I attended the Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference (TRETC) on Wednesday and wanted to share a few thoughts from a couple of the sessions I attended.

The first session I went to was Teaching Programming With Tablets and Mobile Phones. A panel of teachers and students discussed the five week program for high school students to learn how to develop an Android app. One student had no programming experience at all and enjoyed the course enough to sign up for more programming classes. What a great way to get kids interested in programming and Computer Science.

Another session I wanted to mention was Preparing Your School for Student Owned Mobile Devices. This was another panel discussion on integrating student owned mobile devices into the classroom. With the cost of technology and the shrinking budgets schools are letting students bring their own technology. Students can bring in their smartphones and laptops and use them in the classroom on wifi. Ultimately it is up to the teacher to allow use during class times but during flextime and lunch all students can use their devices. There are some drawbacks that were discussed but I think this is a great way to keep students engaged.

Working at a college, it is a good idea to keep up with the technology students are using in K-12. Overall a good day.