TIE Conference in Rapid City
Educational leaders from across the region attend the 27th annual Technology and Innovation in Education Conference in Rapid City.
The event alternates year to year between Rapid City and Sioux Falls. It is the state's biggest professional development event for educators.
Most conference sessions address technology applications in education as well as other topics relevant to best practices in schools.
The event is an opportunity for professionals to learn about new technologies that will help students learn in the classroom.
One new advancement is Chrome Books, and those have many professionals excited.
Joe Hauge, with Black Hills Special Services Cooperative says, "Chrome Books are small little laptop computers and you plug th em into the internet so you don't need hard drives and all the expensive components. So a Chrome Book can sell for $250 and yet it pulls really powerful technology into students hands."
Keynote speakers included Adam Bellow, a New York educator selected in 2011 as outstanding young educator of the year by the international society for technology in education.
And, Richard Byrne, a well-known national blogger who reaches more than 53,000 subscribers daily.
"There's over a hundred vendors that come in from across the country to show their latest technology products. Many of these vendors aren't able to go school to school across South Dakota to show their products...but they come to South Dakota once a year so people can go and get hands on experience with these technologies to see if there's something they want to use with their students in the classroom," Hauge says.
About 1,300 teachers, principals, superintendents and technology directors attended the event.