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Technology forum continues Saturday at High School of the Future

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by Dan Hampton

The Educator Forum, where educators submit projects showing how they engage students with technology, continues Saturday at High School of the Future in West Philadelphia.

The two-day event, which started Friday, allows participants to compete for prizes, including a $1,000 technology grant, a tablet, or a new student-response system promoting participation.

Lisa Nutter from Philadelphia Academies will moderate a panel discussion that will include Laura Jacklin from Central High School, Teresa A. Nance from Villanova, Mathew Riggan from The Workshop School, and Building 21’s Laura Shubilla.

Saturday’s workshops will be divided into two blocks, the first with four workshops and the other with three. The day starts at 9 a.m.  

In the first block of sessions, SEPAECT will present on "App Attack," which looks at 60 apps that can contribute to classrooms.

Paula Don from the District will present on "Enhancing the Common Core with Technology," looking at how the International Society for Technology in Education can engage the Common Core standards online and off.

Jennifer Ward will present "Empowering Writers," a workshop focusing on using tools that enhance writing such as Twitter and Google Apps, and showing what technology schools are now doing to improve students’ writing.

High School of the Future will give a “Live Look” at a social studies classroom so participants can see what they’re doing using tools such as LanSchool, Teacherease, and Microsoft Office 365.

Teach Meets will also host their presentation, "60 in 60 Inverted and Interactive," where teachers can share their experiences with different tools, apps, or programs they use in their classroom.

In block three of the event, a representative from Villanova University will present "Building Sustainable Partnerships," explaining what educators must do to develop partnerships that lead to successful projects and programs.

Another workshop will look at MIT’s App Inventor, a free, web-based program that can be used to create useful apps in the classroom.

Finally, Microsoft’s session titled "The Digital Notebook: The Ultimate Too," will include Tony Franklin presenting on using programs like Microsoft OneNote to easily share notebooks and collaborate with peers.

Those who are interested in attending must RSVP for the workshop they want to attend on the High School of the Future website.

Dan Hampton is an intern at the Notebook.

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