Enjoying the Keynote

ISTE 2012 is underway. On Tuesday at 12:15 PM PST I’ll be moderating a panel discussion around 1:1 computing in education. A top notch panel has been assembled to contribute to the session. They’re all leading 1:1 initiatives in their districts and bring a wealth of experience to the table. But we need your help, your voice. We need to know what questions you have about going 1:1. However, the questions have to go beyond the device. We need to consider all aspects that contribute to building a successful 1:1 or BYOD program.

How can you contribute? Take a few minutes to look over our backchan.nl document. Vote for the topics and questions you feel are most relevant to this discussion. Feel free to add any questions you feel are missing. Make your voice heard and help shape the conversation that unfolds Tuesday. We appreciate your time and input.

From the ISTE porgram:

Transcending the Device: Crucial Conversations around 1:1

Jeremy Brueck, University Of Akron with Benjamin Grey, Jim Klein, Scott Meech, Matt Montagne and Joe Morelock

iPad2, Xoom, Playbook, iPod Touch, netbook, iPhone, Chromebook, this list of potential 1:1 devices continues to grow on a seemingly daily basis. Nearly everyday, a new device is hyped, over-hyped and pushed into our consciousness by a barrage of media and market glam. Due to the pervasiveness of mobile technologies into daily life, countless questions from school leaders and teachers continue to arise around mobile computing devices, specifically which device is best for creating a 1:1 program in a school or district.

Traditionally, much of the 1:1 discussion centers on “what” device to purchase, rather than what the school intends to accom­plish with 1:1. Through a variety of perspectives provided by the distinguished panel members, we will discuss both the overarching goals of 1:1 implementations, as well as debate the merits of iOS, Android, Linux, netbooks, iPads, laptops and other devices commonly associated with 1:1. This discussion will provide the information ISTE attendees need to begin this journey in their own school or district, including useful advice, best practices and practical strategies, from a panel of highly qualified experts who have an established track record of success in the 1:1 arena.

Creating 1:1 spaces enables students to learn in an environment where students can own their learning and are engaged meaningful work. Establishing a new environment for this type of learning takes careful planning and consideration. There is some research that indicates 1:1 computing can produce impressive results. Findings indicate that 1:1 computing can provide greater access to resources, information, and up-to-date instructional content. In addition, 1:1 environments can lead to increased student motivation, engagement, interest, organization, and self-directed learning. Join a collection of educational thought leaders from across the country for an interactive conversation focused on developing, deploying and sustaining a successful 1:1 program.

Photo Credit: Enjoying the Keynote by Ben Grey on Flickr


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While #ISTE11 in Philadelphia, PA is almost a month past us, I have some unfinished business to take care of here on Raised Digital stemming from my trip to the City of Brotherly Love for the annual conference. Maybe it’s because I’m lazy; perhaps it’s because I’m busy; and it’s certainly so this post didn’t get washed in with the hundreds of other ISTE Reflection posts, I am now recording my thoughts and take-aways from the 2011 ISTE conference experience.

Overall, I greatly enjoyed my ISTE trip this year. From EdubloggerCon, to my model lesson presentation, visiting, sharing and learning from all my colleagues and an enjoyable round of golf with a rag-tag crew of edubloggers, there were lots of great moments. The best part of it all was the fact that I was able to have my family with me. My wife attended the conference and came away with a lot of great ideas she can share professionally in her district. She and I got to spend time together, which is not par for the course when I attend conferences.

Perhaps the the greatest experience was having our 4 year old son with us. While it was challenging at times to haul a preschooler around the Philadelphia Convention Center, I was proud of the way he handled himself over the 4 days we were in attendance. To watch him communicate, create and explore among some of the top educational minds and thought leaders that were in attendance was truly a proud moment for me as a father. I know we had fun and learned a lot together, as a family. I have evidence.
Enjoying ISTE
#iste11 reflections (mp3)

For further review, I submit to you, my thoughts/notes from #ISTE11.

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We are less than a week away from ISTE 2010 in Denver, Colorado! If you are not currently pre-registered to participate in the BYOL session #tweet. #learn. #lead. with Jon Becker, Jeremy Brueck and Christopher Craft, we’d recommend you add our session using the ISTE conference planner. About two weeks ago, we contacted registered participants and asked them to complete a pre-session evaluation. Thank you to those individuals who completed the short survey! The data you provided were analyzed and used to help inform the design of our BYOL session. In order to make our 60 minutes with you the most rewarding professional learning experience possible, we have a few requests for you prior to ISTE 2010.

1. We have developed a self-paced online module to compliment this BYOL session. Prior to ISTE 2010, please take a few minutes to log in to Moodle and review the material. Pay close attention to the items in the BUILD BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE section of the course. By completing this portion online, we hope to provide participants with a basic understanding of Twitter and how educators can use Twitter for personal and professional learning. Materials in the RESOURCES section will also support those of you who are brand new to Twitter. Log-in information for the online module is below.

URL: http://brueckei.org/moodle/
USER: beiguest
PASS: iste10

To access the online module, paste the URL in your browser and navigate to the Moodle main page. Click on the #tweet. #learn. #lead. course. Enter username and password credentials when prompted.

2. The data indicate that most participants already have a Twitter account. If you do not currently have a free Twitter account, please sign up for one prior to attending #tweet. #learn. #lead. Video tutorials that demonstrate account creation and set-up are available in the RESOURCES section of the online course.

3. Prepare yourself for an exciting, collaborative and engaging professional learning experience.

While honoring these requests is in no way required to participate in #tweet. #learn. #lead., we hope these items will help set the stage for an exciting day of professional learning and enable us to meet the learning needs of all our participants. We are looking forward to our time together at ISTE 2010. See you in Denver!

Jon, Jeremy & Chris

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