Schedule of Events

Week 1 All times Eastern Daylight Time

Monday, August 3

All Day
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Group Interaction

Make-a-Connection

Let's start your week off right! The virtual event allows you to schedule private meetings with attendees and vendors so you can expand your networking capabilities. As an added bonus - if you connect with vendors and attendees on a Monday you gain additional points that will put you higher on the leaderboard for prizes!

1 - 2 PM EDT
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Dr. Sonny Magana

Welcome Keynote: The 5 Principles of Cyber Schooling

In 1995 EdTech pioneer Dr. Sonny Magana predicted the need for a research-driven approach to online learning, and so he created and served as the principal of the first Cyber School in his home state of Washington. Designed to help at-risk high school students thrive in the 21st Century, Dr. Magana's Cyber School model has been meeting students' learning needs for the past 25 years without interruption. The Cyber School was the subject of a multi-year research study to determine the most reliable methods for online learning. In this virtual keynote session, Dr. Magana will share the 5 Principles of Cyber Schooling synthesized from his research findings.

6 - 7 PM EDT
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Group Interaction

Trivia Happy Hour

Grab your favorite beverage and join us for a night of virtual trivia. We will have a variety of different categories with each trivia night having new questions. Sign up as an individual or with a group and compete for bragging rights and prizes!

Tuesday, August 4

10AM - 3PM EDT
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Group Interaction

Presentations and Panels

Break up your week with valuable insights from industry thought leaders. Every Tuesday we will feature sessions offering live presentations as well as sponsors offering their product and solution presentations. The best part? Join us for sessions and live product demos in your PJs!

10 - 11 AM EDT
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Burt Lancaster

Managing the New Norm: So Much Technology. So Little Time.

With limited time and, in some cases, limited resources, technology professionals have been catapulted into creating and managing virtual learning environments overnight.  In this session, we aim to share best practices gathered from school systems of all sizes across the nation to help you build a successful technology management program.

Learn practical, useful tips and tricks including:

  • Proper inventory tracking and management
  • Device deployment and collection game plans
  • Minimizing insurance charges and cost
  • Effective and efficient help desk management
  • System, software, and process integration strategies

11 AM - 12 PM EDT
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Jennifer Hood

Creating a Community and Fostering Connection Through Distance Learning: A Toolkit for the New Paradigm

Facing a new educational landscape, many teachers are grappling with the unique challenges of the virtual environment.  As a former teacher who spent 15 years in a variety of classroom settings, creating a community and fostering relationships was always a strength of mine.  In the midst of teaching an online language class for the first time, I became aware of the profound need to connect with my students, despite the virtual barrier.  Through researching methods for cultivating connection with students in distance learning scenarios, I created a toolkit of strategies and turnkey resources to share with you.  In this session, we will discuss ways to maintain the joy of creating lasting relationships with your students in any distance learning setting.

12 - 1 PM EDT
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Will Reid

Panel: Education from Here: How will the Present Impact the Future

With the current COVID-19 pandemic, many schools have had to make major adjustments in not only their delivery of content, but also their class scheduling. Because of social distancing standards, schools are having to rely on technology more than they ever have and many students will be attending school from home or at the very least part-time. Schools will have to prepare to send students home in a moment’s notice should another outbreak occur. With the increased use of technology, students getting used to working from home and potentially massive budget shortfalls in the future, we will discuss how this new blended/virtual environment might impact the future of school for not only students, but teachers and districts as well.

 

Panelists Include:

  • Jeff Shapiro, Director of I.T. at David Posnack Jewish School
  • Michael G. Timpone, Assistant Principal at Palm Beach County School District
  • Rhonda Couey Brisson, Assistant Principal at Jaega Middle School (School District of Palm Beach)

1 - 2 PM EDT
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Gretchen Thompson

The Digital Playground: Keeping Students Safe

Gretchen Thompson will share how districts across the country are keeping students safe in a virtual learning environment with district issued digital tools. Gaggle is helping to identify those students who may be struggling with isolation, the dramatic change in their daily routine, or concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic in O365 or Google (email/drive), as well as Hangouts, Teams, Filter and LMS support and monitoring. Gaggle will dive into student and staff safety solutions that can help school districts protect student safety and district liability as they engage in continued learning on and off campus.  This presentation will include:  Insight into national trends linked to student safety and well-being, a live demo of Gaggle Safety Management and its tools/partners, an analysis of real-life student safety concerns uncovered by Gaggle, data from crisis situations, as well as more recent trends with blended learning.

2 - 3 PM EDT
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Harrison Parker

Panel: NetRef Breakout: How to Keep Learning Progressing When Schools Go Remote

Yes! You CAN keep students engaged when distance learning. A group of expert education panelists join NetRef in a conversation around trusted strategies and tools for minimizing distractions and maximizing learning when instruction takes place online, on students’ devices.

 

Panelists Include:

  • Phil Hintz, Director of Student Information at Barrington 220 School District
  • Craig Johnson; Director of Technology at Randolph School District, WI
  • Rob Demeuse, Director of Technology at Mauston School District, WI
  • Russell Hoorn II, Director of Technology at Kelloggsville School District, MI
  • Dr. Fred Hickmon, Assistant Superintendent at Kemper County School District, MS
  • Jason Naile, Director of Instructional Technology and Media at Forsyth County Schools, GA

Wednesday, August 5

2 - 3 PM EDT
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Dr. Edward Tse

Keynote: Creative learning transforms your class without big investments

In this sessions, find out how creative learning transforms your class without requiring big investments of time and training.

Thursday, August 6

10 AM - 3 PM EDT
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Group Interaction

Presentations and Panels

Break up your week with valuable insights from industry thought leaders. Every Tuesday and Thursday will feature sessions offering live presentations as well as sponsors offering their product and solution presentations. The best part? Join us for sessions and live product demos in your PJs!

10 - 11 AM EDT
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Stephen Mirante

Managing Multi-OS Devices in an Era of Schools Without Walls

The need to manage devices outside the schools walls and network has become a necessity   FileWave will share how district staff can manage all OS types from the outside to ensure student, admins and all other staff continue to receive the support they need while ensuring they remain secure.

FileWave VP, Education Stephen Mirante will take you through an overview of how FileWave has been empowering district IT staff for over 25 years.  FileWave continues to lead the industry providing education institutions around the world with enterprise level, multi-platform device management software to assist IT teams throughout the lifecycle process of imaging, deployment, management, tracking and maintenance. FileWave’s all-inclusive, highly scalable software solves the many challenges of managing a diverse and growing population of users, devices, and content by ensuring IT teams have a comprehensive solution that supports both client (desktop/laptop) and mobile devices across Windows, macOS, iOS/iPadOS, tvOS, Android, and Chrome.

11 AM - 12 PM EDT
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Russ Johnson

Sentry Managed Cybersecurity – Districts Combined are Stronger than Districts Apart

Senate Bill 820 is just the beginning! The State of Texas will continue to review,  modify, and adopt into law minimum requirements for cybersecurity policies, communication, frameworks, transparency, and other standards. As K12 technology teams continue to address the many demands placed onto them, True North has stepped up to offer a service to help districts of all sizes address the cybersecurity challenges that exist for us all – talent shortage, 24x7x365 detection and response, rising costs and risks, and overwhelming alert and event fatigue.Grab a cup of coffee and join us as we highlight True North’s Managed Cybersecurity Services offering, Sentry. We will also share how ESC Region X is leveraging this service to offer combined protection of over 1,000,000 North Texas Students!

12 - 1 PM ET
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Dr. Sonny Magana

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Marlena Hebern

Best Practices for Virtual Teaching: The T3 EduProtocols Cyber Lab

Education has changed drastically in a very short time. Most teachers don’t have experience as Cyber Learners yet have been forced to take on the role of Cyber Teacher. It’s as though we’re asking teachers to be lifeguards when they don’t yet know how to swim. The T3 EduProtocols Cyber Lab was designed build teachers’ capacity as Cyber Learners so they can become masterful Cyber Teachers. Compounding evidence shows that the strategies in the T3 Framework reliably double student learning. The T3 EduProtocols are concrete lesson frames that leverage the power of Google Suite tools to accelerate student achievement. In this interactive session, participants will be introduced to the T3 EduProtocols and will learn how to access the guidance and resources in Cyber Lab to achieve explosive student learning in any environment.

1 - 2 PM EDT
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Danielle Maclin

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Jack Reed

Curating OER Content

Open Educational Resources (OER) provides teachers with free educational content. In this session participants will learn how to curate resources from several OER sites to build their own library of digital resources

2 - 3 PM EDT
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Kyle Duford

Marketing: Your personal brand

When it comes to a personal brand, your students, colleagues, and mentors all have one. It's why Kyle remembers his 7th grade English teacher, Mr. Tannery so well — his brand was memorable. Learn how to craft your own message in a new world to engage students and gather a following that will change students' lives forever.

Friday, August 7

All Day
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Group Interaction

Free Giveaways - Every Friday

Sure, the value in any trade show is in the connections and networking as well as seeing what industry leaders are developing - but, let's be honest, the swag and giveaways are a perk as well! Just because it is a virtual event does not mean you lose out on the fun things! Every Friday winners will be selected from the leader board and announced on the app, so be sure to tune in (and get those points!)

Week 2 All times Eastern Daylight Time

Monday, August 10

All Day
speaker-1

Group Interaction

Make-a-Connection

Let's start your week off right! The virtual event allows you to schedule private meetings with attendees and vendors so you can expand your networking capabilities. As an added bonus - if you connect with vendors and attendees on a Monday you gain additional points that will put you higher on the leaderboard for prizes!

6 - 7 PM EDT
speaker-1

Group Interaction

Trivia Happy Hour

Grab your favorite beverage and join us for a night of virtual trivia. We will have a variety of different categories with each trivia night having new questions. Sign up as an individual or with a group and compete for bragging rights and prizes!

Tuesday, August 11

10AM - 3PM EDT
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Group Interaction

Presentations and Panels

Break up your week with valuable insights from industry thought leaders. Every Tuesday we will feature sessions offering live presentations as well as sponsors offering their product and solution presentations. The best part? Join us for sessions and live product demos in your PJs!

10 - 11 AM EDT
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Buzz Wood

Problem Finding, the Path to Solving

The art of Problem Solving is knowing first the skill of Problem Finding, creating solution archeologist who look for the artifacts of challenges in the world will be the new premium for jobs of all kinds.

11 - 12 PM EDT
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Harrison Parker

Panel: NetRef Breakout: How to Keep Learning Progressing When Schools Go Remote

Yes! You CAN keep students engaged when distance learning. A group of expert education panelists join NetRef in a conversation around trusted strategies and tools for minimizing distractions and maximizing learning when instruction takes place online, on students’ devices.

 

Panelists Include:

  • Dr. Matthew Joseph, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Leicester Public School
  • Carl Hooker, Educational Consultant
  • Kerry Gallagher, Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning at St. John's Prep & Director of K-12 Education at ConnectSafely.org
  • Joe Phillips Director of Technology at Kansas City Public Schools, MO
  • Mike Evans, Chief Technology and Information Officer at Forsyth County Schools, GA

12 - 1 PM EDT
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Steve Gallant

The Evolution of Digital Displays in a world with COVID

Facing the new educational landscape, many teachers are facing unique challenges in education. Health, safety, and remote learning have never been more prevalent. It is important, more than ever, to make sure students and staff are staying safe while also being able to communicate clear messaging when in the building. In light of the current situation, remote and blended learning has also come to the forefront. With teachers potentially flipping their way of teaching week by week, it is important to have the right tools. Imagine a way to seamlessly connect to students or peers, wherever in the world, to teach and create personal connections. Imagine being able to safely display important messages to a crowd such as where to check-in or update on where classes will be held the following week. Join us for a quick look at how you can help your staff and students communicate clearly.

1 - 2 PM EDT
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Danielle Maclin

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Jack Reed

Brain Breaks in the Classroom

Brain Breaks are short mental breaks that allow students to refocus and re-engage through the use of physical activity.  In this session participants will learn about the neuroscience of and how to incorporate Brain Breaks during classroom instruction or as part of remote teaching.

2 - 3 PM EDT
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Stephen Mirante

Managing Multi-OS Devices in an Era of Schools Without Walls

The need to manage devices outside the schools walls and network has become a necessity   FileWave will share how district staff can manage all OS types from the outside to ensure student, admins and all other staff continue to receive the support they need while ensuring they remain secure.

FileWave VP, Education (Stephen Mirante) will take you through an overview of how FileWave has been empowering district IT staff for over 25 years.  FileWave continues to lead the industry providing education institutions around the world with enterprise level, multi-platform device management software to assist IT teams throughout the lifecycle process of imaging, deployment, management, tracking and maintenance. FileWave’s all-inclusive, highly scalable software solves the many challenges of managing a diverse and growing population of users, devices, and content by ensuring IT teams have a comprehensive solution that supports both client (desktop/laptop) and mobile devices across Windows, macOS, iOS/iPadOS, tvOS, Android, and Chrome.

Wednesday, August 12

2 - 3 PM EDT
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Jeff McCoy

Keynote: The New Face of Education: How COVID-19 is Changing Education for the Good

COVID-19 brought about tremendous obstacles and hurdles for school district leaders in the Spring of 2020. When the panic settled and the dust cleared, many school leaders began seeing much needed changes in education, changes that in the past were difficult to bring about in the well-established institutions of education. Perhaps COVID brought about a push that was needed to truly move education into the future. How do we capitalize on the changes we have had to make the last a few months and use that as a catalyst to transform education in ways we have previously talked about.

Thursday, August 13

10AM - 3PM EDT
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Group Interaction

Presentations and Panels

Break up your week with valuable insights from industry thought leaders. Every Tuesday and Thursday will feature sessions offering live presentations as well as sponsors offering their product and solution presentations. The best part? Join us for sessions and live product demos in your PJs!

10 - 11 AM EDT
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Michelle Burke

Panel: Pandemic Perseverance: What Worked? What Didn’t Work?

After living through a time of Emergency Remote instruction, how can we evolve into a state of Remote Learning? Join us in a panel discussion of what went well, what went horribly wrong, and, hopefully laugh a bit. Reflecting upon these experiences will help us become better educators in our upcoming semesters.

 

Panelists Include:

  • Virginia Bond, ISS Integration of Technology Training Specialist at Northeastern Regional Information Center
  • Joe Kuzo, Director of Technology at Quakertown Community School District
  • Gary Torkington, Technology and Media Support Coordinator at Gwinnett County Public Schools

11 AM - 12 PM EDT
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Jennifer Hood

Solutions and resources for synchronous and asynchronous distance education, the flipped classroom and blended learning (En español)

This presentation will be delivered in Spanish.

En nuestro mundo educativo cambiante, los educadores se enfrentan con el reto de captar el interés de sus alumnos dentro del ambiente de la educación a distancia.  Si sea un entorno de aprendizaje a distancia completo sincrónico o asincrónico, la clase invertida, o un entorno de aprendizaje mixto, tengo soluciones para compartir que le ayudarán a lograr sus metas y construir relaciones con sus estudiantes.  Se presenta en Español.

 

In our ever changing educational landscape, teachers are faced with the challenge of engaging their students in distance learning environments.  Whether it will be in a full distance synchronous or asynchronous learning environment, a flipped classroom, or a blended learning setting, I have solutions to share that will help you meet your goals and build relationships with your students.  This presentation will be delivered in Spanish.

12 - 1 PM EDT
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Dr. Edward Tse

Resilient Education: District and Ministry secrets YOU need to know!

ANXIOUS about in-person and distance learning?
Want to know WHY your district or education ministry isn't clear about their plans?
Want to know what is going to happen with curriculum and evaluation?
Take back control with these closed door secrets revealed by Districts and Global Ministries of Education!
See YOUR ideas implemented at scale by being the Trusted Advisor to Administration.
Dr. Ed will answer your questions live. You don't want to miss this opportunity!

1 - 2 PM EDT
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Diana "DiLou" Ide

Health & Safety: Science!

A scientific approach to encourage and change behaviors that support health and safety. With increasing new health routines such as washing hands more, hand sanitizer use, wearing face masks, social distancing and limiting contact with almost everything–how do you educate others to increase health safety around you?

From a Scientist’s perspective, I hope to provide some insight into the following:

- Brief explanation of Covid19 from a scientific position
- Understanding the why behind the current routines currently urged for the public to follow
- Brief overview of scientific process and how it applies to the current situation
- Brief introduction to behavior change and neuroscience
- Goal: creating behavior change that leads to repeatable actions and healthier habits
- A few methods to acquire the tools to educate and influence behavior change

2 - 3 PM EDT
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Steve Gallant

The Evolution of Digital Displays

Facing the new educational landscape, many teachers are facing unique challenges in education. Health, safety, and remote learning have never been more prevalent. It is important, more than ever, to make sure students and staff are staying safe while also being able to communicate clear messaging when in the building. In light of the current situation, remote and blended learning has also come to the forefront. With teachers potentially flipping their way of teaching week by week, it is important to have the right tools. Imagine a way to seamlessly connect to students or peers, wherever in the world, to teach and create personal connections. Imagine being able to safely display important messages to a crowd such as where to check-in or update on where classes will be held the following week. Join us for a quick look at how you can help your staff and students communicate clearly.

Friday, August 14

All Day
speaker-1

Group Interaction

Free Giveaways - Every Friday

Sure, the value in any trade show is in the connections and networking as well as seeing what industry leaders are developing - but, let's be honest, the swag and giveaways are a perk as well! Just because it is a virtual event does not mean you lose out on the fun things! Every Friday winners will be selected from the leader board and announced on the app, so be sure to tune in (and get those points!)

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