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Techspo 2015 Stays on Top of the Technology Curve to Advance Student Learning!
NJASA Executive Director Dr. Richard Bozza is available to comment on education-related issues.
Trenton, NJ, February 3, 2014….Techspo 2015, the 20th annual New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA) statewide technology exhibition and training conference, glided over a superb professional development course for a two-day period in late January. The driving forces that set Techspo 2015 into motion were the conference’s opening keynote speakers.
before a standing-room audience, Will Richardson, an outspoken advocate for
change in schools and classrooms, stressed the significance of improving New
Jersey’s technological educational system with top-notch quality education. His
message challenged the attendees and demonstrated the need for change.
The second keynote speaker Eric Sheninger, a Senior Fellow and
Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for
Leadership in Education (ICLE), introduced over 1,000 school leaders in
attendance to several innovative ideas for using technology that offer
unprecedented learning adventures. Their take-away from his presentation was to
critically examine where technology fits into the learning process.
After hearing both keynote speakers, Techspo 2015
participants were able to meet with them in small group sessions that
encouraged widespread discussions among themselves on integrating technology to
A new welcome addition to Techspo was the inauguration of
the Digital Leadership Lounge. It offered an environment for district,
building, and classroom leaders from around the state and beyond to connect and
discuss how they use and integrate technology and social media in their
positions. Sharing ideas and learning new ones about educational technology,
social media, and most importantly, digital leadership dominated the discussions.
NJASA Executive Director Dr. Richard Bozza said, “NJASA
holds the Techspo conference each year to expand the horizons of chief
education officers, policy makers, administrators, teachers, curriculum
directors, tech ed coordinators, educational technology innovators and digital
leaders, to stay on top of the rapidly moving technology curve.”
Techspo was an action-packed conference that offered 60+
information packed workshops; an exhibition showcasing the latest tools and
best resources available in education from over 100 vendors; and delivered the
latest classroom technologies, experiences, tools and techniques to attendees all
under one roof.
Here’s a hint of what the attendees experienced:
Explored demos of innovative instructional uses of
technology that make school engaging the way students want it to be. For
example, they learned how to turn classrooms into a video game to engage and
Joined a device-driven interactive session packed with FREE
apps that educators could take back to their districts.
Discovered how to create a paperless classroom using the new
Google App for Education, called Classroom.
Learned what happened when 1,400 Manalapan-Englishtown
Regional 6th and 7th graders were given Chromebooks and 21st century learning
Saw how a parent buy-in was key to the success of the
monumental initiative of putting MacBook Air Laptops in the hands of 4,000
Linden 3rd to 12th graders.
Learned how a Hybrid Learning Initiative put the I in IEP and created significant improvement in academic achievement.
NJASA Executive Director Dr. Richard Bozza notes, “Techspo shows a commitment to incorporate the technologies that have already permeated students’ everyday life, in a way to engage students and advance learning.”