This past fall, Tech & Learning celebrated the 10th anniversary of its popular professional
development event for school leaders, Tech Forum. This one-day seminar is an inspiring
day of learning, networking, and innovation, and the events in Chicago and New York this
year were no different.
In New York, keynoter Patrick Higgins led off with a presentation about the importance of school
branding. He offered specific tips such as the following:
• If you don’t control your message, someone else will.
• Don’t count on traditional media.
• Make it your job or someone else’s within the organizations to find and publicize the great things
that are happening and push them out to the press and social media.
• Find bright spots in your organization and share them.
In Texas, keynoter Diana Laufenberg discussed specific ways technology can
elevate the quality, relevance, and creativity of student work. Click HERE to see Diana's specific examples of how students transformed their learning with tech.
Both inspiring keynotes kicked off days filled with panel
discussions about how schools are solving the latest edtech
challenges, including offering specific tips and tools they have
found to be most successful. Excerpts include:
• Innovative Approaches to STEM Education:
Frank Noschese and Jeff Piontek
discussed ways to engage students in
scientific thinking, problem solving,
and computer modeling. Click HERE to see 3D animations, simulations, virtual worlds, and examples of collaborations between students and scientific experts.
• Tools for Education Professionals:
This panel of experts shared their
favorite apps and Web 2.0 tools for
planning, communicating, and building
your own learning community. Click HERE to see the entire archived panel discussion via Livestream.
• iPads in the Classroom: Experts
from iPad-using schools answered
such questions as: How are students,
teachers and administrators using the
devices? What apps are proving most
helpful? You can see Rob Miller’s helpful tops on how to integrate iPads into all aspects of education here.
• App-tivities in the Classroom: These
Texas panelists shared some great
iLessons that engage students and
inspire them to succeed. Watch the archived panel discussion by clicking HERE.
This is just a snapshot of the kind of networking and learning
that takes place at every Tech Forum event. Visit www.techlearning.com/techforum to read about upcoming Tech
Forums and check out archived content from the past several
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT LUNCH
At the superintendent
luncheon at Tech Forum in Austin, Texas, Editorial
Director Kevin Hogan asked
the attendees to name their
best and worst edtech issues:
• iPad 1:1 deployment
• Teachers adapting to new
• Kids walking around with
their devices and talking
about what they’re doing
• Celebrating leadership
• iPad 1:1 deployment
• Lack of devices
• Nausea-inducing prezis
• Teachers afraid of kids
• Staff that think kids have
to open their books
• Wanting to make wise
decisions but paralyzed
• Managing all devices
• Shifting the staff mindset
• Dealing with shrinking
• Designing lessons that are
• Lack of rural initiatives