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Cheltenham School District Represents at ISTE 2019

The members of the Cheltenham School District Department of Innovation and teachers from the high school represented the district well at June’s International Society for Technology Education Conference (ISTE) in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The five presenters who representeISTE d the district included:

  • CHS Math teacher Susan Greenwald (top row, left and right) presented “Be a Mindful Techducator!” as an interactive lecture. Applying current research on rewired brains, Greenwald shared techniques to promote balance, empathy and equity into the classroom (and in daily life). Attendees learned how to integrate technology mindfully and take away useful applications to improve happiness and well-being.

 

  • CHS Instructional Coach Tami Flood a.k.a. “Tech Tami” (middle row, left and right) presented at the Edtech Coaches Playground called “Helping Teachers Grow.” During this program, attendees discovered ways to deepen professional knowledge and improve professional practice. Flood and her fellow presenters shared tools and strategies to facilitate the integration of technology and promote transformational change. Attendees collaborated and shared successful strategies to assist one another in the pursuit of rigorous, relevant and engaging learning experiences for all students.

 

  • Innovation Department members Matt Pimental (Supervisor of Gifted and Professional Development), Brandon Lutz (Supervisor of Instructional Technology and K-12 Data) and Brian Reilly (Supervisor of STEM) (bottom row left, left to right) presented a poster session called “Bringing Innovative Technology to Students.” The trio explained the Innovation Department’s student-centered lunch and learns teaching students about new and innovative technology (such as drones, robots and augmented and virtual reality), and how it impacts the world. All of the showcased technology showcased is available for teachers to borrow via a lending library.

 

  • Lutz (bottom row right) emceed three different Ignite sessions where presenters have just five minutes and 20 slides to share their passions in a continuous rapid-fire presentation; presented an ISTE Bytes session, where attendees previewed upcoming ISTE sessions through two-minute presentations; as a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Education Communications and Technology, Lutz hosted an “Appy Hour” in conjunction with the New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education with appetizers and presentation of useful apps for educators; finally, Lutz made his trademark 60in60™ presentation, where he offered educators a glimpse into the most innovative web tools to help them differentiate instruction, increase student achievement, foster creativity and organize and manage, all while aligning to Common Core standards.

“Overall, ISTE was a great success not only for sharing what we do,” Lutz said, “but for learning new ideas and resources to bring back to the students and teachers of Cheltenham School District.”