The annual “Students for the Information Age” TECH 2018 event will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 9:30am-11:30am and from 1pm-3pm at the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield where hundreds of students and teachers will represent schools from throughout the state.
At the event, students will show the public and members of the Illinois State Senate and House of Representatives how technology is being used in the classroom to increase student engagement and improve achievement. From elementary to the high school classrooms, TECH 2018 highlights the crucial role that technology plays in education -- ranging from increases in collaboration and critical thinking, to promoting learning beyond the limits of the school day -- by creating a space for students to share their learning and innovative uses of devices, the internet, and digital curriculum.
Taking part in the demonstrations locally are High Point School, Liberty School, Meadow Ridge School and Century Junior High.
From High Point School, Katlin Davis and Kristy Gilbert will be sharing the enjoyment of personalized learning in their classroom, with their students Ethan Cleofe and Amani Kassem. Lori Napoli and Kris Conway, with their students Jack Easterhouse and Eva Zimmerman, will be discussing the exciting journey that their classes have taken by incorporating global collaboration into their classroom. Caitlin Loizon and Kara McFarlin, from Meadow Ridge School, with their students Ava Troy and Andy Qaiesi will be sharing how Research Rap Up has transformed informational writing in the media center. From Century Junior High, Kim DeVries and Amy Hamernick, with their students Nadia Ahmad and Caeleigh Bybee, will be showcasing student-created digital Breakout EDU activities.
The purpose of TECH 2018 is to raise awareness of the critical role technology plays in preparing students to succeed in today’s world, and to show the need for increased funding for classroom technology. Students will demonstrate for lawmakers and the public the creative ways technology is being used to enhance and accelerate student achievement in Illinois schools today.
TECH 2018 is a not-for-profit initiative presented by Illinois Computing Educators (ICE), and is supported by a broad range of education and business organizations. Corporate Platinum Plus partners are CDW-G and Comcast Business.