Class Aides Teachers Explore Technology That Students Can Use

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Teachers have a chance this week to find some keys -- computer keys, that is --to use telecommunications in the classroom.

That's the theme of the 14th annual Midwest Education and Technology Conference today and Wednesday at America's Center downtown. More than 1,500 educators from two dozen states have registered. The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday. Educators can register at the door.

About 75 exhibitors will demonstrate the latest in computers, educational material, the Internet and how to link classrooms, schools and the community. Teachers can learn about computer software that teaches about Missouri geography and history. They can learn about how telecommunications allowed kindergartners at Askew Elementary School in Kansas City to talk with kindergartners at Hurricane Deck Elementary School in Sunrise Beach, Mo. They can learn how computers let elementary schoolchildren sort, graph and analyze statistics once the children have thought up research questions and collected data. At 1:15 p.m. today, Webster Groves educators will share their experience working with employees at Maritz Corp. to produce multimedia presentations in classrooms. At 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Ray Dretske, a composer and music technology specialist, will talk about music, creativity and technology. Dretske is director of education and training for Vanguard Technology Group. At 8:30 a.m. today, Judith B. "Judi" Harris will talk about research on how teachers use technology in classrooms and how new technology spreads in organizations such as schools. Harris teaches at the University of Texas at Austin and writes a column for Learning and Leading With Technology, a magazine published by the International Society for Technology in Education. She has written a book called "Way of the Ferret: Finding and Using Educational Resources on the Internet. …


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