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7:30am - 8:15am
Registration & Refreshments



8:15am - 9:30am
Welcome and Opening Keynote


Thinking as Big as the World is Small
Hall Davidson
The cameras in their cell phones make them citizen journalists. The web is their personal library and media center. They communicate in real time with the ends of the earth. But can they convince their teachers to let them learn at school with help from such powerful tools? Beyond the "wow," technology provides nearly limitless potential for connectivity and education. See examples of how today's technologies — from calculators to the web, from music files to video-on-demand—can (and should) engage and teach a new generation of students.



9:30am - 9:45am
Refreshment & Networking Break



9:45am - 11:00am
Breakout Sessions
Stay tuned for more about these panel presentations featuring leading experts in the field. Planned topics include:


Laptop Learning, 24/7
Gwen Solomon (moderator); Kathleen Malloy; Kay Sloan; Leslie Wilson
Students live in an on-demand, technology-dependent world. They learn differently and approach schoolwork differently than students did even a few years ago. Some school districts are addressing students’ need to get answers instantly, to communicate as they learn, and to create information and share it with others by implementing 1:1 computing programs and wireless Internet access. What are we learning from early 1:1 laptop implementations about thebenefits, challenges and logistics of ubiquitous computing? Attend this panel to learn about different implementations and plans for the future.


Games for Education
Susan McLester (moderator); Bill Mackenty; Corbett Beder
Researchers at a number of different institutions are exploring the power of games to teach. This panel will look at the various “serious games” initiatives now in progress across the country and examine evidence supporting the idea that integrating video and computer games into the curriculum directly impacts student achievement. Discussion will also focus on how learning games in the classroom are being tied to assessment, standards and other curriculum objectives.


21st Century Strategies for Professional Development
Jeffrey Branzburg (moderator); David Jakes; Pete Reilly; Charlene Chausis
Increasing time demands on teachers, new and exciting technologies (blogs, wikis, podcasts), "digital native" students — how do these and other "21st century" developments affect professional development? Panelists will explore strategies and issues related to helping teachers reach and stay on the cutting edge in education.


Data Security and Student Safety in the Internet Age
Judy Salpeter (moderator); Jane Bloomquist and Atif Musa; Michelle Russell; Diane Doersch
With a growing number of districts offering community members 24-hour access to vital but personal data and more and more students socializing and sharing information about themselves online, safety and security loom large as issues that today's schools must address. Presenters will address the technical issues related to identity management and security when using "anytime anywhere" student information systems; suggest ways of educating students, teachers and families about Internet safety; and share best practices related to security-related processes, policies and permissions.



11:00am - 11:15am
Refreshment & Networking Break



11:15am - 12:15pm
Industry Spotlights
Hear from the companies that are sponsoring this event and shaping the future of educational technology.



12:15pm - 12:45pm



12:45pm - 1:15pm
Dessert Reception



1:15pm - 2:00pm
Roundtable Discussions
These discussions, on topics suggested by attendees when you register, provide a great opportunity for you to network with fellow technology leaders.



2:00pm - 3:30pm
These workshops allow our attendees to explore key topics in greater depth.


Harnessing Web 2.0
David Warlick
What is Web 2.0? Why is it different from Web version 1? What are the underlying principals of blogs, wikis, and podcasts that bind them into a new kind of information environment, where people connect through their content within dynamic and adaptive networks for learning? This presentation, designed for tech-savvy educators, will introduce the basics of Web 2.0 technologies, a sampling of its tools, and its relevance to learning environments. Participants will explore together some potent opportunities for implementing these new tools for teacher staff development, digital resource production, and school management. This session may be podcasted for later reference.


Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize: It's About Student Learning
Pete Reilly
One third of our students drop out of school before graduating. Equal numbers, including some of our brightest students, are physically attending school, and going through the motions, but are not engaged. They have dropped out mentally. Join Pete Reilly, a favorite with past Tech Forum attendees, as he examines how educational technology leaders are re-focusing themselves on the growing needs of teachers and students. In this interactive session, he will provide concrete strategies, share an innovative planning process that results in a 3-5 year plan for acquiring software that is mapped to district goals and objectives, and demonstrate technology tools and trends that have the potential to transform teaching and learning.


Copyright, the Constitution and Schools
Hall Davidson
Copyright law allows incredible lattitude in the service of education but only in a monitored environment. Making informed copyright decisions requires a clear understanding of historical and evolving laws of intellectual property as they apply to schools. Join Hall Davidson for an entertaining look at "why" and "when" the law is on your side. You will leave this workshop with tools and checklists that will help you understand the application of copyright in your schools and districts. Visual support for the content will include movies, morphs, the Internet, and the original lyrics from the actual composer of the American national anthem (not FS Key).


Visual Literacy and 21st Century Skills
Joe Brennan and David Jakes
We are all visual learners. We are all consumers of visual information. Come explore the concept of visual literacy and learn why being visually literate is considered an essential 21st Century skill. We'll explore the fundamental concepts of visual literacy, and merge those ideas with the principles of basic photography and graphics design to form a foundation of critical visual literacy skills. Additionally, we'll extend the idea of visual literacy with dynamic, cutting-edge online resources that can be used to create engaging lessons that support the development of visual literacy skills in all students of all ages.



3:30pm - 4:30pm
Sponsor-Hosted Reception


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