This Thursday, March 21st, Ithaca College will host its annual Educational Technology Day, a showcase of office, classroom, and consumer technology. The event, which runs from 9am-4pm at Ithaca College's Campus Center, is free and open to the public.
Ed Tech Day 2012. 14850 Photo.Ed Tech Day showcases local uses for technology in teaching and academic pursuits, as well as over 50 vendor booths and how-to seminars presented by faculty, students, and vendor representatives. Attendees may register at the door, or in advance at the Ed Tech Day web site. Anyone, not just educators, can just show up at the event.
Attendees who register online by 5pm Monday and pick up their nametag at the event will be entered in a drawing for an Apple iPod touch, and attendees may enter a drawing at the site for a Dell Latitude 10 tablet.
Ed Tech Day has grown to attract a couple thousand attendees a year, many from local schools and businesses small and large, with hundreds coming each year from over 120 different colleges, schools, businesses, and organizations outside the region. Dave Weil, the director of enterprise application services in Ithaca College's Information Technology Services division, has run the event since its inception over 20 years ago. "Bluetooth, VOIP, or flashdrives were hailed as 'technologies of the future' at some past Ed Tech Day," Weil says of how technology has evolved. "Now they're mainstream and we're looking for the next hot thing." He calls Ed Tech Day "the largest multi-platform, multi-vendor technology show for higher education in the upstate New York area."
Seminars run every hour, featuring interactive classroom technology, mobile devices, cloud computing, free software, social networking, podcasting, and secure wireless networking. Once again, Ed Tech Day includes a "Teaching and Learning with Technology" symposium track coordinated by the Finger Lakes Faculty Development Network, showcasing the use of technology in teaching.
The vendor showcase includes national IT companies like Apple, Dell, Hewlett Packard, AT&T, and Verizon Wireless, but also local businesses such as Sherpa Technologies, The Computing Center, New Horizons Computer Learning Center of Syracuse, and Finger Lakes Technology Group.
Parking for Ed Tech Day attendees will be available in Ithaca College's new M Lot areas adjacent to the new Athletics & Events Center on the east side of campus. There's a walking path to the Campus Center, and IC will provide shuttle buses.