Program: Tech Forum Southwest

7:00am - 8:15am

Registration and Breakfast

8:15am - 9:30am

Welcome and Opening Keynote

Schooling for the 21st Century: Unleashing Student Passion

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
A passionate student is a learning student. As the people of the world are becoming increasingly connected, the nature, use, ownership, and purpose of knowledge are changing in profound ways. Our goal as educators is to leverage these connections and changes as powerful means to improve teaching and learning in our schools. Come listen as Sheryl stirs a sense of urgency for shifting classroom practice toward more engaging approaches that unleash the passion that lies within each learner.

9:30am - 9:45am

Refreshment and Networking Break

9:45am - 11:00pm

Breakout Sessions

1:1 Computing: What are we Learning?

Judy Salpeter (moderator); Karen Kahan, Karen Fuller and Ann McMullen, Jennifer Bergland and Betty Sanders
From pioneering one-to-one districts like Klein ISD to the campuses that have participated in the state-supported Technology Immersion Project (TIP), Texas has made great strides in the area of one-to-one computing. Come hear what we are learning from the research and the experiences of administrators, teachers and students who have 24/7 access to vital technology tools. Find out what's next for TIP and what resources are available to help your district move towards ubiquitous technology access.

Karen Fuller and Ann McMullen

Jennifer Bergland and Betty Sanders

Open Source Goes to School

Christine Weiser (moderator); Miguel Guhlin, Scott Floyd and Michael Gras
Is education ready for free, open source solutions to education problems? According to our presenters, the answer is YES. They will share examples of how open source technology is allowing for open knowledge sharing—the creation of a global table at which student and educators share ideas—while saving money that can be used for staffing and other much-needed resources. Learn how students, teachers and administrators in their districts are using open-source software, including Moodle, NeoOffice, OpenOffice, Wordpress and Joomia, to create an online world compatible with but outside the bounds of costly, proprietary software.

Miguel Guhlin

Scott Floyd and Michael Gras

How to Teach 21st Century skills

Meg Ormiston, Jon Orech, David Warlick
In recent years we've defined a variety of new, 21st century skills and made the case for how important they are. But what are we doing about them? How do we make room for them in a curriculum built around test taking and results? Can our schools really teach students to collaborate, develop new literacies, think critically, and be global citizens? Our three panelists will share examples of teaching practices that nurture 21st Century Skills, as well as more traditional types of achievement, and that truly prepare students for their future.

ESL 2.0: Technology Tools for ESL and Bilingual Classes

Kevin Hogan (moderator); Arturo Guajardo, LaDonna Conner and Amy Bramhall
The use of iPods and a variety of Web 2.0 tools can transform teaching and learning in the ESL/ELL classroom. Learn how emerging technology is being used in two districts to engage students, help them develop language skills and fluency, and foster a sense of community. Help your ESL/ELL teachers see how to engage multiple intelligences and prepare their students for success with help from 21st Century tools.

Arturo Guarjardo

LaDonna Conner and Amy Bramhall

11:00am - 11:15am

Networking Break

11:15am - 12:30pm

Industry Spotlights

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

12:30pm - 1:00pm


1:00pm - 1:30pm

Dessert Reception

1:30pm - 2:15pm

Roundtable Discussions

These discussions provide a great opportunity for you to network with fellow technology leaders.

Jon Orech

2:20pm - 3:40pm


Creating Environments that Support Passion: The Role of Emerging Technologies in the Core Curriculum

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
In this follow-up to her opening keynote, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach focuses on real-world examples of learning environments that extend the walls of the traditional classroom, offering new possibilities and igniting a passion for learning. Evidence based on exemplary practices in education suggests that new models of teaching and learning have the power to improve educational outcomes dramatically. Come learn how to have it all—including both creativity and rigor—when delivering your core content curriculum.

Cultivating Your Personal/Professional Network

David Warlick
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.

Turbo-Charged Wikis: Technology Embraces Cooperative Learning

Jon Orech
From high-tech literature circles to cooperative inquiry projects, students in the workshop leader's district are using wikis to communicate, collaborate and learn. Come delve into the world of wikis and explore a variety of educational applications for this Web 2.0 tool. Beyond the "wiki basics," we'll focus on maximizing the benefits of these collaborative tools—illustrating how to incorporate formal cooperative learning strategies and other proven approaches to ensure student learning.

Exploring Wikinomics and Other Dramatic Shifts You Need to Know About!

Meg Ormiston
This workshop focuses on the dramatic changes in the world of business and why education needs to change in order to prepare workers for the global economy and establish a deeper understanding of the importance of collaboration. Included will be an overview of the books Wikinomics by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams, The Long Tail by Chris Anderson, and Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky. This session will look at themes and realities that are critical to a successful future for all students. You will leave the session with resources to take back and help influence decision makers at home.

3:40pm - 4:40pm

Sponsor-Hosted Reception

Join the party! Unwind and network with colleagues and industry partners.