2013 Technology Conference

Innovation Powered by Technology: Cultivating Quality

Save the Date! October 5, 2013


  • Connect with fellow educators and school leaders in systemic planning around the effective use of technology and digital learning!
  • Collaborate with and be inspired by educators and students across the state!
  • Immerse yourself in ideas, strategies, and resources!
  • Add to the crowdsourced lessons learned!
  • Meet face-to-face with well-respected professionals in your field!

Rhode Island Convention Center

1 Sabin Street, Providence, Rhode Island
8:00am - 4:00pm


iSchool Comes to Rhode Island

Susan Patrick Bob Wise Mark Edwards Richard Culatta Rhode Island Society of Technology Educators Highlander Institute CDW-G Susan Patrick Bob Wise Mark A. Edwards Richard Culatta Travis Allen

ATTENDEE REGISTRATION

Join teams of educators and decision makers working hard to accelerate digital learning in schools across the state. Engage and interact in conversations with over 700 attendees including teachers, students, technology coordinators, staff developers, administrators, policy makers, professors, government and industry representatives, as well as national leaders in educational policy and practice.

 Registration is Closed  Filled to Capacity! We look forward to seeing you on Oct. 5th!

 Exhibitor / Sponsorship Registration 

RIDE invites corporations, foundations, and nonprofit organizations providing services to the K-12 education sector to join more than 700 participants in a conference focused on developing digital learning ecosystems across Rhode Island.  

 

Conference Agenda

There is something for EVERYONE!  Five Keynote Speakers, Breakout and Workshop Sessions, Student Showcase and Panel, EdSurge Tech in Schools, Exhibitors, Games and Prizes!

Conference Agenda [PDF, 156KB]


The Project 24 elements provide the framework and focus of conference conversation.


RHODE ISLAND IS READY TO ACCELERATE! 

There is a healthy and growing appetite to create robust, digital learning ecosystems in schools throughout Rhode Island.

RIDE invites corporations, foundations, and nonprofit organizations providing services to the K-12 education sector to join more than 700 participants in a conference focused on developing digital learning ecosystems across Rhode Island.  

Join teams of educators and decision makers working hard to accelerate digital learning in schools across the state. Engage and interact in conversations with over 700 attendees including teachers, students, technology coordinators, staff developers, administrators, policy makers, professors, government and industry representatives, as well as national leaders in educational policy and practice.

Three Key Reasons to Participate in the Innovation Powered by Technology Conference:
  • Networking - Engage and interact with conference attendees to learn what innovators in technology are thinking about and doing;
  • Access Experience unprecedented access to an extraordinary group of decision-makers across Rhode Island; and

  • Recognition - Take advantage of the broad recognition opportunities that exhibitor packages and sponsorship offers to corporations, foundations, and non-profits providing services to the K-12 education sector and e-learning.

Exhibitor and Sponsor Registration

Register Now!   Open


Packages and Sponsorship Opportunities [PDF, 708KB]
Events App Information [PDF, 268KB]
Local Lodging [PDF, 615KB]
Exhibitor Package [PDF, 1.3MB]
Loading Dock Directions [PDF, 118KB]

PROJECT 24 OFFERS FREE RESOURCES TO HELP DISTRICTS PLAN FOR PROGRESS IN DIGITAL LEARNING 

P24 Framework

Project 24 provides tangible assistance to school districts for systemic planning around the effective use of technology and digital learning to achieve the goal of "college and career readiness" for all students. It is a one-stop shop of comprehensive district-level planning tools, expert advice, creative ideas, and tangible suggestions from experienced education experts and nonprofit education membership organizations.

FREE Tools

FREE school or district self assessment results report provides detailed information to help inform the following planning questions:

  • For which elements has the school or district already made significant progress?
  • What needs more attention and should be a focus in planning?
  • If not yet prepared to discuss key issues identified within the element, what can be done to increase knowledge and skills?

FREE Digital Learning Tranistion: MOOC-Ed
This FREE eight week course begins September 30 and will help you:

  • Understand the potential of digital learning in K-12 schools;
  • Assess progress and set future goals for your school or district; and
  • Plan to achieve those goals.

OTHER RESOURCES

Educators, School Leaders, Policy Makers, Technology Coordinators

RIDE is looking to accelerate the implementation of high quality blended and digital learning by cultivating the quality already created in Rhode Island.  Educators, school leaders, policy makers, technology coordinators are all encouraged to share implementation strategies, best practices, and lessons learned at the conference!  

Thank you for your thoughtful proposals!

Call for presentations is now closed.  Presentation proposals were accepted until the close of business on July 26, 2013.  Lead presenters will be notified of proposal decisions by August 23, 2013. 


Deepening Our Thinking About The Digital Learning Transition

Videos

  • Welcome to the Digital Generation (4:26), from Edutopia, reminds us of all the technological changes since the World Wide Web became widely available less than 20 years ago, and how different our children's lives are as a result.
  • Rethinking Learning: The 21sr Century Learner (4:00), from MacArthur Foundation, lets us hear from some of the most influential innovators in digital learning.
  • Join the Digital Learning Revolution (5:55), from Power On Texas, provides an overview of digital learning initiatives in seven districts involved in a digital learning project of the Texas Education Agency. 
  • Isacc Asimov on How Computers Can Revolutionize Education, Interview with Bill Moyers from 1988 (6:59).  The great science and science fiction writer could forsee the digital learning transition that is now taking shape 25 years later.
  • The Future of Learning (7:50) 
    In a rapidly changing world, today’s students must be armed with new knowledge and skills to navigate the complex future that awaits them. They must produce knowledge and learn to work and thrive in an increasingly connected economy. They must think, analyze, collaborate and act. Because our current structures are not built for this purpose, we must “unthink school to rethink learning.”
  • Future Learning Short Documentary (12:51) 
    Students are the future, but what's the future for students? To arm them with the relevant, timeless skills for our rapidly changing world, we need to revolutionize what it means to learn. Education innovators like Dr. Sugata Mitra, visiting professor at MIT; Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy; and Dr. Catherine Lucey, Vice Dean of Education at UCSF, are redefining how we engage young minds for a creatively and technologically-advanced future. Which of these eduvators holds the key for unlocking the learning potential inside every student?
  • Big Thinkers: Sasha Barab (10:40)
    Edutopia's Big Thinker Series features Dr. Sasha Barab, creator of the Quest Atlantis program. Dr. Barab talks about the potential of videogames for immersing learners in rich contexts where they get to apply what they are learning. Unlike most other forms of curriculum, the games they design offer entire worlds in which learners become central, important participants; a place where the actions of a ten-year old can have significant impact on the world; a context in which what you know is directly related to what you are able to do and, ultimately, who you become. In their work, they refer to the underlying pedagogy that informs the design work as transformational play.

Readings

  • Innovate to Educate:  System [Re]Design for Personalized Learning, pp 8-16.  This is a report from a 2010 Symposium of education and technology leaders organized by the Software and Information Association, ASCD, and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).  The focus is on creating a personalized learning system for all students.  The table on p. 13 summarizes the contrasts between the current system and a personalizded one, and then five essential elements are summarized.
  • Pew Internet Commentary: Teens summarizes findings from a number of studies by the Pew Internet and American Life Project about how teens use technologies, including social networks, online videos, cell phones, etc.  It is a good reminder about the role of these technologies in the lives of our students. 
  • Ten Things Everyone Should Know About K-12 Students' Views on Digital Learning: (1 page summary of the full report)  Project Tomorrow Speak Up 2012 National Research Project Findings.
  • Designing the Future of Learning - 2Revolutions whitepaper describing its philosophy, taxonomy and insights gleaned.

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MAINE STATEWIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL INITIATIVE

Further Information about Changing the Culture of Teaching and LearningDigital Learning: any instructional practice that is effectively using technology to strengthen the student learning experience

The following schools and districts have defined their own goals for their digital learning transition and developed strategies for addressing the challenges.  Which ideas might apply in your school?

Public Schools 

District Case Studies - Power on Texas

Conference Partners

Conference Partners




Susan Patrick Bob Wise Mark Edwards Richard Culatta Rhode Island Society of Technology Educators Highlander Institute CDW-G