Students, educators to celebrate technology as learning tool at annual MLTI conference

Gulf of Maine Research Institute Chief Innovation Officer Alan Lishness will provide a keynote address entitled Why Maine Matters: Managing Change in a Complex World

ORONO – Students from 44 schools will gather at UMaine on Thursday to showcase how technology provided by the Maine Department of Education is transforming their learning and better preparing them for classroom and career success.

Nearly 1,000 students and educators will be on Maine’s largest college campus as part of the Department-sponsored 11th Annual Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) Student Conference.

The event engages students as presenters or participants in a day of science, technology, engineering and mathematics focused workshops, and encourages high aspirations by facilitating what for many is their first visit to a post-secondary institution.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute Chief Innovation Officer Alan Lishness will give the keynote address, speaking about the state’s history of innovation, invention and leading global change through the ingenuity of Maine people.

Conference collaborators including the Maine DOE’s MLTI program, UMaine’s Electrical & Computer Engineering and Education & Human Development Departments, ACTEM (the Association of Computer Technology Educators of Maine) and Networkmaine will present, as will representatives from UNUM, University of Southern Maine, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Maine Robotics, Microsoft, Apple, Husson University, High Touch Courses, Hacktivate, Project Login and Maine Math and Science Alliance.

Maine educators will also lead sessions, as will several students. Among the student presenters are Freeport High School students Liam Wade, Nick Nelsonwood, Josef Biberstein and Travis Libsack, and Marshwood Middle School eighth grader Stephen Kaplan. Chris Jones, a graduate of Oak Hill High School who spoke at the conference in 2011, will return to share with students how his exposure to technology through MLTI is benefiting his college studies and life in Boston.

This is the first MLTI conference where participating students will have both HP and Apple technology in hand after the State began offering schools choice last year in selecting the appropriate State-supported technology for their teaching and learning.

WHERE: Collins Center for the Arts, UMaine Campus, Orono

WHEN: 8:40 a.m. to 2:40 p.m., Thursday, May 22 (Please note Maine students will present during Block 3, from 1:25 to 2:10 p.m.)

FMI: Visit the MLTI Student Conference website at www.maine.gov/mlti/studentconference/ for more details, including a complete event schedule

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