Breakout Session Topics Edit

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1.How Do Your Teachers Measure Up?


Description: Description: ISTE has recently updated the proficiency standards (NETS) for teachers. How are you measuring your teachers' skills? Are you creating targeted rather than "just-in-time" training? Should technology proficiency be connected to annual goals or even performance evaluations? How do proficiency standards relate to professional development?

2.Podcasting Across the Curriculum Have you thought about a podcasting project with your students but haven't gotten it off the ground? Do you have stories to share about your experience? Join us for this panel-lead session where we discuss the types of podcasts (and other streaming media projects) that have been successful in the lower, middle and upper school classrooms.

Facilitators: Linda Fowler (Friends School of Baltimore), Pilar Wyman (Key School)

Description: I think this would be a good session for a panel of folks who have implemented podcasts successfully. It would be great if we could fine someone from each division (LS, MS and US) to talk about the setup and implementation. Someone from Friends might be able to do the LS one. Audio creation - iTunes University.

3.Online Subscription Databases: Getting our Money’s Worth?

Facilitators: Patt Moser (Sidwell)

Libraries spend heaps of budget dollars to ensure that students and faculty have access to outstanding subscription databases. But despite the best of intentions, database use statistics are sometimes underwhelming. What strategies can librarians employ to maximize the use of these valuable resources? Bring your success stories to share!

4.Digital Citizenship: Ethics and Caution in our Digital World


Description: With cellphone cameras, text messages, and Blackberrys available to so many, who is thinking about the information and images we so quickly share, forward, and download? The issue of protecting everyone's privacy (not just our own) and the ethics of sharing information without permission must be part of a 21st Century education. This will be an ongoing conversation that begins here and continues beyond the retreat.

5.SMARTboards and Tablets: Does It Have to Be Either/Or?

Facilitators: Charmaine Thompson (Sidwell), Jennifer Robinson (Friends School of Baltimore)

Description: Are your SmartBoards gathering dust? Do Tablet PCs and a wireless projector replace SmartBoards? Does it have to be one or the other? Are there situations where one solution is preferable? Are there other solutions to this quandary?

6. Book Discussion: Disrupting Class

Facilitators: Brad

Clayton Christensen's Disrupting Class has encouraged educators to think differently about the changes needed and coming to education (Pat Bassett has already named Disrupting Class his must read book for 2009). Because Christensen theorizes that online classes, software, and coursework are on the cusp on disrupting education as we know it, technology directors, in particular, have been interested in the book. Before coming to this session, we ask that you read the book, read through discussions of the book on the ISE-Ning [1], and take a listen to a podcast with one of the authors on Ed Tech Talk [2].

7. Laurie Bartels: Google Apps

8. Helen Blowers: 23 Things: A Model for Professional Development

9.Share best Lower School projects

Facilitators: Stacia McFadden (St. Patrick's)

Description: Bring your most successful ideas and examples to share with colleagues. How do you collaborate with classroom teachers? What's your favorite new software or website? Pick the brains of your AIMS colleagues!

10.Cost Saving Measures

Facilitators: Steven Dickenson (Key School)

Description: In these tough economic times, how are your technology budgets being affected? How are you responding to the challenge of doing more with less? Come and share your budget stories and get some cost-cutting ideas from a panel of colleagues from large and small schools.

11.Taking the Measure of Information Literacy

Facilitators: Kelly Vikstrom (Friends School of Baltimore), Anna Smink (Holton-Arms School)

The goal of every school library program is to graduate students who are information literate--students who can access, evaluate and use information critically and creatively. What methods are we using to determine the success of school library programs? In an age of evidence based education, what forms of assessment are being used to obtain measurable results?



Description: How is your school planning for future replacement of network server hardware? Have you considered replacing old server hardware with shared virtual machines? Come share your success stories, or just come to learn more about strategies that work.

13.Out-Sourcing Your Infrastructure


Keeping data on-site is expensive to manage and control. Off-site data storage is increasingly getting less expensive, more customizable, and easier to manage. Some schools are venturing stepping into off-site data storage, putting data into the so-called "cloud." This has many ramifications for network planning: bandwidth, computers used, on-site infrastructure, security, and more. This session will explore these issues.

14.Wireless infrastructure

Facilitators: David Rossell

Description: There have been a lot of changes to the wireless world during the past couple of years. New standards and new technologies allow for more throughput and more control. At the same time, schools also face greater challenges as the quantity and variety of wireless devices increase. In this session we will discuss what is on the horizon and what we have done to address wireless at our institutions.

15.Managing Internet bandwidth


Description: When is enough enough? How are you managing your bandwidth today? What plans do you have to accommodate the growing bandwidth needs of your students, faculty and staff? Come share your suggestions for taming the bandwidth beast or doing more with less.

Interactive Sessions: Edit

Should include a hands-on component, and a teacher who can speak to how it is integrated into the curriculum. Begins after lunch. Workshop leaders should be masters of the subject and stay for the first hour to guide and lead, and then people can optionally stay on to work on their projects. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops to the sessions.

1. Make your Own Social Networking page -Exploring Facebook, Isenet.ning, iGoogle, and the new AIMS Wiki - Facilitators: David W., Marty, and Jenni Are you a regular on Facebook or a Ning yet? Have you participated in a colloborative project on a wiki? Come explore some popular social networking sites and set up a profile or join some groups. Explore a few wiki projects and learn to contribute to our new AIMS wiki.

2. Geocaching - Facilitators:

3. Movie Making - Movie Making and iMovie Facilitators: Allie - Bryn Mawr (Movie Maker) Are you ready to start making movies with your computer? Find out the basics of what you need to know and have. Windows Movie Maker is the free video creating/editing software included in Microsoft Windows. iMovie is the free editing software for Mac users. Come and explore what you can accomplish with either software.

4. Google Journeys and Lit Trips - Facilitators(Bryn Mawr) You have little time in your busy schedule to learn about new tools for the classroom so come to this session and learn the basics of Google Earth. With a few easy steps, you'll be ready to incorporate teacher created activities into your classroom, and soon you will create and share your own content.

5. Scavenger Hunt using Digital Cameras Facilitators: - Using a digital camera with your students can add fun and excitment to your classroom, especially when students are the photographers! Experience a scavenger hunt around St. Michael's first-hand using digital cameras, and take lots of good ideas home with you.

6. Network Geek Toolkit -

Facilitators: David Darefsky (Green Acres)

We'll play around with a range of free and inexpensive utilities for tracking down problems on your network. We'll have Wireshark and Intermapper on hand, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own favorites to share with the group. Bring a laptop if you can.

7. Smart Notebook - Facilitators: Nina Glime (Key School)

This session will focus on SmartNotebook 10 and projects created with that tool

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