CAIS Innovation Summit 2018


May 3-4th, 2018

Post Sessions Before and During the Conference: (if posting a session before Thurs May 3, we may move the session to another location due to space needs)

Virtual App Smackdown Share Form

Rather than holding a live Smackdown we are doing it virtually, please feel free to share resources you recommend through this form. Resources will be visible in the spreadsheet below. Feel free to fill this out prior to the retreat!

Virtual App Smackdown Resource Spreadsheet

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The CAIS Innovation Summit was created as a time and place for busy educators who are engaging with educational technology to get away from the pressures of school to reconnect with colleagues and professionals and collaborate. The summit focuses on such topics as curriculum integration, new technologies, augmented and virtual reality, and professional development. The relaxed format of the retreat allows conference attendees to form connections and become comfortable with new concepts and ideas to bring back to their work.

The Guest House is a beautifully renovated country inn on private wooded land, adjacent to a state forest with hiking trails and two neighboring lakes. Conveniently located midway between New York City and Boston, Guest House is easily reachable via major highways or by train. The Guest House is the perfect place to reconnect and rejuvenate! We look forward to seeing you there!

Who should attend?- Any CAIS educator who is eager to share or learn about the ever-evolving innovation of education as the lines best practices and technology move into hands of all educators.


What is an open forum or "unconference"?

An unconference, according to the Wikipedia entry, is a "conference where the content of the sessions is driven and created by the participants, generally day-by-day during the course of the event, rather than by a single organizer, or small group of organizers, in advance." While unconferences are popular (because they provide an excellent, flexible venue for ideas, networking, and participation), they have been around for decades, with the best-known format articulated by Harrison Owen as "Open Space Technology ". For an excellent description of the unconference format, see this Huffington Post article, An "Unconference" for Online Communities.

New this year we are adding some planned longer sessions to dive deeper into topics that are relevant to today's educational landscape. These sessions will more hands-on and will be facilitated by the CAIS educators. These dive deep sessions require pre-registered and space is limited.




Thursday, May 3rd:

9:00-9:30 Sign in, Continental Breakfast and Conversation (The White Barn)

9:30 -9:45 Welcome, Introductions, Open Forum Explanation & Resources - Sharon Plante, The Southport School

9:45-10:45 Keynote Speaker- David Ryan Polgar @TechEthicist

Keynote: “All Tech Is Human: Improving Social Media to Benefit User Wellbeing & Society”

Is social media bad for user well-being and society at large? 2017 was the year of a backlash against Silicon Valley for their potential connection with misinformation and tech addiction. David Ryan Polgar has carved a unique career as a tech ethicist, where he explores the impact of social media & tech from ethical, legal, and emotional perspectives. In this lecture, he will take us into a deep dive into the tension between the business interests of Silicon Valley (eyeballs and engagement) and the human interests of users (trustworthy information, increasing happiness). Can’t tech companies profit while also operating to benefit users & society?

10:45-11:00 Break/Session Creation

11:00-11:30 Getting to know each other and Virtual Smackdown


11:30-12:30 Open Forum (Session 1) (Various Locations)

12:30 - 1:30 Lunch


Unconference sessions

1:30-2:15 Open Forum (Session 2) (Various Locations)

2:30-3:15 Open Forum (Session 3) (Various Locations)

3:30-4:15 Open Forum (Session 4) (Various Locations)


Planned Sessions:


1:30-2:30 60 minute session (must pre-register/limited # of participants)
Meet the Microbot: your coding/making genie:
Rush Hambleton, Academic Technology Integrator, Pine Point School
Coding is great, but sometimes students want to see their code do things in the tangible world. This breakthrough affordable tech is the best of Arduino, Scratch and the Maker revolution, all packaged for schools. Come see examples of this BBC-created $16-tool microcontroller in action, get some ideas, and share yours, too!

2:30-3:30 60 minute session (must pre-register/limited # of participants)
Meaning Learning with technology: The Triple E Way
Audrey Onsdorff, Academic Technology Coordinator, Brunswick School
We have heard of the SAMR and TPACK model, but have heard about the Triple E framework? Based on Dr. Liz Kolb’s book “ Learning First, Technology Second” teachers should be empowered to create authentic learning experiences for their students by implementing effective strategies using technology. Let’s learn about this framework and see how we can transform our teaching practice with the meaningful use of technology!

3:30-4:30 60 minute session (must pre-register/limited # of participants)
Nearpod: Interactive presentations, polling and more!
Lisa Lamont, Director of Innovation, Hopkins School
Nearpod is an interactive lesson delivery platform that allows you to engage and connect with your students, as well as gain insight into their learning. In this session, you will experience a synchronized lesson designed in Nearpod that features online simulations, virtual field trips, real-time feedback and more! Examples will be provided for Science, Math, World Language and Humanities. You will have the opportunity to view Nearpod as both a student or teacher, so be sure to bring a device to this session.



1:30-3:00 90 minute session (must pre-register/limited # of participants)
Tech Crunch
B.J. Daniels, Director of Technology, The Gunnery
Step out of the server room and join CAIS Network Professionals for a discussion about the hardware, software, and technical issues we are all dealing with.

3:00-4:30 90 minute session (must pre-register/limited # of participants)
Thinking and Learning in the Maker-Centered Classroom
Jamie McQueen, English Teacher, Whitby School
A brief microwaved, classroom-ready, and experiential session based on a Harvard Graduate School of Education's Agency By Design course. Two thinking routines will be utilized through deconstructing a simple item and concept.

4:15 Check in at front desk

4:30 CAIS Commission on Technology Members - Meeting

5:00-6:00 Cocktails -The Sun Room or Outside

6:00 Dinner

Thursday evening:

Relax and enjoy each other’s company- Hobby/skill share, Music, Games, Conversation…



Friday Morning, May 12th:
8:00-9:00 Breakfast

9:15 - Schedule Additions, changes, and Viewing

9:30 -10:15 - Open Forum (Session 5) (Various Locations)

10:30-11:15 - Open Forum (Session 6) (Various Locations)

11:30-12:15 - Open Forum (Session 7) (Various Locations)


Planned Sessions


9:30-10:30 60 minute session (must pre-register/limited # of participants)
The Art of Discovering Options
Sarah-Anne Wildgoose, Digital Arts, Technology and Design Department Chair, Pomfret School
Conduct a hands-on workshop to nurture discovery. Attendees will participate in Rapid Challenges engaging in hands-on activities opening their minds to discover multiple options. I will illustrate how simple hands-on, maker techniques, can be introduced to any high school classroom. These techniques uncover options to solve problems. High school students find it hard to discover options and challenge themselves. Their Inner creativity has been stifled. Their classroom experiences are typically structured so one correct answer solves the problem. The art of discovering options is left behind generating linear thinking students. Life requests more of them. My teaching platform wakes up the inner creativity integrating methods that boost ideation and exploration so students produce opportunities, not just a single option. Using “maker” lessons reach all types of learners. These lessons teach students to explore, create, re-see, discovering alternatives. This teaching method opens pathways for students teaching them an essential life skill.


9:30-11:00 90 minute session (must pre-register/limited # of participants)
Enhancing Reading Experiences with Coding and Virtual Reality
Megan Monaghan, Fifth grade English teacher, Sacred Heart Greenwich
Develop students' skills in understanding the story arc and how the decisions of characters move events of the plot along the arc. Use the coding program Twinery to reimagine, rewrite, and code Roald Dahl's "The Great Mouse Caper," using code to give to characters choice and experience consequences. Next, learn how Virtual Reality can be used to teach close reading skills as students build a scene from their reading to be experienced with VR.

12:15-12:30- Conference Wrap Up & Giveaways (The White Barn - Sharon Plante)


12:30 Lunch - Conference Ends but the Connections Continue!