Google Education Specialist to Speak at First Parents Tech Night

Jaime Casap, who helped Hillsborough add 3,000 tablet computers to district classrooms, will speak on "Iterating Education."

Jaime Casap, Google's "Global Education Evangelist," will speak at the Hillsborough school's first Parent Technology Night. Credit: JCasap.com
Jaime Casap, Google's "Global Education Evangelist," will speak at the Hillsborough school's first Parent Technology Night. Credit: JCasap.com

Hillsborough's aggressive technology plan has introduced many parents to some of the benefits—and challenges—of new technology in schools.

But an upcoming event may help clear up the direction technology will be taking, with Google's "Global Education Evangelist" Jaime Casap speaking. 

The district's first Parent Technology Night will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Auten Road Intermediate School cafeteria. All parents, staff, and community members are invited to attend. 

Casap will present “Iterating Education," discussing how increasing interconnectivity around the world is also creating greater complexity. 

"We now operate on a global scale and the job of educators is to help learners develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities they will need to thrive in this new environment," Casap said. "Educators must continually iterate education in pursuit of making it a powerful, effective, and engaging learning experience. 

Casap is an evangelist for the power and potential of the web, technology and Google tools as enabling and supporting capabilities in pursuit of creating powerful learning models. He has been with Google for over eight years and is currently responsible for working across all internal teams that impact education, working with educational organizations around the world, helping them find ways to improve the quality of education through the use of technology. 

In addition to his role at Google, Casap serves on the Arizona Science Foundation Board of Directors, on the Board of Directors for New Global Citizens, and serves in advisory roles to dozens of organizations focused on improving education. He is a faculty associate at Arizona State University, where he teaches guest lectures. 

Registration is open through the district website

Additional Parent Technology Nights will be held throughout the remainder of the school year on a variety of educational technology topics including Google Apps and social media safety. 

jsmith January 16, 2014 at 10:42 PM
Ugghh. How about teaching the kids how to read and write with a real book and a real pen? Shoving this stuff down everyone's throat....teachers can't even teach anymore. Does anyone know who is pushing tech stuff so hard in this district?
Thomas Auzinger January 17, 2014 at 07:40 AM
Book and pen? We don't need that kind of technology. If teaching by telling stories and memorizing them was good enough for thousands of years, it sure should be good enough now. Stop push Gutenberg down everybody's throat!
jimmy Burke January 17, 2014 at 07:25 PM
Will they remotely be turned on? Will they record every site our kids go on to build a folder ,if you will , to keep track of their interst, likes, dislikes, opinions they post? Spying on them, and our families?
Darlynda Miktuk January 21, 2014 at 08:47 AM
By the comments I see here, I believe there is more to this story. I only have one thing to add here: We keep moving forward, opening new doors & doing new things because we are curious & curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. Go forward for the sake of society's future - today's students!


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