Friday, January 20, 2017

Dynamic Landscapes 2017

Dynamic Landscapes is an excellent conference held at Champlain College (5/22- 5/23).  Below is a call for proposals.  Last year, three CVU teachers presented at the conference and many others attended.

Why not submit a proposal to present?  Show off what you're doing in your classes.  It gets you in for free and you get to share with fellow educators.

This year, there's a new twist-- students can also present (and the keynote will be by students).  Please let me know if I can help you or your students craft a proposal or if you have other questions about the conference.  It would be great to have another big group from CVU this year!

Call for proposals is open! Students and adults can submit proposals this year. 100 students get free admission to the full conference this year... and did we mention there's a Student Keynote Competition?

We've got an incredible lineup this year at Dynamic Landscapes at Champlain College, May 22-23, 2017!

Our theme is 'Authentic Student Voices' and here's a snapshot of what that means...

Adults and students can submit proposals this year!
Call for proposals is OPEN!  Show us those incredible student projects. Show us what problems students want to solve. Pitch a meaningful presentation to an audience. Yes... this means 100 students will get free admission to the conference... full access!

Student Keynote Competition! 
Four students (or small groups) will keynote this VT Ed conference this year! It' a first in VT Education! These four will win a $250 grant for their school.  Show us your innovation, your ideas, and your passion to change the world for the better.

Immersive workshops with an incredible lineup are taking shape
Dive into a 1/2 day or full day workshop on incredible topics.

Our Grand Prize is a 2K Innovation Grant! 
We've got a lot of other prizes but let's face it... 2k? What could your school or project do with 2k?  We'll hear from last years winner and draw another.

We have a large variety of workshop types and open labs... you can build your own schedule.

Check out the DL Conference website to learn more... and do help us spread the word!

Registration will be opening soon! Stay tuned!

We hope to see you at Dynamic Landscapes 2017.


Adam Provost
President, VITA-Learn

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Hour of Code week

This week is the Hour of Code!  Lots of great resources again this year to get everyone to try coding for one hour.

Here are students in Chittenden Core working on their programs.

And here is the CVU Computer Programming class videoconferencing with a class from New Jersey, sharing what each class has done.

Why not give coding a try yourself!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Adding actions to YouTube videos

Have you ever asked students to watch a YouTube video and wanted a better way to assess their understanding or get their reaction while they watched? Vizia is a tool that allows you to add polls, open-ended or multiple choice questions, and more to YouTube videos.  As students watch the video, it pauses at the places where you inserted questions.  Students answer each question and the video then continues.  Answers can be downloaded as a Google Sheet (select "Gate Video" if you want to collect their names/email addresses, as well).

Vizia is still relatively new and could use a few improvements (specifically, better navigation while inserting questions and more than four choices for multiple choice and polls), but it's definitely worth checking out the next time you assign a YouTube video.

Here's an example of one I made for my class :

Thursday, November 17, 2016


Need a short break today?  Try QuickDraw with Google.  The idea is that you draw a doodle and the AI (Artificial Intelligence) tries to guess what you made.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

What's this about G Suite?

In case your were wondering... G suite is the new name for Google Apps (Docs, GMail, Calendar, Drive, etc.).   Same tools, new name. Time to add a new tag to the blog!