Technology Literacy Conference opens Wednesday in Myrtle Beach

vgrooms@thesunnews.comMarch 8, 2013 

The third annual Technology Literacy Conference at the Beach will be held from Wednesday through March 16 at the SeaMist Oceanfront Resort, featuring three internationally renowned keynote speakers, five pre-conference events, 48 breakout sessions and an array of exhibitors.

TLC at the Beach is designed to present a practical approach to integrating technology into literacy teaching and learning. Presenters and participants include representatives from technology, adult, family, K-12, health and financial literacy, as well as English as a Second Language instruction.

Keynote speakers and leaders of breakout sessions will present research and best practices currently in place to assure that teachers and students are prepared and competitive in the 21st century. Conference attendees will choose among 48 workshops, panel presentations and work-share seminars to learn and experience various types of cutting-edge technology covering all sectors of education. An array of vendors and exhibitors will also present their products and services to highlight integrating technology into the literacy curriculum.

On Thursday, there will be two groups of plenary sessions, entertainment by the Socastee High School Jazz Band and remarks from David Stout, director of the Office of Adult Education, S.C. Department of Education, and Cindy Ambrose, Horry County Schools’ chief academic officer.

Deborah Delisle, assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, will present “State of the Nation on Integrating Technology into Teaching” at 3 p.m. Delisle served as the state superintendent of public instruction for the Ohio Department of Education from 2008-11, where e-school news named her a 2008 Tech-Savvy Superintendent. She currently serves as principal adviser to the secretary of education on all matters related to elementary and secondary education. Her office’s mission is to promote academic excellence, enhance educational opportunities and equity for all of America’s children and families, and to improve the quality of teaching and learning by providing leadership, technical assistance and financial support.

On March 15, activities include remarks by Horry County Schools Board of Education member Karen McIlrath, entertainment by Aynor Elementary D.R.U.M. and a keynote address by Milton Chen, “Weapons of Mass Instruction: Providing Every Child with Digital Tools for Modern Learning.” Chen is senior fellow and executive director emeritus at the George Lucas Educational Foundation, a nonprofit operating foundation in the San Francisco Bay Area that utilizes its multimedia website,, and documentary films to communicate a new vision for 21st century schools.

The conference concludes March 16 with remarks by Horry County Schools Superintendent Cynthia Elsberry and a closing address by Gerrita Postlewait. Postlewait currently works as a consultant for the Council of Chief State School Officers’ National Innovation Lab Network. She recently completed a term on the S.C. Board of Education, serving as president of the state board during 2011, and has been employed as chief K-2 officer for the Stupski Foundation; prior to that, she completed 10 years as superintendent for Horry County Schools.

Five pre-conference workshops will kick off this year’s event on Wednesday and will offer in-depth learning opportunities on literacy and learning:

•  Rita Brodnax, educator and brain researcher: “Latest Brain Research on Adult Learning and Infusing Technology into Best Adult Learning Strategies”

•  Jason Broughton, S.C. State Library: “Helping Students and Citizens Gain a Positive Online Persona in Gaining Employment”

•  Valerie Bryan, educational leadership professor: “Health Literacy in the Cyberage”

•  David Deggs, senior program manager with GED® Testing Service: “Guide to Preparing for the 2014 GED® Test”

•  Jim Delisle, author and educator: “Meeting the Intellectual and Emotional Needs of Gifted Children in a School Setting.”

Wednesday’s pre-conference activities include the annual Friends of Adult Education Golf and Mini-Golf Tournaments at Whispering Pines and Spyglass Adventure Golf, respectively. These charity tournaments raise funds to support adult education initiatives throughout the state.

In addition to Adult and Community Education, conference partners include Horry County Schools, the S.C. Department of Education’s Office of Adult Education, Coastal Carolina University, Grand Strand Technology Council, Horry County Literacy Council, Horry Georgetown Technical College, the S.C. Association of Adult and Continuing Education, S.C. Family Literacy and the S.C. Department of Education’s Department of eLearning.

TLC at the Beach will be held at the SeaMist Oceanfront Resort Conference Center at 1200 S. Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. Conference registration fees are $195 for S.C. residents, $50 for college or university students with current student identification, and $245 for all other attendees.

For more information and to register, call Adult Education at 843-488-6200 or visit The conference program booklet is available for viewing at

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