Engaging Students and Nurturing Classroom Retention with Emerging Technologies in Education

Virtual Roundtable @ 2pm EDT
June 23, 2019

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The state of technology in K-12 is ever-evolving – IT departments are constantly searching for the right tools to meet educational goals. By focusing on engagement and interpersonal relationships with a great sense of urgency, different solutions can help alleviate headaches for support and service issues. This roundtable will explore emerging technologies in education, including virtual reality, enhancing security with advancements in IOT, vaping and bullying detection in schools, unified controlled wireless and switching and esports.

Moderated by

ByteSpeed is a top technology provider for education nationwide. We have been custom-building desktops, laptops, and servers since 1999 and have participated first hand in the evolution that has rocked education over the last 20 years. We are an Intel Platinum Technology Provider, Microsoft Gold Partner, and hold several nationwide contracts, such as NASPO ValuPoint, TIPS, and PEPPM. As a part of ByteSpeed’s mission to be a resource, we strategically pick infrastructure partners whose products and services inspire and enable us to do far more than we could alone. We are proud to have education team leaders from Juniper, Ruckus and Lightspeed joining us in San Antonio.

For a more detailed agenda, please contact summits@opalgroup.net.

Current as of May 27, 2020




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Welcome Cocktail Reception


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Stefan Al, Senior Associate Principal, KPF


Dinner Reception


Breakfast & Itinerary Pick-Up


Five Essentials for Better Project Delivery

Michael Czap, Project Executive, The Beck Group

Greg Buchanan, Technical Director, Gensler


One-on-One Meetings


Michael Kostow, Founding Principal, Kostow Greenwood Architects

Blake Jackson, Sustainability Design Leader – US North East, Associate, Stantec Architecture


One-on-One Meetings




Thomas C. Berger, Managing Principal, Building Envelope Consultant, Specifier, Forensics Consultant, dtr Consulting Services

James Sandoz, Senior Specification Writer, HOK


One-on-One Meetings


Design Build and Specifications

Jay Whisenant, Vice President, Specifications Lead West, CannonDesign


One-on-One Meetings


Dinner Reception




Construction Administration

Chip Hayward, Senior Associate/Senior Architect, Michael Baker International

Donald Koppy, Project Director, Architecture, Atkins

Clifford Marvin, Architectural Specifications Writer, Katerra


One-on-One Meetings




Closing Lunch

Omni Grove Park Inn
Asheville, NC

This roundtable is complimentary for school district heads of curriculum and instruction.

To learn more about participating, please contact summits@opalgroup.net

Opal Group provides you with the ability to connect and virtually meet with your peers to problem solve. There relaxed atmosphere provides the opportunity to have open and candid conversations with and share your challenges with those at the table and walk away with actionable information.

  • Exceptional Experiences:
    We believe in creating a memorable, collaborative and effective experiences focused on continuous improvement. Sit down with your peers in an intimate setting and learn new ideas. Explore what true collaboration really is about.

How much does it cost to attend?
The Roundtable is complimentary for school district administrators.


How do I register for the Roundtable?
Contact summits@opalgroup.net to participate in the roundtable.


Where is it located?
This is an online roundtable, which means that it can be accessed anywhere in the world through a desktop, laptop, mobile device or tablet. Audio and presentation viewing is accessed through an internet connection.


How do I join the online Roundtable?
The login links will be emailed to you prior to the online roundtable.


Can I access the slides post-event?
All presentations will be available after the roundtable via the on-demand recording link.