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President's Message...

As I look out the window and see the Japanese beetles eating some of my favorite perennials to shreds, I remind myself that I have many things on my summer to do list still to be crossed off.  While I have accomplished much so far, there still is much to be done.  I sincerely hope you are enjoying the summer and all that comes with it for you and your family.

One of the things you can get done this summer is to join or renew your membership with WEBIT.  Just click on the Join WEBIT tab on our webpage for more information.  Another thing you can check off your list is to register for our annual conference.  This year’s conference is the 70th conference for WEBIT, formerly known as WBEA, and will be sure to get those creative juices flowing. There will be new activities and resources to take back to the classroom or to ponder for your district.  Everything you need to know for the conference can, of course, be found on our webpage under the PD Registration tab.  Some of you have set aside Carl Perkins funds to offset WEBIT costs while others use budget monies to join and attend.  Both of these are great ways to get to the conference and get involved in your state organization.  If you are interested in presenting at our conference, we would love to hear from you!  Please contact me so I can get the information out to you:  staceyryan@waunakee.k12.wi.us

Lastly, your WEBIT board has been working hard to look at our bylaws and update anything that seems to be out of date.  At the conference in October, we will have our annual meeting to vote on changes that will make us better and stronger moving into the future. Soon we will need to fill open seats or seats that will be opening on the board.  Consider this important leadership role and join a great team to move Business and Information Technology forward for the State of Wisconsin.

Continue to enjoy the warm weather and your time away from the normal routine.  If you have any questions or suggestions regarding WEBIT, don’t be afraid to contact me at the email address stated up above.  

Fondly ~ Stacey Ryan, President

To contact Stacey Ryan, please email her at:  staceyryan@waunakee.k12.wi.us

Convention Recap 2017!

On October 4, 5 and 6, 2017, WEBIT and WMEA had its first joint convention, Better Together...Pointing to the Future.  The atmosphere was filled excitement as the kickoff to convention started off with a social Wednesday evening.  

Thursday, the Convention Center at the Holiday Inn in Stevens Point was filled with 144 attendees from both WEBIT and WMEA with 10 of those attendees students from UW-Stout and UW-Whitewater.  Thirteen Vendors were on hand to give information on various textbooks, software applications, and donate door prizes! A huge thank you to Cengage Learning/National Geographic Learning for sponsoring the snack break held that afternoon.  Sessions, this year, were themed around academic career planning such as Youth Apprenticeship, Partners in Education, Career Locker, CAPP program w/UW-O, and an ACP panel.  Other sessions had presenters on the topics of business, marketing and IT from Skyward, Skyline Technologies, Accounting Workshop, SC, Pointe Precision, Marten Machining, and Omni Resources.  

Something new this year was the Innovation Lounge which showcased information on how to incorporate a Makerspace within your community (i.e. CREATE Center), coding with Spheros (Kurt Wismer), using Echo by Amazon (Skyline Technologies), and ways to teach technology using real-life applications of emerging technologies in grades 9-12 (Moonshot Learning).  

Teachers in Business, IT, and Marketing shared their ideas and resources over the two-day convention, in areas of Game Design, Google Classroom, MobileMakers, Tourism, Business Writing, Personal Finance, Connecting the Classroom to the outside world, Computer Science, Elementary Keyboarding, Presentation Skills, WorkKeys, FBLA and DECA. A huge thank you to the following educators:  Kristina Blomquist, Olivia Dachel, Brandon Egnarski, Josh Firgens, Jennifer Gipp, Brent Gostomski, Jason Holter, Phil Huff, Bob Hutchinson, Jan Imhoff, Stephanie Jansen, Cynthia Jensen, Trina Knospe, Marla Konkol, Cheryl Kothe, Michelle McGlynn, Dr. Kristi Roth, Carrie Pierschalla, Sentry Toastmasters, Denise Schulz, and Julie Woletz.

Opening session on Thursday, included comments from WMEA President, Jason Holter; WEBIT President, Sheri Schmidt; Mayor of Stevens Point, Mike Wiza; and Dean of the School of Business and Information Technology at Mid-State Technical College, Missy Skurzewski-Servant.  Thursday’s afternoon, keynote speaker, Kelly Brown, CEO and managing partner of American Deposit, capped off the day with her keynote on the Hard Side of Change Management focusing on ways small changes can make a big impact.  Her examples of how her company is constantly changing to meet the needs of their customers, ways to minimize a negative impact and how to change the focus of “me” to “us”.  Audience members were active participants!  Along with her keynote, she also did a session titled, “What is Your Milkshake?” giving great examples of how to make the customer feel success and ways to understand if their needs are met.

Friday morning led off with Dave Thomas and a Jeopardy showdown against UWW/UW-Stout students vs. WEBIT vs. WMEA and their knowledge in What’s New in BM&IT, New Skills for Youth, ACP, and more!  Kym Buchanan, Associate Dean of the School of Professional Studies, was the morning’s keynote speaker focusing on the Minecraft Generation.  What are the trends, new game neighborhoods, fandoms, and self-publishing all finding their ways into kids of today.  What are these things that kids of today are involved with? How can these new trends change the way classrooms are set up and facilitated.  Great resources (You’re Never Weird on the Internet, by Felicia Day; Everything Bad is Good for You, by Steven Johnson; Utopian Entrepreneur, by Brenda Laurel; and Kym Buchanan).  

The WEBIT Awards Luncheon included awards to Bob Wagner, Marion University for the Friend of WEBIT; Steven Doell, Hosler Award; along with Karolyn Erickson and Allison Rigotti as WEBIT’s scholarship recipients.

As we wrap up 2017 in Stevens Point, we look to 2018 in LaCrosse.  Please join us starting October 3, 2018, at the Radisson Inn for a reception and social followed by two fast paced days of workshops, tours, sessions, and keynotes on the Western Technical Campus.

Michelle Gibson Herman, Convention Coordinator

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