2009-2010 LMAIS Technology Coordinators Spring Meeting

20-April-2010, 9 AM - 2 PM
Lake Forest Country Day School
145 S. Green Bay Rd., Lake Forest, IL 60045
Conference Room-Green Bay-Lower (GB-134)
USTREAM: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/lmais-tech-meeting



  • 9:00 - 10:00 Informal Gathering & Continental Breakfast (coffee, tea, juice, water, bagels, fruit, pastries)
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Morning Session
  • 12:00 - 12:30 Lunch (Mostaccioli with marinara sauce, meatballs, breadstick; sandwich bar; salad bar)
  • 12:30 - 1:45 Afternoon Session & Snack (coffee, tea, water, cookies)
  • 1:45 - Campus Tour (Optional)


  • 2010-2011 Meeting Dates/Hosts: Let us plan out our next year's meetings.
    • Brookfield Academy: Fall -- Tuesday, October 12
    • Catherine Cook: Spring -- Tuesday, April 12
  • 1-to-1 Initiatives: LFCDS will share highlights of its proposal to institute 1:1 student mobile computing at selected grade levels in 2011-2012. We would love to hear from other schools with or planning for 1:1 initiatives. [LFCDS]
    • LFCDS: faculty attitude survey; looking at 2011-2012 launch;
    • Catherine Cook: 1:1 for 3 years; DyKnow for instruction, not much for screen control; HP Mini for 1st & 2nd grade in carts; 3rd graders full classroom carts in school ; 1:1 HP 4400 for 4-8 for take-home; looking @ Lenovo S10-3t; 98% Windows 7;
    • Avery Coonley: Tablet PC school
    • Howard Rheingold posted a series of documents he uses with his students on the creation of electronic communities. I will add these to the wiki later (Vinnie Vrotny)
    • One to One Reseach on use of 1-1. Spends a significant amount of time talking about teaching practice, not a tool focus (Vinnie Vrotny)
    • For online audio editing, look at avairy.com. It can be added into a Google Apps for Ed installation.

  • Online Math: Is anyone using an online math curriculum (ie, ALEKS, Adaptive Curriculum) to either replace or supplement your regular textbook curriculum? If so, which one and what are the pros/cons?
  • Keyboarding: In what grade level is keyboarding introduced? Do you have a standard for words per minute? When do you test for this and who does the testing? (Brookfield Academy)
    • Science & Arts: KidKeys in PS & Kindergarten; Web Type2Learn starting in 1st Grade; 3rd Grade regular instruction
    • Francis Parker: short instruction each time youngest students come to lab; use Type2Learn 1st-5th;
  • Mobile Devices: What inroads, if any, are you making with integrating handheld devices into instruction (Smartphone, iPod Touch, iPads, etc.)? What support practices/policies are in place or in the pipeline? Any management tips to share? (Lab School)
  • Technology Budget Cuts: How deep have they gone, what have you done to adapt? (Lab School)
  • IL CTO: Brief exposition of the value of joining Illinois Chief Technology Officers , a non-profit professional organization of K12 school technology leaders. [LFCDS]

    • Campus WiFi: Do you allow public access (parents, guests, etc)? Policies, procedures, passwords? Are students allowed to connect personally owned devices? Any web filtering or blocking on the public access side? [Quest Academy]
    • Electronic Student Permanent Records: With most records are now generated/received electronically, LFCDS is investigating transitioning our student records to electronic format. Anyone else done this? Do you have policies & procedures to share? Legal issues? Data rot? [LFCDS]
    • SmartBoard Training: Does anyone have a recommendation for summer training that is curriculum specific for a given discipline? (Brookfield Academy)

Notes from Vinnie:

NAIS' 21st Century Curriculum & Technology Task Force has put together a document titled "Online Learning: A Continuum of Opportunity - Critical Questions for School Leaders." Demetri Orlando has asked for review and for feedback on this document. This is one of the next steps byond the 1-1 conversation which was held this morning. You can catch a podcast of a conversation that I, Alex Ragone, and arvind grover are having with Demetri on our 21st Century Learning page.

Additionally, I had the opportunity to attend the TEDxNYEd conference in March. It was phenomenal with 14 live speakers, all which were out of this world. This is from Dave Bill, the curator of the conference and Technology Director at the Dwight School in New York, the videos from all of the speakers can be found at the TEDx YouTube page or at the TEDxNYEd website. I have some ideas about hosting a similar experience here in Chicago, either for adults (teachers, administrators, and others) and/or students. Contact me if you are interested.


  • Keith Gillette, Lake Forest Country Day School
  • Mike Panagos, Lake Forest Country Day School
  • Brad Cooper, Lake Forest Country Day School (partial attendance)
  • Peter Laimins, DaVinci Academy
  • Bill Mierisch, Catherine Cook School
  • Andrew Beights, Catherine Cook School
  • Peter Evans, Francis W. Parker School
  • Cathy Donnelly, Francis W. Parker School
  • Phil Igyarto, Quest Academy
  • Steven Bosco, The Avery Coonley School
  • Peter Brown, Latin School of Chicago
  • Dave Aykroid, Lake Forest Academy
  • Vinnie Vrotny, North Shore Country Day School - attending via Ustream
  • Curt Lieneck, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
  • Linda Danforth, Brookfield Academy
  • Jim Kidston, Elgin Academy
  • Dana Pero, Science & Arts Academy (may be a little late)