WMU News

Midwest's largest educational technology conference is March 8-10

Feb. 29, 2000

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- More than 4,000 educators are expected to be in Grand Rapids March 8-10 for the 24th annual conference sponsored by the Michigan Association for Computer-related Technology Users in Learning.

The annual MACUL event is the largest educational technology conference in the Midwest and one of the largest such conferences in the country. Each year, it draws thousands of teachers, administrators and school board members from Michigan, neighboring states and Canada.

"MACUL 2000 promises to be our largest gathering yet," says Bill Wiersma, president of the MACUL board and technology coordinator for the Delton (Mich.) Kellogg School District. "We've prepared a tremendous lineup of events, speakers and exhibitors to kick off our first conference of the new millennium."

This year's event, which is being coordinated by Conferences and Seminars at Western Michigan University, will take place in Grand Rapids at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and the Grand Center.

It will feature nearly 300 sessions presented by national education leaders as well as classroom teachers and education technology coordinators. These sessions will provide participants with up-to-date information on trends and best practices in educational technology.

Featured speakers will include Stephen Manes, host of the popular PBS television series, "The Digital Duo"; Ian Jukes, associate director of the Thornburg Center for Professional Development in San Carlos, Calif.; David Pogue, an author and an award-winning columnist for Macworld magazine; and Dr. Bernard Dodge, professor of educational technology at San Diego State University.

In addition, two large exhibit halls in the Grand Center will be open to the public for a $10 admission charge. About 250 exhibit booths will be staffed, representing more than 150 companies. Displays of the latest and greatest in computer hardware, software and peripherals will highlight how technology can enhance teaching and learning.

MACUL is a non-profit organization that has more than 5,000 members and is headquartered in Lansing, Mich. Established in 1975, it provides a forum for educators to focus on ideas, techniques and materials related to educational technology. WMU has coordinated the association's annual conference for more than 10 years.

For additional information, call WMU's Chris Garrett at (616) 387-4174. To register, call the MACUL office at (517) 694-9756.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

Media Advisory: To obtain a press pass, contact Chris Garrett in Conferences and Seminars at Western Michigan University by calling (616) 387-4174.

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