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There’s no question that one of the highlights of last year’s New England 1:1 Summit was the first annual New England Student Showcase (NESS). In fact, it’s safe to say that it was students who stole the show!

What is the New England Student Showcase?

The NESS is a dynamic, hour long session at the New England 1:1 Summit which places students in the spotlight and demonstrates the impact effective technology integration in a 1:1 setting has on student learning. The NESS is essentially designed to be an interactive, student-led professional development session for educators. Hearing students articulate the learning goals of a digital lesson, activity, or project, and the skills and knowledge they acquired as a result, is quite powerful. Attendees have the opportunity to engage in in-depth conversations with students and discover how their learning experiences are transformed with the use of technology. The NESS proves that when a 1:1 program is implemented correctly, the conversations focus around learning, not devices.

The BPS EdTech Team is excited to once again feature students of all grade levels, not only from Burlington Public Schools, but from across the region, at our 2015 NESS. Currently, there are students and teachers joining us from three Massachusetts districts, as well as students from Old Orchard Beach, Maine.

Take A Look At Who’s Coming to this Year’s NESS:

Technology Integration Specialists Johanna Wilson, from Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School, Susan Kiley, of Bishop Feehan High School, and Tara Gauthier from Shrewsbury High School will accompany their Help Desk students as they travel to Burlington High School on Friday, April 10th. Students will share their Genius Hour and other innovative digital projects and will explain how the use of digital tools provides them with a more relevant and personalized learning experience. Students from Marshall Simonds Middle School will also be in attendance discussing how they leverage technology in their classrooms.

Joining us at Francis Wyman, our elementary Summit location, will be 4th grade teacher Billy Corcoran from the Loranger School in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Billy is bringing a group of approximately fifteen students and will showcase how he integrates technology in his classroom to connect his students with the world. Burlington elementary students will also take part in the NESS.

Proud of Your Student Work? Share it in Burlington on April 10th!

With the New England 1:1 Summit just one month away, now is the time to register for the NESS. We are thrilled to have several schools joining us this Spring, but would love to see even more schools participate. The BPS EdTech team knows there are many districts throughout New England that are leveraging technology in meaningful ways and are doing incredibly innovative work. We encourage you to share that innovation, and the voices of your students, by presenting at the NESS.

Teachers of all content areas and grade levels and instructional technology or library/media specialists are invited bring a group of students to present at the NESS. Because every school culture is unique, it’s imperative that educators and administrators learn from a variety of schools about what’s working in their particular type of 1:1 setting. Whether your school employs iPads, Chromebooks, laptops, or has a BYOD model, we invite you to Burlington to share best practices with Summit attendees. But what’s more important than sharing information about devices, is sharing the achievements of your students. With that in mind, please register to attend the second annual New England Student Showcase by clicking this link.

Should you have any questions regarding the New England Student Showcase, please contact Jenn Scheffer, Burlington Public Schools Mobile Learning Coach, at jscheffer@bpsk12.org. We look forward to seeing you in Burlington on Friday, April 10th!

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