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Monday, April 18
 

8:30am

Making the K-12 College Connection
The Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta houses our nation’s largest student-run design, build, and play makerspace called the Invention Studio. The Studio has been in operation since 2008 and currently has a footprint of around 4,500 square feet with equipment worth over $1.5M available for all students across the campus. On a daily basis, about 400 people use the Invention Studio for their projects. Two members of the faculty, Dr. Amit Jariwala and Dr. Julie Linsey, have been supporting the student organization that staffs the Invention Studio. Dr. Jariwala oversees the operational aspects, and Dr. Linsey conducts research on the teaching and learning aspects of the Invention Studio. We are very fortunate to have Dr. Jariwala and Dr. Linsey deliver our Monday keynote presentation, which will also include a presentation by two of the Invention Studio's student leaders, Lauren Murphy and Thomas Spencer.

Speakers
LM

Lauren Murphy

President, Invention Studio at Georgia Tech
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Thomas Lee Spencer

I am pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering (B.S. and M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology). My research lies at the intersection of fluid dynamics, mechatronics, and biology. For this research, 3D printing is essential to recreate the complex biological structures enabling animals... Read More →


Monday April 18, 2016 8:30am - 9:45am
Ellington DEF

10:15am

Meet the Invention Studio Team
Inspired by the Keynote? Come and meet with the members of iDREAM, the student run maker space at Georgia Tech University and learn more about their program and approach.

Speakers
LM

Lauren Murphy

President, Invention Studio at Georgia Tech


Monday April 18, 2016 10:15am - 11:00am
Ellington DEF

10:15am

What is the Role of Independent Schools in the Educational Technology Landscape?
This session has a twist--Matt Harris will be participating from Indonesia via video conferencing. The session will open with a "fishbowl" conversation with Matt, Jen, and Jack focused on the topic: What is the role of independent schools in the educational technology landscape?  Participants are invited to join in the conversation with their perspectives.  The session will include a global perspective.  

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Carey

Jennifer Carey

Director of Educational Technology, Ransom Everglades
avatar for Matt Harris, Ed.D.

Matt Harris, Ed.D.

International Education Consultant, International EdTech
I am an international educational consultant focused primarily on EdTech. Based in Singapore, I work with schools, EdTech companies, and Ministries of Education around several areas related to the operational and academic uses of technology in schools. Please connect with me on Twitter... Read More →
avatar for Jack Hardcastle

Jack Hardcastle

Director of Technology, McDonogh School
Father of two. Programmer. Teacher. Tech Director.


Monday April 18, 2016 10:15am - 11:00am
Piedmont

10:15am

Deep Dive: Makerspaces: Early Implementation
A deep-dive exploration into the process of early implementation of a Makerspace by looking at three case studies of schools in California and Hawaii, covering grades K-12. Topics will include visioning, design, planning, funding, building community buy-in, outfitting, staffing, fostering a culture of innovation, developing curriculum, and establishing cooperative learning outcomes for your space. Following our stories, join us for a hands-on tinkering activity to bring back to your campus!

Speakers
avatar for Nicholas Cole-Farrell

Nicholas Cole-Farrell

Director of Technology, The Brandeis School of San Francisco
Nicholas is the Director of Technology at The Brandeis School- where he runs the IT, EdTech, Media Resource and Maker programmes. In 2015, he designed, led a community fundraising project to endow, and worked to construct CREATE+BUILD- two unique spaces focusing on tinkering and making... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Dillon

Matthew Dillon

Lower School STEM/FabLab Teacher, 'Iolani School
P. Matthew Dillon began teaching in the public schools of New York State in 1986 and has been a self-contained classroom teacher for kdg, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th grades. Dillon moved to Hawaii in 2010 to become the Kdg-5th grade science teacher at Island Pacific Academy. In 2012, he became... Read More →
avatar for Gabriel Yanagihara

Gabriel Yanagihara

Video Game Design Teacher, 'Iolani School
Gabriel Yanagihara is a video game programming teacher at 'Iolani School's new Sullivan Center for Innovation and Leadership. There, he teaches students how to program their own video games as well as coordinate Minecraft learning workshops and teacher development events. He graduated... Read More →


Monday April 18, 2016 10:15am - 12:00pm
Ellington A

10:15am

Deep Dive: Making Data Work for Your School. Strategies for Digital Engagement
Come see three different views on Data and Digital Engagement.  A Head of School, CTO and Partner will share how you can manage your SIS, learning management system, payment gateways and single sign- on partners, as well as multiple vendors, Google AdWords and the essential tasks of reporting to your school's leadership with benchmarking tools and best practices to increase accuracy and reduce workload. We will explore how mobile strategy and a school's website design are essential to the data puzzle, and how a school's entire platform can work together for maximum efficiency. Case studies from schools that are making data-driven decisions to prove ROI and provide better budgets and forecasts for their schools' financial futures will inform and inspire.

Speakers
avatar for Tye Campbell

Tye Campbell

Director of Technology, Far Hills CDS
DC

Dennis Chapman

President and Head of School, The New School
avatar for Rob DiMartino

Rob DiMartino

CoFounder/Chief Evangelist, Finalsite
Rob DiMartino, CoFounder and Chief Evangelist at Finalsite, has presented globally on effective use of strategic web communications for independent schools. Rob brings experience of over 20 years of working with the internet in the education space. For the past decade and a half... Read More →

Partner Showcase

Monday April 18, 2016 10:15am - 12:00pm
Ellington B

11:15am

Action Research and Google Apps to Create Positive Change
The interactive presentation will provide a crash course on the action research process utilized in Vanderbilt University’s Independent School Leadership M.Ed. program and how to apply it to create innovative professional development practices and enhance school culture. The entire process will be shaped through the collaborative lens of Google Apps for Education.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Huitt

Kevin Huitt

Lead Teacher for Instructional Technology, Brandon Hall School
Kevin has worked at The Brandon Hall School in Atlanta, GA for the past 18 years. In addition to being the Lead Teacher for Instructional Technology, he is also an American Literature teacher, a soccer coach, and a basketball coach. Kevin is a Google Certified Educator and has led... Read More →
avatar for Justin Ryder

Justin Ryder

Dean of Faculty, Brandon Hall School
Justin Ryder is the Dean of Faculty at Brandon Hall School in Atlanta, GA. Justin has worked in various departments of independent schools in both San Francisco and Atlanta, including admissions, financial aid, and athletics. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College and... Read More →


Monday April 18, 2016 11:15am - 12:00pm
Ardmore

11:15am

Design Thinking: Getting the Show on the Road
In this session you will receive a crash course on the design thinking process, including the steps involved and how to solve real world problems with your students. In addition, you will see how my school implemented design thinking in the lower school and branched out to the other divisions. I will walk you through a manageable and stress-free way to begin design thinking in your own school, from getting teacher buy-in to starting up your own design thinking lab. It's not as hard as it looks and the rewards are great!

Speakers
avatar for Megan Judy

Megan Judy

Technology Integration Specialist, St. Johns Country Day School
Educational BackgroundB.A. - Elementary and Special Education (Elon University)M.Ed. - Gifted Education (Elon University)Masters Instructional Technology (Appalachian State University)Teaching Background2nd Grade Special Education - Southern Elementary (New Castle, DE)4th Grade... Read More →


Monday April 18, 2016 11:15am - 12:00pm
Centennial

11:15am

The Evolution and Future of Integrated School Software Platforms: The SIS, Community Portals, LMS and Communications
The expectations around the technology tools for each internal and external constituent group your school serves has sky-rocketed in recent years. Join the leaders of Veracross for a discussion about the rapid shift in user experience and expectations, as well as the convergence of software platforms that will drive your technology strategy (and school) into the future. Hear thoughts from Veracross creator and CEO Elliott Breuer, along with independent school and Veracross leaders in this discussion about the future of school software platforms. 

Speakers

Monday April 18, 2016 11:15am - 12:00pm
Pittman

1:30pm

Making: Children, Computers and Powerful Ideas
While this presentation will explore the virtues of learning-by-making and its theoretical and historical contexts, we will discuss the structural changes necessary to for schools to gain benefit from the maker movement. We must recognize that making is not new, but may still become a short-term fad without a coherent constructive educational vision having little to do with the construction of a “space.” The roles of expertise, continuous growth, prompt setting, project development, and curricular design to create the conditions necessary for sustaining and learning from making. The presenter is the co-author of Invent to Learn - Making, Tinkering, and Engineering, called "the bible of the maker movement in schools" and has thirty-four years of experience helping teachers around the world create the learning conditions for learning by making.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Stager

Gary Stager

CEO, Constructing Modern Knowledge


Monday April 18, 2016 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dunwoody

1:30pm

IT Director and System Admin Discussion
A time for IT directors and system admins to get together to talk about problems, successful projects, and other geeky things.

Speakers
JD

Justin Dover

Technology Director, Harpeth Hall School


Monday April 18, 2016 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Ravinia

1:30pm

Deep Dive: Design Thinking and Space
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Ed-Tech leaders, many who are rapidly acquiring titles such as Directors of Innovation, need to co-lead learning space transformations. Schools are scrambling to modernize their buildings in light of new knowledge about teaching and learning in the 21st century. How can ed-tech leaders become key catalysts and collaborators thinking beyond "technology" and beyond "maker-spaces?"How can we catalyze the conditions within the school community to launch bold project visions? Who should we seek out? Who should be involved? 
Join us for an interactive and generative design-thinking process.  We'll consider renovations to existing spaces such as: converting libraries into multifunctional Learning Commons; adapting computer labs to multi­-use student­-centered Spark Studios; transitioning a dozen K­12 classrooms into Learning Studios; and converting single ­function public spaces into multi­function Learning Commons.

Speakers
avatar for Howard Levin

Howard Levin

Director of Educational Innovation, Convent and Stuart Hall Schools of the Sacred Hear
Director of Educational Innovation and Information Services Convent and Stuart Hall Schools of the Sacred Heart - San Francisco. Former Director of Technology, The Urban School of SF + other admin, teaching (history/oral history) and other stuff over 26 years in independent schools... Read More →
avatar for Denise Musselwhite

Denise Musselwhite

Director of Technology, Trinity Preparatory School
Denise joined Trinity Prep as the Director of Technology in 2000, leading and supporting the school's educational technology operations through substantial change, including an award winning 1:1 BYOD, the Malone Scholars Online Network consortium, and the construction and renovation... Read More →


Monday April 18, 2016 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Ellington A

1:30pm

Deep Dive: Cloud Ninjas: Navigating the Worlds of O365 and GAFE
Come participate in this interactive demo slam between Office 365 and Google Apps for Education. Learn features of both ecosystems and vote on them. Bring your own device because you will be working with others on your own demo slam! Come for the fun, stay for the learning!

Speakers
avatar for Alex Inman

Alex Inman

Senior Collaborator, Educational Collaborators
A 20 year veteran in Educational Technology, Alex is the founder of Educational Collaborators, a national consulting firm that is a top partner of both Google and Microsoft. Alex has been a classroom teacher, tech integrator, and senior administrator in public and private schools... Read More →
avatar for Gloria Wood

Gloria Wood

Instructional Designer, The Bolles School
Gloria Wood has been an educator for the past 23 years. She has taught students of all ages from elementary to middle school, as well as college level courses. She earned a Master's degree in Integrated Learning with Educational Technology from Jacksonville University in 2000. The... Read More →


Monday April 18, 2016 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Ellington B

2:30pm

Best Practices in All-Girls Schools (Panel Discussion)
Join a panel of girls’ school technology directors to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities surrounding girls and technology. We will include research based pedagogical approaches as well as practical application. Discover how creativity, collaboration, communication, and real-world application provide the vision and structure for these best practices.

Moderators
TW

Tom Wadbrook

Director of Academic and Administrative Technology, Marlborough School

Speakers
avatar for Jason Curtis

Jason Curtis

Director of Technology, The Hockaday School
Jason has been working in educational technology for the last 16 years, working in public and independent, and all girls' school settings. He has had opportunities to lead technology programs at schools across the country, implementing standardized 1:1 and BYOD programs. He is fascinated... Read More →
avatar for Barry Kallmeyer

Barry Kallmeyer

Chief Information Officer, Hathaway Brown School
Barry Kallmeyer has worked as a Middle School teacher and technology coordinator since 1997. From 2011 to 2015, Barry served as the Director of Academic Technology. In 2015, Hathaway Brown School developed a Chief Information Officer role, and Barry transitioned to that position... Read More →


Monday April 18, 2016 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Pittman

2:30pm

Curricular Intersections with Making
Limited Capacity full
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Where does making intersect with the curriculum? Join this panel as we discuss ways of bringing hands-on discovery into the curriculum. See practical applications for integrating making into existing curriculum & harnessing teachers and specialists as some of the most valuable resources for collaboration and implementation.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Bologna

Jim Bologna

Director of Technology, Co-Director of the CTL, Windward School
Jim Bologna has served the Windward community as Director of Technology since 2004, the Co-Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning since 2005, the Co-Director of the Windward Institute since 2014, and the Science and Technology Department Administrative Co-Chair from 2007... Read More →
avatar for Amy Dugre

Amy Dugre

Director of Technology, The WIllows Community School
Founding Director of Technology at The Willows. Mother of three children - all currently in 3 different schools at each division: elementary, middle, and high school. Spearheaded the 1-1 laptop program for grades 3-8, works closely with faculty and staff to ensure seamless integration... Read More →
avatar for John Umekubo

John Umekubo

Director of Technology, St. Matthew's Parish School
John Umekubo is the Director of Technology at St. Matthew’s Parish School, a PS-8 Episcopal day school in Pacific Palisades, CA. John oversees all technology initiatives at the school, including the 1:1 iPad program and two new innovation spaces. He teaches 7th grade technology... Read More →


Monday April 18, 2016 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Piedmont

2:30pm

Control IT
Let's talk about (and maybe even debate) control in IT.  Are employees administrators on their computers?  Who owns the computers employees use?  Who should? Don't forget about students!  MDM or no MDM?  Filter?  Is IT in the cloud? Bottom line, who is in inCONTROL of the IT?  

Speakers
SP

Stuart Posin

Co-Founder, ATLIS


Monday April 18, 2016 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Ravinia

2:30pm

From keyboarding vs word processing to 1-to-1 vs BYOD - The big shifts and the constant themes in IT
In 30 years the IT profession has grown from a single interested teacher to a full team of certified professionals with a seat at the leadership table. The ISED listserv records the epic battles that have been wages during the journey, but a few key concepts emerge. This discussion presentation will elicit feedback from the participants in where the profession and the energy will go in the coming years.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin J McAllister

Kevin J McAllister

President, CEO, inRESONANCE, Inc
Spent 17 as a technology director and now 17 years as the CEO of a technology firm working with schools. Interested in how schools are changing and the role of technology in those changes. Have traveled or worked in more than 60 countries, all 50 states and most of Canada. Cultures... Read More →


Monday April 18, 2016 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Dunwoody

2:30pm

Security and Data Privacy
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

What should you be doing right now on cyber security? What’s coming next? How do you determine your school’s exposure and risk tolerance? With limited time and money how do you choose the security actions that will provide the most benefit? At the end of the session you should have a Goldilocks solution for your school; not too big, not too small, but just right.

Session Description: Collegiate’s 2013 experience with cyber security threats was featured in NBOA’s Net Assets Fall 2015 issue. Jamie Britto, CIO at Collegiate School, will pick up the story from there and discuss the lessons learned. In particular, he will discuss ways to determine your school’s cyber exposure and risk tolerance, technical strategies for securing email, networks, and devices, end user training strategies, and insurance considerations. Audience members will be encouraged to share their thoughts, experiences, and questions on these topics. The session will also introduce people with similar interests so they may continue to converse and collaborate afterwards. It will be helpful but not essential for participants to read the article before the session.

Harker School had a more recent experience with the locky variant of the CyberLocker ransomware family. Dan Hudkins will join the presentation to share Harker's experience and the results of their “Department of Lessons Learned” meetings.

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Britto

Jamie Britto

Chief Information Officer, Collegiate School
Hello! My school life is filled with work on cyber security, data integration, project management, and supporting the growth of my team. Prior to working at Collegiate, I was the Tech Director and Upper School Director at Cape Fear Academy in Wilmington, North Carolina. I began my... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Hudkins

Daniel Hudkins

Mr, The Harker School
When not riding old motorcycles, knitting or coaching softball, Dan is very fond of trying to find ways to use a wide variety of tools (mostly tech) to enhance student learning across / between / among as many disciplines as possible. An early adopter (2004) of 1:1 BYOL, he continues... Read More →



Monday April 18, 2016 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Ardmore
 
Tuesday, April 19
 

9:00am

Badging: Illuminating Pathways of Learning
The term badge evokes a variety of emotions-from deep excitement to pure repugnance. But what is a badge really? Merely a token to represent affiliation or ability? Or could it potentially be much more? Join us on a journey through discovery, development, and implementation of a badging system that can change the culture of an organization and illuminate learning pathways.

Speakers
CL

Chrissy Levinson

Middle School Teacher, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School
AW

Amy Wilkes

Middle School Teacher, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School


Tuesday April 19, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am
Piedmont

9:00am

Integrating Engineering Design, Computational Thinking, and 21st-Century Skills
Discover an innovative, research-based, standards-aligned high school course that engages students in integrated engineering design, computational thinking, and 21st century skills. Developed with funding from the National Science Foundation, Engineer Your World employs a unique series of STEM design challenges to engage students in authentic engineering practices in a project-based environment. Explore the curriculum and teacher support network, learn about dual enrollment opportunities, and discover funding opportunities to help offset implementation costs.

Speakers
CF

Cheryl Farmer

Director of Precollege Engneering Education Initiatives, The University of Texas at Austin
cheryl.farmer@mail.utexas.eduI have worked at the interface of secondary and post-secondary engineering education for more than a decade. As the founding program director of the NSF-funded UTeachEngineering program, I have led the development, launch, and growth of an innovative high... Read More →


Tuesday April 19, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am
Ardmore

9:00am

Programming: The New Liberal Art - Why and How to Teach It
Beyond vocational benefits, computer programming gives young people agency over an increasingly complex technologically sophisticated world. This session explores the why and how to teach computer science K-12 based on more than 30 years of experience.

Speakers

Tuesday April 19, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am
Dunwoody

10:00am

Girls & STEM: Making it Happen
Limited Capacity full
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Are there ways that work to interest more girls in STEM? This session will explore research, resources, and best practices to involve girls of all ages in STEM learning. Hands-on projects and tools from the Maker Movement can engage girls (and all learners) in STEM activities that matter.

Speakers
avatar for Sylvia Martinez

Sylvia Martinez

Author and Independent Education Consultant, Constructing Modern Knowledge
Sylvia is co-author of “Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom”, a new book advocating authentic learning using modern technology, real world design principles, and hands-on experiences. The book has been hailed as the “Bible of the Maker Movement... Read More →


Tuesday April 19, 2016 10:00am - 10:45am
Dunwoody

10:00am

Why IT Needs to Think Ahead of Education
Why IT needs to be engaged.  The Five Keys to a Tech Rich Learning Environment.

The session goes in to why IT needs to be actively involved with academics and how the wall between the two can be torn down. We cover how this was done at my school. 

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Shields

Anthony Shields

Director of Information Systems, The Epstein School


Tuesday April 19, 2016 10:00am - 10:45am
Inman

10:00am

Outsourcing your team. Really?
Have you considered or are you considering adding an IT outsource component to augment or takeover IT support? What was successful, what wasn't? Join our panel as we examine the sometimes sensitive topic of outsourcing IT support in the independent school.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Grunat

Amy Grunat

Director of Technology, Drew School
TP

Tony Perez

Director of Information and Innovative Technology, The Children's School
Tony describes his professional journey as, "totally a straight line, looking backwards" From conservatory trained actor to film festival organizer, Yahoo! (‘97), entrepreneur to educator, it was while working with schools around issues of Internet safety and privacy in 2006, he... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Morrison PhD

Jeff Morrison PhD

Director of Education Technology, Trinity School
Jeff Morrison has 15 years of teaching and 6 years of educational technology leadership experience in both formal and informal educational settings. He holds professional teaching certifications in nine content areas in the State of Georgia, including Educational Leadership and Gifted... Read More →


Tuesday April 19, 2016 10:00am - 10:45am
Piedmont

10:00am

Privacy and Ed Tech Software
Don’t get caught short by questions around children's privacy. If you serve as your school’s internal expert in understanding terms of service and privacy concerns when students go online, how can you keep up? Bill has been working to evaluate the privacy practices of commonly used educational techology tools.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Fitzgerald

Bill Fitzgerald

Director, Privacy Evaluation Initiative, Common Sense Media


Tuesday April 19, 2016 10:00am - 10:45am
Ellington C

11:15am

A Look into the Future: A Conversation about the Future of Education
An insightful conversation about the future of education from three individuals directly involved in building new educational paradigms.  Panelists include Brad Rathgeber, Executive Director of One SchoolhouseKawai Lai, Vice President, Education Technology and Learning Services for NAIS; and Kevin Lewis, Director, Innovation Lab., First Data.  

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Hanawald

Sarah Hanawald

Sarah has been involved in independent school technology and education for more than 20 years, at Greensboro Day School, Cannon School and Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh, NC. She’s served as a classroom teacher, a technology director, and an academic dean and has worked as a consultant... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kawai Lai

Kawai Lai

Vice President, Innovation Initiatives, National Association of Independent Schools


Tuesday April 19, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm
Ellington DEF

1:30pm

Personalized Learning
This session will introduce and define personalized learning, and explore possibilities for success and note pitfalls. Personalized learning offers a creative means for reaching each learner.  Giving learners the tools and opportunity to explore, create, experiment, and try again inspires them to become investigators of their world, attempt to solve problems, and bridge gaps of knowledge independently, collaboratively, and resourcefully. In personalized classrooms (and PD) learners have greater agency, and have opportunities for greater creative expression and higher-order learning.



Speakers

Tuesday April 19, 2016 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dunwoody

1:30pm

Off Into the Sunset...
In schools, we devote a tremendous amount of time and energy working to implement new solutions. But what about the opposite, when and how do we prepare our communities and constituents for sunsetting or the end of life of an initiative? This session is designed for participants to share their practices, ideas, and processes to determine when it might be time to move on.

Speakers
avatar for Dawn Klus

Dawn Klus

Associate Head of School, Sayre School
Strategic thinking -- long-range planning -- career development -- network administration and technology integration -- school leadership -- These are specialties that Dawn has developed over a 30-year career in independent schools. From classroom teacher to Technology Director to... Read More →
avatar for Vinnie Vrotny

Vinnie Vrotny

Director of Technology, The Kinkaid School


Tuesday April 19, 2016 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Ravinia

1:30pm

Deep Dive: 1:1 Integration: Beginning, Middle, and End
The how and why of providing devices to all students. Attendees will learn the common pitfalls and best practices supported by scholarly articles, experience, and wit. Attendees will walk away with a new network of support for 1:1 integration, checklists, scholarly articles that support integration, and a new elevator pitch about the need for student devices. What is your mission? Should you choose to accept it, the mission of the school is a powerful argument for the augmentation provided by device integration as it brings the world to the students and provides them an opportunity to change the world.

We have a list of resources here

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Carey

Jennifer Carey

Director of Educational Technology, Ransom Everglades
avatar for Elizabeth Resnick

Elizabeth Resnick

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Girls Preparatory School
Instructional Technology Coordinator - Girls Preparatory School (Chattanooga, TN). Websites girlsinthegigcity.com and elizabethresnick.com. @eliznick
avatar for Ian Ulmer

Ian Ulmer

Teaching History, Innovating, & Learning, Harvard-Westlake School


Tuesday April 19, 2016 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Inman

1:30pm

Deep Dive: Blended and Online Learning
Join Liz Beck, from The Hamlin School, Kelsey Vrooman from NAIS and ATLIS, and Sarah Hofstra from The Barstow Schools' Hybrid Learning Consortium as we explore blended learning across the K-12 and adult learning spectrum.  We will compare the different models and how they enhance or detract from the value add of an independent school education.   Developmental considerations for implementing a blended learning program as well as their benefits and drawbacks will be discussed.  Attendees will engage in a collaborative design challenge and unconference-style knowledge share.  

Speakers
avatar for Liz Beck

Liz Beck

Design and Technology Integration Specialist, The Hamlin School
Originally from Montreal, Canada, Liz Beck is an Art Therapist turned Web Designer and Ed Tech enthusiast. She implemented and oversees the Hamlin website, Learning Management System and Student Information System. She also teaches the Grade 7-8 Design Elective and works directly... Read More →
avatar for Kelsey Vrooman

Kelsey Vrooman

Director of Instructional Design and Technology, ATLIS


Tuesday April 19, 2016 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Centennial

1:30pm

Deep Dive: The Power of Makerspaces for Modern Learning
Join educators, including tech directors, researchers, and practitioners, considering the value and popularity of Makerspaces. Immerse yourself in a maker learning experience, and share your perspectives on design and designing in education. Leave with theory basics, deep pragmatics, activities to infuse in everyday curriculum, and a community of like-minded educators. Check out our developing resources at learn2make.space

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Cross

Ashley Cross

Director of Technology, SSEDS
Dr. Ashley Cross is the Director of Technology at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School, host of international learning event Shift in Edu (formerly known as Miami Device). Her research interests include K-12 Makerspaces, computational thinking and women in STEM. Cross is a Google... Read More →
avatar for Rurik Nackerud

Rurik Nackerud

Lower School Technology Integrator, The Elisabeth Morrow School
Maker activities and research into design, LGBTQ advocacy in education, and child development from a Reggio Emilia approach. Check me out on Twitter @Okay2Fail and the website http://www.learn2make.space
avatar for Sarah Rolle

Sarah Rolle

Director of Technology, srolle@elisabethmorrow.org
Sarah Rolle, the gestalt behind many technology programs at The Elisabeth Morrow School, has spent twenty-six years helping teachers make sense of their roles in the age of personal computing. Her passion for education led her to become an expert in technology curriculum development... Read More →


Tuesday April 19, 2016 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Ellington C

1:30pm

Deep Dive: Does an IT Audit Remind You of a Trip to the Dentist?
Examining your technology is similar to a cavity. The poking around is never comfortable but necessary. Is your school asking the right questions? Is IT comfortable with those questions? This session will give schools a “filling”, a context through which to think about a technology audit. Participants will leave with a start to their own evaluation.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Inman

Alex Inman

Senior Collaborator, Educational Collaborators
A 20 year veteran in Educational Technology, Alex is the founder of Educational Collaborators, a national consulting firm that is a top partner of both Google and Microsoft. Alex has been a classroom teacher, tech integrator, and senior administrator in public and private schools... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Speyer

Andrew Speyer

Director of IT, Choate Rosemary Hall
Andrew Speyer lives in Connecticut and serves as the Director of Information Technology Services at Choate Rosemary Hall. His foundation started in teaching computer science, his career specialized in educational management, and his passion continues to be in educational technology... Read More →


Tuesday April 19, 2016 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Ellington B

2:30pm

Students Built That? Developing Custom Software for Your School
Hear how a school that spent 15 years building custom software to coordinate everything from the athletic fields to student schedules, professional development and more. McDonogh School has put students and faculty to work building innovative web applications for every aspect of school life. We'll show you how.

Speakers
avatar for Jack Hardcastle

Jack Hardcastle

Director of Technology, McDonogh School
Father of two. Programmer. Teacher. Tech Director.



Tuesday April 19, 2016 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Ravinia

2:30pm

How to Become a Digital Citizenship Certified Educator or School
Learn about Common Sense's free K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum, hear best practices and examples from independent schools, and walk away with a road map to get certified. Are you teaching students to be safe, responsible, and respectful as they participate in the digital world? Are you engaging parents in helping their kids be good digital citizens? Join the thousands of educators and schools across the country that are Digital Citizenship Certified by Common Sense Education. At this session you'll learn about Common Sense's free K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum, hear best practices and examples from independent schools, and walk away with a road map to get certified.

Speakers
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Louisa Sullivan

Education Community Manager, Common Sense Education
lsullivan@commonsense.orgCommon Sense Media is a national nonprofit dedicated to providing educators and families free tools and resources to help young people think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world.


Tuesday April 19, 2016 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Piedmont

2:30pm

Successfully Launching Instructional Technology Initiatives
As schools work to become more efficient and effective, needs arise that require launching initiatives intended to enhance learning, instruction or productivity. In this session, we will share several methods, templates and processes to increase success. Learn to glean feedback and gain buy-in by using strategies to engage constituents in the conversations.

Speakers
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Connie White

Director of Learning Design & Innovation, Woodward Academy
Connie White serves as the Director of Learning Design & Innovation at Woodward Academy. She is a former Upper School Physics, Chemistry & Math teacher who became one of the first Technology & Learning Directors of a 1:1 program in the southeast. She specializes in start-up innovation... Read More →


Tuesday April 19, 2016 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Dunwoody

2:30pm

Don't Fear ERate
Should your school be taking advantage of the discounts available through the federal ERate program?  What requirements will you have to meet if you do?  Should you work alone or use a consultant?  We'll explore the myths and realities of ERate funding and independent schools.  

Speakers
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Sarah Hanawald

Sarah has been involved in independent school technology and education for more than 20 years, at Greensboro Day School, Cannon School and Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh, NC. She’s served as a classroom teacher, a technology director, and an academic dean and has worked as a consultant... Read More →



Tuesday April 19, 2016 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Training Room B

2:30pm

Learning Environments and Classroom Technology
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How do your formal and informal learning environments support the educational mission and philosophy of your school through environmental factors, furniture, technology, and support tools?

This session will be a panel discussion on the tangible application of educational philosophy in the form of learning environments.

The discussion will touch on:  

  • Classroom learning spaces and specialty furniture (size/shape of rooms, desks vs tables and table shapes, whiteboard paint)

  • Informal learning spaces (Library and study spaces, student landing spaces)

  • Classroom display technology (Smart Board/projectors/LCD displays)

  • Faculty tech support in/out of the classroom (faculty access to tech at home, classroom computers vs display hookups)

  • Student tech in/out of the classroom (1:1 or 2:1 vs computer labs or laptop/iPad carts)

Speakers
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Gabe Baez

Associate Director of Technology, Windward School
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Jim Bologna

Director of Technology, Co-Director of the CTL, Windward School
Jim Bologna has served the Windward community as Director of Technology since 2004, the Co-Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning since 2005, the Co-Director of the Windward Institute since 2014, and the Science and Technology Department Administrative Co-Chair from 2007... Read More →
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Peter Hutton

Head of School, Beaver Country Day School
Peter Hutton has been Head of Beaver Country Day School, one of the nation’s leading independent schools for grades 6-12, since 1992. Hutton is an energetic leader and a strong advocate of embracing new technologies and pedagogical approaches in the classroom. He was also integral... Read More →
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Dan McGee

Director of Technology & Library Services, Laurel School
Dan McGee has been working in the field of instructional technology for over 15 years, longer if you count his time as a kid tinkering on his dad's Radio Shack TRS 80. He is Director of Technology & Library Services at Laurel School, where he is also co-chair of Professional Development... Read More →


Tuesday April 19, 2016 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Inman
 
Wednesday, April 20
 

8:30am

Creating a Culture for Change
Limited Capacity filling up

Change is hard. Often time, fear of change is the greatest obstacle faced by any technology leader. This conference will present many wonderful ideas that you can bring back to your school but is your community ready to receive them? Come and experience a 3 month cultural change process in 3 hours!

Speakers
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Alex Inman

Senior Collaborator, Educational Collaborators
A 20 year veteran in Educational Technology, Alex is the founder of Educational Collaborators, a national consulting firm that is a top partner of both Google and Microsoft. Alex has been a classroom teacher, tech integrator, and senior administrator in public and private schools... Read More →
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Curt Lieneck

Director of Information Technology, The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
Long time teacher turned long time tech director. Strengths include communication, team building, leadership/management skills, institutional savvy, finding/hiring/retaining talented team members. Some experience with building projects and school operations. Enjoy baseball, cycling... Read More →
avatar for Connie White

Connie White

Director of Learning Design & Innovation, Woodward Academy
Connie White serves as the Director of Learning Design & Innovation at Woodward Academy. She is a former Upper School Physics, Chemistry & Math teacher who became one of the first Technology & Learning Directors of a 1:1 program in the southeast. She specializes in start-up innovation... Read More →


Wednesday April 20, 2016 8:30am - 12:00pm
Centennial

8:30am

Design Thinking 201
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn from two Design Thinking coaches at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School about how to apply Design Thinking to your work utilizing the Mount Vernon playbook. Participants will engage in a Design Thinking Flash Lab and will design an upcoming lesson or meeting agenda that infuses Design Thinking.

Speakers
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Alexandria Bragg

Middle School Teacher, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School


Wednesday April 20, 2016 8:30am - 12:00pm
Pittman