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The VSTE Board of Directors and Conference Committee are excited to have you join us at the 32nd Annual Technology in Education Conference. #VSTE17 promises to be the best ever.

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Sunday, December 3
 

12:45pm

Coding for Inquisitive Minds; Empowering Student Learning with Ozobots

Join an elementary and middle school ITRT from Goochland County, as they empower teachers and students with an opportunity to integrate coding into the Virginia standards. We will discuss how we implemented a set of Ozobots across the school, lessons ideas, and the collaboration that exists to make this venture successful.  You will learn how the implementation of the Ozobots led to deeper learning and high student engagement/motivation. Come join us as we discuss how one idea sparked a school wide movement towards innovation!! Lesson ideas include: Retelling stories, manipulating numbers, historical timelines, life cycles, explorer travel paths, amusement park rides, and more! Come check out what these tiny programmable robots can do! You will empower your students and open up their minds to a whole new world of thinking and learning!!


Speakers
avatar for Krystle Demas

Krystle Demas

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


Sunday December 3, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Shenandoah Foyer

2:00pm

Delve into Virtual Reality like a Kid
It is no longer techy, difficult or expensive to engage students in Virtual Reality worlds or even make their own. Utilize a BYOD program or use the classroom set of iPads with students. Optimize a virtual field trip experience, engage in a science experiment or immerse students in an historical event. You can even design the art of VR. This hands on session goes beyond Google Cardboard to examine many other options for experiencing and creating VR. School viewers are more affordable than ever. Come check out the options in this BYOD session.

Speakers

Sunday December 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Shenandoah Foyer

3:15pm

Connected Educator Meetup: Getting Started with Twitter

Make the most of #vste17 by learning more about Twitter! Join Margaret and Tamara in an informal meetup to get you up and running with Twitter so you can have hundreds of resources at your fingertips and get the most out of your VSTE Conference experience.


Speakers
avatar for Tamara Letter

Tamara Letter

ITRT, Hanover County Public Schools
"Only you can tell the story someone else needs to hear." An educator for more than 20 years, with experiences all across the United States, Tamara Letter empowers student and teacher voice with kindness, joy, and a helping dose of creative passion, too! She currently serves Hanover... Read More →
avatar for Margaret Sisler

Margaret Sisler

SBTS/Tech Coach, Fairfax County Public Schools
School-Based Technology Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools


Sunday December 3, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Shenandoah Foyer
 
Monday, December 4
 

9:45am

Explore the World with VR
In this session participants will get a hands on experience with virtual reality using Google Expeditions and other VR apps. We will share some resources on available lessons and how to use this in the K-8 Classroom. Participants will have the chance to explore the technology from the student side as well as learn how the teacher side works.

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 4, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Shenandoah Foyer

11:00am

Elementary Robotics and Coding

The Elementary Robotics and Coding pop-up session is for anyone thinking about including robotics and coding in their elementary classroom or school. We will explore three types of robots and offer sandbox time and soundly integrated lessons. The featured robots are very affordable and intuitive for beginning teachers and students, but appeal to all levels of skill.


Speakers
avatar for Barbara Daniels

Barbara Daniels

Instructional Technology Training Specialist, Manassas City Public Schools
Manassas City Public Schools
avatar for Kate Green

Kate Green

Instructional Technology Training Sepcialist, Jennie Dean Elementary
Manassas City Public Schools


Monday December 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Shenandoah Foyer

1:30pm

Connected Educator Meetup: Build Your PLN

Add your Twitter handle to our PLN Board and get connected! Join Margaret and Tamara in an informal meetup to grow your Personal Learning Network (PLN). We will share our favorite #eduheroes that inspire us and show you ways to organize your Twitter followers.


Speakers
avatar for Tamara Letter

Tamara Letter

ITRT, Hanover County Public Schools
"Only you can tell the story someone else needs to hear." An educator for more than 20 years, with experiences all across the United States, Tamara Letter empowers student and teacher voice with kindness, joy, and a helping dose of creative passion, too! She currently serves Hanover... Read More →
avatar for Margaret Sisler

Margaret Sisler

SBTS/Tech Coach, Fairfax County Public Schools
School-Based Technology Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools


Monday December 4, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Shenandoah Foyer

2:45pm

Discover your Superpowers with Green Screen Magic
Want to fly like Superman? Travel across time and space? Swim with the fish? Miniaturize your class? Try on Harry Potter's invisibility cloak?

Discover endless possibilities with the easy-to-use Green Screen by DoInk iPad app. Learn and practice how to layer videos and images using chroma effects and the mask tool. We'll share templates and ideas for a variety of grades and subjects. Bring your own iPad or borrow one from our set to discover your new superpower!

Speakers
avatar for Bethany Deputy

Bethany Deputy

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Rockingham County Public Schools
I am a 2009 JMU graduate and taught 5th grade for six years. Since then, I have had the great pleasure of working in classrooms K-12 as an instructional technology resource teacher for Rockingham County Public Schools.
avatar for Obe Hostetter

Obe Hostetter

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Rockingham County Public Schools
I taught 5th grade and 8th grade before becoming an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher (ITRT) in 2005.  I am Nearpod Certified, Google Certified, NETS*T certified, Smartboard Exemplary Educator, was school Teacher of the Year and won the Governor's Innovative Technology grant... Read More →


Monday December 4, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Shenandoah Foyer

4:00pm

Coding Counts in Elementary!
Coding is one of the biggest "buzz-words" in education today, but how do we make it a meaningful practice and connect it to Virginia’s curriculum? Coding Counts teaches elementary educators how to use numerous methods of coding to connect curriculum with 21st Century Skills! Nothing engages students more than giving them a multitude of technology to express their learning. In this session participants will explore how to link SOL standards in grades K-5, and critical thinking skills by using different coding tools. Discover the ways that robotic technologies such as Sphero robots, Ozobots, Code N' Go Mouse, Osmo Coding, and drones can be useful tools in the classroom. However, since not all schools and classrooms have access to these types of technology, participants will also learn how to engage students in coding projects using simple iPad apps, Chromebooks, and laptops! Throughout the session each grade level will be broken down by the standards that are taught and the coding strategies that go along with them.
Starting in the primary grades, participants will see how to bring coding down to a basic level so that even our little learners will feel accomplished! Beginning with the connection that coding is a basic language of the 21st Century, participants will learn how coding can affect their classrooms. Explore how standards such as ordinal numbers, place value, following basic commands, map skills, retelling, sequencing, patterns, shapes, lifecycles, weather patterns, and more fit into a coding curriculum! During the session participants will use multiple ways of coding to teach K-2 SOLs, infusing lessons with both technology and the passion for learning!
For participants who focus on the upper elementary students, come see how grades 3-5 SOLs such as plant parts, longitude and latitude, geography, retelling, word problems, layers of the Earth, simple machines, force and motion, angles, and much more are explored and conquered by allowing students to “show what they know” in code. Even the most tedious standards can be brought to life with a robotic buddy, or an excellent app!
Participants will empower their super students by building their knowledge base of different coding languages and technology tools to express their learning. Participants will see how students are able to “choose their own technology” while teachers take a summative or formative assessment grade. By engaging students in code, even the most reluctant learners will find their “super powers” and be excited and willing to share their understanding of the VA SOLs.
In this BYOT session participants will learn how to use your own technology to super charge your teaching and create an engaging experience for all learners! With clear-cut lessons and ideas, participants will leave with a vast knowledge of coding and a toolbox to begin coding in their own classrooms and schools! Come check out why Coding Counts!

Speakers
avatar for Nichole Thomas

Nichole Thomas

TRT, Liberty Elementary


Monday December 4, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Shenandoah Foyer
 
Tuesday, December 5
 

7:30am

Photography for SuperEmpowering Student Learning
The best graphics for helping students enhance their learning come from the camera you and most of them carry everywhere: a smartphone. We’ll start with some basic techniques for making great photographs and discuss a variety of ideas for using photography everyday in your classroom. After we take a short photowalk around the hotel to practice, we'll look at easy ways to edit, manage, and share your images using Google Photos and other tools. Finally, if time allows, we’ll play with easy ways to create 360° VR images that can be used in Google Cardboard (think DIY Google Street View) on that same smartphone. Be sure to bring your Apple or Android phone so you can play along.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Stahmer

Tim Stahmer

Freelance Educator, AssortedStuff.com
For many years, I was a professional development leader in Fairfax County Public Schools, working with the talented instructional tech specialists in our 190+ schools. Now I continue to help educators and others make the best use of technology for learning online, and live in conference... Read More →


Tuesday December 5, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Shenandoah Foyer

8:45am

Explore, Learn and Code with Ozobots
Come along and explore coding through the use of a inexpensive miniature robot- the Ozobot.
Ozobot comes to life when you create mazes, tracks and playgrounds on paper,
game boards and digital screens. Learn how to operate the Ozobot, play games and
solve puzzles.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Bradshaw

Alex Bradshaw

Instructional Technology Coach, Newport News Public Schools
I like to talk about anything that has to do with education... technology, curriculum, student engagement, classroom environment, professional development, etc... anything and everything; you have my ear!
avatar for Betsy Orlando

Betsy Orlando

Instructional Technology Coach, Newport News Public Schools
I have been an ITC with NNPS since 2009. Prior to coming to NNPS, I was an ITRT and a classroom teacher for Norfolk Public Schools.


Tuesday December 5, 2017 8:45am - 9:45am
Shenandoah Foyer

10:00am

Google Expeditions - Transport your students to "virtually" anywhere!
Take a hands on look at Google Cardboard and Google Expeditions. Learn how to quickly transform your students into superheroes able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, travel to another part of the world in a flash, become more powerful than a locomotive, journey inside the human body, move faster than their own imaginations and take adventures through exciting virtual field trips. Participants will learn how to meet the ISTE Standards for Students by empowering students to become knowledge constructors and global collaborators while using Google Expeditions and other VR apps with a smartphone and Google Cardboard. Suitable for all ages of students and almost any content area! Dozens of cross-curricular connections and applications. Join us to start a journey that you will always remember and your students will never forget. *Please download the Google Expeditions app on your smartphone prior to attending the session.

Speakers
avatar for Rod Carnill

Rod Carnill

Frederick County Public Schools
avatar for Susie Grove

Susie Grove

Social Studies, Frederick County Public Schools
Social Studies Teacher & Department Chair at James Wood High School, Winchester, VA


Tuesday December 5, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Shenandoah Foyer