Published on August 24th, 2017 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


District Five educators selected to present at 2017 South Carolina EdTech conference

IRMO – Three educators from Lexington-Richland School District Five have been selected to give presentations at the 2017 South Carolina EdTech conference, which is being held October 25-27 in Myrtle Beach. The presenters are: Susan Aplin, technology integration specialist at Dutch Fork High; Michael Carothers, assistant principal at CrossRoads Intermediate; and April Garrett, digital integration specialist at Irmo Middle.

SC EdTech offers content and activities that span all areas of educational technology with diverse workshops, presentations, speakers, exhibitors and recognition events. The conference is managed by the South Carolina Association for Educational Technology (SCAET), a 501c3 non-profit organization.

“It is always great to see our educators take advantage of professional development opportunities and share what they are working on in District Five,” said the district’s Chief Instructional Officer Dr. Christina Melton. “SC EdTech will be an incredible experience for these three individuals and it is our hope that others will benefit from their sessions.”

Aplin will present Creating Infographics as a Part of Research and Critical Thinking. Aplin’s description of her session reads, “Research and critical thinking are essential 21st century skills. Come explore how students can create infographics as a way to demonstrate their learning. Learn how a media specialist, classroom teacher and tech coach can collaborate to help guide students through reading, research and creation. Come ready to learn and create!”

Carothers’ session is entitled Kick start learning with Classkick! The description reads, “Teachers struggle to provide students with feedback and answer their questions. Classkick is a free app that eliminates those roadblocks, showing teachers what students are doing and who needs help. The teacher can zoom into any student’s sheet to help and ask a probing question to redirect their thinking.”

Garrett will share Google Add-Ons Make Life Easy! In her session, she will ask, “Are you a busy teacher? Then this session is for you! Come learn about Google add-ons and extensions that will make life easier in your classroom! From paperless grading to uploading pre-made tests to Google forms, we will cover a variety of tools that will make going paperless so easy, you will wonder why you didn’t do it before!”

“We are thrilled to have three of our own present at the 2017 South Carolina EdTech conference,” said District Five Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hefner. “I want to personally congratulate Susan, Michael and April for being selected and wish them well as they prepare for October. We know they will do great!”


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