Weimar Education Department Seminar: A Learning Environment that Fosters 21st Century Skills

On Monday, November 7, 2016 at 5pm, the School of Education of Weimar Institute will host Desert Sands Unified School District (DSUSD) Technology Department, prior to their presentations at the annual CETPA conference in Sacramento. DSUSD is one of the national leaders in the use of technology in the classroom (34 schools and 28,000 k-12 students). Recently the implementation of approximately 31,000 Chromebooks, Large Format Displays (LFDs) and Tablets is making a notable impact on student learning in classrooms.

CETPA is an association of Educational Technology Professionals (technologists) within the State of California. Founded in 1960, the major emphasis of the association’s activities are directed towards improving Administrative Information Processing in public education within the State of California and to prepare its membership to better meet and support the technological needs of the Instructional Program.

The main purpose of this presentation at Weimar Institute is to share Desert Sands USD experiences in developing a learning environment that Fosters 21st Century Skills.

The specific topics in this presentation are related with the sessions that DSUSD will present at the CETPA conference in Sacramento.

Introduction to Chromebooks and Large Format Displays (LFDs), Samsung Tablets, and Google Classroom.

Other technologies that DSUSD is using will be described.


5:00 – 5:20 – Welcome and Introductions, Dr. Allen Davis, Vice-President of Academic Affairs.

5:20 – 6:05 – Large Format Displays and Samsung Tablets in the classroom, Ms. Katie Stephens, Teacher on Assignment, Desert Sands Unified School District.

Through the use of Large Format Displays (LFDs) teachers are able to create interactive teaching experiences, allowing the students to participate in the instruction. LFDs are being provided to teachers at all grade levels across the district. In the Elementary classrooms, Samsung tablets are being issued to every K-1 teacher and student to allow for further interactivity.

6:05 – 6:50 – Benefits of Chromebooks and G Suite in the classrooms, Mrs. Sally Adams and Cyndi Furr, Teachers of Assignment Desert Sands Unified School District.

Over the last 4 years, DSUSD has provided classroom sets of Chromebooks to create a 1:1 environment. Using the G Suite for Education, along with Chrome extensions and Google Add-Ons, teachers and students are redefining  .

7:00 – 8:00 – Technology: what are the risks and how we can mitigate them, Neil Nedley, MD; President Weimar Institute

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