Executive Director Rachel Spates is all smiles at the front doors to welcome everyone to the West GA RESA 1st Annual TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT. What a gorgeous morning in Grantville, GA! The focus is on succeeding in 21st century technology teaching and learning skills for students across Georgia. Spates says “We are beginning to realize the potential of extending the classroom to the virtual world, where the capacity exists to reach all students. At the end of the rainbow is the promise of a better education, but only if teachers and students have the resources and support to do it.” Spates says it’s time as educators to make sure our thinking about technology & instruction & student achievement has made the shift to work at the students’ pace and proficiency level not that of the teachers. “The students in our classrooms are technology natives; they expect to be engaged in relevant performance tasks and real-world problem solving.”
More than a half-dozen West GA school districts are on site, and educators have come from miles, electronically and literally, to be at the Technology Summit designed to help educators think in the ways of young digital natives – by keeping tech at the front of learning and in every lesson.
In keeping with the tech-based theme, Keynote Speaker Travis Allen was available by video drop speaking about his non-profit organization, iSchool Initiative. Allen began his non-profit when still in high school, by using a YouTube video that basically went viral, inspiring and motivating educators and students to embrace mobile learning. He’s now a student at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia.
He’s been visiting schools and communities across the United States (by video and in person) to share in the excitement about what was at first his passion and now is a personal mission. His Digital Learning Revolution Tour Bus can roll anywhere in the country to bring the best and latest in educational technology. It’s a true model of what a “connected classroom can be,” according to iSchool Initiative. Allen’s non-profit offers professional learning to educators, too, and trains on how to use the latest instructional technology tools and platforms. How cool is that?
More about iSchool Initiative @ http://ischoolinitiative.org/
Travis Allen’s YouTube appeal for Tech Support for Students @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68KgAcx_9jU
West GA Tech Summit online @ http://www.ciclt.net/ul/garesa/technologytools6313.pdf
More about West GA RESA @ http://www.ciclt.net/sn/clt/garesa/default.aspx?ClientCode=garesa
Presentations: 50+ Best Blogs & Websites by Jennifer Gates (Session 2) Top 50 Instructional Technology Websites by Jennifer A. Gates FINAL
Flyer with QR code for High Tail download: 50Websites&BlogsQRCodeTechSummit
Director Spates Summit Program: 2013 Technology Summit Program(RTP) FINAL