Teachers who attended a two-day summit on high-tech learning walked away with new tools in their educational arsenal.
Darla Graham, a social studies teacher at Valleyview secondary, said she and her colleagues were almost overwhelmed by the amount of information provided at the GAFE - Google Applications For Education - summit.
Not only did facilitators show how to integrate YouTube, Google Maps and Blogger into classroom work, but they provided tips on how to inspire and motivate students, said Graham.
"Just different ways (for students) to collaborate and work together on projects," she said Saturday.
The event, which kicked off at Thompson Rivers University on Friday and ran all day Saturday, was about integrating Google applications for K-12 learning. A team of Google education trainers led the way with lectures and workshops.
Graham said school isn't about a teacher lecturing at the front of the class anymore. Students want and enjoy being active participants in learning.
Assignments are now completed on blogs or YouTube, and the work isn't just for the teacher, she said. It's on public display, and she finds children take projects more seriously.
"If you're going to create something that everybody can possibly view, then you're going to make sure it's really done correctly," said Graham.
"It's about getting them to complete their projects, to add on and work together and be as creative as they can."
She envisions her students using YouTube to show historical re-enactments.
Chris Bell of EdTechTeam was among the facilitators. He said the goal was to show teachers how technology is an educational tool and not just a toy.
"We come in and ignite a spark and get teachers excited and motivated to try new things in the classroom," he said.
About 280 teachers from across the province attended the summit, which was hosted by the Kamloops-Thompson School District.