Mason Hosts IT Everywhere Regional Conference

Posted: April 26, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

George Mason hosts IT Everywhere, a regional conference on student technology skills, April 29 to May 1. The conference focuses on strategies for identifying, developing, and assessing IT skills students need to succeed in their academic and professional careers. IT Everywhere events are in the Johnson Center and Mason Hall.

The keynote speaker is Herbert Lin, senior scientist with the National Research Council (NRC), who will discuss “Fluency in Information Technology: What Is It and Why Do We Need It.” Lin led the NRC’s national study on information technology literacy as well as the NRC’s international study on the IT workforce of the future.

Other speakers represent institutions from Maryland, the District, Virginia, and North Carolina. During the institutional presentations on April 30, Anne Agee, executive director of the Department of Instructional Improvement and Instructional Technologies (DoIIIT), moderates a panel that focuses on George Mason’s success in ensuring all students in the College of Arts and Sciences graduate with technology skills.

On May 1, Peter Denning, professor of computer science, director of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) IT Profession Initiative, and chair of the ACM Education Board, describes current efforts to ensure high school teachers are able to teach IT fluency. Craig Gibson, associate university librarian for Public Services, moderates a discussion on the ways libraries can participate in and contribute to the success of programs to ensure that all students develop IT skills.

For registration information and complete details of the event, visit the IT Everywhere web site.

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