Sponsors: Tech Forum Midwest

Platinum Level Sponsors

Optimize Learning Environments with 3Com Secure Converged Networks. 3Com equips learning communities with the most advanced network technologies at a price you can afford. Award-winning 3Com® Ethernet based security products, high-performance wired and wireless networks let increasingly sophisticated School districts share information and communicate with each other, securely. Reliable, easy to use and manage networks give administrators, instructors, and students the consistent, anytime and anywhere network access they need. Why do thousands of national school districts use Cisco compatible 3Com Power-Over-Ethernet switches, Routers, IP Telephony, and Network Management? They all work together at 1/3rd the price.

Every day, tens of thousands of teachers around the world trust SMART's products to create an engaging learning environment. Whether in the kindergarten classroom or the university lecture hall, SMART is there. SMART products have been proven effective in increasing student engagement, motivation and learning, and in helping educators streamline lesson preparation.

SMART Technologies is both the industry pioneer and global market leader in easy-to-use interactive whiteboards and other group collaboration tools. SMART products include the family of award-winning SMART Board interactive whiteboards, as well as interactive pen displays and software. Visit www.smarttech.com for more information.

Gold Level Sponsors

Network security is controlling what is on your network; and control is all about detecting and resolving any activity that doesn't align with your organization's policies. Built specifically for K12 networks and protecting millions of students nationwide, Lightspeed Systems provides a single admin consol to everything running on your network and control any detected issues. Lightspeed gives control with email archiving, content filtering, spam management, antivirus, extensive reporting, gateway server & desktop security, bandwidth management, & mobile content filtering. Obtain peace of mind with Total Traffic Control with Lightspeed Systems.

NEC Display Solutions designs, produces and delivers leading-edge visual display technology that combines simplicity with flexibility, enabling faculty to deliver lessons with confidence. NEC Display Solutions specializes in desktop LCDs, large-screen LCD and plasma displays, interactive whiteboards, and a diverse line of projectors for customers who demand the most high-quality, reliable display solutions to meet their needs. The pure colors, crisp text and lifelike images help streamline the learning process by engaging students and increasing retention.

netTrekker — powered by Thinkronize
netTrekker is the award-winning academic search engine created by educators expressly for students, teachers and librarians. netTrekker delivers only the best educational resources from the entire Internet in an organized, safe, standards-aligned format to every desktop.

SchoolFusion, a top winner of Technology & Learning's 2005 & 2006 Awards of Excellence, enables districts and schools to implement website communication solutions that have immediate impact. The SchoolFusion package can include easy-to-update websites, interactive calendar systems, professional development tools, teacher websites with a variety of assessment tools, personal portals for each member of the school community and much more! SchoolFusion creates a professional look across your district that will make your whole community take notice. Plus, SchoolFusion has been proven to develop more efficient and accountable teachers, more involved parents and higher achieving students. Please review our brief on line demo at http://www.schoolfusion.com/demos.

Silver Sponsors

AVerMedia Information, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of digital multimedia technology products for the education, government and consumer electronics markets. Focusing on digital video technology, AVerMedia features high-quality and user friendly presentation products for K-12 and Higher Education classrooms. The AVerVision brand of document cameras and visual presenters is specifically designed for digital presentations in the classroom, with offerings ranging from basic entry-level products to advanced visual presentation solutions. Easy-to-use, yet offering extensive and exclusive features and functions with the ability to integrate into the latest classroom technologies, AVerVision Document Cameras and Visual Presenters are a true teachers tool.

CustomGuide is an online assessment and learning provider. We help organizations measure the unique software and workplace skills of every user and to provide personalized online training so users can improve their productivity and proficiency.

At Lumens Integration, we focus solely on educational solutions. We design the most technically developed and flexible line of visual presenters that help teachers move beyond traditional teaching strategies to inspire the classroom with innovative, educational experiences. Lumens is dedicated to delivering the most advanced and reliable line of visual presentation solutions to the K-12 and higher-education communities while offering the most comprehensive, all-inclusive warranty in the industry.

Motorola offers a comprehensive portfolio of wireless networking solutions designed to enable the truly wireless campus network – from school districts to large universities. Motorola's wireless enterprise portfolio includes indoor and outdoor wireless LAN, fixed broadband, mesh, security, and WLAN troubleshooting solutions for wireless video, voice, and data. With resiliency, security and performance exceeding that of a wired network, Motorola's solutions substantially reduce network deployment and maintenance costs, and ensure wireless connectivity in every corner of the campus. Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications and is focused on advancing the way the world connects.

Sanyo is a leading manufacturer of LCD and DLP data projectors for the education market with models for portable or fixed installations for applications in classrooms, lecture halls or auditoriums. Products featured this year include the PLC-XL51 Ultra short-throw projector (0" from screen for a 60" image), the new PLC-WXE45 short-throw projector for use with interactive whiteboards, the PLC-XU88 wireless content-delivery projector and the PLC-XC55 ultimate classroom projector with excellent Total Cost of Ownership.

Skyward's School Management System™ represents the only integrated student, finance and human resources software package that lets districts manage student progress, annual budget, employee pay, and even food service from a single centralized database. Comprised of their School Business Suite and Student Management Suite, Skyward's School Management System™ offers unrivaled integration signifying a new era in administrative software. Whether it is state reporting changes or the addition of new features, Skyward's product grows with your administrative and academic goals. Skyward's unique framework design offers a lower learning curve for smoother implementation and extensive workflow tools that save your district real dollars in time and materials.

Association Partners

The Illinois Computing Educators organization is an affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). The mission of Illinois Computing Educators is to lead the educational community in enhancing learning through technology. The annual ICE Conference is held at the end of February, but ongoing professional development events and presentations are offered throughout the year by the members of the nine ICE chapters located around the state. More information about the Illinois Computing Educators can be found at our web site: www.iceberg.org.

The Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization established in 1975 dedicated to bringing educators from all levels together to facilitate the sharing of best practices of technology to enhance teaching and learning. Its 3,000+ members come from Michigan, neighboring midwest states and Canada. MACUL is an organizational affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Find out more about MACUL at: www.macul.org

SET Connections is a non-profit corporation whose purpose is educational; to promote an overall understanding of technology and its benefits and then to assist in its utilization, to support the field of special education. Special education students bring individual needs to educators, who have unrealistic case loads, in a field short of funding, with an exhaustive obligation for paperwork and now a requirement to implement RTI. SET Connections is working to lead special education students and educators, to learn to use technologies in order to be more successful. For more information see www.SETConnections.org.

WEMTA is an independent professional association serving school library media and instructional technology professionals. WEMTA is committed to providing leadership and professional growth opportunities to promote quality learning and information access to meet the needs of our educational community.