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. https://vtfest.vita-learn.org/letschat/ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or text 802-779-4242
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?
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: https://vtfest.vita-learn.org
Register by October 30, to take advantage of EarlyBird Pricing.
Register online now! Reserve Lodging at special rates until Oct 14 Early bird and group discounts until Oct 30
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
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.
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.