Board hosts “˜Digital Saturday”™ at Palmerston school

The Upper Grand District School Board is hosting an open house featuring displays on how students are using technology to learn.

“Digital Saturday” is May 2 from 9am to 12:30pm at Palmerston Public School, 530 Prospect Street in Palmerston.

Doors will open at 9am for displays. The open house will close at 12:30pm.

The Palmerston event is the third Digital Saturday to be hosted by the board, following successful open houses in Guelph and Orangeville.

“We thought Saturday mornings would be a great time for both parents to come out and see what we’re doing,” said Brent McDonald, superintendent of education responsible for information technology. “It’s a family event. Students are welcome too.”

“A good number of these resources are available 24/7, so they’re used at home and in public libraries too.”

Digital Saturday will be an opportunity to explore and learn about:

– new technologies in the classroom like Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education;

– assistive technologies to support all learners including Kurzweil and Read &Write for Google;

– online digital resources for assisting student learning such as UG2GO, UGCloud and Homework Help;

– parent engagement strategies for home use of technology; and

– appropriate use of technology, digital citizenship and personal technologies in classrooms.

Also on hand will be staff from the board’s special education department. “Understanding Your Child’s IEP,” from 9am to noon, is an opportunity for parents and students to learn more about individual education plans through one-on-one conversations with a special education consultant.