Here are notes, details and agendas from past face-to-face BAISNet Meetings:

iPad Gathering
November 10, 2010 9 AM - 12:30 PM
San Domenico School

San Domenico School is excited to host the second of two iPad gatherings in conjunction with BAISNet. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our campus for a great discussion. We have about 40 technology administrators, educational technologists, faculty, and every job title in between coming to discuss the iPad, other competing solutions, and the integration of these digital tools into our curriculums.

We are going to try to have a somewhat informal format "anchored" by discussions from several perspectives:

  • San Domenico's team will talk about our Middle School iPad/MacBook comparison pilot project
  • Cécile Lelievre and others from San Francisco University High School will be discussing her school's pilot that particularly highlights Chinese language and Astronomy instruction
  • Yolanda Escandón and Peter Eldredge from Marin Primary and Day School will share with us their experiences in their Primary School pilot

AND I'm sure that many others of us will have insight, experiences, and questions to offer! We also think that a technically-oriented representative from Apple will be on hand to contribute when appropriate.

Here is a rough schedule:

8:30 Doors open; coffee and refreshments available
9:00 Beginning of gathering with welcome from San Domenico School
Anchored discussions from High School, Middle School, and
Primary School perspectives
10:30 Break
10:45 Affinity Groups with discussions
11:45 Regroup and share
12:30 Lunch hosted by San Domenico School

Our sessions will begin in the Hall of the Arts at San Domenico School, 1500 Butterfield Rd, San Anselmo CA 94960. Directions are available here:

If you are NO LONGER coming to our gathering, I'd appreciate it if you could drop us a note at Thank you! I look forward to meeting everyone in person. :)

Christopher K. Sokolov
Director of Technology
San Domenico School
1500 Butterfield Road
San Anselmo, CA, 94960

Notes from iPad in Education Meeting at St, Andrews School, October 20, 2010

These are the notes from my table:

  • Keys School - deciding whether or not to go 1-1 and if the iPad would be an appropriate choice.
  • Widespread agreement that the iPad can do about 90% of what a student needs to do, but will need to be supplemented with a laptop cart or lab.
  • All would like to see more textbooks on mobile devices. McGraw Hill is releasing a algebra app; more textbooks by 2012 according to Apple rep
  • There is a lack of management tools for imaging, etc. Apple knows this. Third party apps are best bet for now
  • Hillbrook is piloting the iBook with 40 students
  • Questions about other input devices; keyboard, mouse. Can small hands be able to hold iPad for photography when that feature becomes available?
  • How to choose applications? Track applications.
  • Face it. The iPad is a single user device and calls for a different model of ownership in schools.
  • With young children, some sort of filtering is needed. Check out Mobicip
  • Paradigm shift for making these personal devices even for young children. Filtering.Electronic markup of assignments
  • What is the future of open source on these devices; there is a free developers kit, but the core of the Apple distribution model is different from that of FOSS.
  • People like that when they are using their iPad in a meeting, it imparts a different feeling in meetings than a laptop with the screen barrier where I appear to hide behind my computer.
  • Is there any student response system software for iPads? HIllbrook used a simple program for students to hold up rating numbers for presentations, but data is not electronically collected.
  • Where is the critical mass for iPads in education? Do you lead or follow?
  • iPad may be more of an evolutionary device, and its use and that of similar mobile devices is a question of when not if.
  • For the price you can get a decent netbook that does more than an iPad.
  • There's of lot of excitement about the iPad which is in itself an important motivation for getting teachers and students enthused about their use.
  • Education will put a lot of demands on education for this device and it will not be as lucrative a market for Apple as the consumer market. So will Apple ever create a special iPad for ed model?
  • Scientific probes for mobile devices; ability to add other devices to supplement the mobile devices. Will these come to iPad. Rumors are that Vernier will have something within 12 mos.
  • There was a brief demo of Audionote for iPad; taking notes, annotating it, adding drawings. No speech to text or handwriting recognition
  • Could the MacBook Air eventually become a tablet? Rotate the screen, make the screen touch sensitive, you have a tablet.
  • Is anyone using IOS for teaching computer science courses?
- Steve Taffee

November 2009 Gathering - Friday, November 13th, 2009 at Menlo School (Atherton, CA)

Time: Friday, Nov 13, 12-3pm

Place: Menlo School (50 Valparaiso Avenue, Atherton, 94027)

Attendance: Gabe Lucas (Menlo School), David Spence, (Menlo School), Steve Taffee (Castilleja), Matt Montagne (Castilleja), Renee Ramig, Rico Tan, Hoover Chan, Edward Chen, Angela Neff,

Coming for lunch?: Gabe, Renee

Parking: Park in the main lot anywhere you can find a space. In case there is no parking, street parking is available across the street.

Where to go: Ask for the journalism room, which is located in the 1st floor of Stent Hall, our main administration building.

What's on your mind?
  • We're going 1-1 next year, with a "y'all come model like Harker's (any model computer, any OS). Looking for sage advice. - Steve Taffee, Castilleja
  • We've gone to GMail and Google Docs, pushing Open Source software. How about you? - Steve Taffee, Castilleja
  • We're experimenting with a new Assessment Calendar called Rjenda. We're happy to demo. - Steve Taffee, Castilleja
  • Moving from classrooms to studios - exploring the exciting possibilities associated with modern physical learning space design - Matt Montagne, Castilleja
  • Drupal...who else is excited? - Gabe Lucas, Menlo School
  • Interested in Steve's first two points, as well. - Gabe Lucas, Menlo School
  • OER Commons is an online hub for "open" educational content...we have made touch with the local group (ISKME) that runs OER, and we're looking for other schools that might want to participate in an join training session for teachers - Gabe Lucas, Menlo School
  • With technology integrated 100% (no longer any tech-specific classes), how do we help teachers understand that learning to use the technology is now also integrated? How do we guide teachers into giving students opportunities to use different tools, often ones they are not totally comfortable or familiar with? Renee Ramig, Seven Hills School

The Bay School of San Francisco has volunteered to host the next gathering. All we need to figure out is the theme and a date.

List your ideas here:
1) Cloud Computing - e.g. how they are using Amazon S3 and/or give us an short tutorial of how to code applications for S3?
  • As an add-on to this idea, what about student (client) cloud computing? Thinking things like Google Apps, etc....

2) The networking tricks of the trade could be further developed. It was very educational and helpful for me.

January 2009 Meeting - Wednesday, Jan 28th, 2009 at Lick-Wilmerding

Time: Wednesday, Jan 28 - 8:15 to 2:30
Place: Lick-Wilmerding High School, 755 Ocean Ave, SF CA 94112
Attendance: Charlie Casey, Jonathan Mergy, Eric Wild, Edgar Liu, Matt Montagne, Steve Taffee, John Berliner, Richard Kassissieh, Maziar Tafreshinejad, Cameron Moredock, Arian Solberg, Kevin McCoy, Maisy Chan, Jason Stone, Kathryn Hunt, Anne Marie Schar, Haroon Tahir, Gabriel Lucas, Tatian Greenleaf, Laura Wilson, John Reed, Cammy Torgenrud, Ray Louie, Abigail Joseph, Edward Chen, Peter Zingg, Hoover Chan, Tom Wadbrook, Maer Ben-Yisrael, Laura Camodeca, Gordon Fair, Judy Pierson, Jessica Parsons, Anthony De Francesco, Jennifer Gaspar-Santos, Igor Zagatsky, Fox Frohlich, Kamran Ghadaksaz, Jaime Gago, Paula Hundley, Laura Atkinson, Katie Topper, Corinne Allen, Tom Gray, Anthony Siino, Vincent Robinson, Nancy Fortman


8:15 - 8:45 Meet and Greet with lite breakfast eats, juice, coffee and tea

8:45 - 12:00 Lecture style talks by various BAISnet members

Talk #1 - Brief History of BAISnet. Open Source Software: The Right Choice and the Right Time. Hoover Chan, Schools of the Sacred Heart

Talk #2 - Drupal Community Sites For Schools. Richard Kassissieh, Catlin Gabel School

Talk #3 - Packet tracing and dissection with Wireshark . Cameron Moredock, The Bentley School
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Talk #4 - Taming Software Updates and Bandwidth with IPCop and add-ons ([[file/view/mergy-ipcop-preso012809.pdf|mergy-ipcop-preso012809.pdf]]). Jonathan Mergy, Lick-Wilmerding
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Talk #5 - Open Source/Free Software in the Classroom . Jaime Gago, French American International School

Talk #6 - Assessment in a Web 2.0 World - leveraging Moodle and Mahara to build personal digital portfolio spaces in the school learning community - Steve Taffee and Matt Montagne - Castilleja School

12:15 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 Break up groups for discussions (fire drill included for free)

Discussion Group #1 - Drupal for your public-facing web site. I would like this to be a working group of individuals with different levels of Drupal experience, focused specifically on configuring/developing Drupal to provide a complete, public-facing web site solution. What would you like your Drupal-based public web site to do? How far are you along with this process? What modules/techniques have you found effective to provide the functionality you want? What custom authoring have you done? In my ideal world, we will also be able to get small groups of people to agree to work together to build new Drupal modules in the future that are particularly well-suited to the needs of independent schools. Discussion/work session facilitated by Richard Kassissieh, Catlin Gabel School.

Discussion Group #2 - Open Infrastructure: FOSS/FLOSS in the server room. Hoover Chan, Schools of the Sacred Heart + others (join me)

Discussion Group #3 - Break out group for Wiresharking. I set out to cover too much in a 30 minute talk. If you need more time on this subject, or just want more time to experiment with the software, join me an others for the follow up discussion.

Discussion Group #4 ? - Open Source/Free Software & Embedded Technology Curriculum: Open Office, Scratch, Alice, Tux Paint, Tux Typing, Geogebra, Audacity and the list goes on... Do you use use Open Source/Free Software with students and teachers? If so is it just for the tool itself (e.g Open Office for Desktop Publishing) ? Or is it for the concepts the tool allows you to teach (e.g Algorithmic/Logic with Scratch)? Maybe you use Sketchup to do 3D models related to the Arts Curriculum? Or Audacity for podcasting in the Journalism class? Explore what others are doing and share your own experiences! Jaime Gago, French American International School
2:00 - 2:30 Large group rejoins for wrap up

Suggested Topics:

Is someone is willing to share what their school are doing in terms of Linux and specific Linux modules to help manage their infrastructure?
Or with frameworks such as Scratch, Starlogo, or Alice?
Anyone willing to present on cloud computing and specifically how they are using Amazon S3 and/or give us an short tutorial of how to code for S3?

March 2008 BAISNet Meeting

Time: Monday, March 10 - 8:30-11:30
Place: Marin Country Day School, 5221 Paradise Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925
Map & Directions:
Parking: Due to our current campus construction projects, parking is very tight at our school and cars/pedestrians are not allowed to enter through our main entrance on 5221 Paradise Drive. Please park either in our parking lot across the street, or along Paradise Drive and walk onto campus using our pedestrian footbridge only. Carpools are strongly encouraged, and allow extra time for parking.
Theme: Web 2.0 -- 2 Years Later
Attendance: 46 of you are planning to attend the meeting on Monday! Due to space constraints we are going to have to cap the meeting at 50 people, so if you are planning to attend but have not RSVP'd, or will not be able to attend after all, please let me know ASAP! (

8:30-9:00 Coffee, Food, Introductions

9:00-10:30 Presenters Show & Tell to Whole Group

10:30-11:30 Breakout Conversations (tentative conversation topics listed below):

Request for Presenters:
It's time to show us your stuff! Are you using a cool Web 2.0 tool you'd like to share? (VoiceThread, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, etc.) Are you
blogging, podcasting or Skyping with students? Have your teachers adopted Web 2.0 tools for teaching or for their own productivity? How is Web 2.0
affecting the way you communicate with parents & other constituents? If you would like to share a 10-15 minute presentation with the whole group, please
let us know ASAP.

Breakout Conversations:
We so rarely get together for face-to-face BAISNet interaction, so we're saving the last hour of the meeting to get together into smaller groups for
informal conversation & sharing. Have a conversation topic you'd like to (informally) facilitate? Please let us know ASAP! Possible breakout conversation topics might include grade-specific issues, parent education about Web 2.0, people looking to form collaborative projects, etc.