Students observe a demonstration by an HTC representative at the first UIW Tech Fair.

By Ashley Festa

The UIW Technology Department’s first Tech Fair offered an array of presentations and demonstrations to the more than 500 students, faculty and staff who attended. The fair highlighted a wide range of technologies used at UIW and helped increase the community’s knowledge about emerging tools and devices that can enhance teaching and learning.

A standing-room-only turnout packed the library auditorium for the morning’s keynote address from Ian Temple, director of global education at Cisco Systems, who presented “Technology Trends in Higher Education.” Technology exhibits showcased new technology tools and services that the IT department offers. Support from vendors such as Apple, Dell, Blackboard, Cisco, AT&T, HTC and Motorola rounded out the event.

“UIW’s growing sophistication in technology applications for teaching and learning are complemented by the fair,” said Dr. Pat LeMay Burr, professor in the H-E-B School of Business and Administration who offers an iPad-assisted international business course. “We had exhibits with the iPad, about classroom applications, and by students who are producing smartphone apps. Everything associated with the fair was state-of-the-art.”

“We look forward to making this an annual event and continuing to support the appropriate integration of technology into teaching and learning activities,” UIW CIO Marshall Eidson said.