Deaf Education Technology Conference to be Held This Summer at NTID at RIT




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The first technology symposium presenting current research and state-of-the-art practice for educators of the deaf in more than seven years will be hosted by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) June 25-29.

"Instructional Technology and Education of the Deaf: Supporting Learners, K-College" will provide a much-needed forum for educators supporting deaf and hard-of-hearing learners about current and future innovations and developments using educational media and technology.

Professionals who serve as K-12 and college teachers, administrators, technical experts such as multimedia, curriculum designers, vocational rehabilitation professionals, captioning specialists, as well as people involved in distance education, accessibility issues, and assistive and augmentative technologies will benefit from participating in this conference.

"For many years, we have looked forward to improved technology as solving problems associated with educating deaf students," said E. William Clymer, Symposium Coordinator and NTID associate professor. "That time is now. Voice recognition, distance learning, and web-based software are just a few examples of how technology is positively impacting educating deaf students of all ages."

A variety of pertinent presentations and networking opportunities will take place June 25-June 27 by international experts in deafness and instructional technology. Topics include Using Technology to Support Learning; Measuring the Impact of Technology in the Teaching/Learning Process; Using Technology to Support Student Transition to the Workplace; Online and Distance Learning. The final two days of the conference will consist of hands-on workshops to enhance participant understanding.

Space is limited. Registration before May 11 is $100. After that date, registration fee is $125, students pay $50. The fee for attending hands-on workshops only is $100 per day. Visit http://www.rit.edu/~techsym to register, or contact E. William Clymer at (716) 475-6894 (v), 475-6704 (tty), or e-mail him at techsym@rit.edu.

The National Technical Institute for the Deaf is the first and largest technological college in the world for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. One of seven colleges of RIT, NTID offers educational programs and access and support services to its 1,200 students from around the world who study, live and socialize with 13,000 hearing students on RITís Rochester, N.Y. campus.