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By Dr. John Urkevich, Executive Director

metc-save-the-dateTechnology is a valuable and relevant tool in the classroom that helps engage students to question, think and achieve at a higher understanding. What technology tools do you use to reach and teach your students and make learning relevant? The annual Midwest Education Technology Conference is bringing together a diverse group of speakers to share their knowledge, experience, strategies and expertise using established and emerging technologies in the classroom. As educators we must prepare our students for new jobs that have not yet been created by giving them the skills to question, gather, evaluate and finally produce new solutions or products.

METC is a program of Cooperating School Districts and 2009 marks the 26th year of the conference. Later this month, from January 26-28, an estimated 1,500 educators from across the country will gather at the St. Charles Convention Center to learn and share the latest in technology in K-12 education. METC 2009 invites teachers, media specialists, administrators, technical support and other education-minded people who have effective instructional technology programs and management strategies to share their methods, plans and successes. METC 2009 offers over 200 breakout sessions in eleven strands, to meet the needs of its varied audience and to incorporate its theme, Technology Tools of Engagement: R U There? Strands include:

•    1:1 Initiatives (one laptop/handheld/desktop per student)
•    Curriculum & Instruction based on Assessment and Data
•    Differentiated Instruction
•    Digital Media
•    Instructional Technology Integration
•    Library Technology Integration
•    Mobile Technology (Palm, MP3 Player, Cell Phone)
•    Technology Integration 101
•    Technology Leadership
•    Technical & Networking
•    Web 2.0 (Read/Write Web)

To read more on the Midwest Education Technology Conference, you can visit the conference website at http://www2.csd.org/metc2009.htm or follow updates on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/metc2009. METC registration is still open, and CSD encourages you to consider attending!

AUGUST 2009 Note: METC 2010 information can be found by clicking HERE.