Maine DOE Update – July 21, 2016

From the Maine Department of Education

Two summer institutes to be held next week

The Maine Department of Education is hosting two summer institutes next week. Both the 2016 Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) Summer Institute and the 2016 School Nurse Summer Institute will be held will be held July 26-28.

The School Nurse Summer Institute, taking place at Bates College in Lewiston, will provide attendees with presentations on State rules and laws related to school nurse practice in Maine, concussions, absenteeism, Tick Talk and more. In addition, the 2016 Maine’s School Nurse of Year will be announced.

At Thomas College, the MLTI Summer Institute will allow participants to delve deeply into one of six learning through technology topics offered to help leverage students’ MLTI devices in the classroom. These topics include: exploring instructional uses of YouTube, modern meaningful project-based learning, teaching with GIS, an introduction to app development with Swift, multimedia digital storytelling, and reimagining twenty-first century teaching and learning.

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