Below is a recap of the day's sessions and events, complete with handouts and other
materials submitted by presenters.
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:
Leading the Way with Help From Data
Frank V. Auriemma
, James Ashby
The concept of data-driven decision making is not a new one to schools, but only
a few pioneering districts have been at it long enough to offer us a retrospective
on what can be gained through a sustained commitment to continuous improvement guided
by data. We have invited administrators from two such districts to share their perspective
— complete with descriptions of their philosophy and approach, information
on tools used for data management and analysis, evidence regarding impact, and advice
for other districts based on lessons learned from years of experience.
Virtual Schools, Real Learning
, Cliff Blackerby
, Jean Parmer
This panel will explore issues, logistics and realities in the area of e-schooling.
Panelists include the director of student services for a school district that runs
and outsources its own successful virtual school, a former course designer and instructor
who is chief administrative officer of a virtual course program, and the director
of a Texas ESC that serves as the fiscal and administrative agency for a statewide
virtual school initiative. Whether you're looking for individual online courses
to supplement a school's curriculum or a total education package to serve as an
alternative to your district's brick and mortar schools, this session offers you
a real-world look at some of the options.
Video Conferencing and High-Bandwidth Connectivity
, Gerri Maglia
Come learn what educators and students are doing when given the opportunity to collaborate
and communicate globally, in real time, using interactive videoconferencing. As
the technology platforms and options evolve and grow, the possibilities for exciting
K12 applications of videoconferencing — involving local, national and
international communication and collaboration — are becoming limitless.
We'll discuss the importance of bandwidth increases as schools hook up with initiatives
such as Internet2 and Lonestar Education And Research Network (LEARN).
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.
Digital Storytelling, Visual Literacy and 21st Century Skills
In today's world, literacy goes far beyond learning how to read and write. Knowing
how to convey information using multiple media and how to tell a compelling story
are both crucial communication skills for tomorrow's graduates. Come explore the
process of digital storytelling and see how this meaningful learning experience
supports the skills required for 21st Century learning. We’ll show examples of digital
stories and, with the help of the audience, create a digital story. Finally, our
collaborative discussion will focus on extending the key elements of the digital
storytelling process to other technology experiences to create a new vision of learning
Blogs and RSS: Tapping Into the Global Conversation
Weblogs have given voice to millions, and dramatically leveled the playing field
in terms of who writes and whom we read. The surprising success of blogging comes
from two factors: the creation of a human network in which people read, respond,
re-blog, and contribute their knowledge and perspective, and the powerful but subtle
RSS technology that underlies blogs and serves to aggregate these conversations
in potent ways. Learn how educators can employ these factors to promote basic literacy
skills, help students develop new relationships with content, and harness the emerging
capabilities of RSS for their own professional use.
Classrooms, Content and Kids
Join Pete Reilly for an in-depth session examining how educational technology leaders
are addressing the instructional content/software issues that are so important in
transforming teaching and learning. In this interactive session, Pete will help
us refocus on the needs of teachers and students, provide an opportunity to experience
a wide variety of educational software, discuss successful strategies for bringing
more attention and resources to non-hardware, content and professional development
needs, and share a “Structured Content Planning” model that results in a 3-5 year
Instructional Software Plan.
Copyright, the Constitution, and Schools: The Colonials Got It Right!
Copyright law allows incredible lattitude in the service of education—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. Copyright conflicts typically reflect problems in the instructional plan more
than problems with the law.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
3:30pm - 4:30pm