8:15am - 9:30am

Welcome and Opening Keynote

Making IT Stick

David Jakes
The last several years have seen an explosion of classroom technology. Web 2.0 and other emerging technologies have the potential to dramatically alter the instructional landscape of the classroom. But how do innovations like these become internalized in what a school does and is? What are the factors that enable them to go from a "novel idea" to "the way?" Join David Jakes as he explores the critical attributes of what makes an innovation "sticky" and mission-critical for a school, its teachers, and students.

9:45am - 11:00am

Breakout Sessions

New Technologies that Are Changing Education

Gwen Solomon (moderator); Thomas Story, Conn McQuinn, Vicki Davis
Listen and watch as a panel of ed tech gurus shares online tools and cutting-edge technologies that have the potential to change the way teachers teach, students learn and schools operate. What’s hot today and what will be tomorrow's "killer apps" for schools?

Thomas Story

Conn McQuinn

Vicki Davis

Digital Storytelling 2.0

David Jakes, Joe Brennan, Jon Orech
You've been introduced to the wonders of digital storytelling and the teachers and kids at your school are trying it out. They've seen success, but what's next? How do you maintain the momentum, grow the program, and most importantly, how do you improve the storytelling process so that it reaches its full potential as a learning experience? Join us as we explore the strategies, techniques, resources and projects that will take a digital storytelling program to the next level: Digital Storytelling 2.0!

Jon Orech

Joe Brennan

The Student Perspective: Advice for Digital Immigrants

Jeffrey Branzburg (moderator); Christopher Fahnoe and students from Arlington Heights; Jeff Romani and students from Lake Park HS; Chris Gales and students from Community HS District 99
Join us as a number of students offer their perspective on the role technology plays in their lives, both in and out of school. You’ll hear about the most important and engaging ways these student presenters have used technology in an educational setting and benefit from their advice about what adults need to understand about 21st century learners.

Christopher Fahnoe and Carol Hirschtick

Technology Uses that Increase Student Achievement

Meg Ormiston, Kellie Doubek
Computers and the Internet have revolutionized the way people of all ages communicate and acquire information. Yet, in our schools today, traditional teaching methods rarely leverage the power of technology to improve reading, writing and other essential skills. Explore various ways technology can be used to increase student learning across the curriculum. Whether you work directly with students or serve as a guide and support for teachers, this session is for you because, in the end, we are all teachers.

Meg Ormiston and Kellie Doubek

11:15am - 12:15pm

Industry Spotlights

Hear from the companies that are sponsoring this event and shaping the future of educational technology.

1:15pm - 2:00pm

Roundtable Discussions

These discussions, on topics suggested by attendees when you register, provide a great opportunity for you to network with fellow technology leaders.

2:10pm - 3:30pm


These workshops allow our attendees to explore key topics in greater depth.

The 10 Keys to Effective Professional Development

David Jakes
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.

  • Article: Staff Development 2.0

Safety and Ethics in the Web 2.0 Era

Vicki Davis
Reality TV has entered the classroom in the form of cell phones and digital recorders that can capture (and post) anything that happens on your campus on a real time basis. New ISTE standards urge all classrooms to collaborate on a global basis. How can we allow students to collaborate and, at the same time, protect them and our staff members? blogger Vicki Davis will lead this participatory discussion focusing on real-world classroom scenarios that raise issues about safety, ethics and the need to prepare students for a collaborative world.

Personal Professional Growth: Secrets for Catching Up and Keeping Up with the Technology Revolution

Meg Ormiston
Staying current with the rapidly changing world of educational technology is a full time job, but your current assignment as school or district leader, mentor teacher or technology specialist is already full time. This interactive session will unlock the secrets to personal professional growth tailored to your specific needs. Start using power Googling strategies, organize and set alerts, contain and filter your blogs, take the experts with you through Podcasts and discover the best e-newsletters. Explore various timesaving tools designed to keep you on the cutting edge of educational technology.

EduBloggerCon: a Web 2.0-Style Conversation About Emerging Technologies

Facilitated by Conn McQuinn
This collaborative, "unconference" session is a loosely structured panel discussion where the attendees are the panel. The focus of the open and knowledge-building conversation will be web 2.0 — what it is, what it does for students and teachers, the barriers that prevent teachers from using these new tools, and strategies for blazing paths through those barriers. The discussion will likely include blogs, podcasting, RSS, social bookmarks, social networks, and mashups. But the program will be up to the panelists: you! Come learn in the style of Web 2.0 — from your community of professional educators.