Monday October 7, 2013

Leveraging digital tools to optimize student engagement and learning was the focus of York Region District School Board's Google Camp in Richmond Hill last weekend.

More than 500 teachers, principals and administrators converged on the Dr. Bette Stephenson Centre for Learning to hear best practices and about the newest digital learning tools directly from Google's education experts and experts from within their own board.

TVOParents caught up with some of those speakers, including Shadi Yazdan (photo left), a digital literacy resource teacher with the YRDSB. Her talks on the educational value of blogging and surveying the landscape of classroom apps were among the most well-attended at the conference.

The Google Camp keynote speaker was Monica Isabel Martinez, whose talk "Get Your Google On: Google Tools from A- Z," gave attendees an overview of some of the hottest Google apps teachers can use in the classroom to help kids learn. Martinez is the director of professional development for the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) and is a Google Apps EDU Certified Trainer.

We also caught up with YRDSB director Ken Thurston and superintendent of schools Karen Friedman to find out how much focus the board puts on digital tools and how parents and teachers have responded to the shift towards technology.

All these interviews will be posted on TVOParents soon.