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Friday, March 11

8:40am EST

Morning Keynote

Caitlin Krause

Caitlin Krause is a mindfulness coach, writer, editor, and training expert. Caitlin has led workshops on Mindfulness, Leadership, Technology, Writing and Learning in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Poland, Switzerland and the United States. She is a featured presenter at innovation events... Read More →

Friday March 11, 2016 8:40am - 9:30am EST

9:45am EST

Leveraging Social Media to Promote Mathematical Discourse
Teachers will explore ways that Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Blogs can be used to promote Mathematical discourse and encourage students to seek extra help and support in Mathematics. The presentation will discuss options and methods that can be used to engage students in the Mathematics classroom through the use of technology. They will leave with actionable ideas on how to apply the use of social media in their course curriculum.

Co-Presenter: Ryan Hall, Mathematics Teacher at Duxbury High School

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Stephanie Iacadoro

Mathematics Supervisor, grades 6-12, Duxbury Public Schools
Stephanie is the Mathematics Supervisor for grades 6-12 in a 1:1 Macbook district. In her role she supports curriculum development, professional development, and the evaluation of Mathematics Educators. Stephanie's experience and training include competency based learning, performance... Read More →

Friday March 11, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am EST

9:45am EST

Leveraging Social Media as a Resource for Student Engagement and Learning
Learn how to fully integrate social media into your curriculum through a student-centered, blended learning environment. In this session, participants will see how students use social media apps, webtools, tablets and iPads to enhance engagement and achievement. Participants will see how students at Platt High School use Twitter to conduct research, connect with their peers, and consult with academic experts from across the country as resources for their projects. For example, Platt High School seniors in a history class used Twitter as a research tool to explore Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in U.S. military veterans. In doing so, they take ownership over their learning by finding articles of interest to them before holding a group discussion. Participants can also learn how creating a hashtag for a current event enables students to hold a Twitter Chat to share insights in real time. For example, tweeting during a presidential debate connects, students with their peers, teachers, and even local journalists for a substantive conversation about the candidates.

This presentation will offer a variety of social media apps and webtools, as well as effective use of learning management systems used by teachers and students across many disciplines to promote anytime, anywhere learning. By creating a student centered learning environment that can help with rigor, critical thinking and increased student engagement, students will see social media as less of a distraction, and more as a resource for learning. This presentation is for the novice to the expert.

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James Flynn

James Flynn began his teaching career in 2003 at Orville H. Platt High School in Meriden, Connecticut. In 2009, he won the National Milken Educators Award for Connecticut. In 2013, Flynn represented Meriden Public Schools in San Antonio for the International Society for Technology... Read More →

Friday March 11, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am EST

9:45am EST

Digital Citizenship and Social Media Safety in Schools
We will share our district journey and facilitate discussion on the creation of social media policy, digital citizenship and online safety programming and instruction. District staff will discuss some of the creative ways we've addressed these important issues, including through the unique Student Mentors Club in which high school students provide guidance to younger middle school students in how to stay safe online as part of digital citizenship training. Student projects and student perspectives around social media will be highlighted through interactive technology and conversation. District administrators will share their perspectives on safely and fully leveraging social media as a communications tool.

John Marcus, Director of Technology and Libraries, Sharon Public Schools; Kevin Madden, Principal, Cottage Elementary School; Mark Whipple, Instructional Technology Specialist, Sharon Middle School

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Cathy Collins, Ed.D

Library Media Specialist, Sharon Public Schools
Ms. Collins has worked as a Media Specialist/Librarian for 20+ years. She is currently a library media specialist for Sharon Public Schools, where she has worked for the past seven years. She holds a Doctorate in Education with a specialization in Curriculum, Leadership, Teaching... Read More →

Friday March 11, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am EST

9:45am EST

Managing a District’s Social Media Presence
The Natick Public Schools embrace the use of social media as an important public relations tool. As with many things in education, there are pros and cons to embracing social media. On any given day the cons can outweigh the positives but there are many days when it works in a school or district’s advantage to utilize social media. Being proactive in managing your digital presence and modeling for the school community the appropriate ways to use social media to represent your district, school or classrooms in a positive way is key! Find out how one district uses social media in combination with online communication tools to establish a digital presence, construct online communities, engage stakeholders, provide timely information, and open communication channels! Our panel will discuss the advantages to using social media and the pitfalls to avoid!

Dr. Anna Nolin, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching, Learning and Innovation
Marianne Davis, Human Resources Director
Ian Kelly, Principal of Bennett Hemenway Elementary School


Peter Sanchioni

Dr. Peter Sanchioni is currently the superintendent of the Natick Public Schools and prior to Natick served in the same capacity for the Millis Public Schools. His professional background includes teaching at both the middle and elementary levels along with experience as an assistant... Read More →

Friday March 11, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am EST

9:45am EST

Towards Responsible Use: Technology Plans that Incorporate Social Media for Positive Communication
This presentation will examine practices to promote the development of "responsible use" policies (as different from "acceptable use" policies), which place emphasis on how district stakeholders use technology in empowered and positive ways.

In a workshop-style presentation, I will first engage participants in conversation about the assumptions surrounding policy decisions related to technology and social media. We will discuss the difference between "responsible" and "acceptable" use policies and the implications of this difference on social media use and engagement districtwide.

Participants will then examine how social media is treated in multiple examples of district technology plans. How do technology plans treat social media? How are these plans reflective of the communities from which they come? To what extent are our own technology plans encouraging responsibility versus articulating barriers to integration? These are a few of the questions we'll tackle as we collectively examine technology plans from our area and around the country.

Finally, the presenter will share her process for including district stakeholders in the development of a district technology plan and responsible use policy that incorporates social media, and invite members to ask questions and share their own experiences.

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Elizabeth C Homan

Administrator of EdTech Integration, Waltham Public Schools
Elizabeth Homan is the Administrator of Educational Technology Integration for Waltham Public Schools, where she oversees decisions related to digital teaching and learning, professional development, purchasing, and infrastructural improvements districtwide. Her work and research... Read More →

Friday March 11, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am EST

9:45am EST

What Message Is Your Social Media Policy Sending?
Conversations are happening everyday about schools by staff, students, communities. Schools have a chance to engage in those conversations using social media as a platform. What voice is your school going to have? More importantly, what message is your social media policy sending? Students, staff, and families are on social media everyday engaging with each other and determining the narrative of your school. If your school needs to consider how it is going to treat social media use. Three options are ignoring it, using social media as a positive platform, or treating it as a punishable tool.

Every school can determine the message they want heard in the community. All of this starts with your school or district social media policy. If your social media policy is non-existent then you are left out of the conversations about your school that are happening anyway. If your policy is too restrictive of staff or students then you close the door to countless opportunities to educate and to positively promote your school.

Old Rochester High School teacher MJ Linane and principal Michael Devoll are both active on social media and view it as a platform to promote positive images for schools. They will present on a number of case studies that show ways students, teachers, schools, and districts, can use social media positively as a platform. Participants will be asked to review their own school social media policies and to consider how they can be designed to educate users of social media rather than treating social media as a punishable tool.

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Mike Devoll

Principal, Old Rochester Regional High School
I am in my seventh year as the Principal of Old Rochester Regional High School.
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MJ Linane

Teacher and Online Instructional Designer, Old Rochester Regional High School
MJ Linane is a high school history teacher, blogger, and online instructional designer. MJ was a recipient of the 2015 MassCUE Pathfinder award for his work with blended learning and gamification. He is a contributor to Edsurge, Smarter Schools and a contributing author to the book... Read More →

Friday March 11, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am EST

9:45am EST

Connecting & Growing with Google Plus
This session will explore the potential for connecting, growing and collaborating with Google Plus. Through the combination of Google Plus, Google Plus Communities and Google Hangouts, schools, administrators and teachers can tap into an expansive network of like minded educators from around the country that are consistently sharing resources.

Link to Google Plus Slide Deck - Hangouts & Communities 

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Greg Kulowiec

Senior Associate and Instructor, EdTechTeacher
An early adopter of mobile devices, Greg first integrated cell phones, and then iPads, into his high school history curricula. As an EdTechTeacher instructor, he works with schools across the country, presents at national conferences, and blogs regularly about the creative capabilities... Read More →

Friday March 11, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am EST

10:40am EST

Social Media in the Middle School: Identity Development 3.0
How do you engage a school community’s members (students, parents, faculty and administrators) to integrate social media to support healthy identity development and build a strong, diverse school community identity online? Participants in this session will gain insight into the role of social media use at the middle school level.

In this session, we will explain and explore the philosophy around our school’s responsible use policy and how it supports adolescent growth and identity development. We will share specific examples of the challenges and opportunities experienced by our community as we have integrated social media. This session will also address our approach to parent education and partnership. Presentation link

- Lisa Iaccarino, Dean of Students/MS English, Worcester Academy
-Worcester Academy students: Naomi and Brian

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Wendy Espinoza Cotta

Director of Technology Integration, Worcester Academy
Wendy Espinoza Cotta is the Director of Technology Integration at Worcester Academy in Worcester, MA and a member of the MassCUE Board and Chair of the MassCUE Grants Committee. Her professional specializations include blended learning, global education, social media use in education... Read More →

Friday March 11, 2016 10:40am - 11:25am EST

10:40am EST

Creating Learning Environments with Apple- Eight Elements for Success
In this session you will be introduced to Apple's eight elements that are the foundations for successfully creating technology-rich learning environments. They represent what we’ve learned from over 30 years of working with education leaders to envision, plan, implement, and evaluate environments that meet the needs and aspirations of their institutions.

Steve Kowalski, Apple Inc.
Devin McLaughlin, Apple Inc.


Matthew Brooks

K-12 Education Development Executive, Apple

Friday March 11, 2016 10:40am - 11:25am EST

10:40am EST

Embracing Social Media in Schools
Social Media can certainly be a wonderful resource for school administrators, but the big news around this topic tends to occur when someone misuses social media in a school community. This session will draw on the experience of administrators who are active users of social media and discuss how they have worked to move from the the fear of misuse to embracing social media tools as a communication tool to better connect stakeholders and amplify the great work happening in their buildings. We will answer the following questions and others that come from the audience.
1. How do administrators handle questions and issues that come in around social media and how do administrators respond?2. How do we manage PR around the topic of social media?3. How do we educate educators (including administrators) re: social media?4. How do we educate students and parents ( and our larger community)?5. What policies do districts have in place re: social media-how are they constructed and evaluated?


Jim Adams

Superintendent, Ashland Public Schools
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John Clements

Co-Principal, Nipmuc Regional High School, Upton, MA, USA
2020 NEASC Jacob Ludes III Leadership Award Recipient - In recognition of a NEASC volunteer whose exemplary leadership performance strengthened the Association.John Clements is Principal of Nipmuc Regional High School. A graduate of Boston University, he began his career at Nipmuc... Read More →
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Patrick Larkin

Assistant Superintendent, Burlington Public Schools

Brian McCann

Principal at Case High School

Friday March 11, 2016 10:40am - 11:25am EST

10:40am EST

Social Media in the Digital Classroom
Social media has single handedly change the dynamic of not only the world, but classrooms as well. Social media provides educators with an outlet to not only share they own ideas and creativity, but also that of their students. My presentation will show how to effectively use platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Docs and Wordpress to open and share your classroom, gain ideas from other educators and share your students accomplishments.

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Lauren Pittman

Special Education Teacher, Holly Spring Elementary STEM Academy
I have been teaching special education in and around Georgia for the last 10 years. I am reading interventionist and literacy chair for my school. I am highly invested in technology for special education students and have taken my classroom digital this year with the help of Microsoft... Read More →

Friday March 11, 2016 10:40am - 11:25am EST

10:40am EST

Using Social Media in the Chelmsford Public Schools - How We Manage PR Around the Topic of Social Media
Our presentation will consist of three components:

The Pro Social Use of Social Media and Professional Learning Communities

Using Social Media from a District Perspective

Promoting Academics through Social Media

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Matthew Beyranevand

K-12 Department Coordinator of Mathematics and Science, Chelmsford Public Schools
Mathematics Department Coordinator, Chelmsford Public Schools
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Anne-Marie Fiore

Executive Director of Technology and Information, Chelmsford Public Schools
Anne-Marie Fiore has cultivated a career of over 20 years in educational technology. Currently, an Executive Director of Technology and Information, Anne-Marie has worked as an instructional technology facilitator, Cisco-certified instructor, network administrator, and professor of... Read More →
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Linda Hirsch

Assistant Superintendent, Chelmsford Public Schools
Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Chelmsford Public Schools

Friday March 11, 2016 10:40am - 11:25am EST

10:40am EST

Using Social Media to Build a Collaborative School Culture
All too often teachers from across campus, or even across the hall, don’t know about the innovative teaching and learning happening nearby. Spreading this knowledge throughout campus and beyond is the first step in helping teachers learn from one another. The more you share and celebrate small moments from classrooms you visit, the more you begin to build a collaborative culture throughout the school. When teachers see that you’re excited about what is happening in their classroom, they will invite you in more often. And, when teachers see what you’ve shared from their colleague’s classes, they are more likely to reach out and learn from one another.

In this session, you’ll learn how to share these moments instantly -- with photos, graphics, or quotes -- on social media platforms and through existing methods of school communication. You’ll also see how administrators have successfully used blogs, podcasts, and online newsletters when specific teaching and learning moments deserve more attention. Most importantly, we’ll focus on how sharing will lead to a shift in school culture that encourages the spread of innovative teaching practices.

Presentation Materials: http://bit.ly/lfl16

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Julie Cremin

Digital Learning Specialist, St. Johns Prep
In addition to her role as a Digital Learning Specialist at St. Johns Prep, Julie is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Google Certified Educator, and a FlipGrid Certified Educator. She is passionate about developing students to be active life-long learners who can leverage technology... Read More →
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Kerry Gallagher

Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning, St. John's Prep, Danvers, MA
Kerry Gallagher is Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Massachusetts. She’s also Director of K-12 Education for ConnectSafely.org – internet safety non-profit in Palo Alto, California – a FutureReady Instructional Coach, ASCD Emerging... Read More →

Friday March 11, 2016 10:40am - 11:25am EST

10:40am EST

Pushing out the Positive -- Plymouth's Initiative for the Big World of Social Media
Gary Maestas, Superintendent, Plymouth Public Schools, will begin the presentation with a discussion on how Plymouth Public Schools was dealing and struggling with social media, where we wanted to go with our social media presence, how we decided to open up our network to social media, and finally how we came about developing our social media initiative.

The presentation will continue with Emily Goonan, Media & Communications Specialist for Plymouth Public Schools. Emily will go into the details of our social media initiative and take you into the world of Plymouth’s presence in the “big bad world of social media.” Emily will portray our presence in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google Plus.

We will talk about how we stay focused on the positive, how we deal with the negatives, and how we try to stay ahead of the game.

We will also talk about our branding effort -- getting people to know who we are. How we use social media for promoting our brand awareness in trying to reach the young adults, parents, our Plymouth community. How we focus on providing valuable and useful content and making sure our content supports our brand image.
Emily will review tips and tricks educational administrators and staff can use when posting in social media.

We will end with Julia Colby, Plymouth Technology Coordinator, who will talk about our social media guidelines for staff.

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Julia Colby

Technology Coordinator, Plymouth Public Schools
Plymouth Public Schools, Technology Coordinator MassCUE Board Member Love working with staff who are passionate about technology.
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Emily Goonan

Director of Communications, Plymouth Public Schools

Dr. Gary E. Maestas

Superintendent of Schools

Friday March 11, 2016 10:40am - 11:25am EST

12:45pm EST

Afternoon Keynote

Mike Klein

An educational leader and curriculum writer, Michael Klein is a distinguished teacher, coach and consultant on innovative learning models. He has worked directly with Tony Wagner as research assistant on his most recent book, Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will... Read More →

Friday March 11, 2016 12:45pm - 1:35pm EST

1:45pm EST

Design Thinking to Foster Empathy
What is design thinking? How can it be implemented in the classroom? The design thinking methodology is composed of five stages that bring student-centered project design, iteration and creative problem solving to the classroom. Design thinking has been described as a human-centered approach to problem-solving and supports students in defining relevant and authentic problems for inquiry, research, and solution-based project development. This workshop is recommended for all levels and all disciplines. Participants will leave with a better understanding of design thinking and how it can be implemented in the classroom. An example middle school science project will be shared. Presentation link

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Wendy Espinoza Cotta

Director of Technology Integration, Worcester Academy
Wendy Espinoza Cotta is the Director of Technology Integration at Worcester Academy in Worcester, MA and a member of the MassCUE Board and Chair of the MassCUE Grants Committee. Her professional specializations include blended learning, global education, social media use in education... Read More →

Friday March 11, 2016 1:45pm - 2:30pm EST

1:45pm EST

Connecting an Island School to the World --The Use of Social Media for Both PR & PD on Nantucket.
Participants will learn how to navigate the use of social media for public relations. We will demonstrate some tips & tricks for using Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, S’More, Remind.com, and more digital tools that can be used to improve public relations and communication. These tools provide parents with a window into our classrooms and our school.

Additionally, participants will hear how we are organically growing the number of educators in the district who are using Twitter for professional development. We will describe how we use hashtags and developed a twitter chat to connect educators who work 30 miles out to sea with educators around the globe.

Participants will leave this presentation equipped with the strategies and specific tools they need to leverage the power of social media in their school or school district.

Alice Crowley - 8th grade math teacher
Adriene Lombardi - 7th grade English teacher
Tracy Mailloux - 6th grade science teacher

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Peter Cohen

Principal, Nantucket Public Schools/Cyrus Peirce Middle School
Peter Cohen, Ed.D. is an educational leader whose mission is to use innovation, teamwork, and technology to do the right thing for all students, whatever it takes. His recent research focuses on the impact of leadership by school superintendents to bring large-scale technology initiatives... Read More →
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Alice Crowley

7th/8th Grade Math Teacher, Nantucket Public Schools/Cyrus Peirce Middle School

Friday March 11, 2016 1:45pm - 2:30pm EST

1:45pm EST

Harnessing the Power of Social Media to Improve Public Relations and Create a Positive Brand and Image for Your School or District
Current statistics regarding social media use show that there are over 1.5 billion users on Facebook and over 300 million active twitter users. If educational leaders use these tools to tell their school or district story, they can reach well over 75% of their community in an instant.

For the past 3 years the West Bridgewater Public Schools has been using Facebook and twitter to improve community support, engagement and communication, while creating a positive brand for the district.

This session will give an overview of the whys and hows of building a bigger social presence for your school or district through the use of Facebook and twitter. Topics will include but may not be limited to ; The benefits of a strong social presence, how to get started, building an audience, strategies of posting, and tips for success.

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Dr. Patty Oakley

Superintendent, West Bridgewater Public Schools
Dr. Patty Oakley has been Superintendent for the West Bridgewater Public Schools for 10 years. Prior experience includes PK - 12 curriculum director, science and math curriculum coordinator, teacher and coach. She is passionate about the integration of technology in schools and has... Read More →

Friday March 11, 2016 1:45pm - 2:30pm EST

1:45pm EST

Leveraging Social Media to Enhance Professional Learning and Community Communication
Far too often, discussion around social media focuses on what should be restricted instead of exploring the potential to positively transform teaching and learning. First, social media can be leveraged as a powerful tool to personalized professional learning. It can also be leveraged to articulate the district's vision, celebrate accomplishments towards this vision, and provide powerful examples of student learning within the wider community. In this session, you will learn how Bristol Warren’s innovative uses of social media to enhance professional learning and community communication have positively impacted student learning across the district.

We have experienced how Twitter can be used to collaborate with colleagues, communicate successes with a wider audience, and learn from educators across the globe. In particular, Twitter “lists” featuring our administrators and educators provide a streamlined way to connect teaching and learning together. Professional development opportunities and resources are also offered for educators, administrators and school committee members, providing them with guidance and inspiration for using Twitter as a learning tool. Examples will also be provided regarding how Twitter is used to reach out and connect with the local community.

We will also demonstrate how to transform traditional sit & get professional development into highly engaging, interactive learning environments featuring educator voice, choice, and peer collaboration. Teachers lead sessions highlighting digital learning strategies that have proven successful, then dive into these strategies to collaboratively develop lessons. Google Hangouts were used to provide a gamification session led by Devin Young of Classcraft, despite him being in New York. All the while, teachers were backchanneling on Twitter via the #KMSTech2015 hashtag and sessions were shared on the district's YouTube channel for educators across the district to access. Through BWEdTech.org, we then archive this work and provide staff with online access to each session’s resources. Our success has evolved through the ongoing collaboration of teachers and leaders committed to a vision of professional growth to advance and celebrate the learning of adults and students in our district.

Connect with the Presenters:

Tom Driscoll | @Mr_Driscoll | Director of Educational Technology for Bristol Warren Regional School District 
Mario Andrade | @MarioJAndrade | Superintendent of Bristol Warren Regional School District 
Diane Sanna@BWAsstSupt | Assistant Superintendent of Bristol Warren Regional School District 
Jared Vance@Principal_Vance | Principal of Kickemuit Middle School (BWRSD)

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Dr. Mario Andrade

Superintendent, Bristol Warren Regional School District
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Tom Driscoll

Director of Digital Learning, Bristol Warren Regional School District
Tom Driscoll is the Director of Digital Learning for the Bristol Warren Regional School District in Rhode Island. Previously, Tom taught high school social studies for eight years in northeastern Connecticut. Tom also speaks at conferences, consults with school districts, and has... Read More →
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Diane Sanna

Assistant Superintendent, Bristol Warren Regional School Department
Diane has over 20 years of experience in education working as an elementary teacher, curriculum director, and currently assistant superintendent. She has a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction and is a PhD candidate at Lesley University in the Educational Studies program... Read More →
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Jared Vance

Principal, Bristol/Warren
Jared Vance is presently the Principal of Kickemuit Middle School in the Bristol/Warren Regional School District in Rhode Island. Prior to his arrival at KMS, Jared was the Assistant Principal of Curtis Corner Middle School in South Kingstown, RI for three and a half years. Before... Read More →

Friday March 11, 2016 1:45pm - 2:30pm EST

1:45pm EST

How Can Administrators Use Social Media to Build Their Professional Learning Network?

Workshop goals include:
Provide an overview of Twitter
Log into Twitter
Create your Professional Learning Network/how to chat
Use hashtags # and mentions @ in a post

Co-Presenter : David Jordan, Assistant Principal, Adams Middle School

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Brenda Maurao

Assistant Principal, Miller School, Holliston Public Schools
I am currently the Assistant Principal at the Miller Elementary School in Holliston, MA. I am passionate about finding and sharing meaningful ways to connect educators and break down the walls of our classrooms to enhance learning.

Friday March 11, 2016 1:45pm - 2:30pm EST

1:45pm EST

Social Media as PD: Getting ConnectED
This session will explore ways to develop a differentiated PD model​ ​that capitalizes on the power of Social Media-based PLNs.  Replacing the Sit and Get PD norm, self-designed PLNs can accommodate teachers' and administrators'​ ​wide range of learning styles and​ ​can support their varying skills,​ ​experiences​ ​and needs.​  ​Participants will explore numerous practical examples of​ ​self-directed​ ​differentiated PD models.

Today's materials are available in the presentation link or at: goo.gl/0xrqC8

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jonathan r. werner

Library & Instructional Technology Specialist, Cape Elizabeth Library & Learning Commons
Jonathan R. Werner is a Library & Instructional Technology Specialist at the Library and Learning Commons at Cape Elizabeth Middle School in Maine. He is the Immediate Past President of ISTE Librarians Network and a co-organizer of #1to1techat (Weds at 9PM EST). He also presents... Read More →

Friday March 11, 2016 1:45pm - 2:30pm EST

1:45pm EST

Technology Tools for School Leaders
A school leader, be they an administrator, team chair, guidance counselor, or teacher, can be a busy person. Between meetings, observations, phone calls, discipline issues, lunch duty, and other day-to-day activities, it can be difficult to stay on top of everything and still have a smile on your face. This session will focus on three main areas: social media, email and document organization, and blogging. The social media component will focus on using twitter, as well as third-party tools like Buffer, Commun.it, and Diigo, as a set of tools to develop, expand, and interact with your PLN. Managing emails and other documents will be addressed by way of using Evernote as a tool to tag, organize, and share pertinent material. Lastly, Wordpress will be discussed as a platform to maintain a professional and informative website and blog.

Best practices in using all of these tools to maintain a handle on these important aspects of communication and follow-through will be discussed. This session will be "hands-on" with the expectation that participants will have devices (ideally an iPad or laptop computer) available to work on and create necessary accounts. Participants will gain access to a website with documentation, support links, and follow-up information to help use these tools after the session has ended and they return to work. Take charge of your online presence with effective practices and workflows!

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Anthony Amitrano

Music Teacher, Miscoe Hill School

Friday March 11, 2016 1:45pm - 2:30pm EST

2:40pm EST

Social Media: An Empowering Tool for Elementary Educators
Social Media: An Empowering Tool for Educators

In today’s world students are saturated with social media. Their parents are on it. Their siblings are on it. Some of them use it. Many have their own YouTube channels. Rather than fear students using these sites I say embrace them and teach students how to use them by modeling best practices starting at the elementary level. Digital citizenship is a challenging skill for educators to teach. However our youngest students need to develop these skills since social media is swiftly becoming an engaging learning and teaching tool in education. It is also a wonderful way to build your classroom community and connect with parents.

I created a classroom social media policy and hashtags for each student. We use Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to share our learning with the global community we have connected with. We have also been exploring padlet as a learning tool. This session will show educators various ways to incorporate digital citizenship skills into lessons using social media. Educators will be encouraged to create their own accounts on sites and explore their district social media policy. They will learn about the Global Read Aloud, instagram scavenger hunts, an exciting way to do literature circles for 21st century learning, and how to use various social media sites to impact learners. We will also share best practices and discuss strategize hurdles that might get in our way. Curriculum drives instruction and technology tools. Why not seek ways to empower learners with the tools they are using every day?


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Rayna Freedman

Educator, Mansfield Schools
Rayna Freedman teaches at the Jordan/Jackson Elementary School in Mansfield, MA. She has taught grades 3-5 and is an ITS. She is working on her doctorate through Northeastern as she hopes to change the field of education some day. Rayna is President of the MassCUE Board of Directors... Read More →

Friday March 11, 2016 2:40pm - 3:25pm EST

2:40pm EST

Social Media Shark Tank?
Participants will learn from experienced school leaders who actively use social media to move their schools forward. Participants will examine the real-world potential and pitfalls of social media in contemporary secondary school settings.
1. Welcome & Introductions
2. Each panelist shares 5 minute anecdote about how using Twitter impacted your handling of a school issue. (Backchanelled by moderator/other panelists)
3. Questions from audience (backchanelled by one of us)
4. Hands on demo to Focus on How do we educate our stakeholders on Social Media? each panelist (or in pairs) introduces and leads a demonstration of a key Twitter utility/function/skill
5. Exit ticket: tweet takeaways on a certain #hashtag

-Tom Bresnahan, Assistant Principal, Millbury Memorial Junior-Senior High School
-Bill Burkhead, Principal, Monomoy Regional High School
-Bill Chaplin, Assistant Principal, King Philip Regional High School
-Brian McCann, Principal, Joseph Case High School


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Tom Bresnahan

Assistant Principal, Millbury High School
Presently I am the Assistant Principal at Millbury Jr/Sr High School. This is my 24th year in education with twenty of those being spent in the classroom. From my experience, it is crucial to empower students to take an active role in their education and using technology provides... Read More →
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Joe Scozzaro

Assistant Principal, North Attleborough High School
I am an educator of high school students committed to providing them rich and varied contexts in which to think critically, collaborate effectively, and share their ideas globally. I have faith in the connected world and want to help educators, students, parents, and thinkers feel... Read More →

Friday March 11, 2016 2:40pm - 3:25pm EST

2:40pm EST

Social Media for PBL Expression and Assessment for Grades 6-12
This workshop will discuss opportunities to integrate social media as assessment and investigation tools within a larger Project Based Learning context. We will also use social media as an opportunity to integrate discussions of digital citizenship while working in an online environment where proper attribution and fair use are essential.

We will explore how students and teachers can use tools such as blogs, websites, and videos as assessment pieces, inquiry tools, and digital products as well as discuss strategies for incorporating digital citizenship standards into your curriculum.

Participants should come prepared to create a lesson/unit plan that allows students to enhance their learning through social media.

Co-Presenter: Tom Scudder, Library Media Specialist at Melrose High School.

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Wendy Arnold

Library Media Specialist, Melrose Middle School.

Joshua Cristiano

Joshua Cristiano, Academic Facilitator at Melrose Middle and High School. For four years, Joshua has helped teachers incorporate blended, flipped, and project based learning opportunities into daily teaching. Joshua also manages the virtual education programing, creating a wide range... Read More →
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Tom Scudder

Library Media Specialist, Melrose High School
I am the SLMS and Secondary Libraries Coordinator at Melrose High School with a pedagogical focus on project- and inquiry-based learning. Additionally, I teach AP Seminar and launched the Melrose Student Tech Leaders program.

Friday March 11, 2016 2:40pm - 3:25pm EST

2:40pm EST

Hijack A Hashtag: Harness the Power of Twitter for Your District
Twitter Executives reported in 2014 that over 4 million Tweets per day surround education topics. Teachers worldwide are using Twitter for professional development, lesson planning, collaborative networking and student engagement.

Getting an entire district on-board using Twitter takes encouragement, support and enthusiasm. Come learn how we "hijack" the Mashpee hashtag to share the hard work going on in our schools. Strategies to engage even the most reluctant Tweeters will be shared as you navigate the public realm in a new way. In this session, participants will be given strategies and resources to support the benefits of social media throughout a district. Through the use of tutorials, examples, games, contests and events, district employees can learn about the value of Twitter all while sharing the positive learning experiences going on in classrooms district-wide.

Utilizing a district hashtag allows an entire community to become involved and engaged with what is happening in schools. Session attendees will come away with many ideas for increasing online engagement through the use of Twitter and other social media outlets. Online resources, checklists, tutorials and interactive activities will be shared so attendees can begin building online communities of their own.

If the story of education in your district is going to be told online, doesn’t it make sense that it is told by those deeply invested in the work being done? Come learn how to tell your story together.

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Colleen Terrrill

Director of Instructional Technology, Mashpee Public Schools
Colleen Terrill is currently the Director of Instructional Technology for Mashpee Public Schools after being a 6th grade teacher for 15 years. She provides ongoing professional development for teachers in her district where she focuses on the importance of balance between technology... Read More →

Friday March 11, 2016 2:40pm - 3:25pm EST

2:40pm EST

It's Like Butter: Using a Virtual Coffee Talk to Connect with Parents
In this session, we will explore the concept of a virtual open house or parent meeting. Holliston Public Schools recently piloted this model by giving parents access to a live Google "Hangout on air" and a form that allowed for questioning in real time. The pilot was a success, but provokes interesting conversations around appropriate use of digital resources to empower parents to connect with administrators. We will both cover the technical aspects of setting up such a virtual coffee talk as well as the potential pitfalls of such an offering.

Presentation link: bit.ly/itslikebutter


David Jordan

Assistant Principal at Adams Middle School in Holliston
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Adam Steiner

Director of Technology, Maynard Public Schools
Adam Steiner is Director of Technology for the Maynard Public Schools and a City Councilor for Framingham's city government. He recently completed a PhD at Boston College's Lynch School of Education with a focus on curriculum, instruction, and technology. Prior to becoming an educational... Read More →

Friday March 11, 2016 2:40pm - 3:25pm EST

2:40pm EST

Using Twitter to Curate and Distribute Content to Educators
I will share a practical and easy way that administrators can use Twitter to curate and distribute information to teachers that will help enrich and support use of technology in the classroom. I will provide examples and share a list of individuals to follow that will help administrators get started using Twitter.

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Tina Kelly

Classroom Teacher, Andover Public Schools
Tina Kelly is a veteran science and math teacher with a passion for technology use in the classroom . She is currently interning with the Director of Digital Learning for Andover Public Schools and pursuing her doctorate in Education Leadership and Supervision.

Friday March 11, 2016 2:40pm - 3:25pm EST

2:40pm EST

Utilizing Social Media Tools to Enhance Instruction and Publicity
In our presentation, we will share how we have used social media tools to enhance teaching and learning in our school community, specifically blogging, Facebook and Twitter.

In the past few years, we've seen our social media footprint grow tenfold. Using various tools, we've seen our principals and administrators put the Wakefield Public Schools on the social media map. We have work to do, but are excited about the prospect of incorporating more and more tools to connect with our community.

You'll hear two perspectives: Principal Rich Metropolis will share how he is using social media tools to connect with district stakeholders and share instructional successes, teacher Chris Gosselin will share how he is utilizing various social media tools to connect with his students in and out of the classroom (Twitter, Google Hangouts, blogging.)

This year, we are continuing to expand out footprint in the social media landscape, and look forward to sharing the work we are doing with DESE to bring "Distance Learning Days" to Wakefield in an effort to eliminate making up time at the end of the year due to snow days.

Our workshop will be part "how-to", part sharing and part collaboration. We want to provide a forum for discussion in order to share best practices, new tools and ideas on how to structure roles and responsibilities in-district in regards to the administration of various communication tools.

We'll ask the question: how can social media and social networking cause learning and implement change in a school community? Join us for the discussion!

Co-Presenter: Rich Metropolis, Principal of Wakefield Memorial High School

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Chris Gosselin

Digital Learning/Media Specialist, Wakefield Public Schools
Chris is the Digital Learning Coach at the Sanborn Elementary School in Andover, Massachusetts. Chris received his B.A. in English Literature from Saint Michael’s College in Burlington, VT and his M.A. in Teaching from Simmons College. In a previously life, Chris taught high school... Read More →

Friday March 11, 2016 2:40pm - 3:25pm EST

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