Welcome to Discovery: NEFEC and it's 15 Member Districts

NEFEC (North East Florida Educational Consortium)  recently purchased Discovery Education Streaming Plus and Discovery Media Share for all 15 member districts in North East Florida. The Discovery team held train the trainer sessions in Lake City for NEFEC members responsible for training in their home counties on July 20 & 21, 2009.  Welcome to teachers/staff in the following counties: Baker, Bradford, Columbia,  Dixie, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Nassau, Putnam, Suwannee, Union. PK Yonge DRS, Florida School for Deaf & Blind.

On June 24th and 25th, representatives from all fifteen of NEFEC’s member districts participated in the Summer Drive-In Conference entitled, “The Power of Less: Making the Most of Your Return on Investment”. This one-day, technology-centered event was held at Columbia High School in Columbia County on the 24th and replicated at Matanzas High in Flagler County on the 25th.

The conference consisted of two speakers that are on the cutting edge of integrating technology into best teaching practices, Hall Davidson from Discovery Education, and John Kuglin from the Eagle County School District in Colorado. Both speakers discussed the implications of technology on today’s learners, and the presentations touched on everything from professional networking sites to Twitter and cloud computing.

The day also included several districts showcasing their use of technology in planning and teaching to the individual learning needs of all students. Some of these presentations included:

  • Jacob Oliva, Principal of Wadsworth Elementary in Flagler County, demonstrating the uses of podcasting in education
  • Tom Lashley, Superintendent of Lafayette County, discussing and showcasing data analysis tools and interactive curriculum mapping
  • Bill Mcrae, Principal of Southside Elementary in Bradford County, demonstrating in-house data collection
  • Shelley Ardis presenting SMART Technologies
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