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Oct. 15, 2003


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TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE TO PLUG INTO SUNY OSWEGO

    OSWEGO -- Hundreds of teachers and students from around the state will converge at SUNY Oswego for the college's 64th annual Department of Technology Conference on Oct. 30 and 31.

    "This is the largest technology teacher conference in the state, and this year's edition will be the largest conference we've ever organized," said Richard Bush, the conference chair and an assistant professor in SUNY Oswego's technology department.

    Themed "No Child Left Behind," the conference will feature more than 60 sessions in Park and Wilber halls and 22 exhibitors in the Sheldon Hall lower lobby.

    While there will be sessions addressing how the federal No Child Left Behind Act impacts teaching requirements, the conference theme reflects that "technology education is a way to make sure no child is left behind," Judith Belt of the technology department explained.

    Michael Hacker, co-director of the Center for Technological Literacy at Hofstra University, will present the keynote address, "Technology and Its Partner: The National Science Foundation," at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 30. Hacker is one of several national or international speakers who will address the conference, Bush said.

    Many of the people presenting and attending are program alumni, Bush said. This includes 1981 graduate Andrew Newton, who will discuss Adventure High School, a West Virginia charter school he founded a decade ago to offer at-risk children a technology-based curriculum.

    The technology department sent around 1,900 invitations to teachers "from Long Island to Buffalo, Plattsburgh to Binghamton," Bush said. He expects around 400 teachers from colleges and high schools to attend, with many bringing their students.

    "There are professional development issues at the local, state and international level on technology education that will be addressed at the conference," Bush said. Sessions also will showcase technological and teaching innovations such as robotics, Web-based instruction, three-dimensional graphic design and computer-based architectural tools.

    Many people attend because Oswego is recognized as a leader in technical education, Belt said. "For the past few years, Oswego has graduated the most technical education and certification students of anyone in the state," Belt said. "Last year, our graduates tended to have multiple job offers because there is such a need for technology teachers and because Oswego is recognized as a place to find teachers in this field."

    SUNY Oswego students also participate in the conference, including members of the "Energy Technology" class who will offer rides on some of the Global Electric Motorcars the campus recently received from DaimlerChrysler and the New York Power Authority.

    All the members of the college's technology department lend their expertise in some way to organize the event, Bush said. "It's going to be a really great conference," he predicted. "The diversity and the number of presentations are impressive."

    For more information about SUNY Oswego's 64th annual Department of Technology Conference, visit www.fallconference.com.

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