WMU News

WMU offers educational technology coordinators conference

March 26, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- School leaders seeking practical information about educational technology issues are invited to attend a comprehensive conference from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 24, at Western Michigan University's Fetzer Center.

Entitled the Educational Technology Coordinators Conference, it is being presented by WMU's College of Education along with several co-sponsors. Organizers hope it will become an annual event.

The conference has been designed for individuals who currently play or seek to play leadership roles in the educational technology activities of schools and school districts. It aims to promote professional development and will provide opportunities to learn about and discuss financial, personnel, planning and implementation issues regarding technology.

The keynote speaker will be Kay Abernathy, an instructional technology specialist. Abernathy is director of the Hardin County Technology Consortium in Kountz, Texas, and a board member of the national Consortium for School Networking.

The conference will cover a wide range of topics, including: evaluating technology use within a school district; using assistive technology to support the inclusion of students with special needs; creating, updating and modifying a district technology plan; maintaining a technology budget based upon a technology plan; grant writing opportunities and techniques; and funding resources for assistive technology devices and services for individuals with special needs.

Among other topics to be covered are: personnel management issues; working with superintendents and school boards; working with vendors and contract support personnel; integrating the Internet into the existing curriculum; school district Web page development; support for school district teachers; in-service teacher training; distance learning possibilities; and getting the most out of intermediate school districts and regional education media centers.

Poster sessions will be part of the conference, giving persons attending a chance to share innovative uses of technology. These informational exhibits will be in the main lobby area throughout the day. In addition, two awards of excellence will be presented to school personnel who have demonstrated leadership in the field of educational technology.

The conference fee is $50 and includes lunch and materials. The deadline to register is April 17. State Board of Education Continuing Education Units will be available for an additional $10 fee.

Co-sponsoring the conference are the Allegan Intermediate School District, the Berrien County Intermediate School District, the Calhoun Intermediate School District, the International Society for Technology in Education, the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency, Merit Network Inc., the Michigan Association of Computer-related Technology Users in Learning, the Michigan State Board of Education, the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, the Oakland Intermediate School District and the Ottawa Intermediate School District.

For registration details or more information, call Joanne Barretta in WMU's College of Education at (616) 387-4593 or James McFaul in WMU's Office of Professional Programs and Conferences at (616) 387-4174, or visit the conference Web site at <www.oet.wmich.edu/tipe/conference.html>.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron; jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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