What 21st Century PD should be

The road to learning

A good retreat is better than a bad stand” ~Irish Saying


For a day and a half in the middle of May, #CAISCT edtechs, from Information Techs to Tech Integrators to Academic Tech Coordinators, escape to the hills of CT.  The annual Academic Technology Retreat is the oasis away to learn, share, and grow to benefit the staff and students back in our buildings.

This “unconference” is homegrown PD for all areas of academic technology.  Sessions are created on the fly and ledimages by attendees to discuss and learn together, with the ability to move between sessions, as needed, to fit ones needs. It begins with an engaging keynote, this year Dirk DeLo from @AvenuesEd  talked about the use of technology within and to enhance curriculum.  This was followed by the “Smackdown” where for 10 minutes attendees brainstorm apps and websites to share for personal and professional usage.  The…

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About Sharon LePage Plante

Sharon Plante, an educator with 20 years teaching experience in special education, has been an educator at Eagle Hill-Southport for over eleven years, as well as currently serving as Director of Technology. She utilizes her educational training and love of technology to engage students with learning disabilities in building their skills and finding success. Sharon is the co-author of Using Technology to Engage Students with Learning Disabilities. She was awarded the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from George Mason University College of Education and Human Development. She has presented at Everyone Reading, EdRev, Edscape, ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association), and New York Chapter of ALTA (Academic Language Trainers Association), as well as at several EdCamps, on using technology to empower the dyslexic learner. Sharon is the 2015-2017 chair of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools Commission on Technology. Additionally, she hosts a podcast for Bam Radio Network on Learning Differently bringing together the voices of those working in the many aspects of special education. Sharon is a co-founder of #edtechchat, and co-organizer of EdCampSWCT.
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