WV State Technology Conference Attended by Many from PCS 

Several Putnam County School teachers and administrators participated in this year's West Virginia Statewide Technology Conference recently held in Morgantown.   Staying current with technology trends and ideas is vital in today's digital world.  This conference provided an arena where individuals could meet, talk, share and learn about technology developments and advancements.  Information gained from such events helps teachers, students and administrators prepare for the upcoming school year and plan for future successes.
                  West Virginia State Technology Conference Putnam County Attendees

The district sent three individuals as candidates for the Technology Integration Specialist (TIS) program.  Mary Aldridge (George Washington Middle), Linda Bedway (Hurricane High) and Jeremy Litton (Buffalo High) participated in pre-conference events as well as conference sessions as part of the TIS program.  The trio gained valuable knowledge and skills that they will be using to help their schools with technology integration across the curriculum.

Greg Chapman (Network Engineer) was also in attendance at the conference where he spoke to and made connections with many vendors and other network engineers from across the state.  Sessions dealing with network hardware and software were also important to Greg.  Dawn Gessel (Director Information Systems) was present at the conference and the ensuing WVEIS meetings along with Tammy Chapman (Coordinator of Information Systems).  The information and material these individuals gleaned from the conference assist them in providing Putnam County Schools with first-rate technology services.

Mary Beckelhimer (Director of Technology) and Kim Sigman (Computer Curriculum Specialist) presented two sessions at the conference.  The first session, Is Your Website Compliant? Avoiding an OCR Complaint, provided attendees with information to help ensure their websites are accessible for persons with disabilities. The session also addressed experiences with page creation, image tagging, video captioning, file compliance and site organization.

Librarians Sarah Parkins (Poca High) and Kelly Thompson (Winfield High) joined Mary and Kim for another session entitled Discover. Connect. Inspire: Blended Learning and the role of the School Library. This presentation focused on the role each librarian plays in helping her respective school implement blended learning.  The session consisted of tips, ideas and examples showcasing the myriad of items school librarians use to integration technology into classroom learning.  All of the county’s school librarians participated in preparing the presentation.

John Shawler (Winfield Middle), a 2016 TIS candidate, attended and presented also. His session, Incorporating Technology into the Middle School Band and General Music Classroom, informed attendees how to easily incorporate technology into a music classroom using free or affordable software and websites.  John is a user and advocate of such software as Theta Music Trainer and SmartMusic.   John Shawler


Putnam County was also represented at the annual conference by several school administrators.  C.D. Caldwell and Carolyn Baldwin (Putnam Career and Technical Center) and Heather Hawes (Hurricane High) attended sessions and participated in discussions as they sought to further their understanding and knowledge of classroom and school technology trends and devices before attending the WVEIS conference.

Putnam County Schools continually strives to maintain a technologically enhanced working and learning environment for students, teachers, administration and parents.  Attending the annual West Virginia Statewide Technology Conference is one way to stay abreast of current technology developments and to make connections that increase digital awareness.

Posted by kim.sigman On 28 July, 2017 at 7:52 AM  

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