Professional Development, Networking and Fun in Fairfax, VA!

Friday, I had the pleasure to speak with over one hundred educators during a meeting with all of the Fairfax County School Based Technology Specialists.  Sponsored by CDWG, this event provided educators with the opportunity to engage in meaningful professional development, network with like minded peers and have a little fun! 

As promised, I have attached the PowerPoint presentation used during the keynote presentation.  Special thanks to Peggy Herndon,
Instructional Technology Specialist, for her hard work and dedication in providing this unbelievable experience!  Her words were simply inspiring and brought back many happy memories of when I was an Instructional Technology Coordinator.  I also wanted to thank Bob DeLuca for his help in making sure I had everything I needed.

This was truly an inspirational group and I am hoping to catch up with many of them at NECC next month!

Download cdwg_keynote.ppt

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  1. Brian Bartel said:

    Scott – thanks for the resource; it is definitely refreshing to see that Discovery Education is taking a front seat in encouraging the effective use of new media in the classroom.

    I however, am in one of those districts that is more scared of what this can do than realizing the potential it can have in education. Do you have any specific resources to help districts like this that need to be more ‘open-minded’?

  2. Alfred Thompson said:

    I will be at NECC as well. Do you know if there are any plans for an Edu Bloggers meet up? A geek dinner sort of thing or a birds of a feather event? That might be fun.

  3. Scott Kinney said:

    Brian, I have found education is the key. You may want to synthesize some of the work from the Kaiser Family Foundation called, “Generation M: Media in the Lives of 8-18 Year-olds.” Among the findings, students engage with media an average of 6 1/2 hours per day. Given a seven day week, this is the equivalent of a full-time job.

    Students are using media and communication technologies like never before. There truly is no turning back for them. We need to recognize this fundamental shift and capitalize on the unique learning experiences it provides us.

  4. Scott Kinney said:

    Alfred,

    I hope to see you at NECC! Two things I know of currently. First, there will be a Discovery Educator Network Birds of a Feather session on Thursday. More information can be found here: http://center.uoregon.edu/ISTE/NECC2006/program/search_results_details.php?sessionid=19287503

    Also, we will be hosting a DEN dinner at Dave and Busters on the night of July 5th for all DEN members from across the country attending NECC. An official initiation will be posted soon.

    – Scott

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