What's New and What's Cool in Technology: A Conference for Local and Global Educators

Contact: Tammy Whaley, 864-503-5210 or [email protected]

Spartanburg, S.C. – What are the newest and coolest technologies being used in today’s K-12 and university classrooms? And how can educators make the most of these technologies to improve instruction and learning outcomes? These questions (and more) will be addressed on Friday, February 15 during an all-day conference titled, “What’s New and What’s Cool: Applying Technology in the Classroom.”

The conference is sponsored by the Community Outreach Partnership Center and the School of Education at the University of South Carolina Upstate and the ReGenesis Community Health Center (through a Healthy Living Initiative grant from the State of South Carolina). The conference is free. The conference Web site is www.uscupstate.edu/technologyconference.

In addition to a keynote address, the conference features nine workshops on a wide variety of topics, including digital storytelling, media literacy, virtual field trips, interactive tablets, global classrooms, on-line publishing for students, sophisticated uses of PowerPoint and Photo Story, and more.

“Each 90-minute workshop will offer hands-on experience with many of the newest and most exciting technological tools for the classroom,” states Tasha Thomas, director of the Spartanburg Writing Project and an English instructor at USC Upstate. Thomas is also the primary organizer of the conference.

The keynote speaker, James Phillips, will discuss future trends in the field of technology and offer suggestions about how educators can prepare students for this fast-paced and ever-changing world. No one is better qualified to discuss these topics. Phillips has started and served as CEO of a number of well-known technology companies. Most recently, he served as Chairman and CEO of Luminetx Corporation, a bioscience technology firm. Phillips led the development and commercialization of a breakthrough medical device called “VeinViewer.” Time Magazine named this milestone technology the “coolest medical invention of the year.”

“We are extremely fortunate that Jim Phillips will not only join us for the conference, but deliver the keynote address,” said Dr. York Bradshaw, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the University’s Community Outreach Partnership Center. “He is truly one of the world’s great technology innovators. His list of awards, recognitions, and accomplishments is incredible.”

People who are interested in the conference can register on-line at the conference Web site. Space is limited and the registration deadline is February 6. For more information, please contact Shawn Masto at (864) 503-5700 or [email protected].

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