By Chris Kieffer
CORINTH – Educators gathered this week for ideas on ways to better use technology in their classrooms.
Northeast Mississippi Community College hosted its sixth annual Mobile Learning Conference for kindergarten to 12th-grade teachers, higher education instructors and information technology professionals. It attracted about 60 participants, including vendors, to Northeast’s Corinth campus.
“I want to learn more about the possibilities for my classroom,” said Amanda Garvin, who teaches writing and literature at Northeast.
Session topics included engaging students using digital textbooks, one-to-one technology initiatives, apps that can be used in the classroom and ideas for introducing the Common Core standards. The three-day event ended on Wednesday.
Rebecca Stockley, the co-founder of the BATS Improv in San Francisco, spoke about collaboration and creativity. Larry Anderson, director of the National Center for Technology Planning, led a photo safari in downtown Corinth with participants using mobile devices to document their experience.
“It went really well,” said Northeast technology specialist and webmaster Jeffrey Powell, who founded the conference. “…I hope they learn how to engage students in their classrooms and how technology can help you in your classroom.”
New Albany athletic director Shane Sanderson said it was helpful to receive more training on using Apple products.
“It is information you can’t just go around the corner and get,” he said.
Garvin said she learned about apps she can incorporate into her lectures, as well as good personal and professional management tools.
“The best part is to have an opportunity to keep learning and to demonstrate to my students that I can keep learning so they can too,” she said.