I'll be spending time with the faculty and staff of the Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13 discussing disruptive technologies in teaching and learning. This half day will focus primarily on discussing strategies related to the appropriate integration of disruptive technologies for teaching. I will draw upon my experiences from the course I co-teach with Scott McDonald and from examples of work I do around Penn State. I always enjoy speaking with people in K-12 and find it an interesting challenge to make what I have to say work in their contexts.
I will be a featured presenter and a workshop leader at the University of Mary Washington's Faculty Academy 2009. I'm not sure what I will be talking about specifically, but I know since I am heading down to Jim Groom's turf I'll need to step it up a bit. I'm using the same title as I usually do for my talks, although I have some plans to mix it up a bit.
Engaging the New Classroom Conversation
During this talk we will investigate key trends impacting educators in their overall design of learning. Focusing on the emergence of user-created content, social spaces, and mobile devices we will take an integrated look at how we can better utilize technology within these areas to meet the needs of our students. We will also explore how these technologies have, and continue to, impact both faculty and learners and review some active examples within each area. During this talk, we will focus attention on how educators can leverage selected disruptive technologies to shape learning outcomes in new ways.
From the conference website:
The Faculty Academy for Teaching and Learning Technologies is a free annual event hosted by the University of Mary Washington. This year's conference will be held May 13-14, 2009, at the University of Mary Washington's College of Graduate and Professional Studies. For the past 14 years, Faculty Academy has brought together faculty and staff from both campuses at UMW to share and celebrate the year's efforts and accomplishments in the classroom, with teaching and learning technologies as the specific focus (or, one might say, catalyst) of the event.
I will be taking part in a day long pre-conference workshop for the PA Department of Education. The event, Leading for Educational Change in 1:1 Computer Environment is focused around the Classrooms for the Future project in the state of PA. I'll be presenting a half day set of sessions focusing on the use of emerging technologies for teaching and learning. The first session will attempt to provide an overarching framework as it relates to emerging trends in student use and expectations of technology as well as a survey of three emerging trends. The other sessions will focus on blogs and RSS as tools for managing content and knowledge. It should be an interesting day.