Welcome and Opening Keynote
Cultivating a World-Class Work Ethic
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Online Learning: Making it Work
, Steven Glyer
What challenges—logistical, political and pedagogical—do districts face when implementing
online learning? What does it take to be successful? Using examples from established
online learning programs, presenters will illustrate the requirements for embracing
a virtual school environment and discuss with the audience potential strategies
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 focus from technology
to the quality and application of information and communication is a critical next
New School Models
, Larry Buchanan
Whether it's called an "academy for information technology," a "new technology school,"
a "global technology academy" or any of a number of other names, the main idea is
the same: to create technology-rich learning communities that help prepare students
for their future. Come learn about several successful technology academies. You'll
hear about the approach they're taking, the tools they're using and the lessons
they're learning as they develop and grow.
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Web 2.0 Best Practices
, Conn McQuinn
Blogs, wikis, podcasts, social networking, tools for online collaboration—the sophistication
of digital technology 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 are making a difference?
How are these new tools helping us to change teaching and learning and support the
development of 21st century skills? Our tapped-in presenters will demonstrate some
of the uses that are inspiring them and then open the floor to you: come prepared
with your questions, ideas and success stories.
These discussions, on topics suggested by attendees when you register, provide a
great opportunity for you to network with fellow technology leaders.
New This Year: A special roundtable, with help from CETPA, TICAL
and CUE, focusing on furthering communication between techies, administrators and
Understanding Change, and Why it (Sometimes) Doesn't Happen
Almost every organization and every person understands the need to change, and yet
making change happen is a constant struggle that often fails. This is particularly
challenging with educational technology, which exists uncomfortably at the intersection
of technology and curriculum, two forces that move at radically different paces.
In this practical and visionary workshop we look at the most recent research regarding
the cognitive, emotional, and social aspects of change that help to explain why
it's so hard, why the techniques we often use are the least effective, and what
we can do to have the greatest chance for success.
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Addressing 21st Century Skills
We've been talking about them for years; we know what they are and why they're important.
But have we made room for 21st century skills in our standards-based curricula?
Are we really teaching them in our schools and districts? Using frameworks from
the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the Metiri Group, and the new NETS*S standards,
this workshop will examine how today's teachers can nurture these skills in real
classrooms. See examples, share ones from your own schools, and define actions steps
The Man Behind the Curtain
This session will walk participants through (really simple) copy-n-paste code that
unlocks hidden iPod teaching modes and GoogleEarth secrets, website videos, cellphone
podcasts and FUN. Simple coding is the backbone of many technologies that serve
education and it need not be a mystery to you or to the teachers and students in
your district. No expertise required except copying and knowing where to paste.
Pull back the "code curtain" for the future wizards in your school. No Fear! Know
Visual Literacy: Get the Picture, Ace the Test!
Of the 30 million PowerPoint presentations given every day, how many are a waste
of time? Would you like to be the hero who shows your teachers how to develop presentations
that boost test scores by 42% and learning by 89%? Come get the latest research
on images and their critical role in instruction, retention, and application of
content. Learn about purposeful use of color and rapid-fire introduction of color
images. Enjoy replicable activities that engage both your gray cells and your laughing
muscles; get an extensive handout and links to free, high-quality images; and enter
a drawing to win valuable prizes.