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Instructional Technology Services Richland County School District One

Volume 4, Issue 1 Fall 2011

September is Library Card Sign-up Month What’s the smartest card in your wallet? Why your library card of course!

SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST:  Reading Rocks October 22, 2011 Featured Authors

R. Gregory Christie

Rose Rock

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:  From the Director .........2 Verizon Grant ...............2 Reading Rocks ...............3 Celebration Luncheon ..3 eReaders .........................3 Department Updates .....4 News and Notes .............5 People and Places ..........6 We Are Proud of ...........7 Visual Literacy Festival 7 Calendar of Events ........8

The American Library Association and Richland One’s school library media centers urge you to apply for and use your library card. It will give you access to the many free resources and programs available at the public library. During September, all students, staff and families are urged to visit the library. It is an engaging learning environment that is always buzzing with activity. During these tough economic times, your library card gives you free access to print and electronic books, computers, homework help, assistance with resumes and job searches, adult education programs, CDs, DVDs, special literacy programs and so much more. The award winning Richland County Public Library is now offering a special teacher card for any educators in the district who are non-county residents. The card can be obtained at any branch of the library for just $10.00.

Cal Ripkin, Jr., ALA Library Card Spokesperson

New Augusta Baker Chair Named Dr. Michelle H. Martin has been named the first holder of the Augusta Baker Chair in Childhood Literacy at the University of South Carolina. In her role as the Augusta Baker Chair, she will help the university and the state to define literacy issues and their impact on children in addition to facilitating improved coordination among existing literacy programs. She will teach a number of children’s and young adult literature courses and continue work on her current project, a book on the little-known children’s literature of Arna Bontemps and Langston Hughes. Dr. Martin is a Richland One graduate and is thrilled to be back in Columbia.

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From the Director Ida W. Thompson Recently, I came across an article I submitted to the Palmetto Administrator several years ago titled “Effective School Library Media Centers Do Make A Difference.” In the article I contrasted my elementary school library media center with that of my son’s elementary media center at the time. While the resources were different, it was interesting to note that the common element was a trained and competent library professional who understood that information is power; that information is even more powerful when it makes the connection between people and their needs. After all, libraries are about and for people. Successful programs are conceived, implemented and managed by competent professionals who are engaged in the teaching and learning process. However, strong media programs do not just happen. They are the result of combined leadership from principals and library media professionals who know the standards, contribute to their school’s success through collaborations and partnerships with the instructional staff and understand the value of an integrated program. Every student and every school needs a school media center that fosters growth, literacy and academic improvement. How fortunate we are in Richland One to have committed professionals in all schools and several special programs. Our obligation is to capitalize on this great opportunity to prepare students to meet the ever increasing demands of the global learner. Students must be challenged to read broadly, think critically, use technology appropriately and be discreet information consumers. Supporting the digital learner will require a focus on research, creativity and communication. It all begins in the school library media center. The department’s theme and that of the school library media center’s this year is “Academic Optimism: Making Connections for Global Learners Through Literacy and Technology.” We are up to the challenge and look forward to an exciting year of learning and new discovery with our students.

Verizon Grant Richland One was among ten recipients of grants from the Verizon Foundation to implement programming and professional development activities using the Thinkfinity web resources. “Integrating Technology that’s Effective and Meaningful – or (ITEM) for short, was the Richland One submission by Dawn Gardner, former E2T2 coach. Through Thinkfinity’s wealth of technology tools, standardsbased lesson plans and access to a national network of professionals, the department will be able to support technology learning needs of teachers and staff and enhance current efforts to ensure quality learning experiences through technology. The award presentation was made by Paul Talledo, Strategic Account Manager for Verizon Wireless. Grant activities will be implemented at Mill Creek Elementary.

From left to right: Dr. Percy Mack, Dawn Gardner, Paul Talledo, Ida Thompson, and Aaron Bishop

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Reading Rocks 2011 Get ready for an exciting day of fun at Reading Rocks 2011! On Saturday, October 22, all members of the Richland One learning community are invited to enjoy a day of exciting literacy events. This year’s featured authors are Rose Rock and R. Gregory Christie.

Cocky at Reading Rocks 2010

In its inaugural debut, the district’s health fair will be a special feature at Reading

Rocks. Many community partners are coming together to sponsor Reading Rocks. There will be something for everyone – authors, storytelling, characters, school performances, clowns, information vendors, the annual literacy parade and free books! Mark your calendar and plan to join the fun! “Reading Rocks Our Mind, Body and Soul” Saturday, October 22 9:00 – 1:00 Sanders Middle School Campus

3455 Pinebelt Road

First Celebration Luncheon Held On June 7, principals and information technology specialists were invited to a special luncheon at Heyward Career Center hosted by Instructional Technology Services. The luncheon was designed to celebrate the accomplishments and important role of the district’s school library media programs.

Angela Bennet and Dr. Richard Moore from Logan Elementary

The theme was “Hats Off to Libraries.” Guests were greeted with colorful leis, escorted down a red carpet and had their photographs taken. Pamela Lackey, President of AT&T South Carolina was the luncheon speaker. Lots of door prizes were provided by generous sponsors and community businesses. Pictures of the luncheon are posed on the department’s Picasa web album page (www.richlandone/its). Special thanks are extended to David Wendt, Follett Library Resources, Elaine Bell, Renaissance Learning, and Jennifer Green, eChalk, Pamela Lackey and for their generous financial supIda Thompson port to make the luncheon possible.

eReaders in Richland One Instructional Technology Services hosted two special workshops on eReaders this summer to assist information technology specialists with integration and management strategies. The first was hosted by Buffy Hamilton, founding librarian of “The Unquiet Library” at Creekview High School in Canton, Georgia. She provided valuable practical information and training for the group. The second workshop was hosted by Susan Lyons from the Richland County Public Library. She demonstrated how patrons of RCPL can download free eBooks to their favorite eReader devices as well as to their computer. This session will be offered again this fall.

Each media center received at least two NookColor eReaders. Schools are encouraged to purchase more devices to ensure broad access and use. User guidelines and programmatic ideas for these devices are under development.

Karen Roach, Lindsay Boylston, and Jane Speight examine eReaders

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Department Updates  Renaissance Place Learning Upgrades Star Reading and Star Math products have received major enhancements. They are statistically linked to the state assessments to help predict state test outcomes while there's still time to affect them. They also align to state standards and provide information about student mastery of those standards. The assessments also contain new tools, new content, and new reports, to help users get the most data with which to drive daily instruction and practice.

Congratulations to Ruth Savinda, Hopkins Elementary; Betsy Russell, Bradley Elementary; Elizabeth Hall, Brennen Elementary; Ann Bowles, Caughman Road Elementary; and Susan Lewis, Sandel Elementary and all their staffs for outstanding Accelerated Reader implementation.

Middle School Technology Camp "News Media Production" was the theme for our Middle School Technology Camp this past summer. Students engaged in producing news

media projects using technology resources such as Audacity, StreamlineSC, Movie Maker, BeFunky, and Blabberize.

Nat Roers and Scott Ryan of WLTX

Experts from SCETV and ABC News instructed students in the “how tos” of video and news media production. Guest speakers included Donna Thompson and Debbie Jarrett from SCETV; Antonio Peterson of AllOutVideos; Apryl Debrosse of SCETV Radio; and Eric Weisfeld of ABC Columbia News. Additionally, students toured the ETV Radio and Production

Building and the WLTX News Studio, making an appearance with Darci Strickland on the twelve o'clock news!

with students from the camp

 Distance Learning J. P. Thomas, Carver Lyon and A.C. Moore Elementary Schools participated in a three way video conference on International Literacy Day. USC professors joined J. P. Thomas teachers and students and contributed to the information and discussion on Sierra Leone. The teachers from these schools traveled to Sierra

AC Moore Teacher Stephanie Johnson presents information to students

Leone along with the USC professors in the summer to study the country and its educational practices. The teachers and professors presented information to the students concerning the numbers of South Carolina citizens that descended from Sierra Leone and pointed out similarities between the cultures.

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News and Notes District RIF Program Supported by Macy’s June and July were busy months for RIF supporters at Macy’s. Store managers and sales associates were hard at work promoting the Be Book Smart Campaign. Donations from the sale of special coupons will help purchase more new books for participating RIF programs. Richland One’s RIF program will receive proceeds from all sales in South Carolina. The efforts at the local Columbia Macy’s store were coordinated

by Deanna Nethercutt and a very energetic team. Information technology specialists set up special displays in the store, purchased treats for the sale associates and toured the store on several Saturdays urging shoppers to purchase the special $3.00 coupons. A special presentation will be made by Macy’s staff in October that will detail the amount raised for Richland One.

Deanna Nethercutt, store manager and Paul Hutchinson who sold 367 coupons - #2 in the Carolina's District

New Technology Education Workshops Check out some of the brand new titles being offered:        

RCPL eBook Download; YouTube File Conversion; You Put "What" on Your Facebook Page?!; Technology Tools for Assessment; Social Networking Tools for Your Classroom; One Take Student Videos; Nook Knowledge; Social Networking Tools for Your Classroom; There's a Device for That: Project-Based Learning - iPad (Apple iOS) vs. Xoom (Droid OS).

If you have other ideas for future workshops that you would like to see offered, please submit your ideas to your assigned technology educator or contact Elizabeth Kohut.

Technology Education News Instructional Technology Services is spotlighting district employees who

showcase exemplary work in the areas of library media, technology integration, and distance learning. The first two recipients are Fran Hipp, Information Technology Specialist at Carver-Lyon and Sandy Frazier, Special Education teacher at Alcorn Middle. Both educators

Fran Hipp, Elizabeth Kohut and Sandy Frazier

spent countless hours this summer taking a wide range of courses and workshops to enhance their skills and classroom practices. Congratulations to them both for their dedication and commitment to improving the quality of their students' learning experiences and their personal technology skills. Keep an eye out for future recipients of this special department recognition.

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People and Places New Information Technology Specialists A hearty welcome is extended to our new information technology specialists. They are energetic professionals who are enjoying their new assignments in Richland One. Linda Lundeen, of Forest Heights Elementary is a graduate of Columbia College and the University of South Carolina. She loves working with the staff and children of Forest Heights. Every day is a new adventure! Jessica Kohout, of Lewis Greenview, is a graduate of Wofford College and the University of South Carolina. Jessica is very excited to be a part of the Lewis Greenview team and is looking forward to getting to beginning her assignment and working with the staff and students. Sherry Shewmaker, of Pine Grove Elementary is returning to the district after working in Charleston for a year. She originated from Greenville County as special education and later media specialist before coming to Carver Lyon during her first assignment in Richland One. We are glad to have her back.

New Information Technology Specialists

Chris Crutcher Visits Richland One High Schools Students at Columbia High School and C. A. Johnson hosted visits by author Chris Crutcher on September 22. Mr. Crutcher enjoyed talking with the students about his writing career and how he gets ideas for his books.

Mr. Crutcher also participated in a panel discussion hosted by the Richland County Public later that evening. He is looking forward to staying in touch with Richland One students via video conferencing. ƒ From left to right: Diana Carr, Shenequa Coles, Chris Crutcher, Pam Williams and Ida Thompson

Important Literacy Events and Celebrations

South Carolina Book Award Program Teen Read Week Oct. 16 - 22 Banned Books Week Sept. 24-30 “Read Out!”

Read for the Record October 6 Llama, Llama, Red Pajama

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We Are Proud Of: Tommy Flowers, recipient of the 2011 RIF

Jennifer Thornsberry, Arischa Conner and Wendy Gallagher (Instructional Technol-

Service Award, presented on August 11 at the district meeting of information technology specialists at Keenan High School

ogy Services) for having their presentations accepted for presentation at the 2011 EdTech Conference

Pamela Williams (Columbia) and Gloria Coleman (C. A. Johnson) for hosting visits by author Chris Crutcher on September 22

Elizabeth Gregory (J. P. Thomas) for her dedicated service to RIF- Reading Is Fundamental, having received a special citation for her efforts at the Fall RIF Coordinator’s Meeting at Hand Middle, September 14

Rita Black (St. Andrews Middle) for an outstanding International Literacy Day celebration that was featured on WLTX and WACH 57

Julia Choate (Satchel Ford) for being selected

Ruth Savinda (Hopkins Elementary) for receiving a Target Make-over grant

to attend SMART training in Calgary, Ontario this summer

Arischa Conner (Instructional Technology

Susan Mazur (Crayton) for her service on the

Services), for her outstanding performance in “Smokey Joe’s Café” this summer and her beautiful solo at the Gadsden Elementary Celebration of Excellence on September 13

RCPL Friends Board

Kathy Sutusky (Eau Claire), for her election

media center assistants

Erica Lyles (Alcorn), Sara Reed (Dreher), Allison Hardin (Flora), Elaine Smith and Brenda Tobin (St. Andrews) our new library

as President of the South Carolina Association of School Librarians - SCASL

Darion McCloud (Columbia Museum of Art) for hosting the VLF promotional video

Diana Carr, (Instructional Technology Services), Susan Mazur (Crayton) and Gloria Coleman (C. A. Johnson) for chairing commit-

Jim Dedman (National District Attorney Association) for a donation of legal books

tees on the SCASL Board

Richland County Public Library for donating copies of The Quilters of Gee's Bend DVDs for district schools

Ida W. Thompson (Instructional Technology Services) for being appointed to the SC ETV Commission

Visual Literacy Festival Richland One’s Visual Literacy Festival is a collection of individual contests designed to acknowledge the work done by students and faculty in the areas of non-print media and non-traditional print media. It is open to all students and faculty of Richland One. Entries Deadline—5:00 pm Entry

Awards Ceremonies—4:00 pm

Entry Deadline

Award Date


October 19, 2011

November 14, 2011

Editorial Cartoons

November 16, 2011

December 5, 2011

Computer Technology/Video

January 25, 2012

February 13, 2012


February 22, 2012

March 12, 2012

Book Production

March 28, 2012

April 23, 2012

Calendar of Events DATE September 24-30

EVENT Banned Books Week, “Read Out”

September 26

Fall Technology Education Classes Begin

September 27

School Board Meeting, Heyward Gibbes Middle School, 7:00 p.m.

October 6

Read for the Record; “Llama Llama Red Pajama” Featured Book

October 11

School Board Meeting, SAB, 7:00 p.m.

October 16-22

Teen Read Week, “Read for the Fun of It”

October 19

VLF Photography Entries due to ITS, 5:00 p.m.

October 22

Reading Rocks, Sanders Middle School, 9:00 - 1:00 p.m.

October 25

School Board Meeting, Heyward Career and Technology Center, 7:00 p.m.

November 8

School Board Meeting, SAB, 7:00 p.m.

November 14-18

American Education Week, “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility”

November 14

VLF Photography Awards, Lyon Street, 4:00 p.m.

November 16

VLF Editorial Cartoon Entries due to ITS, 5:00 p.m.

November 18

D.E.A.R., Drop Everything and Read, 9:00 - 9:15. a.m.

November 22

School Board Meeting, SAB, 7:00 p.m.

December 5

VLF Editorial Cartoon Awards, Lyon Street, 4:00 p.m.

December 9

Technology Assessments for Certified Staff Completed

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