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Innovative Back to School Days for Teachers at Farmingdale School District

During the last week of August, Farmingdale School District hosted its 8th annual One-to-World Summer Technology and Learning Institute at Farmingdale High School. All K-12 teachers were invited to participate in the three-day program, which gives both new and veteran educators the opportunity to advance their classroom technology skills and develop innovative practices for the incoming school year.

The institute included breakout presentations from various facilitators of software apps which are currently in use at the district. Each presenter modeled their latest web tools and showed teachers how to put them to use in their classrooms. Sessions included: Buncee 3.0, The All-New Flipgrid, Google Classroom Updates, Book Creator, and GoGuardian for Teachers. Time was also allotted for independent exploration of the new tools. Many teachers were pleased with the chance to get a head start in creating assignments, planning first-week activities, and setting up their Google Classroom.

The One-to-World Summer Technology and Learning Institute originated with Dr. William Brennan, Assistant Superintendent for Innovation and Organizational Development, who is guiding the district-wide initiative to bring innovation and the empowerment of students to the forefront of Farmingdale’s education practices for the purpose of creating global and future ready citizens.

Bonnie McClelland, District Instructional Coach for Digital Learning presenting new Flipgrid tools   Teacher breakout session during the 8th annual One-to-World Summer Technology and Learning Institute