Wednesday, March 2nd

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Check-In Registration Ballroom A Foyer
1:30 – 2:30 PM

Welcome: Dr. Benjamin Heuston
Opening Talk: Jeff Herr
Being Principal In My Pajamas

Jeff Herr will talk about the workings of a K-12 virtual charter school, how this model has impacted the performance of the youngest students at the school and what the future of virtual education looks like in Utah and The United States.

Ballroom A
2:30 – 4:30 PM Breakout Session 1
Exploring the Impact of Preschool
Technology in Diverse Environments
(2:30 - 4:00 PM)
Sun Valley
4:30 – 7:30 PM

Evening Reception
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Grover “Russ” Whitehurst (5:00 - 6:00 PM)
The Future of Curriculum in a Digital Age

Curriculum currently plays in the shadow of reform efforts involving teacher quality, choice, standards and accountability, and school governance. But curriculum is central to what students learn whereas the other reform variables are contextual.

What accounts for the relative disinterest in curriculum on the national stage of education reform? What will drive curriculum to the fore? What will curriculum design and delivery look like in the foreseeable future and how will that disrupt education as we presently know it?

This presentation combines perspectives on the politics of education reform, the design of education technology, the psychology of learning and development, and research on what works to speculate about the future.


Thursday, March 3rd

6:30 – 8:00 AM Breakfast Buffet Ballroom A
8:00 – 9:00 AM

Invited Speaker: Dr. John Dexter Fletcher
Technology and the Individualization Imperative

Individualization has been described as an educational imperative and a economic impossibility — even in K-3 education. This presentation discusses this dilemma (data!) and suggests ways in which today’s computer technology does and does not solve the problem.

Ballroom A
9:00 – 9:15 AM Break Pool Terrace
9:15 – 10:45 AM Breakout Session 2
Use of Technology for Early Literacy Instruction (Classroom Tools)
Foreign Language Learning Sun Valley
10:45 – 11:00 AM Break Pool Terrace
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Invited Speaker: Dr. Warren Buckleitner
The Children’s eBook, Revisited

Once upon a time, children’s ebooks came on shiny CD-ROMs and ran on a Mac or PC. Not anymore. The iPad’s effect on children’s interactive publishing has pulled many publishers (some very unwillingly) into a new space, resulting in thousands of children’s ebooks, of very mixed quality. Here’s a closer look at the quickly growing ebook category, including an overview of text-to-speech techniques, a glossary of terms, an ebook evaluation form, and live demonstrations of the current state of the art. You’ll leave with a much better understanding of the future of children’s ebooks.

Ballroom A
12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch Buffet Ballroom A
1:00 – 2:30 PM Breakout Session 3
Early Literacy Instruction
Using Technology to Enhance Intervention and Assessment Sun Valley
2:30 – 2:45 PM Break Pool Terrace
2:45 – 4:00 PM

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Dustin “Dusty” Heuston
The Last Fifty and the Next Fifty; Musings on a Chess Game

Dustin Heuston will review the lessons of his 50 + years in education including his 8 years of being a college English teacher, 8 years running a K-12 school, 8 years of running a for-profit educational corporation and 35 years running the nonprofit Waterford Institute.

He will discuss the core concepts he has had to master in order to understand the emerging potential of educational software including delivery systems, Moore’s Law, approximation to precision, Christensen’s concept of extrinsic vs. intrinsic motivation, Paul David’s 40 year law, and a host of new metaphors that must become commonplace before the full potential of technology can be understood and applied.

He will also discuss the dawning knowledge of the importance of the preschool years and the new approaches to providing access to instruction for children in their homes during their preschool years from what he calls the Third Source, as well as the stunning preliminary data on the UPSTART project.

Ballroom A
4:00 – 4:15 PM Wrap-up Ballroom A

Friday, March 4th

6:30 – 8:00 AM Breakfast Buffet Ballroom A
8:00 – 9:30 AM Breakout Session 4
Interactive Learning Environments (Classroom Tools)
Research for Use of Technology in the Classroom Sun Valley
9:30 – 11:00 AM Breakout Session 5
Improving Classroom Instruction (Classroom Tools)
Design of Educational Technology Systems for Children Sun Valley
11:00 – 11:15 AM Break Ballroom A
11:15 AM – 12:45 PM Luncheon

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Marilyn Jager Adams
(11:30 AM - 12:45 PM)
Technology, Literacy, and the Mind

That technology will impact levels of literacy and alter its status has been argued by many. For some, as at this conference, the argument is that technology holds unique potential for supporting and strengthening literacy instruction. Others have argued that technology will render reading and writing obsolete. Both sides have pointed to the mounting evidence that technology is already undermining literacy growth among our students.

In this talk, Adams will review the linguistic and cognitive insights through which literacy took shape historically and on which it depends developmentally. While the immediate goal is to help you reflect on what to teach, a parallel objective is to help you think about why: Is literacy worth protecting and promoting in a technological world?

Ballroom A
12:45 – 1:00 PM Conference Recap and Closing Words Ballroom A

Photo by Jason Mathis