M-E hosts NYS Technology Conference
On Superintendent’s Conference day on March 16, approximately 700 teachers, administrators, and professional development specialists from throughout New York State converged on Maine-Endwell for the fourth New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education (NYSCATE) conference. The event hosted this year by Maine-Endwell, was held at the High School and offered participants their choice of 70, one-hour educational workshops. The event is designed to be an opportunity for participants to connect, collaborate, create and communicate about the latest educational technology.

Several Maine-Endwell staff and students, including High School students and fifth graders and third graders from Homer Brink, were among the workshop presenters!

Attendees were welcomed by Maine-Endwell Superintendent Jason Van Fossen and NYSCATE CEO/ Executive Director Dr. Amy delCorvio. The event keynote address by Chris Lehmann followed. Lehmann is the founding principal of the Science and Leadership Academy, a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia, and author of “Building Schools 2.0.”  He spoke about student-centered education.

Educators then had the chance to visit their choice of presentations during three sessions. Topics included Google Suite, the flipped classroom, digital citizenship, telepresence education, 3D printing, STEM exploration, coding, digital storytelling, and more.

Student workshop leaders included Homer Brink fifth graders who presented “Google Suite for Kids,” and “Creating Student Portfolios Using Google Sites.” Homer Brink third graders led a St. Patrick’s Day themed BreakoutEDU, and M-E High School students led a discussion on, “A Student’s Perspective on Technology in the Classroom.”

Student volunteers from the HS served as ambassadors for the district,  answering questions and helping participants navigate the building. Members of the HS women’s quartet sang the National Anthem to open the event.

Elsewhere around the district, Maine-Endwell administrators and nurses participated in a presentation on the science behind addiction along with Narcan training. Teachers participated in webinars, curriculum develpment and mental health first aid.

ConnectEd was sponsored by Broome-Tioga BOCES, NYSCATE, and NYS Teacher Centers.
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