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January 2012

Issue 2

Technology News A BLACKED OUT publication of Coventry Local Schools Technology Department

Reflections on 2011… Kelly Kendrick, Technology Director At the start of a new year, it is always interesting to look back at what has been accomplished during the previous year. When I started making my list of these accomplishments, I was overwhelmed by the wonderful things we have been able to do in such a short time.

Here are some of the highlights of 2011: • • • •

All buildings received numerous Smartboards and projectors. All teacher desktop computers where upgraded with additional memory. All buildings were rewired with CAT 6 cables. Core teachers in grades 3-8 were given laptops in order to fully utilize the Performance Plus program.

Numerous special services teachers were given iPads. Wireless connection was installed at the high school and middle school. Smartboard training was offered to over 60 of our teachers.

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With these resources in hand, our students are now exposed to more technology tools and a better functioning network environment than ever before.

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Digital Learning Day

Teacher Feature

What’s new in 2012?

Join with thousands of educators participating in this event.

Erwine Intermediate Teacher, Michael Staiger and The Disney Planet Challenge

Just a few things that 2012 will bring in the world of education and technology.

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Reflections on 2011 Continued from Page 1 It has been thrilling to witness the outstanding technology integration that is occurring throughout the district. I would like to thank everyone who has shared with me how they are using these resources in their classrooms and what an impact these tools are having on learning. All of you encourage me every day with your positive energy, your creativity, and your willingness to think outside the box for different and more interactive ways to engage students in the learning process. It is a pleasure to work with an amazing group of educators who put students first and create a caring, familyoriented environment. I can’t tell you how many times business men and woman who have met with me at Coventry have remarked on what a great district we have. It makes me proud.

I believe in the next 5 years education will change more rapidly than it ever has before. A key component to that change will be technology. Technology is the key to the future. It is what attracts students, and it offers endless possibilities for learning. Therefore, Coventry’s district goal of integrating technology in to our daily teaching and learning is critical in the 21st Century classroom. On February 1st I invite you to join with thousands of educators participating in the first-ever Digital Learning Day. Visit http://www.digitallearningday.o rg/sign-up to receive more information on the event. Also, turn to page 4 for some ideas on what you could do to celebrate the day. I am hopeful that year ahead will be a transformative year for all of us. Finally, in a tribute to one of the most forward thinkers of our times, I would like to end with two quotes from Steve Jobs:

"[Y]ou can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something -your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life." "My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other's kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That's how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person, they're done by a team of people.” Thank you for all you do,

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Spring 2016

2012 is already a year of changes and excitement. In the technology department, we are excited for our first major change of this year:

Our new website!

eSchool View will be designing our website, and we will have that design implemented in the next few months. Its features include user-friendly teacher pages, directory, calendar, surveys, photo and video upload.

Scan the code above; send an email to mhutnick@coventry schools.org with the title of the site to be entered to win an iTunes gift card. (Drawing in the spring.)

What’s new in 2012? What the year brings for our district and our nation in the world of education and technology

2012 will no doubt bring some major changes in education. Here are a few as highlighted by eschoolnews. Free Digital tools: The demand for free teaching tools has continued to rise. The online environment has met that demand by supplying games, collaborative tools, and textbooks for little to no cost. Online Learning: K-12 online classes and blended learning continued to grow in 2011. There are online and blended learning opportunities in all 50 states. Increase in Cyber Bulling: 88 percent of American teenagers say that they have witnessed cyber bulling. 15 percent of teens have been targets of cyber bulling. Collection of Data in Education: It is no secret that the education world thrives on data. The use of Performance Plus software in our district only highlights this. As the trend continues to grow, we will see how this data can be effectively used.

New Guidelines in Ed-Tech Research: In the upcoming year, there will be an increase in research that analyzes the effectiveness of technology in education. As more students get their hands on technology in our district, we will witness technology transformation. Increase in STEM Teachers: There is a national goal to add 100,000 new math and science teachers over the next ten years. President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union speech called for this increase. The movement is called 100Kin10 Online assessments by 2014: Common Core standards will be tested via online exams as soon as 2014. Online testing will begin in at least 45 states. ‘’Cyberbating’ on the Rise: Cyber bating occurs when students taunt or entice a teacher to an outburst and then film the teacher’s reaction via cell phone. One in five teachers have reportedly experienced or know someone who as experienced cyberbating. 3


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Teacher Feature

Spring 2016

Mike Staiger

Fifth grade Erwine Intermediate teachers Mike Staiger and Kim DelMonico have been working with their science inclusion class on a unique project called

The Disney Planet Challenge

The project that the students have been working on is to recycle used and unwanted monofilament fishing line. The class has earned a few new pieces of technology through Disney and Donors Choose. We have received a new projector for the classroom as well as an iPod touch. The class has also used Skype to speak to people at Pure Fishing in South Carolina and Berkley Conservation Institute using our new technology. We have been able to incorporate different technology pieces such as net books for student research and flip video with documenting the students’ every move on the project.

Tips and Tricks from our techs ¨ For security, screen lock your computer when ¨ ¨ ¨ ¨

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you leave the room. Be sure not to stack papers on top of the monitor. Turn your projector off if you will not be using it for 20 minutes or longer. Right click on any folder in your email to delete all items at once. To permanently delete an item (skip sending to recycle bin or trash) hold shift while deleting. Filter Cleaning: If your projector is dim, or giving you a message to clean, put in a work order. Lost emails in your deleted folder? Make sure they’re not set to automatically delete. In Outlook >Options>Settings>Message Options> Uncheck “Empty the deleted items when I sign out.

Participate in Digital Learning Day: five minutes: Take a look at how other schools are using technology in their classrooms: www.digitallearningday.org/showcase/

fifteen minutes: Plan how you will integrate technology in an up coming lesson.

thirty minutes or more:

Compete in

the referral challenge and win grants and prizes for your class! www.digitallearningday.org/awards/

How are you and your students integrating technology in the classroom?

We would love to hear your ideas—because no one can teach us how technology works in the classroom better than you! Send your photographs, videos, or descriptions to mhutnick@coventryschools.org Your response will enter you into a drawing for an iTunes Gift Card in the spring!

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