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William Paterson University to Hold Conference on Education Technology

A conference designed to introduce new technologies appropriate for K-12 teachers and learners will be held at William Paterson University on Friday, December 10.

 The program, “Education Technology: Teaching in the Digital Age,” will offer hands-on and collaborative experience for participants. It will be held in the University’s building at 1600 Valley Road from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The fee is $60 and includes all materials, five professional development hours and a certificate.

 The keynote speaker is Pixy Ferris, a William Paterson professor of communication.  In her address, Ferris will talk about how students in the 21st century, the first generation to grow up in the digital age, have unique learning needs.  She will identify their learning styles and discuss ways in which educators can work with their learning needs.

 The program also includes an introduction to the New Jersey and National Technology Standards and Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) by Hilary Wilder, professor of educational leadership and professional studies, and Heejung An, assistant professor, elementary and early childhood education, both from William Paterson.

 Featured presentations include an introduction to Voicethread, a web-based digital story-telling application; creating your own blog and incorporating You Tube videos; developing instructional podcasts; and using Google Earth for education purposes.

 "The conference will enable participants to develop a better understanding of national and New Jersey educational technology standards and their uses in the classroom,” An says. “Participants will also learn how to incorporate Web 2.0 technologies into their instructional practices."

For additional information, please contact the William Paterson University Center for Continuing and Professional Education at 973-720-2354. All registrations will be processed online at