SOURCE: State Educational Technology Directors Association

April 20, 2005 08:17 ET

SETDA Presents: First Annual "Imagine a Technology Blackout Day!"

Thousands of Teachers, Students and Parents to Examine the Power and Potential of Technology During Month-Long National Event

ARLINGTON, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 20, 2005 -- The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) announced today that it will host the first annual "Imagine a Technology Blackout Day!" During the month-long event, which begins on April 20, 2005, teachers, students and parents will analyze the vast power, potential and necessity of effective technology use in America's public schools by imagining one full day without technology in their lives.

From now until May 20th, teachers in hundreds of schools will facilitate discussions about the effects that modern technology has on every student's daily life. Students will examine how technology permeates the way we work, learn, and play, and even get an opportunity to assign homework to their parents that addresses the transformative nature of technology on the workforce. Those that submit their outcomes before May 21st will be eligible for thousands of dollars of prizes including iPods and Amazon gift certificates.

"Through this event, we hope to create awareness around the impact technology has on closing the achievement gap, enhancing accountability, and increasing teacher quality -- not to mention providing a 21st century environment for students to learn, share and grow," said Melinda George, Executive Director of SETDA. "By imagining one full day without technology, participants will begin to realize the vast potential that technology offers in the field of education and the absolute need for our nation's students to leave high school with strong technology literacy skills."

SETDA will offer free lessons and activities for elementary, middle and high school students in social studies, language arts and technology on the event Website, www.technologyblackoutday.com. Teachers can register at www.technologyblackoutday.com/signup.html.

About SETDA

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is the principal association for state directors of technology and their staff members. SETDA provides its membership consisting of 50 states and three territories with opportunities to collaborate and learn from one another as well as the broader ed-tech community through meetings, surveys, conference calls, and online leadership courses. For more information about SETDA and/or its events, visit http://www.setda.org.

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