Now that the conference is over, you can use this page to access handouts and presentations posted by the speakers.
8:15am - 9:30am
Welcome and Opening Keynote
Thinking as Big as the World is Small
The cameras in their cell phones make them citizen journalists. The web is their personal library and media center. They communicate in real time with the ends of the earth. But can they convince their teachers to let them learn at school with help from such powerful tools? Beyond the "wow," technology provides nearly limitless potential for connectivity and education. See examples of how today's technologies — from calculators to the web, from music files to video-on-demand — can (and should) engage and teach a new generation of students.
9:45am - 11:00am
Communicating and Collaborating Online Using Video
Jeffrey Branzburg (moderator); Sheila Gersh, Lynn Hunter and Neme Alperstein, Corbett Beder
From SKYPE-based videoconferencing to video blogs, today's teachers and students have access to a growing range of options for communicating and collaborating globally, using not only text but voice and video. Come see some powerful examples and explore the potential of videoconferencing and other video-based exchanges to enhance student learning.
Lynn Hunter and Neme Alperstein
Technology, Planning and School Improvement
Amy Poftak (moderator); Fran Newberg, Tom Atkinson, Michael Kohlhagen and Lou Cuglietto
Does your district technology plan just talk about supporting student achievement or is it actually happening? District leaders share success stories and advice about the role technology can — and should — play in a systemic approach to school improvement, and the progress they are seeing as a result.
- Handout: School District of Philadelphia Benchmark Data Analysis Protocol for Teachers of Grades 3-8
- Presentation: Technology an Accelerator in School Improvement
Michael Kohlhagen and Lou Cuglietto
New Literacies: Enrichment or Essential?
Hall Davidson and David Jakes
What school today can afford the time to have students watching T.V., making videos, e-mailing peers, blogging, or using iPods during class? Hall Davidson and David Jakes will make a compelling case — complete with entertaining "show and tell" from both the corporate and education worlds — for why such activities are crucial to a successful 21st Century education.
Assessment in Technology-Rich Classrooms
Gwen Solomon (moderator); Harry Tuttle, Kim Carter, Lynette Guastaferro
Accountability and assessment are central to improving education. But what are the important things to measure and which technology-based tools are proving most effective at helping educators and students track progress and foster improvemnt? Presenters will discuss successful approaches including electronic portfolios, recording observations using handheld technology, formative online assessments, and using a content management system such as Moodle to support assessment and provide feedback to students.
- Handout: Some of my blogs on eportfolios
- Handout: The Multimedia Report: Electronic Portfolios Tell a Personal Story
- Handout: Assessment in Technology Rich Classrooms: Accountability through EPortfolios
- Presentation: Using Moodle to Monitor Learning in a Writer's Workshop
- Handout: Using Moodle to Monitor Learning in a Writer's Workshop
11:15am - 12:15pm
Hear from the companies that are sponsoring this event and shaping the future of educational technology.
1:15pm - 2:00pm
These discussions, on topics suggested by attendees when you register, provide a great opportunity for you to network with fellow technology leaders.
Here are some handouts provided by our wonderful roundtable moderators:
- Handout: Selected Sites to Assistive Technology and Augmentative Communication Resources for Children with Disabilities
- Handout: Assistive Technology for Students with Mild Disabilities: Update 2002
- Handout: The Worlds Leading Website on Learning Disabilities and ADHD
- Handout: A Resource List of Articles Focusing on Data Collection and Analysis For School Improvement
- Handout: Using Data Effectively
- Handout: Fostering Multicultural Perspectives and Learning
- Handout: Web Resources for Multicultural Education
2:10pm - 3:40pm
These workshops allow our attendees to explore key topics in greater depth.
The 10 Keys to Effective Professional Development
Schools with high-quality teachers and motivated students believe deeply in professional development. In such schools, professional development is a key component of a foundation that empowers excellence. But what are the factors that contribute to the development of such programs? In this session, we'll explore ten critical professional development attributes that promote a culture of sustainable professional practice and increased student learning.
- Techlearning.com Article: Staff Development 2.0
Seeing Better Results Through Visual Learning
Come explore the emerging world of visual literacy and the ways in which diverse visual technology resources can help open students' eyes to learning. Images convey content, emotion, and culture; they support inquiry and factual learning. See examples of ways in which such technology tools as Flickr, Google Movies, YouTube and Webcams can be used to support visual learning in many subject areas, at many levels.
- Handout: Some items from my blog about Visual Literacy
- Handout: Better Learning and Expressing of Learning through Visual Literacy
- Handout: Using Visual Material in the Foreign Language Classroom
Cyber Quicksand: "Appropriate Use" Challenges for Technology Leaders
Do graphic images of executions, bombings and other disturbing events have a place in the classroom? What role can and should schools play in preventing cyberbullying or risky behaviors by students online? These are the sorts of questions that will be addressed in this participatory workshop, based on real-life scenarios.
Technology Planning Revisited
If your district's technology plan sits on a shelf while IT leaders focus on maintenance and replacement issues, your students are bound to be left behind. With a number of transformative new technologies and trends promising to change the way teaching and learning take place, the planning process once again becomes crucial. Pete Reilly and the LHRIC team will demonstrate a variety of breakthrough technology uses and explore strategies to ensure that your local technology plan helps you fulfill your educational mission.