October 17, 2011
EdTechTeacher2012 Winter Conference
We are pleased to announce that EdTechTeacher will be bringing together the education technology community for an inaugural EdTechTeacher2012 Winter Conference on March 3-4, 2012, hosted by the Microsoft New England Research and Development (NERD) Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Leading Change in Changing Times is a gathering of educational leaders -- both in and out of the classroom -- to discuss and explore the impact of new technologies on our schools as well as the need to incorporate 21st century competencies into our learning environments. Participants will leave with both powerful conceptual frameworks and sustainable, practical applications for innovating their classrooms, schools, and districts. This unique conference features formal presentations, informal breakout sessions, and a social gathering. Over the course of the conference we will wrestle with the challenges of a rapidly changing world, with an extraordinary group of teachers, scholars, researchers, school leaders and policy makers, around three essential questions:
- Why Change? How do we convince our diverse stakeholders to invest in reforming our schools for a networked, globalizing future?
- How Do We Foster Change? What does 21st century teaching look like in classrooms? How do we support classroom innovation and professional learning? How can school leadership communities create and sustain a vision for 21st century teaching and learning?
- How Do We Assess Change?How do we assess complex competencies such as critical thinking, collaboration, and new media literacy? How do we gather the data we need to assess whether our investments in new technology and professional development have been worthwhile?