Tech Bowl showcases classroom technology at IVC
FROM LEFT: Cecilia Arellano, 11, and Gabrielle Gonzalez, 11, demonstrate how their robot "Ball Hunter" can identify and pick-up a red ball during the Imperial Valley Technology Conference 2013 Tech Bowl at Imperial Valley College on Saturday. (JOSELITO VILLERO PHOTO / January 26, 2013)
The second annual event at Imperial Valley College saw a variety of attendees, from elementary school students to local professors, all hoping to learn the newest strategies and techniques to use in their classrooms.
“The technology, hardware and software exist now to really change the way we do teaching. So, I think that it’s important for people to start getting exposed to technology,” said Todd Finnell, vice president of Technology, Student Services and Research for IVC.
Held in the college’s science building, the conference included about 30 presentations; five to six of which were presented simultaneously, Finnell explained.
“The sessions included how to apply technology in simple ways, while others were looking a little more advanced forms,” Finnell said.
Informational booths were also set up throughout the building, with a student showcase set up for student-related activities, Finnell said.
“I feel it’s important to offer some of these activities locally for our teachers and students,” he said.
Enjoying the conference along with her classmates, 11-year-old Sunflower Elementary School student Becky Moreno said she was glad to be a part of the event.
“I think it’s really cool to see all the science stuff and all the interesting technical stuff here,” Becky said.
No stranger to technology, Becky and her classmates were stationed at their own information booth, showing attendees the most efficient classroom applications.
“We’re here to talk about different apps we use on our iPads in class. We use them all the time and they really help us learn,” Becky said.
Participating in the student activities, Central Union High School student Owen Mikan, 16, was happy to be at the conference again.
“The stuff they do here is for the future, so we need to let people know what’s going to happen so they can help and get involved,” Owen said.
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