160 — Technology Pre-Conference
Tuesday, April 26, 2022

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8:30 am – 4:30 pm

ROOM: Haldane

8:30 – 9:30 am

160a – Legal and Ethical Issues in Technology

The rapid change in technology has raised many questions for school district technology leaders such as the impacts of Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in the cloud-computing age, the protection of intellectual property on the Internet, Acceptable Use Policies (AUP), data breaches, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) webpage compliance. Learn what school districts should be doing to alleviate legal ramifications.

Presenter(s): Ryan J. Nicholson, Thrun Law Firm, P.C.


9:30 – 10:30 am

160b – Cybersecurity Practices for K-12

Bring up the issue of cybersecurity and even the most stalwart of techs may start to squirm. The issue can be overwhelming and figuring out where to begin is challenging. The Michigan Education Technology Leaders (METL), a work group of MAISA, stepped in to address this challenge by developing the Essential Cybersecurity Practices for K12 and the MISecure Quick Self-Audit.  These free tools can and are helping Michigan Schools to reduce the risk of a digital disruption due to a cybersecurity event.

Presenter(s): David Larson, Livingston ESA; Matthew McMahon, Gratiot-Isabella RESD; and Joel Phillips, Newaygo County RESA


10:30 – 10:45 am



10:45 – 11:45 am

160c – Story Telling by the Campfire

Share what has been keeping you up at night — a hardware or software issue, implementation issue, or just plain overload? Facilitators will help guide discussions so you can walk away with ideas and resources toward solutions.

Presenter(s): Fred Sharpsteen, Mecosta-Osceola ISD and Richard Webb, Fremont Public Schools

  • Presentation will be posted when available. 

11:45 am – 12:00 pm

Break/Passing Time


12:00 – 1:00 pm



1:00 – 1:15 pm

Break/Passing Time


1:15 – 2:15 pm

160d – Making Performance Evaluations Meaningful

Most of us have experienced the torturous annual performance evaluation process. The time spent is often wasted on trying to remember what happened during the year and if any of it mattered. Too often this process is not helpful for anybody’s development or for making the school district better. Learn about an alternative approach that synchronizes employee growth and organizational improvement in a much more useful and productive process. This is a combined session  with facilities directors.

Presenter(s): Tim Ammon, Center for Effective School Operations (CESO)


2:15 – 2:30 pm



2:30 – 4:30 pm

160e – Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Technology and Security

The lines between technology and facilities have blurred considerably as we recognize how more and more building systems, from climate control to access control, are all running over a network. Schools are not unique in this scenario. Hotels, for example, interact with multitudes of different customers every day, and much of that interaction is done digitally. They also have hundreds of spaces requiring climate control and security. How do they integrate their technology efforts with their facilities? Hear from the experts at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel on how they approach these issues to ensure everything interfaces seamlessly. We’ll also take a tour and see where many of these operations take place. This is a combined session with facilities directors.

Presenter(s): Patrick Boyd and Michael Mosele, Amway Hotel Corporation

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