Annual QEP Technology Symposium Set for Wednesday and Thursday

May 11, 2015 at 10:46 am

The third annual QEP Technology Symposium, “Bridging Technology Into Instruction,” will be held Wednesday, May 13 and Thursday, May 14 in the Campus Life Center Ballroom on the campus of USC Upstate.

The conference is an opportunity to discuss and learn more about topics related to:

  • Teaching and learning with technology
  • Strategies to develop explore and develop digital literacy
  • Innovative projects for enhancing/enriching learning with technology tools
  • Exploration of new tools and practices for technology infusion in teaching
  • Course redesign to feature technology infusion
  • Experiences/lessons learned to inform teaching practice

Keynote speakers for the event include:

phil yanovPhil Yanov — technologist, columnist, and public radio commentator.

He is the founder of Tech After Five as well as the founder and President of the GSA Technology Council and the Ta5 IT Leadership Council.

His personal technology column appears in Greenville Business Magazine and the Columbia Business Journal.

He co-hosts the Your Day technology shows heard on NPR radio stations across South Carolina and is a frequent contributor to technology stories appearing on radio and television.

Richard Byrneteacher, speaker, author.byrne

Byrne will focus is on free tools that teachers and administrators can use to improve the learning experiences of their students. He has been invited to speak at events all over North America, Europe, Australia, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East sharing free web-based resources that educators can use to enhance their students’ learning experiences.

His framework for using technology in education can be summed up in three words: Discovery, Discussion, and Demonstration.

itoMimi Ito — research director of the MacArthur Foundation, a cultural anthropologist of digital culture and an advocate for connected learning — learning that is youth-centered, interest-driven, hands-on and social.

Ito will join the QEP Symposium via live stream from Virginia Commonwealth University where she will be speaking at ALTFest.

In her research, Ito has explored the ways in which digital media are changing relationships, identities and communities.

In 2006, Ito received a MacArthur Foundation grant to “observe children’s interactions with digital media to get a sense of how they’re really using the technology.

This is a free event for faculty, staff and students. Unfortunately, it is too late for lunch registration, but you may still attend.

For more information, contact Cindy Jennings by or (864) 503–5470.