Frankly, I'm Bored With The Future
Educational leadership in cyberspace

Program Description:

Educators need to embrace the role of the computers and the Internet in the intellectual and creative lives of children. We will explore how schools should respond sensitively to the expectations of high-tech kids and how technology can make the learning process more personal, expressive, constructive, imaginative and collaborative than traditional school settings. Participants will help close the imagination gap through exploration of powerful technology-rich learning opportunities that exist today, yet may be overlooked.

Session Description:

Educational computing pioneer Gary Stager returns to share his experience and advice for school leaders trying to make sense of the digital age. Gary helped design Pepperdine University's groundbreaking Online Master of Arts in Educational Technology degree program and has been teaching online for several years. For the past year he has worked with Seymour Papert in the creation of high-tech alternative learning environment for at-risk learners in a state prison for teens. Gary has written extensively on the role of computers in education and has spent a decade consulting with Australian schools and has worked in more "laptop schools" for more time than perhaps any other educator.

This provocative session will help educators assess the role of the Internet in the intellectual and creative lives of children. We will explore how schools should respond sensitively to the expectations of high-tech kids and how digital communications technology can make the learning process more social, more personal and more collaborative than traditional school settings.

Author Thomas Friedman recently wrote that, "the Internet is everything and it's opposite." The "net" challenges educators by undermining their monopoly on information delivery, while potentially liberating the school-day from that which is no longer necessary or can be done outside of school. The Internet requires educational leaders to clarify their institution's educational mission and understand the technology at a deeper level than many do today.

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