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Featured Speaker Steve Garton

A Practical Approach to Privacy Implementation from a System Perspective

Privacy is now a big deal for schools and everyone agrees that it is important. At the same time, you don’t have time to read really long and ever changing privacy policies. So how can you practically include privacy concerns into your district app approval and implementation process? This session will provide hands-on examples with helpful free tools and resources to make your job easier. We will also lead a discussion to look at practical solutions that other districts have successfully implemented including distance learning privacy tips.

Steve Garton

Presenter Bio:

Steve Garton is Senior Manager for the Common Sense Privacy Program. He is an expert in meaningful technology integration, particularly in large-scale initiatives. He supports districts with professional development planning, program monitoring, student assessment, and communication across stakeholder groups. Steve has been a classroom teacher and tech coordinator at the local, county, and state level. His most recent publications are Free Privacy Resources to Help Solve Your Privacy Concerns and Privacy in the Classroom: Why Should I Care?

Prior to joining Common Sense, Steve was the Coordinator of Educational Technology for the Maine Department of Education. While there, he led the professional development programs for the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, the state’s 1:1 program that supported over 12,000 teachers and administrators. As a member of the Department’s leadership team, he provided policy support and leadership. Follow him on Twitter @sgarton121

Teaching & Learning

A Caroling We Will Go with WeVideo & Collaborative Workflows

Singing together is one way classrooms, choirs, communities meet their social emotional needs. And even Covid-19 can’t stop us from singing together. In this workshop, Lucie will provide a demo showing tricks and tips of how to pull off a virtual caroling session featuring WeVideo. She’ll show you the most efficient workflows to bring your community together to create a virtual caroling event. This workflow will save you so many pre-and post-production hours, that you’ll be ‘laughing all the way’ and so will your students and colleagues.

Lucie brings her passion for learning through creating and making, members of the Create Make Learn Community, and special musical guests to the scene in what promises to be a fun-filled hands on workshop. All you need to bring is two devices (a smart phone or tablet for recording) and a laptop or chromebook — and a willingness to have a little fun.
You’ll leave with an efficient collaborative workflow to share with others in your school, some tips about WeVideo features you didn’t even know existed, and a new way to tend to the social emotional needs of your learning community.

This workflow was developed by two alumns from our Vermont schools – whose virtual choir video went viral this spring – and they are willing to share their secret sauce with YOU! For a sneak preview check out http://poddbrothers.com/. For a hands-on extended session, check out the Tuesday Pre-Conference event with Lucie!

Lucie deLaBruere

Presenter Bio:

Lucie is a Digital Age Learning Specialist with 30 years of experience in educational technology ranging from podcasting with kindergarten students to graduate level courses for educators. She has 20 years experience in the classroom and over 10 years experience supporting teachers in the use of educational technology.  She currently teaches in the College of Education and Social Services at University of Vermont and works as a free-lance educator supporting schools in the implementation of learning through creating and making and founder of Create Maker Learn Summer Institute.

Lucie’s passion include bridging digital equity gaps and fueling creativity and innovation in today’s learning environments.  Lucie is a Google Certified Innovator,  WeVideo Ambassador, Raspberry Pi Certified Educator,  founder of Tech Savvy Girls and Tech Savvy Kids and active member of -Vita-Learn.

Teaching & Learning

Personalize Learning with the UDL Lens: Empower All Learners with Agency

This session will include activities that directly address the ISTE Standard of the Empowered Learner where learners take an active role in using technology in their learning goals that is informed by the learning sciences. In this case, UDL is the learning science that is used where the participant can step into the learner’s shoes or choose a learner they know and then use the UDL Lens to build a Learner Profile where they are able to identify strengths and challenges in the what, how and why of their learning or a learner they know. With the Learner Profile, they will build a Personal Learning Backpack that includes tools and apps along with the skills they need to support a challenge or enhance a strength. In the end of the session they will learn how to develop a Personal Learning Plan that includes a learning goal and a set of action steps for learners to gain independent learning skills that can lead to agency. The session will conclude by reflecting on this 3-step process discussing what steps they could take this school year to empower all of their learners to develop agency in their learning.

Kathleen McClaskey

Presenter Bio: Kathleen McClaskey (@khmmc) is Co-Founder, CEO and Chief Learning Officer of Empower the Learner, LLC (empowerthelearner.com), founder of Make Learning Personal (kathleenmcclaskey.com) and co-author of bestsellers Make Learning Personal and How to Personalize Learning. She is an innovative leader, international speaker, professional developer, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) consultant with over 30 years experience in creating learner-centered environments as a teacher, K-12 administrator and consultant. Kathleen is passionate in empowering ALL learners with tools, skills and practices so they become self-directed learners, learners with agency, who are future ready for college, career and life.

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

Dazzling Data with Google Data Studio

Have you been digging through data with a traditional spreadsheet (like Google Sheets)? Did you know that Google offers a FREE platform that “turns your data into fully customizable informative reports and dashboards that are easy to read and share.” Join Susie to learn how to get started with this fabulous tool and begin looking at your data in a better way.

Suzie Simmons

Presenter Bio: I’m the technology coach for grades 6 to 12 for MSAD #6 here in gorgeous Maine. I have been working in the district since I was in college when I started as a long term sub during the second semester of the 2005-2006 school year. After spending 7.5 years at the graphic arts teacher at the high school, I made the jump to the (new) technology coach position starting during the 2013-2014 school year. I swear it is my dream job! I earned my B.S. in Technology in Education in 2006 from the University of Southern Maine, my M.Ed. in Technology Education in 2011 from Lesley University and my Ed.S. in Instructional Technology from the University of Maine. I hold both a #700 Technology Education and a #680 Computer Education certification in the State of Maine.