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Technology in action conference set

The annual Lone Star Technology In Action conference is scheduled for July 22 to 23 at Ryan High School, 5101 E. McKinney St. in Denton.

The two-day technology conference is sponsored by the Denton school district’s instructional technology department and is free to district employees, parents, grandparents, college students and residents living within the school district’s boundaries. Registration for all other attendees is $30.

The conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 22 and from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 23 and will include sessions with basic Microsoft capabilities on how to best use social media.

“Participants may choose sessions that match their interests and attend both days or just one,” according to a district media release.

The event’s keynote speaker is Alan November, who according to his website is “an international leader in education technology” who has helped in improving “the quality of education through technology” for school, government and industry leaders.

Also speaking at this year’s conference is Maria Henderson, a development executive for Apple who is a former educator and instructional technologist. To register for the conference, visit

For more information, contact Barry Fox, the district’s instructional technology director, at 940-369-0579.


Three students take part in Rotary Club camp

Three high school students from the Denton school district participated in the Camp Rotary Youth Leadership Awards at Texas Woman’s University with the assistance of scholarships received by the Denton Morning Rotary Club.

Students participating in the camp included senior Amira Spikes and sophomore Gabriella Webster, both of Denton High School; and senior Grant Testerman of Ryan High School. According to the school district, more than 100 area students are selected annually for the summer camp by area Rotary districts.

“The RYLA campers are selected by local Rotarians for their qualities in leadership, community service or high school involvement,” according to a school district media release. “Participants develop their leadership skills through team building activities, hands-on leadership training and from motivational speakers from across the state.”


Three local teachers participate in UT event

Three teachers from the Denton school district recently participated in a professional development institute for middle and high school English teachers conducted last month at the University of Texas at Austin.

Jonathan Ladner, an English teacher at Guyer High School, and Denton High School English teachers William Smith and Kathleen Solomon, were among the 50 attendees at “Teaching the American Literary Tradition,” presented by Humanities Texas, the UT College of Liberal Arts and the Harry Ransom Center.

The event included presentations and small-group workshops led by national scholars on topics including literature from the Civil War era, civil rights movement rhetoric, American drama and Texas and Latino literature in the 20th century.

The event was one of five being conducted at major universities throughout Texas this summer.

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