Youngstown, OH – Turning Technologies, the global leader of response technology, will hold its Annual User Conference at the Miami Beach Resort and Spa in Miami, FL November 12-13, 2012. During the two day event, users from higher education and corporate environments can expect to expand existing awareness and knowledge of response systems and research-based instructional strategies that positively impact the learning process. Attendees will have the opportunity to see keynotes by industry leaders, poster sessions led by peer advocates, as well as over 25 diverse user-led sessions from presenters representing colleges, universities, and corporations across the country including: University of Maryland, Walsh University, Buffalo State College, EMC Corporation and Cox Communications. A pre-conference offering hands-on training is also available on November 11th. Keynote speakers include:
• Dr. Eric Mazur – Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, Harvard University and Area Dean of Applied Physics, Author of Peer Instruction: A User’s Manual
Dr. Mazur’s teaching method has a large national and international following, and has been adapted to teaching many disciplines. He is author or co-author of over 200 publications and 12 patents, and helped produce the award-winning DVD Interactive Teaching.
Almost 20 years ago, Harvard physicist Eric Mazur had an “aha” moment about his teaching practice that forced him to rethink the traditional unidirectional teaching model. He described his early approach to courses as “not how you teach it, but what you cover. [Then] I realized education was not merely a transfer of information. It was about how well students could assimilate information and transfer it to their own experience.” So Dr. Mazur radically changed his approach. He developed a strategy that incorporates “just-in-time” teaching with short lectures punctuated by conceptual questions posed to the students, using classroom response technology. Dr. Mazur asks his students to think about and respond to these questions, and to attempt to convince each other of their positions. This is the basis of what he calls the Peer Instruction method, which engages students, provides continuous assessment and feedback, and allows students to learn from each other.
• Mark Taylor – M.S.W., Ed.D, President, Taylor Programs

Mark Taylor is a nationally recognized educator, expert, speaker and consultant dedicated to helping colleges and universities better understand and serve our students for learning, development, persistence and successful integration into the “after college” world and to successfully bring younger workers into productive roles. Building on over 25 years of experience in higher education, management and the helping professions, Dr. Taylor’s has worked with over 200 schools in 38 states, made presentations at state, regional, and national events, and consulted with business clients like 20th Century Fox, Wal-Mart, the University of Tennessee Hospital and the U.S. Army.

• Becky Pike Pluth – M.Ed., VP of Training & Development, The Bob Pike Group

Becky Pluth is the Vice President of Training and Development at The Bob Pike Group and trainer to Fortune 500 companies. She has a decade of experience with cross-functional design and delivery impact in training, project management and business operations. Becky has 17 years of exposure to Bob Pike’s Creative Training Techniques (CTT) and employs a participant-centered approach to classroom training, one-on-one training and blended e-learning. She is a certified K-12 teacher and received her master’s degree from St. Mary’s University. Becky is a member of the American Society for Training and Development and the National Speakers Association.

• Melinda J. Micheletto, Ph.D – Professor of Marketing, Saint Michael’s College, Turning Technologies Distinguished Educator

Dr. Micheletto serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Business Administration & Accounting. She uses the technology on a daily basis and has found it to be a valuable learning tool in any learning/training environment, including the workplace. She has taught at a variety of educational institutions including, University of Notre Dame, University of Northern Colorado, and James Madison University. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in Marketing, with minors in Advertising and Psychology. As a Distinguished Educator for Turning Technologies, Melinda has conducted over 60 presentations in the past two years at various conferences, universities, corporations and government entities across the country demonstrating how the technology can enhance learning and increase retention.

“Our user conferences are one of our best customer experiences year after year. The combination of our outstanding speakers – industry leaders and knowledge experts from multiple disciplines – and our diverse and enthusiastic attendees creates a collaborative platform that encourages the exchange of proven instructional ideas and best practices,” stated Turning Technologies’ CEO, Mike Broderick. “Turning Technologies’ is committed at every conference we host to build a unique and productive learning event that allows attendees to interact with their peers and share their knowledge.”

Conference registration is now open and space is limited. For full details of the conference, visit http://www.turningtechnologies.com/ttuc.

About Turning Technologies:
Turning Technologies creates leading assessment delivery and data collection solutions for learning environments. Founded in 2002, the company began with the development of response technology that was affordable, user-friendly and better documented so that users could easily grasp its benefits. Today, more than four million ResponseCard keypads have been delivered to K-12 schools, universities and businesses worldwide. Turning has expanded its portfolio of products to include data collection systems that securely transfer digital data for various assessment, testing and certification programs. Based in Youngstown, OH, information on Turning Technologies’ solutions can be found at www.TurningTechnologies.com.

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