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Welcome to the METAA CTO Clinic 2018! The theme is “The Digital Revolution in Education”.  We look forward to seeing you on Friday, March 23rd at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Boston, Milford located at 11 Beaver Street, Milford, MA 01757.  For information about joining METAA and/or COSN, please visit http://www.techdirectors.org/membership/ Follow us on Twitter @TechDirectors and Facebook @METAA.org
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Friday, March 23
 

7:30am

8:15am

Welcome & Introduction of Keynote Speakers
Speakers
AS

Annamaria Schrimpf

METAA President, Director of Educational Technology, Minuteman Regional Technical High School


Friday March 23, 2018 8:15am - 8:20am
Regency Ballroom

8:20am

Keynote: News and Media Literacy: Building Critical Consumers and Creators
More and more, young people (and adults) are getting their news online and from social media. There is also the increasingly problematic issue of fake news and determining credible news sources online. In an age of pervasive, fast, and on-demand information, there is a need for educators and parents to teach news and media literacy to kids. Jeff Mao, former Senior Director for Common Sense Education and Education Technology Director for the Maine Department of Education will lead us on an exploration of news and media literacy, including:

• Why news and media literacy is more important than ever
• Latest research on kids and news
• What is “fake news” and how to spot it
• Ways teachers can integrate news and media literacy into their curriculum
• Rubrics you can use to assess students’ understanding of news literacy


Speakers
avatar for Jeff Mao

Jeff Mao

Senior Strategic Education Outreach Manager, Wonder Workshop
Jeff was the Senior Director for Education at nonprofit Common Sense Education.  He has also dedicated his time to the Future Ready Schools initiative, which works with K-12 school leaders to develop and implement personalized digital learning plans that will benefit all student... Read More →


Friday March 23, 2018 8:20am - 9:30am
Regency Ballroom

8:20am

Keynote: Technology and our Changing Job Market
New technologies, from artificial intelligence, to machine learning, to crowdsourcing, and robotics are driving profound changes in the world or work and the civic sphere. As computers develop new capacities to do work, we are developing an increasingly clear understanding of what computers at *not* good at, and what humans will need to do for the foreseeable future. These shifts have profound implications for educators, who can serve young people best if they understand the nature of these changes. Preparing students for their future requires understanding how technology is changing the future of work.

Speakers
avatar for Justin Reich

Justin Reich

Assistant Professor in the Comparative Media Studies/Writing department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Instructor in the Scheller Teacher Education Program, Faculty Associate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, and Director of the MIT Teaching Systems Lab., MIT
Justin is the co-founder of EdTechTeacher, a professional learning consultancy devoted to helping teachers leverage technology to create student-centered, inquiry-based learning environments.


Friday March 23, 2018 8:20am - 9:30am
Regency Ballroom

8:20am

Keynote: Trends in Computational Science, and their Impact on Computing Education
Exploring key trends in computational science, and their impact on computing education:
1) Learning to program is getting harder.  Many of the features that make computers easier to use also raise the barrier between users and programmers.
2) Computational science is embracing software engineering tools and practices as keys to reproducible, reliable science.
3) Statistics in the undergraduate curriculum is being edged out by data science.  Will K-12 follow?


Speakers
avatar for Allen Downey

Allen Downey

Allen Downey is a Professor of Computer Science at Olin College in Needham MA, and the author of Think Python, Think Bayes, Think Stats and several other books related to computer science and data science., Olin College
Previously Allen taught at Wellesley College and Colby College, and in 2009 he was a Visiting Scientist at Google, Inc. He has a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley and B.S. and M.S. degrees from MIT. He writes a blog about Bayesian statistics and related topics called Probably Overthinking... Read More →


Friday March 23, 2018 8:20am - 9:30am
Regency Ballroom

9:30am

Break
Friday March 23, 2018 9:30am - 9:40am
Hallway

9:40am

9:40am

Exploring Virtual Learning Experiences
This workshop will describe the full-time virtual learning experience that has drawn over 1,600 students to TECCA, Commonwealth Virtual School.  Students follow an online curriculum that is supported and enhanced by a faculty and staff that work to personalize the learning environment to the needs of the student.  The organization of TECCA continues to expand to accommodate enrollment growth, and the individual needs of a range of diverse learners.  This workshop will engage participants in understanding how TECCA operates, partners with students and families, and works to engage communities in support of our students.

Speakers
AG

Adam Goldberg

Superintendent, TEC Connections Academy (TECCA), Commonwealth Virtual School


Friday March 23, 2018 9:40am - 10:25am
Middlesex

9:40am

Keynote Follow-up: Envisioning the Graduate of the Future
Communities have always wrestled with the multiple purposes of education: to train young people for careers, vocations, and college; to prepare them for their roles as citizens; to develop habits of reflective, ethical adults; and to create a common experience in a pluralistic society while meeting the needs of individual learners. As the world changes and grows more complex, returning to these important questions of purpose can help guide schools in their growth and strategic change. To ensure our schools are effective, we need to routinely reimagine what the high school graduate of the future will need to know and be able to do. The artifact that communicates these ideas is called a graduate profile. Making explicit the capabilities, competencies, knowledge, and attitudes for secondary school graduates, and inviting key stakeholders like students and community members to be engaged in the process, can help you and your school to focus your vision of success and drive school innovation efforts. In this session, Justin Reich will introduce participants to the work of developing graduate profiles and showcase the new MITx course Envisioning the Graduate of the Future.

Speakers
avatar for Justin Reich

Justin Reich

Assistant Professor in the Comparative Media Studies/Writing department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Instructor in the Scheller Teacher Education Program, Faculty Associate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, and Director of the MIT Teaching Systems Lab., MIT
Justin is the co-founder of EdTechTeacher, a professional learning consultancy devoted to helping teachers leverage technology to create student-centered, inquiry-based learning environments.


Friday March 23, 2018 9:40am - 10:25am
Regency IV

9:40am

Leveraging Data Analytics to Improve Student Achievement and School Performance
Like most K-12 schools, Prospect Hill Academy Charter School District is focused on improving student achievement and school performance, but struggled with the ability to access, report, and analyze student, teacher, and school data collected across multiple disparate sources - SIS, Admissions, Behavior Management, College Counseling, etc.  Working with Assure eServices, Prospect Hill Academy has developed strategic, operational & analytical dashboards that provide hindsight, insight and foresight leveraging the Qlik Analytical Platform. Assure understands foremost that schools need the provision of business intelligence & analytical tools that are powerful, simple to use, easily accessible and fully aligned with essential K-12 drivers.  Assure teams with Prospect Hill Academy in this session to demonstrate its K-12 Analytics Solution.

Speakers
BD

Babu Durairaj

Founder, Assure eServices
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David Fournier

Technology Director, Prospect Hill Academy
David Fournier joined Prospect Hill Academy as Technology Director in October 2013 after thirty years as an IT Corporate Executive. Prior to his IT career, Mr. Fournier was a secondary school English teacher. Mr. Fournier brings a strong track record of success in strategic planning... Read More →


Friday March 23, 2018 9:40am - 10:25am
Regency V

9:40am

Tactical Solutions to Student Data Privacy Issues
What are the basic requirements of the major student privacy laws; FERPA, PPRA, COPPA, HIPAA, & CIPA? What are the operational impacts of each of these requirements on day to day policies and procedures at the District level? The Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) is designed to assist Districts in addressing day to day operational issues around meeting student data privacy concerns and requirements. The SDPC is growing quickly with thousands of districts, state agencies and vendors represented, with alliances being formed in 16+ states. Current projects include; A Common Contracting Framework, Digital Tools Governance, and “Connected Privacy”

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/12tqCTIoTLE6x5X7t2FW8CVbhaHhqR5DIArK0l_qiVyU/edit#slide=id.g1e89b8dec3_0_0

Speakers
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Steve Smith

CIO/CTO, Cambridge Public Schools
Mr.Steve Smith, has twenty+ years of CIO/CTO experience in both rural and urban, large and small, school districts in New England, the last ten years as CIO of Cambridge Public Schools. Recently Mr. Smith has spent a great deal of time navigating student privacy issues. He has represented... Read More →


Friday March 23, 2018 9:40am - 10:25am
Worcester

10:25am

Break
Friday March 23, 2018 10:25am - 10:35am
Hallway

10:35am

Common Cyber Threats Facing School Districts
Many K-12 organizations are making significant investments in cyber security, through both hard and soft investments, to protect both personally identifiable information and district assets. Boston Public Schools oversees almost 70,000 student and staff members across 130 school buildings and has faced multiple hard and soft cyber security incidents, turning each into a learning opportunity. This informative clinic will take you through the common threats facing K-12 districts in our area and how you can take advantage of the assets currently in your district to better prepare for the day when you face a DDOS, data breach, or phishing attack.

Speakers
MR

Mark Racine

CIO, Boston Public School
Mark Racine is the CIO for the Boston Public Schools, serving in the position for the past 5 years. Mark started in Boston as an elementary teacher before moving into education technology as a project manager for the district's overhaul of their student information systems. Since... Read More →


Friday March 23, 2018 10:35am - 11:20am
Worcester

10:35am

Embracing the Makerspace Concept
Across the globe, schools are embracing the MakerSpace concept. Once your school decides to invest in this movement, establishing a culture needs to be the primary focus. One thing Russell Street School staff members have discovered over the past few years is that while the ‘what’ is essential, it is the ‘how’ that truly drives impactful student learning. The presenter will share her school's approach to making the shift from a traditional ‘Computer Lab’ to an innovative ‘Think Tank’ at our school. The journey began with a successful grant application in October 2015 to the launch of the transformed space in April 2016. Also, she will share stories of successful hands-on introductory activities that have promoted student inquiry, collaboration, problem solving, and high student/staff engagement at the school. Join in the conversation about one school's approach to establishing a MakerSpace and a school-wide maker culture.

Speakers
HM

Heidi McGregor

Fourth Grade Teacher, Littleton Public Schools
Heidi MacGregor is a fourth grade teacher at Russell Street Elementary School in Littleton and is currently serving as the 4th grade Technology Teacher Leader. She helped establish a MakerSpace in her school and continues to work toward infusing the maker culture into her students... Read More →


Friday March 23, 2018 10:35am - 11:20am
Middlesex

10:35am

Exploring an Online Platform for Programming Virtual and Real Robots
CoderZ is a powerful and easy to use platform that allows students to learn how to program virtual and real robots. It is a unique STEM experience that offers students experience with either block based or advanced coding simulations. It is an online tool that will run from any web browser and also integrates with Lego EV3. Our high school Change Team will demonstrate how using CoderZ can enhance teamwork, problem-solving, critical thinking skills and digital literacy. It allows for a flexible learning environment in that students can work at home or at school due to the fact that it is web-based. Students will demonstrate using geometry, math, encoders and loops to show how to accurately navigate a robot using math and engineering to overcome challenges. Participants can follow along on their laptop or chromebook and learn about how to program a robot via simulation. We will also demonstrate how to download the code from the simulation to an actual EV3 robot.

Speakers
KD

Kathy Dasho

District Digital Learning Specialist, North Reading Public Schools
I’ve been teaching technology, programming here in North Reading for about 16 years and robotics for the last 6. My title is District Digital Learning Specialist, and after 10 years in the Middle school classroom, I now teach 2 classes at North Reading High School, in addition to... Read More →
DD

Daniel Downs

Digital Learning Director, North Reading Public Schools


Friday March 23, 2018 10:35am - 11:20am
Regency V

10:35am

Keynote Follow-up: News and Media Literacy: Building Critical Consumers and Creators
More and more, young people (and adults) are getting their news online and from social media. There is also the increasingly problematic issue of fake news and determining credible news sources online. In an age of pervasive, fast, and on-demand information, there is a need for educators and parents to teach news and media literacy to kids. Jeff Mao, former Senior Director for Common Sense Education and Education Technology Director for the Maine Department of Education will lead us on an exploration of news and media literacy, including:

• Why news and media literacy is more important than ever
• Latest research on kids and news
• What is “fake news” and how to spot it
• Ways teachers can integrate news and media literacy into their curriculum
• Rubrics you can use to assess students’ understanding of news literacy


Speakers
avatar for Jeff Mao

Jeff Mao

Senior Strategic Education Outreach Manager, Wonder Workshop
Jeff was the Senior Director for Education at nonprofit Common Sense Education.  He has also dedicated his time to the Future Ready Schools initiative, which works with K-12 school leaders to develop and implement personalized digital learning plans that will benefit all student... Read More →


Friday March 23, 2018 10:35am - 11:20am
Regency IV

11:20am

Break
Friday March 23, 2018 11:20am - 11:25am
Hallway

11:25am

Sponsor Presentations
Friday March 23, 2018 11:25am - 12:30pm
Regency Ballroom

12:30pm

Lunch
Friday March 23, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Regency Ballroom

12:45pm

METAA Certificate Presentation
Speakers
LC

Loretta Cannistraci

METAA Board Member
AS

Annamaria Schrimpf

METAA President, Director of Educational Technology, Minuteman Regional Technical High School


Friday March 23, 2018 12:45pm - 1:00pm
Regency Ballroom

1:00pm

Visit with Sponsors
Friday March 23, 2018 1:00pm - 1:25pm
Regency Ballroom

1:25pm

Break
Friday March 23, 2018 1:25pm - 1:30pm
Hallway

1:30pm

1:30pm

Assessing Your School District’s Digital Readiness
How Do You Assess Where You Are? What's the Value of Peer Reviews? In this session we will explore answers to both of these questions. School system leaders need guidance to advance their technology goals and overcome both the unexpected and expected challenges. That is why CoSN developed a resource to support their efforts. The Digital Leap Success Matrix outlines the practices needed to be a successful digital school system. Aligned to the Digital Leap Matrix, the member-only Peer Review Service is designed to provide technical assistance in identifying and achieving these national best practices to the CoSN community.

Speakers
JT

Jean Tower

Director of Media and Digital Learning, Needham Public Schools
Jean Tower currently serves as the Director of Media and Digital Learning for the Needham Public Schools. Jean’s primary interest is the effective integration of technology in the curriculum and in creating the essential conditions to enable that to happen. Ms. Tower serves on the... Read More →


Friday March 23, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Worcester

1:30pm

Keynote Follow-up: Trends in Computational Science, and their Impact on Computing Education
Exploring key trends in computational science, and their impact on computing education:
1) Learning to program is getting harder.  Many of the features that make computers easier to use also raise the barrier between users and programmers.
2) Computational science is embracing software engineering tools and practices as keys to reproducible, reliable science.
3) Statistics in the undergraduate curriculum is being edged out by data science.  Will K-12 follow?


Speakers
avatar for Allen Downey

Allen Downey

Allen Downey is a Professor of Computer Science at Olin College in Needham MA, and the author of Think Python, Think Bayes, Think Stats and several other books related to computer science and data science., Olin College
Previously Allen taught at Wellesley College and Colby College, and in 2009 he was a Visiting Scientist at Google, Inc. He has a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley and B.S. and M.S. degrees from MIT. He writes a blog about Bayesian statistics and related topics called Probably Overthinking... Read More →


Friday March 23, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Regency IV

1:30pm

Leading with a Future Vision: How do we prepare our schools, educators and students for the Age of Smart Machines (4IR)?
Innovations in artificial Intelligence, virtual reality, and robotics are just emerging, but all predictions are that it will  have a transformative impact on all aspects of society and will revolutionize the way we work, live and play. While this technological and societal transformation could provide unlimited possibilities and endless opportunities to solve global problems, we must ask what the implications for schools, educators and students will be? How do we prepare students for an uncertain and unpredictable future? How do we rethink schools to support this societal shift. In this session we will discuss what society in just one generation (2040) may look like.  We will reveal the trends that we know are already shaping the workforce and what it means for a child born in 2018 to be future ready. Most importantly we will discuss educations critical role and what the promising technologies and models for future learning will be.

Speakers
GM

Grace Magley

Director of Digital Learning, Natick Public Schools
Grace is the Director of Digital Learning for the Natick Public Schools and a board member for MassCUE.  Grace is also serving as a board member for TEC Connections Academy Virtual School (TECCA). As an adjunct professor at Framingham State University, she facilitates blended graduate... Read More →


Friday March 23, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Middlesex

1:30pm

Using Free Tools to Visualize Your Data
Fight against siloed data hidden in proprietary vendor solutions. Learn how districts from around Massachusetts are using the free Google DataStudio and other free G-Suite tools to create and share customized reports and dashboards for making data-driven decisions and better district-wide communication.  This presentation highlights the tools and methods that many districts from around Massachusetts are using to visualize data to promote data driven decision making.  We will talk about the use of free Google DataStudio and other free G-Suite tools to create a flexible solution where you maintain data sovereignty- where you keep your district data secure, in-house, and maintain ultimately control over how it is shared and presented.  If time allows, we may also touch upon capabilities - such as running sophisticated data mining methods like Association Rule Mining, Decision Trees, Random Forests, Neural Networks, etc.

Speakers
avatar for Erik Erickson

Erik Erickson

Director of Innovative Learning Services, The Education Cooperative
Erik Erickson is the Director of Innovative Learning Services at The Education Cooperative, a Certified Google Trainer and finalizing a Ph.D at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Learning Sciences & Technology.


Friday March 23, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Regency V

2:15pm

Break
Friday March 23, 2018 2:15pm - 2:25pm
Hallway

2:25pm

2:25pm

Bridging the Digital Divide
CoSN's Digital Equity Agenda states that "students without home access to high-quality broadband connectivity are at a disadvantage, unable to realize the full power of digital learning." This session addresses the benefits and challenges at the state and school district levels when initiating a connectivity at home program for our students.  Attendees to this session will participate in a conversation with a Kajeet VP/CoSN Board member  and a Massachusetts Technology Director on options and obstacles that we are all facing regarding providing an equitable digital environment for school communities.

Speakers
avatar for Eileen Belastock

Eileen Belastock

Director of Academic Technology, Mount Greylock Regional School District
Eileen Belastock is the Director of Academic Technology for the Mount Greylock RSD. She is leading a 1:1 Chromebook rollout and an online learning enviroment initiative in the district. She is a MassCUE board member and the METAA Treasurer.  As a Google for Education trainer and... Read More →
MF

Michael Flood

Vice President, Strategy, Kajeet


Friday March 23, 2018 2:25pm - 3:15pm
Regency IV

2:25pm

District Websites and Accessibility: Is Your District in Compliance with the Law?
Website Accessibility: Is your school website truly accessible or are you moments away from a complaint from the Office of Civil Rights? Come hear from several schools who have been through the process of receiving and rectifying a complaint, are in the process right now, or are preparing for the process. Learn what types of content are accessible or not accessible, how to fix such content, and ways to continuously check your site for errors.  Attendees will leave with important resources such as an outline of the process and steps to take to comply with the law.  

https://goo.gl/ytRwsa

Moderators
JJ

Jared J. Perrine

Director of Innovation, Technology, and Digital Learning, Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School

Speakers
LM

Lytania Mackey Knowles

Director of Technology, Swampscott Public Schools
BO

Bethann Orr

Technology Director, Barnstable Public Schools
Bethann Orr has been a technology director for Barnstable since 2005, working hard to make changes in education in these modern times.
JT

Jean Tower

Director of Media and Digital Learning, Needham Public Schools
Jean Tower currently serves as the Director of Media and Digital Learning for the Needham Public Schools. Jean’s primary interest is the effective integration of technology in the curriculum and in creating the essential conditions to enable that to happen. Ms. Tower serves on the... Read More →
MW

Mike Wakefield

Director of Technology, Narragansett Regional School District


Friday March 23, 2018 2:25pm - 3:15pm
Worcester

2:25pm

Global STEM Connections with Schools
The 4th industrial revolution is here, and it’s coming to K-12 education. It brings new knowledge and new technologies based on Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, “Deep” Learning, etc. What are some specific applications that educators should know about? Why are these skills - innovative problem solving, critical thinking, emotional intelligence, teamwork, and collaboration - the essential skills for the 21st century?  Are there any best practices that could help us to “navigate” all these changes that the 4th industrial revolution brings to K-12? What is the role of STEM education in this process and why it’s becoming Global STEM Education? Join a conversation to learn more about Global STEM K-12 programs utilizing new approaches, bringing new knowledge and new technologies to the classrooms for the last 10 years in Massachusetts and walk away with resources, ideas, suggestions that could help you to navigate different approaches and to decide what works for you and your school.

Moderators
JJ

Jared J. Perrine

Director of Innovation, Technology, and Digital Learning, Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School

Speakers
DS

Donna Sroka

Retired Technology Director, Educational Consultant


Friday March 23, 2018 2:25pm - 3:15pm
Regency V

2:25pm

Maximizing the Resources and Tools of Office 365 and Mobile Devices
Explore Office 365 Resources, Microsoft Devices, hear from a panel of schools that use Office 365, and help us rekindle the METAA Office 365 User Group.  Come hear why they use Office 365, and check out Windows devices that compete with Chromebooks on price. Kick the tires on the devices. Ask questions, hear how Office 365 has been integrated into different environments, and get questions answered by a peer or Microsoft directly.

 

Speakers
TN

Tisha Nguyen

Solution Professional for Microsoft, Microsoft Corporation
I am the Solution Professional for Microsoft over the New England region. Before joining Microsoft, I headed my own Education Consulting Firm. In my role as a Global Education Consultant, I held roles such as the Microsoft Learning Consultant for New England, Leadership and Development... Read More →
KW

Kim Weckbacher

Chief Technology Officer, Notre Dame Academy
MW

Michael Williams

Director of Information Technology, Dexter Southfield


Friday March 23, 2018 2:25pm - 3:15pm
Middlesex