Making Connections: Southwest Regional Educational Technology Leadership Summit


Roanoke County Public Schools with support from VSTE is hosting Making Connections: Southwest Regional Educational Technology Leadership Summit on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia.

This inaugural event is designed to bring together educational technology and instructional leaders in Regions 6 and 7 for both learning and networking around issues related to cybersecurity, privacy, E-rate, infrastructure, and support for innovative instruction.

Virginia Tech and Radford will be providing sessions on the Virginia Cyber Range, a courseware repository for cybersecurity training, along with general sessions on practicing cybersecurity in our schools. The Virginia Department of Education will be present to talk about the technology plan and other initiatives. Regional school division leaders will facilitate discussions around 1:1, BYOD, student privacy, and broadband access.

Thanks to generous sponsorship support, this event is free.*

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.


8:00 - 8:30 Registration

8:30 - 9:30 Opening Session

Welcome from Jeff Terry
Keynote & Panel Q & A: Guest Speaker

9:45 - 10:30 Breakout One

  1. Introducing the Virginia Cyber Range: Cybersecurity is one of the most pressing issues we face and educating the next generation of cybersecurity experts is key to keeping ahead of the hackers and terrorists. The mission of the Virginia Cyber Range is to enhance cyber security education in our K-12 schools. Presenter: David Raymond, Director of Virginia Cyber Range , Virginia Tech
  2. Sponsor Sessions:
    1. Microsoft
    2. Students At Risk: The Difference between Cybersecurity and Student Safety: Merriam-Webster defines cybersecurity as “measures taken to protect a computer or computer system (as on the Internet) against unauthorized access or attack.” That definition has been expanded to include protecting our and our students’ data, privacy, and online profile. This is important, but addressing these topics alone can give a false sense of security. The greatest danger to students is often behind the firewalls and passwords, and cybersecurity education and restricted access aren’t the whole solution. Learn about these issues and how to provide a safety net. Presenters: Ryan Keag, Gaggle, National Strategic Accounts Manager; Jeff Terry, CIO, Roanoke County Public Schools
    3. Classlink

10:45 - 11:30 Breakout Two

  1. Cybersecurity Awareness: Conversation on the art of social engineering Presenter: Darren Manners, SyCom Technologies
  2. VDOE’s Educational Technology Initiatives: Learn about the various initiatives being pursued by the VDOE which can support you as an educational technology leader, such as GoOpenVA, the next State Technology Plan, and Future Ready schools. Besides learning about how to participate in these initiatives, we'll be interested in your feedback as a local division leader. Presenter: Jean Weller, Education Technology Specialist, VDOE
  3. Sponsor Sessions:
    1. Cisco and Cloud Security
    2. FileWave - Unified & Simplified Management for WindowsOS, MacOS, iOS, & Android Devices within a single platform:  Account Manager (Ashlee Jamison) and Systems Engineer (Michael Hughes) will take you through an overview of how FileWave has been simplifying Endpoint Management throughout across the Country. Since 1992, FileWave has lead the industry providing education, enterprise, and government institutions around the world with enterprise level, multi-platform systems, and mobile endpoint management software to assist IT teams throughout the lifecycle process of imaging, deployment, management, tracking and maintenance. FileWave’s all-inclusive, highly scalable software solves the many challenges of managing a diverse and growing population of users, devices, and content by ensuring IT teams have a comprehensive solution that supports both client (desktop/laptop) and mobile devices across Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. Presenters: Ashlee Jamison & Michael Hughes, Filewave
    3. Hewlett Packard

11:30 - 12:30 Lunch and Networking
Remarks from Judith Sams, Business & Information Tech & Related Clusters, Virginia Department of Education

12:45  - 1:30 Breakout Three:

  1. Policies and Practices for Protecting Student Data: Protecting students is a primary concern for school divisions. It is increasingly more difficult to do so on the Web as license agreements get longer and more confusing. How can you work proactively with vendors to make sure they are protecting privacy? Come see a sample agreement and learn more about what one school division is doing. Presenter: Ernest Longworth, Chesterfield County
  2. K-12 Learning Infrastructure Program: This session will present information on the Virginia Department of Education’s K-12 Learning Infrastructure Program (KLIP). The session will cover the goals and resources of the KLIP and how it can assist school divisions in making informed decisions about network infrastructure. Other VDOE programs such as the GoOpenVA initiative will be highlighted as an initiative that requires schools to examine how their infrastructure can support digital curricula. Presenter: Dr. Susan M. Clair, Learning Infrastructure Coordinator, Virginia Department of Education
  3. Cybersecurity Awareness: Understanding the need for protecting your profile in an increasingly vulnerable cyber world. Presenter: Prem Uppuluri, Associate Professor Computer Science, Radford University
  4. Sponsor Sessions:
    1. Promethean and the Modern Classroom: Envision a classroom with connected solutions where engagement and achievement meet! Experience new technologies that allow classroom devices to connect students, teachers and administrators. Explore new resources that infuse the classroom with rich, dynamic, interactive digital content. Immerse yourself in a new educational experience that creates a unique and empowering learning environment. Envision a classroom with no boundaries and endless possibilities made possible by Promethean's newest technologies that allow learning to take place anytime, anywhere. The Promethean Modern Classroom provides tools that create captivating, motivating, informed, personalized, dynamic, memorable and engaging learning environments! Presenters: Wendy Zuber, Promethean Education Consultant; Scott Willet, Promethean
    2. Dell
    3. CA Technologies

1:45 - 2:30 Breakout Four

  1. Website Accessibility: Have you received notification that your website is in violation of federal laws about accessibility? Not sure what it all means or even how to address it? Our presenters will explain the legislation and provide ideas for approaching the project. Presenters: Keith David Reeves, Arlington Public Schools, Ernest Longworth, Chesterfield County
  2. Region Seven Panel Discussions: Successes and Challenges (moderated by Heather Askea, Instructional Technology Coordinator, UVA Wise
  3. Sponsor Sessions:
    1. Building a Security Architecture Strategy that Lasts: Securing Users, Applications, Infrastructure and the Data that all of our systems support is a difficult task where we are often forced to sacrifice capability for security. We’ll review a new mechanism to develop a Security Architecture Strategy for your school environments, that understands the needs of the learning environment, while taking into account the complexities we all must deal with daily. Presenter: Gene Choquette, Senior Architect, Encore Technology Group
    2. Cox
    3. Blackboard

2:45 - 3:30 Closing Session: Introduction to CoSN & Leadership, Louis McDonald, Fauquier County Public Schools
Looking Ahead With Ubiquitous Computing: Henry County, Roanoke County, Roanoke City, Montgomery County



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