Technology conference to include outreach to elementary educators

Hundreds of technology teachers and students will converge at SUNY Oswego for the college’s 68th annual Fall Technology Conference, Oct. 25 and 26.

One new feature of the 2007 edition is the addition of a strand for elementary school teachers looking to better incorporate technology lessons into their classrooms.

“When technology teachers are certified by the state, their certificate is good for K through 12, but there aren’t any full-fledged technology programs in elementary schools in New York state,” said event coordinator Judith Belt of the college’s technology department.

While young students may get the impression that technology is mainly about using computers, Belt noted that there is much more to it.

“It’s all about problem-solving, using math, science and technology,” she said. “This kind of skill is very important to teach early, and reaching them in elementary school makes it more likely students will pursue careers in math, science or technology.”

At the same time, the conference will continue to offer sessions for other levels of instructors and students. Presentations this year will touch on such topics as global positioning and global information systems and geocaching; integrating math, science and technology into the curriculum; modern technology and the deaf; robotics; nanotechnology; and Rube Goldberg-type problem-solving projects.

“This will be our largest conference ever, in terms of presenters,” Belt said. In all, there are 42 presentations spread across 65 slots in the schedule.

The conference—already the largest of its kind in the state—routinely draws around 450 participants, although the added elementary school strand could make that number higher this year, Belt added.

In addition, a number of commercial exhibitors and vendors will showcase their offerings in the Sheldon Hall ballroom.

Cost to attend the conference is $30 per person.

For more information or to download a registration form, visit www.fallconference.com.

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CONTACT: Judith Belt, 312-3162

(Posted: Oct 10, 2007)

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