Conference to cover classroom technology trends

With today’s tech-savvy youth, teachers may sometimes feel as though they are the students.

But the 2010 Library Technology Mini-Conference, set from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 5 at the University of Houston-Victoria, will help teachers get a leg up on technology trends in the classroom, said Dennis Riedesel, a UHV associate professor in the School of Education & Human Development.

Dennis Riedesel
Dennis Riedesel

The conference will feature 20 presentations held throughout UHV’s University Center and University West buildings, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St. Also, vendors will set up in the University Center Multi-Purpose Room. Librarians, library paraprofessionals, technology directors, teachers and UHV faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

“All the new technology offers educators many different options to reach students in ways that keep them interested,” Riedesel said. “This conference will showcase some of the classroom options available to teachers and librarians.”

Riedesel said the conference is presented in two parts.

“One is the librarian component because in many schools, the librarian is the custodian of the technology equipment,” he said. “But it is also for any type of librarian professional who uses technology to process the library’s book checkout system or has computers in the library for students to use.”

The second, he said, is the educational technology component, which includes social media, blogs, podcasting, whiteboards, iPods and more.

“These tools are the chalk and blackboard of our generation,” Riedesel said. “It’s important that we continue to train ourselves as educators on the use of these different tools for teaching.”

Sessions include “Top 10 Must-Do’s for Technology Leadership Professionals,” “There’s an App for That,” “Integrating World Book Technology in the Classroom” and “Power Up Your Curriculum: Finding and Using Digital Information.” Other sessions address “The Power of Puppets” and “The Remedy for Information Overload.”

The event is sponsored by UHV, Texas Computer Education Association Area III and the Region III Education Service Center. The conference cost is $50 for nonmembers of specific Region III cooperatives, free for members of those cooperatives, and $10 for college and university students.

For more information, go to, or contact Riedesel at 361-676-2208 or Student registration is available at

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Ken Cooke 361-570-4342