Conference
Schedule

Learn. Share. Experience.

2019 Event Schedule

9 Jul, 2019

1 : 00 PM - 8 : 00 PM

Registration Check In

Check in at our welcome booth and get ready for an exciting week!

 

6 : 00 PM - 8 : 00 PM

Welcome Reception

Come join us for a fabulous reception in your honor as we welcome you and your family to this year's TestOut Experience Conference. (Reception included dinner)

10 Jul, 2019

6 : 00 AM - 8 : 00 AM

Breakfast

You and your family/guest will enjoy a beautifully catered breakfast to start out the day.

 

8 : 00 AM - 8 : 15 AM

Welcome from the CEO

Noel Vallejo, CEO and Founder of TestOut Corporation, will share a few words to kick off the conference.

 

8 : 30 AM - 9 : 15 AM

Intro to Ethical Hacker

Ken Sardoni, VP of Course Development, and Craig Jenkins, Manager of Course Design, will introduce one of our most requested courses, Ethical Hacker Pro.

 

9 : 15 AM - 10 : 00 AM

Preparing Students for their Future in IT

Presenter: Bob Drake, Global Business Lead, Cloud Infrastructure Services, and Identity & Security at Microsoft.

 

9 : 15 AM - 10 : 00 AM

Instructional: Bits, Bytes, and Pieces

Learn how to deal with the 30 second attention span while preparing them for success in the classroom and workplace, and partner with businesses for work based learning experiences. Presenter: Ken Toth, veteran educator and expert in Information Technology

 

10 : 00 AM - 10 : 30 AM

Networking Break

 

10 : 30 AM - 11 : 10 AM

Building your Student’s Confidence with a PC Repair Help Desk

Presenter: Linda Brown, CS Instructor and 23 year veteran of teaching CS/IT.

 

10 : 30 AM - 11 : 10 AM

Hook ‘em and Keep ‘em. Throw Nothing Back: How to Draw Students into Your School and Hold Onto Them.

With over 30 years of experience in higher ed Michael “Bleach” Bleacher shares the do’s and don’ts of recruiting students to your program and maintaining high retention rates. Presenter: Michael "Bleach" Bleacher Associate Vice Provost at Strayer University

 

11 : 20 AM - 12 : 00 AM

Combining Virtual Labs and Hands-On Learning in Cybersecurity

A tag team presentation from April Pelfrey and Philip Peavy on the ins and outs of starting a cybersecurity pathway for GCPS using TestOut within all three courses of the pathway.

 

11 : 20 AM - 12 : 00 AM

Getting Buy-In: Proven Ways that Build Excitement & Engagement Around Certification Among Faculty & Students

Professor Eugene Andres, IT Instructor at Cuyahoga Community College, to share best practices for using Bootcamps to help students prepare for and pass certifications.

 

11 : 20 AM - 12 : 00 AM

Engaging Like Crazy to Be More Fun

Presenter Jed Patrick, IT Instructor at Mountainland Technical College, shares the different elements that create a truly engaging atmosphere of learning that have your students anxious to come learn and participate.

 

12 : 00 PM - 2 : 00 PM

Lunch Break

Network with other educators over a fabulous catered lunch.

 

1 : 30 PM - 3 : 00 PM

Optional Hands-On Open Labs

Open sessions will be available where individuals can get more detailed instruction or hands-on experience with any of the LabSim tools, Certification Exams, and any of the courses.

 

1 : 30 PM - 3 : 00 PM

Optional Ethical Hacker Simulation Demos & Discussion

Course Designer, Dana Fellows, will walk attendees through a demo of the new Ethical Hacker Pro course, followed by a discussion.

 

2 : 30 PM - 10 : 30 PM

Excursion to Olympic Park (Activities, Dinner, and Flying Aces Show) Park City, UT

Join your families, guests, as you explore all the Olympic Park (site of the 2002 Winter Olympics) has to offer: Interactive Museum, ride down the bobsled track at 60 mph in a real bobsled, extreme tubing down the ski jump landing hill, alpine slide, several zip-line courses down the mountain, Adventure ropes courses for all levels as well as a discovery zone for the youngest adventurers. Enjoy a wonderful catered dinner and watch the Flying Ace All-Stars perform acrobatic feats as they soar up to 60 feet in the air before landing in the 750,000 gallon Aerials pool (one of only 2 in the world). This choreographed production will leave you breathless.

11 Jul, 2019

6 : 00 AM - 8 : 00 AM

Breakfast

You and your family/guest will enjoy a beautifully catered breakfast to start out the day.

 

8 : 30 AM - 9 : 15 AM

Intro to LabSim 6

Nate Garner, VP of Engineering will demonstrate some of the changes and upgrades made to LabSim 6 and how it can improve you and your students learning outcomes.

 

9 : 25 AM - 9 : 55 AM

Intro to IT Fundamentals Course

Ken Sardoni, VP of Course Development, will demonstrate and discuss one of our newest courses, IT Fundamentals Pro.

 

9 : 25 AM - 9 : 55 AM

Preparing to R.O.A.R.R: Realize, Observe, Assess, Review, and Reinforce

Patrea Wilson, Cybersecurity Risk Analyst with Lockheed Martin, discusses the importance of obtaining and maintaining certifications and being adaptable to changes in technology and education.

 

9 : 25 AM - 9 : 55 AM

Creating a Repair Shop & Partnering with Businesses for Internships and Funding

Trent Stokes reveals the ingredients, even the ones often overlooked, to create a successful real-life experience for students which can really give them an advantage when preparing for the workforce.

 

10 : 05 AM - 10 : 35 AM

To Be Announced

Presenter: Johnny Carrera, Open Cloud Academy Instructor at Rackspace

 

10 : 05 AM - 10 : 35 AM

Steps in Building a Top-Ranked Online Computer Information Systems Degree

Presenter: Mary Beth Tarver, 50+ year veteran of education and pioneer in online education

 

10 : 05 AM - 10 : 35 AM

My Journey to Working in IT at Microsoft

Hear from a former student (David Carter) and his experience learning IT and what helped him land a job at Microsoft

 

10 : 35 AM - 11 : 00 AM

Networking Break

 

11 : 00 AM - 11 : 30 AM

How to Create Your Cybersecurity Curriculum with Security Pro

Lee Ann Pessoney, Cyber Security Teacher at Madison City Schools, will educate on the best ways she has found to use TestOut Security Pro in cybersecurity classes. Get access to her classroom and take advantage of the resources she has created to establish a successful cybersecurity curriculum.

 

11 : 00 AM - 11 : 30 AM

To Be Announced

Presenter: Eugene Andres, IT Instructor at Cuyahoga Community College

 

11 : 00 AM - 11 : 30 AM

Choose your Own Adventure: The Most Effective Ways to Use TestOut content in Traditional, Flipped, Hybrid, and Online Courses

Presenter Brandon Grace, IT Teacher at Lubbock ISD Advanced Technology Center, shares some of the best practices for instruction using the various classroom teaching settings and how to get the most out of each one.

 

11 : 40 AM - 12 : 00 PM

Closing Thoughts

TestOut CEO Noel Vallejo will give some closing remarks about the conference before afternoon activities commence.

 

12 : 00 PM - 2 : 00 PM

Lunch Break

Network with other educators over a fabulous catered lunch.

 

1 : 30 PM - 3 : 00 PM

Optional Hands-On Open Labs

Open sessions will be available where individuals can get more detailed instruction or hands-on experience with any of the LabSim tools, Certification Exams, and any of the courses.

 

1 : 30 PM - 3 : 00 PM

Optional Ethical Hacker Simulation Demos & Discussion

Course Designer, Dana Fellows, will walk attendees through a demo of the new Ethical Hacker Pro course, followed by a discussion.

 

1 : 30 PM - 3 : 00 PM

Optional LabSim 6 Hands-On Open Labs

Get a first-hand view at the new LabSim 6 in this open lab, demo and discussion with Lead Engineer, Brian Taggart.

 

1 : 30 PM - 3 : 00 PM

Optional IT Fundamentals Simulation Demos and Discussion

Get a first-hand look at the new IT Fundamentals Pro course with demo and discussion with Course Designer, Steve Decker.

 

2 : 20 PM - 5 : 00 PM

Afternoon at "This is the Place" Heritage Park

Take a step back in time as you explore life on the great frontier. Visit Pioneer village, ride trains and ponies, play at the irrigation station splash pad and pan for gold. Say hello to friendly farm animals up close and even milk Clara Belle the Cow. See a working Blacksmith shop, a Tinsmith, and help a "Spinster" card and spin wool.

 

5 : 00 PM - 8 : 00 PM

Closing Dinner Fiesta

Enjoy a delightful celebration of culture and authentic Mexican food in what has become a TestOut tradition. You won't want to miss it!

12 Jul, 2019

6 : 00 AM - 8 : 00 AM

Breakfast

Enjoy another wonderful breakfast with everyone.

 

8 : 00 AM - 12 : 00 PM

Optional Hands-On Open Labs

Open sessions will be available where individuals can get more detailed instruction or hands-on experience with any of the LabSim tools, Certification Exams, and any of the courses.

 

8 : 00 AM - 12 : 00 PM

Optional LabSim 6 Hands-On Open Labs

Get a first-hand view at the new LabSim 6 in this open lab, demo and discussion with Lead Engineer, Brian Taggart.

 

8 : 00 AM - 12 : 00 PM

Optional IT Fundamentals Simulation Demos and Discussion

Get a first-hand look at the new IT Fundamentals course with demo and discussion with Course Designer, Steve Decker.

 

11 : 30 PM

Lunches To-Go

Boxed lunches available for those who stay through the morning.

*Topics and schedule are subject to change.