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Graves teachers teach peers technology

Graves County Schools holds first summer tech conference for teachers

TEACHING THE TEACHERS TECHNOLOGY – Some 130 teachers in the Graves County Schools listened to approximately 30 of their colleagues teach them how to use various technologies in their classrooms little more than a week after the 2011-12 school year ended. Topics ranged from digital kits and clouds to Google, multi-media presentations, and using video in the classroom. BYOD, Bring Your Own Device, was the topic of several sessions. This fall, Graves County High School students may bring their own devices to connect to the internet through the school’s wi-fi, which will continue to serve as a filter for inappropriate material. The district has offered summer workshops before, but this was the first effort for a massive, one-day conference relying heavily on teachers as presenters. “We’re really excited about the quality presentations and the interest in this workshop,” said Graves County Schools’ technology integration specialist Amanda Henderson. “We surveyed teachers to determine what they need and we had a tremendous response from teachers willing to share their own knowledge. Technology obviously is a major part of the 21st century world and, clearly, we want our teachers to be on the cutting edge, so their students will be on the cutting edge, too!”
(Photo by Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools)

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