7:30am - 8:15am
Registration & Refreshments
8:15am - 9:30am
Welcome and Opening Keynote
Thinking as Big as the World is Small
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
Stay tuned for more about these panel presentations featuring leading experts in
the field. Planned topics include:
Laptop Learning, 24/7
; Kay Sloan
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
; 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
; Pete Reilly
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
and Atif Musa
; 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.
Jane Bloomquist and Atif Musa
11:00am - 11:15am
Refreshment & Networking Break
11:15am - 12:15pm
Hear from the companies that are sponsoring this event and shaping the future of
12:15pm - 12:45pm
12:45pm - 1:15pm
1:15pm - 2:00pm
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
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
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
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
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