McLean, VA – How can 21st century technology tools such as interactive whiteboards, videoconferencing, digital cameras, and blogs enhance the classroom experience for today’s students? Teachers at The Langley School will share their cutting-edge, technology-rich curriculum with fellow educators during a new two-day technology conference this fall.
Held October 8-9 on Langley’s McLean, VA, campus, “Creative Pursuits: Integrating Technology into 21st Century Classrooms” is an interactive conference for preschool through secondary school educators featuring nearly 30 workshops led by Langley faculty members and outside experts, many of which will be held in the classroom with Langley students for a truly authentic learning experience. The conference also features a “tech playground” with more than 20 stations which allow attendees to quickly browse various digital tools and a Q&A with a panel of Langley faculty, alumni, and students.
Another highlight of the conference is the two keynote speakers headlining the start of each day. October 8 features Dr. Kathleen King – award-winning author, digital media/instructional technology expert, and co-host of the 5 million listener podcast, “The Teachers’ Podcast” – who will discuss how to prepare teachers to function inside a brave new world filled with technological possibilities. On October 9, Don McNamee from Kristin School in Auckland, New Zealand, will share his expertise via live videoconference, discussing how new television tools such as Slingbox and Livestation can be put to good educational use.
“At Langley, technology is integrated into all aspects of the curriculum and our teachers are extremely savvy when it comes to using digital tools to enhance learning,” says Dr. Lee Nelms, Langley’s director of technology and communication and one of the conference organizers. “When our teachers visited other schools and found that many of their peers were not familiar with the latest technology, they suggested that we organize a conference so they could share their knowledge. The unique thing about Langley’s first-ever technology conference is that practically every workshop is taught by classroom teachers as they interact with their own students in their own classrooms, giving attendees the opportunity to see these tools in action.”
To learn more about the Creative Pursuits conference, or to register online, log on to www.langleyschool.org/creativepursuits.
Founded in 1942, The Langley School is an independent, coed day school for students in preschool through eighth grade. Situated on a 9.2-acre campus in McLean, VA, the school reaches across multiple disciplines to discover, amplify, and embrace the talents of every child, every day.