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eCamp at Northside ISD

For many years, Northside ISD Technology Services has held an annual Technology Conference, offering a wide array of technology applications training to district staff. Two years ago, this conference expanded from being an all-day Saturday offering to a four-day summer session with a larger, more robust menu of sessions.

The powerful capabilities of an online database are used extensively to support the management of the conference - including online session submission, online participant registration, and automated creation of nametags, session posters, and participant certificates.

Sessions are offered to help all users meet the district Technology Core Competencies - administrators, counselors, teachers, librarians, and support staff. Offerings for the teacher audience included elementary sessions such as "Amazing Animations with KidPix Deluxe," secondary sessions such as "MovieMaker for Everything Educational," and even sessions for educational technology graduate students such as, "Camtasia for PAVE II."

This past year, our district participation at eCamp rose by 33%, and we were delighted to report nearly 2400 individual session registrations. We definitely believe that "learning is for a lifetime," and that digital-age skills facilitate improved teaching and learning; productivity and professional practice; and support, management, and operations of the District.