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Thursday, November 2
 

8:00am

iPad in the Primary Learning
More than ever, teachers are using iPad and digital learning experiences to revolutionize earlychildhood education. Come experience in a hands-on session a variety of curriculum-focusedapps and built-in tools that engage students and personalize learning. Explore creativity toolson iPad that let students share knowledge in compelling new ways.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Roundabout

9:15am

Virtual Reality in the Classroom
The real world is not flat after all, so why constrain our classrooms to experience the digital world on a flat screen? The shift from 2D to 3D immersive learning is as natural as adding color to movies and television was in the 1950?s. In many ways, it is even more impactful. Virtual Reality is transforming education. What started out as something that was simply ?cool? has become a way to engage learners like never before. Imagine the possibilities?you are teaching children about dinosaurs and suddenly with the help of a VR headset, there is a life-sized one in front of their eyes. Your kids can view the International Space Station while floating in space or learn about Africa by riding a canoe through a small village. The possibilities are endless and the impact on education is beyond our imagination. Join us as we show you how to bring your classroom to the cutting edge of 21st century learning.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Roundabout

10:30am

Programming & Broadcasting a Virtual School Library
How to use OPALS portal features to connect students and teachers with your information resources and services.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Roundabout

10:30am

The Network Outage That Never Happened – WCA IT Assessments
Come join WCA as we explore our suite of next generation assessment services and hear about how it discovered issues before they became critical. WCA will present a comprehensive review of the five key areas where you can gain the critical data you need to take control of your infrastructure. Whether it is server and storage capacity planning, prepping for a virtualized environment, wireless optimization, power and cooling, or assessing the overall health of your network, WCA will work with you to make sure that you are following industry-leading, best practices in all of your technology deployments.

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Dean Leclerc

Whalley Computer Associates

Exhibitors

Thursday November 2, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Escapade 2

1:30pm

Ransomware: Sit back & Relax
The rise of ransomware, a specialized form of malware that charges a user a ransom to restore a locked up, or encrypted system, is taking center stage in 2016, inspiring news outlets, the FBI, and major business interests to take notice. Healthcare, government, and law enforcement agencies are the most frequent targets, with experts looking at the manufacturing space as the next likely battleground, to include networks managing logistics, supply chain, and RFID tracking systems.


Thursday November 2, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Escapade 2

1:30pm

Web Filters and Digital Citizenship
Understand more about the relationship between digital citizenship and web filters with a web that is always changing.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Roundabout

2:45pm

Launch Learning with Nearpod
Discover first hand how a 1:1 environment can reach new heights, by equipping you to engage 100% of your students to interact with you right from their seats. Explore how this can be done with Nearpod, allowing students to send answers, data, and drawings to the you in real-time. You will uncover how this student centered approach puts learning opportunities at your student's fingertips and in their laps.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Roundabout

6:15pm

Promethean Interactive Classroom Update – win a Connect G Android Computer!
As we shape the modern classroom of the 21st century, we are focused on providing teachers with tools for creating a highly collaborative learning environment that is inclusive of all. This session will provide a hands-on demo of Promethean’s latest technology offering including a look at the new ActivPanel offerings and how ClassFlow Connect allows you to connect multiple end-user devises into one presentation solution. One lucky person will win a Connect G Android Computer (must be present to win). 

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Thursday November 2, 2017 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Gateway 2
 
Friday, November 3
 

8:00am

Hewlett Packard Enterprise – HPE Simplivity Solutions
Rapid proliferation of applications and the increasing cost of maintaining legacy computer infrastructure causes significant IT challenges for schools. With HPE SimpliVity, every size school can streamline and enable IT operations at a fraction of the cost of traditional IT systems and/or public cloud solutions by combining your IT infrastructure and advanced data services into a single, integrated all-flash solution. HPE SimpliVity is a powerful, simple, and efficient hyperconverged platform that joins best-in-class data services with the world’s best-selling server.


Friday November 3, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Roundabout

9:15am

Simple, Secure, Device on Boarding Utilizing Cloudpath
Cloudpath is a self service secure device authentication and on boarding solution. Cloudpath will install a certificate on Windows, Apple, or Chrome devices. Cloudpath can also authenticate headless devices as well. Once the certificate is installed the user will automatically connect to the proper network until the certificate expires. Certificates are the gold standard in security and eliminate the need for passwords.

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Friday November 3, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Roundabout

10:30am

"Bringing VMWorld 2017 to You"

Whalley Computer Associates (WCA) has developed a unique technology briefing in the latest of VMware software releases & Announcements.

Bringing VMWorld 2017 to You delivers:

• An opportunity to learn about all the new technologies that VMware announced and released in Las Vegas in August at VMWorld
• VMware Veteran Dan Sullivan, now with WCA, has assembled a presentation that distills the intellectual property into understandable, digestible chunks
• Dan is in Year 11 of delivering this valuable technology update that provides customers the understanding they need in order to apply the appropriate technology to their IT environment

With the knowledge gained from this technology briefing, you will be able to assimilate the technology bits into something that you can understand and use.

We look forward to providing you with this comprehensive, VMware Technology Briefing, showcasing the latest releases from VMWorld 2017.


Presenters
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Dan Sullivan

Whalley Computer Associates


Friday November 3, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Escapade 2

10:30am

Comparing Wireless Technologies & Vendors
This session will take a platform neutral look at today?s wireless technologies and what is right for your school. We will look at the leading vendors and do a comparison of different architectures, models, and feature sets. This session will also provide the opportunity for participants to share their own experiences in a roundtable format.

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Tyler Gray

ePlus Technology, Inc.

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Friday November 3, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Roundabout

1:30pm

Join us for a Promethean Interactive Classroom Update & win a Connect G Android Computer
As we shape the modern classroom of the 21st century, we are focused on providing teachers with tools for creating a highly collaborative learning environment that is inclusive of all. This session will provide a hands-on demo of Promethean’s latest technology offering including a look at the new ActivPanel offerings and how ClassFlow Connect allows you to connect multiple end-user devises into one presentation solution. One lucky person will win a Connect G Android Computer (must be present to win). 

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Friday November 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Roundabout

2:45pm

Aruba Networks - Hewlett Packard Enterprise - Taming the Edge Network
In the past the main congestion points for networks were at the core. With the proliferation of more and powerful endpoints (i.e. Chromebooks, Tablets, etc.), and the introduction of 1:1 or BYOD initiatives in the K-12 environment, IT staff are struggling to provide appropriate bandwidth and controls and still satisfy increasing needs for school activities such as testing and research. HPE/Aruba Networks has been helping a variety of institutions address these issues in cost effective and effective manors for both the wired and wireless environment. Please attend this discussion to hear how HPE/Aruba is providing improved performance for our customers facing these new demands.


Friday November 3, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Roundabout