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Going Google with UCPS – one of the largest school districts in North Carolina

Moderated by Kevin Hogan, eSchool News, Content Director

In this webinar, you’ll hear directly from Scott Jacumin, Head of Instructional Technology at Union County Public Schools. You’ll hear how UCPS is leveraging the Lenovo X131e Chromebook and the power of Google Apps for Education to transform the learning culture of one of the largest school districts in North Carolina. UCPS is focused on transforming when and where learning takes place, not just on the technology that makes it possible.

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Union County Public Schools has steadily increased its student access to technology over the past 4 years. All 6-12th grade students are issued a Chromebook to carry throughout the school year while 3-5th grade students have access to their own computer every day at school. Affordable Chromebooks helped increase student access and Google Apps for Education provided the necessary tools to increase our learners use of technology. UCPS attempts to simplify digital learning and productivity by maximizing the use of a single suite of applications. This simplifies staff development, encourages collaboration and seamlessly integrates a paperless culture for teachers and students. The switch to Google’s simple intuitive platforms has been a positive experience that UCPS plans to continue to replicate and expand in the future.

Participants will:

  • Get an overview of the Google for Education solution
  • Learn how this solution can be used to improve student learning, collaboration, and innovation
  • Hear first hand experience from a district using Google Apps and Chromebooks and how they are using them for the Smarter Balanced online assessments
  • Be able to pose their questions to Union County School District and Google
Webinar Speakers:
Andrew Sidel, Google for Education, Google
Andrew Sidel grew up in St. Louis and studied political science at the University of Missouri.  After graduation, he moved to Madrid, Spain as a Fulbright Fellow.  In this position he taught in a dual-language high school.  He also created the institution’s first after school program, a music workshop for students.Andrew moved directly from Spain to Texas in 2011, joining the Teach for America Corps to help close the achievement gap by providing quality education and leadership to students from low-income communities.  He taught  bilingual elementary school for two years with Teach for America before joining the Google for education team to continue the fight to improve education and make it more universally accessible.
Scott Jacumin, Head of Instructional Technology, Union County Public Schools
Scott Jacumin
Scott Jacumin developed a unique perspective on varied classroom methods and teaching strategies while growing up in a family of  educators. His passion led him back to the classroom in where he taught eighteen years. Since then he has been an Instructional Technology Facilitator serving multiple schools as a technology mentor and coach. In 2009 he helped to implement North Carolina’s largest one-to-one initiative at the time before advancing to Head of Instructional Technology for UCPS in 2011.He continues to design and deliver relevant and ongoing staff development to help teachers transition from traditional to digital classrooms. Scott has shared his experience at multiple state and national conferences including NCTIES, FETC and the  first annual 1-to-1 International Conference. In his current position as Head of  Instructional Technology for Union County Public Schools, Scott is working to transform  the learning environment to an anywhere-and-anytime personalized learning culture.


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