TechFest 2015

MicroK12's annual education conference hosted at the Tulalip Resort in Tulalip, WA.

We'd like to thank everyone who attended our TechFest event this year. We had an amazing turn out and are lucky to say we will be at the Tulalip Resort again next year!

A special thanks goes out to all of our vendors and sponsors.

Keynote: "This Time It's Different" by Fran Mauney

Learn about the exciting role technology plays in education and the future trends in technology innovation. This time it is different as schools focus on creating through Project Based Learning, STEM and STEAM initiatives, 3D printing, Coding, and Active Learning Spaces. See examples of the technology needed to promote 21st Century learning and how you can provide this technology to schools.


"Keynote Q&A - What’s Your Vision?" by Fran Mauney

As your schools move toward more personalized learning with technology integration projects, have you cast the vision for this implementation? See the research from successful districts and the plans and pilot guides that can assist you as you lead this initiative. From classrooms with only one computer to 1:1 environments and all those between, careful planning is the key.

Have you thought about Student Privacy, Digital Citizenship, Active Learning Spaces, Professional Development? Learn from my experiences as Instructional Technology Facilitator and District Trainer.


"Why Are Schools Leasing?" by Insight Leasing, Scott Beebe, and Ron Mayberry

In the last few years, there has been an increased need for technology in the classroom. Many districts are trying to standardize teacher devices and implement 1:1 programs for students. Schools need to have a refresh strategy, and a way to maximize multi-year awarded money and using a leasing program is helping them meet technology initiatives.


"Enhanced Assessment - 21st Century Classroom" by Becky Keene, Kent School District

Looking for effective, easy ways to assess learners and challenge students to demonstrate higher level critical thinking skills? In this workshop, participants will learn how to create an Office Mix, organize, grade, and assess work in a OneNote Class Notebook, quickly collect data through Excel Survey, gather student artifacts using modern apps, and analyze results to impact instruction.


"The 2nd E-Rate Modernization Order: What it is and why you should care" by Eric Chambers, NCCE

In 2014 the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) issued the “2nd E-Rate Modernization Order” which outlined significant program changes. In addition to eliminating support for so-called “legacy systems” and phasing out support for telecommunications systems, the order eliminated the “Priority 1 and 2” funding structure. Under new program rules even schools and libraries in low poverty areas of the country have an opportunity to apply for and “win” E-Rate funds for eligible hardware purchases.


"1 to 1 with Chromebooks Panel" by Scott Beebe of Marysville, Mark Finstrom of Highline, Shelby Reynolds of Northshore

Come hear from our panel of Chromebook experts how their districts have handled, or are currently handling 1 to 1 deployments. Come ready to hear their best tactics as well as participate in a Q&A style session.


"Leveraging Technology to Personalize Learning" by Randy Brown, Monroe SD - National Watch for Teacher of the Year

Learn how a very passionate 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 go over the importance of personalizing the learning experience for individuals and how districts can work together to meet this need.


"VR in the Classroom, 3D STEM Curriculum" by Ron Kiser and Elizabeth Lytle

Explore standards-based activities, lesson plans, and video tutorials aligned with NGSS. Understand the components of a Virtual Reality Lab through a hands-on demonstration


"Deploying Windows 10: Tips and Tricks" by Stosh Morency and Leslie Binions, Kent SD

Kent School District is part of Microsoft’s Testing and Adoption Program (TAP) for Windows 10. Recently they deployed over 1,000 devices with Windows 10. Attendees to this session will learn best practices for a successful pilot and deployment of Windows 10.


"Principal Observations Made Simple—with a little help form Google Scripts" by Kristina Wambold, ESD 112

As education transforms into the 21st Century and beyond so does the administrator-teacher feedback workflow. Submitting observational feedback can be really time consuming unless you have the right tools. Come join us and learn how to streamline the teacher evaluation system using Google Scripts such as Autocrat, Doctopus and Goobric.


"Google for Education: A Flexible, Scalable and Sustainable Solution" by Mike Schwab, Olympia, & North Thurston SD

Come hear from the Google for Education Team along with IT Leaders from North Thurston and Olympia School Districts as they discuss the Google for Education solution and how it has impacted their technology landscape. Google provides collaborative tools that engage students anytime, anywhere. We will discuss success with SBAC testing, quick and easy deployment and management of 1,000 of devices and more.


"Blended Learning with Hapara Dashboard, Workspace, and Highlights" by Hapara and Kati Tilley, Lake Stevens SD

From file management to classroom management, this presentation explores how one teacher is using Hapara to change the way they teach. An overview of advanced features, such as Hapara Workspace, and digital annotation (with the Kami app) is included.


"Hackers are Lurking: Securing the Enterprise" by Carl Sweetland, Microsoft Education

School Districts and Universities are constantly under attack. This session will outline different threat vectors and what your IT team should be aware of to keep your enterprise safe.


"Why Doesn't Traditional Ed-Tech PD Work?" by Tracy Dabbs, Burlington Edison SD

This session explores the idea of using an Inquiry Based Learning Model to provide professional learning experiences for staff around the use of Educational Technology. The learning model allows teachers to engage in the exact type of learning experiences that we want for our students. Burlington-Edison staff shares lessons learned and their new approach to Ed-Tech Learning for staff and students.


"User-ID and Scheduling in a Highly-Tech Diverse K-12 Environment" by Brian Carter and Bob Williamson, formerly with Annie Wright Schools

K-12 schools offer a unique environment with regard to filtering and security. The use of App-ID, policy scheduling, and URL filtering based on username are of the utmost importance given the ages of the users involved. Add the complications of boarding students under the age of 18 from all over the world and things become quite challenging. Learn how Annie Wright Schools, a medium-sized International Baccalaureate, disposed of a dedicated URL filtering system and an old school firewall, successfully replacing it with a single Palo Alto Networks NGFW.


"Blended Learning with Office 365" by Becky Keene, Kent School District

As your schools move toward more personalized learning with technology integration projects, have you cast the vision for this implementation? See the research from successful districts and the plans and pilot guides that can assist you as you lead this initiative. From classrooms with only one computer to 1:1 environments and all those between, careful planning is the key. Have you thought about Student Privacy, Digital Citizenship, Active Learning Spaces, Professional Development? Learn from my experiences as Instructional Technology Facilitator and District Trainer.


"Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL)™ Overview" by Brooke Trisler, Renton SD

For K-12 education technology leaders, earning the CETL certification will demonstrate to your staff, superintendent, and other stakeholders that you have mastered the knowledge and skills needed to define the vision for and successfully build 21st century learning environments in your school district.