We're making plans to answer
that question on Saturday, February 3rd and Sunday, February 4th
2001. This conference is designed to showcase the innovative work
of classroom teachers in developing new pedagogical practices in
response to the potentials of new media: the Internet, the web,
CD Roms, digital photography, digital sound recording technologies,
video recorders, streaming video and audio. It is very important
to us that this be a conference where teachers can talk to each
other about the changes that are taking place in their professional
environment and where some "best practices" are shared with a larger
community. To achieve this the conference is structured to include
several breakout sessions where participants can interact with each
other and the panelists around specific issues.
Issues to be addressed:
(1) How are students using
the new media outside of school?
(2) What is being done to
improve the level of support and professional development for teachers
using new media in their classrooms?
(3) How may digital media
enhance teaching of traditional subjects in the Humanities, Arts,
and Social Sciences?
(4) How can we mobilize
student's creativity as media makers?
(5) How do we make sure
all students have access to digital resources?
(6) What relationship exists
between media literacy training and the wired classroom?
(7) How are creative teachers
using digital resources to enhance, rather than replace, traditional
(8) What decisions are schools
making which impact students' abilities to access and express themselves
through digital media?
(9) How do teachers assess
the quality of resources available to them on-line?
(10) How do educators evaluate
digital media projects produced by their students?
(11) What kinds of collective
efforts are needed to enhance the range of digital media collections
available to teachers?