INFOHIO Back to School Webinar Bundle

Looking for a way to launch into a stellar school year? INFOhio has you covered! This year, INFOhio has a Back to School Bundle for you. There are 3 versions of the 2017 Back to School presentation targeted to different audiences. 

"INFOhio 101" provides a general overview of INFOhio and is a great starting place for a new teacher or librarian. It covers the basics! It introduces you to the INFOhio resources, how to get to them, and who to contact when you need help. 

The "Classroom Teacher Edition" is focused on how INFOhio is your launchpad for student learning in the classroom. It includes best practices for using INFOhio tools and resources in instruction and focuses on being intentional in planning, teaching, and reflection. It's perfect for classroom teachers and District/Building ICoaches. 

The "Library Staff Edition" is for school librarians and library para-professionals who use INFOhio's Integrated Library System. It focuses on how your school library and the INFOhio ILS can improve student learning. 

 

You can earn a contact certificate for each webinar recording you watch and we encourage you to watch 1, 2, or all 3! In each webinar, INFOhio will share some things that are new or coming during this school year and some best practices that are sure to lead you and your students to out-of-this-world success. 

 

 

 

INFOHIO ADVOCACY 2.0

Thank you so much for your hard work! Your calls, letters, emails, meetings, and testimony at legislative hearings made an impact. You helped save the $1.1 million for funding in HB 49 which purchases INFOhio's digital content for Ohio's students. That digital content includes BookFlix and Storia eBooks, The World Book resources, EBSCO databases, Ancestry.com, Science Online, and the digital video collection. 

 Keep the momentum going by letting your legislators know how you use INFOhio digital resources and how Ohio's PreK-12 students benefit from INFOhio!

 

  •  Tweet or use Facebook to post a picture of students using INFOhio resources for research, a project, or reading an e-book.

  •  Share which INFOhio resource you're using and what your students are learning.

  •  Add the #INFOhioWorks hashtag and the Facebook name or Twitter handle of your legislator. 

 

 Find your legislators at https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/. Click on their names and look for links to their Social Media accounts. (Note: not all legislators share their Social Media information.)

 

Technology Integration 

Happy New Year!

With the beginning of the new school year happening today or sometime around today, I feel that it is important to mention how important of a job you have to educate our future leaders! As teachers, administrators, support staff, and so on, you have a very special role in shaping the future of our young students. When I became a teacher 5 short years ago, it was because I found fulfillment in what it means to help youth figure out this crazy thing called life, oh, and try to teach some awesome tech stuff along the way. Going into this school know that you have the power within you to change the trajectory of a young person’s life forever. Being an educator is the greatest job on the face of this planet! With that out of the way… let us now move to another topic, technology!

We all have heard a thousand times by now, but technology is the number in professional development circles. School districts are moving forward in making sure that the technology in their buildings is sound and that the teachers know how to use it. Luckily for you, you are on this website right now! NEOnet’s goal is improve student learning through the use of technology and we are here to provide with resources that will be beneficial for you moving forward. For today’s blog, I want to focus on the top 5 technologies that will be utilized in the 2017 classroom.

1. Chromebooks – Yes, Chromebooks are still the most used and sought after piece of classroom technology right now. I am guessing that your school has ordered this things in the last few years or are doing so soon. Giving students a piece of technology that they have ownership over for the foreseeable future is very empowering for your students and they really enjoy having the personal computer. With this, it is very important that you meet the students half way though. Seek training on how to use the Chromebook, or how your students can best use the Chromebook, dive into the Google Apps world and see what your students already know! NEOnet is here for all your Google training needs with monthly classes and workshops to improve your confidence with these devices. We are slowly, but surely building an archive on this website.

2. Virtual Reality – With mid-range smartphone prices coming down in the past few years, it is now easier than ever to get a nice phone that is cheap and being able to use it with VR is as simple as getting a very inexpensive headset. That is all you need, the smartphone and the headset and you are ready to jump into the VR world. Using apps like Google Expeditions or Nearpod VR, you can enter into this world for very little cost.

3. Computer Science – I know, most of us are not educated much in computer programming, if at all, but this trend isn’t going away. Computer programming skills are the most beneficial skill a student can have after they graduate. There are websites like Scratch and Code Academy that allow students to explore the worlds of Coding. These websites can often by self paced and walks you through how to use them in a step by step process.

4. Makerspace – This is probably my favorite movement for the 2017 school year. Makerspaces are simply spaces in a school or otherwise that allow students to come to a room full of awesome hands on machines and tools to create things together. These spaces have been quite popular lately. You can include things like art supplies and computer, music and games, printers and cameras, and more! These spaces are as unique as the schools that adopt them and can really replace the computer lab as the place to send your class when you have a free minute!

5. The 4 C’s – Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Creativity. Really, all technology stems from these 4 attributes. Don’t forget that if your use of technology isn’t meeting at least one of the C’s criteria it might be worth looking into why you are using it. Tech doesn’t always makes things better but sometimes in can touch on one of the 4 C’s a little more. Think about Google Apps for Collaboration or a Makerspace for Creativity. The use of technology is only as effective as how well it is integrated.

If you have any questions going into the 2017 school year on how you can use any of the technology listed above, please feel free to contact our technology integration department at 330-926-3900 or email me directly at williams[at]neonet.org[dot] Thank you! And have a great first day of school! 

 

Leadership In Technology Series:

The Summit ESC and NEOnet are delivering a collaborative offering a new series called: Leadership in Technology.

Every spring NEOnet hosts the NEOTech conference for teachers, administrators, technology staff and everyone interested in the use of technologies in Teaching and Learning for grades K-12. It is a very popular conference which includes exciting presentations by educators from surrounding districts.

We would like to build on the success of this conference by adding a technology series for building administrators.  This series will focus on popular presentations from NEOtech including how to implement the ideas and strategies in your current educational setting.

Below you will find part 1 of a 4 part series.  We are excited to have Mike Daugherty, Director of Technology & Information Systems at the Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District, kick off this fantastic and informative series.  Mike will be discussing what it takes to create a culture of innovation!  Details are below:

Title: The Road to 100

Presented by: Mike Daugherty, Director of Technology & Information Systems, Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools.  Mike is also a Google For Education Certified Innovator as well as the Vice Chair for CoSN (Ohio Chapter).

For Whom:

District Leaders including but not limited to: Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Technology Directors, Curriculum Directors, Student Services Directors, Principals, Assistant Principals, Coordinators, etc...

When: September 28, 2017

Time: 8:00 am-10:30 am

Where: NEONet, 700 Graham Rd, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

Why: This presentation is designed for district leaders who want to learn about:
           Creating a culture of innovation
           Measuring the Impact of Chromebooks and the G Suite for Education
           Achieving 100% Google Certificated Educators (and why we did it)
Chagrin Falls is starting their 4th year in a 1:1 model. Every student, K-12, uses a Chromebook on a daily basis across all content areas. The district has adopted Gmail for their communications, Drive for file storage, and Classroom for their LMS needs. The move to Google has had a profound impact on teaching and learning as well as the day-to-day operations of the district.  

Register using this link: http://summitesc.org/Events/Registration/EventDetails.aspx?o=1&w=8158

 

August
2017
Librarian's Update