On Saturday, January 23rd educators and members of the Jeffco community gathered at Arvada West High School to attend the annual Jeffco Tech Share Fair. It was a wonderful day full of learning, sharing, growth and fun!
The day included a message from Jeffco's Superintendent, Dan McMinimee, as well as a keynote speech by Chris Moore and Nate Ubowski, both Google Certified Educators.
Following the opening festivities, four short break-out sessions provided professional development for educators and gave teachers and students the opportunity to showcase the use of technology in their teaching and learning. Many Jeffco educators and students presented at the Share Fair. Amy Clink, 1st/2nd Grade Teacher at Molholm Elementary, presented with one of her students to showcase how they are implementing 1:1 iPad use in the elementary classroom. Additionally, Bill Heldman, Computer Science and Video Gaming Instructor at Warren Tech, along with several of his students, presented how they have built a supercomputer using small expensive Raspberry PI devices. Both of these sessions, along with several others, assisted educators in thinking differently about how students can use technology to create, innovate, and increase meaningful learning.
Educators also participated in a tech slam during lunch to provide attendees with quick and easy tech tips for instant use in the classroom or other educational settings. Additionally, Arvada West students sold pizza during lunch to raise money to support Make-A-Wish Colorado and their mission to grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.
The day came to a close with a raffle which provided six lucky winners with registrations to ISTE this June (a $434 value) and another set of lucky winners won Google Cardboard devices to use in their classrooms. Attendees left the Jeffco Tech Share Fair feeling inspired and empowered to use technology to engage students in their classrooms at a new and deeper level.
Special thanks to Jeffco Tech Share Fair Coordinators: Leah Lindblom, Technology Coordinator at Arvada West High School, and John Braselton, former Jeffco Student and Custodial Assistant at Ralston Valley.