This Thursday, March 23rd, Ithaca College will host its annual Educational Technology Day, a showcase of office, classroom, and consumer technology. The event, which runs from 9am-4pm at Ithaca College’s Campus Center, is free and open to the public.
Ed Tech Day showcases local uses for technology in teaching and academic pursuits, as well as over 60 vendor booths and how-to seminars presented by faculty, students, and vendor representatives. Attendees may register at the door, or in advance at the Ed Tech Day web site. Anyone, not just educators, can just show up at the event.
Attendees who register online by 5pm Monday and pick up their nametag at the event will be entered in a drawing for an Apple iPad mini, and attendees may enter a drawing at the site for a Dell Chromebook 11.
Ed Tech Day has grown to attract a couple thousand attendees a year, many from local schools and businesses small and large, with hundreds coming each year from over 120 different colleges, schools, businesses, and organizations outside the region. Dave Weil, the director of enterprise application services in Ithaca College’s Information Technology Services division, has run the event since its inception over 20 years ago. “Bluetooth, VOIP, or flashdrives were hailed as ‘technologies of the future’ at some past Ed Tech Day,” Weil says of how technology has evolved. “Now they’re mainstream and we’re looking for the next hot thing.” He calls Ed Tech Day “the largest multi-platform, multi-vendor technology show for higher education in the upstate New York area.”
Seminars run every hour, featuring IT security, interactive classroom technology, women in IT, cloud computing, free software, social networking, software development, and secure wireless networking. Once again, Ed Tech Day includes a “Teaching and Learning with Technology” symposium track coordinated by the Finger Lakes Faculty Development Network, showcasing the use of technology in teaching.
The vendor showcase includes national IT companies like Apple, Dell, Hewlett Packard, AT&T, and Verizon Wireless, but also local businesses such as REVIthaca, The Computing Center, and Finger Lakes Technology Group.
There’s free parking in “a variety of parking lots” on the Ithaca College campus for the event. Follow directions from staff and/or signage to lots that are available for Ed Tech Day attendees. IC will provide shuttle buses to the Campus Center. They also encourage attendees to rideshare using Zimride.