Conference Themes
ICTE Tallahassee 2001


The overarching theme of ICTE Tallahassee 2001 is "Making Technology Effective in Learning".  This general focus is intended to encourage presentations based on approaches that are effective in using technology -- computers, software, the Internet, multi-media, and related systems -- in education, and to examine the elements that have contributed to their effectiveness.  Similarly, practices or areas where technology has not proved to be effective are of interest, along with experiences, studies, and reports documenting these areas.  The overall intent is to provide a collective resource in the Conference Presentations, and in the published Proceedings of the Conference, that will provide current, objective, and worthwhile guidelines and documentation to educators and others in planning for effective use of technology in education programs.

This general focus is supported by eight themes. The notes on the themes following are all intended to suggest rather than restrict topics for consideration. Proposals can include, but are not limited to: day-to-day classroom experience, model programs, case studies, theoretical analysis, visions of the future, activist platforms, hands-on activities or any combination of these.


1. HARNESSING THE INTERNET TO RAISE EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS

Implementation in Classroom, Home, and Workplace
Reasonable, and unreasonable, expectations 
       for wired Classrooms
Teaching Information Skills
Teaching for and understanding change

Relating available on-line resources to needs
Resources for effective implementation: 
       challenges and opportunities
Effective integration of Internet resources 
The impact of broadband access
Instructional resources on-line
Internet delivery vs. LAN-based networks for instruction
Separating hype from reality:
       When does the leading edge 
       become the bleeding edge?
Structured instructional resources on the Web vs. 
       use of the Internet as an information resource


2. POLICIES AND STRATEGIES TO EVALUATE, IDENTIFY, AND
   ACQUIRE EFFECTIVE SOFTWARE

Software review and assessment: 
       the "slushpile" approach vs. an organized 
       program for review and evaluation

Model programs for software review and assessment
Identifying software that has been developed with an
       understanding of how students learn
Relating software resources to needs
Targets for improved performance
Multi-media and "edutainment" software: 
       Plusses and Minuses

Identifying and separating marketing hype from valid
       instructional strategies


3. TECHNOLOGY AND RESOURCES IN SUPPORT OF TEACHING

Computers and Internet access for grades K-3:
       appropriate or not?
Computer labs and Local Area Networks vs.
       stand-alone computers in classrooms
Internet filters: Are they appropriate and
       how effective are they?
Platform independent software for instruction
Platform independent software tools
Web authoring tools and methods


4. DISTANCE, FLEXIBLE, AND OPEN LEARNING

Equality of access for learners, teachers, and trainers
Barriers to learning: identification and solutions
Collaborative learning across networks
Classroom, home, and workplace learning
New web technologies and distance learning options


5. CREATING DIGITAL ASSETS FOR EDUCATION,
   AND THE ENVIRONMENT FOR THEIR USE

Strategies for creating resource bases
Coping with non-text materials: Stills, Video, 
       Audio, Virtual Reality
Cultural Institutions and asset providers
Cross domain access and searching
Protocols and standards for communication and content


6. VIRTUAL INSTITUTIONS -- COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES,
   AND SUPPORT CENTERS

Structures and developments in support of Virtual Institutions
Virtual Teacher Support Centers: visions and developments
Issues related to quality control, accreditation and certification
Funding and financial models
Industry and corporate support


7. TEACHER TRAINING

Pre-service and in-service training models 
       for technology literacy
Training strategies and programs for teaching students 
       with special needs
Integrated cooperative models for teachers, trainers,
       and researchers
New strategies for training and career guidance
Problems and advantages of computer-literate students


8. INDUSTRY / EDUCATION DIRECTIONS AND CO-OPERATIVE VENTURES

Development of industry / education partnerships
New Developments in industrial training and education
Cooperative models for materials development
Telecommunications strategies for education and industry
The role of home-based learning to support career and workplace issues

 

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