I was just called by the “computer technician” who “worked on my computer in the past”. “Remember?” Oh, yes… do go on, I said!
He wondered if he could “update a few services”… I said yes, of course, but he cut short when I asked if he needed to connect to my computer so he could compromise it… Continue reading “Watch Out for the “Helpful” Computer Technician Calling You!”
via Ohio Department of Education, written by Jonathan Juravich.
Ohio’s Strategic Plan for Education, Each Child, Our Future, specifically speaks to what teachers already know — that each and every student in our classrooms is important and valuable. Their individual success is our priority. It is our role as educators to be sure they are continually challenged, prepared and empowered. This is what encourages me about the new strategic plan — a plan that supports and highlights the excellent work already happening in countless classrooms throughout our state. Continue reading “Empowering Our Students with the New Ohio Strategic Plan”
When Amy Eibler, 2nd grade teacher at SES, wanted to teach her students about critical thinking, she turned to apples.
Mrs. Eibler’s students studied apples to attempt to look at them differently. Over the course of the first few weeks of school, her class studied different artists who create with different perspectives. Then she asked her students to draw an apple from the perspective of that artist. They drew Picasso apples, Monet apples, Matisse apples, and Kandinsky apples. Mrs. Eibler wanted to teach her class that there are a lot of unique ways to solve a problem, just like there are a lot of unique ways to look at an apple.
To cap off her study of apples and perspective, she asked her friend, artist Beck Seashols to video in her class to talk about art with her students. Mrs. Eibler and a technology coach used her document camera and Google Hangouts to meet with the artist, who lives in Virginia. The students met with the artist for about 30 minutes, where they were able to see some of her art and ask questions about being an artist.
Mrs. Eibler hopes to reference this lesson throughout the school year. She hopes that students will remember the apples when they have to solve a complex math problem or interpret the meaning in a story. This lesson on critical thinking and problem solving was a great way to encourage students to reach out of their comfort zones and think abstractly.
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Ohio’s Social Studies Standards, grade 2
- CS 8: Cultures develop in unique ways, in part through the influence of the physical environment.
- CS 9: Interactions among cultures lead to sharing ways of life.
What is fika?
Fika is often translated as “a coffee and cake break”, which is kind of correct, but really it is much more than that.
Fika is a concept, a state of mind, an attitude and an important part of Swedish culture. Many Swedes consider that it is almost essential to make time for fika every day. It means making time for friends and colleagues to share a cup of coffee (or tea) and a little something to eat. Continue reading “Cultural Connections – Learn About Fika, a Swedish Tradition”
To help Google Forms users create more personalized surveys, feedback forms, quizzes, and more, Google is introducing new theme customization options.
Specifically, you can now choose colors and fonts to theme your form. This has been a top feature request from Google’s users, who have asked for more options to create forms that match their organization or team branding. They hope these options help you build forms that look and feel just right.
So, what is the GDPR?
Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain’s capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.
As the District moves closer to a 1:1 Chromebook scenario it is easy to think that we can do everything electronically, that we no longer should be printing. Before we go paperless, we need to ask the question, “Is going paperless best for students?”
Interactive notebooks is one example of why we should not go “paperless” at this point in time. I am sure that others can add additional items to this the list.
The social, emotional, and online welfare of our students is one of our top priorities at Streetsboro City Schools. Our mission – to partner with families and communities to provide a personalized education that inspires and empowers students to be lifelong learners and productive members of our global society – doesn’t just matter in the classroom, or on the playground. It matters online, too.
Keeping kids safe online is one of our expanded missions at Streetsboro, and we do everything we can to best prepare our students for what lies ahead. Continue reading “About Internet & Online Safety at Streetsboro City Schools”