City Today - January 2011

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Fri, 01/21/2011
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Welcome to the January edition of The City Today!

Bringing you all the latest from Education City!

WHAT'S NEW?

Targeted training sessions designed to help you meet your goals!

This month our Customer Service Team is excited to announced the launch of our new targeted training sessions designed to assist our subscribers in fully implementing Education City.

"We've found that some of our subscribers are using the resource in just the computer lab, or just the classroom," said Jamie McIntyre, Education City Customer Service Manager. "There are so many more ways to use Education City, so we've created this set of targeted training sessions to really zero in on how your school can get the most out of your subscription."

Each session will be offered for a minimal cost of $50 and will cover the following topics:

Computer Lab Learning - This session is a must-have for schools intending to use Education City in a lab environment. The session covers creating student groups, utilizing the myCity features for specific activities and the ever-popular PlayLive mental math arena.

Whole Class Learning - This session will teach you how to integrate Education City into your everyday lessons. The session covers Topic Tools to plan lessons, Whiteboard Play Mode, printing supplemental worksheets and searching for a particular topic to fit with your unit.

Differentiated Learning - Use Education City in your intervention, remediation and special education groups when you learn how to assess knowledge, track progress and individualize learning.

Administrative Functions - This administrative session focuses on student management, school-wide settings, curriculum standards, the Live Chat feature and other general usage issues. This session is essential for the main Education City point person to attend.

McIntyre says all four sessions are appropriate for any school and will teach you how to extend the value of your subscription to drive data, reporting and results. Check with your school, these sessions may be applicable towards Professional Development requirements.

To schedule a session, please contact our Customer Service Team at 800.995.5410 or message us via Live Chat - our NEW feature found under the Training tab in the Teacher Area.

 

SPOTLIGHT ON SCHOOLS

Tennessee district ties amazing results to Education City!

 

Paris Special School District in Paris, Tennessee utilizes Education City to provide standards-based instruction and reinforcement activities to all students in pre-kindergarten through 6th grade. Since implementing Education City in early 2008 the district has seen significant improvements in student achievement in Math – according to Student/Teacher Achievement Ratio (STAR) Math Scale Scores, and in Reading – in accordance with STAR Reading Scale Scores. To-date the first and second grade classes have completed more than 47,000 Education City Math activities, while the third through fifth grade group has logged nearly 63,000 activities!
 
As a Race to the Top winning state, Tennessee saw the rigor of its state tests increase in a short period of time. To best prepare their students, the Paris Special School District put a plan into place that calls for 10% whole class growth each and every 6 weeks throughout the 2010-2011 school year. Dr. Norma Gerrell, the district’s Supervisor of Curriculum, Instruction, and Federal Projects says that while this goal is ambitious, it is also necessary to get her students ready for these new assessments.
 
Dr. Gerrell accesses and monitors STAR Math Scale Scores and STAR Reading Scale Scores and ranks the teachers in each level in order to measure growth. “I then bump that information up next to our Education City SuccessTracker data and I can clearly see a link,” Gerrell says. “It’s spot on. If the teachers are putting in the time, they are getting the results. This is a concrete way for me to tell our teachers that if they use the resource, they’re going to get results.”
And, it’s working! Gerrell says the most impressive growth came from the first grade math scores. “I was really impressed with our first grade math scores. They more than doubled what we expected!” she said. “That tells me our teachers are optimizing the resource.”
 
 
FINDING FUNDING
 
10 places to look to fund your technology objectives!
 
Show me the money! Take a look at these resources when your lining up funding for 2011:
 
1.    United States Department of Education - www.ed.gov
 
2.    Your State Department of Education
 
3.    Technology Grant News – www.technologygrantnews.com
This site lists grants indexed by grant type, including K-12, or “Educational Technology.”
           
4.    Donors Choosewww.donorschoose.org
On this site, teachers complete a short template explaining their need and people from all over the world have the opportunity to visit the site and choose which projects they want to fund.
 
5.    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundationwww.thegatesfoundation.org
Many educational institutions pursue these funds, which tend to be incredibly competitive. This site is best-suited for major, long-term projects.
 
6.    The Ford Foundationwww.fordfoundation.org
If your project falls under the Educational Opportunities and Scholarship issue, take a look at this site.
 
7.    The National Science Foundationwww.nsf.gov
If you have the right project, you may want to check out this funding resource.
 
8.    Microsoft Voucher Program
Currently EducationCity.com appears on the eligible vendor list in the following states. If your EducationCity.com purchase meets specific requirements you could be eligible for reimbursement.
 
California                 www.edtechk12vp.com
Iowa                    www.iowaschoolmicrosoftsettlement.com
Wisconsin             www.microsoftwik12.com
 
9.    The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Developmentwww.rurdev.usda.gov
This federal department provides loans, grants and loan guarantees through its Community Facilities Program to develop essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. This may include schools.
 
10. Individual Companies
Many individual companies have grant writing contests that are worth looking into. Some examples are Hewlett Packard and Office Max.
 
 
WHAT HANDWRITING DO YOU TEACH?
 
With penmanship activities in the concept stage, we want to know!
 
The Education City Development Team is focusing on activities centered around handwriting. We know that our subscribers teach many different handwriting styles and we want to cater to as many of those programs as possible. We want your feedback! Log on to the Teachers Forum and tell us what you teach!
 
 
FEATURED FEEDBACK
 
We LOVE hearing what our subscribers have to say!
 
“Education City is able to pinpoint specific learning concerns and curtail a specialized program for each student. Having a dynamic system that can adapt to student strengths and weaknesses on the fly as they are answering questions allows for a very powerful took in our arsenal of education support systems!”

-Andrew Potteiger, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Brandywine Heights Area School District, PA
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Education City will be at the following upcoming events. Join us for an online demonstration or a quick update on what's new. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Jan. 31 – Feb. 2             Ohio Educational Technology Conference – Columbus, OH
Feb. 1-3                       Florida Educational Technology Conference – Orlando, FL
Feb. 9-11                     Texas Computer Education Association – Austin, TX
Feb. 14-15                    Pennsylvania Educational Technology Conference – Hershey, PA
Feb 19-23                     Alaska Society for Technology in Education – Anchorage, AK

 

 
Have a great month! See you in February!

 

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