(TNS) — The University of Oklahoma will be creating a Digital Playground at the inaugural EngageOK summer education event, set for Tuesday through Thursday and coordinated by the state Department of Education.
The free event takes place at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. The goal of the event is to provide learning opportunities, professional development and training for everyone from teachers and administrators to parents.
To register, go to engage.ok.gov.
The Digital Playground will be an interactive station where attendees will get hands-on experience using the latest tools and techniques being taught by Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education faculty to future educators.
Hosted by the Rainbolt College, the One University Store, K20 Center, Concurrent Enrollment and the Innovation Hub, each group at OU brings unique technology and expertise in this area, officials said in a news release.
“Our faculty and staff are on the cutting edge when it comes to the latest tools and technology available to be implemented in classrooms from elementary school through high school,” said Gregg Garn, dean of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education. “EngageOK gives local educators and administrators the opportunity to see what our graduates have to offer when they enter the workforce, and what can be integrated into their own classrooms.”
Technology available for hands-on experiences in the digital playground will include Tiggly, Ozobots and Osmo.
Tiggly is an integrative use of tablet software and toys geared toward math and reading comprehension for children ages 2-8. Ozobot is a small, programmable robot that introduces kids to the concepts of coding, reasoning and robotic behavior in easy-to-understand ways. Osmo is a gaming accessory that can turn your tablet into a drawing canvas, physics lab or a place to play word games with friends.
Attendees will have an opportunity to win technology such as this for their classroom.
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