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Texas Community College Technology Forum 2012

November 16, 2012

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Center for Digital Education, in conjunction with the North Texas Community College Consortium and the Convergence Technology Center, will host the 8th Annual Texas Community College Technology Forum. This event will provide an opportunity for Texas education technologists to convene and discuss trends, innovations and best practices in administrative, instructional and research computing technology.

This year’s event will focus on:

  •     Technology trends for teaching and learning
  •     The Impact of cloud technologies and emerging convergence
  •     Enhancing a college's ability to service its students
  •     Increasing efficiencies in administrative use of technology

This day-long forum will feature inspirational speakers, workshops and an exhibit area. The conference is being offered at no charge to educators, administrators and non-profit entities interested in technology in higher education.

Running concurrently with the Texas Community College Technology Forum will be the Cloud and Emerging Convergence Summit, sponsored by the Convergence Technology Center. The Cloud and Emerging Convergence Summit will be held as a special professional development track throughout the day.

Join us on November 16 to learn best practices from industry experts and your peers from around the state!


Featured Speakers


Tim Gard headshotTim Gard, Author / Member, Speaker Hall of Fame

It’s been a tough few years in government – for IT in particular. “Job satisfaction” can seem like an oxymoron. But Tim Gard says this is no way to live one’s life. His mission is to show us how to make our jobs – and our lives – more enjoyable. And Gard knows what he’s talking about. He worked for many years in government, mostly in fraud investigation – which is not the most cheery of professions. But he excelled and steadily moved up from county to state and, finally, to the federal level.

At every stop, he was beloved by his co-workers for helping them deal with stress, burnout and frustration by adopting a fresh outlook that makes work more rewarding. Gard will do the same for you, because after all, if work is not enjoyable, it’s time to find ways to change the game.



8:00 a.m. – Registration / Morning Refreshments / Exhibit Area Open

9:00 a.m. – Welcome

9:15 a.m. – Opening Keynote

Change the Game
Tim Gard, Author / Member, Speaker Hall of Fame

We are facing difficult times. The pressure to do more with less, deliver to deadlines and respond to increasing expectations has created – in many cases – an epidemic of stress and dysfunction. Everything seems so serious and, to Tim Gard, this is not an acceptable way to work and live. Although he is one of the funniest men in America, Gard doesn’t make light of serious situations; he shines light on them to reveal previously unseen possibilities. He points out that everyone smiles and laughs in the same language, and “finding humor when it’s most needed” can be the very best way to boost morale and restore a creative atmosphere. After all, life is a game – or should be! It all depends on how one looks at things. By shifting your perspective, you can change your experience – and the experience you create for others – in a real, tangible and valuable way. It’s never too late to change the game.

10:15 a.m. – Break

10:30 a.m. – Concurrent Sessions 1

Collaborate, Communicate, Educate
Students in Frisco ISD have been working together with each other and with students across the country, building the critical 21st century skills of communication and collaboration. In this session, we will share the challenges and successes we encountered as we used Google Apps, Skype, Moodle and other tools with secondary collaborative projects.

Kim Hampton, Technology Integration Facilitator, Frisco ISD

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Best Practices: Preparing Your Wireless Network for Mobile Learning
Schools have quickly become the forefront for the "all-wireless access layer" with the influx of wireless devices through BYOD and 1:1 educational initiatives. As a result, mobile devices and applications have become more prominent in the classroom, making high-speed wireless networking fundamental to learning and communication experiences. In this session, you’ll learn about the diversity and explosion of mobile devices and applications in education, the dilemma they pose on your campus’ network and how you can prepare for them in terms of scalability, service survivability, integration, application control and Simpli-Fi-cation with distributed Wi-Fi and routing solutions.

Mark Elliott, Systems Engineer, Aerohive Networks

How to Utilize 3-D for Instruction
When was the last time your students retained 34 percent more of what they have learned over time? These unprecedented results are being realized today with the use of Stereoscopic 3-D technology in the classroom.  Stereoscopic 3-D is the latest technology to show impressive increases in student achievement. During this session, you will learn how 3-D is making an impact, what the latest products and support materials are for 3-D lessons and what is in store in the future for 3-D. As a result of this session, you will be better equipped to investigate and deploy this amazing technology in your school.

Jaime Powell-Beringer, Global Customer & U.S. Education Manager, DLP Front Projection Products, Texas Instruments
Douglas Smith, President, Sound Video Systems/AVRover

This year, the IPv4 address pool ran dry. There are no more public IPv4 network addresses available. So, what is the solution? IPv6. IPv6 uses a 128-bit addressing scheme which will last into the foreseeable future. In addition, IPv6 includes significant enhancements in the areas of security, quality of service, mobility and improved performance.

In order to implement IPv6 on a wide scale, routers, switches, gateways, end-devices and applications will need to be purchased, upgraded or retired. This will require not only large capital outlays in new technologies, but an IT workforce that is trained and familiar with the IPv6 protocols and all that entails.

In this session, attendees will learn the basic concepts of the IPv6 protocol stack and see an interactive demonstration of how IPv6 can be implemented on networks today.

Karl Dietrich
, Professor, Computer Information Technology, Lansing Community College, MI
William Saichek, Professor, Computer Science and Information Systems, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA

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11:30 a.m. – Lunch

Noon – Luncheon Keynote
Sponsored and Introduced by the National Convergence Technology Center – Ann Beheler, Principal Investigator

How to Interpret Labor Market Data to Benefit Your Programs
Our country is experiencing record unemployment; yet there are significant numbers of unfilled jobs. There is also heightened attention at all levels to this issue resulting in a need for a better understanding about the problem. For this reason, Broadening Advanced Technological Education Connections (BATEC,) led by Deborah Boisvert, executive director, has focused on an analysis of middle skills jobs in order to better address workforce gaps by working with Monster and procuring Burning Glass LaborInsight, a labor market intelligence tool. This talk will describe some of the work being done and provide insights on data and information being derived.

Deborah Boisvert,
Executive Director, Broadening Advanced Technological Education Connections

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12:45 p.m. – Concurrent Sessions 2

Steal This App! Mobile Research Sites You Need to Know
The Pew Research Center reports that almost half of American adults are smartphone users. Join the Collin librarians as we share our secrets for finding credible research from websites that are optimized for mobile devices. We'll have a fun and interactive discussion about how students should evaluate what's on the web and what makes some sites appropriate for academic purposes. Bring your own device, and get ready to create some bookmarks!

Linda Andrews, Reference Librarian, Collin College
Beth Atkins, Reference Librarian, Collin College
Terri Karlseng, Reference Librarian, Collin College

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Prep Your Network for BYOD

New devices on the network present security and bandwidth challenges. During this presentation, you'll learn how to support BYOD initiatives without additional cost or complexity. We'll include solutions on how you can see devices on the network, apply policies by device type and measure the impact of these devices across your network.

Arif Admani, Systems Engineer, Meraki

CLOUD AND EMERGING CONVERGENCE SUMMIT SESSION – Cloud and Emerging Convergence Training Strategies
The troubled economy has impacted broad sectors of the workforce, including IT. This session will focus on work being done by grants from the National Convergence Technology Center and the National Information, Security and Geospatial Technologies Consortium (NISGTC) to help trade-impacted and others persist, complete postsecondary education and secure employment with family-sustaining wages in IT fields. NISGTC is a Department of Labor TAACCCT $20 million grant that was awarded October 1, 2011, to expand and enhance a variety of best-in-class education and training strategies in programming, network and data communications systems, geospatial technologies and cyber security. The National Convergence Technology Center is a National Science Foundation grant that was awarded August 15, 2012, to provide assistance to colleges nationwide in implementing cutting-edge networking and convergence programs. Come learn about the strategies and resources available from both grants and how you can use them to enhance your programs and benefit your students.

Ann Beheler, Executive Director, Emerging Technology Grants, Collin College

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1:45 p.m. – Break

2:00 p.m. – Concurrent Sessions 3

Using Cloud Technology to Flip Your Classroom

In this session, participants will learn about cloud-based technology that can provide any instructor tools for a flipped classroom. All of the tools and methods presented are free, and the data is accessible from the cloud. Even if you are not sure about flipping your classroom, you will learn useful tools for you and your students.

William Stowe, Instructor, Kilgore College

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Past, Present and Future of Course Ware
This session will discuss and show where courses have been in an LMS system, where they can go on a mobile device (ipad, phone) and how DCCCD course ware is evolving to meet the needs of creating a platform of courses that can be delivered in multiple systems (mobile, PC, Mac, etc).

Audra Barrett, Associate Vice President of Instruction, The LeCroy Center/Dallas TeleCollege/TeleLearning Online
Emilio Ramos, Dean, Academic and Administrative Technology, The LeCroy Center/Dallas TeleCollege/TeleLearning Online

CLOUD AND EMERGING CONVERGENCE SUMMIT SESSION – Virtual Labs Open Options for Student Learning
Every college is facing the challenge of maintaining high-quality education with reduced budgets. No area of the college is harder hit than technology departments who have to purchase and maintain expensive equipment in order to expose their students to real-world scenarios. Classes like Cisco and VMware require hands-on training, yet many colleges cannot afford the equipment ramp-up costs. This session will describe one of the options available to schools: NGD’s NetLab+. Participants will learn how the virtual lab is made available to students, where existing labs can be obtained and how custom labs are created. Come explore this exciting option of virtualizing hands-on labs.

Julie Hietschold,
Virtual Lab Manager / Networking SME, Collin College

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3:00 p.m. – Adjourn



Collin College
Preston Ridge Campus
9700 Wade Boulevard
Frisco, TX 75035

There is no room block set up for this event. Below is a list of Frisco hotels.

Hilton Garden Inn Frisco
7550 Gaylord Parkway

Hampton Inn-Legacy Park

3199 Parkwood Boulevard

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Frisco

4220 Preston Road

Comfort Suites Frisco
9700 Dallas Parkway

Aloft Frisco
3202 Parkwood Boulevard

Embassy Suites
7600 John Q Hammons Drive

Holiday Inn Hotel Frisco
3400 Parkwood Boulevard

The Westin Stonebriar
1549 Legacy Drive

Homewood Suites Dallas-Frisco
3240 Parkwood Boulevard

Sheraton Stonebriar Hotel
5444 State Highway 121