Here is a recap of the day's sessions and events, complete with handouts and resources
provided by many of the speakers.
From Closet to Classroom: A Brief History of What Makes It into the Future
What are some of the factors that determine whether today's breakthrough technologies
will end up in tomorrow's run-of-the-mill classroom or the trash heap? Hall Davidson's
irreverent keynote raises some challenging questions to apply throughout the day
as we explore emerging technologies and trends that might, just might, transform
learning and schooling in the years to come.
#1: High Bandwidth: Who Needs It?
Judy Salpeter (moderator),
Mike Hall, Monica Beglau
As we look ahead a few short years to a time when television-style broadcasts, teleconferencing
and telecommunications exchanges all occur over the same high-bandwidth pipeline,
what will the "killer apps" look like? Will students learn better as a result? Come
see examples of exciting ways schools are using today's cutting-edge technology-and
look ahead to what might happen when it's all widespread.
#2: Desktop Multimedia Breakthroughs
Multimedia guru Hall Davidson takes us on an entertaining, whirlwind tour of hot
tools, cool techniques and what is becoming possible in the world of do-it-yourself
#3: Yes, But How Do We Pay For It?
Susan McLester (moderator),
Steven M. Baule, Robert Nelson
Two district-level technology administrators offer advice on technology budgeting
and planning in financially-strapped times. How do you build technology capacity
and tap into powerful digital tools to support learning without breaking the bank?
What funding sources and cost-cutting approaches are available to help?
#4: TECH FORUM EXCHANGE: Creating Virtual Workspaces
Facilitators: Kim Carter,
This interactive session is for technology leaders who are already immersed in designing
and improving Web environments for learning and community-building. Come share what
you are doing, offer feedback to others, and discuss next steps for building effective
online communities and learning environments for students, families and educators.
Computing Today and Tomorrow
Intel: Learn about the Intel Model School Program, which provides grants
and equipment to U.S. schools, and explore how a Managed Learning system creates
an interoperable environment with curriculum resources that map to every state standard.
Epson: Find out about Epson's wireless projection and printing solutions
for education -- including a PC-free multimedia projector that displays images on
up to four screens and a wireless Epson Stylus printer.
Gateway: John Cowie will discuss the ways in which education has moved from
the '3 Rs' to the '3 As' and highlight key new products including Tablet PCs, mobility
and wireless solutions, and new digital display technology.
New Tools for Online Schools
Surf Control: This spring, SurfControl will release a product to help enterprises
manage Instant Messaging and peer-to-peer file sharing. Frank Sabaj will discuss
the risks involved in IM and P2P file sharing and show how this new tool can alleviate
strain on networks and protect against legal liability and security risks.
netTrekker: Discover how you can easily integrate your state's academic standards
and online resources into the curriculum with netTrekker -- the search engine designed
especially for schools. netTrekker provides access to more than 180,000 pre-screened
K-12 resources as well as lesson plans and learning exercises that align with each
Think.com/Oracle: Think.com provides teachers and students with easy-to-
use Web sites and protected email accounts -- for free and without advertising.
Learn how students can use this tool to publish their schoolwork and collaborate
online with other students within the password-protected community.
Curriculum Trends and Offerings
Apex Learning: As a leading provider of online instruction for high schools
across the country, Apex offers a unique vantage point on the realities of - and
potential for -- online learning. Learn about their ClassTools offerings for advanced
placement and foreign language instruction, as well as tools for assessment and
PLATO Learning: What happens when you combine insights from current research
on the teaching of reading and math with cutting-edge 3D animation, voice recognition
and web-based technologies? Dr. Rob Foshay will show you in this introduction to
PLATO's newest programs for beginning readers and secondary students.
United Learning: Come see the newest way to use video in the classroom- United
Learning's unitedstreaming product. Unitedstreaming is a scientifically- evaluated,
Web-based delivery system that provides access to an enormous library of K-12 standards-based
Tomorrow's Breakthroughs, Tomorrow's Schools
Insightful keynoter David Warlick picks up where Hall Davidson left off, taking
us on a tour of technologies that are just over the horizon. No matter how tight
the budgets get, no matter how resistant communities are to change, some amazing
new technologies are headed your way. Which ones will see widespread acceptance?
And how might they be applied to teaching and learning?
#5: Virtual Learning Today and Tomorrow
David Jakes (moderator),
A virtual schools veteran takes us on a tour of some of today's most innovative
online schools and classes. What virtual learning environments are breaking new
ground pedagogically as well as technologically? And what might the next generation
of virtual classes look like?
#6: Professional Development in the Digital Age
Judy Salpeter (moderator),
Kim Carter, Monica Beglau
From building collegial communities online to using video to show exemplary teachers
at work, emerging technology has the potential to transform professional development.
Come learn about promising practices and powerful tools aimed at connecting educators
for professional collaboration and growth.
#7: Cutting the Cord: Deciding When, Whether and How to Go Wireless
Gwen Solomon (moderator),
Mike Hall, Wallace Reeves
This session focuses on two key aspects of wireless networking for schools. We'll
learn how one forward-looking school is using mobile labs and handhelds for instructional
and administrative purposes. Then we will look at the technological aspects of going
wireless--including logistical challenges, costs, security issues and more. Learn
about the do's and don'ts of wireless from two educators with extensive experience
in the field.
#8: TECH FORUM EXCHANGE: Networking About the Network
Douglas Jenkins (facilitator)
Are you a techie? Do you spend part of every day worrying about network security,
Internet filtering, and infrastructure issues? Are you one of the people others
turn to when it's time to decide whether to go with copper or fiber or a wireless
network? Come talk with others who are in the same boat. What decisions have you
made and what dilemmas do you face? Hear how your solutions compare to those of
your colleagues in other communities.