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
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
Open Source in Education
, 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
and Tom Riddel
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.
Meaningful Digital Projects
, 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.
Bridging the Divide
, Mary Jean Sandall
and Jim Safeels
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
Hear from the companies that are sponsoring this event and shaping the future of
11:40pm - 12:30pm
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
1:40pm - 3:00pm
Web-Based Tools of the Trade: What Does Web 2.0 Offer School Administrators?
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
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?
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
The View from the Top: A Conversation with Superintendents
, 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
Join the party! Unwind and network with colleagues and industry partners.