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Thursday, April 4thPresenterDurationSession Description
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Design Thinking WorkshopPeter Diederich60 minHave you heard of design thinking and wondered what it is all about? This is your chance to participate in a design thinking exercise, identify a problem, and design a prototype to solve the problem. Next, we will apply that same framework to a challenge in your classroom to practice real world application of this framework. You'll leave the workshop with an actionable idea to use in your classroom and a framework to use for life!
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College Board AP: Analyzing Results and ExpectationsTrevor Putvain60 minThis work session is a chance for all AP course instructors to meet and discuss strategies and expectations to improve our results in offering AP level courses to online students. We will begin by analyzing data such as test results, drop rates, and enrollment numbers to determine where our successes and weaknesses are. Instructors will be given a chance to discuss common frustrations and needed areas of support. In the end, we will produce a list of recommended expectations and requirements to strengthen student success.
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Tools of Engagement: Online Games Students LoveJuliet Larke & GCVS Middle School Teachers60 minCome explore several websites that our middle school students beg for! We will demonstrate the teacher and student experiences for Gimkit, Quizlet, Kahoot, and Quizizz. There will be time at the end of the session for educators to compare, contrast, brainstorm, and begin building their own game in the platform of their choice.
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The First 48Kim Bovill60 minEngage Early and Engage Often! Statistics show that students who login within the first few days of class are more inclined to be successful online learners.  Early engagement is crucial to help stimulate student motivation and to make sure they are off to a good start. The goal of this session is to share some great tips and techniques from VTVLC’s Student Success Coach on how to engage your students within the first 48 hours and to share other experiences and ideas. This session is for teachers, school counselors and students; Come and join the discussion!
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Anytime, Anywhere - On-Demand Class ManagementJeff Renard60 minCreating personalized courses can be a very daunting experience. However, using a framework of "Structured Flexibility", we can leverage various anchor points to ensure students progress with their pacing and are provided ample opportunity to reassess for proficiency. This session will discuss some of the best practices for working with students to facilitate On-Demand courses.
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Using Video in Your Online CourseJennifer Fribush60 minVideo, both synchronous and asynchronous, are important ways to connect with online students and create a sense of teacher presence.  Together we will share our best practices in working with video in online classes and explore several ways of creating live and recorded video together.
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Mathematical Concepts & Online ToolsAry Bose60 minExperts say conceptual understanding in math not only promotes deeper understanding of the materials presented rather improves practical problem solving skills. Some abstract concepts in mathematics help us to analyze the nature surrounding us but often lost in textual translation of the theory. The objective of this presentation is to walk through a few examples that illustrate how to address and come up with some creative solutions together some of our students’ mind boggling questions. In this day & age of technical computing and IOT, exploration of relevant quality online resources are paramount. Therefore, implementation of these tools in virtual teaching is necessary and can be addressed.
We will focus on the design and some specific tools to conduct a discussion on spectrum of activities engaging students at various levels suitable to their grade levels. The goal is to create an appropriate learning environment for our kids to improve their conceptual understanding besides answering some of the confusing questions they may have. We will also address how technology can help student to attain this goal. For instance,
• Why imaginary solutions are important while solving a problem and how it relates to the real world
• How area and volume of an object can be addressed in a conceptual form using technology so competency can be achieved
• How to use various visualization tools and their pros and cons
• How to address the content quality of web resources
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VTVLC Fireside ChatJeff Renard40 minThis session is for partner and adjunct faculty of VTVLC to hear about upcoming changes and discuss relevant issues impacting the organization.
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GCVS Fireside Chat40 min
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Improving Student Participation Inside and Outside the ClassSteve Handy & Bill Marrapese30 minWe would like to present on two ways of increasing student participation among our students, with the help of two programs that integrate with Canvas; Badgr and Dropout Detective.

Badgr makes project accomplishments exciting by letting students accrue badges as they complete various tasks. Students can see the progress of others by their unique user names instead of their actual names. The collecting of badges and comparing to peer accomplishment can foster healthy competition and excited engagement in their studies.

Dropout Detective acts as a way to monitor the grades and participation of the entire school body. This helps administration to prioritize outreach to students in the most need of support. Administrators, teachers and support staff all have personalized dashboards reflecting only their own students and have unique views to help keep tabs on the trends of their students. Dropout Detective monitors grades, quantity of missing work, dates of last submissions and allows for staff to note steps taken or to alert peers of concerns or other important situational information. Concise student data can speed up our ability to react to these students with targeted attention and timely family outreach

We would appreciate the opportunity to share how These two Canvas integrated programs help increase student engagement by making work completion more fun and by providing effective ways for checking in on our students with better communication and focusing family outreach.
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So Many Tools and Apps to Choose - How to Make Sure You are Getting the Right Tool for the JobJudy Houle30 minThe marketplace for educational tools and apps to enhance online and blended learning is increasing exponentially. How do educators go about choosing the right tools to help ensure student success? In this session participants will understand how to go through this process from pilot to adoption and receive a copy of a tool to help compare and rank competitors for your attention and educational dollars.
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Bringing Literature to Life in Your Virtual ClassroomChristine Ashton, Andrew Evans and Maryellen Paquette30 minThree High School English Language Arts teachers from Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual (GCVS) present using Poetry Out Loud, Actively Learn, Cameras & Microphone, Creative Drama exercises and other digital tools as ways to engage students who are not in the same physical space together. In this information session, we will present strategies and anecdotes from our teaching to show what works and does not work in this environment. In a digital age, when fewer people are reading print text, these tools help teachers both engage students with text and hold them accountable for their reading.
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Making the most of MaestroKim Bovill30 minMaestro can feel like a foreign land. Come to this session to become more familiar with the variety of tools you have to support the students in your course.
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Tools, tips, and Tricks for Design and ReuseMarie-Pierre Huguet, Director of Online Learning & Michael Keen, Educational Technologist30 minIn an effort to facilitate the use of Canvas by their faculty, many institutions provide a pre-designed template. Using examples from our online courses, we highlight the advantages and disadvantages of doing so and propose a proven and effective approach to designing courses that supports an instructor’s unique teaching style. In this session, we will share the tools, tips, and, more importantly, resources that allow instructors to quickly learn how to use Canvas and effectively use its tools to teach online.
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Engaging Teenagers in Online LearningGreenfield Commonwealth Virtual School Middle School Team30 minGCVS requires the students to attend live classes each day of the week. We would like to share some of the strategies that we use to engage and motivate the easily distractible middle school students. We will open up our bag of tricks and demonstrate how we keep students thinking, engaged and actively learning. Come join us for a fun and engaging presentation that models our methods.
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NEOTI (Northeast Online Teaching Institute)Jennifer Fribush
15 min - Flash Session
Do you teach online? Would you like to? In this flash session learn how NEOTI can help you earn professional learning hours to renew your Online Teaching Specialist endorsement or help you earn it. We have a variety of flexible courses if you are looking for professional learning on your own schedule. We are constantly adding new courses to help improve the skills of online teachers. We also offer a Certificate in Online Teaching program that leads to your OTS endorsement. All of our classes are 100% online.
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National Board CertificationTerri Vest
15 min - Flash Session
Interested in National Board Certification? This Flash Session is to introduce you to the process and the support your teacher's union provides for candidates.
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VT Computer Science EndorsementJennifer Fribush
15 min - Flash Session
Computer Science is an important field in today’s world, helping all students to gain skills in computational thinking and to understand the world around them. There are currently only 26 Computer Science Educator teachers licensed in Vermont. Would you like to be one of the teachers who will increase that number in the next couple years? Come learn the ways you can gain a CSE endorsement.
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Elementary in a Flash!Michelle Licata & Brooke Besse
15 min - Flash Session
Want to know what makes FLVS elementary courses so effective for student success? This Flash Session will introduce you to the new FLVS Elementary suite of courses!
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Canvas Update: Non-Scoring Rubrics & OutcomesRachel Swanson
15 min - Flash Session
Description coming soon!
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Canvas Update: Student-Centered DashboardRachel Swanson
15 min - Flash Session
Description coming soon!
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Canvas Update: Analytics 2.0Rachel Swanson
15 min - Flash Session
Description coming soon!
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Rachel Swanson
15 min - Flash Session
Description coming soon!
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Support LoungeHannah FarnumAll dayDo you have questions regarding your course? Perhaps you want to add a new feature! Join Hannah in our support lounge to work on your course in Canvas, ask questions regarding Maestro, or to review VTVLC procedures.
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Friday, April 5thPresenterDurationSession Description
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Student & Parent RoundtableJeff Renard & Terri Vest60 minParents and students are a valued resource for online and blended learning programs. What works? What doesn't work? Is there something you want more or less of? During this roundtable discussion, your feedback will help shape the future of this flexible pathway for learning.
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Time Saving Tips & Tricks for CounselorsKim Bovill & Jessica Leo60 minAs more and more students are taking online classes how do we best support them to be successful? In this workshop, we will give counselors and coordinators tips and techniques to ensure your student’s online success. We will cover Maestro and Canvas tools to make your job easier and the students more successful in their Online classes.
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Supporting Students with AnxietyMarie-Pierre Huguet, Director of Online Learning & Anne Fein, Associate Professor60 minThis interactive session focuses on Landmark College’s approach to the design and support of online courses delivered to students who learn differently (LD). Using concrete examples and supporting data from our online dual enrollment initiative, we will first briefly demonstrate how online and blended courses can easily and effectively be made accessible to an LD population. Participants will then engage in activities and discussions to help them effectively support students with anxiety.
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YES to OERFrank Barnes60 minWhat are Open Education Resources (OER), and how can students and teachers benefit from them? This interactive session will look at Creative Commons licenses and delineate between “open” and “free” resources. Attendees will learn how Vermont is involved with OER Commons; how to search for resources by topic, content area, standards and more; and how to contribute and share their best ideas with educators everywhere. There will be an opportunity for hands-on exploration, so please bring a laptop, tablet, or another Internet-enabled device.
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The Impact of Electronic Device Use on the Adolescent Brain
Terri Vest60 minIn this presentation, participants will learn how neural pathways are impacted by personal electronics use, particularly in adolescents. We will look at connections between the use of personal electronics and anxiety, depression and addiction in adolescents. Participants will brainstorm solutions to this growing social issue.
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Programing Your School for Computer ScienceJennifer Fribush60 minAccess to Computer Science is increasingly becoming an equity issue.   Schools in urban areas and near technology centers are offering their students education in computer science that is increasingly leaving rural students at a disadvantage.  Let’s talk about ways you can get Computer Science into your schools, including some insights from the Vermont Computer Science Alliance and some options available through Code.org.
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Online Now Might Help LaterNatalie Searle60 minJoin the discussion and chat with representatives from colleges and other post-secondary institutions to learn more about using online and blended learning to maximize your application to schools. Not only do colleges like to see previous success in online classes, but it can help you be more successful once you get there!
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Marine Biology - A Hands-On Virtual CourseBrian Slopey30 minMarine Biology is designed to inspire young adults to understand and care about the ocean, regardless of what occupation they pursue. One of the main goals of my teaching has been to motivate students with authentic activities that are real contributions to the community and nature and that involve students with organizations outside the school. I have always found that students are motivated to learn more and at a deeper level when they knew their work was real and was available to the public.

The course is educationally innovative in that it is a hybrid course combining on line learning and face to face learning. Also it is multi school and multi age with students in grades 9-12 in the same class. The first half of the course will be primarily online but there will also be evening meetings and classes during this time. Students in this class are intimately involved with the ocean as they collect data while snorkeling or diving on fish species and their abundance. They also make direct observation of marine invertebrates, coastal plants and marine geology. Our data is available world wide at the REEF website.
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Parent to ParentJeff Renard30 minAre you a new parent to Online and Blended learning opportunities? During this session, parents share their experiences with you so others can learn from their effort to support their students to be successful. This is a great opportunity to learn from other parents and discuss how your student could benefit from virtual learning as a flexible pathway!
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Cultivating School Climate in a Virtual WorldSue Powers & Brittany Caulfield30 minA hands-on, informational session outlining strategies that will foster an inclusive school community. We will cover ways to build connections between students, staff and families. You will leave this session with skills to bring back to your school that will help cultivate a positive school climate.
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Canvas AppRachel Swanson30 minDescription coming soon!
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Devices vs DevicesRachel Swanson30 minDescription coming soon!
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Profiles in PathwaysJess DeCarolis, Veronica Newton & Toni Marra30 minDescription coming soon!
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Life Skills Program OnlineJeanne Kuchyt30 minAn informational session designed to promote the concept that "An Online Life Skills Program Makes Sense!" in any School Community, where students unable to navigate the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks at grade level, due to cognitive deficits, are educated. Such students can achieve success in a specially designed Life Skills Program, offered in a substantially separate environment, in a small group. The successful program is aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and incorporates Life Skills lessons into each course offering.
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Computer Science Make and Take!Jennifer Fribush30 minLet’s make a circuit and take it home! Swing by to try out making your own circuits with paper, copper tape and LEDs.  Let’s talk about circuits in series and in parallel, insulators and conductors, and which way an electron and the current are actually flowing!
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NEOTI (Northeast Online Teaching Institute)Jennifer Fribush
15 min - Flash Session
Do you teach online? Would you like to? In this flash session learn how NEOTI can help you earn professional learning hours to renew your Online Teaching Specialist endorsement or help you earn it. We have a variety of flexible courses if you are looking for professional learning on your own schedule. We are constantly adding new courses to help improve the skills of online teachers. We also offer a Certificate in Online Teaching program that leads to your OTS endorsement. All of our classes are 100% online.
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National Board CertificationJuliette Longchamp
15 min - Flash Session
Interested in National Board Certification? This Flash Session is to introduce you to the process and the support your teacher's union provides for candidates.
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VT Computer Science EndorsementJennifer Fribush
15 min - Flash Session
Computer Science is an important field in today’s world, helping all students to gain skills in computational thinking and to understand the world around them. There are currently only 26 Computer Science Educator teachers licensed in Vermont. Would you like to be one of the teachers who will increase that number in the next couple years? Come learn the ways you can gain a CSE endorsement.
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Elementary in a Flash!Michelle Licata & Brooke Besse
15 min - Flash Session
Want to know what makes FLVS elementary courses so effective for student success? This Flash Session will introduce you to the new FLVS Elementary suite of courses!
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On-DemandJessica Leo
15 min - Flash Session
Overview of VTVLC's On Demand course offerings. These courses offer more flexibility than traditional VTVLC online courses.
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PASSJessica Leo
15 min - Flash Session
Want to create your own course and get high school credit for it? Now you can! PASS students team up with a VTVLC teacher to create a self-designed program that can be project or research-based.
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PDPJessica Leo
15 min - Flash Session
Learn about VTVLC's Partner Diploma Pathway. This new program is an online virtual pathway to meet graduation requirements for students at VTVLC partner schools.
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CDPJessica Leo
15 min - Flash Session
Do you live in a tuition town? Do you want to earn your high school diploma online from a geographically distant Vermont public high school? VTVLC's Collaborative Diploma Program might be for you!
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Student ShowcaseJessica Leo40 minCome and listen to current and former PASS (Personalized Assessment of Student Standards) students share their amazing self-designed projects!
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Student PanelTerri Vest25 min
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Support LoungeHannah FarnumAll dayDo you have questions regarding your course? Perhaps you want to add a new feature! Join Hannah in our support lounge to work on your course in Canvas, ask questions regarding Maestro, or to review VTVLC procedures.
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