Below is a recap of the day's sessions and events, complete with handouts and other
materials submitted by presenters.
7:00am - 8:00am
Registration & Refreshments
8:00am - 9:15am
Welcome and Opening Keynote
Why Does Technology Work in Some Districts and Not Others?
Given the realities of globalization, knowledge work, and accelerating societal
change, it’s obvious that what students learn—as well as how and when they learn—must
change. Over the last decade schools across the nation have invested billions in
learning technologies—with varying degrees of success. So why are some schools able
to get a “learning return” while others are not? Evidence is emerging on the dimensions
of technology readiness that ensure effective technology use. Learn firsthand what
actions school leaders are taking to realize a return on their technology investments.
9:15am - 9:30am
Refreshment & Networking Break
9:30am - 10:45am
Stay tuned for more about these panel presentations featuring leading experts in
Bridging Opportunities with High-Speed Networking
, John Fleischman
Joe von Herrmann
The California K-12 High Speed Network (K12HSN) is a program that provides schools
with Internet services, teaching and learning application coordination, videoconferencing
support, and connectivity to the national Internet2 network. With 74% of the state's
K-12 schools and 89% of its districts now connected to this high-speed network,
come learn how these new capabilities being used to enhance teaching and learning
in California schools.
Virtual Schools, Real Learning
, Jhone Ebert
This panel will focus on the effectiveness and economics of virtual learning programs,
using three real-world examples. Our panelists will offer the audience practical
advice on setting up and maintaining online schools. What does it take to start
such a program? What are the costs and benefits? What are the lessons learned? And
what does the future of virtual learning look like?
Making Smart Technology Investments
, Philip Brody
With today's tight budgets, how are forward-thinking districts stretching their
IT dollars and maximizing the value of their investments? Two district technology
leaders will share best practices when it comes to cutting costs, investing wisely,
and making the most of existing resources.
New Literacies: Enrichment or Essential?
, David Jakes
What school today can afford the time to have students watching T.V., making videos,
e-mailing peers, blogging, or using digital cameras during class? Hall Davidson
and David Jakes will make a compelling case — complete with entertaining "show and
tell" from both the corporate and education worlds — for why such activities are
CRUCIAL to a successful 21st Century education. This engaging session will get you
thinking about vital digital-age literacies and the curriculum approaches that foster
10:45am - 11:00am
Refreshment & Networking Break
11:00am - 12:00pm
Hear from the companies that are sponsoring this event and shaping the future of
12:00pm - 12:30pm
12:30pm - 1:00pm
1:00pm - 1:50pm
These discussions, on topics suggested by attendees when you register, provide a
great opportunity for you to network with fellow technology leaders.
2:00pm - 3:30pm
These workshops allow our attendees to explore key topics in greater depth.
Measure It: Using Data to Get Results
In this era of accountability, policymakers are requiring evidence of the impact
of technology expenditures on student learning, the quality of teaching, and the
efficiency of the school system. Join this interactive session to learn how your
school(s) might use data for improved results. Topics will include: Using research
to drive technology investments; profiling a school’s technology readiness; and
evaluating the impact of technology. Learn what actions you can take as a school
leader to increase the effective use of technology, and how you can measure your
progress along the way.
Cutting-Edge Tools for School Leaders
One consistent characteristic of technology is that it is always changing. With
that change comes new capacity, as well as new challenges to our understanding of
how to apply technology in productive ways. In 2006, the emergence of new technology
tools (blogs, wikis, and RSS) has fundamentally changed how people access, create
and interact with information. Come explore the power of these new technologies
as tools for your own professional use, and see how they can be leveraged to create
21st century learning experiences for students and dynamic information environments
Copyright, the Constitution, and Schools: The Colonials Got It Right!
Copyright law allows incredible lattitude in the service of education but only in
a monitored environment. Making informed copyright decisions requires a clear understanding
of historical and evolving laws of intellectual property as they apply to schools.
Join Hall Davidson for an entertaining look at "why" and "when" the law is on your
side. You will leave this workshop with tools and checklists that will help you
understand the application of copyright in your schools and districts. Visual support
for the content will include movies, morphs, the Internet, and the original lyrics
from the actual composer of the American national anthem (not FS Key).
The Grantwriter's Toolkit
Sharpen your pencils! This session is aimed at grantwriters of all experience levels
and will focus on how to write the "fundable" proposal. Dr. Gary Carnow will lead
you through an interactive session to improve your grant writing skills. If you
are looking for funding sources, try Google. If you want to explore the art of writing
a winning grant, this workshop is for you.
3:30pm - 4:30pm