National Educational Technology Conference Thunders into Niagara 


From Kindergarten through post-secondary graduation, technology can be used to support and enhance student success. From May 8 – 9, educators, technologists and school leaders will gather in Niagara Falls at Canada's national K-12 and post-secondary learning and technology conference. Taking place at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, Connect 2014 is presented by the District School Board of Niagara, Brock University’s Faculty of Education and Mindshare Learning.  


CONNECT 2014: Canada’s Learning & Technology Conference is a two-day national convention which will bring together over 1,500 K-12, college and university educators, librarians, technologists, and school leaders to collaborate and become familiar with the latest technology resources that support 21st century teaching and learning.  


This year’s conference features two globally renowned innovators. Dr. Michael Fullan, renowned for his leadership in transforming school systems around the world says there's a revolution of sorts taking place in schools. “We will see much more change in the next three years than in the past 15 years,” says Dr. Fullan, professor emeritus at the University of Toronto. Dr. Kecia Ray, president of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), will share her expertise in professional learning having recently returned from the Middle East.  


The conference provides participants with an opportunity to attend over 100 engaging professional development sessions delivered by innovative educators from across Canada showcasing the latest uses for tablets with Google docs to game design. A hands-on exhibit area will feature the latest and greatest in tech trends with some 100 exhibitors, including the NAO programmable dancing robot; innovative start-ups with the opportunity to test drive the latest technology from some of the world’s leading technology companies. 


Building on previous events, Connect 2014 “will support educators in their quest to enrich student learning through emerging technologies. It will allow educators from K-12 to post-secondary to network with their colleagues as well as share best practices, research and proven strategies that will foster mobile personal learning environments for all students,” says Dino Miele, DSBN Chief Information Officer and Connect 2014 Conference Chair. 


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The Scotiabank Convention Centre is located at 6815 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls.