Nearly 100 administrators from throughout the Midwest gathered in Lee’s Summit for the region’s first Google for Education Leadership Symposium at Lee’s Summit West High School. The event was designed to bring education leaders together to showcase how technology can increase student engagement, help students achieve in school and prepare students for future careers.

Lee’s Summit district staff members presented the symposium’s keynote focusing on high-level vision and districtwide strategies, as well as the technology devices and professional development supporting these goals. Keynote speakers were Superintendent David McGehee, Associate Superintendent Kevin Daniel, Executive Director of Technology Amy Gates and Director of Instructional Technology Kevin Whaley.

Other administrators and educators from approximately 40 other school districts dicussed how to: increase student engagement, including where technology can and can’t help; provide for differientiated, anytime/anywhere learning; understand best practices for implementing technology initiatives from both the curriculum and technology perspectives; implement a successful device pilot program, including device selection, professional development and other criteria.

During the summer, the district is adding 3,000 Google Chromebooks to its schools, bringing a district-wide total of 7,000 Google devices. Teachers use the Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education for instruction and collaborate with their co-workers, plus share teaching strategies and lesson plans. Students may collaborate on group projects or work on individual assignments using any device from any location since information is saved to a cloud.