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Tuesday, December 1
 

9:30am

Dig into Minecraft
The popularity of Minecraft as an educational tool has surged in the past year. Journey with a TechnoMage and explore the mystique, dispel the myths, and exploit the magic of this game of creation and imagination to engage learners and encourage participation in math, social studies, science, and language arts. Participants will experience the world of Minecraft to discover for themselves the power of this captivating learning tool. Time permitting, we will create breakout groups to discuss how to use Minecraft in math, social studies, science, and language arts. (Presenter(s): John Martin, Director of Innovation & Technology, Inter-Lakes School District)

Tuesday December 1, 2015 9:30am - 11:30am
Dartmouth

9:30am

Go Google
Is your school a Google school? Are you struggling to keep up with all that it can do for you? Then join me for this two-hour beginner course on getting you Going On Google. We will cover Google Drive (docs, sheets, forms, slides, folders, sharing) and more if time allows. (Presenter(s): Rebecca Bureau, World Language/ Ed tech, SAU 49, and Jo William)

Tuesday December 1, 2015 9:30am - 11:30am
Hawthorne

9:30am

Streamline Your Learning Environment Using Google Classroom
Are you looking for a more efficient way to organize your classrooms workflow? Do you need a strategy for creating and collecting student assignments paperlessly? Do you want to improve communication with your students? If you answered yes to any of the previous questions than this session is for you! Learn and explore through hands-on activities how Google Classroom can streamline classroom efficiency and enhance communication with students. Participants will learn how to create a class, assign students to classes, add content to a class, manage various classes, communicate with students through Google Classroom, and use Classroom as both a teacher and a student. Presenters will share examples of how they have used Google Classroom to streamline their own learning environments as well as demonstrate some of the newest features of Google Classroom released during ISTE 2015. (Presenter(s): Andrea O'Neil, Education Technology Specialist, SAU 15 - Auburn, and Susan MacMillan, SAU 25 - Bedford School District)

Tuesday December 1, 2015 9:30am - 11:30am
Robert Frost

12:00pm

PBS LearningMedia - Multimedia at Your Fingertips
Explore the tens of thousands of FREE multimedia resources available from PBS LearningMedia, including video, classroom interactives, audio, images, and more. Teachers can also create online assignments, quizzes, and lesson plans, and students can create their own free accounts. Participants will be given an overview of the resource and time to explore on their own. (Presenter(s): Susan Adams, Education Manager, NHPTV, and Carolyn Jacobs, WGBH)

Tuesday December 1, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dartmouth

12:00pm

Scaffolding Audio for ELLs
Learn how to use authentic listening resources to engage ELLs students in social studies content. Listening is a crucial 21st century skill and an integral part of both the Common Core and WIDA Standards. Using online resources and model lesson plans, this workshop will present new ways to use audio with ELL students to scaffold the audio and focus on language objectives while staying in the same content area as the rest of the class. Participants will learn how to apply the WIDA performance definitions to listening activities that bridge the gap between controlled classroom language and the authentic language found on public radio. Presenters will share the latest scientific research on listening and then explore websites where teachers can find audio resources to use in class. In addition, participants will examine model lesson plans and explore activities aligned with the Common Core standards to enhance comprehension of authentic listening experiences. Researchers lament that resources for listening instruction are simply lacking. While teaching listening using real world events and real world voices can be challenging, teachers with reliable pedagogical techniques can bridge the divide that prevents ELLs from accessing information that is pertinent to their full participation in the global community. Teachers will leave with the resources and methods to facilitate their students' abilities to better access aural content. (Presenter(s): Monica Brady-Myerov, CEO, Listen Current)

Tuesday December 1, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Robert Frost

12:00pm

Working with Symbaloo - The Amazing Web-Based Bookmarking Tool
Discover the amazing benefits of Symbaloo, the web-based bookmarking tool, and create their own Symbaloos for personal use or use in the classroom. (Presenter(s): Jo Gargaly, Library Media Specialist/ K-5, Sanborn Regional School District, and Helen Mulcahy, Sanborn Reg. District)

Tuesday December 1, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hawthorne

1:30pm

Google Classroom for Teachers
Get hands-on experience with Google Classroom. Google Classroom was designed hand-in-hand with Google Apps for Education to help teachers save time, keep classes organized, and improve communication with students. Google Classroom is designed to help teachers create and collect assignments digitally, including time-saving features like the ability to automatically make a copy of a Google document for each student. No more assignments to print, copy, or carry. It's the ultimate workflow management solution for managing student work. Don't worry if you don't have this tool in your district yet; I will provide temporary access to this tool to 24 teachers who can practice now and convince their district to join later. You will see the teacher view on my screen and work in the student view to get a feel for the tool. (Presenter(s): Laurie Prewandowski, Technology Integration Specialist, Kearsarge Regional School District)

Tuesday December 1, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Hawthorne

1:30pm

Identifying Skill Deficiency & Personalizing Skill Review
Learn how to use an online tool to identify each student's deficient math skills and then effectively differentiate the re-teaching. A new feature on ASSISTments allows teachers to select math skills, and an adaptive test is automatically created to find holes in student learning. After the test, teachers have access to a detailed report to help them focus the re-teaching of skills, and students are automatically assigned individualized remediation assignments based on the results of the test. ASSISTments is a FREE, online tool developed at WPI for all teachers. (Presenter(s): Andrew Burnett, Director of User Experience, ASSISTments at WPI, and Cristina Heffernan, ASSISTments at WPI)

Tuesday December 1, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Robert Frost

1:30pm

Interactive Timelines
Create interactive timelines using Knightlab Timeline, a web-based tool that integrates well with Google Drive. This integration with Google Drive allows students an opportunity to work collaboratively with a timeline project file. Using the project file -- a Google spreadsheet template -- users can create a visually pleasing electronic timeline by simply adding text or web links. Timelines can include images, YouTube or Vimeo videos, Google Maps, Tweets, text, or audio from SoundCloud.com. Image file URLs must end in the proper file format. Participants will use additional online tools to ensure that image formats are correct. Once published, this tool generates a web link that makes it easy to share with your audience. You can even embed your timeline on most web pages. Students and staff at GDRHS have used this technology to generate timelines for classes like psychology, social studies, ELA, and technology, as well as some extracurricular activities. Some of these timelines include a "schedule" of events as part of Women's History Month from March of 2014, a personality timeline that asked students to reflect on moments in their life that helped shaped their personality, and a partial history of Google. (Presenter(s): Audra Kaplan, Tech Integration Specialist, Groton-Dunstable Regional School District, and Jeannie Erickson, Groton-Dunstable Regional School District)

Tuesday December 1, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Dartmouth
 
Wednesday, December 2
 

9:30am

Geospatial Investigations: Mobile Data Collection & Mapping are Hot!
Collect, map, and analyze surface and air temperature data over various land covers to understand factors that impact climate. Learn how easy it is using handheld digital and infrared thermometers, "smart" mobile devices, and ArcGIS Online mapping! Although this workshop will focus on the gathering of temperature data, the "editable feature services" that will be introduced can be utilized to collect any sort of data. New Hampshire schools have already used this technique to gather data on stonewalls, animal tracks, invasive plants and animals, the distribution of intertidal organisms on the rocky shore, and even baseball stadiums across the country! Thanks to the NHSTE Chris Nelson Memorial Grant, the mobile equipment needed is available for New Hampshire schools to borrow (if not available at your own school or through BYOD). Collecting field data is a sure-fire way to engage students in problem-based learning and place-based education. The data analysis techniques support Common Core mathematics standards as well as allow students to see the application of math to real world problems. In writing up and presenting their results as web-based map journals, students can address a variety of writing standards. Come learn how to undertake such a project and share your ideas for mapping/data collection topics. (Presenter(s): Ina Ahern, Science/Acct Mngr NHEdGIS, Plymouth Regional High School, and Rebecca Lilja)

Wednesday December 2, 2015 9:30am - 11:30am
Hawthorne

9:30am

Using Creative Commons In & Out of the Classroom
Learn how to find, use, and cite copyright-free, Creative Commons media including images, music, and videos. All students should know how to incorporate Creative Commons into their school projects. We will also discuss the implications of copyright law in schools. Digital citizenship is an important ICT standard. Every teacher should be stressing the importance of Creative Commons in every class in every district. (Presenter(s): Rick Davidson, Technology Integrator, Prof. Photographer, Kingswood Reg. Middle School)

Wednesday December 2, 2015 9:30am - 11:30am
Dartmouth

9:30am

Using Nearpod & Socrative to Deliver & Assess Lessons
Learn how to use two digital tools called Nearpod and Socrative. Nearpod is a wonderful digital tool that a teacher can use to deliver and assess content, even if the student is absent! Socrative is an assessment tool that provides students and teachers information about their understanding of material being taught now or in the past. Both of these tools are supported by iOS, Windows, and Android. These tools are a wonderful and easy way to help "flip" your classroom. (Presenter(s): Jill Schock, Second Grade (recently retired), Nottingham School)

Wednesday December 2, 2015 9:30am - 11:30am
Robert Frost

12:00pm

Create a Data Essay with Infographics
Infographics create visual essays to convey data and messages. Step up data representation in your own and your students' projects. In this session participants walk away with Google tips and tricks to use Sheets, Graphs, Forms, Draw, and Pixlr to create and print poster-size infographics. (Presenter(s): Deb Boisvert, Tech Coordinator, Deerfield School District)

Wednesday December 2, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hawthorne

12:00pm

Giving Students a Voice
Learn how to help their students express themselves by creating podcasts. Story Corps, National Public Radio, Backstory with the American History Guys - these are just a few of the engaging audio tools you'll learn to integrate into your social studies classroom and teach your students how to make their own versions. Bring your smart phones, tablets and laptops! This will be a hands-on session that will teach you how to walk through the process of writing, recording, and editing a podcast. This presentation will show many ways to build audio into the social studies curriculum using public radio, audio recording, and editing techniques. It will also build analysis, writing and speaking skills. The presentation will be led by award-winning public radio reporter Monica Brady-Myerov along with middle school social studies teacher Julia Szabo. Participants will walk away with a list of tools to build critical listening skills into the social studies curriculum in a variety of ways. They will use their smart phones to record and edit sound. And they'll learn how to make their students audio storytellers. (Presenter(s): Monica Brady-Myerov, CEO, Listen Current, and Julia Szabo, Boston)

Wednesday December 2, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Robert Frost

12:00pm

I Can Draw with Google!
Do you and your students make charts, diagrams, designs, worksheets, timelines, game boards, flyers, or anything else requiring creativity? If you answered yes to any of these, then Google Drawing is for you! Use Google's hidden gem to do all of the above and so much more; the possibilities are endless. By using Google Drawing you can count on the same reliability and collaborative platform as with all the other Google Apps for Education. (Presenter(s): Donna Dennis, Technology Integration Teacher, Ross A Lurgio Middle School, SAU#25)

Wednesday December 2, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dartmouth

1:30pm

Go Google Classroom
Is your school a Google school? Then join me for this two-hour beginner course on getting you Going On Google Classroom. (Presenter(s): Rebecca Bureau, World Language/ Ed tech, SAU 49, and Jo Williams)

Wednesday December 2, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Robert Frost

1:30pm

Make & Take An Android App
Explore and learn simple block coding as they make and take away their first Android app. Absolutely no experience is required to participate in this activity! Join us on a computer science journey to learn how simple and fun coding can be with MIT's easy to use block coding language, App Inventor. Integrate this technology tool into any curriculum area to reinforce concepts, use it as an assessment tool, or just for fun. Be a pioneer: get your students excited about computer science as they problem solve, collaborate, and create apps of their own to share. (Presenter(s): Audra Kaplan, Tech Integration Specialist, Groton-Dunstable Regional School District, and Alina Spaulding, Groton-Dunstable Regional School District)

Wednesday December 2, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Hawthorne

1:30pm

Welcome to the Twitter-sphere: Enhance Your PD, Build Your PLN, & Connect
In this session participants will set up a Twitter account and then learn how to use Twitter to enhance their individual Professional Development, how to build a strong Professional Learning Networks, and even how Twitter can be used with students in the classroom. This FREE resource can be used for so much more than posting what you had for lunch or following Funny Cat Videos. We need to help students use social media effectively, but first we need to see the value for ourselves as educators. Every week thousands of educators across the world connect and collaborate to discuss, troubleshoot, and reflect on their craft. The people who share your interests, who challenge you to think deeper and explore, become your Professional Learning Network and become resources that support you. Through this workshop educators will learn not only how to use Twitter - and the language behind it - but how to find professional topics that will benefit them, such as project-based learning, standards-based grading, student engagement, PBIS, climate and culture, leadership, content, curriculum, and so much more. Come join us to take your teaching into the 21st century and join the Twitter-sphere! (Presenter(s): Jacqueline Hanlon, 8th Grade English Language Arts, SAU56 Somersworth Middle School, and Becky Patten, Somersworth Middle School)

Wednesday December 2, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Dartmouth
 
Thursday, December 3
 

9:30am

Algebra + Chromebooks = Discovery + Independence + Fun
Learn how they can implement Chromebooks (or other laptop platforms) in a high school algebra classroom to help enhance the learning environment. Attendees discover how web-based investigations, rote practice, and assessments can unlock the 'algebra playground.' Focus will be on Google Apps and web 2.0 tools. Attendees are asked to bring their laptop or Chromebooks to play along. (Presenter(s): Craig Sheil, Technology Integration Teacher, Bedford High School, and Stefan Fritz, Bedford High School)

Thursday December 3, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Dartmouth

9:30am

Let Them Ask Questions?
All too often we begin a new unit or topic by persuading our students that what we are about to teach is really interesting and worth their attention. We might begin with some kind of "dipstick" to determine previous knowledge, a story, or essential question. But regardless of our hook, it is entirely driven by the teacher. What if, instead, we shift the balance of power in the classroom by empowering students to ask their own questions first? This workshop will introduce you to the QFT (Question Formulation Technique) and how this method can and will spark your students intrinsic curiosity and interest in the topics you cover. Come prepared to develop your own questions using the QFT method and to leave with some new unit starters for the coming year. We will also review what to do with the questions and how to use them as unit assessments to track your students engagement in the topic. (Presenter(s): Heather Salemme, teacher, science, Groton Dunstable Regional High School, and Kelly McManus, Groton Dunstable Regional High School)

Thursday December 3, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Robert Frost

9:30am

The Empowered Superintendent
Superintendents can make or break educational technology initiatives. They are responsible for ensuring that their school districts embrace transformative digital learning. CoSN collaborates with superintendents to assess their challenges and increase their capacity to lead technology efforts. We're dedicated to helping superintendents, aspiring superintendents, and district leadership teams build their knowledge, skills, and confidence. Pam McLeod, Technology Director for the Concord School District, and Josh Olstad, Technology Director for Oyster River Cooperative School District, are both founding members of the NH CTO Council (a CoSN chapter) and will lead participants through the valuable resources CoSN offers to Superintendents and other district leaders. We will explore current trends in educational technology and tools such as Five Imperatives for Technology Leadership, Four Action Steps for Strengthening the Technology Leadership Team, self-assessments, evaluation rubrics, and certifications. (Presenter(s): Pam McLeod, Director of Technology, Concord School District, and Joshua Olstad, Oyster River Cooperative School District)

Thursday December 3, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Hawthorne

11:30am

Building a Collaborative Culture
In the ever changing landscape of the "real world," it is imperative that students acquire new basics to navigate creative problem solving, collaboration, iteration, visual communication skills, coding, and empathy. Yet, if teachers are the designers, why do so many teachers feel disempowered or disconnected from their ability to enact these basics? From administrative hurdles, to standardized testing constraints, to physical spatial barriers, the design process is hindered or stopped. So what do you do? At Beaver Country Day School the goal for tackling these parallel dynamics is working to build a collaborative culture not only in the classroom but among the faculty, both within and across departments. It is empowering teachers to share their expertise, creativity, and time that changes the culture around effective collaboration and the sophistication of the products created by the student body. Teachers who attend this session on building collaborative culture can expect to learn about the Tech Summit, internal professional development, spotting interdisciplinary opportunities within the curriculum, the Committee of Teachers, changes in student products, and positives of increased faculty morale. (Presenter(s): Melissa Alkire, History Teacher and Tech Specialist, Beaver Country Day School, and David Ingenthron)

Thursday December 3, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Robert Frost

11:30am

Flippity - A Google Assessment and Review Tool
In this hands-on workshop participants will create an interactive Jeopardy-style web game using Flippity, a web-based tool that integrates well with Google Drive. This integration with Google Drive allows students an opportunity to work collaboratively. Using the project file -- a Google spreadsheet template -- users can add text, YouTube videos, and images. Once published, multiple players can access individual copies of the game to play on their own or in group settings. Flippity offers other tools that will be demonstrated, including a flash card generator. Students and staff at GDRHS have used this technology to generate interactive learning games that are useful for learning or reviewing subject matter. This easy-to-use tool has potential application for any subject matter area and for all age groups. All participants need a Google account in order to create a Flippity project. (Presenter(s): Jeannie Erickson, Teacher, Groton-Dunstable Regional School District, and Audra Kaplan, Groton Dunstable Regional High)

Thursday December 3, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Dartmouth

11:30am

Sway: Put Some Swagger in Your Presentation!
Sway is the newest Microsoft Office application that is a web-based canvas for presenting your ideas. In this workshop, we will use Sway to build multimedia rich presentations that are accessible across all platforms. Sway looks great on any screen, has sharing and collaboration built in, and is really easy to use. Participants will need either a free Microsoft live.com account or an Office365 account. (Presenter(s): Jeff Twombly, Network Manager, Laconia School District, and Karen Switzer, Laconia School District)

Thursday December 3, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Hawthorne

1:00pm

Exit Tickets, Feedback, & Formative/Summative Assessments, Oh My!
Explore various web-based and app-based tools to access students and collect feedback. The first part of this BYOD session is presentation style. Amy showcases a variety of tools that teachers can use to create exit tickets, grade with rubrics, give formative/summative assessments, and collect feedback. In addition to investigating the tools, participants also learn tips on how to collaborate with other colleagues and share some of these teacher-created assessments. After the presentation is complete, participants be given hands-on time to start working with some of the tools. During the hands-on time, support and answers to questions will be provided by the presenter. Some of the tools showcased include Socrative, Google Forms, Goobric, Flubaroo, Nearpod, Go Formative, etc. Let's get ready to learn about and create some meaningful assessments to use in the everyday classroom! (Presenter(s): Amy Gillam, Technology Integrator, Mill Brook & Broken Ground Schools Concord)

Thursday December 3, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Hawthorne

1:00pm

Google Classroom: Beyond the Basics
Learn how to creatively combine various applications like Goformative, Google Drawings, and Google Forms with Classroom to generate much more engaging and personalized class discussion and assessment. (Presenter(s): Justin Bourque, Tech Integrator & Programming Teacher, Concord School District, and Randy Wormald, Kearsarge Regional School District)

Thursday December 3, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Robert Frost