“How to” InfUSE Technology for the Young & Restless
InfUSE technology for K-5.  We’re already 10 years into the 21st Century, so what skills and tools can you infUSE for Collaboration and Sharing?

*Learn how to create Voicethreads
* Learn how to create a Smilebox
* Learn how to create a mp3 file using Audacity
* Learn how to create “Posters” using Excel.

Note:  This session can be adapted to Middle and Upper School

Cynthia Fordham (Ravenscroft School), Sherri Ausbon (Ravenscroft School)
Audience: K – 5 | Level: Beginner, Explorer

Improvisation and The Art of Teaching
This practical workshop will allow participants the opportunity to improve all aspects of their in-class teaching practice through an understanding and application of improvisational theory and technique.  Improvisation happens every day in every classroom.  However, few people recognize that improvisation is a skill set like any other that can be learned, practiced, and improved.  Participants will develop a better understanding of the improvised parts of their teaching day.  With this understanding in place, participants will be given the opportunity to practice improvisational exercises that will improve their teaching and serve as possible activities with students.  Participants should expect to be moving, laughing, and enjoying themselves thoroughly while acquiring a new model for thinking about classroom interactions.

Ryan Welsh (Providence Day School), Patrick Tansor (Providence Day School)
Audience: K – 12, Administrators | Level: Beginner

Keep Them Awake With Technology
This is a hands-on workshop designed to show teachers how to energize and engage students through technology. Four major projects will be introduced with plenty of time to practice. Ideal for English and humanities teachers. Projects covered include:

*Creating an E-book
*Using Photostory to assess learning
*Generating a collaborative WIKI page
*Making an E-book

Clarice Moran (Saint Mary’s School)
Audience: 9 – 12 | Level: Beginner, Explorer

Make History Come To Life With Google Earth and Screencasting
First hour: see examples (made by teachers and 9th grade students) of how Google Earth and Screencasting can make history come to life.  Then, learn how to make your own screencast, using Google Earth and ScreenCast-o-Matic, an easy tool for capturing whatever’s on your screen. Second hour: plan and make a 3-5 minute screencast on your own laptop, with assistance provided by the presenter. Third hour: share some of what the group has made and discuss how these tools can be used to help students bring history (or any subject) to life.

Steve Goldberg (Cary Academy)
Audience: 6 – 9, 9 – 12 | Level: Beginner, Explorer, Power User

Online Education: Bringing the Best of Independent Schools Online
How do you create the dynamic environment of an independent school classroom online?  Over the last two and a half years, the Online School for Girls has done just that.

In this workshop, Brad Rathgeber will give workshop participants tools needed to begin creating interactive, engaging, collaborative online coursework that follows the independent school model.  Participants will be introduced to pedagogical approaches to online education, giving them a chance to discuss approaches and come away with some understanding of an independent school approach to online education.  Participants will also learn about effective tools for delivery of online courses, including Learning Management Systems, collaborative video and text tools, and web 2.0 tools.

Brad Rathgeber (Online School for Girls)
Audience: 6 – 12, Administrators | Level: Anyone

Tools that Support Active Learning

This session will be a hands on conversation about student-centered instructional methods that promote problem based, collaborative learning and the tools that can be used to support these models. Participants will be submersed in an active learning environment to experience both the student side and teacher side of these models.

Matt Scully (Providence Day School)
Audience: K – 12, Administrators | Level: Beginner, Explorer, Power User


21st Century Learning…A Brave New World
The proliferation of technology has necessitated a paradigm shift in learning.  Educating today’s digital natives requires our schools to boldly enter “a brave new world” – to be innovative designers of “real-world” learning environments and creators of technology-rich curriculum. The relevance and success of today’s school hinges on accepting online learning as an opportunity to deepen and broaden student learning choice and to educate students for the world  in which they will live and work.

This session will provide case studies, resources, best practices, and questions that will help you gauge your school’s readiness to implement online learning.  You’ll begin to identify the “right fit” and leave with strategies that will help you initiate a process of mission appropriate change at your school.  Join NCAIS Virtual leaders as we challenge current paradigms and provide a “how to” guide that will help your school begin this important transformation.

Linda Nelson (NCAIS), Carol Keenan (NCAIS)
Audience: K – 12, Administrators | Level: Anyone

Accessing All Library Resources – EBSCO’s Integrated Search Platform
Join the Saint Mary’s School librarian and EBSCO Publishing to learn about the latest ways to make it easier for students and faculty to access your library’s resources. Let the interface your users know serve as the front end of your catalog with OPAC on EBSCOhost and allow your online databases from all vendors to be searched simultaneously with EBSCOhost Integrated Search. Also learn the latest about searching eBook and audiobooks on the EBSCOhost platform—a single, integrated search experience for all your library resources.

Diana Williams (Saint Mary’s School), Jill Putze (EBSCO), Ed McCollough (EBSCO)
Audience: K – 12 | Level: Beginner, Explorer, Power User

Ask the Experts
Students may not have education degrees or years of teaching experience, or a fancy title in front of their names, but they know what works.  How can we better include them in our conversations about teaching and learning?  How can we make them a larger part of the learning process?  In doing so, we will get more buy in from them and be able to encourage them to follow their own passions.  In this session, we will brainstorm innovative ways to make them an integral part of the process.

Carey Pohanka (Fredericksburg Academy)
Audience: K – 12 | Level: Beginner, Explorer, Power User

A-Z: What Schools Need to Know About Google
This session is designed to help schools better understand how Google Apps for Education can be used at their school.  With so much evolving technology, it is hard to know where to begin.  Google focuses on Communication and Collaboration.  We’ll cover everything from how schools are using Gmail to incorporating Google Docs, Sites and more into the Education plan.

Jill Judd (WhippleHill Communications)
Audience: K – 12 | Level: Beginner, Explorer, Power User

Blended Learning
By combining face to face and online components, a blended learning class seeks to capture the best of both worlds. In 2010-2011, Cary Academy offered a blended learning section of US History for 11th and 12th graders for the first time. The class is organized thematically and employs frequent student feedback and choice in determining the direction of the class. Students from the class, along with the instructor, will highlight the challenges and promises of a blended learning approach and discuss the tools and strategies that are being used in the course.

Meredith Stewart (Cary Academy)
Audience: 6 – 12 | Level: Beginner, Explorer

Coming to you live from CSPN!
This year was the first year that the Cannon School Programming Network broadcast to the world.  This session will walk participants through the process of broadcasting school events to the world.  We began with one idea–why don’t we broadcast our home football games via an internet radio show?  The idea snowballed into live video feeds with chatrooms for all football games.  These broadcasts attracted parents, alumni, faculty and even fans of the opposing teams from time to time.  We ended up with a touchstone for the community that far exceeded our expectations.  The CSPN is now engaged to grow beyond sports.  Recently, we broadcast our Head of School’s State of the School Address.  We’ve realized that we now have the tools to broadcast nearly any event at school to the world.  The possibilities are exciting!

Leigh Northrup (Cannon School), Matt Rush (Cannon School)
Audience: K – 12, Administrators | Level: Beginner, Explorer, Power User

Creating a 21st Century Classroom with Aerohive Wi-Fi
Join us for a session on Wi-Fi solutions for the 21st century school and district. Learn how Aerohive’s next-generation Wi-Fi solution along with our new TeacherView application can make computing in your classrooms and schools more efficient and manageable.

Brice Layton (Aerohive)
Audience: Administrators | Level: Beginner, Explorer, Power User

Creating Interactive Lessons with Student Response Systems
In this session participants will explore different ways of using student response systems (SRS) to engage today’s digital natives.   Participants will explore aspects of planning a lesson for maximum effectiveness, examine lessons created by other teachers, and discover various tools in the SRS system to maximize student engagement.  Participants will gain familiarity with popular teaching strategies and use with student response systems.

Adam Tokash (Turning Technologies), Paula Gale (Consultant)
Audience: K – 12, Administrators | Level: Beginner, Explorer, Power User

Finding Your Voice with VoiceThread
This workshop will focus on showcasing how students use VoiceThread to create a Digital Portfolio. Students learn to reflect on their learning and find their voice by recording their reflective thoughts. In addition, attendees will be asked to find their voice by adding a sentence to a VoiceThread project based on Daniel Pink’s Drive book, and Two Simple Questions.

Video is at: | Join us as we all find our voice!

Karl Schaefer (Durham Academy)
Audience: K – 12 | Level: Beginner, Explorer

Fly To Learn
Students learn science, technology, engineering, and math through designing, building, and flying their own virtual airplanes.  Students use data collection and analysis tools to study aviation theme math and science.  No special equipment is needed.  This is an exciting cost-effective way to add STEM Curriculum at your school.

Workshop participants will be able to design and fly their very own virtual  planes.  No experience is needed.

Thomas Dubick (Charlotte Latin School)
Audience: 6 – 9 | Level: Beginner, Explorer

Get ROI on Your Website Investment
Is your website creating value or simply taking up cyberspace? Learn how to streamline operations, become more efficient, and ensure ROI with the right web communications strategies. Using case studies from schools around the world, we will share ideas on topics such as: moving from paper to web, the efficiencies of single sign-on (SSO) and data integration, tuning into user needs, and much more. Opportunities for questions and answers will be provided. Make the web worthwhile for your school today!

Lorrie Jackson (finalsite)
Audience: Administrators | Level: Anyone

Google Adwords: How To Create A Successful Campaign
Have you thought about promoting your site on Google Adwords, but don’t know where to start? Nash Haywood of Silverpoint reviews how to create a successful Google Adwords campaign including a detailed how-to on topics such as keyword research, campaign setup, targeting options, display advertising, mobile ads, landing pages, and more.

Nash Haywood (Silverpoint Inc.)
Audience: K – 12, Administrators | Level: Beginner, Explorer, Power User

iMusic! Fun and Productive Uses for Mobile Devices in the Music Classroom
This workshop would be a demonstration of a number of ways in which Apple’s iPhone and iPad have been incorporated into a music classroom: as an extension of learning tools in more academic settings, as a mobile recording and notation device, as a digital sheet music viewer, a music sketchpad, and even as a performable musical instrument.  The number of ways in which app developers have increased opportunities for the devices’ use in recent years has grown exponentially; these are just a few ways to get started.  The workshop would also discuss obvious and not-so-obvious pitfalls, and potential problems when using this equipment that can render it less efficient, not more efficient.

Michael Meyer (Durham Academy)
Audience: 9 – 12, K – 12 | Level: Beginner, Explorer

Innovative Leaders:  From Ideas to Reality
Innovation involves putting ideas into action, shifting from where we are to new beliefs, new habits, and a new normal. Now that we have learned, shared, and connected with fellow practitioners and great ideas, what next? How do we make ideas into generative seeds of action?  How do we choke away the weeds of resistance? How do we infuse our culture with fertile inquiry that acts, reflects, learns, and adjusts? How do we make this conference part of who we are and what we do? In short, how do we lead innovation? Jamie Feild Baker of Reverb Consulting is a writer, frequent presenter, and strategic thinking partner to independent schools seeking to become aligned to the 21st century operating environment to ensure relevance and sustainability. She authors the blog Shared Leadership ( and can be reached at

Jamie Baker (Reverb Consulting)
Audience: K – 12, Administrators | Level: Beginner, Explorer, Power User

Making Movie Soundtracks
Middle and High School students have created their own soundtracks and added them to youtube videos using mostly free software and websites. See examples, find the pitfalls, and learn how to do it yourself!

Eric Grush (Cary Academy)
Audience: 6 – 9, 9 – 12 | Level: Explorer

Managing Student Owned Devices on Your WLAN
This session will focus on how schools can integrate and manage the influx of personally owned wireless devices, both faculty and students, and how it can be done safely without bogging down an IT department’s time and resources.

Michael McNamee (SecurEdge Networks)
Audience: K – 12, Administrators | Level: Anyone

Open Source Revolution
Open source communities are changing the playing field for educational information technology.  Learn how open source software like Drupal, Joomla!, Moodle, WordPress, and others are revolutionizing the mainstream technology market by offering more affordable web solutions with increased customization.  Jason Pamental of Schoolyard reviews specific examples for each system, including Schoology, an LMS system built in Drupal; Worcester Academy’s Word Press Mashup (built by Whipple Hill); Presbyterian Day School’s (homegrown) Joomla site; and the Redwood Day School Drupal site (built by Schoolyard). Jason also addresses available resources and opportunities for integration to help you determine whether open source software is right for your needs.

Jason Pamental (Schoolyard, Inc.)
Audience: K-12, Administrators | Level: Anyone

Puzzling through Metacognitive Development
Getting students to think about their own thinking and learning tends to be tremendously difficult.  However, through the use of an ancient technology (jigsaw puzzles), there are ways of getting students to think collaboratively and individually about their individual and collective learning in any classroom setting.  Participants will be presented with a new way of thinking about how important and possible it is to engage students in metacognitive discussions that will improve every aspect of their development as learners.  Participants will undertake the same process of puzzle-building in order to better understand how simple games can be particularly powerful in terms of allowing students the chance to develop greater self-awareness as students.

Ryan Welsh (Providence Day School)
Audience: K – 12 | Level: Beginner

Reverse Classroom
Teachers around the world want more time with their students.  They worry that they do not have the time to work with students to cover course material and they often fear (rather than relish) new approaches to teaching and learning such as project-based learning or intense technology integration.  But, what if there was a way to give back classroom time?  The Reverse Classroom offers an approach for doing just that.  By moving traditional components of a classroom, such as lecture, to online homework time, teachers have a chance to both engage more deeply with content in their classrooms and take more time for in-person communication and individualized help.  In the summer of 2011, the Online School for Girls began offering an online Professional Development course on the Reverse Classroom concept.  This session will describe the concept, offer successful models and approaches, and help teachers understand tools necessary for implementation.

Brad Rathgeber (Online School for Girls)
Audience: 6 – 12, Administrators | Level: Anyone

Round Table Discussion How to Innovate and Keep Your Job

This will be a facilitated round table discussion.  How can independent school teachers innovate in the classroom and still feel secure in their positions?  How can administrators support innovative faculty?  We will share some of our experiences and invite discussion.  Come prepared to talk:  We’ll have a head of school in the group as a fellow participant.

Sarah Hanawald (Cannon School), Mark Dunn (Cannon School)
Audience: K – 12, Administrators | Level: Beginner, Explorer, Power User

Smartboard Centers in the Primary Classroom
This workshop will highlight smartboard centers from a 1st and 2nd classroom.  Center topics include the Underground Railroad, weather, trees, and animals.  We will brainstorm other possible topics and ways to use smartboards during center time in the primary classroom.

Carolyn Howes (New Garden Friends School)
Audience: K – 5 | Level: Beginner, Explorer

Successful PBL Projects-Kid Tested, Teacher Approved
Learn the secrets of implementing 6 PBL explorations in 9-12th grade. Discuss what Project Based Learning really is and how it can increase rigor and student engagement in a student-centric, high-tech, fun environment. Projects include a US History Museum, Day in the Life of a Function, Passion and Persuasion Public Speaking, Publishing Graphic Novels, and a Global Issues Symposium. Scaffolding and assessing PBL will be explored.

Elizabeth Helfant (MICDS)
Audience: 9 – 12 | Level: Beginner, Explorer, Power

Surveying Social Schools
See how independent schools are connecting and communicating with their constituents via social Media. In this session, Peter Baron from will introduce you to several schools that have used a variety of social media tools in innovative ways.

Peter Baron (
Audience: K – 12; Administrators | Level: Anyone

Transforming an Educational Experience with Social Media (CANCELLED)
See how The Montclair Kimberley Academy used social media to transform their Irish Studies program and how it has had a cascading effect on the entire school.

William Stites (The Montclair Kimberley Academy)
Audience: K – 12, Administrators | Beginner, Explorer

User Tech Tools for Writing
There are a number of easy to use, but not obvious, MS Word features and online tools that can help students improve their writing.  These are tools I teach students at the beginning of the year and then expect them to use independently (with reminders).  Bring a laptop with a one-page document you’ve written and an example of student writing.

Sarah Hanawald (Cannon School)
Audience: 6 – 9, 9 – 12 | Level: Beginner, Explorer

Thinkin’ ’bout Thinking
Let’s put our heads together and consider how technology can help us be intentional about teaching THINKING- Disciplinary, Systems, Design, Empathetic, Programming and Logical, and Critical and Creative! This session will look at some recent research on thinking and the brain and will explore tools and strategies that can be used in the classroom to develop student’s thinking skills. Stella software can aid in developing thinking skills while VPython can add visualization, programmatic and logical thinking. Stanford University offers us some thoughts on Design thinking, Wagner on disciplinary thinking and Perkins on critical thinking. Technology facilitates our efforts to develop thinking.

Elizabeth Helfant (MICDS)
Audience: 6 – 9, 9 – 12 | Level: Beginner, Explorer, Power User

Tips from the Trenches
Andrew Hano, 8th grade history teacher, and Julie Giljames, 9th grade English teacher, collaborate to create a presentation on the tips and tricks of the technology – centered classroom.  We’ll share our English and History department’s favorite websites, voicethread, wikis, nings, and other techy tricks.  You’ll leave inspired and ready to create! I really hate to limit the attendance below to a group.  We’ll have LOTS of tips and tools.

Julie Giljames (Summit School), Andrew Hano (Summit School)
Audience: 6 – 9 | Level: Explorer

Using LabVIEW for High School STEM Education
LabVIEW is an academic / industry grade software used for experimental control and data acquisition.  It also happens to be a fabulous teaching tool in the math, science, or engineering high school classroom.  Join me as we explore the software and learn what LabVIEW can do for you!

Nelson Nunalee (Ravenscroft School)
Audience: 9 – 12 | Level: Beginner

What is this Web 2.0 buzzword, and how can it improve education?  It’s not a fad – it is how people are interacting using Internet tools that facilitate interactive information sharing, interoperability, and collaboration. This seminar will give an overview of web 2.0 technologies with hands-on testing of certain technologies.  Bill will then show how he took a traditional Powerpoint lecture followed by a written test and turned it into a collaborative, interactive project.  He will discuss the pros and cons of his new lesson and elaborate on items learned through the process. Time permitting, the seminar will finish with a round-table discussion among teachers as they discuss the merits and potential applications of these new technologies.

William Chissoe (Ravenscroft School)
Audience: 6 – 9, 9 – 12, Administrators | Level: Explorer, Power User

Wireless: Latest Health Concerns, Safer Approaches to using this Technology
This workshop will present several approaches to minimize health and human performance effects associated with microwave emissions from wireless routers, cell phones, laptops, tablets,  etc. It will detail the latest international research on wireless effects on student concentration, attention span, behavior, capacity to learn, health and attendance. Thousands of pages of research, including last year’s two day international conferences in California, and Brazil, along with Congressional Hearings will be made available to all attendees.

Jim Gerlach (Bishop McGuinness High School)
Audience: K – 12, Administrators | Level: Beginner, Explorer, Power User


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