TestOut Experience Conference
2019 Session Recap
Higher Ed

Engaging Like Crazy to Be More Fun

Jed PatrickIT Program Lead at Mountainland Technical College

Learn how Jed Patrick keeps his students engaged through interactive and creative learning methods while maintaining a strong focus on real-world application and employment.

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K12

Bits, Bytes, and Pieces: 4 Proven Ways That Get Your Students Certified and Hired

Ken TothPC and Network Technology Instructor at Careerline Tech Center

Hear from Ken Toth’s 30 years of teaching experience and using successful methods to get his high school students certified and employed by keeping today’s generation engaged, finding successful ways to partner with businesses, and improving certification pass rates.

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Higher Ed

The Flipped Classroom Debate: Achieving “Deep Learning” through Experiential Projects and Training

Spencer DeGrawProgram Chair - Cybersecurity at LDS Business College

Learn best practices from the success of Spencer DeGraw, an IT professional-turned-educator, who has turned a two-year college IT program with a few classes into a multi-faceted certification and employment engine using teaching methods like the flipped classroom model to get students high-paying, competitive jobs.

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K12

iFIX- Make I.T. Happen! Create a practical, fun & engaging classroom environment with Help Desk troubleshooting

Linda BrownInformation Technology / Computer Science Instructor at Desert Hills High School

Learn from over 20 years of Linda Brown’s experience getting high school students trained, certified, and employed using a student-run computer repair shop and a ticketing system integrated with TestOut training and peer mentoring.

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Industry

My Journey to the Cloud

David CarterSupport Engineer, Identity & Security at Microsoft Corporation

Learn from the experience of car-salesman-turned-Microsoft-Azure-Support-Engineer, David Carter, as he provides a unique perspective on getting his dream job. He’ll provide suggestions for helping students get employed in IT and be successful on the job after getting hired.

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TestOut

Tailoring Your Class Around Certification: Utilizing All that TestOut Offers to Get Your Students Certified

Dave AlexanderMarketing & Sales Development Manager at TestOut Corporation
Zach SteeleImplementation Manager at TestOut Corporation

Does making room for certification in your class seem unrealistic or too difficult to do? Learn from Dave Alexander and Zack Steele on tips for tailoring your class around certification and enlisting TestOut’s help to get you there. You’ll hear stories from both instructors and students about the impact certification has on their classes and on individual students’ lives and get ideas that you can take back to your classroom.

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K12

Prototyping, Piloting, and Program Implementation

April PelfreyComputer Science & Cybersecurity Instructor at Central Gwinnett High School
Philip PeavyComputer Science Instructor at Paul Duke STEM High School

Hear from April Pelfrey and Philip Peavey on how to effectively roll out a Cybersecurity Pathway in your Career & Technical Education (CTE) program.

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Higher Ed

Getting Buy-In: Proven Ways to Build Excitement and Engagement around Certification, among Students and Faculty

Eugene AndresIT Instructor at Cuyahoga Community College

Learn Professor Eugene Andres’ innovative methods for getting buy-in from his students, instructors, and administrators, to enhance your program, recruit students, get students certified and employed in the IT industry.

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K12

Learn 5 Key Practices to Transform your Program into a Certification and Job-Ready Focused Dynasty

Bart TaylorProfessor, SkillsUSA Texas District Coordinator, & TIVA President

Receive training from Bart Taylor, a 20-year veteran instructor, on five key methods for ensuring success with certification and job-readiness among students while helping your school embrace an IT certification culture.

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TestOut

Intro to TestOut Ethical Hacker Pro & TestOut IT Fundamentals Pro

Ken SardoniVice President, Course Development at TestOut Corporation
Craig JenkinsIT Course Production Manager at TestOut Corporation
Paul MillerCourse Designer at TestOut Corporation

This session will provide a quick look at two new TestOut courses that will be released this summer. Ethical Hacker Pro includes many new and cool technologies to propel your students into a cybersecurity career. IT Fundamentals Pro is designed to help students acquire basic knowledge and skills to bridge the chasm into information technology.

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k12

Supercharging Classroom Success: Elevating your Cybersecurity program using Security Pro

Lee Ann PessoneyCybersecurity Program Lead for Madison City Schools

Hear Lee Ann Pessoney share her expertise on how to utilize various online tools and resources to ensure success using TestOut Security Pro. She will pass along some tips on how to create lesson plans, effectively promote certifications to students, and explain how to align Security Pro with other CyberSecurity curriculum and standards, such as PLTW and CyberPatriot.

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Higher Ed

The Definitive How-To Guide: Learn the steps to building a top-ranked online Computer Information Systems Degree

Mary Beth TarverComputer Information Systems Instructor

Hear from 50+ year legend and veteran instructor Mary Beth Tarver as she presents a detailed process for building a large-scale and top-ranked online information systems degree.

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Higher Ed

Preparing to R.O.A.R.R.: 5 steps to valuing, obtaining, and maintaining an IT Certification focused program

Patrea WilsonCybersecurty Risk Analyst with Lockheed Martin

Receive training from Patrea Wilson, a veteran IT educator and working industry professional, who will share five key methods for increasing student exams and pass rates. She will share her perspective on the importance of certifications in academic programs, the industry, and the federal government/DoD.

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Higher Ed

If You Build It, They Will Come: Creating a help-desk/repair shop at your school to get your students noticed and employed

Trent StokesIT Department Head at Bridgerland Technical College

Receive training from industry veteran and IT department head Trent Stokes from Bridgerland Technical College. He will train on a key method for ensuring successful student employment: creating a student-ran help desk.

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K12

Improving the way you teach: Flips, flops and failures on my journey to creating a more engaging learning environment using TestOut

Brandon GraceIT Instructor with Lubbock ISD and District 3 Director with SkillsUSA Texas

Learn from the experiments, failures, and successes of Brandon Grace as he’s implemented TestOut into his program over the last three years and discovered the best approaches for utilizing it while changing the way he teaches high school and college students.

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Industry

Things I Learned from the IT Industry: A teacher’s retrospective

Johnny CarreraTechnical Trainer at Rackspace’s Open Cloud Academy

Hear from high--school--instructor--turned IT--corporate trainer Johnny Carrera on his unique perspective of going from academia to industry. He’ll provide insight on the things he did right in the classroom and things he would do differently now that he’s working in industry.

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Industry

Closing Remarks from TestOut CEO, Noel Vallejo

Noel VallejoCEO & Founder, TestOut

Hear from Noel Vallejo as he discusses his passion for helping students and how he started TestOut.

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