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Thursday, March 13
 

8:30am

Opening Remarks and Keynote Presentation
Hosts
avatar for Lisa Thumann

Lisa Thumann

Senior Director, Teaching & Learning, EdTechTeam, Inc.
Formerly a K-6 technology teacher, Lisa Thumann has been offering technology integration professional development since 2002. Lisa worked as Rutgers University CMSCE’s Sr. Specialist in Technology Education and Kean University SGEI’s Assistant Director of Emerging Learning Technologies until she joined EdTechTeam this past year. Lisa oversees EdTechTeam’s professional development offerings and works with districts and... Read More →

Keynote Speaker
avatar for Cristin Frodella

Cristin Frodella

Group Product Marketing Manager, Google Education, Google


Thursday March 13, 2014 8:30am - 9:45am
Auditorium

9:55am

Lessons Learned from a Chromebook Rollout
Limited Capacity seats available

Review of the planning and procedures that went into our 1:1 Chromebook Rollout for Middle School. Presenters will share documents, planning, promoting, and decisions made. The professional development and staff training involved will be reviewed, with strategies for success. Parent and student education pieces and documents will be provided. The team will explain the purpose behind our selection to move ahead with the Chromebook initiative and our instructional expectations as we move ahead.

Presenters
ME

Mary Ellen Roberts

Technology Supervisor, Warren Township Schools
Technology Supervisor for Warren Township Schools. | All Aspects of Technology in Schools and Moving Forward with Google!
avatar for Michelle Zgombic

Michelle Zgombic

Technology Coach/ Grade 7 SS Teacher, Warren Township School District
A teacher for grade 7 Social Studies since 1998 in Warren Township Schools, NJ. Technology Coach for Warren Middle School, grades 6-8. What am I passionate about? The obvious, tech and education, but there is more- I love to smile and have fun! When you meet me, you will understand, see you then!

Thursday March 13, 2014 9:55am - 11:05am
Room 306

9:55am

Chromebook Classroom: gScholar: A digital classroom platform that facilitates the use of Google Apps and Chromebooks
Limited Capacity full

gScholar is a digital classroom platform that facilitates the use of Google Apps and Chromebooks in the modern learning environment.

With its powerful tools, gScholar gives administrators and teachers visibility and access to students' Google Apps and Chromebook activity.

http://www.promevo.com/#gscholar


Thursday March 13, 2014 9:55am - 11:05am
Room 324

9:55am

Forget the Flip, this is Self-Paced.
Limited Capacity full

The flipped classroom is a nice start, but it has some serious limitations that are apparent to anyone who has employed it in his or her instructional practice. Disgruntled by these limitations, we created a new model for learning that employs current technology and modern instructional practices to maximize student learning. The model is a true self-paced system that poses some serious challenges to those "tried-and-true" practices of the industrial model. In this presentation we will introduce you to the basics of a self-paced classroom and will show you how we did it. It is our hope that all attendees will leave this session with some practical advice about how to start a self-paced program in their districts--or at the very least, will leave with a few ideas about how to incorporate some self-paced elements into their own classes.

This session is geared towards both administrators and teachers. 

Presenters
avatar for Mark Gutkowski

Mark Gutkowski

Maven of Self-Paced Instruction, Morristown High School
avatar for Lane Worrall

Lane Worrall

Maven of Self-Paced Instruction, Morristown High School

Thursday March 13, 2014 9:55am - 11:05am
Room 307

9:55am

Google Apps on Your iPad
Limited Capacity filling up

Google and iPad are powerful tools for education. Put them together and you open up new ways to use both. Whether it is your own personal account or you are part of a Google Apps for Education school you should get to know the Google Apps for iPad. We will explore, demonstrate and play around with how students and staff can make the most of using Google and iPad together to enhance and enrich the learning environment. Great for blended environments where you are using Chromebooks and iPads.

Presenters
avatar for Samantha Morra

Samantha Morra

Teacher/Consultant, Elisabeth Morrow School
Samantha Morra is an educator with 20 years experience in K-12 schools. She has worked as a teacher, an elementary and middle school technology coordinator and an assistant principal. She has presented throughout the country and is a Google Certified Teacher and has contributed to books, magazines and television shows discussing special issues education. She is passionate about technology and its potential to transform education. Teacher... Read More →

Thursday March 13, 2014 9:55am - 11:05am
Room 308

9:55am

Building High Quality District Websites with Google Sites
Limited Capacity seats available

Many districts could save thousands of dollars each year by moving to Google Sites. With proper planning and setup, Google Sites can make overall site management easy plus the tools are familiar to everyone in a GAFE school district.

Topics to be covered:
  • Public calendars
  • Private intranet
  • Content management
  • Browser compatibility
  • Accessibility tips
Click on the link and moderate your questions. You have an opportunity to shape the workshop and create a more focused workshop by submitting and voting on questions!  http://goo.gl/70vfdz

Presenters
avatar for Louis Pelissier

Louis Pelissier

Network manager, Rumson School District

Thursday March 13, 2014 9:55am - 11:05am
Room 317

9:55am

Google Apps Admin Panel Deep Dive
Limited Capacity seats available

Get out your wet suit (and queue the underwater music) because we are going to take a deep dive into the new Google Apps admin panel through a scenario-based approach. We will look at Users, Groups, Organizational Units, Policies/Settings (Mail, Drive, Google+, Chromebooks), Reports, and Security. In each of these areas we will discuss common setups, frequent issues, and troubleshooting using a live environment (without a net). The overarching goal is to provide attendees with working and practical knowledge to better administer their district’s/school’s Admin Panel.

Presenters
avatar for Edwin Wargo

Edwin Wargo

Founder & Chief Google Geek, 11th Hour
11th Hour

Thursday March 13, 2014 9:55am - 11:05am
Auditorium

9:55am

Leveraging Google Spreadsheets and Apps Script to strengthen the College Application Process
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will introduce the College Application and Acceptance Tracker, a spreadsheet-based tool that is currently being piloted in 17 New York City public high schools in the New Visions’ network. The tool is designed to support college counselors and school leaders organize critical information about where students are in meeting key benchmarks in the college application process, and to facilitate communication between key stakeholders (teachers, parents, administrators).

Learn about two of New Visions’ Google Apps Scripts, formMule and autocrat, that plug into the College Tracker to automate communication between stakeholders and make information actionable.  Specifically learn how, formMule, an email merge utility, can be configured to automate emails to students (and parents), targeting those who haven’t paid their CUNY application fee, or completed the Common Application by a certain deadline or who haven't submitted their families’ updated taxes for FAFSA.

Similarly learn how, Autocrat, a document merge utility, produces a customizable college readiness report for every student, merging into each document any piece of information that lives in the College Tracker.  These reports are something that schools can begin to use as early as the first administration of the PSAT to support conversations with students that help them understand the improvements they need to make around PSAT or SAT exam scores, or GPA.  This report clarifies for students the key things colleges are looking for, and helps them set realistic goals.




Thursday March 13, 2014 9:55am - 11:05am
Room 318

11:10am

Game Changer: Leveraging Google Apps to Change the Culture of a School District
Limited Capacity full

Explore ways in which the core suite of Google Apps for Education, Chrome, and Chromebooks can change the culture of an entire school district. From productivity to innovation, to making IT decisions.
Superintendent of Schools Mackey Pendergrast and Supervisor of Technology Integration Erica Hartman

Presenters
avatar for Erica Hartman

Erica Hartman

Supervisor of Technology Integration, The Morris School District
Erica Hartman is a Google Certified Teacher/Apps Certified Trainer, technology integration consultant and the District Supervisor of Technology Integration for the Morris School District in New Jersey (PRE-K-12). Prior to that Erica was the Supervisor of Technology at the West Morris Regional High School District and taught Language Arts for 9 years at Sparta Middle School and was an educational computer specialist in the Morris School District... Read More →
avatar for Mackey Pendergrast

Mackey Pendergrast

Superintendent, West Morris Regional High School District

Thursday March 13, 2014 11:10am - 12:20pm
Room 306

11:10am

Implementing a K-12 1:1 Learning Environment
Learn how Hillsborough (NJ) is successfully transforming the classroom through 1:1 technology integration of Nexus tablets (K-4) and Chromebooks (K-12) throughout all grades. Our goal is to enhance the learning environment while optimizing the opportunity for a value-added approach to globalization of the curriculum, asynchronous learning opportunities, and the creation, collaboration and publication of digital content. Our modeling of technology as an educational tool has transformed technology from something unique to an integrated part of the normal school learning and work environment.

All 2,800 of our K-4 students utilize a Google Nexus Android tablet. As an original Google Android for Education pilot district, teachers utilize the Android for Education tools for deploying specialized apps and enriching content to personalize student learning. We are also in the the midst of our four-year 1:1 device rollout whereby each of our 4,500 students in Grades 5-12 will receive a Chromebook for use in school and at home. With Google Apps as the centerpiece of the collaborative learning environment our teachers can transform their classrooms to offer relevant learning opportunities academically geared toward individual student needs.

Presenters
avatar for Joel Handler

Joel Handler

Director of Technology, Hillsborough Board of Education
Joel T. Handler is the Director of Technology for the Hillsborough School Township Public Schools in New Jersey. He has two masters degrees, one in Computer Science and another in Educational Administration from Rutgers University. He has presented at several New Jersey venues including Techspo, and NJASA, NY/NJ Google Apps Summit and ISTE 2012. Under his leadership, the district has made great strides in technology integration in a short... Read More →
avatar for Todd MacDonald

Todd MacDonald

Technology Integration Specialist, Hillsborough Township Public Schools
Todd MacDonald has been a Technology Integration Specialist for 3 years. He has a Masters Degree in Geography (specialization in Geographic Information Systems) and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Learning Technologies. Prior to working in the field of education, he was a Senior GIS Specialist for a navigation software company and a Support Specialist for a university. His interest in technology, whether in the field of education... Read More →

Thursday March 13, 2014 11:10am - 12:20pm
Auditorium

11:10am

Using Scripts, Plus, and Sites to Create a teacher Led Community of Practice
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how one district is creating a teacher-led curriculum community that is self sustaining and organizing using Google Scripts, Google Sites, Google Drive, Google Plus, and face to face meetups. The conversation will include successes and failures, our road map, and a healthy dose of "How-To."

Presenters
avatar for John Calvert

John Calvert

Technology Learning Facilitator, Scarsdale Public Schools
I'm a Technology Learning Facilitator and the Elementary Google Apps Administrator for the Scarsdale School District in New York. I passionately believe in the power of teacher sharing and have been building collaborative curriculum systems using Google Apps since 2008. I'm a Google Certified Teacher and have presented at the annual NSDC conference, the annual ASCD conference, the annual NCTM conference, the NY TLI Technology Expo, and the GAFE... Read More →

Thursday March 13, 2014 11:10am - 12:20pm
Room 307

11:10am

Chromebook Classroom: Knowledge Management and Student Activity Monitoring in Google Apps with Hapara Teacher Dashboard

With Hapara you can ...View activity in Google Apps organized by class and student, automatically generate class and student folders, deploy next generation file sharing with differentiated push capability, oversee student email activity, get a feed of blog posting and commenting, organize Google Plus by class, and more! With Remote Control, teachers see everything students do in their browsers, push notifications, open and close tabs. What will you do with an extra hour a day?

 

 


Sponsors
avatar for Lori Chaney

Lori Chaney

Director of Customer Success, Hapara
Lori Chaney is an educator for the Hapara team with over twenty-five years experience world-wide in public education and ed-tech. With extensive classroom and tech exposure, Lori was recognized for applying education technology solutions in her classroom in innovative ways. She now works with educators and school leaders around the world to share Hapara's best practices.


Thursday March 13, 2014 11:10am - 12:20pm
Room 324

11:10am

From the Ground Up Google Apps
Limited Capacity full

This session focuses on the basic protocols and best practices on how a teacher can start using Google Apps in their classroom. We will review best practices from both the Professional Development trainer and teacher perspective.



Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Cronk

Jennifer Cronk

Asst. Manager Emerging Technologies, Lower Hudson Regional Information Center
Jennifer Cronk is an Assistant Manager of Emerging Technologies for the Southern Westchester BOCES in New York. She currently oversees and strategically plans the Google Apps transformations of several school districts in Westchester county. Jennifer began her career in 1996 as a computer teacher and passionately pursued the ed tech field for twenty years. Jennifer presents nationally at instructional technology conferences, and workshops... Read More →

Thursday March 13, 2014 11:10am - 12:20pm
Room 308

11:10am

Youtube Editor and Google Hangouts for PBL, Flipped, and Chromebook Classrooms
Limited Capacity filling up

Join us as we look at the YouTube Editor. This free online video editor is certainly robust and works great on your Chromebooks (since you cannot use Java-based web tools with them)! 

The Youtube Editor and Hangout features are perfect for:
  • digital storytelling
  • flipped learning
  • screencast and tutorial making
  • video creation
  • creative project-based learning
Come learn how to use these tools and view some fantastic examples.

Presenters
avatar for Katie Regan

Katie Regan

Instructional Technology Specialist, Central New York Regional Information Center
I love Chromebooks/Google Apps, MakerSpaces, STEM and STEAM, programming in schools, robotics, and pretty much anything geeky! Outside of my job, I'm a mother of an 11 year old girl, and a Goldendoodle. I love to cook and I'm an avid runner. One of my favorite things to do in the winter is go to SU Basketball games.

Thursday March 13, 2014 11:10am - 12:20pm
Room 317

11:10am

Climbing Maslow’s Paradox: Google Apps Scripts that Allow “Systems Design” to Become a Core Practice of School Leaders
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore the ways in which free, lightweight, flexible technologies -- educator-built automation scripts that plug into Google Sheets, Docs and Forms -- are empowering school level systems-thinkers to pick up tools and make their educational vision a sustainable reality. Emerge with a system prototype of your own design, and the resources and community to help you get started building it!

Presenters
JS

Jesse Spevack

Founding Assistant Principal, NYC iSchool
avatar for Andrew Stillman

Andrew Stillman

Director of Systems Development, New Visions for Public Schools, New York City
Andrew is the Senior Systems Developer at New Visions for Public Schools and originator of dozens of Apps Script tools for automating workflows in classrooms and schools (Doctopus, autoCrat, formMule, gClassFolders, gClassHub, pageMeister, sheetSpider, formFolio, etc.). Andrew is a veteran classroom and outdoor educator of 15 years and now supports 76 NYC public high schools. His personal and professional mission is to radically disrupt cycles of... Read More →

Thursday March 13, 2014 11:10am - 12:20pm
Room 318

1:20pm

Form a Teacher Cadre of Google Experts Among Your Instructional Staff
Limited Capacity filling up

Create a sustainable cadre of Google experts among your teaching staff. Learn how the Clarkstown Central School District formed a cohort of 22 Clarkstown Google Experts to move forward our vision for using GAFE for student learning and engagement.

Presenters
avatar for John Krouskoff

John Krouskoff

Director of Instructional Technology, Clarkstown Central School District
John Krouskoff is a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer, Google Certified Teacher (San Antonio 2010) and permanently certified NYS teacher and administrator. His extensive experience with differentiated professional development, motivational speaking, and tightly aligned technology planning and integration are recognized nationally. | | John works with a team of Google Certified Trainers and certified teachers, leading workshops... Read More →

Thursday March 13, 2014 1:20pm - 2:30pm
Auditorium

1:20pm

Transitioning to Google Apps & Providing Professional Development
Limited Capacity seats available

Transitioning to GAFE & Providing Professional Development:  District going GAFE?  This session will be an overview of how a school district made the transition to GAFE told from the perspective of a Technology Director, Systems Network Administrator, and the Teacher/Coordinator of Technology.  We will share ideas on how to work together as a team to get your district using Google Apps.  We will also explain how we extend Professional Development to administrators, teachers, and students beyond the traditional classroom walls.

Presenters
SF

Suzanne Fioravanti

Just a regular woman going about a regular life with a smile and a mission.
avatar for Tracy Leigh

Tracy Leigh

Teacher/Technology Coordinator, Wayne Township Public Schools
Tracy Leigh has 13 years experience as a classroom teacher at the Elementary level as well as the Middle School level. She worked with the MSUNER (Montclair State Univ. Network for Education Renewal) for 8 years as well as numerous NJ school districts facilitating technology professional development workshops. She was also an Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University teaching, "Integrating Technology into the Curriculum". | | Tracy... Read More →

Thursday March 13, 2014 1:20pm - 2:30pm
Room 307

1:20pm

Chromebook Classroom: Interactive Formative Assessments for a Chromebook Classroom
Limited Capacity full

Regularly assessing students takes time many of us don’t have. We know formative assessment is important, but difficult to do effectively. Learn about great formative assessment tools built for Google that help you easily check-in on student progress and know what concepts need more attention.

Presented by Anthony Showalter, Peardeck and Melissa Murphy from Belmar Elementary School

Sponsors
avatar for Anthony Showalter

Anthony Showalter

Co-Founder & President, Pear Deck
I'm excited about Active Learning in Chromebook Classrooms.


Thursday March 13, 2014 1:20pm - 2:30pm
Room 324

1:20pm

Demonstrate Growth with e-Portfolios
Limited Capacity filling up

Join us to learn how to structure an eportfolio to suit your curriculum needs.

e-Portfolios encourage collaboration, integrate technology, personalize learning and measure student growth.

Walk away having learned the basics of Google Sites (including GAFE integration) as well as how to create rubrics which will encourage individualized, critical thinking within a Common Core curriculum.

Presenters
avatar for Colleen Murray

Colleen Murray

Teacher, Southern Regional High School
I am an educational consultant and teacher specializing in personalizing learning with technology assisted assessments which help teachers prepare students for college and career.

Thursday March 13, 2014 1:20pm - 2:30pm
Room 308

1:20pm

Online Student Journals Using Presentations and Sites
Limited Capacity full

Have you been wondering about having your students keep online journals? They can view, comment, use them from anywhere, anytime - no more leaving journals at home, ragged torn pages, your bags of journals carried home for feedback notes and then all this to just put them in the garbage at the end of each year.

I will share my high school students' online journals, the process of organizing, using and archiving them for ongoing use and reference and we will brainstorm solutions for session participants' specific situations. These solutions can be put in place and used the next school day!

Presenters
avatar for Susan Ettenheim

Susan Ettenheim

teacher/technology integration, ERHS
Susan Ettenheim earned a BA cum laude from Mount Holyoke College studying Art, Mathematics and Spanish Literature, a MA in Media Studies from the New School University and a MS in Education (Leadership in the Arts, Supervision and Administration) at Bank Street College of Education in a joint program with Parsons School of Design and started the Interactive Telecommunications Program at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. She exhibited... Read More →

Thursday March 13, 2014 1:20pm - 2:30pm
Room 318

1:20pm

Beginners Guide to the Google Apps Admin Console
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you new to the world of administering your Google Apps domain or are you used to the old console and not sure where everything is in the new redesigned one?  This session will provide a beginners walk through of the Admin Console to better help you understand how to manage your domain.  Peter will show the ins and outs of how to provision users, group them in OU’s and set up their services.

Sponsors
avatar for Peter Henrie

Peter Henrie

Chief Operating Officer, Amplified IT
Peter Henrie is an authorized Google Education Trainer and one of the founding members of Amplified IT, an education-focused Google Apps Consultancy with a unique approach that focuses on empowering schools and districts. Peter began working with Google Apps for Education in 2009 at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He quickly learned how powerful a tool it was within education and created Amplified IT to help schools ensure that... Read More →


Thursday March 13, 2014 1:20pm - 2:30pm
Room 306

1:20pm

Pivot Tables and VLookup
Limited Capacity seats available

Unleash the power of Google Forms and Spread Sheets with Pivot Tables and VLookup. We will demonstrate and guide users in generate and sharing powerful reports that update automatically. Participants will also learn how to easily merge data from different tables into a single file.

www.tinyurl.com/MoreWithForms
A one year subscription to Atomic Learning will be raffled off during the session.All attendees will receive a free 30 day subscription. 

Presenters
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Chad Marcus

Director of Curriculum and Technology, North Brunswick Township Schools

Thursday March 13, 2014 1:20pm - 2:30pm
Room 317

2:35pm

Piloting Chrome Books - Year 1 - Setting Yourself Up For Success
Limited Capacity seats available

The Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District began year one of its Digital Conversion in September and is sharing their experiences and suggestions for other districts.

From forming a Digital Conversion Committee, to visiting Mooresville Graded School District, to having their first Chromebook Deployment Evening for parents and students, MERS is on the path to success.

Providing the teachers with Chromebooks and Google Apps training, the community had complete buy in prior to the students receiving their devices. Come and find out the steps they’ve taken to guarantee success and what positive results they’ve experienced thus far.

Presenters
avatar for John Spalthoff

John Spalthoff

Principal, Manalapan-Englishtown Regional Schools - Pine Brook School

Thursday March 13, 2014 2:35pm - 3:45pm
Room 306

2:35pm

Ordered Chromebooks? Training and Professional Development for a District
Limited Capacity filling up

We ordered over 300 Chromebooks to launch the 2013-14 school year. Knowing they were coming, we wanted to ensure teachers and admin we were ready to launch come September.

We did this in a variety of ways:
  • Using grant funds to train a cohort over the summer with ongoing training
  • Teaching a 5-week Teacher Center course to K-12 teachers in the evening
  • Organizing faculty meetings with "Google Sessions" for every teacher
  • Hosting monthly Google training sessions for our administrators
  • Providing parent technology evenings to show parents how Google will be used in the classroom.

We've since added more Chromebooks and a District of teachers and students who are using Google Drive, Apps for Education, Communities and Plus (to name a few) in a short time. We want to share our work with others!

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Forsberg

Jennifer Forsberg

Assistant Director of Technology, Ossining Union Free School District
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Jeremy Luft

Director of Technology, Ossining Union Free School District
Director of Technology and CIO at Ossining UFSD | Adjunct Instructor Pace University | 2012 NYSCATE Outstanding Technology Leader | Father, Husband, Presenter and Educator

Thursday March 13, 2014 2:35pm - 3:45pm
Room 317

2:35pm

Project Based Learning and Google
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, we will examine how Google tools can be used in order to enhance project-based learning and STEM experiences, particularly at the elementary level. We will look at specific projects from multiple subject areas and discuss how Google tools can be integrated into student and teachers workflows in order to enhance the learning experience for everyone involved. Conversation will also involve the ways in which the East Penn School District has integrated Google Apps for Education into their technology ecosystem, and the ways in which teachers and students are able to take advantage of this structure.

Presenters
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Janel McCormick

Middle School Literacy Teacher, Doctoral Candidate, Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School
began as a Little Lion; became a Golden Eagle; graduated to a Nittany Lion and now a Blue Knight. love Sayid loath Benjamin love Schroder loath Lucy love JT loath Britney love Seacrest loath Stern tolerate Big Ben loath Brady

Thursday March 13, 2014 2:35pm - 3:45pm
Auditorium

2:35pm

Best of the Chrome Web Store
Limited Capacity full

This session reviews what our teachers describe as the best of the Chrome Web Store. There will be an emphasis on web apps that:
1) integrate fully with Google account single sign-on
2) increase productivity
3) help us meet our district technology goals of asynchronous learning, globalization of the curriculum, and the creation, collaboration and publication of digital content.

Presenters
avatar for Cara Flash

Cara Flash

Technology Integration Specialist, Hillsborough Township Public Schools
avatar for Todd MacDonald

Todd MacDonald

Technology Integration Specialist, Hillsborough Township Public Schools
Todd MacDonald has been a Technology Integration Specialist for 3 years. He has a Masters Degree in Geography (specialization in Geographic Information Systems) and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Learning Technologies. Prior to working in the field of education, he was a Senior GIS Specialist for a navigation software company and a Support Specialist for a university. His interest in technology, whether in the field of education... Read More →

Thursday March 13, 2014 2:35pm - 3:45pm
Room 307

2:35pm

Powering Your Student Tech Team with Google Apps
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will explore how to setup, maintain, and sustain a student led tech team and genius bar/help desk using Google Apps for Education in conjunction with free services offered in the Google Apps Marketplace. Participants will have the opportunity to discover how setup consistent workflows for communication, project planning and collaboration, scheduling tech support appointments, assigning IT tickets to students, and developing a student and staff focused tech show. Students will be available to share their involvement in this ongoing project.

Presenters
avatar for Sean Beavers

Sean Beavers

District Coordinator of Technology Integration, West Morris Regional High School District
Sean is a former fourth and fifth grade math, science, and language arts teacher with an insatiable passion for technology ever since he laid his hands on an Apple IIe. Currently, he works for West Morris Regional School District as their District Coordinator of Technology Integration. In this capacity he is responsible for helping spearhead district technology initiatives, supporting teachers and students through professional development... Read More →

Thursday March 13, 2014 2:35pm - 3:45pm
Room 318

2:35pm

Chromebook Classroom: Google Apps Admin Console Best Practices for Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you configured your Admin Console around the best practices for your school or district?  Peter will provide an overview of the Admin Console, which will include tips on user management, groups, services to have on and sometimes more importantly off.  As well as a guide to the objectionable content filter and why it is so needed in a school setting.  The default console does not come configured for a school environment so find out what settings you really should change by attending this session.

Sponsors
avatar for Peter Henrie

Peter Henrie

Chief Operating Officer, Amplified IT
Peter Henrie is an authorized Google Education Trainer and one of the founding members of Amplified IT, an education-focused Google Apps Consultancy with a unique approach that focuses on empowering schools and districts. Peter began working with Google Apps for Education in 2009 at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He quickly learned how powerful a tool it was within education and created Amplified IT to help schools ensure that... Read More →


Thursday March 13, 2014 2:35pm - 3:45pm
Room 324

2:35pm

Google Scripts in Education Case Studies
Limited Capacity seats available

Use Google scripts and Spreadsheets to automate and streamline school and classroom processes. The implemented case studies will include APPR observations, sign up schedules, 6-day cycle calendars, student generated class contracts, and teacher share repositories. Examples for each process will be provided.

Presenters
avatar for John Calvert

John Calvert

Technology Learning Facilitator, Scarsdale Public Schools
I'm a Technology Learning Facilitator and the Elementary Google Apps Administrator for the Scarsdale School District in New York. I passionately believe in the power of teacher sharing and have been building collaborative curriculum systems using Google Apps since 2008. I'm a Google Certified Teacher and have presented at the annual NSDC conference, the annual ASCD conference, the annual NCTM conference, the NY TLI Technology Expo, and the GAFE... Read More →

Thursday March 13, 2014 2:35pm - 3:45pm
Room 308
 
Friday, March 14
 

8:30am

Forget the Flip, this is Self-Paced.
Limited Capacity full

The flipped classroom is a nice start, but it has some serious limitations that are apparent to anyone who has employed it in his or her instructional practice. Disgruntled by these limitations, we created a new model for learning that employs current technology and modern instructional practices to maximize student learning. The model is a true self-paced system that poses some serious challenges to those "tried-and-true" practices of the industrial model. In this presentation we will introduce you to the basics of a self-paced classroom and will show you how we did it. It is our hope that all attendees will leave this session with some practical advice about how to start a self-paced program in their districts--or at the very least, will leave with a few ideas about how to incorporate some self-paced elements into their own classes.

This session is geared towards both administrators and teachers.  

Presenters
avatar for Mark Gutkowski

Mark Gutkowski

Maven of Self-Paced Instruction, Morristown High School
avatar for Lane Worrall

Lane Worrall

Maven of Self-Paced Instruction, Morristown High School

Friday March 14, 2014 8:30am - 9:40am
Room 317

8:30am

A Holistic Approach for Going 1:1 with Chromebooks: Sociological, Pedagogical, and Technical
Limited Capacity seats available

Just as Johannes Gutenberg’s movable-type printing press impacted the global spread of knowledge, the Internet is uniquely positioned to move beyond distribution but rather contribution and collaboration from all levels of society. However, so many of today’s technology use seems to merely digitize existing classroom practices rather than facilitate transformative ones. To move beyond digitized worksheets and $1,000 pencils, schools need to adopt a change process theory model by treating the pedagogical shift to fully leverage a 1:1 environment to empower the learner as an “epidemic” as described by Malcolm Gladwell in his book The Tipping Point.

However achieving this shift is not easy as illustrated by the recent troubled implementations in Los Angeles and Miami. We believe that we must grow slow with successful opt-in teachers interested to build momentum and create an “epidemic” to facilitate the spread of ideas and behavior in schools. Over the course of two years, we implemented a 1:1 learning environment with Chromebooks in a large, urban school district. Learn how we approached and embraced change, what choices we made, successes and challenges, staffing requirements, curricular modifications, pedagogical shifts, technical hurdles from deploying 4,800 Chromebooks in grades 7-12.

Presenters
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Joanna Antoniou

Technology Coordinator, Lincoln Middle School, Passaic City Public Schools
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Joshua Koen

Special Assistant for Technology, Newark Public Schools
Unleashing the true potential of 1:1 computing and moving beyond the $1,000 pencil trap!
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Jason Smith

Student Information Systems Coordinator, Lincoln Middle School, Passaic City Public Schools

Friday March 14, 2014 8:30am - 9:40am
Room 306

8:30am

Chromebook Classroom: gScholar: A digital classroom platform that facilitates the use of Google Apps and Chromebooks
Limited Capacity seats available

gScholar is a digital classroom platform that facilitates the use of Google Apps and Chromebooks in the modern learning environment.

With its powerful tools, gScholar gives administrators and teachers visibility and access to students' Google Apps and Chromebook activity.

http://www.promevo.com/#gscholar


Friday March 14, 2014 8:30am - 9:40am
Room 324

8:30am

Digital Reading in the Classroom
Limited Capacity full

“Okay everyone, take out your cell phones or tablets.” Never had I imagined that my classroom ideology would be governed by an invitation to use the technology so many “traditional” teachers fear and loathe. Cell phone usage encouraged in class? But it is a veritable playground of distractions. And the last thing a teacher needs is to to fight for attention against the vibrant, often cacophonous, temptations offered by the internet. And here I am requesting that they move their seats closer to an outlet if they are low on battery, and log in to Google. Why would I risk the potential disaster of allowing students to use devices in my English class when we need to be reading literature and improving writing skills? The answer is simple: Technology is what students today know, it is what makes them comfortable, it is what they bring to class, and it is what motivates them. And, something I realized after hearing about vicious battles between teachers and in-class technology usage by students is: If I can’t beat ‘em, I might as well join ‘em. Only recently have I begun my own journey into the magical world of technology integration. But since doing so, my students’ engagement, efficiency, and effort has vastly improved.
Googling has become an acceptable verb in my class, and it is used any time a student asks a definition of an unknown word while reading, or when an obscure historical question arises out of contextual clues. Allowing my students to utilize their devices has created a culture of inquisitiveness. Rather than simply waiting for “the answer” from me, they dive into their own research, and are eager to share what they learned, where they learned it, and how easy the answer was to find. And this quest for knowledge is, in fact, what we want to instill in our students, isn’t it? Encouraging the use of cell phones and tablets places a world of knowledge at their fingertips, and they are excited to partake in the adventure of internet exploration. This excitement is a welcome change to the drone of dissent that resounds after telling them to take a dictionary from the shelf or to visit the library to do research. However, using Google as a search engine isn’t the only benefit of my highly digitized classroom.
Another useful technology tool used daily in my class is the script that has enabled my class to share GClass folders. Google’s script enables teachers to create Assignment, Edit, and View folders for each student in each class using Google Drive, making sharing documents easy. This tool also allows virtual teacher conferencing, instant feedback, collaboration, and easy access to presentation slides and other handouts I make without worrying students might misplace them. Using it with my English classes has decreased the amount of students who do not turn work in on time for losing thumb drives or not accessing printers. GClass folders also enable students to keep a digital portfolio of all work done in class, along with edited versions and drafts with teacher comments. This has been extremely valuable to my seniors, who need to draft application essays and put together applications or portfolios in hopes of getting accepted into college. Time has been saved by allowing students to embed links and insert images seamlessly by using Google’s toolbar options. When writing essays, students can copy quotes directly from e-texts or links to informational articles, rather than waste time copying from a paper version, and risk missing or mis-typing important information. And sources are easy to relocate, as they can be accessed directly from the GClass Folders.
In addition to writing, GClass folders have also helped my students and I save time when we face obstacles that are out of our control. I no longer need to fret about copy machines that have broken down, and my students don’t need to worry about missed handouts when absent. I simply place work in their View folder, and with a click of a button, we all have access to class slides, documents, and spreadsheets. And if we happen to lose internet--no problem. Google Drive provides an offline version, so I can always access my documents, and display them on the projector for all of my class to see. GClass folders has been particularly useful to my busiest students, who work after school jobs or play sports. Assignments can be read, written, and edited on their cell phones, and homework can be completed on the bus, at the checkout line, or waiting for mom and dad to pick them up from dance practice.
Let’s face it, our lives are busy. And as more is thrown our way, in education as well as in life in general, we need to make the most of our time, and utilize the tools that make us more efficient. Learning to access tools such as Google’s GClass folders, downloading Drive to our cell phones, and taking advantage of the technology available makes us savvy. It helps us be more productive. It bridges a long-standing gap between teacher and student, and puts us together in what has become known in my class as the Google Playground, where everyone has a chance to achieve.

Presenters
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Erica Hartman

Supervisor of Technology Integration, The Morris School District
Erica Hartman is a Google Certified Teacher/Apps Certified Trainer, technology integration consultant and the District Supervisor of Technology Integration for the Morris School District in New Jersey (PRE-K-12). Prior to that Erica was the Supervisor of Technology at the West Morris Regional High School District and taught Language Arts for 9 years at Sparta Middle School and was an educational computer specialist in the Morris School District... Read More →
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Natalie Vazquez

English Teacher, West Morris Central High School Teacher
I am a high school English teacher. I believe student engagement is key for the most successful learning experiences, and utilizing technology is a great way to get today's students motivated and participating. I enjoy learning about new tools that can better enable my teaching and make the content more accessible for my students. Despite being interested in the latest digital tools, I also enjoy good 'ole fashion crafting in my spare time.

Friday March 14, 2014 8:30am - 9:40am
Room 318

8:30am

Google Sites: Create Your Virtual Classroom
Limited Capacity full

Using the Google Sites platform, learn how to create your own Virtual Classroom! My personal virtual classroom will be showcased to provide ideas on what information to provide on the site for parents and students. Some features include resources, homework and daily activities. Make a site that includes everything from your classroom to go paperless and provides an opportunity for remote learning! After previewing the sample, we will begin to build our own virtual classroom on Google Sites.

Presenters
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Michelle Zgombic

Technology Coach/ Grade 7 SS Teacher, Warren Township School District
A teacher for grade 7 Social Studies since 1998 in Warren Township Schools, NJ. Technology Coach for Warren Middle School, grades 6-8. What am I passionate about? The obvious, tech and education, but there is more- I love to smile and have fun! When you meet me, you will understand, see you then!

Friday March 14, 2014 8:30am - 9:40am
Room 307

8:30am

Best of the Chrome Web Store
Limited Capacity seats available

This session reviews what our teachers describe as the best of the Chrome Web Store. There will be an emphasis on web apps that:
1) integrate fully with Google account single sign-on
2) increase productivity
3) help us meet our district technology goals of asynchronous learning, globalization of the curriculum, and the creation, collaboration and publication of digital content.

Presenters
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Cara Flash

Technology Integration Specialist, Hillsborough Township Public Schools
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Todd MacDonald

Technology Integration Specialist, Hillsborough Township Public Schools
Todd MacDonald has been a Technology Integration Specialist for 3 years. He has a Masters Degree in Geography (specialization in Geographic Information Systems) and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Learning Technologies. Prior to working in the field of education, he was a Senior GIS Specialist for a navigation software company and a Support Specialist for a university. His interest in technology, whether in the field of education... Read More →

Friday March 14, 2014 8:30am - 9:40am
Room 308

8:30am

Preparing for Online Assessments
Learn how Google Chromebooks can help support online assessments. In this session you'll learn how to prepare for online assessments including PARCC, receive tips for optimizing your network, and learn about the features of Chromebooks that allow it to meet your district's needs.

Presenters
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Blanca Duarte

President and Chief Enablement Officer, LogicWing Inc
I am a passionate and connected educator looking to learn and discuss issues which impact the lives of children. I believe in universal access and in the importance of redesigning learning experiences. Practice what you preach. Love what you do. It's important. #NYEDChat co-moderator. Follow me on Twitter @blancaedu. School board member.
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Anthony Martini

VP and Cloud Solutions Architect, LogicWing Inc

Friday March 14, 2014 8:30am - 9:40am
Auditorium

9:45am

Implementing Google Apps Student ePortfolios
Limited Capacity full

Participants will learn the best practices for creating ePortfolios (digital online portfolios), using Google Apps for Education, which allow students to create an authentic representation of their progress throughout the school year in attaining Common Core Standard fluency. They will learn how to create and implement ePortfolios for their students with Google Drive & Google Sites, using an easy to follow methodology.

ePortfolios foster teacher accountability by providing a means to show student progress towards Common Core mastery throughout the year. At the same time, it allows for better communication with the students' families, as they can view their child's ePortfolio online. Finally, it allows the students to reflect on their own thinking process (metacognition) by posting their work in a blog like environment providing a reflection which accompanies their work.

Presenters
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Adam Schneider

Instructional Technology Manager, Custom Computer Specialists, Inc.
Adam Schneider is a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer, and has been an educator for over 13 years, and a technology enthusiast for most of his life. As a classroom teacher and technology coordinator, he utilized different teaching methodologies to address the various needs of his students. By incorporating technology into the classroom environment, he found that students became more engaged learners. This knowledge led him to begin... Read More →

Friday March 14, 2014 9:45am - 10:55am
Room 307

9:45am

Chromebook Classroom: Making 1:1 Technology Work in a 22nd Century World from a Student and District Perspective
Learn how Lawrence Township has transformed learning and helped prepare students for 22nd century learning through their 1:1 program.  This session will review the lessons learned through the expansion of the 1:1 program to grades 6 – 10, explain why the district is changing to Chromebooks, and show how the administrators model and use Google every day. The presenter will also show examples of how the teachers are effectively implementing not only 1:1 devices but will also show best practices in using Google Apps for Education.

Sponsors
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Neil Estevez

Account Executive, Lenovo

Presenters
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Alyson Fischer

Assistant Principal, Lawrence High School Lawrence School District
Alyson is currently an Assistant Principal at Lawrence High School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, and will be the new Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics beginning in January 2015. Alyson is proud to be a part of a National District Of Character.

Friday March 14, 2014 9:45am - 10:55am
Room 324

9:45am

Google in the Classroom: Drive, Apps and Communities
Limited Capacity seats available

We are using Google in a variety of ways K-12! We launched a new curriculum this year in our Middle School which includes Google Drive and Google Apps for all students 6-8. Learn more about their curriculum and how other subject area teachers are using it in the middle school including Social Studies, Science and ELA to name a few. Our elementary teachers have replaced "old" ways with Google Docs and Presentations. We will share some of their work as well.

In our high school, Google Communities are spreading faster than we expected. We will share how teachers are using Communities and Plus in the classroom to make their class expand into 24/7 learning and sharing. We will show examples from ESL, French, English, and Chemistry to name a few. The success in the High School is also due to our implementation of Chromebooks, and a BYOD initiative which allows students to use their existing phones and tablets.


Presenters
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Jennifer Forsberg

Assistant Director of Technology, Ossining Union Free School District
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Jeremy Luft

Director of Technology, Ossining Union Free School District
Director of Technology and CIO at Ossining UFSD | Adjunct Instructor Pace University | 2012 NYSCATE Outstanding Technology Leader | Father, Husband, Presenter and Educator

Friday March 14, 2014 9:45am - 10:55am
Auditorium

9:45am

Google Sites: Create Your Virtual Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Using the Google Sites platform, learn how to create your own Virtual Classroom! My personal virtual classroom will be showcased to provide ideas on what information to provide on the site for parents and students. Some features include resources, homework and daily activities. Make a site that includes everything from your classroom to go paperless and provides an opportunity for remote learning! After previewing the sample, we will begin to build our own virtual classroom on Google Sites.

Presenters
avatar for Michelle Zgombic

Michelle Zgombic

Technology Coach/ Grade 7 SS Teacher, Warren Township School District
A teacher for grade 7 Social Studies since 1998 in Warren Township Schools, NJ. Technology Coach for Warren Middle School, grades 6-8. What am I passionate about? The obvious, tech and education, but there is more- I love to smile and have fun! When you meet me, you will understand, see you then!

Friday March 14, 2014 9:45am - 10:55am
Room 308

9:45am

PBL and Chromebooks - A Perfect Match
Limited Capacity filling up

Project-based learning and Chromebooks are the perfect combination! Come learn about how the Chromebook can be a robust learning platform to support PBL as it relates to Next Gen skills and Common Core implementation.

Presenters
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Katie Regan

Instructional Technology Specialist, Central New York Regional Information Center
I love Chromebooks/Google Apps, MakerSpaces, STEM and STEAM, programming in schools, robotics, and pretty much anything geeky! Outside of my job, I'm a mother of an 11 year old girl, and a Goldendoodle. I love to cook and I'm an avid runner. One of my favorite things to do in the winter is go to SU Basketball games.

Friday March 14, 2014 9:45am - 10:55am
Room 318

9:45am

YouTube 101
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn about why you want to start a channel and how you can use it to reach more students. Already hard at work creating videos? We'll also be talking about channel branding, video promotion and how to make money on YouTube.

Presenters

Friday March 14, 2014 9:45am - 10:55am
Room 306

9:45am

D&D - Discovering and Delivering Content with Google Play for EDU
Limited Capacity filling up

Google Play for Education is about getting the right content in front of the right students at the right time. The online management console and Google Play for Education portal allow schools to deploy, discover and delivery content to students easily and quickly! Come join us for a demonstration on how to provision your Android tablets, search for content, and deliver apps, videos, and books.

Presenters
avatar for Blanca Duarte

Blanca Duarte

President and Chief Enablement Officer, LogicWing Inc
I am a passionate and connected educator looking to learn and discuss issues which impact the lives of children. I believe in universal access and in the importance of redesigning learning experiences. Practice what you preach. Love what you do. It's important. #NYEDChat co-moderator. Follow me on Twitter @blancaedu. School board member.

Friday March 14, 2014 9:45am - 10:55am
Room 317

11:00am

Demo Slams, Sponsors and Raffles
Join us for:

  • Presentations by our Sponsors
  • Demo Slams  by our Presenters
  • Raffles and Giveaways

Hosts
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Lisa Thumann

Senior Director, Teaching & Learning, EdTechTeam, Inc.
Formerly a K-6 technology teacher, Lisa Thumann has been offering technology integration professional development since 2002. Lisa worked as Rutgers University CMSCE’s Sr. Specialist in Technology Education and Kean University SGEI’s Assistant Director of Emerging Learning Technologies until she joined EdTechTeam this past year. Lisa oversees EdTechTeam’s professional development offerings and works with districts and... Read More →


Friday March 14, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Auditorium