Feb 27, 2009    #021
Contact: Wandra Brooks Green

Educators to address the use of technology in the classroom

Proficiency in information technologies is becoming more crucial in classrooms throughout the world. Technology serves as a vehicle to develop and support students’ skills and encourage student engagement. Through conferences, lectures and curriculum, technology in the classroom is being shared across the border, as well as with the Kansas City Metropolitan school districts.

As keynote speakers, Jim Carleton and Mali Bickley – residents of Canada – will share information on the use of technology by Canadian students at the 2009 TechNet Conference: The Power of Collaboration. TechNet is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 12 at Raymore-Peculiar High School, 20801 S. School Road, Peculiar, Mo.

Carleton and Bickley are frequent workshop facilitators on integrated ICT and Collaborative Global Education projects into classroom practice for school districts and universities.

In an effort to provide technology solutions in classrooms, Molly Mead, technology coordinator, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Education, formed Kansas City Metropolitan Technology Network, a nonprofit organization, in 2005. The network is expanding TechNet to focus on how Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are used in Canada and by their global partners.

“The goal of TechNet is to share knowledge about successful educational technology usage between school districts throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area,” said Mead. TechNet also supports local technology adoption by sponsoring professional development that might prove beneficial to the districts. We engage national speakers at a reasonable cost, for individuals interested in attending.”

The conference will include more than 40 sessions on educational technology curriculum integration presented by local teachers, technology facilitators and university professors. According to Mead, ICT is seen as an integral part of the curriculum, and a variety of media – including podcasts, teacher-created movies and student response systems (clickers) – are used to develop students’ strengths, encouraging student success and engagement.

As state and federal standards continue to highlight the significance of computer proficiency in both teachers and students, classroom technology will remain an essential tool in education.

The registration rate for TechNet members is $60; non-member rate is $105. For additional information, visit TechNet or contact Mead at 816-235-5484.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.


This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).


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