West Essex to Present Second Technology Symposium March 2

West Essex to host Technology Symposium March 2.

The West Essex Regional School District in North Caldwell will present its second annual Technology Symposium March 2 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at West Essex High School in North Caldwell.


About 200 educators, school administrators and members of the public are expected to attend this dynamic event, which will feature Keynote Speaker Scott Rocco, Superintendent of the Spotswood School District, as well as many other innovative workshops. Learn about animation, QR codes, BYOD, STEM, IPads, Edmodo, Twitter, Pinterest, LiveBinders and much more. Also new this year is the ECCR Leadership Workshop. Teaches can also earn professional development hours at the event. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.


Last year, more than 180 educators and members of the public spent a Saturday learning about the innovative use of technology in education at the first annual event.


The event attracted teachers, media specialists and community members from throughout New Jersey who spent the day attending workshops on everything from digital storytelling to using Ipads in the classrooms. They also listened to three keynote addresses by educational technology experts.


Many participants said they found last year’s programming “inspiring” and said it would make a difference in their classrooms.


This year’s event is expected to attract even more participants and will feature the theme “Integrating Technology Applications in Your Classroom.”


Other speakers offering workshops this year include Patrick Higgins, Supervisor of Instruction for the Caldwell-West Caldwell School District, Lisa Thumann, a Google certified teacher and trainer and Director of Innovative Learning Technology at the School for Global Education and Innovation at Kean University, and others.


The event was initiated by West Essex High School Spanish Teacher Raquel Williams, who approached West Essex Superintendent of Schools Barbara Longo. Mrs. Longo, who is a strong supporter of improving technology at West Essex Regional Schools, embraced the idea and created a committee of administrators and media specialists to launch the first ever West Essex Technology Symposium. This year, Williams is working closely with West Essex Media Specialists Rosemary Rich and Catherine Spinella and West Essex Technology Coordinator Deb Martin to launch the event.


The West Essex Regional School District serves students from grades 7-12 from North Caldwell, Roseland, Essex Fells and Fairfield. The District’s beautiful campus is located in the hills of North Caldwell at 65 W. Greenbrook Road. For symposium information and registration, please go to www.westex.org/wetech. Breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge. Updates are also available on Twitter with hashtag #wetech13.


West Essex is also look for sponsors for the event. Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor for the symposium should e-mail Ryan Gupta, Director of Curriculum & Instruction at rgupta@westex.org.




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