This week, three District staff members participated in the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference, held this year in Atlanta.  Over 16,000 worldwide educators attended, as well as over 2,500 vendors.  The conference lasted for five days.

We learned a great deal that will assist us in this fall's initiatives, specifically.

  • Google Apps for Education: Heading into the second year of our deployment, we learned some new ways of using GA with students and staff.  A LOT of school districts have made the transition to GA.
  • Different management services and products that tie into Google Apps for Education, and that other districts are using to manage 1-to-1 Chromebook rollouts for students.
  • We talked with Schoology and districts that are using it with their students.
  • We got ideas from districts that have already established student-run "genuis bar" help stations for their 1-to-1 deployments.  LVHS is considering such a resource for students and staff this fall.

   
We also got to view some trending educational technology, including classroom robotics and 3D printing.

 

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The exhibit hall was huge, with hundreds of edtech vendor booths
displaying products and services.

 

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The Google booth was very busy.  A lot of quick learning sessions were going on.

 

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Educational robotics is a trending topic.

 

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Scenery from Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta

 

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Scenery from Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta

 

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 Various characters seen on the exhibit hall floor!

 

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