May 15-16, 2014 9th Annual Academic Technology Retreat!

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App Smackdown 2014:
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Retreat Location: The Guest House Food at the Guest House: Meals

"Always refreshing to get out of the weeds of everyday tech work and think about tech and education on a higher plane."
"I had never been so wasn't sure what to expect but was delighted with the setting, the format and the chance to be with other teachers and coordinators."
"Very enjoyable, lots of good conversations, many new ideas.""Excellent format, wonderful location."

The CAIS Academic Tech Retreat was created as a time and place for busy academic techs to get away from the pressures of school to reconnect with colleagues and professionals in their field. Moving into its eighth successful year, the conference focuses on such topics as curriculum integration, new technologies, customer service and professional development. The relaxed format of the retreat allows conference attendees to form connections and become comfortable with new concepts and ideas to bring back to their work.

The Guest House is a beautifully renovated country inn on private wooded land, adjacent to a state forest with hiking trails and two neighboring lakes. Conveniently located midway between New York City and Boston, Guest House is easily reachable via major highways or by train. The Guest House is the perfect place to reconnect and rejuvenate! We look forward to seeing you there!

Possible attendees may include: Academic Technology Coordinators, Directors of Technology, Faculty with a leadership roles in academic technology

What is an open forum or "unconference"?
An unconference, according to the Wikipedia entry, is a "conference where the content of the sessions is driven and created by the participants, generally day-by-day during the course of the event, rather than by a single organizer, or small group of organizers, in advance." While unconferences are becoming popular (because they provide an excellent, flexible venue for ideas, networking, and participation), they have been around for decades, with the best-known format articulated by Harrison Owen as "Open Space Technology ". For an excellent description of the unconference format, see this Huffington Post article, An "Unconference" for Online Communities.

Thursday, May 15th:
9:00-9:30 Sign in, continental breakfast and conversation (The White Barn)
9:30 - 9:45 Welcome, Intro, Open Forum Explanation - Justine Fellows, Greens Farms Academy

9:45-10:45 Keynote Speaker
Keynote Speaker- Don Buckley – Co-Founder and Executive Director of Tools at Schools
Design and Maker Thinking
The focus of this presentation is to investigate the teaching and learning of design and maker thinking in schools. Design Thinking is a context-driven, human centered problem solving process that emphasizes ideation, learning from failure, prototyping and designing for real-world use. Maker Thinking is related to the DIY mindset and refers to a process of thinking through making, emphasizing tinkering resourcefulness. How and why is this thinking relevant? Should we be teaching these processes in our schools? Where does this type of problem solving fit in in the current education landscape? How can this thinking we integrated into education?

10:45-11:00 Break

11-12:00 Teacher Tool Kit Update 2014 - Tech Smack Down with Lorri Carroll, Hamden Hall This round table session will give everyone a chance to share their favorite new technology. From a simple new iPad App to a more elaborate integrated tool, each participant should bring something that they have discovered to share with the group. The tool kit update is meant to move at a fast pace. Technologies that draw a lot of attention can be added to the open forum board for further discussion.

12-12:30 Open Forum Initial Sign-Up - (Elizabeth Preston, St. Luke’s School & Sharon Plante, Eagle Hill Southport)

12:30 - 1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:15 Open Forum (Session 1) (Various Locations)
2:15-2:30 Snacks available in the Sun Room
2:30-3:15 Open Forum (Session 2) (Various Locations)
3:30-4:15 Open Forum (Session 3) (Various Locations)

4:15 Check in at front desk
5:00-6:00 Cocktail Hour (The Tavern or Outside)
6:00 Dinner

Thursday evening:
Relax and enjoy each other's company- Croquet, Music, Techie Charades, games, conversation...

Friday Morning, May 16th:
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:00-9:15 - Schedule Additions, Changes and Viewing
9:15-10:00 - Open Forum (Session 4) (Various Locations)
10:15-11:00 - Open Forum (Session 5) (Various Locations)
11:15-12:00 - Open Forum (Session 6) (Various Locations)

12:00-12:30 - Conference Wrap Up (The White Barn) - Justine Fellows
12:30-1:30 Lunch - Conference Ends