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Sunday Evening Conference Opening Address

Mr. Louis H. Kompare
Executive Director
Center for Effective Government for the State of Tennessee

The role of the Center for Effective Government is to drive the statewide strategic planning process for the Executive branch to ensure each department has a strategic plan that is consistent with the governor's plan, and to link those plans with the State of Tennesssee's strategic technology plan. As Executive Director, Lou Kompare is also charged with promoting the use of the Internet to deliver government services, and for recommending technologies that have the potential to create a more effective, efficient, and focused state government for all Tennesseans. He recently chaired a Task Force on Medical Technology uniting the 18 Southern states in addressing the barriers and enablers to the full practice of Telemedicine.

Lou was previously the Director of Information Technology for Gaylord Enterntainment in Nashville,   operator of the Opryland Theme Park, the Opryland Hotel, and the Grand Ole Opry as well as cable networks TNN, CMT and Z-music, numerous radio and television stations, and other music publishing enterprises.

Lou retired from The Walt Disney Company after 25 years of service in 1994. At Disney, he held numerous senior technology-related positions. He served as Worldwide Director of Technology and Technical Services for the Walt Disney Company, and was responsible for the selection of all information technology used by The Walt Disney Company worldwide. He developed the business plan and participated in the initial design and staffing for the Computer Animation Production System that won an Academy Award for Technical Achievement.

Prior to joining Disney, Lou was a mathematician and real-time programmer in the defense industry, working on systems for use aboard nuclear submarines and other strategic military applications.

 

Monday Keynote Address

BRIDGING THE GROWING DIGITAL DIVIDE

Owen F. Gaede, Ph.D.
Director and Professor
Learning Systems Institute
Florida State University

The growth of information technology is accelerating the globalization of society with geopolitical borders becoming more transparent.  Wireless and satellite technologies can bring the libraries of the world into the most remote village, creating new opportunities for learning.  Unfortunately we also see a growing digital divide between the information rich and the information poor.  Are we doomed to a world in which the rich get richer and the poor get poorer?  Old learning paradigms will not be sufficient.  One thing is clear: Only the wise use of educational technology offers the hope of bridging the digital divide.  Offering real hope to those who so far have been left out of the information revolution is the greatest challenge we face in the decade ahead.

        

Tuesday Evening Dinner Address

Making Distance Learning Work

Steve Duncan, Ph.D.
Deputy Commander, U S Army Training Support Center
Ft. Eustis, Virginia

Dr. Steve Duncan, Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army Training Support Center (ATSC) at Fort Eustis, VA, has worked in the field of training for the U.S. Army and Department of Defense for over 28 years. He came to ATSC in August 1992 from Orlando, FL, where he spent 5 years with the Department of Defense Training and Performance Data Center as the Director of Individual Training. Prior to that he spent 5 years at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, VA, in the Training Concepts Analysis Directorate, Deputy Chief of Staff for Training, after spending a year at the Training Development Institute. He went to Fort Monroe from Fort Huachuca, AZ, where he was in charge of the U.S. Army's Intelligence School Staff and Faculty Training Division.

see http://www.atsc.army.mil/dpcdrbox_bio.htm
see also http://www.atsc.army.mil/

 

Special Presentations

Presenter / Title / Theme / Institution Description
Pat Lucas, Principal; Dianne Williams, Lead Teacher;
Martha Ford, Curriculum Integration Specialist

-- Special Presentation --

B. T. Washington Magnet Middle School
for International Studies
Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa, Florida
( see http://www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/~btwashington/ )

'Innovative Practices for International Studies: Worlds to Explore, Knowledge to Build, and Business to Conduct'

Booker T. Washington is a unique institution in central Tampa. The school's goal is  developing mature thinkers who are able to acquire and use knowledge as they work actively to integrate new information with what they already know.  The school's teachers use the framework of global studies and world languages to provide students with both creative and critical thinking skills and strategies.  Teachers and students collaborate and learn together as they utilize technology as a tool for learning. Booker T. Washington Middle Magnet School for International Studies holds the coveted title of Magnet School of America. The school Principal and selected staff will present details of the concept, planning, and implementation of the innovative programs at Booker T Washington Magnet School.
Michael Ferguson, Peter Lenkway

-- Special Presentation --

Florida Center for Interactive Media, Tallahassee Community College

'Web World Wonders: Florida's Natural Habitats Through The Eyes of Robotic Cameras'

Florida's Star Schools Grant, Web World Wonders, makes it possible for anyone from anywhere around the globe to explore natural habitats of Florida, via the internet, through the eyes of live, interactive, robotic cameras.  Visit Pigeon Key in the Florida Keys, Sawgrass Lake Park in St. Petersburg, Six Mile Cypress Slough in Ft. Myers, Wakulla Springs in Wakulla County and Kennedy Space Center on Florida's east coast.  You never know what you'll see as you visit, perhaps alligators, a variety of native birds, an abundance of tropical plants, changing weather and beautiful sunsets.  You can even look to see what is going on right now at one of the Space Center's launch pads.  This web site contains lesson plans and student activities intended to increase environmental awareness and communication skills, a discussion board and on-line experts.  To bring this unique educational experience to schools, the Florida Department of Education has teamed with The Florida Center for Interactive Media, Tallahassee Community College, to develop this site in cooperation with school districts, parks departments, other agencies and Kennedy Space Center.
Jamie Murphy

-- Special Presentation --

Florida State University; USA

'Textbook Publishers in a Networked World'

Panelists:

Robert Larson, Education Editor
Times Company Digital
http://www.nytimes.com/learning

Bob Carlton, Senior Vice President, Electronic Products
Thomson Learning
http://www.thomsonlearning.com
http://www.itped.com

Pete Janzow
Publisher, John WIley & Sons, Inc.
http://www.wiley.com/college

In a flurry of initiatives, textbook publishers are scrambling to profit from the Internet (Murphy, 1998). Harcourt Brace, for example, recently announced "an ambitious plan to establish an institution of higher education that only offers courses online" (Mendels, 1999).

Although a few trends such as complementary websites and course management software are emerging, the future is far from clear.

Peek at the future as a panel of leading textbook publishers share insights about technology's influence and their evolving role in education. Complete courses, interactive testing, synchronous and asynchronous activities, textbook websites, on-line purchasing and multi-media presentations are among the enhanced learning possibilities that publishers are exploring.

Leon T. Hobbs, Sam Nichols, Stephanie B. Ash, Scott Lisenby

-- Special Presentation --

Dothan City Schools; USA

'Technology in Technicolor with a Southern Accent'
Dothan, Alabama is an urban area with a population of approximately 65,000. It sits in the southeast corner of Alabama, 80 miles for the Florida Gulf Coast and 30 miles from Georgia. Although Dothan has major industries such as Michelin and Sony, the region is a predominately agricultural area. School enrollment as of January 1, 1999 was 9,058 students. The district has 19 schools: 11 elementary (five grades K-2, five grades 3-5 and one grades K-5), 4 middle schools (two grades 6-8 and one grades 6-7, and one grade 8), 2 high schools (grades 9-12), one technology center, and one alternative learning center. All schools have fully function LANS. Each school is connected to the central office and the transportation department with a WAN. This is a frame relay utilizing 128k and frame T1's. Every office, classroom, lab and media center have Internet access provided through the Alabama SuperComputer Authority in Huntsville, AL. This is a state grant that Dothan City has received. The following is an overview of the structure of the Dothan City Schools' presentation using the theme of a kaleidoscope. A multimedia presentation containing pictures and videos will enhance the speakers. As speakers and topics change the presentation will change as if turning a kaleidoscope to reveal changes in colors. Dr. Hobbs will open the presentation with an overviw of the Dothan area and school district demographics. As the kaleidoscope turns, Dr. Nichols will move the participants from a time in which Apple IIe computers dominated the classrooms and curriculum to a system connecting modern Pentium computers in offices, media centers labs and classrooms by a wide area network. Again the kaleidoscope turns to show students in the elementary and secondary schools utilizing technology in the learning process. The Director of Elementary Curriculum and the Director of Secondary Curriculum will provide curriculum integration techniques at the district level. The kaleidoscope will stop to focus on elementaray areas where teachers use Internet, e-mail and curriculum specific software in daily learning activities. It again turns to focus on middle schools with students and teachers in classrooms and labs. At the high school, the kaleidoscope stops to bring into focus one of the six 1998 Milken Award winners from Alabama.
Judy Barrett Litoff, Harold A Records, Gaytha A Langlois, Mikhail Makanoik, Gajane Valchevskaya, Joseph A Ilacqua

-- Special Presentation --

Bryant College; USA
National Academy of Sciences; Balarus

'Using Technology to Foster Collaborative Learning at a Distance: The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and Bryant College Connection'
For five years, Bryant College, Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA, and the Information Technologies Center of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB), Minsk, Blelarus, have participated in a comprehensive joint venture that uses advanced technologies to promote collaborative learning at a distance between the United States and Belarus. The projects that the two institutions have supported include seminars on financial accountablility for scientists and engineers who worked for the Soviet defense industry, collaborative distant learning courses between Bryant College and the European Humanities University in Minsk, the creation of a Center for International Collaboration at the NASB, and the coordination of a 1999 Summer School on Collaborative Learning at a Distance in the Social Sciences in Minsk. In addition, plans are underway for the establishment of a virtual university that will bring together academicians and scholars from higher education institutions from Belarus, Germany, and the United States.

These projects have utilized a wide array of information technologies including virtual roundtable discussions via email, special seminars on web site construction, internet protocol video teleconferencing between the U.S. and Belarus, software training and development, and the use of the internet to promote collaborative learning across diverse cultural and political boundaries.

This joint venture has been spearheaded by scholars representing diverse academic disciplines, including history, economics, environmental science, mathematics, and computer information systems. The interdisciplinary nature of the Byrant College/National Academy of Sciences team has clearly contributed to the success of the joint venture.

Rocco Ferrario, Science Instructor, Education Committee Member for the Academy of Model Aeronautics

-- Special Presentation --

Redwood Middle School, Napa Unified School District, California; USA

'Soaring Science!'
The Academy of Model Aeronautics, joining forces with educators, major organizations, and vendors from across the country, have assembled an exciting array of lesson ideas, web-based learning modules, and instructional materials to share. Come and join us in a special session at ICTE Tampa, and actually build a sample model airplane kit. Learn about related web-based learning modules, and their incorporation into more traditional classroom instruction and lab experiences.

Model aviation in the classroom offers a golden opportunity for making abstract concepts more understandable. Modeling provides concrete, real-life applications in forces, center of gravity, mathematics, and experimentation. Plan on attending this special session, and learn how to plug model aviation into your science courses, and teach science concepts better.
Dennis Sievers

-- Special Presentation --

Central Community High School District # 71

'PC Management: Solutions That Work'
With the rapid expansion of technology and classroom accessibility to computers, the task of managing networks, installing software and Internet access has become a time consuming and labor intensive process. For many districts like mine, these problems are further magnified by rural and technically isolated geography coupled with the all too common problem of inadequate financial resources. As we have grown, so have the problems of installing software on hundreds of computers. Repairing the minor issues of inappropriate backgrounds, removing unwanted files, disk space management and maintaining print drivers has taken most of the time allocated for our local maintenance efforts. After using a number of software products we have discovered a unique tool in Launch-EDU. The product enables me to remotely administer nearly 120 computers without leaving an office. I can monitor all activities, clean up files and restrict access to specific software from a single computer. The improved management has given more time for assisting students in learning both gross skills and the more subtitle nuances of technology.

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