Student Blog: The Education Summit
The Education Summit: Part II
by Stephanie Hill '11
On Thursday, February 26, 2009, The Academy for Teaching and the Martha West Teaching Scholars of Catawba College attended the Rowan Salisbury Schools/Rowan Partners in Education's 2nd Annual Winter Education Summit at Cornerstone Conference Center in Salisbury, NC.
This Summit was an educational and exciting program for current teachers and community members to be informed and learn more about what is happening in the classrooms around the system. This year the summit focused on the technology updates and the 21st Century Classrooms that are integrated around the system.
The six teachers, who are "21st Century", talked and informed the onlookers of what equipment and ideas for learning come with this new technology. Many teachers took us back to the technology of the past and showed what improvement and better learning can come with the new technology. No more overheads now we have document readers and Promethean boards! The teachers
were excited to share what new ideas and lessons they have been able to implement in their classrooms.
The Teaching Scholars and Academy for Teaching attended this event to see where the Digital Revolution is leading classrooms. As future teachers we must not only be aware, but also know what to look forward to for technology in our classrooms and how we need to educate the "new" students of the future! Following the summit, the Teaching Scholars and Faculty went to dinner at the Wrenn House of Salisbury, where a discussion of the information of the Summit was discussed.
Provost Dr. Rick Stephens of Catawba joined the festivities of dinner and chimed in on conversation as well. Scholars discussed the technology and how important it is to have in education. Some concerns were also brought up about the availability of technology around a school and the system, and also how a child adjusts from a classroom of high technology to a "slower technological"
classroom. As the day came to an end, Scholars agreed to go into the future prepared to teach students about jobs, information and equipment that has not yet been invented! As we embark on our own careers let us work with what we have, and educate young minds to a level that we can and we all will succeed!
PHOTOS: The Education Summit and NC Teacher of the Year