Many of the LHRIC’s technology vendors came together Nov. 1 for Tech Summit 2013 to highlight the various products and services that are currently being used by local school districts to help transform learning.
|Executive Director Dr. Dennis Lauro|
welcomes local school district
representatives to the inaugural Tech
Held at the Edith Macy Conference Center in Briarcliff Manor, the event included the following companies: Achieve 3000, Aerohive Networks, Annese, Aruba Networks, Atlantic, Aztec, Bump Armor, Castle Learning Online, CDWG, Cisco, Day Automation, Dell, Dice Communications, eChalk, eSchool Data, Finance Manager, HP, IBM, Infinite Campus, K12Alerts, Learning3.com, New Paltz State University of New York, One Vision, Pearson Education, Questar Assessment, Inc., Linkit!, Smart Technologies, Strategic Measurement & Evaluation, Inc., Stratagem Security, Vandis and Verizon Wireless.
In addition to learning from the various vendors, participants also had a chance to hear some thought-provoking ideas from a number of speakers, including Dr. Frederick M. Hess, an educator and co-author of the book, “Breakthrough Leadership in the Digital Age: Using Learning Science to Reboot Schooling.”
Other spotlight talks included “Getting Googley on the iPad” and “Google Forms and Data Collection,” both delivered by Dr. Christopher Craft, a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer, a Google Certified Teacher and recipient of ISTE’s Making IT Happen Award 2009.
Steve Dembo, director of social media strategy and online community at Discovery Education, gave a lively talk titled, “22nd Century Skills: Bringing Future Technology into the Classroom,” as well another presentation on finding innovative ways to use technology to increase classroom learning.
Plenty of resources and cutting-edge information was available to Tech Summit participants throughout the day, with several breakout sessions on various topics.
They included an update on the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessments and how to prepare for computer-based testing, designing a secure campus, how to prepare a network for mobile advices, the educational uses of 3D printing, inspiring students through the power of the iPad, new trends in distance learning, electronics and display technology, and much more.