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Welcome to METAA & COSN CTO Clinic 2019 #macto19  - This year’s theme is "Preparing for the Class of 2030".  Follow us on Twitter @TechDirectors and Facebook @METAA.org   Hope you enjoy your conference!  

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Friday, March 8
 

7:00am

Informational Session for Vendors
This is an informational session for all vendors. Key conversation points for vendor partnership with METAA includes the following:
  • Collaborative opportunities for vendors
  • Outreach to all technology directors in the state for vendors
  • Dedicated advisory day opportunity
These are just a few of the potential partnership opportunities that will be discussed during this brief conversation.

Friday March 8, 2019 7:00am - 7:15am
Regency V

7:15am

8:00am

8:15am

Keynote Speaker: Tony Wagner
Creating Innovators
When information is ubiquitous and free, and when basic education is available to billions of people worldwide, only one set of skills can ensure this generation's economic future: the capacity for innovation. The skills and dispositions for innovation are equally important for active and informed citizenship. What must parents, teachers, mentors, and employers do to develop the capacities of many more young people to be the innovators that they want to be—and that we need them to become? What do the best schools and colleges do to teach the skills of innovation? In a talk based on his most recent books,Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change The World, and Most Likely To Succeed, Tony Wagner addresses questions vital to the future.

Video Links:
Future of Work​​​
Most Likely to Succeed Trailer​​​




Speakers
avatar for Tony Wagner

Tony Wagner

Senior Research Fellow/Speaker/Author
A globally recognized voice in education, Tony Wagner is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute, founded by Linda Darling-Hammond in 2015. Prior to this appointment, Tony held a variety of positions at Harvard University for more than twenty years, including four years as an Expert in Residence at the Harvard Innovation Lab and the founder and co-director, for more than a d... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 8:15am - 9:15am
Main Ballroom

9:25am

Changing Classroom Practices: Using Data to Support Digital Learning Action Plans
Simply adding 21st century tools does not on its own drive changes in the classroom. Replacing 20th century practices and pedagogy requires professional development, resources and support to help teachers embrace new strategies. Where can we look for guidance and direction on how best to facilitate improvement and identify meaningful measures to demonstrate success? Westford Public Schools will share the Vision of our Digital Learning Plan across 4 indicators: Student Outcomes, Teacher Skills & Pedagogy, Administration & Policies, and Infrastructure. We'll show how we are collecting data from teachers, administrators, and students around Classroom practices, Access to technology, technology Skills and our Environment to inform resource planning, support and professional learning that drive meaningful changes in classroom practice.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Baudreau

Julie Baudreau

Director of Digital Learning, Westford Public Schools
Julie is currently the Director of Digital Learning at Westford Public Schools. Her focus is leading and supporting teachers to make the shift towards blended and personalized learning. Her presentations include Digital Story Telling, Project Based Learning, UDL, Formative Assessment... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Gosselin

Stephanie Gosselin

Digital Learning Specialist, Westford Academy
Stephanie Gosselin is a Digital Learning Specialist at Westford Academy in Westford, Massachusetts. As a technology educator in the Westford Public School district for almost twenty years, she has collaborated with teachers and administrators at all grade levels to design and implement... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 9:25am - 10:10am
Regency VI

9:25am

Create a Free Google Data Analytics Platform to Visualize Data
All the technology you need to create and share Actionable Analytics are present within your current Google Domain.  We would like to Demo this Visualization Platform that is: Customizable/Extensible, Assessment agnostic, Secure, and does not require any software to install  or training.  The Platform can bring together common (ad hoc) assessment and third-party assessment to look holistically at organizations, schools, students. Several Massachusetts school districts have had great success with this approach - let us show you how.  You will walk away with a clearer sense of how various districts approached data driven decision making and how visualizations can drive a more reflective practice.

Speakers
avatar for Erik Erickson

Erik Erickson

Director of Innovative Learning Services, The Education Cooperative
Erik Erickson is the Director of Innovative Learning for The Education Cooperative and a grant funded researcher pursuing a Ph.D in learning sciences and technology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is a certified Google trainer and a former director of curriculum, instruction... Read More →
avatar for Laura Tilton

Laura Tilton

Director of District Data and Accountability, Marshfield Public Schools
Laura Tilton has worked for 20+ years supporting school districts as they use technology and data to improve teaching and learning. She developed her core expertise helping districts use and understand MCAS and accountability data while serving as the regional Data Specialist for... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 9:25am - 10:10am
Middlesex

9:25am

Invent the Future of Learning
One of the best ways to think about the future of learning is to start by inventing the future you desire. Explore how visionary leaders can design the future of teaching and learning by leveraging emerging technologies. Hear what leading global experts feel are the key trends accelerating technology in education, the significant challenging impeding technology in education, and the most important technology trends today. Review the key global shifts over the last 25 years that have shaped how technology has been used in education. From Digital Divide to Digital Equity, from Acceptable Use to Responsible Use, from Privacy to Trust – these are the trends that have shaped the way that technology is shaping education. Finally, peek into our crystal ball and see what key trends and technologies that education leaders need to understand and leverage if we are to more personalize learning going forward.

Speakers
avatar for Keith Krueger

Keith Krueger

CEO, CoSN
Keith R. Krueger is CEO of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a nonprofit organization that serves as the voice of K-12 school system technology leaders in North America. CoSN’s mission is empowering educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 9:25am - 10:10am
Norfolk

9:25am

Office 365 Administrators Panel
This panel is an outgrowth of meetings which METAA has held to support Office 365 Administrators with
the implementation and management of Office 365. Our hope is that this session can serve as a catalyst
for bringing together Office 365 Administrators on a regular basis to support each other and to solicit
support from Microsoft directed specifically to Office 365 administration.
For this panel, Office 365 administrators will share brief overviews of their Office 365 implementations,
including Azure migration, mail and OneDrive backup strategies, and implementation of other features
including Intune. Joe Cicero, a Technical Solutions Specialist from Microsoft, will be part of the panel
and will discuss roadmaps for cloud migration, Intune, and other O365 features. Attendees will also
have an opportunity to share their suggestions for the best ways to move an Office 365 Administrators
support group forward.


Speakers
avatar for Joe Cicero

Joe Cicero

Technical Solutions Professional, Microsoft
Joe Cicero lives in Rochester, NY where he began his career as a high school social studiesteacher. Playing with technology in hopes of reaching his struggling students, he was drawn intoedtech. In 2011, Joe and a fellow teacher, pushed his district’s adoption of G Suite for their34,000... Read More →
avatar for Kim Weckbacher

Kim Weckbacher

Chief Technology Officer, Notre Dame Academy
Kim Weckbacher is the Chief Technology Officer at Notre Dame Academy. She believes in the Academy’s mission to guide young women in pursuit of academic excellence by offering a blended approach to learning using 21st century tools and support. Kim was critical in transitioning Notre... Read More →
avatar for W. Michael Minihane

W. Michael Minihane

Consultant and Director of Information Technology (retired), METAA/Notre Dame Academy
Michael Minihane is a METAA founding board member, and he remains on the METAA board.  He is the retired Director of Information Technology at Notre Dame Academy.  He implemented Office 365 at Notre Dame Academy in 2015-2016, and continues to serve as a consultant there.  He has... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 9:25am - 10:10am
Regency V

9:25am

Student Data Privacy 101 - What’s Required?
This session will cover the basic requirements of the major student privacy laws; FERPA, PPRA, COPPA,  HIPAA,  & CIPA. Attendees will come away with a basic understanding of the requirements of each of these laws in their school district. Emphasis will be place on operational impacts of each of these requirements on day to day policies and procedures. Participants can expect to leave with a solid understanding of what may be required at the classroom and district level to meet ensure compliance with all student privacy regulations.  

Speakers
avatar for Don Langenhorst

Don Langenhorst

Don Langenhorst, Technology Director, Dedham Public Schools
Don Langenhorst, Ed.D. is the Technology Director for the Dedham Public Schools. His over 30 years of teaching and administrative experiences include working for private and public K-12 schools in Alaska, Oregon, The Netherlands and for the past 20 plus years in Massachusetts. He... Read More →
avatar for Judy  Foley

Judy Foley

District Technology Integrator, Dedham Public Schools
For the past six years, I have worked as the PreK-12 District Technology Integrator at Dedham Public Schools. This position has given me the opportunity to be involved in many awesome educational experiences including implementation and support of iPad and Chromebook 1:1 implementation... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 9:25am - 10:10am
Worcester

9:25am

Q&A/Book Signing with Tony Wagner
Speakers
avatar for Tony Wagner

Tony Wagner

Senior Research Fellow/Speaker/Author
A globally recognized voice in education, Tony Wagner is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute, founded by Linda Darling-Hammond in 2015. Prior to this appointment, Tony held a variety of positions at Harvard University for more than twenty years, including four years as an Expert in Residence at the Harvard Innovation Lab and the founder and co-director, for more than a d... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 9:25am - 10:20am
Main Ballroom

10:20am

A Disruptive Approach to K-12 Analytics
In the drive to become data driven to effect better data informed decisions, school districts/schools need to move beyond the traditional SIS/Data Warehouse/BI approach to embrace more innovative approaches to data management, data transformation, operational and predictive analysis.  The panel will discuss innovative approaches and leading edge tools currently in use in addressing challenges in meeting district ESSA requirements, and delivering hindsight, insight & foresight to educators across their organization.

Session Outline:
Analytics Drivers in K-12
Inhibitors to Becoming Data Driven
The Analytics Opportunity - Hindsight, Insight & Foresight
A Disruptive Architecture - Dynamic Dashboards, AI & ML
Self-Reporting Dashboards

Speakers
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Scott Genzer

Data Scientist /Community Manager, Rapid Miner
Scott is a former Head of School/Principal for American Schools in Jamaica, Zambia & Warsaw, as well as K-12 schools in New York.  Scott is a Data Scientist current serving as the Community Manager for RapidMiner in Boston.  He will share his experiences in working with K-12 schools... Read More →
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Steven Arnoff

Chief Information Officer, East Greenwich School District
Steven is the Chief Information Officer (Technology Director) who assists organizations harvest increasing value from existing technology investments, design and lead enterprise-wide multiple location technology programs, modernize legacy systems, identify future IT needs, and prepare... Read More →
DC

David C Fournier

Solutions Director for District360, Assure eServices, Inc.
Currently the Solutions Director at Assure eServices for District 360 , a K-12 analytics & data management platform, Dave brings a strong track record of success in strategic planning, systems architecture, and product and systems development, and implementation in both the public... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 10:20am - 11:05am
Middlesex

10:20am

Administrators Around The Water Cooler
The digital landscape has presented many challenges in our schools. Superintendents and district leadership teams are responsible for ensuring that their school districts embrace transformative digital learning. How can we build efficiencies in our operations and leverage current and future technologies to support teaching and learning? This session will be an opportunity to discuss current strategies and issues that impact both the operational and educational environment. Attendees will also participate in a discussion on how to be strategic in positioning our districts to support future technologies. We encourage district leadership (superintendents, curriculum leaders, technology leaders, principals) to attend. You will be given extensive resources to use in your school district complements of CoSN.  CoSN has the endorsement of superintendents, associations and industry leaders throughout the nation. 

Speakers
avatar for Jean Tower

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 →
avatar for Annamaria  Schrimpf

Annamaria Schrimpf

Director of Educational Technology and Digital Learning, Shawsheen Valley Regional Technical District.
Annamaria Pisari Schrimpf is currently the Director of Educational Technology and Digital Learning forShawsheen Valley Regional Technical District. Annamaria has been an Educational TechnologyAdministrator for over 25 years. She is a known advocate in the state for technology in education... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 10:20am - 11:05am
Regency VI

10:20am

Developing a Backup and Disaster Recovery Strategy in the Age of Ransomware
In the age of increased ransomware attacks, developing a comprehensive backup and disaster recovery strategy is the best defense. However, if you become a victim of cyber-attacks, are you prepared to recover all your data? Have you evaluated the veracity of your recovery plan? How can we take a proactive approach to have a secured backup measure in place? In this session, we will review the steps we have taken at Xaverian Brothers High School and the steps we have planned for the future. We will also discuss ways to assess your current backup plan, ways to secure your online backup data and explore ways to help ensure you can recover your data should you become the victim of a ransomware attack.

Speakers
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Gregg Whitaker

Director of Technology, Xaverian Brothers High School
Gregg Whitaker is the current Director of Technology for Xaverian Brothers High School and its former Systems Administrator. While working in those positions, he has been involved in much of the technology that has been implemented at the school over the past 10 years. Before joining... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 10:20am - 11:05am
Regency V

10:20am

Expanding Access to Computer Science
Ken will summarize the activities of the Boards of Higher Education and Elementary and Secondary Education culminating with the incorporation of computer science in MassCore, the state's recommended course of study for high school. He will also share data on computer science course access, participation, and performance, discuss state efforts to support expanded access to computer science/computational thinking in pre-K-12, and solicit ideas from educational technology directors on increasing the capacity of educators to teach computer science/computational thinking at all levels.

Speakers
AD

Anne DeMallie

Digital Literacy Specialist, MA Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education
avatar for Ken Klau

Ken Klau

Director of Instructional Policy, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
As Director of Instructional Policy, Ken works with a team responsible for ensuring coherence in the Commonwealth's delivery of instructional support for PK-12 educators and incubating new policies, initiatives, and strategies that support standards-based learning. His current portfolio... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 10:20am - 11:05am
Norfolk

10:20am

Student Data Privacy: Steps to Start Protecting Student Data and your District
Today’s classrooms are built upon leveraging technology to support teaching and learning. Utilizing new online software tools without properly addressing student data privacy concerns may expose students and districts to unnecessary risks. Understanding and addressing privacy requirements in today’s world of online tools can be complex and require many resources.   Join us in this session and learn from privacy experts and district technology directors who have addressed these issues head-on and are sharing their practices, resources, and tools with all Massachusetts districts.  Hear their challenges, successes, and learn about solutions to address this complex issue.  


Speakers
avatar for Erik Erickson

Erik Erickson

Director of Innovative Learning Services, The Education Cooperative
Erik Erickson is the Director of Innovative Learning for The Education Cooperative and a grant funded researcher pursuing a Ph.D in learning sciences and technology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is a certified Google trainer and a former director of curriculum, instruction... Read More →
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Ramah Hawley

Student Data Privacy Specialist, The Education Cooperative
avatar for Steve Ouellette

Steve Ouellette

Director of Technology, Learning, and Innovation, Westwood Public Schools
avatar for Leisha Simon

Leisha Simon

Director of Technology, Wayland Public Schools
Leisha Simon is Director of Technology for Wayland Public Schools. Her current responsibilities include providing hardware and software resources for staff and students to support digital literacy and computer science initiatives, with an emphasis on blended and personalized learning... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 10:20am - 11:05am
Worcester

11:10am

Keynote Speaker: Cynthia Breazeal
A is for Artificial Intelligence
AI is transforming the world at a rapid pace. As educators, how can we prepare students for the future workforce in the AI-economy? How might AI impact K-12 education?  Can AI help students to learn in innovative ways? Should students learn about AI in the K-12 classroom? In this talk, Dr. Breazeal presents pioneering research in exploring social robots as a new type of educational technology. She will highlight provocative scientific findings with respect to the impact of social embodiment, non-verbal and emotive expression, personalization, and relationship on sustaining children’s engagement, learning gains, and impact on attitudes. She will also present recent work on constructionist approaches to introduce elementary school students to concepts and ethical design practices in AI through building, programing, training and interacting with robots and digital media. As a university professor and high-tech startup entrepreneur, she will also discuss challenges and opportunities in preparing students for success in college as well as in the fast-paced commercial arena.


Speakers
avatar for Cynthia Breazeal

Cynthia Breazeal

Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT
Cynthia Breazeal is an associate professor of media arts and sciences at MIT, where she founded and directs the Personal Robots group at the Media Lab. She is also founder and Chief Scientist of Jibo, Inc. Breazeal is a pioneer of social robotics and human robot interaction. Her recent... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 11:10am - 12:10pm
Main Ballroom

12:10pm

Lunch (Sponsored by Fortinet)
Friday March 8, 2019 12:10pm - 12:40pm
Main Ballroom

12:40pm

Tier 1 Vendor Presentation
Friday March 8, 2019 12:40pm - 1:40pm
Main Ballroom

1:40pm

Vendor Table
Friday March 8, 2019 1:40pm - 2:10pm
Main Ballroom

2:15pm

Aspiring and New Technology Directors
What are the essential recommended skills for the technology leader in a school district?  Although there is no clear path, this session will introduce you to some recommended skills you should aspire to obtain to be an effective technology director. You will also be given some resources that METAA and CoSN have to assist you in becoming competent in these recommended skills.  You will be introduced to a self-inventory that you can use to assess your skills in several of these skill areas.

Speakers
avatar for Annamaria  Schrimpf

Annamaria Schrimpf

Director of Educational Technology and Digital Learning, Shawsheen Valley Regional Technical District.
Annamaria Pisari Schrimpf is currently the Director of Educational Technology and Digital Learning forShawsheen Valley Regional Technical District. Annamaria has been an Educational TechnologyAdministrator for over 25 years. She is a known advocate in the state for technology in education... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Loretta Cannistraci

Dr. Loretta Cannistraci

METAA Board Secretary/Adjunct Professor, METAA/Framingham State University
Dr. Loretta Cannistraci is currently an adjunct professor for Framingham State Universityteaching PRDV 76325: METAA Chief Technology Officer Certificate online course. She isretired from Salem Public Schools as the Director of Information Systems and was responsiblefor technology... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Regency VI

2:15pm

Google Forms & Sheets Automation Smackdown
Open your eyes to the potential of Google Sheets and Forms to save precious time during the day and address some of your most vexing issues. In this smackdown-style session, presenters will showcase school and district examples where Google Forms and Sheets have been used to revolutionize workflows. Participants will be introduced to the function and potential of key Add-Ons and formulas that serve as common building blocks in workflow solutions. Leave with resources and examples that will inspire you to design and build your own, custom solutions.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Schmid

Jonathan Schmid

Director of Innovation and Technology, The Meadowbrook School of Weston
Jonathan Schmid currently serves as the Director of Innovation & Technology at The Meadowbrook School of Weston, Massachusetts, which was recognized as an exemplar school by the Partnership for 21st Century Learning. He has presented at numerous conferences such as ISTE, NAIS, MASSCUE... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Judkins

Jennifer Judkins

Director of Digital Learning, Lexington Public Schools.
Jennifer Judkins is the Director of Digital Learning at Lexington Public Schools. She is a Google for Education Certified Trainer, MassCUE Pathfinder and PBS Lead Digital Innovator. A regular presenter at regional and national conferences, Jenn is passionate about helping teachers... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Regency V

2:15pm

Single Sign-On and Rostering: Why Districts Are Going in a New Direction
See how single sign-on and class rostering has been transformed from a thankless job into a catalyst for meaningful use of digital learning resources.   Presenters will demonstrates:
● Why school districts large and small are moving away from in-house and/or inflexible systems to a customizable single sign-on option for students and teachers
● How this change creates a fast, easy, and sustainable win for the Digital Learning while meeting the needs of instruction along the way
● Why factors such as security, flexibility, and expanding resource libraries are driving districts towards next-gen platforms
● How individualized access is leading to organizational improvements in utilization
● How analytics as a function of single sign-on and rostering is informing strategic level decisions Learn how single sign-on and analytics platforms are quickly becoming the "homebase" for digital learning.




Speakers
avatar for Joanne Najarian

Joanne Najarian

Director of Digital Learning, Andover Public Schools
Joanne Najarian graduated from Lesley University with a Master of Education in Technology in Education. Before entering the world of teaching Joanne worked as a computer programmer and web designer. Her professional work began as a technology curriculum coordinator for a private school... Read More →
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Eric Levy

Application Software Specialist, Andover Public Schools


Friday March 8, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Middlesex

2:15pm

Teachers as Change Agents: The Power of Collaborative Coaching
Learn how The Education Cooperative and public school districts have partnered to deploy a cross-collaborative project for personalized learning.  The Fuse MA Fellowship has creating a connected web of supports, services, teacher-leaders, and districts who are capitalizing on the power of collaboration, coaching and blended learning. Presenters will include current fellows, early adopter teachers, tech directors and the project manager who will frame the session with a brief overview discussing the components of the Fellowship, their various roles and how the model empowers teacher leaders. Challenges and successes will be highlighted. Attendees may submit questions live and digitally as they listen. The overview will be followed by a brief panel question & answer session addressing the most prominent questions submitted. Panelists will then poll the audience to find out what elements of the program they would like to learn more about and, if time allows, break into small groups for deeper discussion, giving participants the opportunity to engage in the group of their choice. Participants will also receive tools and resources to help them adapt aspects of the successful Fuse model to their own context.

Speakers
avatar for Leisha Simon

Leisha Simon

Director of Technology, Wayland Public Schools
Leisha Simon is Director of Technology for Wayland Public Schools. Her current responsibilities include providing hardware and software resources for staff and students to support digital literacy and computer science initiatives, with an emphasis on blended and personalized learning... Read More →
avatar for Jean Tower

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 →
avatar for Erik Erickson

Erik Erickson

Director of Innovative Learning Services, The Education Cooperative
Erik Erickson is the Director of Innovative Learning for The Education Cooperative and a grant funded researcher pursuing a Ph.D in learning sciences and technology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is a certified Google trainer and a former director of curriculum, instruction... Read More →
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Meg Smallidge

Program Manager for Fuse MA project, Highlander Institute
Meg Smallidge manages the Fuse MA project at Highlander Institute.  Prior to joining the Institute, Megan taught Special Education and ELA, created educational resources at WGBH Educational Foundation, and worked to leverage technology to enhance communication and curriculum for... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Norfolk

2:15pm

The New Digital Citizen Mindset - Creating a Culture of Digital Citizenship
Are your teachers ambassadors of #DigCit? Has your Responsible Use Policy embraced the “new” digital citizenship practices that encourage safe, positive, proactive, engagement? Have your students become ambassadors of #DigCit? Do they create their own products and share them with other students, teachers, parents, experts? Can they search the Internet with the skills and understanding needed today? Can they reach out to learn from people they don’t yet know? Is the world really at their fingertips?  If not, how do you get them there?

Speakers
avatar for Gaby Richard-Harrington

Gaby Richard-Harrington

Ed Tech Consultant/New England ISTE President, Strategy 2 Design
Currently working as an Ed Tech Consultant. Spent the past 20 years in the public school system as an Instructional Technology Specialist, Assistive Technology Specialist, and Technology Integration Specialist at the Elementary, Middle School, and High School levels. I am always looking... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Worcester

3:00pm

Closing Remarks/Raffles
Friday March 8, 2019 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Main Ballroom