On March 12, 2015, after a three-year hiatus, over 250 Greater-Richmond area teachers, librarians, ITRTs, and building administrators gathered for EdTechRVA’s twenty-sixth annual conference held at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Academic Learning Commons. Featured speakers, Adam Garry, current director of education strategy at Dell, and Sixto Cancel, founder and chief executive officer of Think of US, began the conference with an engaging discussion centered on the conference’s theme, “Personalized Learning: Sparking Innovations in Students and Self.” Cancel, also a local advocate for adopted children, provided a venue for productive discussion in respect to underrepresented students .
Conference attendees enjoyed choosing among 36 technology-rich presentations led by local educators. Vendors, EdTechRVA’s valued partners in education, were poised to share new technology tools and innovations with educators across Virginia. There were a total of 14 school divisions represented as presenters, and 47 school divisions and educational organizations in attendance.
Conference Attendees reported these presentations as their top three:
- Oh the Things Chrome Can Do! Using Chrome Apps to Expand your Teaching by Rachael L. Toy & Douglas A. Saunders from Henrico County Public Schools
- Effective PBL in an SOL World by Jamie Mullenaux from Hanover County Public Schools
- Going Paperless with Google Classroom by Brittany D. Groff & Kim Tupponce from King William County Schools
Adam Garry and Sixto Cancel, speak with participants during the keynote session.
Participants engaged in a session of EdTech 2015.