Registration open for Summer Technology Institute for educators

Education professionals are invited to attend a three-day virtual conference Aug. 1–3 sponsored by the University of Maine System’s collaborative instructional technology program.

The theme of this year’s annual event is “Embracing Inquiry, Diversity, and Growth: Innovations in Education.” The institute features speakers, workshops, plenary work sessions, networking opportunities and more.

“The Summer Technology Institute is a unique opportunity to network with colleagues and explore important issues offered through our workshops,” says Donna Karno, instructional technology program coordinator and professor of early childhood education at the University of Maine at Farmington. “Participants are from throughout New England and beyond, allowing for a rich exchange of ideas and a chance to meet new people.”

This year’s conference has three plenary sessions featuring leaders in the field of educational technology: Emma-Marie Banks, Learning Through Technology Coordinator for the Maine Department of Education; Carla Jefferson, Principal of Darlington Virtual Academy in Darlington, South Carolina; and Aaron Schorn, Head of Community and Growth at Unrulr, an education technology company based in Honolulu, Hawaii, focusing on building community.

The Summer Technology Institute is part of a three-credit course offered through the instructional technology graduate program, a partnership between the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development, the University of Maine at Farmington and the University of Southern Maine, with instructors based at all three campuses. Courses are delivered remotely via UMaineOnline. Participants can also attend the institute for professional development and earn 25 contact hours or 2.5 continuing education units (CEUs).

Last year, 65 PK–12 teachers, higher education instructors and other professionals took advantage of this dynamic learning experience.

“The most valuable aspect of this course was the opportunity we had to communicate and collaborate with our peers,” says Robert Hickey, a 2022 participant and PK–12 technology integration specialist. “Being able to get the perspective of someone who holds the same position in a different school or state is eye-opening and really helped solidify my drive and passion for the work I do.”

More information about the 2023 Summer Technology Institute, including registration options, is available online.

Contact: Mia Morrison,