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Monday, April 18
 

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
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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

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 →
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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

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

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
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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
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Chrissy Levinson

Middle School Teacher, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School
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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
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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.

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

10:00am

Girls & STEM: Making it Happen
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

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

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

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.



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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

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
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 →


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
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 →



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