Educators Invited to UAMS Teaching With Technology Symposium

By David Robinson

Registration is $75 per day for educators who wish to attend just one day or $100 for both days. Students may attend for $30 for one day or $50 for both days.

The symposium is 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

The event will be highlighted by keynote speaker Mark Taylor, a nationally recognized educator, expert, speaker and consultant (, who will present “Meet Generation NeXt – Understanding Today’s Learners.” Taylor will speak at noon Thursday about the challenges and strategies for effectively teaching students age 26 and younger. Tickets to hear Taylor’s address are available separately for $25, which includes lunch.

Social networking and intergenerational learning lead the agenda with sessions on BlackBoard, Wimba, and SoftChalk and that speak directly to software applications. Other sessions provide a broader view of issues and challenges surrounding the successful integration of technology into today’s curriculum. Lightning sessions, posters and exhibitors round out the conference. Dell Computer is an event sponsor, and exhibitors include Apple Computer, BlackBoard, Computer Comforts, Hewlitt Packard, SonicFoundry, TeleComp, Turning Technologies, Verizon Wireless, UAMS Library, UAMS Bookstore, Wimba and Windstream Communications.

The first day is a general conference that will include a presentation from Eric Dawson, senior accounts manager for Apple’s higher education division. Dawson will present applications developed for the iPhone and iPad at 3 p.m. on Thursday. A drawing for a new iPad will be held at the end of the day.

The second day will feature small group workshops.

The agenda is available at To register, go to or for more information call Heather Smith, UAMS Teaching with Technology Committee, (501) 686-8116.

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