SITE 2012 is excited to announce the following local activities and tours are being planned! More detailed descriptions and the opportunity to sign up will be available soon.
Special Conference-Related Activities
SITE Quest - Prior to the conference, SITE organize a quest designed to familiarize participants with SITE and its SIGs resulting in badges for completion including a President’s Badge for the winner.
SITE Second Life and Questing Pre-Conference Events! Beginning Saturday, February 4th, join us for the opening of our special SITE virtual world build, "SITE City Limits: Cowboys vs. Aliens!" We have a full schedule of events in February up through the conference, with many interactive exhibits hosted by EdTech Island. For more information, see: http://sitecitylimits.wordpress.com/
Austin Geo-Caching - Plan to participate in the SITE 2012 geo-caching activity, in collaboration with GoWalla.com, which may include a historical tour of downtown Austin
Conference Professional Local Tours
Monday, March 5, 10 AM - 2 PM:
Manor New Tech High School (NTHS) - This high school is a technology-rich learning environment using a constructivist approach to learning. It has become a model NTHS site and educators from newly established NTHSs come to Manor for orientation and training. Participants will meet with the district superintendent and the director, faculty and students at the school. (Limit 30) Depart 9:30 AM, Return 1:30 PM
Tuesday, March 6, 1:30 - 4:30 PM
Education Visualization Lab and Visualization Center, The University of Texas at Austin - The Learning Technology Center Educational Visualization Lab is focused on the use of visualization technologies to understand patterns and relationships in massive education data sets. The visit will include a tour of the Learning Technology Center and also a visit to the TACC Visualization Center that includes, Stallion, the highest resolution tiled display in the world; Longhorn, the largest hardware accelerated, remote, interactive visualization cluster. Was used by NOAA in predicting path for Katrina. (Limit 30)» Newsletter
Wednesday, March 7, 1:30 - 4:30 PM
East Austin Academy College Prep - This middle school is designed to help low-income minority inner city students prepare for college and success in the future. All students participate in an innovate program known as Globaloria. Globaloria is a social network for learning, in which they learn to create educational web-games for social change. East Austin College Prep Academy is the first charter school to integrate the Globaloria network and curriculum as a school-wide teaching and learning opportunity, and offers required daily curriculum to all students starting at 6th grade. (Limit 30)
Thursday, March 8, 1:30 - 4:30 PM
Texas Advanced Computing Center - Texas Advanced Computing Center is a leading resource provider in the NSF TeraGrid and operates two of the most powerful high performance computing systems in the world, which are used by thousands of scientists and engineers each year to perform research in nearly every branch of knowledge. TACC's largest supercomputer, Ranger, can perform 579.4 trillion operations per second (or teraflops), and is nearly 30,000 faster than today's desktop computers. TACC's newest system, Lonestar 4, which went online in Feb. 2011, clocks in at more than 302 teraflops and offers nearly 200 million computing hours per year to researchers around the world. (Limit 30)