The Ed Tech Day 2017 seminar schedule is now available (subject to change):

Once again we will have a mix of Featured Sessions, Vendor Presentations, Discussion Sessions and Tours.  Below is a brief overview, click the links above for full details.

Featured Sessions

All sessions are in the Klingenstein Lounge unless otherwise indicated.

Women in IT: How Might We Reimagine the IT Culture to Embrace and Support Women (9:00)
Dr. Patrice Torcivia Prusko, Instructional Designer, Cornell University will lead a conversation about the barriers and potential solutions to how women can lead innovation in edtech.  This session will provide a forum for all participants to engage in a meaningful conversation about ways women are leading, and why it is important for their voice to be a part of the conversation and ways women’s ideas can be heard no matter where in the organization they are. The conversation will highlight the unique contributions and perspectives women’s innovations contribute to edtech and the barriers they often confront, fostering a deeper appreciation about why inclusivity is vital to education technology. The goals of the session include developing strategies for understanding the value of women leading in IT, overcoming gender barriers women may experience in higher ed and IT, supporting women in advancing in IT, enhancing the support of women in leadership roles, and empowering women, junior and senior, in IT.  

The 2017 Horizon Report: Alex Freeman, the New Media Consortium (10:00)
Alex Freeman from the New Media Consortium, will be sharing insights from the 2017 NMC Horizon Report, which will have just been released a few weeks before Ed Tech Day.  The internationally recognized NMC Horizon Report series and regional NMC Technology Outlooks are part of the NMC Horizon Project, a comprehensive effort established in 2002 by the NMC that identifies and describes important developments in technology likely to have a large impact over the coming five years in education around the world. This particular edition focuses on trends, challenges, and developments in technology disrupting global higher education.

Makerspaces: Marya Schnedeker, Tufts University and Chris Sledziona, Wentworth Institute of Technology (11:00)
Marya Schnedeker is the Engineering Lab Coordinator for the Bray Lab within the Tufts University Department of Mechanical Engineering and Chris Sledziona oversees the Center for Applied Research in the Department of Architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. They will be talking about the role of makerspaces in education in the Klingenstein Lounge at 11:00 AM as part of Ed Tech Day. 

Cyber-Seniors: Lynn Gitlow, Ph,D., OTR/L, ATP, FAOTA, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy and Teri Reinemann, Gerontology Programs Manager - Ithaca College (11:00 - Ithaca Falls Meeting Room)
Join us for an engaging session about technology and the senior population. The discussion will be about how some elders in our society have been using the video "Cyber-Seniors" as a starting point for a discussion about the ways in which they can learn about technology and how to use it to enhance their lives.

Student Perspectives on IT in higher education: Ithaca College students (12:10)
What do college students really think about technology in the classroom? What are their expectations for how technology is used by professors and others on campus? How do they use technology to support their learning and time on campus? Join us for a lively discussion on this topic.  A panel consisting of current Ithaca College students, including representation a variety of classes and majors, will discuss how technology plays a role in higher education from their perspective. Come join us and hear students share their expectations for the use of technology in and out of the classroom, and where they would like to see educational technology head in the future. 

Starting a Startup - Tales from the Front Lines: Facilitated by Rev: Ithaca Startup Works (2:10)
Ever wonder what it takes to start your own company? On Thursday, March 23rd at 2:10 PM in the Klingenstein Lounge a panel of entrepreneurs from Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, a local startup incubator, will share their stories about starting their companies. Join us to hear from local entrepreneurs about their experiences in getting a company off the ground. Jeremiah Cotman, Rev: Ithaca Startup Works Coordinator and Ithaca College alum will lead a panel of representatives from Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, a local incubator for startups, who will talk about their experiences and approaches. 

Vendor Seminars

Running throughout the day we will have numerous seminars presented by vendors on topics from security to education.

Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium

In partnership with the Finger Lakes Faculty Development Network (FLFDN) this track consists of 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.

Discuss...IT Sessions

The Discuss…IT sessions provide an opportunity to chat with others who are interested in the same topic to share ideas, frustrations and solutions. The sessions will be facilitated by someone familiar with the
topic, but the content will come from you. Topics this year include:

  • Technology in K-12 Schools
  • Women in IT
  • New Media Consortium Horizon Report
  • MakerSpaces
  • and others


In addition we'll have tours, a return of our Lightning Round session and more!

More information about the 2017 seminars will be posted in March