Let's give a hearty congratulations to Dr. Kecia Ray, recently featured online as a "global hero in education."
Kecia is in charge of Learning Technology for Metro Schools, which means she helps teachers, schools, and the district integrate technology into curriculum and the classroom. Of course she does so much more than that, like designing and launching MNPS Virtual School.
Twitter. Some people use it for news, some for business and personal promotion, and some for social engagement. To Overton High School students, it is an engine that has given them the opportunity to connect, share ideas, and ask questions with peers around the world, particularly in the field of science. Thanks to that international connectivity, Overton student Lilly Q. is a guest blogger this week on a popular science education blog, Promega Connections. Click here to read why Lilly says social media has changed the way she and her classmates are learning and how they are tapping into some of the brightest minds on the planet.
The holidays came a little early for the students and staff at Old Center Elementary this year when Zagg, a mobile device accessories company, zealously handed over 56 brand new iPads, covers for all, three digital cameras, and new earbuds for every child and teacher!
Principal Dr. Betsy Potts has big plans for the iPads. She says the teachers will use them for professional development and to enhance classroom learning. The students will get to test educational software and programs, as well as get a little practice working with technology.
ZAGG, which stands for Zealous About Great Gadgets, is based in Utah. Earlier this year, the company decided they wanted to do a bit to give back, particularly to schools. They launched an online promotion in which consumers could enter to win a free home computer and $25,000 in technology for their favorite school. Marveya Gooch, proud parent of two Old Center students, logged on and entered…38 times! And it’s a good thing she did. Gooch was selected out of nearly a million entries!
Technology is in our homes, at the grocery stores, doctor’s offices, athletic events, and - most importantly - waiting for our children in college and their future careers. For that reason, it's crucial that educational institutions teach students in a way that is relevant and trains them to use the tools that are ever-present in our daily lives.
When the National Alliance for Black School Educators (NABSE) and Promethean, a global education company, offered to donate more than $150,000 worth of classroom technology and professional development services our employees were ecstatic, and rightfully so. Those tools and that training will help our teachers work with students and begin to close the digital divide that exists between families with technology in their homes and those without.
At Napier Enhanced Option Elementary on Wednesday, the two organizations announced the donation that will help the 15 schools receiving technology and support. Schools will receive touch-screen interactive whiteboards, hand held student response devices, and educational software. Teachers will be trained on how to best use these new tools to increase student engagement and better lead interactive lessons.
How far should technology reach in the classroom? What tech do students need to be using to prepare them for the 21st century? Can you have too much in every day lessons?
We've come a long way from Apple IIe computers and word processing. But we can't continue to plan for the future without hearing from the ones who matter most: students, parents, and teachers.
We want you to help us plan for how technology moves forward in education. What tools should we be using? In what ways? How often? These are the questions you can help us answer. Your input will help shape long term technology goals in Nashville and the rest of the country.
Please take a few moments to complete the Speak Up survey from Project Tomorrow.
There's a big change happening this summer in the district's Technology Services, and it's getting some national press.
The Metro Schools Technology & Information Services (TIS) team is moving to provide email accounts to all employees and students using Microsoft's Office 365 platform. This means transitioning away from the Metro government email system that was used in the past, a move that will reduce the district’s cost for email services while also addressing storage, security and information sharing needs. Employees will keep their current email addresses and existing emails will transfer to the new platform.
Office 365 for education is a new platform just made available this summer. Metro Schools is one of the first institutions to take it on, which garnered us a mention in a blog post last month.
Read the full article on GettingSmart.com
The Virtual School is open and looking for students! Metro Schools’ newest and most high-tech learning experience has 135 open spots for full-time students and several more left for part-timers, as well.
At Virtual School students can take courses online in to receive a quality education in a virtual environment. Students will be taught online by highly qualified, certified teachers.
Full-time students can earn their diplomas by earning up to six credits per year. They must apply and meet the qualifying criteria.
Part-time students can choose from dozens of courses offered at Virtual School. These courses may not be offered at every school, but are available to every student online. These include courses in all core subjects, Health & Wellness, and AP courses like English, English Lit, Biology, Marcoeconomics, Psychology, US History & Statistics.
Students interested in part-time work through Virtual School should contact their School Counselors. Much more information is available on the Virtual School website, www.vlearn.mnps.org.
Time is of the essence. If you want to take advantage of this great opportunity, don’t delay! A whole world of classes is available to every high school student online. Sign up! Take part!
The Community Career Center is offering free computer trainings and workshops this summer at their John Henry Hale and Park Avenue locations. All trainings and workshops are offered free to MNPS parents, grandparents and students over the age of 12. In addition, the Community Career Center is offering resume assistance, career assessments and open lab times for internet research, typing and self paced training. Workshops include financial management, budgeting, credit reports, GradeSpeed and social networking. View schedule and registration information ...
Here in the MNPS Communications Office we don't play favorites. But we're quite fond of Overton High School teacher-innovator Adam Taylor.
Adam is a Teacher of the Year Finalist who never stops looking for ways to engage his students. Lucky for them, he's a self-professed technology nerd who has been using social media and mobile devices to increase class participation and even hold classes and lectures after school hours and on snow days!
Thursday, Nov. 18, Apollo Middle School celebrated the grand opening of D.A.S.H. - The Digital Academy for Success in High School. The academy, which serves all 8th graders, incorporates technology into learning. This year's 8th grade class at Apollo became the first in the district to receive laptop computers for learning. Students also have access to iPods, wiki spaces, SMART boards, and other interactive learning tools.