Program: Tech Forum Atlanta 2010

 

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8:00 am - 9:30 am

Welcome and Opening Keynote

Keynote: Re-envisioning Learning Spaces
David Jakes
 
It’s not hard to recognize the typical classroom. Rows of desks. Textbooks and notebooks. A teacher at the front of the class ... It hasn’t changed much in decades. Join David Jakes to re-envision the concept of learning spaces and explore how schools can leverage digital technologies to create exciting and transformative learning environments free from the constraints of time, space and place.

9:45 am - 11:00 am

Morning Breakout Sessions

The Hows and Whys of Web conferencing
Mike Evans and Kathy Adkins, Mike Porter, Claudia Huff
The use of video conferencing, desktop sharing and other forms of web conferencing breaks down financial barriers and allows expanded access to unlimited resources. From virtual field trips to professional learning events for staff, see how web conferencing allows you to expand your offerings, embrace collaboration, and save money.Building the Climate for Change District-Wide  
Jill Hobson and Kathy Politis
This participatory workshop, led by two well-known instructional technology directors, will examine ways of building capacity to support transformational uses of technology in the classroom. You will learn about building a district-wide culture, developing strong collaborative relations between IT and curriculum leaders, and increasing the overall rigor and relevance of your instructional technology program.Teaching Digital Citizenship
Sue Dowling, Connie White and Hoke Wilcox
Come explore the essential components of implementing a digital citizenship program with cybersafety. Participants will engage in scenarios taken from actual cases and view sample policies that will help them navigate such issues as teacher/student relationships on Facebook, sexting, social networking and cyberbullying. You will leave with free resources, ideas, and materials that can be used immediately in your schools.Promoting & Supporting PLNs for Professional Development
David Warlick
The problem of retooling education for rapidly changing times is not one that we can simply "workshop" ourselves through.  Learning must become an integral part of what it means to be an educator.  Yet cultivating a personal learning network is a more complex endeavor than simply subscribing to blogs and signing up for Twitter.  In this interactive session, we will examine strategies for promoting daily, self-directed professional development experiences for our teachers.

1:20 pm - 2:00 pm

Roundtable Discussions
These discussions, on topics suggested by attendees when you register, provide a great opportunity for you to network with fellow technology leaders.


2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Technology's Role in Dropout Prevention, Credit Recovery and High School Reform
Phillip Brown, Vallerie Cave, and Mike Hall
Three leading experts in the field of secondary education will share examples and offer guidelines on the most effective ways of bringing 21st century technology – and a 21st century perspective – to bear on transforming high school education.Lighting a Flame for Higher Order Thinking (HOT) and Rigor
Jill Hobson, Alen Arena and Sandy Beck
Using examples from elementary and middle school classrooms, the presenters will address the key elements of transformational learning. They will help you evaluate the “heat” of classroom instruction; show the products of students who engage in MEANING-making before MEDIA-making; and offer strategies for supporting teachers in implementing inquiry-based, technology-supported learning that empowers students to become joyful, creative problem-solvers who exceed all expectations.Beyond the Web 2.0 Hype: Focusing on What Matters  
David Jakes (moderator); David Warlick, Lissa Pijanowski and Laura Deisley
The past few years have seen an explosion of disruptive technologies that challenge the status quo and raise critical questions. Does Web 2.0 lead to new literacies or simply offer a new way to attain existing ones? What impact is technology having on students and schools? Can one be a great teacher without using digital tools? Join a panel of passionate educators as they challenge you to think deeply about new technologies and what they mean for education.Mobile Devices for Learning
Lucas Gillispie, Hoke Wilcox, and Kathy Politis
Cell phones, iPods and other mobile devices offer an affordable way of providing 1:1 computing power for the classroom. From mobile, game-based learning to collaborative projects and communication, you’ll learn about ways of harnessing the educational power of the devices your students already use and love.

3:40 pm - 4:30 pm

PLENARY SESSION: A Conversation with Visionary Superintendents

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