WMU News

Educational technology in spotlight at annual conference

April 12, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- The latest strategies for using technology in the classroom will be front and center Friday, April 14, during the Third Annual Educational Technology Coordinators Conference at Western Michigan University.

Sponsored by the College of Education, the one-day conference in the Fetzer Center is designed for those who fill technology leadership positions in Michigan schools and school districts.

"Technology coordinators are critically important in making technology work in our schools," says Dr. James Bosco, director of external educational technology affairs at WMU. "We see this conference as a place where coordinators can share ideas and understandings about the real problems and challenges they face."

The annual event draws more than 200 people to campus each year to address technology issues that educators and school administrators face on a daily basis. Participants have a chance to share resources, ideas and information with other technology coordinators across the state. More than 240 people attended last year's conference.

The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with registration and continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m.

A conference highlight will be a presentation by keynote speaker Cheryl Lemke, chief executive officer of the Metiri Group, a private consulting firm based in Santa Monica, Calif. Before becoming a private consultant, Lemke was executive director of the Milken Exchange and vice president of the Milken Family Foundation. Lemke will speak immediately after opening remarks at 8:30 a.m. on the topic "New Schools and New Leadership."

Videotaped comments by U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, a big supporter of technology in the classroom, will be played later in the day during closing remarks.

For more information, call Joanne Barretta, Educational Studies, at (616) 387-4593.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 616 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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