April 26-27, 2012 7th Annual Academic Technology Retreat!

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"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 seventh 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.

Located on a bend in the Housatonic River, just a half-mile from the covered bridge in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, the Trinity Conference Center is the perfect place to reconnect and rejuvenate! We look forward to seeing you there!
Possible attendees may include: Technology Coordinators, Directors of Technology, Faculty with a leadership roles in technology

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A Group Heads Out to Geocache!

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, April 26th:
9:00-9:30 Sign in, breakfast and conversation (Butler Hall)
9:30 - 9:45 Welcome, Intro, Open Forum Explanation - Justine Fellows
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9:45-10:45 Keynote Speaker
Keynote: A Communicative Approach to the Flipped Classroom
Ann Befroy, Miss Porter's School
How do current technologies allow teachers to structure a flipped classroom that promotes effective language learning both in and out of the classroom? Can students really learn grammar on their own outside of class? What critical thinking skills are encouraged by using the flipped classroom? Watch as Ann Befroy teaches us how the flipped classroom can enhance best practices for language instruction, then take some time to figure out how this approach might work best with your faculty.

10:45 - 11:00 Open Forum Initial Sign Up - DJ Plante, Elizabeth Preston
11:00-11:15 Break, Snacks, Open Forum Sign Up

11:15-12:15 Teacher Tool Kit Update 2012 (Butler Hall - Lorri Carroll) This round table session will give everyone a chance to share their favorite new technology. From a simple new iPhone 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.

12:15 - 1:15 Lunch

1:15-2:00 Open Forum (Session 1) (Various Locations)
2:15-3:00 Open Forum (Session 2) (Various Locations)
3:15-4:00 Open Forum (Session 3) (Various Locations)

4:00 Check in at front desk
5:00-6:00 Cocktails!
6:00 Dinner

Thursday evening:
Relax and enjoy each others’ company- Techie Charades, croquet, quiet time by the river!

Friday Morning, April 28th:
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:00-9:45 - Open Forum (Session 4) (Various Locations)
10:00-10:45 - Open Forum (Session 5) (Various Locations)
11:00-11:45 - Open Forum (Session 6) (Various Locations)

11:45-12:00- Conference Wrap Up - Justine Fellows
12:00 Amazing Box Lunches to go or eat outside - Conference Ends

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