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EDITOR'S NOTES: Conferences and Columns

Posted Mar 1, 2009
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Internet@Schools East 2009

This is a recap from our Editor’s Notes last issue, but now it’s March, the very month Internet@Schools East 09 (and Computers in Libraries) will take place. So, as they say in the listservs, pardon the cross-posting: The conference runs March 30 and 31 in Arlington, Va., and features keynote speaker Pew Internet & American Life Project director Lee Rainie, plus, among others, Johanna Riddle, Sheila Gersh from CCNY, Art Wolinsky from WiredSafety.org, and Lori Bell from Illinois’ Alliance Library System. And we’re trying a bonus hands-on workshop for those with laptops in tow as workshop leader Dave Fontaine instructs participants on How to Work With Widgets and Gadgets. The program is posted at www.infotoday.com/I@SE2009. Register at www.infotoday.com/cil2009/registration.shtml. The inauguration is over, but it’s never too late to enjoy a trip to the Washington, D.C., area!

The Tech Effect

As I also mentioned briefly last time, we have bid a sad good-bye to Linda Joseph and her column, CyberBee (although CyberBee’s biweekly Web Picks still appear on our www.mmischools.com website). How­ever, we will soon be welcoming new columnist Johanna Riddle and her column, The Tech Effect. Johanna has a feature in this issue, and then she will appear regularly in the Internet@Schools section of the magazine starting with the May/June 2009 issue.

So, what will she cover in The Tech Effect? In her own enthusiastic and optimistic words:

I’ll write about teachers and students who are integrating technology into the ways that they teach and learn. An interview-based column, The Tech Effect will focus on the realities of technology integration—the challenges and the rewards. I want to celebrate those brave teachers who make technology a regular part of their educational landscape, and encourage those who are still hesitant to dip their toe into the water. I would like to talk to teachers, students, parents, and ad­min­istrators, providing a faceted rationale and perspective. I want to showcase situations where students are working with simple technology as well [as] schools that provide the latest and greatest. I want everyone who reads the column to begin to understand why this is such a vital part of today’s classroom.

Got some ideas for Johanna? Contact her at msbooklady@msn.com. And check out her enthusiasm and optimism in her feature, Celebrating 21st-Century Learning at the International Student Media Festival (p. 22). Johanna was all over the festival, talking to teachers and kids and snapping pictures. You’ll enjoy her celebratory report.

David Hoffman , editor


 
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