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Hundreds of students, parents and local residents will attend Detroit Public Schools’ third annual Two-Day Technology Fair on Wednesday, April 29 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Thursday, April 30 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. to learn about technology offerings district-wide. The event will be held at A. Philip Randolph Technical High School, 17101 Hubbell St.
The Technology Fair will feature student-led technology and robotics demonstrations, interactive booths for attendees of all ages, breakout sessions, a showcase of technology vendors including HP, Toshiba, SMART, Promethean, Microsoft and more.
Microsoft Office suite will be offered to all DPS employees at no cost during the Technology Fair. The Office 365 benefit from Microsoft Corp. allows DPS staff to download Microsoft Office on up to five PCs or Macs, and Office apps on other mobile devices, including iPads and Windows tablets, to prepare them for college and careers and get their work done at anytime from anywhere. Full details on the partnership will be provided during the Two-Day Technology Fair.
One of the most enticing activities planned this year is an Hour of Code in the Classroom where students will showcase their skillset of writing computer programs. Adults are also invited to learn how to write computer programs, as well as many other offerings including technology-focused giveaways, heavy-duty construction equipment simulators and dozens of technology demonstrations by schools including Cass Technical High School, Davison Elementary-Middle School, Gompers Elementary-Middle School, A. Philip Randolph Technical High School, JROTC programs and West Side Academy.
The Detroit Tigers Mascot Paws will be onsite April 29 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and students will enjoy a Techie Photo Booth Kiosk from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. both days. This event is presented by the DPS I.T. Division as part of Technology Month to showcase the district’s vast technology offerings and to empower Detroit Public Schools staff, students, parents and community members with facts and tools that will improve their understanding and increase interaction with technology information and devices used to protect and educate students.
All DPS staff, students, parents, community members, and business partners are invited to attend. Technology giveaways and prizes will be provided each day for students and adults.
Throughout the month of April 2015, the DPS Division of Technology and Information Services has hosted the 3rd Annual Spring into Technology: April is Technology Month initiative. As part of Technology Month, free weekly Parent Computer Training Workshops were offered with both English and Spanish courses. The courses were free and registration was required. Through the Parent Computer Training Workshops, parents learned essential computer skills.