FETC 2007 Concurrent Session Listing

(Margaret's picks…try to be at the one's in blue these are pepperdine faculty and students—the others are good friends of the program who are outstanding speakers. )

Eye-Opener
Thursday, January 25, 2007
7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a

Make a Mark, and See Where it Takes You…
Peter Reynolds
Celebrating over 20 years in educational technology, Peter H. Reynolds, children’s advocate, author, illustrator, and successful entrepreneur, will share his uplifting vision how to inspire more creative classrooms in age of test-centric, rush-rush, challenging demands. This session is served up in a delightful, touching and unforgettable style which is an entertaining blend of his fanciful art work, live animation and a reading of one his books, The Dot, The North Star or Ish, or his latest creation, So Few of Me. Peter will also share his latest DVD, Stories That Matter, and Stories That Move along with his heart-warming tales of how creative educators dared him to make his mark.
Room: S320EF

Preparing Students to Succeed in a Global Economy
Alan November
In an economy where global outsourcing is commonplace, students must be prepared to participate in an increasingly competitive job market. In many ways they are in competition with bright energetic, hardworking students from all over the world. In this session Alan discusses some of the ways we can empower our students, help them build strong work ethic and develop self-directed learning skills. We should not underestimate what our students are capable of achieving.
Room: S320GH

Concurrent Session 1
Thursday, January 25, 2007
9:15 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.

Attacking Two Drop Out Rates through Online Communities of Practice
Paul Reynolds (Pepperdine Allumni, Cadre 8)
Find out how connecting to a community of like minded educators through the use of an online community of practice based on the North Star, a corner stone philosophy by Peter H. Reynolds, will provide you with inspiration, support and practical ideas. If you a K-12 teacher, you will find that by sharing such practices, your students will be tuned in and engaged, raising test scores and attainment.
Room: S210D


Concurrent Session 2
Thursday, January 25, 2007
10:35 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

(Of course I hope some of you will come to our session but Gary is also fun).

Learning Circles: Online Collaborative Action Research Communities
Margaret Riel with Karen Elinich
Online technologies enable practitioners to work collaboratively in "learning circles" while undertaking individual action research in their local settings. Action researchers investigate educational problems in context and use evidence-based reasoning to solve them. With a peer community just an instant message away, the impact of action research cycles deepens
Room: S330G

Receptive Teaching: Accepting High-Tech Learning Invitations
Gary Stager
This eye-opening presentation will help teachers identify the opportunities for technology-enhanced project-based learning around them. This goal is best achieved by shifting our focus away from teaching and learning towards an emphasis on doing. Great educators intuitively seize opportunities to make connections and are receptive to learning invitations around them.
exponentially.
Room: S230H

Concurrent Session 3
Thursday, January 25, 2007
12:30 p.m. - 1:25 p.m.

Make a Mark, and See Where it Takes You…
Peter Reynolds
Celebrating over 20 years in educational technology, Peter H. Reynolds, children’s advocate, author, illustrator, and successful entrepreneur, will share his uplifting vision how to inspire more creative classrooms in age of test-centric, rush-rush, challenging demands. This session is served up in a delightful, touching and unforgettable style which is an entertaining blend of his fanciful art work, live animation and a reading of one his books, The Dot, The North Star or Ish, or his latest creation, So Few of Me. Peter will also share his latest DVD, Stories That Matter, and Stories That Move along with his heart-warming tales of how creative educators dared him to make his mark.
Room: S320EF

Concurrent Session 4
Thursday, January 25, 2007
1:50 p.m. - 2:45 p.m

Preparing Students to Succeed in a Global Economy
Alan November
In an economy where global outsourcing is commonplace, students must be prepared to participate in an increasingly competitive job market. In many ways they are in competition with bright energetic, hardworking students from all over the world. In this session Alan discusses some of the ways we can empower our students, help them build strong work ethic and develop self-directed learning skills. We should not underestimate what our students are capable of achieving.
Room S320GH

Concurrent Session 5
Thursday, January 25, 2007
3:10 p.m. - 4:05 p.m.

Augmented Realities via Handheld Devices: Sifting Knowledge through Our Fingertips
Chris Dede with Matt Dunleavy
Wireless mobile devices (cellphones, portable gaming platforms, personal digital assistants) are rapidly becoming commonplace personal items. These handhelds provide the opportunity to overlay digital data and simulated experience as we interact with the physical world. Educational “augmented realities” merge the virtual and the real, immersing participants in collaborative learning experiences that draw on spatial attributes of their location. This session describes the development and early use of an augmented reality curriculum, “Alien Contact!,” for teaching middle school math and English/language-arts. We will discuss implications for designing augmented realities for a variety of subject areas and student populations.
Room S320EF

Preparing our Students for the 21st Century Workforce
Ken Kay
Ken Kay, president of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, will outline what today’s student’s needs to succeed in a globally competitive economy. Ken will present data from a recent national workforce survey that reveals most entry-level hires lack the critical skills essential for success. Ken will also highlight what some of the nation’s leading states and districts are accomplishing with 21st century standards, professional development and assessments.
Room: S320GH

Accountability

Assessing Students' and Teachers' Technology Skills: NETS as Benchmark
Mila Fuller with Don Knezek
Are you looking to preview and learn more about engaging and online assessments that will assess technology skills of students and teachers? Join ISTE and ISTE 100 members as we highlight assessments focused on technology literacy and NETS. Enjoy assessment previews and rich discussions on NETS-aligned assessments.
Room: S210C

Concurrent Session 6
Thursday, January 25, 2007
4:30 p.m. - 5:25 p.m.

Learning Environments

Action Research: Using Technology to Cultivate Communities of Practice
Karen Connaghan with Bill Connaghan (Cadre 7)
Action Research: Using Technology to Cultivate Communities of Practice How can virtual tools be utilized to encourage and promote the cultivation of a community of practice among technology leaders and educators distributed across the globe? Staff developers learn how virtual environments provide opportunities for technology leaders to connect and share practices with each other on a global scale.
Room: S220B

FRIDAY Eye-Opener
Friday, January 26, 2007
7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Augmented Realities via Handheld Devices: Sifting Knowledge through Our Fingertips
Chris Dede with Matt Dunleavy
Wireless mobile devices (cellphones, portable gaming platforms, personal digital assistants) are rapidly becoming commonplace personal items. These handhelds provide the opportunity to overlay digital data and simulated experience as we interact with the physical world. Educational “augmented realities” merge the virtual and the real, immersing participants in collaborative learning experiences that draw on spatial attributes of their location. This session describes the development and early use of an augmented reality curriculum, “Alien Contact!,” for teaching middle school math and English/language-arts. We will discuss implications for designing augmented realities for a variety of subject areas and student populations.
Room: S320AB

Technology Solutions That Work
Cheryl Lemke
Hard pressed to cite research that says technology adds value to learning? Join this session to learn how technology can open doors to learning never before possible, i.e. ways of learning that will engage both your students and you! The results will be higher test scores and more engaged learners. With the renewed national focus of the No Child Left Behind on literacy and numeracy, it is time to identify specific uses of technology that lead to higher academic achievement. Learn how to critically review PreK-12 technology-based learning solutions that research says work. Along the way learn how to use this research to help teachers address student learning deficits; increase student engagement in substantive, rigorous academic work. Walk away with several examples of “free, research – based solutions” that work.
Room: S320GH



Concurrent Session 7
Friday, January 26, 2007
9:15 a.m. - 10:10 a.

(this is a guess—I don't know Goldmann)

The New Congress and You: What’s in Store for Ed Tech Enthusiasts
Hilary Goldmann
Election Day November 7, 2006 swept in more than 55 new members of Congress and flipped control of both the House and Senate to the Democrats. What will this leadership change mean for the education community and more specifically for education technology policy? How will the new Congressional leadership negotiate with the White House and legislate on NCLB Reauthorization, E-rate and ed tech funding? Join ISTE’s Director of Government Affairs, a veteran of DC political environment, for an interactive and dynamic session about these pressing issues and share your thoughts and ideas about the future direction of education technology policy.
Room: S320AB

Concurrent Session 8
Friday, January 26, 2007
10:35 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Community Connections

Tropicália and Technology: Planetary Forces for Social Change
David Thornburg with Norma Thornburg
Technology use across multicultural boundaries can be a force for social change. If you have students from several cultures, this session provides proven philosophies and tools to celebrate cultures while gaining mastery of academic subjects.
ROOM: S230H


Concurrent Session 9
Friday, January 26, 2007
12:30 p.m. - 1:25 p.

Learning Environments

Action Research Meets Professional Development: A Panel Discussion on Transforming
Paul Sparks, Margaret Riel and Bill Moseley and pepperdine students current and alumni
Action Research is a growing interest in education reform and a successful strategy for professional development. An experienced panel of faculty and educational technology MA graduates will explore with participants the benefits of action research. We will answer questions about the process and provide real life examples in order to inspire more action research.
ROOM S330H

Concurrent Session 10
Friday, January 26, 2007
1:50 p.m. - 2:45 p.m

Running With Scissors: Life on the Bleeding Edge
David Thornburg with Harvey Thornburg
A glimse of the future can help shape current practice in support of all children. This session peers into several research labs to see advanced technologies that could be commonplace in a few years, all of which support student learning in rich ways
ROOM S230H

Concurrent Session 11
Friday, January 26, 2007
3:10 p.m. - 4:05 p.m.

Visual Learning
Cheryl Lemke
Visuals are emerging as important to learners on several different fronts. The most obvious is their immersion in a highly visual world in which they will need to become informed consumers, communicators, and composers/producers with multimedia. Less obvious, but supported by research is the important role that visuals play in problem-solving, thinking, and understanding complex, academic concepts. Visual also serve as an important vehicle to teachers in making known their students preconceptions and, at time, misconceptions about current academics topics. Unless addressed these serve as barriers to learning.
ROOM S320GH