Technology: From Fun to Phenomenal
Once a year, a part of Tennessee is overtaken with the best of the best in educational technology at the Tennessee Educational Technology Association’s Summer Institute. This year it was Lebanon, Tennessee, that invited technology coordinators from across the state to collaborate for new ideas and inspiration on how to best serve Tennessee schools. This “Technology Driven” conference brought out the best in new products and best practices. iPads continued to dominate lunch tables and session rooms as many sought answers on how to best utilize these devices in education.
This conference is known to never be all work and no play. Those who ventured over to the ENA booth experienced an adventure as they joined “ENA and the TETA Crusade.” Fear Factor-style relays in the booth brought out the champions of blood drinking, mouse eating and bug balancing (all fake of course!), but the real adventure came as a few of the outstanding ENA employees, Mark Smith, Mark Sunderhaus and Patrick McGee, faced the plank of the dunk tank. Fate besieged them as each were dunked into the rainy water, and the victors were the technology coordinators.
Overall, a little fun and a lot of great information helped prepare these educators for starting off a new school year renewed and ready to challenge Tennessee students in 21st Century education skills.