Imagining the Future Together

The 2017 PEF Technology Showcase will be on March 9th from 4:30 to 7:00 PM at IVY Tech Community College in Evansville. The Technology Showcase features great classroom projects from teachers and students, vendor displays, a model maker space, a student Maker Market, the awarding of the PEF Technology School of the Year, a student Arcade Challenge, and many more interactive experiences.

Ways to Participate in the PEF Technology Showcase

From cardboard and video arcades, to young entrepreneurs selling products of their own design, to hands-on exploration of Virtual and Augmented Reality, this year’s Technology Showcase will be playful and fun! We encourage you to participate in the Technology Showcase on March 9th from 4:30 to 7:00 at IVY Tech. There are lots of ways to be part of the fun:

Nominate a Technology School of the Year

Are you proud of the great ways your school uses technology to enhance student learning? Here’s an opportunity to show the community what you see everyday. You can nominate your school as the 2016 PEF Technology School of the Year by filling out this form. Then, show up to the Technology Showcase to see if your school was this year’s honoree.

Participate in the Cardboard Arcade Challenge

screen-shot-2016-12-14-at-1-16-48-pmThis year PEF is hosting our second annual Arcade Challenge for teams of students and an adult advisor. Teams can win awards, and the community can enjoy interacting with the innovative games that the teams develop. It’s a win-win! And this year, we’ve added a Video Arcade Challenge for older students! You can learn more about the Arcade Challenge and how to participate by reading this post.

Demonstrate Your Entrepreneurial Spirit in the Maker Market

IMG_3846Students (and their sponsors) with the passion and talent to design, create, and market their wares will find a receptive audience in our Maker Market. We’ll provide you with the space and the audience; all you have to provide is the product to sell and a promotional video that makes us want to buy it. You can learn more about how to participate in the Maker Market at this link, and when you have your idea ready, you can reserve your spot by filling out this form.

Share What’s Going On In Your Classroom

IMG_7938As always, we are excited to share the many great ways that teachers are harnessing the power of technology in their classrooms. If you have a class project, activity, or routine that demonstrates the ways that students collaborate, create, communicate, problem-solve, and lead in the Digital Age, we want you and your students to strut your stuff.

In the past, showcase projects have included student-created videos, classroom blogs, social media, digital art, robotics, digital communications, 3D printing, and digital storytelling (just to name a few).

You can share your best practices, student work, and favorite tools at the showcase by registering a project at this link by February 24, 2017: PEF Project Registration Form

Explore Our Model Maker Space and the Showcase Displays

Version 3Once again we will feature dozens of great classroom and extracurricular projects that truly capture the many ways that learning and technology meet. Students and teachers from around the area will be sharing the tools and best practices they’ve discovered, and we hope you will check out their hard work.

Then, we also hope that you will spend some time in our model maker space where you can get creative and explore some of the newest tools for tinkering, designing, and bringing learning to life. We’ll even have the materials you need to design your own Cardboard Arcade game.

Join the Local Community to Celebrate Student Innovation

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Many local partners will be in attendance to share their innovations and to celebrate the teaching and learning that impact our future as a community. You can meet with them, get hands-on access to technology, and pick up some new ideas for your classroom. There will even be a chance to win door prizes!

We will also be lining the Showcase with all kinds of engaging activities to engage your creativity and challenge your skills. Look for Sphero bowling, stop-motion video, EPIC selfie stations and more!

Try Out the Arcade Games and Vote for Your Favorite

IMG_7974Help us put our arcade designers to the test by trying out all of this year’s arcade designs and casting your vote for the People’s Choice awards. Our designers will have worked hard to engage your interest, and we want them to have an amazing response to their ingenuity and collaboration. That’s where you come in. Be sure to save the date (March 9, 4:30-7:00) and come support the inventors and innovators of tomorrow.

Help Us Spread the Word and Build the Biggest Technology Showcase Ever

The PEF Technology, Innovation and Collaboration Showcase ultimately celebrates the creativity and innovation of teachers and their students. We love it when their efforts are rewarded with a great turnout. Share this link on social media, and promote the event among your friends, colleagues and family.