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Tech workers spotlighted at national confab

POSTED: October 29, 2010 2:39 p.m.
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Members of the Liberty County schools delegation pose with the plaque they received.

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Last week, the National School Board Association’s Technology and Learning conference honored the Liberty County School System as one of three districts in the nation for excellence in technology integration.
The 10 LCSS employees who attended the four-day conference included technology department staff, two board of education members and Superintendent Dr. Judy Scherer.
Scherer kicked off the conference in Phoenix, Ariz., with an opening address to a crowd of about 500 people from 16 school districts from across the nation.
The technology team presented a workshop, titled TAB, devoted to the county administrators’ professional learning efforts.
“The ITS department also participated in an excellence fair, which allowed superintendents, board members and principals from all around the country to learn about the innovative programs that Liberty County has to offer, such as technology teacher of the month, customized technology professional learning for all staff and the technology advisory board,” Patti Crane, executive director of technology/media, wrote in an e-mail.
LCSS representatives received a plaque at the District Salute luncheon in recognition of the technology department’s efforts. Crane, Scherer, BoE Vice Chairwoman Marcia Anderson and BoE member Becky Carter accepted the award.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am of everyone in our system who uses technology to help our students. The time and effort our technology department put into this collaboration will benefit teachers, students, administrators, parents and even board members,” Anderson said.
She said she also was impressed with the department’s presentations and could tell that conference attendees from other schools were equally intrigued.
“There were systems there from all over the nation and we were spotlighted as one of the very best in the entire nation,” Anderson said.
Keeping the school system on the cutting edge of technology has been an ongoing, 12-year project for Crane, who said she’s noticed a lot of advancement in the five years she has served as the department director.
Crane said the team will bring the new information learned back to other school board members as well as the technology advisory board and incorporate material into technology professional learning courses.
In addition to gathering extra training information for staff members, board members attended conference sessions that reiterated the importance of using updated technology in the classroom, Carter said.
“We must continue to look toward the future, being certain that we are preparing our students to compete in a global society,” she said. “Technology will continue to play a vital role in the educational process.”

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