KyGoDigital is a series of six regional events that provides free, high-quality professional development to Kentucky educators. Their mantra is “Create, Connect, Share,” and participants will get to connect with amazing edtech gurus such as Matt Miller, Melody Stacy, Jake Miller, Catlin Tucker, Allison Gregory, Brooke Whitlow, Shelly Sanchez, Jeff Sebulsky, and Katie Martin, and many educators across the region who will share different technology tools they actually use with success in the classroom. The “Summer 2019 Tour” kicks off June 11 with the Northern Kentucky Regional which is a virtual professional development (PD).
“I attended last year’s virtual PD, and was blown away by the quality of presenters and information. Everything was top-notch, and I learned so much from the comfort of my home. For those that can’t attend in person, I highly suggest registering for and attending the June 11 virtual PD.”
At the conference at Bellarmine, Rogers’ presentation, “Digital Tools in a Middle School Math Classroom,” will discuss apps that can enhance student engagement and learning within a middle school math classroom. Guthrie’s presentation focuses on Pear Deck, a Google add-on that teachers can use to create engaging presentations for students.
“Our district focuses on using the Workshop Model to guide instruction, and Pear Deck is awesome because it gives every student, every day, many opportunities to respond to teacher-designed questions. It helps teachers get away from the hands raised, call on someone approach to engagement,” Guthrie said. “My partner teacher, Lesley Doane, and I used PearDeck at the end of the year with students, and it transformed our classrooms so much that we shared the information with HCPS staff at an end-of-the-year professional development.”
Both Guthrie and Rogers say they are excited to share with other educators, mainly because when you find something that works in the classroom – keeping students engaged and focused on learning day in and day out – teachers want to make sure other teachers know about these resources and have the opportunity to implement new technology in their classrooms.
“Several years ago, I was fortunate to participate as a teacher leader as part of the Race to the Top grant, which kicked off my love for all things edtech! Since that time, I have had the opportunity to attend many fantastic professional developments throughout the state, and I will never stop wanting to learn more,” Guthrie said. “I love getting the opportunity to share what I have learned with my fellow educators, and have done so many times for HCPS staff, but this will be my first time presenting at KyGoDigital.”
“I think that as a lifelong learner that is committed to student success, presenting and attending conferences like this one allows educators to continue tweaking their craft and networking with others whose experiences we can learn from,” Rogers added.
It also provides an opportunity to share what good work their students are accomplishing in class.
“Any time I get to show off the great things my students are or will be doing in class, I will take it,” Rogers said, “because the kids in Henry County are capable of doing incredible things if given the opportunity.”
This conference is highly recommended by both Guthrie and Rogers. To learn more about the conference on Twitter, see @KyGoDigital. To register, visit http://bit.ly/KYGoDigitalSummerTour.