*Updated* Conference Session Descriptions

MEEC Member Conference and Vendor Showcase
April 27, 2012
Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport

MEEC Member Conference and Vendor Showcase
April 27, 2012
Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport


Jonathan Perera, Vice President, Adobe Education will give the Keynote address at the annual MEEC Member Conference and Vendor Showcase. Mr. Perera leads Adobe’s Education marketing group focused on helping students, educators, institutions and policy leaders be successful with technology in the classroom.

Emergent Technology – Microsoft Kinect – Radu Burducea, Student Lifestyle Director, US Education. By using natural user interfaces and carefully selected learning games, educators can make learning more engaging, better serve students I special education programs, and offer new fitness and learning activities in physical education and after-school programs Students learn better when they actively use all of their sense, and when students’ senses are immersed they deepen their learning.

SESSION ONE: 10:00 - 10:50 AM

Daly Computers Presents, Adding Tools to Your Belt: Using the SMARTBoard/Response for Formative Assessment
Christy Rogers, SMART Technologies Corp. - The SMARTBoard and SMART Response are powerful tools that can be used to easily and effectively harness formative assessment in the classroom. Add tools to your tool belt that will help you assess your student's knowledge on the fly.
Adobe Creative Suite 6 - Lead the Visual Communications Revolution - Create, Publish and Thrive
Steve Adler, Adobe - Students and Faculty have been publishing for centuries, but in the past year publishing technologies have advanced at unprecedented speeds. Student content creators will lead a revolution into the new world of digital communications. Adobe's new suite of tools in Creative Suite 6 allows content creators to focus on audience and message, regardless of platform or medium. Join Adobe's Steve Adler for an overview of the best new features. Whether presenting a poster, paper, lesson, thesis or alumni magazine, see how you can incorporate all types of content for use in today's communications. Looking to develop for print, HTML5, mobile apps, Dynamic PDF, eBooks or digital magazines? Adobe's Suite of new tools can empower anyone to present, publish and thrive in this new age.
Transforming the Classroom
Janice Adams, Development Executive, Apple, Inc. - In this presentation, you will learn how technology has been able to transform the contemporary classroom by providing learners with the tools needed to match unique learning styles. By coupling proven teaching strategies with powerful and engaging technologies students and teachers can easily build an active learning environment that promotes lifelong learning - the prerequisite survival skill needed for the 21st century worker.
Threat Landscape, Trends, and the Importance of Global Threat Intelligence
Chuck Egress, Senior Product Manager, McAfee – Short Abstract: In this discussion, we will analyze the threat landscape, trends, predictions, and the importance of global threat intelligence to secure critical assets in a dynamic threat environment.
Adventures in Group Policy
Will Udovich, Loyola University Maryland - An overview of the evolution of Microsoft Group Policy, how it has become more effective with Windows 7, and examples of what you can do and what Loyola has done to speed deployment, management, and configuration of end-user systems.
Introducing the Learning Management System (LMS) Vendors – MEEC has recently entered into agreements with six LMS vendors. Meet representatives from Blackboard and Pearson (eCollege) and learn about their products.

SESSION TWO: 11:00 - 11:50 AM

eBooks - Is the Future Now?
Bill Heneghan, HCGI and Wes Watts CIO PG County Public Schools - A roundtable discussion of the state of eBooks in education. What options are available to replace textbooks.
Realizing Your Potential with Lync
Dr. El Haggan Ahmed, Coppin University - Effective collaboration with Lync. Dr. El will share his experiences on his deployment of Lync across the Coppin Enterprise.
3 Software Licensing Programs: Tools to Use From Each Vendor You May Not Be Aware Of.
Janet Immink, Bell Techlogix - Bell is the reseller for several MEEC software license programs. Microsoft, McAfee and Adobe each have tools and resources to help you make the most of your technology dollars. Use this presentation time to brush up on how to gain access as well as see "what else" this contract offers to you and your school community.
Backup and Disaster Recovery with Symantec
Tom Wilkins, Engineer, Symantec - Symantec will deliver an overview of Backup Exec 2012 and NetBackup 7.5 products to help businesses securely backup vital information ”
Desktop Virtualization with Dell's Virtual Desktop Environment: A Federated Authentication Multi-Institution Approach
Michael Carlin - Review the current USM virtual desktop pilot utilizing Dell's virtual desktop environment (VDE). Pros, Cons and Lessons learned. The vision for this pilot is to provide a flexible, cost effective way to deliver current and future academic capabilities to our MDREN members at all times, at all locations, and across the range of end user devices leveraging desktop virtualization.
Introducing the Learning Management System (LMS) Vendors – MEEC has recently entered into agreements with six LMS vendors. Meet the representative from Desire to Learn and Instructure learn about their products.

SESSION THREE: 1:45 - 2:30 PM

The All-New iTunes U Offer
Jon Grover, Senior System Engineer, Apple, Inc. - Come see the new iTunes U where educators from Universities, Colleges, and K-12 Schools have everything they need to create and share complete courses. Educators have an easy way to design and distribute complete courses featuring audio, video, books, and other content. Students and other learners can experience your courses free through a powerful new App for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
But Wait, There’s More! MEEC – Tamara Petronka, MEEC Executive Director – MEEC offers more than really good deals on hardware, software and services. Learn what makes your membership more valuable and receive the latest updates.
Building a Successful Mobile Device Management Strategy
Colleen Beale, Data Networks Practice Manager - Mobile devices - from smartphones to tablets - are suddenly everywhere including your colleges and schools. As device capabilities expand, your integration, management, and security concerns have become more urgent. But mobile device management is still in its infancy, with dozens of vendors offering a wide variety of mobility-related solutions. Where to begin? Join Data Networks as We Discuss the Six Key Elements of MDM: - Software Distribution - Security Management - Policy Management - Service Management - Inventory Management - Classroom Management We'll explain how each element impacts your network and resources. Plus, we'll take a look at some of the currently-available solutions for education and still leave time for your questions. So, you'll be ready to embark on a successful mobile device management strategy for your organization
Consolidate Desktop Security and Management in a Single Solution Leveraging MEEC Assets - Forefront Endpoint Protection/System Center Configuration Manager
Jesse Beauman, UMBC, John Taylor, JHU and Steve Scholz, Microsoft - Security and management have traditionally existed as two separate disciplines, yet both play a central role in keeping your users safe and productive. Critical threat detection, outbreak response, and system remediation are important aspects of security management. Proper system configuration, deploying patches and security updates are hallmarks of good systems management. Learn how UMBC and Johns Hopkins manage and secure their environment with Forefront Endpoint Protection and System Center Configuration Manager.
The “Art” of the Google Migration – Jumping in With Both Feet
David Apaw, MICA, Jeff Daley, MICA and John Rhodes- MICA’s approach to the Google migration was to maintain dual domains. A new sub-domain for each audience group (students, staff, faculty…) while maintaining the main domain. Once we hurdled the technical issues, we needed to put a plan in place to roll this implementation out to over 6,000 users.
Managing the Web Experience in Higher Education
Todd Ruhl, Adobe - An efficient and cost-effective web content management (WCM) solution is essential to deliver engaging, multichannel user experiences that drive online institutional success. To attract new students, deliver targeted content, and optimize multichannel outreach (including mobile) for increased click-throughs, conversions, and constituent loyalty, a WCM solution must provide maximum agility to campus communications and IT. To stay ahead of today's competition, colleges and universities need a WCM solution that meets the dynamic needs of a higher education environment, as well as the architecture and technical requirements of IT. This session provides an overview of Adobe CQ5, Adobe's Web Experience Management solution. The session will include a presentation and demonstration of CQ5's key capabilities and features, including authoring ease of use, mobile applications, social communities, digital asset management, personalization and targeting, and integration with web analytics.

SESSION FOUR: 2:40 - 3:30 PM

Microsoft Office 365 for Education
Michael Icore, Microsoft - Microsoft Office 365 for education delivers the power of cloud productivity to educational institutions, helping save time and money while increasing student and faculty productivity. See how Office 365 combines the familiar Office desktop suite with online versions of Microsoft’s next-generation communications and collaboration services, including Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online.

Posted by Tamara Petronka on March 27, 2012 1:38 PM |

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