• This is IT2 2017
    March 12 and 13, 2017
    Pipestone Area High School, Pipestone, Minnesota
    The 11th Annual SWWC Service Cooperative Education Technology Conference!
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    Collaborate. Innovate. Empower 21st Century Learners!  
    Conference Day Resources
    Online registration is now closed, but you can still register onsite for This is IT² 2017 and our Pre-Conference Workshops
    2017 Sponsors
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    Information About Our 2017 Conference
    About Our 2017 Keynote Speaker
    Scott McLeodScott McLeod
    University of Colorado at Denver
    An Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Colorado Denver, Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on P-12 school technology leadership issues. He is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only university center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and is the co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He also is the co-creator of the trudacot technology integration discussion protocol and the founder of both the annual Iowa 1:1 Institute and EdCampIowa, the nation’s largest EdCamp event. 
    Dr. McLeod has worked with several hundred schools, districts, universities, and other organizations and has received numerous awards for his technology leadership work, including the 2016 Award for Outstanding Leadership from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). In 2015 he was one of three finalists to be the next Director of the Iowa Department of Education. In 2011 he was a Visiting Faculty Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod was one of the pivotal figures in Iowa’s grass roots 1:1 computing movement, which has resulted in over 220 school districts providing their students with powerful learning devices.
    Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at regional, state, national, and international conferences. He has written 170 articles and other publications and is one of the most visible education professors in the United States. He is the co-editor of the book, What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media. His new book, The Relevance Gap: 6 Arguments for Why Schools Need To Be Different, will be published this spring.
    Focus Sessions
    Participants of This is IT² 2017 will have the opportunity to choose from four Focus Sessions, two of which will be held from 11:30 to 12:30 and two that will be held from 12:30 to 1:30. Focus session participants will then be able to take their lunch and exhibit hall break opposite of their Focus Session time slot! Focus Sessions are sessions covering some of the hottest trends in Education Technology today and are a keynote and workshop style session rolled into one. The longer, one hour time frame allows for presenters and participants to place greater "focus" on the session topic.
    2017 Focus Sessions - Full Details are on pages 10 and 11 of the Conference Guide
    11:30 - 12:30
    201 -  Utilizing New Technologies for Effective Staff Development; Dr. Scott McLeod
    202 - What Do the New ISTE Student Standards Mean For Me?; Cara Hagen
    12:30 - 1:30
    301-  Kara's Favorite Things!; Kara Damm
    302 - Teaching Beyond Borders; Mary Mehsikomer 
    Focus Session Leaders  
    Preparing to Attend This is IT² 2017
    Conference Location
    Pipestone Area High School
    Pipestone Area High School
    1401 7th Street
    Pipestone, Minnesota 56164
    If you plan on spending the night on Sunday, March 12, the following hotels are available:
     Calumet Inn
    The Historic Calumet Inn
    104 W Main Street
    Pipestone, MN 56164
    (507) 825-5871
    Located in Historic Downtown Pipestone with an in-hotel restaurant and plenty of dining options within walking distance.

     Crossings Inn
    Crossings Inn and Suites
    915 7th Street SE
    Pipestone, MN 56164
    (507) 562-1100
    Pipestone's newest hotel located near the intersections of Highway's 75, 30 and 23.
     Americas Best
    Americas Best Value Inn
    605 8th Ave SE
    Pipestone, MN 56164
    Newly remodeled hotel  near the intersections of Highway's 75, 30 and 23.
    Conference Schedule
    Sunday, March 12, 2017
    12:00-6:30 p.m. - Pre-Conference Workshops
    Onsite registration begins at 11:30 AM
    Monday, March 13, 2017
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Onsite registration begins at 8:00 AM
    Food and Refreshments During This is IT2 2017
    Light refreshments will be served as a part of the Pre-Conference Workshops.
    Continental Breakfast will be served during This is IT² 2017 at 8:00 AM in the Exhibit Hall. This is also where refreshments will be available throughout the day.
    Lunch will be served at 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM, opposite of your Focus Session. Lunch will be served in the in the cafeteria and is included as a part of your registration fee.
    If you have dietary requirements, please notify Denise Hoek: denise.hoek@swsc.org by March 8, 2017 so special accommodations may be made.


    March 13 Conference Rates  |  Conference Registration  |

    $50.00 - SW/WC Technology Subscribers (Qualifying School Districts)

    $100.00 – Non SW/WC Technology Subscribers

    $125.00 – All Registrations Received after March 3, 2017

    March 12 Pre-Conference Workshop Rates  |  Conference Registration  |

    Discounted Registration Rates have been extended for the Pre-Conference only no through March 10, 2017!

    $35.00 - SW/WC Technology Subscribers (Qualifying School Districts)

    $65.00 – Non SW/WC Technology Subscribers

    $75.00 – All Registrations Received after March 10, 2017

    All Pre-Conference Workshops will be the same rate regardless of the length of the workshop.
    Special Group Rates are available for the Conference and Pre-Conference Workshops. Contact us for more information.
    Go Green!
    As in green for the environment. You can opt-in to going green for This is IT² 2017 by selecting the "Digital Conference Guide and Materials" option when registering for the event. In doing so, you will only receive a handout with the instructions to access the wireless Internet service and electronic conference materials when checking-in to the conference at the registration table. Don't worry, you'll still receive the other conference goodies during registration.
    Cancellation Policy
    Cancellations must be received by 4:30 PM on March 3, 2017 to qualify for a full refund. After March 3, 2017 all registrations are final and no refunds will be issued. Substitution of attendees from the same district or organization will be allowed up to the day of the conference.
    In the event that this conference is cancelled by SWWC Service Cooperative, a full refund will be issued to all registered participants. The Email provided during registration will be used for notifications in the event that this conference is cancelled and for all other general conference notifications. Please ensure that the Email address used during registration is one that you access regularly.
    For general information about the This is IT² 2017 Contact:
    General Info, Registration and Exhibitors:
    Denise Hoek denise.hoek@swsc.org 507-537-2264
    Conference Administration and Presenters:
    Josh Sumption josh.sumption@swsc.org 507-537-2265
    Exhibitor Information
    For 11 years, This is IT² has been an established annual Education Technology showcase for dozens of vendors, solutions providers, service organizations and agencies.Take this opportunity to showcase your story in front of hundreds of classroom teachers, school technology professionals, media specialists, principals and superintendents. Our conference offers exhibitors affordable rates, the opportunity to present a breakout session or Pre-Conference Workshop and all exhibitors will be placed in high-traffic areas in the center of our event, not an isolated exhibit hall!

    Exhibitors are required to pre-register for booths at the conference and make full payment for their exhibit hall booth by February 17, 2017. Exhibitors who do not pay their fees by February 17, 2017 will be assessed a $50.00 late fee which must be paid in addition to exhibitor fees prior to the start of the conference. Exhibitors will be given the opportunity to do a breakout session if space in the conference program permits. Exhibitors planning on presenting in the conference are strongly encouraged to engage with school users as co-presenters. All breakout sessions must be proposed through our online proposal form no later than January 31, 2017.
    Exhibitors who participate in the SWWC Service Cooperative's Cooperative Purchasing Program (aka Cooperative Purchasing Connection or "CPC") will receive reduced rate registration for their vendor booth. If you are a Cooperative Purchasing vendor please contact Denise Hoek (denise.hoek@swsc.org) for the appropriate registration form and full details with your exclusive pricing.
    If you would like to provide a sponsorship for our conference you can do so, the details of what is included in the sponsorship is included in the Sponsorship form. If providing a Gold or Platinum sponsorship your booth fees are included, but we do ask that you still fill out the Vendor Registration form above.


    If you are interested in sponsoring the conference please contact Denise Hoek 507-537-2264 or denise.hoek@swsc.org for details.
    Your registration form should be completed and emailed to denise.hoek@swsc.org or faxed to 507-537-6985.

    Sending your materials for the conference:
    If you would prefer to pre-ship any conference materials you are strongly encouraged to do so. SWWC Service Cooperative will store your materials and booths at no additional charge in a safe location.
    Ship to:
    Pipestone Area Schools
    ATTN: Tech Conference
    1401 7th Street SW
    Pipestone, MN 56164

    SWWC Service Cooperative nor the Pipestone Area School District shall assume absolutely no responsibility for loss or damage to any materials pre-shipped for the conference. Return Shipments are the responsibility of the vendor. We will offer our shipping area for you to have carriers pickup your return materials and displays, but vendors must pack, tag and call in pickup information to their carrier for return delivery.


    Door Prizes:

    Vendors: It is your responsibility to ensure that door prizes are given in accordance to all state and federal rules and guidelines, including the FCC Gifting Rules that apply to recipients of the Universal Service Administrative Company's (USAC) E-Rate funding program. Please also be aware that some participants at the conference may not accept your door prize if they win it at the conference but may request that you donate it to a charity. Any Door Prize must be a benefit to the winner's entire school and in no way a personal benefit to the recipient personally.

    Conference Attendees will be required to visit your booth and turn in their vendor ticket in order to qualify for vendor specific door prizes. Their vendor ticket will contain their name and contact information. SWWC will only release name and contact information of registrants that have opted to share their information with vendors during the registration process.
    Recognition of the door prize donor will be stated during the door prize drawings. It is required that prizes be brought to and distributed during the conference. If it will be necessary to drop-ship the prize please bring a form to gather all of the information that you will need to make that shipment as well as a certificate with all of your contact information on it for us to give to the winner.

    Setup times will be available starting on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 6:30 am. The Exhibit Hall opens at 8:00 am SHARP and runs until 2:45 pm. Exhibitors are asked to have a representative available at your booth and keep your booth completely setup until at least 2:45 pm. You are strongly encouraged to remain setup until the conference ends at 3:45 as there are breaks between sessions and participants who will meet with vendors during the afternoon rather than attend sessions.