8:00 am - 9:30 am
Welcome and Opening Keynote
Innovation, Collaboration and Communication: Leadership for Technological Transformation
Although most educators agree that students need 21st century skills, teachers, principals and superintendents too often find little support for truly transformative change. Dr. McGee's address will identify what leaders at all levels can and must do to assure colleagues and communities have the necessary resources, sustained support, and lasting motivation to provide students with the knowledge, skills and disposition they will need to succeed, compete and collaborate in the coming decades.
9:45 am - 11:00 am
Morning Breakout Sessions
11:15 am - 12:30 pm
MINI-SUMMIT: Social, Professional and Academic Networking: Ready for School?
Moderator: David Jakes
What does it look like in your school or district? Is social networking used for educating students? Supporting teachers? For communication with the greater school community? Is it forbidden? What are the risks and the benefits? Comediscuss ways of saying YES to powerful new technologies without sacrificing safety or security.
BEST PRACTICES: Mobile Platforms: How to Decide
Scott Meech (moderator); Keith Gillette, Nadine Norris, Karen Thompson
iPod, iPad, notebook, netbook, smartbook: these are just some of the gadgets schools can choose from today. Is there an "ideal" device for student or teacher use? Do we set a school standard or let users choose their own? Join this team of experienced education leaders as they look at the positives and negatives of the different options, examine how to match hardware purchases with instructional and professional development needs, and describe how their schools are using the mobile devices they've chosen.
WORKSHOP: Google Apps and Other Ventures into the Cloud
Hank Thiele and Brian Engle
Cloud computing – with dynamically scalable, shareable, and often virtualized resources over the Internet – is developing at a rapid rate and few cloud applications are as intriguing to schools as Google Apps for Education. In this session we will discuss how to get started with Google apps and other cloud-based resources of particular interest for schools, including Google Docs, gmail, chat, groups, calendars, plus others, and explore strategies for using such collaborative resources effectively in the classroom. We will also address the issues CTOs and other K-12 leaders should consider when deciding if Google Apps are right for you and your school(s).
WORKSHOP: Professional Development that Works
Chris Brown and Gail Soriano
Exceptional schools employ exceptional professional development strategies. In this session you will learn about Avoca's innovative approach to professional development and hear what NSBA's TLN District Salute Award Recipients and 20 to Watch winners reported about their most effective practices for helping employees develop and maintain technology-related skills. Come prepared to share your own challenges and successes and identify exemplary professional development approaches appropriate to your own school or district.
Industry Spotlights and Morning Wrap-Up
Hear from the companies that are sponsoring this event and shaping the future of educational technology.
1:35 pm - 2:20 pm
These discussions, on topics suggested by attendees when you register, provide a great opportunity for you to network with fellow technology leaders. 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Afternoon Breakout Sessions
MINI-SUMMIT: Preparing the Next Generation 3:50 pm - 4:30 pm
Moderators: Jon Orech and Ben Grey
The job base has eroded, the economy remains in crisis and many schools are at a loss about how to prepare a new generation of students for a world that is changing at astronomical speed. How are you keeping the focus on student success and learning? How are you meeting the needs of ALL students in your school or district? And what role does technology play in it all?
WORKSHOP: Free and Open Source Software in Education
Jim Gerry, Phil Lacey
A look at the ins and outs, do’s and don’ts of free and open source in K-12 schools, the differences between “free” and “open,” and how IT leaders can chart the most effective course for evaluating and implementing these resources. We will cover basic operating system considerations, address common misperceptions, look at hidden costs and share examples of a wide range of open and free applications.
BEST PRACTICES: Innovative Approaches to STEM
Carl Heine, Branson Lawrence, Purva Rushi
As our nation focuses its attention on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as crucial areas for improvement in K-12 education, today's collaborative learning environments have much to offer. Faculty and staff from the internationally recognized Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA) will share best practices and exemplary classroom lessons in areas ranging from renewable energy to emerging technologies in teaching and learning. They will explore ways of getting females more interested in the fields of physical sciences, and show you how your school can get involved in CoolHub, an exciting new online tool for shared projects and innovation.
WORKSHOP: The Life-Long-Learning Toolbelt
Most newcomers to the power of technology for education talk about a sense of being overwhelmed, the difficulty of determining where to start, and a steep learning curve once they decide to learn more. Instead of focusing professional development experiences on the "cool" new tool or "buzz" word, this workshop introduces an approach that emphasizes "learning how to learn" via technology. Scott Meech will walk you through a five-step process for putting together a "Life-Long-Learning Toolbelt” including research tools, social bookmarking, blogging, social networking and more. Whether you're responsible for bringing others up to speed or seeking a new-and-improved toolkit for your own use, this session is for you.
The View from the Top: A Conversation with Superintendents
Max McGee (moderator); Steve Baule, Nanciann Gatta, Steve Griesbach, Tom Leonard, Joe Porto, Mike Riggle
Six visionary superintendents will share their perspectives about the role technology can (and should) play in the classroom and the district – and how they justify and find the funds for technology in cash-strapped times.
Watch this session below in four parts: