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2008 - Leading the Change

Leading the Change
There’s Something Going on Here You Need to Know About…

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Dennis Richards Andover, Massachusetts, USA
Blog: http://innovation3.edublogs.org

Bio: Dennis is a former English teacher and administrator in urban and suburban schools for many years. Dennis has always gravitated toward K12 leadership, learning and technology topics. He has graduate degrees from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English and Harvard University’s School of Education. In addition to blogging about K12 learning, leading and web 2.0 tools/pedagogies at innovation3.edublogs.org, he is president of the Massachusetts affiliate of ASCD, a member of the Leadership Council for ASCD; a member of the Massachusetts Working Group for Educator Quality; Co-Facilitator of the Massachusetts High School Redesign Task Force; and a member of Massachusetts STEM Summit V Planning Committee.
Bio Page: http://k12online08presenters.wikispaces.com/Dennis+Richards

Charlene Chausis Lincolnshire, Illinois, USA
Blog: http://educatingeducators.blogspot.com

Bio: Charlene is the Technology Training and Integration Manager at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, in Lincolnshire, IL. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator (class of 2003), an ISTE Outstanding Leader (2007), a STAR Discovery Educator and a Google Certified Teacher. She thinks of herself as a “connector” — always working to connect people with ideas and tools in support of education. Charlene believes in promoting ubiquitous technology in education — “it’s not about the technology,” it’s about finding ways to harness the power of technology to help students learn, and be productive citizens in an ever-changing global society.”
Bio Page: http://k12online08presenters.wikispaces.com/Charlene+Chausis

Presentation Title: There’s Something Going on Here You Need to Know About…
Description: In July 2007 a superintendent had his first introduction to the Internet world where collaborating, contributing and creating are the norm. Later that year, in SecondLife, the superintendent met the International Society for Technology in Education’s 2007 Technology Leader of the Year, who has mentored him, as the need arose, during a year and a half of his self-directed learning.
The superintendent has learned much about the people, platforms, and the pedagogy of this online world with help from people like the mentor who live all over the world and who accepted his invitation to become part of the online network of educators he has developed and nurtured since 2007. What are Ustream, Twitter, YouTube, Elluminate, Diigo, Mind42, Jing, SecondLife, Google Docs, and TED? What do they have to with learning? Our capacity to learn? to share? to invent? Come join the conversation as the superintendent, Dennis Richards, and the mentor, Charlene Chausis, “tell you three stories on the way to one argument.”

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2008 - Leading the Change

Leading the Change
The Lie of Community: The True Nature of the Network

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Bud Hunt Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Blog: http://budtheteacher.com/blog/

Bio: Bud Hunt is an instructional technologist for the St. Vrain Valley School District in northern Colorado. Formerly, he taught high school language arts and journalism at Olde Columbine High School in Longmont, Colorado. He is a teacher-consultant with the Colorado State University Writing Project, and has written on educational issues for a variety of publications. A consumer of copious amounts of new media, Bud blogs and podcasts at www.budtheteacher.com.
Bio Page: http://k12online08presenters.wikispaces.com/Bud+Hunt

Presentation Title: The Lie of Community: The True Nature of the Network
Description: The emergence of online, networked communities of practice is valuable and precious – but it is easy to be misled about what these actually are. They are not communities, in the traditional sense. There is no set membership. Norms and values grow and change in response to our changing understandings and participatory acts. We all see different things and exist in different conversations. Texts are repurposed. We choose whom we read and follow and respond to. In this edited collection of multiple conversations about these issues, the presenter and his guests will share some theory, stories, and ideas about what it means to exist, teach, create and learn in a community of communities, a true personal learning network.

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Leading the Change
Telling the New Story: Leverage Points for Inspiring Change Orientation

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David Warlick Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Blog: http://2cents.davidwarlick.com/

Bio: David Warlick, a 30 year educator, has been a teacher, district administrator, and staff consultant with the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction. His web site, Landmarks for Schools, serves more than a half-million visits a day with a variety of teacher tools. David is also the author of three books on instructional technology and contemporary literacy, and has spoken to audiences throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, and South America.
Bio Page: http://davidwarlick.com/bio/

Presentation Title: Telling the New Story: Leverage Points for Inspiring Change Orientation
Description: It is often said that “the future is not what it use to be.” In this information-driven, technology-rich world, where jobs appear and become obsolete in only a few years, it is certainly not your father’s future any more. Retooling our classrooms into learning spaces that effectively prepare our children for a future of infinite opportunity will require a new story about teaching and learning. It must be a story that is so compelling that we forget about our childhood student experiences from decades ago and agree that a different kind of classroom, teaching, and learning experience is required and deserved by our children.

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Teaching Web 2.0 – Everything you need in one place

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Wendy Drexler: St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Blog: http://www.teachweb2.blogspot.com

Bio: Wendy Drexler is a Florida high school teacher and instructional technologist. She holds an Ed.S in Educational Technology and is working on a Ph.D at the University of Florida. Previous student projects include “Kids Galore Helping Kids in Darfur” and “Many Voices for Darfur”. She is a Florida Master Digital Educator, NAIS Teacher of the Future, and Powerful Learning Practice Fellow.

Presentation Title: Teaching Web 2.0 – Everything you need in one place
Description: The Teach Web 2.0 Wiki is a repository of emerging web applications with educational potential. Tools are reviewed for their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and potential threats. Resources and teacher examples are also posted. The wiki is only as valuable as the content posted by contributors. The more who participate, the more valuable it becomes. Participants will:

  • Visit the Teach Web 2.0 Wiki and explore web 2.0 applications with educational potential
  • Learn how to contribute content to the wiki
  • Consider starting a Teach Web 2.0 Consortium at their school

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Leading the Change
Teaching Web 2.0 – Everything you need in one place

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Wendy Drexler St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Blog: http://www.teachweb2.blogspot.com

Bio: Wendy Drexler is a Florida high school teacher and instructional technologist. She holds an Ed.S in Educational Technology and is working on a Ph.D at the University of Florida. Previous student projects include “Kids Galore Helping Kids in Darfur” and “Many Voices for Darfur”. She is a Florida Master Digital Educator, NAIS Teacher of the Future, and Powerful Learning Practice Fellow.
Bio Page: http://k12online08presenters.wikispaces.com/Wendy+Drexler

Presentation Title: Teaching Web 2.0 – Everything you need in one place
Description: The Teach Web 2.0 Wiki is a repository of emerging web applications with educational potential. Tools are reviewed for their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and potential threats. Resources and teacher examples are also posted. The wiki is only as valuable as the content posted by contributors. The more who participate, the more valuable it becomes.

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Leading the Change
Ramapo Islands: A New Dimension in Learning

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Peggy Sheehy Suffern, New York, USA
Blog: http://ramapoislands.edublogs.org

Bio: Formerly a professional musician, Peggy Sheehy received her Master’s Degree in Ed Tech from Stony Brook University, & began her MLIS University of South Carolina at Columbia. She is currently concluding her studies in the MLS program at Southern Connecticut State University. Serving as ITF/ Media Specialist at Suffern Middle School, in 2006 she established the first school in Teen Second Life: Ramapo Islands. Ramapo Islands now hosts over 1400 students and their teachers.
Bio Page: http://k12online08presenters.wikispaces.com/Peggy+Sheehy

Presentation Title: Ramapo Islands: A New Dimension in Learning
Description: The team process of creating a virtual presence for your school, the development of authentic, experiential, standard-based curriculum & implementing it with students in Teen Second Life addresses the NETS for administrators, teachers & students and is an innovative approach to a collaborative and all-inclusive learning community. Focusing on the process of developing constructivist learning in the virtual world, Sheehy will present the steps her teachers are taking this 3rd year of teaching in Ramapo Islands on Teen Second life to translate their content into the virtual landscape. She will outline best practices that have evolved and the student responses to this 21st century pedagogical shift.

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Pushing the Limits: Web 2.0 and 21st Century Learning

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Aimee Stoffel and Tanya Gray: Goodland, Kansas, USA
Blog: http://ghs2-0.wikispaces.com

Bio: Aimee is a high school media specialist in Goodland, Kansas and has worked with children in Kindergarten through high school on media and technology skills. She is a Discovery Educator and is a member of her district’s Lead Tech Team. Tanya Gray is a junior high math teacher in Goodland, Kansas. She also co-teaches a class called 21st Century Skills to seniors at Goodland High School with Aimee Stoffel. Tanya and Aimee’s 21C students were involved in the Horizon Project last year and are currently taking part in the Flat Classroom Project. Tanya is a Discovery Educator and the chairperson of the Kansas DEN leadership team. Tanya is also a member of the MACE (Mid-America Computers in Education) board in her state. She is a member of her district’s Lead Tech Team.
Bio Page: http://k12online08presenters.wikispaces.com/Aimee+Stoffel

Presentation Title: Pushing the Limits: Web 2.0 and 21st Century Learning
Description: Tanya and Aimee have launched a pilot program that would put laptops and Web 2.0 technologies in the hands and minds of seniors in our rural Kansas high school. This presentation will discuss the layout of the class setup and background work needed for implementation, communicate the struggles and successes encountered and show examples of student work. Together we will provide educators with an in-depth glimpse of the possibilities that are out there for 21st century teaching and learning. The participants will go away with a wealth of knowledge of different Web 2.0 applications and how to use them in classroom instruction. The participants will see the layout of the class, hear pros and cons of the experience, and gather ideas for “amplifying possibilities” for technology use in their own classrooms. should be considered.

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Leading the Change
Overcoming Entropy

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Louise Maine Punxsutawney, PA, USA
Blog: http://hurricanemaine.blogspot.com

Bio: Louise Maine is a biology teacher and a site reviewer for TeachersFirst. She was featured in Edutopia magazine on use of wikis (August/September 2008). Her conference presentations include class wiki use at the One-to-one Conference at Penn State University in April 2008, and featured as a model teacher by the State of PA for the Classrooms for the future coaches bootcamp, October 2008.
Bio Page: http://k12online08presenters.wikispaces.com/Louise+Maine

Presentation Title: Overcoming Entropy
Description: In Science, entropy is the course of events towards disorder of a system. In new ideas or models, early adopters have the spirit and the energy of innovative ideas. This is the case with 21st century skills. In order to continue innovation and change the course of education, the momentum of change needs to overcome entropy. Reflection of lessons learned in creating change has brought to light successful and unsuccessful ways to balance energy and entropy as well as several barriers and thoughts that should be considered.

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Leading the Change
Current leadership models are inadequate for disruptive innovations

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Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D. Ames, Iowa, USA
Blog: http://www.dangerouslyirrelevant.org

Bio: Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Educational Administration Program at Iowa State University. He also is the Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators.
Bio page: http://k12online08presenters.wikispaces.com/Scott+McLeod

Presentation Title: Current leadership models are inadequate for disruptive innovations
Description: In this 20-minute voice-narrated PowerPoint (Presentation Zen style) Dr. McLeod reflects upon key concepts from Dr. Clayton Christensen’s work regarding disruptive innovation. The presentation draws primarily from two of Dr. Christensen’s books, The Innovator’s Dilemma and Disrupting Class, and focuses on the different ways of thinking that are now mandatory if school leaders are to successfully navigate their organizations in transition to the 21st century. Key points from other leadership models also make their way into the presentation.

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Leading the Change
Beyond the Stacks: Using Emerging Technologies to Strengthen Teacher-librarian Leadership

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Beyond the Stacks: Using Emerging Technologies to Strengthen Teacher-librarian Leadership

Donna Desroches and Carlene Walter, the Disruptive Innovators, were the 2008 recipients of the Canadian Library Association; Angela Thacker Memorial Award for their contributions to the field of teacher-librarianship.

Donna DesRoches North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada
Blog: http://classroomtechtips.wordpress.com

Bio: Donna DesRoches is the Learning Resources Consultant for the Living Sky School Division in Saskatchewan. A former teacher librarian, she applies her knowledge of ways to find, share, and use information when working with teachers in exciting and innovative inquiry-based technology projects.
Bio Page: http://k12online08presenters.wikispaces.com/Donna+DesRoches

Carlene Walter Warman, Saskatchewan, Canada
Blog: http://eclectechlibrarian.blogspot.com

Bio: Carlene Walter is a Learning Support Facilitator with the Prairie Spirit School Division in Saskatchewan. In 2008, Carlene was awarded the SSLA’s John G. Wright Award for recognition of her contributions to school library service. She is passionate about creating opportunities for teacher-librarians to fulfill their role as informational specialists, instructional partners, and literacy leaders.
Bio Page: http://k12online08presenters.wikispaces.com/Carlene+Walter

Presentation Title: Beyond the Stacks: Using Emerging Technologies to Strengthen Teacher-librarian Leadership
Description: Donna DesRoches and Carlene Walter, collectively known as the Disruptive Innovators, present their framework for professional learning and mentorship for teacher-librarians demonstrating how new technologies can be used to creating meaningful online learning opportunities. Within the context of the framework, they will illustrate the importance of redefining, reshaping, and readvocating the role of the teacher-librarian in order to:

  • Define the information literate teacher-librarian
  • Examine how emerging technologies are creating a need to re-define our roles
  • Identify new learning needs
  • Present the Disruptive Innovators online workshop, Meet the Stars.

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