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Elkhart schools name principal, technology director

elkhart schools name principal, technology director

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Elkhart school board approved two key leadership promotions, drawing from the district’s own talented educators, at a time when COVID-19 precautions are challenging schools to quickly adapt instruction and its delivery. Kristin Poole Steely is Elkhart Elementary’s new principal; Yancy Bell is the district’s new director of technology. Both educators are transitioning from teaching careers at Elkhart High School, and both have earned master’s degrees in educational leadership. With state COVID-19 cases rising, local educators are focusing their efforts on preparing for a second school shutdown while remaining optimistic about embracing resources that will provide support, both in and out of the classroom. Elkhart schools have an enrollment of roughly 1,200 students and 100 teachers.
Steely told the Herald-Press she is eager to begin classes in the fall. “I know that this year is going to bring us challenges, but with determination and a positive attitude, it can be the most exciting,” she said. “I want to ensure all my students are receiving highly motivated instruction in the classroom with support from our staff.”Serving students in pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and the first- and second- grade, Elkhart Elementary has an enrollment of roughly 330 students. Steely replaces Kyle Johnson as …

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YouTube Rises Above All Else in Student Learning at Home — THE Journal

youtube rises above all else in student learning at home — the journal

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Remote Learning

YouTube Rises Above All Else in Student Learning at Home


By Dian Schaffhauser06/15/20

During
the pandemic, an education technology company found that YouTube
dominated student traffic on school-managed devices during a sample
week —
accounting for more time online than all of the other top-10
most-used domains combined.

GoGuardian
analyzed online traffic that went through its servers from March 16
through April 17, when most schools had made the transition to online
learning. For the sake of various comparisons the company also looked
at data specifically between Mar. 9-15, before school closures, and
May 4-10, in the midst of remote learning. GoGuardian produces
software for managing 1-to-1 computing programs in schools.

According
to a
snapshot
on the findings, the company reported that more than eight in 10 (84
percent) of the most popular websites were “educational in
nature.” However, the authors noted that because students “use
school devices for both educational and personal browsing,”
there’s no way to know whether the surfing was always for legitimate
learning purposes.

The
10 most popular education websites visited during the March-April
timeframe were:

1.
YouTube.com

2.
Clever.com

3.
Zoom.us

4.
Khanacademy.org

5.
Instructure.com

6.
Flipgrid.com

7.
Classlink.com

8.
Ixl.com

9.
Quizlet.com

10.
Edpuzzle.com

During
those comparison weeks …

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Checking In With Chancellor May: Be Safe

checking in with chancellor may: be safe

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To the UC Davis Community:Every year we hear important safety messages around the Fourth of July, including be safe with fireworks, be safe in and around the water, and be safe on the road. This year brings an urgent new warning to avoid social gatherings outside of your household, no matter how much you want to connect with friends after three months of physical distancing, no matter how much you want to celebrate like every other Fourth of July.This isn’t your typical Fourth of July. We are in the midst of a pandemic. We are seeing a surge in new cases of COVID-19 in California and elsewhere around the country. Yesterday Governor Newsom reinstated certain restrictions in Sacramento County and 18 other counties, prohibiting indoor dining in restaurants, along with certain other business activities indoors. The order covers about 70 percent of the state’s population; Yolo County was not included, but announced that it will reinstate the same restrictions voluntarily.So, gather with your own household for the Fourth, enjoy a barbecue in your own backyard, set up Zoom calls to celebrate with others.And face coverings: Wear them! The state says you must wear a mask in …

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Secretary DeVos Challenges Educators to Rethink Education Options for Rural High School Students Amid Coronavirus Pandemic – MyChesCo

secretary devos challenges educators to rethink education options for rural high school students amid coronavirus pandemic – mychesco

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of her continuing charge to state and local education leaders to rethink school, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos this week announced a challenge to advance high-quality technology instruction in rural communities.

The Rural Tech Project, with a total cash prize pool of $600,000, invites high schools and local educational agencies (LEAs) to develop competency-based distance learning programs that enable students to master skills at their own pace with the goal of preparing them for the well-paying, in-demand jobs of today and tomorrow. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, schools across the country have had to grapple with how to successfully continue to educate students who are not physically in a classroom.
“Our rural tech challenge is a tremendous opportunity for educators in rural communities to rethink how students access education,” said Secretary DeVos. “As I’ve said many times, a student’s education shouldn’t be arbitrarily limited by what’s available inside their brick-and-mortar classroom, and that’s never been more apparent than now as the coronavirus pandemic has made clear the need for more innovation to ensure all students have access to robust educational options. I look forward to seeing the student-centered approaches to …

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21 Savage aiming to help kids with financial literacy during quarantine

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He is making a $25,000 donation to the City of Atlanta’s #ATLStrong Covid-19 relief fund, established by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, and is launching Bank Account At Home — a free online financial literacy resource through a partnership with mobile banking services provider Chime and education technology platform, EVERFI.

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Online Instruction Expert Available to Discuss How Teachers Can Adapt to Virtual Classrooms

online instruction expert available to discuss how teachers can adapt to virtual classrooms

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IRVINE, Calif. (July 2, 2020) – Kimberly Greene, Ed.D., professor of education at Brandman University, is available to speak to reporters covering how school systems are shifting to online learning while public health directives close campuses.
For Brandman, Greene teaches courses on the foundations of online teaching, instructional leadership, and the influence of schooling on democratic practices and social change. She is also a founding director of the university’s Center for Instructional Innovation, which provides technological assistance to students and faculty, as well as professional development services to instructors.
Greene recently hosted “Tips for Teaching Online,” a webinar helping K-16 instructors prepare to transition from teaching in front of classrooms to using technology to connect with students.
“When instruction moves online, the potential for students to be fully immersed and engaged with the intended learning is massive,” Greene said. “Educators who understand the complexity of teaching online ensure students focus on the active learning of new skills, abilities and the real meanings of lessons, rather than the technology being used to deliver them.”
Greene earned her Doctorate of Educational Technology from Pepperdine University. Brandman’s School of Education honored Greene with its Faculty of the Year award in 2010 and 2018.
To speak …

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Peters Township School Board adopts budget with tax increase

peters township school board adopts budget with tax increase

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Peters Township School Board voted unanimously to adopt the district’s 2020-21 budget, which calls for a .35-mill real estate tax increase to generate revenue toward equaling a projected $71.2 million in expenditures.“My prayer and my hope is that we’ll be able to overperform and we won’t have to worry about spending as much money as we’re approving,” said the Rev. Jamison Hardy, chairman of the board’s finance committee, prior to Monday’s vote.The 2.6% tax increase brings the rate to 14.16 mills and represents the maximum allowed, without the district’s applying for an exception, under the inflationary index set in accordance with state Act 1 of 2006.

For Peters Township property owners, the annual impact is an additional $35 for every $100,000 of assessed value.The budget anticipates the district generating $70.3 million in revenues, resulting in a “funding gap” of $911,675 compared with expenditures. To bridge the gap, the district plans to draw from the unassigned portion of its general fund balance, or surplus, in which more than $10 million is projected to remain at the conclusion of the 2020-21 school year.Figures in the proposed final budget, which the school board approved in May, showed expenditures topping revenues by $691,180. In …

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Litchfield Elementary School District launches new website

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Independent Newsmedia

Litchfield Elementary School District launched a new website, lesd79.org, this week.
Visitors to the new site, which went live Wednesday, July 1, are greeted with colorful images of district and school activities, as well as a message advising them to call the district office at 623-535-6000 if they are unable to find information they need. Users who go to the district’s old web address, lesd.k12.az.us, are automatically rerouted to the new site.
LESD serves students in Avondale, Buckeye, Goodyear and Litchfield Park.
On the home page, visitors will find the district’s address and contact information at the top of the page, as well as a drop-down menu with links to each of the district’s elementary and middle schools.
They also will find tabs for quick access to information about the district, academics, departments, staff directory, family/community and employment. There are links for COVID-19 updates; parent, student and staff portals; district news and latest social media updates; governing board meeting schedules, agendas and minutes; school calendar; registration information; bus routes and schedules; volunteering and more.
Laura Combs, LESD educational technology coordinator, spearheaded the project.
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Great Falls College-MSU podcast offers tips and tricks to become a better educator

great falls college-msu podcast offers tips and tricks to become a better educator

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Traci Rosenbaum, Great Falls Tribune
Published 11:32 a.m. MT July 2, 2020
CLOSE Great Falls College MSU’s Wayne Breau and Becky Sullivan, along with Mandy Wright, started the “Two-Year Teaching and Tech” podcast as a way to provide educators with some tips and tricks in an easy-to-use format. The second episode drops on July 2. (Photo: Great Falls College-Montana State University)Becky Sullivan, Mandy Wright and Wayne Breau say they are just three friends having a conversation.Oh, and recording that conversation and publishing it.The three Great Falls College MSU faculty and staff members started a podcast, “Two-Year Teaching and Tech,” they are producing twice a month as another means to spread knowledge about teaching in an easy-to-use and accessible format.Mandy Wright is the director of assessment and faculty development and an English faculty member at Great Falls College, and Becky Sullivan is the instructional designer at the college. Wright and Sullivan run the Teaching and Learning Center for Great Falls College.Breau is the eLearning instructional technology specialist in the Technical Assistance Center.It is impossible to schedule workshops that everyone can attend, and one-on-one meetings are not possible with every instructor, so Sullivan, Wright and Breau hatched the plan …

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