Sponsor Spotlight: Birdbrain Technologies

Thanks to Birdbrain Technologies for being a Bronze Sponsor of Edcamp CT 2016!  Your support helps to make our day of professional learning a reality, and we are grateful!


Carnegie Mellon University spin-off BirdBrain Technologies creates and commercializes educational robots and robot kits designed to support engineering, computer science, and to foster a project-based learning approach in everyday classrooms. We are devoted to integrating engineering and computer science with traditional core subjects by creating robots and electronics that can foster natural interdisciplinary projects.

Sponsor Spotlight: Buncee

Thanks to Buncee for being a Bronze Sponsor AND Prize Sponsor of Edcamp CT 2016!  Your support of educators’ professional development through unconferences like ours is greatly appreciated!


Buncee is a web-based creation and presentation tool designed to help students become self-directed producers. Using Buncee, students can easily build multimedia projects and digital stories to showcase their learning. Buncee helps educators develop media-rich assignments and assessments.

Sponsor Spotlight: UConn Two Summers Program

We are tremendously grateful for the generosity of the University of Connecticut’s Two Summers Program. They are once again a Platinum Sponsor for EdCamp Connecticut! Thank you for helping to make our sixth annual event a reality!

UConn Two Summers Program

Two Summers Program Summary

UConn’s Two Summers MA/SD (http://edtech.education.uconn.edu/) in Learning Technology is a Master’s and Sixth Year Diploma program designed for working teachers interested in wisely integrating learning technologies into classroom instruction. The program is aligned with the ISTE/NCATE NETS-C standards for digital age teachers/coaches (http://www.iste.org/standards/standards-for-coaches), those who have the skills and knowledge to guide and support teachers to wisely integrate technology into their classroom teaching in an increasingly connected and global society. The program is run as small cohorts (15 to 20 students) where students have identical plans of study and progress through courses together. Variations of the program include a 27 or 30 credit option or the conferral of an MA or Sixth Year Certificate (as the choice of each student). The program admits practicing teachers or those with equivalent experiences in education. Since 2006, average GPA for admitted students in the cohort is near 3.7, recently results include 3.7 (2013),and  3.65 (2014).

Content Knowledge: consists of an understanding of contemporary hardware and software, Internet and offline computer-based tools used to support classroom instruction.

Pedagogy: consists of an understanding of instructional design methods, contemporary learning theory, and design research methods that enable the wise and successful integration of technology with classroom instruction.

Dispositions: consists of a world view in favor of risk taking, on-the-fly problem solving, instructional design principles, and learning through data-driven decision making based on classroom trials of technology.

The key comprehensive assessment is an e-portfolio in Taskstream (http://www.taskstream.com). Since its inception in 2006, the Two Summers program has had 90 – 100% Completion rate and all students who submit the e-portfolio achieving scores at, or above, goal. As part of the e-portfolio of required program artifacts, the Two Summers program is researching a year-long game-based approach (called Project Technologia) to several of its standards, and is piloting a card-game based assessment, called Card-tamen, based on the TPACK (see http://www.tpack.org/) framework for technology integration.

Sponsor Spotlight: Finalsite

We are proud and grateful to announce that Finalsite, based right here in Connecticut, is a Platinum Sponsor for EdCamp CT 2016! Cheers to our neighbor for the exceptional support they are providing to local schools through their services and sponsorship!

LogoColor_sloganSchools choose Finalsite for its award-winning design, best-in-class web software, and integration with 50+ ed tech partners. Schools also use Finalsite to provide admissions offices with a robust, paperless enrollment solution and a learning management system to enable blended learned and flipped classroom for its teachers. www.finalsite.com

Sponsor Spotlight: The Connecticut Education Network

Many thanks to CT’s own CEN for being a Silver Sponsor of this year’s EdCamp Connecticut!  Your support is once again helping to make our event a reality.  Here’s to our shared goal of helping local educators and learners connect and collaborate!


The Connecticut Education Network (CEN) provides reliable, high-speed internet access, data transport, and value added services to its members throughout Connecticut. We offer network, security, application, hosting and professional development service options. Specifically, we offer the following services to CEN members: Internet, Managed Wifi, Private Ethernet Services, Optical Transport, DDoS Mitigation, Filtering, Firewall, Telepresence Video Conferencing, Colocation, Virtual Hosting and Professional Development.  CEN is proud to now be an Erate service provider (SPIN # 143049066).

Connecticut Education Network is the only CT provider of Internet2 Network access. We provide 100 gigabit connections to Internet2’s backbone and support the research and big data needs of Connecticut universities. This capacity benefits CEN members by facilitating high-performance collaboration with peers nationally and internationally.  Follow us @CTEDUNET to learn more.