This past Thursday & Friday, I had the honor of attending the Fall Nebraska EdTech Conference at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney, NE. This is a smaller version of the Spring NETA Conference, and with that, I would highly recommend this for teachers and administrators who are just getting started in the EdTech revolution. Being in Kearney, it is more centrally located in the state which helps accommodate travel time and distance for more people. I had a great experience, and below is a list of my Top Take-Aways from attending the conference.
1. Seesaw is an incredible engagement tool for students and parents, and is especially useful at the elementary and preschool level! Click to visit the Seesaw Website and learn all about it!
2. Jimmy Casas delivered an inspiring keynote speech. If you have never heard Jimmy Speak before, you are missing out! Check out Jimmy's Website and follow him on social media today!
3. Crystal Hurt had an excellent session entitled "The Writing Process Gone Googly," where she presented tons of helpful information regarding add-ons in Docs and Chrome Extensions to help maximize the writing process for students.
4. Tim Elge and Brenda Klawonn from Aurora High School presented on the Heroes and Huskies Project, which is an incredible project that pairs students with Veterans and the students create a digital presentation that helps share their story. You can learn all about this project by visiting their Website.
5. Class Intercom: teach your students to tell your school's story via social media in a way that is monitored and safe! Cameron Hudson, Taylor Siebert, and Tim Huls did a great job of demonstrating this powerful learning tool!
6. "If You Build It, They Will Come, But Only If They Can Help Build It Too!" Keegan Korf and Kelly Means are both Instructional Technology Specialists in Omaha Public Schools, and they shared great information that emphasized that integrating technology purposefully is more than just device roll out.
It was a great (and fast!) day and a half at the Fall EdTech Conference in Kearney. I continue to be amazed by all of the great instruction that is taking place in Nebraska schools, and how technology plays an important role in supporting that.
Ben is the Technology Integration Specialist at ESU 4 in Auburn, NE. He is also a Google for Education Certified Trainer.