Sep 13, 2017

Pickerington Schools to Host Google Roundtable

PIckerington student using his Chromebook

Pickerington Schools will play host to some special guests from Google in October, as well as school officials from Ohio and other states interested in learning about the district’s one-to-one approach to technology.

The district will host a Google Leadership Roundtable Oct. 5. Director of Instructional Technology Brian Seymour said this event will be an excellent opportunity to showcase the district to Google and to our colleagues in other districts throughout this part of the country.

“I think Google selected Pickerington Schools because we’re pretty unique,” Seymour said. “Some other districts have a school or two implementing technology in this way, but Pickerington is the largest district in Ohio to have placed a device in every student’s hands.”

In addition to representatives from Google for Education, the event will include superintendents, instructional technology experts, and staff from curriculum departments, most of who will travel here from Ohio and contiguous states.

“Normally, these events showcase technology activities in a single school,” Seymour said. “It’s rare for Google to be highlighting the kind of district-wide approach Pickerington Schools are taking to blended learning.”

The event will include panel discussions and breakout sessions, and attendees will visit classrooms in four district buildings, depending on the grade level they are most interested in. In those schools, they will see how teachers and students are applying technology in ways that are changing the nature of how teaching and learning are happening in our schools.

Seymour said he is particularly excited about keynote speaker Jaime Casap, Google’s “Chief Education Evangelist,” who is highly regarded for his views on using technology to improve education.

The Pickerington community can be proud that activities in our schools have fostered such broad attention, Seymour said.

“Our community can be proud that we are at the cutting edge of the use of technology and technology integration in the classroom,” he said. “Many of the school districts that will be coming to Pickerington are right where we were probably at 10 years ago. They want to see what we’re doing, what they can learn from us, and how they can take these ideas back to their own schools.”