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Interactive Lounge

Make sure to stop by the Interactive Lounge at VermontFest 2019!

  • Interact through Making
    • Pick a Word that captures your Intention for 2019 – 2020
    • Make an artifact to help you focus on your INTENTION all year
    • Stickers, buttons, jewelry, T-shirts, Bookmarks, Green Screen & more

Interact with Colleagues

  • Suggest  a Topic or Vote up Topics for our afternoon chat times.
    At lunch time we’ll announce the topic and locations where we will Gather to Chat around “What’s on your mind”

Interact with an after-hours tour

Tour The MINT and see a community makerspace in action.  Meet at The MINT, 112 Quality Lane in Rutland. Tour starts at 6pm. Sign up for the Tour in the Interactive Lounge or contact Karen McCalla with  Questions? email Karen at or text 802-779-4242

CS at VermontFest

Whether you teach our youngest learners, teach  middle school, high school, or teach in a Career and Technical Center, you will find ways to prepare students with lifelong skills from unplugged coding to coding robots with python and everything in between at Vermontfest 2019

There’s even ways to get a free robot!

How do I take away a free robot and lots of new skills and curriculum at VermontFest 2019?

Cybrer:bot from Parallax/NICERC
Middle School to to High School to Career and Tech Center educators
Check out Thursday’s sessions 

Computational Thinking to  Cybersecurity- So Exciting to Teach – from early learners to career opportunities w Ted Weed and Kristen Wilson”
Robotics with Python: cyber:bot wi/ NICERC/Parallax” (double session: participants take home their own cyber:bot)
Beauty and Joy of Computing Curriculum (approved for APCSP)  w Lisa BessHighly
Engaged Computer Science using Raspberry Pi as a Robot Brain w Greg Styles
Elementary to Middle School educators
Check out Friday’s sessions
 Getting Started with Computational Thinking  w Darcie Rankin 
Gearing up for Coding with Edison Robots w/ Ollie Brown
PROCESSING  for Everyone: getting started with text-based coding in the middle grades! with Jeff Branson
Cyber Fundamentals with the micro:bit
 (Hands on  wi/ NICERC/Parallax)  – Double Session
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg of what you can learn at VermontFest 2019!
With sessions on VR, AR, STEM/STEAM/ Podcasting/ eBooks/ and so much more, this promises to be one amazing Learning FEST! 

Get full session detail, schedule,  and more information about Vermont’s longest running educational technology conference on our conference website at:

  Register by October 30, to take advantage of EarlyBird Pricing. 

Over 60 sessions announced

View session details in our interactive online conference schedule

Register online now!
Reserve Lodging at special rates until Oct 14
Early bird and group discounts until Oct 30

Join the #vted community for VermontFest 2019

As technology continues to advance at an exponential pace, it is more important than ever that we become intentional about the role it plays in our schools, communities, and our daily lives.

How are we preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet and to make decisions in a world filled with robotics, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, virtual reality, data privacy, gamification, digital citizenship, social media, digital media, design thinking, and global collaboration? How can we leverage today’s and tomorrow’s technology to provide our students with a world class education? How do we provide opportunities for students and teachers to develop the creativity needed to shape our world today and in the future with intention?

 Join hundreds of educators, school leaders, coaches, librarians, and educational technology specialist as we navigate these important conversations during sessions on these topics: •

Attend sessions lead by the rockin #vted community
• Be inspired and attend workshops by our two keynote speakers
• Connect and network with your peers
• Get hands-on with the latest technology tools
• Get answers to your questions about FERPA, e-Rate, privacy, and managing data
• And most important of all – let’s be intentional about how technology is
used in the service of learning.


Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad  – Creating Meaningful and Equitable Learning
Experiences – Beyond Good Intentions
Dan Ryder  – Mapping the Future with Empathy, Equity and Intention
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Announcing VermontFest Day 2 Keynote

Dan Ryder

Success & Innovation Center Education Director
idea wrangler, design thinker, improviser,  author, and award winning educator
Apple Distinguished educator

NEA Foundation’s 2018 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence

Co-founder of education consultancy, Wicked Decent Learning

Follow @WickedDecent

Mapping the Future with Empathy, Equity and Intention

As the role of public education expands, how might we better identify the needs of our students, colleagues, and communities moving forward?   And how might we better address the biases — both conscious and unconscious — that threaten our ability to meet those needs? During this interactive keynote, we’ll explore the principles of design thinking — empathy fueled, human centered problem solving — and how we might apply that mindset to more mindful tech-oriented solutions. 

Dan will also be offering the following workshops at VermontFest 2019

Human Centered Design Thinking Workshop – Empathy and Equity

Critical Creativity & Rigorous Whimsy: Integrating Creative Expression into the K-12 Classroom

No More Dumpster Projects: Amplifying Project Based Learning by Design Workshop

Dan Ryder has taught for 20 years at Mt. Blue Campus in Farmington, Maine.  He is the co-author 2017’s Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom (EdTechTeam Press). Dan has presented his work on critical creativity, empathy fueled problem solving, and the improviser’s mindset at numerous conferences and workshops, including SXSWedu and Stanford d.School’s K12 Summit.

His recent work for the Office of English Language Programs in the US Department of State’s Bureau of Exchange and Cultural Affairs includes writing Panels & Perspectives, a comic book to help educators use comic creation as a tool for critical thinking and language acquisition, advising on maker ed and  design thinking pedagogies, and integrating educational technology into OER resources for English language instructors.

He lives with his brilliant & beautiful librarian wife and their two hilarious kids in western Maine.

Announcing VermontFest Day 1 Keynote

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Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad

Author, Google Certified Educator, Microsoft Innovative Educator, 2016 Apple Teacher, Solution Tree Consultant, Chief Education Officer at WeVideo

Follow  @drlangraad

Create Meaningful and Equitable Learning Experiences – Beyond Good Intentions

For our students to experience meaningful learning, we must be intentional with planning and our vision must include building creativity skills.  Where do chaos, self-directed learning, personalized pathways fit into the context of a nurturing and intentional structure for increasing creativity in the classroom?

Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad, author, speaker, and Chief Education Officer at WeVideo, will share his experience at NASA, as a STEM administrator, as a curriculum director working with instructional coaches, and as a classroom teacher as we all work together to map the future of #vted – with intention.   

Author, Google Certified Educator, Microsoft Innovative Educator, 2016 Apple Teacher, Solution Tree Consultant, Chief Education Officer at WeVideo

Board member the Student Voice Foundation and on the International Literacy Association Task Force