This course will focus on the evaluation of technology in the classroom and how it relates to the evaluation of teachers. It is designed to provide administrators with the ability to walk into a classroom and know the difference between a teacher using technology as a lesson enhancer, not just using it to say they are using it. Participants will be able to identify and understand engaging, authentic, and observable technology infused lessons, and the many possible effective uses of technology to support instruction. This course will also give participants a better understanding of how technology is changing the educational landscape and what they need to do to be change leaders in the area of technology integration. Participants will be able to talk about current and future technology trends. Participants will leave this course with the ability to formulate a long term action plan that will guide their school/district's technology implementation, in the areas of equipment, professional development, and staffing.
Put your technology dollars to work! Technology is a powerful tool for learning that goes far beyond entering data to create charts and graphs. This session will help you to make the most of the hardware and software you already have, and it will also focus on considerations for future purchases. Join us to see examples of assessment data and specific examples of interventions using free tools. Explore best practices for integrating technology into core instruction.
When we analyze the US education system and classrooms across our nation, we see dramatic differences and gaps in innovation. Side-by-side images of classrooms from 1916 and 2016 yield eerie similarities in many schools today, even with the 100-year difference. How can schools and classrooms transform from those of the industrial era where desks are in rows, students are facing forward, and have teachers always front and center to ones that are student-centered, personalized, and harness the power of technology? Districts and schools across the nation are transforming into ones that are Future Ready, revamping such aspects as teacher empowerment, personalized professional learning, innovative learning spaces, community partnerships, in school and home connectivity, among others. This hands-on, engaging pre-conference workshop will challenge the thinking of school district leaders, while giving them the opportunity to dive deeply into the Future Ready Framework, network with other school leaders, and gain access to a myriad of free tools and resources that can support your district’s transformation. Thomas C. Murray, the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, and one of ICE’s keynote speakers in 2016, will lead this full day workshop. Murray will also share a variety of districts and leaders who have gained national attention for creating unique learning experiences for all students, who are working to overcome obstacles against all odds, and how all districts can create cultures of innovation inside their schools. This workshop will inspire school leaders and provide free tools and resources to empower them to transform their districts, schools, and classrooms into ones that better prepare students for the world they face tomorrow.
The course is a detailed review of the laws and regulations affecting and dealing with technology use in school districts. It includes the implications and pitfalls of the use of e-mail, blogs, and instant messaging by the Board of Education, along with the FOIA regulations and recent rulings on this subject. Additionally, it reviews the requirements of an Acceptable Use Policy for students, staff, and the Board of Education, as well as providing recent case law regarding the use of technology in schools.