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"Switching Millennia"
The 39th Annual Conference
November 17-19, 1999
DoubleTree Hotel
Monterey, California

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Breakout Session Descriptions

Five Steps To An Effective K-12 Technology Plan
Vernon Chang
DMG Maximus

This session will summarize what is expected of technology in K-12 education by (1) the employers of this nation (The SCANS Report), (2) the President's Educational Technology Initiative (Also known as the "Four Cs,") and (3) the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for eligibility in the E-Rate program. The presenter will also recap the K-12 technology "Lessons Learned" in the last decade.

The presenter will describe how a school district can develop an effective technology plan in 5 steps to meet these expectations by (1) establishing "Curriculum" technology standards, (2) providing equal access to modern "Computers," (3) providing equal "Connectivity" access to the internet, (4) improving school staff technology "Competence." and (5) establishing a "Corporate" component to plan, coordinate, monitor, implement and evaluate an integrated technology program.

K-12 Decision Support System (DSS)
Dave Simon, Decision Support Technologist
Curt Budd, Decision Support Consultant
Oracle Corporation

In the Information Age, the value of information is seldom a function of volume, rather it is the ability to deliver pertinent, accurate and timely information to people who need it. The presenter will explain how Web Technology will allow for the development of a user friendly yet sophisticated decision support system which will be available to teachers, principals, administrators and even parents by using a common web browser. This new access to information will allow its K-12 stakeholders to see data in meaningful ways with the expectation of improve educational decisions on a district/county wide scale.

Document Imaging and Automated Workflow
Paul Rische, Director of Administrative Support Services
San Jose Unified School District

San Jose Unified has begun converting Employee Records to an Electronic Document Imaging System. A new component to this type of system is Workflow. The district has begun using Workflow to automatically route documents that need to be viewed or approved at different locations. Our first Workflow process has been set up to process new employee hires. This breakout session will demonstrate how using an automated workflow system can help eliminate many typical problems associated with the traditional paper passing process. This system provides a powerful tool for process definition and re-engineering.

After Midnight (December 31, 1999)
Martin Leslie, Field Systems Engineer
Craig Rogers, Corporate & Education Account Manager
Intel Corporation

Leveraging the Internet for communications and commerce. Solving your Year 2000 issues before the stroke of midnight isn't enough to provide first class education in the 21st century. The Internet coupled with dramatic advances in hardware and software are redefining education and learning. Only by harnessing the forces shaping the competitive landscape of the 21st century will you be able to maximize your enterprise's IT capabilities and your viability. This CEDPA breakout session offers a comprehensive view of the trends and technologies affecting business computing and the computer industry. This session will cover information technology trends and their benefits & show you Intel™ products are running entire schools and districts.

Building a Network from Nothing with Nothing - Lesson Learned
Kevin Conde, Technology Coordinator
Sutter County Superintendent of Schools Office

Sutter County is a mostly rural county 45 minutes North of Sacramento. The County Office of Education supports 12 separate school districts, 11 of which are small one school districts. The county's networking project started in 1995. At the time the county had no technology or data processing department, few computers and no networks beyond some home grown local talk networks. Today the county has a WAN supporting all but two of the county's schools, LANs in all the schools, web sites, countywide e-mail, filtered proxy servers, firewalls, and an on site HP3000 minicomputer for payroll and financials. This presentation examines how Sutter County went from nothing to almost state of the art, and will try to share some of the lessons we learned during our journey.

Virtual Private Networks
Tina Nerat, Network Planning Manager
San Diego County Office of Education

This session will present how the San Diego County Office of Education piloted VPN technology and is using VPN in a production environment to provide its districts and other districts around California secure Internet access to student and financial systems.

Labs, Clusters, & Laptops; Wires & Wireless: Smooth Teaching & Lumpy Technology
Charles Rosengard, Manager, Information Systems & Technology
Kern High School District

Kern High School District has used air-blown fiber, labs and classroom clusters, along with emerging wireless and laptop technologies to meet the goal of meaningful school-wide student access within a realistic budget. Even with relatively generous digital high school grant money, the provision of meaningful student access across a high school campus demands new thinking and new solutions. Emerging laptop and wireless networking technologies are the key to getting past limited and dead-end solutions.

Executive Decision--Making Tools for the Future: What It Means To Be A Data Driven School District
Dr. William Fisher, Executive Director of the ETC Forum
Session provided by Compaq Co.

Dr. Fisher, former teacher, principal, superintendent and corporate executive will deliver a very compelling presentation on Executive Decision-making Tools for the Future: What it means to be a data driven school district; and what it takes to get there from here.

Integrating Online Resources Across The Curriculum
Mike Johnson, Teacher on Special Assignment
Grossmont Union High District

The Internet is a wonderful endless well of information. It contains many online resources that are well organized, relatively inexpensive, and easy to manage. Imagine doing an online search of over 1,800 magazines or searching local and national newspapers back to the early 1980's, in English or Spanish. Now imagine that all of these resources are tied to the State Standards across the curriculum. The presenter will explore several resources currently available and their possibilities in the future.

Managing The Network With Novell Directory Services
Robert Stout, Network Manager, Novell Certified Engineer, A+
Delano Union School District

How would you like to be able to install applications by just assigning them to a user, group, or site and to be able to control the desktop at the same time? ZEN Works from Novell will allow you to do that and more for free. This is no slide show; we will be using real servers and workstations to show you the power of Novell Directory Services (NDS) and ZEN Works starter pack and a 3-user copy of Netware 5. Robert is president of Kern Independent PC Users Group, and president of the Bakersfield chapter of Netware Users International.

Schools Interoperability Framework
Manish Sharma, Technical Evangelist
Microsoft Corporation
Jack Earle, Snap Consultant
Snap Systems
Joan Streefkerk, Director, Product Management
Chancery Software Ltd.
Jayson Craig, SIF Project Coordinator / Guidance Counselor
Ballston Spa Central Schools, Ballston Spa, NY

How many times have you heard educators lament the fact that their financial management, student information, curriculum, library, transportation routing and food service applications don't work together? Or heard about the added expense and redundant effort required to enter data or compile reports across multiple applications that just don't share information? The new initiative 'Schools Interoperability Framework' solves one of education's most daunting problems how to share and report data across all K-12 administrative and curriculum applications. Learn more about this initiative and see how Ballston Spa Central and Anoka Hennepin schools use the Schools Interoperability Framework in a pilot program to maintain accurate student record information.

Down With Redundant Data Entry
M. Jane Rost, Director of Marketing Sales
Rick Dale, Manager, Network Administration
NCompass Systems

This session will review the impact of browser based technology on the business of education. With a totally integrated thin-client application, redundant data entry is virtually eliminated. By sharing the same information, errors and delays can be eliminated from every aspect of administration (from work order to fixed assets, to purchasing, accounting, and human resources). Appropriate and current information is available to authorized staff members whether they are at their desk or at CEDPA several hundred miles away. Site based management becomes a reality when managers have reliable, current data on which to base decisions.

Supporting the Classroom - Using GIS To Allocate Federal Funds
Dr. Art Serabian, Executive Director
Fresno County Office of Education

The Fresno County Office of Education provides the California State Department of Education with information necessary for the allocation of Title I Funds. A mainframe application, paper based maps and well over 600 man-hours were used to assign 50,0000+ students to their school of residence. A new system was implemented last year that utilized Arcview. The new approach has cut the time to complete the project by more than half and has proven to be far more accurate and manageable than its predecessor. GIS addressed a critical need and opened new avenues of service that were previously not considered.

Technical Support Systems - Help desks that grow
Tyler Creek, Network Systems Engineer
David Cates, Network Systems Engineer
Kern County Superintendent of Schools

This session will review the KCSOS help desk history, including the development of support models, creation of help desk requirements, evaluation of solutions, deciding in-house vs. external development or a support in a box system. The presenters will review the current status, and summarize their presentation.

California Technology Assistance Project (CTAP)
Helping You Use Technology to Improve Teaching and Learning

Jan Half, Director, CTAP Region 5
Bob Gausman, Director CTAP Region 6

This session updates CEDPA members on CTAP activities and resources, including staff development opportunities, technical assistance, information and learning resources, telecommunication infrastructure, and grants application support and assistance.

School Technology: A Snapshot of the Future
Bob Walczak, Executive Director
Computer Using Educators (CUE)

The world is so complex that schools need to be aware of technology trends as they impact the education environment. This presentation examines the future as an interaction between the schools, the community, the private sector and the expertise each can contribute to create educated workers and educated consumers. Factors to consider in creating successful school/vendor partnerships will also be examined.

Internet Staff Development / A Training of Trainers Model
Tim Landeck, District Technology Coordinator
Santa Cruz City Schools
Doug Prouty, Technology Specialist
Contra Costa County Office of Education

The Key to Technology integration is a comprehensive, well thought out staff development plan. Learn about the training of the Trainer of Trainer model implemented in Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz' District and County implemented a single level and the 3-level approach to teacher technology certification. Handouts provided.

The Challenge of Change
Michael Lingg, Network Consultant
Molly Barton, Education Technology Consultant
Bob Tinker, Strategic Marketing Manager
Vertical Networks, Inc.

As schools strive toward the goal of producing competitive, world-class learners and technology growth outpaces our budgets; convergent technology is on the horizon as a solution for schools. The presenters will address the challenges to schools in implementing a voice and data network that is adaptable to future technology purchases and often managed by non-technical personnel. A leading developer of Integrated Communications Platforms, the presenters will premiere the InstantOffice system that meets the needs of education by integrating leading-edge voice, data, and application functionality into a single, easy to manage platform.

Update of CSIS
Bob Friedman, Chief Operating Officer
California School Information Services
Lynn Baugher, CDE Administrator
Office of Educational Demographics

This session will provide a preview of the process for involvement in Phase Two of CSIS (California School Information Services). A minimum of $5m in competitive funding will be available to districts and COEs for school years 00-01 and 01-02. CSIS and the CDE will provide an update on continuing work with Phase One consortia including districts, COEs and SIS vendors. The CSIS mission is to build local capacity, enable the accurate and timely exchange of student transcripts, and to assist local education agencies to transmit state and federal reports electronically. Districts that have not yet implemented student information systems may be eligible for funding to build local information processing capacity. Districts with current capacity may be funded to change existing systems to make them CSIS ready.

Building a Foundation that Works - Principles of Network Management,Monitoring, Security & Documentation
Mike Dillon, Director of IT Services
Jason Elrod, Network Services Specialist

Your network is the lifeblood of your information infrastructure. How you manage it has a direct impact on how healthy your network actually is. This discussion will cover the basics of network management and security and how proper documentation, procedures and monitoring systems can make the difference between an efficient, stable environment and possible chaos on the wire. Whether you are building a network from the ground up or are taking a new look at your existing systems, this information will be invaluable to you.

Technology Coordinator's Forum
Moderator: Warren Williams, Assistant Superintendent, Technology Services
Grossmont Union High School District
CEDPA SIG Chairperson

Linux Overview / (Executive Beginning)
David Cates, Network Systems Engineer
Tyler Creek, Network Systems Engineer
Kern County Superintendent of Schools

How can I use Linux right now? This session is an executive - beginner level covering Linux background, installation, services, operation, integration, and summary.

SAT9 Data Roundtable / Disaggregating SAT9 Data
Moderator: Neil Strecker, Director Information Services
Saddleback Valley Unified School District

How to deliver the SAT9 results to the teacher in the classroom in as meaningful way as possible. Since the testing results are not returned until the end of the school year, it is little use to the next teacher in the fall. This presentation will revolve around how to help the teacher help the student. This will be in the form of reports and workstation screens.

Another component of this presentation will be what kinds of data are provided to principals and administrators for program evaluation, both in the year just finished as well as the year ahead. In other words, "where does accountability start and where does it stop!"

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