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Teachers, students learn new technologies at Southern Tier ConnectED Conference

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Southern Tier ConnectED Conference is a two-day retreat for teachers across the area to learn all of the latest for their classrooms. This is especially the case for the Binghamton City School District, which hosted the conference.

“We need to always be at the forefront. It’s very important for teachers to be right where the kids are. This is one of those opportunities for teachers to be learning, especially from each other,” said Erin Thomeson-Miller, Director of Educational Technology and Innovation for the Binghamton City School District.

Throughout Wednesday morning, many different sessions were held to talk about new technologies and teaching methods. Later in the day, more hands-on sessions were held so teachers could experience some of these new technologies.

Excitement and promise for even better teaching and education of students is part of what attracts new and veteran educators to this unique event.

“We came out of retirement to do this because we believe in the schools that are in Sullivan County, we’ve lived there for 30 years. We believe in the kids. But we believe in the profession and we need to have good teachers out there,” said Mary Greynolds, a retired middle school principal from Sullivan County.

Greynolds and her husband are part of a group that brings kids from around the area interested in teaching to conferences like this to learn the latest and be prepared to follow their passion and advance education.

“So I want to become a teacher, then become administration. Because I always witness around me that there’s so much stuff we can do to better it and have the students and teachers involved,” said Michelle Bryant, a senior from Monticello High School.

This wasn’t the only group of students present. Several teachers brought their students to help them present at the conference, showing the learning connection on both sides, teachers and students, that must be there for everyone to learn new technology and use it as effectively as possible to further education.

Damon Matson

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