Two Day CUNY Conference Explores Using Technology to Improve Schools

“Making Technology Work in Our Schools” a two-days forum for educational leaders and decision makers will be held October 4-5 at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue. More than 200 leading educators, legislators, members of state departments of education, deans of teacher education, and K-12 educational leaders are expected to attend.

Experts in the applications of technology to K-12 education, in teacher education and from school administration will address the conference. Kicking off the discussion on October 4 at 5:15 p.m.will be keynote speaker Chris Dede, Timothy E. Wirth Professor of Learning Technologies and Chair of Learning and Teaching at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, whose topic will be “If Technology is the Answer, What is the Question?”

Other leaders in the area of educational technology will include Allen Glenn, Dean Emeritus and Professor in Curriculum and Instruction at the College of Education, University of Washington; and Margaret Honey, director of The Center for Children and Technology.

“One by-product of this conference will be the confirmation of The City University of New York’s on-going commitment to the use of technology to enhance learning. CUNY On-Line, CUNY-TV, and the Chancellor’s Teacher Empowerment Zone each demonstrate the seriousness of this commitment” ,Chancellor Matthew Goldstein and Executive Vice Chancellor Louise Mirrer said in a joint statement.

Through the Teacher Empowerment Zone, CUNY has formed strong linkages through two ways audio/video connections among many of its teacher education programs and several New York City public schools. “This allows students in our teacher education programs to engage in virtual experiences in the kinds of public schools in which we expect they will eventually take jobs. It also allows them to observe a master teacher engaged in instruction, and then to examine with that teacher, the complex decision making process that goes into being an excellent teacher,” Chancellor Goldstein and Vice Chancellor Mirror said.

Nancy Yost, associate professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will open Saturday, October 5th’s program with “The Power of Technology: Building Student Achievement.”

Concurrent sessions in the morning and afternoon will be on Technology and the Preparation of Educators, Technology for Learning, and Technology for School Leaders.

The forum is the culminating event of NetTech, the Northeast Regional Technology in Education Consortium, designed to leverage technology in K-12 education, to enrich education and improve schools. The project was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.