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Teaching & Learning

Instructional Videos with Purpose

Learn how to use Screencastify to create instructional videos that capture student attention and improve learning.

Nef Dukes

Presenter Bio: Nef is a former educator who now serves on the Educator Growth team at Screencastify. She’s taught English and Social Studies to students in middle and high school. Now, she helps educators learn how to utilize video to engage all of their learners.

Teaching & Learning

Using WeVideo with Students

Learn how to set up your classes and student rosters, create and assign projects, upload media and other key features for working with your students successfully. This session helps district leaders, admins, principals, and teachers with using WeVideo for the maximum potential with their schools. Have a question about using WeVideo for the first time? Want to know advanced features available in your account? Join our resident expert to help guide you to making outstanding instructional videos and ways to maximize the utilization of your WeVideo licenses.

Presenter Bio: Ricky Mak is with Customer Success at WeVideo. He helps district leaders, admins, principals, and teachers with using WeVideo for the maximum potential with their schools. Have a question about using WeVideo for the first time? Want to know advanced features available in your account? Ricky is one of our resident experts to help guide you to making outstanding instructional videos and ways to maximize the utilization of your WeVideo licenses.

Teaching & Learning

Special Need Students and Online Learning

In this workshop, we’ll be looking at both the practice and the logistics involved in providing accommodations.  We’ll look at Maestro and walk through how to submit and view documents in a student’s profile.  We’ll overview the “standard” accommodations on the VTVLC website and brainstorm how to provide other accommodations as needed.

Presenter Bio: Terri Vest has been teaching in Vermont schools for over 35 years.  In 1999, she was one of the first Vermont cohort for National Board Certification.  In 2011 Terri was an NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence recipient.  She has also been a finalist for the National Teacher Hall of Fame.  Terri now works part time at Twinfield School as the online teacher and part time for VTVLC, helping with Special Education accommodations.  

Featured Panel: Crawford, Gupta, Lockett

FEATURED PANEL: Why is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion A Critical Component to K12 Computer Science and Coding

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are driving many conversations in many realms, but they are not as frequently discussed in relation to computer science, coding, technology and innovation. DEI does affect our technologies, and those technologies can have a significant impact on how the world works, and not always in a good way. Our panelists represent three important facets to education technology, classroom teachers, district administration, and the silicon valley. Join David Lockett (NASA), Christy Crawford (NYC DOE), and Vikas Gupta (Wonder Workshop) for a facilitated discussion with Jeff Mao (Vita-Learn) as we explore how DEI impacts our everyday lives, and why it is important to consider DEI as we expand our efforts to teach students to code and become the inventors of tomorrow, and what we can do to ensure that we build a foundation for a better future.

Speaker Bios:

Featured Speaker: Christy Crawford

Christy Crawford serves as the Director of Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education for New York City’s Computer Science for All Initiative. For more than a decade she taught K-8 classes in Harlem and the Bronx. She was also a curriculum fellow for the New York City Computer Science for All Blueprint and an adjunct lecturer for the City College of New York. She was an education consultant for companies such as Scholastic, BrainPOP, and Nickelodeon. Prior to teaching, Crawford was a television producer for several networks. She uses her experience in education and media to foster equity by all means necessary. Crawford is an advocate for communities of color in computer science. Follow her on Twitter @CCrawfordTech

Vikas Gupta

Vikas Gupta is the co-founder and CEO of Wonder Workshop, makers of the multi-award-winning robots Dash, Cue, and Dot Creativity Kit. Vikas is a father of two, and it was the time he spent with his daughter when she was born that inspired him to start Wonder Workshop. Vikas takes pride in Wonder Workshop’s mission to tackle the gender gap in STEM and make coding with robots easily accessible and fun for both boys and girls. In 2018, KAPi recognized Vikas as the Emerging Pioneer at the CES.

Wonder Workshop’s mission is to inspire inventors of all ages by giving them the tools to imagine and invent the future, and make coding the universal language of learning any subject. The company is committed to helping children succeed in the 21st century and developing in-depth experiences that balance fun and learning, promote collaboration, and provide enduring value to both girls and boys — at home and in the classroom. Wonder Workshop’s award-winning products are used by millions at home and in more than 20,000 schools worldwide. Follow him on Twitter @vikasgupta

David Lockett

David Lockett is a Computer Science and STEM teacher. He is currently an Albert Einstein Fellow at the NASA Office of STEM Engagement.  David was also honored in 2020 when he was awarded the ISTEM STEM PLN Award. 

NASA STEM Engagement offers STEM opportunities for K-12 students through experiential learning opportunities and STEM challenges. These activities are designed to increase students’ interest and involvement in STEM, improve their ability to participate in STEM studies and careers, and enhance their understanding of the value of STEM in their lives while engaging them in NASA’s mission. 

David’s most recent publication: Teaching During the Coronavirus Outbreak Follow him on Twitter @DavidJLockett

Moderator: Jeff Mao brings over 25 years of experience in the education sector. He joined Vita-Learn in the summer of 2020. He is an education technology leader who has provided strategic consulting services to schools and ed tech companies, keynote speaking at regional, national and international events, and professional learning workshops with a focus on education technology, 1:1 learning, and education policy.

Jeff served as the Learning Technology Policy Director for the Maine Department of Education (2004-2014). In that role, he provided leadership and education technology policy support to four Commissioners of Education. He was directly responsible for the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI). He oversaw all aspects of the program including vision, implementation, policy, professional development, procurement and contract management.

He has been recognized by EdScoop (EdTech Hero, 2017), SETDA (Leader of the Year, 2013), and Common Sense Media (Educator of the Year, 2012).

School Leadership & Management

Counselor Support Group

During the workshop we will share and disucss ways to best support online students. We will review best practices in place at a varietry of schools and hear from the people who support our students.  We will go over the various tools within Maestro and Canvas that can help school counselors and school coordiantors be suppotive in their online classes.  Bring your questions and be prepared to share your best practives.  

Presenter Bio: Kim Bovill has been working with here at VTVLVC for 3 years supporting online students. Bovill loves to talk about Maestro and Canvas and how we can better help students be successful in their online experience.

Teaching & Learning, School Leadership & Management, IT Leadership & Management

NEOTI Practicum: Teaching and Learning (CiOT)

As more teachers go through the CiOT program, we are calling on more of the experienced VTVLC teachers to act as Cooperating Teachers in the Practicum.  This session is for anyone who is, has been, or wants to be either a “Teacher Candidate” or a Cooperating Teacher. We would like to get everyone together to talk about how the program works, how it’s supposed to work, and share ideas and best practices to make it better.  So whether you’ve been a participant or would like to learn more about being a Collaborating teacher this workshop is for you.

Jennifer Fribush

Presenter Biography: Jennifer Fribush is the Professional Development Coordinator for VTVLC. She is a Computer Science and Math teacher who has taught face to face and online in Vermont for two decades. Ms. Fribush has created a number of Computer Science classes for VTVLC as well as developing the Certificate in Online Teaching program at the Northeast Online Teaching Institute. Ms. Fribush is also currently serving on the Vermont State Board for Professional Educators (VSBPE) and was previously Chair of her Local Standards Board. She can be contacted at jfribush@neoti.org.