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Lanesboro School Board gets technology demonstration


Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Education

Lanesboro High School math teacher Joe Cullen gave the school board a demonstration on how he is utilizing technology in his classes during their meeting on October 16.

Cullen thanked the board for getting the computers into the hands of the students. He said they are coming to class prepared, and it makes a big difference. He demonstrated a graph calculator right on the computer that works very well. Cullen also saves time by not have to write long examples on the board. They can get the lesson and put it right on the computer.

Using a laptop and a Smart Board, Cullen explained what he is trying out with his geometry class. He said he has been doing a “flipped classroom” approach that has gone very well.

For this approach, Cullen has recorded himself going over a lesson, and for homework, the students are required to watch the video. During class time, they do their lesson, and he is available if they have any questions.

“The kids are loving it,” said Cullen. “They get to ask questions. It’s a lot easier, and there is less homework.”

The program is still fairly new, and Cullen is working on some of the glitches. He added that Byron Schools have been using this approach with a lot of success. They have even been able to get rid of their math textbooks.

Cullen uses a site called Moodle to facilitate the videos and the quizzes the students take. He can also keep track of who watches the videos and when.

One of the benefits of the video is that students can pause it when they need to catch up, and they can re-watch it if they feel they need to. “Kids can go through it at their own speed,” said Cullen. “It’s designed to every student.”

There is also a place where kids can use virtual flash cards to quiz themselves, and it keeps track of areas they need to work on.

“Byron says that 97 percent of their students enjoy it,” said Cullen. “And I can see why.”

If things work out well, Cullen may be able to implement the program for a second class next year, as long as he won’t have to do as much work for the geometry. He is also working on the balance between video watching and lecturing.

“I think the role of the teacher is changing,” commented Cullen. “It used to be the teacher was the source of information. Now the information is out there everywhere. They need to tak .....
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Kingsland School Board hears audit report

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in All Education

By Barb Jeffers Kingsland School Board met Monday, October 15, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. in the District conference room. All School Board members were present, along with Superintendent McDonald. There were many items on the agenda which needed to be add ..... 
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100 Book Challenge gets positive comments in Chatfield

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge The Chatfield School Board met on Monday, October 15 for its regular monthly meeting with Jerry Chase and Kathy Schellhammer absent from the meeting. Principals Craig Ihrke, Randy Paulson, and Superintedent Ed Harris were pre ..... 
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Parents ask for better communication following incidents at R-P

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

Just one week after a local publication printed an article highlighting Ready Bus drivers’ irritations with motorists ignoring the stop arms and flashing lights of stopped buses, a bus serving the district was involved in an accident north of Hart ..... 
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Red Ribbon Week promoted in Chatfield

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

Chatfield students MaKayla and Mariah Pederson promoted this campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of illegal drug use and the abuse of alcohol at the council’s October 8 meeting. Red Ribbon Week is to be October 23-31 in Chatfield. The na ..... 
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The Fillmore Central High School Band

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central High School Band Department will have 8 students proudly represent its school at the 2012 Three Rivers Honor Music Festival. The event will be held at St. Charles High School on Monday, November 5th, 2012. Students are selected ..... 
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Fillmore Central Dollars for Scholars changes its name

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

As of October 1, 2012, Fillmore Central Dollars for Scholars has a new name - Fillmore Central Scholarship Foundation. The local scholarship committee was recently informed that the annual fee to be affiliated with Scholarship America would be ra ..... 
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R-P continues working towards new elementary facility

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Education

At the September 17 board meeting, Dean Beeninga, of architectural firm ATS&R, and Gary Benson, of ICS Consulting, were on hand with updates on the proposed early childhood through grade 5 facility. A “Review and Comment,” required by the Minnes ..... 
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R-P continues working towards new elementary facility

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Village Education

At the September 17 board meeting, Dean Beeninga, of architectural firm ATS&R, and Gary Benson, of ICS Consulting, were on hand with updates on the proposed early childhood through grade 5 facility. A “Review and Comment,” required by the Minnes ..... 
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