Mercy High hosts tech talk for educators

Mercy High School will host the 3rd annual educational technology forum “Tech Talk for Educators” on February 26.

Keynote speaker Jason Siko will kick-off the conference with “Futures of Educational Technology; Possible, Plausible and Preferable.” An Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at Grand Valley State University, Siko was a high school biology and chemistry teacher for 13 years and also worked as a consultant in strategic foresight. His research interests include teaching futures studies in K-12, game design as an instructional strategy, and K-12 online readiness skills.

Approximately 300 teachers and faculty from around 30 metro area school systems will attend specific breakout sessions of their choice, featuring presenters from a wide range of schools, universities and technology disciplines.

New this year are six hands-on workshops on topics that include Creating Videos with Final Cut Pro; 3-D Printing; Podcasting; Periscope; Google Classroom; and a Student Expert Teams Experience run by students from Hillel Day School.

“Hillel Day School’s eighth graders are thrilled to present at Tech Talk. It’s one thing to do something that’s innovative, but the ability to share it makes the magnification meaningful to the kids,” said Trevett Allen, Hillel’s Director of Innovation. “These student-makers are intrinsically motivated to affect the lives of others, and participate in other people’s education, and society. Tech Talk shows them that they can act in the world, and improve other people’s experiences.”

For a complete listing of featured speakers and sessions, visit

For more information contact Larry Baker, Associate Principal, 248-893-3587 or