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Tuesday, November 29
 

8:15am

The Innovator’s Mindset
Carol Dweck’s work has focused on the ideas of “fixed” and “growth” mindset, yet educators will need to go a step further with these notions to create the learning opportunities and that our students and schools deserve. We need to focus not only what we know, but what we do with what we know. In this talk, George will discuss the idea and characteristics of “The Innovator’s Mindset” (as discussed in the book of the same title), and share powerful examples on why this is so crucial for all educators. George’s presentations are known to be emotional, humorous, all while pushing your thinking, and will definitely connect to your heart first, in a way that will last with you long after this keynote.

Speakers

Tuesday November 29, 2016 8:15am - 9:30am
The Armory

10:30am

Social Media ~ A Proactive Position for Instruction & Communication
Social media can quickly become a disruptive factor in our districts and our schools if not utilized and managed from a proactive versus reactive perspective. Join Kecia as she provides insight and strategies for using these powerful tools to the district and schools advantage for both instruction and communication. The Center for Digital Education is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy, and funding. The Center provides education and industry leaders with decision support and actionable insight to help effectively incorporate new technologies. Let Kecia help you navigate the territory of social media. (Presenter(s): Kecia Ray, Executive Director, Center for Digital Learning)

Tuesday November 29, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Curriers

10:30am

Your Digital Footprint
We all have a digital footprint, as do our schools and organizations. "Googling" ourselves makes this apparent whether we have had any say in it or not. As individuals and as organizations, what can we do to actually shape this footprint? With open sharing of our learning, a digital footprint can easily be developed for either an individual, school or organization. This is not about branding as much as it is about modelling for our students that we are learners along with them. #gcourosdf (Presenter(s): George Couros, Division Principal of Innovative Teaching)

Tuesday November 29, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Salon A

12:00pm

3 Things Students Should Have Before They Leave High School
In our world today, a resume and a cover letter aren't going to support our students to create opportunities. To adequately prepare students for the world that they live in, it is important that we use the opportunities that are in front of us and help students develop a network to connect with others, a digital portfolio that shows their learning and growth, as well as an About.Me page to bring all of these things together. In this presentation, we will look at what these could look like and how we could implement this at the K-12 level. (Presenter(s): George Couros, Division Principal of Innovative Teaching)

Tuesday November 29, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Salon A

1:30pm

The Changing Landscape in the 1-to-1 Classroom
Today, in education, more and more districts and schools are adopting 1-to-1 or BYOD Programs. This can be very exciting and daunting at the same time for educators. The Bedford School District implemented a 1-to-1 Chromebook program at Bedford High School. Come listen, learn and participate in a discussion on how Chromebooks can be used effectively to impact instruction in a high school setting. The discussion focuses on activities that support and encourage learning, teacher adaptation, as well as classroom management from educators in a variety of content areas at Bedford High School. (Presenter(s): Terry Bullard, Director of Technology, Bedford School District, and Craig Sheil, Bedford High School)

Tuesday November 29, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Salon A

3:15pm

Balancing Privacy & Innovation
How do we balance the safety and privacy concerns of our students versus the need to teach 21st century skills? With the increasing number of online resources and tools that support teaching and learning comes inherent risks to student data. Jon this discussion around the challenges that districts, schools and educators face to protect student privacy while encouraging innovative uses of technology in the classroom. Strategies, resources, and processes will be presented that can be used to assist educators with adopting new digital tools in the classroom and ensuring that student privacy and data is protected. (Presenter(s): Terry Bullard, Director of Technology, Bedford School District)

Tuesday November 29, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Curriers

3:15pm

The Common Thread: Weaving Information Literacy Skills to Engage Learners
By engaging students in problem- and project-based learning, impacting their emotions, causing them to question and think about controversial topics, and presenting content in the form of visuals and stories, research shows that students more often retain content and turn it into personal knowledge. By infusing the information literacy skill set as the common thread across the content areas, students have the foundation they need to succeed. Learn how the team of classroom teacher, teacher librarian, and technology teacher can work together to create and teach lessons that intertwine these literacies. (Presenter(s): Kathy Schrock, Educational Technologist, Kathy Schrock)

Tuesday November 29, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Salon A
 
Wednesday, November 30
 

8:15am

Why K-12 Education Must Change
The next 10 years will dramatically change our lives and almost everything in it. The rise of robots, advancements in computers, global competition, the economics of the environment (among other developments) will make skills training in most fields, with a few exceptions, obsolete at ever quickening rates. We know that the only way for people to live meaningful and fulfilling lives is to receive an education. But it cannot be the kind of education we are used to. We have to stop teaching the curriculum and start teaching the individual – each individual, every single individual, and teach them as individuals, with unique interests, abilities and strengths. And what we teach them will have to be uniquely human as increased automation will cause the mass disappearance of traditional jobs. We are headed into a world where creativity and innovative thinking will be more valuable than rote learning of any depth. Our educational system must embrace art, teamwork, leadership, empathy, and the deeper aspects of human life and society as core curriculum in order for us to thrive.

Speakers

Wednesday November 30, 2016 8:15am - 9:30am
The Armory

10:30am

What does the Maker Movement "get right"? What can we learn from it?
The Maker culture helps student be engaged and makes their learning meaningful and empowered. The Delta School, a small independent school in the heart of the Mississippi Delta has created a curriculum with the Maker's Culture as its centerpiece. Jenifer Fox, founding head of school is convinced that face-to-face learning must not be left behind in in the rise of the digital and technological world. The Delta School has incorporated a Maker's Culture that seeks to unite face-to-face learning with meaningful projects that utilize a variety of technology innovations to solve real world problems in a better, more beautiful physical environment. Maker Movement and makerspaces aren't something for just those in the engineering or computer science or design departments. They aspire to be openly democratic and participatory. (Presenter(s): Jenifer Fox, The Delta School)

Wednesday November 30, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Salon A

12:00pm

The Learning Commons: Blueprint for the Future Ready Library
Equal access to resources and information literacy skills has never been more important. Explore how creating a learning commons can be at the vanguard of preparing your entire school for future readiness. Learn how collaborative teaching, easily discoverable content, and open access to resources support a future ready school. Rethink library spaces and leave with a refreshed perspective as well as tips, tricks, and hacks to empower students with essential academic and life skills. (Presenter(s): Pam Harland, Faculty, Plymouth State University)

Wednesday November 30, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Salon A

1:30pm

Do the EdTech Hokey Pokey: Put Your Whole Self In!
Put your "whole self in" and "turn yourself around" by exploring exciting new emerging technologies! In addition, learn about the unintended and spontaneous uses of mobile devices with the powerful applications that are here today and coming tomorrow. Teachers, administrators, and coaches need to continue their professional development to understand what technologies are available to support teaching and learning. Understanding the current and future trends plays a big role in their professional growth and leadership in their school and district. In addition, they also should be able to support a digital-age learning culture to ensure that all teachers are on-board with the importance of finding the best technologies and resources for student learning. Technologies presented in the 2016 NMC Horizon Report K-12 will be used as well as a quick overview of the main points of this useful report. This session is a MUST for technology directors and coordinators! (Presenter(s): Kathy Schrock, Educational Technologist, Kathy Schrock)

Wednesday November 30, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Salon A
 
Thursday, December 1
 

8:15am

Library 2.0: How Do We Craft & Share the Story of the Modern Library’s Critical Role in the 21st Century?
We are experiencing a dramatic transition on the library landscape – in both public and school libraries. The digital age is rapidly and radically transforming how we live, play, work, and learn – and the traditional library has been upended in the process. Conversations ensue about the need for staffing and funding an “obsolete” institution, but the attendees of CMTC know better. Libraries are not less important in the 21st century – they are more important than ever! They continue to be the free, scaffolded portals (physical & digital) to knowledge and learning – open and accessible to all. A vibrant, democratic society relies on this shining beacon of light in every community. In a world facing the darkness of ignorance, intolerance, and conflict, we need that light even more brightly. Paul shares his advocacy work for what he calls Library 2.0 using stories, animated films, and inspirational messages. He describes how he sees the library as a mission-critical beachhead for innovations and creativity in our schools and communities. Paul enjoins attendees to work with him to articulate and broadcast the urgent message that the modern library has increased and critical relevance in a rapidly changing world. The keynote concludes with a group brainstorming activity to imagine how we might convey the Library 2.0 message. Who knows, at CMTC 2017, FableVision may unveil an animation or book CMTC attendees helped to create!

Speakers

Thursday December 1, 2016 8:15am - 9:30am
The Armory

11:30am

A Fireside Chat with Paul Reynolds
This is a unique opportunity to sit down with the Paul and personally connect with him, go behind the scenes of what its like to manage an impact company like FableVision. Learn what it is like when Paul collaborates with his twin brother, Peter, a NY Times Best Selling Author and Illustrator, as they continue create more books about learning and STEM and STEAM. Going Places gets high marks from its readers and the publishing industry as do their new books Full Steam Ahead and Go Green. It's also a great time to ask questions about your own stories and illustrations and perhaps share one your creations. Bring a cup of tea, sit back, and get ready for an inspiring hour. (Presenter(s): Paul Reynolds, FableVision & the Reynolds Center)

Thursday December 1, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Webster

11:30am

From Screwdrivers to Shark Tanks: Meet Competencies Through Collaboration
Learn how students who traditionally used hammers and screwdrivers are now using Samsung tablets, blogs, and a real-world database to document progress, do research, describe projects, and create an innovative invention in the Shark Tank project. A high school English teacher and librarian work together with the Technology Education department (Woodworking, Autos, and Welding) to introduce innovation and technical writing as an intervention for struggling students to meet English competencies. (Presenter(s): Pam Harland, Faculty, Plymouth State University, and Mike Corkery, Sanborn Regional High School)

Thursday December 1, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Salon A

1:00pm

Shiny Widgets: Leading Tech Innovation without a Technology Background
Examine various strategies by which educational leaders can move beyond the limits of their own knowledge of technology to fully realize the possibilities inherent in new instructional tools. Most systems and building level leaders work hard to remain current in new instructional tools, and yet with the constant developments of new and more effective instructional technology, 'remaining current' may not be enough. How are school leaders to support and encourage innovation in educational technology that they may only partially understand? It is possible - but only with a fundamental shift in perspective and in some cases in the way in which we structure our work each day. Chasing fads simply isn't enough - there are far too many to chase. This district administrator offers strategies and resulting practices that encourage educational leaders to examine the ways in which they approach the integration of instructional technology. The outcome is an approach that allows them to work effectively within their means, while encouraging ongoing exploration and innovation. (Presenter(s): Scott Laliberte, Assistant Superintendent, Londonderry School District)

Thursday December 1, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Salon A