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2019 MEEC Conference Sessions

MEEC Member Institution/Vendor Proposing Session Session Title Session Description Type of Session Intended Audience Presenters
Applied Technology Services Hybrid Cloud – How do I do it, and how do I do it well? IT Professionals and Business Decision Makers have been educated about Hybrid Cloud for what seems like eons, however, the delivery of that message has been fuzzy at best, and without a clear picture as to how to accomplish such a feat. In addition, organizations are constantly evaluating applications to determine their eligibility to convert into the digital transformation world, while
still struggling with technical, administrative, or other business hurdles preventing them from realizing and accomplishing business agility and scalability near instantaneously. So, how can an organization very simply reap the benefits of a Hybrid Cloud architecture in today’s multi-cloud world? The answer to that question and many of the questions regarding how to take advantage of a Hybrid Cloud, whether an application runs within a virtual machine or is containerized within an on-premise private cloud, community cloud, or public cloud offering depends upon many factors, but ultimately is unique to each and every business. We will explore example use cases and their recommended best practices on how to begin your migration to the Hybrid Cloud.
MEEC Vendor All Shaun Howard, Senior Systems Engineer, Applied Technology Services
Baltimore City Public Schools, Accenture #thecitythatcodes: Building the Workforce of the Future in Baltimore One Kid At A Time In 2017 there were ~20,000 unfilled jobs requiring computer science in Maryland and yet only 7 of the ~170 schools in Baltimore City offered any kind of computer science.  To address this gap, Baltimore City Public Schools, professional services firm Accenture, and local nonprofit Code In The Schools worked side-by-side to begin an effort to make Baltimore #thecitythatcodes.  As a result of a yearlong collaboration, in December 2018, 10,000 city students in 50 schools were exposed to computer science through The Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week.  Students were taught by a workforce of ~360 volunteers representing 65 organizations across Baltimore (including many MEEC members).  Through hands-on coding games students were exposed to computer science which demystified coding.  This first step creates access for students to consider computer science jobs and is part of a broader initiative to create a diverse, local pipeline of tech talent to become Baltimore’s workforce of the future.  Come hear about what worked, why this is important, and what’s next as the team continues build the workforce of the future one kid at a time. MEEC Member and Vendor K-12, Higher-Ed Miruna Burk, Managing Director – Accenture; Stacey Davis, Coordinator, Media and Instructional Technology, Office of Teaching and Learning – Baltimore City Public Schools
Baltimore City Public Schools, Lenovo Finding my voice using Virtual Reality Transforming the student learning experience using Virtual Reality.  In this session we will explore how one Baltimore City School, Fort Worthington Elementary/Middle School created an educational environment using Virtual Reality to expand student knowledge, display creativity, and exposed students to new experiences.  We will also speak with several teachers from the Fort  who worked with 6th grade girls to help them find their voices and create virtual experiences of their own! MEEC Member and Vendor K-12, Libraries Melissa Westphal /Lenovo, Sandra Clarke /Lenovo, Farron George/Baltimore City Public Schools, Sherri Harris/Baltimore City Public Schools
Carousel Industries Partnership for Audio and Video Success at Your Campus:
Simple, Scalable, Secure, Consistent
Join Carousel and Crestron for a discussion about technology solutions for your campus. Learn about how Crestron’s emerging technology in audio, video, unified communications and enterprise management can provide you with flexible solutions to managing your campus’s portfolio of spaces.
Learn about the latest Crestron hardware and software innovations including: DigitalMedia™ NVX, AirMedia® 2.0, Crestron XiO Cloud™ (2018 Microsoft Global IoT Partner of the Year), 3-Series® Media Presentation Controller, and Crestron Flex solutions.
Install. Configure. Learn.
MEEC Vendor K-12, Higher-Ed Zachary Shearer
Carroll County Public Schools Carroll County CCCTC Students cover the MEEC Conference Throughout the day, Carroll County Public Schools, Career and Technology Center students were busy taking photos and videos which resulted in video presentation during the lunch hour.  Come support the students as they present on their use of technology during this creative process.  The products used are all available via MEEC Agreements. MEEC Member All CCPS Students, Anthony Hooper, Teacher CCPS
CAS Severn Cloud Integrated Infrastructure In this session CAS Severn will introduce concepts for merging on-premise compute, storage, data protection and DR with Cloud.  Hybrid cloud strategies from both a hardware and software perspective will be examined, including recent local projects conducted by the CAS Severn team and pending projects.  Use cases around hybrid cloud for VMs, file storage, data protection / backup, DR and archive will be the focus.  Looking at these projects from a cost / ROI / TCO perspective, as well as security perspective will also be touched on. MEEC Vendor K-12, Higher-Ed Joe King, CTO of CAS Severn, and Mark Belluz, Director of State/Local/Education Segment
Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School Making Google Classroom Work for Parents Most parents of students in Google Classroom schools, particularly in Middle School, have complained since its inception that Google Classroom provides little or no access to assignments and due dates for parents.  This complaint has been particularly widespread in private schools, where other LMS systems provide parents virtually unlimited access to classroom information, assignment descriptions, etc.  Google’s answer to this complaint was to create Parent/Guardian Access, a product that our parents found to be both unreliable and confusing.  To answer this need, we have begun to rely on the Classroom Calendar for each class, making it available to parents so that they can see student assignments and due dates but also see a reasonable amount of information (rather than the helicopter parent motherlode that many LMS products provide).  We’ll share how we use the Google Classroom calendar in conjunction with PowerSchool’s Parent/Student portal and our website to give parents the right (and the right amount) of information when and where they need it. MEEC Member – 15 Min Fast Track K-12 Ginger Thornton, Director of Instructional Technology, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School
Chesapeake College Connect, Organize and Share with O365 With the start of the new Academic Year, our team wanted to find a resource to share, contribute, access and stay informed with others on the team using resources we currently licensed. Chesapeake has its Microsoft license through MEEC and we thought the O365 web resources would be a good solution for our needs. The team set out to pilot the various products in order to select which would best fit its needs.  Over the summer (July – August 2018) the team explored Teams, OneNote, and SharePoint. This session will cover the results of this summer pilot including our success, failures, and ultimate tool selection. MEEC Member All Chandra Gigliotti, Dean of Teaching and Learning Center; Paul Setter, Testing Center Director; Matt Hatkoff, Assessment Director; Kristy Floyd, Librarian; Laura Livingston, Administrative Associate; Jane Jump, Instructional Designer – Chesapeake College
Coppin State University Say “Yes!” to the Profess(or) Using Microsoft Azure Lab Services to run specialized desktops in the cloud MEEC Member All Thomas R. Smith, III, Deputy CIO, Coppin State University; Marcus Hammond, Assistant Director for Student Technologies
CORE BTS Navigating the Cybersecurity Threat Landscape in K-12 With ransomware attacks becoming more sophisticated year over year, the education sector is increasingly at risk.  School districts handle an enormous amount of sensitive personally identifiable information which makes them a prime target for potential attacks.  In addition, educational institutions are often challenged by budget limitations, understaffed IT departments, and high-rates of file sharing.  This session will cover trending cybersecurity concerns in schools and discuss how your organization can mount a proactive defense. MEEC Vendor K-12 Bob Sensenig, Senior Vice President of Business Development & Security, Core BTS
D2L Student Engagement in Online Learning: What Works and Why How would you characterize today’s college students? Empowered? Confident? Self motivated? They want all of their classes to be easy, but expect that most will be hard. Most will not speak up unless called upon. Most want, need, require their instructors to tell them exactly what to do. Keeping students involved, motivated, and actively learning is challenging educators across the country, yet good advice on how to accomplish this is not always readily available. This session offers research-based tips, strategies, and techniques to motivate, connect with, and engage online learners. MEEC Vendor Higher-Ed, Instructional designers Christopher Sessums, PhD, Learning Strategies Consultant, D2L
Daly AV- The Elephant In The Room And On Your Network. Classrooms, Conference Rooms, and Digital Signage.   The AV industry’s shift to immersive technologies and integrated experiences will impact your network, facility, and people.   Gartner lists the immersive experience among its Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2019.  Are you ready for networked AV? MEEC Vendor All Stephen Eagles, A/V Practice Group Manager, Daly Computers, Inc.
Data Networks How Protected is Your School from Cyber Threats?
Stop Advanced Threats Before the Damage is Done
Education institutions continue to face cyber threats due to the valuable information stored on school networks and the ability for threat actors to use network infrastructure to launch operations against other targets. Academic networks are difficult for administrators to effectively secure, given the network’s size and number of users, as well as the need for internal and external users to access and share information. In this session, Dwayne MacKenzie, Data Networks Solutions Architect and 25+ year veteran of the security wars, provides the guidance you need to navigate the nuances of the academic environment to better protect your institution:
§ An overview of the current threat landscape
§ Real-world examples of threats to education institutions
§ New methods to effectively detect advanced threats
§ The importance of data correlation, contextual visibility, and threat behavior analysis
§ Ultimately, how to mitigate advanced threats on Email, Web, and lateral network traffic
MEEC Vendor All Dwayne MacKenzie, Solutions Architect, Data Networks
Dell Technologies & 3-4 MEEC Members TBD Managing Data in Motion: Keys to success Panel discussion with MEEC members led by Deirdre Woods, Senior Education Strategist at Dell Technologies.With the proliferation of data and increasing use of analytics, many campuses have found that old technologies and policies are not adequate to meet current and future needs. Join our panel to hear from campus experts as they share examples of success surrounding data governance, policies, and technological solutions to meet the needs of today’s data driven institution. MEEC Member and Vendor All Deirdre Woods, Senior Education Strategist at Dell Technologies
ePlus Optimize your Defenses: Enhancing Cybersecurity response with limited resources Enhancing Cybersecurity response with limited resources MEEC Vendor K-12, Higher-Ed, Libraries, All Lee Waskevich, ePlus, Vice President, Solutions
Frostburg State University & CCBC #LMSREVIEW – LMS Reviews are trending. Learn how two campuses approached their reviews. Is your campus planning a Learning Management System (LMS) Review? Not surprisingly, LMS reviews are on the rise and trending. Over the past few years, competition among top LMS vendors has gained momentum and educational institutions have noticed. Customer expectations regarding tools, integrations, services, and price are fueling the competitive fire. In this session, IT professionals from two different higher educational institutions reflect on their processes including institutional culture, market drivers, planning, user input, assessment, and implementation. Selecting a LMS is challenging but MEEC contract agreements make it easier. Join us to hear our journey, lessons learned, and shared similarities and differences. MEEC Member Higher-Ed Beth L. Kenney, Senior Director, Information Technology Services, Frostburg State University
Celeste Stratton, Director, Learning Systems & Instructional Technology Training, Community College of Baltimore County
Goucher College Fantastic Flows & How to Make Them I have come up with a process that can help people from varying technical backgrounds understand and design various Flow automations that may help improve the workflow in their organizations. We will begin with outlining some possible ideas of processes that Flow may help automate, outline the process, and apply it in a couple example cases that we have implemented here at Goucher College. The complex one we have set up automates the processing of resumes for student workers, renames them and saves them to a shared storage folder accessible by the panel, and then auto-creates an interview page in a shared OneNote book an hour before the scheduled interview with interview questions pre-populated into the page. Other possible examples include routine mobile reminders and a push-button trigger that notifies attendees of an upcoming calendar event automatically that you may be running late. MEEC Member – 15 Min Fast Track All Steven Bailey, Help Desk Analyst, Goucher College
HCGi, Loyola Blakefield  Loyola Blakefield’s 1 to 1 Journey with Microsoft Surface & Office 365 Loyola Blakefield in Towson MD will be sharing their experience with researching, planning and rolling out their 1:1 with Microsoft Surface and solutions. With the help of the technology leadership at Loyola Blakefield, this session will illustrate the process and partnerships that helped with their digital transformation ultimately to prepare their students for success in their future in both college and careers. To learn more, visit MEEC Member and Vendor K-12, Higher-Ed Steve Morrill: Director of Technology and Cyber Science
Mike Lackner: Academic Technology Coordinator
Barney Cohen: Desktop Support Specialist
Tony Cangelosi: Network Administrator
Bill Hottman: HCGI
MEEC Overview of the 2019 AV Agreement and All MEEC Offers MEEC is about new agreements, AV (Audio Visual) but a wealth of  established Agreements  and even more.  Find out about everything MEEC offers. MEEC Member All Tamara Petronka, Darby Ashmore, Bobby Zengel
MEEC Become a Collaboration Hero using Microsoft Teams You own it, use it. Microsoft Teams is invaluable in connecting staff and information. Learn how the MEEC and the USM Offices used Microsoft Teams as a “home base” when dealing with financial reports and services. MEEC Member – 15 Min Fast Track All Tamara Petronka, Darby Ashmore, Leigh Ann Hess
Microsoft, UMUC Creating a data-enabled institutional culture to facilitate student success Learn how UMUC is embarking upon a digital transformation with the goal of better serving their students, faculty, and staff. UMUC will share how they are integrating higher education workflow processes and best practices with the latest innovations in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and business analytics to improve engagement and drive student and institutional success. MEEC Member and Vendor K-12, Higher-Ed, All Tracy Woods, President, AccelerEd, and Jamie Bakert, Strategic Account Executive, Microsoft.
Microsoft, Community College of Baltimore County Using Data to Drive Decisions by Leveraging Tools You Already Own Learn how CCBC has improved business processes and enabled departments across their organization to visualize and analyze data with greater speed, efficiency, and understanding by connecting users to a broad range of live data through easy-to-use dashboards, interactive reports, compelling visualizations that bring data to life. MEEC Member and Vendor K-12, Higher-Ed, Libraries, All Heather Currey, Continuing Education, CCBC, Dustin Ryan, Technology Solutions Professional, Microsoft.
Mount de Sales Academy Too Many Emails?! Microsoft Teams & OneNote Can Help A common complaint in schools is the large volume of emails received on a daily basis, taking time away from teachers that could otherwise be used to benefit students. Microsoft OneNote and Teams can save teachers time on daily tasks and responsibilities, freeing up more time for things such as planning lessons and providing meaningful feedback to students. This session will focus on the use of OneNote to share information and collaborate with other teachers or staff members as well as using Teams to simplify communication and collaborate on files and projects. This presentation will include basic information about how to use OneNote and Microsoft Teams as well as examples of successful use.

Through this presentation I will tell the story of my school’s adoption of OneNote Notebooks and Microsoft Teams at the faculty and staff level. Examples will be provided for various educational departments and staff groups including subject departments, administration, guidance, and others. Attendees will see how OneNote can be used to provide information to faculty such as newsletters, attendance reports, and calendars. They will also be shown how Microsoft Teams can be used for quick, informal conversations that do not require a full email, sharing and collaborating on documents, organizing and assigning project tasks, and more.

MEEC Member All Lindsey Murphy
SLAIT Consulting How to Create a Modern Ransomware Strategy Government agencies and education institutions are under attack. And ransomware is the weapon of choice.  So, phishing prevention and education have become top of mind across the globe.  Security teams and organizations are constantly working to upgrade their systems and provide better protection to their networks. However, the ‘bad guys’ – threat actors, are also constantly developing new techniques. There is an entire dark market associated with the threat landscape that is automated, scalable and profitable. Developing new threats takes time and expense so those looking to get around network security measures often target the weakest link in the security chain – the user.  Join SLAIT &  Palo Alto Network engineers to learn about how to build a solid prevention strategy so your organization doesn’t become the next Ransomware victim. MEEC Vendor All Christian Karwatske, Systems Engineer, Palo Alto Networks/SLAIT Consulting
Towson University Avoid Permanent Local Admin Rights on Desktops and Laptops In college and university environments, it is common to find that faculty and staff wish to be the administrator of their computers. Unfortunately, that is not the best strategy for the safety and management of the desktop and laptop fleet. Using a variety of scripts, web applications, SCCM, and native Active Directory functionality, Towson University’s Office of Technology Services removed permanent administrator rights on nearly all faculty and staff Windows computers. This presentation will explain how to remove permanent administrator rights, offer alternatives for installing software, and review the auditing and exception process to keep your computers protected. MEEC Member Higher-Ed Reid Guanti, Manager, Application Engineering, Towson University
Wor-Wic Community College Implementing a VDI Infrastructure Wor-Wic Community College’s IT implementation team will present on the recent deployment of a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environment in support the college’s academic computer labs.  Wor-Wic partnered with Dell for this project and Dell will provide a brief overview of their VDI platforms at the end of the presentation. MEEC Member and Vendor All Chuck Thomas, Director of IT Security and Network Infrastructure, Wor-Wic Community College; Jim Close, Lead IT Security Analyst, Wor-Wic Community College; Lance Horowitz, System Administrator, Wor-Wic Community College; Brandan Sessoms, Account Executive, Dell Technologies