2013 Early Education and Technology for Children Conference Bringing Innovative Education Technology Leaders to Salt Lake City

Elliot Soloway, Cathleen Norris, and Marina Umaschi Bers to be Keynote Speakers

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The conference provides a unique opportunity to deepen the discourse and improve teaching practices in schools, early childhood programs and informal learning settings...

Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) February 13, 2013

The annual Early Education and Technology for Children (EETC) conference, April 2–4, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah, welcomes education technology experts from around the globe.

EETC brings researchers, policy makers, administrators, and educators together to explore cutting-edge research and developments in early education. Held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, the conference hosts attendees from around the world to share ideas and engage in lively discussions on early education and the use of technology in the learning process.

Over 40 speakers will present their research at EETC, with topics covering the latest advances in the evaluation and implementation of early education technology. Keynote speakers for the conference include Drs. Elliott Soloway, Cathleen Norris, and Marina Umaschi Bers.

Dr. Elliot Soloway is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Dept of CSE, College of Engineering, School of Education and School of Information, University of Michigan. For the past 10 years, Soloway’s research has been guided by the vision that mobile, handheld – and very low-cost – networked devices are the only way to truly achieve universal 1:1 in schools – all across the globe. In 2001, the UMich undergraduates selected him to receive the “Golden Apple Award” as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year. In 2004 and in 2011, the EECS College of Engineering HKN Honor Society awarded Soloway the “Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award.”

Dr. Cathleen Norris is a Regents Professor in the College of Information, Department of Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas. Norris’ 14 years in K-12 classrooms – and receiving Dallas’ Golden Apple Award – has shaped her university research agenda: helping K-12 teachers move from the 19th century into the 21st century. Norris has been President of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and the President of the National Educational Computing Association (NECA), the association that organized NECC, the premier conference on technology in K-12.

Dr. Marina Umaschi Bers is an associate professor at the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development and the Computer Science Department at Tufts University. Bers heads the interdisciplinary Developmental Technologies research group. Her research involves the design and study of innovative learning technologies to promote positive youth development. Bers received the 2005 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), a five-year National Science Foundation Young Investigator’s Career Award and the American Educational Research Association’s Jan Hawkins Award.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in sessions hosted by Dr. Chip Donohue, Director of Distance Learning at Erikson Institute and a Senior Fellow of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, and Gary Stager, currently Visiting Professor at Pepperdine University, an Associate of the Thornburg Center for Professional Development and the Executive Director of The Constructivist Consortium.

In addition, EETC will host the following distinguished speakers:
•Richard Culatta, Deputy Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education
•Gail Lovely, the founding director of the proposed ISTE Special Interest Group for Early Learning and Technologies. Lovely is the proud recipient of the Trainer of the Year, 2006 from TexasAEYC and “The Best of NECC: 2004–2010”
•Dr. Jack Mostow, Research Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Robotics, Machine Learning, Language Technologies, and Human-Computer Interaction
•Dr. Warren Buckleitner, Founding Editor of Children’s Technology Review, and Founder of the Dust or Magic Institute on the Design of Children’s Interactive Media;
•Dr. Dustin Heuston, Chairman, Founder, and CEO of Waterford Institute™, and author of The Third Source: A Message of Hope for Education.

“The EETC Conference brings together educators and technology experts interested in exploring the intersection of child development and early learning with innovative, appropriate and intentional uses of technology and media tools for young children. The conference provides a unique opportunity to deepen the discourse and improve teaching practices in schools, early childhood programs and informal learning settings - any place where young children and caring adults interact, play, and learn together,” said Dr. Chip Donohue.

Online registrations for EETC are being accepted through April 2. Onsite registration is available for the duration of the conference. For additional information about EETC, including registration and schedules, visit http://www.eetcconference.org.

EETC is sponsored by Waterford Institute, a nonprofit educational research company based in Salt Lake City, UT.

About Waterford Institute
Waterford Institute (http://www.waterford.org) is a nonprofit research center dedicated to providing every child with the finest education through the development of high-quality educational models, programs, and software. Founded by Dr. Dustin Heuston in 1976, Waterford Institute uses rigorous research to build award-winning, proven educational programs. Since creating the first educational videodisk, Waterford Institute continues to be at the cutting edge of technology-delivered instruction. Today, Waterford Institute is an international leader in preschool through second grade software for reading, math, and science programs and has reached millions of children globally.


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