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Tech Summit 2015 In Briarcliff Focuses On Success

Educators participate in Tech Summit 2015 .
Educators participate in Tech Summit 2015 . Photo Credit: Contributed

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. -- A daylong schedule of keynote talks as well as demonstrations from some of the region’s leading technology vendors brought an array of local educators to the recent Tech Summit 2015, sponsored by the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center (LHRIC) and held at Briarcliff’s Edith Macy Conference Center.

The keynote topics at the Nov. 2 summit were selected to help educators envision the future and to learn about successful programs that are “truly transformative in nature,” explained LHRIC Executive Director Dennis Lauro, in his introductory remarks.

“Students want to be in school, they wish to actively participate as contributors and creators of their own learning,” added Lauro, referring to the changes that are emerging in classrooms around the nation.

Lauro noted, in particular, the RIC’s Emerging Technologies Program, which was established over a year ago and is now in several local school districts. The program, he said, can help area teachers begin to make the change from a conventional classroom that uses technology to today’s classrooms where technology is transformational and is changing the way teachers teach and students learn.

Jim Sill, director of global development for EdTechTeam, Inc., kicked off the stimulating day with a peak into the possibilities that video storytelling can provide for teachers and students, including ways it can highlight social issues. Expanding the culture of passion and compassionate-driven learning was the basis for Angela Maiers’ breakout session titled, “Liberating Genius in the Classroom: Lessons for Launching Genius Hour.”

Believing there is a genius that lies within everyone, Ms. Maiers, the founder of Choose2Matter, passionately advocates for the kind of change she believes is necessary for the education system and for producing the next crop of graduates.

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