Academic Technology Retreat

May 15-16, 2014

Guest House Retreat and Conference Center
Chester, CT

For: Technology Coordinators, Directors of Technology, Faculty with a leadership role in technology

THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2014
9:00 - 9:30 Sign-in, continental breakfast and conversation
9:30 - 9:45
Welcome, Intro, Open Forum Explanation
9:45 - 10:45

Keynote: Design and Maker Thinking
Don Buckley, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Tools at Schools

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 - 11:00BREAK
11:00 - 12:00Teacher Tool Kit App SmackDown Update 2014
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.
12:00 - 12:30Open Forum Schedule Explanation & Sign Up
12:30 - 1:30
1:30 - 2:15
Open Forum (Session 1)
2:30 - 3:15
Open Forum (Session 2)
3:30 - 4:15
 Open Forum (Session 3)
4:15Check in at Front Desk
5:00 - 6:00
Cocktail Reception
6:00 - 7:00

Thursday evening:
Relax and enjoy each others’ company- Croquet, Music, Techie Charades, games, conversation

FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014
8:00 - 9:00 BREAKFAST
9:00 - 9:15
Open Forum Additions & Changes
9:15 - 10:00
Open Forum (Session 4)
10:15 - 11:00
Open Forum (Session 5)
11:15 - 12:00
Open Forum (Session 6)
12:00 - 12:30
Conference Wrap Up
12:30 - 1:30LUNCH

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.

Registration fee:  $325 - residential / $225 - day attendee

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OVERNIGHT GUESTS PLEASE NOTE: There are approx. 40 very spacious guest rooms -- most with at least two beds. We'd be grateful if you'd be willing to share a room with someone so we can open up space for more attendees. Please check here if you're willing to share a room.
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