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NMSU hosts technology, teacher education conference

Higher education faculty from throughout New Mexico and El Paso, Texas, will gather at New Mexico State University March 17-18 for a conference titled "Technology and Teacher Education: Current Issues and Future Directions."

The conference is aimed at university faculty who prepare college students to become teachers.

It is set for noon to 5 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Goddard Hall's main lobby. A registration fee of $15 includes a Saturday lunch. The registration deadline is March 3. Online registration is available at http://reta.nmsu.edu/tte/.

"We want to provide an opportunity for faculty to share, reflect and collaborate in order to create learning environments that prepare our future teachers to succeed," said Carmen Gonzales, a conference planner. Gonzales leads NMSU's Regional Educational Technology Assistance (RETA) program.

Bernie Dodge, a faculty member from San Diego State University, will be the keynote speaker at 1:30 p.m. Friday. Dodge, whose professional focus is computer-based learning environments, is the developer of WebQuests Web-based lessons. He teaches courses on planning workshops and other forms of classroom interaction, creating Internet-based interdisciplinary units and designing educational games and simulations. He is working on a new approach to pre-service teacher education in a federally funded project, "Learning Through Cyber-Apprenticeship."

Conference sponsors are three NMSU programs: RETA and Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers Today, both funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and the Collaborative for Excellence in Teacher Education, funded by the National Science Foundation.

For more conference information call the RETA program at (505) 646-8231.

Rita A. Popp
Feb. 21, 2000