The goal of Brainstorm is for K20 techs to network with their counterparts and connect with the technology vendors who cater to the K20 Community.
WiscNet and WiscNet Community Events
As a membership organization, WiscNet hosts and attends many events throughout the year that are important to the community. If you are interested in having somebody from WiscNet come to your event, contact John Pederson at email@example.com.
The purpose of the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association (WEMTA) is to empower educators to provide learning experiences that prepare students to flourish in an information-rich world.
As an expert source on matters of digital learning and information literacy, WEMTA will do the following:
- Foster leadership at all levels.
- Provide professional development opportunities to advance the skills of all educators.
- Advocate for matters important to advance our mission.
- Inform the greater educator community
- Grow partnerships that enhance the ability of all to carry out our mission.
WiscNet's Community Conversations is an opportunity for WiscNet members to meet with each other along with the WiscNet staff to better understand what's happening in our membership communities, share WiscNet news and respond to member questions, and learn about a topic or two that WiscNet is addressing to support its membership, This Community Conversation focuses on the topic of Security, and explores FICO, an application that provides organizations with a FICO security score and potential ways in which this data and WiscNet can assist with ensuring a more secure network.
School Leaders Advancing Technology in Education
The Cloud Advisory Group continues to explore what makes successful cloud services along with reasons for moving certain items to the cloud. The group with also consider putting together a checklist for the membership on how to pick the right Cloud Service provider. The group is also excited about the taco bar at this upcoming meeting.
The Security Advisory group meets to discuss security strategies (inclusive of prevention, detection and recovery) and how associated risk issues and mitigation could impact member organizations. This advisory is working to define a process for audit and create strategies for a holistic security approach from prevention to recovery for the greater WiscNet membership.
WiscNet members passionate about the topic of advanced networking-related technologies meet to discuss network designs, compare approaches to security and maintenance, and identify tools and strategies to share with the larger WiscNet community.
The WiscNet Board of Directors meets for 2 days in October each year to discuss matters of strategic importance to the future of WiscNet.
The CAN Advisory group is addressing three main topics as they relate to Community Area Networks: the process of identifying and adding new members to a CAN; governance and processes CANs should implement; sustainability of a CAN as it pertains to leadership and costs. This group reviews best practices and identifies process and strategies to share with the WiscNet membership interested in Community Area Networks.
WiscNet’s Future Technologies Conference is a two-day conference during the spring in Madison. We invite provocative keynote speakers along with members of the WiscNet community to push attendees thinking forward as it relates to topics ranging from teaching and learning to advanced networking.
WiscNet is gathering leaders throughout Wisconsin’s schools, libraries, hospitals, and municipalities to explore and share strategies to extend Internet access throughout their communities. We invite you to join us Wednesday, November 18 and Thursday, November 19.
Over 20 years we’ve collectively spent billions equipping schools, libraries, hospitals, and municipalities with infrastructure to support high school Internet access. How can we leverage our investments for rural and low-income students, patrons, families, citizens in our communities? Dubbed the “homework gap” in our K12 world, the problem isn’t unique to schools. Libraries, hospitals, and municipalities also seek solutions to efficiently and affordably allow people to use their services wherever, whenever. Strategies range from the simple, providing longer hours, to complex, providing community-based wireless.
On November 18 and 19, WiscNet is connecting people and strategies with discussions and demonstrations of a variety of solutions. This event is free and open to anybody that would like to attend. More information, including registration, is available at http://www.wiscnet.net/extending-internet-to-our-communities/. We look forward to seeing you there!
WiscNet plans to be in attendance as an exhibitor at this year's WLA conference to talk about libraries and their role in Community Area Networks. Let's Make It Happen! is the theme for the 2015 Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference. The focus is on helping libraries connect to their communities, creating innovative spaces, and using and re-using resources in new and exciting ways.
Melissa Emler of CESA #3 and Krista Ross from Southwest Library System have invited WiscNet to their joint meeting of librarians to discuss what we have learned regarding community efforts of schools and libraries to extend Internet connectivity to low income families throughout Wisconsin. (Time is tentative and may vary according to agenda.)
WiscNet has been invited by CESA #1 area technology directors to attend, discuss, and listen with K12 folks about Community Area Network effort in in the Waukesha area. (Time may vary based on the agenda. Contact Sarah Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.)
The Mineral Point School District has asked us to visit and give leaders in their community an overview of Community Area Networks, WiscNet's CAN of CANs strategy, and what Community Area Networks might hold for the future of Mineral Point, Wisconsin. Please contact Sarah Miller at email@example.com if you are interested in learning more.