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Sandwich Teachers “Dare to Innovate” at Conference

by Karen McGrath, Department Chair, Technology – Sandwich High School

On October 21st and 22nd several Sandwich High School educators attended the Massachusetts Using Educators Annual Fall Conference, “Dare to Innovate” at Gillette stadium.  

There were over 2,700 attendees, 150 different breakout sessions, 120 vendors exhibiting in the vendor hall, a student showcase area and opportunities for educators to collaborate and network in the teacher brainstorm area.

One of the keynote speakers was 12 year old Maxwell Surprenant. He was inspirational to say the least! You can view his inspirational keynote presentation here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpmyCEUBF3c&sns=em

Steve Vinter from Google also presented. His message highlighted the fact that we need to begin computer science in the early grades if we are going to ignite students passion for it. Our future depends on this as Steve points out, “Computing is the future of Massachusetts Jobs.”

The many break-out sessions featured educators learning about new and better ways to incorporate technology into their curriculum. Technology is radically redefining the way we communicate, create, and learn. This is incredibly exciting!  After two days everyone felt inspired to innovate using technology!

To learn more about the conference visit:

http://www.masscue.org/pages/MassCUE

Besides the unbelievable fall conference, MassCue provides a wide range of professional development, partner to host events with like-minded organizations (MA Superintendents, MA School Libraries), and supports local special interest groups. Masscue  is the state’s leading organization for educators with a passion for technology in education.  Starting as a grassroots organization 32 years ago with 15 teachers meeting in a school library, it has grown to 750 active members and 100 corporate members.

 MassCue is the state’s educational technology leaders, who are dedicated to providing an innovative, strategic vision of the future of educational technology.

To learn more about MassCue visit:

http://www.masscue.org/pages/MassCUE

A "table-full" of of SHS teachers from many departments joined Director of Technology Bryce Harper at the Conference

A “table-full” of of SHS teachers from many departments joined Director of Technology Bryce Harper at the Conference