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Technology forum continues Saturday at High School of the Future

By the Notebook on May 2, 2014 01:48 PM

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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Comments (3)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 2, 2014 7:00 pm
High School of the Future is a complete failure!! Their scores are terrible. It's the last place that should be hosting an event about best practices in education.
Submitted by Kat Henry (not verified) on May 3, 2014 7:19 am
To The person who has submitted an Anonymous comment: I find it interesting that you are commenting anonymously. What is the source of your information? Why don't YOU attend the Educator's Forum today? Check it out firsthand for yourself? Yes, there have been many challenges for this school --particularly this past year--especially given the infusion of students from what was formerly University City HS, the District's severe budget cuts, the lack of key support staff, etc. NO public school has been immune to this "crisis". However,, SOF just received a commitment from the District to partner very closely with the school, because they now see how GREAT this school can be! The Educator's Forum is in the perfect location for showcasing innovation in technology, for few Public schools have this specific combination of technology and tech-savvy educators AND esthetically, the school is a lovely place to showcase these innovations in education using technology! I implore you-- don't be so quick to write off School of the Future. Instead, join me in cheering the school on as it weather's the storm- the same "storm" that all of our Public schools face right now- and recognize it for the diamond that it could (and should) become! If School of the Future can thrive, it will be GREAT news, because it will mean there's is hope of saving our public schools here in Philadelphia Now, wouldn't THAT be something to look forward to? :-) Kat
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 3, 2014 9:38 am
I'm at the Forum now, so exciting to see so many educators and learners connecting and networking about innovative ways to teach and learn, and how to use technology in a meaningful way.

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