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Arizona CIO/CTO Forum 2011

October 6, 2011

This can’t miss event is designed to specifically address the unique interests and needs of Arizona's educational IT community.  With a focus on networking and professional development, this NO COST event is perfect for CIOs, CTOs, and their teams from all around the state.

Register today  to learn from experts in your state on topics such as:

  • Instructional Technology
  • Information Systems
  • Networking/Security/Emergency Planning
  • Portable Devices – Challenges and Opportunities
  • Hardware and Emerging Technologies
  • Hot Trends

Join us on October 6th to learn best practices from industry experts and your peers from around the state!.


Featured Speakers

Dan Thurmon headshotDan Thurmon

Dan Thurmon has a passion for inspiring audiences. As a speaker and performer, Thurmon has appeared at thousands of events across the country and overseas. His credits include national television appearances and collaborations with major musical artists. He has also traveled to the front lines of Iraq and Afghanistan to entertain and encourage U.S. Armed Forces.

Thurmon’s performing experience taught him the essentials to consistently deliver superior performances on and off the stage. Those lessons, combined with a business education and thirst for motivational influences, led him to develop an original communication style while building a successful company. He is author of the books Off Balance on Purpose and Success in Action, and is president of Motivation Works, Inc. He teaches audiences how to manage the demands of their busy lives with increased focus and decisive action. His unique programs always blend meaningful content with emotionally charged performances.

Thurmon is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Marketing. He has also studied business management, music, theater, acting, dance, gymnastics and aviation. He has achieved the highest-earned award of the National Speakers Association. He lives in the Atlanta area with his wife, Sheilia, and their children, Eddie and Maggie.



8:00 a.m. – Registration and Morning Refreshments/Exhibit area open

9:00 a.m. – Opening Remarks

9:15 a.m.
Morning Keynote: Off Balance on Purpose
Life is an off-balance proposition. Achieving balance – a perfect symmetry – is an unrealistic objective. You will never get there! Life is in constant motion, and priorities and resources change all the time. That’s why we need to embrace and initiate off-balance moments in order to successfully engage life in all its aspects. In this dynamic keynote address, Dan Thurmon uses highly visual and creative means to demonstrate that “off balance” is how we learn, grow, excel and fully experience what is happening around us. It’s tough out there right now. The question is: Are you thrown off balance in response to your world or are you off balance on purpose?

Dan Thurmon, Author and Peak Performance Coach

10:30 a.m. – Break

10:50 a.m. – Concurrent Sessions 1

“Chrome” Students – Pilot Implementation of the Google Chrome Notebook
Xavier College Preparatory and Paradise Valley USD high school students collaborate on a presentation project to the Arizona CTO/CIO Forum. Armed with experiences ranging from Independent Study to programs like GenYes, Gifted, online, IB and AP, students from both institutions share their findings with K-12 Arizona IT professionals.

Both Xavier and PVUSD have used the Google Chrome Cr-48 devices for months, being part of Google’s national pilot. From the perspectives of high school, middle and elementary students, how each institution is embracing the access of “cloud-only” devices is explored. IT representatives from both institutions will also be on hand.

Jeff Billings, Director of Information Technology, Paradise Valley Unified School District
Catherine Wyman, Program Director, Technology, Xavier College Preparatory

Consolidation and Silos - Storage Efficiencies in a Virtualized Environment
Storage can account for a large portion of data center costs. Consolidation and virtualization can help reduce costs, but most companies do not apply efficiencies through the virtual silo. Storage efficiencies can offer both space saving features and help remove roadblocks in ITaaS consolidation conversations. We will discuss how storage efficiencies help reduce CAPEX & OPEX, unburden the FTE and remove common consolidation barriers when moving from physical silos to virtual silos.

Bob Burwell, Chief Technology Officer, State, Local Government and Education, USPS, NetApp

Teching it Up K-12 – Success Stories
This session will describe how we closed the door on the 20th century and opened 21st century student-centered classrooms. Find out how we turned our district around, and started teching up the classrooms with engaging, standards-based, student-centered learning.

Jon Castelhano, Director of Technology, Apache Junction Unified School District
Tracy Watanabe, Technology Integration Specialist, Apache Junction Unified School District

11:50 a.m. – Lunch

12:30 p.m. – Lunch Presentation:  Best Practices for Education Technology Panel
This session will feature representatives from districts around the state. They will address a few common classroom and back-end technology needs and will pose questions to the audience using response devices.

1:15 p.m. – Concurrent Sessions 2
TelePresence – Not Your Grandma's Skype

Share experiences on the use of Cisco TelePresence that is morphing a new pedagogy. HyTel, a hybrid model of learning that harnesses the best of asynchronous and synchronous tools, highlights the often-missing "Human Experience" in this technology era. Case examples of secondary and post-secondary interaction through the National Lambda Rail are provided.

Jeff Billings, Director of Information Technology, Paradise Valley Unified School District

Mobile Walkthroughs: Collecting Data with iPads
Flagstaff USD principals and Instructional Technology staff use iPads to collect data during classroom observations. Using Google doc forms, observation data is automatically entered into a spreadsheet for later analysis. The combination of these tools has resulted in increased efficiency, frequency of observations and ability to analyze and respond to the collected data.

Brad Kamradt, Technology Integration Coordinator, Flagstaff Unified School District
Mary Knight, Director of Technology, Flagstaff Unified School District
Heather Zeigler, 21st Century Digital Literacy Specialist, Flagstaff USnified School District

Disruptive and Effective Technology Leadership
What does school IT "do”? Or, more accurately . . . if you work in school IT, what do you "do"? What value do you bring to the organization?  Is IT about keeping the servers running and uptime metrics, or can it be more? Should it be more? Does IT have a role in school leadership? Can IT be more than just "digital plumbers" and help move districts into the future? How does IT leadership help (or hinder) the larger role IT can – and must – play in instruction in the future? This session will attempt to answer these questions in a conversational and confrontational manner. Participants should expect to have their assumptions challenged.

Matt Federoff, Chief Information Officer, Vail School District

2:15 p.m. – Refreshments in Exhibit Area

2:30 p.m. – Concurrent Sessions 3

Innovation Centers
Twenty-first century innovation is a symphony of the arts and sciences to design beautiful products and services in new ways. Innovation centers prepare a generation of creators with self-directed teams of students learning through active creation. They are a mash-up of science experiment, art project, music class, multimedia lab and innovation playground. With the help of a trained facilitator, students select, lead and manage their own projects, developing empathy, teamwork, independence and creativity. Evolve beyond the computer lab or Media Center to student Innovation Centers. Transform the digital native to the innovation native.

John Miller, Director of IT, Litchfield Elementary School

Piloting the iPad: Fifth Graders Totally Engaged!

During the 2010-11 school year, fifth grade at Thomas Elementary was the first group of students in Flagstaff USD to receive a classroom set of iPads. Come hear about successes, challenges and lessons learned. Topics will include iPad management, educational apps, student projects, parent/ student feedback and overall project impact.

Dr. Cynthia Conn, Technology Teacher, Flagstaff Unified School District
Kamalene Nelson, Teacher, Flagstaff Unified School District

3:30 p.m. – Adjourn



Desert Willow Conference Center
4340 East Cotton Center Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85040


Homewood Suites by Hilton® Phoenix Airport South

4750 East Cotton Center Boulevard
Phoenix, AZ 85040

Room Reservations
Room rate: $119 per night
Call 602-470-2100 and reference Arizona CIO/CTO Forum
Deadline for reservations: September 25, 2011 or until the block sells out

Homewood Suites is within walking distance of the Desert Willow Conference Center. There is also a shuttle to and from the conference center, as well as to and from the airport.

Parking at the Desert Willow Conference Center is complimentary for event attendees.