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The National Technology Leadership Summit (NTLS) brings together educational leaders, highlighting an issue of importance to the educational community.

September 28, 2006 - NTLS VIII Work Session

A conference call with Kathy and the Buck Institute (i.e., John Mergendoller and Jason Ravitz)

www.ntlcoalition.org/radi o/Conf_Call - Work Session.mp3

September 26, 2006 - Conference Call- AFT

A conference call with Kathy McGuigan from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

www.ntlcoalition.org/radi o/Conf_Call - AFT.mp3

August 23, 2006 - NTLS – Briefing for SITE President

A conference call was held on August 23, 2006, to brief the SITE president, Ian Gibson, on the status, and secure input on the planning of the leadership retreat. Past SITE presidents and SITE journal editors also participated in the call. Ann Thompson, a member of the AACTE technology committee, participated in the call in the capacity of liaison with SITE.

This podcast provides the audio of the conference call. An executive summary of the conference call is available in written form as a Word file. (25 minutes, 8/23/06)


August 15, 2006 - NTLS – Open Educational Content

Leaders who will guide the Open Educational Content strand at NTLS VIII held a conference call on August 15, 2006. A framework of “Development, Distribution, and Determination of Effectiveness” was suggested as an organizational structure for this topic.

This podcast provides the audio of the conference call. An executive summary of the conference call is available in written form as a Word file. (40 minutes, 8/15/06)


August 7, 2006 - NTLS - Legislative Advocacy Planning

Leaders who will guide the Legislative Advocacy strand at NTLS VIII held a conference call on August 7, 2006. Jane West, the AACTE Vice President for Government Relations, and Hilary Goldman, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Director of Government affairs led this discussion.

This podcast provides the audio of the conference call. An executive summary of the conference call is available in written form as a Word file. (20 minutes, 8/7/06)


July 26, 2006 - Planning session for NTLS VIII

The SITE Teacher Education Council held a conference call on July 27, 2006 to discuss the forthcoming National Technology Leadership Summit (NTLS VIII), an annual interdisciplinary meeting sponsored by SITE each fall.

Members of the Teacher Education Council often serve as representatives to the teacher educator associations corresponding to their home discipline, in conjunction with the National Technology Leadership Coalition (NTLC). Teacher education associations represented included science education (ASTE), mathematics education (AMTE), social studies (NCSS / CUFA), English education (NCTE / CEE), and early childhood education (NAECTE). An observer from the education librarians' association (the EBSS section of ACRL) also participated as an informal representative, pursuant to consideration of formal participation in the coalition by this organization.

This podcast provides the audio of the conference call. An executive summary of the conference call is available in written form as a Word file. (30 minutes, 7/26/06)




The theme of 2005's summit was "Research, Evidence, and Advocacy," addressing a proactive approach to a research agenda for effective technology use that emerged from the previous year's retreat.

Gerald Knezek - Key Research Questions

Gerald Knezek, chair of the "Key Research Questions in the Core Content Areas" task force, provides an overview of the goals and objectives for that group. (1 minute, 9/20/05)


Lynne Schrum - Acceptable Evidence

Lynne Schrum, chair of the "Acceptable Evidence" task force, provides an overview of objectives for her group, including ways in which educational technology journal editors and other leaders might best facilitate effective research. (40 seconds, 9/19/05)


Janet Swenson - Advocacy

Janet Swenson, chair of the "Advocacy" task force, describes how this group might best work to communicate research on learning outcomes to legislators and policy makers to guide best practice. (2 minutes, 9/20/05)


Lovona Grow - FIPSE

Lavona Grow, FIPSE officer, shares an update on the Department of Education, higher education issues, and the FIPSE teacher education community. (11 minutes, 9/21/05)


Cheryl Juarez - Elementary STEPS

Cheryl Juarez, Project Director at the Miami Museum of Science in Miami, Florida, reflects on the NTLS summit and offers an overview of the museum's current FIPSE project "Elementary Student-Teacher Enhancement Program for Science (STEPS)." (4 minutes, 9/23/05)


Tom Duffy - Learning to Teach with Technology Studio

Tom Duffy, Director of the Center for Research on Learning & Technology at Indiana University's School of Education offers an overview of his current FIPSE project "Learning to Teach with Technology Studio (LTTS)." (3 minutes, 9/23/05)


Niki Davis - International Leadership of Educational Technology

Niki Davis, Director of the Center for Technology in Learning & Teaching at Iowa State University offers an overview of FIPSE project "International Leadership of Educational Technology—A Transatlantic Bridge for Doctoral Studies (ILET)." She also discusses how their virtual schooling project is adapting to prepare teachers to address students displaced by hurricanes. (5 minutes, 9/23/05)


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3 starsDave Moursand

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LecternConference Presentations

Below in no particular order are recorded presentations that may be of interest to educators interested in technology. These are freely offered by ITConversations and are easily downloaded as MP3 files to be played on your computer or downloaded to a portable audio player such as Apple's iPod.

5 starsMalcolm Gladwell on "Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking"

Are our judgments influenced by the amount of information used in arriving at them? Does more information lead to better judgments? Malcolm Gladwell takes these knotty questions head on and weaves a very coherent story around the answers he suggests.

Presentation at SXSW Interactive 2005 Conference
50 minutes

4 starsMalcolm Gladwell on "Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking"

Malcolm Gladwell is back on IT Conversations to discuss his new book, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. Dr. Moira Gunn asks him, "Do you really think there's a science of decision?"

Interview with Moira Gunn
20 minutes

5 starsMalcolm Gladwell on "Tipping Point"

Malcolm explores why we can't trust people's opinions -- because we don't have the language to express our feelings. His examples include the story of New Coke and how Coke's market research misled them, and the development of Herman-Miller's Aeron chair, the best-selling chair in the history of office chairs, which succeeded in spite of research that suggested it would fail.

Presentation at Pop!Tech 2004 Conference
30 minutes

4 starsWill Wright (Creator of the Sims and SimCity)

Games and simulations allow us to experience hypothetical situations in fun and intuitive ways. From the designers' perspective we need to architect these "possibility landscapes" which players will later explore. Will discusses some of the informal methods, concepts and tools that he uses to approach this design task.

Presentation at Accelerating Change 2004 Conference
50 minutes

3 starsWill Wright (Creator of the Sims and SimCity)

Consider the impact auto racing (visibility, technologies) has had on the automotive industry. Computer games have evolved into a similar relationship with the computer industry. Because we get to design the problems that our players face (the game challenges) we have an opportunity to push the boundaries of graphics, user interface, AI, metrics and simulation. What we're currently learning about mapping these abilitites to the psychology of our players will be used in the mainstream software of the future.

Presentation at SDForum 2003 Conference
100 minutes

4 starsDouglas Rushkoff

Douglas Rushkoff analyzes, writes and speaks about the way people, cultures, and institutions create, share, and influence each other's values. He sees "media" as the landscape where this interaction takes place, and "literacy" as the ability to participate consciously in it.

Presentation at Pop!Tech 2004 Conference
47 minutes

5 starsClay Shirky on Phone as Platform

Clay Shirky discusses the lessons he's learned from three years at NYU's graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program. His students have been creating applications for the mobile phone platform, combining GPS, voice and photo messaging. Clay describes the technology behind these projects, and speculates on the future development of phones and their integration with internet-hosted infrastructure.

Presentation at O'Reilly Media's Emerging Technology Conference 2005
19 minutes

5 starsClay Shirky on Ontology is Overrated

There are many ways to organize data: labels, lists, categories, taxonomies, ontologies. Of these, ontology -- assertions about essence and relations among a group of items -- seems to be the highest-order method of organization. Indeed, the predicted value of the Semantic Web assumes that ontological successes such as the Library of Congress's classification scheme are easily replicable.

Presentation at O'Reilly Emerging Technology 2005 Conference
44 minutes

4 starsHenry Jenkins on Video Games and Education

Dr. Moira Gunn interviews Dr. Henry Jenkins and learns how he thinks video games will revolutionize education. Dr. Jenkins is the director of the Comparative Media Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the co-editor of Rethinking Media Change: The Aesthetics of Transition (Media in Transition).

Interview with Moira Gunn
25 minutes

4 starsJohn Beck on When Gamers Enter the Workforce

Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with John Beck, a Senior Research Fellow at USC's Annenberg Center of the Digital Future. He warns that the "Gamer Generation" is about to enter the workforce -- and that means change. John Beck is the author of "Got Game -- How the Gamer Generation is Reshaping Business Forever."

Interview with Moira Gunn
17 minutes

5 starsJon Smart on Simulation, Agents, and Accelerating Change

"Simulation, Agents, and Accelerating Change: Personality Capture and the Linguistic User Interface," presented by John Smart at Accelerating Change 2004: One of the most important accelerating transitions occuring today is the emergence of the Linguistic User Interface or LUI. What will Windows (and the Google Browser) of 2015 look like? It seems clear that it will include sophisticated software simulations of human beings as part of the interface. First-world culture today spends more on video games than movies. These "interactive motion picture" technologies are more compelling and educating, particularly to our youth, the fastest-learning segment of society, than any linear scripts, no matter how professionally produced.

Presentation at Accelerating Change 2004 Conference
65 minutes

4 starsClark Aldrich on Simulations and the Future of Learning

Six criteria are emerging as critical not just to simulations but to all successful educational experiences. Three are focused on content, and three on delivery elements. The key criteria for content are: 1. Linear content. 2. Systems of content. 3. Cyclical content. Additional criteria for delivery elements are: 4. Simulation elements that model reality. 5. Game elements that provide familiar and entertaining interactions. 6. Pedagogical (didactic) elements that ensure the students' time is spent productively. As we understand pedagogy (#6) and linear content (#1), we first mourn that they have become so dominant, but then realize how powerful they are in concert. It is only through the interelationships of all six criteria that we begin to get results that can truly transform people

Presentation at Accelerating Change 2004 Conference
50 minutes

5 starsBarry Schwartz on "Less is More"

"Less is More" by Barry Schwartz, the Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action in the Psychology Department at Swarthmore College, where he has taught since 1971. He is the author of ten books, among them "The Battle for Human Nature," "The Costs of Living," and in 2004, "The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less." He is a fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. His research and teaching focus on the intersection of psychology and economics, and more specifically on how the abundance of choice in modern life both liberates and bedevils those who face it.

Presentation at Pop!Tech 2004 Conference
54 minutes

4 starsBrewster Kahle on Universal Access to All Knowledge

Advances in computing and communications mean that we can cost-effectively store every book, sound recording, movie, software package, and public web page ever created, and provide access to these collections via the Internet to students and adults all over the world. By mostly using existing institutions and funding sources, we can build this as well as compensate authors within what is the current worldwide library budget. The talk offers an update on the current state of progress towards that ideal, which would allow us to bequeath an accessible record of our cultural heritage to our descendants

Presentation at SDForum 2003 Conference
97 minutes

5 starsTim O'Reilly (Publisher of O'Reilly Books)

"We're at the end of the personal-computing era. We're at the beginning of something profoundly different."

Ask most people what software they use, and you're not likely to hear Linux. Yet many of the most popular web sites are based on Linux and other open-source tools. Tim says the operating system no longer matters--no more than the browser or the CPU matters. Applications now live above the level of a single device or operating system. The "paradigm failure" is that people don't understand the importance of sites like Amazon.com, eBay, and Google, because they are so locked into the PC application model. "We're commoditizing software in the same way as hardware was commoditized in the '80s," he says, "and value is being driven up the stack to next-generation information services and applications."

Presentation at Conference
37 minutes

3 starsKeith Devlin on "The Math Instinct"

Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Keith Devlin, NPR's Math Guy and the Executive Director of Stanford University's Center for the Study of Language and Information, and believe it or not, he'll us about the math genius of Lobsters, Birds, Cats, and Dogs.

Interview with Moira Gunn
22 minutes