Conference schedule

Thursday, February 12, 2015

7 a.m. Registration
River’s Edge Convention Center, 2nd Floor Atrium
8:30 a.m.

Conference Opening, Tim Brockman, Supervisor of Information Systems, Forest Lake School District
Herberger Suite

Unconference Session Topic Selection and Schedule Building, Tim Wilson, Osseo School District
Herberger Suite

9:25 a.m.

Unconference Sessions Section 1
Herberger, Wilson, Stockinger, and Opportunities Suites


Unconference Sessions Section 2
Herberger, Wilson, Stockinger, and Opportunities Suites


Unconference Sessions Section 3
Herberger, Wilson, Stockinger, and Opportunities Suites


Herberger Suite

1:30 p.m. Group Photo (Wear your TIES shirt!)
Atrium Area of the Convention Center
1:45 p.m.


TIES: The Big Picture, Wilson Suite
Ben Silberglitt, Georgia Kedrowski and Chad Caswell, TIES
It’s been a busy year for TIES. Come to this session to get a high-level overview of the many initiatives happening in our organization, and learn how they all fit together. The new Finance/HR Payroll system, comprehensive fee management, online enrollment, early childhood initiatives, new data for decision-making software, and a new initiative focused on ensuring the organization remains customer-centric will all be discussed. Time will be reserved for Q & A as well.

Taking Advantage of Cloud-Based Services to Provide Better Uptime and Save Money, Opportunities Suite
Adam Duffy and Tom Johnson, Edina Public Schools
Though the promise of cost savings have been around for a number of years, school districts are finally finding concrete costs savings from changing their service delivery to cloud-based solutions. This presentation will discuss specific services that were once considered essential to be in-house that now make sense to move to the Cloud.

Effective Technology Team Strategies, Stockinger Suite
Lynn Tenney, Inver Grove Heights Public Schools; Kim Helgeson, Intermediate 287; Joel VerDuin, Anoka-Hennepin Public Schools; Wayne Hoistad, St. Michael-Albertville Public Schools
This session will focus on team building strategies used to shape successful technology support teams. Come listen how three districts approached this issue. Define what is important for your support staff, collect data from those you support, define individual department member expectations and set individual and department goals. Start with the end in mind -- customer service, solving problems and communication. This session is for district technology leaders and support staff wanting to improve customer service and build individual capacity of technology team members. 

3 p.m.

Vendor Showcase
Herberger Suite

Hear about the latest products and how they are innovatively used in the classroom and school district. After the showcase, visit with the vendors at the Vendor Exhibit Hall.
Grand Ballroom, Le St. Germain Hotel

4 p.m.

Vendor Exhibits, Wii Bowling Tournament, and Hospitality
Grand Ballroom, Le St. Germain Hotel

6 p.m. Banquet
Herberger Suite
7:30 p.m.

Hospitality and Wii Bowling Tournament Finals
Grand Ballroom, Le St. Germain Hotel



Friday, February 13, 2015


River’s Edge Convention Center, 2nd floor Atrium

Herberger Suite



What's A Composable Enterprise and How Does It Help Me?, Herberger Suite
Ben Silberglitt and Mike Reynolds, TIES
Advances in interoperability mean that software implementations no longer need to rely on getting as much as you can out of a single vendor. The broadening use of standards for exchanging data and creating single sign on environments means that users can navigate between different systems without some of the old barriers of data being out of sync or having to keep track of multiple logins. Technology leaders can instead focus on building a “Composable Enterprise”, where various software systems each perform the specific set of functions they were designed for, and your users appreciate having the best available solution for their needs. Learn more about the Composable Enterprise, what these advances mean for you, and how TIES is working to achieve this vision. Audience participation and discussion encouraged.

Chromebook Implementation and Support, Stockinger Suite
Darin Marcussen, North Branch; John Weisser, Bloomington
Chromebooks are rapidly gaining popularity in today’s classrooms, so as schools are rolling these devices out, what are the best practices and tools being used to support them? This session focuses around districts which have been using Chromebooks in a 1:1 environment for the past couple of years. During this session, you will hear about the district roll-out, management, and best practices that they have experienced and learned during their district 1:1 initiative. This session will also allow time for a “community of interest” breakout, so bring in your experiences and questions so we can learn together.

Chromebook, iPad, or Other: How to Choose the Right Tool for the Job, Opportunities Suite
Tim Brockman, Forest Lake Public Schools; Ed Heier, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools
What criteria should you use when choosing a mobile device for the classroom? Does “one size fit all?” Who should be involved in the decision? Come discuss these questions and others with your peers at this community of interest open forum.


Best Practices for Google Apps for Education, Wilson Suite
Doug Johnson, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Public Schools; Chad Maxa, Intermediate 287
School districts continue to look to the cloud for applications and services, and one of the most popular implementations is Google Apps for Education. Come to this session and learn about the experiences of two districts who made the switch, and how they provided staff training, determined security and usage, and daily support.

How to Manage Digital Certificates, Stockinger Suite
Larry Jacobs, TIES Technical Services
This session will discuss the best practices for internal and public certificate management within an administrator’s domain. It will focus on some free tools that can be used to monitor when certificates expire so services dependent on those certificates do not stop.

School Safety and Technology: What Are Districts Doing for Physical Security and Visitor Management, Opportunities Suite
Moderator: Lynn Tenney, Inver Grove Heights Public School
Participate and hear what districts are doing to enhance security for student safety. A panel will share different vendors and solutions and how they may integrate with each other or other systems. Make connections with districts that have already implemented systems you might be planning or previewing.
11 a.m.


Personal Learning Networks for Technology Professionals, Stockinger Suite
Sue Heidt, Monticello Public Schools
Take advantage of networks through Twitter chats to build your own professional learning network. This is done with #MNLead, a weekly Twitter chat focusing on leadership, pedagogy and technology. Twitter chats involve discussions around a selected topic through a series of questions in small groups and ideas posted on Twitter.

Start up #MNTechlead and become part of the conversation as we work together to transform technology use in education.

iPad Management, Opportunities Suite
John Wetter, Hopkins Public Schools; Mike Dronen, Minnetonka Public Schools
Come talk about the ins and outs of iPad management during this panel discussion. Topics will include managing apps, distributing devices, and working through parent, student, and teacher expectations.

12 p.m. Conference Closing Session and Lunch
Herberger Suite


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