Association of Computer Professionals in Education
Association of Computer Professionals in Education

2004 Conference - Reality IT: Beyond Survival


Session Descriptions

Thursday, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Don't Worry, Be Happy - Managing Stress
New initiatives, project deadlines, and budget reductions can be stressful. Sometimes, even the leg and thigh massager isnit enough! Learn how to reduce stress, be more effective in your job and enjoy life. Presenter: Don Essig

Open Source Software Implementations in K-12
Free software sounds good, but we all know there is cost to "free". We will explore the pros and cons of using Open Source in K-12, criteria to consider in measuring the total cost of ownership, conditions for successful implementations, etc. Learn the results of recent surveys and interviews of K-12 IT Open Source users - where are they using, where are they not, and why. Presenter: Seymour Hanfling, NWREL

Thursday, 1:30–2:45 p.m.

Elementary Technology Standards OR How to Avoid Making Everyone Angry
The Evergreen School District is using a centralized planning model to equip elementary schools with the same technology based on research-based practices. See how you can reduce the amount of overall support needed in your schools. Presenter: Chris Tschirgi, Evergreen SD

Network Intrusion - I (Prevention) 
Representatives from software, hardware, and antihacker communities will discuss methods network engineers and managers can use to reduce the risk of network intrusion. Presenter: Zot O'Conner, White Knight Hackers

Thursday, 3:15–4:30 p.m.

IT Standards for Administrators
It is more important than ever for administrators to take leadership in technology use. Gain an understanding of ISTE benchmarks and creating profiles of effective leadership. Presenter: Leslie Conery, ISTE

Network Intrusion - 2 (Damage Control) 
Learn how to respond when your network has been hacked. Presenter: Zot O'Conner, White Knight Hackers

Friday, 10:45–11:45 a.m.

Effective User Advocacy
The traditional reactive model for supporting user needs—intervening only when a problem arises—is less and less effective. Explore changes that are driving the need to reconsider the traditional model for support. Alternatives being implemented in educational organizations will be highlighted and discussed by the panel members and audience. Panel: Linda Turner, Vancouver SD, Michael Burkesmith, Linn-Benton- Lincoln ESD, Baron Rodriguez, Oregon Dept. of Education

Integrated Security Management
A panel discussion by a network engineer, manager for infrastructure, risk management specialist, and facilities rep will include requirements and issues surrounding the integrated use of networks to support building management, security, data and VOIP. Panel discussion.

Mobile Computing
You can't deny IT won't happen. Discuss how to be in the forefront in establishing standards and aligning the use of devices with applications to support the needs of your staff and students. Presenters: J.B. Fitzpatrick, Bethel SD & Sandy Nelson, Federal Way Public Schools, Ann Reed, Lake Washington SD

Motivating Staff
Employees give two reasons for being happy at work: good leadership and a great work environment. Using the 4 focus areas from the book, FISH!, discuss how Choose Your Attitude, Play, Make Their Day, and Be There are contributing elements for success. Presenter: Mick Lunzer, FISH!

Friday, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Good to Great!
Jim Collinis book, Good to Great, profiles attributes that distinguish great companies from good ones. Hear these ideas and see how one ESD uses these concepts. Presenter: Terry Hippenhammer, PSESD

Terminal Services
Some say itis the mainframe approach dressed up for the new millennium, but terminal services is used in several districts for administrator desktops, student labs, and elsewhere. Find out what your peers are doing and what theyive learned. Presenters: Pat Hartley, Evergreen SD & Trevor Larson, Portland Public Schools

Friday, 2:15–3:15 p.m.

All About Microsoft
Windows Server, Office, and Endnote! Join a Microsoft engineer and some early implementers to discuss pros and cons of new versions and products. Discuss licensing implications and what options are available to avoid getting screwOeer, paying more than you have to. Presenter: Paul Baird, Sr. Technology Specialist

Integration of Technology & Curriculum Planning for School Improvement
The State of Washington is implementing a new process that combines technology and curriculum planning into a single school improvement plan. Hear the experiences of districts in this process. Presenter: Dennis Small, OSPI, State of Washington

Investigating Inappropriate Computer Use
Learn how to correctly investigate inappropriate use of district computer systems, including legal and technical aspects. Discuss how to collect the right information and leave the evidence intact; how to know when to contact the authorities; appropriate roles within your organization. Presenter: Randy Kayfes, Beaverton SD

Stretching Services
A follow-up to last year's discussion on working with what we have as we support various school district technology needs. The panel and audience will discuss different approaches to stretching services to support technology in education. Open Forum Discussion

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