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Medfield Public Schools invites you to our 4th Annual Digital Learning Day!  It is an entire day filled with free professional development from over 60 teacher-led workshops focusing on MakerSpace/ STEAM, the integration of iPads & Google Apps for Education, student showcases, discussion panels, and special Out-of-District guest presenters.

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Friday, March 25
 

8:30am

Google Classroom
Limited Capacity full

After much hesitation, I jumped into using Classroom this year, and I would not turn back having started using it. My session will cover the basics of how to set up Classroom and communicate to students with it. I have used Classroom to communicate with students, conduct class activities, work on major written asignments, and issue homework and class starter / exit slip activities. All of these topics will be covered in the session.

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Friday March 25, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Lab 006 Downstairs

8:30am

Pass your Google Driving Test!
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Calling all beginner Google Drivers- this session is for you.  Learn how to navigate Drive, be better organized, save time and use Google Drive like a pro!

Here is the link to my presentation. There will be plenty of hands-on time, so let me know if you'd like help with anything in particular!

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Leora Seri

Medfield High School


Friday March 25, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Lab 119 First Floor

8:30am

You're Still not on Twitter?
Limited Capacity seats available

What? You're Not On Twitter? Twitter has become a terrific resource for educators.  Come and learn the benefits of this social media tool and create your own Professional Learning Network (PLN).  We'll sign you up for an account and get you off and running.

Presenters
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Robert Parga

Principal, Medfield High School


Friday March 25, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Classroom 112 First Floor

8:30am

Google Drawings
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Getting Funky with Google Drawings:
Learn the basics of Google Drawing and discover why it is one of Google’s hidden gems. This session will start with the basic tool set and then move beyond by looking at how images and drawings can be utilized across Google Apps and digital hubs. The Session will cover how to make basic drawings, flowcharts, Venn diagrams, Virtual manipulatives, and web graphics. Participants will have time to develop individual drawings and network with other teachers to explore other uses for the tool.

Presenters
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Ashoke Ghosh

Director of Technology, Hopkinton Public Schools
Ashoke Ghosh has been a dedicated educator for the past 14 years working in public school settings as a Biology teacher, Department Chair, IB Coordinator, Assistant Principal, and Technology Director. In his current role, he oversees all things tech including the 1:1 program he helped... Read More →


Friday March 25, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Lab 007 Downstairs

8:30am

Building the Digital Learning Experience with Apple
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session you will learn about the latest available resources you could use in your classroom.  The items will include iTunes U courses and collections, iBooks Authored text, curated App collections and more. 

Presenters
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Matthew Brooks

K-12 Education Development Executive, Apple Inc.


Friday March 25, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Classroom 110 First Floor

8:30am

Administrators Discussion Panel
Join Dr. Marsden and other local Superintendents and Administrators in an open discussion as they share their technology vision and successes and challenges.  
http://tinyurl.com/dldadmin
 

Moderators
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Nat Vaughn

Principal Blake Middle School, Medfield Public Schools
I have been an educator for 21 years and have been the principal at Blake Middle School in Medfield, MA for the past 8 years. I believe in advocating for and fostering an environment of collaboration and creativity with students, teachers and parents has played a significant role... Read More →

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Sara Ahern

Assistant Superintendent, Holliston Public Schools
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Leo Brehm

Chief Information Officer, Public Schools of the Northborough and Southborough
A career school CIO for public schools within Massachusetts, throughout his twenty-one year career, he has supported education in a variety of roles, including a technology support specialist, instructional technology specialist, network administrator, director of technology, and... Read More →
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Don Langenhorst

Don Langenhorst, Technology Director, Dedham Public Schools
Don Langenhorst, Ed.D. is the Technology Director for the Dedham Public Schools. His over 30 years of teaching and administrative experiences include working for private and public K-12 schools in Alaska, Oregon, The Netherlands and for the past 20 plus years in Massachusetts. He... Read More →


Friday March 25, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Auditorium

8:30am

Library Drab to Media Center Fab
Limited Capacity seats available

Does your library struggle to attract students? Traditional libraries do not attract today’s digital learners. Three years ago, the library in our middle school was known as the quiet place where you go when you need a book for a research project. Students didn’t even know how to find the book they were looking for, and internet searches were discouraged. Now, on a typical day, students are packed into the media center before and after school to socialize, use their personal devices, meet with clubs, or just to study. We have rearranged furniture, purchased devices like Chromebooks and iPads, developed new courses for students, created an after school haven, and even changed the typical “library rules.” As an instructional technologist, English teacher, and manager of the new media center, I will share with you the steps it took to get here, and the plans we have for the future. '

Slideshow 

Presenters
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Jessica Garbowski

Instructional Technologist/ Teacher, Easton Public Schools
I have been a teacher for 10 years at the middle school level in everything ranging from 6th grade to ELA to Coding. I am also the Instructional Technology Specialist for the Easton Middle School. My technology certifications include: Google Certified Trainer & Google Certified Level... Read More →


Friday March 25, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Classroom 114 First Floor

9:45am

Instagram
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In the world of social media, Facebook is "old news". Most of our students are now on Instagram. Instagram is a fun way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. It's all about staying connected through photos. You can take a picture with your mobile phone, then choose from various filters to transform the image into a photographic masterpiece. This session will review the basics of Instagram, set up accounts, learn privacy settings, and explore ways to monitor student's use of Instagram.

Presenters
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Amanda Grillo

Guidance Counselor, Medfield High School
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Stephanie Worthley

Guidance Department Chair, Medfield High School


Friday March 25, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Classroom 116 First Floor

9:45am

Student Showcase: Tinkerers with a Purpose
Limited Capacity seats available

In this showcase, Binit, Andrew, Sam and Matt will showcase how they are using innovative technology outside of the traditional classroom.  Sam will present about his passion for building and flying drones; Andrew will highlight his work with 3D printers;  Binit will show the apps he has created and Matt will demonstrate a 3D printing product. Come see the amazing work these Seniors have accomplished.

here is the slide show 

Presenters
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Orla Berry

Science Dept Chair 6-12, Medfield Public schools
AP Bio Teacher; Science Department Chair Grades 6-12;


Friday March 25, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Classroom 205 Upstairs

9:45am

Boom! Comics in the Classroom
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- This workshop will give ideas on how to use comics within any classroom (student creation of comics and how to use the AppleTV to project published comics) and allow time to experiment with these new ideas so that you can bring this into your classroom on Monday!
- I will share some exemplars from my classroom through video & pictures
- I will share digital resources for getting graphic novels on apps that will allow students to access these & even differentiate learning
- I will have a suggested graphic novel list for each grade level and other amazing resources- I will give a quick overview of why comics are crucial tools to foster student engagement and promote active learning environments
Get ready to feel inspired and to be ready for class on Monday!
Here is a preview of my presentation... I can't wait! 

Presenters
avatar for Kerry Cowell

Kerry Cowell

K-12 Library Department Head, Dale Street School
@kcowell7 Library Media Specialist~ grades 4&5 #beproudbedale and K-12 library content specialist for Medfield Public SchoolsMy hope is to inspire, support, and empower students & teachers to embrace innovation in order to help our world... Former classroom teacher (14 years)Google... Read More →


Friday March 25, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Classroom 203 Upstairs

9:45am

Organizing Your Google Digital Life
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Are you feeling bogged down by a full inbox and a lengthy "shared with me" list? Do you wish that attendance list would just magically archive instead of clogging up your inbox? Come to my session and learn how to clean up your Google digital life! I will teach you how to use color-coded labels (which you can show or hide), color-coded folders, subfolders, filters, a gmail meter tool, stars, views, and a variety of other interesting Google settings options. Above all else, you will have the TIME to start getting yourself organized and on a roll for the new year. I promise that once you get to the point of organization you desire, it is much easier to keep it that way!

Presenters
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Kelly Bertschmann

Fifth Grade Teacher, Medfield Public Schools


Friday March 25, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Lab 007 Downstairs

9:45am

Bring the POWER of Making into your Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Welcome! The Maker Movement is not just about making stuff but making meaning  (@Laurafleming). Our 7Gr Spanish teachers were willing to give the maker magic a try by bringing the Spanish + Scratch + Makey Makey Project to their classrooms. Students had to code a basic game in Scratch that included audio recordings and text in Spanish and also, design a game controller with Makey Makey kit to match. The student payoff was HUGE! These types of projects can easily work cross-curriculum.  Attendees will get hands-on experience walking through this process! You too can feel the power of the MAKER! 

LINK TO : PRESENTATION





Presenters
avatar for Diane Horvath

Diane Horvath

Technology Integration Specialist, Blake Middle School
I am a Technology Integration Specialist at Blake Middle School who believes in living in BETA! I have a strong desire to continually evolve and spark opportunities for creativity, connectivity and innovation to students. My current spotlight is on blending technology + design thinking... Read More →



Friday March 25, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Classroom 204 Upstairs

9:45am

The Stop Motion App is a great way for students to visually tell what they know.
Limited Capacity seats available

Using the Stop Motion App students will learn how to animate an inanimate object and layer sound. Stop motion animation can be used to have students process information, tell a story, and visually reflect on what they know.

Presenters
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Christina Delaney

Blake Middle School
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Nancy Deveno

Blake Middle School



Friday March 25, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Classroom 112 First Floor

11:00am

May the Forms be With You!
Limited Capacity seats available

Looking for an easy way to frame learning, assess your students’ knowledge, and compile responses in one place? We will show you a couple of ways to use Google Forms to survey your students, quiz them, and even have them poll each other. All of the results can be viewed by individual students or by the class (think: pie chart!). Leave with a customized survey to use in class tomorrow!




Presenters


Friday March 25, 2016 11:00am - 11:45am
Lab 119 First Floor

11:00am

Student Presentation: Basic Computer engineering and youth entrepreneurship through technology
Limited Capacity seats available

In my section, I would like to teach basic computer engineering through Arduino, and how it can be taught in schools. Also, I would like to show how basic computer engineering can influence and inspire young kids to become more interested in the subject and gain useful tools. 

Presenters
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Mateo Conde

Co-founder, Mcube Webdesign Llc.
I am a junior in high school that pursues his interests in computer science and entrepreneurship, through my own company. I began programming when I was 8 years old and have taught myself everything I know about programming. I have recently begun to learn how to create and program... Read More →


Friday March 25, 2016 11:00am - 11:45am
Classroom 115 First Floor

11:00am

Master your Digital Workflow
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to set up your student's digital workflow effectively.  We will look at how Drive and Google Classroom can combine to create a paperless classroom where you can 'pass out' assignments and handouts simply by dropping them into a folder.  I'll also show you how to have students set up their digital files and share with you so that you can keep tabs on their organizational skills.

Here are the slides

Presenters
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Gregory Keohan

Social Studies Teacher, Blake Middle School


Friday March 25, 2016 11:00am - 11:45am
Lab 117 First Floor

11:00am

Using Social Stories to Help Calm Anxious Students
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We would like to share a few apps related to social skills. We will introduce each app and then allow the audience to play with each one to learn how to use them. It would be geared for early elementary audience, particularly those who do individual and/or small group instruction.  Please install Going Places and Social Stories from the app store.

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Karen Alberts

Speech-Language Pathologist, Medfield Public Schools
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Kelley Kennedy

Special Educator, Wheelock School
I am a special education teacher at the Wheelock Elementary school here in Medfield. I feel so fortunate to have been partnered with Franklin and we have been working together since 2017. We would love for you to come learn about all of the wonderful things that Franklin has done... Read More →


Friday March 25, 2016 11:00am - 11:45am
Classroom 204 Upstairs

11:00am

Way Cool to Throwing Shade: Students’ Perspectives on Digital Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers and administrators often have opportunities to learn about enhancing ed  tech. However, what do students think about it all? What ed tech works for them? What is challenging? How has the 1:1 classroom changed the way students learn, study, and collaborate? Middle school and high school students will provide insight on what works for them and what doesn’t. Their feedback in this session will help us to help them achieve in a 1:1 school.    
Please click here for the agenda. 





Presenters
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Gail Duffy

English Content Specialist (Grades 6-12), Medfield High School
I am looking forward to our round-table discussion where students share their thoughts about how it feels to be a student in a 1:1 classroom! Joining us for this discussion will be students from Grades 6-12. Please join us!
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Bonnie Wren-Burgess

High School English Teacher, Medfield High School
Incorporating technology into grades 10-12 English classroom.


Friday March 25, 2016 11:00am - 11:45am
Classroom 125 First Floor

11:00am

Coding Drones in the classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will learn how to use the new Tickle app and learn how to code Drones to solve a problem.

Presenters
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Michael Gibbs

Blake Middle School
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Jason Heim

Science Teacher, Blake Middle School
Science Teacher - Blake Middle School 2002-20181:1 iPad classroom 2012 - 2018Presenter:  Masscue, Learn Launch, Medfield Digital Learning Day, iPad Summit, Innovation Summit.
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Jillian Shaw

Blake Middle School


Friday March 25, 2016 11:00am - 11:45am
Classroom 110 First Floor

11:00am

Trends in edtech and how you can join the revolution
Limited Capacity seats available

Its seems like every day there is a new app or website that comes out geared toward making education better, faster, cheaper, or more efficient. We'll go over the trends in edtech and how a teacher in 2016 can best find and implement new technologies in their classrooms.

Presenters
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LearnLaunch

Operations Director, LearnLaunch


Friday March 25, 2016 11:00am - 11:45am
Classroom 111 First Floor

11:00am

Common Sense Education: Navigating Life in a Connected World
Limited Capacity seats available

How do we balance student privacy and educate students how to navigate in a connected world? We will look at various sources, including Common Sense Education and discuss various approaches to this relevant issue in education. As the National Education Technology Plan states, "Increased connectivity also increases the importance of teaching learners how to become responsible digital citizens." Come join us to share!

Here's a link to the presentation.

Presenters
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Judy Foley

Technology Integrator K-12, Dedham Public Schools
Hi, I'm Judy Foley. For the past several years I have worked as the PreK-12 District Technology Integrator at Dedham Public Schools. This position has given me the opportunity to be involved in many awesome educational experiences including implementation and support of iPad and Chromebook... Read More →


Friday March 25, 2016 11:00am - 11:45am
Classroom 112 First Floor

11:00am

Understanding Assistive Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you feel confident in your abilities to work with students who are using different types of assistive technology? Do you know what assistive technology is?? Come learn about what is included in the AT field and the many tools and devices students may be using. This workshop will help you get a better understanding in order to help your students participate in an environment without many restrictions. You will also receive links to free resources to use to problem solve and to discover new tools for your classroom.

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Friday March 25, 2016 11:00am - 11:45am
Classroom 114 First Floor

12:00pm

Supporting Students with Print Disabilities
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Let's level the playing field for students with documented print disabilities. Together, we will explore the possibilities available with Bookshare, which is an online library of accessible educational media for readers of all ages with print disabilities. I will share how you can get started with using Bookshare with eligible students.

How do you start?
What's the best device to use?
How do students use it at home?

We can also take a look at how you can move to the next level in your use of Bookshare. I'll definitely be sharing how I "tricked" one of our most reluctant readers into using Bookshare on an iPad.

You can view resources for this session here: bit.ly/2016dld 

Presenters
avatar for Stephen Harte

Stephen Harte

Technology Integration Specialist, Chickering School
I spent sixteen years teaching 4th and 5th grade so I am familiar with the demands placed on the classroom teacher. In 2009, I made the switch to a specialist. Now I spend my time educating teachers and students. It's the best job ever. I think it's important to put a heavy emphasis... Read More →


Friday March 25, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Classroom 115 First Floor

12:00pm

Wearable Fitness Trackers
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Excited or confused about the world of fitness trackers? Come and learn about some of the cool tools available to help you improve or sustain your health. There are so many options available and there is something in every price range. Before we can be our best for our students, we need to take care of ourselves. Fitness trackers remind us to do that. This session will include an overview of fitness trackers as well as apps for tracking fitness and nutrition. Unwrap those Fitbits, Jawbones, and pedometers from their packaging and bring them with you to the session! This will be a hands-on, give it a try, figure out what you've got or what you want kind of session.





Presenters
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Susan Cowell

K-12 Wellness Department Chair, Medfield Public Schools
I love learning about new things teachers are trying in their classrooms to help their students learn. I love supporting my teachers who are bravely stepping out of their comfort zones, risking failure. They are my superheroes! One's wellness is dynamic, and so is wellness education... Read More →


Friday March 25, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Classroom 120 First Floor

12:00pm

DoInk (Green Screen, Movie Making)
Limited Capacity full

Want to put a student on the moon?  Would you like to bring your students to the great pyramids?  DoInk - a green-screen, movie-making app, allows you to put a new twist onto your classroom projects.  The goal of this session is to introduce you to the app and give you an opportunity to begin making your own green screen projects.  We will take you step by step through the process of making a short video.  There will be opportunites to practice creating your own videos and time to develop your curriculum with this app.  Medfield Schools are looking into making this app available to all students who are one-to-one with devices.  

Presenters
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Maura Batts

Blake Middle School
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Eileen Hurley

6th English Teacher
Blake Middle School
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Deb Manning

7th Grade Teacher, Blake Middle School
I am a 7th grade social studies teacher.


Friday March 25, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Classroom 110 First Floor

12:00pm

#TWEETING4RELEVANCE
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Stay Relevant in 140 Characters
Like drinking coffee, Twitter is an acquired taste. This session will focus on how teachers and professionals can use twitter to build a PLN and how students use it in today's world. This is for all educators - 'social media addicts' and those with 'socialmediaphobia'. Please have a Twitter Account already setup.
http://tinyurl.com/medtweeps 

Presenters
avatar for Jason Heim

Jason Heim

Science Teacher, Blake Middle School
Science Teacher - Blake Middle School 2002-20181:1 iPad classroom 2012 - 2018Presenter:  Masscue, Learn Launch, Medfield Digital Learning Day, iPad Summit, Innovation Summit.
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Nat Vaughn

Principal Blake Middle School, Medfield Public Schools
I have been an educator for 21 years and have been the principal at Blake Middle School in Medfield, MA for the past 8 years. I believe in advocating for and fostering an environment of collaboration and creativity with students, teachers and parents has played a significant role... Read More →


Friday March 25, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Classroom 205 Upstairs