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.