Conference highlights Technology for Learning, Innovation and the Future of Education
Montgomery County Community College’s 23rd Annual Technology and Learning Conference started with “A Meditation on the History of the Future of Educational Technology” by keynote speaker Dr. John O’Brien. Dr. O’Brien serves as the CEO of EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education using information technology.
Dr. O’Brien introduced and examined the concept of paleofuture – looking at past artifacts that depict what the future would be as a way to gauge where we are today with technology. To illustrate the concept, he shared various advertisements and illustrations showing images of future technology. While the concepts were sometimes humorous, others surprisingly resembled today’s technology, such as online shopping and classroom computers.
Following the presentation, attendees spent time learning about the newest technology products and services from various vendors, including Applied Video, Cengage, ePlus, IT Cadence, KINBER, Pearson and Gwynedd Mercy University.
For the remainder of the conference, attendees, including dual enrollment students, participated in a variety of sessions covering the areas of analytics and retention, IT Infrastructure and cloud computing, teaching and learning, security and identity management and trending IT topics. Throughout the tracks, the emphasis was on enhancing the educational experience with technology and improving students’ overall experience in the classroom.
Sponsors for the event included Sunesys, Dell, Intellus Learning and Cisco.