Program: Tech Forum Boston 2012

 

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8:15 am - 9:30 am

Welcome and Opening Keynote

How Immersion in Virtual and Augmented Worlds Helps Students in the Real World
Chris Dede
Many people of different ages now participate in immersive virtual environments, from Club Penguin and Webkins through World of Warcraft and Skyrim. The 2010 National Educational Technology Plan identifies immersive media as among the most powerful emerging technologies for learning. In this keynote, Chris Dede describes research in designing and studying immersive virtual worlds – as well as augmented realities enabled by mobile devices – as resources for instruction and for assessment.

9:45 am - 11:00 am

Morning Breakout Sessions
Geared especially to administrators, IT leaders, mentor teachers and other ed tech visionaries, these concurrent sessions feature widely-acclaimed and respected speakers covering the hottest topics.

Understanding the Challenges and Opportunities of Emerging Learning Environments
David Jakes (moderator); Chris Dede, Cathy Swan, Tony Baldasaro
Join us for a lively discussion on topics ranging from the pros and cons of digital textbooks to the disruptive impact of mobile computing, online learning, and social networking. David Jakes will challenge panelists to share their thoughts about the issues and opportunities that arise as we evolve from the traditional classroom to anytime, anyplace, any path learning spaces. Then it's your turn -- to weigh in, ask questions, and engage with virtual audience members who'll be tapping into this session.
 
The Flipped Classroom
Justin Reich and Mark Burkholz
Come learn about the Flipped Classroom, in which students learn independently at home with support from digital media and use class time for more challenging, collaborative work. We will look closely at one school that has been working collaboratively to flip its entire math department, review examples and models from other contexts, and learn about a variety of simple media production strategies for teachers and students to create videos and other media that can support the flipped classroom. Participants will leave with links, ideas, and resources that they can bring back and immediately implement in their district.
Break the "Early Adopter" Barrier: Get Everyone On Board!
Cathy Higgins (moderator); Melissa Dodd, Eric Conti and Patrick Larkin
Each year, thousands of school transformation projects grind to a halt when the enthusiasm of early adopters runs out and the silent majority fails to get on board. The results are wasted time, lost money and unimproved student learning. This panel discussion focuses on change management and invites K-12 leaders at every level to learn how to create initiatives that are more attractive to stakeholders across the school and district.
Yes, There’s an App for That
Dan Callahan (moderator) with Julie York and Shawn Rubin
We invite you to take part in this fast-paced “mobile apps smackdown.”Our panelists will recommend some great mobile apps for educational use. Then it’s your turn. Come share your favorite apps – for iOS or any other devices – and the ways in which you’re using them in your classroom, school or district.

1:20 pm - 2:10 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
Geared especially to administrators, IT leaders, mentor teachers and other ed tech visionaries, these concurrent sessions feature widely-acclaimed and respected speakers covering the hottest topics.

Making The Move from Teacher- to Student-Centered Learning
Kim Carter (moderator); Tony Baldasaro, Alice Barr, and Steve Collis (virtually)
What does it take to move away from the traditional classroom model and allow students to take charge of their own learning? What role does 21st century technology play in this process? Our presenters will examine the rationale for creating student-centered learning environments and share success stories and tips for making it happen.
Re-Envisioning Learning spaces
David Jakes 
It’s not hard to recognize the typical classroom. Rows of desks. Textbooks and notebooks. A teacher at the front of the class ... It hasn’t changed much in decades. Join David Jakes to re-envision what classrooms and schools might look like and explore how we can create exciting and transformative learning spaces free from the constraints of time, space and place.
 
iPads in the Classroom
Shawn Rubin, Grace Magley and Patrick Larkin 
In the past two years, iPads have made their way into numerous K-12 classrooms. We have invited educators who are involved in elementary, middle and high school implementations to share their stories. How are students, teachers and administrators using the devices? What apps are proving most helpful? What lessons have they learned as they explore the pros and cons of iPads as devices for teaching and learning?
 
21st Century School Leadership: The Key Ingredient
Justin Reich with Jean Tower and Annamaria Schrimpf 
A great program requires a vision for how technology will improve teaching and learning in classrooms. In this session, we will use a collaborative case study model to examine four approaches to aligning classroom technology use with learning goals. We'll examine a framework for leadership skills and explore how different schools develop a vision, provide professional development support, and assess progress towards their goals.
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