Educators learn how to apply new technology to the classroom

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EUREKA- At Zane Middle School on Tuesday, 175 local educators attended the SHIFT Symposium, a two day conference focused on how to apply technology to the classroom.

The seminar, hosted by the Humboldt County Office of Education, brought teachers from Humboldt, Del Norte, Lake and Sonoma County together to share ideas and experiences. Sessions focused on specific devices, programs and apps teachers could use and also featured a lesson on how to use social media.

"In the past it's been very teacher centered, how we used technology," said Danielle Carmesin, a Principal at Academy of the Redwoods. She said teachers would be the only ones to use computer programs, but said the focus is now on getting students to use them just as much.

After last years discussing Carmesin was able to create a program that had every student at her school using a Chrome book everyday. Carmesin said the sessions give her a chance to talk with other educators to see what is new.

Rae Fearing, a Technology Coordinator with the Del Norte County Office of Education, said she gets the most out of other teachers. "I think the biggest thing we're getting out of this is collaboration," she said.