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Leadership Council — Wichita Public Schools

I was up until after midnight and up again at 4:00 AM, preparing for this presentation — not an uncommon occurrence for a teacher. Today will be a buffet of topics, folded expertly into a sufflett, so subtle, yet bold, that it will change the way that you think about education — I hope!Topics will include some rather surprising facts about economics in the 21st century and the challenges they place on our schools. Your personal online handouts will be available through this link.

There are also a healthy amount of new literacy issues mixed in for spice.

Finally, we delve into the world of the New Web, or Web 2.0. This will include some blogging, some exploring of RSS and aggregators, and podcasting.

Teaching & Technology Conference — Tucson, AZ

Conference number two in the Arizona Technology Education Alliance series. This one is in beautiful, and very western, Tucson — and do they ever know how to make guacamole here.The focus of this conference is the what that students should be learning, so my keynote address is Redefining Literacy for the 21st Century. I’ll also be doing presentations on podcasting and Web 2.0 applications.

So here are the links to the online handouts.

Science Leadership Academy – Curriculum Summit

Chris Lehmann, the principal of the soon to open Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, asked me to deliver a short keynote as an opening to their Curriculum Summit. Attendees included leaders of the School District of Philadelphia, and a variety of education practitioners and thinkers from across the east coast.This address is designed to create a context for teaching and learning in an information-driven, technology-rich, time of rapid change.

Southeast North Carolina Technology Directors

Acacia Dixon, of the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction (my old employer), invited me to her monthly meeting of technology directors in Southeastern North Carolina, asking me to present on Web 2.0 technologies, one of my favorite subjects right now. The site is one of my favorite cities, Wilmington, NC.

I’m looking forward to talking about some of the connections between read/write web concepts and the desire of most of us to move toward more student-directed, inquiry style learning. Again, thanks to Ewan McIntosh for opening my eyes.

Here are the interactive wiki handouts for this Web 2.0 presentation.
The Changing Shape of Information

Flat World Symposium

This is my first experience a delivering a conference presentation virtually. The conference is actually taking place in Kansas, but I’m at home, in my basement office, presenting into my iSight camera. I hope that it goes well.My topic is the flattening of the web, about Web 2.0 technologies and the increasing democratization of our information enivornment. The online handouts are a wiki page, that you are invited to contribute to, if you have ideas that would be of value to the rest of the audience.

MacWorld 2006 — K-12 Market Symposium

It’s a real treat being at MacWorld, and I have especially enjoyed making some new friends. This keynote presentation is a little less specific than most of my formal addresses that focus either on 21st century literacy, adapting today’s classrooms to the unique learning skills of our students, or surviving life on the edge in a rapidly changing world. There will be aspect of all in this address.For access to resources, go to the following wiki page:

The Keynote

PodcasterCon 2006

I’ve really been looking forward to this event. I attended the Triangle BloggerCon last year about this time on the campus of UNC, and loved it, when I figured out that even the format of the conference was about blogging. This is going to really be cool, because there are a lot of educators attending. I’ll be facilitating the session on podcasting in education. It will be pretty much an open discussions, a sharing of ideas and perspectives. One of the most interesting aspects, I believe, will be what k12 folks learn from higher ed educators, and vica versa.Anyway, at your disposal are:

Also, our hope is to record the entire sessions so that it can be podcasted. If we are successful, I’ll provide a link here.

The Flattening of the Web

The Internet has often been called, “the great equalizer.” Tom Friedman certainly supports this claim, that the global electronic library is, at least in part, responsible for the flattening of the world. However, recent developments in how we access, organize, and publish web content, are changing the shape of this flatness — and changing the shape of information.This engaging and enlightening presentation will paint a picture of a new World Wide Web, Web 2.0, where content increasingly becomes an ongoing conversation and we begin to train information to find us. Topics will include: Wikis, Wikipedia, blogging, RSS Aggregators, Social Bookmarks, and the glue that’s holding it all together. Learn who is going to prosper in a flattening world, according to Friedman, and what they need to know.

New Literacy & New Web Workshop for ESC Region 10 Staff in Richardson Texas

After delivering a workshop (through ESC Region 10) on new literacy for teachers in the Dallas, Texas area a couple of months ago, the educational technology staff asked me to return to work with the staff of the center. The workshop is divided into two parts. A presentation of new literacy (Contemporary Literacy) with the entire staff in the morning. And two breakout sessions in the afternoon on Web 2.0. Here are the links:

  • Redefining Literacy for the 21st Century
  • It is important to acknowledge the supreme importance of reading, arithmetic, and writing. They are more important today than at any point in our history. However, it is equally important that we expand our notions of what it means to be a reader, a processor of information and a communicator, when information is increasingly networked, digital, and overwhelming, and to understand the new ethical implications of the new information environment.

  • An Educator’s Guide to Web 2.0
  • There are a series of new technologies that have emerged in recent months that have so changed the way that we use information and the Internet, that they are increasingly being called Web 2.0. The new effect is that people are beginning to connect with each other in new ways, through their content.

Emerging Technologies Conference

  • Riding the Edge of the Wave
  • The one thing that is constant in this day and time… is Change. Compare your life as a child and the technologies that we took for granted, to those of our students, and think about how different their world is from the one we were taught in 10, 20, or 30 years ago.

  • A Teacher’s Guide to RSS
  • The nature of information has changed !!!!!in just the last 10 years, much of it in recent months. This enlightening presentation will help educators to understand how contemporary information is affecting our world and how we might tap into the new information environments in order to better prepare children for their information-driven, technology-rich future.

  • A Teacher’s Guide to Weblogs, Wikis, & Podcasting
  • At the turn of the century, teachers in classrooms across the U.S. and many other parts of the world were becoming acquainted with newly arrived multimedia computers and broadband* access to the Internet. We were exploring new techniques for utilizing these seemingly magical tools to facilitate better teaching and learning. We also recognized the importance of these technologies in preparing our children for what will surely be a future that is heavily influenced by computers and global networks. We explored a wide variety of new web-based instructional services and learned to build webquests* for our students, to provide rich inquiry activities to help students learn to use the Net to teach themselves and to use their growing knowledge and skills to produce new knowledge and valuable information products.