Tech Track and SAIL-On 2018
Location, Logistics  and Check-in Information

LOCATIONS - All workshops and lodging will be held at the Alabama 4-H Center, 892 4-H Road - Columbiana, AL 35051. The Conference Hotel is the 4-H Center. Hotel amenities include basic linens, towels, and some toiletries. Each room has 2 queen beds.

ATTIRE is comfortable and casual.  We cannot predict the temperature of the meeting rooms so you may want to have a light sweater or jacket with you. You might want to wear layers, to adjust for outdoor walking times. Bring an umbrella or rain gear, in case we have precipitation during the week.

WiFi is available in meeting rooms, but Cell service is very spotty.
If you need to give someone an emergency contact # use (205) 669-4241 for the 4-H Center land-line.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Donna Russell, Executive Director • 334-391-1334

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  for Tech Track and SAIL On!

TechTrack  • June 24-25, 2018

LOGISTICS for Tech Track

ARRIVAL – Plan to arrive by 3:00 PM on Sunday June 24. The program begins at 4:00 sharp and you should check into your hotel room first.

HOTEL and LODGING – Check into your room at the 4-H Office before coming to the Ann Thompson Building to sign into TechTrack.

BREAKS - Light snacks and water will be provided throughout the workshop. If you have dietary restrictions or prefer soft drinks, please feel free to bring snacks & drinks in a small cooler. There are no facilities in the meeting rooms to keep items chilled.

Please bring an iPad, ChromeBook, smart phone, and any other device you may wish to connect to the arts.  We will be building a video “brochure” that will include video, audio, and other digital art. Additionally, we will be connecting with the real world, making hand-on art, and constructing a meaningful dialogue between facts about what we see and creative interpretations from our imaginations.

Monday, June 25, we will adjourn by 4:00 for safe travels home.


CONTENT for Tech Track 2018

We will be using the 2017 Alabama Media Arts Standards available to download here: www.alartsalliance.org/tech-track-2018-advance-information

Prepare your mind!

The content for Tech Track 2018 is tricky and open-ended.

There is no way we can accomplish the ultimate goal for our projects within 24 hours. For this reason, we expect you to soak in a lot of content and let your imagination flow. This may be just a beginning, and we are counting on you (or at least some of you) to help us see through with our concept.

Through a generous grant from the Daniel Foundation we will be providing each participant in Tech Track with a “video brochure” capable of playing three separate short videos. This is fairly new technology, and we acquired these directly from a Chinese manufacturer in order to get the best price on a custom design.

Our ultimate goal is to offer some creative interpretations of the historic Shelby Iron Works by blending historical, current and imaginative content via mixed media. Some of you, who may be continuing on with “SAIL On!” will be able to add to their work throughout the week.

For the purposes of Tech Track we will be using a very easy movie-making application on iPads called Cute CUT Pro. If you have an iPad that can run it, we would like you to download the free version now (and bring YOUR iPad) so you might become familiar with it. The Alliance (again through the generosity of the Daniel Foundation) will provide you with a download code for CuteCUT Pro if you email Tara in advance (tara@alartsalliance.org) to request it. The Alliance will have at least 13 iPads to be shared among our group of 18 participants, so we are truly hoping some of you will bring your own devices. Whether you have your own iPad or not, you can get some familiarity with Cute CUT here: http://www.mobivio.com/cutecut/help/ipad/index.html

You will upload your videos (in order to copy them onto your video brochure) to a Google Drive as part of a Google Classroom. If you have a Google Account with an email address different from the one we are using here, please let Tara know as well.

We hope you will extrapolate the content when you get back to your classroom, to your own studies, concepts and content. We are providing some inspiration and some technique. YOU will be the one to write your story!

Virtual Reality

In addition to developing content for the video brochures, you will have the opportunity to experience Virtual Reality. If you have never done this, we strongly encourage you to try at least once. It is not something you are likely to be able to do in your classroom as yet, but it is also on the cutting edge of learning technology. We are providing this experience as a way to open minds to new approaches in teaching and learning. “VR” may not be for you (some of us have sensitive inner ears that can cause dizziness or mild nausea) but it may be an experience that will change the way you teach. One thing is for sure, the technology is growing in use and becoming available at lower costs than ever before.


SAIL On! • June 26-29, 2018

LOGISTICS for SAIL On!

ARRIVAL – Plan to arrive by 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 26. The program begins at NOON sharp. You won’t be able to check into your hotel room until around 4PM, but you may store your luggage (or items that need to stay cool) in one of our air-conditioned meeting rooms.

HOTEL and LODGING – Check into rooms at the 4-H Office at 4:00 after we return from Columbiana.

WELCOME LUNCH – Box lunches will be served 11:15-11:45 in the Ann Thompson Building, and the cost for them is part of your registration fee. Plan to have “free” lunch on site!

 FIRST DAY NOTES – Our first day will begin and end in the Ann Thompson Building, but we will be traveling off-site right away (hopefully by car pool) to the town of Columbiana, which is about a 10-minute drive.

MEETING SPACE – On Tuesday we begin in the Ann Thompson Building, but on WED, THU, and FRI we will meet in the Auditorium areas!

 BREAKS - Light snacks and water will be provided throughout the workshop. If you have dietary restrictions or prefer soft drinks, please feel free to bring snacks & drinks in a small cooler. There are limited facilities in some meeting rooms to keep items chilled.

EVENING programming is required. We promise to have you out by 9:00 PM. This is an intensive 4-day workshop that yields many more “PD Hours” than most!

FINALLY…What to Bring: Please do bring an iPad, ChromeBook, smart phone, and any other device you may wish to connect to the arts.  We will be taking photos, printing them, and will have one session related to audio recording on the app, Garage Band. Additionally, we will be connecting with the real world, making hands-on art, and moving from building to building throughout the day.

On Friday, June 29, we will adjourn by 4:00 for safe travels home.

Content for SAIL On! 2018

We have some fantastic presenters, including:

• Diana Green, Arts in Education Program Manager, Alabama State Council on the Arts
• Andy Meadows, Arts Education Specialist, Alabama State Department of Education
• Nancy Brown, Technology Consultant and Apple Creative

 AND Teaching Artists and Scholars:
Joey Brackner, Matthew Bryant, Mary Foshee, Noah Henninger, Bobby Horton, Kristin Law, Donna Pickens, Tara Sartorius, Jacqueline Trimble, Joseph Trimble