Tuesday, June 26, 2007

A Productive June

Seventh and eighth graders will find that their teachers have learned a few new tech tricks over the summer! KHS was awarded an Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) grant, which is providing technology integration training for the 7th and 8th core subject teachers and their instructional aides. These teachers have committed to completing an online course called "Core Teaching Skills" and will be spending many hours of their own time over the summer learning how to effectively use technology in their instruction. Kudos to Mrs. Black, Mr. Chambers, Mrs. Coursen, Mrs. Geary, Mrs. Haun, Mr. Heath, Mrs. Goble, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. McGiffin, Mrs. Schwab, Mr. Whitling, Miss Wilson, and Mr. Witkowski!

Each of these teachers recently spent four hours in the library lab working on the infamous "modules" which make up the Core Teaching Skills curriculum.

Also during June, projection systems were installed in each of the junior high core classrooms, which will allow the teachers to more easily use the Internet, instructional software, and other resources to enhance their lessons. A projection system was also installed in the Keystone Elementary library, courtesy of the Keystone Education Foundation!

The EETT grant requires that we test our 7th and 8th grade students to determine if they are "technology literate" according to "No Child Left Behind" standards. If they don't meet the standards, we will provide remediation.

Karl Fisch has released a new and improved version of his video, Did You Know, which gives us a lot to think about as we figure out how we can best prepare our students with the 21st Century skills they will need to be successful. Technology will play a HUGE role in the lives of our students as they enter the work force.

And we're still hoping the PA Legislature will come through with funding for "Classrooms for the Future" when they pass their budget in the next few days. If you see Rep. Fred McElhattan, please ask him to vote YES for CFF!

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