APRIL 12, 2011 - GALLOWAY


8:15 - SKYPE WITH AUTHOR NEAL SHUSTERMAN
Members were invited to participate in 8th grade Skype session with Neal Shusterman, author of Unwind and numerous other middle school fiction books.
Hosted by Marcia Kochel (Galloway's Middle & Upper Learning Media Specialist) at m.kochel@gallowayschool.org

9:30-10:30 - PRE-MEETING MEETUP: “TECHEEKLATSCH”
Members met for an informal pre-meeting gathering to talk about common issues and concerns.

10-11 - NEW AND GENTLY USED TECHNOLOGY SWAP MEET
Members swapped hardware/software and other items that are no longer being used.

10:30 - TOUR OPTIONAL TOUR OF GALLOWAY


11:00 - Galloway Kickoff: Welcome from Head of School; Overview of Technology (Josh Weeman/Danielle Klaus)


11:15 - FEATURED SPEAKER - DR. GLEN BULL, UVA - DIGITAL FABRICATION/FAB@SCHOOL
The Fab@School initiative employs digital fabrication as a mechanism for integrating the STEM disciplines in the nation’s classrooms. Digital technologies can now translate electronic designs into physical objects through computer- controlled fabrication systems. By integrating math, science and engineering in a highly motivating application, digital fabrication facilitates learning in activities that address advanced learning standards. This presentation provided demonstrations of ways in which students are exploring STEM concepts through collaborative, hands-on projects.
- Additional information about Fab@School and the embedded curricular objectives: http://bit.ly/ezpNFv
- Practitioner-focused description of digital fabrication from ISTE's Learning & Leading: http://bit.ly/eWdqIO
-If you are interested in working with Laura Deisley and The Lovett School on digital fabrication, please complete the following survey form:
https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?hl=en&formkey=dDV5MkVoT0VSRFVBZDdtekQ4d19PTmc6MQ#gid=0

Resources From Dr. Glen Bull at UVA

(For More Information Please Contact Laura Deisley, The Lovett School)

Overview:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qzlcuk1tmhE

Paper Speaker:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3fBEULjUMY

Electric Motor:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzO1ecDucy8

Cornell 3D Printer
http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/gadgets/news/4224759

Automata in Crozet Elementary:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTHKkBlphic

Computer-controlled Automata:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM-E7s5caiE


12:00 - LUNCH (BE FREE, HAVE FUN, EAT STUFF)


12:45 - 1 TO 1 PROGRAM PLANNING: WHERE TO START
Thinking about launching a 1:1 Program at your school? This “big picture” overview highlighted the essential components, major benefits and necessary considerations for launching a program.
Various schools who have current 1:1 Laptop Programs have shared information on a Google Spreadsheet entitled Laptop Panel AATE

Some initial components to review:

Infrastructure and Budgeting
Infrastructure:
1) What are the steps taken to assure your network would support a 1:1 rollout?
2) How do you handle network traffic management/load balancing/security?
3) Did you do a bandwidth analysis and does your school employ packet shaping?
4) What steps were taken for battery and power requirements (electrical circuit, power strips) for the launch?
5) What types of web and database resource integration has occurred?
6) Are software updates distributed from your network or pulled over the Internet by each machine?
7) Other things to discuss (Unique network folders, backup, print management, server virtualization, storage volume and setup, standard classroom devices)
Budgeting
1) How did you build your budget for your 1:1 program?
2) Who will own the computers and how do you handle families that need financial assistance?
3) Is the cost of software included in the cost of the machine?
4) Do you charge a technology fee?
5) If your school or parents are allowed to lease the computers, how is the lease structured?
6) How often do you refresh the computers and how do you handle mid-year changes?
7) How are your computers distributed?

1:15 - BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Breakout A
1 to 1 Program Planning Continued: Infrastructure & Budgeting
(Mike Callinan, Carol Horner, Connie White and others)
In this breakout attendees discussed the specifics of financial planning for the launch of a 1 to 1 program. They also shared the necessary infrastructure components needed for a successful launch. Panel members included several experienced tech leaders whose programs represent various platforms, devices and implementation plans.

Breakout B
Spiceworks: The Easy, Free Way to Monitor and Manage Your Network
(Mike Gerber, Virtucom & Josh Weeman, Galloway)
Spiceworks is an IT management utility that provides a variety of tools to help with the day-to-day monitoring and managing of your network. It can keep track of various hardware components ranging from network switches and other infrastructure devices, to servers, workstations, VOIP phones and printers. It can also track software related items such as OS-generated events, software installs, antivirus definition files, and current firmware/bios versions. Other components include automated alerts, an integrated help desk for end-users, network mapping, and reporting. Best of all, it's all completely free (ad supported) - all you need is a Windows computer to install it on.

Breakout C
Galloway Teachers: Curricular Applications of Social Networking & Online Tools
(Galloway Teachers with Danielle Klaus)
- Felicia McCrary: "Roman Empire" Facebook Project
- Jill Starkman: Using NoodleTools to facilitate teacher/student communication
- Stephanie Timm: Wiki PenPals Global Collaboration via Wikispaces and other Web 2.0 tools