SMART User Group

Valley View

Join Us!

Saturday, Sep. 28th 2013 at 8am-12pm

725 West Normantown Road

Romeoville, IL

John J Lukancic Middle School


8:00 - Doors Open (Enter through Door 6)

8:00 - 8:30 - Breakfast and Registration (In Cafeteria)

8:35 - 8:50 - Welcome (In Cafeteria)

9:00 - 9:50 - Breakout Session 1

10:00 - 10:50 - Breakout Session 2

11:00 - 11:50 - Breakout Session 3

12:00 - Wrap-Up, Raffle & CPDU Distribution (In Cafeteria)

Upgrade to Notebook 11

Many of the VVSUG13 sessions will focus on features found only in the new version of SMART Notebook, version 11:


Thank you for participating in our 2nd Semiannual SMART User Group! It is our hope that this event provides you with dynamic and practical SMART professional development that:

  • Facilitates the sharing of SMART Board best practices
  • Provides an opportunity for educators to gather resources and improve their skills
  • Allows educators to network with other SMART Board Users and become a part of the rapidly expanding community of interactive educators
  • Provides basic, intermediate and advanced SMART Board training

Throughout the day, share your learning experience and practical takeaways on Twitter by tweeting #VVSUG13 or mentioning @vvsdtech

Don't forget to visit the cafeteria to get hands-on with the latest SMART products!

VVSUG13 Hosts

Robert Petitto

SMART Exemplary Educator

PreK-5 Instructional Technology Specialist

Valley View School District 365U

Catherine Neumann

SMART Exemplary Educator

6-12 Instructional Technology Specialist

Valley View School District 365U

Session Schedule

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Thank you to our Sponsers and Presenters for making this event possible!

Mike McGowan

SMART Technologies, Education Solution Specialist

Mike McGowan is currently the Educational Solution Specialist for SMART Technologies. Prior to this position Mike was the Supervisor of Technology for Lincoln Elementary School District 156 in Calumet City, IL. Mike also teaches for the University of St. Francis Education Department and REAL program teaching technology for Educators classes along with Technology courses for Connecting Link. Mike is part of New Dimension Media's advisory board consulting on an as needed basis. He was also the 2012 SMART SEE of the year and a SMART Certified Trainer. Mike has presented at schools and conferences around the state including, ICE, IETC, EITC, TechCom, ICE Chip, Summer Experience.

Nancy Powell

Session: Classroom Management & Your SMART Board

Nancy Norem Powell is a retired high school mathematics teacher who was instrumental in bringing the Bloomington High math and science departments, the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) and the NY Teachers Network to the Web in 1993. Her students, math projects, and publications have brought her recognition including the Presidential Award of Excellence for Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) and the Golden Apple. She was an author of the UCSMP Geometry 3rd Edition, and has written Create Activities for your SMART Board and Create Activities for your Promethean Board. ( She has dedicated her retirement to giving back to her profession - teaching pre-service teachers; giving math, SMART board, and technology workshops for teachers across the country; writing a math and technology blog (; and sharing her love of teaching and learning by creating/moderating 6 wikis for teachers including one for SMART boards (see below) and her newest wiki is full of resources for rookie mathematics teachers (

Nadia Fiaz

Session: Creating Engaging Lessons

Nadia Fiaz is a recent graduate from Illinois State University. While attending Illinois State she became SMART Board certified. Currently, she is a special education teacher at Jane Addams Middle School. She co-teaches 7th grade math as well as cross categorical math and a push-in resource class period. She utilizes SMART Notebook to strategically create clear and organized lessons. Every day she incorporates SMART Board into her lessons, which the students really seem to enjoy. She would love to share her knowledge on SMART Notebook and SMART Exchange to help fellow teachers use SMART Board in their classrooms.

Michelle Kedzierski

Session: SMART Ways to Reach All Students

Michelle Kedzierski is a classroom teacher with great passion for technology integration. Currently Michelle is teaching sixth grade language arts and social studies with 14 years of classroom experience. In addition to working with students, Michelle is a SMART Exemplary Educator and SMART Certified Trainer for Orland School District 135. In 2010, Michelle attended the SMART Exemplary Educator Summit in Calgary, Canada. Recently, she has been creating collaborative international lessons to broaden the classroom boundaries and incorporating edmodo to further support learning at home.

Cindy Adamson

Session: Building Lessons Using the Lesson Activity Toolkit

Cindy Adamson is a Teacher/Technology Coordinator at St. Dominic School. She has presented at several workshops and ICE Mini-Conferences on SmartBoard topics. She is a SMART Exemplary Educator, SMART Certified Trainer, Discovery Education STAR, and Discovery Education Learning Council Member.

Timothy Pitchard

Session: SMART Response Overview