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Media Advisory: UAlbany Student Web Developers Inspire Future Generation of Techies

Contact: Catherine Herman (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 8, 2006)

Six project teams of graduate students from the University at Albany course IST 673 (Technology and School Library Media) present their multi-media and interactive poster sessions aimed at encouraging the use of computers and technology to enhance learning in the classroom.

Joette M. Stefl-Mabry, assistant professor, School of Information Science and Policy, research assistant professor, Department of Educational Theory and Practice (ETAP)

William E.J. Doane, doctoral student, provided technical support

Representatives from the six project teams

Students representing grades K-7, K-12 administrators, and inservice professionals from the following collaborating schools Montessori Magnet School, North Albany Academy, Hackett Middle School, and Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science & Technology (TOAST)

Tuesday, May 9, 2006 4:30 p.m.

CETL Digital Classroom #2, 1st floor, Science Library, University at Albany Uptown campus, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, N.Y.

The University at Albany's graduate students of IST 673 (Technology and School Library Media) develop interactive web-based projects each semester in collaboration with area schools to foster technology in the classroom and a "learning community." This spring, three UAlbany undergraduate students served as Web consultants for design aspects. Each of the six projects, designed in collaboration with North Albany Academy, Montessori Magnet School, Hackett Middle School, and Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science & Technology, targets a specific grade from K-7 providing technological activities for each grade level.

The five-minute formal presentations and interactive poster presentations illustrate highlights of the project goals and objectives; the New York State, ALA, and ISTE Standards incorporated into each project; assessment instruments and results; literature review; substantiation for technology and academic elements included in the projects; Web design features; and future recommendations. Project titles include "Colonial Times," "Weather and the Seasons," "Ocean Animals," "Music, Basketball, and Sneakers," "Underground Railroad," and "The Solar System."

For details on the projects visit Collaborate Projects Spring 2006.

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