TIES 2013 Technical Leadership Conference Wiki

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  • Leadership ( L )

  • Technical ( T )

  • Integration ( I )


8:30 am Opening session

New Frontiers for Education in "Knowmad Society" - Herberger Suite - (Session evaluation)
John Moravec, University of Minnesota
  • Technological change drives social change, and its impact is accelerating exponentially. Our schools, universities, and other institutions must leapfrog ahead of this curve for all people to compete in highly globalized, knowledge- and innovation-based societies.

10:15 am Breakout Sessions

Personal Devices Policy - COI - Herberger Suite - (Session evaluation)Lynn Tenney, Inver Grove Heights Area Schools and Chip Treen, North Branch Area Schools
  • BYOD initiatives have caused school boards, administrators and technology leaders to re-think acceptable use policies. What changes need to be made to create an effective learning environment for BYOD? Bring your current or proposed policies and work with technology leaders from other Minnesota districts to determine what changes you might need to make. Discussions will cover acceptable use policies, procedures, social media, mobile device checkout, etc.

Video Technology: Where Is It Going? - Wilson Suite - (Session evaluation)Todd Johnson, Alpha-Video
  • VGA, the video standard most of us have used for many years, is starting fade into the past as newer technologies emerge. Display port, DVI and HDMI are potential alternatives. Most of our classrooms are wired for VGA, but new projectors are starting to have at least HDMI. New digital rights rules are also complicating the situation. Alpha Video will be reviewing the new technologies and their implications for our schools. Bring your questions as we attempt to navigate changing video technology.

Creating Courses with Open Educational Resources - Stockinger Suite - (Session evaluation)
Jon Fila, Intermediate District 287
  • Instructional content on every topic already exists and is likely free. In this session you will learn about the sources of some of this content, how it can be utilized and why you might want to give Open Educational Resources another look. This session will cover some of the issues of implementation within a learning management system, quality, qtudent engagement and lesson design.

11:25 am Breakout Sessions

Models for Student-Supported Technology in Schools - Opportunities Suite - (Session evaluation)
John Wetter, Hopkins Schools
Susan Michael, Eden Prairie Schools
  • With the number of devices in schools increasing with the implementation of mobile technology, some districts have turned to students to provide the necessary support. Learn how these programs got started and how they continue to evolve as needs change. You will hear from staff who supervise the students providing support as well as from the students themselves via video conferencing.

How to Set Up Your Wireless Networks for BYOD - COI - Herberger Suite - (Session evaluation)
Doug Erickson, Mounds View Schools
  • We will share how Mounds View began the process of creating a wireless network that initially was used for district-managed devices, and was expanded to allow student and staff personal devices on a guest network. Bring your questions and ideas.

Using Chromebooks to Enhance Learning - Stockinger Suite - (Session evaluation)
Mary Dye, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Schools
Susan Herder, Mounds View Schools
  • With the continued push toward mobile technology in the classroom, Chromebooks are becoming an increasingly popular choice for schools due to the simplicity of use, ease of management and aggressive price-point. Discover why many districts are turning to Chromebooks as the solution to meet instructional goals. You will hear the story from the perspective of a classroom teacher using Chromebooks on a daily basis as well as from a district-level, Google Apps Certified trainer with many experiences working with teachers on how the Chromebook has transformed classrooms.

1:45 pm Breakout Sessions

TIES Product Showcase - Opportunities Suite – (Session evaluation)
TIES Product Managers
  • Learn about the latest developments and plans with TIES Applications.

Microsoft SCCM: Software and Image Deployment - Wilson Suite - (Session evaluation)
Shane Kullman and Josh Wesley, TIES
  • Are you ready for Microsoft's System Center Configuration Manager 2012? This session will discuss how Configuration Manager 2012 can help you deploy new Windows operating systems and any vendor's application. See how you can target specific groups of computers and allow SCCM to adapt to your environment - all of this while serving as a robust antivirus software for all your systems. Come see the new capabilities of Configuration Manager 2012.

The Perfect Device – COI - Herberger Suite – (Session Evaluation)
Chip Treen, North Branch Schools
Josh Swanson, Eden Prairie Schools
  • More and more of our districts are either buying or allowing a wide variety of digital devices for their staff, students and classrooms. Is there a "perfect device"? What choices are you using in your district? What are the costs and implications for different types of devices? How can they be supported? This and other questions will be explored at this community of interest session. Bring your ideas and comments.

3:00 pm Vendor Showcase

Vendor Showcase - Herberger Suite – (Session evaluation)
  • Hear about the latest products and their innovative application in the classroom and district. After the Showcase, visit the Vendor Exhibit Hall in Le St-Germain Hotel.


8:30 am Opening session

Machines and People: Can They Dance? - (Session evaluation)
Mike Smart, Intermediate District 287
  • At the heart of good education lies the strong and positive connections that educators make with students. As technology inundates our schools, however, will education lose its human face?

9:45 am Breakout Sessions

Flipped Professional Development - Opportunities Suite – (Session evaluation)
Mike Dronen, Stillwater
  • As an outgrowth of the flipped classroom, flipped professional development includes elements of ISTE's NETS-C (coaches) and is one of the most influential means of delivering professional development. This presentation will share how a coach or coaching team plans and implements a reproducible, highly efficient, uniquely personalized and ongoing PD program for teachers and administrators. Several models being used for flipped professional development will be shared.

SCCM From the Trenches - Panel Discussion - Wilson Suite – (Session evaluation)
Chad Kragness and John Guertin, St. Michael-Albertville Schools
Joe Brandsma, Intermediate District 287
Nate Peel and Lynda Rehschuh, Osseo Schools
Adam Duffy, Edina Schools
Chris Kurkoski, North St. Paul Schools
  • You may have learned about Microsoft's System Center Configuration Manager on Thursday from TIES staff. Come listen to how five school districts have implemented SCCM. Each district will share their experiences with SCCM, followed by time for you to ask questions from the panel of district experts. This session will allow you to hear from the technicians responsible for implementing SCCM from start to finish.

The Perfect LMS (Moodle, D2L, Edmodo, Schoology, etc.) – COI - Herberger Suite - (Session evaluation)
Lynn Tenney, Inver Grove Heights Area Schools
Jon Fila, Intermediate District 287
Ben Silberglitt, TIES
  • What are the features your district needs for the perfect Learning Management System? Join a community of interest discussion that will create a template of most needed (and wanted) features of the "perfect" LMS. Use the results in your own district, or join the TIES ad hoc committee that will be reviewing LMSs this spring.

11:00 am Breakout Sessions

Professional Networks - How Can Techs Get Together and Share Information? - Opportunities Suite – (Session Evaluation)
Chad Maxa, Intermediate District 287
  • Why reinvent the wheel when we can all share our ideas and innovations via technology? This session will be an interactive discussion where we will brainstorm possible ways to collaborate on all technology issues facing education in Minnesota.

What Is the Role of the Tech in Student Owned Devices – COI - Herberger Suite - (Session evaluation)
Tim Brockman, Forest Lake
  • Come to talk about the role that techs should have with regards to student owned devices. Share any policies regarding this area your district may have. Hear information from other districts on how they handle this sticky issue.

Join the Party! Excitement Around K-12 Digital Devices - Stockinger Suite – (Session evaluation)
Darin Marcussen, Lakeville Area Schools
Josh Swanson, Eden Prairie Schools
  • With the explosion of districts exploring and implementing 1:1 programs through district-purchased or student-owned devices, leaders are facing challenges of change and buy-in. How do you inspire staff to buy into a program or a specific device that is chosen by the district? We will explore change and leadership theory and highlight several case studies in which districts have chosen different programs or devices. Several district-level leaders will speak about their experience and share what they have learned. There will be time at the end for discussion and questions so we can continue to learn from each other.