Empowering Our Students with the New Ohio Strategic Plan

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”

Hanging Out with an Artist in 2nd Grade

2nd grade students chat with artist

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.

2nd grade students chat with an artist

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Cultural Connections – Learn About Fika, a Swedish Tradition

Standards Connection

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?

via http://www.swedishfood.com/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”

New Theme Options to Help Brand & Customize Your Google Forms

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.

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About the General Data Protection Regulation

You’re likely getting a lot of email from various vendors about the GDPR. It only applies to companies that do or want to do business in the European Union, but some companies in the United States are following suit and matching requirements here regarding data protection for individuals.
 
It does not necessarily impact how we handle data protection here at Streetsboro Schools since we are not in the business of aggregating, collecting, and selling user data to others. In fact, we take several measures to protect both student and staff data and only disclose the legal minimum to vendors and other partners – enough data to create a username, for example.
 
Regardless, your personal data in accounts like Twitter, Facebook, and other online services are likely impacted by the now enforceable regulation in the EU, and you will be able to make choices about your data with some of those vendors. It’s important to fully understand how it impacts you as a private citizen, and how you may take steps to protect your data, and yourself. 
 

So, what is the GDPR?

 
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union and the European Economic Area. It also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU and EEA. 
 
The GDPR aims primarily to give control to citizens and residents over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for international business by unifying the regulation within the EU.
 
Superseding the Data Protection Directive, the regulation contains provisions and requirements pertaining to the processing of personally identifiable information of data subjects inside the European Union. 
 
Business processes that handle personal data must be built with data protection by design and by default*, meaning that personal data must be stored using pseudonymisation or full anonymisation, and use the highest-possible privacy settings by default, so that the data is not available publicly without explicit consent, and cannot be used to identify a subject without additional information stored separately. 
 
*Apps like Facebook and Twitter operate quite the opposite, with the intent of collecting and selling your information – it’s how they make money.
 
No personal data may be processed unless it is done on a lawful basis specified by the regulation, or if the data controller or processor has received explicit, opt-in consent from the data’s owner. The data owner has the right to revoke this permission at any time.
 
A processor of personal data must clearly disclose any data collection, declare the lawful basis and purpose for data processing, how long data is being retained, and if it is being shared with any third-parties or outside of the EU. Users have the right to request a portable copy of the data collected by a processor in a common format, and the right to have their data erased under certain circumstances. 
 
Public authorities and businesses whose core activities center around the regular or systematic processing of personal data are required to employ a data protection officer (DPO), who is responsible for managing compliance with the GDPR. Businesses must report any data breaches within 72 hours if they have an adverse effect on user privacy.
 
It was adopted on 14 April 2016, and after a two-year transition period, became enforceable today, 25 May 2018. 
 
Because the GDPR is a regulation, not a directive, it does not require national governments to pass any enabling legislation and is directly binding and applicable.
 
For the complete text of the GDPR, visit https://gdpr-info.eu/

Growth Mindset | The Power of Believing that You Can Improve

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.

Is Going Paperless Best For Students?

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.

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About Internet & Online Safety at Streetsboro City Schools

kids and computers

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”

National Walkout Day 2018 to End Gun Violence

Statement from Superintendent Mike Daulbaugh:

If there was ever any doubt regarding the class and integrity of our students, there shouldn’t be now. I just had the honor of standing by our students as they honored the seventeen victims of the Parkland Florida tragedy. Under the direction and planning of the student leadership team, students departed the school in a silent and orderly fashion and walked to the stadium. Continue reading “National Walkout Day 2018 to End Gun Violence”