Oswego to host hundreds for technology conference

image of electric carHundreds of educators, experts and future technology teachers will gather for SUNY Oswego’s 66th annual Technology Education Fall Conference Oct. 27 and 28 at the lakeside campus.

Themed “Innovation in Action,” the event represents the largest technology education gathering in New York state, conference chair Richard Bush said. Between technology teachers from middle and high schools, guidance counselors, administrators and college students from around the state, the attendance usually approaches 500 people, he said.

Plans call for 47 presenters giving 63 presentations over the course of two days. “The variety of topics is always impressive,” said Bush, assistant professor of technology education at SUNY Oswego. “This year’s topics range from drawing to electronic activities to communications to transportation and everything in between.”

With the increasing rise in gas and oil prices, energy-related presentations may attract special interest this year, organizers said. Sessions will include such topics as “How to Develop Energy-Smart Students,” “Wind Turbines as a Middle-School Project,” “Bio-Diesel Conversion,” “Peak Oil: How Will It Affect Our Education System?” and “Energy Investigators: Kids Invested in Saving $$$.”

Eric Suhr of the New York State Education Department will bring attendees up-to-date on education issues at the state level.

Current teachers who attend may be able to receive professional development credits with their districts’ approval.

About 20 commercial vendors will participate in the Sheldon Hall lower lobby throughout the two-day conference.

In addition to the sharing of knowledge, the networking aspect of the conference benefits college students, organizers noted. Many students from SUNY Oswego and other technology education programs around New York, including dozens from Buffalo State, take part to learn more about becoming teachers while meeting current professionals, Bush said.

The conference also leverages SUNY Oswego’s position as a leader in this field, Bush said. Many of those speaking are SUNY Oswego professors and alumni.

“Our graduates, and other graduates in technology education, are in heavy demand in New York state and around the country,” Bush explained. Even though SUNY Oswego had another strong graduating class this year, there weren’t enough graduates to fill all the openings in the state for technology teachers, he added.

Every year, the goal is to produce “a well-organized conference with a wide range of current program topics for our alumni and others actively involved in our discipline,” said Philip Gaines, associate professor and chair of the technology education department at SUNY Oswego. “I have always viewed this conference as an opportunity for professional development and networking for technology educators.”

Registration will take place each morning of the conference, beginning at 8 a.m. in Wilber Hall. Registration is $25. Sessions will begin at 9 a.m.

For a list of presentations and more information, visit www.fallconference.com.

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(Posted: Oct 07, 2005)