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NYSAIS Education and Information Technology Conference (NEIT 14)

Start: 1/29/2014 » All Day

Location: Mohonk Mountain House

NEIT is a conference for librarians and technologists to gather and explore the future of information and technology in schools.

Exhibitors Note: Attending all three days? You must purchase a table, and you must register as an attendee from this page. EXHIBITORS Register for a table Here!

Much of the conference is devoted to Open Space or Unconference sessions. These are organic, just-in-time opportunities to share our knowledge and learn from one another. Come prepared to do so! To learn more about how it works, visit
Director of the 21st Century Fluency Project (, Ian Jukes has been a teacher, an administrator, writer & consultant. In his many roles, he has consistently focused on the need to restructure schools so they are relevant to the current and future needs of our children. Based on the book, Living on the Future Edge: Windows on Tomorrow, Jukes's presentations explore compelling questions about learning and teaching in an age of disruptive innovation and accelerating change. Ian will participate fully in the entire conference.



10:00 AM

Committee Meeting – Lake Lounge

12:00 noon

NYSAIS Registration Desk opens (rooms not guaranteed till 4:00 PM)

12:30 PM


2:00 PM

Welcome by the Conference Committee
Barbara Lutz & Jed Dioguardi

2:15 PM


General Session 1 - Education in the Age of Disruptive Innovation
Speaker: Ian Jukes

Presider: Michelle Sherry, School of the Holy Child

The world is no longer the stable and predictable place that it once was even a few years ago, raising hard questions for educators. What will learning look like, and how will it be assessed? What skills in learners and educators will be most highly valued? And how can educators design effective learning environments in a world of accelerating change? This presentation explores the shift in curriculum and thinking that will be necessary for schools to prepare students to be effective learners, and educators to be more effective teachers, in a fundamentally different world than the one we grew up in.

Based on the new book, Living on the Future Edge: Windows on Tomorrow from the 21st Century Fluency Project, this presentation examines what learning, teaching, and assessment will look like in the new digital landscape.

4:00 PM

Tea in Lake Lounge - Check-in to hotel rooms

5:00 PM

Introduction to Open Space (Unconference) - Jay Heath & Barbara Swanson

5:30 – 6:30 PM

Open Space Unconference 1

6:30 PM

Reception & Dinner


7:30 – 8:15 AM

Buffet Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 AM

Open Space Gathering/Planning - Whitni Roche & Diane Neary

9:00 -10:00 AM

Open Space Unconference 2

10:15 – 11:15 AM

Open Space Unconference 3

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM


General Session 2 – Literacy is Not Enough: What Does 21st Century Learning Really Look Like?
Speaker: Ian Jukes

Presider: Lizbeth Johnson, Professional Childrens School

This session covers a fundamental shift in the basic paradigm of teaching that is required to prepare digital students for 21st century life. It looks at current teacher practices, and explains how we can teach effectively in an age when new technologies cascade onto the new digital landscape at an astonishing rate, and identifies the principles and processes that transcend these new technologies. You’ll come away with a clear understanding of strategies that will prepare students to meet the new realities of the 21st century.

12:45 PM

Buffet Luncheon


Afternoon Options
Enjoy the excellent XC Skiiling, ice skating, spa, pool, health facilities.
Details at Guest Services

4:00 PM

Tea in Lake Lounge

5:00 PM

Open Space Unconference 4
Presider: Jed Dioguardi, Hackley School

6:00 PM

Complimentary Cocktails and Vendor Displays
A select group of corporate guests will display their products and services.

7:30 PM

Ignite! (20 slides, 15 seconds each) – John Hutzler, Abraham Joshua Heschel School
All about Ignite, and proposal form.__


8:00 – 9:00 AM

Buffet Breakfast

9:00 – 12:30

General Session 3 – Information Technology: Design Thinking our way to the future
Leader: don buckley, Tools for Schools
Presider: Dr. Akbar Herndon, Grace Church School

This session will emphasize the methodology of design thinking and strategy, rather than the end solutions. Exploring and learning by doing will ensure that each attendee will understand and be able to implement the design thinking process including:

  • Define
  • Research
  • Ideation
  • Prototype
  • Choose
  • Implement
  • Learn

12:30 PM


Friday lunch is not part of the conference package. There will be an extra charge if you decide to stay for lunch. You may also order a Trail Lunch if you wish.

Watch this space for details and the conference agenda.

Ian Jukes has been a teacher, an administrator, writer, consultant, university instructor and keynote speaker. As Director of the 21st Century Fluency Project ( he has worked with more than 500 school districts, as well as businesses, community organizations and other institutions throughout North America and around the world. During the last 20 years, he has written or co-written 14 books. His latest books, all written within the past two years, include Living on the Future Edge, Understanding the Digital Generation, Literacy is Not Enough, Getting It Right, and The Digital Diet.

As an educator first, his focus has consistently been on the compelling need to restructure schools so they are relevant to the current and future needs of our children. His rambunctious and irreverent presentations emphasize many of the practical issues related to ensuring that change is meaningful. As a registered educational evangelist, his self-avowed mission in life is to ensure that children are properly prepared for their future rather than society’s past. Fasten your seat belts and strap on your cerebral flak jacket. Counseling can and will be provided.

Don Buckley has transformed learning spaces so they work for teachers and students and not just architects, he has transformed textbooks so that they work for students and teachers and not just publishers, and transformed new media resources so that they work for students and teachers and not just programmers. He has advanced degrees from leading European universities, is a former industrial chemist, published photographer, and former consultant to MOMA's Education Department. Don is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Tools at Schools, an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Teacher's College, an author for Pearson's Interactive Science Program (a K-8 Science series for 21st century schools). Most recently Don has worked with aruliden on multiple design thinking projects to rethink education and presents nationally and internationally on Design Thinking and Innovation.
Don is passionate about Travel, Architecture, Design, Change,The Future and Innovation.
He is a scientist, technologist, educator, author, traveler, design thinker, innovator and dual citizen of Ireland and the United States.

Registration and Credit Card Payment

Registration is a 2-step process. Be sure to do both in fall, 2013.

1. Reserve your room with Mohonk - do one of the following
  • Or reserve by phone: 845-255-1000

2. Conference Registration and Credit Card Payment

Early Registration Fees apply until 2 weeks before the event
  • NYSAIS Members - $325.00
  • Non-members - $350.00
Regular Registration Fees apply within 2 weeks of the event
  • NYSAIS Members - $375.00
  • Non-members - $420.00

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