C-TEC Technology in education conference taking shape


More technology, more creativity and innovation, more local and international presenters

PHILIPSBURG – The C-TEC 2016 conference and expo will take place in the Hillside Christian School (Asha Stevens Campus) and the adjoining NIPA building, from Sunday, October 23, to Tuesday, October 25.

The second installment of this conference will be an even larger fascinating array of local and international educators, experts, tech companies and publishing houses. The aim is to bring together the best practices in fusing technology into education, from St. Maarten, the Caribbean and the wider world. The C-TEC conference is the brainchild of the well-known Foresee (4C) Foundation, with a proven track record of taking technology in the schools to the next level.

Several technology initiatives are taking place in schools. Oftentimes, however, the focus is on implementing the tools, like computers, networks and internet access. These tools are only necessary conditions, and offer no guarantee for success. The Foresee Foundation has observed that true integration of technology into the daily reality of teaching is an area that requires more attention.

“Foresee Foundation is working on bringing more technology to Caribbean classrooms by training educators and highlighting the importance of 21st century education by offering workshops to teachers and sharing good practices with colleagues in the Caribbean and beyond, acknowledging and appreciating initiatives taken by nearly all schools and school boards on the island,” a statement said.

Building on the resounding success of the 2015 conference, C-TEC organizers now provide even more technology, more creativity and innovation, with more local and international presenters.  This technological extravaganza will kick off with an Open House for the general public on Sunday, October 23, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

Parents and students in particular and all interested persons in the community will have an opportunity to glimpse the technological tools of 21st century education.

The Expo will include local and international businesses. Businesses will present their latest products in technology. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet selected speakers who will share their knowledge of Web 2.0 tools, gaming, digital literacy and citizenship.

The Philipsburg Jubilee Library in collaboration with Foresee Foundation is excited to introduce the DigiWorkz MakersLab. The enthusiastic DigiWorkz team will show 3D printing, the use of a laser cutter, 3D pens, works with Arduino, Littlebits, MakeyMakeys and their green screen.

The newly established “For-The-Win” team will soft launch their organization and share the ins and outs of gaming in education. Children and adults can also participate in fun educational games and experience the world of coding, programming and app making.

Persons and businesses interested in being part of the Expo or being a presenter during the conference can send an email to info@ctec-conference.com or call 581-5050 (José Sommers).  Scroll through a full overview of the C-TEC conference information at their website: www.ctec-conference.com.