I’m facilitating a webinar series for members of the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB). Last week I did one of my standard “the world has changed” sessions online and now we’re following up on that interaction with three topical webinars. I’m looking for 3 to 5 people who might like to join us for each session. Participants will be school board members from across the state of Iowa. They’ll fire questions, concerns, and comments at us in the text chat area. We facilitators will answer questions, share resources, and engage participants via web cam and/or the text chat.

Here’s a description of each session. If you’re interested, sign up using the facilitator registration form (first come, first serve!). Once you’re signed up, I’ll send you the URL for your webinar(s).

Our new information landscape: These technology tools are changing EVERYTHING! [November 8, 6pm to 7:30pm Central]

New technologies are changing how we interact, share, and work together. Most schools and educators, however, are not yet using these powerful tools in classrooms and many are even blocking them completely from student use. Does this make sense given how wired our world is today?

Our new learning landscape: These technology tools are creating powerful new ways for students (and educators) to learn [November 29, 6pm to 7:30pm Central]

Whether we’re students or adults, new technologies are changing how we learn. Teaching and learning are going to look very different over the next couple of decades, and much of it is going to occur in more informal and online settings rather than in our traditional, formal, face-to-face schools. What are the powerful possibilities and potential pitfalls? How do we tap into these tools and still ensure that we make AYP student achievement targets under NCLB?

Our new economic landscape: These technology tools are changing what it means to prepare graduates for the workforce [December 12, 6pm to 7:30pm Central]

Jobs, jobs, jobs: right now that’s what’s on everyone’s mind. This recession is not a temporary blip. We’re living through a structural change in employment that has major ramifications for how schools prepare students for the world of work. What does it really mean to be a successful employee and company in this new hyperconnected, hypercompetitive global economy?

Hope some of you can join us!