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PLEASE NOTE: Some sessions have a limited capacity. Seating for all sessions is first-come, first-serve. Advance RSVP is not an option; adding an item to your agenda in Sched does not guarantee you a seat. Look for LIMITED CAPACITY in the session title to see which sessions are going to close their doors after capacity is hit and read the session description to see how many people they will accept. 

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Thursday, November 14

8:00am EST

No Cost Digital Resources for College and Career Readiness
EVERFI’s co-curricular, standards-aligned digital resources help tackle the college and career readiness issues facing students today. In this session, attendees will explore lessons on College & Career Readiness, Financial Literacy, and Digital Wellness.

Through these lessons, students will develop both transferable and soft skills, improved financial planning, as well as increased digital awareness and safety. Thanks to sponsors who share our mission, these resources are available at no cost to K-12 Schools across the US.

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Zachary Rowe

Vermont Implementation Manager, EVERFI
Zack is a Schools Manager with EVERFI. EVERFI is an education technology provider that brings digital resources to schools across the country at NO COST. Ask me about our free resources in SEL, Health & Wellness, STEM, and Financial Literacy.

Thursday November 14, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EST
  Thursday Block 1

9:15am EST

Education is Communication - Let’s Talk About It
Each day educators take part in a wide spectrum of activities to create personalized learning experiences for each of their students. Throughout these activities and experiences, effective communication of expectations, information, and student achievement is crucial. Everybody talks; let’s get together and talk about effectively communicating a myriad of information with Alma!


Raphael Adamek

Director of Instructional Technology, Windsor Central Supervisory Union, Alma
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Theresa Schneiderheinze

Director of PK-12 Educational Solutions, Alma

Thursday November 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EST

10:30am EST

Get Full Visibility Into Your Vulnerabilities
The assets and vulnerabilities on your network are constantly changing. Getting a full picture of your network is half the battle.  Come join WCA as we explore our suite of next generation assessment services and learn about proactive measures to provide overall health, lifecycle management and vulnerability assessments of your infrastructure , WCA will work with you to make sure that you are following industry-leading, best practices in all of your technology deployments. Attendees should have basic knowledge of network infrastructure components (switches, servers, storage) and will leave with an understanding of the value of proactive service delivery vs reactive as well as engage with real life example of data collection that can reduce downtime, mitigate risks, and reduce costs.  WCA will also be reviewing how you can leverage the cloud to resolve your challenges and managed services to minimize outages.


Kevin Russell

Whalley Computer Associates

Brian McCarthy

Whalley Computer Associates

Dean Leclerc

Whalley Computer Associates

Thursday November 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EST
  Thursday Block 3

1:30pm EST

Extreme Networks Presentation
IT spends too much time “defending the network”. Extreme Networks delivers secure and intelligent software-driven solutions from the enterprise edge to the cloud giving the control back into the hands of IT. Leveraging real-time analytics and granular visibility into the network, Extreme Management Center (XMC) provides a 360-degree view into your network, applications, and connected devices. XMC enables IT with single pane of glass management and the actionable data necessary to make the right business decisions and deliver a strong user experience.


Seo Hwang

Account Executive, Extreme Networks

Todd Marsh

Sr. Systems Engineer, Extreme Networks

Thursday November 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm EST

2:45pm EST

Preparing for the Wireless Future
Demand for reliable, high-speed networks continues to grow exponentially.? Networks must support learning requirements, including online testing; security measures, such as cameras and IoT devices like locks and sensors; and, ensure bandwidth is sufficient for the explosion of devices seen in schools - personal devices, official devices, and IoT devices like smart boards and thermostats.? This talk will examine how to prepare your schools for the inevitable wireless future for ensuring network availability and efficiency.


Roger Sands

CEO and Co-Founder, Wyebot
Roger Sands is a co-founder and CEO of Wyebot, Inc. Roger has 17 years of executive management positions in successful networking startups and Fortune 500 companies. Prior to Wyebot, Roger was the Business Line Manager for Hewlett-Packard’s WW WLAN business growing it from #6 to... Read More →

Thursday November 14, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm EST
  Thursday Block 5
Friday, November 15

8:00am EST

Getting to Know Esports
This round table discussion will focus on the growing opportunities Esports offers in high schools and in higher education.Come ready to ask questions and learn how students can gain confidence, grow friendships, and earn college scholarships!

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Tanner Duncan

ByteSpeed has been a leading IT solutions resource since 1999. We provide customized computer hardware, enterprise networking solutions, and professional IT services nationwide. We are headquartered in Moorhead, Minnesota and have a proven track record of excellent customer service... Read More →

Friday November 15, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EST
  Friday Block 1

9:15am EST

Cloud Computing in Education
The concept of cloud computing is seemingly everywhere, from impacting our banking and shopping habits, to our movie viewing and music listening. Our schools and classrooms are no exception. Get a high level overview of the ways that cloud computing technology has transformed education and how we teach students.


Rob Williams

Director of Product Marketing, FirstLight

Friday November 15, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EST
  Friday Block 2

10:30am EST

Student Safety in the Digital Age- How AI & Human Monitoring Can Save Lives
Keeping students safe online and promoting good digital citizenship is a top priority for every school district. Securly’s Student Safety Tools provide a way for school district leaders to proactively engage administration, counselors, and parents by providing an unparalleled view into the student's online activity. Participants will understand how a child’s online activity can be used to keep them safe online, frame academic conversations, and promote good digital citizenship. Participants will also learn how emotional sentiment scanning is a more comprehensive way to identify instances of self harm, violence, and bullying.


Friday November 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EST
  Friday Block 3

1:30pm EST

(UPDATED) Tips for building a Modern Network - Roundtable Discussion
UPDATE AS OF 11/15: Unfortunately Jason Cote from Aruba Networks is unable to make it to the conference. Instead, Mike Kelley from Ormsby's Computer Services and a few Vita-Learn representatives will help facilitate a roundtable discussion on the topic, where participants are encouraged to bring their own tips and engage in conversation.

ORIGINAL SESSION DESCRIPTION: This session will explore the latest advancements in both wired and wireless networking.We will start by taking a look at what's new in the wireless world and discuss the changes from 802.11ac to WIFI 6.From there we will explore how security is evolving in both the wired and wireless network space.As an example, we will discuss how new security standards introduced by the WIFI alliance are impacting today's networks.We will then ask what other cool things our network can do to make network management easier as well as offer new services for our students and teachers.We will wrap up with a round table discussion to offer participants the opportunity to share their experiences.

Friday November 15, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm EST
  Friday Block 4

2:45pm EST

(CANCELLED) Tips for building a Modern Network
Friday November 15, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm EST
  Friday Block 5