Friday, April 23, 2010

Innovative Think Tank: Tech Forum

This week I am attending the Midwest Tech Forum in Itasca, IL and the best three word "memoir" I can provide for this conference is "Innovative Think Tank." The beginning keynote offered insight and provided background knowledge on how to "identify what leaders at all levels can and must do to assure colleagues and communities have the necessary resources, sustained support, and lasting motivation to provide students with the knowledge and skills to compete and collaborate in the coming decades." This keynote preso challenged me to think and reflect how can Midwest schools and educational leaders take the next step in being proactive, instead of reactive of how to leverage the digital landscape as a dynamic learning space, instead of digital threat of how the tools and resources are used as a negative social networking playground. As a closing to the keynote presenter, we were all challenged by this question to allow us to be more reflective in our past, current and future practices, "As @techlearning turns 30): What has been the most important moment in edtech in the past 30 years?"  How would you answer this???

The Tech Forum is also running a back channel chat through a Twitter hash tag of #TLTechforum.  Much contribution and collaboration is being shared to extend the participants learning experiences and sharing of expertise with key content areas, tools and resources. http://twitter.com/TLTechforum  Please join in on the conversation virtual with us to share your reflections with us.

A Flikr photostream of digital photos will posted throughout the conference noting the hashtag of TLTechfoum.  Here are just a few that I have taken from this mornings sessions through the provided hyperlink. TLTechforum photos.  Here are also PDF's of presenters handouts and presentation notes. Flip video clips from volunteers will also be merged together and be available after the conference as well. *This digital photo is of Liz a CDW-G representative engaged in David Jakes @djakes social networking session.

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