Two More Presentations in Development

For fun, I like to develop 2-3 presentation ideas each year, even if I don’t submit them to any conferences. Here are two concepts under development. The second presentation would be particularly fun to develop, because we could look back at academic technology from five to ten years ago, and determine how inaccurate we really were.

Managing Change in a Digital Age

Transition is the “normal state” for technology leaders in schools. This session will consider a range of interconnected change processes that are occurring as school become digital. Examples include interactive web sites, online student information systems, 1:1 laptops for faculty and students, interconnected databases, text messaging to parents, and online student collaboration.

The goal of this interrelated look at academic and administration technology systems is to find patterns of successful change management. As new services are offered, what is taken away? How can community members become involved in the processes of change, and what types of leadership are needed to move forward? This session will provide insights from a range of schools actively in transition to innovative new models of communication and community involvement.

Celebrate the Unexpected

There are “patterns of change” in the air surrounding educational technology that suggest significant change in the next five years. Information systems, personal technology, communication innovations and increased collaboration are combining to shape a much different future environment than expected. Most importantly, there appears to be much more “shared resources, responsibility and innovation” than most schools have documented in their technology plans.

This session will review the most interesting trends in school technology and include student opinions of what the future holds. In many ways, the next generations of student will have remarkable opportunities for creating change, but difficult decisions to make as well.

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