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ETC! 2017: EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE 

Technology has always been a part of the educational landscape. The goal is to prepare students to enter the workforce and leverage technical knowledge to be productive members of the community. In most traditional educational settings, students have been escorted to a lab on campus to engage in “computer time,” where they practice introductory coding or interact with media of some type. Currently, teachers are integrating technology into classroom lesson

draws roughly 1,000 educators to campus to attend sessions led by more than 150 experts in the area of technology integration. Teachers, administrators, and school support staff engage in a number of strands including: Google Apps for Education, Apple and iOS, robotics and coding, special education, primary technology, web based tools, curricular integration, secondary languages, and many more. This unique environment provides primary, secondary, high school, and higher education staff members the opportunity to collaborate and learn what students are doing with entry level technology, as well as what is expected of them as they work their way through the K-12 system and beyond.

Increased technology and access to devices, both on campus and at home, is picking up steam with many school districts in support of State Standards. The frameworks were designed to ensure students are prepared for a career and/or college. Many of the standards include language that speaks specifically to the use of technology and how a student should make use of it to achieve the desired learning outcome. An excerpt from the introduction to the California State Standards highlight:

Research and media skills blended into the standards as a whole:
To be ready for college, workforce training, and life in a technological society, students need the ability to gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, and summarize information and ideas, to conduct original research to answer questions or solve problems, and to analyze and create a high volume and extensive range of print and nonprint texts in media forms old and new. The need to conduct research and to produce and consume media is embedded into every aspect of today’s curriculum. In like fashion, research and media skills and understandings are embedded

in the Standards rather than treated in a separate section.

For information related to technology in the classroom or ETC! 2017, or to partner with ETC!, call the Stanislaus County Office of Education: Technology and Learning Resources Division at 209.238.1400. P

To view the preliminary schedule for ETC! 2017 visit: www.etc2017.sched.org

To register to attend visit: bit.ly/etc2017 and click “Register.”

“California Common Core Standards.” California Department of Education. California Department of Education, 1 Mar. 2013. Web. 05 Jan. 2017.

The conference draws more than 1,000 educators from around the state

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ETC! 2017: EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE

By Sally Savona, Division Director, Technology & Learning Resources, Stanislaus County O ce of Education

plans to enhance student achievement and also improve the technical skills of both themselves and their students.

This is where the Educational Technology Conference (ETC) plays a pivotal role for staff and students in Stanislaus County. ETC is a professional development conference designed to assist educators in learning how to implement the latest and greatest technology has to offer, and also demonstrate best practices in supporting students in mastering the California State Standards.

ETC has offered this premiere educational technology event for the past 18 years. For the third consecutive year, this event will be hosted at Stanislaus State University on Saturday, Feb. 25. The conference

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