Wayne County well represented at technology conference
Wayne County Schools’ digital learning coaches and IT staffers attended their professional development at KySTE (Kentucky Society for Technology in Education) on March 9-11 in Louisville at the Galt House. There were several speakers featured at the 2 ½ day conference, while a big number of vendors offered exhibits. Spectators could check out their products and see which ones would best enhance student learning while fitting into their schools' existing technology.
The Kentucky Society for Technology in Education is a non-profit professional organization and affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education. Local educators like to see all the new tools that help their students in the classrooms and provide better communication.
Wayne County Schools Technology Director Valerie Hutchinson said almost all of Wayne County’s digital learning coaches attended the conference. Each of the school level buildings have two digital coaches assigned to assist teachers with technology. The coaches provide a lot of training to other teachers in their buildings.
“At KySTE our coaches were looking at new technologies, we haven’t seen before. They found a couple of new programs that they were excited about. They thought they would make learning more efficient on our students’ chrome books, so I followed up and talked to their sales representative to learn more information,” explained Hutchinson.
“We were interested in some of the demos we were looking at, so the exhibitor gave us a demo for the rest of the year to try,” said Hutchinson.
Those digital technology coaches that attended included: Sasha Chaplin and DeShay Dishman at Walker Early Learning Center, Jennifer Sexton and Rachel Durbin at Bell Elementary, Cyndi Neal and McKayla Creech at Monticello Elementary, Juliet Perkins and Braxton Shearer at WCMS and Kelly Brown (Marsha Bertram was unable to attend) from WCHS. These coaches share what they have learned and pass it on to their colleagues at the building levels.
(L-R) WCMS educator Braxton Shearer, Bell Elementary educator Jennifer Sexton, WCHS educator Kelly Brown, Bell Elementary educator Rachael Durbin, and WCMS educator Juliet Perkins attended a conference at KYSTE