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Monday, April 18


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.


Lauren Murphy

President, Invention Studio at Georgia Tech

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


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. 

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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 →

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


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.

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Gary Stager

CEO, Constructing Modern Knowledge

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


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?  


Stuart Posin

Co-Founder, ATLIS

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


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.

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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


Security and Data Privacy
Limited Capacity full
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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.

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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 →
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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
Tuesday, April 19


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.


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


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

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Laura Flynn

Director of Educational Technology, Louisville High School

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


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.


Justin Dover

Technology Director, Harpeth Hall School

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


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.

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Bill Fitzgerald

Director, Privacy Evaluation Initiative, Common Sense Media

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


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.

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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 →
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DiLL by Swift Education Systems

Co-Founder, Swift Education Systems, Inc.

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


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.

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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


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.  

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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