4th Semi-Annual NH Ed Tech Symposium

On Friday February 7th, 2014 New Hampshire’s teacher educators and their candidates and school partners are encouraged to participate, along with state leaders of professional associations, in exploration and professional development concerning learning technologies.

The event will start with registration and continental breakfast from 7:45 – 8:15 a.m., includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments, and door prizes, and will conclude at 3:00 p.m.  All registration, meals and materials are provided at no cost to participants.

Hosted by the University of New Hampshire-Manchester, the symposium’s key themes will include:

  • tech tools that support performance-based assessment of preservice and inservice educators’ “effectiveness”
  • unprecedented resources to close the digital divide for New Hampshire’s and the nation’s lowest income children
  • strategies to equip future educators and school leaders with the “Habit of Mind” to understand why and how to use online research databases to improve their professional practice and P12 students’ learning
  • exploring the  feasibility of providing candidates with standard tech tools whose costs to them are more than offset by utilizing high quality open textbooks and EBSCO e-books
  • technology resources and strategies that support project-based learning, student performance assessment and other Common Core priorities
  • exploring neuroscience and related research on learning and the brain

For copies of the slide shows presented at the symposium, please click here:

The symposium’s agenda:

Friday February 7, 2014 UNH-Manchester

University Center, 400 Commercial Street, Manchester 

Agenda

7:45 – 8:20 a.m.                 Registration and continental breakfast – UNH-Manchester

8:20 – 8:30 a.m.                 Welcome by Michael Middleton, Chair, Department                                                                      of Education, University of New Hampshire

8:30 – 8:40 a.m.                 Brief overview of the symposium’s goals, agenda and news, Bob                                                  McLaughlin

8:40 – 9:20 a.m.                 Panel, “Challenges of preparing future educators to use                                                                technology”, followed by Q & A. Panelists include: Lauren                                                            Provost, professor, University of New Hampshire; Stan Freeda,                                                state education technology director, NHDOE; and Laura                                                              Thomas, director, Antioch New England Center for School                                                          Renewal.

9:20 – 9:50 a.m.                 “The Habit of Mind: overview of the NH HOM initiative’s goals,                                                  resources and plans”, presented by Irv Richardson, coordinator                                                for public education and school improvement, NH National                                                          Education Association, followed by Q & A

9:50 – 10:15 a.m.              Open mike discussion:  What are your greatest barriers to using                                                 technology in ways that really matter to you? Facilitated by                                                       Laura Thomas, director, Antioch New England Center for School                                               Renewal.

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.            Break and morning refreshments

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.            Showcase # 1: visit informal showcases of technologies:

  • Educator Development Technology Toolkit: GovConnection, TrendNet, Dell, Lenovo, HP
  • Videoconferencing for collaboration, teaching and professional development: Polycom
  • Digital opportunity resources: Comcast, Dell, GenYes, GovConnection, OER Commons
  • Habit of Mind: EBSCO search, digests and user support to transform professional practice and student learning
  • NHDOE:  NextGen Teaching and Learning for the Common Core (NHEON)
  • NHSTE and NH Digital Resource Consortium: Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference and tech integration resources

11:30 – 12:15 p.m.            “Using Google Apps to Support 21st Century                                                                                  Learning”, presentation by Denise Dayton, senior learning                                                          specialist for Eduscape Learning

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.              Showcase # 2: visit informal showcases of technologies:

  • Educator Development Technology Toolkit: GovConnection, TrendNet, Dell, Lenovo, and HP
  • Videoconferencing for collaboration, teaching and professional development:  Polycom
  • Digital opportunity resources: Comcast, Dell, GenYes, GovConnection, OER Commons
  • Habit of Mind: EBSCO search, digests and user support to transform professional practice and student learning
  • NHDOE:  NextGen Teaching and Learning for the Common Core (NHEON)
  • NHSTE and NH Digital Resource Consortium: Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference and tech integration resources

12:15 – 12:45 p.m.     Box lunches available

1:30 – 1:50 p.m.                “Project Connect”: school librarians and school administrators                                                    leading schools into the digital age, followed by Q & A

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.        Afternoon refreshments available

1:50 – 2:50 p.m.                “The Impact of Digital Technology on the Brain: Current                                                             Research”, presented by Bob Greenleaf, Granite State College,                                                   followed by Q & A

2:50 –3:00 p.m.                 Next steps and wrap-up.  Great door prize winners announced!

Meals, materials and registration were free for symposium participants thanks to generous support from our partners, including GovConnection and Polycom.

Co-convening organizations include:

  • NH Association of Special Education Administrators
  • NH Department of Education
  • NH Digital Resource Consortium
  • NH IHE Network
  • NH School Library Media Association
  • NH Society for Technology in Education
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