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Register Now for Technology and Distance Learning Symposium

Posted on 11/14/2008

Registration is now open for the Technology and Distance Learning Symposium which will be held at the Sacramento County Office of Education on Feb. 17 – 19, 2009. There is no charge for the symposium, but registration is important to facilitate planning for workshops and lunches.

On Feb. 17 there will be two pre-conference sessions, one on the nuts and bolts of setting up a distance learning program, and a hands-on lab session on using Moodle to create an online course or Web site to support a face-to-face class. Registration for these events is limited.

On Feb. 18 the keynote speaker will be Dr, Jerome Johnston of Project IDEAL, a national organization that supports seventeen states that are currently implementing distance learning in adult education. Dr. Johnston will present information about online instruction in other states, how programs are set up, teachers trained, and students tracked, as well as outcome data. Although there will be a distance learning strand throughout the symposium, Feb. 18 will be the focus day for distance learning, with curriculum networking groups during lunch.

On Feb, 19 the keynote speaker will be Steve Hargadon of Classroom 2.0, an online community for teachers at all levels who are using the many new online possibilities in their classroom instruction. The title of his talk is “Web 2.0 is the Future of Education.” See many examples of interactive Web sites that can be used in instruction, and get ideas for classroom implementation. Technology integration workshops will be offered throughout the conference, but Feb. 19 is the focus day for technology in the classroom. Other strands include ABE, ESL, and focus on administrators.