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Horizon Forum on educational technology

horizon-web.jpgJoin us for the next Horizon Forum meeting!

Tuesday, December 12, 12-3 p.m.

Room 303, Coffman Memorial Union
University of Minnesota, East Bank Campus
300 Washington Avenue, S.E. Minneapolis

Dr. Scott McLeod, Director of the University Council for Educational Administration Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), will discuss the skills that students need to survive and thrive in the digital future. Dr. McLeod will highlight disconnections between current schooling practices and future workforce needs and will emphasize leadership practices necessary to bridge the gap. Dr. McLeod also will focus on the policy, political, and organizational barriers that impede schools’ ability to be future-oriented.

Introduction by Dr. Chris Dede, Harvard University, Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies

The Horizon Forum is a “mold breaking” round-table initiated by the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota to facilitate action-oriented discussions on how we may design outstanding educational futures for Minnesota.

Lunch and validated parking will be provided.

Please RSVP by December 5 to John Moravec, 612-625-3517 or moravec@umn.edu

Map to event: http://www.sua.umn.edu/reservations/directions/cmu_directions.php

Horizon Forum on the Web: http://www.education.umn.edu/cps/Horizon/


Report on the second Horizon Forum

Last Friday, 26 leaders from Minnesota’s PreK-17 spectrum gathered for the second meeting of the Horizon Forum. Dr. Tom Tapper, superintendent of Owatonna Public Schools, presented a compelling argument that public education is nearing obsolescence. He states:

Today, the system of public education has a choice: it either leads change, or is led by it. The essence of our society is dynamic and is becoming innovative in nature. Changes in public education will follow, to refuse change is not an option, however, how we change is. The power to decide lies within it.

Dr. Arthur Harkins (University of Minnesota) followed with a presentation on undergraduate knowledge production and its innovative potentials in the College of Education and Human Development. The College, also, needs to decide whether it will lead or become obsolete, and that it has several alternatives:

  • Help upgrade the USA culture, starting with families and schools
  • Help massively (and selectively) encourage emigration of outstanding families and individuals to the USA
  • Advocate funding of all ‘performing’ students fro PreK through 17 to create required human and social capital. (no student debt)
  • Utilize advanced technology

The next Horizon Forum meeting will be on at 12:00pm on December 12 in Coffman Memorial Union at the University of Minnesota.

The current topic of the third forum is Human Capital Development and PreK-17 Education. More details on this upcoming event will be posted soon.

(Thanks to Tom Elko for providing notes from the meeting.)

Horizon Forum: Integrating technology and innovation in schools

Join us for this year’s first meeting of the Horizon Forum!

The Horizon Forum is a “mold breaking” round-table initiated by the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota to facilitate action-oriented discussions on how we may design outstanding educational futures for Minnesota. Dr. Tom Tapper, Superintendent of Owatonna Public Schools, will speak on the challenges and successes of integrating technology and innovation in schools.

 

horizon-web.jpgFriday, October 27, 12-3 p.m.

Cherrywood Room, St. Paul Student Center

University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus

2017 Buford Avenue, St. Paul

Lunch and validated parking will be provided.

Please RSVP by October 20 to John Moravec, 612-625-3517 or moravec@umn.edu

Map to event: http://onestop.umn.edu/Maps/StCen/index.html

Future Horizon Forum meetings:

  • December 12, 2006: PreK-17 Education for a Competitive World
  • February 5, 2007: Advanced Technology, Games, Simulations

Horizon Forum on the Web: http://www.education.umn.edu/cps/Horizon/