In addition to the conference, this year there will also be a screening of the movie The Biggest Story Problem: Why America's Students are Failing Math on Thursday, September 13, at 7 p.m., in Room 7103 of the Information Technology Center (Copper Top building). The independent documentary exploring the middle school math crises in the United States, from the perspective of one math-teacher-turned-game-designer, 15 teachers willing to try something new and hundreds of middle school students from across the country.
Shelley Amator, Chief Information Officer at San Juan College, will head the conference for the first time and has invited speakers from national companies like Microsoft for this year's event. Educators (K-12), tribal leadership, state and local government agencies, community leaders and IT professionals are encouraged to attend the Technology Leadership Conference to improve utilization of new technology in the workplace.
"I am very excited about our conference this year. We have keynote speakers from Microsoft, Ellucian and TellApart in addition to our multiple breakout sessions," Amator said. "We sent out requests for proposals to involve the community and had good response. We are covering a wide variety of topics so there is something for everyone."
Hap Aziz is a keynote speaker for the event and is a creative strategist for teaching and learning who stays busy working with colleges and universities around the country. Since 1996, Hap has been involved in higher education teaching in a variety of technology and design subjects as well as developing academic programs ranging from computer science and mobile app development to 3D graphic design and game and simulation programming. At the Technology Leadership Conference, Hap will present Learning Through Play & Technology as the morning keynote speaker.
Other keynote speakers for the event include John Whitaker, senior account technology strategist at Microsoft and Josh McFarland, CEO of TellApart.
Whitaker has worked for Microsoft since 2000 and currently works with the company's major education customers in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah in a pre-sales capacity. He will be presenting two lectures during the convention. The first, Windows 8, Are You Ready?, will be during the first break away session and the second, Cloud Computing: Does It Really Save an Education Institution Money?, will be the afternoon keynote lecture.
McFarland, a Stanford graduate with a degree in economics, cofounded TellApart with more than 10 years of advertising technology and start-up experience. McFarland served as Entrepreneur in Residence at Greylock Partners after spending five years at Google as a lead product manager. At Google, McFarland served as a lead product manager on many of its advertising platforms, including AdWords, Audio Ads and display ads efforts. He will present the lunch keynote lecture.
Vendors and San Juan College staff will also present at least four training sessions for conference attendees to choose from during each of the four breakout sessions. Breakout sessions include a wide variety of topics including the Kuno 1:1 learning device, Google Go Indoors, library reference technology, the iPad (attendees are encouraged to bring their iPad if they own one), STEM classroom technology, the collaborative mobile learning network and the Prezi application.
While in attendance, participants can learn more about the latest in technological products and services from various vendors. Door prizes will be awarded.