Category Archives: Conference

Teaching & Learning

The World Is My Audience

I struggled with getting my students to invest time and effort in creative writing. I tried hundreds of journal prompts and writing activities but nothing worked. Then, a simple idea had a profound impact on my classroom. 

I realized that students are significantly more motivated when they know the content they create will reach a global audience. Rather than create a piece of homework for the teacher to mark and maybe sit on the fridge at home, they were authoring media-rich digital books for the world to see!  

In this engaging and interactive session you will hear Jon’s story and learn about how publishing had a transformative effect on the engagement of his students and the quality of their work. You will also learn Book Creator’s features and discuss how it can create a student centered environment in your classroom. 

Jon Smith
Jon Smith

Speaker Bio: Jon Smith is currently the Teacher Success Manager for Book Creator and an Apple Distinguished Educator class of 2015. Jon was a special education teacher for 12 years before spending the last 7 years as a Technology Integration Specialist for Alliance City Schools where his digital book projects have attracted attention for their global reach and practical approaches to integrating transliteracy practices into the classroom. Jon has organized nine global digital book projects in which classrooms from around the world wrote and published digital books.  He is married with 3 children. Jon is a scratch golfer.  In his spare time, he teaches a graduate course on engaging technologies, plays golf and details cars. You can connect with Jon on Twitter @theipodteacher

Dinner over Zoom

Friday Night Dinner!

Get your dinner, and bring it back to your computer! Join a session room, and have dinner with friends, new and old! These special dinner “session” rooms will be set up so that anyone can turn on their audio/video. Join in!

At 6:30 pm, we will gather for the Halloween Costume Contest! More door prizes!

Dinner over Zoom

Thursday Night Dinner!

Get your dinner, and bring it back to your computer! Join a session room, and have dinner with friends, new and old! These special dinner “session” rooms will be set up so that anyone can turn on their audio/video. Join in!

Sometime near the end of dinner, we will send out an all-event chat notification to gather in one room for the Daily Door Prizes!

Do you have a topic that you’d like us to host? We’re hosting dinner sessions Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights! Send us an email, and let us know what topic you’d like to see on a session room!

Teaching & Learning, School Leadership & Management

Now More Than Ever – PBL/CBL

Our kids (and their teachers!) are feeling overwhelmed. They are currently facing challenges that are so big they can seem impossible to impact. In addition, school is no longer “what it has always been…” Remote learning, blended learning, online, face-to-face – school transformed in ways no one could have imagined. 

An understandable response in such confused situations can be to revert “back to the basics.” For K-12 this can mean packets of worksheets (paper or digital) and well planned assignments that support foundational learning. Learning happens in these cases, yes, but such models understandably can’t deliver the innovative problem-solving experiences that we know future generations will need to have had to prepare them for our collective future.

PBL and CBL offer proven ways to increase engagement and depth of learning. In this session Jim will suggest some “profoundly simple” ways for teachers to bring real projects, projects that matter to the learners, to their communities, and to the world into the reality of Maine schools.

So… no matter what model your school is using this fall, this session will provide opportunities to support all learners in critically important ways.

And oh, yes, as an educator, Project-Based/Challenge-Based Learning will help you know that you are making significant contributions to not only meeting curricular goals, but to making the future a better one for your learners. 

Because  that is what teachers do. Yes, you can! Please see this blog post for rationale behind this session.


Speaker Bio: Jim Moulton is both father and  grandfather, and always an educator. Now 65 years old, he is spending his last 2 or 3 years of full time work with a singular focus on his pedagogical roots, using the things learned through his unique experience set to help all K-12 students be best prepared to become the leaders our communities need going forward.

Jim taught Grade Three at Bowdoin Central School before leaving the classroom to become the Staff Developer in the Community of Learners  program as the graphical internet was born in the mid-1990s. His work has included involvement in the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) from the very beginning,  the SEED Program, writing for Edutopia on the Spiral Notebook Blog, being a member of the Buck Institute for Education’s national faculty (now PBLWorks.org), a decade of  independent consulting at JimMoulton.org, and a decade as a K-12 Development Executive at Apple.

School Leadership & Management, IT Leadership & Management

VTEd Learns Network: Collaboration Powered by VTAOE & Edmodo

In this interactive session, learn how to utilize Edmodo groups as a platform for digital collaboration with colleagues. We will review the functionality of Edmodo and how to create Groups, use the Group Directory for Districts and Schools, and invite members so that you can do more than just meet online and share resources with the tools provided in Edmodo. From Google,Microsoft, and Zoom integration to Design Thinking PLCS and hosting EDcamp-style learning sessions, you will be able to reimagine professional development and digital collaboration.

Ket Baker

Presenter Bio: Kate Baker, M.Ed and MAIT, is the Senior Community Engagement Manager at Edmodo, a veteran high school English teacher with 20+ years classroom experience, board member of the Flipped Learning Network, and contributing author of Flipping 2.0:  Practical Strategies for Flipping Your Classroom. Passionate about evolving authentic learning into digital formats, Kate leads by example and shares her expertise with the global Edmodo Community and on Twitter @KtBkr4

Dinner over Zoom

Wednesday Night Dinner!

Get your dinner, and bring it back to your computer! Join a session room, and have dinner with friends, new and old! These special dinner “session” rooms will be set up so that anyone can turn on their audio/video. Join in!

Sometime near the end of dinner, we will send out an all-event chat notification to gather in one room for the Daily Door Prizes!

Do you have a topic that you’d like us to host? We’re hosting dinner sessions Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights! Send us an email, and let us know what topic you’d like to see on a session room!