Leading the Learning for the Net Generation

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Session 1 choices (10:15 to 11:45am)


Session 1A: Virtually Virtual
Presenter: Amanda Templeton
Location: Room 102

The purpose of this presentation is to introduce the integration of online learning into the traditional classroom environment. Utilizing Blackboard and the incorporation of additional Web 2.0 resources, learn how to create a collaborative and dynamic learning experience for students.
Audience: Regular Educators, Middle School, High School

Session 1B: Ban vs. Educate: Disruptive Technologies
Presenter: James (Jimbo) Lamb
Location: Room 103

Cell phones and iPods are all around us. We all use them in our everyday lives, but when our students come to school, we tell them to put the devices away. This session will focus on the reasons why we ban these technologies and why we shouldn't. There will be a small demonstration of the uses, but the focus is on shifting our thoughts. By the end, you may be reconsidering your answer to the question, "Should we ban disruptive technologies from school?"
Link: Session Resources
Audience: Regular Educators, Special Educators, Administrators/Supervisors, Technology Coordinators, Library/Media, Elementary, Middle School, High School, University Students, Parents

Session 1D: Using Google Apps from the Teacher’s Perspective
Presenter: Jeff Rothenberger
Location: Room 106B

Google Apps is a powerful (free) suite of applications that allows students and teachers to create and collaborate in a variety of different ways. We have discovered that after a brief introduction to the tool, teachers and administrators have discovered ways to use Google Apps to professionally collaborate in an efficient manner that was impossible previously. Teachers are also creating lessons and projects with students that demand creativity and collaboration. There is no doubt that the higher-order projects students create are more efficient, completed faster and are of higher quality than was done in the past.
Audience: Regular Educators, Special Educators, Administrators/Supervisors, Library/Media, Elementary, Middle School, High School, University Students

Session 1E: Managing the Transition – Part 1
Presenter: Alan November
Location: Room 106C

This two-part workshop outlines essential skills for leadership, and offers practical guidelines and creative solutions for building accountability into the planning process. Articulating vision and mission, managing change, and aligning technology to primary goals are emphasized. A shift in planning from technology to the quality and application of information and communication is a critical step. This session will outline goals and best practice of effective and quality leadership.
Audience: Administrators/Supervisors, Technology Coordinators

Session 1G: A Journey to Improve Teaching and Learning
Presenters: Renee Owens, Traci Landry, Penny Arnold, Art Titzel
Location: Room 106E

Can writing be improved through the use of mini laptops and web 2.0 tools? See how Hershey Middle School seeks to improve student learning through the integration of mini laptops with open source software, research based teaching strategies, and collaboration with the technology coach and teacher-librarian.
Audience: Regular Educators, Special Educators, Administrators/Supervisors, Technology Coordinators, Library/Media, Middle School

Session 1H: Sapphire Software
Presenter: Jamie Howe, K-12 Systems
Location: Room 107

The “Sapphire Software” is the ultimate fusion of web-based software for your school district, includes the Student Information System, Teacher Gradebook, Community Portal, Special Education/EP Writer, Data Mining, Assessment Based Elementary Report Card, and School Nurse Health System. Our goal is to permit schools to spend their time on their precious resources – the student.
Audience: Regular Educators, Special Educators, Administrators/Supervisors, Technology Coordinators, Middle School, High School

Session 1I: iLife ’09 – Digital Multimedia for Education!
Presenter: Dave Marra, Apple, Inc.
Location: Room 108

Rediscover creative new ways to work with digital photos, movies, music and more with iLife '09! The new iLife '09 suite features exciting new updates to iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand, along with iDVD and iWeb, all with features specifically designed for education. In the classroom, over the internet or as part of a dynamic presentation or podcast, iLife '09 offers today's students exciting new digital multimedia content creation tools that are powerful, fun and easy to use. Explore iLife '09 today!
Audience: Regular Educators, Special Educators, Administrators/Supervisors, Library/Media, Elementary, Middle School, High School, Agency Personnel

Session 1J: Schools and Libraries for the Net Generation
Presenter: Doug Johnson
Location: Room 104

Schools and libraries will be more effective if educators acknowledge the unique attributes and preferences of the Net Generation and adapt educational environments to suit students instead of trying to change their basic natures. This session looks at the unique attributes of today’s students and proposes a Net Gen learning environment.
Audience: Regular Educators, Special Educators, Administrators/Supervisors, Library/Media