By Rebecca Hertz

The Cove Herald

Copperas Cove Independent School District teachers will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with new technology while attending Tech Camp July 27-30 at the Copperas Cove High School. This years' theme is "Charting New Waters - Destination Technology Integration."

The program will prepare teachers to create a challenging and "technology-rich learning environment."

"The more tools we have in our tool belts creates success in the classroom," said Gail Milligan, assistant superintendent of curriculum and student services.

Teachers will expand their understanding of new technology and educational applications. Acquiring a comfort level with software and equipment will increase teacher confidence and allow instructors to address the different learning styles of their students.

The camp will hold 45 training sessions with 1,070 training seats available.

Teachers can select which sessions they wish to attend and may earn continuing education hours for their participation in the program.

Last year's camp was so successful with the knowledge that people gained, word spread about the value of the program, Milligan said.

This year the camp has been moved to a larger location so that more classes can be offered. Teachers from all grade levels and aids have signed up to attend.

"The fact that they come on their own time speaks highly of our staff," Milligan said.

Topics include multimedia programs, photo editing, search engine tools, streaming video, podcasting, student response systems, Microsoft Office programs and much more.

An Internet café will be provided as a place to have discussions, ask questions and sample new equipment.

Coordinator for the Tech Camp is Beth Best. For additional information, contact the Copperas Cove ISD at 547-1227.

Contact Rebecca Hertz at or (254) 501-7475.

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