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District Employees participate in technology fair


  A cadre of Henry County Schools’ employees recently participated in the district’s technology fair, held before the start of school. Over 100 teachers, media specialists, administrators, instructional lead teachers, and paraprofessionals took part in the one-day event aimed at providing hands-on sessions and engaging workshops to deliver ideas and strategies for utilizing available technology in the school system.

Technology fair attendees participating in one of the many sessions offered.                                              Special photo

  Various programs and topics included grant writing, using classroom response systems (e-Instruction and Activotes), uses for the document camera, free Microsoft tools for educators, Assessment & Dynamic Questions, utilizing technology to enhance instruction, and technology to target language arts CCGPS. Hands-on activities included sessions utilizing SchoolWires, Prezi, and OneNote among others.

  According to Instructional Technology Specialist Tracina Wyatt, the technology fair was the first one held in Henry County Schools, but they hope to make it an annual event.

  “We intend to expand the tech fair next year with a goal of accommodating more educators and providing a greater number of learning opportunities,” added Dr. Brian Blanton, Instructional Technology Coordinator for Henry County Schools. “This expansion will include additional concurrent sessions and presenters.”

  The Instructional Technology team of Wyatt, Blanton, Ann Armstrong, Justin Castile, and Brittany Ware hosted the event at Henry County High School. Members of the Learning and Leadership Services Department and Technology Services Department assisted with presentations and resources.

  At the conclusion of the day, attendees shared their excitement for items presented. Some noted the new methods learned to help inspire students, while others doted on opportunities for expanded learning and communication tools.

  In addition to new educational technology resources, fair attendees left with prizes as local businesses chipped in with giveaways.



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