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Tuesday, December 3
 

9:00am

Crafting Your Digital Identity with a Global Audience
Using books, bytes, swipes, and likes explore how this 12-year old crafted her digital identity using a global audience. In today's connected world, it is no longer a question of whether or not students are going to be using a device; it is about supporting students to create, reason, and connect responsibly. Discover how crafting her digital identity gave deeper purpose to her literacy journey and hear about five key ideas for digital citizenship. (Presenter(s): Olivia Van Ledjte, Tuesday Keynote Speaker)

Tuesday December 3, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Merrimack (C)

10:40am

Book Bosses: Reading, Thinking, & Creating with Tech
Stories play a powerful role in how students process difficult situations, understand the world, and deepen passions. Led by 12-year old book activist, LivBit amplifies student voice. Learn how using tech tools transforms student thinking, inspires digital creation and becomes stepping stones for student agency and activism. (Presenter(s): Olivia Van Ledjte, Tuesday Keynote Speaker)

Tuesday December 3, 2019 10:40am - 11:30am
Merrimack (C)

12:20pm

Keynote Luncheon
What Matters? The Future, It’s Me!


Tuesday December 3, 2019 12:20pm - 1:50pm
Armory

3:30pm

Pushing Yourself to Challenge Others
Ever been in a situation where you have said to yourself, "I have this crazy idea" but then it goes nowhere? Now is the time to make that idea become a reality. Learn how to take an idea that is half-formed and turn it into reality to bring back to your own school as quality professional development. Craig and Jessica engage with you to brainstorm ideas and develop them into a workable project using a variety of tools and methods. Let's inspire one another! (Presenter(s): Craig Sheil, Technology Integration Teacher, Bedford High School, and Jessica Gilcreast, Bedford High School)

Tuesday December 3, 2019 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Merrimack (C)
 
Wednesday, December 4
 

8:00am

Now What? Helping Students Become and Remain Passionate Readers
The message is clear among literacy communities; we want to help our students become readers for life, we want them to love reading, but we need more ideas. When we believe in choice, when we believe in inclusive access, when we believe we are ready, and yet, we are not sure how to start or how to continue to create thriving reading communities. How do we know they are reading if we don't quiz them? What do we do with our readers who are not where they should be? What do we do not just on the first day of school but every single day after when those kids who hate reading just grow in their hatred rather than change their mind? What do we do when we are ready for a change in our literacy practices but those around us are not? Focusing on creating authentic conversations, building reading community, and establishing positive reading identity, this session is meant for the educator looking for practical ideas in their quest to help students become passionate readers. (Presenter(s): Pernille Ripp, Wednesday Keynote Speaker)

Wednesday December 4, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Merrimack (C)

8:00am

What's the Fuss about Jamboard?
Jamboard is the latest product in the G-Suite ecosystem. Whether users interact with this product through Jamboard on the web, Jamboard's app, or Jamboard's kiosk, participants are provided a white canvas to organize information and ideas. There is a lot more to this white (or not) space than meets the eye. Explore how Jamboard works, how it can be used with students or professionals. Brainstorm how Jamboard can foster 'true collaboration' and flexible thinking. Come join the interactive conversation and be prepared to participate in a 'Jam' with us. (Presenter(s): Craig Sheil, Technology Integration Teacher, Bedford High School, and Samantha O'Connor, Bedford High School)

Wednesday December 4, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Webster

9:40am

Reimagining Literacy Through Global Collaboration
Have you ever wondered what can happen when you integrate technology into your literacy instruction? Pernille Ripp and her students have been reading, writing, and discussing with the world since 2010, fundamentally changing the way she teaches and how her students read and write. Join us as we share ideas for how technology can take your literacy instruction to a new level, including ways to use Skype, Twitter, Edmodo, blogging, and many other tech tools that will allow for global collaboration, cross-curricular projects, and sparking the love of reading and writing in students. (Presenter(s): Pernille Ripp, Wednesday Keynote Speaker)

Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:40am - 10:30am
Merrimack (C)

9:40am

Teaching Media Literacy in an Era of Fake News
We hear a lot about "fake news," but that term is really a symptom of the lack of media literacy in a digital age where information is instant. In fact, Stanford Graduate School of Education found that more than 80% of middle and high school students were unable to distinguish between advertisements and real news stories. This session includes advice from educators, journalists, media literacy experts, and emotional intelligence researchers on how to bring critical media literacy skills to your classroom so students are able to make informed decisions about the media that bombards them every day. (Presenter(s): Kerry Gallagher, Assistant Principal, Teaching & Learning, St. John's Prep)

Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:40am - 10:30am
Webster

11:20am

Keynote Luncheon
Passionate Learners – How to Engage & Empower Your Students

Speakers

Wednesday December 4, 2019 11:20am - 12:50pm
Armory

12:50pm

Librarians: Bartenders of the Book Collection!
Ever listened to the life story of someone you do not know? Pulled an ILL(internet leased line), while replacing copy paper, and checking out 30 novels all at the same time? Do you answer general knowledge questions on a daily basis like you are a walking encyclopedia? And you are doing all of this while keeping your cool? You must be a librarian (aka bartender of books)! Join me to discuss designing and working in a fast-paced, student-centered learning environment. Discuss using data to make design decisions and creating flipped classroom resources for students and faculty to make the most out of your library. (Presenter(s): Jessica Gilcreast, School Librarian, Bedford School District)

Wednesday December 4, 2019 12:50pm - 1:40pm
Merrimack (C)

2:30pm

Balancing Data Privacy & Innovation
In an era of deep concerns for student data privacy, do teachers in your district think of IT is a barrier or a gateway to innovation? If a website or app's privacy policy is outside your district's comfort zone, is there a possibility for a creative solution? Come explore and discuss potential creative solutions in this session. Hear from the co-author of ConnectSafely's Educator Guide to Student Data Privacy based on Kerry's research and experiences as a teacher and edtech administrator. (Presenter(s): Kerry Gallagher, Asst Principal for Teaching & Learning, St. John's Preparatory School)

Wednesday December 4, 2019 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Webster