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Technology in Education is UW Forum Topic


September 14, 2011 — Innovative ways to use technology to enhance teaching and learning will be presented during the e-Volution Technology Forum Sept. 22-23, at the University of Wyoming Coe Library.

Interested educators, students, and community members are welcome to attend live or watch online. Visit www.wyoforum.org  for more information and to register.

The e-Volution conference provides a free forum in which educators share "best practices" examples of technology use at university, community college, K-12 and other learning environments. The conference facilitates dialog about the effective use of existing and emerging technologies in learning environments.

The conference will feature three sessions from paper presentations to hands-on experience with different hardware and software. Sessions will range from introductions to podcasting, blogging, and other web 2.0 technologies up to more advanced skill sets, discussions of pedagogy and more.

John C. Beck, president of North Star Leadership Group, Senior Research Fellow at Annenberg's Center for the Digital Future and former director of international research at Accenture, will discuss the generational differences in learning, leading and living between Boomers and The Gamer Generation. He will draw on materials from his books: "The Attention Economy," "Got Game," "The Kids are Alright" and "The Eight Great Goods."

In his keynote address, Beck will identify the distinct values and traits that define the Gamer Generation -- from an increased appetite for risk to unexpected leadership skills to new learning styles -- and reveal management techniques today's leaders can use to bridge the generation gap and unleash gamers' hidden potentials.

Other topics include:

-- How do you manage attention across generations?

-- Can groups of people who have fundamentally different views about what is "good" learn to work together?

-- What does brain science tell us about how technology may enable more learning and better leadership?

All of e-Volution's sessions will be available via the web both live and archived for review later. Those who can't attend the conference can view recorded sessions on the website.

The conference is hosted each year for educators interested in technology in the classroom. This year's hosts are the Wyoming Distance Learning Center, UW Outreach School, UW Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning, UW Libraries, Wyoming School-University Partnership, UW College of Education, UW Student Affairs and others.

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