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

2009 Conference - IT is CHANGING


Wednesday Preconference Seminars, Session 1

Wednesday, 3:00 –3:55 p.m.

GroupLink: everything HelpDesk™ Success Story with Sherwood School District
Do you know about the latest trend in help desk technology? Traci Sutherland from Sherwood School District will demonstrate how the Help Desk™ solution has helped to fulfill the needs of the IT department for request/resolution tracking and workflow management. By leveraging this product across many departments, not only can you be more effective, but your costs will be reduced as well.

Total Recall: Decision Process: Making the Connections That Matter
Connect students and staff to your network without overburdening your technology department and your budget. Account-Ability™ and StaffLync™ can help you do that and more. This solution will automatically create, manage and supervise student and staff users on your network. Learn how Edmonds and North Marion Schools have reduced the burden on their technology staff, improved accuracy and management of their user database directory, reduced paper/copy budgets and expanded the capability of teachers and students to communicate through file sharing and email, as well as manage student computer users "real-time" in their classroom.

Wednesday Preconference Seminars, Session 2

Wednesday, 4:00 p.m.–4:55 p.m.

aal: Facilitating Access to Student Information with eSis® Wireless
aal will be demonstrating the use of browser based wireless devices used to extend the reach and value of your existing eSis® functionality. aal is embracing the concept of wireless portable access to student data and data management functions utilizing Service Oriented System Architecture combined with devices such as Blackberry®, iPhone®, Palm® and other browser enabled personal communication devices to extend the reach of administrators', teachers', parents' and students' access.

Follett: Be a Tech Champion—Powerful Ways to Manage Resources and Your Budget
Join experts including Eddie Sawyer, Vancouver School District and others for a panel discussion including success stories and best practices on strategic resource management including textbook and asset management strategies—in one case resulting in a savings of over $100,000 in one year. Learn how to cut costs NOT programs through better management of resources while growing the communication cycle between parents, students and staff.

Thursday Session Descriptions

Thursday, 11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Keynote Follow-up with Dan Rasmus: Scenario Planning and the Future of Education
Dan Rasmus follows-up his keynote with a breakout session that will facilitate a discussion about long range planning for education. He will work with the audience to elicit key drivers for change and map them into his long range scenario framework.

802.11n
Collaboration is one of the new skills for a new age that both students and staff must master to succeed and be effective. These tools are being made ever more accessible through new generations of wireless devices. This interactive session will present lessons learned and best practices in the planning, deployment, and management of a scalable 802.11n enterprise network. Attendees will discuss the requirements, options, considerations and strategies for an effective deployment of any size.

Flatten Your District Professional Development
In this session we will learn about providing online professional development to your staff. We will investigate what products are available, the different approaches to OPD, and how some district approach it.

Archiving Practices
Archiving for history, archiving for audit, archiving without understanding the implications? This presentation will provide specific information about data, e-mail and other archiving practices you should know.

Thursday, 1:30–2:45 p.m.

School Policies for a Web 2.0 World
How can K–12 schools embrace the appropriate educational use of Web 2.0 capabilities and the ever-changing technological tools that make use of these capabilities? Many districts are currently wrestling with this issue, while others are choosing to "block and ban". This session will share a sample policy on electronic resources developed in the spring of 2008 by representatives of Washington school districts, Educational Service Districts (ESDs), and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in partnership with the Washington State School Director's Association (WSSDA). This policy is intended to serve as a starting place for local school boards in Washington State to develop their own policies. Attendees are encouraged to share their own district's policies, and much of the session will be devoted to an interactive discussion of the many issues involved.

Application Virtualization
See how the Kent School District is currently leveraging different virtualization technologies to increase reliability, flexibility and system uptime. The session will highlight the decision making processes and the various technical implementations. This presentation will be delivered by the District's Executive Director of IT and its System Architect.

Data Warehousing: What Questions are you Answering?
The development of a data warehouse has the potential to meet the growing hunger of school boards and school administrators for information to inform school improvement decisions. While the technical challenges are substantial, perhaps the greatest challenge is identifying the critical questions that need to be addressed by the warehouse. Panelists will describe the process used to define the key questions, the appropriate metric, and the nature of the graphical or tabular presentation.

DOE Ethnicity Guidelines
With the new US Department of Education guidelines for the collection and reporting of race ethnicity data, as a representative of the National Center for Education Statistics, Blair Loudat will discuss the issues and challenges associated with making this change in time for the 2010–11 school year.

Wikis and Podcasts
Although often spoken of in one phrase, wikis and podcasts are two very different applications with far-reaching implications for schools. This session will demonstrate the basics of wikis and podcasts, different tools and options for creating them, and share examples of educational uses in a variety of settings.

Thursday, 3:00–4:15 p.m.

Blogs
Getting started with Web 2.0 applications and web-based collaboration in our district can be easy. Learn how Peninsula School District is using a simple to implement Web 2.0 Blog application, Wordpress, as a very useful communication tool and introduction to the Web 2.0 world for its staff.

Project Management
Who manages more projects than IT Directors and departments? This session will share one IT Director's journey towards getting PMP Certified and what she learned about project and program management along the way.

Virtual Servers
Today it's all about green. Going green in a data center includes considerations such as reducing heat generation, saving energy, and using fewer devices to name a few. The push to green has made virtual servers more attractive than ever. Come hear about one agencies move to virtual servers. How by consolidating servers they have reduced server count decreasing energy consumption while improving uptime and manageability. This interactive session will include the key considerations and best practices for a district of any size when thinking about virtualized services.

Developing Rich Internet Applications
Rich Internet applications (RIAs) are web applications that have the features and functionality of traditional desktop applications. Google Docs, Buzzwords and Picnic are obvious RIAs but what tools can we build for our staff and students? This session will share a few locally built RIAs and investigate a few of the tools commonly used to build RIA. You'll leave with fresh ideas and a new set of tools to investigate for your next project.

Small, Portable Wireless Devices
The line between PDAs, iPods, cell phones and computers are blurred more than ever with the introduction of "netbooks". How is IT going to respond to the growing need to support them in classrooms? What is IT's role? How do we prepare for the onslaught? This session will explore the recent thinking behind strategies to leverage these devices in your classrooms.

 

Friday Session Descriptions

Friday, 11:00–12:15 p.m.

Keynote Follow-up: Lynne Lancaster, Removing the Collisions in the Workplace
Lynne will extend her keynote with an interactive session that will allow participants to brainstorm strategies to recruit, retain and reinvent a workplace.

Running the Small IT Shop
Alex Allen from Harrisburg School District and 2 colleagues from smaller school districts will discuss the challenges of running an IT organization in a small school district.

Google Apps
Google Apps are a powerful set of productivity tools that any district can access free of change. Kris Hagel from Peninsula School District will walk through the steps necessary to get your school district started with Google Apps. The Team from Peninsula will then discuss the impacts, challenges and successes the implementation of Google Apps is having on the district.

Green Recycled: Power, etc.
So everyone is talking about being Green, what can you do?  This session will explore processes to best harness the tools that reduce our energy footprint. You will hear from colleagues about the strategies they are using to cut energy use and importantly the implications of these approaches—what has worked well, how much they have saved, who they have worked with to implement these efforts and what they are thinking about for the future. Please come learn and share your approaches.

Forensics
Digital forensics use to be the territory of a few specialists working for large companies but now it's an area that all impacts all technology support organizations. What are the requirements for securing digital information for the purposes of an investigation. What are the steps in managing a digital investigation? How do you copy a hard drive so the information withstands scrutiny. How do you protect digital evidence? What are you responsible for regarding the chain of evidence? In this session come learn about digital forensics and how it can impact school district technology departments.

Friday, 1:15–2:30 p.m.

Scripting
Scripting can result in operational efficiencies as well as insure that technical tasks are completed in a timely, accurate and consistent manner. During this interactive panel discussion, various districts will share the work they have done with scripts as well as ideas on future developments.

Collaboration Tools
Collaboration is an essential skill for all students and staff and technology departments are being asked to deploy and support the technologies necessary to facilitate this work. Come be a part of a discussion on the different options available for collaboration. This session will take a look at some of the available collaboration tools and how they can be used to support instruction, professional learning communities, staff development and operations.

Emergency Preparedness and Technology
Since the horrific events of 9-11, Columbine and Virginia Tech, technology tools play a significantly more prominent role in school security and emergency preparedness. The presentation outlines the basics of emergency management and how technological advances in keeping schools and the people they house safe. It will also capture the best ideas available as we prepare for those events that have potential catastrophic impacts.

Team Building with Staffing Changes
We know it's essential to build positive energy from a team that is doing more with less. This session will help you put in place methods and activities that can be used to activate the strength from within. Be prepared to engage in the fun and interactive session. Learn how to build teams with members from different generations and different learning styles.

Strategic Technology Planning
Based on concerns about technology equity, North Clackamas Schools developed technology standards for elementary, middle and high schools. Based on these standards and a need to have a replacement plan, the school district now has the tools to address this issue. Blair Loudat will discuss this process and share the replacement plan spreadsheets developed for these purposes.

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