Pre-conference sessions

September 11

There will be four concurrent 4-hour sessions in the morning and afternoon. Breakfast is on your own; lunch is included.

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Morning sessions (8 a.m.-12 p.m.)

Absolute Beginners Guide to Drupal (Part One)

Presented by Brett Williamson, Johnson County, Peter Carrero, City of Olathe, KS, and Burke Hutchinson, City of Olathe, KS

This two-part course is aimed at getting Drupal novices up to speed as quickly as possible.

Whether you are wanting to test drive Drupal before making the decision to use it; or you plan to use Drupal and you want to make sure you set up your first site correctly; or maybe you inherited a Drupal site and aren’t sure how to go about maintaining it… whatever the reason, this class is for you. By the end of the day, you will learn the basics of content types, modules, themes, menus, blocks and user permissions and will be able to successfully build a small Drupal site from scratch. The class will be an excellent introduction for Drupal beginners concerned with avoiding common pitfalls, getting the most out of their development time, and getting up and running with the most common/popular features of Drupal.

Attendees will leave with:

  • Workbook: A copy of The Drupal Workbook, a book version of the class
  • Cheat Sheets: All the key information from the class in one useful guide
  • Drupal Website: a completed website on your own computer
Room: Salon 3
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 08:00 - 12:00
eDoc Accessibility
Presented by Colette Johnson, Minnesota Management and Budget.

Accessibility standards are for more than just web pages. In this session, attendees will learn how to create Word 2010 documents and PDF documents that are more accessible to people with disabilities. Colette will cover how to format documents using Styles, add alternative text to images, and other tips to make documents easier for users and assistive technologies to navigate.

Attendees will learn the requirements for the Accessibility Standard from the W3C/WACG; basic to advanced principles in creating accessible Word documents; and basic to advanced principles in creating accessible PDF documents.

Room: Pavilion Three
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 08:00 - 12:00
Responsive Web Design Fundamentals
Presented by Chad Ostroff.

It seems like every day there is a new all-in-one, tablet, smartphone, netbook… you get the idea. All sorts of different screen sizes just begging to display your content and display it properly. So, how do we as web designers and developers accommodate all of the various screen sizes that are out there on the market now, and will continue to flood the market in the months and years to come? Responsive web design is a great answer to this question. In this session you will learn the fundamentals of implementing responsive web design in your new and existing projects.

Room: Salon 2
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 08:00 - 12:00
What If You Let Citizens Build Your Website?
Presented by Andrew Krzmarzick, GovLoop.

Citizens across the U.S. (indeed, around the world!) are taking the web by storm. They don't want to wait for their cities to make updates to a page or build apps and resources that makes their life easier. So empower them to do it for themselves! Learn how Hackathons, CityCamps, LocalWiki and Facebook pages are being created by average citizens (sometimes in tandem with local officials) to provide beautiful, web-based resources that serve their needs -- and save cities lots of time and money. 

This session will provide an overview of several projects across the country where ordinary citizens have stepped up to organize themselves, often communicating with city stakeholders in the process. How can you leverage this energy in your locality? 

Attendees will:

  • Gain lessons learned from effective models of crowd-sourced citizen engagement
  • Explore the value of public events and organic movements to create resources that supplement official city websites
  • Learn tips for managing these complex, collaborative projects that involve multiple stakeholders, including citizens, vendors and public officials

 

Room: Pavilion One
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 08:00 - 12:00

Lunch (12-1 p.m.), included

Tuesday lunch

Hungry? Time to eat! Lunch is included for all morning and afternoon pre-conference attendees. Socialize with your fellow NAGW attendees, catch up with old friends and make new ones!

Room: Poolside
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 12:00 - 13:00

Afternoon sessions (1-5 p.m.)

Absolute Beginners Guide to Drupal (Part Two)

Presented by Brett Williamson, Johnson County, Peter Carrero, City of Olathe, KS, and Burke Hutchinson, City of Olathe, KS

This two-part course is aimed at getting Drupal novices up to speed as quickly as possible.

Whether you are wanting to test drive Drupal before making the decision to use it; or you plan to use Drupal and you want to make sure you set up your first site correctly; or maybe you inherited a Drupal site and aren’t sure how to go about maintaining it… whatever the reason, this class is for you. By the end of the day, you will learn the basics of content types, modules, themes, menus, blocks and user permissions and will be able to successfully build a small Drupal site from scratch. The class will be an excellent introduction for Drupal beginners concerned with avoiding common pitfalls, getting the most out of their development time, and getting up and running with the most common/popular features of Drupal.

Attendees will leave with:

  • Workbook: A copy of The Drupal Workbook, a book version of the class
  • Cheat Sheets: All the key information from the class in one useful guide
  • Drupal Website: a completed website on your own computer
Room: Salon 3
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 13:00 - 17:00
Advancing the Web of Applications: HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript
Presented by Molly Holzschlag, Web Evangelist.

In this workshop, Molly will bring you up to date on advances in the thoughts and practices of designing practical applications for the Web. Using HTML5 for structure, CSS3 for visual presentation, and HTML5 APIs, JavaScript and related technologies to create robust, interoperable, security-conscious and easier-to-maintain experiences for your audiences, you’ll gain both a refresh on current thinking as well as gain a deeper understanding of the Open Web architecture and how to use it to truly achieve a “write once, play everywhere” goal. There are no actual hands-on exercises in the workshop, however we will be deconstructing and looking at code as well as multi-device design, so attendees are encouraged to bring their notebooks and a variety of devices to enhance the workshop experience.

Room: Salon 2
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 13:00 - 17:00
Project Management for Techs
Presented by Robin Hastings, Missouri River Regional Library.

Learn how to use Project Management techniques cribbed from formal Project Management processes, GTD (Getting Things Done) and other time/project management theories to manage your next big web project.

Learn how to:

  • use basic project management principles
  • apply those principles to your next project
  • use project management principles even if you are not the Project Manager
Room: Pavilion Three
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 13:00 - 17:00

Welcome reception (7-9 p.m.)

Welcome Reception

Join us as we kick off NAGW's 10th National Conference in high style! Enjoy cocktails and light refreshments in a comfortable, casual setting. The welcome reception, sponsored by Nation Builder, is a great opportunity to meet new people and reconnect with old friends! Conference badge required to get in (don't forget your free drink ticket, included with your ID badge materials). A cash bar will be available.

Room: Poolside
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 19:00 - 21:00