Fall Technology Conference to attract hundreds

SUNY Oswego will host the 73rd annual Fall Technology Conference on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 25 and 26, offering hundreds of technology education professionals and students more than 50 workshops and a showcase for technological and teaching innovations.

Students with iPadsBilled as the largest of its kind in the Northeast, the technology symposium debuted in 1939. Among the attendees annually are many alumni of SUNY Oswego’s well-known technology programs.

This year’s theme, “Technology Education for All: K-16,” could attract 50 to 60 presentations from those attending, according to Dan Tryon, a SUNY Oswego technology department faculty member and conference chair. Titles of some of those scheduled so far include “Computer-Aided Design and Drafting: The Wave of the Future,” “This Was Not a Vacation! Teaching Sustainability in Afghanistan” and “Enhance Your Classroom with LEGO Robotics,” among many others.

“We’ll also have a handful of two-hour activity-based workshops,” Tryon said.

Program chair Mark Springston of the technology faculty said the conference also provides SUNY Oswego students an opportunity to gain knowledge about emerging technology and to gain an understanding of expectations for technology education experts in today’s workforce.

“It is their first chance to see professionals doing what they are going to do,” said Springston. “Our students get to see firsthand a little bit more about the profession they’ve chosen.”

Showcasing innovation

The conference will include the second annual Technology Innovation Showcase, giving high school and college technology teachers a chance to demonstrate innovative projects they are doing with their students.

Springston’s teaching methods class, for example, is researching available iPad apps that can assist K-16 technology teachers in vividly conveying lessons to students.

“We haven’t been doing this Innovation Showcase for very long but it just gets rave reviews, because there is something there for everybody,” Tryon said.

For more information about the Fall Technology Conference, visit www.fallconference.com. To learn about department of technology programs at SUNY Oswego, visit http://www.oswego.edu/tech.

PHOTO CAPTION: Geared up—SUNY Oswego students in Mark Springston’s technology education methods course try out an iPad app named Gears, one of a collection of apps they will recommend as teaching aids to educators and students attending SUNY Oswego’s 73rd annual Fall Technology Conference Oct. 25 and 26.

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(Posted: Oct 10, 2012)