Program: Tech Forum New York 2010

Program: Tech Forum New York 2010

8:00 am - 9:30 am

Welcome and Opening Keynote

Connecting the Classroom to the Future: Predictions and Predicaments
Kathy Schrock

Join Kathy Schrock to look at technological predictions and predicaments that have informed the direction of current instruction, and ponder a few questions about teaching for the future. How can teachers design curriculum that embeds technology in a meaningful way? What tools should the classroom technology toolbox contain? And what are the management strategies to facilitate this connected classroom?

9:45 am - 11:00 am

Morning Breakout Sessions

Results-Oriented Schooling: How Technology is Making the Vision a Reality
Kim Carter(moderator); Mike Ritzius, Rebecca Rufo-Tepper and Arana Shapiro, Mickey Muldoon
Amid changing demographics and expectations, schools have a public mandate to deliver high quality learning for every student. Join our innovative panelists in exploring the ways in which technology-based tools are allowing school communities to meet – and surpass – ambitious goals and create effective learning environments based on pedagogy and purpose.

Venturing into the Cloud with Google Apps
Jerry Crisci and Michael Pincus; Rob Miller, Cathy Swan and Tom Honohan
Experts from two districts will discuss the steps involved in formally implementing Google Apps districtwide, explore strategies for using such collaborative resources effectively in schools and classrooms, and address the issues to consider when deciding if Google Apps are right for you and your school(s).

Cells in the Classroom: from Banning to Embracing
Lisa Nielsen and Willyn Webb
94% of Americans under age 45 have a personal learning device known as a cell phone. In this session we'll reveal a sensible and progressive 5-step plan that will enable all stakeholders to embrace this powerful learning tool and discover how doing so can enrich student learning and strengthen the home-school connection.

Web 2.0 Smackdown
Judy Salpeter (moderator); David Andrade, Adam Bellow, Howie DiBlasi and Lisa Thumann
Join four education leaders as they take you on a whirlwind tour of their favorite FREE online tools for everything from elementary education to high school research to lesson planning.

1:20 pm - 2:00 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

R.I.P.: Respect for Intellectual Property
Kathy Schrock
With the advent of tools that allow ripping, burning, mashing, and editing, there is a lot of confusion as to what can be done educationally with content found online. This breakout will take a common-sense look at how educators can both mentor and teach respect for intellectual property.

Admin 2.0
Patrick Higgins
New leaders are emerging in schools around the world. This workshop will focus on innovative school leaders who are using social technologies and marrying them with sound philosophy and pedagogical leadership.

Geo Everything
Jerry Crisci and Doug Rose
"GeoTechnology" gives students and teachers the ability to visualize and communicate geographical information and data that is essential in the classroom. You will learn about the most useful tools for helping students use and present geospatial data and come away with ideas for incorporating this technology into K-12 classrooms.

AUPs and Filtering: What Should We Be Doing?
Sarah Rolle(moderator); Cathy Swan and Rob Miller, Bill Stites
Should districts block sites that teens are using outside of school? Do we need to rewrite our AUPs in order to keep pace with web 2.0 and social networking technologies? District leaders who’ve taken the plunge will talk about the impact of removing filtering at the high school level and how to teach students at all grade levels the responsible, ethical and safe use of the Internet.

3:40 pm - 4:30 pm

PLENARY SESSION: A Conversation with Visionary Superintendents