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Bosco plans international tech symposium

March 3, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Dr. James Bosco, professor emeritus of educational studies at Western Michigan University, is helping to plan the Consortium for School Networking's 6th Annual International Symposium, which will take place Tuesday, March 27, at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero Center in San Francisco.

The symposium will focus on "Using Games and Simulations for Engaged Learning," and will bring together thought leaders in education technology from around the world. Given that gaming has become an activity that many young people strongly identify with, the symposium will explore strategies for stimulating greater cooperation between the gaming and education sectors, with the goal of providing more compelling and engaging learning environments for children.

CoSN is the country's premier voice in education technology leadership. Although primarily dedicated to the use of education technology in U.S. classrooms, it did recognize a need for global interaction. CoSN's International Committee was established in 2000 to open a worldwide dialogue and facilitate the sharing of knowledge concerning issues of technology and school networking.

Bosco is co-chair of the CoSN International Committee. He joined WMU as a professor of educational studies in 1965 and served in that capacity until he retired in 2004. A former director of external technology relations for the College of Education, he was known on campus for leading various education technology initiatives.

Bosco has taken part in a number of statewide education initiatives, most recently serving as a senior advisor for Michigan Freedom to Learn. He was a member of the State Superintendent's Technology Advisory Committee from 1992 to 1996, chair of the Michigan Tech Corps Board from 1994 to 2000, coordinator of Michigan's ThinkQuest initiative from 1995 to 2000, and has held many other similarly prominent positions.

Media contact: Tonya Hernandez, (269) 387-8400, tonya.hernandez@wmich.edu

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