Get Ready for UC14’s Best Practice Thursday

June 27, 2014 Peter Baron

We’re a little less than 2 weeks (yup, 2 weeks, can you believe it?) from UC14 in Boston, and I’m guessing you’re starting to sketch out the sessions you want to attend.

To give you a head start, we’ve posted descriptions for all of Thursday’s Best Practice (7/10) sessions below. You’ll find session times, room locations, and presenters. We encourage you to check out what’s on tap — there are dozens of great sessions to choose from.

See you soon in Boston!

UC14 Best Practice Sessions

Session 1: 10:30 – 11:10

Core Idea Workshop
Room: Ballroom
Presenter: Tracy Hatch, WhippleHill
Join Tracy Hatch, WhippleHill Product Owner, for a deep dive into the next big projects for Core.

iPad in the Classroom (session 1 of 2)
Room: Skyline
Presenter: Hans Mundahl, Hans Mundahl & Associates
Learn how New Hampton School went from a thirty device iPad pilot to integrate the device fully into the culture of teaching and learning and become an Apple Distinguished School. Topics will include mistakes to avoid, surprising take-aways, and our favorite apps.

Going All In With WhippleHill – Decisions, Decisions
Room: Aquitania
Presenter: Christine Nichols, Worcester Academy
Christine Nichols takes you through Worcester Academy’s thorough process from research and analysis to engagement and announcement, highlighting the critical steps in how WA made a significant institutional change.

SEO Self Defense
Room: Brittanic
Presenter: Daren Worcester
Unfortunately, you never know when an unflattering link or photo is going to show when your school’s name is googled. The best way to minimize the impact is to take preventative action before a negative result appears. We’ll tell you how.

CSS Basics for onMessage
Room: Raffaello
Presenter: Christine Caprio, WhippleHill
Learn how to use basic CSS to take advantage of styling capabilities in onMessage.

Using Resource Boards to their Maximum Potential
Room: Michelangelo
Presenter: Lisa Taylor, Berkeley Hall School
Join Lisa Taylor, Director of Communications at Berkeley Hall School, as she shares practical guidelines for creating an internal communication space your school community can’t live without.

How Students Can Help Market Your School
Room: Olympia
Presenter: Robin Cook, Pomfret School
Join Robin Cook from Pomfret and learn what it takes to engage students in your school’s admissions and marketing efforts.

Session 2: 11:15 – 11:55

onMessage Idea Workshop
Room: Ballroom
Presenter: Janet Wittenberg, WhippleHill
Join Janet Wittenberg, WhippleHill Product Owner, for a deep dive on the next big projects for onMessage.

iPad in the Classroom (session 2 of 2)
Room: Skyline
Presenter: Hans Mundahl, Hans Mundahl & Associates
Learn how New Hampton School went from a thirty device iPad pilot to integrate the device fully into the culture of teaching and learning and become an Apple Distinguished School. Topics will include mistakes to avoid, surprising take-aways, and our favorite apps.

Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Turn Leadership Communications Goals into Reality
Room: Aquitania
Presenter: Will Redway, WhippleHill
Come hear the critical questions that must be asked and answered to be effective at making your web a critical part of your schools long term sustainability plan.

How to Create the VIParent Experience
Room: Brittanic
Presenter: Brenda Noiseux, WhippleHill
Families expect schools to deliver an admission experience (both online and off) that clearly indicates that you know who they are — rather than just being a number. In this session, we’ll share ideas you can easily implement this year.

Keys to a Successful Upgrade
Room: Raffaello
Presenters: Cheryl Fleming, Sanford School; Emily Liu, WhippleHill
Learn successful communication and training strategies designed to create user buy-in and understanding of the programs available in the app.  Topics will include mandatory professional development for faculty, “telemarketing,” and one-on-ones offered for all users.

How to Engage Your Students Using onCampus
Room: Michelangelo
Presenters: Kegan Soncha, Cheshire Academy; Ray Cirmo, Cheshire Academy; Jackie Christensen, WhippleHill
Are you looking for ways to better engage your students via an LMS? Hear how Kegan Soncha and Ray Cirmo, Cheshire Academy, have built class pages and shared learning resources to improve student communication, organization, and engagement.

An Introduction to Schedule Maker
Room: Olympia
Presenter: Mark Sargent, WhippleHill
In this session, we will learn how the Schedule Maker tool can help guide you through the process of creating sections, building enrollments, and defining when classes will meet.

Session 3: 1:35 – 2:15

onBoard Idea Workshop
Room: Ballroom
Presenter: Brenda Noiseux, WhippleHill
Join Brenda Noiseux, WhippleHill Product Owner, for a deep dive on the next big projects for onBoard.

Leading Your “Whole School Connected” – A Guide for School Leaders
Room: Skyline
Presenter: Travis Warren, WhippleHill
Come talk with Travis Warren about leading Your Whole School. Connected.

Discipline & onRecord: Today and Tomorrow
Room: Aquitania
Presenter: Mark Sargent, WhippleHill
All schools are unique, and this is very evident when we start talking about how they record and track discipline within the school. In this session, we will discuss what schools currently use, as well as learn where we are headed in the future within onRecord.

Creating an onMessage site from Scratch
Room: Brittanic
Presenter: Zally Price, Mercerburg Academy; Janet Wittenberg, WhippleHill
During this session, Zally Price will walk you through his school’s process for creating an onMessage
website and revealing a few tips along the way.

Using Community Groups for Professional Development
Room: Raffaello
Presenter: Laura Flynn, Louisville High School; Jackie Christensen, WhippleHill
Join Laura Flynn, Director of eLearning at Louisville High School, as she shares her innovative use of onCampus’ Community Groups to curate and organize PD resources that her Faculty can leverage all year long.

Migrating Portal Content to Activities Streams and Resource Boards
Room: Michelangelo
Presenter: Zach Limoges, WhippleHill
It’s a portal yard sale, and everything must go!! Come discuss how to create a robust and personal experience with your Resource Board and Activity Streams using the pieces you currently have established on your Portals, with the goal of closing your school’s Portals for good.

Analyzing The Perfect Website
Room: Olympia
Presenter: Daren Worcester, WhippleHill
Looking closely at the navigation, design, user experience, and content, we’ll discuss what makes one particular site stand out from the crowd. Want to know what site we’re talking about? Sorry, no spoilers!

Session 4: 2:20 – 3:00

onCampus Idea Workshop
Room: Ballroom
Presenter: Jackie Christensen, WhippleHill
Join Jackie Christensen, WhippleHill Product Owner, for a deep dive on the next big projects for onCampus.

Designing Your Site for Success
Room: Aquitania
Presenter: Natalie Curtiss, WhippleHill
Find out about some of the new and exciting design features that onMessage has to offer. Learn some tips on how to decide what design features will work for your school and how you can best work with your designer to create an eye-catching and user-friendly website.

Managing Social Media and Your Online Presence
Room: Brittanic
Presenter: Mark Christensen, WhippleHill
Join Mark Christensen to discuss and learn the seven reasons why you need to pay close attention to your digital footprint.

Fundamentals of Google Analytics
Room: Raffaello
Presenter: Geoff Campbell, Hebron Academy; Laurie Holbrook, WhippleHill; Michelle Leuci, WhippleHill
Learn what GA is capable of, basic reports and functionality, and look at key metrics to measure your school’s efforts. Hear from Hebron Academy’s Geoff Campbell on what made them dig in with GA.

Communicate for Results with Landing Pages
Room: Michelangelo
Presenter: Peter Baron, WhippleHill
Join Peter Baron as he breaks down school landing page campaigns. See what worked, what missed the mark, and walk away with advice on how to create landing pages that convert.

An Introduction to Schedule Maker
Room: Olympia
Presenter: Mark Sargent, WhippleHill
In this session, we will learn how the Schedule Maker tool can help guide you through the process of creating sections, building enrollments, and defining when classes will meet.

Session 5: 3:05 – 3:45

onRecord Idea Workshop
Room: Ballroom
Presenter: Mark Sargent, WhippleHill
Join Mark Sargent, WhippleHill Product Owner, for a deep dive on the next big projects for onMessage.

Google Apps in the Classroom
Room: Skyline
Presenter: Hans Mundahl, Hans Mundahl & Associates
In this session, participants will learn how to use the most popular Apps in the classroom to increase student collaboration, facilitate assessment, and support learning in the classroom.

A Sneak Peek: The 2014 Private School Web Trends Report
Room: Aquitania
Presenter: Peter Baron, WhippleHill
Learn the objectives and early outcomes from an industry-wide website navigation and usability survey of 3000+ private school websites. See how schools are positioning themselves for success!

Reimagining Your Forms in onBoard
Room: Brittanic
Presenter: Brenda Noiseux, WhippleHill
There’s a pretty good chance that a review of your admission forms made your summer to-do list. Before you dive in, here’s a set of tips to help you build even better forms for the upcoming school year.

How to Create Video for the Flipped Classroom
Room: Raffaello
Presenter: Mark Christensen, WhippleHill
Join Mark Christensen to learn how to convert an existing traditional lesson plan into an engaging flipped video.

Blend your World Language Classes
Room: Michelangelo
Presenter: Elizabeth Preston, St. Luke’s School
Join Elizabeth Preston, Director of Information Technology at St. Luke’s as she shares how to successfully blend World Language classes using onCampus.

Boost Your School’s Web Site Engagement by 100%: The Story of FastCast
Room: Olympia
Presenters: Seth Marx & Laura Hollis, Saddle River Day School
Join Seth Marx and Laura Hollis from Saddle River Day School to learn how they boosted their login rate over 100% by kick-starting their weekly behind the password “FastCast” video series.

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