The West Virginia Statewide Technology Conference Gets Underway August 9-11

August 04, 2005

Charleston, W.Va. – Representatives from public education, higher education and other state agencies will be heading to Morgantown for the Statewide Technology Conference. Throughout the three-day event, representatives from all over the state will share their expertise in technology at the Radisson Hotel at Waterfront Place.  

With the recent initiative by the State Board of Education promoting mathematics education, technology’s role in the classroom will expand as students take more rigorous courses in math, with some requiring online learning. This conference will serve as a professional development event allowing educators to gain information prior to the start of the school year.  

Concurrent sessions will take place throughout the conference. Sessions will include topics such as integrating math, science and engineering in the classroom, SAS inSchools Curriculum Pathways, using assessment data to improve learning and test scores, a variety of sessions for security and networking, statewide partnerships, and teaching with technology. Over 140 sessions will be offered and more than 60 exhibitors will display the latest in technology  

First Lady Gayle Manchin will kick off the first day of the conference with opening remarks at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9. Following the remarks, an awards presentation will be held for the federal “Enhancing Education Through Technology” grant recipients.  

Selby Wellman, Chairman of the Wellman Family Foundation and former Senior Vice-President of Cisco Corporation, will deliver the keynote address on Wednesday, August 10. He will be announcing new information about the sponsorship for Curriculum Pathways, the online content from SAS inSchool. During the luncheon, former Governor Gaston Caperton will announce the annual Caperton Technology Award winners. A team of students and an educator will be honored for their outstanding use of technology.  

West Virginia’s Chief Technology Officer, Kyle Schaffer, and the Governor’s Education Technology Advisor, Nancy Sturm, will provide remarks on Thursday with a keynote address at 1 p.m.  

For more information about the conference, contact Brenda Morris, West Virginia Department of Education at (304) 558-3538 or Kathy Musick, West Virginia Network at (304) 293-5192.

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