Tech & Learning Live @ Princeton

Tech & Learning Live @ Princeton

Friday October 21, 2016

Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village

201 Village Blvd

Princeton, NJ

What is Tech & Learning Live?

Tech & Learning is bringing Tech & Learning Live to Princeton, NJ on Friday, October 21, 2016 . This year’s program is all about professional development for tech lead learners—those edtech leaders who bridge the gaps between classroom and administration, curriculum and technology, school and home. This full day of workshops and discussions is specifically designed to “train the trainers” with shared best practices, workshops, and discussions that attendees can take back to their districts and put into action. This is your chance to network with others who care deeply about the future of education. Register now.

Who Should Attend:

"The most beneficial administration-level PD I have attended in a while!" - Director of Instructional Technology

You're the expert, the supervisor, the mentor — but who mentors you? Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn with and from fellow ed tech leaders. Tech & Learning Live brings together visionaries of all sorts -- from district-level CIOs and administrators to building-level technology specialists to mentor teachers and professional development providers -- for an amazing day of networking and growth. Come share your challenges and successes. Or just come to listen. Either way, Tech & Learning Live offers you a rare chance to relax and connect with others who share your passion for technology as a tool to transform teaching and learning.

Bring your leadership team and make the most of your professional development budget! Sign up here to bring your leadership team at a highly discounted rate (up to 50% off, depending on numbers of people you are bringing).

Submit a Proposal

If you have valuable information to share with other edtech leaders, please submit a proposal to present (you will be notified by January 1, 2016, if your proposal is accepted). Tech & Learning Live is the ideal place to expand your professional learning network, to share your stories and to listen and learn with your peers. Use this short survey to submit your ideas.

"I've been to TCEA, ISTE, Regional events, etc. and feel I got the most from Tech & Learning Live! Will definitely be back next year!" – Instructional Technologist


Registration and Breakfast: Playground (SALONS E-H & FOYER)

Network with friends while you enjoy breakfast in our “playground” area, where interactive exhibits including makerspaces, learning spaces, new gadgets, and more will be set up throughout the day. Come prepared to share your ideas and questions.

EXHIBITS INCLUDE: West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District’s “science fair;” a makerspace from libriarians Sheri McNair, Shannon Mersand, and Sudha Narsipur; students from Fair Haven share their favorite maker projects.

PLUS: The #TLTechLive Scavenger Hunt (hosted by the NYCDOE)!

Your host: Darlynn Alfalla, #NYCSchoolsTech Expert

Stop by the social media booth and learn to compose a killer Tweet & participate in a social media scavenger hunt to share what you have learned and discovered throughout the day.

Click here to link to the T&L Live Social Media Hub.

Keynote: Why Go Open? (SALON D)

Andrew Marcinek, former Chief Open Education Advisor for the U.S. Department of Education, will offer insider insights into the DOE’s #GoOpen initiative. Participants will leave energized and excited to begin strategizing how they can make the shift to openly licensed educational resources in their school districts.

Refreshment and Networking Break: Playground (SALONS E-H & FOYER)

Breakout Session # 1

BREAKOUT #1: Why #GoOpen? (SALON D)

U.S. Department of Education’s #GoOpen campaign encourages states, school districts and educators to use openly licensed educational materials to transform teaching and learning. Learn what it takes to be a #GoOpen district, school, or state. PRESENTERS: Michael Nagler (Superintendent, Mineola UFSD, Mineola, NY); Lisa Nielsen (NYCDOE); Mackey Pendergrast (Superintendent of Schools, Morris School District, Morristown, NJ); Michael Estrada (Chief Technology Officer, Roselle Park, NJ), and Joyce Valenza (Assistant Professor, Rutgers University).

Why #GoOpen?

BREAKOUT #2: Next-Gen PD: Models That Work (Terrace View)

Learn how schools use instructional/etch coaches and personalized PD approaches for meaningful professional development. PRESENTERS: Marianthe Williams (Director of Technology, River Dell Regional School District, NJ); JoJo Farrell (Deputy Director of Digital Engagment, NYCDOE); Sean Beavers (District Coordinator of Technology Integration, West Morris Regional High School District, Chester, NJ); Joel Handler (Director of Technology, Hillsborough Board of Education, NJ); Moderator: Paul Sanfrancesco (Director of Technology, Owen J Roberts SD, PA)

Next-Gen PD

BREAKOUT #3: #GenMobile: Is Your District Ready? (SALONS A-C)

A greater diversity of devices are flooding school districts in increasing numbers. It is no longer a question of whether to support personal devices, but how to accommodate the ever-changing world of technology to ensure a positive experience for users. Are you prepared? PRESENTERS: Joe Kuzo (Director of Technology, Quakertown Community School District, Quakertown, PA), Daniel Mannix (Superintendent, Beekmantown CSD, Plattsburgh, NY), and Jason Strumwasser (Technology Coordinator, Challenge Charter Schools, Far Rockaway, NY). Moderator: Gary P. Lambert (Director of 21st Century Learning, Beekmantown CSD)

GenMobile: Is Your District Ready?

Refreshment and Networking Break: Playground (SALONS E-H & FOYER)

Industry Spotlights (SALON D)

Hear from the companies that are sponsoring this event and shaping the future of educational technology.

Anything Goes Roundtable Discussions #1 (SALON D)

These varied small-group discussions provide a great opportunity for you to network with fellow technology leaders. Topics include:

*Mini-Workshop: Microsoft 1:1 in Education (Michael A. Estrada, Chief Technology Officer, Roselle Park School District) **this session will be held in Salons A-C

*Mini-Workshop: breakoutEDU: the basics & the brilliance (Jay Eitner, Superintendent , Waterford Township School District, Waterford , NJ): Many have heard about the latest trend of breakout rooms. Come see how this has transitioned into the classroom for students, educators, and stakeholders! The basics will be explained, along with an actual challenge. Think you have what it takes to break out?! Come find out! **This session will be held in "Terrace View"

* Tech Tools to Help You Become a Tech Savvy Leader (Jerri Kemble, Assistant Superintendent of Technology and Innovation, Lawrence Public Schools, Lawrence, KS) Officer, Roselle Park School District)

*Motivational Barriers to Educational Innovation (Jacek Polubiec, EdD, NYCDOE, BRONX, NY)

*Making the Most of Social Media (Samantha Morra)

*New Ways to Use Google Maps in Schools (Hafiz Saleem, Department Chairperson, Business Ed. & Technology, Paterson Public Schools, Paterson, New Jersey)

*Manage your Macs (Eric Rizzo, Director of Technology, Ramapo CSD, Hillburn, NY)

*Digital Citizenship (Paul Sanfrancesco, Director of Technology, Owen J Roberts SD, Pottstown, PA and Sudha Narsipur, Library Media Specialist, Ossining High School, NY)

*The Importance of Social Emotional Learning Assessments (Paul LeBuffe, Director, Devereux Center for Resilient Children)

*Learning with Livestreaming: How and what platform to use when (Jackie Patanio, Ed Tech Leader, Staten Island, New York City Schools)

*Meet the SPOCS of NYCDOE: SPOC Squads are taking a new approach to PD in NYC Public Schools.Join them to discuss how.

Robotics: Nuts and Bolts (Andrea Mandel, Coach for the W.A.G.S. Robotics Girl Scout FTC Team)

Lunch (SALON D)

Dessert & Demos: Playground (SALONS E-H & FOYER)

Anything Goes Roundtable #2 (SALON D)

These discussions provide a great opportunity for you to network with fellow technology leaders. Topics will be repeated from the 11:15 "anything goes" breakout session (see details above).


BREAKOUT #1 Coding 2.0: Current Thinking and New Trends (SALONS A-C)

Many schools have embraced the coding movement. But how do you integrate coding into your curricula in a meaningful way? Find out how in this interactive session. PRESENTERS: Jerry Crisci (Director of Instructional Technology and Innovation, Scarsdale Public Schools, NY); Steven Lahullier (Technology Teacher, Anna L. Klein School, Guttenberg, NJ); Eileen Lennon (Technology Teacher, Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School 74, NY); Moderator: Jim Lerman (Project Lead, Big Apple Technology Scholarship Program; Code/Interactive)

Coding 2.0

BREAKOUT #2: Robotics (Terrace View)

The W.A.G.S. Robotics Girl Scout FTC and Princeton YWCA Robotics Teams demonstrate their robotics program and show attendees how to integrate this dynamic program into their schools.

BREAKOUT #3: Tool Smackdown (SALON D)

During this lightning-paced smackdown, presenters will make their cases for apps, add-ons, and other cool edtech tools while the audience votes on their favorites. Who will be left standing at the end of this battle? PRESENTERS: Chris Casal (Purveyor of Geekery, Heathcote School, Scarsdale Public Schools, NY); Samantha Morra (Technology Integrator, The Elisabeth Morrow School, NJ); Joyce Valenza (Assistant Professor, Rutgers University); Lisa Nielsen (NYCDOE); Moderator: Salvador Contes, Jr. (Assistant Principal, NYCDOE)

Tool Smackdown

Closing Session: Playground & Takeaways (SALONS E-H)

Join the party!

T&L Live will close with a series of short presentations that offer specific takeaways/highlights from the day. These presentations will be followed by a reception where you can unwind and network with colleagues and industry partners—as well as participate in the end-of-day prize drawing!