650 teachers attend this year's Lafayette Regional eLearning Conference

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The school year has ended but the learning continues for teachers.

Posted: Jun 5, 2019 5:58 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — As technology continues to advance, teachers are finding it more important now than ever to keep up.

650 local teachers have come together to attend this year's Lafayette Regional eLearning Conference. The theme for this year's conference is Ignite, Create, Collaborate and Celebrate.

“This is our seventh year for an eLearning Conference and we are given a grant to really make this is the kind of conference that would typically only be offered at the state level,” said Rita Shultz, conference coordinator.

Delphi, Lafayette, Twin Lakes, and Tippecanoe School Corporation are among those represented. Shultz said through the grant and registration fees, the conference costs around $40,000. But it provides teachers a unique opportunity to learn from other teachers who share what really works.

“Technology especially is always changing but so are teaching methods and everything is constantly changing,” said Shultz. “They really like to come and learn new ways that they can work with their students and engage their students to help with their learning.”

This two-day conference focuses on everything from learning new mobile apps to empowering students to think creatively. These teachers plan to take all they've learned back to their classrooms this fall.

“Improv education was the big keynote this morning and kind of having creative chaos in the classroom is definitely applicable in high school because every single day is something different,” said Nate Ridgway, high school teacher at Beech Grove City Schools in Indianapolis.

“It's really cool to come here a lot of tools and resources that I can implement in my classroom, it's really nice to go back and kind of scaffold it with my Kindergarteners,” said Olivia Winstead, kindergarten teacher at Klondike Elementary in West Lafayette.

“A lot of times just trying to stay ahead of them because they're so tech-savvy at this point,” said Ryan Cole, a third-grade teacher at Edgelea Elementary School in Lafayette.

This year's conference is held at Sunnyside Intermediate in Lafayette. This is the fourth year they've held it here due to the number of teachers attending.

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