Technology-Fostered Creativity

By Hoffman, David | Multimedia & Internet@Schools, January-February 2007 | Go to article overview

Technology-Fostered Creativity


Hoffman, David, Multimedia & Internet@Schools


BEFORE highlighting content from this month's issue, I want to draw your attention to the upcoming April Internet@Schools East 2007 conference in Arlington, Va. We've built the program, and it looks powerful!

As we did last November at Internet@Schools West, we'll be sharing a keynote speaker with Computers in Libraries, one of our concurrent "big brother" conferences. (Where Internet@Schools is specifically focused on technology and tech resources and trends for K-12 school media and technology specialists, Computers in Libraries has a broader scope. It embraces technology and issues of interest to the whole range of practicing library professionals from public, academic, special, corporate, and other spheres.) I@SEast and CIL attendees will kick off their respective conferences together by listening to Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, deliver a speech drawing on some of his latest research. His speech is titled "Web 2.0 & the Internet World."

After that, we've got two of our own exclusive keynote speakers, Joyce Valenza and Gary Price, plus sessions on hot topics touching on social networking, wikis, information fluency, gaming technologies, and lots more. Here's a sampling of session titles: Leveraging the Web for Reading; MySpace, the "Evil Twin" of Web 2.0; and Wikis + Media Specialists = Community.

Picking up on that last word, our conference is as much about community as it is about content, since the former is essential for sharing the latter. …

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