World UFO Day

posted Jun 28, 2017, 3:26 PM by Gary Greenberg   [ updated Jun 30, 2017, 7:16 AM ]

Did you know that July 2nd is World UFO Day? While many of the UFO celebrations will be wacky ( and not very scientific), the search for extraterrestrial intelligence did lead to one of the early uses of the internet for letting the general public help scientists do research. Called SETI@home, it sends radiotelescope recordings of space to users' computers for them to analyze for possible sounds from other intelligent life forms. Starting in 1999, the project attracted over five million users in its first decade. 
Last month, the site logged over 1, 686,000 users! Your students can try it out at

Little green men aren't he only uses of this kind of crowdsourced research. The technology is also used to report on butterfly migrations  ( and to help DNA scientists puzzle out new ways of folding protein molecules (  You and your students can find a list of some of these novel uses of computing at (

What Tech Skills Help Prepare Students for LIFE?

posted May 17, 2017, 2:16 PM by Roger Minier

  Are Tech  skills - both academic and practical -  critical for students to be self-supporting and fulfilled as adults?  Employers say YES!

     Do you help students practice these Life-Long skills ?


            - Practice writing on a laptop ?

            - Read emails CAREFULLY?

            - Understand graphs and images ?

            - Know where to search for career information ?

     And for academic improvement, do your parents know 

             - when assignments are due ?

             - what assignments their child missed?

             - questions to ask their child ?

  To read more about tech skills for careers see this recent article from NBC News:

Contact your EdTEch for help on these and other life-skill development problems facing YOUR students. 

World Trade Week

posted May 17, 2017, 12:20 PM by Amy Palermo


Did you know that the 3rd full week in May is World Trade Week?! This little-known holiday was first conceived in 1926 by Stanley T. Olafson to promote the benefits of trade and cooperation between neighbors during a time of isolationism. Today, the US President typically uses World Trade Week to highlight the positive aspects of global trade on local and national economies, the most recent of which being President Barack Obama in 2016.

As with most things, International Trade has its pros and cons, but our rich trade history has shaped the world we live in today. International Trade is an important topic for classroom discussion as it gives students a better understanding of America’s place in the global economy, and just how dependent every country is on its neighbors for goods and services. Do you know where your food comes from? How about the shirt on your back? NPR’s Planet Money devoted a series of podcasts to the life of a T-shirt to help consumers understand the complicated process of an idea becoming a tangible product, and how something as simple as a shirt could impact the lives of so many people around the world.

Celebrate Women in Tech during Women's History Month

posted Feb 27, 2017, 5:32 AM by Sara Mattson

March is Women’s History Month and to celebrate, we wanted to highlight a great woman in tech history, Ada Lovelace. Born in 1815, the only child of the poet Lord Byron and his wife Anne Isabella Byron, Lovelace rebelled against her father’s artistic tendencies by pursuing an interest in mathematics and logic. Her talent as a young mathematician led to a working relationship with Charles Babbage, among others. And it was her writings about Babbage’s Analytical Engine which have given her credit as the world’s first computer programmer.  These writings include a detailed method for calculating a sequence of Bernoulli numbers with the Engine, which would have run correctly had the Analytical Engine actually been built. Ada Lovelace helped pave the way for other great women in technology and showed the world that math was not just a realm for men.

Take some time to learn about other great women in technology history. Learn more about women like Grace Hopper, Radia Perman, and Hedy Lamarr. Find resources for encouraging young women in your classrooms to learn more about technology at Girls Who Code.

Cleveland Mobile Fab Lab coming to Western Reserve Public Media

posted Feb 22, 2017, 11:45 AM by Jeff Good   [ updated Feb 22, 2017, 11:46 AM ]

The Cleveland Mobile Fab Lab is coming to our next Northeast Ohio Maker User Group (NEOMUG) mtg April 18. To learn more and register click here This special event will fill up fast. Follow NEOMUG on Twitter #neomug1

Digital Learning Day is February 24th

posted Jan 24, 2017, 8:13 AM by Gary Greenberg   [ updated Jan 24, 2017, 8:25 AM ]

Taking a day each year to celebrate the work of fantastic teachers who use technology is a wonderful way to highlight powerful learning, and Digital Learning Day does just that. The event is organized by the Alliance for Excellent Education ( and has been going on since 2012. Digital Learning Day gives teachers a chance to tell a story about how their use of digital tools has made a difference for their students, in their school, and perhaps in the larger community as well.

What is Digital Learning?

Digital Learning Day uses a very broad definition of digital learning. In the Alliance’s words, “Digital learning is any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience.” That gives you as an educator plenty of room to try something new: try a day of e-reading, hold a Google Hangout, try some coding with your kids, or participate in a live Digital Learning Day tweetup or chat.

How Do I Participate in Digital Learning Day?

Here are some ideas about ways to participate:

- Follow Digital Learning Day on social media by following @OfficialDLDay on Twitter  to see what other schools and teachers are doing to celebrate.

- Visit for more project ideas.

- Register your activity on the Digital Learning Day website by visiting

- Share your project idea with other educators using the hashtag #DLDay.


Where Can I Hear More from Educators About Digital Learning Day?


 Go to to view digital learning success stories from a dozen school districts around the country.

Northeast Ohio Maker User Group @ Western Reserve Public Media

posted Jan 23, 2017, 7:06 AM by Jeff Good   [ updated Jan 23, 2017, 7:10 AM ]

Northeast Ohio Maker Users Group

Feb 21| Apr 18 | May 23 • 4-6 p.m.

Western Reserve Public Media
1750 Campus Center Drive
Kent, OH 44240-5191

Join fellow colleagues at this informal get together and share knowledge, resources and experience on all things Maker. Whether you are in the planning stages or have a space that is going at full STEAM ahead you will find this group beneficial. Each meeting will include time to try out new activities and resources. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided.

Sign up for upcoming meetings.

Happy Holidays from Ohio Ed Techs!

posted Nov 30, 2016, 8:25 AM by Laurie Switzer   [ updated Nov 30, 2016, 8:30 AM ]

The first string of electric holiday lights was created by the inventor of the light bulb, Ohio Inventor, Thomas Edison.

One of Ohio's first public displays of holiday lighting was in 1924 at Edison's General Electric campus in East Cleveland.  Witness how this display continues to shine each year. Then, explore another Ohio holiday light display at a large water powered grist mill, Clifton Mills, in Clifton, Ohio.


Watch and share the short video which was first featured on WVIZ’s NewsDepth.  NewsDepth is produced by WVIZ/PBS ideastream.  It is an instructional multimedia package intentionally designed to connect student to current events that respond to Ohio's Learning Standards and expectations for College and Career Readiness.


Hour of Code Dayton!

posted Nov 29, 2016, 9:18 AM by Deb Tschirhart

Learn about Programming!  
Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
at SOITA, 1205 E Fifth Street, Dayton

Kids, parents, businesses, community members, government officials, students, & anyone else welcome! No experience in computer programming is necessary, only an interest! Special breakout session for administrators, teachers, and counselors. Learn how to bring computer science to your school or district! Have fun coding and enjoy pizza & drinks!  

State Tech Directors Meeting

posted Oct 20, 2016, 10:50 AM by Amy Palermo   [ updated Oct 20, 2016, 10:50 AM ]

We can't wait to see you a the State Tech Directors meeting!  The Ed Techs are looking forward to providing a quick overview of Ed Tech services and a conversation as to how we can help your schools.  See you in Columbus!

New Tech Directors:  10/24/16 @ State Library
Returning Tech Directors: 10/31/16 @ Stat Library

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