Photos by David Slone, Times-Union
Photos by David Slone, Times-Union
On the second day of the e3 Technology Conference today at the Warsaw Community High School Performing Arts Center, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz stopped in for about two hours. She briefly spoke (picture 1) to the 380 educators from around the state about the revamped ISTEP test and thanked teachers for all that they do. She then joined the teachers and administrators to listen to keynote speaker Kevin Honeycutt (picture 2). Honeycutt grew up in poverty and attended school in many cities across the United States. As he witnessed education around the country, he collected experiences that still influence his conversations and work with educators. He spent 13 years teaching art in kindergarten to 12th grade in public school, and 17 summers leading creative adventure camps for kids of all ages. He has developed online safety, anti-bullying and cyber-bullying curriculum. His recent book, “Don’t Stay Under the Couch: Starbuck and the Bull,” is the centerpiece of his pre-kindergarten to sixth-grade curriculum. As the keynote speaker this morning, he talked about not letting kids be silent geniuses but letting them live out loud; letting kids be innovators and inventors; and told attendees to tell their stories online and have relationships with their students. The e3 Technology Conference provides educators an opportunity to learn how to integrate technology into the classroom.