TIES – Final thoughts

A few final notes about the TIES
conference

  1. The highlight of the conference for me was the hour I got to spend hanging
    out with Dr.
    Jim Hirsch
    , Assistant Superintenent for Technology and Academic Services,
    Plano (TX) Independent School District. Jim and I talked about a variety of
    topics, including the need for better technology leadership training for K-12
    administrators (surprise!), the difficulty of influencing policymakers, and the
    potential power of federal (or foundation) investment in free, high-quality,
    wiki-based, multimedia textbooks. I’ll blog on this latter issue sometime
    soon.
  2. As you know, I like to brag about the people and organizations that
    intersect with CASTLE. Two of
    our alumni were honored at the TIES conference. Matt Oswald, a math
    teacher at Stillwater (MN) Area High School and a member of our third School
    Technology Leadership cohort, was recognized as a TIES
    Exceptional Teacher
    this year. Lisa Finsness, Director of Instructional
    Media and Technology for the Osseo (MN)
    Area Schools
    and a member of our first cohort, was selected as the TIES / Palm,
    Inc. District Technology Leader
    of the year. Kudos to both Lisa and
    Matt!
  3. Tim Wilson noted that TIES was very
    Web 1.0
    : very few folks tagging or blogging along with the conference. I
    agree with him that this was disheartening. As Amy Hendrickson noted in her comment to Tim’s
    post
    (about my administrative
    blogging session
    ), many attendees are just now learning what blogs are, how
    they work, etc. These folks are the ones that actually attended our state ed
    tech conference; I shudder to think about the folks that didn’t even come.
  4. Finally, several people, including Doug
    Johnson
    and Miguel
    Guhlin
    , said really nice things about my TIES presentations.
    Thanks.

That’s it from me for this year’s conference. We’ll see where we are next
year at this time!

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