NETA 2019!

April 1, 2019

On Thursday & Friday March 28th& 29th, eighteen LPS teachers attended the Nebraska Educational Technology Association (NETA) annual spring conference at the CHI Event Center in Omaha, NE.  These teachers spent two days listening to national and state presenters talk about education and how technology helps them be successful educators.  Thursday’s keynote speaker was Kayla Delzer who is the 2018 North Dakota Teacher of the Year.  She talked about how she uses technology to celebrate students’ success and how important it is to love the students that we work with every day because we do not know how important those relationships are.  Ms. Delzer also led numerous breakout sessions on topics ranging from flexible seating in the classroom to teachers using social media to build their own professional learning networks (PLN’s).  Friday’s keynote speaker was Mike Smith who has founded two non-profits to help children discover who they are and provide them with skills and training for their future lives.  Mr. Smith spoke about how we, as adults, need to change the framework of school from “What do you want to do” to “Who do you want to be”.  The conference offered over 200 breakout sessions for educators on various topics such as new Google tips and tricks, virtual reality, how to use social media to build our own PLN, how to incorporate digital storytelling into the classroom, podcasting, and digital portfolios.  My favorite session was the digital storytelling presentation hosted by the librarian at Bennington High School. Before the conference on Wednesday, Erica Brockmoller, Travis Patocka, and myself attended a Google workshop that was geared towards preparing us for the Level One Google Certification exam. All three of us passed and are now Level One Google certified!