MEEC Conference Agenda (Updated)
2013 MEEC Member Conference and Vendor Showcase Agenda
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Registration and Continental Break
Breakfast sponsored by Daly Computers Inc.
8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Re-Charge Lounge
Sponsored by Bell Techlogix
8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Welcome and Keynote Speaker
Paige Johnson, Education Strategist, Intel
Keynote Speaker sponsored by McAfee
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Vendor Showcase
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 pm All Day Beverage Service
Sponsored by Technology Integration Group
10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Concurrent Session I
Enable Learning Anytime, Anywhere via Video Collaboration
Randy Weeter, AVAYA hosted by Alliance Technology Group
Traditional video conferencing in education has gain strong acceptance yet has been challenged by its high cost, lack of ease of use, limited interoperability and limited availability. With the growing demand for online, hybrid and distance learning options, it is imperative that these challenges be addressed to allow school districts and higher education institutions to expand video-enable learning opportunities beyond the traditional seat based classroom. Now with the pervasive use of smart phones, tablets, laptops, net-books and other forms of mobile devices with trends showing that the average student carries 2-4 internet and video ready devices, the time is right to incorporate a more pervasive video-enable learning style to the pedagogy. If done correctly, video collaboration over these devices can become the launching point of your institution’s or district’s transformation. This session will discuss a more cost effective approach to achieve a pervasive video-enabled learning strategy that will engage your students on a more personalized basis while seamlessly integrating with your institution’s or district’s Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) strategy. Presenting, archiving and re-broadcast, all key portions of curriculum delivery will be discussed from a BYOD context.
Configuring and Maximizing the iPad Classroom
Lisa Capan, CCBC and Darrow Neves, CCBC
Setting up an iPad classroom is not quite as 'plug-n-play' as one might think. In this session, we will discuss the trials, tribulations, and lessons learned at setting up an Apple iPad Classroom. During the presentation, a demonstration of maximizing the interactivity possibilities for faculty and students will be showcased.
Leveraging your Microsoft Assets
Jamie Bakert and Yanni Chryssomitis, Microsoft
Leveraging Your Microsoft Assets – Educational organizations everywhere are increasingly being asked to do more with less and to work with stagnating or even decreasing budgets. The Microsoft contract that MEEC has negotiated on behalf of its membership is comprehensive and oftentimes includes product functionality for which you are paying separate and extra license and maintenance fees. Please join your Microsoft account team and learn the details of everything that you have licensed and what you can be leveraging to help save your organization money. In this conversation, we will discuss:
• The Educational Desktop – Windows and Office
• The Enterprise CAL – access to the various server software suites, such as Windows Server, Exchange Server, Sharepoint and more
• MDOP – Desktop optimization and the ability to virtualize applications, desktops and even user profiles
• ExpressionsWeb and Visual Studio Professional studio suites
• Microsoft Roadmap – a discussion of products that are rapidly gaining traction in education and across all enterprises
Network Security Workshop 10 Things Your Next Firewall Must Do
Clint Beasley, Palo Alto Networks and Jim Rowland, Daly
•Why the network firewall, which serves as the foundation of every organization’s security infrastructure, has been impacted by massive changes in the last few years
•How traditional stateful inspection firewall, even with a bunch of additional security appliances or blades like IPS, proxy, URL filtering, and DLP tacked on, is simply not effective in today’s application and threat landscape
•Learn why Gartner recognized Palo Alto Networks as a leader in the 2011 Magic Quadrant
While many vendors are beginning to promote next-generation firewall “capabilities,” their offerings do not address enterprise requirements for safe enablement of applications, high-speed integrated threat
prevention, and coverage for roaming users and devices.
You will learn:
•Why traditional firewalls are no longer effective
•The Top 10 requirements for your next firewall purchase
•How to evaluate vendors and build your test plan
Enterprise Mobility Management
Jeff P. Horgan, Sr. Mobility Architect Bell Techlogix
Technology is ever changing and trying to keep up seems almost insurmountable. As the contract term of MEEC Agreements expire, MEEC will have the opportunity to address the developing technologies through newly negotiated contracts., MEEC will have the opportunity to address the developing technologies through newly negotiated contracts. In addition to those products covered under current MEEC agreements, new products and services are rapidly coming on the market. Should MEEC consider agreements for these new products and services?
Join members of the MEEC Board for this session. Tell us what you want to see included in agreements. Share with us your struggles and what products and services would serve you well. Let us understand your use of MEEC agreements and how they can be made more useful. Share the good along with the not so good. Join us!
Desktop Virtualization: Is Now the Right Time?
Bob Marchese, ATS, John Ciliberto, Dell, and John Halley, MD Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped
Institutions of all sizes are poised to explore alternatives to traditional end user computing. Many are reevaluating how their IT groups provision, manage, and support their workforce. IT administrators need ways to boost user mobility and work flexibility while also helping to tighten enterprise security, simplify management, and reduce the overall cost of owning and operating client systems. Desktop Virtualization is a cost-efficient way to enhance security, streamline management, and boost user productivity. It also boosts green initiatives by significantly reducing the energy footprint within the data center. Join us for a review of Dell's DVS strategy and a pilot desktop virtualization solution that was deployed by the Maryland Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped.
11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Concurrent Session II
Securing the Wired and Wireless Campus Network
Joe Kim, VP Engineering, Copper River IT
Today’s student must be more computer-savvy than ever before; in fact the successful student is dependent upon knowledge of how to use technology and in many cases, requires outright ownership of a PC, laptop or other device. The technical acumen that students have, combined with the breadth of applications, and the premise that campus networks are “open” places extraordinary pressures on security teams who are asked to enable openness, while protecting the network and the corresponding data. Join Copper River IT, Palo Alto Networks, and Ruckus Wireless for an open dialog around industry best practices regarding security on both wired and wireless networks within a campus environment. Take this opportunity to ask our experts the tough questions, as well as learn more about network visibility, controlling bandwidth with application QoS, and securing both known and guest entities on wireless networks.
Digital Publishing with Adobe InDesign
Steve Adler, Adobe Education Solutions Consultant
Adobe InDesign is the premier digital layout application used worldwide; not just for print but for screens and digital devices of all kinds. You’ll see how documents in InDesign can be enhanced to take your project and extend its reach with intuitive tools. Easily publish your application with Adobe's Digital Publishing system to deliver interactive content for iPad, Android, or Kindle.
Managing Devices at Your School: Microsoft Strategy
Cesar Larrea and Alex Voysest, Microsoft
The trends of “consumerization of IT” have shifted to supporting and ecosystem where users are bringing their own devices into their schools. Students, educators, and staff are also using their own devices to access managed data and applications within today’s educational enterprise. Expectedly, organizations must be mindful of how these devices and the data which is accessed are secured and managed. Come learn about BYOD strategies, what other educational organizations are doing to manage the proliferation of devices and what Microsoft offers to help.
Utilize Predictive Modeling and Learner Analytics to Increase Student Retention & Student Success
Steve Adams, Desire2Learn
An in-depth conversation around Degree Compass, Student Success System, and Learning Outcomes Reporting. These tools are designed to increase the percentages of student retention and student success before, during and after a selected course. Gain an understanding of how institutions are partnering with Desire2Learn to build reporting structures that meet their Accreditation needs, while aiding student learners with their own academic success.
Learn From My Mistakes: How to Manage Apps in a School Setting
Christina Schindler, Queen Anne's County BOE
Integrating iPads and iPod Touches into the classroom is an extremely exciting experience, but managing the devices - and their apps - is anything but simple. Learn the tricks and procedures for installing apps on multiple devices, managing iTune accounts, using the Volume Purchasing Program, and keeping track of how your teachers and students are using the devices.
The Evolution of Storage Networking: A Crash Course on Storage Virtualization and the Trends Shaping the Data Storage Industry
Jacob Farmer, CTO Cambridge Computer
This session starts by looking at how today's enterprise SAN and NAS solutions evolved from humble direct-attached disk and file servers. We then turn our sites to the industry trends that are shaping the current wave of innovation. Specifically, we are interested in deduplication, storage virtualization, solid state storage devices, automated management of tiered storage, cloud storage, and massively scalable file systems.
11:50 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch and MEEC Presentation
Lunch sponsored by Cambridge Computer
1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Afternoon Break
Sponsored by Alliance Technology Group
1:45 p.m. – 2:35 p.m. Concurrent Session III
A Real Life Experience with Disaster Recovery
Mike Heinmuller, Howard Community College
What are the real challenges faced when enterprise web and email services go down despite planning and tabletops.
Creating and Delivering Content for Any Device with the Adobe Creative Cloud
Steve Adler, Adobe Education Solutions Consultant
Whether you are delivering for print mobile, tablets, or desktop, your content needs to be readable and deliverable. Adobe has set the standard for creating and repurposing your content. This presentation will provide and overview of how Adobe’s collection of tools make it possible to create, assemble, and deliver your content to the ever-changing landscape of devices and screens. Whether you are a coder or an aspiring designer, with Adobe’s new tools anyone can easily create interactive content and design web sites that can be used anywhere. Not sure how to do all this? You’ll learn about Adobe’s new Education resource portal and training materials to make integration and adoption in the curriculum more effective. This is a presentation you won’t want to miss.
Enterprise Collaboration with Blackboard Collaborate: The Online Classroom and Beyond
Michael Baker, MS; Blackboard Collaborate
This session will address the concept of collaboration within teaching and learning, as well as the many functions and departments that support the academic process. Blackboard Collaborate offers a full suite of collaboration products that allow institutions to meet the needs of today's active learner.
Introduction to Multi-Touch TextBooks and iBooks Author and iTunes U
Eric Wood, Ellen Loos, Apple
Discover how Multi-Touch Books, iBooks Author and iTunes U are revolutionizing the definition of "textbook" and Mobile Learning. This session discusses common e-textbook formats and introduces Multi-Touch: an entirely new kind of textbook that is dynamic, engrossing, and truly interactive. Multi-Touch textbooks integrate photo galleries, video, slides, diagrams, 3D objects, mathematical expressions and much more to bring content to life in ways the printed page never could. In addition to textbooks now available from top K-12 publishers, Apple's free iBooks Author application also allows you to easily create and publish your own amazing interactive textbooks. The session concludes with an extended how-to demonstration of creating a Multi-Touch book, including built-in accessibility and study features available to reach all learners.
Michael Icore, Microsoft
Microsoft Office 365 for education gives academic institutions a familiar Microsoft Office desktop suite with online versions of next-generation communications and collaboration services. Educators, staff, and students get anywhere access to email and calendars, Office Web Apps, video and online meetings, and document-sharing. Office 365 has your favorite Microsoft Office features online and allows you to better prepare coursework, create sophisticated reports and presentations, and collaborate over the web with fellow teachers or students.
Providing Robust Controlled Network Access Regardless of Device or Location
Dwayne MacKenzie, Data Networks
With mobile devices and remote access now the norm, it’s becoming more difficult to manage, control and secure network access for the proliferating number and types of users in today’s environment.
Join Data Networks as we discuss:
• Mobile device game changers
• Fundamental shift in access technology that requires rethinking network strategy
• Wireless coverage & capacity planning insights
2:40 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. MEEC Forum and Closing Remarks
“Where Do We Go From Here; Creating MEEC Agreements.”
Members of the MEEC Board
Technology is ever changing and trying to keep up seems almost insurmountable. As the contract term of MEEC Agreements expire, MEEC will have the opportunity to
address the developing technologies through newly negotiated contracts. In addition to those products covered under current MEEC agreements, new products and services are rapidly coming on the market. Should MEEC consider agreements for these new products and services? Join members of the MEEC Board for this session. Tell us what you want to see included in agreements. Share with us your struggles and what products and services would serve you well. Let us understand your use of MEEC agreements and how they can be made more useful. Share the good along with the not so good. Join us!
Posted by Tamara Petronka on April 15, 2013 1:59 PM