This podcast is a recording of my keynote address at the TechCon 2008 conference held in Naperville, Illinois, just outside Chicago on October 17, 2008. TechCon is jointly sponsored by The Illinois Association of School Business Officials, Illinois Computing Educators and Illinois Chief Technology Officers. The description of my session was: Rapid advances in communication technologies continue to present a multitude of risks, as well as opportunities for school district leaders. Telecommunciations convergence and the advent of web 2.0 technologies present challenges related to cyberbullying and irresponsible uses of social networking websites by students and staff. Open source software projects and open content initiatives (WikiBooks, MIT Open Courseware) offer robust functionality and curriculum options for learners that were not available even ten years ago. Exploring how school district leaders can proactively respond to these risks as well as opportunities to responsibly address liability concerns, meet obligations for fiscal responsibility and support a learning environment that cultivates ethical and responsible digital citizenship in the twenty-first century.
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