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EdTech Google Summit

Hallways at Naperville Central High School are already filled with those eager to learn, but it’s not your typical students. School officials from all over the country made their way to the District 203 school for the EdTech Google Summit.

“Two days of teachers, administrators, educators in general coming together to get geeked up about different learning opportunities, finding different strategies to make education really exciting, engaging and powerful for kids,” said Ben Kovas, an Innovation Advocate for EdTech.

This was the first time District 203 hosted the summit, which was a perfect fit into their long term District goals and digital learning initiatives.

“This really brings in how we are transforming our teaching and our learning where it’s technology based and project based for our students our LRC is moving into learning commons where students get to be creative and decide on their projects and bring it to makers space,” said Beebe Elementary LRC Director, Donna Stevens.

Educators spent the day in classrooms learning about the tools Google offers, like Google Sites, from their peers who use them on a daily basis.

The new knowledge gave attendees a fresh new outlook on the upcoming school year.

“I have toyed with the idea of leaving the classroom and this really makes me want to stay and continue to inspire my students to be innovative in their own space,” said Jacqulyn Phabian an English Teacher at Naperville North.

“I’ve had teachers come up to me today and say they planned on retiring this year but now I can’t because there are just so many possibilities,” added Kevin Brookhouser, the EdTech Summit Lead.

Brookhouser is already looking forward to partnering with the district again in the future.

“They’re a forward thinking district and I love the partnership between 203 and the EdTech team, we are going to make this district a national leader in education,” he said.

Naperville News 17’s Natalie Vitale reports.



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