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From the Podcast: Skilled Labor Shortage

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July 17, 2018

Discussing technical schools and the skilled labor shortage with Harry Snyder

In this episode of the We Love Schools podcast, Carole speaks with Harry Snyder, President and CEO of Cincinnati’s Great Oaks, one of the largest career and technical education districts in the U.S. They discuss the skilled labor shortage and how we can prepare our children for the future.

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From the Podcast: Using technology to communicate

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July 5, 2018

Discussing using technology to communicate with Dr. Denver J. Fowler

In this episode of the We Love Schools podcast, host Joel Gagne speaks with Dr. Denver J. Fowler, professor at California State University-Sacramento and author of the book, The 21st Century School Leader: Leading Schools in Today’s World. The two discuss the philosophy behind using technology to communicate to your community, as well as some of the technology available to do so.

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From the Podcast: Navigating technology in schools

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January 25, 2018

Discussing navigating technology in schools with Dr. John Marschhausen

In this episode of the We Love Schools podcast, host Joel Gagne speaks with Dr. John Marschhausen, superintendent of Hilliard City Schools, about navigating technology in schools and how to “challenge everything.”

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From the Podcast: Technology in schools

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January 12, 2018

Discussing technology in schools with Shawn Morris

Host Joel Gagne speaks with Shawn Morris, 19-year veteran science teacher at Hilliard Darby High School. Shawn and Joel discuss technology in schools and how it has changed over the last several decades.

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From the Podcast: Tips for superintendents to connect with a new community

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October 18, 2017

Tips for superintendents to connect with a new community

In this week’s episode of the We Love Schools podcast, host Carole Dorn-Bell talks with Matt Miller, the Superintendent of Lakota Local Schools.

Miller is starting his 13th year as a superintendent, so he knows a bit about transitions as a superintendent and how a superintendent can connect with a new community.

“I was at a really good place coming to Lakota because it happened so early in the superintendent search process,” Miller says. “The Board here at Lakota did a really good job of letting me have transition days, which I think is huge for any school board, for any superintendent to work out transition details.”

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From the Podcast: The value of virtual town halls

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October 10, 2017

Use the power of virtual town halls to communicate with your community

In the latest episode of We Love Schools, host Carole Dorn-Bell chats with Mike Davis of Broadnet about the value of virtual town halls for schools.

Broadnet offers Access Live, a way for a superintendent, for example, to have a town hall via the phone.

Davis says they’ve led virtual town halls in close to a dozen countries.

With so many different avenues to reach people these days, Dorn-Bell says, something like Access Live can be very valuable in reaching out to a community.

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Tips for Updating and Maintaining School Website

Tips for Updating and Maintaining School Website

August 30, 2017

Your school website is one of your most valuable marketing tools. It provides a one-stop look at what you have to offer for students and the community. Making sure it reflects well on you and provides the information parents, and community members, need and want is vital. This requires regular updates and maintenance, but it is easier than you may think. Follow these tips for keeping your school website up-to-date and informative.

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Digital Spotlight: Streamlining Communication

February 2, 2017

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From the Podcast: Technology in the Classroom

August 8, 2016

“I believe our biggest problem with technology actually starts in our minds. Our minds our the greatest software ever invented and we need to program it for excellence.” — Vicky Davis

This week, Vicki Davis is our guest, talking about the strengths and impediments of technology in the classroom and for the school district at large. Vicki is a teacher of technology in Westwood Schools in Camilla, Georgia and the author of the Cool Cat Teacher Blog.

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Apps in the Classroom: How to Find What Works for You and Your Students

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July 18, 2016

There is no doubt that the internet and the use of smart devices in the classroom is revolutionizing how teachers teach and how students learn. Think of any subject, any technique and “there’s an app for that”… in fact, there are probably thousands of apps for that! This, of course, is where the problem lies. How do you find the apps that will expand on your lessons and engage your students without distracting them or isolating them?

One criteria that can be helpful to use in narrowing down your choices is to look for apps that encourage collaboration rather than just one student and the screen. There are apps that allow students to share notes, write stories, create multimedia presentations and research long term projects. These apps empower students to work together.

Another solid benchmark to consider is whether it encourages students to “break the rules” or build something new. Are users just playing a game or filling in the blanks? Or are they encouraged to be creative? to create? to expand upon ideas and form new conclusions, new questions, new paths to discover?

Of course, it is critically important to ensure that any apps you use have safety settings that will allow you to contain search terms and access to appropriate materials.

There are hundreds of lists of the “best apps for educators” but we would be remiss not to include our own favorites that follows these 3 points of criteria. I’ve used all of the apps below and can speak to its ease of use, collaboration capabilities and creativity-inspiring capabilities.

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