Join fellow local educators for the 3rd installment (and so far annual) NEOTIE educational technology conference on October 1, 2016 at Orange High School. With over 30 sessions throughout the day, it will be worth your time! Registration is limited, so sign up soon. Individual registration is $15 and includes breakfast, lunch, t-shirt, and access to all keynote and breakout sessions. Group registration and discounts are available if you sign up as a team. Featured keynote speaker this year is Stephanie DeMichele of NEOwit!
This annual conference sells out quickly--and with good reason! The area's best and brightest educators are always eager to share their most innovative instructional practices, and this year's conferences features three of our very own NEOwit members in the spotlight:
The event is held at the Idea Center at Playhouse Square on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, so be sure to register soon to reserve your spot!
Vicki Turner, Supervisor of Instructional Technology for Strongsville City Schools, is finally seeing her plan for 1:1 come to fruition. As part of the district's $650,000 1:1 student technology initiative, each incoming freshman will receive a new Chromebook that will accompany him or her through the four years of high school. After graduation, the students will own their devices. Read more about Vicki's innovative plan for the district here.
The Instructional Technology Integration Partnership of Ohio's annual Google Summit is right around the corner (May 16-17, 2016), and two of NEOwit's own are presenting! Ann Radefeld will be sharing her experiences with Google Hangouts in her session entitled "Let's Hang Out!," and Jennifer Bengele shares her knowledge of digital grading with the add-on Joe Zoo in "Let Joe Grade Your Papers." We are thrilled that the rest of Ohio's educators will get a chance to learn from our best and brightest!
Every year, WVIZ / PBS Ideastream Education honors a member of its Steering Committee with the Betty Cope Award, named after WVIZ’s very first programming chief and general manager. This year, two committee members were awarded with this honor--Dianna Foley and Stephanie DeMichele.
Dianna is the Executive Director of Communications + Technology for the Rocky River City Schools. Stephanie is the Instructional Technology Coordinator for Wickliffe City Schools and a member of NEOwit. Both recipients were recognized for their continuing work in contributing to the professional learning and programming of Ideastream education, with Dianna hailed as "a true, strong, positive, and quiet leader," and Stephanie being recognized for her "dedicated (not always quiet!) but humorous leadership style."
In 2015, Jennette Kane, the Technology Coordinator for Orange City Schools--and a NEOwit member!--was the recipient of the same award. Check out her Cleveland.com story here.
Our very own (and always fabulous) Vicki Turner was recently interviewed by the Northern Ohio Research and Training Technology Hub (NORT2H). She spoke about how her district, Strongsville City Schools, implemented a new coding class called Exploring Computer Science through Math and is "designed for students who are curious about how technology and computing affects their lives, want to use computers more effectively, and may consider becoming technology producers."
More importantly, however, Vicki shared why NEOwit rocks. Click the link below to hear it, and click here to see the full interview.
The WVIZ / PBS Ideastream Education Advisory Council provides a forum for the professional sharing of information related to the integration of educational technology and content in preK-16 instructional settings. Additionally, the Advisory Council members serve as communication liaisons between ideastream Education and their respective organizations and institutions. NEOwit members Jennifer Bengele + Dawn Carlin aren't only AC members--they're now Steering Committee members, too! Steering Committee members assist in guiding and developing programming for both the monthly meetings and the Ideastream Technology + Learning Conference. Jen + Dawn join Stephanie DeMichele--who serves as the chair-elect--on the committee as well.