Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Signs of Things to Come: A Summer Spent Observing High-Quality Professional Development Portends Good Things for 2007-2008

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Signs of Things to Come: A Summer Spent Observing High-Quality Professional Development Portends Good Things for 2007-2008

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MAYBE BECAUSE it's the end of summer, and the Olympic Mountains look glorious with their white tops in the clear air, or maybe it's because I'm a terminally obnoxious optimist, but I'm inspired. I think it's mainly due to the good things happening in technology and education I've seen this summer that I'm sure will impact school districts for a long time. Here are but two.

It is my good fortune to serve on an advisory board for the Florida Educational Technology Conference (www.fetc. org). Recently the board gathered to determine the program for FETC 2008 in Orlando, which runs from January 22 to 25. Hopefuls from around the country submitted nearly 700 applications to present at the conference. I was heartened by the quality of the proposals and the examples of good teaching and learning and technology use provided. I also was excited about the range of topics put forward. Not surprisingly, 21st-century skills drew a large number of proposed sessions, as did web 2.0 tools such as blogs, wikis, and podcasting. Some of the most interesting pro posed topics were in the leadership category, both at the school and district levels. Professional development, digital content, future and emerging technologies, and technology management and infrastructure all will be addressed in depth at what promises to be a content-rich FETC 2008.

On another occasion, I found myself wandering on the campus of the University of California-Berkeley. As I whistled Grateful Dead tunes and occasionally raised a fist in a power salute, I found the building I was looking for. …

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