Uinta County School District in Wyoming showed off their district’s technology tools, including Gizmos and Reflex, at their first Innovation Showcase in January.
The district is 1:1 Chromebooks for grades 4-12, and 2:1 or 3:1 with iPads or Chromebooks for the younger grades (depending on the school and grade). Uinta County School District has been using Reflex for over four years, and it was one of the first programs they adopted when they shifted to a Blended Learning model. Wendy Daniels, the Instructional Facilitator for the District, says that Reflex is probably the most “kid-requested program” the district has, since their students enjoy the games so much. The district added Gizmos three years ago.
At the event, parents got a chance to see the latest tools the district is using and get hands-on with technology. It also gave students and teachers an opportunity to show off all the programs they’re using to help personalize education.
The showcase had both breakout sessions on programs and technology, and tables for demos. To encourage parents to engage with the student “experts,” they gave the students raffle tickets to give to anyone who came up to ask a question or receive a demo. At the end of the evening, they raffled off lots of items they’d received from local businesses.
Over 200 members of their community attended (despite the winter weather). Ms. Daniels said they were very happy with their first showcase, and hope to hold another one in the future.