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July is National Ice Cream Month, a recognition created in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan. According to the International Dairy Foods Association, dairy foods companies in the United States employ over 975,000 skilled individuals, generate more than $39 billion in direct wages and have an overall economic impact of more than $200 billion.

Ohio ranks 4th in the U.S. for the production of hard ice cream.

The science of ice cream makes for interesting stories. You can find out more about why ice cream melts the way it does by way of National Public Radio’s Science Friday show: https://uwmadscience.news.wisc.edu/curiosities/i-scream-you-scream-we-all-scream-for-ice-cream-and-science/

There are also health-related stories about ice cream. The Ohio Department of Agriculture is responsible for monitoring the health and safety of dairy products in Ohio, and you can learn more about how they do it by visiting the Division of Dairy.

Women's History Month

posted Mar 1, 2019, 12:23 PM by Kelly Pheneger   [ updated Mar 1, 2019, 12:31 PM ]

During the month of March join the celebration and commemoration of women’s contributions in the United States. The month has been declared National Women’s History Month by Congress since 1987 and each President since 1995.

The theme for 2019 is, "Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence," and it offers an opportunity to honor women who have advocated for an end to war, violence and injustices. We can celebrate and honor these efforts at home and in the classroom by writing to inspiring women, viewing speeches from Women’s Marches and discussing them, researching and presenting about powerful women in history.


For more ideas about commemorating and learning about Women’s History Month, visit womenshistorymonth.gov and PBS Learning Media.


Digital Learning Day 2019

posted Jan 14, 2019, 9:00 AM by Deborah Brewer

digital learning Day

Digital Learning Day started in 2012 and has provided a powerful venue for education leaders to highlight great teaching practice and showcase innovative teachers, leaders, and instructional technology programs that are improving student outcomes. This grassroots effort blossomed into a massive nationwide celebration as teachers realized that Digital Learning Day is not about technology, it’s about learning. It’s not about laying off teachers for laptops, it’s about enhancing the role of the teacher in America’s classrooms. Digital Learning Day promotes the effective use of modern day tools afforded to every other industry to improve the learning experience in K-12 public schools


This year, Ohio Ed Techs will hold a FREE virtual conference, streamed via YouTube, full of sessions highlighting great tools and resources for the classroom on Digital Learning Day 2-28-19.

Human Rights Day

posted Dec 11, 2018, 9:14 AM by Kelly Pheneger   [ updated Dec 11, 2018, 9:16 AM ]

On December 10, 1948 the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris, France. This document, intended as a common standard for all peoples and nations, sought to establish equal human dignity and inalienable rights no matter a person’s race, religion, sex, language, politics, national origin or other status.

Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10 in honor of this major milestone toward global human equality. 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Eleanor Roosevelt and many other women helped shape the declaration, which is one of the most translated documents in the world.

Human rights are always relevant to everyone the world over as our shared humanity is rooted in universal values. Human Rights Day is a recognition of our need to empower each other and stand up for equal justice for all.

Add your voice to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights here.

United Nations Day

posted Oct 16, 2018, 6:55 AM by Amy Palermo

October 24th is United Nations Day across the world, primarily in UN member countries. It marks the anniversary of the enactment of the 1945 United Nations Charter, the treaty that founded the intergovernmental organization committed to upholding the rights and prosperity of all peoples.


Since its founding during the second world war, the UN has grown from 51 member countries to 193, and has fostered international collaboration to achieve common goals such as protecting the environment, saving world heritage sites, and eradicating smallpox across the globe.


Follow the links above to learn more about the history and achievements of the United Nations, and visit www.pbslearningmedia.org for a full, standards-aligned United Nations lesson plan, complete with discussion questions and support materials.

Women's Equality Day is August 26th

posted Aug 6, 2018, 9:16 AM by Jeff Good

At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 and passed in 1973,  the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.”

The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York.


July is National Ice Cream Month!

posted Jun 19, 2018, 10:07 AM by Gary Greenberg

July is National Ice Cream Month, a recognition created in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan. According to the International Dairy Foods Association, dairy foods companies in the United States employ over 975,000 skilled individuals, generate more than $39 billion in direct wages and have an overall economic impact of more than $200 billion.

Ohio ranks 4th in the U.S. for the production of hard ice cream.

The science of ice cream makes for interesting stories. You can find out more about why ice cream melts the way it does by way of National Public Radio’s Science Friday show: https://uwmadscience.news.wisc.edu/curiosities/i-scream-you-scream-we-all-scream-for-ice-cream-and-science/ There are also health-related stories about ice cream. The Ohio Department of Agriculture is responsible for monitoring the health and safety of dairy products in Ohio, and you can learn more about how they do it by visiting the Division of Dairy.

ISTE Standards for Computer Science Refresh

posted Jun 19, 2018, 9:58 AM by Roger Minier   [ updated Jun 19, 2018, 10:00 AM ]

With free resources from Code.org,  Google CS and Scratch, getting students started in computer programming, often referred to as "Coding" has never been easier.

But what should we teach our students?  And when is the right grade / age to begin?   YOU can help answer these questions by looking at the DRAFT standards in computer science just released by ISTE.

Find out more and share your thoughts with ISTE on these standards at http://www.iste.org/standards/computer-science-standards-refresh
Want to learn more about how to implement coding in your school?  Your local EdTech agency can help - just give us a call!

Hurricane Preparedness Week Begins on May 6th

posted Apr 16, 2018, 1:27 PM by Gary Greenberg   [ updated Apr 18, 2018, 6:48 AM ]

The hurricane season in North America begins on June 1st and runs to November 30th each year. During this period, an average of twelve tropical storms will form, of which six will become hurricanes over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea or Gulf of Mexico.

NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, coordinates public safety campaigns all year round about weather hazards. During Hurricane Preparedness Week, they provide web-based resources (www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness) with daily themes that include:

·      Determining Your Risk

·      Developing an Evacuation Plan

·      Assembling Disaster Supplies

·      Securing an Insurance Check-Up

·      Strengthening Your Home

·      Helping Your Neighbor

·      Completing Your Written Hurricane Plan

Here are resources for the classroom about hurricanes from PBS LearningMedia, including episodes from NOVA and Dinosaur Train:

Hurricane Katrina approaching New Orleans (Gr.1-12)

Dinosaur Discoveries: Hurricanes | Dinosaur Train (Gr. PreK-1)

Hurricane Story | Dinosaur Train (Gr. PreK-1)

Scientist Profile: Hurricane Researcher (Gr. 4-6)

Killer Hurricanes | Hurricane Paths Over Time (Gr.9-12)

Resources for Teaching about Women's History

posted Mar 28, 2018, 8:06 AM by Kelly Pheneger   [ updated Mar 28, 2018, 8:07 AM ]

Source: https://wgte.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/feea9286-3407-4aed-aa81-9e78ee05065e/feea9286-3407-4aed-aa81-9e78ee05065e/#.Wq_Q2-jwa70 gives rights to share, download.  "This cartoon shows a woman carrying buckets on a yoke, looking up at ladder ascending up to the sky. The bottom rungs are labeled "Slavery," "House Drudgery," and "Shop Work." Top rungs labeled "Equal Suffrage," "Wage Equity," and "Presidency.""


On March 12, 1987, Congress passed a law designating March as National Women’s History Month. This month provides an opportunity for teachers to highlight women’s accomplishments and contributions to the history of the United States. PBS Learning Media is a great place to start your search for resources on women’s history.


Students can learn about Ada Lovelace, a mathematician whose ideas helped launch the field of computer science or modern-day astronomer Andrea Ghez, who discovered a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. PBS Learning Media also has several collections of resources for Women’s History Month, including profiles of women around the world who are making history, a collection of resources on the Women’s Movement, and a collection of resources on women who served as nurses during the Civil War. Teachers can also find a lesson on Title IX and the Education Amendments of 1972, which, for the first time, gave women and girls equal access to educational opportunities in the United States.


Finally, Women’s HIstory Month is a great time to talk about the Women’s Suffrage movement and the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. PBS Learning Media has historical photographs and stories to help bring this time in American history to life.


Ohio EdTechs - an Ohio Future Ready Partner

posted Feb 20, 2018, 11:53 AM by Roger Minier   [ updated Feb 22, 2018, 2:00 PM by Ohio EdTechs ]


Ohio EdTechs are working with P-20 schools and the Ohio Department of Education to make sure all schools and students ARE Future Ready.  If you need help with your Future Ready planning and implementation, including classroom-technology professional development, contact your local EdTech Agency. We are ready to help YOUR district become "Future Ready".  For more information about how your district can become involved, visit http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Future-Ready-Ohio-Schools

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