Representatives from all over West Virginia will share their expertise in technology during the four-day event, Aug. 7-10, 2006, at the Charleston Civic Center. The event is coordinated by the West Virginia Department of Education and West Virginia Network.
The goal of the conference is to foster partnerships among various groups by exchanging the latest technology advances and uses and sharing individual expertise with a broader audience.
With the push to help teachers incorporate 21st learning skills into their lesson plans, technology’s role in the classroom will expand. This conference will serve as a professional development event allowing educators to gain information prior to the start of the school year.
“Technology is at the core of 21st century learning,” said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “Teachers play a critical role in how their students will learn the skills they need to succeed in the digital world.”
Concurrent sessions will take place throughout the conference. Sessions will include topics such as integrating 21st century skills into the classroom, collaboration and co-teaching, digital storytelling, teaching online, using 21st century tools to motivate students, podcasting, interactive whiteboard technology and a variety of other sessions.
Motivational comedian Brett Leake, who made television history in 1991 when he became the first disabled comedian to appear on NBC’s The Tonight Show, will deliver the keynote address on Tuesday, Aug. 8, at 1 p.m., following a welcome by West Virginia Higher Education Chancellor Brian Noland.
West Virginia Board of Education President Lowell Johnson and Paine will address attendees on Wednesday, Aug. 9, beginning at 9 a.m. They will be joined by Senate Education Chairman Robert Plymale and House Education Chairman Tom Campbell.
On Thursday, Aug. 10, Tom Greaves, chairman of the Greaves Group will deliver the keynote address at noon on digital schools. The survey of the 2,500 largest school districts in the country provides a look of what schools might look like in 2011. Greaves has helped develop more than 100 award-winning software and hardware products.
Aug. 10 also will include several award presentations, including the annual Caperton Educational Technology Awards and federal grant awards.
For more information visit http://www.wvnet.edu/conference or contact Brenda Morris, West Virginia Department of Education at (304) 558-3538 or Kathy Musick, West Virginia Network at (304) 293-5192.