After taking a year off from NCCE I was able to attend this year and really see how much technology in the classroom has advanced since we first began our iPad project. Even the registration was more streamline than before. All that was required was enter your email address and your badge automatically printed out along with your raffle tickets.
The landscape has shifted pretty dramatically. STEM and iPads are much more prevalent than previous years. Many of the vendors were selling iPad protection cases and various charge/sync cases for classrooms. Not exactly something that’s helpful for us here at SEP but definitely great to see the new variety of products available.
The sessions available seemed to be a bit more of the same as before, but it was interesting listening in and seeing how different teachers are using computer applications and hardware in their classrooms. Teachers are using more social media to stay connected to their students.
I loved the level of enthusiasm that many of these teachers bring to the classroom. Their passion for technology is what helps students be prepared for higher education and professional careers. It’s great to see everyone congregated in one place sharing their passion for teaching and tech!