Educators Invited to UAMS Teaching With Technology Seminar

By Jon Parham

Early registration fees before July 11 are $55 for one day or $80 for both days. Students may attend for $25 for one day or $40 for both days. Regular registration is $75 for one day or $100 for both days.

The symposium is 8:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. July 21 and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 22. Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 8:00 am. Lunch is also provided.

The event will be highlighted by the return of keynote speaker Mark Taylor, a nationally recognized educator, expert, speaker and consultant (, who will present “Understanding and Teaching the Digital Learner.” 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 $15, which includes lunch.

Several different educational tracks will be available, including Web-based and mobile learning, collaboration tools, and free or almost free instructional tools. This agenda is intended to increase productivity and provide training for new educational technology. Sessions on BlackBoard 9.1, Wimba, and presentation tools 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.
The first day includes a presentation from Rebecca Martindale, highlighting “cool tools” for education, and three breakout sessions on various topics.

The second day will feature small group workshops covering Web 2.0 tools, Office 2010, Keynote, screencasting, audience polling and more.

The agenda and registration information are available at For more information call Heather Smith, UAMS Teaching with Technology Committee, at (501) 686-8116.

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