Thursday, November 8

Natick Technology Day 2012

Kudos to Natick Public Schools for hosting the recent Natick Technology Day 2012 event: what a valuable in-service day it was! As an added bonus for me, out-of-district educators were also invited to attend – the best invitation that I’ve had in a long time!
According to the conference web site, “The Natick Technology Conference was initiated in 2009 with the goal of supporting the effective integration of technology to enhance learning opportunities and outcomes for students. Since that time the conference has evolved and grown into an amazing professional learning experience for Natick teachers. The success of the conference prompted Natick to open its doors to other districts for the 2012 conference.”
Participants were offered upwards to 50 technology related workshops delivered during two 90-minute sessions. Choosing which workshops to attend was a difficult decision for this technology geek as the offerings were all great opportunities to learn, collaborate and network from and with many dedicated educators.
After lunch, the attendees were given the opportunity to visit the 60 Technology in Action showcases. Held in the school’s gym, students and teachers (from Natick Public Schools) demonstrated their technology skills by showing us how they use such tools (and apps) as iMove, iPhoto, Garage Band, Google Docs, Pages, and Scratch, just to name a few. We were able to view student Podcasts, blogs, web sites, Google Doc projects and numerous other, very impressive projects. I was equally impressed with the life-size robot!
Thanks again to Natick Public Schools for organizing a very successful Technology Conference and thanks for the invite!
If you’d like to read more about the technology conference, you can follow them on Twitter @: @NatickTech    Hashtag #NT12