MA CTO Clinic 2018 has ended
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


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.


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


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?

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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


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.


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


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.

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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