Waking up in DC

I am in Washington DC for a couple of days with two sets of somewhat overlapping meetings. The first is the National Technology Leadership Summit (NTLS) and the second is a meeting of the AACTE committee on Innovation & Technology.

NTLS brings together national leaders from educational associations, as well as editors of educational technology journals, directors of non-profit foundations, federal policy makers, and corporate representatives. Recommendations and guidelines emerging from the summit are published in a range of educational technology journals and are featured on the programs of educational conferences. The goal is to accelerate the meaningful impact of digital technologies in education for the 21st century.

Dynamic Media have become an integral part of youth culture: young people today create, remix, and share content with other creators. The tenth National Technology Leadership Summit (NTLS X) will focus on characteristics of dynamic media in the context of youth culture, exploring ways to employ these capabilities to address educational goals. This discussion will explore affordances and constraints of dynamic media in the context of Technology, Pedagogy, and Content Knowledge (TPACK), building on the foundation established through NTLS IX.

The AACTE Committee on Innovation and Technology (that I co-chair with Joel Colbert) is charged with

to develop the Association’s classroom reform and technology agendas as it relates to K-12 and postsecondary education. The Committee should promote the use of innovative strategies and technological interventions in schools and professional education preparation contexts through gathering information about resources and uses, providing leadership related to professional preparation, facilitating communication and interaction about innovations in learning and technology among faculty in SCDEs, through the dissemination of proven methods and processes in professional education.

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