Have computer: Will travel, learn

Wednesday, June 9, 2004

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Scenes of students carrying heavy book sacks could be a thing of the past thanks to technology.

According to Dr. Cathy Norris, University of North Texas professor of technology and cognition, the classroom of the future will be much different than today's classroom.

"Technology is changing the way we teach and the way we learn," she said. "Soon, students will carry mobile computers like palm pilots that will contain information from all their textbooks," she said. "Information will be easily accessible, communicated and manipulated for improving student learning."

Norris is part of a new breed of educators touting the benefits of technology in teaching the next generation. Along with her colleagues in UNT's College of Education, she is helping other educators learn more about using technology as a teaching tool during an upcoming conference.

The College of Education and the Association for Educational Communication and Technology are sponsoring an instructional technology conference titled Emerging Technologies and Theories for Teaching and Learning.

"The purpose of the conference is to support learning with technology in grades K-12, higher education and/or corporate training," said conference coordinator Paige Worrell.

The international conference will begin at 1 p.m. June 17 (Thursday) and 9 a.m. June 18 through June 19 (Friday through Saturday) in computer rooms and lecture halls at UNT's Matthews and Wooten Halls.

A conference barbecue, slated for 6 p.m. June 17 (Thursday) and a conference banquet slated for 6 p.m. June 18 (Friday) will take place at the Raddison Hotel, located at 2211 I-35 East near UNT's Denton campus.

Open to all educators interested in learning more about teaching with technology, the conference will feature half-day and full-day workshops along with multiple-track sessions.

Workshop presenters and participants will demonstrate and discuss possible uses of technology in teaching.

Featured workshops include, Getting the most out of Palm Handheld Computers; Using Concept Mapping -- computer charts showing relationship between concepts -- in the K-12 Classroom, and Creating Computer-based Graphic Images and 3-D On-line Learning Environments.

The on-site registration fee for the full conference is $350, while the daily cost is $175.

The fee includes all workshops and sessions, the barbeque, banquet and snacks as well as a pool party and a one-year membership in AECT, transportation between the Radisson and UNT and discounted lodging rates.

For more information about the conference, either visit the web site www.aect.org/events/summer04/ or contact Worrell at (940) 369-7041 or Dr. Leslie Alan Moller, associate professor of technology and cognition at lesmoller@aol.com.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108