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Volume 2011, Issue 1

Celebrating 25 Years of Transforming Education Phil Lacey, ICE President

Cube Computer Update Bulletin for Educators

In This Issue Celebrating 25 Years of Transforming Education ............................. 1 A Time to Celebrate and Look Ahead............ 2 Welcome to ICE Conference 2011............... 3 Celebrate 25 Years of ICE at the ICE Booth......................................... 4 Personal Learning Networks: Learning on YOUR Time at YOUR Convenience............ 5 David Pogue and Rushton Hurley Head a Stellar Group of Featured Speakers............ 6 Become a Transformer – An Educational Powerhouse........................ 8 Be a Volunteer at the ICE Conference............ 8 Examining Our Roots: A Look Back at the Formation of ICE............................... 9 Some Reflections from Past Presidents of ICE.............................. 11 New Spotlight Member Recognition Program................................ 14 ICE Conference 2011............................... 15 Call for Articles......................................... 16

Congratulations to every one of us! You (we) are the collective group responsible for the continual development of Illinois Computing Educators. As we look forward to 2011 and the 25th Anniversary of ICE, it is amazing to consider where we came from. This issue is dedicated to both the 2011 ICE Conference and the 25th Anniversary celebration. As you read this issue of the ICE Cube, take some time to enjoy stories of our rich history and familiarize yourself with ICE Conference 2011. 2010 was a great year for ICE. As proof, just consider this list of some of the many new initiatives that the ICE Leadership and our members undertook over the year that has just ended:

• We launched the first webinar in the ICE Wednesday Webinar series developed by the Professional Development Committee to be followed by two more in the coming months. • We initiated an overhaul of the chapter financial procedures with new procedures in place for chapter leaders to budget and spend their funds on chapter events and activities. • We began the development of an ICE Moodle server – be sure to watch for more information soon. • We developed a new schedule for the ICE Conference that was made necessary by ISAT schedulingthe new schedule and new conference offerings were wonderfully facilitated by the dedicated members of the Conference Committee. • We celebrated the fact that four different ICE chapters held a total of six regional mini-conferences in 2010 with more already scheduled for the upcoming year. • We saw many improvements to the ICE website including the upgraded Membership area, online membership renewal, and event registration. • We made the preliminary plans for a new official ICE presence on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter – look for more announcements in the weeks leading up to the ICE Conference. • We recognized Laurelle Lonze Stuart and Christopher Brown as 2010 ICE Educators of the Year. • We honored Terry Sullivan with the 2010 ISTE Making IT Happen Award. • We awarded the ICE Distinguished Award of Excellence to Lori Abrahams and Sister Loretta Glanz. As you may have heard by now, ICE Conference 2011 will have a new look and feel. The General Conference days will be on Wednesday and Thursday, February 23 and 24, and the full-day workshops will be offered on Tuesday and Friday, February 22 and 25. Additionally, Friday has a new format in which, for a flat fee, attendees may “design” their own experience - selecting from a menu of full-day workshops, half-day workshops or 80 minute Featured Presentations. With all these changes in store, expect to experience the same high quality conference you have in the past. We have national and local leaders and visionaries offering sessions on cutting-edge technologies, displaying best practices of technology integration and usage, and connecting to the world of tomorrow by leading the educational community in enhancing learning through technology. The ICE Conference continues to be the leader in supporting and promoting innovative education for all. Be sure to take advantage of the multiple opportunities to network with presenters and ICE members at these events:

• ICE 2011 Kick-Off Reception from 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon in the Exhibit Hall • PLN Plaza in the Bourbon Street area of the Pheasant Run facility • Cyber Café near the back of the Exhibit Hall • Second Life Playground and Assistive Technology Playground in the Marsalis Rooms • ICE Booth and ISTE Booth in the Exhibit Hall • ICE 2011 Closing Session from 3:15 – 4:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoon Join us in St. Charles as we Celebrate 25 Years of Transforming Education. As always, thank you for your participation - you make us who we are. If you are interested in taking a more active role in ICE, or just have a question - please contact your Chapter Representatives or any of us on the Leadership Team. I may be reached at


OFFICE INFORMATION: (Phone) 630-628-1088 (Fax) 630-628-5388 (Email) Executive Director

Dick Marchessault Administrative Coordinator Sara Taylor Administrative Assistant Vanessa Nelson EXECUTIVE BOARD: President Phil Lacey President-elect Nadine Norris Past President Lorie Ferguson Secretary Jerry Swedberg Treasurer Andy Glowaty CHAPTER REPRESENTATIVES: DeICE Representative Stacey Gonzales ICE CAP Representative Tajuana Patterson ICE CHIP Representative Dianne Rowe ICE COLD Representative Deborah Thomson ICE-SI Representative Mindy Fiscus IllinICE Representative Zach Gilbert MICE Representative Terry Sullivan NICE Representative Charlene Chausis RICE Representative Nancy Licko SpICE Representative Karen Thompson GOVERNING BOARD: Conference Co-Chair

Anne Truger Conference Co-Chair Judi Epcke Corporate Partner Co-Chair Jeff Romani ISBE Representative Kathy Barnhart ISLMA Representative Gail Janz Leadership Co-Chair Cindy Hamblin Leadership Co-Chair Phil Lacey LTC Liaison Cindy Hamblin Marketing Co-Chair Mindy Fiscus Member At Large Tim Maguire Member At Large Randy Hansen Membership Co-Chair Hassie Johnson Membership Co-Chair Nancy Licko Professional Development Co-Chair Ginger Long Professional Development Co-Chair Nadine Norris TECH 2011 Co-Chair Kathleen Molloy TECH 2011 Co-Chair Mike Marassa Telecommunication Chair Terry Sullivan

ICE Cube is a non-profit publication promoting the purposes of the Illinois Computing Educators by encouraging the development and use of computers and technology in all facets of the educational process and by assisting in the professional growth of its members through the use of computers and technology. The ICE Cube is published quarterly by Illinois Computing Educators. All copy must reach the editors by the first of the month prior to publication. Authors may send articles on disk as a text file or by email. While every attempt is made to verify the information contained in this publication, neither ice nor the editors can accept any responsibility for any liability, loss or damage caused directly or indirectly by the information contained in this publication. The publication of reviews and/or advertisements does not constitute endorsement by ICE.

A Time to Celebrate and Look Ahead Dick Marchessault, Executive Director ICE Conference 2011 is now just a few weeks away, and I hope that many of you will have a chance to attend at least one of the conference days and partake in the many learning opportunities and special events that are planned for this year’s event. Each year, I am absolutely amazed by the tremendous amount of time and effort that the members of our Conference Committee devote to planning and implementing the many conference events, and I express my deepest thanks to all of them for their dedication and their passion for our organization and our annual conference. Since we are entering into a year-long celebration of the many accomplishments and changes that the Illinois Computing Educators organization has seen over the past twenty-five years, it seems fitting to include some history of our conference to help us to put the amazing success of our current annual event in some perspective. We have included a description of a breakout session at the 1986 Micro-Ideas Conference in which Rick Nelson and Sandy Turner made the case for the need of a statewide computer educator group along with a small segment from an early ICE Cube newsletter that reports on the first organization meeting for ICE and a listing of the topics that were included in the first ICE Breaker conference. All through the year we plan to focus on the efforts and achievements of the many people who have devoted so much time and passion to our organization in their role as ICE presidents, and in this issue you will have a chance to read the recollections of several past presidents. We have indeed come a long way from these modest, yet very significant, events in the first years of our organization. Even though the main focus of this issue of the newsletter is on the upcoming annual conference at Pheasant Run, the same spirit of sharing innovative and effective classroom strategies lives on all year long through the amazing efforts of the leaders of our ICE chapters. Whether you are able to attend the ICE Conference or not, please remember that there are several regional mini-conferences hosted by ICE chapters with many of the same great session topics and skilled presenters. The 2nd annual RICE mini-conference was held on January 22, and the NICE miniconference is scheduled for January 29. The leaders of the ICE CHIP, ICE COLD, and SpICE chapters all hosted similar events last fall, and two more events are planned for this spring. If you have never attended a regional mini-conference, be sure to find one in your area and participate this year. You will be amazed at the knowledge you gain and the personal connections that you nurture during and after the event. Registration for the ICE Conference is well underway, and we are looking forward to the biggest and best conference that ICE has ever hosted. David Pogue and Rushton Hurley head a stellar list of featured speakers, and the roster of full-day workshops, half-day workshops, breakout presentations, poster sessions, and specialty-themed technology “playgrounds” means there will be something of interest to all educators. Registration has been strong for our new Friday format that includes workshops and special Featured Presentations, and we are looking forward to the “Cool Tools” showcase that will be the final session on Friday. Come join us to share a few words about your favorite new hardware or software tool or just sit back to learn from other ICE members and presenters. This year we have scheduled two raffle sessions to help celebrate our 25th Anniversary – one at the end of the Closing Session and ICE Annual Meeting on Thursday and one at the end of the “Cool Tools” showcase on Friday. We have much to celebrate as we look back at a quarter-century of evolution and growth, but we are also reminded that the educational technology landscape is changing faster than we can sometimes comprehend. The visionaries who first met to establish the Illinois Computing Educators back in 1986 wisely anticipated the need for an organization such as ours to help educators to collaborate and learn from each other in order to meet the new challenges. Our tools and resources are far more complex and all-encompassing today, and because of that, we need professional organizations like ICE more than ever so that we can embrace these new technologies in ways that provide the most benefits for our schools and our students. I invite you to take a more active role this year and help us to make the Illinois Computing Educators an even stronger and more vital organization in the years ahead.


Welcome to ICE Conference 2011 Anne Truger and Judi Epcke, 2011 Conference Co-chairs The 2011 ICE Conference, Celebrating 25 Years of Transforming Education, will be an inspiring learning opportunity everywhere you go. Whether your goal is to attend as many sessions and workshops as possible or to reconnect with the members of your Personal Learning Network face to face, this conference will not disappoint.

non-stop learning on Wednesday, February 23, and Thursday, February 24. Our conference closing session, the annual ICE meeting, and raffle will take place on Thursday afternoon this year. The ICE Conference prides itself on offering the best of the best – the best workshops, the best concurrent sessions, the best featured speakers, and the best interactive areas. Our schedule may be different from the format we have followed before, but the 2011 ICE Conference will provide the same high quality professional learning as in years past.

ICE Conference 2011 has two sensational keynotes. Rushton Hurley, a school reform consultant, teacher trainer, and founder of, will be the Keynote speaker on Wednesday, February 23, and David Pogue, the Emmy award-winning CBS Technology Correspondent and author, will deliver the Keynote presentation on Thursday, February 24. Other conference highlights include a host of Spotlight speakers from around the United States and Canada including Karen Janowski, Ken Shelton, Tammy Worcester, and Clarence Fisher. As has been our custom for the past several years, we have also invited two active ICE members to be local Spotlight speakers. This year, that honor goes to Carol Broos and Daniel Rezac.

More information about the conference is available on the ICE web site, but you can use this link to go directly to the online registration site to register and build a conference experience to meet your needs and interests: On behalf of the entire 2011 ICE Conference Committee, we look forward to a great week of learning and to your contribution in making this conference the best in 25 years.

In addition to “Transforming Education,” we have transformed our schedule for the Friday sessions on February 25. This new schedule includes three options that will allow attendees to create a personalized conference experience: • Option 1: One full-day workshop • Option 2: One half-day workshop and two 80 minute extended sessions • Option 3: Four 80 minute extended sessions with guaranteed “ticketed” access to three popular speakers from previous ICE Conferences: Meg Ormiston, Leslie Fisher and Bret “SMART Guy” Gensburg. Since these are all events that require pre-registration, you are guaranteed a seat at each session with no more worries about falling out the door while trying to listen. All Friday participants who choose Option #2 or Option #3 are invited to the closing session, a “Cool Tools Duel,” that will also include a special raffle at the end of the day. All of these new Friday opportunities are offered for one low cost flat registration rate. In addition to our unique Friday options, we will continue to have full-day workshops and Administrator Academy sessions on Tuesday and half-day workshops during the two general conference days with


Celebrate 25 Years of ICE at the ICE Booth Ginger Long, ICE Conference Committee For 25 year, Illinois Computing Educators has served the educational community, partnering with public educational institutions, vendors, and public policy makers to keep our membership abreast of the most current information and resources in technology use in education. As a state affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), we also have steadfastly promoted standards in technology use by students, teachers, and administrators.

more information about those resources and how you can access them. Be sure to take time during your busy schedule to stop by the ICE Booth to meet up with your fellow tech enthusiasts, connect with like-minded others, and have a little fun. This year you will again discover some of ISTE’s newest and best selling books on technology use in the curriculum, Internet safety, and professional development. Quantities are limited so be sure to stop by and see what we have to offer. We may be able to process credit card charges at the booth, but cash and checks are always accepted, and that may be the easiest and most efficient way to make purchases.

Over the years, ICE has continued to provide its members and the community with a variety of professional development opportunities by offering workshops, chapter events, and conferences. While our annual conference has grown, changed names, and moved locations, we are still dedicated to providing our members an outstanding conference experience, and this year is no different. So join us at the ICE Booth, share your ICE stories, connect with old friends, and pick up some new ICE-branded items to take back home with you.

ICE continues to devote tremendous resources to updating our website with “member only” services. The “member only” pages are only available to ICE members in good standing and they offer an evolving array of personal learning options, connections, educational resources, and more. Demonstrations of the power of the new ICE web site and special features including Special Interest Group networking, RSS feeds, and showcasing the “best of the best” resource pages will be available for you. Information about local chapters, their meeting dates, miniconference information, and contact details will also be available for you to take home to explore.

Many of you who have attended the ICE Conference in the last two years have discovered the new and expanded ICE Booth located at the back of the Exhibitor Hall near the large area we call the CyberCafe with food concessions and e-mail and Internet work stations. However, if this is your first time attending the conference or if you have never ventured that far back into the vendor area, you are in for a surprise! You can expect to find energizing activities, meet new and old friends, explore ICE resources, peruse a selection of educational technology books, and just have some good old-fashioned fun! Who can forget the blue and white feather hair-pieces, the visors with silly sayings, or the great ribbons with sayings like “Trouble Maker,” “Geek,” or “Tweet Me” that you can take back and impress your co-workers.

Don’t forget the ICE e-store with Land’s End Business Outfitters. When you visit us at the ICE Booth, you will be able to view sample apparel that you may order directly from the Land’s End website. Each apparel item will be personalized with the ICE logo. So be sure to stop by the ICE Booth at the back of the Vendor Hall near the CyberCafe which features food concessions as well as Macintosh and PC laptops that you can use to check e-mail or surf the web. Meet the volunteer leadership that makes ICE happen for you, learn how you can find support, networking, and resources at your local level, and have a lot of fun along the way!

This year at the ICE Booth, we have planned a new game or two like “Are You Smarter than a Tech Geek?” In this game, we will have several pieces of old technology equipment that will help to remind us how far technology and education have come in the past 25 years. See if you can identify each item and win a prize. You will be able to put your name in a drawing for an even larger prize if you can identify every item correctly. Last year we tried unsuccessfully to host a contest to name the ICE Logo – in particular, the little ICE guy that appears on our logo. We plan to try this contest again this year, so be getting your creative juices going. We will pick a winner during the conference, and the winner will receive free conference registrations for ICE Conference 2012. All entries must be submitted by the end of the day on Wednesday, February 23, at the conference. As you also know, ICE offers its members many valuable services and benefits beyond the conference that extend throughout the year. When you stop at the ICE Booth during the conference, we can share


Personal Learning Networks: Learning on YOUR Time at YOUR Convenience Daniel Rezac, Scott Meech, and Debby Atwater ICE Conference Committee For the past several years, the conference committee has designated space at the conference that is designed to provide a casual setting where attendees can meet. It is a place where you can take a seat and open up a dialogue with your fellow ICE members about anything and everything related to education. For many, the best part of a conference is this opportunity for conversations that go beyond the sessions, and the PLN Plaza is just the place for that. As in past years, the PLN Plaza will be set up near Preservation Hall in the Bourbon Street section of Pheasant Run. Once you reach the cobblestone pavement and the New Orleans-themed buildings and restaurants, you will know you are in the right place. The PLN Plaza is much more than just great conversation. Once again, there will be numerous planned mini-presentations, spur-of-the-moment presentations, and several demonstrations of a presentation technique known as “Pecha Kucha”. Additionally, there will be online social networking experts on hand throughout the conference to answer all of your questions about online professional and social networking. Finally, the PLN Plaza is an excellent place to visit to get more information regarding the ICE Conference NING, ICE Conference media resources, and many other online networking resources. Take advantage of the opportunity to build a personal learning network, expand your existing network, or just take a load off and charge up your mobile devices for a few minutes. Regardless of your motivation, the “Personal Learning Network Plaza” is a great place for open discussion and to interact with many other ICE members!


Be Inspired by These Technology Trendsetters David Pogue and Rushton Hurley Head a Stellar Group of Featured Speakers Each year, the ICE Conference Committee extends invitations to highly regarded speakers from across the country and, in some cases, beyond our national borders, to join us at Pheasant Run and share their expertise and passion for technology with the educators who attend our conference. This year, we are extremely pleased that an outstanding group of featured presenters will be at ICE Conference 2011. The full roster of speakers was first announced in the pre-conference book that was mailed to all ICE members in November, but we are printing the information in the newsletter as well in order to help spread the word. These speakers will address a wide variety of topics and classroom strategies, so why not invite a colleague or two to join you at the conference this year to be inspired by these technology trendsetters.

Keynote Speakers David Pogue is the personal technology columnist for the New York Times. Each week, he contributes a print column, an online column, an online video, and a popular daily blog titled “Pogue’s Posts.” David is also an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News, and he appears each week on CNBC with his trademark comic tech videos. With over three million books in print, David is one of the world’s bestselling “how-to” authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the “for Dummies” series including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music. In 1999, he launched his own series of complete and funny computer books called the Missing Manual series which now includes over 100 titles. Rushton Hurley has been a Japanese language teacher, a principal of an online high school, a teacher trainer, an educational technology researcher, and a school reform consultant who has worked and studied on three continents. He is now director of an educational nonprofit organization called Next Vista for Learning that houses a free library of videos by and for teachers and students at At Stanford University, his graduate research included using speech recognition technology with beginning students of Japanese in computer-based role-playing scenarios for developing language skills. In the 1990’s, his work with teenagers at a high school in San José, California, led him to begin using Internet and video technologies to make learning more active, helping him reach students who had struggled under more traditional approaches. Rushton has trained teachers around the country and has presented at many national and regional conferences.

Spotlight Speakers Clarence Fisher has been a classroom teacher for the past 15 years. He blogs professionally at, with his class at ideahive. org, and has spoken at conferences worldwide. Clarence has won several awards, including one of Canada’ highest teaching awards, the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching for his integration of technology into daily classroom life. His innovative classroom practices have been featured online, in books, magazines, and newspaper articles. He is an advocate of classroom 2.0, learning spaces that take complete advantage of the tools that are available to learners in their quest to learn rather than having school be something that is done to them.

Karen Janowski is an Assistive and Educational Technology Consultant providing assistive technology services throughout the greater Boston area. She is an adjunct professor at Simmons College in the Graduate School of Education. She is also a nationally recognized speaker and maintains a blog at http://teachingeverystudent. She is passionate about promoting student success and independence through the use of free and readily available technology tools. continued on page 7


Be Inspired by These Technology Trendsetters ICE Spotlight Speakers Ken Shelton has worked as an educator for eight years and currently teaches technology at the Middle School level. He has earned teaching credentials in both Social Studies and Technology Education. As a part of his active involvement within the educational technology community, Ken is a Google Certified Teacher, an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Discovery STAR Educator, and serves on the board for the Computer Using Educators Los Angeles affiliate (CUELA).

Carol Broos is in her thirty-second year of teaching and currently teaches music grades fourth through eighth at Sunset Ridge School in Northfield, Illinois, where she has been for the past twenty-three years. She has a 13-station MIDI lab in her classroom and uses performance and technology to teach music. Her entire curriculum is online at http://beatechie. Carol won the Golden Apple award for 2008 and the Mary Hoffman award as Illinois Music Teacher of the Year. Carol is a Google Certified Teacher, a Discovery STAR Educator, and an Apple Distinguished Educator.

Tammy Worcester has worked for the past twelve years as an Instructional Technology Specialist at ESSDACK, an educational service center, and has provided staff development and training in the area of technology integration. Her website, “Tammy’s Technology Tips for Teachers” (www. is a popular online resource for teachers around the world. Tammy has developed several software applications for teachers and is the author of several best-selling technology resource books that are published and marketed nationally.

Daniel Rezac has taught Science, Social Sciences, and Applied Technology en route to his position as a Tech Specialist for Northbrook District #30. His interest in Educational Tech began when he struggled with finding methods to translate materials to his non-English speaking students. He often presents about online learning environments, using Youtube in the classroom, and supporting classroom skills with video tutorials. He is a Google Certified Teacher and publishes at his blog, “Adventures in Ed Tech” ( and for the “Tech and Learning Advisors Blog” ( section/Blogs).

Friday Featured Speakers Leslie Fisher developed an interest in technology while studying music at the University of Southern California. She soon realized she was spending more time discovering technology than playing music, so she changed her major. After graduating from USC with a Business and Marketing degree in 1989 and working for a short time as a trainer, Leslie joined Apple Computer in 1992. When the Internet took off in 1994, Leslie was one of the first Apple employees assigned to study Internet growth and implementation. Fisher Technologies Inc. is now a worldwide company and specializes in web development and web tools as well as digital photography, editing and workflow.

Bret Gensburg was recognized as the 2006 eTech Ohio Technology Teacher of the Year for the entire State of Ohio. He is also one of a select group of educators recognized as a SMART Exemplary Educator for his knowledge and experience of SMART Technologies. Bret’s passion for technology certainly stems around interactive whiteboard technology. He has worked with many schools all over the country, training educators in how to integrate interactive boards into classrooms on all levels and subjects. Bret is also the co-founder of a technology integration user group which now meets in multiple counties of Ohio.


Meg Ormiston has been involved in professional development activities for over twenty-five years and has focused on changing instructional practice in the classroom. Meg marries her passion for technology with a deep curriculum background and over twelve years as a classroom teacher. Meg has served as a curriculum coach, school board member, keynote speaker, professional development specialist and grant facilitation specialist. Meg has also authored four books, written numerous articles, collaborated on professional videos, and participates in many personal learning communities.

Become a Transformer An Educational Powerhouse Heidi Kay and Linda Smentek, ICE Conference Committee Rather than referring to the current movies dealing with the battle of good and evil transformers, we prefer to liken our efforts to your familiar, local neighborhood electrical transformer. As close as your computer and ready, willing, and able to be a source of your energy. ICE is there, dependably storing resources and ready to share them with you in formats such as the Administrator Academies. ICE Conference 2011 will offer six workshops that qualify for Administrator Academy credit to assist you in your technological transformation. Each course is approved by the Kane County ROE for valid Administrator Academy credit. These courses can also be used to fulfill CPDU hours. Each course will require the completion of an assignment to be determined in coordination with the instructor and the Kane County ROE. For more information on administrator certification requirements, please refer to the information on the ISBE website at

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 Harnessing the Power of Data to Effect School Improvement (#441) Presenters: Gerry Zeller & Dr. Leslie Wilson Boys and Girls are Different: Closing the Achievement Gap through Differentiated Instruction (#493) Presenter: Dr. Ken Wallace The Future of Leadership - Technology and the School Leader (#744) Presenter: Meg Ormiston The School Administrator as Instructional Technology Leader (#827) Presenter: Dr. Henry Thiele

Friday, February 25, 2011 Supporting RTI with Digital Tools: Technology Integration in Core Instruction & Interventions (#889) Presenter: Kellie Doubek Preparing Lead Learners For Learning Organizations: Enhancing Small Learning Communities (#757) Presenters: Charlene Chausis & Patricia Duggan

Photo by Jennifer Shilt

Be a Volunteer at the ICE Conference Each year, volunteers play an important role at the ICE Conference, and we invite you to consider joining us and volunteering your time and services at one of the many locations around the conference facility. It’s a chance to have fun and work with a great group of people, and it is also an opportunity to earn a $75 reimbursement of your paid conference fees. Here are the details of the program: • Volunteers indicate their desire to work a 2-3 hour shift at the conference by completing an online volunteer form at the following address: • Volunteers register for the Wednesday and/ or Thursday General Conference days online at and pay the full $110 fee for each conference day they plan to attend. • Volunteers will be notified by a member of the planning committee in the days before the conference so that they know their specific schedule and assigned duties. • Volunteers will check-in at the volunteer table when they arrive at Pheasant Run to receive a special T-shirt and conference information. After the conference, if all volunteer obligations have been met, volunteers will receive $75 back for each General Conference day (Wednesday and/ or Thursday) on which they worked.


Examining Our Roots: A Look Back at the Formation of ICE Dick Marchessault, Executive Director As we prepare to host our annual conference in February that attracts roughly 3,000 attendees, offers hundreds of workshops and breakout sessions, features an Exhibit Hall with nearly 200 vendors, and showcases some of the most talented featured speakers in the country, it is interesting to look back at the events that led to the formation of the Illinois Computing Educators and to compare our current conference with the first ICE event. Throughout this Silver Anniversary year, we will focus on the history of our organization and highlight some of the most significant events and decisions that have shaped ICE over the years. As near as we can determine, the notion for the Illinois Computing Educators organization was first raised in a breakout session by Rick Nelson and Sandy Turner during the Micro-Ideas Conference that was held at the Arlington Park Hilton in February, 1986. As you can see from the session description reprinted here, the presenters made a case for the importance of a state-wide organization of educators who could collaborate with other like-minded people who were interested in exploring the potential implications that computers and related technologies held for the students and teachers in schools all across the state.

A month later, the vision for a state-wide computer educator group set forth by Rick Nelson and Sandy Turner at the Micro-Ideas Conference became a reality when an organizational meeting was held at the Lombard Campus of National College of Education on March 15, 1986. Rick represented the Micro-Ideas consortium of school districts and Sandy represented NCE at the meeting, and they helped to encourage nearly fifty educators in attendance to work together and learn together. This reprint of the first article in the first issue of the ICE Cube Newsletter reveals that this group included teachers from all grade levels, college instructors, and school administrators who shared a common interest. The first conference was called “I.C.E. Breaker ‘86” and was held at Libertyville High School on November 15, 1986. A look at the roster of sessions at this first conference tells us that the prevailing computer models on that day were the Apple //e and the IBM PC JR. Attendees were introduced to “This New Thing Called CD-ROM,” while early versions of AppleWorks and Logo Writer were among the software titles in use at the time. The planners of this first ICE Conference also made sure that time was set aside for teachers in all subject areas to meet to discuss the ways that computers might play a role in their areas of instruction. As we meet again at Pheasant Run at the end of February to explore the latest and most powerful technology tools and resources in the 21st Century, we can thank the visionaries who charted the course for our organization and set down the foundation for one of the largest and most active state technology organizations in the country.

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Some Reflections from Past Presidents of ICE Bonnie Thurber (1996-1997) My time as president of ICE was the year of ICEBERG, the “new” Internet, with GUI browsing and pop-mail. I remember LOTS of $10.00 workshops with Don Rausch and Pat Harazin taking care of the registration in the summer and throughout the year. I remember using versions .9 and 1.0 of Netscape Navigator and Mozilla to teach members about browsing, bookmaking, and creating web pages as well as the brand new free Eudora for pop-mail.

As a way of celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Illinois Computing Educators, we invited our past presidents to share some thoughts about our organization and to reflect on the key events and significant changes that took place during the years that they were in leadership roles. The stories and reflections of several past presidents are printed here, and we hope to include more in future issues of the ICE Cube newsletter throughout the year. Mike Warner (1990-1991) I can’t tell you how proud I am to know that ICE now has over 3,000 members! We have come so far since ICE began. Back then we were happy to have two floppy drives on our Apple IIe computers and thrilled that we could print a banner using Print Shop. The Internet hadn’t even been invented yet, although John Mundt’s BBS was pretty cool. Some of us were just plain excited about the possibility of using technology in schools and wanted to spread the good word. I can remember those first organizational meetings for ICE in Lombard – just a handful of people committed to promoting educational technology. At the time, I was the assistant director of CADRE, which was set up by ISBE using Micro-Ideas as the model, to provide technology training to educators in DuPage and Kane counties.

This was a very exciting time because the Internet browser was just coming to the surface. ICEBOX, ICE’s first Internet server, died and was not revivable as an Internet server. Bob Davis from National Louis University applied for and received a donation from Hewlett-Packard for a huge server, even for those days. We named it ICEBERG and the ICE web domain became Bev Thurber and her friend Ben Walters from England installed and configured HP UNIX on the server along with a Web Server, MyPages (for member web pages) and Sendmail. ICE members could browse the Web, create their own web pages on ICEBERG, and use pop-mail. ICEBERG was housed at National-Louis University’s Wheeling Campus where it remained until Guy Ballard became president of ICE. At that point, it was moved to his school district. 

As a member of the ICE board, one of our biggest responsibilities was to put on a tech conference, which was held in Libertyville High School the first few years, and then moved to Indian Trail Jr. High. It was a thrill for me to be named president of ICE in 1990.

In the background, Tom Bookler was always helping and always ready to lend a hand. He had made some connections with NECA and wanted us to bring NECC, now ISTE’s conference, to Illinois. At one of my final Executive Board meetings, I was elected and accepted the position of Chair of NECC in Chicago. I agreed only if I had a co-chair. The NECA board came to Evanston, visited Northwestern University, met with Gary Greenberg, Louis Gomez, several others and me. NECA decided that ICE and Northwestern University would make great partners for NECC. We moved forward. 

During my year as president, one of our proudest accomplishments was the “ICE Apple for a Teacher” program. Apple representative Dianne Eden and I developed a unique program where any educator in Illinois could purchase an Apple computer through ICE. As part of the program, dealers who delivered the computers also provided free staff development to the purchasers. Apple developed a cool poster and mouse pad with an Apple computer inside an ice cube (I still have that mouse pad somewhere in the attic). Apple promoted the program heavily throughout the state. There were two major benefits for ICE as a result of the program: we received state-wide recognition, and profits from the sale of the computers gave ICE the funds it needed to expand and grow. I believe we sold over 650 computers around the state and every purchaser learned about who ICE was and what we stood for.

I moved from being ICE Past President to co-chair of NECC 2001 in Chicago and a member of the NECA and ISTE Boards. When I left my office, ICE had a new Internet server, a great Internet connection, many more Internet-connected members and was headed for NECC 2001. At some point the ICE Governing Board convinced Guy Ballard to become my co-chair of NECC. He can tell you that story! Phyllis Rieman (2002-2003) Many interesting things happened while I was President though I must admit it seems like a long time ago and far away. Here are a few of the accomplishments that came during my term as president and my time on the Board:

Another accomplishment which began back then still lives on today. In 1990, I started working for the Glenbard School District. My superintendent, Bob Stevens, got talking with Glenbrook board member Marilyn McConachie about promoting educational technology directly to legislators in Springfield. Glenbrook had just hired a guy from the East Coast who had done something like that with the Massachusetts legislature. His name was Alan November. Working together, we invited ICE members from across Illinois to come to Springfield that spring and show their legislators what kids were doing with technology – Tech 2000 was born! It is a great event, highly anticipated by students, teachers, and legislators alike. I remember that the Capitol maintenance crew even drilled holes through the Capitol’s floors so we could run our networking wires to each booth!. ICE took over organizing this event and it has become a showcase of technology use in our schools.

• We did create the Past Presidents group during my presidency. I came up with the name PIP and we invited all of the Past ICE Presidents to come to the conference for a special gathering and meal. The concept was that there were so many terrific technology people who had lead the group that we should continue to gain from their expertise on important issues. • I remember when we had our first interview with Beth Burke who was seeking the position of Executive Director, it was at Niles West. I met her in the front office and knew from that first instant that her poise and fresh face would be a great asset to ICE. Indeed I think that her energy made her a good choice for our first paid Executive Director of ICE. continued on page 12

Congratulations to ICE for getting bigger and better every year for the past 25 years. Every time I see a teacher using technology in some innovative way, I like to think that ICE helped.


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days I had spent subbing in the library the year before and I was ready for a new challenge. In my new position, I was not only expected to use all of the new technologies, but I was in charge of installing them and mentoring the entire staff in their use. I found my best learning and mentoring came from attending the meetings and networking with members of the fairly new organization called ICE. To this day, ICE is the “go to” organization for anyone seeking the most effective ways to use technology as a tool.

continued from page 11 • Our ICE year was based on the 12 month calendar year and that really made it hard to elect officers in a timely manner, for both the conference and other ICE activities. We made a significant change and set up the ICE calendar to work with the school calendar. I agreed to stay on as President for the extra 6 months making my term a year and a half. As I was retiring at the end of 2003 and leaving the Chicago area, I asked that someone else take the following year as Past President. The person who was my Past President graciously agreed to do so. The calendar change also helped with the scheduling of the monthly meetings getting them on a more useful schedule.

In August of 2005, the Governing Board meeting was dedicated to developing a mission statement for ICE. We worked with Clearspace, Inc, a consulting company that helps organizations define and work on their missions and goals. I don’t know if it is still used, but after a day of hard work and collaboration, we developed, “The mission of Illinois Computing Educators is to lead the educational community in enhancing learning through technology.” During the next year, we defined goals and action plans to go along with this statement.

• Sometime while I was on the Board we moved the conference to Pheasant Run. I do think that happened after we had the conference at Niles when I co-chaired ICE Conference 2000 with Dick Marchessault.

• We welcomed IllinICE as a new chapter, and brought central Illinois into our fold.

Truly ICE was such a great part of my professional growth and the learning from both NICE and ICE was invaluable. Also, the friendships and joy of networking with so many interesting, bright people made those years take on a special glow.

• A major achievement was joining with TECH 200X. This truly was a first step in uniting the north and south technology leaders. • Developed an ongoing relationship with ISLMA (Illinois State Library Media Association) whereby we promoted their organization and conference to our membership and they to ICE.

Pat Haughney (2004-2005) I can so clearly remember the first time I presented at an ICE Conference. It must have been around 1996 and I was fairly new to the teaching field and very nervous about presenting. The Conference was held at Indian Trail Junior High, courtesy of the father of ICE, Tom Bookler. The funniest memory for me is that I dragged a giant Mac tower and monitor, 25’ patch cable, and my own projector to present! Then, it took a huge tech crew to actually get me onto the Internet, attached and displaying from the projector. As my co-presenter said, the Kurds left Iraq with less than we toted to that conference! And, we were in such beginning stages of collaboration. One of the biggest projects was counting birds around the school, putting the information into an Appleworks spreadsheet, and emailing it to the project coordinator. Our biggest concern was whether or not email would be up that day, not whether we should block or embrace Facebook.

• We decided to begin having a member-at-large position on our governing board. Our first member-at-large was an excellent choice. Jim Lockard had valuable input and is still active in the ICE Conference. • This was the first year of the summer workshop program and I remember how excited we were to have over 30 proposals and offer workshops all over the state of Illinois. • We updated the ICE website to web standards, using HTML tags for their intended meaning and using cascading style sheets to display the content more effectively. Of course, the website has been revised since then. Ginger Long (2008-2009) I discovered ICE at the last Role of Tech Conference at Niles High School, well over a decade ago. I remember walking into the school and seeing all of these really cool blue and white computers that all the organizers were using – the old “toilet lid” style Mac laptops! I just knew that I had to get involved with this group, as I gazed longingly at those amazingly hip machines! What a hoot!

We’ve certainly come a long way since then. The Conference Committee has guided the conference into a sophisticated event held in a wonderful venue with a rich variety of collaborative experiences. ICE members look forward to this time each year when they see old friends, meet new colleagues, and come away energized with the new technologies and ideas they’ve gathered. At least that part hasn’t changed!

Over the next two years, I eventually formed a local chapter of ICE called Rock Island Area Computing Educators (RICE) and began attending not only their annual conference, but also the leadership meetings of ICE. Mike Manternach, the LTC Director from my area and the long time volunteer tech coordinator for the ICE Conference, became my mentor, and he helped to foster my growth and belief in the organization. Without him, and the support of my local district technology director, Mike Breidenstein, I would have never achieved the role of ICE President.

So, we all owe a big debt to those original ICE members who had the vision and energy to support the fledgling educational technology field in Illinois. They put in countless hours of volunteer work to bring ICE to the organization it is now, with a strong professional administration and a whole new generation of dedicated volunteers. Thanks to everyone who has made ICE the envy of other state technology groups! Penny Swartz (2005-2006) Before I discuss the many accomplishments that ICE made during the year that I was President, I need to share a little about how much ICE has meant to me over the years. When I went back to teaching, after taking some time off to raise my kids, the District librarian, Karen Winsor, asked me to take a position as a librarian, the AV librarian in fact. I had thrived during my days of teaching English, but loved the

I joined ICE during its second generation. The first generation was that core group of all volunteers that created ICE in 1986. Their leadership ushered in the ISTE Conference in Chicago, which in turn allowed ICE to then hire its first paid staff from its profits – a part time Executive Director continued on page 13


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continued from page 12 (Beth Burke) and an Administrative Coordinator (Audrey Douglass and then later Sara Taylor).


The third generation of ICE began, I believe, when I became President. As the ICE membership exploded in size from a mere thousand to over 3,000 members during Beth Burke’s term as Executive Director, the organization needed to take the next steps forward. We hired a full-time Executive Director and additional part-time office staff. We moved from a fragmented network of donated servers, databases, and informational repositories to a purchased system that included a new central member database, more powerful conference management tools, and increased data storage. We created a new content management system for our web presence including a growing members-only section of iceberg. org, blogs, webinars, a redesigned ICE Booth, PLN resources, and so much more. It was an exhausting three years that I will always joyfully remember. I had so much fun, met so many talented people, and learned so much about technology as a driving force in the future of education. I grew as a person. And I excitedly look forward to our next 25 years. Look for me at the ICE Booth this year – I am sure that you will find me wearing my ICE Blue feather boa!


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New Spotlight Member Recognition Program Nancy Licko, ICE Membership Committee include nomination, recommendation, volunteering, or even random selection or lottery. Members of the ICE Governing Board or the local chapter leadership team are not eligible for this recognition category.

Do you wish that you could share an idea or story about a special member? Do you know someone who has found an interesting way to apply technology to education? So often, the individuals who work hard every day in our schools seem to get overlooked. ICE knows that our members work very hard to keep education engaging for students by enriching their instructional with technology resources. The ICE Membership Committee would like to call attention to these innovative and energetic educators through our Spotlight Program.

Local Chapter Leaders 1. Must be a member in good standing of ICE. 2. Provides leadership to their local chapter, SIGs, or state-wide committees, through volunteering to serve as elected officers or committee chairs.

The Spotlight Program is intended to showcase the efforts that local chapter members and leaders are making to enhance education through technology across the state of Illinois. This is not a competitive award or a program designed to recognize a single best or most innovative individual. Rather, it is an opportunity to share some connections to some real ICE members with our general membership and to show how they are using technology in their own schools and districts.

3. Provides leadership within their educational community through professional development, advocacy, and/or mentoring activities. 4. Willing to share their story, some information about themselves and contact information. 5. Willing to briefly answer the following questions:

The Spotlight Program is comprised of two categories, and we seek to recognize both general chapter members as well as energetic chapter leaders. The qualifications for nomination in each category are as follows:

a. Why are you an educational leader? b. How does ICE enhance your professional development? c. What has technology done to enhance your classroom or educational setting?

Local Chapter Member 1. Must be a member in good standing of ICE.

d. How do you see technology driving change in education over the next 10 years?

2. Uses technology to improve instruction in their educational setting.

6. Provide a photo to be used on the ICE website, local chapter site, ICE Cube newsletter and possibly other ICE promotional materials..

3. Willing to share their story, some information about themselves and contact information.

Members of ICE chapters and Special Interest Groups may choose any method to select people for this Spotlight Program, and methods might include nomination, recommendation, volunteering, or even random selection or lottery.

4. Willing to briefly answer the following questions: a. Why are you an educator? b. How does ICE enhance your professional development?

Nominees will be recognized at the ICE Booth and in the Spring ICE newsletter, and all people selected will receive a certificate. For this program to be successful, the Membership Committee needs nominations. Please use one of the forms below to nominate a member or leader today!!

c. What has technology done to enhance your classroom or educational setting? d. How do you see technology driving change in education over the next 10 years? 5. Provide a photo to be used on the ICE website, local chapter site, ICE Cube newsletter and possibly other ICE promotional materials.

Local Chapter Member Nomination Form:

Members of ICE chapters and Special Interest Groups may choose any method to select people for this Spotlight Program, and methods might

Local Chapter Leader Nomination Form:



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Call for Articles We hope that this issue has provided you with a good overview of the upcoming ICE Conference 2011 as well as a look back at the history of our organization. The next issue of the ICE Cube newsletter will focus on the emergence of the many new and powerful mobile devices that are changing the way that we use technology in our schools and in our personal lives. We are hoping to spotlight innovative educational uses for devices such as iPads and other hand-held tablet computers, netbooks, smartphones, iPods and MP3 players, portable GPS units, and other mobile devices. We will also focus on the ways that mobile technology is changing the ways that educators develop and maintain their personal learning networks as they collaborate with colleagues and other educators around the world. The deadline for submitting articles and materials is Tuesday, March 15, 2011, and the issue should be printed and mailed in early April, 2011. You can e-mail your submissions along with any related pictures, screenshots, or other documents to Please consider sharing an article for the next issue!

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