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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 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

Join Ohio Ed Techs at OETC

posted Jan 10, 2018, 8:33 AM by Deb Tschirhart   [ updated Jan 10, 2018, 8:53 AM ]


Join the Ohio Ed Techs and your local Ed Tech Agency at The Ohio Educational Technology Conference (OETC).  Learn from other educators, visit with vendors and explore P-20 learning and innovation in Ohio.  We will be offering a variety of sessions as well as informative and interactive playgrounds on the topics of Digital Storytelling, Makerspaces, Personalized Learning and Computer Science.  


To find your local Ed Tech agency and find out more about the sessions they will offer at OETC, visit ohioedtechs.org.  A list of sessions can also be found on the conference website.  


#OETC will take place February 13-15, 2018 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.  Registration and additional information can be found at their site - oetc.ohio.gov


Visit us in the exhibit hall in the booth section 220-223.  Mobile App Filter - #Ohio Ed-Techs

Hope to see you there!


Digital Learning Day 2018

posted Jan 3, 2018, 12:21 PM by Amy Palermo   [ updated Mar 1, 2018, 6:28 AM by Ohio EdTechs ]

Digital Learning DayDigital Learning Day Online Conference
Streamed live via YouTube on Thursday, 2/22/2018!

Ohio looks forward to celebrating Digital Learning Day, a national campaign to spotlight successful instructional practice and effective use of technology across the country.  This year, Ohio Ed Techs will hold a FREE virtual conference via Google Hangouts (and streamed live via YouTube) full of sessions highlighting great tools and resources for the classroom. 

Click on the session title to view the live stream on the day/time of the event.  Use the live chat feature during the event to ask questions (you must be logged into your Google account).  


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 8:00 - 8:20 Quality Content as Easy as 1,2,3: Using INFOhio with G Suite - watch the recorded session
Judy Tucker, NWOET Using Google Classroom? Using Google Drive for assignments? Learn how to quickly find quality digital resources such as articles from magazines, newspaper and encyclopedias, and insert the articles into Google Classroom or Google Drive with INFOhio digital content and your G Suite.
Handout for the Quality Content as Easy as 1,2,3: Using INFOhio with G Suite
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 8:30 - 8:50 Accessibility Tools for Ohio's State Assessment - watch the recorded session Heather Bridgman, OCALI, & Jennifer Heim, SST Region 2, Sponsored by WOUB Learning Lab Administration of an assessment should not be the first time an accessibility feature is introduced to the student. Learn about accessibility tools that should be implemented during daily instruction. We will share links to the Ohio Accessibility Manual and provide an overview of the four designations - Administrative Considerations, Universal Tools, Designated Supports and Accommodations. A valuable resource for accessing free tools to practice each of these types of supports will be shared. Access to practice tests in multiple formats will be provided as well. Handout for the Accessibility Tools for Ohio's State Assessment session.


 9:00 - 9:20 Playlists for Student-Centered Instruction - watch the recorded session Elizabeth Curtis, WOSU Public Media Not ready to jump into a full station-rotation model? A great way to begin student-centered instruction is through independent study using playlists. Learn how to reassemble resources to personalize the needs of learners.
Handout for Playlists for Student-Centered Instruction.


 9:30 - 9:50 Using Google Keep with Students - watch the recorded session Rebecca Zullo, WVIZ
Google Keep allows you to save what is on your mind, and retrieve information later. Discover how to engage students to take notes, access them, and insert them into different formats.



 10:00 - 10:20 Publishing Documents from Google Sheets & Forms - watch the recorded session
Caryn Kelley, SOITA
Featuring Autocrat and Form Publisher - Ever wished you could automatically generate emails, PDFs, or certificates without editing each individual document? With the Add-ons Autocrat and Form Publisher, you can! Join us as we walk you through step-by-step to create custom templates to be filled in by either using Sheets and/or Forms.


 10:30 - 10:50 Free Instructional Math Apps and Websites for Elementary Teachers - watch the recorded session Rebecca Zullo, WVIZ Explore free math apps and websites that will engage students in grades K-8. Obtain practical tips and best practices to implement the resources. Presentation for Free Instructional Math Apps and Websites for Elementary Teachers

 11:00 - 11:20
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Two Steps to Stepping Up Student Learning
- watch the recorded session
Erica Clay, INFOhio Instructional Team Specialist There are lots of digital instructional materials available for free online. But do you really have the time it takes to slog through all the results you get from a search engine to find the free teaching materials that are high quality and aligned to standards? With INFOhio, finding high quality, digital, instructional materials that you can use to improve student learning is an easy two-step process. Learn how to use Educator Tools, which includes best practices, articles, websites, lesson plans, and other support materials for educators. Then, discover a wealth of digital content with ISearch ̶ including texts, videos, images, and more ̶ that you can upload to your learning management system for student use. The path to improving student learning doesn’t have to be a daunting expedition. Take the shortcut with INFOhio!
Handouts for Two Steps to Stepping up Student Learning


11:30 - 11:50 Google Field Trips - watch the recorded session
Zachariah Douglas, WOSU Public Media
Traveling across the globe has never been easier! Using Google Maps, My Maps, and Google Tour Builder, your students can take part in virtual field trips, interactive lessons, and so much more! This session will look at the various ways Google Geo Tools can be integrated into your classrooms. Presentation for Google Field Trips
 

12:00 - 12:20 I Didn't Know Google Could Do That! - watch the recorded session Caryn Kelley, SOITAwww.soita.orgFor many Google is their preferred search engine and Google Apps for Education is taking education by storm. However, Google has even more to offer! Join us as we explore some of Google’s lesser known tools and tricks from the fun and useful to the completely obscure. Handout for I Didn't Know Google Could Do That!
   

 12:30 - 12:50 A Community of Learners: ELL Apps to Build Relationships & Reinforce Content - watch the recorded session Sherris Schwind, WGTE Classroom and cultural engagement apps and tips for grades 6-12 teachers of ELLs. English language learners using technology to enhance face-to-face relationships have demonstrated a 50% increase in English literacy over peers not in similar programs (Ferlazzo).
Resources for A Community of Learners:  ELL Apps to Build Relationships & Reinforce Content


 1:00 - 1:20 Introductory Computer Science in Ohio - watch the recorded session Gary Greenberg, CET Now that computer science learning standards have been approved for development in Ohio, come find out more about where you can get computer science background and professional learning from the Ohio Ed Techs. Presentation for Introductory Computer Science in Ohio

 1:30 - 1:50
INFOhio
INFOhio and Inquiry Team up for HyperDoc Slam Dunk!
- watch the recorded session
HyperDocs are digital lessons created with Google Apps for Education that engage and challenge learners to explore, analyze, and synthesize information. INFOhio has teamed up with inquiry to create two content-specific HyperDocs using INFOhio digital content. Participants will advance down the court by learning how to use all-star content, and proven powerhouse practices for a common goal. Discover how to use the inquiry process and the HyperDoc template to create your own lessons using quality INFOhio content and strategies that will connect students with critical thinking and collaboration for a winning outcome!


2:00 - 2:20 Fighting Fake News with PBS Resources - watch the recorded session Jennifer Sader, WGTE Resources for helping students critically evaluate sources and information. Resources for Fighting Fake News with PBS Resources
   

2:30 - 2:50 SmartPath Online Financial Literacy Resources - watch the recorded session
www.westernreservepublicmedia.org/education
Jeff Good, Western Reserve Public Media Get the latest on the University of Cincinnati's Economics Center’s $martPath, a new, online teaching resource for grades 1-6 and now middle school U.S. History and World History geared towards economic and financial education. There will be a tutorial of the tool and discuss ways to implement $martPath in your classroom. Resources for SmartPath Online Financial Literacy Resources


3:00 - 3:20 Digital Citizenship - watch the recorded session Steve Garton, Common Sense Education Common Sense is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century. We provide a full K-12 digital citizenship curriculum, ratings and reviews of education apps, and tech-rich lesson plans for use in the classroom. In addition to our classroom resources, the Common Sense Privacy Evaluation Initiative helps clarify privacy policies so that teachers can make smart choices about the learning tools they use with students, and schools and districts can participate in evaluating the technology used in K–12 classrooms. Resources for Digital Citizenship

   

3:30 - 4:00 Getting to Know Your Students With Thrively - watch the recorded session
www.westernreservepublicmedia.org/education
Heather Smith, Western Reserve Public Media When you get to know your students using Thrively, you help them develop self-awareness and a growth mindset. Thrively is an easy way to get to know your students interests, strengths and career pathways.
Resources for Getting to Know Your students with Thrively

Wright Brothers Day

posted Dec 15, 2017, 12:25 PM by Gary Greenberg   [ updated Dec 20, 2017, 1:12 PM ]

Wright Brothers Day (December 17th) celebrates the anniversary of Wilbur Wright’s 39-minute flight on Huffman Prairie on October 5, 1905. The flight demonstrated that the Wright brothers had advanced their design to the point of a practical airplane. (More)

   

Wright State University in Dayton, home of the Wright Brothers, celebrates this year’s event with the following activities, many of which are available on the web:

   

OETC 2018 - Call for Playground Proposals

posted Nov 30, 2017, 1:07 PM by Amy Palermo

Did You Miss the Opportunity to Present at OETC18?

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We are seeking individuals who would like to facilitate one, two-hour playground session on Digital Storytelling, Makerspaces, Personalized Learning, and Computer Science. As a facilitator, you will provide a hands-on activity or short, informal talk about an aspect of your chosen topic. You may feature a resource, lesson, software or technology, or any combination thereof. This is similar to a poster session; you will have a small high-top table on which to display a laptop(s) (should you want to provide your own), or bring materials if you would like to have attendees create their own project. Conference attendees will typically spend five to 10 minutes at each table to gather information, ideas, and resources. Activities should be planned accordingly.

For more information about how to submit a Playground Session, visit: http://oetc.ohio.gov/For-Presenters#45252-playgrounds--oetc.

The deadline to submit a Playground Session is Friday, December 22.

Accepted playground proposals will receive a one-day, complimentary registration for up to two presenters for the day of the playground display.

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