ITHACA, NY—Nationally recognized thought leaders and some of the foremost providers of computing and communications tools will take part in the 26th annual Educational Technology Day at Ithaca College on Thursday, March 24. Scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the Campus Center, it is free and open to the public.
The largest multi-platform, multi-vendor technology event for higher education in upstate New York, Ed Tech Day regularly attracts over 1,500 attendees from the higher ed, K–12, business and local communities. Among the vendors showcasing their products will be AT&T, Apple, Dell, Epson, Hewlett Packard, Kaltura, Lynx Technologies, Microsoft and Panasonic.
In addition to checking out all the latest gadgets, attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about some of today’s most pressing issues in educational technology. The event will include sessions on:
- Women in IT, with Clare Van Den Blink, CIO, Pace University; and Katie Vale, Vice President for Information and Library Services and Librarian of Bates College, discussing the role of women in information technology and how a diverse workforce makes for a more effective working environment.
- Independence through Robotic Technology, with Henry Evans, inspiration and instigator of Robots for Humanity (R4H), who will share his personal experiences as a stroke victim via the Suitable Technologies BeamPro telepresence device from his home in Palo Alto California.
- Starting a Startup: Tales from the Front Lines, with Alec Mitchell, coordinator of Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, leading a panel discussion of local entrepreneurs discussing their experiences in getting a company off the ground.
- Cyber-Seniors, with Teri Reinemann of the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute and associate professor of occupational therapy Lynn Gitlow discussing how seniors can use Facebook, YouTube and other applications to stay in touch with family and friends.
Running throughout the day, the “Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium” will present a special series of seminars 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.
If you can’t make it to Ed Tech Day in person, many of the sessions will be streamed on the Web for live and archived viewing.
Free parking and shuttle bus service will be available. For more information, including the complete schedule, list of participating vendors and descriptions of seminars, visit www.ithaca.edu/edtechday.