Welcome to the ATE Central Connection! Published the first Monday of each month, the ATE Central Connection is meant to disseminate information to and about ATE centers and projects, providing you with up-to-date ATE news, events, reminders, as well as highlighting new centers, projects, and resources. In addition, we will also highlight an educational topic with complementary resources found within ATE Central to help illustrate how ATE resources can be used in the classroom.

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Upcoming Events

July 11-14 ESRI Education User Conference San Diego, CA
July 19-22 HI-TEC (High Impact Technology Exchange Conference)
(Visit ATE Central at the AMSER booth #13E)
Scottsdale, AZ
July 25-26 New Faculty Training Conference Follow-Up Workshop Ann Arbor, MI
August 4-7 Distance Teaching and Learning Madison, WI
August 10-15 CyberWATCH Faculty Workshop: Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) Certification Prep Arlington, VA
September 22-24 Green Manufacturing Expo Rosemont, IL
September 30 - October 2 National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers Fall Conference 2009 Chicago, IL
September 30 - October 3 National Career Pathways Network Annual Conference 2009 Atlanta, GA

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Featured ATE Center

Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Center

Formerly called the National Center for Information and Communications Technologies, the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Center is an Advanced Technology Education (ATE) resource center which aims to "contribute to scientific and technological innovation in telecommunications education" as well as "provide appropriately skilled technicians and technologists" to information and communication technologies businesses, industry, and users. In the "Publications" section of this site, visitors will find links to ICT textbooks and a helpful glossary of telecommunications terms. In the "Resources" section, there are a number of ICT workforce development presentations and Flash simulations on topics such as shift keying and Ethernet switching. Also in this section, there is a web tutorial on designing accessible web pages. This site has a great deal of information to assist students and technologists in telecommunications fields, as well as ready-to-use instructional materials for educators.

Featured ATE Resources

Here is a small sample of the valuable resources in ATE Central that focus on Information and Communications Technology:

From the ICT Center:

Information and Communications Technologies Center YouTube Channel

This page presents the YouTube channel of the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Center. There is a growing collection of videos focusing on information and communication technologies, with topics such as Second Life, the oscilloscope, digital media production, games and gaming, as well as a number of interviews with others in the communications technology field.

Gordon's Information and Communications Technologies Blog

This page presents the blog of Gordon F. Snyder, Executive Director of the Information and Communications Technologies Center, which presents perspectives on information and communications technology industries and education. Gordon blogs about topics ranging from personal interests, technology and politics, the birth and death of new technologies, and industry developments. In addition to the blog's archives, visitors can find Snyder's photo stream, links to other bloggers of interest, and more information about Gordon himself.

From the Institute for Convergence of Optical and Network Systems (ICONS):

Convergence of Optical and Network Systems

The Institute for Convergence of Optical and Network Systems (ICONS) at City College of San Francisco has created this overview of converging technologies of voice, data, and video networks. ICONS works to integrate these evolving technologies into curricula for the education of information network managers and technicians. The site here is divided into five sections: Telephone Networks, Data Networks, Cable Television Networks, Wireless, and Convergence. Each section briefly discusses the purpose and application of each technology and how it benefits when converged with the others. It's a useful overview for any information technology classroom.

For more ATE resources about information and communications technology please visit:

News & Reminders

ATE Central will be at the HI-TEC Conference in Scottsdale, AZ on July 19-22. Please visit us at the AMSER booth #13E at the Technology Showcase while you are at the conference.

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In addition to completing the survey, you may also want to download the ATE Central Handbook at Here you will find information about ATE Central and how your project or center may take part and benefit from ATE Central's portal and services.