Program: Tech Forum New York 2014

 













 
7:00 am - 8:15 am

Registration and Breakfast

 
8:15 am - 9:30 am

Welcome and Opening Keynote

Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times
Eric Sheninger 
The educational landscape is changing as a result of continuous advances in technology and a changing learner. Educators must recognize this shift, anticipate needed changes, and lead by example in order to meet the diverse needs of key stakeholders in the 21st Century. The time is now to harness the power of digital tools and social media accessible today to improve student learning, transform instructional spaces, discover opportunity, and grow professionally like never before.

 
9:30 am - 9:45 am

Refreshment and Networking Break

 
9:45 am - 10:55 am

Morning Breakout Sessions
Geared especially to administrators, IT leaders, mentor teachers and other ed tech visionaries, these concurrent sessions feature widely-acclaimed and respected speakers covering the hottest topics.

Morning Breakout Sessions
Geared especially to administrators, IT leaders, mentor teachers and other ed tech visionaries, these concurrent sessions feature widely-acclaimed and respected speakers covering the hottest topics. - See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/events/techforum/atlanta14/program/program:-tech-forum-atlanta-2014#sthash.UnR4rJAT.dpuf
Morning Breakout Sessions
Geared especially to administrators, IT leaders, mentor teachers and other ed tech visionaries, these concurrent sessions feature widely-acclaimed and respected speakers covering the hottest topics. - See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/events/techforum/atlanta14/program/program:-tech-forum-atlanta-2014#sthash.UnR4rJAT.dpuf
Coding, Making, and Learning
Come get a close-up, hands-on look at a variety of student projects and educational activities involving coding, maker spaces and interactive electronic art projects. Teachers and students will tell you about what’s exciting them about these chances to “geek out” and why coding, making and STEAM have an important role to play in today’s curriculum.
 
Tell Your Story with Help From Digital Media
Each institution has a unique story. With the power of digital media, that story has never been easier to tell. Learn how social media, simple video, web-based resources and an army of parents, students, teachers and alumni can help you improve communication, build support, establish a brand presence, and get the word out about what’s working in your schools and classrooms.

Creating a Positive Digital Footprint

Join a panel discussion with teachers and administrators across grade levels about how to help students create a positive digital footprint – an essential tool for college, career and citizenship success. This session will focus on involving stakeholders in the creation of guidelines, positive ways to model social media use for students and parents, specific strategies that can be used to create a digital image that aligns to college, career, and citizenship goals.
 
Google Apps: Beyond the Basics
Many schools have embraced Google Apps for Education (GAFE) because of its flexibility, its affordability, and the fact that it works with a wide range of platforms and devices. This panel of experts will showcase their schools’ uses of Google apps, introduce participants to some newer and lesser-known options, and explore a variety of tips and tricks for maximizing the use of GAFE and other Google tools in a school setting.

10:55 am - 11:10 am

Refreshment and Networking Break

 
11:10 am - 12:10 pm
Industry Spotlights
Hear from the companies that are sponsoring this event and shaping the future of educational technology.

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

Luncheon

 
12:45 pm - 1:15 pm

Dessert Reception

 
1:20 pm - 2:30 pm

Roundtable Discussions & Mini-Workshops

Tentative Topics Include:
Future Technologies and How We’ll Use Them
Moving to 1:1 -- How and Why to Do It?
BYOD: Pros, Cons and Logistics
Gamifying Your Classes
Personalizing Learning with Help From Data
Student Leadership
Chromebook Smackdown: Should You go with Chromebooks and, if so, Which Ones?
How to Move to a Digital Curriculum

2:40 pm - 3:50 pm

Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Geared especially to administrators, IT leaders, mentor teachers and other ed tech visionaries, these concurrent sessions feature widely-acclaimed and respected speakers covering the hottest topics.

Finding the Passion
Authentic, project-based, real-world, student-centered, passion-based. The buzzwords change but the underlying truth remains the same: only when students are able to drive their own learning, pursuing topics and projects that are meaningful to them, does school become engaging and relevant. In this session you will hear from a number of educators and students who are passionate about the projects and the learning taking place in their classrooms.
 
Rethinking Learning Spaces
Do your classrooms and libraries look almost exactly like they did a century ago? For the first time in decades, a number of schools can answer this question with a resounding “No!” From mobile-friendly classrooms to media centers transformed into maker spaces, this session will provide specific, affordable ways you can redesign learning environments to meet the needs of today’s students. 
 
Fostering Innovation at a School and District Level
The success of any major initiative lies in the capacity of those who are implementing it and the ability of the leaders, both teachers and administrators, to mark a path for others to follow. Are you ready to revolutionize your school or district’s vision for learning and preparing students for life? Looking for ways to foster innovation and nurture transformational leadership? Come hear from -- and interact with -- several educational leaders who are grappling with the keys to success in this vital arena. 
 
60 in 60: Inverted
Enhance your classrooms with the most innovative digital resources around -- provided by you! Bring your favorite web tools and apps for your platform of choice and lets try and share more than 60 tools as a group. Participants will be broken up into groups and be given time to share favorites with their groups and then, as a whole, with the entire audience!
                     
3:50 pm - 4:30 pm

Sponsor-Hosted Reception
Join the party! Unwind and network with colleagues and industry partners.

Sponsors



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