Share the Tech…

TechShare 2006I’ve been helping with the development of a new annual technology conference through the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools (PNAIS). The date and schedule is complete, and the brochure is now available for download.

It’s been a fun process to meet with other technology directors and coordinators at independent schools in the Pacific Northwest, and the setting at Bainbridge Island for the retreat should be great. I’m definately bringing my travel bike and my cue sheet for the Chilly Hilly, which is an annual “ride around the island” ride at Bainbridge.

I’m helping with three of the sessions:

Session 3B – K-12 Computer Science Curriculums: Is Symbolic Reasoning Essential for All Students?
This session will review the argument for all students to experience symbolic reasoning and logic throughout the K-12 curriculum. This discussion will include why these “ways of thinking” are important to all careers, and perhaps essential for understanding and debating new “breakthroughs” in technology that challenge our ethics, environment and selfunderstanding.
With premises in hand, we’ll discuss different models for implementing a progressive computer science sequence from beginning school to senior year.

Session 5A – Student Laptop Programs: Essential,
Inevitable, or Unnecessary?

One-to-one student laptop programs have been around for years, and even some public school systems have deployed thousands of laptops to students. The “Tipping Point,” however, hasn’t been reached, and such programs are still unique instead of mainstream. Additionally, research hasn’t shown conclusive benefits from such programs. Does this mean that laptop programs are unnecessary, or are there other
forces at work that may make student laptops essential or unneeded in the near future? Come prepared to share your own views and examples!

Megasession C: Why We Do It!
Best Practices and Best Examples of Technology
Integration in the Pacific Northwest

The “return on investment” of technology in schools can take many forms, and we’ll discuss the best reasons for tech integration and share specific “success stories” from Pacific Northwest schools. We’ll look beyond the Internet and word processing, and see how pedagogy itself is evolving in K-12.
Our goal is not just to help teachers teach, but to help students learn.

Check out the brochure, and be sure to let me know if you plan to attend. (I need someone to show up at my sessions…)

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