Friday, November 3, 2017

Quadrant I "Technology and Learning" - Bainbridge Island

     The DKG Washington State-sponsored Quadrant I "Technology and Learning" workshop was held at the Commodore Options School on Bainbridge Island on Saturday, October 21from 8:45 - 4:00. Thirty members from Areas 6, 7 and 10 were in attendance. Based on member feedback, this state-sponsored workshop was uniquely designed with MEMBERS in mind. 
The WSO Tech team members are: Sherri Wagemann, Terri Diehm,  Susan Fritts, Jane Gerdon and Patricia Russell.

     Participants had the opportunity to enjoy guest presenters sharing their expertise, enhance their computer literacy, have FUN experiencing hands-on activities and one-one instruction, fellowship with old & new friends, and take advantage of applying for professional clock hours.

     Topics for this Quadrant included: Creating a Website using Weebly, Google Docs, Cell Phone Photography, Learning about New & Useful Apps, Cyber Bullying Intervention, Internet Safety and Robotics/STEM.

     After check-in registration and Continental breakfast, I described the procedures of the day and led the participants in a cell phone photography scavenger hunt ice breaker. They all had a fun time milling around the room & sharing photographs to see who could complete their list first. It was a grand interactive activity to get to know one another. During the day, small group breakouts and large group presentations were offered. 

     Bainbridge Island School District Asst. Supt. Erin Murphy and Asst. Principal at BIHS Amanda Ward provided an outstanding presentation on Cyber Bullying and the steps BISD takes to deal with it. Other presenters: Pat Bennett-Forman and MaryLou Gregory (creating a website/cell phone photography), Jan Millgard (Google Docs & "Appy" Hour).

     One of the highlights of the day was when participants were escorted to the BHS new Robotics Room by the Robotics FIRST students and instructor Enrique Chee, BHS. The students explained and demonstrated how they use their leadership and problem solving skills to design & create a moving robot that will complete required tasks. The TEAM has competed in several national competitions. Listening and watching the students, one could tell that they were passionate about their Robotics program and all that they have accomplished.

The next State Quadrant 2 (Areas 2 & 8) "Technology & Learning" workshop is scheduled for March 24, 2018 in Spokane WA

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