Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Being Remarkable! The 2013 Learning and Technology Showcase

Photos courtesy of Tim Berndt and Susan Brott

This past Saturday, we hosted the 2013 Technology and Learning Showcase, an opportunity for our staff and students to share some of the great learning happening this past year in our district. Over 200 students, parents and community members and staff from other districts attended the event. This year's showcase featured the work of many of our staff who took part in our iSquared Integration Initiative, an effort to unleash student passion for learning and empower great teaching through grants for technology in classrooms. The staff taking part in the initiative committed to ongoing training throughout the year in use of the devices they would be using in their classroom. 
In addition, other staff and students chose to take part, including students in our eLearning2 initiative, Project Lead the Way students from Edina High School, and 8th graders who had participated in a Language Arts Book Trailer contest, as well as documentary films from students in 21st Century Literacy.

South View Middle School 8th Grade Language Arts Book Trailer Finalists

Documentary on the South View Writing Center

It was a great opportunity for people to learn from each other, as well as share the digital-age learning enhanced through technology in our district. My favorite part is talking with students as they share their projects. I'm always picking up something new!

On our Showcase Website, we have included links to reflections from staff who incorporated iPads for both student learning and instruction, Interactive White Boards and Screencasting for instruction, and Chromebooks for student learning. They provide great insight into how the devices have been incorporated into classrooms as well as tips for others interested in using the technology in the future. We hope this will be a resource for our staff and others as we move forward with iSquared in 2013-14.

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