Program: Tech Forum Atlanta 2012

7:00 am - 8:15 am

Registration and Breakfast

8:15 am - 9:30 am

Welcome and Opening Keynote

Embracing Engagement

Scott Floyd

We've spent tons of money on technology in recent years and where has it gotten us? That depends. Robert Marzano opines that you can’t give technology to teachers and expect it to automatically improve engagement. So what happens when you put that technology in the hands of students and get out of their way? Join Scott Floyd as he walks us through what can result when autonomy gets passed along to the learner.

9:30 am - 9:45 am

Refreshment and Networking Break

9:45 am - 11:00 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.

Going Google

Kevin Hogan (moderator), Connie White, Julia Osteen, andMax Monroe

Got Google Apps for Education? Google Tools? Having trouble keeping up with what’s new and how to use the many free options available to you? Three Google-using educators will share their favorite apps and tools, along with student project ideas, teacher and administrator productivity tips, and thoughts about adopting Google Apps school- or district-wide.

BYOT: Pros, Cons and Logistics

Hoke Wilcox, Frances Bradburn, Jeff White and Jaclyn Aurisch, andScott Floyd

“Bring your own" technology programs are taking the nation by storm. Presenters from two districts that have implemented BYOT initiatives will describe how and why they've moved in this direction and what they've learned from the process. You'll also hear arguments about the advantages and dangers of BYO and have the chance to pose questions or offer your opinion during a lively Q&A session.

The Student perspective

Kathy Politis(moderator); Arvin RossandWilliam Mansfield from the iSchool Initiative plus students from Fulton County Schools

We’ve invited several students, ranging in age from middle school to college, to share their perspective on the role of technology in their lives and in their education – and to push our thinking about what’s possible if we offer students access to powerful digital tools and encourage them to take the lead.

Funding the 21st Century Classroom

Lisa Young, Angela Bacon, Marisa Greenlee

In these cash-strapped times, how can districts afford to invest in technology implementations? Administrators from three Georgia districts will share stories about the ways in which they are managing to keep student learning, supported by powerful 21st century tools, at the forefront in spite of limited human and financial resources.

11:00 am - 11:15 am

Refreshment and Networking Break

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Industry Spotlights
Hear from the companies that are sponsoring this event and shaping the future of educational technology.
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Lunch and Dessert Reception

1:20 pm - 2:10 pm

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

2:15 pm - 3:30 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.

Part 1
Part 2 Moving Beyond Textbooks

Bailey MitchellandLissa Pijanowski; Wendy Grey, Donita Hinckley, andRenee Padgett

Are print textbooks a thing of the past? Will they be replaced by eTextbooks or digital content of a totally different nature? You will hear about a state-funded eTextbook initiative, a partnership with a textbook company, and sevearal trailblazing districts’ efforts to move beyond traditional textbooks and embrace 21st century learning tools.

Yes, There’s an App for That

Hoke Wilcox(moderator); Arvin Ross, William MansfieldandJulia Osteen

We invite you to take part in this fast-paced “mobile apps smackdown.”Our panelists will recommend some great mobile apps for educational use. Then it’s your turn. Come share your favorite apps – for iOS or any other devices – and the ways in which you’re using them in your classroom, school or district.

Embracing Blended Learning

Connie White, Christina Clayton, Laura PerkinsandEsterine Stokes

Blended learning – which combines online and face-to-face instruction – is being embraced by many educational leaders who are enthusiastic about the idea of offering students the best of both worlds.During this session, you’ll hear from some of the pioneers in the field. They’ll share examples of blended learning programs, strategies, and resources.

Let the Games Begin!

Lucas Gillispie

Does gaming have a role to play in the classroom? Learn about strategies for integrating games such as Minecraft and World of Warcraft into the K-12 curriculum and ways of taking a game-based approach to classroom instruction, in general. Whether you're doubtful about the value of gaming in education or a believer with lots of examples to share, come prepared to ask questions and offer perspectives about the potential of games in education.

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

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