Thank you to everyone who helped make the second annual Massachusetts Digital Publication Collaborative a great success. The three day event was attended by just over 500 educators from around New England. The educators who attended wanted to learn more about digital tools for the classroom and spend time collaborating with teachers from districts throughout our region. The fact that so many educators attended and that they did so after just starting their summer vacation was an inspiration.

MADPC was highlighted by sessions and conversations led by educators from many districts and content areas. The event included a great conversation with Commissioner Chester from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Commissioner Chester talked about educational technology and answered questions from the audience. Thank you to Commissioner Chester for his support of the event.

Participants also learned from each other and collaborated during content area sessions. They began the work needed to curate and create digital resources for their classrooms. It is clear that the educators in attendance understand the importance of providing powerful digital resources for our students.

Many participants have said that the best part of the event was the support they received from members of the Burlington High School Student HelpDesk. The Student HelpDesk was on hand to help with devices and applications. They also led an entire day of iPad 101 sessions for folks who have just started to use iPads in their classrooms. Many attendees mentioned how supportive and professional the students were.

Watching members of the Student HelpDesk served as a great reminder about the importance of providing engaging curriculum and creating opportunities to use digital tools throughout the educational experience of our students. It also provided a wonderful example of how students can become leaders when they are given the opportunity to be involved in activities we often only entrust to adults.

MADPC is just the beginning. The BPS EdTech Team and the BHS Student HelpDesk will be leading Summer EdCamp Tuesdays beginning July 10 at Burlington High School. Please join us for more support and collaboration. Each Tuesday session will begin at 8am. Please attend for as much time as you can – there is no registration for the sessions.

Stay tuned to this blog and follow @bpsedtech and #MASSchat on Twitter for details about upcoming events.

Please continue the conversations. Please continue to learn together, collaborate, create, and share.

Dennis Villano
Director of Technology Integration 
Burlington Public Schools

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