Hiram College will host the third annual Tech and Trek Conference as a one-day, free online conference on June 25, 2020. An opportunity for all educators, the conference will explore topics such as mindful technology, mobile technology, creating high-impact student experiences, and innovations in teaching and learning. Special focus will be on the adapted teaching and learning environments that closed out the 2019-2020 academic year due to COVID-19.
Focused on the use of technology for educational purposes, the conference will allow higher education and K-12 educators to form and sustain a collaborative bridge; to contribute to ongoing dialogue regarding the mindful use of technology; reflect on effective technology in learning abilities; and explore the possibilities of mobile technology for learning experiences outside the traditional classroom.
The keynote address will be given by Bryan Alexander, an internationally recognized futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher. Alexander recently published Academia Next: The Futures of Higher Education for Johns Hopkins University Press and authored Gearing Up For Learning Beyond K-12 and The New Digital Storytelling. Alexander is currently a senior scholar at Georgetown University and teaches graduate seminars in their Learning, Design, and Technology program.
The College will also offer one transcripted graduate credit for conference participants interested in a documented learning experience. Additional coursework outside of the conference will be required to meet the credit hour requirements. The cost is $175 and participants can apply online.
Hiram College announced its Tech and Trek program, the first 1:1 Apple mobile program for a four-year college or university in Ohio, in February 2017. Since the initial launch, all full-time traditional college students have been presented with iPad Pro bundles, helping students forge their path to a degree and understand the use of mindful technology. Recognized for Tech and Trek, the College was also named an Apple Distinguished School for 2019-2022 for the leadership and educational excellence it has demonstrated using technology to enhance teaching and learning.