8:15am - 9:30am
Welcome and Opening Keynote
Our Students, Our Worlds
In today's rapidly changing world we are struggling to rethink what it is to be educated, to reinvent where it happens, and to redefine our roles as the difference between teacher and student start to blur. There is much that is new about our information environment—and for much of it, we have responded by attempting to hold it back—to block it. This keynote, by 30+ year educator, author, and technologist, David Warlick, will explore some of these changes and challenges and arrange them as a set of converging conditions that might actually hold the clues for redefining and retooling 21st century education.
9:45am - 11:00am
Second Life in Education
Christine Weiser (moderator); Kathy Schrock, Peggy Sheehy
You've heard about it, you might even have explored it, but have you experienced the power of Second Life as an educational tool? Come join Kathy Schrock (Kathy Dryburgh SL) and Peggy Sheehy (Maggie Marat SL) as they share their passion for the use of MUVEs in the K-12 environment and take you on a tour of some of the ways they can be used to support teaching, learning, and professional development. Kathy will demonstrate Second Life as a viable, engaging professional development platform. Peggy will share her successes using Second Life with middle school students to support teaching and learning. Bring your questions, your concerns, and your thoughts about virtual learning environments and the role they are likely to play in your district's classrooms in the years to come.
Collaborative Authoring with Wikis and Google Docs
Judy Salpeter (moderator); Debbie Iosso and Jennifer Fano, Jason Levy, Tim Best and Zac Chase
Just as the word processor transformed the way we all compose and edit, wikis and google docs are having a profound impact on our understanding of what it means to write and collaborate. Educators from innovative schools in Philadelphia, the Bronx, and Randolph New Jersey will identify their favorite online collaborative tools and demonstrate the ways in which staff members and students are using these powerful new environments for everything from classroom projects to curriculum planning and professional development.
Debbie Iosso and Jennifer Fano
Zac Chase and Tim Best
Beyond the Web 2.0 Hype: Focusing on What Really Matters
David Jakes (moderator); David Warlick, Ryan Bretag, Patrick Higgins
The past few years have seen an explosion of disruptive technologies that challenge the way we think, the way we operate, the status quo of educational practice. Understandably, critical questions have emerged regarding the use of these Web 2.0 technologies in education. Do they actually lead to new literacies or do they simply offer a new way to attain existing ones? What impact are they really having on students and schools? Can one be an excellent teacher without using today's technology? Join a panel of passionate educators as they challenge you to think deeply about the true impact of new technologies, and what they mean for education.
Beyond the Web 2.0 Hype
Assessing 21st Century Skills
Kevin Hogan (moderator); Kim Carter, Jeremy Burrus
Few would disagree about the importance of 21st century skills—skills like creative thinking, information literacy, global awareness and self-direction—to the success of students graduating from our schools today. But in an education world that frequently focuses on teaching what we test, how do we measure student progress on 21st century skills? How do we find a balance that incorporates performance assessment along with a variety of other formative and summative measurements to arrive at a picture of each student's achievements and needs when it comes to learning, innovation and life and career skills?
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 provide a great opportunity for attendees to network with one another. This year, in addition to an array of small-group discussions, facilitated by Tech Forum moderators, we had two special roundtables: a Web 2.0 showcase with Kathy Schrock and a conversation with young-adult author Marc Aronson about how the Internet and tools such as Second Life can be used to reach and engage young adult readers.
See video of the discussions
Kathy Schrock Web 2.0 Roundtable
Assessment (Diane Tung)
Marc Aronson roundtable on literature and Second Life
2:10pm - 3:30pm
Developing Digital Learning Spaces: From Vision to Reality
David Jakes, Ryan Bretag
Yes, emerging technologies have great potential. But how do we make them work in our schools today? This session explores the implementation of a multi-dimensional digital space with three components—a course space, a student-content creation space, and a knowledge commons that supports both—and examines how they support the development of learning literacies. Come prepared to evaluate these three spaces and discuss the organizational readiness that was required to take them from conversation to implementation.
Cultivating Your Personal/Professional Network
This engaging workshop will describe and demonstrate a number of emerging technologies that are increasingly being used by educators to form and cultivate their own Personal Learning Networks—connecting themselves to people and resources that help them do their jobs. From virtual staff development to harnessing the magic of RSS, learn how to grow your own connections to information and experiences that help you remain an evolving expert in your field and an engaged member of your profession.
Effective School Leadership in the Digital Age
Patrick Higgins, Jr.
In the face of enormous shifts in both connective power and cost of new technologies, our schools face the danger of becoming irrelevant in the eyes of our learners. How do we face the changes before us and lead our colleagues toward effective teaching in which the technology is invisible and inherent? This session will focus on the idea that the change begins with you and the expectations you have of the educators you support in your building or district. We will highlight several steps and strategies to help initiate and sustain change within your own learning community.
Patrick Higgins, Jr.
Getting Started with Second Life
Kevin Jarrett, Peggy Sheehy
This hands-on workshop focused on the wonders and power of the virtual world known as Second Life. Learn how to navigate, communicate using voice and text, change your appearance, travel to educational sites (called 'builds'), locate and join groups of other educators, and establish your Second Life Professional Learning Network.