It has been an exciting month and I have some wonderful events to tell you about today.  You will want to have your calendar handy to enter the events to be sure they aren’t missed!

Our winter newsletter is currently available and if you haven’t had a chance to read it, you can click on the link to get all the latest information. NEOnet Winter Newsletter

Before we get to the upcoming events, I would like to mention we have a new employee joining NEOnet.  Please join us in welcoming Bethany Ladich, our new Student Services Support Specialist. Bethany's primary role on the team will be supporting districts using ProgressBook Gradebook and Special Services. Her email address is ladich[at]neonet[dot]org and her extension 601138.

NEOtech

I am excited to report that registration is now open for the 9th annual NEOtech conference.   The conference will be held on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the Kent State University Student Center. This free conference, including lunch and registration, is designed for Teachers, Administrators, and Technology Staff interested in the use of a wide variety of technologies in Teaching and Learning for grades K-12. The theme of this year’s conference is “All In Tech”.  You can find more information and register on the conference website at www.neotechconference.org.

Open House

NEOnet will be hosting an open house on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.  This open house is an opportunity to see our newly expanded space in the lower level, network with NEOnet staff, and hear the perspective of local high school students on how technology impacts their learning.    

Ohio Education Technology Conference

The Ohio Education Technology Conference is scheduled for February 14-16, 2017.  If you are attending this conference be sure to check out our presentation on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 8:00 AM - 8:45 AM in session room C171.  Our presentation topic is Managing Wireless to Support Student Assessments and one to one. The objective of this presentation is to understand the complex nature of successfully deploying and managing wireless networks.  We will discuss technical aspects of designing and managing a wireless network built to support successful online assessment and one to one initiatives. We will cover the steps required to successfully deploy and troubleshoot wireless networks and clients. This session will be technical in nature.

If you can’t make it to the session, be sure to stop by the exhibit hall and visit us at our booth #239 and sit down for Coffee with Chris!  

NEOnet will be hosting the following events in booth #239.   Please share with all of your Northeast Ohio colleagues.  

February 14, 2017

12:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Meet and Greet NEOnet Technical Staff

February 15, 2017

9:00 – 10:30 – Coffee with Chris – Take a few minutes to have a cup of coffee and a conversation with Christopher Zolla, NEOnet’s Assistant Director and Chief Technology Officer.  Leverage the 17 years of experience Chris has supporting school district technology.

10:30 – 11:00 – ITC and ESC Partnerships - Learn how ITC’s and ESC’s are working together to provide quality professional development.

11:00 – 11:30 – Active Directory Migration / Unified Username and Password / Account Automation – Come learn how NEOnet can stream line account creation and make provide a single username and password for all of your applications.

1:00 – 1:30 – Managing Wireless to Support Student Assessments and one to one – An abbreviate follow up session to C171

1:30 – 2:00 – Why NEOnet is the right fit for your school district – Come learn how NEOnet’s service offerings can support your educational initiatives in the classroom.

2:00 – 2:30 – Technology Integration – Find out how NEOnet is providing professional development to schools by partnering with ESCs and INFOhio.

2:30 – 4:00 – Question and Answers with NEOnet Technical Staff - Open session to discuss any technical topics with the NEOnet staff.

February 16, 2017

9:00 – 10:30 – Coffee with Chris – Take a few minutes to have a cup of coffee and a conversation with Christopher Zolla, NEOnet’s Assistant Director and Chief Technology Officer.  Leverage the 17 years of experience Chris has supporting school district technology.

10:30 – 11:00 – Technology Integration – Find out how NEOnet is providing professional development to schools by partnering with ESCs and INFOhio.

11:00 – 11:30 – Active Directory Migration / Unified Username and Password / Account Automation – Come learn how NEOnet can stream line account creation and make provide a single username and password for all of your applications.

1:00 – 1:30 – NEOnet Cloud – Find out how NEOnet can host and help protect your data.

1:30 – 2:00 – Why NEOnet is the right fit for your school district – Come learn how NEOnet’s service offering can support your educational initiatives in the classroom.

Articles of the month:

Does Giving a Laptop to Each Student Improve Teaching and Learning?

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.3102/0034654316628645

“Learning in One-to-One Laptop Environments: A Meta-Analysis and Research Synthesis” by Binbin Zheng, Mark Warschauer, Chin-Hsi Lin, and Chi Chang in Review of Educational Research, December 2016 (Vol. 86, #4, p. 1052-1084), http://bit.ly/2jKiAeS; Zheng can be reached at binbinz[at]msu[dot]edu.

A Tool for Spotting Fake News

This Seattle Times article has a link to a checklist designed to help identify what separates real from bogus news stories.

“News You Can Use: Infographic Walks You Through 10 Questions to Detect Fake News” by Dahlia Bazzaz in The Seattle Times, December 28, 2016, http://www.seattletimes.com/education-lab/infographic-walks-students-through-10-questions-to-help-them-spot-fake-news/

 

 

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