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Wednesday, February 8

8:00am MST

Everyone Can Create
Access to technology provides students with a multitude of ways to use their creativity to demonstrate what they think, what they want to know, and what they can do. This session will provide participants an opportunity to work through a student lesson from IDLA’s Everyone Can Create with iPads course, to learn how technology can be incorporated to support creativity in the learning process. Participants are encouraged to bring an iPad to the session if they have access to one. A limited number of iPads will be provided for those who do not already have access to one.

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Ashlee Kolar

Educational Technology Engineer, Idaho Digital Learning Alliance
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Jeff Simmons

Director of Supervision and Instruction, Idaho Digital Learning Alliance
Jeff Simmons is the Director of Supervision and Instruction for the Idaho Digital Learning Alliance (IDLA). In this position, Jeff works with IDLA’s Teachers, Principals, and Internal Professional Development teams. Jeff also coordinates with other teams to ensure IDLA continues... Read More →
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Robert Selzler

Program Manager, Idaho Digital Learning Alliance
Robert Selzler is a Program Manager for Idaho Digital Learning Alliance (IDLA). In this role, Robert works with program partners to ensure that Idaho students have equitable access to program offerings, support, and technology. Robert holds an EdS in Educational Leadership from Northwest... Read More →

Wednesday February 8, 2023 8:00am - 8:45am MST
120C 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

8:00am MST

Scaling Your Repair Process
In this session, we'll talk through your current repair process with Chromebooks and laptops. After sharing/hearing what is working and what isn't, we'll uncover ways to save time and headache on repairs. By the end of this session, you'll have the tools you need to create an efficient tech environment.

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Adri Jusczak

Senior Account Manager, Trafera
Adri has been in the Ed-Tech world for 4 years, helping districts with all technology needs with a specialty in pre-deployment services and easing the repair process. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor adventures with her Great Dane.

Wednesday February 8, 2023 8:00am - 8:45am MST
410C 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

10:45am MST

Trends in video surveillance and school security
Designing School security measures can be a daunting task. Every month there is another incident to make us rethink our existing and future security provisions. This session will review the notable security incidents during the past few years and explore how we could do better. What areas provide the best protection for project dollars spent and how schools around the country are improving security. Time will be given at the end of the session for a group discussion on the topic.

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Robert Prady

Area Technical Manager West, Axis Communications
Robert is a security systems professional with over twenty years experience in the security, law enforcement and military arenas. His experience includes security risk analysis, security systems design, project management, security consulting, investigations and forensic video enhancement... Read More →

Wednesday February 8, 2023 10:45am - 12:15pm MST
110C 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

10:45am MST

Technology- supported STEM learning: Perspectives from research and practice
This session will discuss why (from the research perspective) and how (from the practice perspective) technology can support STEM learning with first-hand knowledge from both STEM educational researchers and practitioners/teachers. It will begin with an overview of the advantages of technology-supported STEM learning drawing from educational technology and STEM educational research, which includes enhanced student motivation in learning as well as enhanced student learning of STEM subject content (Yang & Baldwin, 2020). The presenters will then discuss some practical approaches towards the use of technology to support STEM teaching and learning, such as using technology to provide an authentic learning environment and to create content (Yang & Baldwin, 2020). Additionally, the presenters will discuss teacher professional development on using technology to support STEM learning. Finally, the presenters will demonstrate the use of some most popular technologies such as robotics, drones and microchips that are employed in assisting students in learning STEM. Conference attendees will walk away with not only theoretical but also practical knowledge of technology-supported STEM learning.


April Burton

Instructional Technology Content Leader, Francis Howell School District
April Burton is an Instructional Technology Content Leader for the Francis Howell School District. Her role is to support PK-12 teachers to pair great teaching with great technology. April continuously works with teachers to “think differently” about instruction and assessment... Read More →

Dazhi Yang

Professor, Boise State University
Dr. Dazhi Yang is professor in educational technology with joint/adjunct appointment in the College of Engineering at Boise State University. Her current research interests include technology- supported STEM education, engineering and computing education, online and distance learning... Read More →

Dr. Kellie Taylor

Elementary Educator, Boise School District
Dr. Kellie Taylor is an elementary teacher in the Boise School District. She currently teaches 2nd and 3rd GATE at Hawthorne Elementary. Kellie served as a 2018-2019 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., a 2021 National Museum... Read More →

Wednesday February 8, 2023 10:45am - 12:15pm MST
120A 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

10:45am MST

Using the CodeHS Curriculum and Platform to Teach Computer Science or Increase Computer Science Offerings at Your School.
Are you looking to teach more computer science courses at your school? In this session I will discuss how our school district has been using CodeHS to expand our computer science offerings and provide more robust curriculum in our current computer science courses. CodeHS can help you teach Cybersecurity, AP/DC Computer Science, Java, Python, Mobile Apps, Game Design, and much more. Even if you have never taught a computer science class before, CodeHS can help you make it happen.

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Clifton Weight

High School Computer Science and Social Studies Teacher, Bonneville School District No. 93
I have been in education for 11 years and hold a Master's in Educational Technology. I have taught both face to face and virtually throughout my career. I currently teach at Bonneville Online High School and IDLA.

Wednesday February 8, 2023 10:45am - 12:15pm MST
120B 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

10:45am MST

Addressing IT Modernization Challenges Across Education
As K-12 School Districts continue to invest in digital transformation initiatives, they are also grappling with managing a new IT ecosystem that spans infrastructure and applications—which they no longer fully own or control. When a service is impacted, IT teams are often caught in the middle, without clear answers on problem locations or mitigation options.
ThousandEyes provides your IT teams with multi-layered insights from every user vantage point to resolve user-impacting issues quickly. In this session, you will see four demos of how your team can use ThousandEyes to:
• Support Your Hybrid Workforce: Monitor Internet performance down to your employees’ browser experience and address any connectivity issues across any network, whether caused by a suboptimal VPN or SaaS app
• Deliver Superior Digital Experiences: Gain visibility into your critical citizen- or student-facing apps (cloud or on-prem) and services delivered across internal and Internet networks
• Prepare for SD-WAN/Cloud Migration: Enforce SLAs with your ISPs and cloud providers, evaluate SD-WAN vendors, and help ensure performance over an unpredictable Internet transport layer
• Mitigate Internet Outages: Learn how ThousandEyes leverages billions of daily measurements to provide Public Sector customers with a real-time global view of Internet health and SaaS outages


Heidi Adams

Product Solution Specialist, Cisco ThousandEyes
Heidi Adams is a Product Solutions Specialist covering State/Local Government, Higher Ed, and K-12 School Districts across 13 states. She has worked for Cisco for 4 yrs and is passionate about providing end-to-end visibility.

Connor Wilson

Technical Solution Architect, Cisco ThousandEyes

Wednesday February 8, 2023 10:45am - 12:15pm MST
430A 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

10:45am MST

Google to Single Sign On to Third Party Apps Using SAML
Single Sign On (SSO) technologies have advanced in the past five years. SAML has emerged as the dominant protocol to support SSO. This means you can use your Google credentials to login to platforms like Microsoft 365, Apple, Amazon AWS, Dropbox, Cisco Meraki, Frontline Education, Smartsheets and many others. SAML SSO through google enables you to provision access through Google OU association or Group Association. If you are looking for a slick way to get new employees access to your systems on day one, come see how SAML and SCIM enable simplified access for free. This session will include examples, so bring your laptop to follow along. We will be integrating Canva (Premium Free to all districts) together live.

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Ryan Gravette

Director of Technology, Idaho Digital Learning Alliance
Over the past 20 years, Ryan Gravette has focused on using Edtech to tear down the barriers to great teaching and learning. He currently serves as the Technology Director for Idaho Digital Learning and is the past President of the Idaho Education Technology Association. Ryan is working... Read More →

Tyler Nicholas

Security Architect, Idaho Digital Learning Alliance

Wednesday February 8, 2023 10:45am - 12:15pm MST
410B 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

1:15pm MST

All Things Adobe Certified Professional Certifications
We will discuss all of the ACP certifications, how to earn the Adobe Specialty Credentials, Adobe Competition and face the technical nuances of the Adobe certifications head on. You will leave confident about the ACP certifications and how to prepare your testing center for a successful certification day!

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Jason Majors

Director of Global Deployment, Certiport
Jason Majors is your Certiport, Deployment manager and the Director of Global Deployment. He comes from the classroom where he prepared students for Adobe Certified Associate and Microsoft Office Specialist certifications during his five years of leading the Digital Design Academy... Read More →

Wednesday February 8, 2023 1:15pm - 2:00pm MST
120B 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

2:45pm MST

CSTA: Benefits, Networking & Resources, Oh My! An introduction to CSTA membership and its benefits
CSTA: Benefits, Networking & Resources, Oh My!
An introduction to CSTA membership and its benefits

We will go over the basics of CSTA membership... how to enroll; the 2 different types of memberships; their differences; what each offers; and how to get your account up and running.
We'll take a look at some of the items that you can look into and find useful for your particular position, and see how being a part of CSTA makes you a member of the world's largest CS department!
We'll provide time to join (why not?) and tweak your profile/settings. Then, we'll tour the site, and see what all this organization has to offer. Well, as much as we can in 45 minutes.

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Henry Ramirez

Central Region Chapter Support Coordinator, CSTA
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Penni Aufderheide Keck

Technology and Robotics Teacher, Jerome High School
Penni Aufderheide Keck has been a teacher for 27 years. She has presented at IETA and ISTEM. Her passion is integration of technology into all subjects. Mrs. Aufderheide Keck has received Excellence in Education Award 2018, VFW Teacher of the Year 2018 & 2019, Post VFW Teacher of... Read More →

Wednesday February 8, 2023 2:45pm - 3:30pm MST
110A 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

2:45pm MST

Strengthening Your Cybersecurity Posture | Identifying and Minimizing Risk Factors
Ednetics has partnered with CI Security to bring strategies to protect and defend against cyberattacks targeting the public sector.

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Ryan Zimmerle

Regional Sales Manager, Ednetics, Inc.
Implementing technology solutions at the intersection of innovation, excellence, and simplicity.

Kevin Rolnick

VP of Field Sales, CI Security

Wednesday February 8, 2023 2:45pm - 3:30pm MST
410B 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702
Thursday, February 9

10:45am MST

Moving Your District Toward a Cloud-managed Network: Understanding where we’ve been, where we’re going and how to get there

: Migrating your district to a cloud-managed network may appear to be a daunting initiative, but it doesn’t have to be. In this session, attendees will: 

·      learn how cloud-managed networks have evolved in recent years 

·      confront some common misconceptions 

·      hear benefits and lessons learned from a Customer’s journey to Cloud Network Management 

·      walk away with some practical next steps for developing a business case, assessing the current infrastructure, and timing around school district calendars.  

·      understand what Cloud Management looks like and get some useful tips from enabling, Day 0 to Day 2 (implementation to day to day operations) 

This session is for those who are considering moving to a cloud-managed network and want to better understand the benefits, outcomes, and next steps.  


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Keith Adams

Technical Solutions Architect, Cisco
10 years working as a Systems Architect and Data Center Manager in UK.First Job in United States was as one of the Network Managers for Eastern Washington University WA.Following EWU and Computer Associates I have been 19 years as a Pre Sales Systems Engineer with majority of it working... Read More →

Thursday February 9, 2023 10:45am - 11:30am MST
410B 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

3:15pm MST

Best Practices for Panic Button Deployment | Enhancing School District Safety
Join Ednetics and Singlewire to hear how districts are leveraging panic buttons to enhance student and staff safety.


Dan Motuliak

Regional Manager, Singlewire
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Scott Duchow

Ednetics Voice (Scott), Ednetics
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Thursday February 9, 2023 3:15pm - 4:00pm MST
430B Boise Centre East - 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

3:15pm MST

Cars, Canines, and Cadavers - Oh My! The New Reality of Workforce
Discover how districts across the northwest have taken their STEM and CTE programs and labs both in-person and virtual through creative approaches that include augmented and virtual reality. Discover how students are exploring career pathways and preparing for STEM careers and industry credentials in Health Science, Advanced Manufacturing, Agri-Science, and Transportation pathways through various models of blended learning.

Learning Objectives:
- Understand the AR/VR landscape and which are aligned to STEM curriculum and CTE certifications.
- Discover clinical evidence supporting learning gains through learning with AR/VR.
- Identify funding sources for new technology.

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Justin Kopesky

Director of CTE Solutions, zSpace
Justin Kopesky spent five years in the classroom as a High School Social Studies and Special Education teacher, as well as 7 years in business development working in multiple industry sectors: healthcare, construction, trades, property management and many others. For the past 5 years... Read More →

Thursday February 9, 2023 3:15pm - 4:00pm MST
430A 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

3:15pm MST

Home Field Advantage: How the MS-ISAC Can Help Strengthen Cybersecurity
A timely presentation on how Idaho K-12's can get a “home field advantage” on today’s cyber threats with the help of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). Regional Engagement Manager, Michelle Nolan, will provide an overview of the MS-ISAC's mission and the no cost, high impact solutions that Idaho K12's can employ to significantly reduce cyber risk.


Michelle Nolan

Regional Engagement Manager, Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center™ (MS-ISAC®), a division of the Center for Internet Security, Inc.®
Michelle Nolan is a Regional Engagement Manager for the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center™ (MS-ISAC®), a division of the Center for Internet Security, Inc.®. She is a member of the Stakeholder Engagement team, which works with our nation’s State, Local, Territorial... Read More →

Thursday February 9, 2023 3:15pm - 4:00pm MST
420B 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702
Friday, February 10

8:00am MST

Measuring the Value and Impact of Technology Initiatives
We know that technology can empower our instruction and operations. Most importantly though, when used correctly, it empowers our mission! Unfortunately, the work to properly implement technology often keeps us from measuring its impact. However, knowing how to measure the value and impact of technology projects can help focus us toward our desired outcome. School board members are often interested in seeing the impact of large scale purchases. Many times, those board members come from a corporate background and don’t understand that the impact on a student can’t be measured the same way we measure the manufacture and sale of a widget.

In this session, we will explore how to build processes and instruments to measure the impact of technology projects from both a financial and values based approach. Participants will receive access to examples and we will build one during our session. As a result, participants will leave the session with the tools and know-how to measure future initiatives in ways that satisfy boards and senior leadership as well as improve focus on the outcomes.

This session is for school and technology leaders at the district or whole school level. It is applicable to schools and districts of all grade levels, K-12. It would be helpful if participants have led the implementation of a large technology initiative but not required as this session is for new and experienced technology leaders.

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Alex Inman

Chief Academic Officer, STS Education
Alex Inman is the Chief Academic Officer at STS Education and the founder of Educational Collaborators (EC), a global edtech consulting and PD firm. EC is a partner of companies such as Google, Microsoft, Lenovo, HP, CDWG, Best Buy and others. A 20 year veteran of schools, Alex has... Read More →

Friday February 10, 2023 8:00am - 10:00am MST
420B 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

8:00am MST

Strengthening the Idaho STEM College and Careers Pipeline
This session will identify and provide examples of STEM research options for students grades 6-12. Attendees will take away standards-based materials and specific contact/support information. Attendees will have the opportunity to develop a plan for implementing meaningful student research in the school and/or classroom. In addition, attendees will receive materials demonstrating the benefits of student and teacher participation in independent STEM research, including building a culture of excellence and enhancing STEM college and career opportunities.

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Merrie Rampy

Idaho Science Fairs Director, Idaho STEM Action Center - Idaho Regional Science & Engineering Fairs
Merrie has been involved with science and engineering fairs for more than 50 years, beginning as a participant and volunteer, then mentoring students and managing local fairs as a secondary teacher, and most recently serving as the state Science & Engineering Fairs Director. 12 of... Read More →

Friday February 10, 2023 8:00am - 10:00am MST
430A 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

10:15am MST

Moving to Azure Active Directory & Endpoint Manager
This session will give an overview of how a small district made the migration from local Active Directory to Azure Active Directory and Microsoft Endpoint Manager. We will discuss some of the items to consider when planning your move and how to navigate some of the complexitites.


Dan Smith

Technology Director, Kendrick Joint School District 283
Dan Smith is the Technology Director of the Kendrick Joint School District 283 and a member of IETA.

Friday February 10, 2023 10:15am - 12:15pm MST
430A 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702
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