The Lucia Mar Foundation for Innovation and Cal Poly sponsored an informative set of talks from Alan November, an international leader in educational technology on April 18, 2012 at the Lucia Mar Student Services building and the Clark Center. November engaged three different audiences with humor and practical insights into using technology to develop 21st century skills. The morning session consisted of an informal roundtable with teachers and principals from every school in the district. Alan demonstrated tools for professional development, discovering, evaluating, and organizing information. He also offered advice on participant's questions, a sample teacher lesson, and the district's 21st century skills effort. At Faculty Forum in the afternoon Alan gave simple, effective tips for web searching and showcased examples of students as contributors to their learning environment. Several educators from Cal Poly also attended the Forum. In the evening the Central Coast ED Tech 21 event provided parents, students, and community members with a
Parent's Guide to 21st Century Learning
and survival tips for using social
. Everyone walked away with insights to think about and techniques to try. And thanks to the Lucia Mar Foundation for Innovation several random participants also walked away with gift cards to local stores.