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Friday, March 3
 

7:30am

8:15am

Welcome & Keynote
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Darryl Adams

Dr. Darryl Adams

Superintendent-in-Residence, CEO and Founder, AdamsEdutainment.com
Dr. Darryl S. Adams, retired Superintendent of Schools for the Coachella Valley Unified School District, Dr. Adams has led innovative reform efforts in education in California and in the nation. Under Dr. Adams’ leadership the voters in his former district approved “Measure X”, a Mobile Teaching and Learning initiative that placed an iPad in the hands of all 20,000 CVUSD students from Preschool through High School, the first... Read More →
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Mike Minihane

Director of Information Technology, Notre Dame Academy


Friday March 3, 2017 8:15am - 9:30am
Regency I, II, III

9:30am

9:40am

OER and/or Digital Content
This presentation will share how shifting to openly licensed educational resources is imperative for PK-12 school districts across the country. This address will focus on what openly licensed educational resources are, how school districts across the country are making this transition, and why it is important students and educators.

Speakers

Friday March 3, 2017 9:40am - 10:25am
Middlesex

9:40am

Envisioning the Future of Education
Join our session envisioning the future of education to discuss what role Artificial Intelligence (AI), Watson Cognitive Computing and Holoportation are playing in building the future and why & how it will make all educator's dreams a reality. You will also learn about BIG DATA, Data Analytics, Oblong Industries and Global STEM Collaboration and what role they are playing in this exciting process. The future of education is HERE!

Speakers
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Dr. Tracy Crowe

Superintendent of Schools, Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District
avatar for Antonio Pagan

Antonio Pagan

Chief Information Officer, City of Northampton / Northampton Public Schools
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Larisa Schelkin

CEO and Founder, Global STEM Center, Inc
Larisa K. Schelkin CEO, President and Founder, Global STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education Center, Inc. 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation; She is also a Founder of the Global Technology and Engineering Consortium (GTEC) and a co-founder of the DOME Foundation. Larisa Schelkin is the author of the Global STEM Classroom ® teaching and learning model. She has developed over 35 Global STEM projects and established partnerships... Read More →


Friday March 3, 2017 9:40am - 10:25am
Norfolk

9:40am

Keynote Follow-Up
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Darryl Adams

Dr. Darryl Adams

Superintendent-in-Residence, CEO and Founder, AdamsEdutainment.com
Dr. Darryl S. Adams, retired Superintendent of Schools for the Coachella Valley Unified School District, Dr. Adams has led innovative reform efforts in education in California and in the nation. Under Dr. Adams’ leadership the voters in his former district approved “Measure X”, a Mobile Teaching and Learning initiative that placed an iPad in the hands of all 20,000 CVUSD students from Preschool through High School, the first... Read More →


Friday March 3, 2017 9:40am - 10:25am
Regency IV & V

9:40am

DDOS and School Districts
Holyoke Public Schools DDOS Situation - One district's recounting of the situation they faced, the steps taken, lessons learned and the solution used.

Speakers
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Scott Howes

Junior Network Administrator, Holyoke Public Schools
avatar for Matthew Kuzmeskas

Matthew Kuzmeskas

Director of Technology and Systems, Holyoke Public Schools
Matthew Kuzmeskas is the Director of Technology and Systems at Holyoke Public Schools. Previously Matthew has been a middle school Principal, charter school Operations Director, Academic Coach, and Mathematics Teacher. He started his career in education as a Teach for America Corps member in South Texas, received his Masters degree in Education leadership from the Teachers College at Columbia University and earned his bachelors in Operations... Read More →


Friday March 3, 2017 9:40am - 10:25am
Regency VI

10:25am

Break
Friday March 3, 2017 10:25am - 10:30am
Hallway

10:30am

Creating with Code

Explore the wide-range of options available to incorporate computational thinking and coding in the classroom through core subjects. Presenters will share the latest options for free, kid-friendly, block-based coding platforms that will have kids creating with code in no time! See some of the most innovative new games and robotics platforms that were designed with students in mind. Presenters will share examples of coding activities that are integrated within the curriculum as well as provide participants with time to interact with a variety of coding and robotics challenges.


Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Judkins

Jennifer Judkins

Digital Learning Coordinator, Lynnfield Public Schools
Jennifer Judkins provides on-going professional development as well as in-class support to teachers and students in grades K-12 as a Digital Learning Coordinator in the Lynnfield Public Schools District and a Google for Education Certified Trainer.
avatar for Jonathan Schmid

Jonathan Schmid

Director of Innovation & Technology, The Meadowbrook School of Weston



Friday March 3, 2017 10:30am - 11:15am
Middlesex

10:30am

Badges as Micro Credentials
Badges are becoming increasingly acceptable as evidence of credentials and measures of achievement. Users of Duolingo can share their badges to LinkedIn. Fitbit owners can earn badges for exercising to share with friends and Audible owners can earn badges simply for listening to audiobooks. Badges can give a sense of achievement, progress, and recognition. These are powerful tools can be used to help motivate students and staff.
This hands-on workshop introduces participants to using badges as micro-credentials for students and staff. By the end, participants will be able to use badges as a tool for student/staff recognition, marking progress, and celebrating achievement. The focus will be on identifying the psychology of badging, creating lists of achievements, and tools to help create badges graphically. This is a fun, hands-on workshop that will have actionable results for all participants.

Speakers
avatar for MJ Linane

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, Gamifying Literacy. MJ loves to help other teachers design interactive and engaging online lessons


Friday March 3, 2017 10:30am - 11:15am
Norfolk

10:30am

Launching a Security Best Practices Task Force
In response to the increased spread of threats to district users, devices, and networks,  METAA is looking to put together a team of educators and vendors to draft a best practices plan for school districts.  It is our goal put together a team of professionals to explore the current threat landscape and offer practical models for how we can mitigate the risk to our districts. At this session we will work in groups to identify what Tech Directors see as the most critical threats to their environment and share out how districts are addressing them.  We will take this information with us as we embark on the process of creating the best practices plan.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Bouvier

Eric Bouvier

Director of Technology, Auburn Public Schools


Friday March 3, 2017 10:30am - 11:15am
Regency IV & V

10:30am

Best Practices in Change Leadership
Participants will hear about 3 "best practice" strategies for leading for change. Participants will also work in small groups to analyze a case study and propose one of the change leadership strategies that they would recommend and why they would use that strategy.

Speakers
avatar for Jean Tower

Jean Tower

Director of Media and Digital Learning, Needham Public Schools
Jean Tower is the Director of Media and Digital Learning for Needham Public Schools in Massachusetts. She is the past chair and current member of the CoSN Board of Directors.


Friday March 3, 2017 10:30am - 11:15am
Regency VI

11:15am

12:15pm

Lunch and Presentation of METAA Chief Technology Officer Certificates

Presentation of METAA Chief Technology Officer Certificates

 

Presented to

        Bethann Orr

        Director of Technology

        Barnstable Public Schools

 

        Jeffrey Liberman

        Director of Technology and Information Resources

        Danvers Public Schools


Friday March 3, 2017 12:15pm - 12:45pm
Regency I, II, III

12:45pm

1:10pm

Break
Friday March 3, 2017 1:10pm - 1:15pm
Hallway

1:15pm

Promoting a Maker Mindset
Interested in infusing the maker mindset into your schools? Learn the triumphs, failures and the ongoing journey of two schools who have collaborated in promoting design thinking, making and more innovative, integrated experiences for their students. Together we'll discuss the draw of makerspaces, how they can be implemented, and some examples of student projects.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Judkins

Jennifer Judkins

Digital Learning Coordinator, Lynnfield Public Schools
Jennifer Judkins provides on-going professional development as well as in-class support to teachers and students in grades K-12 as a Digital Learning Coordinator in the Lynnfield Public Schools District and a Google for Education Certified Trainer.
avatar for Jared Perrine

Jared Perrine

Director of Innovation, Technology, and Digital Learning, Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School
Jared Perrine is the Director of Innovation, Technology, and Digital Learning at the Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School. He is the Coordinator of the school’s Adventure Club and Innovation Lab and co-founder of RunBoston Running Tours. He is a proud board member/committee member of MassCUE and a board member of METAA (state chapter of CoSN). He also has his Massachusetts CTO certification (based on CETL) and is a 2015 MassCUE Pathfinder... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Schmid

Jonathan Schmid

Director of Innovation & Technology, The Meadowbrook School of Weston



Friday March 3, 2017 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Middlesex

1:15pm

Planning for the Future
High quality, high-speed technology, infrastructure and support systems are the foundation for advancing digital learning. Join two award winning Technology Directors with 35 years of combined experience as we explore how districts can systematically examine future readiness using the four elements of Gear 3. Resources/information will be provided and discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Miller

Katie Miller

Rhode Island Society of Technology Educators
Katie Miller is an educational technology consultant based in Bristol, RI. She is a passionate advocate for empowering school leaders to recognize and embrace the transformational power of technology in learning. At the end of the 2015 calendar year, Katie completed 20 rewarding years of service as the Director of Technology in the Barrington Public Schools in Barrington, RI. In this role she successfully navigated aligning disparate systems... Read More →
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Rose Muller

Technology Director, Bristol-Warren Regional School District



Friday March 3, 2017 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Norfolk

1:15pm

Screencasting in the Classroom: Untethering Teachers and Students
Hear from Microsoft Innovative Educator, David Swenson about how the Microsoft Azure Cloud is reshaping Education Technology and business practices at Shawsheen Valley Technical High School. Say goodbye to traditional IT infrastructure and hello to the world of cloud computing. Learn how this modern and flexible solution streamlines technology while saving your organization money.

Speakers
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David Swenson

Organizational Development Manager, Shawsheen Valley Technical High School


Friday March 3, 2017 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Regency IV & V

1:15pm

Next Generation Data Eco-System to Drive Personalized Learning.
Combining the strengths of multiple digital tools to deliver a highly functional learning platform through a single “pane of glass”. By using the power of interoperability, the district has successfully integrated the Learning Object Repository with the LMS to connect the district’ssmart learning objects with their platform for designing and delivering digital lessons. This integrated solution blends two best-of-breed platforms to provide teachers with a toolkitof features from lesson delivery through evaluative assessment. We are now working towards leveraging this interoperable infrastructure to add important metadata to their learning objects and itemized assessments in order to capture the learning analytics needed to help teachers deliver flexible personalized instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Leo Brehm

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 adjunct professor in four districts and a higher education institution. Currently he sits on the K12 advisory committee to IMS Global, the Board of Directors for The... Read More →


Friday March 3, 2017 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Regency VI

2:00pm

Break
Friday March 3, 2017 2:00pm - 2:05pm
Hallway

2:05pm

Power Up Teacher Evaluations with Google Drive
Evaluation evidence curation and review doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Leverage the powerful, free features of Google Drive to streamline the collection and sharing of artifacts for evaluation evidence. Untap the power of Google’s cloud to provide timely feedback and analyze this key data to support teacher development.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Judkins

Jennifer Judkins

Digital Learning Coordinator, Lynnfield Public Schools
Jennifer Judkins provides on-going professional development as well as in-class support to teachers and students in grades K-12 as a Digital Learning Coordinator in the Lynnfield Public Schools District and a Google for Education Certified Trainer.
avatar for Jonathan Schmid

Jonathan Schmid

Director of Innovation & Technology, The Meadowbrook School of Weston



Friday March 3, 2017 2:05pm - 2:50pm
Middlesex

2:05pm

Transforming Classrooms for Personalized Learning
Do Active Learning Spaces Maximize the Potential of Personalized Learning? Natick Public Schools is a leader in using blended and personalized learning pedagogical models to support high student achievement. This year we explored through model classrooms at the elementary and middle school levels how the integration of technology and active learning spaces create a new learning ecosystem that maximizes the potential for Personalized Learning. Come and find out what we have learned so far!

Speakers
avatar for Dennis Roche, CISA, CISM, CETL

Dennis Roche, CISA, CISM, CETL

Director of Technology, Natick Public Schools
Dennis Roche is an Innovative and versatile Educational Technology Leader with significant experience designing and delivering cost-effective technology solutions. Proven track record of maximizing team performance and managing IT operations.
avatar for Grace Magley

Grace Magley

Director of Digital Learning, Natick Public Schools
Grace is an enthusiastic, educational leader who for over ten years has helped hundreds of educators in the New England area design and build blended learning programs for their classrooms using research-based instructional practices to help personalize student learning. Grace sits on the board of directors for MassCUE and TEC Connections Academy Virtual School (TECCA). As an adjunct professor at Framingham State College, Grace facilitates... Read More →


Friday March 3, 2017 2:05pm - 2:50pm
Norfolk

2:05pm

SOS--Strategic Operational Strategies--for Educational Technology Transformation
Technology permeates almost everything we do in our daily lives, but many educational institutions never reach the transformational level necessary to ensure our students are globally competitive and digitally literate for their future. Many school districts have created incongruous technology designs ensuring an unstable technology foundation for the learning environment. As school leaders, we ALL have the responsibility to implement a strategic and enterprise approach in the use of technology. Building efficiencies for day-to-day operational functions and infusing technology into teaching and learning to support all programs must be a commitment from all educational institutions. During this session, attendees will be given strategies and resources on how to adopt an enterprise approach for the strategic infusion of technology in the educational landscape.

Speakers
avatar for Annamaria Schrimpf

Annamaria Schrimpf

Director of Educational Technology, Minuteman Tech
Annamaria Schrimpf has been an Educational Technology Administrator for 25+ years. She is currently the Director of Educational Technology for Minuteman Tech. She is on DESE Digital Learning Advisory Council and the METAA board. She is a known advocate in the state for technology in education.


Friday March 3, 2017 2:05pm - 2:50pm
Regency IV & V

2:05pm

What does it mean to be a “Future Ready School”?
Future Ready Schools is a bold effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship. In this presentation you will be presented with the components of the systematic planning process that will assist your district with planning to embed digital learning curriculum and personalized learning approaches into the culture of your school. Learn about tools that can help you evaluate your district’s readiness for to scale digital learning initiatives and also provide the context for powerful discussions and decisions around the essential steps to help students become more college and career ready.

Speakers

Friday March 3, 2017 2:05pm - 2:50pm
Regency VI

2:50pm

Break
Friday March 3, 2017 2:50pm - 2:55pm
Hallway

2:55pm

Horizon Report
Speakers

Friday March 3, 2017 2:55pm - 3:25pm
Regency I, II, III

3:25pm

Closing Remarks
Speakers
MM

Mike Minihane

Director of Information Technology, Notre Dame Academy


Friday March 3, 2017 3:25pm - 3:45pm
Regency I, II, III