Hello and welcome to the “Future of Education.”  This site was create to have dialog about where educators need to go, and how do we get there. I am Toby Fischer, a Technology Integration Teacher. I work with content area teachers to integrate technology tools into their everyday lessons. I will talk about this quite a bit in the blogs.

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  1. Dear Toby,

    After reading about you, I thought you might be interested in our work. Please help if you can…

    We are a team of graduate students studying innovation and change at the University of Minnesota who are researching how much influence teachers do, or do not have, with regard to decisions concerning teaching, learning, curriculum, assessment, and overall public education innovation. We are studying “forums” such as blogs, where people gather to share values. For a variety of reasons, we have been unable to find an easy conduit to initiate a discussion with teachers. As a result, we have turned to blogs, such as your own – an innovation in itself – to attempt to engage you in dialog.

    We have set up The Education Innovation Blog, http://blog.lib.umn.edu/joh02855/innovationeducation as a place where we hope to gather your stories, thoughts and opinions on innovation and creativity in education – both what would benefit you as a teacher and what would benefit your students. The blog includes a link to a 10-minute survey that we have developed. We hope this survey will serve as a starting point for discussions. We would very much appreciate your taking the survey and sharing this request with as many of your colleagues as possible. If you find this survey/blog interesting, please post it on your blog so other teachers can see it. ALL SURVEY RESPONSES WILL BE CONFIDENTIAL! The survey will close as of April 30th, however the blog will remain active and results and discussion of this project will be posted there.

    Your postings to the blog will be public. If you prefer to remain anonymous, please post them to our e-mail address, 4educationinnovation@gmail.com, we will strip them of identifying information and post your remarks anonymously.
    If you have any questions, please e-mail us at 4educationinnovation@gmail.com. Thank you, we hope you will choose to participate and assist us in our research!

    Ben Cashen, Mike Fink, Kristi Mueller, Jen Trochinski, Sarah Waldemar, Wendy Wustenberg, Kun Yang

  2. Hi Toby

    I just wanted to make sure that you were invited to our education “Blogger Summit”. We hope you can make it and feel free to share this invitation with any other bloggers in the area that might be interested. The invitation is attached below.

    ED In ’08 Blogger Summit


    Strong American Schools is excited to announce the ED in ’08 Blogger Summit. Conference details are as follows:

    May 14th – 15th
    Palomar Hotel, Washington DC
    Registration is Free!

    An opening reception is scheduled on the evening of Wednesday, May 14th. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served before the screening of a new documentary film on education, Two Million Minutes. A Q&A session with the filmmakers is set to follow.

    Then join us for an all-day conference on May 15th. Nowhere else will you have an opportunity to meet and network with fellow education bloggers, participate in panels, attend workshops, and help tackle some tough questions on the state of education in America.

    Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP today!

    Register at http://edin08.com/bloggersummit/

  3. Ready to blog at ILC 2008?

    As a blogger interested in education and technology, you are well aware that today’s educators face an incredible challenge every day to keep their tech-savvy (and easily distracted) students engaged. They are struggling to balance razor-thin budgets against the need to improve teaching strategies and must rely on constantly-changing technology to achieve success in the classroom.

    Next month, they’ll have an outstanding opportunity to ease their burden.

    The Innovative Learning Conference (ILC) 2008, will be held October 14-16, 2008, at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif., and is devoted to sharing innovative educational strategies for advancing K-12 student achievement.

    The conference offers public and private K-12 educators the opportunity to learn and share best practices for the integration of technology into the 21st-century classroom. More than 150 concurrent sessions and over 60 workshops will provide outstanding professional development opportunities and demonstrate innovative strategies, applications and best practices.

    The conference will also feature an expansive exhibit hall where attendees can view the latest products and services from some of the nation’s leading technology companies. More than 100 leading solution providers will attend, including sponsors Discovery Education, Pearson, ByteSpeed and SMART Technologies.

    ILC 2008 will feature Danny Forster, host of Discovery Channel’s “Build it Bigger,” as the Opening Keynote Speaker.

    I hope you will consider sharing this information with your readers (and, of course, attending the conference yourself). ILC 2008 is a resource available to all educators, administrators and technology leaders to experience first-hand the future of educational technology. Registration is taking place NOW, with an early-bird discount available through September 19.

    For more information on the conference, including the complete list of exhibitors, the conference agenda, attendee registration and press information – as well as to request press credentials to attend and cover ILC 2008 yourself (at no charge) – please visit http://www.ilc2008.org. If you have any questions, please contact me at (850) 386-9100 or email ILCpress@1105media.com.

    Thank you … and I hope to see you at ILC 2008.

    Rick Oppenheim

    ILC Media Relations Manager

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