Technology and its effects on education, an underlying theme at the Princeton Public Library’s TEDx event on Tuesday, January 24, will be studied in depth at the 17th annual TECHSPO conference, being held at Bally’s Atlantic City on Thursday and Friday, January 26 and 27.

Sponsored by the New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA), TECHSPO will address the statewide curriculum standards that require students to master 21st century skills. The conference, attended by superintendents, school board members, curriculum directors, and teachers, will showcase new technologies, as well as introduce ways to use them in meaningful instruction. The goal, according to a press release quoting Richard Bozza, executive director of the NJASA, is to show how schools have gone beyond “technology for the sake of technology” and now are using it as a tool to advance the curriculum.

As the NJASA notes, “once-banned cell phones are now a welcome presence in many New Jersey classrooms. Educators are embracing smart phones, iPads, and similar devices, as well as YouTube and Twitter, to help teach and engage students.”

During the two-day conference group instructional sessions will include:

Paradigm Shifts of Technology.

So Many Apps. How, What, Which to Use?

Using the iPad to Create the 1:1 Learning Climate.

Addressing the National Common Core Standards and Complying with Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC).

Blocking and Unblocking Student Access: A Case Study in YouTube and Twitter.

Your Techsposure to Deploying iPads.

Keys to Effective Online Teaching.

Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT).

Digital Dialogue: Using Tech Tools to Launch a Love of Literacy.

Tweeting to Raise Student Achievement.

Bullying and Social Networking: Legal Challenges for Students, Staff, and Boards of Education in the Age of Cyberspace.

The 21st Century Classroom.

“Technology is no longer just a tool to engage students,” says Bozza. “Technology is an integral part of creative thinking and problem-solving in the classroom. It is a way to more deeply engage students in learning.”

The TECHSPO conference will feature keynote addresses by two visionaries in the educational technology field:

Ian Jukes, director of the 21st Century Fluency Project, will deliver the keynote speech on Thursday, January 26, at the 9 a.m. opening session. Jukes is a teacher, administrator, writer, consultant, and university instructor. According to the NJASA, “his self-avowed mission is to ensure that children are properly prepared for the future. As a result, his material tends to focus on many of the pragmatic issues that provide the essential context for educational restructuring.”

Educator Jhone Ebert will speak Friday, January 27, at 9 a.m. The NJASA describes her as “an award-winning mathematics teacher, the Clark County School District’s first Virtual High School principal, and current chair of the Nevada Commission on Educational Technology. She identifies 21st century learning as part of a greater learning community that includes online learning and 24/7 access to resources. Students benefit from highly interactive and exploratory learning experiences that also teach valuable technology skills.”

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