2014 Southern Illinois Technology Showcase
Thursday, March 27, 2014
John A. Logan College, Carterville, Illinois

Rushton Hurley, Keynote Speaker, Next Vista for Learning

Leslie Fisher, Spotlight Speaker, Fisher Technologies, Inc.

Administrators' Academy- Walkthroughs in a Digital Age: Research, Theory, and Practice (AA# 1409)

All educators, administrators, Information Technology (IT) staff in Southern Illinois are invited to attend the 2014 Southern Illinois Technology Showcase to be held on Thursday, March 27, 2014, to explore new ways of using technology to meet the needs of a new generation of learners. The Technology Showcase is being held at John A. Logan College in Carterville, Illinois. It is being hosted by the Franklin-Williamson Regional Office of Education in cooperation with the Area 6 Regional Offices of Education and the Area 6 Learning Technology Center

Register for One:
--The Technology Showcase will include Keynote, Spotlight Speaker, 40-45 Break-out Sessions, Exhibitors, Lunch, Professional Networking, Drawings, & CPDUs. $65.00

--The Tech Show Administrators' Academy will include Adm Academy Presentation, Exhibitors, Lunch, Professional Networking, Drawings, & Adm Academy Credit or CPDUs. $75.00



Rushton Hurley  

Keynote Speaker


Rushton Hurley
Next Vista for Learning



Rushton Hurley has worked and studied on three continents as a high school Japanese language teacher, principal of an online high school, a teacher trainer, and a speaker. He founded and is executive director of the educational nonprofit Next Vista for Learning, which houses a free library of videos by and for teachers and students at http://NextVista.org. Additionally, Rushton is the Global Projects Lead at the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College in Los Altos, California. He holds masters degrees in Education and East Asian Studies from Stanford University. Rushton regularly keynotes at conferences and has trained teachers around the world His fun and thoughtful talks center on inspiration and creativity; the connection between engaging learning and useful, affordable technology; the power of multimedia; and the professional perspectives and experiences of teachers at all levels.

Creativity, Inspiration, and Excellence (Keynote Session)
How do you take your fascination with what you teach, mix it with what you are learning of technology's possibilities, and create an environment that engages and inspires your students? In this talk, Rushton Hurley will explore ideas for using what you learn at this conference and beyond in order to cut loose the creativity your students have and need to express as part of their learning.

The Power of Free Technologies (Break-out Session)
In looking at tools and resources that are free, we're not simply thinking about anemic budgets. Instead, these tools allow students to explore new possibilities, and for teachers to climb to the next professional level. Learn what's new, why it should matter to you, and how what's there can improve your school.

The Magic of Digital Media for Engaging Learning (Break-out Session)
You know how much you know when you try to teach, don't you? Getting students to do this with digital video is not only fun for them and you, but helps them focus on revision powerfully in order to craft the very best piece possible. Find out in this session what you can do to help students learn to effectively critique, plan, and create digital media. The presenter will cover logistics and implementation, show sample student work, and provide template material for how to get started.

Leslie Fisher  
Spotlight Speaker

Leslie Fisher
Fisher Technologies, Inc.


Leslie Fisher’s interest in technology began while studying music at the University of Southern California. She quickly realized the value of utilizing computers for music mixing and recording. She grabbed her 300 baud modem, jumped on the Internet (before anyone really called it the internet) and started looking for music resources. She soon realized she was spending more time discovering technology than playing music so she changed her major and tried to figure out what geeky thing she could do for the rest of her life. After graduating from USC with a Business and Marketing degree in 1989 and a quick stint as a Trainer, Leslie joined Apple Computers in 1992. When the Internet took off in 1994, Leslie was one of the first Apple employees assigned to study Internet growth and implementation. In 1997, Leslie was roadkill on Apple's road to recovery and part of their massive lay off. Leslie planned to spend most of her huge severance package golfing and waiting a few months to look for a job. The day after her layoff, her phone began to ring with Apple customers requesting consulting, training and presentation services. Before she could say fore, Fisher Technologies Inc. was created to help educators with their technology implementations and decisions. Fisher Technologies Inc. is now a worldwide company (meaning one employee named Leslie gets to travel the world teaching) specializing in Web Development, Web Tools as well as Digital Photography, Editing and Workflow.

Leslie's Break-Out Sessions:
Google Glass:
Come discover what Google Glass is and how it works. This class will show you the setup, use, features, implications and educational possibilities of Google Glass.


Whether you have been to Leslie's gadget class before or you are brand new, this class is for you if you are a gadget head that likes to bring new ideas into the classroom. The past year has seen some really great innovations, especially in the field of technology, so get ready to have some fun and learn about all of the bright shiny new websites, apps and gadgets that are currently rocking our world.

Power Using Twitter:
Sure, you have tweeted and maybe even snapped a photo or two and sent it to the Twitterverse; but, are you using Twitter to its full potential? This class will explore the advanced features of Twitter. Are you using lists as a great way to find important relevant people to follow? Are you archiving tweets so you can reference them later on? Do you really know what happens when you send an at reply? Does your morning online paper include hash tag searches?? These items and many more will be discussed and demonstrated!

What started as an amazing website for helping you keep your notes synchronized is now that and so much more! This class will introduce you to Evernote while exploring all of its benefits. Discover the wide array of additional services, applications and new features that Evernote has added to their offerings. Web App, Mobile App, Scanning, Drawing, Writing Notes and much more will be covered. Even the most seasoned Evernote veteran will learn something new here!

Photo and Video on your mobile device: Tips, Tricks and Apps:
This class is designed to show you some tips and tricks on how to take effective digital photographs and video with your app based phone or tablet. It will also preview many of the various photo and video apps available today.

Other Conference Break-Out Session Topics:
Schoology, Pinterest, Edmodo, Google, iPad Tips and Tricks, How to Plan for 1:1, 50 Apps in 50 Minutes, Flipping Your Classroom, Chromebook Management: Chromebooks in the Classroom, PARCC Technology Updates, SMART Board Boot Camp, A SMART Board Promotes Student Engaged Learning, Creating a Digital Culture Within our Communities, Optimize Education: Maximizing the Potential of Students, Teachers, and Schools, Learn How to Create an Anti-Bullying Video using Final Cut Pro X and iMovie, Using Technology to Reduce Discipline Issues - Increase Student Performance and School Culture, Agile Mind- Transforming the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics, Planning Tips for Expanding or Fixing your Network Cable Infrastructure, Big Brainz-The Most Successful Way to Master Math Facts, plus many more!