Over 400 students and teachers from 115 schools in Illinois shared examples and stories of innovative uses of technology and digital learning during TECH 2019, ICE’s annual advocacy event held at the State Capitol Building in Springfield.
On May 7th, Representative Unes shared opening remarks in support of technology’s role in transforming education, preparing students for college and careers, and addressing equity gaps across Illinois. Lori Sorenson, Chief Technology Officer at State of Illinois, Dept of Innovation & Technology echoed his sentiment during her remarks at our first annual TECH Talk assembly that was held in the Howlett Auditorium between sessions. Ms. Sorenson was followed by our featured student/faculty speakers: Nate Butkus, Mr. Steve Douglass, and Mitchell Brown with Scotty Vrablik. These young innovators certainly inspired our students with their entrepreneurial spirit in taking what they learned in the classroom to influence change outside the classroom.
We appreciated the substantial support from all of the Senators and Representatives who visited the technology showcase throughout the day. The true highlight of the day was the students who engaged their elected officials, inviting them to see meaningful learning through a student’s perspective. Check out the TECH 2019 photo slideshow and media coverage from the event for a first-hand look at the day's events.
Examples of innovation abound in our schools, and as we look forward to the next school year, we also look forward to sharing even more stories of digital learning, empowered students, and future ready classrooms.
Be sure to save the date for next year's student technology showcase on May 12, 2020. Look for applications to open in November.