PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY Moderator: Jennifer Hunsinger, Director of Communications and Information Technology, NJ Principals and Supervisors Association Speakers: Integrating second life into your every day curriculum Barry Joseph, Director of the Online Leadership Program, Global Kids Promoting and Supporting Twenty-First Century Teacher Practice Rob Mancabelli, Director of Information Systems, Hunterdon Central School District Using Second Life for "Real Life" Professional Development for K-12 Educators Kathleen Schrock, Administrator for Technology, Nauset Public Schools, Orleans, Massachusetts Electronic media has become an integral part of students' lives and a major point of interest for educators. Questions about the impact of electronic media on student learning and wellbeing have led many school districts to question how and why they should be using technology. The purpose of this conference is to showcase innovative uses of technology in the classroom and provide school district with ways that they can enhance their classroom curriculums and professional development programs. An overview of the research regarding electronic media and its links to achievement and social development will be provided as well. This conference is designed in conjunction with the latest journal issue of the Future of Children "Children and Electronic Media". This issue, released in April 2008 shines a spotlight on Electronic Media, focusing mainly on its impact on childhood wellbeing and policy implications.
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