WOODBURN, Ind. (FOX 55) - The iTeach Tech conference is a first of its kind in the area. Hosted by EACS, the 2 day conference is drawing teachers in from everywhere in Northeast Indiana to help them learn how to effectively use technology in a classroom for all ages and all subjects.
Keith Madsen, the Technology Director at East Allen says the information is multi-functional, saying "Anywhere from kindergarten all the way up to 12th grade tools that you would use for collaboration and creation with your students or with your colleagues for a variety of subject areas whether it be the core subject areas and it's tools you would use on an assessment, tools you would use on assignments, all sorts of different technology tools."
Teachers got to checkout the latest in tech, like the zSpace machine from RTI. The augmented reality program allows users to put on special glasses and practice everything from examining biological life to performing operations on cadavers.
Some of the technology is a bit simpler, like learning about different websites that can be implemented right away to enhance student learning.
"One of the great things is using websites where the students can research pictures and more or less make there own brainstorm..." said Ashley Bechill, a Kindergarten teacher at Cedarville Elementary, about what she found most useful out of her very first session.
But, it's not just technology tips that teachers are learning. They're also learning how to change the culture of their school.
Gerry Grooks is a nationally recognized school principal and school culture coach. He believes teachers can change the culture of their school and that includes how to properly use technology, but he recognizes the profession is changing and wants parents to know teachers are giving up parts of their summer for a reason
Brooks said "You know we're in a very difficult profession these days, so I hope that parents and the general population, the general public will support teachers."
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