FETC Virtual Conference & Expo Presentations: October 22, 2009

Three Types of Immersive Interfaces:  Implications for Learning and Teaching

Chris Dede, Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Immersion is the subjective impression that you are participating in a comprehensive, realistic experience. Virtual reality through head-mounted displays creates full sensory immersion; interfaces like Second Life and Internet games create through-the-monitor immersion. Augmented reality uses mobile wireless devices to immerse through mixing the real and virtual worlds. This session describes their emerging implications for teaching and learning.

Beyond Drill and Practice:  Developing Automatic Recall of Math Facts for All Children

Ted Hasselbring, Professor, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University

On March 13, 2008, the National Mathematics Advisory Panel released it report entitled, “Foundations for Success.” The report urges that students “develop automatic recall of addition and related subtraction facts, and of multiplication and related division facts” in order to free up mental resources to address more complex math. In this session, Ted will discuss how we can use technology to go beyond drill and practice to develop high rates of recall in all students, including those with special needs and those at-risk for school failure. Ted’s research in this area is grounded in what we know about human learning and the role of technology.

Tight Budget? Learn how K-12 Districts are Saving Up to 60% with Parallels and Achieving Their Student Technology Needs

Jason Krilich, National Sales Manager, Parallels

Learn how the Oregon City Public Schools saved 60% on their IT budget by implementing a Parallels solution.  We will discuss the problems most K-12 districts face and dive right inot the technology solution implemented.

Building 21st Century Classrooms in the Clouds! - A Desktop Sharing Presentation

John Kuglin, Senior Educational Consultant, Retired, University of Montana

The term “cloud” is used for networked computers that distribute processing power, applications, and collaborations among many machines using the Internet. Applications like Buzzword, Google Docs, Slide Rocket, and a growing list of others use the “cloud” as their platform. “Cloud-based” applications do not run on a single computer; instead they are spread over a distributed environment, using shared storage space and computing resources from large-scale “data farms”. This latest development in computing brings huge quantities of processing power and storage capacity within easy access of the classroom. Educators responsible for implementing 21ST Century learning environments need to learn more about this powerful yet cost saving environment. This new and emerging computing model will help educators to deliver the relevant and motivating learning environments needed to reach today’s learners. Join John Kuglin as he opens the door to a wholly different way of thinking about computers, software, and collaboration tools through establishing a low cost, cloud-based learning environment for your school.

Unleashing Teacher Creativity and Effective Instruction in the Digital World

A Panel Discussion with "Beyond Textbooks" Advocates

Calvin Baker’s keynote address will describe how the Vail School District is using the tools of the digital world to promote and enable the best elements of teaching: professionalism, creativity, passion and relationships. Panel members will discuss how the District’s “Beyond Textbooks” system works for them in the real world of classrooms and schools.

Panel members include:

  • Nicole Buchheit, a new teacher in Vail who uses Beyond Textbooks to guide her instruction, as well as a source for ideas and materials.
  • Kelly Creasy, an experienced teacher in Vail who uses the system to share her best plans and materials with other teachers.
  • Tom Poirier, a high school social studies teacher in a small, rural district who appreciates the opportunity to exchange ideas and connect with other social studies teachers via Beyond Textbooks.
  • Kevin Carney, a middle school principal who just opened a new middle school and is depending on Beyond Textbooks to help his newly formed staff achieve immediate instructional success.
  • Andrew Chlup, director of Beyond Textbooks, who has been overseeing the development of the system and the expansion to 12 other school districts across Arizona.