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November 2003

Release Date: November 7, 2003

Conference Set to Help Teachers Utilize Technology in Classroom

Ian Jukes, an advocate for restructuring educational institutions to increase their relevancy to contemporary students, will deliver the keynote address at the third annual Concho Valley Regional Technology Conference Saturday, Nov. 15, at Angelo State University.

Jukes, the director of the InfoSavvy Group and the Committed Sardine Web site, will speak on "Into Tomorrow: Reconsidering Education in the New Digital Landscape" at 9 a.m. Nov. 15 in the Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center.

In addition to his opening address, Jukes will also speak on "New Visions for Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century" at 10:45 a.m. and will conduct the wrap-up session at 3:10 p.m. Additional sessions, all aimed at helping educators integrate technology into their teacher preparation and classroom presentation, will be presented by faculty from ASU, St. Edward's University and University of Houston as well as by representatives of Texas Instruments and Education Service Center-Region XV.

The conference is open free to West Texas educators and will provide 4.5 hours of in-service technology credit to public school teachers. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided free for the participants. Pre-registration is requested and should be made by visiting the conference Web site at www.angelo.edu/dept/education or by contacting Courtney Wardlaw by e-mail at courtney.wardlaw@angelo.edu or by phone at (325) 942-2559.

Other topics for participants will include "Web Investigations for the Uninitiated," "The Building Teams and Tools for Teaching Consortium," """ "Think.Com in the Classroom," "Economic Technology Integration," "Palm Power," "Inquiry-based Physics for Pre-service Science Teachers" and "Set Sail with MarcoPolo!"

Keynote speaker Jukes has worked as a teacher, administrator, writer and consultant. He works extensively with school districts, business, community organizations and other institutions to "shape preferred futures." The challenge in education, as he sees it, is to ensure that children are properly prepared for the future rather than for society's past.

The technology conference is being hosted by the ASU School of Education and Graduate School and sponsored through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) program.