A chance to peer into the future Maryland's annual Technology Showcase begins tomorrow at UB

December 09, 1996|By Timothy J. Mullaney | Timothy J. Mullaney,SUN STAFF

Up to 6,000 people are expected to crowd into the University of Baltimore's business school tomorrow and Wednesday for two days of talks on how new technology can help education and business.

The event is the state government's second annual Maryland Technology Showcase.

"For many people, this is a one-stop introduction to technology and its impact on Maryland schools, business and government," said Dave Humphrey, spokesman for Maryland's Department of General Services.

More than 85 different seminars are set for the two days, covering everything from the future of the World Wide Web to the history of cocaine.

Highlighted will be educational programs for the benefit of 2,000 students expected to attend and programs teaching business people how to use the Internet to conduct business in Maryland -- and to find and use online state and local government services.

"If you ever went to a trade show, you've probably seen 95 to 98 percent [commercial] exhibits. This has a blend," said Major F. Riddick Jr., the governor's chief of staff.

"This is a fairly key event to lift the consciousness of the average citizen and bring about a much better awareness of how we can transform education and classroom instruction related to technology."

Gov. Parris N. Glendening will highlight the possibilities for technology in instruction by teaching a class at UB tomorrow morning that will be beamed to 14 high schools and colleges statewide and broadcast on cable television, Humphrey said.

Other educational programs include sessions on using Web content in curricula, using state archives, and poetry in the computer classroom.

Admission at the door is $15, Humphrey said.

Pub Date: 12/09/96

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