Idea Expo in Miami-Dade County Offers Wireless Technology Options in the Classroom

Smartphones and tablets helping students to learn.

By Chuck Hamby on December 19, 2012

Recently, hundreds of Miami-Dade County teachers gathered for the annual “Idea Expo,” held at the Miami Beach Convention Center, to discuss education issues with a special focus on STEM.

The STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math were highlighted in the Expo’s STEM Village, where their peers displayed innovative lessons and best practices in teaching, most of which incorporated new wireless apps and devices.

The Idea Expo hosted a wide array of workshops and displays that featured theIdea Expo importance of wireless technology in the classroom. The cover of the Expo’s program included a photo of Miami-Dade County middle school students using smartphones and tablets in an experiment simulating stress on buildings during an earthquake.

Technology experts Doug Glenn and Beth Bailey, Verizon Wireless, conducted three workshops during the day on “Mobile Technology for the Classroom” that generated excited responses from the teachers in attendance.

Verizon Foundation President Rose Stuckey Kirk delivered the Idea Expo’s keynote address, highlighting the many ways in which wireless technology can enhance learning, and expressing the Foundation’s commitment to fostering education in Florida and across the nation. As part of this commitment, the Foundation provided the Miami-Dade Education Fund in 2012 with a $75,000 grant to promote STEM learning in local schools.