One of my favorite storytellers is David Warlick, and he’ll be coming to Texas for the TCEA Technology Education Coordinators Special Interest Group (TEC-SIG) meeting being held this week! More on his presentation below the flyers….There are other exciting speakers as well!

Micha Villarreal shared the following flyer and I encourage you all to join TCEA, TEC-SIG ($10 membership fee…great!) and attend the meeting ($40) that will be held on Thursday and Friday of this week!! The meeting cost is $40 and you can sign up online or at the door.

Click on the images below to see them full-size.

David shares hints of his upcoming talk online via his blog…here are some of the relevant parts:

Cracking the “Native” Information Experience

The ringing proclamation at ISTE 2010 will be “Integrate Technology.” There is a lot of value in this mantra, but it is the response of a generation of teachers who grew up without computers, mobile phones, and the Internet. It all looks like technology to us.

To our students, it is merely the road ways of their daily and minute-by-minute travels and the tentacles of their nearly constant hyper-connectively. It is the hands and feet that take them where they want to go. Believing that our youngsters carry their mobile phones around with them because it is their technology of choice is a poor reason to desperately carve out ways of using mobile tech in our lessons. They carry their phones because that is where their friends are — and their is nothing new about youngsters wanting to be where their friends are.

What is new is the nature of their interactions and the culture that they have grown out of their hyper-connectivity. Cracking the Native Information Experience will seek to reach beyond the technology, identifying and exploring the unique qualities of our students’ outside the classroom activities. What is the code that makes their video games, social networks, and texting so ingrained in their lives, and how might we crack that code.

The code itself comes from work that I did with a group of teachers in Irving, Texas, a school district that has operated, since 1997, based on students having ubiquitous access (1:1) to networked, digital, and abundant information. In an online collaborative activity we identified and then factored down the elements of their students information activities that seemed to result in active learning, as opposed to the passive learning their predecessors had endured.

See you there!


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