Illinois Technology Conference for Educators

This is the official blog of the 2007 Illinois Technology Conference for Educators to be held March 1 and 2 at the Pheasant Run Conference Center. To post to this blog, please e-mail Luke Allen requesting to be added to the IL-TCE 2007 blog.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Speaking of stories...

The American Film Institute has put their years of experience working with K-12 students and teachers into a program hosted by Sean Astin called "Lights, Camera, Education!" It's been great fodder for my Digital Storytelling blog over on the Discovery Educator Network and I'm going to rely heavily on it for my two pre-conference workshops and "Makin' Movies" breakout sessions. I like AFI's emphasis on planning and teamwork (must be the old coach in me) and the fact that it is all applicable to any school subject. If you're a unitedstreaming subscriber, you have access to the video clips and the accompanying manual "The 21st Century Teacher's Handbook: Protocol and Materials Guide to the Screen Education Process." With or without access to the AFI program, I think every school has the potential to make use of the video editing software that comes with every computer to make learning come alive through digital storytelling.

Friday, January 26, 2007

That's my story, and I'm sticking to it...

At IL-TCE 2006, keynote speaker David Warlick challenged educators to begin telling a new story. As educators, we have a responsibility to “observe, reflect and talk to each other… talk in the community and publish.” Emerging twenty-first century tools, such as blogs, wikis and podcasting, provide powerful technologies to transform practice and enable learners to communicate and collaborate with each other.

Since last year, I have witnessed an increase in the amount of "educational" blogging at our school. More teachers are working with podcasting technologies. Two teachers from my school, Dan Larsen and Andy Conneen, (presenting at the conference on Thursday) will be sharing how students are collaborating in the blogosphere, and how it may impact their "political" thinking.

Andy Carvin's Dec. 1 post "Understanding the Impact of Online Communities on Civic Engagement" to the PBS website validates this approach to learning. Andy shares his comments on the recent study published by the USC Annenberg School on the impact of the Internet on American society.

Andy shares, "one of the most interesting results of the survey is the suggestion that online communities have a direct impact on civic participation. Just over one-fifth of online community members - 20.3 percent - take action offline for a cause related to their online communities at least once a year. Nearly 65 percent of online community members say they now engage in civic causes that were new to them when they started going online, while an additional 43.7 percent say they participate in social activism more since they’ve joined their online communities."

Case in point....on Dan and Andy's CitizenU's blog site, 285 comments were logged during President Bush's State of the Union address!

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Calling All IL-TCE Bloggers

Hi everyone,

In the tradition of the Edubloggercon we are putting together a pre-conference meet-up for folks who will be blogging about IL-TCE or want to know more about this idea. You can let us know that you are interested in an informal get-together by going to the Edubloggercon wiki and put your name in the "I'm attending" page under the IL-TCE title in the "Meet-ups" area.

Right now it's tentatively set for Wednesday, February 28, 2007, 6-8pm directly after the Kick-Off - it seems that many people will be there by then and we'll have best chance to gather a good sized group. If you have other ideas OR suggestions for a meeting place add them to the Date, Location Suggestions and Details.

See you in St. Charles!

Thanks for your input,
Cheri Toledo
Illinois State University

Monday, January 08, 2007


For more information on making the most of your IL-TCE 2007 conference experience, please download our new IL-TCE 2007 Survival Guide at:

Lots of tips for attendees and presenters and the Top 10 reminders are included!

Sunday, January 07, 2007

The All-Singing All-Dancing Pogue - The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Here's a preview of IL-TCE 2007 workshop and keynote presenter David Pogue. I don't think he's bringing a piano with him, but hey, maybe he'll take requests if we find one at Pheasant Run! :)