The New Jersey Association for Educational Technology (NJAET) serves a variety of educators and those interested in education including teachers, technology coordinators, administrators, consultants, computer companies, software vendors, and others. It provides publications, conferences, and special programs for its members.
Membership is free and open to anyone, whether or not they live or work in New Jersey.
Founded in 1986, the association is governed by the NJAET Executive Board. The Board consists of the officers, committees, liaisons to other organizations, special appointees, and founding and emeritus members. Board meetings are held approximately six times per year. Committee meetings and the winter meeting of the entire Executive Board are sometimes held online.
The organization has no print publications. Members periodically receive notification of our electronic newsletter called the NJAET News. This publication features brief news items from NJAET, ISTE, NJECC, NJTEEA and other sources. Members also receive notification whenever an issue of the Big Deal Book of Technology newsletter is posted on the site.
This website (www.njaet.org) contains information about conferences, awards and contests, publications and membership. It also serves as a way for Executive Board members to review minutes, policies and other information.
NJAET held its first annual conference in 1988 when it was a brand new state organization with approximately 50 members. Since then, the number of members has increased tremendously and the organization continues to help members keep up with advances in technology.
For over a decade, NJAET held an annual conference at Georgian Court University in central New Jersey. This one-day conference featured hands-on workshops and presentations in addition to a vendor area. In more recent years, NJAET has held several un-conferences and the most recent events include Summer #TechSplash held at Stone Bridge Middle School in Allentown, NJ. All of these events offer professional development opportunities for members.
For years the organization has presented a Tech of the Year Award to a deserving educator selected from a pool of nominees. For the 2009-10 school year this award was replaced with a competitive mini-grant program. Awards were made in January and winners had the remainder of the year to enact their plans. In 2015-2016, the Dave Cochran Award for Excellence was awarded to a New Jersey educator in honor of Dr. David Cochran, who served the Executive Board for many, many years.
NJAET has undergone great changes as it has become a non-print organization. The results have been positive with increased membership and greater communication.
NJAET works to promote the use of technology in education through the following specific purposes:
- To establish regular communication among New Jersey educators regarding key ideas, resources and innovations via newsletter, online discussions, conferences, and other methods as appropriate for the discussion and resolution of common problems.
- To promote effective programs of research and development in educational technology through pilot projects, grants, contests, and any other methods available.
- To act as a clearinghouse for state and national technology information and activities and encourage partnership with other organizations to create and strengthen linkages between various groups involved in educational technology.
- To enhance training and educational opportunities for all regions in the state of New Jersey.
- To encourage the application of educational technology and current research to the improvement of instructional practice.
NJAET works cooperatively with the Educational Technology Office of the State Department of Education and with other technology organizations around the state to accomplish these purposes.