Educational Technology Day is a regional technology event that attracts over 1,600 people annually from the upstate New York region. It features local and national vendors such as AT&T, Apple, Brocade, Dell, Epson, Hewlett Packard, Panasonic, and many others.

While one of the primary audiences for the event is the higher education community, the event is open to all, and there is plenty of information that is of interest to the K-12 and business communities. At the event you'll be able to talk directly with major computer and technology vendors, explore educational applications, be dazzled by computer graphics and state of the art audio-visual systems, learn how technology is being used today in and outside of higher education, and see what can be expected in the coming years.

The 2015 show will take place on Thursday, March 19, 2015 in the Emerson Suites and adjoining areas of the Campus Center at Ithaca College. The vendor showcase runs from 9 AM to 3 PM, and seminars run from 9 AM to 4 PM.  The show features a Vendor Technology Showcase, a College Showcase, and a series of seminars.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the event!  Back in 1991 the college held its first Educational Technology Day and started a tradition that is now midway through its third decade.  Back then the Macintosh Classic, IBM PS/2, DEC workstations, and a new thing called “Multimedia” were all the rage.  The commercial Internet did not exist and Google (actually spelled googol) was just a large number – it was a very different time.  Instead of Hypercard, attendees now learn about mobile computing, 3D printing, wearable technologies, state-of-the-art classroom interaction technologies and the like.  

We are going to celebrate this important milestone with a number of special features and sessions.  Our hope is to reflect back and then imagine forward.  If over the past 25 years we've evolved from the Mac Classic and IBM PS/2 to wearable technology and smart phones in our pockets, what will things be like 25 years from now?

Educational Technology Day is free and open to the public. Last year we had over 50 local and national vendors and over 1,600 attendees. We estimate that the show attracted about 650 people from off campus last year, representing well over 150 institutions of higher education, K-12 schools, local businesses and other organizations in the upstate New York area, in addition to over 1000 faculty, staff, and students from Ithaca College. This show attracts attendees from higher education, K-12, area businesses and the local community. Ed Tech Day is the largest multi-platform, multi-vendor technology show for higher education in the upstate New York area.

Running from 9 am to 3 pm, the Vendor Technology Showcase features national and local hardware and software vendors demonstrating their latest technology with an emphasis on how today's technology can be used by faculty, staff, and students. The event is not intended to be an opportunity for buying and selling on the show floor but rather as an informational and educational resource. No sales are permitted. However, vendors are encouraged to bring product literature and price lists offering general "educational pricing," or "show specific pricing" for subsequent purchasing. Vendors must supply their own computer equipment. We encourage vendors to bring "live" versions of their products so that as many of them can be demonstrated as possible.

The College Showcase features faculty and staff demonstrating how they are making use of educational technology.

From 9 am to 4 pm vendors and others will be conducting seminars and demonstrations. Topics from past years include: 3D Printing, Online Video Strategies, Cloud Computing, Tablet PC's, Wireless Networking, Virtualization, Firewalls, Leasing, New Instructional Tools, and overviews of other educational technology.

We will also feature a Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium track, where faculty and staff from institutions around the region will present sessions specifically focusing on innovations and best practices in using technology for teaching and learning, as well as scholarship assessing the effect of technology on student learning.