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CHICAGO, Seoul, Van­cou­ver, Frank­furt, Las Vegas, Rock­hamp­ton.

The Cen­tral Queens­land city will now join a list in­clud­ing other global des­ti­na­tions, host­ing a two-day Queens­land EdTech sum­mit next week fea­tur­ing Google for Ed­u­ca­tion.

This is a plat­form where teach­ers from across the state will learn how free ap­pli­ca­tions can be in­cor­po­rated into the class­room to en­gage stu­dents with a range of new tech­nolo­gies.

Daena Scheuber from Em­maus Col­lege pitched for the sum­mit to be brought to Rock­hamp­ton af­ter at­tend­ing sim­i­lar Google-led pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment events in the past.

Ms Scheuber said it was a hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence where teach­ers with any level of tech­nol­ogy train­ing could tai­lor their learn­ing over Mon­day and Tues­day.

There will be ses­sions for be­gin­ner, in­ter­me­di­ate and tech gu­rus with other op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn cod­ing as well.

It’s a coup for Rock­hamp­ton to score the event.

Up­wards of 250 peo­ple are ex­pected to take part.

“It’s huge that this sum­mit is here,” Ms Scheuber said.

“You look at this list of mas­sive cap­i­tal cities and then there’s Rock­hamp­ton.”

In the decade Ms Scheuber has been work­ing with tech­nol­ogy at Em­maus, things have changed dra­mat­i­cally.

But it doesn’t mean any­thing if the tech­nol­ogy is not used prop­erly.

“Part of the prob­lem is things like his­tory and ge­og­ra­phy can get a bit dry and us­ing tech­nol­ogy in in­no­va­tive ways just means it’s a lot more in­ter­est­ing for kids who have been brought up in a re­ally vis­ual world.”

For Ms Scheuber, net­work­ing and find­ing out what other peo­ple are do­ing in the class­room is the most ex­cit­ing el­e­ment of the sum­mit.

■ The con­fer­ence runs at Em­maus Col­lege on Mon­day and Tues­day.

Ryan Turn­bull and the Cri­te­rion Ho­tel in the back­ground.

PHOTO: AL­LAN REINIKKA ROK150917AGOOGLE4

BIG DEAL: Ash­ling Canavan and Daena Scheuber at Em­maus for the Google EdTech teach­ers con­fer­ence.

PHOTO: ROK150917AGOOGLE1

LEFT: Ash­ling Canavan and Daena Scheuber get tech savvy.

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