Wow! I just got back from the most amazing conference! Seventy-four people attended an elementary-school technology education conference--on a school night! Diane Novak, the principal of Highland Park Elementary in Manchester, Connecticut, hosted the conference, which showcased the great technology activities her staff has been integrating into the elementary curriculum for nearly a decade, as well as other tech-ed goings-on in Connecticut. Nearly all of the attendees were practicing elementary teachers from around the state. For me, it served as a reminder that conferences can be fun and energizing as well as educational.
Before we know it, it'll be time for the 2003 ITEA conference in Nashville! Thanks to the TECC officer team and especially Sharon Brusic, our Vice President for Programs, we'll have yet another great slate of presentations on elementary school technology education. Vincent Childress has made the TECC session schedule available at www.ncat.edu/~childres/teccssns.html.
Thursday highlights include Vincent Childress (North Carolina A&T) discussing the Black Inventors Project, Robin Wright (Holden Intermediate School in Missouri) presenting on SAE's "A World in Motion," and Robots on the Palouse, a presentation by Terri Varnado (Virginia Tech). Terri's session will focus on activities for at-risk kids in the upper elementary grades. Also on Thursday are two annual events, the TECC idea Exchange and our TECC Business Meeting. If you are a TECC member or are interested in TECC, please attend this 4 p.m. meeting!
Kurt Michael, of the Central Shenadoah Valley Regional Governor's School in Virginia, will be presenting Friday on Magnetic Levitation Vehicles for Elementary School Students. Also on Friday is Strategically Presenting Technology Education to K-5 Educators, a session offered by James Nicholson (St. Cloud State). And, if you're interested in infusing elementary school technology education into pre-service TE teacher education, you're welcome at presentations from two universities: California University of Pennsylvania (Crayon Recycling, Hot Air Balloons, & Ergonomic Furniture) and Central Connecticut State University (Getting TE Undergraduates Involved in Elementary Schools).
Saturday's featured TECC sessions are Hands On-On Line!, presented by Jim Kirkwood (Ball State), and It's Elementary Technology, with Teri Tsosie (Hermosa Beach City School District), Tim Motherhead (Bonita Middle School), and Terry Price (Cerritos College). …