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

2010 Conference - Dare 2 Share IT


Wednesday Preconference Sessions

Wednesday, 3:00 p.m.–3:55 p.m.

1) CTL: Using Windows MultiPoint Sever 2010 to Integrate Technology into the Classroom
A presentation of the features and benefits of the new Windows MultiPoint Server 2010, a shared resource computing solution. A new computing solution, Windows MultiPoint Server 2010 is a new Windows product that allows multiple users to simultaneously share one computer.

2) GroupLink: Everything HelpDesk the Academic Help Desk Solution with Sherwood School District
Is there a lack of communication between you and your teachers? Join GroupLink and Jacob McGlothlin from Vancouver Public Schools as he discusses how everything HelpDesk can open the communication lines between your IT department and your teachers by giving teachers an easy electronic form to fill out for help desk requests that will allow the teacher to follow the progress of their help desk ticket and receive automated updates and by simplifying workload for help desk technicians by automating the routine tasks of updating, tracking, and closing help desk tickets. Come see how this fully web-based solution can benefit you!

3) Cisco: Considerations and Methodologies when Assessing your Virtualization Needs and Developing your Strategy
As school districts and ESDs move forward with Storage, Network, Server, Application, and Destop virtualization, there are many factors to consider-ease of management, effects on power consumption, network policy and utilization-to name a few. Through presentation, "panel" discussion (including audience participation), and Q & A, we hope to provide a framework for evaluating needs and options and highlight some best practices that have come out of the process based on efforts-to-date.

4) Mountain States Networking: Unified Cloud Computing
Learn how Clackamas ESD in 2010 will build out the first Unified Computing Cloud system by an ESD in Oregon to service the school districts they represent. School districts will finally be able to put their applications in the cloud and store critical information on a robust storage network. By virtualizing your applications, school districts will be able to lower their overall cost of maintaining the traditional type server farm and cut back on power consumption in the data center becoming a greener environment.

Wednesday, 4:00 p.m.–4:55 p.m.

1) Motorola: Future-proofing Your Classrooms with Wireless
With so many instructional materials and tools going digital today, it is becoming critical for schools to provide access to that digital content anywhere, anytime. Fortunately, recent advancements in wireless technology are making it possible to provide fast, reliable wireless access in even the most challenging environments—such as dozens of streaming video devices in a single classroom—at a fraction of the cost of traditional wired networks. If 1:1 computing is in your district's short or long term vision, now is the time to begin planning the infrastructure to support it.

2) Apple: Successful Integration of Mobile Technology in the Classroom
Join Apple for a substantive exploration of innovation and its influence on students (personalization), instruction (pedagogy), and system change (policy). Today's consumer technologies can empower learning—and learners—in ways never before conceived. Doing so means recalibrating expectations of instruction and achievement. Hear from the experiences of two districts who have successfully integrated this innovation into their classrooms.

3) Dell: Come into the Cloud: Private Secure Access and Collaboration from Any Device, Anywhere, at Anytime
Stoneware is the most comprehensive solution available tailored for K12 with approximately 50 resources and tools. These features include secure, single-sign-on access (the user never actually touches your network), the ability to let users access the network from anywhere on any device at anytime in order to collaborate (i.e., Sharepoint), document management, use group calendaring, email platform and more, and a custom reporting feature that enables users, such as Principals, to build their own custom reports without always having to go to IT to build it. These are just a few of the 50 resources and tools available through Stoneware's private cloud solution.

4) INX: Leveraging 21st Century Tools to Engage "Flat World" Learners—Teachers Using Realtime Video to Educate Students
From Moodle to podcasting and social media collaboration to online learning, you will gain new ideas and the tools to put them into practice. Tandberg, the leading provider of video conferencing solutions, will discuss the latest in video learning technology and provide hands-on demonstrations of the tools for the classroom and beyond. You'll also hear about funding strategies and how to leverage federal, state and foundation grant programs for all your technology projects. Video can be easily incorporated into the services provided by your IT staff.

 

Thursday Sessions

Thursday, 11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Keynote Follow-up: Howard Charney

Shedding Light on Some of the Gray Areas—Policy & Legal Issues in IT
Be part of a discussion and exploration about some of the pressing legal and policy issues related to current technologies and services.

Social Networking: The Challenges Facing IT
Schools and especially parents have strong expectations about the positive roles that social networking could play in students' lives, and both are interested in social networking as a tool. Why isn't social networking leveraged more in schools to enhance the education of youth and how can IT change that?

Implementing Google Apps in Education
Many school districts are turning to Google Apps as an answer to the challenge of integrating the Web 2.0 world into their districts. This session focuses on the how some districts are having success implementing Google's cloud computing solution in their classrooms.

Framework for CTO essential skills
The task of identifying and developing essential skills for district technology leaders/CTOs, a relatively new hybrid position in schools, is critical. Improved Learning comes from building on Leadership & Vision, Undestanding the Education Environment, Managing Technology Resources, & Establishing Core Values. Keith Krueger from CoSN will share insights gathered to identify what is essential to be a technology leader.

Thursday, 1:30–2:45 p.m.

Application Virtualization
Application Virtualization can be a valuable tool in distributing applications to staff and students. See how districts are using application virtualization to reduce support costs and more efficiently provide students and staff with ondemand access to applications.

Implementing Hand Held Devices—iPods
See how districts are using the wireless Internet-enabled iPod touch to meet the learning and achievement needs of multimodal, multilingual students. See how teachers and students are using small, mobile devices to create conversations and learning communities together. Students respond to literature on their blog, email their teacher, improve their reading fluency, track their health statistics, practice their math, and find relevant online information right from the palm of their hand. Achievement data will be shared and deployment strategies for both IT staff and teachers will be discussed. Apple's new iPad and its opportunities for K–12 education will also be explored. Links to online resources will be provided.

Managing Online Learning
What has been learned about managing online learning? What has been successful, what approaches are districts using, what are some of the technical issues? This session will share many lessons learned about managing online learning as well as providing time for you share your experiences and your questions

Mastering the Moment: A Guide to Technology Leadership in the Economic Crisis
In the face of the most serious economic crisis in generations, K–12 schools across the nation are paring their budgets and planning for austere revenue cycles. Learn about a new toolkit from the Consortium for School Networking for district technology leaders to help them understand their role in rethinking 21st century education and finding the resources to do it now.ow can your district leadership team get the vision to strategically use technology? How do you break down the silos that keep our school districts from innovation?

Thursday, 3:00–4:15 p.m.

Dare 2 Share: Sharing Sessions
It is all about sharing with one another. Participate in interactive discussions on some of the following topics. Additional topics will be added as participants list the share sessions they would like to conduct. To be or Not to be: Cloud Computing; Supporting and Using Handhelds; Sharing through Blogs/Wikis; Tapping into the Google Environment.

Online Professional Development
Professional Development can now be delivered online, in a wide range of models, ranging from glorified correspondence courses to live videoconferencing. This presentation will look at the range of delivery methods and share first-hand experiences in providing training and support to teachers online.

Letting Go of Past Practices
You have heard it…TTWWHADI (towhadi) "That's the way we have always done it." Nothing is as stifling to a project as refusing to "Let Go of Past Practices." Changing or upgrading enterprise systems increases stress. Successful staff create revisions to current business practices and adopt new communication methods for deploying standard operating procedures that break TTWWHADI. In this session, examples of standard operating procedures and communication will be presented and discussed.

Computing in the Cloud
Wrestling With The New Questions: Practical approaches and guidelines for student and staff use; meeting legal requirements and practical challenges.

Wikis/Podcasts/Blogs
Dive Into Web 2.0 Literacy Tools to Enhance Communication & Collaboration. How can the new technology for students and teachers best be supported by IT?

 

Friday Sessions

Friday, 11:00–12:15 p.m.

Keynote Follow-up: David Warlick

Proactive Network Monitoring—Assessment & Discussion of Available Tools

Provisioning Servers in a Virtual Environment
Virtualization cuts across all aspects of data center operations. By compressing multiple loads onto a single server, organizations are able to create resilient cost effective solutions. Whether you are just getting started are well under way to virtualizing your server operations come learn and share about the best practices being used to virtualize the data center.

Archiving: Making It Happen.
Learn from the experts about the laws and best practices regarding archiving—the whats, the whys, and the whens. Hear about some of the issues encountered by school districts in trying to comply with archiving email as well as other electronic documents.

Data: Role of IT to Support Data Analysis (Change Agent) 
Data-based decision-making is a requirement in creating high performing schools. State Test Scores, Free & Reduced Lunch Eligibility, Ethnicity & Race, Attendance, Behcavior, Grades, and Formative Assessment Results are but a few of the data sources available to school and district teams. A cross organizational team at Springfield Public Schools will talk about the process they used to design, develop, and implement data systems that can be effectively used by teachers, counselors, and administrators to evaluate student performance, design specific interventions, and/or conduct research.

Friday, 1:15–2:30 p.m.

Dare 2 Share: Sharing Sessions
It is all about sharing with one another. Participate in interactive discussions on some of the following topics. Additional topics will be added as participants list the share sessions they would like to conduct. To be or Not to be: Cloud Computing; Supporting and Using Handhelds; Sharing through Blogs/Wikis; Tapping into the Google Environment.

Mapping 21st Century Skills Through Students' Home Use of Tech
One of the central and binding themes of almost every education discussion today is "21st century skills." Yet, hardly anyone has a clear understanding of what they are or what it looks like. The dominant rallying point appears to be the framework, established by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. This session will review the elements of this framework, suggesting ways that many students may already be developing some of these skills at home through their use of ICT outside of their academic endeavors. Might we harness some of these activities to better align classroom objectives with what and how students learn at home.

Affordable Computing: Netbooks, Thin Clients, Virtual Desktops
A panel discussion. Come and learn what, why, and how these districts are doing it.

Controlling your wireless implementation: Tools, policies, and practices
As wireless implementations become the norm within schools, there are an increasing number of devices that may need to connect, different user groups who want to connect, and an employer who expects you will handle all of this seamlessly with little additional money and no additional help. The panel will share the various political, technical and policy-related approaches to meeting this challenge.

Web Tools—Parent Portal
Listen to how Kennewick School District used multiple applications (including Power School, Oracle, Microsoft SQL, SharePoint, SQL Reporting Services, and Twitter) to create a communication system with Parents that includes information on grades, test scores, comparison information, and tracking graduation progress for high school students.

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