Below is a recap of the day's sessions and events, complete with handouts and other
materials submitted by presenters.
Welcome and Opening Keynote
Cultivating a World-Class Work Ethic
Web 2.0 Best Practices
, Ryan Bretag
Blogs, wikis, podcasts, Flickr, Moodle, YouTube, del.icio.us, social networking
— the list of new technologies grows by the minute and it's all too easy to
get bogged down in the details or wowed by the glitz. But what are the uses
that make a difference? What's the true potential of Web 2.0 in schools? Our
tapped-in presenters will demonstrate some of the uses that are inspiring them
and look at the ways in which these emerging technologies can have a positive impact
on today's classrooms.
Leadership: Managing the Transition
Join keynoter Alan November as he outlines essential skills for leadership, and
offers practical guidelines and creative solutions for building accountability into
the planning process. Articulating vision and mission, managing change, and aligning
technology to primary goals will be emphasized. A shift in planning from technology
to the quality and application of information and communication is a critical next
The Power of Story: Digital Storytelling 2.0
, Jon Orech
Digital Storytelling is one of the most powerful new concepts to come along in years.
This session with begin with a look at the essential concepts, practical applications,
and "advanced" techniques for achieving superior projects. Next, we'll examine what's
in store for Digital Storytelling tomorrow and beyond. How do you maintain the momentum,
grow your program, and build on the storytelling process so that it reaches its
full potential as a learning experience? Join us as we explore the strategies, techniques,
resources and projects that will take a digital storytelling program to the next
Technology for the Real World
, Kim Carter
Come learn about three high school programs in which students use digital technology
to help master real-world challenges. From an NSF-funded project that has inner-city
students addressing community problems to a game design company staffed largely
by teens to a public school of choice where internships and field experiences are
central to the personalized learning program of every student, you'll hear how students
are "learning by doing" with support from cutting-edge technologies.
These discussions, on topics suggested by attendees when you register, provide a
great opportunity for you to network with fellow technology leaders.
Here's your chance to explore key topics — such as digital storytelling, visual
literacy, leadership skills, or grant writing — in greater depth. Look for updates
on topics and speakers in the coming weeks.
Learning With Wikis
From high-tech literature circles to cooperative inquiry projects, students at the
workshop leader's school are using wikis to communicate, collaborate and learn.
Come delve into the world of wikis and explore a variety of educational applications
for this Web 2.0 tool. Although Jon is an English teacher, he will share strategies
and techniques that can be applied to many different disciplines.
21st Century Cartographers
Almost any subject can be studied within a geographical context. In this session,
explore the application of Google Maps and Google Earth to student learning, and
how these amazing tools can lead to engagement and achievement. You'll learn about
the technical requirements and the logistical components necessary for successful
school integration and how to create Google Earth and Map files. Leave the session
with a thorough understanding of how these tools can be successfully used to create
learning environments in which students become 21st Century cartographers.
Policies, Safety and Social Networking
In an era when student missteps can linger on the internet for years, and stories
of predators and cyberbullies dominate the news, there are plenty of reasons for
schools to tighten their firewalls. But is banning really a viable response? How
do we help students learn to leverage the powerful new tools that are available
to them? What policies do we set that ensure that learning and safety go hand in
hand? See how some districts have embraced new technologies while still maintaining
high standards and keeping their students safe.
This workshop will address visual literacy and its importance to education today
and tomorrow. We will look at the ways in which images, video, and visual literacy
skills can help students improve everything from basic reading to decision making
to communication skills. Examples of visual literacy activities across the curriculum
will be explored along with the tools that can be used to create multimedia projects
including poems, cartoons, and digital storytelling. Participants will also learn
about Web 2.0 resources (Flickr, Picasa, etc.) for finding and sharing images.