[Squeakland] SqueakFest '04 correction for Residence Center reservations and payment

Wade Roberts wroberts at colum.edu
Mon Feb 23 17:48:00 PST 2004

for Residence Center lodging).

The Interactive Multimedia and Early Childhood Education Programs at  
Columbia College Chicago and Viewpoints Research Institute cordially  
invite you to attend SqueakFest ‘04 on the summer shores of Lake  
Michigan in Chicago.

SqueakFest ‘04 will be Thursday, August 5, to Saturday, August 7 (two  
full-day sessions on Thursday and Friday, and a morning session on  
Saturday). There is no registration fee. We hope that all participants  
will be able to attend the entire workshop. Out-of-town participants  
should plan to arrive on Wednesday, August 4, in order to attend the  
opening session.

SqueakFest ‘04 is also co-sponsored by Columbia's School of Media Arts  
and School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, home, respectively, of the  
Interactive Multimedia and Early Childhood Education Programs.

We welcome participants from elementary, junior high, and high schools,  
and education programs at institutions of higher-education.

Professional development units will be available at no charge for  
public schoolteachers through Columbia’s School of Liberal Arts and  
Sciences. When responding, please indicate if you are interested in  
receiving these credits. Details will follow.

SqueakFest ’04 follows the first SqueakFest, held last August at  
Columbia College Chicago and judged a resounding success by  
participants. In response to the evaluations, we plan to make a few  
changes in the schedule for this year. Again, we hope to assemble a  
critical mass of folks to discuss best practices and practical  
considerations. We hope that attendees will arrive with examples and  
details of student projects, lesson plans, assessment details, stories,  
anecdotes, pedagogical approaches, and the like. What worked? What  
didn't work? Why? What can we draw as conclusions, learn from, and do  
differently (or the same) in the future. Most importantly: What can we  
learn from, and teach, each other?

This year, in addition to large and collective group sessions, we will  
conduct concurrent sessions to accommodate participants with varying  
expertise and experience utilizing Squeak and Etoys in practical  
settings, from the novice users to the advanced users.

There will be plenty of time for attendees to break out into sessions  
by subject areas, by grades, and by levels of expertise.

There will also be time for educators to provide feedback on teaching  
and using Squeak (features? interface? implementation?) to the  

A detailed program will be ready in a few weeks.

At the conclusion of SqueakFest ‘04, the IM Program will post and serve  
Squeak projects brought to or sent to the workshop, as well as other  

Here are details about nearby accommodations:

Chicago Hilton: $139 per night, single, (booked at  
http://www.hotels.com; other rates available). $160/night regular rate.  

Essex Inn: $99 per night single/double, $109 triple, $119 quad.  
http://www.essexinn.com or 800-621-6909. Mention Interactive Media  
Symposium. 1-800-621-6909.

Best Western Grant Park: $109 single/double/triple/quad.  

These hotels are within an easy four-block walk of the SqueakFest ’04  

We can also advise you on other accommodations.

There are also a limited number (first to reserve, first confirmed) of  
rooms available at the college’s Residence Center, the site of  
SqueakFest ’04: $55 per night per person. Accommodations include:

Two bedrooms, with a total of four single beds.
One bedrooms, with two single beds.
Three bedrooms, with a total of six single beds.

Rooms have cooking appliances, but no utensils. Bed linens and towels  
are included, but not pillows. There is a weight room and a laundry  

Reservations for the Columbia College ResCenter must be made by calling  
312-344-7750, between the hours of 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, or by  
e-mailing jbutler at interactive.colum.edu with a cc: to  
wroberts at colum.edu. A deposit of half of the balance is due one month  
prior to arrival, with the balance due two weeks before arrival.  
Cancellations can be made two weeks prior to arrival without penalty;  
after that, there will be a $50 cancellation charge. Deposits and  
balances can be made payable by check or money order to: Columbia  
College Chicago, and mailed to:

Interactive Multimedia Program
Attn: Judy Butler
Columbia College Chicago
600 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60605

Continental breakfasts and boxed lunches will be provided at the  
SqueakFest site.

Columbia College Chicago is the country's largest arts, media, and  
communications school, with an enrollment approaching 10,000 students,  
and offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. At the  
undergraduate level, it is open-admissions, by mission and philosophy.  
It is located in Chicago's South Loop, adjacent to Grant Park and Lake  
Michigan, and is convenient to the city's many museums and other  
cultural and popular attractions.

Attendance will be limited. Reply with your interest to:

Kim Rose: Kim.Rose at viewpointsresearch.org
Wade Roberts: wroberts at colum.edu

Columbia College Chicago: http://www.colum.edu

Interactive Multimedia Program home: http://interactive.colum.edu

Early Childhood Education Program:  

IM/ECE partnership: http://interactive.colum.edu/partnerships_ece.aspx

Viewpoints Research Institute: http://www.viewpointsresearch.org/

Squeakland: http://www.squeakland.org

We hope to see you in Chicago!
Wade & Kim
Re: SqueakFest ‘04


Wade Roberts
Director, Interactive Multimedia Program
Columbia College Chicago
600 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
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