Below is a recap of the day's sessions and events, complete with handouts and other materials submitted by presenters.
7:30am - 8:15am
Registration & Refreshments
8:15am - 9:30am
Welcome and Opening Keynote
Neomillennial Learning Styles: From Websites to Distributed-learning Communities
Emerging digital media shape learning styles quite different from those required by yesterday's classrooms. "Neomillennial" learners seek distributed learning situations that interweave face-to-face interactions with communication and shared experiences across distance and time. Chris Dede will demonstrate and discuss examples of middle and high school distributed-learning communities based on immersive, game-like educational simulations and help participants anticipate the challenges and opportunities posed by such environments.
- Handout: Dede: "Neomillennial Learning Styles: From Websites to Distributed-learning Communities
- Presentation: "Neomillennial Learning Styles: From Websites to Distributed-learning Communities"
9:30am - 9:45am
Refreshment & Networking Break
9:45am - 11:00am
Technologies for Tomorrow's Schools
Judy Salpeter (moderator); Matthew Brown, David Warlick, Chris Dede
Which emerging technologies show greatest promise for K-12 education? In this forward-looking session, a panel of experts will offer you sneak peeks at technology innovations that are on their way to school — as well as insight about how these new capabilities will impact teaching and learning in tomorrow's classrooms.
- Presentation: Brown: "Making data visualizations; Making thinking possible"
- Handout: Warlick: "A Future Fiction"
- Handout Warlick: "RSS: The New WWW"
Maximizing the Educational ROI of Your District's Technology Program
Amy Poftak (moderator); Herman Gaither, Peter Robertson, Robert Runcie
In these days of tight budgets, how are forward-thinking districts maximizing the value of their technology investments? And how does one measure "Return on Investment" when the business in question is the business of learning? Three educational leaders will share their perspectives about what is working for their own districts — and how they know it's working.
- Presentation: Gaither: "Educational Technology: Maximizing Your ROI"
- Presentation: Robertson: "Maximizing the Educational ROI of Your District's Technology Program"
- Presentation: Runcie: "Chicago Public Schools Office of Technology Services"
Mobile Solutions for 1:1 Computing
Jeffrey Branzburg (moderator); Marianne Zito, Mark Pennington, Mo Shorr
Whether using laptops, handhelds or newer tablet computers, a number of schools, districts and states are making progress with providing "always at hand" technology to students and educators. Come learn about the benefits and challenges of ubiquitous computing.
- Brochure: Zito: "One-on-One iBook Initiative"
- Handout: Zito: "1:1 Tips"
- Presentation: Zito: "Technology Integration Project"
- Handout: Pennington: "Why Tablet PCs?"
- Presentation: Pennington: "Transform the Learning Experience with a Tablet PC"
- Handout: Shorr: "Mobile Solutions for 1:1 Computing"
Data-Driven Professional Development
Kim Carter (moderator); David Irving, Sharnell Jackson, Bruce Goldberg
How are school districts using data to guide professional development practices? What tools and models exist for gathering and using data to inform what should be happening with professional development in your district? Panelists with experience in this emerging field will share perspectives and best practices.
- Handout: Irving: "What Works in Schools"
- Handout: Jackson: "Data-Driven Professional Development"
- Handout: Goldberg: "The Co-nect Consortium"
11:00am - 11:15am
Refreshment & Networking Break
11:15am - 12:15pm
12:15pm - 12:45pm
12:45pm - 1:15pm
1:15pm - 2:00pm
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Rethinking Your Web Site Strategies
Maintaining and refining your school or district Web site should not be your job, it should help you do your job. This engaging workshop will encourage you examine your existing Web strategies and determine if your Web site is truly working for you. We will explore strategies for continuing the Web planning and design process as well as alternative Web publishing procedures that help you make your Web site an ongoing conversation with the community.
We all know that preparing students for their future demands change, but how can instructional technology leaders best facilitate the change process in educational settings? This workshop offers structures and strategies for administrators and IT leaders who want to improve their effectiveness as change agents.
Empowering Teachers to be Data Driven Decision Makers
Learn how easily your teachers can collect, analyze, and then use data from common classroom activities to improve instruction. Examples will range from low to high tech and will illustrate a variety of ways in which teachers can use data analysis to improve their own instruction, track student progress, and empower their students to monitor their own learning. This workshop focuses on a bottom-up approach to data, not the usual top-down approach, and on building in constant improvement for student learning rather than waiting for the state test results.
Digital Storytelling and 21st Century Learning
Joe Brennan and David Jakes
In today's world, literacy goes far beyond learning how to read and write. Knowing how to convey information using multiple media and how to tell a compelling story are both crucial communication skills for tomorrow's graduates. Come explore the process of digital storytelling and see how this meaningful learning experience supports the skills required for 21st Century learning. Weýll show examples of digital stories and, with the help of the audience, create a digital story. Finally, our collaborative discussion will focus on extending the key elements of the digital storytelling process to other technology experiences to create a new vision of learning with technology.
3:30pm - 4:30pm