Program: Tech Forum West

7:00am - 8:00am

Registration and Breakfast

8:00am - 9:15am

Welcome and Opening Keynote

The Revenge of the Digital Immigrants: Teaching with Media Technology

Hall Davidson
What veteran teachers suspected the research has proved: 21st Century students are different. With different attention spans, higher IQ test scores, and social networks, their sophistication comes earlier—with a different skill set that challenges what we once knew about teaching and learning. The silver lining: We can teach this "New Brain" more effectively, more efficiently, more engagingly. We have the technology! Media has evolved and education must evolve to match.

9:15am - 9:30am

Refreshment and Networking Break

9:30am - 10:45am

Breakout Sessions

Open Source in Education

Randy Orwin, Ann Reed, Jeff Allen
Three education leaders will share their experiences with open source technology in schools. Are open source applications as good as other software? Do schools really save money? What's so great about Moodle? And what are the challenges your district is likely to face as it considers transitioning to open source? These are the sorts of questions that will be addressed in this practical look at the ins and outs of open source in education.

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Elise Mueller, Michael Christiansen and Tom Riddel, Dave Neese
Here's your chance to hear from some great teachers who are "walking the walk" when it comes to technology integration. You'll learn about real classrooms in which digital technology plays a seamless and integral role in the way students learn. Come explore what's possible when innovative teachers, creative students, a supportive school culture, and 21st century tools come together in one learning space.

Elise Mueller

Tom Riddell

Michael Christiansen

Dave Neese

Meaningful Digital Projects

Conn McQuinn (moderator), Sharyn Mehner, Jennifer Wagner, Students from Kent School District
There's little doubt that students enjoy creating digital stories and using Web 2.0 tools to collaborate and communicate. Clearly, as they do so, they are acquiring valuable technology skills. But what else are they learning? How do such projects fit in a standards-driven environment? Do they have meaning beyond the classroom? Our presenters will share examples of great digital projects that are having a significant impact — on the students who are creating them and on the world at large.

Sharyn Mehner

Jennifer Wagner

Bridging the Divide

Dennis McClellan and Dani Pfeiffer, Mary Jean Sandall and Jim Safeels, Zithri Saleem and Troy Hilton
Digital equity continues to be a serious issue for education in the 21st Century. How good a job are we in the education technology world doing at reaching out to ALL students? Are underserved minorities and students in lower-income communities getting the right opportunities to succeed in the digital age? Learn how some innovative programs and determined educators are addressing the challenge and helping young people from all backgrounds achieve lofty goals.

Dennis McClellan and Dani Pfeiffer

Mary Jean Sandall and Jim Saffeels

Zithri Saleem and Troy Hilton

10:45am - 11:00am

Refreshment and Networking Break

11:00am - 11:30pm

Industry Spotlights

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

11:40pm - 12:30pm

Roundtable Discussions

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

12:30pm - 1:00pm


1:00pm - 1:30pm

Dessert Reception

1:40pm - 3:00pm


Web-Based Tools of the Trade: What Does Web 2.0 Offer School Administrators?

Susan Brooks-Young
There's a revolution afoot! Driven by ubiquitous broadband, inexpensive hardware, and free online applications, the Web has evolved into a radically different animal. Get a quick overview of some of the possibilities for school administrators and access to an online agenda and wiki chock-full of resources for future exploration. Bring your own laptop and you can follow along in real time.

Going Mobile: The Nuts and Bolts of Implementing Cell Phone Tools for Education

Hall Davidson
Mobile is the next wave in technology. Cell phones text faster than email, spread video faster than cameras, and webcast in real time. They take assignments, document work, translate, podcast, and interface with Web 2.0. Best of all: teachers and students carry them already! What can we adapt to achieve educational goals with this in-pocket 1:1 technology? This workshop will walk participants through a several-step program that takes cell phones from banned to planned.

Why Don't Teachers Just Get with the Program?

Conn McQuinn
Change isn't easy and neither is meaningful and sustained professional development. What needs to be in place for teachers to be able to embrace and implement technology effectively? Conn McQuinn will share insights gained from technology audits, the NETS for Administrators, research about the change process and over twenty-five years of experience working with teachers. See how delving into these complex issues gives you a far greater chance at having a successful technology program.

3:15pm - 4:00pm

Closing Plenary

The View from the Top: A Conversation with Superintendents

Bob Hughes (moderator); Chip Kimball, Sue Walker, Mary Alice Hueschel
Several visionary superintendents share their perspectives about the role technology can (and should) play in the classroom and the district. Hear about the challenges they face and the solutions they embrace as they bring their students and schools into the second decade of the 21st century.

See video of the closing plenary session featuring three visionary superintendents.

4:00pm - 4:30pm

Sponsor-Hosted Reception

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