Sunday, September 9, 2012

JPS Tech Day a Success

JPS teachers and administrators returned for the 2012-2013 school year with three days of professional development spanning August 28-30.  The second day was dedicated to technology training and was a grand success.  The event was organized by high school principal Dr. Brandon Graham and Director of Information Technology Dave Tchozewski.

The kick-off for the day was provided by Dave Tchozewski as he shared a picture history of the tech journey traveled this summer.  You can see a few of those pictures below.


Our Keynote Speaker was Andy Losik, Hamilton Public School Technology Teacher.  Andy is the 2009 Michigan Technology Using Educator and is also an Apple Distinguished Educator.  He challenged our staff to tap into the power of the technology to create great student work.  You can follow Andy on Twitter at @mrlosik.

Over 50 technology focused sessions were offered, each being presented by a fellow JPS staff member.  Session topics included using iPads for presentations, using iMovie to create tutorials, learning how to use a document camera, creating websites, creating and sharing epubs, sharing of educational websites and iPad apps, and much more.  You can check out the full list of sessions at this link.

Early feedback from staff members indicate that this type of professional development was beneficial and appreciated.  Most of the sessions were hands-on and allowed for an attendee to leave with knowledge and skills to incorporate the information into their own classroom.

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