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Mike Belcher - Director of EdTech Innovation

Mike Belcher is currently the Director of EdTech Innovation at HP and based in Austin, Texas. Mike has dedicated his career to helping schools leverage technology to revolutionize their teaching and learning strategies and help move from Teacher-centric to Student-centered learning.

In 2009 he transitioned to the worldwide Education team and helped develop some of the first “Cloud-architected” solutions for the K12 market. These new “Student-Centered, Personalized Learning” solutions as well as the Digital Learning Framework including product management and market development of new education solutions including HP Classroom Manager and HP School Cloud in conjunction with ClassLink as the first Web -based Desktop to work across all platforms.

In 2012, Mike took a new role in the HP Education Strategy team for the Americas, as a Subject Matter Expert and advocate for education needs with-in HP. In addition Mike works regularly with State Legislature, Offices of Education, and School District Leadership to solve the complex challenges facing our schools to deliver sustainable, but effective Instructional outcomes through the use of technology.

Raised in Northern and Southern California, Mike now resides in Austin, TX and is a member of ASTD and ISTE, sits on several State Educational Boards and is involved in Ed Tech Learning initiatives as well as a speaker and panelist for multiple State and National events for the education market.

Chad Marlow
Dirctor of Operational Technology
Bethel School District
Mark Finstrom
Chief Technology Officer

Highline Public Schools
Dennis Small
Educational Technology Director
OSPI
Paul Ross
Chief Technology Office
Federal Way Public Schools
Shelby Reynolds
IT & Library Services
Northshore School District
Digital Learning & Infrastructure Team from MSD
Monroe School District
Brooke Trisler
Chief Technology Officer

Mukilteo School District
Jim Logan
Data Analyst
Burlington-Edison School District
Cass Tang
Director of Project Management Office
Tacoma Public Schools
Mary Elizabeth Pearson
Instructional Technology
Anacortes School District
Brian Beckley
Chief Information Officer

Everett Public Schools
Jo Anne Buiteweg
Curriculum Specialist

Everett Public Schools
Tracy Dabbs
Coordinator of Technology & Innovation
Burlington-Edison School District
TIME EVENT ROOM
08:00 - 09:00 AM Breakfast / Vendor Exhibit ORCA BALLROOM
09:00 - 10:00 AM Keynote Address by Mike Belcher CHINOOK I - III
10:00 - 10:30 AM Vendor Exhibit ORCA BALLROOM
10:30 - 11:15 AM Breakout Sessions #1 See full list >
11:30 - 12:15 PM Breakout Sessions #2
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12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch / Vendor Exhibit ORCA BALLROOM
1:00 - 1:45 PM Breakout Sessions #3
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2:00 - 2:45 PM Breakout Sessions #4
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"Session with Keynote speaker" by Mike Belcher

Breakout will continue the discusion of the keynote, including STEM+ Learning, VR/AR, Immersive computing, 3D printing, and more.

"Leveraging Technology to Personalize Learning" by Randy Brown, Dir. of Program Development, National "20 to Watch in EdTech"

Learn how a very passionate former third-grade teacher is transforming the curriculum era through producing digital curriculum. Randy completely flipped the classroom and changed the lives of hundreds of students. In this session he will show you how he personalized the learning experience for individuals and how districts can work together to meet this need.

"Implementing ITIL best practices" by Cass Tang, Tacoma PS and Brooke Trisler, CTO Mukilteo SD

"Everything You Wanted to Know about Google Management" by Andrew Reese, Network Specialist & Jim Logan, Data Analyst

Do you have questions about Google Management or just want to brainstorm with others to find the best way to support your district? This session will focus on tips and tricks for managing a Google Domain for your district.

"Digital Citizenship and Responsible Use (Again)" by Dennis Small, Ed Tech Director - OSPI, Shelby Reynolds, IT & Library Services Manager

Learn about the latest developments in legislative support for elements of Digital Citizenship from the state and by OSPI. Hear about next steps in bringing those resources to life in practical ways as described by the Northshore School District. Get practical examples of a Responsible Use Procedure, teacher professional development, and student instruction.

"Redefine Learning with Chromebooks" by Drea Alphonso, Bradley Schenker, & Edmonds SD

Chromebooks are now the #1 device in K-12 education in the US. So why is that and what makes Chromebooks so special in the classroom in supporting learning principles? Join Google to hear how Chromebooks can take your teachers and students to the next level.

"Wireless Presentation and Screensharing Solutions in Education"

See the latest solutions in screensharing and wireless presentations for teacher and student interactions. Quickly get up and running with little to no training!

"OneNote & Office 365 for Education" by Mary Elizabeth Pearson, Instructional Technology Facilitator at Anacortes School District

Providing tips on organizing, creating, and collaborating together on all of your devices. Looking for a way to revolutionize your teaching and learning? Experience the power of Microsoft OneNote and Office 365 together!

"Internet of Things" by Mark Finstrom, CTO

"1 to 1 with Everett SD" by Brian Beckley, Ken Toyn, Scott Jenkins, and Jo Anne Buiteweg

"All Means All - Creating Rich & Flexible Learning Environments" by Digital Learning & Infrastructure Team, Monroe School District
Rachelle Butz, Executive Director of Digital Learning, Anne Proctor, Manager of Technology Services, DeAnn Hermes, Coordinator of Digital Learning & Program Development, and Robert Pohl, Coordinator of Digital Learning & Program Development

In 2014, the Monroe community passed Proposition 2, a six-year, $7.5M, Technology Levy, to advance student learning using digital resources. Modernizing classroom display technologies to support group learning and providing greater access was a high priority for teachers and their students. With an outdated infrastructure, aging projectors, mismatched interactive whiteboard tools across classrooms, and limited access to ongoing professional development, we had to leverage and stretch every possible resource to provide a supportable standardized model that could meet our District’s vision and fulfill our promise to our community. Monroe had never undertaken a project with a scope of this magnitude at one time; making bold choices to upgrade and replace our infrastructure, modernize classroom technology, and to deploy student devices all at once. By developing a comprehensive planning and selection process, Monroe was able to fulfill more than anyone had ever expected with the moonshot of changing the trajectory of current instructional delivery and radically impact student learning in 367 classrooms. In this session, you’ll learn how Monroe took Moonshot Thinking to prepare teachers to boldly go where they’ve never gone before!

"Using Microsoft Teams To Organize Teaching Groups" by Mary Elizabeth Pearson, Instructional Technology Facilitator at Anacortes School District

Learn how to organize your district with Microsoft's new content and private chat system. Schedule small work groups, classes, and even student groups for collaborating and extending the classroom.

"CIO Networking Session"

"Digital Citizenship and Responsible Use (Again)" by Dennis Small, Ed Tech Director - OSPI, Shelby Reynolds, IT & Library Services Manager

Learn about the latest developments in legislative support for elements of Digital Citizenship from the state and by OSPI. Hear about next steps in bringing those resources to life in practical ways as described by the Northshore School District. Get practical examples of a Responsible Use Procedure, teacher professional development, and student instruction.

"Optimizing and troubleshooting WiFi for 1:1 deployments" by Chad Marlow, Director of Technology

This session will be a technical deep dive into 802.11 configuration. We'll cover topics such as setting correct channel bandwidth and channel selection, signal propagation through various mediums, and power. We'll also cover WiFi spectral analysis and optimization as well as techniques for troubleshooting WiFi using a spectrum analyzer. Concepts are vendor agnostic and focused on density deployment models (1:1) but will also apply to distribution models.

"CoSN’s CETL Certification" by Brooke Trisler, CTO

"Calling All Tech-Coordinators and Coaches" by Tracy Dabbs, Coordinator of Technology and Innovation

Are you the only one in your district with this position? Working in isolation can be difficult. Join a collaborative session to discuss your goals, questions, and initiatives. Come away with strategies and networking contacts to help further your district plans.

"Professional Learning Communities, Best Practices and Process Improvements for the 'Good of the Order'" by Paul Ross, CTO Federal Way PS

Learn how one region and one school district in Ohio applied the strategy of PLC’s internally and across the region for the betterment of member districts and for local teachers and students. Over 10 years the district experienced major technological changes, where uncertainty was replaced by process improvements and predictable cycles of innovation.

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