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HEBRON ESTATES - Technological advancements often coincide with educational improvements.
Bullitt County did its part to keep pace with those advancements, playing host to Kentucky’s tech-savvy educational leaders.
The three-day Kentucky Society for Technology in Education (KySTE) Conference took place at North Bullitt High School.
The event included Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson and Todd Leatherman, Executive Director of Consumer Protection with the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, as featured speakers.
A technological vendors exhibit hall was established in the North Bullitt gymnasium, showcasing a wide array of educational tools, programs and systems from over 50 companies.
The KySTE Conference included instructional, technical and leadership seminars ranging in topics from administrative planning to student Internet safety issues.
“We discuss things we can take back to different districts and to their teachers and students,” said Cheri Gossett, incoming KySTE President.
Gossett said KySTE selected North Bullitt because of its centralized location along with excellent technological classroom resources.
Bullitt County Public Schools technology coordinator Jim Jackson said the local district was happy to showcase one of its schools to a statewide audience.
“We’re providing learning opportunities for school districts across the state,” Jackson said.
North Bullitt was selected over other area schools in part due to recent building additions.
“We could locate everything up front,” said Jackson. “This was a good site to keep everyone from walking all over the place.”
Gossett said KySTE was pleased with the event’s overall setup. She praised the BCPS technological staff for their assistance throughout the event.
“The district tech staff has been wonderful and amazing,” she said.
Gossett estimated close to 400 Kentucky school administrators in attendance at the 2009 conference. She said future conferences would be hosted in the springtime, with the 2010 event scheduled Mar. 10-12 at the Galt House East in Louisville.
The KySTE mission is empowering Kentucky’s educational community to implement technology as part of the educational process. For more information visit www.kyste.org.
For technological information provided by the BCPS technology integration specialists, including strategies, services and projects, visit www.bullittschools.org/tis/.