May 9 - 10, 2013 8th Annual Academic Technology Retreat!
"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 sixth 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 role in technology
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Please click here to access and edit the Open Forum Schedule
The PowerPoint Presentation from Jennifer Klein's presentation http://www.4shared.com/document/zgZefA1y/WLS_CAIS_42011.html
Click Hereto see previous year's open forum sessions.
What is an open forum or "unconference"?
An unconference, according to theWikipedia 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.