School district sending entire staff to technology conference

More than 250 teachers from Bath area schools will attend a learning technology conference Friday in Augusta in an effort to make the best use of hundreds of computers deployed within the district.

Dean Emmerson, Regional School Unit 1’s technology coordinator, said this is the first time in the history of the conference that a single district has committed so many of its staff to attending. He said sending the teachers to the conference is something he and the district’s technology committee have envisioned for several months as a way to “build momentum” around the use of technology in education. A teacher workshop day was scheduled for Friday so the district’s 255 teachers, principals, education technicians and librarians can attend the conference.

“My hope for them is that they get an opportunity to see what other people are doing across the state and also to share the great stuff they’ve been doing as well,” said Emmerson. “Everyone talks about buying more stuff — that we need more computers, iPads and projectors — but the conversation sort of stops at buying the stuff. I think the focus should be on what can we do with it once we have it.”

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