These are my proposed session topics for TCEA 2005.

TCEA 2005 Proposed Presentations

One to One Computing? TIP Transformation!

What is the formula for successful transformation of the teaching and learning environment when every student and teacher has an iBook computer and robust software tools? People are paramount: support strategies, the selected platform and software solutions are also major components. West Texas TIP grants in Floydada JHS, Post JHS, and Slaton JHS supported by the Texas Tech College of Education are providing in-depth answers. This session features multiple video interviews with various Technology Immersion Pilot (TIP) grant project participants.

Luddite Literacy: Digital Tools or Toys in the 21st Century Classroom?

We can’t (and probably don’t want to on balance) turn the clock back to a 19th century paradigm of exclusively text-based literacy. But what is the real “value added” from multimedia-intense instruction which may border on edutainment? This session takes a critical look at educational technology: the myths and the realities of technology’s impact on student learning, and challenges teachers to focus on strategies which develop authentic literacy skills needed in the 21st Century.

Digital Dishonesty: Trends and Tools to Address Them

The ease and prevalence of plagiarism in our digital era should be a wakeup call to teachers at all levels that a “non-traditional” teaching and learning environment is a mandatory. Central to suggested strategies for addressing digital dishonesty is valuing and assessing the process as well as the final student work. Training in digital ethics cannot wait for high school: the need to address these issues repeatedly throughout a student’s educational career is dramatic.

Digital Storytelling: New (and old) Literacies for a New Millenium

As human beings, we naturally connect with stories. Less expensive digital camcorders and consumer-level video editing software have ushered in a new era for digital production and worldwide distribution of compelling (as well as worthless) digital narratives. The ability to effectively utilize a variety of multimedia technologies to clearly and persuasively communicate will define leaders in the twenty-first century. This session focuses on planning and pre-production aspects of digital storytelling, building on the presenter’s experiences at the Digital Media Academy at Stanford University in Summer 2004.

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