UW Offers Free Forum on Technology in the Classroom
September 6, 2013 — Teachers and students can explore ways to use technology to enhance learning and connect in the classroom during a free forum scheduled Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13-14, at the University of Wyoming.
The theme of the fifth annual e-Volution: Technology in Learning Environments forum is “Finding the Balance: Technology & the Future of Education.” Sessions are scheduled from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday in the Wyoming Union and from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday in the UW Classroom Building. A complete schedule, information about speakers and a registration form are available by visiting www.wyoforum.org. Those unable to come to Laramie are encouraged to attend online.
“As technology continues to play an increasingly large role in our lives, each advancement changes the way we communicate, work and learn,” says Jeff McDonald, UW Outreach School marketing and special programs director. “The same is true for applying new technologies in the classroom, which has become a new frontier for education.”
The forum’s sessions are arranged so participants can customize their experience by attending chosen topics of interest. Speakers will cover topics ranging from social media, virtual labs and pedagogical perspectives to learning management systems and hands-on demonstrations.
Gary Moore, professor of agriculture and extension education at North Carolina State University, will give the keynote talk. He will open the event Friday morning in the Wyoming Union West Ballroom with a discussion titled “Searching for the Wizard of Oz in the College Classroom.”
“Anyone interested in innovative teaching, be it with technology or new teaching methods, should attend this conference,” says Christi Boggs, Outreach School credit programs assistant lecturer. “This includes K-12 teachers, college-level instructors and instructors involved with professional development.”
Boggs says representatives from all of the surrounding states as well as most of the Wyoming community colleges and UW are registered.
“We also have representatives from K-12 districts around Wyoming; it is a fantastically inclusive conference,” she adds.
The UW Outreach School, Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning, UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and UW Libraries sponsor the forum, offered in conjunction with the Agriculture and Natural Resources Western Region Teaching Symposium.
Reed Scull, associate dean of the Outreach School, says, “This conference is all about partnerships, both within the university and outside. This partnering is appropriate because, to build an effective teaching and learning environment that is supported by technology, no one person can do it alone. You need a group of supporters, and the e-Volution conference is all the more powerful and relevant because of that.”
“There is a lot of discussion and thinking going on worldwide about the role of technology in teaching and learning, and we benefit greatly from getting those perspectives, whether they come in virtually or in person,” Scull says.
During last year’s e-Volution forum, Alan Buss, center, UW professor of elementary and early childhood education, explained technological applications to Craig Shepherd, left, UW professor in professional studies, and Terry Callaghan, Lab School teacher. This year’s forum, “Finding the Balance: Technology & the Future of Education,” is scheduled Sept. 13-14 at UW. (UW Outreach School)