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Rutherford fills technology and innovation role at Faribault Public Schools

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Casey Rutherford is the new director of educational technology and innovation for Faribault Public Schools.As director of educational technology and innovation, he is responsible for many of the same duties previously covered by former technology coordinator Maria Hanson. The new position expands the role to further support integration of technology into the curriculum.“We’ll identify strengths and build off those and look at weaknesses for improvements or better solutions. In the end, it’s about helping students and teachers use technology for learning, and that’s the lens I’ll use for our work,” Rutherford said.Rutherford majored in physics and mathematics at St. Olaf College. He then earned his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at the University of Minnesota and educational specialist degree from Concordia University. He has spent the last 16 years working in the Shakopee school system. During that time he taught math and physics, was a digital learning coach, and most recently served as an instructional coach, working with teachers both in classrooms and in professional development.“I am primarily interested in maximizing student learning, and technology has to be a part of doing so,” Rutherford said. “I have a long history of …

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Tech Investor Prosus Launches $5 Billion Buyback in Latest Bid to Close Tencent Value Gap

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JOHANNESBURG—Internet conglomerate Prosus NV said Friday it plans to buy back up to $5 billion of its own shares and those of its parent Naspers Ltd., after losing out on two high-profile acquisitions. It is the latest attempt to narrow a persistent gap between the company’s market value and that of its stake in China’s Tencent Holdings Ltd. Naspers, a South African newspaper publisher turned technology giant and Africa’s most valuable listed company, has long been struggling to bring its own market capitalization closer to…

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More than $2.1 Million in Emergency Relief Going to Chester County Elementary, Secondary Schools – MyChesCo

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WEST CHESTER, PA — Eleven school districts in Chester County will receive more than $2.1 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds, announced state Senator Andy Dinniman.

The funds, part of a $49.8 million statewide program, will help school districts with costs related to the COVID pandemic. They were approved this week by the Pennsylvania School Safety and Security Committee.
“These funds will help better equip local schools in addressing the ongoing challenges of the pandemic and protecting students, teachers, and staff,” Dinniman, who serves as Minority Chair of the Senate Education Committee, said. “I will also continue to advocate for funding and resources for our nonpublic and brick-and-mortar charter schools as they continue to respond to the same issues and challenges as a result of the virus.”
READ:  Shusterman Brings Home Over $800k in Relief for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19The school districts in Chester County receiving funds are as follows:

Avon Grove: $169,077
Coatesville: $267,717
Downingtown: $406,587
Great Valley: $139,105
Kennett Consolidated: $120,996
Octorara Area: $66,851
Oxford Area:  $112,488
Phoenixville: $133,548
Tredyffrin-Easttown: $223,652
Unionville Chadds-Ford: $115,554
West Chester: $377,181

In May 2020, the General Assembly approved $200 million in funding for school entities. $150 million, which came from the CARES distribution, has already been distributed to schools. The remaining $49.8 million from …

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Towson Professor Part Of $3M Grant To Boost Virtual Teacher Training

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NSF grant supports preservice STEM teachers in developing, honing skills for facilitating
argumentation-focused discussions

Pamela Lottero-Perdue, a professor of science and engineering education at Towson
University, conducts professional education for in-service teachers in June 2015.
Lottero-Perdue is part of a multi-institution effort to use technology to prepare
future STEM teachers. Photo: Lauren Castellana

When the novel coronavirus pandemic closed schools and transitioned students to remote
learning, Towson University’s Pamela Lottero-Perdue, a professor of science and engineering
education in the Fisher College of Science & Mathematics, had a plan. 

Lottero-Perdue, who also received a 2018 University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents’ Faculty Award
for excellence, teaches courses for future educators, where preservice teachers can get classroom
experience before graduating from Towson University.

While no longer able to interact with elementary school students in person, and through
the support of a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant (#1621344), those in Lottero-Perdue’s
class were able to use Mursion software that simulates real-time classroom scenarios.
This is the same software used in the College of Education.

“It is essential that we find ways, even in the midst of COVID, to enable future teachers
to practice teaching,” Lottero-Perdue says. “It is especially important in mathematics
and …

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ClassIn as an EdTech tool that helps lessen pain points in the K-12 school’s online transition | Inquirer Business

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The pandemic crisis has caused tectonic shifts in society and has forced even the education sector to do an extensive experimentation of new ideas and modalities of teaching. With face-to-face schooling currently at a standstill, can quality education still be provided? Are EdTech tools the solution to make the transition more friendly? To answer these questions, ClassIn—the world’s first ever online classroom—recently invited K-12 industry Thought Leaders, school presidents, and principals to discuss the current situation they are facing, the solutions they have employed, and the next steps forward for education in the post-pandemic era.
School Leaders Forum by ClassIn

Heading the School Leaders Forum is Yuekun Li, ClassIn Philippines Country Manager who works closely with educators in the country and help them formulate viable solutions to counter the rising challenges with the goal of making high quality educational resources available for schools in need.FEATURED STORIES
Members of the panel were Aaron Lennon, co-Principal at Yew Wah International Education School in Guangzhou, China; John Bellosillo, Head of Dual Transformation Management of iPeople Inc. and Head of Planning National Teachers College; and Dr. Catherine Banta, a licensed medical doctor who is also the Chairman and President of …

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A Biden Presidency Promises Tens of Billions More Dollars For K-12 Education. The Trick Is Making Sure It Buys Something Worthwhile. – Education Next

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What would a President Biden do on education? Unlike the previous Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden has little in terms of a record or legacy that would point to an answer. This is remarkable for someone who has been in politics for almost his entire adult life, but as both a U.S. senator and as vice president, Biden focused on other issues including criminal justice, violence against women, and foreign policy. Our best indicators are therefore contained in Biden’s education platform.
Biden would be succeeding a President who has no big education policy wins and no enduring education policy legacy. This stands in contrast to all of Trump’s recent predecessors. Barack Obama pushed through the largest increase in education funding in history via the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, launched major education policy reforms under his signature Race to the Top initiative, and signed into law the sweeping Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA. George W. Bush enacted the game-changing No Child Left Behind Act which, despite scaling back under ESSA, remains as the driver of state and local disaggregation of data and an evidence-based focus on closing gaps between students from historically disadvantaged groups …

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Ryken’s Mrs. Woods; Mr. Liberg Named Archdiocese of Washington Teachers of the Year – The Southern Maryland Chronicle

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Mrs. Terry Wood has been selected as the St. Mary’s Ryken High School 2020 Veteran Teacher of the year.  Mrs. Wood received her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a Masters degree in Educational Technology Leadership from George Washington University. She is in her twentieth year as a member of the St. Mary’s Ryken community where she wears many hats including Spanish teacher, Media Specialist, and EdTech Systems Administrator.

Mrs. Terry Wood | Spanish teacher, Media Specialist and EdTech Systems Administrator.

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Mrs. Wood is well respected in the St. Mary’s Ryken community by faculty/staff and students alike. Dean of Academics, Mr. Brad Chamberlain notes “There has never been a time when I reached out to Mrs. Wood for help and she was not ready, willing, and able to assist. She is a consummate team player and an asset to any teacher or student she works with.” 

Likewise, Dr. Catherine Bowes, Principal, stated “Mrs. Wood has been instrumental in supporting her colleagues through learning new technologies needed …

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Norwin area happenings Oct. 29-Nov. 4

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St. Stephen’s to sell Pierogi
St. Stephen’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 90 Bethel Road, North Huntingdon, will sell potato cheese and lekvar pierogi for $10 a dozen on Nov. 6, beginning at 10 a.m. in the church hall.
Masks and social distancing will be required.
Irwin seeks crossing guard
Irwin is hiring a part-time crossing guard at a rate of $9.85 per hour.
Council on Oct. 14 authorized advertising for applicants for the job after Katherine Montrose resigned.
Ardara church sponsors program on dealing with loss
Coping with the Losses in Life is a Christ-centered nine-week program at the Ardara United Presbyterian Church, 3380 Nehrig Road, beginning Nov. 11.
The program is designed to help people experiencing grief, sorrow, and life-controlling behaviors associated with many of the major losses in life. That can be the result of the death of loved ones, divorce, loss of a job, status, as well as life in general. The goal of the program is to find healing and wholeness in Christ.
Because of social distancing requirements, space, and registration is limited to 12 people. There is a $10 fee for the …

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Microsoft Malaysia – every student has a chance with the right tech

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Young learners in Malaysia using Microsoft Teams. Source: Microsoft MalaysiaMicrosoft Malaysia joins hands with Google, Apple to bring a nationwide education platform during a time of crisis in the countryAn estimated 40% of the world’s poorest countries failed to support learners at risk during the COVID-19 crisis. UNESCO forecasts that 23.8 million additional children and youth (from pre-primary to tertiary) may drop out, or not have access, to school next year due to the pandemic’s economic impact alone.Ensuring learning continuity during the time of school closures and academic course suspensions thus became a priority for governments the world over, many of which turned to technology for a solution. 2020 marked the largest ever shift towards new learning tools and outcomes outside of the classroom.Around Southeast Asian countries, levels of education development can vary greatly, but connectivity is always a challenge for most of these countries. Fortunately in several of these territories, technology partners have stepped in to lend technological support to beleaguered education systems, often at the national level, which provides the greatest chance to reach as many students as possible.In Malaysia, the biggest technology companies in the world – Google, Apple, and Microsoft Malaysia –all banded together to …

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Educause outlines universities’ 3 pandemic recovery options in annual report | EdScoop

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As university leaders look forward into 2021 and strategize how to emerge from the pandemic, technology will continue to be a driving force in adapting education to better serve students’ needs and to make institutions more agile to overcome future challenges, educational technology leaders said during Educause’s online conference Wednesday.
A preview of Educause’s 2021 Top IT Issues report during the group’s online conference laid out several focus areas for institutions to zero in on as they begin to recover from the disruptions of 2020 and reinvent themselves for a post-pandemic world. The adoption of online learning, replacing outdated business models, responding to public scrutiny over the costs and value of higher education, and becoming more agile in their response to challenges will be critical to the survival of higher education and its continued relevance, education leaders said.
“I do hope that that’s one of the ultimate lessons that we look back on from the pandemic is we made things better for students who want to get a college education,” Susan Grajek, Educause’s vice president of partnerships, communities and research, told EdScoop. “And [institution leaders] believe that higher education is a public good and helps prepare people for …

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