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9th National Technology Leadership Summit to Embark on D.C.

CONTACT:
Jade Floyd,
amangino@aacte.org
or 202.478.4596

Tech savvy journalists, educators and non-profits to convene for two-day conference, along with students from McKinley Technology High School, accelerating digital technologies in education and integrating technology use into classroom instruction.

Washington, D.C. (October 1, 2007) The 9th National Technology Leadership Summit (NTLS) will take place October 4 -5, 2007, at the headquarters of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), 1307 New York Ave, NW, 1st floor multipurpose room, Washington, DC 20005.

This year’s summit will focus on technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPCK). TPCK encompasses the additional knowledge teachers must possess about the mechanical function of today’s digital technologies and the capabilities of individual technologies to enhance students’ content knowledge. Discussions will include explorations of how teacher education programs can facilitate the development of TPCK in pre-service and in-service teachers.

On October 4 at 9:30 a.m., the conference will kick off with students from McKinley Technology High School, (D.C.), who will participate in an Emergent Digital Visualization demonstration with Dr. John Park, associate professor of science education at North Carolina State University and member of the Association for Science Teacher Education Technology Committee.

“Students at all levels have misconceptions about physical phenomena, and often have difficulties conceptualizing scientific events,” says Dr. Park. “Classroom demonstrations or laboratory experiments often occur too rapidly or slowly to be readily observed. Digital video can be used to capture a demonstration or experiment and make crucial elements more readily observable in the classroom.”

“The NTLS brings together national leaders from educational associations, as well as editors of educational technology journals, directors of non-profit foundations, federal policy makers, and corporate representatives. The goal is to accelerate the meaningful impact of digital technologies in education for the 21st century,” says Dr. Glen Bull, editor of Contemporary Issues in Technology & Teacher Education and professor of instructional technology at The University of Virginia.

NTLS was established by the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education in support of a U.S. Department of Education initiative to promote cross-disciplinary advances in effective integration of technology in education. The Curry School’s Center for Technology and Teacher Education continues to provide ongoing leadership for the annual technology summit in concert with academic and corporate partners.

NTLS sponsors include the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education, the International Society for Technology in Education, and the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education in partnership with corporate sponsors that include Key Curriculum Press and Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Journalists wishing to attend the conference please contact Jade Floyd at jfloyd@aacte.org or 202.478.4596. For more information on NTLS and a full conference agenda, please visit http://www.ntls.info/index.htm.

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