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Our “Printing Press” Moment: Educational Transformation, Hold on to your Hats!

We are eleven years into the 21st century, and the world has changed. Technology has created a “printing press” moment in the history of mankind and is affecting every system we now know. The emerging educational system is giving students a voice in their education and empowering them to THINK, LEAD and SERVE. The realization that our present, “industrial model,” educational system is no longer viable is both very scary and very exciting at the same time. We have before us the opportunity to create something new!

In our special Leadership Breakfast at the Midwest Education Technology Conference, speaker John C. Carver, Superintendent of the Van Meter School District in Iowa, will share thinking on how technology infused into the characteristics of effective instruction impacts teaching and learning. With web 2.0 tools, students are moving from being consumers of knowledge to creators of knowledge. Van Meter School District learners have stepped through the looking glass by utilizing mobile and stationary computer labs.

Attend METC’s Leadership Breakfast and learn more about the school district’s transformation while interacting with other area administrators and board members! Special pre-registration is required- sign up for this event when registering for the general conference. METC is a program of the Virtual Learning Center of Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis.

Preview of METC 2012 Keynote Speaker Podcast

Midwest Education Technology Conference Keynote Speaker John Carver (from Van Meter Community School District in Iowa) presents twice on Tuesday, February 14. The first presentation is with the Breakfast for Administrators where he’ll discuss Our “Printing Press” Moment: Educational Transformation, hold on to your hats!. Later in the day, he’ll talk about Hitting a Moving Target: The Nuts & Bolts of Becoming a 21st Century School District. John Carver recently took some time out of his schedule to talk to Cooperating School Districts about his upcoming sessions at the 2012 METC. To hear this podcast, click on his photo to the left. To register for the conference, visit METCconference.org.

Midwest Education Technology Conference Keynotes 2012

Cooperating School Districts’ Virtual Learning Center is pleased to announce the keynote speaker line-up for the 2012 Midwest Education Technology Conference: Adam Bellow, John C. Carver, and David Thornburg.

David Thornburg (right) speaks on Tuesday, February 14. His keynote address is entitled Can You Hear Me Now: The Powerful Rise of Mobile Learning.  David’s current focus is on alternatives to traditional classrooms, and the explosive rise of mobile learning tools, continues a journey he has been on for decades. He is the author of hundreds of articles and numerous books on the potential for emerging technologies to transform education.

Adam Bellow (above left) will keynote on Wednesday, February 15 on A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future. Adam is the Director of Educational Technology for The College Board Schools and was recently named Outstanding Young Educator of the Year by ISTE. In addition, Adam is founder of eduTecher, a free web resource for teachers, students, and parents that finds and explains how to use web tools in the classroom.

John C. Carver (left) is delivering a special keynote at the annual Leadership Breakfast, held on Tuesday morning.  John serves the Van Meter School District as its Superintendent of Schools in Iowa; his district serves 630 students in grades K-12. Van Meter has established global connections for learning using Skype, Twitter and other social networking tools. John will speak on Our “Printing Press” Moment: Educational Transformation, Hold On to Your Hats!.

Look for future posts on other featured speakers coming soon to The Wired Classroom. And remember, registration for METC opens Monday, October 3!