ORONO – School may be out of session at the University of Maine, but that’s not stopping the campus from being full.
It’s not your average conference, this one brought 1,000 students and hundreds of teachers to learn about technology.
It’s really a tool that they will need to use the rest of their lives. The way students learn in classrooms is quickly changing. They’re not only learning about technology, they are encouraged to engage with it.
Project Manager Deborah Friedman said “If kids don’t know how to use technology or how to get the most out of it, they will be far behind in the workplace.”
For a lot of these kids it’s a way to express themselves.
“I just like how everybody has come together and created so many cool games and opportunities for us to interact with each other socially, and get to know each other more. It’s really fun.” said student Ellianna Dow.
Whether it’s to be an electrician or even just dreaming big, it’s something where everyone can find their niche.
Technology Integrator Barbara Greenstone added “I think they go out of their way to find something that’s doable and that a large group can really have success with like this. It’s tangible. They see what’s happening right away. It’s so cool.”
And for some students it’s to advance their future.
Student William Neivandt concluded “It has inspired me to write more songs, create more music and to be brave.”