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Teachers Learn New Technology to Bring to Classrooms

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Charlottesville High School hosted more than 400 teachers from across the commonwealth for the 2nd Annual Google Apps for Education Summit.

Teachers spent the day learning about programs that can assist in student collaboration, information gathering, and ease of understanding.

The staff there said some teachers, who were just being introduced to these ideas last year, lead whole sessions Saturday.

Stephanie Carter is on the team that helps bring the conference to Charlottesville. This is the second year CHS has hosted it.

“This year, the attendance was even higher than last year,” she said. “We have a lot more vendors this year and the event has really grown.”

Paul Erb from Tandem Friends School says sharing ideas with other educators helps in the classroom.

“We like to share with what other teachers are doing, we like to learn,” he said. “There's always something new happening that, with our heads down every day, we don't get a chance to experience."

Presenter Jim Sill says incorporating many of these apps into lessons just makes sense because students are already using them.

“When you're bringing technology into the classroom, we see there's a lot more engagement with the kids,” Sill said. “You know these are the tools that these kids are using everywhere else, except for the classroom, and so when we start talking to kids like ‘Hey let's use that, let me show you how you can use that to better yourself.’”

From working together with Google Docs, to browser add-ons that take ads off a web page, it's all about making learning easier and interactive.

The conference draws teachers from all over Virginia and speakers from around the world to improve the next generation of learning. It continues on Sunday.

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