Google apps and mobile devices. Robotics and 3D printers. Northside schools are integrating technology in unique ways to engage students in learning and an annual event allows students and teachers to share the successes from their campuses.
The third annual Kelly Smith Technology Expo is scheduled for Wednesday, May 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Paul Taylor Field House and the Northside Activity Center, 7001 Culebra Road. The event is free and open to the public.
“The Tech Expo is the perfect forum for students and teachers to show off the exciting ways they are utilizing technology in instruction and they will hopefully inspire other students and teachers to take fresh ideas back to their campuses,” says Superintendent Dr. Brian Woods. “I am especially thrilled that our students will take the lead in showcasing the tools they are using to demonstrate knowledge in all subject areas.”
Students from more than 100 elementary, middle and high schools will participate.
Schools will have tables at Paul Taylor Field House and the Northside Activity Center, and visitors will watch technology demonstrations, robotics demonstrations, and talk to students and teachers in an interactive and informal setting.
Among the topics showcased this year are: Google Apps for Education, iPads and Chromebooks in the classroom, technology camps and clubs, Google hangouts and Skype learning connections, and digital citizenship.
“It’s not about the technology; it’s about how the technology is used as a tool in 21st century learning,” says Doug Shudde, Director of Academic Technology and Library & Textbook Services. “It’s a way to enhance the 4 C’s – creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.”
There will also be drawings for door prizes for students and staff.
Last year’s event drew more than 1,500 people and participation from 90 schools.