Wednesday, February 29, 2012

PETE and C Conference 2012 in Hershey, Pennyslyvania

At the PETE and C conference in Hershey, Gary Stager was one of the keynote speakers on February 13, 2012.  The Best Educational Ideas in the World: Adventures on the Frontiers of Learning. There are places where the desires, talent and competence of children are nurtured, celebrated and respected. His presentation took you on an expedition to some of the world’s best educational ideas. Each stop on the tour, different schools he visited, shared inspiration from learning contexts built upon young people’s remarkable capacity for intensity. These ideas were to provide a foundation for meeting the needs of each child, technology integration, increased teacher quality and the fuel for sustaining innovation. While viewed in isolation, these ideas might inspire incremental solutions to specific problems. Combined, they represented educational transformation. His presentation focused mainly on student-centered learning and the need to "raise the bar" and challenge students to control their own learning process.

I went to the Heshey Hotel to hear Bill Dolton speak about Leveraging Leadership: The Admin Responsibility. He spoke about school administrators having a crucial leadership role to promote effective technology use in the classroom. That when administrators show teachers technology are valued, engage in meaningful conversation about technology, and model its use, teachers will respond. His session featured tools to provide leadership and a discussion forum followed to share strategies on how it could be done in our schools.

While at the Hershey Hotel, I also attended a session by Scott Garrigon on How Technology Leaedrs can Keep their Edge. The session covered how can educational technology leaders to stay up-to-date in our fast changing field? Leadership positions takes us out of our comfort zone, demanding deeper expertise with the latest issues. Scott shared the dozen best sources of news, videos, talks, and analysis to stay on top of trends and innovations in education and in technology.

I the presented on Banning or Embracing mobile device? On February 14, 2012 in the Empire D room located in the Hershey Lodge. This presentation will be about using mobile devices in your school or district. Some topics that will discussed include consumerization of IT, Responsible Use/Acceptable Use Policies, disruptive and inappropriate use of mobile devices, digital content, student ownership of mobile devices over the past year, number of devices sold by Apple, Droid devices, tablets, etc.

Presentation can found on slideshare and on this website.