Commissioner’s Update – June 18, 2015

From the Maine Department of Education

The Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) invites educators to attend its 2015 Summer Institute scheduled July 21-23 at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. This is an opportunity you do not want to miss as you learn new techniques and strategies that will help address proficiency-based learning, teacher accountability and higher order thinking skills.

The annual professional development opportunity will be headlined by keynote speakers Chris Lehmann of Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy and Erin Knight from Cities of Learning and Badge Alliance. At the event, educators will share ideas for learning through technology and have the time to examine and try out new ideas in-depth with the support of experts. Among the topics of focus will be iPad workflows, online and blended learning, building digital content, programming with Swift, leadership for technology, and more.

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