SNS Project Inkwell U.S.

We’ve just returned from a three-day Inkwell meeting in Bellevue and Redmond, at Microsoft headquarters.  As usual, we had an all-day Steering Committee meeting first, during which we were able to rather quickly come to agreement on new areas of practice and enterprise.  Among our decisions: we’ll be focusing more intensely on assisting those wanting to accelerate their 1:1 computing deployments in education, a bit less on evangelizing those who “don’t get it,” and this will include increased international work, as you’ve seen in this blog.

The full-group meeting began, as we generally do, with an evening reception, which is always a great time to see old friends, make new ones, and catch up.  

Here is the meeting agenda:

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

 Location: Laurel Room, Bellevue Hyatt Regency Hotel

5:30-7:00 pm: Opening Reception: All Members and Guests (cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres)

6:30 pm: Question Period (recommended for newcomers; open to all)



Thursday, October 16, 2008


7:00-7:45 am: Continental Breakfast: Madrona Room, Bellevue Hyatt Regency Hotel

8:10 am Sharp: Meet in Hotel Lobby

8:30 am: Buses leave from Lincoln Square, in front of the Hyatt, to go to Microsoft HQ Facility, Bldg. 43, Shasta Room #1550

9:00 am: Welcome: Mark Anderson, CEO, SNS Project Inkwell

9:20 am: “Microsoft in Education”: Anoop Gupta, Corporate Vice President, Technology Policy & Strategy; Education Product Group, Microsoft

9:50 am: “Inkwell and 1:1: Global Seedlings”

a.       9:50 am: Fullerton, California: Hilda Sugarman, Fullerton School District

b.      10:00 am: Park City, Utah: Bob O’Connor, Treasure Mountain International School

c.       10:10 am: Mexico, D.F.: Marcela Correa Lerma, Plantel Azteca/TV Azteca

10:30-10:50 am: Break: Adams Room #1540

10:50 am: “Inkwell Africa”: Sharon Anderson-Morris, Inkwell and EcoVerdance; David Morris, EcoVerdance; and Ron Parks, North Platte Public Schools

11:30 am: “Preventing Murder with 1:1 Computing: An Update”: Peter Scharf, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, also representing the International Association of Chiefs of Police

12:00: Lunch: Adams Room #1540

12:30 pm: Introduction by Mark Anderson; guest speaker Judy Hartmann, Executive Policy Advisor, Governor’s Executive Policy Office, Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire

1:00-2:30 pm: Working Group breakouts

2:30-3:00 pm: Break: Adams Room #1540

3:00 pm: “The Future of Educational Devices (‘Show and Tell’)”: IDEO, AMD, Centaur/VIA, and others as arranged

4:00 pm: Buses pick up from Microsoft to return to Lincoln Square, Bellevue     (about 20 minutes)

5:45 pm: Meet in Hotel Lobby to walk together to dinner

6:00-9:00 pm: Dinner at Maggiano’s Little Italy (across the skybridge from Hyatt) 

Friday, October 17 

7:00-7:45 am: Continental Breakfast: Madrona Room, Bellevue Hyatt Regency

8:10 Sharp: Meet in Hotel Lobby

8:30 am: Buses leave from Lincoln Square to go to Microsoft Facility, Bldg. 43, Shasta Room #1550

9:00 am: Mark Anderson: Welcome Back and Housekeeping Announcements

9:10-9:40 am: “1:1 Teaching and Learning in Georgia”: Travis Willard, Georgia Department of Education

9:40-10:30 am: Group Discussion: “Implementing 1:1 As the World Changes”

10:30-11:00 am: Break: Adams Room #1540

11:00-12:00 pm: Working Group breakouts: Implementations and Sister School Programs

12:00 pm: Adjourn

Members and non-members may see pictures of the event on Flickr,

And we will be posting complete transcripts, including powerpoint slides and referenced materials, for members on the passworded section of the website, at


We were happy to be able to announce (and often meet) new members, such as Uboost, TrueNorthLogic, EcoVerdance, Vilect, and others, to the team, as well as representatives from Grupo Salinas and new Inkwell Sister schools in Africa, Mexico and the U.S.

We will be posting a beautiful song that the African students from Jubilee School wrote for their Inkwell Sister School friends in North Platte, Nebraska.  We have a video of the kids singing and dancing to this song, and it is nothing short of incredible.

My thanks to all of the people, at Microsoft, in Inkwell, and on the staff of SNS, who made this gathering one of the best we’ve had.