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Conference to Reinvigorate Teaching Methods

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (March 4, 2010) -- Revisiting what is essential in education – and pushing the pause button on technology – is at the heart of the Spring 2010 Teaching and Learning Conference, Saturday, April 10.

"Pull the Plug and Light the Fire" is hosted by SUNY Plattsburgh and its Center for Teaching Excellence and is aimed at educators who want to explore and examine the principles and methods at the heart of teaching.

"Of particular interest is the possibility that well-intentioned efforts to adopt technology in the classroom are actually distracting us from our core task, which is to teach in a way that most advances learning," said Dr. Becky Kasper, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Faculty from SUNY Plattsburgh, Potsdam, Delhi and Purchase will facilitate sessions throughout the day and include topics such as "Contemplative Practices in the Classroom"; "The Pen Is Mightier than the Plug"; "Engaging Students Through Creative Teaching Methods and Materials"; and "Interactive Learning Using In-Class Worksheets."

The day begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and continues through 4:30 p.m. The conference fee is $50 for non-SUNY Plattsburgh faculty; $25 for SUNY Plattsburgh faculty. Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is encouraged as space is limited.

For more information on the conference, visit the Web site at http://web.plattsburgh.edu/offices/centers/cte/.

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