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2014 Technology and Education Summit is a success

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  Photos, from the top, Dr. Chris Dede poses with the Nassau BOCES Board of Education, from left Susan Bergtraum, Vice President; Eric B. Schultz, President; Dr. Chris Dede; Ronald Ellerbee and Steven Witt, Trustees; and Dr. Lydia Begley, Associate Superintendent for Educational Services. Center photo, the winners of the 2014 Fred Podolski Leadership and Innovation in Technology Award, Christopher J. Pellettieri and Alison Chiquitucto are recognized. Bottom photo, some of the over 700 participants in the summit.
More than 700 educators and vendors came together at the 2014 Long Island Technology and Education Summit to learn about the best and most innovative ideas in education technology today. The summit was made possible by Nassau BOCES, Western Suffolk BOCES and Eastern Suffolk BOCES, in partnership with lead sponsor Teq.

This year’s summit had more than 30 workshops, in which attendees learned how to effectively use emerging technology to enhance the academic experience for students. Topics included how to “flip” a classroom, enhancing school security through technology, creating a TV studio on a shoestring budget, and using Google apps. During two poster sessions, teachers from local school districts demonstrated web tools, programming, iMovie for English language learners, and ebooks, just to name a few topics.

The first keynote speaker, Dr. Chris Dede, the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, spoke about “the global knowledge-based economy” and “how we need personalized learning with a skilled person at the heart of it.”

Dr. Dede also discussed a new curriculum research project, EcoMuve, that is expanding the limits of the classroom through the use of 1:1 mobile devices to explore and learn. He went on to say that success in work depends on a person’s interpersonal skills.

Afternoon keynote speaker Bill Daggett, Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education, offered insights into making students college and career ready. He explained that data mining and artificial intelligence will become more sophisticated as people’s habits and experiences are monitored by computers.

Two Long Island educators, Christopher J. Pellettieri, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction of the Rockville Centre UFSD, and Alison Chiquitucto, kindergarten teacher from South Bay Elementary School in the West Babylon UFSD, were awarded the 2014 Fred Podolski Leadership and Innovation in Technology Award. The award recognizes excellent work in successfully implementing new technology and strategies in classrooms to help improve student performance.