IT4K12 2015 Post Conference Information

Program

Day 1
04 Jun 2015
7:30 - 4:00

Registration

7:30 - 8:30

Breakfast / Vendor Fair

Keynote Address: Reimagining Education – The Power and Promise of Technology in Learning

The educational landscape has long been saturated with technologies that promise to provide a panacea for the ills of education. Yet, given the enormous pressures of the modern classroom, it feels impossible to find time to assess and to implement each new educational innovation. This presentation will trace educational technologies, the winners and the losers, from past to present, in order to set the stage for reimagining learning in the 21st century. Participants will learn of the transformational potential of current technologies and discover how they can leverage these tools to redesign the future for their students.
Dr. Alec Couros
Presented By: Dr. Alec Couros
 

Moving your practice SAMR over the Rainbow – For the Inquiring Mind

Over the past few years, the Technology Department of SD79 has had a goal to overcome a culture of "Legacy" equipment and practices. We have moved to strategically upgrade all of our building infrastructure to handle a robust wireless network, as well as our own cloud-based storage solution. By adding to this a fleet of mobile devices, we have created a multi-user protocol, BYOD support, and an emphasis on Content Creation over App Mastery. We would love to share our challenges, lessons and successes as we've learned through this process.
Lisa Read
Glen Posey
Presented By: Lisa Read, Glen Posey
 

Next Generation Network Discussion and User Group Launch

Network about networking… This informal session will be a shared look at the transition to the NGN and serve to continue the discussion online through the launch of an ERAC facilitated NGN User Group on Yammer. - Discuss the new opportunities that the NGN could open up for your district. - Review the features that the new Palo Alto firewalls can offer. - Share Intermapper and other network visualization ideas. - Learn more about the district implementation of the NGN.
Presented By: Evan Garland, Andy Canty
 

Small Scale Innovation – Large Scale Engagement

With a limited budget, it is difficult to find the resources to support innovative curriculum and technology projects.

However, SD70 deployed a small number of laptop carts over the past two years with the specific intention of trying to determine how mobile technology can support improved student achievement. Our initial metric for determining the effect of mobile technology on student achievement was the volume and quality of written output. However, what we found was more qualitative than quantitative. What we are observing is: greater levels of student engagement or active involvement in learning activities, development of a growth mindset that emphasizes improvement in learning and capabilities, and a greater emphasis on critical reflection of learning rather than content retention. This project demonstrates that innovation need not be system level transformation, but rather can be small scale initiatives designed to engage students in relevant and meaningful learning activities. SD70 educators will describe and discuss classroom experiences and challenges associated with the deployment of classroom based mobile technology.

Jack Hitchings
 

Moving to Promethean Activinspire

Find out how districts are re-activating their current interactive whiteboard technology investment by installing Promethean’s award-winning ActivInspire software. Bundled with ClassFlow and professional development, these districts are experiencing a new perspective on the power of student motivation! These districts are also adding interactive flat panels to their technology mix. Find out how the ActivPanel promotes active student participation in whole-class or small-group lessons. Designed by educators for educators, our ActivGlide surface providing an exceptional user experience.
 
10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break + Vendor Fair

System Center 2012 Configuration Manager : Building the Perfect Image for Education

School Districts are faced with an ongoing demand in education for reliable access to new and updated applications. What's more, these requests from the teaching and learning community are not standardized across a school district. The applications and features required in an Elementary school can be vastly different than what is desired in a Secondary school. Throw into the mix the challenges of supporting a diverse user base (teachers, administrators, office users and students) and you are faced with a serious challenge to keep standards, consistency and sustainability in your workstation imaging strategy. Abbotsford School District IT Manager Karman O'Brien, in consultation with IBM K-12 Senior Architect Chris King will take you through the "best practices" methodology for building the ideal image using System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013.

Karman O'Brien
Chris King
Presented By: Karman O'Brien, Chris King
 

The Future

How has technology disrupted our way of life over the centuries and how is it driving innovation today and into the future? What does this mean to learning, teaching, and work?
Ted Pennell
Dan Turner
Brian Kuhn
 

Bringing more Collaboration into your Classroom – with SMART

Whether you have front of room or 1:1 student devices, the power of SMART amp and SMART Notebook software allows teachers and students to collaborate naturally while giving teachers real-time insight to student collaboration. Whichever path you choose, SMART offers unparalleled tools for structured and unstructured collaboration, as well as easy transitions between teacher-led and student-centered learning. Come and learn about how these tools are being implemented in classrooms across Canada.

Amy Dewis
Corey Furnell
Presented By: Amy Dewis, Corey Furnell
 

Managing the Work and the People of your IT Department

In this presentation we introduce GLPI – an open source service desk ticketing and inventory system used extensively at SD73. We’ll first demonstrate some of the key features of GLPI’s ticket tracking system followed by how SD73 weaves these features into the day-to-day IT management operations to improve communication, resolve deadlocks/gridlocks and avoid HR conflicts within the IT department. Learn the ins and outs of a very good free ticket tracking system but more importantly, learn how to use some of its features such as “service level agreements” and “watchers” to keep the peace in IT.

 
Wayne Pinette
John Cuzzola
 
11:50 - 13:00

Lunch / Vendor Fair

The Customer Experience – Share Your Success Stories

This MESH session will be an opportunity for all to share the initiatives that have made life easier for school district ‘customers’. Has a recent technology project – big or small - improved communication, or reduced the necessary steps? Maybe it helped get technology out of the way, or enabled data-driven decision making?

Presented By: Andy Canty
 

Building Wi-Fi Powered Classrooms Perfect For Digital Learning

Digital learning boosts student achievement and is vital for modernization of school curriculums and long-term success of educators. The next-generation classroom lets everyone thrive when they use Wi-Fi enabled devices and apps that create a richer learning experience. Join the session to discover how to you can build a next-gen classroom with:
  • Wi-Fi that can handle everything you throw at it
  • Secure network access and self-service device onboarding – for BYOD and school-issued devices
  • Intelligent application handling across Wi-Fi that brings interactive digital curriculum to life
  • Classroom tools that give teachers the ability to use Apple TVs and Chromecasts without worrying about students hijacking them and causing disruptions.
Aruba Networks will share best practices on building ultramodern digital classrooms with its flexible wireless LAN architecture and network management options.
Kezia Gollapudi
Presented By: Kezia Gollapudi
 

Replacing Microsoft’s TMG Web Publishing

Microsoft’s 2012 product discontinuation announcement for the Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) presents challenges for their existing customers as the support deadlines approach. Although TMG offered comprehensive security services such as firewall, IPS, and VPN, most customers used it as a Reverse Proxy device to publish Microsoft applications for its authentication services and single sign-on capabilities. Fortinet’s FortiWeb Web Application Firewalls (WAFs) has proven to be a cost effective way to publish Exchange, SharePoint, and OWA, along with any other web applications. In addition to the publishing feature set, FortiWeb also provides advanced security and web application firewall protection for other web-based applications that weren’t available in Microsoft’s discontinued TMG product. Join this session to learn more about FortiWeb and how it can replace the TMG web publishing.
Presented By: Jim White
 

Driving Change with Google Apps

Come see how both Delta and Greater Victoria School Districts are beginning the journey of integrating Google Apps for Education into student learning in their schools. Participants will see how student and teacher GAFE accounts allow for the effective use of BYOD and solve the age old problem of accessing and transferring student learning among devices and tools. Technical aspects like security, account and device management, and GAFE and domain settings will be addressed. Presenters will share their experience with FOIPPA concerns, privacy impact assessments and digital citizenship. Participants will hear success stories of the impact of using this cloud service as a effective learning solution for managing files, collaborating, and building communication in classrooms. This workshop will show how GAFE and Chromebooks can be used in a shared environment, as well as a 1:1 environment for student learning.
Dave Shortreed
 

Unified Wired & Wireless Access for the New Style of IT

Mobility is an expectation, not a convenience…but wireless networks are not “set and forget” At the same time deployment and operations are complex and the expectations of mobility are already here. We are at an IT inflection point driven by cloud, security, big data and mobility – HP calls this the “New Style of IT” and Networking provides the foundation for this transformation. Our network architecture offers simplified, scalable and automated connectivity for virtualized compute, storage and cloud services through a common fabric. K-12 Education clients have unique requirements that drive your infrastructure choices. In turn, clients require tailored network virtualization solutions that fit specific operations and learning outcomes. In order to meet these unique requirements, HP offers the industry’s most comprehensive network virtualization portfolio from the datacenter core to the wireless edge - backed by a trusted, world-class service and support organization - and is uniquely positioned to safely navigate you through this technology and business transformation - embracing the new style of IT. Our session will cover the following topics of interest • The changing face of networking • HP’s Intent to acquire Aruba Networks • Campus network trends & SDN applications at the wireless edge • HP Networking’s Converged Campus strategy • Open Forum
Presented By: Jaymin Sahota
 

Social Media – Why and How

Our schools are full of stories that deserve to be told. We need to share them in a manner that educates the world to what happens in our classrooms. Circulating our successes creates pride in the classroom and in the community. It encourages students to strive further and harder. Engaging our audience empowers others to celebrate and be a part of our daily efforts.

Andrea Williamson is a social media strategist at Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts & Technology and a Social Media Consultant for NewToBC. She seeks stories and content that helps them share their stories and make a difference. Her presentation will discuss best practices for social media, what channels are available for use, how to manage online conversations, how to engage with your audience, how to utilize analytics to increase your social media reach and how to listen socially.

 
Andrea Williamson
Presented By: Andrea Williamson
 

BC Digital Classroom

Come join Pat Sheaves and other ERAC staff as we introduce you to the NEW BC Digital Classroom. This informal session will include a tour of the totally new and redesigned BC Digital Classroom Core Collection, a look at the new purchasing model and a fully interactive discussion about how we can help you take full advantage of this exciting new collection of digital resources. We’ll look at what resources are included in the BCDC Core Collection (the new name for the ERAC Online Database Bundle) and what resources you can add via the ‘a la carte’ ordering system to create a customized collection for your District or school. Then we’ll try to nail down some priorities for support and professional learning as ERAC tries to help you expand and improve usage in your District. Bring your BC Digital Classroom educator success stories to this session to share with ERAC and others.
Presented By: Pat Sheaves
 

PrintFit for K-12 Education in BC

Earlier this year, School District 42 embarked on an investigation to understand whether there is a different way to look at this opportunity. By collecting behavioural information and getting to the root of the high financial and environmental costs of putting ink on paper, we address the challenge of creating cost savings, reducing our carbon footprint and maintaining staff satisfaction without the heavy capital investment typically required of a project like this. The PrintFit approach adopted by SD42 looks at the entire lifecycle of a printed document while including software, hardware and an understanding of people’s needs and behaviours. By harvesting our insights and exercising a little patience, we have a well-rounded solution, high levels of buy in from people using the system and the potential to save SD42 significant amounts of money over the next 18 months.
Matt Williams
 

OSX/ IOS Management

Ipad Management - from Redemption Method to Manage Distribution using Meraki MDM. Mac Deployment/Management using Casper. Apple Mac Mini server as JDS Distribution point for Casper/ Caching Server for IOS/OSX devices/ Backup DHCP/DNS Server.
Presented By: Aris Tan, Danny De Dios
 
15:50 - 18:00

Social & Vendor Fair + Prize Draw!

Day 2
05 Jun 2015
7:30 - 12:00

Registration

7:30 - 8:30

Breakfast

Hyper-V – It’s here, it’s time

Windows Server includes an industry leading hypervisor right in the box – for free! Come to this session and learn about the latest Hyper-V technologies in Windows Server 2012 R2 and see how you can do live migrate Windows or Linux VMs, implement cost-effective disaster recovery with Hyper-V Replica, and set up guest clustering.  
Greg Milligan
Presented By: Greg Milligan
 

Digital Literacy – Are you ready?

Digital literacy is a critical component of learning and an essential component of literacy. Abbotsford School District has created a K-12 approach to raise and assess digital literacy levels for students and teachers. The session showcases how technology is used in Abbotsford classrooms and describes the approach to improve competency in digital literacy. Abbotsford has also begun to move libraries to learning commons and inquiry hubs to further support co-teaching using print and digital resources to foster digital literacy. As the district moves to BYOD initiatives, greater access to devices will facilitate the ongoing development of digital literacy and rich technology environments for learning.
Presented By: Shelley Wilcox
 

Deploying Office 365 with ADFS – Part 1

In this session we will go step by step on how to deploy Office 365 for a production ready environment. We will cover setting up Office 365 Tenants, Directory Sync, Certificates, and Active Directory Federation Services. We will also discuss best practices on provisioning accounts, consent management, hybrid Exchange, and hybrid SharePoint. Our demo environment will be entirely presented using Microsoft Azure. As an added bonus you will be able to experience the ease of running test/dev using Azure virtual machines.
Matt Williams
 

Privacy in the Digital Space

This presentation seeks to demystify the sometimes foggy landscape of privacy in the digital space. The speaker will use real examples of how school districts, government ministries and other public bodies have been able to remain compliant with privacy legislation in the face of emergent technologies and online services. Particular focus will be given to social media and cloud technology. Additionally, this presentation will address common compliance tools such as consent forms and privacy impact assessments and how they can help you practice and demonstrate good privacy principles. This presentation will be open to questions throughout in order to foster a lively discussion on a complex subject.

Presented By: Matt Reed
 

Minecraft Mania

This presentation will cover how teachers can bring the Minecraft phenomena in their classrooms as well as answer the question of how games like Minecraft are changing the way learning looks in classrooms all over the world and why this is not just a passing fad. Games like Minecraft aren’t the ultimate teaching tool, they are the ultimate learning tool. (Malmstrom, 2014) It is a platform that is highly engaging and open to many possibilities. Minecraft enables teachers to pose problems and have students creatively solve them in a simulated world. It engages students to be collaborative, be creative, think critically to solve problems and share their ideas with others. We cannot avoid the world of Minecraft and the other role playing games that our students are so passionate about.  
Iram Khan
Presented By: Iram Khan
 

Gone Google – The West Vancouver Story

In May 2014 the West Vancouver School District Technology team began the implementation of GAFE. We went with GAFE because there was a need to find collaborative tools that provided a more streamlined teaching and learning experience. We have now completed the configuration and technical implementation and are working on implementing GAFE at a school and classroom level with a goal of having our entire district working in the Google environment by the fall of 2015. We will discuss our journey from the technical side, through the privacy issues and eventual classroom use. Our presenters represent all aspects of the GAFE journey in West Vancouver.

 

Deploying Office 365 with ADFS – Part 2

In this session we will go step by step on how to deploy Office 365 for a production ready environment. We will cover setting up Office 365 Tenants, Directory Sync, Certificates, and Active Directory Federation Services. We will also discuss best practices on provisioning accounts, consent management, hybrid Exchange, and hybrid SharePoint. Our demo environment will be entirely presented using Microsoft Azure. As an added bonus you will be able to experience the ease of running test/dev using Azure virtual machines.
Matt Williams
 
10:20 - 10:50

Coffee Break

Windows Server v.Next: Server “10”

While lots of people have been paying attention to Windows 10 as a client operating system, the next release of Windows Server has been quietly building steam. Come to this session to learn about new deployment options like Nano Server (think Server Core, but way tinier), new storage DR tools like Hyper-V Storage Replica, new failover cluster setup options, and Powershell 5.0.
Greg Milligan
Presented By: Greg Milligan
 

Seven Habits of Effective Tech Departments

With a slight nod and a grin, and sometimes a little tongue-in-cheek, we’ll tackle seven habits that make successful and effective tech departments. We’ve all been there: How can we work together better? Why don’t those teachers understand? Why do we keep running into roadblocks? Here is your chance to participate in a frank discussion of some thoughts and ideas that have met with some success. Whether you are a manager, director, leader, follower, nerd, geek, or someone who just wants to do a better job, this session is for you, presented by a guy from Alberta who’s been doing this for 20 years. We’ll use real-life examples and stories from the field. Ideas that will have you nodding your head in agreement, and ones that you’ll be face-palming and muttering to yourself - “Why didn’t I think of that?”, and of course ideas that you will disagree with vehemently. Sound like fun? It will be.
Todd Kennedy
Presented By: Todd Kennedy
 

BC Digital Classroom

Come join Pat Sheaves and other ERAC staff as we introduce you to the NEW BC Digital Classroom. This informal session will include a tour of the totally new and redesigned BC Digital Classroom Core Collection, a look at the new purchasing model and a fully interactive discussion about how we can help you take full advantage of this exciting new collection of digital resources. We’ll look at what resources are included in the BCDC Core Collection (the new name for the ERAC Online Database Bundle) and what resources you can add via the ‘a la carte’ ordering system to create a customized collection for your District or school. Then we’ll try to nail down some priorities for support and professional learning as ERAC tries to help you expand and improve usage in your District. Bring your BC Digital Classroom educator success stories to this session to share with ERAC and others.
Presented By: Pat Sheaves
 

Case study: Centralised Backup Using Syncrify and Windows Server 2012R2 Deduplication

This presentation will cover School District 8's centralized backup system. We will discuss its simplicity. How it lends its self to slow wan links using rsync based block level incremental backup. It includes encryption, and replication. It is fast, de-duplicated and has file versioning. Everything you want in a simple low cost, easy to implement backup solution.
Adrian Barre
 
11:40 - 12:30

Lunch

Plenary Session

Focus on the Future As we move into an increasingly technology-enabled future in education, how can we work better together to share knowledge and help each other move forward?  In this two-part session, we will take some time to map out opportunities for more collaboration between Districts. Part 1: The ERAC Microsoft Enterprise Desktop agreement has just been renewed for 3 more years and many of the technologies in that suite are also being upgraded. First we'll hear from Microsoft's Greg Milligan about upcoming changes to the technologies included in the Enterprise Desktop suite and what those changes mean for ERAC members. Part 2:  Join our IT4K12 Conference Committee and colleagues (Brian Kuhn, SD39; Richard Eskandar, SD42; Ted Pennell, SD61; Andy Canty SD61 and Dan Turner, SD36) for a facilitated discussion about how Districts can work together to better utilize not just Microsoft technologies but ALL technologies.  Bring your ideas to this session!  Tell us how your District is already working collaboratively with other Districts to implement technology solutions.  Share your ideas about how we can all collaborate even more in the future!
Ted Pennell
Dan Turner
Greg Milligan
Richard Eskandar
Brian Kuhn
 
13:45 - 14:45

Wrap-Up & Prize Draw

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