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TECHSPO 2017

PROGRAM AGENDA

(meeting room assignments are subject to change) 

 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

 

Conference Registration                                                             

7:00 am-4:00 pm

                                                                                                        

Location:  Wildwood Ballroom

 

Exhibitor Registration                                                                 

7:00 am-8:00 am

                                                           

Location:  Wildwood Ballroom

 

Exhibit Hours

8:00 am-4:15 pm

 

Exhibit Hall Opens!                                                                     

8:00 am

Continental Breakfast                                                                 

Location:  Wildwood #16

 

Opening General Session                                                            

9:00 am-10:15 am                           

                                                                                                        

Location:  Wildwood #5

 

Keynote Speaker:

Matt Beaudreau                

 

Matt is a Millennial who has a reputation as a leader in his own generation. He was a featured speaker at TEDx and named corporate trainer of the year at Stanford University. Matt has provided professional development training to over 10,000 people across the U.S. Matt’s background as a professor, athletic director, school administrator and Millennial keynote speaker make him a powerful communicator for bridging the generations.

For the first time in history, four generations are working side by side—and a fifth generation is on the way. Each generation brings different strengths, values and communication styles to the workplace. These differences can be challenging or a strategic opportunity depending on how leaders respond.  In Crossing the Generational Divide, Matt Beaudreau entertainingly reveals each generation’s workplace mindset and strengths. He shares surprising statistics, laugh-out-loud stories, and frontline-tested strategies that quickly drive results across generations. Attendees leave motivated to act with ready-to-use tools they can apply immediately.

 

Take a Break!                                                                               

10:15 am-10:30 am

Exhibit Hall Refreshments/Networking                                   

Location:  Wildwood #16

 

Group Sessions

 

Session 1

10:30 am-11:30 am

Location:  Wildwood #1

 

Virtual Reality in the Classroom

 

The rise of high quality, affordable Virtual Reality will bring new learning experiences never before possible to the classroom.  Students will soon have the ability to see, hear, and interact with people, places, and things in ways that have been beyond the reach of the classroom.  This session explores options currently available to bring affordable VR to your lessons, as well as innovations of the near future to extend the reach of this exciting technology. Demonstration devices will be available.

 

Presenter:

 

Jason Kries

Educational Technology Coordinator

Holland Township School

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

jkries@hollandschool.orgFlipping Data: New and Novel Metrics for Measuring Equity and Achievement

 

Session 2

10:30 am-11:30 am

Location:  Wildwood #2

 

A Flexible Approach to Blended Learning Through a Digital Platform

 

This interactive workshop simulates a customized skill based approach to education in a digital world. Google Apps for Education is used as a platform to determine readiness, provide immediate feedback, customize independent agendas, model innovation, and facilitate authentic differentiation.  A variety of high interest and interactive sites will be recommended to target growth in areas across the curriculum for the independent learner.

 

Presenters:

 

Dr. G. Kennedy Greene

Superintendent

Newton Public Schools

 

Megan O'Mara

Teacher of Language Arts

Newton Public Schools

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

mo'mara@newtonnj.org

 

Session 3

10:30 am-11:30 am

Location:  Wildwood #3

 

School Librarians and Future Ready Schools - Perfect Together!

 

Learn ways that school librarians can work together with the administration to help make your schools future ready.  Also, hear that story of how Somerville School District is transforming their school libraries and making them Future Ready from Dr. Timothy Purnell and Elissa Malespina Somerville Middle School Librarian.

Presenters:

 

Elissa Malespina

School Librarian

Somerville Middle School/Somerville Public Schools

 

Dr. Timothy Purnell

Superintendent

Somerville Public Schools

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

http://www.elissamalespina.comThe SAMR Model: Diving In

 

Session 4

10:30 am-11:30 am

Location:  Wildwood #4

 

Dual Homed Private Fiber Networks with Bergen County Special Services

 

Lightpath and Bergen County Technology School will talk about how they created a Dual Home Private Fiber Network for this high-performing school district.  Discussions will include how the districts partnered together to build a network topology that minimized school network outages.  A school district's WAN has become too important to the foundation of learning and a WAN failure a critical event to school districts State-wide.  Lightpath and Bergen County Technical School will discuss the benefits of deploying this network topology and how their students benefited from having this type of network.

 

Presenters:

 

John Cottage

IT Director

Bergen County Technical Schools

 

Carl Frascogna

Director of Solutions

Lightpath

 

Jim Van Orden

Director of Strategic Sales

Lightpath

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

golightpath.com and bcts.bergen.org

 

Session 5

10:30 am-11:30 am

Location:  Wildwood #5

 

How a Maker Mindset Improves Learning, Proven in Three Initiatives

 

When educators use the term technology, they usually refer to computing devices, networks, and the web. Having a makerspace might also add machines like 3D printers and lasercutters to that shortlist. But the original definition-- “the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes”-- is far more useful and adaptive in our classrooms. Technology should include pulleys, glue guns, cardboard and paper mache.  In this workshop we’ll share three huge and successful experiments in Maker Culture and iSTEAM that have resulted in a sea change of engagement, innovation, and standards mastery in the largest suburban district in NJ.

 

Presenters:

 

Tiffany Lucey

Supervisor of Educational Technology

Toms River Regional Schools

 

Dr. Marc Natanagara

Assistant Superintendent of Operations

Toms River Regional Schools

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

mnatanagara@trschools.com

 

Session 6

10:30 am-11:30 am

Location:  Wildwood #6

 

Microsoft OneNote Classroom Notebook - Personalized Instruction

 

Microsoft OneNote Classroom Notebook is a feedback and personalization tool that educators and administrators can use to asynchronously collaborate with students and teachers.  With built in communication tools and connections to learning management systems, OneNote Classroom Notebook allows for the "just in time" learning and feedback that is vital for individual and school success.

 

Presenters:

 

Marianthe Williams

Director of Technology

River Dell Regional School District

 

Jill Sitnick

Education Technology Strategist

Microsoft

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=gz_AENcK7w4GSuite

 

Session 7

10:30 am-11:30 am

Location:  Wildwood #7

 

Connect the Dots - Delivering Useful Data to Teachers

 

Articles and presentations abound on using student achievement data but none describe how to actually deliver student-specific information to teachers.  Due to overwhelming volume and different formats, student data is not precisely communicated to the teacher level where it is most valuable.  Relational databases can connect data points and can specifically deliver student achievement data to students’ previous and current teachers.  The presenters will demonstrate how to use a relational database to easily connect, collate, and distribute student data to teachers and supervisors and how to organize data to tailor professional development and curriculum.

 

Presenters:

 

Ed Braun

High School Assistant Principal

West Morris Regional High School District

 

Robert Beers

Assistant Superintendent

West Morris Regional High School District

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

https://goo.gl/jxGktH

 

Session 8

10:30 am-11:30 am

Location:  Wildwood #8

 

Digital Citizenship and Character Education

 

As social media continues to grow exponentially throughout our nation's schools, educators, parents, and administrators are often caught off guard in our attempt to reign in this powerful movement.  Cyberbullying and incidents occurring "off campus" digitally are having a significant and detrimental impact on our schools, administrative resources, and ability to focus on our true mission.  This session will empower your district to address this phenomena head-on through the implementation of a Digital Citizenship event aimed at fostering the conversation between students and parents in a safe, productive, and educational format.  Topics to be discussed: Digital Citizenship Pre-K to 12 Curriculum, Digital Citizenship Night, Digital Footprint, Available Resources.

Presenters:

 

Jason Benz

Physical Education, Health, & Digital Citizenship

West Milford Public Schools

 

Daniel R. Novak

Director of Education

West Milford Public Schools

 

Laura Oakes

Technology Teacher K-12

West Milford Public Schools

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

https://sites.google.com/a/wmtps.org/technology/digital-literacy

 

Session 9

10:30 am-11:30 am

Location:  Wildwood #9

 

The Dirty 30 - Version 4.0

 

Over 700 apps are published a week; who has the time to review what's best for schools?  Come see why this presentation has been downloaded over 12,000 times in 6 continents.  New apps, new extensions, all free.

 

Presenter:

 

Jay Eitner

Superintendent of Schools

Waterford Township School District

 

Session 10

10:30 am-11:30 am

Location:  Wildwood #10

 

Integrating Technology to Transform Education Outcomes

 

There is a new sense of urgency to blend digital resources and instructional tools into current curriculums efficiently and effectively.  At the core of this movement is the understanding that integrating technology into a child’s education is critical to preparing students for college, career, and beyond.  Ringwood Public schools and Scholastic Education partner to explore and examine some best practices currently being leveraged that are proving to positively affect student achievement.  Discover how these new multimedia, multisensory, and multileveled platforms are increasing student engagement, providing differentiated learning, bringing real world context to academic content, and ultimately transforming education outcomes.

 

Presenters:

 

Mary Ann Tomaszewski

Teacher

Ringwood Public Schools

 

Maren  Misevich

VP Digital Learning

Scholastic Education

 

Ben Woodworth

Northeast Regional Director

Scholastic Education

 

Session 11

10:30 am-11:30 am

Location:  Wildwood #11

 

Providing Situational Awareness in an Emergency

 

The key to managing school safety events is ensuring that everyone - from the building principal, local 911 operator, local responders, and teachers - are working off the same information and that everyone has instant access to the information they need.  With the right combination of technologies, schools can ensure first responders have access to floor plans and live feed cameras, teachers have access to the latest procedures and receive live updates during an emergency, and building principals can account for every student by name.  This session will review tools available to schools to ensure a timely and efficient response to any emergency

 

Presenter:

 

Chris Porter

Account Manager

NaviGate Prepared

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

www.navigateprepared.com

 

Session 12

10:30 am-11:30 am

Location:  Wildwood #12

 

Transforming Innovation Time into a School-Wide Culture of Innovation

 

Innovation time was once an opportunity for students to explore interests in their own ways in an effort to expose them to critical and creative thinking.  After three successful years of implementation, the Canfield Avenue School expanded the innovation mindset with students engaging in authentic, open-ended, real-world problem-solving. School leaders, teachers, and students collaborate to build student-driven, technology-infused classrooms to ensure students are developing the critical executive function skills needed to be creative and innovative learners.  There are many roads to building a culture of innovation.  The speed bumps are just as important as the successes. Explore the journey and innovative instructional model.

 

Presenters:

 

Lee Nittel

Superintendent

Mine Hill Township School District

 

Adam Zygmunt

Principal - Canfield Avenue School

Mine Hill Township School District

 

Dan Gross

Director of Client Relations

IDE Corp. - Innovative Designs for Education

 

Session 13

10:30 am-11:30 am

Location:  Wildwood #13

 

Using Live Streaming to Share Your School's Story

 

Susan Haynes, the "Periscoping Principal", will highlight her use of Periscope and other Social Media resources to highlight and share her school's story.  The Van Derveer vision has extended beyond the school walls and school days including parents who are able to view events and activities via Periscope while students delight with Ms. Haynes connecting with the children and their families beyond the school day and year.

 

Presenter:

 

Susan C. Haynes

Principal, PS-2 Van Derveer School

Somerville Public Schools

 

EXHIBIT HALL ACTIVITIES                                                                                   

11:30 am-1:30 pm

Box Lunches                                                                                                               

Location:  Wildwood #16

Refreshments                                                                                                              

Prizes!

 

Your Techspo 2017 badge is your ticket for a box lunch. 

No competing sessions or activities at this time.

 

11:30 am-1:30 pm

Location:  The Brigantine Room (Harbor Tower - 3rd Level)

 

NJASA Executive Committee Meeting

(This is a closed meeting for Committee Members)

 

Group Sessions

Session 1

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Location:  Wildwood #1

 

Robotics for Special Needs Students

 

How do schools provide special-needs students the skills they need for the ever-changing job market?  Helping students to understand computer programming/coding, one of the fastest-growing fields, is one way.  Coding requires solving problems, discriminating directions, playing puzzles and games; skills already addressed in the classroom.  This session will provide attendees a hands-on experience coding robots and adapting a cost-effective coding curriculum for special needs students of varying ability levels.

 

Presenters:

 

Naomi Glassman

Teacher

Educational Services Commission of New Jersey/Bright Beginnings Learning Center

 

Michael Hannel

Teacher

Educational Services Commission of New Jersey/NuView Academy

 

Kate Johnson

Case Manager

Educational Services Commission of New Jersey/Bright Beginnings Learning Center

 

Gary Molenaar

Assistant Superintendent

Educational Services Commission of New Jersey

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

www.escnj.k12.nj.us

 

Session 2

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Location:  Wildwood #2

 

Flipping Data: New and Novel Metrics for Measuring Equity and Achievement

 

Several years ago, the Freehold Regional High School District embarked on a strategic planning process that resulted in brave commitments to equity. The district quickly realized that existing metrics of student achievement could not sufficiently describe students' experiences of equity. In response, they developed new metrics to evaluate their progress toward ensuring that all students are able to develop passions in rigorous programs. In this session, district representatives will share these metrics and discuss the ways in which they have leveraged technology to focus work on data related to the district's strategic objectives.  Compliance to mandates, they assert, happens as a byproduct of this more interesting and impactful work.

 

Presenters:

 

Dr. Jeffrey Moore

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Freehold Regional High School District

 

Charles Sampson

Superintendent

Freehold Regional High School District

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

http://www.frhsd.com/Page/559

 

Session 3

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Location:  Wildwood #3

 

Google Forms:  The Next Level

 

A valuable tool for administrators, staff and students alike –see how Google Forms can help transform the way you collect and organize information.  Administrators can obtain a wealth of summative data regarding new initiatives or professional development needs from all stakeholders.   Through the use of Flubaroo, staff can administer assessments like never before and then grade them in the click of a button.  Students can transform their educational and extra-curricular experience by creating polls and surveys and sharing them with their peers. Come see how Google Forms can help transform your district.

 

Presenters:

 

Robert Nixon

Principal

Berkeley Heights School District

 

Tara Oliveira

Assistant Principal

Berkeley Heights School District

 

Session 4

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Location:  Wildwood #4

 

Scratch Day  - Let Your School Become Part of the World

 

Let Penns Grove show you a great event that we have been engaged in for the last 4 years.  An event that gives our kids a chance to become part of the worlds.  You can meet other classes and see just how coding is a window to the world.  See how for one Saturday in May you students can meet and greet the world of the computer language Scratch.  See what other kids all over the world are doing and just have some fun.  With some lunch and t-shirts and if you’re lucky some other take a ways, your students can come in and just play.  Let us show you what we do on our Scratch days.

 

Presenters:

 

Joe Jones

Technology Coordinator

Penns Grove-Carneys Point Regional School District

 

Jennifer Rushton

Director of Curriclumn

Penns Grove Carneys Point Regional School District

 

Session 5

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Location:  Wildwood #5

 

Makerspace…..More like Thinkerspace - Not Just for Recess

 

Makerspace is not concentrated on having a final product.  This session is focused on developing a mindset of critical thinking and adaptive decision making.  This skill set can be transferred across all content areas for all students, all ability levels, all ages, and all languages.  This is not a commercial for a  “free for all”.  It’s an invitation to give your students a platform to use to a variety of their skills and hone some new ones.  You will learn simplistic activities that promote the student centered learning environment with little stress added to the teacher.

 

Presenters:

 

Mary Decker

Director of Technology

Newton Public Schools

 

Nik Lasso

Elementary Teacher

Newton Public Schools

 

Carolyn McKnight

Media Specialist

Newton Public Schools

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

http://www.newtonnj.org/superintendent/plans-presentations-reports.cfm

 

Session 6

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Location:  Wildwood #6

 

The Digital District: How to Drive Tech Integration in Your District Using the "New" Google Sites and G-Suite

 

Hear the story about how Westwood Regional School District evolved into a 100% G-Suite district through a deliberate two year process that culminated with the use of the new Google Sites as the classroom learning portal. Highlighted, will be details surrounding the successive transitions from Microsoft O365 to G-Suite, Microsoft Exchange to Gmail, and SchoolWires teacher sections to Google Sites. The Superintendent, Technology Coach, and Technology Coordinator will provide the requisite perspectives for a successful transformation.

 

Presenters:

 

Jeffrey Bradbury

Instructional Technology Coach

Westwood Regional School District

 

Dr. Raymond Gonzalez

Superintendent of Schools

Westwood Regional School District

 

Michael Rightmire

District Technology Coordinator

Westwood Regional School District

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

https://sites.google.com/wwrsd.org/techspo2017

 

Session 7

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Location:  Wildwood #7

 

What Language Do You Speak?  Coding for All

 

Coding/Computer Science has become very prominent recently especially with many teachers using Hour of Code within their lessons once per year or including code.org within their curriculum. The President of the US is also investing funds for increasing the use of coding in the classroom.  In this session it will be suggested that coding should be done consistently in instructional process from PreK thru 12 grade.  Should Computer Science be under Math, Foreign Language and be a requirement for HS graduation?  These questions will be explored in this session.

 

Presenter:

 

Sandra Paul

Director of Technology

Township of Union Public Schools

 

Session 8

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Location:  Wildwood #12

 

The Technology Infused Primary Classroom

 

Who would think five-year olds could schedule their day and use technology purposefully in pursuit of learning goals?  Randolph Public Schools uses technology as a tool to promote higher-order thinking, executive function skills, individual learning paths, and student responsibility for learning.  For five years, Randolph Township Schools has been supporting elementary teachers in rethinking success through the lens of personalized learning including student choice, embedded formative assessment, and problem-based learning.  Technology is used by students in ways they make decisions and when they need it to enhance their learning experience.  We will share our successes, challenges, and  strategic levers in creating technology-infused classrooms.

 

Presenters:

 

Jennifer Fano

Superintendent of Schools

Randolph Township Schools

 

Katherine Thorne

Elementary Supervisor Grades K-5

Randolph Township Schools

 

Dan Gross

Director of Client Relations

IDE Corp. - Innovative Designs for Education

 

Session 9

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Location:  Wildwood #8

 

Changing the PD Model in Your School or District

 

Tired of boring Professional Development sessions in your school or district? Attend this session to change the model by infusing technology, and taking advantage of every available minute.  Learn about how Twitter and Voxer can be utilized to improve your PLCs and make PD more effective.  Learn how to implement Lunch & Learn or Tech-Mex Tuesday to deliver quality PD during available times.  Attendees will leave with practical applications that can be used immediately in their school or district.

 

Presenter:

 

Rich Czyz

Principal

Waterford Township School District

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

http://tinyurl.com/ChangingDistrictPD

 

Session 10

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Location:  Wildwood #9

 

How Districts are Adopting the New “NJ Tiered System of Supports” Model to Improve Student Outcomes and Reduce Referrals to Special Education

 

With the recent announcements by NJDOE of the New Jersey Tiered System of Supports (NJTSS) model, the availability of comprehensive NJTSS online resources, and a $6 million grant to help provide coaching for the implementation of NJTSS, school districts across the state are seeking to embrace this methodology.

NJTSS promotes multi-tiered supports that are targeted, data-driven, inclusive of all students, and makes use of currently available district resources.  It is designed to identify and assist children before they fail instead of using failure as a prerequisite for support.  NJTSS is based on proven models for improving outcomes.  It is the right thing to do for our students.  It also represents a significant challenge to implement, support and scale.

In this workshop, you learn how to get started with NJTSS.  Hear case studies from school districts on how they have successfully adopted a multi-tried system of supports model.  Find out how they are building on practices and initiatives already in place in schools, including I&RS, to provide a framework for the integration of multiple interventions into one continuum.  Learn about the technology solutions they use to streamline the NJTSS process for teachers and reduce administrative burden.  See data on how their multi-tiered system of supports model is improving outcomes for struggling learners and reducing referrals to special education.

 

Presenters:

 

Dr. Caitlin Colandrea

Supervisor of Intervention Services

Old Bridge Township Public Schools

 

Dr. Christie Robinson

Director of Special Services

Little Silver Public Schools

 

Andrew Horelick

Vice President, Sales and Service

Frontline Education

 

Frankie Jones, Manager Implementations & Professional Learning

Frontline Education

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

www.frontlineed.com

 

Session 11

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Location:  Wildwood #10

 

C.O.P.E. - Create Once - Publish Everywhere

 

Imagine creating a message once and publishing across all of your platforms, including:  District and School Websites, Voice Mail and Mass Notifications, Social Media Channels and Mobile App and Push Notifications.  Blackboard calls it C.O.P.E. - Create Once, Publish Everywhere.  It sounds too good to be true, but there are districts all over the country that are using this platform today and raving about the benefits. Take advantage of your time at this conference to meet with us to discover how your K-12 community benefits from an integrated communications platform.

 

Presenter:

 

Krista Ray

Account Executive

Blackboard Inc.

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

http://offers.schoolwires.com/cope-infographic

 

Session 12

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Location:  Wildwood #11

 

So You've Got a STEM Lab, Now What?

 

Have a 3D printer and/or a STEAM Class?  Not sure where you’re headed?  Come join this engaging session to discuss the successes and hurdles that Roxbury has experienced with building our STEAM program and successfully implementing it into our curriculum.  This session moves beyond the basics of STEAM to help districts focus on next level projects and problem based learning within your curricula.  As the winners of the 2015 and 2016 Junior Solar Sprint Races at Picatinny Arsenal and National Tournament attendees, Roxbury’s STEAM architects are committed to the evolution of the STEAM and Maker Movement.

 

Ruth Davis

Technology Integration Specialist

Roxbury Township Public Schools

 

Phil Moskowitz

STEAM Teacher

Roxbury Township Public Schools

 

Elizabeth Omegna

Assistant Principal

Roxbury Township Public Schools

 

Teresa Rehman

Director Of Technology

Roxbury Township Public Schools

 

Session 13

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Location:  Wildwood #13

 

Revamping PBLs Using Techy Tools

 

Learn to experience best practices in teacher directed, student centered, co-created projects that change the way you look at Problem and Project Based Learning.  The demonstration will include exposure to the tools best for a blended classroom and practical examples, and will apply to all disciplines of all grade levels.  For administrators, see the implementation of innovative, collaborative and engaging technology tools to equip your teachers with the tools to deliver best practices in a blended classroom.

 

Presenters:

 

James Colon

Teacher

Franklin Lakes Public Schools

 

Maura McLaughlin

Teacher

Franklin Lakes Public Schools

 

Take A Break!                                                                                             

2:30 pm-2:45 pm

Exhibit Hall Refreshment Break                                                               

Location: Wildwood #16

                                                                                                                                                     

Group Sessions

Session 1

2:45 pm-3:45 pm

Location:  Wildwood #1

 

Ransomware, Breaches, and Attacks Oh My!

 

The bad guys are getting in, but we don't have to make it easy

 

Hit by ransomware again, for the third, or maybe even fifth time?  Join us for an interactive session that covers preventing, detecting, and responding to ransomware.  It's more than expensive solutions, it's people and process that make or break an organization dealing with ransomware.  Understand what makes ransomware successful and impactful, so you can go back to your organization better prepared to deal with the next incident.

 

Robert Iocona

Chief Technology Officer

Clearview Regional and Kingway Regional High School Districts

 

Michele Kramer

Sr. Account Manager

Core BTS, Inc.

 

Matt Wilson

National Director of Security & Compliance Services

Core BTS, Inc.

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

michele.kramer@corebts.com

 

Session 2

2:45 pm-3:45 pm

Location:  Wildwood #2

 

Flip Your Faculty Meeting:  Teach Tech Tools Through Integration

 

Many districts want teachers to utilize more technology tools in their classrooms, but struggle finding the time for all of the training needed to use the tools effectively.  Flip Your Faculty Meeting will show administrators how to embed these training sessions into their faculty meetings.  From AnswerGarden, to weVideo, and many more, we will show you how to create an engaging learning environment for your staff.  By using the tech tools to present, you are modeling effective instructional practices and providing meaningful professional development to your teachers.

 

Presenter:

 

Rebecca Seery

Supervisor of Instruction

Manalapan-Englishtown Regional Schools

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

rseery@mersnj.usEdPuzzle

 

Session 3

2:45 pm-3:45 pm

Location:  Wildwood #3

 

G-Suite and the Station Rotation Model

 

Curious about the digital components of  Blended Learning?  Ready to take the plunge into transforming your classroom using the station rotation model?  Thinking about going “paper-lite?”  In this hands-on session, we will discuss blended learning and take attendees through the station rotation model consisting of lessons utilizing Google Suite.  Attendees are encouraged to bring internet ready devices in order to fully participate, although this is not required.

 

Presenters:

 

Amy Bozza

8th Grade World History Teacher

Frelinghuysen Middle School/Morris School District

 

Christine Flanagan

Educational Technology Specialist

Frelinghuysen Middle School/Morris School District

 

Keith Rosso

Media Specialist

Frelinghuysen Middle School/Morris School District

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

amy.bozza@msdk12.net

 

Session 4

2:45 pm-3:45 pm

Location:  Wildwood #4

 

Technology and PD - A Dynamic Duo

 

Professional development is as good as you make it.  We found success by allowing all teachers to have a voice in the selection of their learning paths and tailoring sessions for all staff.  Technology plays a vital role in the development and implementation of our professional development days.  Stop by and learn how our committee of diverse stakeholders including teachers, building administrators, and central office staff utilize, Google tools, Weebly, and other web-based resources like SignUpGenius, Eventbrite, and digital badges to enhance our professional development experience for teachers and staff.

 

Presenters:

 

Darcy Brown

Teacher

Egg Harbor Township School District

 

Dr. Carmelita Graham

Supervisor of CTE and Instructional Technology

Egg Harbor Township School District

 

Dr. Kimberly Gruccio

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction

Egg Harbor Township School District

 

Nicole Perone

Assistant Principal

Egg Harbor Township School District

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

http://ehtpd.weebly.com/

 

Session 5

2:45 pm-3:45 pm

Location:  Wildwood #5

 

Thinking and Tinkering All Things Makerspace for Elementary Schools

 

Our session will highlight the benefits of elementary school makerspaces.  Emphasis will be placed on technological innovation, problem solving, and creativity for today’s students to support student tinkering.

Content covered will include:

 

-Why create a makerspace in the elementary level?

-How technology is integrated within a makerspace?  (coding, robotics, electronics)

-Who benefits?  (ALL types and levels of learners)

-How to guide student learning using a clear process? (e.g. engineering process, iteration, LAUNCH (Look, Listen, Llearn; Ask lots of questions; Understand the problem or process; Navigate ideas; Create; Highlight what is working and failing; Get read to LAUNCH using Stem Process Skills: ask, imagine, plan, create, improve and communicate)

-How the whole school community is served?

 

Presenters:

 

June Weissman

Gifted and Talented Specialist

Wyckoff Public Schools

 

Kourtney Moscarello

Teacher, Grade 4

Wyckoff Public Schools

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

jweissman@wyckoffschools.org

 

Session 6

2:45 pm-3:45 pm

Location:  Wildwood #6

 

Distance Learning:  Music Education

 

In a world of budgetary constraints, hiring freezes and unexpected resignations and/or retirements.  In Asbury Park, innovation was necessary to resolve a scheduling issue and provide equitable music instruction.  Learn how we used video conferencing to collaborate digitally with local music experts to bridge the instructional gap.

 

Presenters:

 

Keri Hennessy-Wilson

Technology Integration Specialist

Asbury Park School District

 

Edwin Ruiz

Principal

Asbury Park School District

 

Laura Schetlick

Data & Communication Manager

Asbury Park School District

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

ruize@asburytpark.k12.nj.us

 

Session 7

2:45 pm-3:45 pm

Location:  Wildwood #7

 

Supercharge Your Tiered Systems of Support (I&RS/RtI) with Gafe

 

In a short seven months, the Weehawken Township School District’s tech-weary teachers and staff quickly ran into the 21st century with an equal balance of excitement and fear.  Superintendent Dr. Robert R. Zywicki joined the District on February 1st and quickly began implementing a tiered systems of supports framework for all students. Using the Response to Intervention model and the Google Apps for Education tools, teachers and administrators can quickly and efficiently communicate about at-risk or struggling students.  Teachers in need of assistance complete a Google Form and immediately after receipt, I&RS/RtI chair-people can begin suggesting interventions.  The GAFE products allows for a swift and seamless implementation of interventions for students who need our assistance the most.

 

Presenters:

 

Francesca Amato

Director of Academic Affairs

Weehawken Township School District

 

Brian Calligy

District Digital Information and IT Officer

Weehawken Township School District

 

Dr. Robert Zywicki

Superintendent

Weehawken Township School District

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

http://www.weehawkenschools.net/techspo17

 

Session 8

2:45 pm-3:45 pm

Location:  Wildwood #8

 

Teaching Social Media:  Lessons Learned from Year One

 

Students today have unprecedented access to social media but may not have structured opportunities in which to think critically about how and why they use it, and why doing so is important.  In order to provide students such a forum, Lawrence High School began offering its Introduction to Social Media elective course in 2015.  In this session, the presenters will share the origins and development of the course and discuss how major takeaways from the first year of implementation have informed subsequent revision of the curriculum.  Model curriculum documents and scope and sequence will be shared.

 

Presenters:

 

Dr. Damian Bariexca

Supervisor of Educational Technology & Related Arts

Lawrence Township Public Schools

 

Ms. Natalie Richey

Business Teacher

Lawrence Township Public Schools

 

Dr. Andrew Zuckerman

Director of Instructional Services

Lawrence Township Public Schools

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

http://bit.ly/LTPSTechspo17

 

Session 9

2:45 pm-3:45 pm

Location:  Wildwood #9

 

Using Data to Drive Decisions that Improve Student Performance

 

Assessment is an integral part of instruction.  Come hear one district’s journey to redesign its assessment program to take advantage of real-time data to improve student performance.  Discover how district staff can use technology to efficiently author, administer, analyze and act on data from standards-based common assessments.   Gain strategies to use data to support effective instruction, guide department meetings, and target professional development. Explore how online assessments can support more rigorous, engaging assessments for students. 

Gain tips to involve students in data analysis to help them better understand how assessment fits into daily teaching and learning.

 

Presenters:

 

Kerry A. Ferrara

Teacher/Technology Facilitator

Nutley Public School Schools

 

Andrew Levine

Director of Technology

Nutley Public Schools

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

http://www.nutleyschools.org/administrativeDepartment2.aspx?aid=18

 

Session 10

2:45 pm-3:45 pm

Location:  Wildwood #10

 

Assessing Standard 8 - Checking for Proficiency in Grade 8 Students

 

The NJ Student Learning Standard for Technology (8.1 and 8.2) was updated in 2014.  Many administrators are still unsure of what "assessing for proficiency" means.  Is it a test?   Most of all, why do we have to "assess"?  The propose of this workshop is to review the requirements for assessment and provide insight into how to assess.  The facilitator will discuss Old Bridge Township Public Schools' journey to achieve implementation of an assessment program.

 

Presenter:

 

Rosanne Moran

Director of Technology

Old Bridge Township Public Schools

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

rmoran@obps.orgU

 

Session 11

2:45 pm-3:45 pm

Location:  Wildwood #11

 

The Digital Learning Profile

 

Today’s students have demonstrated an affinity towards learning experiences that are designed differently than a traditional instructional approach.  During this session, we will explore the concepts that are influencing how our students learn and have formed the pillars of a new, digital learning profile. Together, we will look at relevant tools that are attuned to this learning profile and have worked in our district as well as crowdsource additional resources that are aligned with the learning preferences of our digital natives.  Participants will leave with concrete ideas that could be applied in the classroom immediately.

 

Presenter:

 

Dr. James McCartney

Superintendent/Principal

Spring Lake Heights School District

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

jmccartney@slheights.org

 

Session 12

2:45 pm-3:45 pm

Location:  Wildwood #12

 

Accelerating Literacy Gains:  Using Data Driven Instruction and Blended Learning

 

Come learn how Marlboro is improving teaching and learning as well as leading by using actionable data.  All educational leaders need actionable data to drive informed decision-making. True actionable data can empower our leaders in supporting and accelerating student learning.  Hear how Marlboro is gaining a deeper understanding of the literacy needs of their various student populations through the Leadership Edition by having access to key metrics such as student usage, performance, and progress towards college and career readiness in easy-to-read, visual formats.  The dashboard also allows users to continuously monitor the health of their implementation and ensure that their Achieve3000 literacy solutions are being used with fidelity.  In this session/presentation, learn how to reduce teacher planning time by automatically delivering the same grade-appropriate lessons to the entire class, while simultaneously tailoring them according to each student’s Lexile reading level.  Also, you will learn how Marlboro is examining data at the district, school, teacher, and classroom level; identifying trends over time and pinpointing any exceptions; making comparisons; and determining areas that need attention to make informed decisions about the instruction and resources that support student learning.

 

Michael Ballone

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Marlboro Township Schools

 

Michael Bowman

Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction

Marlboro Township Schools

 
Paulette Saloman
Director of Instructional Technology
East Orange Public Schools 
  

Teresa Chambers

Vice President of State and District Partnerships

Achieve3000

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

http://www.achieve3000.com/state-edition/new-jersey/

 

Session 13

2:45 pm-3:45 pm

Location:  Wildwood #13

 

Digital Resources for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

 

Are you looking for technology tools to help implement the Next Generation Science Standards?  In this session attendees will have the opportunity to experience a collection of kid tested and teacher approved digital resources for NGSS.  The facilitators will walk the participants through each site so they can see all that each resource has to offer.

 

Presenters:

 

Sherry Krial

Staff Development Coordinator

Readington Township Public Schools

 

Sarah Pauch

Supervisor of Math, Science, and Technology

Readington Township Public Schools

 

EXHIBIT HALL!                                                                                         

3:45 pm-4:15 pm

Networking and Refreshments (cash bar)                                

Location:  Wildwood #16

Grand Prize Drawing!                                                   

(You must be present to win)

 

RECEPTION                                                                                  

5:00 pm-6:30 pm

Sponsored by                                                                                

Wildwood Ballroom Pre Function (#1-7)

 

Friday, January 27, 2017

 

Conference Registration                                                             

7:30 am-2:45 pm

                                                                                                        

Location:  Wildwood Ballroom

 

Exhibitor Registration                                                                 

7:30 am-8:00 am

                                                           

Location:  Wildwood Ballroom

 

Exhibit Hours

8:00 am-1:30 pm

 

Exhibit Hall Opens!                                                                     

8:00 am

Continental Breakfast                                                                 

Location:  Wildwood #16

 

Opening General Session                                                            

9:00 am-10:15 am

                                                                                                        

Location:  Wildwood #5

 

Keynote Speaker:

Marc Prensky

                             

Marc, coiner of the term “Digital Native,” is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author, consultant and visionary in the field of education.  Marc has spoken in 40 countries, authored seven books and published over 100 essays; his writing has been translated into 11 languages. Marc is currently the founder and Executive Director of the Global Future Education Foundation and Institute. His latest book, is Education to Better Their World: Unleashing the Power of 21st Century Kids (Teachers College Press, 2016).

 

Don’t miss Marc’s keynote, based on his latest book, Education to Better Their World,: Unleashing the Power of 21st Century Kids. His talk highlights a fresh and emerging approach to education---based on Real, World-improving Projects +  Applied Passion + Effective Thinking, Action, Relationships and Accomplishment---that far better fits tomorrow's needs and the new capabilities of our young people.  What our education should be about, says Prensky, is not just academic learning, but accomplishment that improves our world—with individuals improving in the process. Prensky believes we need no specialized educational technology at all -- and that almost all such purchases are a huge waste of money and resources.  What is key, instead, is to help the kids use the tools already in their pockets---or that they can get access to from sharing if they don't already have them---to connect and do powerful projects that improve their world. The talk, filled with examples, is about developing young people’s capacity to create, through "applied passion," solutions that will make their world a better place, using means never before available. Prensky's totally different take on K-12 education offers an innovative and achievable vision of K-12 education that will far better prepare students of all backgrounds for their future. 

 

Take a Break!                                                                               

10:15 am-10:30 am

Exhibit Hall Refreshments/Networking                                   

Location:  Wildwood #16

 

Group Sessions

 

Session 1

10:30 am-11:30 am

Location:  Wildwood #1

 

Student Designers – Robotics Supporting Career Ready Practices

 

Middle school students apply basic programming and design principles in the 3rd year of a Technology, Engineering, and Design (TED) robotics program that allows students to choose their STEAM concentration as 8th graders.  Students will demonstrate a variety of original robots and discuss the Career Ready Practices that are supported by the opportunity to “work productively in teams,” “employ valid and reliable research strategies,” “demonstrate creativity and innovation,” “utilize critical thinking to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them” and…have fun!  Scheduling, time, resources, and space required to support project-based and student-directed learning will be discussed during this interactive session.

 

Presenters:

 

Evelyn Browne

Superintendent

Folsom Borough School District

 

Kristin Santilli

Teacher

Folsom Borough School District

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

ebrowne@folsomschool.org

 

Session 2

10:30 am-11:30 am

Location:  Wildwood #2

 

Technicians to Technologists

 

Come and learn how the role of the district technician has transformed from a break and repair person to a full service, customer based employee who understands all of the practices of the instructional classroom.  Some of the most dedicated and talented district technicians will provide information to guests on how the transformation has taken place in their districts within a matter of months.  The speakers will provide detailed practices for other districts to follow in order to increase the use of technology within the classrooms.

 

Presenters:

 

Evan Abramson

Director of Technology

New Brunswick Public Schools

 

Clint Fisher

Systems Administrator

New Brunswick Public Schools

 

Lenny Libitz

Systems Administrator

New Brunswick Public Schools

 

James O'Boyle

Network Administrator

New Brunswick Public Schools

 

Session 3

10:30 am-11:30 am

Location:  Wildwood #3

 

How to Go 1:1 in Less than 6 Months

 

In a short seven months, the Weehawken Township School District’s tech-weary teachers and staff quickly ran into the 21st century with an equal balance of excitement and fear.  Superintendent Dr. Robert R. Zywicki joined the District on February 1st and was quickly faced with a possible PARCC administration plan that would have interrupted learning for approximately five weeks.  Without hesitation, he moved some money and purchased 560 Chromebook for the entire HS student body and teaching staff.  The Chromebooks arrived and WHS administered the PARCC in 3.5 days.  Later in the summer, the administrators analyzed PARCC data and found that most grade levels and subjects tested saw higher scores.  In May, Dr. Zywicki decided to lease-purchase 400+ Chromebooks for Roosevelt School which housed the District's grades 3-6 students and teachers.  By June, all teachers received their Chromebooks to use during workshops.  All iPads that were previously scattered in each school were re-allocated to DWS, the District's P-2 school.  With strong efforts going toward teacher training, project based learning, blended learning resources, web-based formative assessments, Response to Intervention, personalization, collaboration, and diagnostic reading assessments, the District quickly moved to become #FutureReady.

 

Presenters:

 

Francesca Amato

Director of Academic Affairs

Weehawken Township School District

 

Brian Calligy

District Technology Officer

Weehawken Township School District

 

Dr. Robert R. Zywicki

Superintendent

Weehawken Township School District

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

http://www.weehawkenschools.net/techspo17

 

Session 4

10:30 am-11:30 am

Location:  Wildwood #13

 

Create Your Own Makerspace: Getting Started and Getting Organized

 

Do you really want to try this makerspace thing, but you don't know how?  Do you want all of your students to enjoy some STEAM in their curriculum?  I'll tell the story of how I got started and what I had to go to make it a 'just right' fit for me, my space, and my school.  Oh, and I'm sharing lots of digital gifts in my presentation so that you'll have some great things to get you started on your own happy makerspace journey!

 

Presenter:

 

Kathi Kersznowski

Technology Integration Specialist

Washington Township Public Schools

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

https://goo.gl/3NE83K

 

Session 5

10:30 am-11:30 am

Location:  Wildwood #4

 

Leveraging Social Media to Build a Strong School Community

 

If you don't tell your own story, someone else will. Learn how to control your school/district's narrative from the social media experts at The Vibe and Connected Educators.

 

Presenters:

 

Sarah Bilotti

Superintendent

North Warren Regional School District

 

Nicholas Diaz

Chief School Administrator

Frelinghuysen Township School District

 

Barry Saide

Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction

Frelinghuysen Township School District

 

Kathy Naasz

Professor

Centenary University

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1qdOK30F2bgrgzME1DUDYnFrlHuhAW2_fqkGbF6ZUKE0

 

Session 6

10:30 am-11:30 am

Location:  Wildwood #6

 

Google Professional Development:  Keeping Current on the GSuite, Apps, Extensions, and More!

 

Change happens.  Let’s face it.  If you are an educational leader who has infused Google into your district, then ask yourself a question.   How do I as an educational leader ensure that the constant updates to Google are disseminated and then infused into the fabric of my district? Google is constantly in a state of development and adaptation.  Come see a fully developed systems process designed to inform and integrate the constant updates to an amazing platform.

 

Presenter:

 

Dr. Eric M. Hibbs

Superintendent

Marlboro Township Public Schools

 

Session 7

10:30 am-11:30 am

Location:  Location #7

 

It's Not About the Device:  A Summer Ed. Tech Camp for Staff focused on Teaching and Learning

 

How does a school district support teachers using technology in their classrooms, when best practices for it are still evolving?  Superintendent Rory McCourt, Curriculum Coordinator Maria Sommer, and Director of Technology Tom O'Gara will share how they developed a Summer Ed. Tech Camp for staff to support a recent technology initiative that kept with the District’s philosophy that access to technology amplifies learning and increases engagement, but is no magic wand.  The keys to success were a carefully thought out plan, a research-based focus on adult learning, and a continued emphasis on meaningful instruction.

 

Presenters:

 

Rory McCourt

Superintendent of Schools

River Vale Public School District

 

Tom O'Gara

Director of Technology

River Vale Public School District

 

Maria Sommer

Curriculum Coordinator/Staff Developer

River Vale Public School District

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

rmccourt@rivervaleschools.com

 

Session 8

10:30 am-11:30 am

Location:  Wildwood #8

 

The Power of Technology to Promote a District-Wide STEAM Culture Beyond STEAM Day

 

Exposing students to a possible career path in science, technology, engineering, design, and math requires more than a STEAM course or day; it requires students building a “mindset of STEAM.”  The Springfield Public Schools has long had a 1:1 laptop initiative in their middle and high schools.  Using problem-based learning as an instructional approach, Springfield's shifting students’ mindset to use an engineering design process, math practice standards, NGSS cross-cutting concepts, scientific method, and the arts to design solutions to real-world problems.  Explore the promise, pathway and pitfalls of this initiative.

 

Presenters:

 

Mike Davino

Superintendent of Schools

Springfield Public Schools

 

Sharon Nagy-Johnson

Director of Instructional Technology

Springfield Public Schools

 

Erica Scudero

Director of Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction

Springfield Public Schools

 

Dan Gross

Director of Client Relations

IDE Corp. - Innovative Designs for Education

 

Session 9

10:30 am-11:30 am

Location:  Wildwood #9

 

Character Development and Social and Emotional Learning:  Using Technology to Engage Students and Parents

 

Hear from Education Technology Experts and a Principal from the Roxbury School District about how web and mobile tools can help shape student character, wellness and safety.  Also, learn about more effective ways to engage parents in critical wellness content so they can be your ally in their student's success.

 

Presenters:

 

Elizabeth Omegna, Ed.S.

Assistant Principal

Eisenhower Middle School/Roxbury Township School District

 

Tracy Howe

Co-Founder

Evolution Labs

 

Peter Kraft

President

Evolution Labs

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

www.evpco.com

 

Session 10

10:30 am-11:30 am

Location:  Wildwood #10

 

Destination Success:  Helping Students Map Out Their Future Using e-Portfolio

 

It is never too early to start planning for the future.  One way to do that is to foster ownership amongst our students in their learning.  By connecting the relevance of school to their personal goals, students will plan for the future and experience academic success.  One way to foster this culture of learning is through the use of ePortfolios via Google Sites.  Learn how to launch ePortfolios in your district right from your Google account.

 

Dr. John Marciante

Superintendent

Manalapan Englishtown Regional Schools

 

Rebecca Seery

Supervisor of Instruction

Manalapan Englishtown Regional Schools

 

Session 11

10:30 am-11:30 am

Location:  Wildwood #11

 

Bringing Google Apps Into the Mathematics Classroom Using the SAMR Model

 

Some schools have gone Google Classroom, some use chromebooks, and others are just starting to think about their tech future.  No matter where you are in the process, you can access GAFE and begin to move math class to a mix of traditional and digital environments for students.  We'll talk about how the SAMR Model can be used to successfully integrate Google APPs into the math classroom for teachers of all technology proficiency levels, ending in Hyperdoc creation.

 

Presenter:

 

Denis Sheeran

Supervisor of Mathematics, K-12

School District of the Chathams

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

denis@denissheeran.com

 

Session 12

10:30 am-11:30 am

Location:  Wildwood #12

 

K-8 Innovative Education

 

The youngest minds are the most impressionable and that is why Morris Plains begins the STEM and Innovation Lab experience in Kindergarten.  With a STEM class and an Innovation Lab class that every student in the district has each year through their related arts cycle, Morris Plains is paving the way for K-8 Innovative Education.  Come learn about how the MP programs were developed, resources that are incorporated into the programs, and a sampling of MP’s cutting edge STEM and Innovation Lab curricula.

 

Presenters:

 

Andrew Kramar

Principal (Grades 3-8)

Morris Plains School District

 

Christine Lion-Bailey

Supervisor of Technology & Enrichment

Morris Plains School District

 

Lindsay Vieira

Principal/Director of Curriculum

Morris Plains School District

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

https://goo.gl/W7uybK

 

EXHIBIT HALL ACTIVITIES                                                     

11:30 am-1:30 pm

Box Lunch                                                                                     

Location:  Wildwood #16

Refreshments

Prizes!

 

Your Techspo 2017 badge is your ticket for a box lunch.  

No competing sessions or activities at this time.

 

Group Sessions

 

Session 1

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Location:  Wildwood #1

 

What is the Role of the Director of Technology? Take-2!

 

At Techspo 2016 we discussed the history, ambiguity, successes, and failures inherent in the role of the Director of Technology.  In 2017,  it is time to explore the facilitating conditions crucial for role success and fulfillment during a 1:1 initiative.  Research suggests that this role can no longer be silo-ed as a technology specific role. Instead, it must be placed in a district-wide, boundary-spanning position.  Supported with resources to diffuse innovation and successful technology change throughout the district. Come join us again then for an entertaining-interactive session to gain perspectives on how cabinet level leaders in a K-12 district negotiate leadership roles and resources. Takeaway strategies that can help you educate and work with other leaders in your district to build organizational structures resulting in a successful 1:1 initiative.

 

Presenter:

 

Barry Haines

Director of Technology

Parsippany-Troy Hills Township School District

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

https://sites.google.com/site/techdirtechspo2017/

 

Session 2

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Location:  Wildwood #3

 

Project IGNITE:  "Genius Hour" in Schools

 

Project IGNITE provides a vehicle for students to explore their passions as they choose a learning goal and a project, while employing creativity to focus on learning, iteration, and innovation that goes above and beyond the traditional classroom.  Presenters will share their journey from the inception of their district’s Project IGNITE to the presentation of students’ completed projects.  Methods for recruiting pilot teachers and collaborating on vision, protocol, and materials will be highlighted.  Participants will leave with a framework for implementing a “20% Time/Genius Hour” program in their schools.

 

Neal Dickstein

Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Technology

Freehold Township School District

 

Russ Donofrio

Educational Technology Coordinator

Freehold Township School District

 

Lori Gambino

Assistant Principal

Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School/Freehold Township School District

 

Thomas Smith

Assistant Principal

Clifton T. Barkalow Middle School/Freehold Township School District

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

https://sites.google.com/freeholdtwp.k12.nj.us/ignite

 

Session 3

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Location:  Wildwood #2

 

Building Staff Capacity Through Technology

 

New Brunswick Public Schools is quickly becoming a leader in New Jersey in developing the technology skills of all staff members.  Attendees of this session will learn how New Brunswick is using many tools including the Wayfind Assessment to evaluate and then increase the proficiency levels of staff members.  Through the use of data, staff members now receive personalized professional development with the sole intention of increasing engagement on a daily basis.

 

Presenters:

 

Evan Abramson

Director of Technology

New Brunswick Public Schools

 

Melissa Morris-Inoa

Supervisor of Instructional Technology

New Brunswick Public Schools

 

Session 4

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Location:  Wildwood #5

 

From Computer Class to MakerSpace in One Year

 

Come learn how Pine Brook School in Manalapan, NJ took their traditional computer "special" class and turned it into a full blown MakerSpace in under a year.  From the initial process of what to order, how to fund it, and how it has changed Pine Brook will take you through the entire process.  Tapping into funding from PTA, Education Foundation, and re-directing some District funds have allowed Pine Brook to have a state of the art MakerSpace.  3-D printing, circuitry, video design and editing, coding, physics integration, Legos, and basic marshmallow shooters are some of the exciting activities you'll learn about.  What has worked, what has been a waste, and what has been tweaked will all be discussed.

 

Presenters:

 

Dr. John Marciante

Superintendent

Manalapan-Englishtown Regional Schools

 

John Spalthoff

Principal

Pine Brook School /Manalapan-Englishtown Regional Schools

 

Stephanie Walden

MakerSpace Teacher

Pine Brook School/Manalapan-Englishtown Regional Schools

 

Margaret Scuteri

District Science and Technology Supervisor

Manalapan-Englishtown Regional Schools

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

jspalthoff@mersnj.us

 

Session 5

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Location:  Wildwood #4

 

Connect to the Highest Classroom on the Planet (Mount Everest)

 

See how Village Elementary School has expanded the walls of the classroom to collaborate with modern-day explorer Mark Wood.  Students have followed Mark’s past expeditions through his website, blog, podcasts and SKYPE calls, and they are looking forward to his upcoming expedition to Mount Everest.  See how “SKYPE in the Classroom” can inspire the next generation of explorers in addition to many other fields of study.

 

Presenter:

 

Jim Dolan

Technology Resource Teacher

Montgomery Township Schools

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

http://www.mtsd.k12.nj.us/markwood

 

Session 6

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Location:  Wildwood #6

 

Personalized Learning:  Implementing a Systems Process for Digital Tools

 

Schools are systems.  They need systems processes.  Our school district uses a systems approach to deploy and utilize digital tools for personalized learning.  Ask yourself if your district uses any of the following to personalize learning using digital tools:  vision statements, goal statements, flowcharts, action plans, one pagers/cheat sheets, planning documents, digital professional development, turn-key sessions, etc.  If your district isn’t using a systems process to personalize learning for digital tools, then our session is for you.

 

Presenters:

 

Michael Ballone

Director of Curriculum

Marlboro Township Public Schools

 

Adam Lindstrom

Supervisor of Technology

Marlboro Township Public Schools

 

Session 7

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Location:  Wildwood #12

 

Leveraging Google Workflows

 

Join TWO Google Certified Innovators as they take you on a journey through innovative ways that the Google tools can maximize efficiency in your school environment.  Use Google Classroom to manage workflow with your staff, from lesson plan collection and faculty meeting agendas to SGO data and final evaluations.  Leverage Google Appointment Calendars as a means to schedule common planning time, pre/post observation conferences, etc.  Maximize Google Forms for student discipline, school announcements, managing athletics paperwork, etc.

 

Presenters:

 

Andrew Kramar

Principal

Morris Plains School District

 

Christine Lion-Bailey

Supervisor of Technology & Enrichment

Morris Plains School District

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

https://goo.gl/W7uybK

 

Session 8

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Location:  Wildwood #7

 

The SAMR Model:  Diving In

 

In this session, attendees will experience one district's journey in transforming school technology culture from "Do you use technology or not?" to "How effectively are you using classroom technology?"  This discussion will be seen through the lense of the district-wide implementation of the SAMR model.  Attendees will walk away with a complete overview of our successful change process, resources used to support, and tangible starting points for bringing this model to fruition in other districts.

 

Presenters:

 

Colleen Begley

4th Grade Teacher

West Milford Public Schools

 

Julianne Bramley

Media Specialist

West Milford Public Schools

 

Colleen Czulada

Social Studies Teacher

West Milford Public Schools

 

Daniel Novak

Director of Education

West Milford Public Schools

 

Session 9

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Location:  Wildwood #8

 

5 Ways Evaluations Changed in 2016

 

Did the updates to teacher and administrator evaluations catch you off guard, or leave you struggling to implement effectively?  From the changing number of required observations, to new administrator evaluation rules, to summative weighting changes, AchieveNJ is looking mighty different for 2016-17.  In this session, Jessica Ballester of East Rutherford School District and Nichelle Tolbard from OnCourse will talk about how evaluation technology in NJ MUST evolved to keep your staff ahead of AchieveNJ complexities.

 

Presenters:

 

Jessica Ballester

Director of Student Services

East Rutherford School District

 

Nichelle Tolbard

Lead Marketing Specialist

OnCourse Systems for Education

 

Session 10

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Location:  Wildwood #9

 

From PR to PD Using Social Media

 

Twitter and social media are no longer optional tools in the world of education.  The best professional development allows for autonomy, flexibility and peer collaboration.  Social media achieves this in ways never before possible with topical discussions and book talks with experts from across the school or around the world.  In addition to PD, social media allows for communication and PR in a world that is built on sharing while “in the moment.”  Fears and misconceptions abound regarding social media but that is all the more reason for schools to embrace it and model best practices.  Join us as we talk about the transformational power of social media in our district and how you can get started in your own.

 

Presenters:

 

Dr. Scott A. Oswald

Superintendent

Collingswood/Oaklyn Public Schools

 

Daniel Whalen

Instructional Coach - Technology

Collingswood Public Schools

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

www.collsk12.org

 

Session 11

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Location:  Wildwood #10

 

Engaging the Community to Invest in Future Technology Initiatives

 

Support from the community is vital for any educational system to progress and succeed.  In this session, discover how Upper Saddle River engages all community members through technology focused events, videos, and ongoing collaboration.  Learn about our efforts to work with the PTO and Educational Foundation to launch and support STEM and 1:1 device initiatives.  Hear from students about the integral role they play in showcasing their tech-focused work to all stakeholders.  Learn how we are able to develop and promote future technology initiatives to enhance our curriculum through these efforts, with minimal impact on the budget.

 

Dr. Monica Browne

Superintendent

Upper Saddle River District Schools

 

Daniel Cazes

Executive Director of Technology

Upper Saddle River District Schools

 

David Kaplan

Principal of Bogert Elementary School

Upper Saddle River District Schools

 

Michael Padilla

Assistant Director of Technology Media Services

Upper Saddle River District Schools

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

mpadilla@usrschoolsk8.com

 

Session 12

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Location:  Wildwood #11

 

Designing Instruction that Promotes Student Agency

 

This session, led by Google for Education Certified Trainers, will detail the process of implementing Genius Hour, Design Thinking, and Google Apps for Education tools in elementary and secondary level classrooms in order to create a student-empowered environment for all types of learners.  Participants will receive access to a wealth of resources and examples from the presenters' own classrooms.

 

Presenters:

 

Stephany Hesslein

Third grade teacher

Middletown Township Public Schools

 

Wendy Morales

Middle School Educational Technology Specialist

Middletown Township Public Schools

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

moralesw@middletownk12.org

 

Program Break                                                                              

2:30 pm-2:40pm

                                                                                                        

Group Sessions

 

Session 1

2:40 pm-3:40 pm

Location:  Wildwood #3

 

edConnectNJ Best Practices

 

In 2014, the New Jersey Department of Education launched an Instructional Improvement System called edConnectNJ.  The tool supports data-driven education by integrating assessment, data management, instructional support resources and curriculum and planning.

 

Powered through nightly feeds of district SIS data, edConnectNJ provides educators with current, real-time data on students, allowing them to see the impact current instructional methods are having on student learning.

 

Examples from districts across New Jersey will be shared showing how access to timely data has allowed more thorough reflection in PLCs, resulting in data-driven instructional planning and modification.

 

Best practices in the following major areas of the tool will be highlighted:

        Use of the formative assessment platform, which allows students  practice in TestNav, the same high-stakes testing tunnel as PARCC

        Lesson plan workflows

        Curriculum management and delivery

        Data analysis protocols

 

Presenters:

 

Jose Jacobo

District Math Coach

Atlantic City Board of Education

 

Catherine Simone

Field Manager, Instructional Technology

New Jersey Department of Education

 

Ross Stanger

Supervisor of Instruction

Vineland Public Schools

 

Christine Wickward

District Math Coach

Atlantic City Board of Education

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

edConnectNJ@doe.state.nj.us

 

Session 2

2:40 pm-3:40 pm

Location:  Wildwood #4

 

Preventing Ransomware - How to Avoid Asking the BOE for Bit-Coins

 

This lightly technical talk will cover the history of the various forms of ransomware and progress to giving low-cost to no-cost solutions for combating ransomware.  No school district should be forced to present the case to their board of education that they need to spend thousands of dollars on bit-coins to pay thieves just so that they can get their data back.  Learn about best practices and defensive mechanisms that can be set in place to protect against ransomware.

 

Presenter:

 

Charles Alexander

Systems Engineer

Egg Harbor Township School District

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

alexandc@eht.k12.nj.us

 

Session 3

2:40 pm-3:40 pm

Location:  Wildwood #6

 

Evidenced-Based Decision-Making Made Easy, But Not Simple

 

In this session, attendees wil learn how New Jersey districts leverage LinkIt’s data warehousing and Navigator analytics to streamline operations, improve decision making and enhance their data culture.  Specifically, the demonstration will include LinkIt’s predictive analytics correlating PARCC data with multiple local measures (or any two data points), expanding the strategic collection of data in primary grades and high school, and drilling into standards to support efficient classroom differentiation.  Learn from and interact with other New Jersey educators who use LinkIt! for strategic grouping (RTI, rostering, and eligibility), evidenced-based goal setting, targeted professional development, parent communication, and providing effective student feedback.

 

Presenters:

 

Michael Ballone

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Marlboro Township Public Schools

 

Dr. Joseph Rafferty

Superintendent

Gloucester City Public Schools

 

Chad Marcus

Chief Academic Officer

LinkIt!

 

Session 4

2:40 pm-3:40 pm

Location:  Wildwood #7

 

EdPuzzle

 

EdPuzzle is an interactive program that helps to flip your classroom.  During this session, you will learn the easiest ways to engage your students using videos.  You will learn how to to effortlessly edit YouTube video's or pull from already created video's.

 

Presenter:

 

Michael Colonna

Classroom Teacher

Point Pleasant Borough School District

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

mcolonna@pointpleasant.k12.nj.us

 

Session 5

2:40 pm-3:40 pm

Location:  Wildwood #8

 

G-Suite (GAFE) & 1:1 -  Lessons Learned @MTPSPride

 

In this session, attendees will learn from the Middletown Township Public Schools (10,000 students and 1500 staff) educational leadership team about distribution, training and other critical decisions for planning and implementation of the G-Suite/Google Apps for Education (GAFE) in a 1:1 environment.  Presenters will share their expertise and lessons learned during the design process of a student-centric, digital learning 1:1 Chromebook environment using G- Suite/GAFE. Attendees will receive resources and artifacts to create their own successful digital learning plan.

 

Presenters:

 

Daniel Alston

Supervisor of Instructional Technology

Middletown Township Public Schools

 

Matthew Lametta

Digital Communications and Classroom Tech Specialist

Middletown Township Public Schools

 

David Siwiak

Manager of Information Systems

Middletown Township Public Schools

 

Session 6

2:40 pm-3:40 pm

Location:  Wildwood #9

 

Creating an Ed Camp-Like Experience for Your Staff

 

If district teachers have never experienced Ed Camp and as an administrator,  you desire to inspire staff to embrace choice, voice, collaboration and innovation yet retain some structure, this modified Ed Camp-Like experience is for you.  Hear how the Barnegat School District utilized the structure of Ed Camp and the sharing features in Google Apps for Education (now G-Suite) to enhance learning opportunities and professional growth for teachers in grades Pre-K through 12 in all content areas.

 

The ability to combine the freedom of Ed Camp, the use of technology, and the structure of a more traditional model of professional development combined to make for the most successful, collaborative, efficient, and effective staff development in-service.  This opportunity in the Barnegat School district provided strategies staff could use on the very first day of school with students, families, and community members.

 

Presenters:

 

Anthony Scotto

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Barnegat Township School District

 

Karen Wood

Superintendent of Schools

Barnegat Township School District

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

kwood@barengatschools.com

 

Session 7

2:40 pm-3:40 pm

Location:  Wildwood #10

 

Google Admin Settings that School Administrators Should Know​

 

G-Suite for Education (formerly Google Apps for Education) has a number of different settings that can result in hundreds of different permutations.  Learn how Long Hill Schools is using some of these settings to help school administrators as Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Sheila Connelly, and Dean of Students, Melissa Backer share their experience and offer information on how some of the settings can be harnessed.

 

Presenters:

 

Melissa Backer

Dean of Students

Long Hill Township School District

 

Sheila Connelly

Coordinator of Instructional Technology

Long Hill Township School District

 

Session 8

2:40 pm-3:40 pm

Location:  Wildwood #11

 

Peaks and Valleys of Technology

 

Do you feel the ups and downs of technology?  Do you feel like there are days sitting on a peak and the next day your in a valley?  If so come learn how to view the valley differently and work to stay on the peaks longer.  We will discuss things like looking at the truth in the reality, the positives of the valley, and using a sensible vision to get you where you need to be.

 

Presenter:

 

Joseph Lee

Director of Technology

South Brunswick School District

 

The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

http://www.sbschools.org/departments/technology/

 

Session 9

2:40 pm-3:40 pm

Location:  Wildwood #12

 

SUSTAINABILITY: Lower Utility Costs for Your School District

 

This session will review a strategy for reducing energy utilization by as much as 40% and help districts achieve their Sustainable Jersey goals .  Be able to see, measure and manage the current energy consumption.   This network tool not only provides visibility into  utilization but delivers advanced energy analytics to highlight savings opportunities.  Reduce energy use without impacting availability of devices or the productivity of users.   Speak with district personnel about their experience with the product and the results of that experience.

 

Presenters:

 

Eric Glock-Molloy

Director of Special Projects

Sayreville Public Schools

 

Michael Waranowicz

Network Engineer

Sayreville Public Schools

 

Barbara Sita

Director NJ SLED

Presidio Network Solutions

 

Michael Vogel

Solutions Architect

Presidio Network Solutions

 

GRAND PRIZE DRAWING!                                                       

3:45 pm

You Must Be Present to Win!                                                     

Location:  Wildwood Ballroom Registration Desk

              

 

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