creating and editing videos simple and accessible.During this session, teachers will experience firsthand the process of creating a video as well as discuss ways it can be implemented as a project based learning activity for students.This is a great opportunity to create an interest hook to introduce a unit of study, or create a “note card confession” to convey a concept.Teachers will also have a chance to do some “app smashing” using various Google tools.
Resource: http://bit.do/pblfilm

Speakers
avatar for Patricia Fox

Patricia Fox

Instructional Technology Resource Coach, Shenandoah County Public Schools


Sunday December 8, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Crystal B

3:30pm

There's An App For That!
Did you know that K-3 students can use typed coding to build their own apps? Typed coding teaches computer science, but also reinforces literacy, math, science, and other subjects. Students create their own shareable apps with a tool called Bitsbox—no two apps are the same! This hands-on presentation is directed at K-3 general ed. teachers. You'll walk away with a plan of action and strategies for integrating typed app coding into your everyday classroom. No experience necessary—climb aboard!

Speakers


Sunday December 8, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Pocahontas A

3:30pm

Traveling the Trainline to Google Forms
Travel the trainline on the VSTE Express to explore Google Forms. This session will show participants the key features of Google Forms and how they can create a variety of activities from quizzes to Choose your Own Adventure stories.Participants will be given time during the session to investigate and create their own activities.

If you are attending this session, please fill out this survey before the session: https://forms.gle/FNyDVmwfNaUeKxUb9

Speakers
avatar for Darcie Priester

Darcie Priester

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Manassas Park City Schools
Darcie Priester has served in the role of Instructional Technology Resource Teacher since 2006 and currently works at Manassas Park High School. She earned an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Integrating Technology in Schools. Ms. Priester is also a Google... Read More →



Sunday December 8, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Roanoke G

3:30pm

VSTE CAMP /Coach Me Too(Sneak Peak)
We are back with VSTE Camp ... Roanoke style!

VSTECamp is a participant-driven conference - commonly referred to as an "unconference" session. We will have everything you need to share your thoughts and ideas to other VSTE conference participants.

Let's not forget a SNEAK PEAK at our upcoming "Coach Me Too" sessions.


Sunday December 8, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Buck Mountain AB

3:30pm

YouTeach Get Back On Track with Technology
Has teaching for you turned into grading papers, testing, meetings, and reporting. Wish to reclaim some of your day to sit down and truly engage with students?Give yourself and your student more of those light bulb coming on moments for and help them succeed while YouTeach.Reclaim the joy of teaching by using YouTube, Google Classroom and other technology tools to Get On Track with Technology while YouTeach.
This session would be beneficial for teachers, administrators, technology coaches, and Curriculum & Instruction directors.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Hicks

Jason Hicks

Technology Coach, Wise County Public Schools



Sunday December 8, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Mill Mountain

3:30pm

VR Creations with Panoform
Looking for a free, creative way to immerse your students in virtual reality? Panoform allows you to create your own VR environments using paper grids and basic VR eyewear. Come try out Panoform, learn how to get started, and receive ideas for use!

Speakers
avatar for Kelsey Pacer

Kelsey Pacer

Instructional Designer, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Instructional Designer @ Bensley ES and Clover Hill ES



Sunday December 8, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Commonwealth Lounge

3:30pm

Mindfulness Experience
Reserve your space beginning on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Click here to schedule your time. In the midst of conference life, take the time to practice self-care. Visit the VSTE Mindfulness room to find water to sip on, relaxing music, and comfortable seating for your experience.

Sunday December 8, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Madison

3:30pm

VSTE Table Talks: Virtual Virginia
Come by the VSTE Central table to talk with representatives from Virtual Virginia. 

Speakers
avatar for Lyndsey Martin

Lyndsey Martin

Curriculum Supervisor, Virtual Virginia


Sunday December 8, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
North Entry Foyer

4:45pm

ALL Aboard!Polar Express Digital Breakout
It’s Christmas Eve, the best night of the year
You lay awake in bed, for Santa is near.
Just as you drift off to sleep,
From your bed you suddenly leap.
Out your window in the quiet snow
Is a slow train that is bright and aglow...

Join us in the race to find your lost Polar Express Ticket using a digital breakout experience! Participants will be actively engaged in the activity while learning how to incorporate a digital breakout in their own classrooms!


Sunday December 8, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Crystal B

4:45pm

Booking Your Ticket for a More Secure Future!
Today the threat of cyber attacks is more real and more dangerous than ever. These attacks range from complicated and highly organized electronic assaults exploiting serious security vulnerabilities to simply digging through dumpsters in search of discarded bank statements. Arguably one of the most concerning threats is commonly referred to as "Social Engineering". These cyber criminals take advantage of flaws in the way people behave to deceive targets and obtain sensitive information which can later be used for various highly unethical purposes. One type of Social Engineering is known as phishing. Phishing attacks will commonly simulate sensitive or important emails to trick their targets into doing something which could result in a data breach. Teachers have access to a significant amount of sensitive data, and many lack the security training found in corporate environments, which makes them ideal targets for a phishing attack. As technology becomes increasingly more involved in our classrooms, the threat of cyber crime, and the damage it can cause, increases. The 2018 report from the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center states that a majority of the incident-reports relating to cybercrime in K-12 education were primarily due to human error. One of the goals for this presentation is to discuss ways to mitigate the chances of human error causing a serious cyber incident. Using data from an anonymous K-12 district in Virginia, the results of a phishing audit performed using the KnowBe4 system will be discussed. During this presentation there will also be a simulated phishing attack demonstration. Finally, at the end of the presentation participants will review a case study of a district actually affected by a phishing attack, and will be given the opportunity to participate in a discussion on what could have been done to mitigate this attack. This presentation will hopefully provide teachers, administrative staff, IT staff, and other support members the information they need to make their own schools as secure as possible!

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Marotta

Christopher Marotta

Intern, Lynchburg City Schools



Sunday December 8, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Crystal D

4:45pm

Can You Live Without These Add-ons and Extensions? We Think Not!
Need to generate a quick citation for a website? Wish there was an easy way to record your computer screen and deliver the video quickly to your students? Could your life improve with better-organized website bookmarks? Add-ons and extensions can help with these and so much more. Google add-ons and Chrome extensions are small things that can do big things like help streamline workflow, improve organization, and make some pretty cool things happen. In this fast-paced session, the presenters will provide quick overviews of some of our favorite extensions and add-ons. Be ready to see and experience 30+ extensions and add-ons!
Resources: http://bit.ly/2ry3aD0

Speakers
avatar for Tim Reger

Tim Reger

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Rockingham County Public Schools
I received my undergraduate degree in English from James Madison University and my master’s degree in education from Longwood University. I taught high school English/reading/theatre for fifteen years and taught all kinds of stuff as a librarian for four years (elementary and high... Read More →
avatar for Sara Voigt

Sara Voigt

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Rockingham County Public Schools
After graduating from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA with a Masters in Business Administration and spending 8+ years in finance, marketing, and business, I switched careers and became a middle school English teacher where I found my true passion. I taught 8th grade English... Read More →


Sunday December 8, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Wilson

4:45pm

CDW-G Meet and Greet
Conversate with CDW-G in an informal meet and greet session and learn all about the company can assist with your instructional needs.

Speakers
Sponsors
avatar for CDW-G

CDW-G

Account Executive, CDWG
Your Business Technology Resource. Shop CDW Today - People Who Get IT. Free account registration. Custom configuration. Dedicated account teams. Authorized reseller. Types: Desktops, Scanners, Ink & Toner, Batteries, Cables.


Sunday December 8, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Shenandoah A

4:45pm

Creative Assessment Ideas for Any Classroom
The session will provide several ways to go beyond standard assessment in your classroom. We will highlight and provide tools you can use to assess your students through video creation, robotics, digital posters, coding, video reflection, digital breakouts, and more. We will provide current, applicable K-12 examples and allow time for exploration during this session.
bit.ly/createassess


Speakers
avatar for Natalie Rhodes

Natalie Rhodes

Instructional Technology Resource Coach, Shenandoah County Public Schools


Sunday December 8, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Crystal A

4:45pm

Desmos:More Than a Graphing Calculator
Did you know Desmos has more features than a graphing calculator and can be used for subjects other than math? Are you interested in learning how to use Desmos activities with your students? In this session, we will highlight some of the Desmos teacher activities. Desmos allows teachers to engage students in active learning experiences while providing real-time student responses in an easy to navigate dashboard. Participants will learn how to use the polygraph activity, card sorts, and basic activity dashboard.

http://bit.ly/VSTEDESMOS

Speakers
avatar for Bret Clovis

Bret Clovis

Instructional Technology Coach, Frederick County Public Schools


Sunday December 8, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Brush Mountain

4:45pm

Driving Data Through Visible Learning
This session Tiya Shaw and Carla Waller will drive through the process of developing assessment capable Visible Learners with the use of goal setting, online student portfolios and data driven instruction. This is the space where we will provide teachers with clear methods and resources to setting learning goals with students.We will provide you with examples and instructional strategies that support visible learning. Additionally we will give you templates that assist with the implementation of creating Assessment Capable Visible Learners.This is the space where we will provide teachers with clear methods and resources to setting learning goals with students.

Speakers
avatar for Tiya Shaw

Tiya Shaw

Teacher, Spotsylvania County Public School
I am an educator with a passion for teaching. I have been teaching for 16 years. I am now interested in moving into leadership. In changing to a leadership role, I am interested in incorporating technology in the capacity of a school leader. I look forward to meeting and exchanging... Read More →
CW

Carla Waller

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Spotsylvania County School


Sunday December 8, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Mill Mountain

4:45pm

Elementary Coders: Makey Makey, Ozobot, & Code and Go Mouse
Need a way to add coding or STEM to your elementary school? Can all learners code? Not sure of how to add learning objectives with STEM? I asked myself these same questions before I created a STEM cart for teachers to use at my school. We used Makey Makeys, Ozobots, and Code and Go Mice to get all grade levels in our K-5 school to learn how to code. In this presentation, you can hop on the STEM cart of the VSTE Express and determine if these tools can be used at your school to help your kids code and become future STEM experts.

Speakers
avatar for Tobin Traxler

Tobin Traxler

ITC, Prince William County


Sunday December 8, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Crystal E

4:45pm

Everyone Can Code
We believe that coding is an essential skill for helping students thrive in a technology-driven future. Join us to learn about Everyone Can Code, the free comprehensive curriculum with teacher guides and lessons, that you can use to introduce coding concepts in an engaging way on the iPad and Mac. Whether your students are first-time coders or aspiring app developers, youʼll have all the tools you need to teach coding in your classroom.

Speakers
AI

Apple, Inc

Apple, Inc.


Sunday December 8, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Pocahontas B

4:45pm

Gamification, Productivity, and Workflow Tools You Can Use Tomorrow!
Come join us in the Club Car to watch two dueling techies sharing their favorite tech tools trying to out sell the other! This session will put steam in your engine and share creative ideas about many gamification, productivity, and workflow tools that will help you create more time in your day!Some of our highlighted tech will be Flippity, Wakelet, Gimkit, Quizizz,Google Slides, PushBullet, Remove.BG, PDF conversion, and more! Come help us decide which of the tools we enjoy using is the GOLDEN SPIKE for your track!

Speakers
avatar for Michael Wesely

Michael Wesely

Instructional Technology Specialist, Kempsville ES
I am an Instructional Technology Specialist at Kempsville Elementary in Virginia Beach, VA and love being a technology innovator. It is such an exciting time to be an educator with all the different ways you can engage your students learning. I love sharing and seeing the amazing... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Hodges

Jennifer Hodges

Instructional Technology Specialist, VBCPS



Sunday December 8, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Roanoke G

4:45pm

Getting on the Right Track with ELs, using Technology to Make Headway with Language Acquisition
Have you been lured into using technology that promises a fast track to EL language skills?Let’s face it:almost every tech tool makes promises that can be hard to deliver for every kind of learner.In this session, we will introduce you to a rubric that evaluates tech tools in terms of how they meet the needs of our fastest growing population, English Language learners.This rubric, which is based on the EEE model and the WIDA Ten Essential Actions for Academic Language Success, evaluates Instructional Technology in the context of an ESOL lesson.Join us as we analyze a technology lesson to determine whether the lesson and the tool meet the needs of EL learners.

Speakers

Sunday December 8, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Roanoke E

4:45pm

Google Keep Kids On Track
Students learn to drive their own train with the tracks we lay down using Google Keep.In the world of Personalized Learning, students are encouraged to reflect on their learning process and improve their study skills, learn time management, and to self-advocate.This simple, yet effective G Suite tool has turned our steam engine study hall into a high speed learning train.
We used Adobe Spark to present - here is the link: https://spark.adobe.com/page/ahFJJmruYPuWS/

Speakers
avatar for Marnie Hawk

Marnie Hawk

Instructional Facilitator, Technology, Blue Ridge Middle School/Loudoun County
I am a native Virginian with a healthy sense of fun and I am pretty good at finding harmless trouble. I make things. I break things. I build things. I improve things. I enjoy empowering teachers and watching them learn with their students. Hanging with my friends, raising a... Read More →



Sunday December 8, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Crystal C

4:45pm

Jump the Track and Transform Class Projects with Bloxels: A Video Game Design Platform for Everyone
Tired of listening to 100s of presentations? Hop aboard and discover how you can introduce video game design in your classroom with Bloxels Edu. Experience video games designed by Virginia students, and learn their process for design, collaboration, and production.Discover how Bloxels Edu will be your new favorite EdTech tool to try in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for William Watts

William Watts

Instructional Technology Coach, Charles J. Colgan High School
SPED teacher, Middle School Language Arts Teacher, High School Instructional Technology Coach. I believe our greatest impact on students, educators, and the community is in the relationships we cultivate. We must Win the Right to be Heard.



Sunday December 8, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Monroe

4:45pm

ScratchEd Meetup - Part 2
ScratchEd Meetups are peer-designed professional learning experiences inspired by the unconference model. This means that you decide what your learning looks like! At our Meetup, you will have the opportunity to share, create, and learn with other educators who are also passionate about teaching with Scratch in the classroom. This meetup will focus on sharing and learning from others with time to experiment, create, play, and tinker! For the core of the meetup, you might start a new Scratch project, explore ideas related to your creative computing teaching practice, embark on a Scratch challenge, and more. Anyone who is interested in connecting with fellow educators and learning more about using Scratch in educational settings is welcome to participate!

Other Presenters: Joe Beasley and Karen Hues

Speakers
avatar for Matt Caratachea

Matt Caratachea

Innovative Learning Coach, Henrico County Public Schools
avatar for Krystle Demas

Krystle Demas

Technology Coach/ ITRT: Elementary (3-5), Goochland County


Sunday December 8, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Shenandoah B

4:45pm

Staying on Track with the ISTE Standards for Coaches
Did the appearance of new ISTE coaching standards stop you in your tracks?Or are you a new coach just getting on board?Come to this session to learn about the revised ISTE Standards for Coaches.We’ll discuss the standards and share examples as we unpack them.We'll talk about how they were developed and how they are intended to be used. We welcome Edtech Coaches of all experience levels to join us to form connections and share ideas that will benefit you, your colleagues, and your students throughout the entire year.

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Okoye

Ruth Okoye

Director of K12 Initiatives, The Source for Learning
Director of K12 Initiatives at The Source for Learning (https://www.sourceforlearning.org/).


Sunday December 8, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Tinker Mountain

4:45pm

Take Control of the classroom with HP Classroom Manager
Empowering teachers with a wealth of assessment, monitoring, and collaboration, while increasing instruction time, and avoiding digital distractions to improve education outcomes.

Speakers
Sponsors
HI

HP, Inc.

HP
Learn about HP laptops, pc desktops, printers, accessories and more at the Official HP® Website.


Sunday December 8, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Appalachian

4:45pm

The Magic Beneath the Surface of EdTech
Stop, collaborate, and listen! Do not move away from a technology just because there is a new one and/or without fully exploring the tool. Many times the magic of edtech tools lies beneath the surface and is only discovered after users explored, failed, and grown. Digging deeper alongside concepts such as “app smashing” create all new worlds of possibilities! Come learn all about some of the magic beneath the surface of many popular EdTech tools, especially in the land of G Suite!

Resources:  http://bit.ly/phaus-mbtsoe

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Hausammann

Patrick Hausammann

Supervisor of Instructional Technology/ITRT, Clarke County Public Schools
Patrick Hausammann is a perpetual optimist and believer in the power of a #growthmindset to #failforward en route to creativity and innovation. He is a co-founder of #EdcampNSV and is also a G Suite for Education Certified Innovator, Trainer, Educator Levels I & II, Flipgrid #GridGuide... Read More →


Sunday December 8, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Buck Mountain AB

4:45pm

The Struggle Is Real: Teaching Kids To Be “The Little Engine That Could”
It’s not the destination; it’s the journey.This presentation will utilize the tech track to encourage productive struggle in the elementary classroom, thereby enhancing critical thinking skills.



Sunday December 8, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Roanoke F

4:45pm

Train of Thought: How Changing Buzzwords Changes Perceptions
Project Based Learning, Standards Based Grading, Gamification - all buzzwords for state-of-the-art education. But have we been on this train ride before? How frequently have you heard (or thought) as an educator, “Oh we’ve done this before.” New initiatives are old ideas dressed up with new names. But are they really? Or can changing the words we use help transition learning from the steam engine to a bullet train?This session will be an interactive discussion on how the choice of vocabulary to describe a pedagogy or concept can shift tracks and create a change in perception for both the learner and the educator. We will use Pear Deck’s Flashcard Factory to build the discussion as a group and provide take-aways for future discussions.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth McDowell

Elizabeth McDowell

School Based Technology Specialist, Kilmer Middle School
http://bit.ly/2s3HYoo



Sunday December 8, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Harrison/Tyler

4:45pm

Upsetting the Apple cart
Have you ever gone to a presentation to only be told that you can only use the app being discussed on an Apple device? Or maybe you’ve sat through 45mins to only be told that the wonderful app you’re seeing is paid. Find out about applications that can be used on Chromebooks, Apple devices AND Android devices, and best yet, are FREE or at least FREEMIUM. With many schools starting to turn away from Apple and moving towards Chromebooks and Google Drive there is always a need to find applications that will work with this browser-based computer or on mobile devices equally rather than segregating a lesson to only those with one or the other. Make sure to stay on track with this continuing trend of using Google’s computers. Attendees will be introduced to various cloud-based applications that can be used in multiple ways in classrooms. Some of these may even cross over into use on mobile devices. You’re encouraged to bring your Chromebook to try out some of these applications for yourself. Mobile devices can also be brought but the emphasis will be on cloud based apps.

Speakers
avatar for Chad Fisher

Chad Fisher

Instructional Technology Coach, Frederick County Public Schools
I'm an ITC (Instructional Technology Coach) in Frederick County Public schools. I was previously a middle school Tech Ed teacher and a middle school Art teacher. Before all of that, I actually taught elementary Art to PreK-6th in North Carolina. All combined, I've been in education... Read More →



Sunday December 8, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Pocahontas A

4:45pm

Your Must Have Apps and Resources
STOP Searching, STOP Shuffling: GO TO APPS and Web Tools for Every Classroom, Every Subject:
Do you ever feel frustrated with the ever increasing number of apps? Do you feel like you are always chasing the latest and greatest app? DO you feel like your students never have the opportunity to master the FULL POTENTIAL of the apps you are using? In this session you will learn about tried and true apps and resources. You will see how these two classroom educators use a variety of apps and programs to facilitate student learning through a variety of curriculum areas. Learn to integrate, differentiate, and assess easily!


Your Go To Apps and Resources
https://app.edu.buncee.com/buncee/a46f1a6cb5da46abb29d10a7aded418d
VSTE -Go To Apps and Online Resources 2.0
app.edu.buncee.com

Speakers


Sunday December 8, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Washington Lecture Hall

4:45pm

The eSports Special: Don’t Be a Boxcar Tourist! Climb aboard the express train for an eSports team at your school.
Our team, and experiences, have grown exponentially for our new season of eSports. Hear the trials, tribulations and champion stats of a program which uses League of Legends, Rocket League, Smash Bros, Smite, Hearthstone . This year, Minecraft has been added to the eSports list.
This session will be presented with co-presenters and attended by CDW-G to answer all tech spec questions needed for a successful and competitive program.

Speakers
avatar for Kurt Mergen

Kurt Mergen

Teacher, Fauquier County Public Schools
Esports, Computer Science, and Robotics


Sunday December 8, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Commonwealth Lounge

4:45pm

Mindfulness Experience
Reserve your space beginning on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Click here to schedule your time. In the midst of conference life, take the time to practice self-care. Visit the VSTE Mindfulness room to find water to sip on, relaxing music, and comfortable seating for your experience.

Sunday December 8, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Madison

7:30pm

SpeedQuizzing
SpeedQuizzing has changed the way people approach trivia events and more notably it has enabled the traditional pub quiz to evolve into something new.

By drastically reducing the amount of time given to answer each question, SpeedQuizzing addresses the problem of cheating which has become a serious issue at traditional, slower paced quiz/trivia events.
Paper and pens are replaced by tablets/smartphones, therefore, gone are the days of swapping papers to mark answers, as scores are updated real-time by the software.

Still requiring a compere, SpeedQuizzing takes what people love about traditional pen and paper quizzes, but adds a new level of energy and social interaction between players.

Get your VSTE team ready and your tablet ready to compete on Sunday night!

Sunday December 8, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Shenandoah B
 
Monday, December 9
 

7:00am

Registration Check-In
Check-in to begin your VSTE experience from our planning committee and steadfast volunteers.

Monday December 9, 2019 7:00am - 4:30pm
Roanoke Foyer

8:00am

Keynote - Winning Within
At the beginning of the school year, most teachers are beaming with excitement as students prepare to return to school. But, something happens between October and April. The wear and tear of being a teacher begin to seep in. The newness of the school year wears off and the demands of the profession begin to dominate our lives. What do you do when teachers who were initially once fired up about teaching, are now dragging to work every single day? In this keynote, Michael Bonner will break down 5 research-based concepts that educators can focus on in order to reignite their passion for teaching the future leaders of America.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Bonner

Michael Bonner

4th-Grade Teacher, The Ron Clark Academy
Seen on The Ellen Show and NBC Nightly News, educator, speaker, and author Michael Bonner has taken to more than 100 education conference, school district meeting and leadership development stages across the U.S. & Canada to share his "lessons learned" from teaching in a Title I school... Read More →


Monday December 9, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Crystal Ballroom & Washington Lecture Hall (Overflow)

9:45am

Apple Creativity Lab / iPadOS for Education
Join us for an immersive learning experience that’s possible only with iPad. Unleash your creativity through Green Screen technology with iMovie, drawing, photography, video, music, coding, and augmented reality. Get hands on with fun activities, then take your projects home to share with peers.

Speakers
AI

Apple, Inc

Apple, Inc.


Monday December 9, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Pocahontas B

9:45am

BEE BOT PALOOZA
Come discover, learn, and play with BEE BOTs. In this session, you will learn about classroom applications and how to integrate the device into the curriculum; get tips, pre-made resources, and suggestions on classroom management and logistics from an educator using them; and enjoy time to explore strategies and come up with a specific classroom application for your class with peers and colleagues. Join me for a fun-filled opportunity exploring all the ways that BEE BOTs can be integrated into the classroom. This is a BYOD session, please bring a laptop with Chrome installed or a Chromebook. For a copy of the presentation, click HERE!

Speakers
avatar for Tonya Coffey

Tonya Coffey

ITRT, Augusta County Public Schools
I am an ITRT for Augusta County Public Schools. I collaborate with teachers assisting them with integrating technology into their instruction. I am also a G Suite for Education Certified Trainer and a G Suite for Education Administrator. I love creating and sharing Digital Breako... Read More →


Monday December 9, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Harrison/Tyler

9:45am

Embracing Instructional Changes In The 4th Industrial Revolution
What is the 4th Industrial Revolution? Are you prepared for this economic generation? Gain insight about some of the latest, leading-edge technologies that will impact perspective students, faculty, universities and be at the center of the “Campus of the Future”. Elliott Levine, HP Distinguished Technologist & Director of Education, examines how 3D print will transform manufacturing, provide examples of how XR is creating powerful learning environments and why AI is reengineering almost every industry.

Speakers
Sponsors
HI

HP, Inc.

HP
Learn about HP laptops, pc desktops, printers, accessories and more at the Official HP® Website.


Monday December 9, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Appalachian

9:45am

Get Your "APPS" in Gear!
Join us for a fast paced discussion on the various apps and extensions that both educators and learners are using in today's digital classroom. You will leave with a bank of some of the most popular tools being utilized in classrooms today!

Speakers
avatar for David Campbell

David Campbell

Elementary ITC, Frederick County Public Schools
Googled certified ITC working in a 1:1 chromebook environment.
avatar for Larry Burner

Larry Burner

Math Specialist, Frederick County Public Schools



Monday December 9, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Washington Lecture Hall

9:45am

Getting Started with STEM
There are numerous tools that can be utilized for STEM activities. The key aspect in determining which ones to purchase is how the tool will support the educational component of the classroom. In many cases, there can be specific uses for a piece of hardware in fairly focused uses. For example, 3D printers are the perfect tools for bringing something from vision to reality. However, in a school STEM lab, the key is to have tools that can have multiple uses, support the differing curriculum, encourage creativity, and tie together multiple STEM skills. We will review STEM options, discuss best uses, and focus on ways to integrate these tools into the curriculum.

Speakers
Sponsors
avatar for CDW-G

CDW-G

Account Executive, CDWG
Your Business Technology Resource. Shop CDW Today - People Who Get IT. Free account registration. Custom configuration. Dedicated account teams. Authorized reseller. Types: Desktops, Scanners, Ink & Toner, Batteries, Cables.


Monday December 9, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Shenandoah A

9:45am

How To Achieve Success With Your School's Esports Program
Today 20% of schools have implemented an esports program and another 50% are considering one. Come join us to learn why Esports is enhancing education for students. Additionally, we will share technology tips and tricks from the experts that will help ensure you create a successful Esports program.


Monday December 9, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Wilson

9:45am

Is Your Instruction On Track? Using TeachersFirst and the Triple E Framework to Create Tech-Savvy Lessons
Want to use technology with your students while maintaining good instructional practices? Then this session is for you! The Triple E Framework can guide you as you learn to keep instructional objectives the focus of your lesson while using technology. Learn to use the Triple E Framework to select tools that match your objectives from the TeachersFirst database. Technology is not a magic bullet, but you can increase the positive impact of technology in your class using this simple framework and appropriate instructional strategies. Planning technology integrated lessons becomes easier when you use TeachersFirst and the Triple E Framework.

Speakers
Sponsors
avatar for Source for Learning

Source for Learning

The Source for Learning is a nonprofit that supports Early Childhood & K-12 education by providing high-quality classroom and professional learning resources; including TeachersFirst®, a collection of free teacher-reviewed, curated, and classroom-ready content and ideas for K12 educators... Read More →


Monday December 9, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Tinker Mountain

9:45am

Leadership in the Face of a Changing Ecosystem
Get a front row seat and learn what Albemarle County Public Schools is doing this year to strengthen the experience students and families have with technology in a 1:1 district. Through a robust family field guide, a division-wide digital citizenship curriculum and a teacher friendly resource vetting process, Albemarle County Public Schools is doing all it can to create a multi-faceted approach that engineerssuccessful outcomes for students, teachers and families. The world is changing quickly and so should the practices that support learning.

Speakers
avatar for Gene Osborn

Gene Osborn

Assistant Director for Technology Integration


Monday December 9, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Roanoke G

9:45am

My Ticket Says Lead: Using Virtual Virginia’s Blended Resources to Fast Track Learning
Many teachers want to use station rotation, lab rotation, or flip their classrooms so students can take more responsibility for their learning.How do you do that without committing a cargo car worth of time to creating those resources? Virtual Virginia is here to help! We have collaborated with teachers across the state to develop resources for courses. All resources are aligned with the SOLs in the following courses:
Economics and Personal Finance
Algebra I
Algebra II
Geometry
Math Analysis/Pre-Calculus
Physics I
Earth Science I
Biology I
Chemistry I
Computer Science Foundations
Computer Science Principles
Computer Science Programming

Virtual Virginia will be rolling out 16 new courses in Summer 2020 including:
Virginia and US History
World History I
World History II
World Geography
English 11

Come join us and start your journey to blending your classroom with quality resources!

Speakers
avatar for Lyndsey Martin

Lyndsey Martin

Curriculum Supervisor, Virtual Virginia



Monday December 9, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Pocahontas A

9:45am

On Track with Drones: How the Use of Drones Transformed a Title 1 School
Fitzgerald Elementary, a Title 1 school with over 800 students, was the first school in Prince William County to fully integrate drones into 100% of classrooms. Integrating drones in the daily curriculum is a common practice at Fitzgerald, and has transformed instruction, student engagement, and school culture! Drawing inspiration from computer science standards, digital equity, and innovative practices, Principal, Kim Gudinas, and Instructional Technology Coach, Michelle Dunphy, will walk through examples of how land and flying drones are providing equity in education. Students are being provided with hope and promise as they learn 21st Century skills that prepare them for a future in technology that is not yet defined. Fitzgerald’s drone initiative has propelled the school community forward. Come aboard and learn how drones can put your school on the fast track to success with technology!

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Dunphy

Michelle Dunphy

Instructional Technology Coach
Using land and flying drones to integrate computer science in a Title 1 School. @michelledunphy


Monday December 9, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Shenandoah B

9:45am

Technology in Math Workshop
We will highlight digital tools that will personalize your students math workshop learning experience. Our goal is to help teachers to create a math workshop classroom environment by equipping them with tools and activities designed to enhance student learning.


bit.ly/MathAtVSTE



Speakers
avatar for Joy Duncan

Joy Duncan

Instructional Designer, Chesterfield County Public Schools
After 15 years of teaching in Elementary grades, I serve as an Instructional Designer in Chesterfield County. I am passionate about the opportunities to work with teachers and students!
avatar for Tristan Chilcote

Tristan Chilcote

Instructional Designer, Chesterfield County Public Schools



Monday December 9, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Brush Mountain

9:45am

The Promethean Express – An Interactive Journey Through Virginia
Hop on board The Promethean Express for a hands-on fully interactive journey through historic and unique areas stopping at Virginia’s train stations! This adventure won’t be your typical session as you will first visit our ticket booth to catch the train to your first destination and get your ticket punched as you have fun learning new skills at each destination!


Monday December 9, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Mill Mountain

9:45am

The State of Student Safety: Lessons for Leaders
Many K-12 leaders are surprised to learn how many of their students are acting in ways that pose an immediate threat to themselves or others— and leaving evidence of this behavior in their online activity. HearGaggle’s Regional Sales Manager, Patrick O'Neal speak on the state of student safety in the 2019-20 school year.

Speakers
Sponsors

Monday December 9, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Roanoke E

9:45am

UsingChoice Boards to Augment Student Voice and Support Computer Science SOLs
Come discover ways to amplify student voice and choice in your classroom by leveraging technology to engage all learners across the content areas. We will share ways choice boards can allow student-driven inquiry at all levels.Students create digital products which can be used as a formative assessment tool, especially when coupled with a rubric. Choice boards can be adapted to any classroom environment from computer center rotations to one-to-one settings. Let’s help students build stamina and take ownership of their learning!

Speakers
MM

Meaghan Martin

ITC, Coles ES/PWCS
Having taught English Language Learners (ELLs) since 2007, I enjoy integrating technology to provide multiple ways for students to develop language from speaking and listening to reading and writing.Please follow me on Twitter @ITCColes



Monday December 9, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Roanoke F

9:45am

Escape Room Building the Easy Way
Are you looking for ways to engage your students in problem-solving and team-building? Have you explored the option of using Escape Room boxes with your students? Have you been disappointed with the content premade Escape Rooms? Come find out how to mastermind experiences that are relevant to your students and content. You will come away from this session with the tools you need to put together your own digital or physical Escape Rooms. Fancy locks and escape room equipment is optional!

Speakers
avatar for Jessica James

Jessica James

Learning Technology Integrator, Albemarle County Public Schools


Monday December 9, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Commonwealth Lounge

9:45am

PowerUser/(VSTECamp)
Calling all PowerUsers its time for VSTE Camp ... Roanoke style!

VSTECamp is a participant-driven conference - commonly referred to as an "unconference" session. We will have everything you need to share your thoughts and ideas to other VSTE conference participants.


Monday December 9, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Buck Mountain AB

9:45am

Mindfulness Experience
Reserve your space beginning on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Click here to schedule your time. In the midst of conference life, take the time to practice self-care. Visit the VSTE Mindfulness room to find water to sip on, relaxing music, and comfortable seating for your experience.

Monday December 9, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Madison

9:45am

VSTE Table Talks: UnisonEDU
UnisonEDU - www.unisonedu.org - Information to be provided on the non-profit to provide world-class support to all educators in need. A future partner of VSTE. patrickhausammann@vste.org

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Hausammann

Patrick Hausammann

Supervisor of Instructional Technology/ITRT, Clarke County Public Schools
Patrick Hausammann is a perpetual optimist and believer in the power of a #growthmindset to #failforward en route to creativity and innovation. He is a co-founder of #EdcampNSV and is also a G Suite for Education Certified Innovator, Trainer, Educator Levels I & II, Flipgrid #GridGuide... Read More →


Monday December 9, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
North Entry Foyer

9:45am

Beyond Coding - Engaging Learners with Computer Science Standards
What more is there to Computer Science than Coding? More than you might think! In this session, participants will explore why the Computer Science Standards are important for learners today. Participants will begin to understand what the Computer Science standards include and how these standards can be connected to their content area. This will be an active, hands-on session. Please bring a writing utensil as well as your laptop or Chromebook. (iPads will not work for all parts of this session.)

Speakers
avatar for Ann Nash

Ann Nash

Innovative Learning Coach, Henrico County Public Schools
avatar for Jessica Ciokan

Jessica Ciokan

Innovative Learning Coach, Henrico County Public Schools



Monday December 9, 2019 9:45am - 11:45am
Monroe

11:00am

All Aboard the PAW Tech Squad Express
How can we empower students to be technology leaders in our buildings? Come see how one elementary school has students apply and interview to be a part of their PAW Tech Squad, and how the technology specialists work together to cultivate technology ambassadors that support teachers and students throughout the school. Our student tech squad members learn customer service skills, are digital citizens, and support both students and teachers with various technology needs. Current PAW Tech Squad students will be a part of the presentation and are excited to answer any questions you may have. They will also be at the Kid Talks on Sunday from 2:00 – 3:30!

Check out our presentation! bit.ly/PawTechSquad

If you attended our session, please give us feedback here!




Speakers
avatar for Leslie Leisey

Leslie Leisey

School Based Technology Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools
avatar for Sharron Wooden

Sharron Wooden

Technology Support Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools


Monday December 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Brush Mountain

11:00am

Apple Creativity Lab / iPadOS for Education
Join us for an immersive learning experience that’s possible only with iPad. Unleash your creativity through Green Screen technology with iMovie, drawing, photography, video, music, coding, and augmented reality. Get hands on with fun activities, then take your projects home to share with peers.

Speakers
AI

Apple, Inc

Apple, Inc.


Monday December 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Pocahontas B

11:00am

Are you cyber safe?
It’s no longer a matter of “if”, but “when”. As the world becomes more mobile and connected, cyberattacks continue to rapidly grow in frequency and sophistication, placing your company’s data and personal information at risk.  Are you protected? While organizations are aware of the growing threat, most are overly focused on security software and data center protection while neglect securing client and end-point devices.  HP looks at client end-point security holistically; a multi-layered approach rooted in hardware. Security that’s built-in, not bolted on.  HP’s approach to security is unparalleled in the PC industry – and this is only the beginning.

Speakers
JB

Jurgen Bayer

Sr. Security Adviser

Sponsors
HI

HP, Inc.

HP
Learn about HP laptops, pc desktops, printers, accessories and more at the Official HP® Website.


Monday December 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Appalachian

11:00am

Creating a Culture of Digital Citizenship
In the culture shift continuum, change often occurs after a “crisis”.How can we take a preventative approach to change school culture?Join Common Sense Education to learn about three elements necessary to create a positive culture of digital citizenship.In this session, you will explore how to build students’ skills & habits of mind when navigating digital dilemmas, help families manage technology use at home and develop the capacity of your staff to integrate digital citizenship instruction in your school’s teaching & learning framework.Participants will leave with ideas, free resources and a plan template to create a culture of digital citizenship in their classroom or school through Common Sense Education’s Recognition program.

Presentation Link - tinyurl.com/VSTEdigcit

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Huth

Barbara Huth

Common Sense Education, Common Sense Education
Barbara Huth is the Education Program Manager for Common Sense Education in the D.C. Metro area. She partners with school districts in DC, Maryland, Virginia and beyond to help educators and parents build the foundational digital citizenship skills for kids to utilize technology safely... Read More →


Monday December 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Washington Lecture Hall

11:00am

Creating Adventures in the Classroom
Take your lessons to the next level with "Choose Your Own Adventures" activities. Turn a math lesson into a trek through the rain forest or turn a reading lesson into a medieval quest. The possibilities are as endless! Join me and learn how to reignite passion in your classroom.

Speakers

Monday December 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Harrison/Tyler

11:00am

Data Privacy in the Virginia Classroom
How do we provide students rich learning experiences that reach beyond the classroom while keeping security and privacy in focus? This panel discussion, moderated by Andy Bloom, Chief Privacy Officer for McGraw-Hill Education, will feature Virginia educators highlighting key student data privacy issues and solutions/processes in place to address them. What works? What are the challenges? Where do we go from here? Come join this important conversation.

Speakers
Sponsors
avatar for McGraw-Hill Education

McGraw-Hill Education

McGraw-Hill Education
McGraw-Hill Education partners around the world with students, educators, administrators and other professionals to deliver engaging, adaptive and personalized solutions that improve performance and results. We combine proven, research-based content with the best emerging digital... Read More →


Monday December 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Roanoke E

11:00am

Exploring Seesaw Use in the Middle School
This session will focus on utilizing the Seesaw application in Middle School in a variety of subject areas. Seesaw provides students with the opportunity to be creative with their learning and respond in a variety of ways, including writing, speaking, drawing, and labeling. This application functions as a digital portfolio highlighting student language skills. Learn how to create activities and provide feedback to your students with this highly engaging app that encourages students to take ownership of their learning and allows them to view their progress over time.


Monday December 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Wilson

11:00am

Find Your Way with Online Maps
This class will model and demonstrate a variety of free online mapping resources that are sure to engage, as well as increase mapping skills and spatial thinking. We will focus on Google My Maps, Map Charts, as well as a few tips and strategies that will put learning in the students' hands!

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Blais

Jennifer Blais

ITS, VBCPS



Monday December 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Crystal B

11:00am

Footprint Foothold: Helping Students Manage Their Online Reputations
In the contemporary digital landscape, it has become increasingly important that students are not only effective consumers of digital information but also informed participants in the digital community. This presentation will introduce strategies to facilitate valuable conversations about students' digital footprint and the permanence of online reputation.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Coffron

Sean Coffron

Instructional Technology Training Specialist, Manassas City Public Schools
Dr. Sean Coffron has served as an educator with Manassas City Public Schools for nineteen years, including six years as an administrator and instructional technologist. Having earned a PhD in Educational Leadership and an MBA, his research interested include professional learning... Read More →


Monday December 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Crystal C

11:00am

Getting Family Engagement On Track with Tech
Stay on Track with family engagement goals with Nearpod. The school/home connection is important to student success but families are not always able to make it to school for our events. Learn how to use Nearpod to engage with families that come in and those that can't make it. Nearpod is a free web based program that is typically used to help students engage with lessons during the school day. Come see examples of our family programs and learn tips and tricks to get started at your school.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Elliott

Michelle Elliott

Instructional Technology Coach, PWCS- Kilby Elementary School



Monday December 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Roanoke F

11:00am

GoGuardian-Saving Teachers Instructional Time
In this session, GoGuardian and CDW-G will be uncovering ways to help teachers save time in the classroom while leveraging their student's devices. We will be going over multiple ways we can work with schools and districts through Professional Development and our suite of products to give teachers peace of mind, even with the vast reaches of the internet in each student's hands.


Monday December 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Shenandoah A

11:00am

Informal Assessments Your Students Will Beg To Do--And You Can Actually Use to Plan for Instruction
Assessments don’t have to be boring for you to actually be able to use them to plan instruction. This session features high engagement techniques paired with systematic ways to collect information on what your kids know and use that information to plan future learning.Keep your instruction and assessment on the right rails by keeping your students active and engaged. Participants will walk away with a bank of tried and true techniques to get students working together, thinking critically, and loving learning.

Speakers

Monday December 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Roanoke G

11:00am

Librarians Can Help Tech Stay on Track Too!
All aboard for Blended learning! Find out how a Librarian and Instructional Facilitator, Technology in Loudoun County collaborated to create personalized learning experiences for students through playlists, Maker Spaces, and a stations model in library/media center.

View our presentation here:
http://bit.ly/VSTELib

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Caldwell

Rebecca Caldwell

Elementary Librarian
I have been teaching in Loudoun County for 5 years now as an Elementary Librarian. My interest for technology sparked a couple of years ago when I started to collaborate with our IFT. It even made me want to go back to school for another Master's in Blended and Online Learning with... Read More →
avatar for Deb Haynie

Deb Haynie

Instructional Facilitator, Technology, Hillside Elementary
I am a National Board Certified teacher and this is my 20th year in education. I have taught both upper and lower elementary. I am currently the Instructional Facilitator, Technology at Hillside Elementary. I have been working with STEM and tech integration for years and love learning... Read More →


Monday December 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Crystal D

11:00am

Off the Track: Getting Creative with Chromebooks
Imagination and creativity play a vital role in a developing brain, but our current emphasis on standardized testing has squeezed creativity into one wing of the school. The traditional classroom shouldn’t be the place where we slowly kill children’s creativity. Instead, we should be inviting it. This session will examine ways that students can use the Chromebook to convey messages--informative, analytical, and artistic--via digital images, video, animation, and book creation. We will look specifically at Google Canvas, Pixlr, PicMonkey, Book Creator for Chrome, and Adobe Spark video. This session is appropriate for any instructional level, grades 2-12.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Breese

Catherine Breese

Lead Technology Resource Teacher, Montgomery County Public Schools
I am Catherine Breese, a Lead Instructional Technology Resource Teacher and a Google for Education Certified Trainer. As a career educator, I embrace lifelong learning, critical and creative thinking as the center of good instruction, and all the things that make FUN happen in the... Read More →



Monday December 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Buck Mountain AB

11:00am

On the Right Track to Maximum Engagement: Bringing Diverse Stories and Media to the Classroom Using eMediaVA
How do you make your content more engaging, diverse, and relevant to today’s digital learners? eMediaVA has you covered. eMediaVA is a free digital content library for Virginia educators, featuring over 150,000 digital learning resources from state and national leaders in educational content. The goal of this session is to share strategies and resources available in eMediaVA to successfully integrate digital media into your lessons to both engage learners and make your content relevant to students’ lives and experiences. Educators will leave the session with ready-to-use digital media like videos, simulations, and interactives, as well as strategies educators can utilize to ensure students are both consumers and creators of innovative learning resources. Digital media resources utilized in this session include PBS Learning Media, PBS Kids, NPR, BBC, National Geographic, Colonial Williamsburg, NASA, and more!

Speakers
avatar for Lindsey Horner

Lindsey Horner

Manager of eMediaVA, WHRO Education
I manage eMediaVA, the largest digital content library and interactive platform for teachers in Virginia. We provide access to Virginia teachers and students free of charge, and work with state and national leaders in digital learning to provide innovative content for Virginia educators... Read More →



Monday December 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Pocahontas A

11:00am

Shifting Focus: Peer-to-Peer Insights on Automation Strategies for Enabling Innovation and Boosting Learning Outcomes
We never have enough time. There's always one more form to be filled, one more account setup or one more email that needs sending. In this session, Jason Lester, Technology Director at Washington County Schools, will be sharing valuable perspectives on strategies that help your teams’ free up routine work so they can invest their time in work that is not only more meaningful but creates more value for you and your users. These automation strategies can help prioritize your groups' highest and best use activities, improve alignment with the districts' priorities, values, and stakeholders, and identify which processes, when fully automated, will recover the most capacity. Expect a collaborative, engaging discussion about the future work in support of our scholar's and staff's needs.

Speakers
SG

Stephen Gallager

Enboard Account Executive
avatar for Jason Lester

Jason Lester

Technology Director of Washington County Schools, Washington County Public Schools
Anything technology-related!

Sponsors
avatar for Encore Technology Group

Encore Technology Group

Director of Software Development, Encore Technology Grouo
David Carter uses his 20+ years of IT-related experience to improve the way institutions collaborate with each other via transformative technology._x000D_ As Director of Software Development, David is responsible for strategic alliances with Encore's customers, designing solutions... Read More →


Monday December 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Crystal A

11:00am

Tech Girls Rock!
As female technology integration specialists, we've noticed a lack of women in the field of educational technology, and in the field of technology, overall. In response, we've started
incorporating activities that cater to female students, including a coding club for young ladies in our building. We also take them on field trips where they are exposed to people and activities in technological fields. Outside of the club, through the activities we provide for young ladies such as coding, drones, spheros, fashion programs, augmented reality, and video games, we've noticed that the word is spreading and young ladies are becoming more interested. Some of them have gone on to high school and chosen to take more challenging math and science classes. They have already decided to major in fields such as computer science, engineering, and information technology. As young ladies, no one guided us into technological fields, so we hope to continue to inspire young ladies to do so.


Presentation: bit.ly/tgrock1

Speakers
AM

Aimee Molihan

Technology Integration Specialist, Alexandria City Public Schools
CA

Chanel Alford-Campbell

Technology Integration Specialist, Alexandria City Public Schools


Monday December 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Shenandoah B

11:00am

The Promethean Express – An Interactive Journey Through Virginia
Hop on board The Promethean Express for a hands-on fully interactive journey through historic and unique areas stopping at Virginia’s train stations! This adventure won’t be your typical session as you will first visit our ticket booth to catch the train to your first destination and get your ticket punched as you have fun learning new skills at each destination!


Monday December 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Mill Mountain

11:00am

Technology & Coding Across K-5: A Beginner's Guide
Come explore a variety of different coding and technology tools that scaffold up to support student learning across K-5. If you are looking for innovative ways to incorporate coding into your classroom curriculum to build computational thinking skills, increase student engagement, and foster an interest in STEM then this is the session for you! Join us for a hands on journey through the world of technology integration in an elementary setting.

Speakers
avatar for Charli Nolan

Charli Nolan

Learning Technology Integrator, Albemarle County Public Schools LEAD Department
avatar for Jessa Campbell

Jessa Campbell

3rd Grade Classroom Teacher, ACPS


Monday December 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Commonwealth Lounge

11:00am

PowerUser/Coach Me Too - Session 1
Calling ALL Power Users: Coach Me Too. As a Power User we are the ones solving problems at rapid speeds ... let's turn the tables to talk about coaching for you and raise the level of awareness for your staff. Power Users will experience a Gripe Jam ( a way to sort and prioritize challenges we are passionate about solving) . The process will be done with a partner or two in our 1 hour session. We will embrace the most powerful strategies and tools available to improve student outcomes, no matter their existing comfort level with risk taking or technology. We can be transformational leaders and drive system-wide impact that is both sustainable and measurable.

Monday December 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Tinker Mountain

11:00am

Mindfulness Experience
Reserve your space beginning on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Click here to schedule your time. In the midst of conference life, take the time to practice self-care. Visit the VSTE Mindfulness room to find water to sip on, relaxing music, and comfortable seating for your experience.

Monday December 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Madison

11:00am

VSTE Table Talks: VSTE Outreach Committee
Come by the VSTE table to chat with Heather Hurley, VSTE Board Member and chair of the Outreach Committee. Are you a social media guru? Come meet and greet Heather and other committee members and see how you can get involved. 

Speakers
avatar for Heather Hurley

Heather Hurley

Supervisor of Personalized Learning, Arlington Public Schoolsa


Monday December 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
North Entry Foyer

12:00pm

Lunch
SALAD SELECTION
Creamy Cranberry Slaw (V,GF)
SANDWICHES
Autumn Chicken Salad Sandwich
Roast Beef on Hoagie Roll
Vegan Grilled Vegetable Hummus Wrap
DESSERTS & BEVERAGES
Cookie, Bag of Chips, Whole Fruit, Soda or Water

Monday December 9, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Roanoke Foyer

12:00pm

Twitter Meetup
Meet many of your favorite Twitter friends in this face-to-face opportunity to learn more about one another.

Monday December 9, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Crystal/Roanoke Shared Foyer

12:00pm

VSTE Table Talks: VSTE Board Members, Lynn Colón, Paula Leach, and David French
Come by the VSTE table to chat with VSTE Board Members, Lynn Colón, Paula Leach, and David French, and learn more about the work of the Board. 

Speakers

Monday December 9, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
North Entry Foyer

1:00pm

All Families Aboard! - Laying the Tracks Between Home and School Through Digital Citizenship
Have you ever felt helpless upon learning that a student isn’t performing well in class because they’ve chosen to stay up late every night playing video games?Have you ever had to mediate a conflict between students based on something upsetting that happened while online at home?Digital citizenship issues like these are difficult to address because they take place out of the classroom, seemingly out of our control as educators and administrators.Hop aboard and learn how you can partner with your student’s families as co-conductors on a train bound for healthier and more informed digital citizenship practices in school and at home.

Discover how the Learning Technologies Team for the Albemarle County school division has curated and developed a digital citizenship curriculum addressing healthy media use, aligned with a family field guide answering common web-safety questions and providing conversation starters to open positive dialogue at home. Explore these resources to learn how they have laid the tracks between home and the classroom, empowering students and families to make healthier, more informed digital citizenship choices. Whether it be for a single classroom, a school, or an entire division, learn how you too can develop strategies and resources to address some of the most difficult digital citizenship challenges that face our students and classrooms in the 21st century.

Speakers
avatar for Kley Todd

Kley Todd

Learning Technology Integrator, Albemarle County Public Schools
avatar for Shelly Robinson

Shelly Robinson

Learning Technology Integrator, Albemarle County Public Schools



Monday December 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Roanoke G

1:00pm

By Design
A student will potentially have over 20 teachers as they progress through the K-12 education system. If we are not careful, a teacher who is not properly equipped could ruin the educational experience for multiple children Research indicates that there are 3 areas that have a direct impact on student performance. The diversity within our school systems is increasing and the methods of effective teaching have now been clarified. In this keynote, Michael Bonner will share 3 research-based methods that every educator should consider in order to effectively lead a classroom in today’s society.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Bonner

Michael Bonner

4th-Grade Teacher, The Ron Clark Academy
Seen on The Ellen Show and NBC Nightly News, educator, speaker, and author Michael Bonner has taken to more than 100 education conference, school district meeting and leadership development stages across the U.S. & Canada to share his "lessons learned" from teaching in a Title I school... Read More →


Monday December 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Washington Lecture Hall

1:00pm

Engaging Primary Learners with iPad
In this session you will find new and transformative ways to use the iPad for improving literacy, numeracy, creativity, and student engagement for early learners. See how iPad can transform into almost any tool/manipulative—a camera, a book, an art set, a voice recorder, a math manipulative, and more. Hear how teachers are using innovative teaching strategies to personalize content for their primary learners. Don’t miss this opportunity to find out how iPad is revolutionizing the learning experience for elementary school learners.

Speakers
AI

Apple, Inc

Apple, Inc.


Monday December 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Pocahontas B

1:00pm

Esports Technology: Hardware, Infrastructure, and Games
Since joining HP Inc, Joshua Pann has led HP's charge in collegiate Esports. He has been an avid life-long gamer and hobbyist PC builder. He combines his experience as an educator with his knowledge of Esports to help universities support the vibrant student communities forming around Esports.

Speakers
Sponsors
HI

HP, Inc.

HP
Learn about HP laptops, pc desktops, printers, accessories and more at the Official HP® Website.


Monday December 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Appalachian

1:00pm

Exploring the Virtual World with Google Expeditions
Wish you had more funding for class field trips? Look no farther! Virtual Reality makes this possible with Google Expeditions. Come to our session to learn how all elementary schools in our district were influenced this year by virtual reality trips, how to easily implement them into your classroom, and some freebies to get started!

Presentation Link:  bit.ly/vstelcs

Speakers
avatar for Allison Kappler

Allison Kappler

ITRT, Lynchburg City Schools
ITRT
avatar for Aimee Hasinger

Aimee Hasinger

ITRT with Lynchburg City Schools


Monday December 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Wilson

1:00pm

Get On Board the Maker Train: Plan Your Makerspace In-a-Box
Makerspace activities are a great way to promote a growth mindset in your students.  Using the right challenges and everyday items, teachers can create a low-cost pop-up makerspace in a box for their classroom.  Drop by and check out our makerspace in a box, try out a few activities and discuss management ideas and ways to tie activities to curricular objectives.

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Okoye

Ruth Okoye

Director of K12 Initiatives, The Source for Learning
Director of K12 Initiatives at The Source for Learning (https://www.sourceforlearning.org/).

Sponsors
avatar for Source for Learning

Source for Learning

The Source for Learning is a nonprofit that supports Early Childhood & K-12 education by providing high-quality classroom and professional learning resources; including TeachersFirst®, a collection of free teacher-reviewed, curated, and classroom-ready content and ideas for K12 educators... Read More →


Monday December 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Crystal/Roanoke Shared Foyer

1:00pm

Getting on Track: Moving Students from Digital Citizens to Digital Leaders
They say driving the train doesn't set its course. The real job is laying the track.In this session elementary teachers, ITRTs, and administrators will lay the pieces of track to support a more secure digital future for all K-5 students.Climb aboard to explore strategies and resources that develop citizens who take ownership of their digital lives.Our destination will take you to a place where students go beyond digital citizenship to become digital leaders.There are great opportunities for learning in a digitally connected classroom and there are responsibilities to act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate, renew, and activate your school's commitment to digital citizenship.

Presentation Link

Speakers
avatar for Shelia Teri

Shelia Teri

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Follow you? Follow me: @techteachVB


Monday December 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Buck Mountain AB

1:00pm

Google for Education Presents: How to Protect Student Information in the Cloud
Public Schools are an attractive target for cyber criminals seeking identity theft. Unlike with adults where identity theft may be quickly apparent, years can pass before it is discovered with a student. This session will cover what you need to know about security in the cloud. As a cloud pioneer, Google understands the security implications of the cloud model. Come learn how to protect students and staff. We will be taking a deep dive into how Google is uniquely designed to protect students and sharing ways that you can be diligent when working in the cloud.

Speakers
Sponsors
avatar for Google

Google

Schools and universities are using Google's products, programs, and philanthropy to help them improve learning and innovation.


Monday December 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Crystal E

1:00pm

Integrating Blended Learning in the Classroom through the Lens of ELA
Blended and Personalized Learning have been shown to impact student achievement through increasing student interest, student voice and choice and through multiple modalities, but for many teachers it is a move into uncharted territory that doesn’t feel quite comfortable. The focus of this session is to look at multiple strategies for Blended Learning that give teachers options for getting started or moving ahead if they’ve already gotten their feet wet. Participants will not only be introduced to the strategies and how they can be used in any classroom, but will also experience them through the lens of an ELA Classroom. The goal is that every participant will leave with a toolkit of strategies to effectively move forward with a blended classroom.

Speakers
Sponsors
avatar for McGraw-Hill Education

McGraw-Hill Education

McGraw-Hill Education
McGraw-Hill Education partners around the world with students, educators, administrators and other professionals to deliver engaging, adaptive and personalized solutions that improve performance and results. We combine proven, research-based content with the best emerging digital... Read More →


Monday December 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Roanoke E

1:00pm

Lessons Learned from Starting an Esports Program
Over the last few years, esports has grown in popularity and is now a billion-dollar a year sport that is continuing to grow. College scholarships and tournament prize money are now available for high school students. In Virginia, the Virginia High School League (VHSL) has approved a one-year pilot program for esports as a competitive activity. With all of this activity, many school districts are starting programs.

This session will focus on the why, what, and how of esports. Included will be a review of how to start a program, resources for curriculum, and information on hardware and room design. We will also provide insight from schools that have started an esports program.

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Sponsors
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CDW-G

Account Executive, CDWG
Your Business Technology Resource. Shop CDW Today - People Who Get IT. Free account registration. Custom configuration. Dedicated account teams. Authorized reseller. Types: Desktops, Scanners, Ink & Toner, Batteries, Cables.


Monday December 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Shenandoah A

1:00pm

Programming for Pennies: Punch Your Ticket for free or affordable Computer Science
Are you wondering how to implement the new computer science standards on a tight budget? Come learn about free or affordable robots, programs, and other tools you can use to teach computer science. We will give a brief overview of each item, followed by lots of time for exploration.


Monday December 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Crystal A

1:00pm

Rethinking Professional Development: Using Schoology as a platform to deliver
Take a look at how Schoology, or other LMSs, can be used to deliver professional development. Online learning provides teachers more flexibility to work at their own pace and complete assignments. In addition, Schoology can be used to deliver face to face PD. Teachers are encouraged to collaborate and communicate using LMS tools, which provides them skills to take back to the classroom.

Speakers

Monday December 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Pocahontas A

1:00pm

Ride in Coach or Conduct the Train: DigCit for the 21st Century Conductor
Today we have 7 seconds to make a first impression that will add to our digital tattoo. Learn how educators, teachers, & administrators have the power to conduct tomorrow's leaders and develop a culture of healthy digital citizenship in your students, school, and community.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Nemerow

Daniel Nemerow

Technology Coach, Patriot High School
Patriot High School Instructional Technology Coach Daniel Nemerow, has spent the past 18 years working to refine and enrich consciousness in young people of all abilities. From his years teaching in a school for students with emotional disabilities to his tenure as a math department... Read More →
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William Watts

Instructional Technology Coach, Charles J. Colgan High School
SPED teacher, Middle School Language Arts Teacher, High School Instructional Technology Coach. I believe our greatest impact on students, educators, and the community is in the relationships we cultivate. We must Win the Right to be Heard.


Monday December 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Roanoke F

1:00pm

Teaching Girls to Code and Change the World
At Girls Who Code, we believe that all girls are capable of making a positive impact on the world through computer science. That is why we are leading the movement to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. Join Amy Layman, Regional Partnership Coordinator at Girls Who Code, as she talks about how to inspire and equip girls in your community with the computing skills, bravery, and resilience they need to succeed in the 21st century.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Layman

Amy Layman

Regional Partnership Coordinator, Girls Who Code
After four years in the classroom working as a math specialist, I realized that gendered beliefs about math and science were happening far earlier than I anticipated. I became passionate about making sure every student saw themselves as a mathematician. My experience in the classroom... Read More →



Monday December 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Crystal B

1:00pm

The Promethean Express – An Interactive Journey Through Virginia
Hop on board The Promethean Express for a hands-on fully interactive journey through historic and unique areas stopping at Virginia’s train stations! This adventure won’t be your typical session as you will first visit our ticket booth to catch the train to your first destination and get your ticket punched as you have fun learning new skills at each destination!


Monday December 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Mill Mountain

1:00pm

Top Tech Tools to Help Your ELL's SOAR!!!
Bring your classroom vocabulary instruction to life and see your student's and ELL students come alive with excitement. During this face paced session we will share tools and activities to build academic vocabulary and oral fluency. These activities will get your students actively involved, encourage oral expression and exploration, utilize vocabulary and encourage application. Not only will you leave with ideas for implementation and suggested tools, but you will receive links to printout instructions so that you can go back and both implement, and share with your teams. Ideas will also be shared for co-teaching and integration across the curriculum.

Speakers

Monday December 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Crystal C

1:00pm

Transforming the Learning, One Podcast at a Time!
Podcasts are transforming the learning experience for both teachers and students. Podcasts are free, easy to access, and introduce diverse stories and perspectives. This session will first introduce a variety of podcasts for teachers looking to expand their professional learning network, gain new ideas, and challenge their current mindset. The session will also introduce innovative ways to use current podcasts to promote transfer and meaning-making with your students. Lastly, participants will learn about creating podcasts in the classroom with a variety of platforms that can be used from kindergarten to senior year.

Speakers
avatar for Caroline Doughty

Caroline Doughty

Technology Integration Specialist, Alexandria City Public Schools
Technology Integration Specialist


Monday December 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Brush Mountain

1:00pm

We All can Video with WEVIDEO!
Come learn the basics and see the potential of the WeVideoonline Video Editor. Because it is web-based, your projects are always there, no matter where "there" is. This session is for ALL grade levels and anyschool staff. Here is our presentation slide show.

Speakers
avatar for Stacey Clark

Stacey Clark

Instructional Facilitator, Technology, Loudoun County Public Schools
This is my 10th year working in Loudoun County Schools and 5th year as TRT, now IFT. I have been an educator since 1984. Technology and its tools are always changing, so we are ALL always learning together. I've started to incorporate digital Makerspace devices for beginning coding... Read More →


Monday December 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Crystal D

1:00pm

Welcome Aboard the SEL Train
Get on the right track with developing staff and student social emotional competence during this engaging session. Come learn how to harness the power of technology as a building block for social emotional learning (SEL) skills. Technology provides an avenue that allows both staff and students the ability to develop awareness of emotions while providing strategies that are only a click away. Get into the groove of technology and depart with a new plan to drive SEL in your building


Monday December 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Harrison/Tyler

1:00pm

We’ve got just the ticket!: Using AR and VR with Google Expeditions
Google Expeditions is an immersive educational app that enables teachers and students to explore the world through over 1,000 different virtual and augmented reality tours. You can swim with sharks, visit outer space, explore an ancient civilization, and even look at artwork and artifacts, all without leaving the classroom. This session will teach you how to utilize Google Cardboard and Google Expeditions in your classroom and will walk you through all of the steps necessary to get on track with implementing this tool successfully so you can go full steam ahead with AR and VR.

Speakers

Monday December 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Shenandoah B

1:00pm

On Track with Robotics
Come interact with the EV3 robots and experience the components of FIRST Lego League (FLL)! This is your opportunity to program and run the Challenge missions on the competition board, see examples of the project, engage with student FLL team members and coaches to see what FIRST Lego League is all about. We are eager to share how to get started, how to fund your FLL teams, how to keep the momentum going and how to integrate the robots into the classroom. In 5 years we have grown from 1 robotic team to 11 teams in our district winning awards at the local tournament and state level. This session is appropriate for robotic enthusiasts that have access to students in grades 4-8. Come play robots with us!


Monday December 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Commonwealth Lounge

1:00pm

PowerUser/Coach Me Too - Session 2
Calling ALL Power Users: Coach Me Too. As a Power User we are the ones solving problems at rapid speeds ... let's turn the tables to talk about coaching for you and raise the level of awareness for your staff. Power Users will experience a Gripe Jam ( a way to sort and prioritize challenges we are passionate about solving) . The process will be done with a partner or two in our 1 hour session. We will embrace the most powerful strategies and tools available to improve student outcomes, no matter their existing comfort level with risk taking or technology. We can be transformational leaders and drive system-wide impact that is both sustainable and measurable.

Monday December 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Tinker Mountain

1:00pm

Mindfulness Experience
Reserve your space beginning on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Click here to schedule your time. In the midst of conference life, take the time to practice self-care. Visit the VSTE Mindfulness room to find water to sip on, relaxing music, and comfortable seating for your experience.

Monday December 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Madison

1:00pm

VSTE Table Talks: National Air and Space Museum
Come by the VSTE Central Table to talk with Michael Speidel about National Air and Space Museum’s Educational Opportunities & Resources

Speakers

Monday December 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
North Entry Foyer

1:00pm

Coding Creatively with BrainPOP
Learn more about Creative Coding with BrainPOP! Developed with Scratch and Vidcode, it includes both block- and text-based projects that span the K-12 curriculum and require no prior experience. No matter what you teach, these projects are an easy on-ramp to the world of coding: come find out why!

Attendees will learn how Virginia districts have already implemented Creative Coding into the curriculum and addressing VA Computer Science Standards. We will share our latest research and examples of real student coding projects.

Bring your laptop to get “hands-on” with your own coding projects and take back what you learn to "show what your know" with your curriculum team!

Speakers
avatar for Shalon Thomas

Shalon Thomas

Director, Key Accounts - NE/MidAtlantic, BrainPOP
BrainPOP creates cross-curricular digital content for students and teachers. Our resources include BrainPOP Jr. (K-3), BrainPOP (in English, Spanish, French, and Mandarin), and BrainPOP ELL.
avatar for Julie Kuzma

Julie Kuzma

Instructor Facilitator of Technology, Ball's Bluff Elementary School/Loudoun County
Forward thinking, solutions-focused Instructional Technology Educator with 20+ years of experience as a Technology Trainer and classroom teacher. Certified SMART Exemplary Educator (SEE) and Trade Show Teacher, selected 3 times to attend (including 1 as Mentor) the SEE Summit. Approachable... Read More →

Sponsors


Monday December 9, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Monroe

2:15pm

All Aboard the Digital Storytelling Train!
One of the most powerful and engaging ways of helping students develop academic language and master concepts is through digital storytelling. Multimedia creation tools allow students the chance to become the “conductors” of their learning while developing their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Participants in this session will learn how to plan, structure, and implement podcasting and video and story creation with their students by viewing multiple teacher and student examples, along with take away templates and resources.

Find a copy of our presentation here: http://bit.ly/VSTE19DigitalStorytelling

Speakers
avatar for Clark Richardson

Clark Richardson

Technology Integration Specialist, TC Williams--Minnie Howard Campus
Talk to me about strategies for incorporating blended learning strategies in your classroom! I have a background having taught 2nd grade, Pre-K, and 9th grade (World History), and I have been a TIS at the middle school level the last two years. I also love to support project-based... Read More →
avatar for Jami Martin

Jami Martin

Technology Integration Specialist, Alexandria City Public Schools
Originally from NJ, Jami has been at TC Williams King Street for the past 7 years.  She joined the TIS team last year after teaching English at TC for 5 years. She is ISTE-T and Google Certified and the head of the Blended Learning Camp Program Committee.


Monday December 9, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Washington Lecture Hall

2:15pm

Christmas Any Time, Any Where, Tips to Funding Success with DonorsChoose
The session is designed to help teachers get a step ahead with funding for items to excite and engage. Many times, funding can get in the way, schools don't have it and grants can be difficult. I have used several avenues to fund tech and other items for my program. Come learn about Donorschoose and how to attract donors to your projects.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Rickard

Kevin Rickard

Instructional Technology Specialist, Newtown Elementary School
I am finishing my 13th year as a teacher in public schools. I have spent the last 8 years as a CRS/ITS at Newtown Elementary. Prior to that I retired out of the Navy after 23 years service. I tracked submarines using passive and active acoustics and certified as a Master Training... Read More →



Monday December 9, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Brush Mountain

2:15pm

Drones, Spheros and Coding for Resource Teachers
Drones, Spheros and Coding for Resource Teachers

Often times Art, Music, PE and Library classes are forgotten by the technology team. In this session, learn how Drones, Spheros, Coding and other technologies can enhance student engagement and learning in these areas. Using required standards for each subject and encouraging student creativity can draw new interest in these topics for the student and the teacher.Creating engaging resource lessons can also enhance behavior management and interest in new subject matter.

Speakers
NW

Nichole Ward

Teacher, Portsmouth Public Schools



Monday December 9, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Pocahontas A

2:15pm

EL Students + Tech: How to Blend Both to Support EL Students in the Classroom
As teachers plan and provide instruction, resources and assessments for their students, it can be challenging to do this for the English Learners in their classroom. This session will provide attendees an opportunity to share what their district/schools/teachers are doing to meet the needs of English Learners in their classroom and school divisions. Examples from students and districts will be shared as well as resources that can be used right away with ALL learners because #EdTechIs4AllLearners!

Speakers
avatar for Anita Harris

Anita Harris

Coordinator of Testing & Pupil Personnel, Franklin City Public Schools
EdTech advocate who is always seeking, always learning, always sharing... ​~ Coordinator of Testing & Pupil Personnel, Franklin City Public Schools ~ Board Director, Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) ~ Certified Online Facilitator, PBS TeacherLine & WHRO... Read More →
avatar for Bea Leiderman

Bea Leiderman

Technology Facilitator, The Steward School
Bea has been working with students and teachers and students for over a decade to plan and implement hands-on learning activities.


Monday December 9, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Crystal A

2:15pm

Every Student on Track, Every Time
Learn how to create interactive lessons for 100% student engagement and real-time formative assessment.Pear Deck gives teachers the ability to engage and assess every student in every row no matter what grade or subject.Using Pear Deck right from Google Slides will help you create an interactive and community-focused classroom that builds confidence and comprehension.Formative assessments are powerful leanring checkpoints for teachers and students adn should be a part of the learning process.This session is for new/beginner users to Pear Deck.


http://bit.ly/VSTEPearDeck

Speakers
avatar for Bret Clovis

Bret Clovis

Instructional Technology Coach, Frederick County Public Schools


Monday December 9, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Crystal C

2:15pm

Get on Board with Using VR/AR to Enhance Content and Writing
Learn more about using and creating Virtual and Augmented Reality experiences to increase engagement. This session will address three levels of VR/AR use.
Stop #1: Introduction to using VR/AR platforms with brief activities in which students view Expeditions or 360 videos.
Stop #2: Continue by exploring strategies to enhance existing VR/AR experiences by incorporating content specific writing.
Stop #3: Investigate using Tour Creator to empower students to develop content for an authentic audience.

Speakers
avatar for Erica Thorsen

Erica Thorsen

Librarian, Albemarle High School


Monday December 9, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Wilson

2:15pm

Integrating Blended Learning in the Classroom through the Lens of ELA
Blended and Personalized Learning have been shown to impact student achievement through increasing student interest, student voice and choice and through multiple modalities, but for many teachers it is a move into uncharted territory that doesn’t feel quite comfortable. The focus of this session is to look at multiple strategies for Blended Learning that give teachers options for getting started or moving ahead if they’ve already gotten their feet wet. Participants will not only be introduced to the strategies and how they can be used in any classroom, but will also experience them through the lens of an ELA Classroom. The goal is that every participant will leave with a toolkit of strategies to effectively move forward with a blended classroom.

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Sponsors
avatar for McGraw-Hill Education

McGraw-Hill Education

McGraw-Hill Education
McGraw-Hill Education partners around the world with students, educators, administrators and other professionals to deliver engaging, adaptive and personalized solutions that improve performance and results. We combine proven, research-based content with the best emerging digital... Read More →


Monday December 9, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Roanoke E

2:15pm

iPadOS for Education
Come see how iPadOS is designed to help students and teachers take iPad to a whole new level in education. In this session you will explore new features like intuitive multitasking, a new Home screen, and desktop-class browsing that makes using iPad more fun, and students and teachers more productive.

Speakers
AI

Apple, Inc

Apple, Inc.


Monday December 9, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Pocahontas B

2:15pm

K-8 Computer Science Cohort Playdate
The K-8 Computer Science Cohort is on a mission to integrate computer science into the curriculum. This group came together at the CS Institute this summer and includes teachers and technology coordinators from public and private schools around the state. The group is being facilitated by Jennie Chiu of UVA Curry School of Education and Kim Wilkens of Tech-Girls. We’ve been sharing ideas, having playdates to try out different learning platforms and experimenting in our classrooms. We’re excited to host a playdate at VSTE to share what we’ve learned and let you get hands-on with some amazing tools to teach computer science. Come join the fun and see first-hand the impact that integrating computer science can have on you and your students!


Monday December 9, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Shenandoah B

2:15pm

Keep on Track: Measuring Student Success with Personalized Badges
Be prepared to learn about our unique badging initiative in grades 3 -5, and walk away with your very own badge! We noticed a need to represent student learning of digital competencies from year to year. We will share the 2 series of badges that students can earn. These include digital tool competencies and themes in our digital citizenship curriculum.You will learn the process we used to create and design badges, develop the criteria for earning badges, and process for sharing the badges with students.We will share how students were thrilled to see their acquired badges on their computer devices, and how teachers used this visual representation to understand individual skills and knowledge level.To enhance our badging initiative, a Parent Field Guide was created to add additional family support.

Speakers
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Devon Stevens

Learning Technology Integrator, Albemarle County Public Schools/Technology Department
avatar for Lucy Spencer

Lucy Spencer

Learning Technology Integrator, Albemarle County Public Schools LEAD Department



Monday December 9, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Crystal E

2:15pm

Keeping your K-5 Classroom on Track with QR Codes
Feel like your k-5 classroom has been derailed a bit? Don’t blow your stack! We’ve got just the ticket to get you back on track! QR codes!
Join us to learn what QR codes are, how they can work in the k-5 classroom to engage student learning and keep open communication with families. We’ll even show you how to create your own! Walk away with great ideas to keep you chugging along when you walk back to your building!

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Marriott

Sarah Marriott

ITC, PWCS
avatar for Sara Ross

Sara Ross

ITC, Prince William County Public Schools
Instructional Technology Coach in PWCS. 3rd year as an ITC and 12th year teaching.



Monday December 9, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Tinker Mountain

2:15pm

Making the Cut: Video Editing Options for Blended Learning Videos
Are you a teacher who creates instructional videos for your students? Are you an administrator who records clips to flip your faculty meetings?Want to take your created content to the next level?Or are you exploring the different ways to get in on the awesome model of instruction that is Blended Learning? Join YouTube content creators and Professional Development Specialists, Daniel Vanover and Jesse Roberts, to learn about the different ways you can create and edit your videos to make them more dynamic and reach your audience (students, parents, employees, or the general public) on a greater scale.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Vanover

Daniel Vanover

ITRT, Wise County Public Schools
Daniel Vanover has twelve years experience working in the field of education. He earned a B.A. in Mathematics fromthe University of Virginia's College at Wise in 2007 and a M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University in 2011. He spent his first two years... Read More →
avatar for Jesse Roberts

Jesse Roberts

ITRT, Wise County Public Schools
Jesse Roberts has Fourteen years of experience working in the field of education. He earned a B.S. in Social Science from Radford University in 2005. He spent his first seven years in education teaching middle and high school history. He was then hired as an Educational Technologist... Read More →


Monday December 9, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Crystal D

2:15pm

Managing Your District’s EdTech in a Rapidly Evolving Marketplace
Like a speedy locomotive coming down the track, the edtech landscape is changing rapidly, and new products are coming to market at unprecedented rates. What does this mean for your school or district? Does it feel like you are staying on track? When it comes to effectively managing or evaluating technology, there is often confusion or anxiety about best how to approach it. Education leaders must constantly compare products, manage requirements, and adapt to policy and privacy regulation changes. In this interactive session, learn how district leaders have streamlined processes to find, buy, organize, implement, and measure edtech effectiveness. Learn how they use data and evidence to inform important decisions that improve student outcomes, close achievement gaps, and bridge the digital divide. Emphasis will be on sharing from participants to ensure everyone’s voice is heard. Come ready to learn and share. All aboard the edtech train!

Speakers
avatar for Amy Pugh

Amy Pugh

Director of IT, Lynchburg City Schools
avatar for Chuck Yarbrough

Chuck Yarbrough

Supervisor for Ed Tech, Lynchburg City Schools


Monday December 9, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Harrison/Tyler

2:15pm

Stretching Your Technology Dollars
Whether you are a school of 100 or a school system of 100,000, the technology budget is always a challenge. Upgrading computers, 1:1 initiatives, affordable bandwidth, new phone systems, and physical security concerns are just a few of the items that keep IT departments up at night and drain the budget. This session will attempt to help address these items with creative and though provoking solutions.

Speakers
MS

Mike Sebolt

Director of Technology, Roanoke Catholic School
https://sites.google.com/roanokecatholic.com/rcsvste2019/home


Monday December 9, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Crystal B

2:15pm

Take Control of the classroom with HP Classroom Manager
Empowering teachers with a wealth of assessment, monitoring, and collaboration, while increasing instruction time, and avoiding digital distractions to improve education outcomes.

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Sponsors
HI

HP, Inc.

HP
Learn about HP laptops, pc desktops, printers, accessories and more at the Official HP® Website.


Monday December 9, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Appalachian

2:15pm

The Promethean Express – An Interactive Journey Through Virginia
Hop on board The Promethean Express for a hands-on fully interactive journey through historic and unique areas stopping at Virginia’s train stations! This adventure won’t be your typical session as you will first visit our ticket booth to catch the train to your first destination and get your ticket punched as you have fun learning new skills at each destination!


Monday December 9, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Mill Mountain

2:15pm

The VSTE Demo Slam
Joineducators like yourself as they give lively 3 minute presentation on apps, tools, gadgets and gizmos. You will leave with new ideas to fill your teacher tool box. Each presenter will be given a maximum of 3 minutes and 10 slides to present their entry into the demo slam. There will be a strict/monitored time limit. The audience will cheer and jeer and heckle (with nothing but love) the presenters. In the end the audience will crown the VSTE Demo Slam 2019 CHAMPION.

Speakers

Monday December 9, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Buck Mountain AB

2:15pm

When you send a Tweet...Your PLN can't be beat!
Educators are better when they are connected together!Join Twitter to share with your parents and school community what your students are doing in the classroom.Join Twitter to grow your Personal Learning Network (PLN) by following other passionate educators.Join Twitter to participate in weekly edchats.Educators will have the opportunity to join Twitter, set-up an account, see examples from use in the classroom, and understand how Twitter contributes to professional growth.Get connected and feel supported!

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Bean

Stephanie Bean

Instructional Innovation Coach, York County School Division: Grafton High School
I am an Instructional Innovation Coach at Grafton High School in Yorktown, Virginia, USA with 13 years of experience teaching secondary social studies. I also teach US History, Psychology, & Sociology for Virtual High School for York County School Division in Yorktown, Virginia, USA... Read More →
avatar for Lori Donatelli

Lori Donatelli

Instructional Innovation Coach, York County School Division
This is my tenth year in education. I taught middle school English for 8 years, Science for 2 years, and now I am an Instructional Innovation Coach for the York County School Division. I work with elementary and middle school teachers to encourage 5C integration into the curriculum... Read More →



Monday December 9, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Roanoke F

2:15pm

AR You Ready for Augmented Reality?!

https://bit.ly/2UeSiCs

AR you ready to wow your students with “oohs” and “aahs”?! AR you ready to have fun with Google AR, Merge Cube, CoSpaces, and more?! Through Augmented Reality, teachers are no longer limited by the space of the classroom. Come join us to learn about the exciting, ever-changing world of AR and how it can enhance your lessons. Through hands-on exploration and creation, participants will learn how to implement a variety of engaging AR lessons in the classroom from very simple to complex applications! Ideas will be showcased for multiple content areas and grade levels, plus student created AR.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Smith

Melissa Smith

6th Grade Science Teacher, Greene County Schools
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Marlene Rombach

instructional coach, Greene county schools


Monday December 9, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Commonwealth Lounge

2:15pm

Mindfulness Experience
Reserve your space beginning on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Click here to schedule your time. In the midst of conference life, take the time to practice self-care. Visit the VSTE Mindfulness room to find water to sip on, relaxing music, and comfortable seating for your experience.

Monday December 9, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Madison

2:15pm

VSTE Table Talks: Virtual Virginia
Come by the VSTE Central table to talk with representatives from Virtual Virginia. 

Speakers
avatar for Lyndsey Martin

Lyndsey Martin

Curriculum Supervisor, Virtual Virginia


Monday December 9, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
North Entry Foyer

3:30pm

"DeRail" Traditional Professional Learning
As educators we often hop aboard the crazy train of sit and get professional development. What if it could be different? In Derailing Traditional Professional Development learn how a school is working to take choice, voice, collaboration and application from being classroom expectations to becoming the norm of professional development. Leave with ready to use resources to implement Twitter Chats, Podcasts for PD, Gamified Learning Walks, Virtual Tech Workshops, Blended Tech Tips, and Collaborative Book Studies through Google Classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Allison Garland

Allison Garland

Middle School Dean of Students
@agarlandedu
avatar for Matt Dunbar

Matt Dunbar

Administrator, Franklin County Public Schools
8th Grade Administrator at Benjamin Franklin Middle School. Proud dad of 1 and husband to the kind of teacher we all want to be. Avid twitterer, golfer, and relationship builder. Talk to me about why the writing SOL should be a designed email task.



Monday December 9, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Crystal B

3:30pm

"Google Keep"ing Your Workflow on the Tracks
This session will focus on how adults (in and out of the classroom) and students can use Google Keep to improve workflow, organization, and note-taking using text, lists, images, and audio. The presentation will include Google Keep functionality as a website, mobile app, and sidebar tool in Google.

Speakers
avatar for Katrina Stafford

Katrina Stafford

TTRT, Orange County High School


Monday December 9, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Brush Mountain

3:30pm

A WONDER-ful Introduction to Computational Thinking, Computer Science, and Robotics with Dash, Dot and Cue
Are you an elementary or middle school teacher? Have you wondered “What are computational thinking skills?” or “Why would I introduce Computer Science to my classroom?” Explore these questions and more with Bryan L. Miller, Director of Strategic Education Outreach at Wonder Workshop, creators of Dash, Dot and Cue. Learn how you can develop these critical skills with your students in support of learning across the curricula while you and your students have fun!

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Sponsors
avatar for Wonder Workshop

Wonder Workshop

Senior Strategic Education Outreach Manager, Wonder Workshop
At Wonder Workshop, we code in kid speak. While Lincoln Logs and LEGOs were the building blocks of past generations’ play, coding is the tool of the 21st century kid. We build coding languages uniquely designed for kids ages 6 and up, putting the power of play into their hands... Read More →


Monday December 9, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Wilson

3:30pm

All Aboard! Destination: Engaging Lessons with SMART Learning Suite Online
Learn how using SMART Learning Suite will fast track your efforts turning static content into engaging lessons. Not a SMART Notebook user? Don’t worry! With the new online component of SMART Learning Suite, you can transform any of your resources with activities and collaborative spaces in just a few clicks. Empower yourself, enhance your resources, and engage your students.

Speakers
avatar for Teodora (Teddy) Kamburov

Teodora (Teddy) Kamburov

Professional Development Specialist, SMART Technologies
Hello!My name is Teddy and I am a Professional Development Specialist for SMART Technologies. My background prior to SMART is in teaching, school-based and district-based professional development and leadership, a little bit of marketing, and finally, curriculum development. Please... Read More →

Sponsors

Monday December 9, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Monroe

3:30pm

Becoming more Productive and less Appy with an iPad
Come learn how to use apps such as Clips, iMovie and Chatterpix to create meaningful technology enhanced student work.Quick, Easy and Fun projects for all grade levels.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Heath

Patrick Heath

Instructional Technology Coach, West Gate Elementary
I am the Instructional Technology Coach at West Gate Elementary in Prince William County. I have been in this position for the past 7 years. Previously I was a 4th grade teacher in Georgia. I have a passion for teaching others how to use technology in a new way with the things... Read More →


Monday December 9, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Crystal E

3:30pm

Beyond Scratch (Bridging the Coding Gap)
Your elementary or middle school students have become masters of block-based coding platforms like Scratch. They can whip up algorithms to create games, tell stories, make animations, program robots, etc. But where do we go from there? Collegiate School has been developing a curriculum to bridge the gap that seems to exist between learning coding foundations via block-based languages and upper-grade computer science curriculums, which often jump right into complex coding languages. Come explore some coding languages that we scaffold upwards from our elementary school block-based curriculum and leave with some tangible activities for your classroom!

Resource Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1VKKKKzwpwAqUunyz5ckW5k8jqw9Nb1YeCEugyY5ji24 

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Bell

Daniel Bell

Innovation Integrator, Collegiate School
13 years and counting in the classroom! The first 5 were in Special Education at 3 different schools across the country (and Pacific Ocean!). Since then, I've been been a tech teacher at Collegiate and my role has continually evolved and grown. I now teach and integrate our STEAM... Read More →



Monday December 9, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Crystal D

3:30pm

CDW-G Meet and Greet
Conversate with CDW-G in an informal meet and greet session and learn all about the company can assist with your instructional needs.

Speakers
Sponsors
avatar for CDW-G

CDW-G

Account Executive, CDWG
Your Business Technology Resource. Shop CDW Today - People Who Get IT. Free account registration. Custom configuration. Dedicated account teams. Authorized reseller. Types: Desktops, Scanners, Ink & Toner, Batteries, Cables.


Monday December 9, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Shenandoah A

3:30pm

Choo Choo Choosing Board Games to Build CS Fundamentals
Alll A-BOARD!!! Get ready to ride on the CS Express! Set your students on the right track by honing fundamental computer science skills through play, but not just any play. Board game play will introduce, build, and strengthen the necessary skills for life long learninglike critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, logic, strategy, and resiliency.

Speakers
avatar for Sharon Carino

Sharon Carino

Computer Resource Teacher, Botetourt Elementary/Gloucester County Public Schools



Monday December 9, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Shenandoah B

3:30pm

Everything as a Service
Loudoun County Public Schools will share how it delivers infrastructure, platform, and desktops as a service to help provide students with access to resources and applications anytime, anywhere, from any device.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith

Director of Infrastructure and Engineering, Loudoun County Public Schools
avatar for Michael Wright

Michael Wright

Supervisor - Endpoint Management, Loudoun County Public Schools
Supervisor of Endpoint Management for Loudoun County Public Schools. 18 years experience managing Windows, Android, iOS, Mac, and Chrome endpoints.


Monday December 9, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Washington Lecture Hall

3:30pm

Full Steam Ahead: Maximizing Our Impact with Deeper Learning
Just-in-time professional support is an effective method for improving teacher performance. ITRTs in Virginia support innovation within our schools best when working collaboratively with teachers. In Goochland, we have undertaken an action research process to help improve the collaborative role of the instructional technology coach, deepen the understanding of teachers and building administrators for how to design for deeper learning, and build reflection into professional practice. We have undertaken this model in four of our schools, targeting a willing group of teachers and their principals on this journey. We’ll share the protocol we use to develop an individualized depth score for learning, and how this metric was used across a number of different classroom observations.

By tracking learning depth index scores over time, teachers and coaches both can reflect upon the elements of their lessons that contributed to deeper learning. The feedback loops to both coaches and teachers are supportive and constructive—not evaluative. Details of our depth of learning instrument, which we call Pathways Toward Deeper Learning, will be shared with participants.

This session is ideally suited for open-minded teachers, growth-minded technology coaches, and school administrators who want to maximize learning in their school. Our team has undertaken this action research at the elementary and middle school levels. We hope to provide enough information about our project so that it can be replicated at the elementary, middle, or high school levels. This session is device-agnostic.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Burton

Andrea Burton

Instructional Technology Coach, Goochland County Public Schools


Monday December 9, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Pocahontas A

3:30pm

Google Arts & Culture: Using Inquiry to Connect Cultures
Come explore Google Arts & Culture, one of the largest online databases of art, artifacts, and cultural landmarks. We will discuss how to use the Google Arts & Culture website in dynamic ways that require students to research, analyze, and curate their own understanding. Come enjoy augmented reality (AR), 360º scenes and videos, and high resolution imagery spanning from the ancient river valleys to the 21st century modern world. This session is ideal for any educator looking to find new and exciting ways to engage students with wonder and inquiry!

Speakers
avatar for Katie Moran

Katie Moran

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Rockingham County Public Schools
I graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and M.A.T. in Secondary Education. I had the great fortune to teach my passion for history in Rockingham County, VA from 2007-2016. During my teaching tenure, I discovered my love for educational... Read More →



Monday December 9, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Roanoke G

3:30pm

I Can Do That with a PDF?Using DocHub in in the Classroom.
Wish you could change that PDF?Wish your students could digitally add their answers to a PDF?You can with DocHub!There are so many things you can do with PDF's using DocHub.Using PDF's with DocHub integrates great into Google Classroom.And with G Suite for Education, it is free!!!

Speakers
avatar for Teresa Howell

Teresa Howell

Math Teacher, Monelison Middle School
I have been teaching for 22 years and have taught everything from math to computer applications, to digital photography, to web page design. I am currently a level 1 and 2 Google Certified Educator and a Google for Education Certified Trainer. I love integrating technology into my... Read More →



Monday December 9, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Roanoke E

3:30pm

I choo choo choose choice boards!
Come discuss the power of choice! This session will talk about the why and the how of giving students choice on showing their learning. We will talk rationale, implementation, management, and student options for elementary classrooms. We will highlight some of our favorite choice options including CoSpaces, FlipGrid, Seesaw, Google Slides, Adobe Spark, and Scratch.










Resources:  https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1twZ-Y6DaQ728eJ0tUxX5SP5_UEcPh6WEgu6oHcnRs94/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Tara Walters

Tara Walters

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher (ITRT), Harrisonburg City Schools...Career Page
Exploring the Word with Google Expeditions


Monday December 9, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Roanoke F

3:30pm

Personalize Learning with Digital Task Cards
Want to make the most of instructional time? Self-checking digital task cards provide instant feedback and teachers receive real time data to make informative decisions and provide immediate intervention for all students.

Speakers

Monday December 9, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Buck Mountain AB

3:30pm

Personalized PD in Microsoft Teams
Meet your teachers where they are...create PD that offers different tiers of instruction, accessible to your teachers any time, anywhere. In this session, we will explore how Microsoft Teams can be used to house the PD for your school or PLN.

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Barr

Kristin Barr

Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Personalized Learning, Williamsburg-James City County Schools



Monday December 9, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Crystal C

3:30pm

Reaching Beyond the Box(car): Using Flipgrid for Student Voice and Building Community
In this session, educators will ride the rails to student learning and engagement by learning how to utilize Flipgrid in their classroom to provide opportunities for learners to share their voice on a variety of topics.Success stories and student examples will be shared, and participants will get to engage in creating their own response(s) to a topic.Please bring a device to the session and have the (free) Flipgrid app installed prior to arrival.

Speakers
SW

Sean Ward

Instructional Technology Coach, Prince William County Schools
avatar for Ashley Brucker

Ashley Brucker

5th Grade Teacher
I’m a fifth grade teacher from Prince William County. I love using technology to extend my students learning!



Monday December 9, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Crystal A

3:30pm

Six Pillars of Safer Schools
SyCom works with a framework of the Six Pillars of Safer Schools to help schools build a holistic security plan to provide maximum security against threats and other hazards for students, teachers, employees and visitors.

Speakers
TS

Tom Spitnale

VP of Sales, Sycom Technologies
MT

Marcus Tapscott

Account Manager, Sycom Technologies

Sponsors

Monday December 9, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Harrison/Tyler

3:30pm

Strengthening Literacy with iPad
iPad is a powerful device for all types of student assessment, from daily formative assessment to high- stakes testing. Join this hands-on session to explore how iPad can support daily learning, formative assessments, and online state tests. Experience formative assessment on iPad and how Automatic Assessment Configuration secures iPad for summative assessments.

Speakers
AI

Apple, Inc

Apple, Inc.


Monday December 9, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Pocahontas B

3:30pm

The Promethean Express – An Interactive Journey Through Virginia
Hop on board The Promethean Express for a hands-on fully interactive journey through historic and unique areas stopping at Virginia’s train stations! This adventure won’t be your typical session as you will first visit our ticket booth to catch the train to your first destination and get your ticket punched as you have fun learning new skills at each destination!


Monday December 9, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Mill Mountain

3:30pm

Spheros Can Be Amazing
In this session we will be taking Spheros and doing just a bit more that driving them around. I will model my procedure for taking the Spheros, an iPad, some cardboard and a little hands on training to teach students to create, code, collaborate, problem solve and more than likely excel at something that they had no idea they could do. The amazing thing is that they won’t even realize that they are doing any of those things. To them it will seem like play. This will be a hands-on session as attendees will be able to go through the same procedures as students did giving you as a teacher a student’s perspective and you as a teacher ideas how you can incorporate some or all of this into you classroom.

Speakers

Monday December 9, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Commonwealth Lounge

3:30pm

Mindfulness Experience
Reserve your space beginning on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Click here to schedule your time. In the midst of conference life, take the time to practice self-care. Visit the VSTE Mindfulness room to find water to sip on, relaxing music, and comfortable seating for your experience.

Monday December 9, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Madison

3:30pm

VSTE Table Talks: ISTE Information and Resources
Join ISTE Board Member, Ruth Okoye, to learn more about the International Society for Technology in Education. 

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Okoye

Ruth Okoye

Director of K12 Initiatives, The Source for Learning
Director of K12 Initiatives at The Source for Learning (https://www.sourceforlearning.org/).


Monday December 9, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
North Entry Foyer

4:30pm

Exhibit Hall Reception
Visit each our vendors while enjoying finger foods and beverages (cash bar) in VSTE's exhibit hall.

Monday December 9, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Roanoke Ballroom

4:45pm

VSTE Table Talks: VSTE Education Committee
Join VSTE Board Member, Tim Taylor, to learn more about the work of the Education Committee. 

Speakers
avatar for Tim Taylor

Tim Taylor

Instructional Technology Supervisor, Shenandoah County Public Schools


Monday December 9, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
North Entry Foyer

8:00pm

Silent Disco
Take a break on Monday night and get on your dancing shoes – VSTE Silent Disco Style! Boogie on down to 3 different DJs spinning different music and dance the night way on an LED dance floor, but the only music you’ll be hearing is the music that’s pumping from your headphones! If you need to take a dance break, you can also check out the photo booth where you can pose for your very own VSTE train picture.

Monday December 9, 2019 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Shenandoah B & Foyer
 
Tuesday, December 10
 

7:00am

Registration Check-In
Check-in to begin your VSTE experience from our planning committee and steadfast volunteers.

Tuesday December 10, 2019 7:00am - 2:00pm
Roanoke Foyer

8:30am

An Engine-ous Way to Make Your Instruction More Creative
Using Green Screen to enhance engagement and creativity across all subject areas is just the ticket! This whistle stop tour of all the amazing features of DoInk will blow your stack, as you learn how to app-smash, incorporate all the bells and whistles, and bring learning to life for your students! Make learning visible for your students, by giving them a meaningful way to discuss, share, and reflect on their own learning using their creativity, critical thinking skills,and digital skills! If you have an iPad, please bring it!

Resource: http://bit.ly/engine-ous 


Speakers
avatar for Jessica Robinson

Jessica Robinson

Innovative Learning Coach, HCPS Department of Innovative Learning
Innovative Learning Coach for Henrico County Public Schools
avatar for Heather Reid

Heather Reid

Innovative Learning Coach, Henrico County Public Schools


Tuesday December 10, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Shenandoah B

8:30am

Creativity in Technology
Instructional technology allows for enhanced creativity in student work because of the rich connections and creation tools available to students. This session will focus on best practices for teaching, observing, and assessing student creativity in work of any grade level or content area. Participants will leave with a deep understanding of what creativity is, how it can be taught and fostered in any content area, and how it can be measured and assessed.

Speakers
KB

Kelly Bisogno

Coordinator of Fine Arts, Virginia Department of Education



Tuesday December 10, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Brush Mountain

8:30am

Curation Station: Curating Information on the Web Using Wakelet
Curating information in today's world is an important skill necessary for students and teachers. Curators have to track down information in its many forms, filter out the information that may not fit or be necessary, and use the remaining information to tell a story in a meaningful way. Wakelet is a tool that will let students and teachers create their own collections of curated information via their website or Google extension. With Wakelet, students can curate content, add notes and images that make the information meaningful and presents it in an appealing manner. So catch the Wakelet wave and add curation to your instructional toolbox.



Tuesday December 10, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Harrison/Tyler

8:30am

DEMO: Run Your Edge to Data Center Network at Cloud Speed
ExtremeCloud™ IQ is a completely new approach to end-to-end network management and operations, delivering a fully integrated, extensible platform that simplifies the design, deployment, and security of networks from the edge to the data center, while simultaneously unlocking valuable IT and business insights.

Sponsors

Tuesday December 10, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Crystal D

8:30am

Embracing Instructional Changes In The 4th Industrial Revolution
What is the 4th Industrial Revolution? Are you prepared for this economic generation? Gain insight about some of the latest, leading-edge technologies that will impact perspective students, faculty, universities and be at the center of the “Campus of the Future”. Elliott Levine, HP Distinguished Technologist & Director of Education, examines how 3D print will transform manufacturing, provide examples of how XR is creating powerful learning environments and why AI is reengineering almost every industry.

Speakers
Sponsors
HI

HP, Inc.

HP
Learn about HP laptops, pc desktops, printers, accessories and more at the Official HP® Website.


Tuesday December 10, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Appalachian

8:30am

ESports: An overview of our first season
What is ESports and how can I get a team started in my school? This is a question and answer session based on my first experience in the world of ESports from the Fall.Using the PlayVS.com platform, Staunton River High School in Bedford County fielded an ESports team for the Fall League of 2019.Hopefully, we will be able to pass on our challenges and successes of the first season and help prepare other teams to try ESports and compete as well.

LINK: bit.ly/vsteesports

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Frye

Jonathan Frye

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Bedford County Public Schools
Jonathan Frye is passionate about creating curiosity among students. He strives to do this with utilizing the integration of technology as a creative tool. He is a Google Certified Educator and Trainer. He currently provides support as an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher... Read More →



Tuesday December 10, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Washington Lecture Hall

8:30am

Express Train to going paperless
Ease into the station with a beginners guide to using smart devices with Google applications and Desmos in any middle and high school classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Boulton

Charles Boulton

I teach mathematics and physics at colonial beach high school.


Tuesday December 10, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Wilson

8:30am

Get on Track with Menu-Style, Personalized PD
All aboard the personalized learning locomotive with menu-style, personalized PD!Marshall HS in Fairfax County, VA has decided to give teachers voice and choice in how they earn PD points this year.Learn how our teachers can choose from a menu of options that range from a school-wide edcamp to learning walks to sharing and reflecting on a videotaped lesson to earn PD points per year.Other routes to earn credit include book clubs, cohorts, Google Certified Educator, Edpuzzle Certifications, Newsela Certified Educator, Custom Tech Training, and Custom Teacher-led Training. We will share our GCM Diner PD Menu (https://tinyurl.com/GCMPDDiner), plus all of the accompanying structures that we set up to support this style of PD.

Resources:  tinyurl.com/GCMPD2019

Speakers
avatar for Kim Shahin

Kim Shahin

School-based Technology Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools, Marshall High School


Tuesday December 10, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Roanoke E

8:30am

Get Your Students on "Track" with UDL and Assistive Technologies
Link to Presentation:  bit.ly/AT4UDL .   A recent study (Bouck, 2016) found that students with high incidence disabilities who received quality assistive technology (AT) services had a graduation rate of 99.8%! What is this mystical tool? Well, there is nothing mystical about AT, but it is often misunderstood and misapplied. ITRTs and technology savvy educators of all sorts can make a huge difference in the provision of assistive technology for students with disabilities. During this session we will explore what is assistive technology is and how it fits into a UDL framework, as well as the many of the tools that can be used to support students with disabilities in reading, writing, mathematics, executive function, cognition, mobility & sensory needs, and more! Pssssst......many of these tools are already included in the tools sitting on their desks and in their pockets....

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Newton

Matthew Newton

Technology Coordinator, T/TAC at Virginia Tech
Passionate about educational/assistive technology, diverse learners, athletics of all types, coffee, and cuisine!!!



Tuesday December 10, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Tinker Mountain

8:30am

Hey Alexa, How Can You Help?!
Real talk from a classroom teacher: We’re going to explore ways to harness the power of Alexa to make it a valuable learning tool in your classroom that inspires student creativity, inquisitiveness, and independence in a way you knew knew could exist!

Speakers
avatar for Dina Dreistadt

Dina Dreistadt

Instructional Technology Specialist, VBCPS
Self proclaimed Tech Junkie who loves buiding connections, music, and gaming.



Tuesday December 10, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Roanoke F

8:30am

Hop on board!Destination: Critical Thinking!
Are you asking the right questions for critical thinking?In this session, teachers will consider the student skills required for critical thinking. Teachers will explore how to leverage technology and embed questioning techniques that encourage critical thinking. Teachers should have a Nearpod account (free or paid) prior to the session

Speakers
avatar for Ann Nash

Ann Nash

Innovative Learning Coach, Henrico County Public Schools
avatar for Carrie Hood

Carrie Hood

Innovative Learning Coach, Henrico County Public Schools


Tuesday December 10, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Roanoke G

8:30am

K-2 (Can Too)
It is never too early to integrate technology. In this session, we will explore strategies that will help your students develop computer skills. You will learn technologies that can take your learning centers/stations to the next level. This session will help you lay the foundation for your students to become proficient with technology and you the teacher becoming a technology integrator.

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Roberts

Jesse Roberts

ITRT, Wise County Public Schools
Jesse Roberts has Fourteen years of experience working in the field of education. He earned a B.S. in Social Science from Radford University in 2005. He spent his first seven years in education teaching middle and high school history. He was then hired as an Educational Technologist... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Vanover

Daniel Vanover

ITRT, Wise County Public Schools
Daniel Vanover has twelve years experience working in the field of education. He earned a B.A. in Mathematics fromthe University of Virginia's College at Wise in 2007 and a M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University in 2011. He spent his first two years... Read More →


Tuesday December 10, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Buck Mountain AB

8:30am

Over 40 years of impacting the classroom
Audio Enhancement, Inc. began over 40 years ago when a mother wanted to create equal learning opportunities for her hearing-impaired sons and all students in the classroom. Today, we continue her mission by creating innovative technology that promotes more effective classrooms. Audio Enhancement’s classroom solutions include a Classroom Audio System, SAFE System, classroom cameras, and intercom, paging, and bells. Through these solutions, Audio Enhancement promotes student success, increases teacher development, and improves administrative efficiency. Come learn about practical applications in VA and the rest of the U.S and engage in discussion with a FREE GIVEAWAY at the end of the session.


Tuesday December 10, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Mill Mountain

8:30am

Podcasting in the Classroom: Learning to Listen and Create
This session introduces podcasts and focuses on how to integrate them into the classroom with practical tips about creation. We’ll briefly talk about our journey with our Unabridged podcast about books; the bulk of the session will focus on how teachers can incorporate podcasts into class projects as well as how teachers can utilize them to reach students.We'll talk about how to incorporate listening to podcasts and how to facilitate students' podcast creation.
ISTE Standards Addressed: 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 6c, 6d

Resources: bit.ly/2019Podcast

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Dickson-Ellison

Ashley Dickson-Ellison

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Rockingham County Public Schools
I got into education as a high school English teacher, and over the years, I have taught English literature and English to English Language Learners. I graduated from Furman University with a BA in English and French, and I got my MA in education at Georgetown College. I've taught... Read More →
avatar for Jen Moyers

Jen Moyers

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Rockingham County Public Schools
After graduating from Bridgewater College and then JMU with my M.A. in English, I taught English for 16 years at Broadway High School in RCPS before moving to my current job as an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for the 2016-2017 school year. I am an avid reader and enjoy... Read More →


Tuesday December 10, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Crystal A

8:30am

Robotics Rumpus
Charging student engagement to the fullest with Evo bots, Bee Bots, and Osmo. Learn the best practices for beginning robotics in your classroom and engaging students.


Tuesday December 10, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Crystal C

8:30am

STEAMing through the Standards
Amherst County ITRTs, Melanie Lewis, Gail Moore, and Teresa Howell have over 30 years combined designing lessons that integrate STEAM and/or technology into instruction.  Come spend some time with us as we share some ideas that have worked for us.  You will also have an opportunity to backchannel some ideas of your own.  Let's pack our train with as much as we can as we head out on our journey as both teachers and learners.

Speakers
avatar for Melanie Lewis

Melanie Lewis

ITRT, Amherst County Public Schools
ITRT for Amherst County Public SchoolsYou can also follow me on Twitter. My Twitter ID is mclewis.
avatar for Gail Moore

Gail Moore

ITRT, Amherst County Public Schools


Tuesday December 10, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Crystal E

8:30am

Using BookCreator and the 5C's for Student Agency
Learn about the ways to use BookCreator for student digital storytelling, research, and much more! Students will be engaged in creating and collaborating to produce an online book using text, images, and recordings. Students can use for creative writing or it can be a method for connecting the curriculum. The BookCreator app is FREE and available on Chromebooks and Windows devices. 

bit.ly/BCVSTE19



Speakers
avatar for Anne Bianchi

Anne Bianchi

ITS, VBCPS


Tuesday December 10, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Monroe

8:30am

Virginia Computer Technology Standards of Learning Revisions
The Virginia Department of Education will be coordinating revisions to the Computer Technology Standards of Learning next year. Input is needed from session attendees on the type of revisions school divisions and other would like to see in the revised standards. Please come prepared to provide input.

Speakers
MS

Mark Saunders

Technology Integration Coordinator, Virginia Department of Education
avatar for Jean Weller

Jean Weller

Instructional Technology Specialist, Virginia Department of Education
Interests: Professional development, virtual learning, competency-based learning, alternative assessments, maker spaces, libraries, mystery books, cats and dogs. Find me on Twitter at @JeanWeller



Tuesday December 10, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Pocahontas A

8:30am

Virginia Public Libraries: Your Partners in Success
Learn more about successful partnerships between public libraries and schools.

Speakers
avatar for Cindy Church

Cindy Church

Continuing Education, The Library of Virginia
Opportunities to partner with public libraries, anything training related, continuing education, E Rate coordinator
KS

Kevin Smith

Library Director, York County Public Library



Tuesday December 10, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Crystal B

8:30am

Scavenger Hunts 3.0--Accept the Goose Chase Challenge!
Math, science, social studies and language arts. These are all content areas that can be challenging to review in a new and dynamic way. In this session we will work with manipulatives while also harnessing the power of online tools to complete an exciting scavenger hunt using Goose Chase--a fun and engaging team scavenger hunt!

Speakers
MR

Marlene Rombach

instructional coach, Greene county schools
avatar for Michael Loret

Michael Loret

Social Studies Teacher, Greene County Public Schools



Tuesday December 10, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Commonwealth Lounge

8:30am

Mindfulness Experience
Reserve your space beginning on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Click here to schedule your time. In the midst of conference life, take the time to practice self-care. Visit the VSTE Mindfulness room to find water to sip on, relaxing music, and comfortable seating for your experience.

Tuesday December 10, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Madison

9:45am

A WONDER-ful Introduction to Computational Thinking, Computer Science, and Robotics with Dash, Dot and Cue
Are you an elementary or middle school teacher? Have you wondered “What are computational thinking skills?” or “Why would I introduce Computer Science to my classroom?” Explore these questions and more with Bryan L. Miller, Director of Strategic Education Outreach at Wonder Workshop, creators of Dash, Dot and Cue. Learn how you can develop these critical skills with your students in support of learning across the curricula while you and your students have fun!

Speakers
Sponsors
avatar for Wonder Workshop

Wonder Workshop

Senior Strategic Education Outreach Manager, Wonder Workshop
At Wonder Workshop, we code in kid speak. While Lincoln Logs and LEGOs were the building blocks of past generations’ play, coding is the tool of the 21st century kid. We build coding languages uniquely designed for kids ages 6 and up, putting the power of play into their hands... Read More →


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Wilson

9:45am

Are you cyber safe?
It’s no longer a matter of “if”, but “when”. As the world becomes more mobile and connected, cyberattacks continue to rapidly grow in frequency and sophistication, placing your company’s data and personal information at risk.  Are you protected? While organizations are aware of the growing threat, most are overly focused on security software and data center protection while neglect securing client and end-point devices.  HP looks at client end-point security holistically; a multi-layered approach rooted in hardware. Security that’s built-in, not bolted on.  HP’s approach to security is unparalleled in the PC industry – and this is only the beginning.

Speakers
JB

Jurgen Bayer

Sr. Security Adviser

Sponsors
HI

HP, Inc.

HP
Learn about HP laptops, pc desktops, printers, accessories and more at the Official HP® Website.


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Appalachian

9:45am

Engaging English-Language Learners with iPad
iPad is a powerful device for all types of student assessment, from daily formative assessment to highstakes testing. Join this hands-on session to explore how iPad can support daily learning, formative assessments, and online state tests. Experience formative assessment on iPad and how Automatic Assessment Configuration secures iPad for summative assessments.

Speakers
AI

Apple, Inc

Apple, Inc.


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Pocahontas B

9:45am

Expand Your Network with Twitter Chats!
Hashtags. Slow Chats. Twitter Chats. PLNs. These are all tools to push your thinking, connect you with educators around the world and help you explore new opportunities in your school and classroom. The VSTE Social Media team will host a session to help you connect with other educators on Twitter, dive into Twitter chats, expand your Personal and Professional Learning Network, and spark an interest in hosting your own school or regional chat!

View Our Presentation

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Sisler

Margaret Sisler

HS Tech Coach, Fairfax County Public Schools
I’m a former elementary and current HS tech coach and I'm passionate about social media, professional learning, relationships, student centered learning and more! I work to support a shift in teaching and learning to include more student centered learning experiences, ensuring students... Read More →
avatar for Tamara Letter

Tamara Letter

ITRT, Hanover County Public Schools
Tamara Letter is an enthusiastic presenter, writer, and kindness cultivator who strives each day to add a little good to the world. She is author of A Passion for Kindness and in addition to being a mom, educator, and writer, she is also an active VSTE conference committee member... Read More →


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Crystal D

9:45am

Google for Education Presents: Google's Applied Digital Skills
As more and more workplaces require digital skills, we believe that everyone deserves access to the tools and training that will set them up for success in the jobs that are growing right in their own communities.

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Google

Schools and universities are using Google's products, programs, and philanthropy to help them improve learning and innovation.


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Crystal E

9:45am

Google Slides & Digital Breakouts - It’s a No Brainer!
Digital Breakouts are a game changer. These games (breakouts) teach teamwork, problem-solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting students with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve. In this session, you will have the opportunity to participate in a Digital Breakout (DB), explore how to design (using Google Slides) and integrate Digital Breakouts games in the classroom. This is a BYOD session, please bring a laptop with Chrome installed or a Chromebook. For a copy of the presentation, click HERE!

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avatar for Tonya Coffey

Tonya Coffey

ITRT, Augusta County Public Schools
I am an ITRT for Augusta County Public Schools. I collaborate with teachers assisting them with integrating technology into their instruction. I am also a G Suite for Education Certified Trainer and a G Suite for Education Administrator. I love creating and sharing Digital Breako... Read More →


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Crystal C

9:45am

Hack the App
Do you think you know all you can do in Google Classroom, Sites, and Slides? Would you like to do something new and original in Flipgrid or Quizizz. Hacking the apps is a session in which we turn the use of particular apps on its head and make them bend to our will. We will open you up to possibilities these apps offer that even their creators didn't think of.

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Sponsors
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CDW-G

Account Executive, CDWG
Your Business Technology Resource. Shop CDW Today - People Who Get IT. Free account registration. Custom configuration. Dedicated account teams. Authorized reseller. Types: Desktops, Scanners, Ink & Toner, Batteries, Cables.


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Shenandoah A

9:45am

Keep Your Project, But Change the Track
Educators often spend time trying to turn a good project into a great one. In this session, we will discuss how to totally transform any assignment into one that turns our students into digital content creators while still maintaining the integrity of the work. By using student-friendly website creation, we can change the way our students show us what they know.

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Daniel Nemerow

Technology Coach, Patriot High School
Patriot High School Instructional Technology Coach Daniel Nemerow, has spent the past 18 years working to refine and enrich consciousness in young people of all abilities. From his years teaching in a school for students with emotional disabilities to his tenure as a math department... Read More →



Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Crystal B

9:45am

Keeping Your Day On Track: The Tools for a More Productive Life
No one in education complains about having too much time. You can't create more time, but you can leverage your mindset and the technology at your fingertips to get more done and feel less stress. In this session, we’ll cover how you can change your workflow to reduce stress, accomplish more, and use digital tools to make the process easy and streamlined.

Resources: bit.ly/vste19gtd


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Mill Mountain

9:45am

On Track with Teams
Stay on Track with students in your classroom or groups. Use Microsoft Teams to reach all students and differentiate assignments with ease. Tired of students losing papers or projects? Integrating Microsoft Teams can help students and teachers become more organized. Hear about our experience using Teams with Powerpoint to make interactive class activities and assessments that challenge and/or scaffold based on students needs (including the option for read aloud and speech to text).

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avatar for Michelle Elliott

Michelle Elliott

Instructional Technology Coach, PWCS- Kilby Elementary School



Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Buck Mountain AB

9:45am

Personalizing PD to Build and Sustain Internal Capacity: One Instructional Specialist’s Story
Education is tilting inexorably towards personalized, student-centered learning and leveraging technology to do such, but we can’t expect educators to make shifts to more personalized and student-centered learning environments without providing PD opportunities that are equally personalized for them. Join Manassas City Public Schools, Katie Bookwalter and BetterLesson's Romain Bertrand as they: 1. share lessons learned from their four-year journey to personalize professional development for instructional technology coaches in the division and 2. experience and learn how to do the same for your school or school division - as well as experiencing a leadership strategy as a take-away for your own toolkit!

Additional Presenter: Pedro Hernandez, Supervisor of Instructional Tech and Innovation for Manassas Public Schools.

Link to presentation 

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avatar for Katie Bookwalter

Katie Bookwalter

Instructional Technology Specialist
I am an ITTS (Instructional Technology Training Specialist) at Haydon Elementary School in Manassas, VA. I enjoy working with teachers on using technology effectively with their students. I am a self-proclaimed Ed Tech nerd and love creating, working with and exploring new digital... Read More →


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Tinker Mountain

9:45am

Pulling into the Station!Next Stop: Differentiated Learning through Learning Stations
Session Materials Available Here!

Learning stations allow teachers to utilize technology to carefully structure a learning experience that encourages students to become Empowered Learners, Knowledge Constructors, and Creative Communicators.In this session, participants will be actively involved in a learning station activity, exploring the structure of stations through the lens of the 5 C’s.Participants will leave with ideas of how to include tech tools such as Flipgrid, Anchor, Edpuzzle, Screencastify, and the entire G-Suite to craft stations that encourage students to interact with content through a number of ways.Attendees will learn how to embrace a facilitator role, discover ideas of how to collaborate with other professionals to create meaningful and lasting learning experiences, and gain resources to support students’ needs along with integrating the 5 C’s.As a librarian and English teacher, the presenters have a unique perspective on the power of collaborative teaching, and they will share some of their favorite station activities as well as pitfalls they have experienced.While this session would focus on the presenters’ use of stations in the secondary classroom, there will be many takeaways for the elementary setting as well.

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avatar for Brooksie Kramer

Brooksie Kramer

Librarian, Brookville High School
Passionate about student-centered learning, independent reading, makerspace, and all things library.


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Shenandoah B

9:45am

Reaching Every Student with a Learning Management System
This presentation will provide an overview of the purpose and functionality of a learning management system and how it can be used to personalize learning for students.This will include the differentiation of activities and assessments, and best practices for keeping students and their families informed of their academic progress.

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avatar for Sean Coffron

Sean Coffron

Instructional Technology Training Specialist, Manassas City Public Schools
Dr. Sean Coffron has served as an educator with Manassas City Public Schools for nineteen years, including six years as an administrator and instructional technologist. Having earned a PhD in Educational Leadership and an MBA, his research interested include professional learning... Read More →


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Roanoke G

9:45am

Ride the Math Rails with BrainPOP
Come and ride the rails with CBE 2016 BrainPOP Certified Educator, Rosalita Santiago, explore and discover how BrainPOP’s Make-A-Movie, the SnapThought Tool,and Creative Coding are tools for Language-Math-Technology Integration in the classroom.

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Rosalita Santiago

ITC, Arlington Public Schools
Rosalita Santiago has over 15 years of experience in education, teaching kindergarten, first grade, fourth grade, seventh grade, and high school. She is the Instructional Technology Coordinator at Claremont Immersion School in Arlington, Virginia.Her professional experience includes... Read More →


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Roanoke E

9:45am

Techstravaganza!Get your Tech PD on Track
Have you ever wondered how to provide your school system with better Tech PD?Feeling constrained by a shoestring budget and limited staffing? Say no more! This session will show you how to make a plan for a one day Tech Professional Development conference that gets people excited, creates a sense of community and raises interest for very little cost and limited human power.Find out how we transitioned in just a few years from a week long, low interest summer training camp to Techstravaganza, a single day event attracting hundreds of teachers, admin and staff in and out of district with 80+ sessions, food trucks, door prizes and giveaways. This presentation will include discussion of subjects like:
- Scheduling sessions
- Recruiting presenters from outside of your IT team
- Attracting sponsors
- Creating an engaging theme
- Dos, Don’ts, Tips and Tricks

Presentation Link:  bit.ly/vste2019lcs

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avatar for Allison Kappler

Allison Kappler

ITRT, Lynchburg City Schools
ITRT
avatar for Aimee Hasinger

Aimee Hasinger

ITRT with Lynchburg City Schools


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Brush Mountain

9:45am

VDOE Computer Science Update and Integration
Computer Science is here! This session will cover updates from VDOE including the curriculum framework and other new resources being developed.How can CS be integrated into different content areas as an instruction and assessment tool?



There will be time for questions.

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Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Pocahontas A

9:45am

What did you learn in school today? Using Google Sites to Showcase Learning
This “infamous” question that we ask our students will be a thing of the past when teachers use Google Sites for digital learning portfolios. The goal is for students to identify their own learning and showcase samples on Google Sites as a digital portfolio. Come learn strategies to help students create and design their own Site, to foster teacher/student collaboration in supporting learning goals, and to organize these digital portfolios for easy teacher organization and management.

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avatar for Katie Moran

Katie Moran

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Rockingham County Public Schools
I graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and M.A.T. in Secondary Education. I had the great fortune to teach my passion for history in Rockingham County, VA from 2007-2016. During my teaching tenure, I discovered my love for educational... Read More →



Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Crystal A

9:45am

Wixie 101: Come Learn about the Exciting New Learning Benefits in Wixie
Participants will learn the basics of using the new modernized version of Wixie, including how to add text, images, original artwork and narration to create and share digital stories. While doing so, attendees will learn about some of the new learning benefits, including two different interface looks, Primary and Standard, adding text-to-speech, hyperlinks, and much more. Come prepared to be “Wowed” by all that the new version of Wixie has to offer and experience for yourself how you can use Wixie to differentiate your classroom instruction and showcase meaningful learning across the curriculum.

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Tech4Learning

For over 20 years, Tech4Learning has created award-winning educational software and delivered effective professional learning programs. Tech4Learning helps schools provide students with essential 21st-century skills.


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Monroe

9:45am

You Can Do It!: Hosting a Podcast in Your Classroom, School, or District
Podcasts are a way to reach audiences that can go beyond blogs and websites, and they can be leveraged as a way to share professional development ideas or to share student thoughts and projects. It's easy to get a podcast up and running and to share your content with your community. We’ll talk through the logistics of preparing podcasts for the real world, and we'll cover potential platforms and accounts, marketing, and defining your audience based on our experience with the Unabridged podcast.
ISTE Standards: 2a, 3a, 4a, 4d, 5b, 6a, 6d, 7a

Resources: bit.ly/hostapodcast

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Dickson-Ellison

Ashley Dickson-Ellison

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Rockingham County Public Schools
I got into education as a high school English teacher, and over the years, I have taught English literature and English to English Language Learners. I graduated from Furman University with a BA in English and French, and I got my MA in education at Georgetown College. I've taught... Read More →
avatar for Sara Voigt

Sara Voigt

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Rockingham County Public Schools
After graduating from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA with a Masters in Business Administration and spending 8+ years in finance, marketing, and business, I switched careers and became a middle school English teacher where I found my true passion. I taught 8th grade English... Read More →


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Harrison/Tyler

9:45am

We are Living in a VR world, and we are VR Girls!
This session will provide educators a variety of easy to implement applications for the classroom to engage our 21st century learners with meaningful virtual experiences. Using an array of VR/AR equipment including low cost model VR goggles, Oculus, and ClassVR goggles along with Merge technology combined with CoSpaces, student created work samples for language arts, math, and content will be available for viewing along with practical ideas for implementing VR/AR easily. Join us as we immerse ourselves in a virtual world where our students don’t just run the track, they create the track of the future! Their personalized learning will come alive with the use of various VR/AR tools because we are living in a virtual reality world!

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avatar for Alexandra Shea

Alexandra Shea

4th Grade, VBCPS
avatar for Alainya Kemper

Alainya Kemper

Grade 3 Teacher, Christopher Farms ES


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Commonwealth Lounge

9:45am

Mindfulness Experience
Reserve your space beginning on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Click here to schedule your time. In the midst of conference life, take the time to practice self-care. Visit the VSTE Mindfulness room to find water to sip on, relaxing music, and comfortable seating for your experience.

Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Madison

9:45am

VSTE Table Talks: UnisonEDU
UnisonEDU - www.unisonedu.org - Information to be provided on the non-profit to provide world-class support to all educators in need. A future partner of VSTE. patrickhausammann@vste.org

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avatar for Patrick Hausammann

Patrick Hausammann

Supervisor of Instructional Technology/ITRT, Clarke County Public Schools
Patrick Hausammann is a perpetual optimist and believer in the power of a #growthmindset to #failforward en route to creativity and innovation. He is a co-founder of #EdcampNSV and is also a G Suite for Education Certified Innovator, Trainer, Educator Levels I & II, Flipgrid #GridGuide... Read More →


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
North Entry Foyer

11:00am

#AppsDay
There are many ways for a teacher to spend the summer and, as many of us know, it often involves a good amount of work. In the summer of 2018, two educators finalized an idea to start classes off in a very different way. #AppDays would start the school year off with relationship building through using #Hyperdocs to learn and use numerous apps such as Canva, Flipgrid, Powtoon, Screencastify, and a second #Hyperdoc focusing on GSuite aka “GSweet.” Come learn all about the awesome “apps,” #Hyperdocs, and our process!

Resources: http://bit.ly/SH-AppsDay 

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avatar for Patrick Hausammann

Patrick Hausammann

Supervisor of Instructional Technology/ITRT, Clarke County Public Schools
Patrick Hausammann is a perpetual optimist and believer in the power of a #growthmindset to #failforward en route to creativity and innovation. He is a co-founder of #EdcampNSV and is also a G Suite for Education Certified Innovator, Trainer, Educator Levels I & II, Flipgrid #GridGuide... Read More →
avatar for Phil Strunk

Phil Strunk

Educator, Clarke County Public Schools
Vanguard of the Past, Middle School History Teacher in Northern Virginia, Host of Edusations, #waledchat founder, Messiah College Alum


Tuesday December 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Buck Mountain AB

11:00am

All Aboard the Innovation Train: A Model for Supporting Your Division's Innovators with Strategic Innovation Grants
Goochland has, for three years now, supported innovative solutions toward deeper learning with projects by leveraging its partnership with its education foundation to provide grants to teachers. Students benefit from the ingenuity of our teachers who many times work in teams to design and implement meaningful, relevant instruction through high-quality project-based learning. While we know that providing grants to teachers isn’t new, we capitalize upon this energy through an end-of-year symposium experience for our grant awardees and other interested teachers throughout our division.

We are excited to share the professional learning model we used to support this initiative in addition to some of the grants/project ideas our teachers generated through their participation in grant writing, teaching, and participation in our end of year Strategic Innovation Symposium. Examples of these projects include the development of a ropes course at our high school, built by students; the creation of an archery range; students harvesting crops at a local farm; the creation of a county-wide celebration that celebrated the diversity of our county’s history and its living citizens; and development of a school coffee store that supported the business of local refugees.

This session supports the needs of teachers by providing PBL ideas that capitalize upon Goochland’s investment in 1:1 technology. This session supports the needs of administrators in how to design and deliver a meaningful PD experience for teachers and technology coaches. And technology coaches will gain insight on how to support the amazing ideas presented by teachers throughout the year with a focus on providing deeper learning experiences for students, capitalizing upon problem solving and critical thinking, personalization, teamwork, real world applications, and empathy toward others.

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avatar for Krystle Demas

Krystle Demas

Technology Coach/ ITRT: Elementary (3-5), Goochland County


Tuesday December 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Tinker Mountain

11:00am

All Aboard! Maneuvering through PBL using Google Sites
Let us steer you in the right direction by making PBL more time effective and organized by incorporating the use of Google Suites in your classroom. By utilizing these quick essential management tidbits/tools you will make your Project Based Learning lessons more student driven and your stress level minimal.Additionally you will leave with Google Suite samples and resources that you can adapt to your classroom need. This will allow your PBL experience to be cost effective and efficient. More important your lesson will be standards driven and you will be able to observe learning through each of your content areas.

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CW

Carla Waller

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Spotsylvania County School


Tuesday December 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Roanoke G

11:00am

ChoppedPD Schoology Courses
Are you brand new to Schoology? Are you looking for a way to make your courses more user-friendly? Learn how to ramp up your Schoology courses and have hands-on learning time to add course banners, interactive graphics, pages, and more! ChoppedPD will involve a criteria of components for each course created and teamwork to build the "best" model. Users must have a Schoology license. The course will be an active learning experience. http://bit.ly/ChoppED

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avatar for Anne Bianchi

Anne Bianchi

ITS, VBCPS


Tuesday December 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Monroe

11:00am

Classroom Hacks to Reduce Stress and Improve Productivity for New Classroom Teachers
The career switcher. The first-year. The newly minted college grad.The long-term sub.The out-of-stater.New teachers come from all backgrounds and ITRTs play a huge role in onboarding teachers into schools, leading the process of navigating the division resources, processes, and protocols that come with entering the teaching profession.However, without systems in place to help these new teachers manage their first few years in the classroom, we may find ourselves off-boarding teachers sooner than later. Utilizing data collected from experience, research, and testimonies, we'll discuss tech tools and strategies teacher leaders can use support new teachers with classroom management, lesson planning and design, and organization.  Please contact me at jalisa.logan@portk12.com if you need any materials from the presentation. 

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avatar for Jalisa Logan

Jalisa Logan

Technology Resource Teacher, Portsmouth Public Schools
My focus as a technology resource teacher is to demonstrate the power of technology to improve learning for teachers, students, administrators, and the community. My motto is "Done is better than perfect." Outside of school, I enjoy dance, yoga and listening to audio books.



Tuesday December 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Roanoke E

11:00am

Coding Across the Curriculum
Join two middle school teachers as they provide effective strategies for incorporating coding activities throughout various disciplines. While some teachers may be nervous about “giving up time” to code, teachers will leave this session realizing that coding involves learning content and developing critical thinking skills. This will be a hands-on session as attendees will be able to practice coding with Spheros by using real activities designed for the classroom.

Resources: [https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1trOUD83ZXBvIJM9Qs-xa41j0lJQY2JFwp89kpg8kzis/edit?usp=sharing]

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avatar for Luke Roadcap

Luke Roadcap

Social Studies Teacher, Rockingham County Public Schools - Elkton Middle School
This is my 8th year teaching 6th Grade U.S. History at Elkton Middle School in Rockingham County, Virginia. I was named Virginia's History Teacher of the Year in 2017. During Rockingham County's digital conversion process, I served as a digital pilot teacher with Chromebooks and MacBook... Read More →
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Anne Senger

STEM Academy/Gifted Education Teacher, Rockingham County Public Schools - Elkton Middle School


Tuesday December 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Shenandoah B

11:00am

Don't Get Derailed By Google Slides - Make Them Interactive
Have a one-track mind when it comes to Google Slides?Come and learn how to create interactive Google Slide presentations.Be the conductor of your own presentations, or better yet have students create their own as a PBL activity.

Additional Presenter: Katie Larimer. Resources - bit.ly/vste2019

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avatar for Doug Wickham

Doug Wickham

ITRT, Montgomery County Public Schools
Google Certified Educator Levels 1 & 2Google Certified Trainer#techsauce


Tuesday December 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Crystal D

11:00am

Esports Technology: Hardware, Infrastructure, and Games
Since joining HP Inc, Joshua Pann has led HP's charge in collegiate Esports. He has been an avid life-long gamer and hobbyist PC builder. He combines his experience as an educator with his knowledge of Esports to help universities support the vibrant student communities forming around Esports.

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HI

HP, Inc.

HP
Learn about HP laptops, pc desktops, printers, accessories and more at the Official HP® Website.


Tuesday December 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Appalachian

11:00am

Green Light Relationships
Join us in a session on how to stay on track and Green Light relationships with all community members!!! Explore a variety of tools (Class Tag, Seesaw, Bloomz, Class Dojo, and more) and determine which ones would work best with your community, while minding the gap and putting safety first. We will navigate how to reach all learners in your community, the nuts and bolts, where to start, and what works and why.This will address ISTE Standard #1: Empowered Learner; ISTE Standard #2: Digital Citizen, ISTE Standards: #6: Creative Communicator.

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avatar for Carrie Hood

Carrie Hood

Innovative Learning Coach, Henrico County Public Schools


Tuesday December 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Pocahontas A

11:00am

Growing Real Writers: Using Technology to Emphasis Process and Authentic Writing Experiences
As English teachers and Instructional Technology Resource Teachers, we have committed to learning how to facilitate writing using technology and taking advantage of our division's 1:1 adoption. Using technology in our work with secondary teachers and in our own, non-traditional English class has taught us the power of process over product, of authentic writing experiences, and of student choice. By moving beyond traditional assignments to embrace writing that allows students to find and cultivate their unique voices, teachers can use technology as a positive force for student creation.

In this session, participants will discover ways to focus on creating authentic writing opportunities for students, ideas for daily writing, and concrete strategies to emphasize process over product through technology. We will highlight technology tools, including Google Apps for Education, Nearpod, Adobe Spark, WriteReader, podcast platforms, and StoryboardThat. We will offer practical ideas for teachers to motivate writers, encourage creativity, and manage revision and feedback. By considering the principles of backward design, teachers can place these new tools, skills, and strategies in the context of their overall writing goals for students as writers. At the conclusion of this session, participants will leave with a brighter vision of how to grow real writers in a technology-rich world.]

Resources: bit.ly/growwriters

Speakers
avatar for Jen Moyers

Jen Moyers

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Rockingham County Public Schools
After graduating from Bridgewater College and then JMU with my M.A. in English, I taught English for 16 years at Broadway High School in RCPS before moving to my current job as an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for the 2016-2017 school year. I am an avid reader and enjoy... Read More →
avatar for Tim Reger

Tim Reger

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Rockingham County Public Schools
I received my undergraduate degree in English from James Madison University and my master’s degree in education from Longwood University. I taught high school English/reading/theatre for fifteen years and taught all kinds of stuff as a librarian for four years (elementary and high... Read More →


Tuesday December 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Mill Mountain

11:00am

Hop on the High-Speed Support Train to the New SMART Exchange and PD Resources!
New to SMART Learning Suite or simply looking for more resources to help you get the most out of your SMART Learning Suite license? Join us to learn about the new SMART Exchange, a new getting started teacher guide, as well as updated training and professional development resources—all built for teachers, by teachers.

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avatar for Teodora (Teddy) Kamburov

Teodora (Teddy) Kamburov

Professional Development Specialist, SMART Technologies
Hello!My name is Teddy and I am a Professional Development Specialist for SMART Technologies. My background prior to SMART is in teaching, school-based and district-based professional development and leadership, a little bit of marketing, and finally, curriculum development. Please... Read More →

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Tuesday December 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Harrison/Tyler

11:00am

Individualized Reading Pathways Using Nearpod and GoogleClassroom
Come experience literacy stations and lessons like never before! Create individualized literacy centers for your students that are highly engaging and fun. Use data you have collected to successfully design student centers using GoogleClassroom and Nearpod.

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Tuesday December 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Roanoke F

11:00am

iPadOS for Education
Come see how iPadOS is designed to help students and teachers take iPad to a whole new level in education. In this session you will explore new features like intuitive multitasking, a new Home screen, and desktop-class browsing that makes using iPad more fun, and students and teachers more productive.

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AI

Apple, Inc

Apple, Inc.


Tuesday December 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Pocahontas B

11:00am

It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)
Rock and Roll is full of music and stories that create excitement and inspire creativity. These rock legends can also teach us important lessons about how we can more thoughtfully use technology with students. Come prepared to hear some great rock music, see some great technology resources, and get motivated to use technology like a bunch of rock stars!

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Tuesday December 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Wilson

11:00am

Leading the Change to Authentic Learning
What does it take to begin the transformation from traditional learning to authentic learning?Attendees will learn and explore ways to transform teaching to embrace 21st century skills.Attendees will also have the chance to begin creating authentic learning experiences.

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avatar for Scott Lewis

Scott Lewis

Instructional Technology Coach, Frederick County Public Schools


Tuesday December 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Crystal E

11:00am

Making Your Mark: Leveraging Design Tools to Enhance Social Media Posts
Make your mark on social media by leveraging these easy-to-use tools! This session will focus on design tools that will quickly and easily make social media posts more visually appealing. Participants will get a look at Be Funky and Pic-Tap-Go (image editing apps), Canva (a graphic design program), and Adobe Spark Post (which generates a digital postcard) and will see how those programs can improve the look of content. We'll also explore how secondary students can use some of these tools to enhance projects in the classroom!
Resources: http://bit.ly/socialmediavste19


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avatar for Sara Voigt

Sara Voigt

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Rockingham County Public Schools
After graduating from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA with a Masters in Business Administration and spending 8+ years in finance, marketing, and business, I switched careers and became a middle school English teacher where I found my true passion. I taught 8th grade English... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Dickson-Ellison

Ashley Dickson-Ellison

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Rockingham County Public Schools
I got into education as a high school English teacher, and over the years, I have taught English literature and English to English Language Learners. I graduated from Furman University with a BA in English and French, and I got my MA in education at Georgetown College. I've taught... Read More →


Tuesday December 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Crystal A

11:00am

Moving Past the Headlines: Empowering Students to think Critically of News & Media Literacy
How can you avoid being fooled by fake videos and other information online? How can filter bubbles limit the information we're exposed to? What rights to fair use do you have as a creator? More now than ever, we must prepare students to identify credible and trustworthy information and reflect on their responsibilities as thoughtful media creators and consumers. Join us as we explore these questions and more with news and media activities from Common Sense Education’s New Digital Citizenship Curriculum, available free to educators. You will leave with tips and resources you can use immediately to encourage students to move past the headlines and think critically about news & media.

Presentation Link - tinyurl.com/VSTEmedialiteracy


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avatar for Barbara Huth

Barbara Huth

Common Sense Education, Common Sense Education
Barbara Huth is the Education Program Manager for Common Sense Education in the D.C. Metro area. She partners with school districts in DC, Maryland, Virginia and beyond to help educators and parents build the foundational digital citizenship skills for kids to utilize technology safely... Read More →


Tuesday December 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Washington Lecture Hall

11:00am

Ride the Chromebook Train for the Littles
This session will include practical ways to approach technology with young learners and provide information on innovative ways to integrate digital tools in the primary classroom. Technology can make learning engaging and relevant for even the youngest of our twenty-first-century learners.

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avatar for Debbie Walwer

Debbie Walwer

Educational Technology Coach, Colonial Heights Public Schools



Tuesday December 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Crystal B

11:00am

Spark 101
Teaching STEM Skills? Looking for a way to interest your students in STEM careers? Join us to learn about this free resource. See how teachers use Spark 101 in their classes. You will leave the session with something you can use and share right away!

Speakers
avatar for Russell Brown

Russell Brown

Content Design Lead, 114th Partnership


Tuesday December 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Crystal C

11:00am

Using Creativity Tools to Enhance, Extend, and Empower
There are many creativity tools available to teachers, but using them to impact the classroom is not always easy to do. We will discuss how to use programs that incorporate video, sound, and shared workspace to help teachers make changes to their teaching to enhance, extend and empower student learning.

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Sponsors
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CDW-G

Account Executive, CDWG
Your Business Technology Resource. Shop CDW Today - People Who Get IT. Free account registration. Custom configuration. Dedicated account teams. Authorized reseller. Types: Desktops, Scanners, Ink & Toner, Batteries, Cables.


Tuesday December 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Shenandoah A

11:00am

Wixie Lessons - Get on Track with a 4 C's Train of Thinking
Wixie Lessons - Get on Track with a 4 C's Train of Thinking
In this session, we will delve into how you can use Wixie to practice the 4 C's of 21st Century Learning: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, and Communication.

Speakers
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Rochelle Allen

ITC, PWCS


Tuesday December 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Brush Mountain

11:00am

Moving around the Computer Science Standards Track with Ozobots and Spheros!
Apprehensive and overwhelmed with where to begin with implementing the Computer Science Standards into an SOL driven Elementary classroom? We were too!

Our districts answer - Ozobots and Spheros! Come see how we designed and implemented curriculum aligned lessons using Ozobots and Spheros that integrate Computer Science standards into instructional standards and how these tech tools increased student engagement.

Additional Presenter: Kelly Martin.

Speakers
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Chrissy Carr

ITRT, Prince George County Public Schools
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Julie Brockwell

ITRT, Prince George County Public Schools



Tuesday December 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Commonwealth Lounge

11:00am

Mindfulness Experience
Reserve your space beginning on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Click here to schedule your time. In the midst of conference life, take the time to practice self-care. Visit the VSTE Mindfulness room to find water to sip on, relaxing music, and comfortable seating for your experience.

Tuesday December 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Madison

11:00am

VSTE Table Talks: VSTE Inclusion Task Force
Come by the VSTE Central Table to chat with the chairs of the Inclusion Task Force to learn more about their work. 


Tuesday December 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
North Entry Foyer

12:00pm

Lunch
SALAD SELECTION
Pearl Couscous Fennel Pear Salad (V)

SANDWICHES
Autumn Chicken Salad Sandwich (GF)
Zesty Italian

SALAD - Vegetarian/Vegan/GF 
Roasted butternut squash and Farro salad
Spring mix, raisins with Pepita Maple Vinegarette

DESSERTS & BEVERAGES
Cookie, Bag of Chips, Whole Fruit, Soda or Water

Tuesday December 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Roanoke Foyer

12:00pm

VSTE Table Talks: VSTE Board Members, Rod Carnill and Tim Taylor
Come by the VSTE table to chat with VSTE Board Members, Tim Taylor and Rod Carnill. 

Speakers
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Tim Taylor

Instructional Technology Supervisor, Shenandoah County Public Schools
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Rod Carnill

Frederick County Public Schools


Tuesday December 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
North Entry Foyer

1:00pm

A WONDER-ful Introduction to Computational Thinking, Computer Science, and Robotics with Dash, Dot and Cue
Are you an elementary or middle school teacher? Have you wondered “What are computational thinking skills?” or “Why would I introduce Computer Science to my classroom?” Explore these questions and more with Bryan L. Miller, Director of Strategic Education Outreach at Wonder Workshop, creators of Dash, Dot and Cue. Learn how you can develop these critical skills with your students in support of learning across the curricula while you and your students have fun!

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Sponsors
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Wonder Workshop

Senior Strategic Education Outreach Manager, Wonder Workshop
At Wonder Workshop, we code in kid speak. While Lincoln Logs and LEGOs were the building blocks of past generations’ play, coding is the tool of the 21st century kid. We build coding languages uniquely designed for kids ages 6 and up, putting the power of play into their hands... Read More →


Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Wilson

1:00pm

All Aboard the K-4 Learning Train!
Let's take a trip aboard the K-4 Learning Train!On this journey, we will explore interesting ways to get even our youngest students engaging with learning technologies.This session will showcase tools, ideas, and strategies to maximize learning with technology.Stop 1 will be hands-on learning with Osmo and Marbotics tools.Stop 2 will be online apps for learning.We will conclude our journey at Stop 3 with virtual and augmented reality apps for kids.  Link to presentation resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1m3zZQsjrNQY-gd8uYAnVJGhAJ3cez54Gf5eWf_WD4Ow/edit?usp=drivesdk .

Speakers
avatar for Heather Askea

Heather Askea

Instructional Technology Coordinator, UVAWISE CTE
“At The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, we prepare our students to be stewards of Appalachia, of Virginia and of the nation while being thoughtful and responsible global citizens.At UVa-Wise, the local community and the world at large are equally at our fingertips... Read More →


Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Shenandoah B

1:00pm

All Aboard the Seesaw Train!
Have you ever had that conversation with a child where they cannot tell you what happened in school earlier in the day?Technology can give us the ability to make those conversations much more meaningful.Seesaw is an engaging digital platform that allows students to create, reflect upon and share their work.It is also a window into the classroom for families which can lead to stronger school communities!

In this concurrent session, you will learn about the basics of how Seesaw works, hear success stories and examples of how we have integrated Seesaw in our schools, and get to experience Seesaw hands-on for yourself as a learner.

We hope you will join us in the boxcar for a great learning opportunity!

**Notes** Please bring an internet connected device to the session.If your device is a phone or tablet, please download the Seesaw Learning Journal app prior to the session so you can fully participate in the activity.

Link to our presentation.

Speakers
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Sean Ward

Instructional Technology Coach, Prince William County Schools
avatar for Courtney Strauss

Courtney Strauss

Instructional Technology Coach, Prince William County Schools


Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Pocahontas A

1:00pm

Bring JOY to the Classroom with Passion Projects
Come experience JOY! Learn how to engage learners with their passions while creating opportunities to share JOY with others, all integrated with state-mandated standards. This session includes an overview of passion projects with specific steps for next-day implementation including examples of collaborative partnerships between students, teachers, and instructional/digital coaches. You don't want to miss this session! Presentation Link: http://bit.ly/vstejoy19

Speakers
avatar for Tamara Letter

Tamara Letter

ITRT, Hanover County Public Schools
Tamara Letter is an enthusiastic presenter, writer, and kindness cultivator who strives each day to add a little good to the world. She is author of A Passion for Kindness and in addition to being a mom, educator, and writer, she is also an active VSTE conference committee member... Read More →


Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Washington Lecture Hall

1:00pm

Desmos and Google Science Journal to Keep Your Science Experiment from Going off the Rails
In this session you will be introduced to Google Science Journal for collecting scientific data.We will then show you show to take the collected data and use Desmos to create graphical representations which can be saved and shared within Google documents. Please download both apps before attending the session.

Vist bit.ly/desmosvste for wakelet of resources.

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Fielding

Katherine Fielding

Google Trainer and Innovator, Prince William County Schools
I am passionate about improving homebound instruction for chronically ill students. podcastsarethenewessays.com
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Emily Robinson

Instructional Technology Coach


Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Buck Mountain AB

1:00pm

Enhance student centered multimedia/video projects with Adobe Spark, Flipgrid, and More!
Want to have students create public service announcements, create video reflections, enhance presentations or even do morning announcements? Then this is the session for you.This session will focus on student and teacher created videos for projects, presentations, and more.

Link: http://bit.ly/vsteadobe

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Frye

Jonathan Frye

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Bedford County Public Schools
Jonathan Frye is passionate about creating curiosity among students. He strives to do this with utilizing the integration of technology as a creative tool. He is a Google Certified Educator and Trainer. He currently provides support as an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher... Read More →


Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Roanoke E

1:00pm

Flipping Out for Student Engagement Tools
Are you looking for ways to increase your student engagement? Come learn about dynamic tools to add to your teacher tool belt. We’ll explore EdPuzzle, Pear Deck Presentations, Pear Deck Vocabulary, GimKit, FlipGrid, ClassFlow, ScreenCastify, and others!

Speakers
avatar for Jessica James

Jessica James

Learning Technology Integrator, Albemarle County Public Schools


Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Roanoke F

1:00pm

Get Every Student on Track with Free Tech Tools for ELL and Multilingual Students
As teachers, we need to provide effective instructional support for the increasing number of multilingual learners in our classrooms. Available free edtech tools used in concert with best-practice language acquisition strategies can increase student achievement while providing an engaging, accessible, and supportive learning environment. In this session, we’ll explore tech tools and activities that foster independent learning and facilitate vocabulary building, writing, comprehension, reading fluency, and access to curricular content. Join us to learn how to infuse technology to serve linguistically diverse learners effectively.

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Sponsors
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Source for Learning

The Source for Learning is a nonprofit that supports Early Childhood & K-12 education by providing high-quality classroom and professional learning resources; including TeachersFirst®, a collection of free teacher-reviewed, curated, and classroom-ready content and ideas for K12 educators... Read More →


Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Harrison/Tyler

1:00pm

Global Compassion and Collaboration Through LUV
Level Up Village (LUV) programs are collaborative, project-based, and are in alignment with the United Nations sustainable development goals. Partners from different countries, engage culturally and apply STEM skills and design thinking together to solve small component problems of larger global issues they are learning about. We will walk you through the process of their projects along with tips for writing grants to help fund your project.

Speakers
avatar for Deana Hubbell

Deana Hubbell

Instructional Tech Specialist, Shelton Park ES
Instructional Technology Specialist
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Lauren Pate

Pembroke Meadows ES



Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Mill Mountain

1:00pm

Hop on the express train to AWESOME WORLD BUILDING!
Learn how to use third party tools to quickly build engaging Minecraft worlds that will amaze, engage, and immerse your students

Speakers
avatar for John Painter

John Painter

ITC, Prince William County Public Schools
I received my Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from West Virginia University. I studied trumpet with Dr. John Winkler and electronic music with Dr. Gil Trythall. I also studied brass technique with Philadelphia’s Donald Reinhardt. After several years as a band and orchestra... Read More →


Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Tinker Mountain

1:00pm

I had no idea you could do that with Google Slides!
All aboard for the Google Slides Creative Express! Most people know the basics of Google Slides, but when you unleash your creativity it can maximize and amplify your student engagement and turn any lesson into a LEARNING EXPERIENCE! Hop on the caboose and check out some out of the box ideas of how to use of Google Slides with some simple tips, easy tricks, and UNIQUE SMASHES! Google Slides is great, but when combined with other another tech and some imagination it can be AMAZING! Let me spark your imagination and share with you how you can create interactive: silhouettes, games, a digital word wall, amplified writing activities, Instagram stories, chapter books, digital binders, and even digital newsletters that can be viewed on your classroom parent’s phones! Let me show you how you can use your phone as a remote for Slides and combine remove.bg with Slides to turn any lesson into a LEARNING EXPERIENCE!

Speakers
avatar for Michael Wesely

Michael Wesely

Instructional Technology Specialist, Kempsville ES
I am an Instructional Technology Specialist at Kempsville Elementary in Virginia Beach, VA and love being a technology innovator. It is such an exciting time to be an educator with all the different ways you can engage your students learning. I love sharing and seeing the amazing... Read More →



Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Roanoke G

1:00pm

Increase "Loco-Motive-Ation" with Screencasting!
Do you want to create instructional videos but aren't sure how to make the first step? Are you looking for fun, interactive, and creative avenues to help students show you what they know, ways to give quick and engaging feedback to students, and ways to support students when they're absent from school? If you answered yes, this session is for you! Even if you enter this session never having created or uploaded a single video, you'll exit with knowledge and confidence, new ideas, and with a practice screencast in your Google Drive and/or YouTube channel (Don't have a YouTube channel? We'll create that too!) The tools are simple to use, fun, and free! You can also combine or "appsmash" screencasts with many Google tools and other applications. Get on board to increase motivation and engagement with screencasts!

Speakers
avatar for Elaine Lorenzen

Elaine Lorenzen

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher


Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Monroe

1:00pm

Take Control of the classroom with HP Classroom Manager
Empowering teachers with a wealth of assessment, monitoring, and collaboration, while increasing instruction time, and avoiding digital distractions to improve education outcomes.

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Sponsors
HI

HP, Inc.

HP
Learn about HP laptops, pc desktops, printers, accessories and more at the Official HP® Website.


Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Appalachian

1:00pm

Taking Smart Notebook Software to the Next Level (Online)
Are your Smart Notebook lessons becoming boring? Are you looking for new ways to increase student engagement without changing what you already do?Do you use any devices in your classroom such as a kindle, iPad or laptop?Come learn how Smart Learning Suite Online can change your classroom and increase student engagement all at the same time.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Heath

Patrick Heath

Instructional Technology Coach, West Gate Elementary
I am the Instructional Technology Coach at West Gate Elementary in Prince William County. I have been in this position for the past 7 years. Previously I was a 4th grade teacher in Georgia. I have a passion for teaching others how to use technology in a new way with the things... Read More →


Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Brush Mountain

1:00pm

Mindfulness Experience
Reserve your space beginning on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Click here to schedule your time. In the midst of conference life, take the time to practice self-care. Visit the VSTE Mindfulness room to find water to sip on, relaxing music, and comfortable seating for your experience.

Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Madison

2:15pm

Ignite Talks & World Famous Raffle (Game)
Bear witness to the top three ignite talk finalists and award them accordingly. Shortly thereafter, take an active role in the world famous VSTE raffle (game).

Tuesday December 10, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Crystal Ballroom