MTLC - Schedule


9:30amRegistration / Continental Breakfast
10:00amWelcome and Overview
10:15amBeing a Leader in Times of Economic Distress -- Keith Krueger, Chief Executive Officer, CoSN
 Educators know that these times are fraught with across-the-board cuts that make us question if we can invest in technology at this time. Yet, tough fiscal times also are a time when innovation becomes a necessity. Learn about a new toolkit from the Consortium for School Networking for district technology leaders to help them understand their role in rethinking 21st century education and finding the resources to do it now. How can your district leadership team get the vision to strategically use technology? How do you break down the silos that keep our school districts from innovation? How can we avoid the "deer in the headlights" syndrome, and creatively using tough fiscal times to create a 21st century educational system
11:30am Lunch (provided)
12:00pm  Essential Skills of the CTO -- Keith Krueger, Chief Executive Officer, CoSN
  O.K., you are the person in charge of technology at your school district. What are the essential skills that you need in order to succeed? Where do you turn to continuously expand your knowledge base? According to the consulting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the responsibilities of the CIO/CTO in all industry sectors have moved from being largely technical to being mainly strategic (leadership and management, fiscal management, organization and culture skills, and business skills). Yet, in the education sector, these are new trends and few people have the broad set of skills needed to provide strategic technology leadership within their school district. The task of identifying and developing essential skills for CTOs, a relatively new hybrid position in schools, is critical. While the responsibilities of the district technology leader/CTO vary by district, the Consortium for School Networking has developed a Framework of Essential Skills for CTOs. Take a self assessment and see your strengths and areas that need attention. Learn about how CoSN is refreshing this Framework.
1:00pm Break
1:15pmWeb 2.0 and Leadership (How 2B a Disruptive Technology Leader) -- Mike Porter, Chief Technology Officer, TBAISD and Todd Neibauer, Tech Director, TCAPS
 As technology leaders, do we really grasp the networking potential of Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, YouTube and Diigo for learning, information sharing, interoperability, and collaboration for our own teams? To what extent do you believe the Web 2.0 can/should/will have transformational impact on schools. Is there anything about Web 2.0 which makes it potentially a more potent force for transformational change than other ed tech applications? Do we actually use social-networking sites, video-sharing sites, wikis, blogs, and folksonomies personally and in our organization? Considering the existing organizational structures and policies of schools, how can technology leadership leverage a newer generation of Web 2.0 collaborative tools to have a positive impact of learning? Please join us for a lively and thought-provoking discussion on the use of Web 2.0 to help usher your organization into a 21st Century learning environment.
3:30pmIT Crisis Preparedness -- Linda Sharp, Project Director, CoSN IT Crisis Preparedness
 District's technology programs have grown to touch virtually every aspect of activities in modern-day schools - teaching and learning, data-tracking and record-keeping, internal and external communications, and more. Recent events in our country have illustrated the need for school technology leaders to be actively involved in crisis preparedness to ensure student safety and business continuity. This session will help participants understand the planning process to ensure that communications and learning can continue in the event of any type of crisis.
4:45pmWorkshop Wrap Up
5:15pmSocial Networking