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Meeting Of The Minds
Highlights from Chicago Tech Forum’s superintendent lunch
At the recent Tech Forum in Chicago,
seven area superintendents* gathered for
an invitation-only luncheon to share their
struggles and rewards in the pursuit of
implementing tech at their schools. Some
of the conversation highlights were:
¦ Feedback on one-to-one: There
was no consensus on which hardware
device would work best for a one-to-one
program, but many liked a combination
of laptops and tablets for teachers and
netbooks for students.
¦ Several superintendents felt that
students eventually would bring in their
own, varied devices (smartphones, laptops,
netbooks, etc.) and that current
one-to-one programs open doors for
teachers to begin teaching in a one-toone
environment. Most believed that
cloud-based content would be the ideal
choice in this scenario.
¦ Network security: There was disagreement
on whether to filter Web
content, but most superintendents felt
that students know how to get around
most Internet filters and that the better
security option is to teach them to use
the Internet safely and to have an
acceptable-use policy that includes
¦ Content: Most superintendents are
looking for flexible content from vendors
that can meet their specific needs rather
than turnkey packages.
¦ Professional development: The
superintendent from Avoca said that the
district makes technology a priority and
that it is no longer acceptable to think of
PD as an add-on program. His school
makes training mandatory for all teachers.
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*Steve Griesbach (Gower School District 62)
Steve Baule (CUSD 201)
Tom Leonard (Barrington 220 CUSD)
Mike Riggle (Glenbrook High Schools)
Nanciann Gatta (Niles Township)
Joe Porto (Avoca School District 37)
Kelly Kalinich (Kenilworth School District 38)
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Action must happen first before you can
change beliefs. In too many districts, lack of
action leads to a vacuum of vision.
Ask yourself, how can I change what I am
doing 2 make positive change? Start small,
take action, change behaviors, & take risks.
mobile devices, by 2011 50% of student computers
will be mobile. (American Digital
School, the Hayes Foundation)
Mandatory tech PD for every teacher— no
option out anymore. Targeted & focus tech
PD w/ focus on content & student outcomes
Administrator panel Put right tools in the
right place at the right time. Go to meetings
and not talk tech, talk education
The roundtable on handhelds alone made this
day worth the drive (lunch was awesome too)
Learn more by following the new Tech
Forum Twitter feed @tltechforum.