Miguel Guhlin

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Keynote Address: Our Future is Unwritten

Visit the Site on the Web where a copy of the presentation and supporting materials will be posted at http://www.mguhlin.net/wiki/index.php?n=Main.Tuanz

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Miguel Guhlin, Director of Instructional Technology,San Antonio ISD, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Disruptive technologies - exemplified by the ability to publish at will in text, audio, video formats or any combination of those - enhance our freedom of speech, freedom to assemble in virtual communities. Social networking tools like MySpace and YouTube grant freedom of speech and assembly to the masses in a way that past wars and social revolutions never could. For this reason, disruptive technologies that connect people to each other are the greatest threat to the powerful who have traditionally controlled the means of publication.Unfortunately, that includes our schools.

Miguel will explore the 3 challenges we face as educators, and invite us to create our own future through the strategic application of disruptive technologies. Like our students, with arms wide open, embrace the unwritten future. Our fate is intertwined with their's. Together, we must follow, lead, and learn in this unknown, but knowable, future.

Workshops

Creating the Walled Garden: Read/Write Web Tools in Your Learning Environment
This workshop provides hands-on training on how to setup your own blogs, wikis, image gallery a la Flickr using free, open source software tools. Participants will access a web site of free open source software tools that enable them to make any computer a server and platform for global communication and collaboration. The benefits of the walled garden are that you are not dependent on external systems (e.g. Flickr, MySpace, Bebo) for students to use, instead can model the appropriate use of social networking strategies (e.g. tagging) in your education environment.

  1. Walled Garden Tools: If you have a computer on your campus that can work as a server with Apache/PHP/MySQL, then you can take advantage of any of these tools.
  2. Walled Garden Tools--Without MySQL: While you can setup any computer to use MySQL, some folks may prefer not to. As such, use these PHP-based applications that work via file transfer protocol.

Additional Workshops

These are sessions that are being considered for presentation as "just in case" more sessions are needed. All require Internet access.

Borg Your Blog - Learn how to enhance your blog with exciting add-ons that will provide insights into how many visitors you have, where they come from, how they can leave comments, and more.
Web Site: http://www.mguhlin.net/wiki/index.php?n=Main.Blogging#toc7

Setup a PmWiki On Your Server - Only have file transfer protocol (FTP) access to your server but want to setup a wiki anyways? Use the flexible PmWiki. Learn how to quickly get going with PmWiki and learn in 45 minutes what took the presenter weeks to learn.
Web Site: http://www.mguhlin.net/wiki/index.php?n=Main.Wikitips

Publicizing Your Podcasts - In this session, the presenter will share how to publicize your podcasts, as well as creative ways to make your podcasts subscribable using a variety of online services.
Web Site: http://www.mguhlin.net/wiki/index.php?n=Main.Podcasting


Hacking YouTube - Learn about different online tools you can use to easily download online videos, such as Google Videos and YouTube, and convert them from the ubiquitous FLV format to something you can attack and hack. Participants will also learn about video publishing technologies that are available for free via the Web.
NOTE: This session requires Internet access.
Web Site Support: http://www.mguhlin.net/wiki/index.php?n=Main.Hackingyoutube

Biography

Transforming teaching, learning and leadership through the strategic application of technology has been Miguel Guhlin's motto. As a veteran educator comfortable with modelling the use of technology at the classroom, campus, and district level, he has a simple goal. That goal is to use powerful technologies to transform practice and enable learners to communicate and collaborate with each other.

As Director of Instructional Technology for a large urban district in Texas, President of the state-wide Technology Education Coordinators group in one of the largest United States technology educator organizations, he continues to model the use of emerging technologies in schools. You can read his published writing, engage him in conversation via his blogs at http://www.mguhlin.net