Tech Camp for teachers leading the way in Mississippi for technology training.
Hosted by the Pascagoula Gautier School District, the program is in its third year and is attracting attendees from all over the state.
It’s purpose is to get teachers more familiar with the technology that is taking over their classrooms.
“That is the way of the future. So we have to understand, we have to be able to grasp, we have to feel confident in it. Because that’s what our students are going to be dealing with,” said Eva Harvell, the district’s technology director. “We just provide as many resources and activities that we can for teachers on ways that they can integrate technology in the classroom.”
Technology was showcased in things like Google classroom; something that 95 percent of Mississippi schools use. It allows students and teachers to streamline work, and makes it more accessible.
It’s a technology that Debbie Wilson, Harrison County business management teacher, has been using since she first began attending the seminar three years ago.
“There is a waiting list to get into this camp, and so as soon as they open it I’m signing up immediately,” said Wilson of next year’s registration.
Other tools showcased include the Breakout Edu program which encourages students to use technology to solve escape-room type puzzles. The seminar also introduced teachers to new techniques in teaching science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
All programs that teachers hope will help students be prepared for a world of ever-changing technology.
“We want to be able to see that our teachers are growing our students in technology and in order for our teachers to grow, we felt like we needed to share some of our technology knowledge and expertise. So we can help our teachers grow, our students will grow,” said Jeannie Steer, technology integration specialist for the Pascagoula Gautier School District.
The two-day tech camp is completely free and open to all educators.
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