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Sunday, April 17
 

1:00pm

Explain Everything Master Class
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn all of the ins and outs of Explain Everything, a unique interactive screencasting whiteboard and how it can be used in support of teaching, learning, and assessment.

Speakers

Sunday April 17, 2016 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Centennial

1:00pm

BYOA = Build Your Own App!
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, teachers and administrators are introduced to a professional, online, app-building tool they can use to make their own mobile apps. They will learn that building apps does not have to be a tedious and daunting project. Our "coding to learn" approach gives students a platform that allows them to easily build content-rich, visually impressive, and professional mobile apps. The program, called MAD-Learn, enables students to quickly see the finished product, and use technology creation as a means of serving the community, solving problems, building entrepreneurialism, and sharing ones ideas with the world. The workshop will be divided into five parts: 1. Introduction (The importance of teaching mobile app development, the "Coding to Learn" approach, Informational apps vs. Gaming apps, uses/examples) 2. Getting started ("Learning by Design" approach elements such as ideation and mind-mapping are shown to be foundations for solid app development) 3. App creation (Using a user-friendly, professional online management system to create an app without any prior knowledge of coding) 4. Lab work (Working in groups or as individuals to create the framework for a mobile app, while gaining an understanding of a logo and color's relationships to marketing and branding, copyright considerations, and user interface) 5. Sharing of finished products with the whole group

Speakers
avatar for Crescerance, Inc.

Crescerance, Inc.

Co-Founder, Crescerance, Inc.
Since its inception in 2011, Crescerance has helped provide educational institutions, parents, alumni, staff, and students the ability to communicate and engage with their schools via mobile technology on a national scale. As an innovative EdTech company, Crescerance provides branded... Read More →


Sunday April 17, 2016 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Pittman

2:00pm

Microsoft 365 in the Independent School Environment
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you curious about how Microsoft has changed their approach to software deployment and licensing?  Join this interactive session and learn how Microsoft Office 365 can be implemented in independent schools to benefit students, teachers, and staff members.  Learn about the functionalities can you add for your constituents by adding Office 365 to the school’s toolkit.  

This seminar will explore the tools, technologies, and resources that are part of the Office 365 suite as well as discuss the strategies necessary for successful deployment on a school-wide level. 

+      See examples of rich learning activities that demonstrate how technology can enhance teaching and learning

+      Understand how technology and devices enable new levels of creativity and facilitate better collaboration among students and educators

+      Discover how students can organize their learning, take notes, and become more effective in the way they work

+      Learn where to get free resources that complement the work teachers are doing to spark imagination and inspire learning

+      Find out how to access free professional development for educators

+      See how students can continue learning where they left off—from any place, at any time, across all of their devices—truly break down the classroom walls!

+    Explore Windows 10 devices including the Surface Pro and Surface Pro Book.


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 →


Sunday April 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Mercer Salon H
 
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
LM

Lauren Murphy

President, Invention Studio at Georgia Tech


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

10:15am

Strap on Your Hard Hat: How to Survive Construction Projects
How can IT leaders make a difference in school construction projects? What challenges and opportunities can you expect if your school decides to build? How will you deal with the complexity and chaos such projects inevitably bring? IT Director Curt Lieneck will share what he has learned during five years of construction at his school.

In a light-hearted blend of presentation and discussion, including thoughts and insights from attendees, we'll go over the stages of construction projects, when and how the IT leader should be involved in each phase of the project, what to expect as the project unfolds, leading and managing your IT team during disruptive times, and strategies for preserving your sanity and getting the outcomes you desire. This session will be valuable for IT leaders whose schools are considering major construction, are already engaged in it, or recently completed it. Participants who've been through construction projects can add value to the session by coming prepared to share their experience and insights.

Participants will learn the stages of construction projects and strategies for coping with the extraordinary demands construction makes on individuals and teams. 

Speakers
avatar for Curt Lieneck

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 →


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

10:15am

Those who make IT all work
Come join this unconference-style attendee-led session to discuss the challenges and rewards of being one of those in charge of fixing, selecting, maintaining, and managing all the devices involved in a 1:1 program. Topics could include Help Desk management, imaging devices, user administration or more.

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

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

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

Tips to Creating the Perfect School Website

What works for one school inevitably won’t work for another and as technology continues to evolve so quickly, every website needs to be a work in progress. With this in mind, it's worth considering some of the key attributes to ensuring that a school website is as close to perfect as it can be – not just for today, but also for tomorrow.

Just a few of the areas we’ll cover in this informative session:

  • Addressing first time visitors to your website
  • The importance of mapping customer journeys
  • Simplifying data transfer and integrations
  • Your CMS wish list essentials
  • The future of school websites

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Clarke

Daniel Clarke

CEO & Founder, School Website
CEO & Founder of School Website, Daniel set up School Website shortly after leaving university in 2004. During the 12 years that the business has been operating it has grown to become an organisation that employs more than 55 people. The company has since become the trusted global... Read More →


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

1:30pm

Veracross CRM and Axiom Demonstration
Have you heard about the Veracross CRM or Axiom? Interested in learning more about what TRUE integration means? Join us for a brief overview and tour of Veracross to see if it could be the right solution for your school. 

Speakers

Monday April 18, 2016 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Training Room A

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: No “One Size Fits All” in 1:1- Critical Choices in Launching and Sustaining Successful iPad Programs
Explore the critical choices for constructing a successful 1:1 iPad program. From initial planning to ongoing management, draw on our multiple years of experience in two successful programs taking different approaches. Examine options and trade-offs in designing your own program and participate in small-group discussion to investigate what would work best in your school.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Ulansey-Tkach

Sarah Ulansey-Tkach

Technology Dept Coordinator & iPad Program Manager, Castilleja School
I manage ~450 school-owned iPads in a 6-12 girls' school. I also assist with tech support, events, purchasing, onboarding/trainings, and imaging. My professional interests include all things iPads, design thinking, girls in STEM, and the "hows" of great professional development. I... Read More →


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

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

1:30pm

Deep Dive: Leading Cultural Change From Within Your Makerspace

Many schools are looking to establish a maker-space in their community. This will be a hands-on presentation of how makerspaces are affecting schools on a cultural level. In order to be truly transformative in the lives of our students we have had to embrace the idea that we must break down the traditional order that schools impose and rebuild from a true 21st century perspective. Students and faculty have to learn to value experimentation, collaboration, innovation and failure. This is the most important role of teachers within a maker-space.

We'll go over popular learning projects from our maker spaces such as Lego Robotics, Cubelets, Makey Makeys etc.


Speakers
avatar for Fred Javarata

Fred Javarata

Educational Innovation Coordinator, Schools of the Sacred Heart
Fred Javarata and Krista Inchausti are both Educational Innovation Coordinators for K-8 for the boys and girls schools - Stuart Hall and Convent of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco. They hold the balancing act of training teachers with the newest technologies in education as well... Read More →
avatar for Leigh Northrup

Leigh Northrup

Dean of Innovation and Technology, Cannon School
Leigh Northrup is the Dean of Innovation and Technology at Cannon School, where he has been teaching and leading the maker movement for the last 17 years. A graduate of Pfeiffer University, he received his Masters of Education from The University of Maryland (Go Terps). Leigh has... Read More →



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

2:30pm

Curricular Intersections with Making
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

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

2:30pm

Talk with Veracross Leadership
Stop by to chat with Veracross creator and CEO Elliott Breuer and other members of the Veracross leadership team to learn about Veracross, talk about the future of the product and company and hear what products we're working on. Open to everyone!

Speakers

Monday April 18, 2016 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Training Room A
 
Tuesday, April 19
 

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

PD Crossfit: Get your Teaching Skills in Shape One Hour at a Time!
Join Laura Flynn, Director of eLearning at Louisville High School and Jackie Christensen of Blackbaud as they share how a Learning Management System helps deliver professional development while modeling online/blended learning and providing individual choice. Discuss successes and challenges when it comes to working with adult learners with a wide variety of needs and

Speakers
avatar for Laura Flynn

Laura Flynn

Director of Educational Technology, Louisville High School


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

9:00am

Choosing and implementing new wireless, new switches, new firewall
I will talk about the process I just went through to replace my entire wireless, switching, and firewall. 140+ access points, 20+ switches, 9 buildings, 900+ devices.

Speakers
JD

Justin Dover

Technology Director, Harpeth Hall School


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

9:00am

Learning Management System Nightmares: How to (Actually) Select the System That’s Right for Your Independent School

When Justin Chando was a student in college, he had to use an LMS that no one wanted to deal with. That inspired him to create the LMS he wished he had as a student. In this session, he'll share what he's learned now that's he's moved from being a user of edtech to the CEO of an edtech company. This includes understanding the most important part of the LMS procurement process: matching the product with the vision and culture of your independent school and users. 

Bring any and all questions about piloting/procuring/testing/onboarding your next LMS.


Partner Showcase
avatar for Justin Chando

Justin Chando

CEO, Chalkup


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

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
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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

10:00am

Breaking the Disaster Recovery (DR) Mold
Contrary to popular belief, not all disaster recovery plans have to be complex, time-consuming, budget squeezers.  Today’s technologies enable you to easily shape your plans for flexible protection of critical apps, instant recovery, and automated testing.  You can even have a sandbox for test-driving updates -  prior to pushing to production. Join us and learn more!

Partner Showcase
avatar for Quorum

Quorum

VP of Marketing, Quorum


Tuesday April 19, 2016 10:00am - 10:45am
Training Room A

10:00am

How to collaborate with a vendor when the tools you need don’t currently exist
How do you design solutions to meet the needs of learners when they don’t currently exist? This session explores the challenges faced and lessons learned from a four-year effort at the Westminster Schools to extend the functionality of the traditional language lab to everywhere on campus in a 1-to-1 MacBook program. Hear about Westminster’s experience searching for lab-alternatives and the collaboration with Swift Education Systems to “reinvent” the traditional language lab. Come explore the “hows” and the “whys” and learn best practices for collaborating with software vendors to develop and incorporate new classroom technology. This session is intended for technology directors and instructional technologists interested in learning how to engage and collaborate with EdTech software vendors to develop new solutions.

Speakers
avatar for Colleen Glaude

Colleen Glaude

Dean of IT, The Westminster Schools
Colleen Glaude is the Dean of IT for The Westminster Schools, a private, K-12 laptop school located in Atlanta, GA. With over 23 years of experience in education, Colleen's experiences span both public and private sectors as a classroom teacher and as a district-level administrator... Read More →
avatar for DiLL by Swift Education Systems

DiLL by Swift Education Systems

Co-Founder, Swift Education Systems, Inc.


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

10:00am

Radius – the next generation of Senior System’s administrative database solutions for Independent Schools

Exclusively for K-12 independent schools, Radius is the next wave of innovation in school management solutions offered by Senior Systems. 

Radius is a completely web-based product and breaks down barriers by providing secure access to your school’s data anywhere, at any time and on any device with a web browser.

Radius is also role-based allowing each user to enjoy a customized experience based on his/her role(s) in the school community. Options are tailored to provide each position with exactly the tools and data needed to be effective in their jobs.

A school’s needs are far more complex than they were in the past.  Our database architecture has been re-designed from the ground up and takes into account the many challenges that school’s face today with the changes to family dynamics.

A challenge facing all Admissions offices today is balancing the sheer volume of paperwork with prospect engagement. Our redesigned Admissions product helps to streamline the entire inquiry, application and decision-making process for a school.  Our admissions process allow for parents to register for events, self-manage teacher recommendations and upload required forms and documents. This information updates in real-time with the prospect’s record making the process seamless and paperless.

Another issue that faces all schools is keeping demographic data updated across all systems.  The all-in-one tool means your staff never has to re-enter info because records are stored as one record instead of multiple records across the system.  It enhances data integrity and real-time updating, which means you’ll always have the newest version on hand. Radius benefits schools by avoiding duplicate records and allows you to verify addresses in real time saving precious time and resources.

 


Speakers
avatar for Steve Schmitt

Steve Schmitt

Sales Manager, Senior Systems
Hello, At Senior Systems, we provide a single database solution for the administrative needs of Independent Schools (Admissions; Enrollment; Academics; Billing; Accounting; Auxiliary Programs; Development; etc.) We even include the Ministry of Education reports for our Canadian... Read More →


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

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

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
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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 →
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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
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Jennifer Carey

Director of Educational Technology, Ransom Everglades
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Elizabeth Resnick

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

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

2:30pm

The Beautiful Collision of Engineering and Art
Engineering and art - they sound like polar opposites. They are almost always taught separately; rarely intermixed. But in the real world, engineering and art are two sides of the same coin. Some of the most brilliant minds in history - Leonardo DaVinci, Michaelangelo, Benjamin Franklin - were great scientists as well as great artists, on a variety of different media. Society today balances on the meeting point of these two vast subjects.
I'll use real-life examples to bridge the gap between engineering and art, and explain why it is crucial for them to be rejoined in the effort to prepare students for the future. Come join me in this very-interactive session to learn some of the inner-workings of the beautiful world around you.

Speakers

Tuesday April 19, 2016 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Training Room A
 
Wednesday, April 20
 

8:30am

Creating E-Courses with Articulate Storyline 2 and Go-Animate
Limited Capacity seats available

Create an entire high quality e-course using simple and easy to use tools that are not being utilized. This session will give educators and technology specialists the ability to build an e-course from start to finishing utilizing tools such as GoAnimate and Articulate Storyline. I will demonstrate the A-Z steps that are required for launching a course. This session will be heavily interactive. Ideally, the teachers and technology specialist who attend will bring a laptop

Speakers

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