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February 9, 2001

UW-RF to Host Technology Conference for Teachers

Schoolteachers will have the opportunity to learn how to integrate popular software packages into their classroom at "Spring Fling Technology Thing: Project-Based Integration of Technology Conference," scheduled for Saturday, March 31, at UW-River Falls. The conference will be appropriate for teachers of all grade levels and for all types of course content.

"We will show teachers what technology is available to them and how they can use it," said Debra Iversen with University Outreach. "The conference is not just about theory; teachers can gain hand-on experience in the lab. They can learn to create videos with digital cameras, design a web page, use PowerPoint for presentations, or use PhotoShop to create graphics with photos."

There will be three break-out sessions, with a wide variety of topics for participants to choose from. The sessions will be led by staff and faculty from schools and the University, as well as UW-RF education students from the Technology Leadership Cadre (TLC) whose function is to help faculty an teachers use various kinds of technology in their classrooms.

William A. Draves will deliver the keynote address, "How the Internet is Changing How We Learn and Teach." One of the foremost authorities in the world on online learning, Draves is the author of "Teaching Online" and "Learning on the Net." More than 3,000 teachers have taken his online courses on teaching, making him the most popular online teacher in education in the nation. Draves has been the keynote speaker at education conferences throughout the United States, as well as in Japan, Australia, Europe and Canada.

Participants may register at the conference for "Contemporary Issues in Education: Project-Based Technology," a two-credit graduate-level course. There will be an organizational meeting for the course from 3:30-4:30 p.m. the day of the conference, at which students can learn about the class and meet the instructor.

Spring Fling Technology Thing is jointly sponsored by the UW-RF College of Education, TLC, Cooperative Education Service Agency (CESA) and Learning Resources Network (LERN), an online learning website for teachers. The fee for the conference is $25, which includes lunch, snacks and conference materials. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Deadline for registration is March 12, and enrollment is limited. To register for the conference, or to obtain more information, call 715/425-3256.

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