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   DataBus - Vol 40 No 4: June-July, 2000
Speaker Program Update

This year promises to be a banner year for our conference in terms of speakers. This years conference is in Santa Barbara at the Fess Parker Double Tree Inn, November 15, 16, and 17th. The title of the conference is “Supporting the Virtual Learning Community”. More information can be found on the theme by visiting the following CEDPA site http://cedpa-k12.org/databus-issues/v40n3/virtual.shtml. The virtual learning community is made possible through the use of technology. Via the web the traditional learning day can be extended beyond the walls of the classroom and beyond the typical school hours. Students and parents alike can access instructional materials, grades, homework, etc. at any time they want to via the web. They are no longer bound by just the classroom. Furthermore, as technologists we are now more than ever before able to better support the environment via tools that allow us to reach out to the community.
The speaker spots are filling fast but we still have room for more. If you are interested in being a candidate for one of our open spots, please fill out the form and email it to me at [email protected] or fax it to 916.686.44551. The form is online at http://cedpa-k12.org/2000Conference/.
Our Pre-Conference sessions (conducted on Tuesday afternoon) this year are shaping up as follows:
Pre-Conference: Intel LanDesk: Nuts and bolts of it. Learn from actual engineers how to set it up, what it does, and how to use it.
Intel® LANDesk® Client Manager 6 Delivers Standards-based Desktop Management Anytime, Anywhere Built upon a new, fully Web-enabled architecture, Intel LANDesk Client Manager 6 provides system administrators with access to PC health, system assets, troubleshooting, problem resolution and desktop management information from any console connected to the Internet or a corporate Intranet. Access from any location connected to the Internet or a corporate Intranet and a simplified, graphical presentation of interrelated information make Intel LANDesk Client Manager an easy-to-use tool for remotely accessing, browsing and modifying individual desktop settings and configurations.
(Excerpted from http://www.intel.com/pressroom/archive/releases/ld60799b.htm)
Pre-Conference: Apple Presents the Schools Interoperability Framework utilizing XML XML (Extensible Markup Language) is clearly emerging as the major foundation of both the SIF (School Interoperability Format) and a host of powerful robust, web-based data interchange applications from a variety of developers.
This presentation will provide CEDPA conference participants with an introductory overview of both topics in order to better understand their impact on current deployment decisions.
Presented by Javier Perez Sanchez, Apple Developer Relations
Additional information on the Schools Interoperability Framework can be found on Apple’s web page and is pasted below:
The Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) is a new technical blueprint for the seamless integration of multivendor software applications in K-12 school districts.
As K-12 schools and districts increase their use of more complex software tools, administrators have been searching for true interoperable and secure ways to share information. Borne out of these needs, the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) addresses this problem by creating simple specifications for the seamless integration of software applications. To help fulfill those needs and provide solutions for K-12, Apple has been decisively involved in the development of this rapidly accepted and evolving standard.
The SIF is not a product but rather an industry initiative to create a set of technical blueprints that will enable diverse K-12 applications to share data across multiple platforms under secure conditions. As applications become SIF compliant they will also become truly network interactive accessible from any authorized computer station via a web browser.
Under the management of the Software Information Industry Association (SIIA), working specifications are about to be released for the robust implementation and development of application interoperability. Educators and educational software developers have developed these specifications based on the Extensible Markup Language (XML) after two years of hard work. While XML defines common data formats and high-level rules of data interaction and architecture, it is not constrained to a particular platform or operating systems. The main goal of SIF is to allow all the systems in a school or district to share information across multiple applications regardless of platform.
(Excerpted from http://www.apple.com/education/k12/leadership/sif/index.html)
Breakout Sessions
We have received several breakout topics and speakers so far but still have room for more. If you have a topic that is relevent to the theme of our conference this year or relevant in general to our membership, please fill out a speaker form and email it to me ). The forms are online at cedpa-k12.org under the conference section. When submitting a form please try to tie your description to the theme.
It looks like we are going to have another great speaker program thanks to all of you who are contributing your time and efforts. Thank you very much. I look forward to seeing you at the conference.