Putney Teacher inspires pupils after Discovery tech teaching event in Utah, USA.

Putney Teacher inspires pupils after Discovery tech teaching event in Utah, USA.

2 September 2019

A Putney teacher will be inspiring his pupils with new technology this term after spending part of the summer break at a celebrated event in the United States.

Hiten Mistry from Putney High School (GDST) received a special invitation to the Discovery Education Summer Institute (DENSI)– an exclusive teaching and learning week in Utah, focused on using technology to support pupil achievement.

One of just four UK teachers invited to make the trip, Hiten was chosen for his enthusiasm for teaching with technology, having been awarded the prestigious accolade of ‘Apple Distinguished Educator’ earlier this year. Flying to Utah in late July, Hiten joined hundreds of educators at The Weber State University in Ogden.

Now in its 14th year, the Discovery Education Summer Institute connects tech-savvy teachers from around the world to share ideas and inspiration. Featuring interactive seminars and hands-on workshops exploring technologies such as AR and VR, the event helps teachers to create digital learning environments that engage pupils and improve achievement.

The Discovery Education Summer Institute is the flagship event of the Discovery Education Community – one of the world’s largest education networks with an audience of over 4.5 million teachers and educators.

Speaking after returning from Utah, Hiten Mistry said:

“The Discovery Education Summer Institute in Utah was an unforgettable experience. After 16 years in education I’ve never experienced over 100 educators from different educational contexts in one room, sharing and collaborating. The positive vibes, stories and ideas from all those I met will stay with me for a very long time.”

Andrew Hammond, Senior Director of Learning & Community at Discovery Education said:

“We were thrilled to give Hiten the opportunity to attend the Discovery Education Summer Institute. This year’s event was a true celebration of education technology – a coming together of education enthusiasts all striving to re-imagine the future of learning. I’m sure that Hiten’s experience will benefit his pupils and the whole school community.”

Hiten was joined by 3 other UK teachers: Hayley McKechnie from Lee Chapel Primary School in Basildon Essex, Laura Sparkes from St Mary of Charity Primary School in Faversham and Joseph Reid from Trinity St Mary’s School in Wandsworth. The group returned to the UK in August ready to put their learning into practice.

The Discovery Education Community connects teachers through social media and events and provides a gateway to education advice and inspiration from around the world.

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