Before highlighting content from this month's issue, I want to draw your attention to the upcoming April Internet at Schools East 2007 conference in Arlington, Va. We've built the program, and it looks powerful!
As we did last November at Internet@Schools West, we'll be sharing a keynote speaker with Computers in Libraries, one of our concurrent "big brother" conferences. (Where Internet@Schools is specifically focused on technology and tech resources and trends for K-12 school media and technology specialists, Computers in Libraries has a broader scope. It embraces technology and issues of interest to the whole range of practicing library professionals from public, academic, special, corporate, and other spheres.) I@SEast and CIL attendees will kick off their respective conferences together by listening to Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, deliver a speech drawing on some of his latest research. His speech is titled "Web 2.0 & the Internet World."
After that, we've got two of our own exclusive keynote speakers, Joyce Valenza and Gary Price, plus sessions on hot topics touching on social networking, wikis, information fluency, gaming technologies, and lots more. Here's a sampling of session titles: Leveraging the Web for Reading; MySpace, the "Evil Twin" of Web 2.0; and Wikis + Media Specialists = Community.
Picking up on that last word, our conference is as much about community as it is about content, since the former is essential for sharing the latter. To that end, we're going to be offering attractive discounts on conference fees to communities—groups of LMSs and other educators from schools, districts, or media or library associations who join together to attend Internet@Schools. Watch the conference Web site at www.infotoday.com/I@SE2007 for details. And check out the preliminary program at http://www.infotoday.com/I@SE2007/Program.shtml.
Technology and Creativity
Two of this month's articles share the common thread of technology use to foster creativity. The first, An Author in Every Classroom, is by Nick Glass. As the founder of TeachingBooks.net, Glass spends a good deal of time interacting in person or via technology with the creative writers whose works are featured in many of your schools' English, language arts, and library programs. In his article, he lays out a range of ways to optimize multimedia and online technologies so that you can bring authors into the classroom the moment you teach their books. Students learn tips directly from many professional writers and illustrators, and authors can interact virtually in any K-12 classroom at any time.
The second article, Creating a Broadcasting Empire ... From the Corner of Your Classroom!, is a comprehensive podcasting primer by Dan Schmit. Dan not only covers how to create, find, and listen to podcasts, he also offers a wide-ranging set of ideas on how and why you can use this tech tool right across the curriculum to further creativity and learning.
David Hoffman, Editor