Hundreds of public school teachers from throughout St. Tammany Parish converged on selected school sites and the Treen Instructional Technology Center July 28 and 29 to attend a number of specialized workshops dealing with classroom technology updates.
Summer Institute seminars were held at Fontainebleau High School, Bonne Ecole Elementary, Pine View Middle, Lake Harbor Middle, Fontainebleau Junior High and the Tech Center in Mandeville.
At Fontainebleau High, more than 100 diffferent seminars were presented on innovative teaching strategies and best teaching practices in all content areas. At Bonne Ecole Elementary, one session dealt with using Promethean Boards in grades Preschool through 6th, and at Bonne Ecole workshops were offered on how to use the iPod Touch to engage students in meaningful learning.
Educators and trainers also presented sessions on everything from secure blogging and video conferencing to Microsoft Office and Web 2.0 tools. Teachers discovered what learning opportunities are available through a variety of software programs, websites, and video production skills which enable students to showcase what they have learned.
The presenters included Stacy Hoover, Tammy Gendusa, Sandy Scott, Rachael Blanchard, Jan Latino, Patty Blair, Judi Anger, Jennifer Busch, Stacey Alexius, Amanda Hartman, Summer Holliday, Joan Harris, and Gary Bennett.
The Summer Institute is an annual two-day professional development program that emphasizes interactive learning experiences. Attending the seminars enable teachers to begin acquiring the six hours of required professional development credits for the school year and to receive Continuing Learning Credits (CLUs).