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Interactive TV technology


Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Education



Jeff Thompson works as the IT technician at both Fillmore Central and Spring Grove schools. As a computer person, he is very excited about new technology that could mean big changes in the future of education.

Interactive television (ITV) has allowed two students at Fillmore Central to attend a class that is given in Spring Grove. Kate McIntosh and Jessie Tammel sit in on a Home Interior Design class that is taught by a teacher more than twenty miles away, all thanks to a grant.

Thompson explained there are 22 schools in southern Minnesota involved in the Generation Now Learning Project made possible by the RUS (Rural Utility Service) grant. Ryan Luft of Southland started a group of schools from the Southeast Service Co-op, a group that worked together to apply for this grant. The money the schools received paid for staff training and the equipment needed for the interactive class.

"It really worked out with Spring Grove and Fillmore Central because they are on the same block schedule," said Thompson. "It's really ideal, because lining up the schedule would be extremely difficult otherwise."

Nancy Gulbranson teaches the class from Spring Grove, where she is also the principal. The students at Fillmore Central sit in a room with the large television screen that is connected to one in Spring Grove. The students can see and hear everything that is going on.

"It's just like being there," said Thompson.

Thompson said it didn't take long into the first class before the barrier of the television screen disappeared. "There are no limitations with the ITV system," he said. "It's just no big deal to them." He added they talk to the kids in the class just like any other group of students.

"I'm extremely fired up about this," shared Thompson. "All schools are facing budget cuts and declining enrollment. If we can get students into the classrooms without sending them on the bus, this will be great."

Another bit of technology that is being used more in schools is Google Docs. Google Docs allows the kids to use word processing, power points, and spread sheets and save them to the Google server. Students can take notes and do homework assignments and share them with anyone who has access. The teacher in another location can read the assignments instantly.

Fillmore Central science teacher Darrin Ellsworth has also attended training on the ITV, and Thompson is hoping he will be offering a s .....
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Fillmore Central Kindergarten Round-up set for March 17th

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central Elementary School in Preston will have its annual Kindergarten Round-up Information Meeting for parents and visitation for students on Thursday, March 17th, at 6:30 p.m. in the elementary gym. Please use the elementary entrance. ..... 
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Fillmore Central and the FLY?

Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
Posted in Education

On the same night as their February meeting, Fillmore Central School Board and administration held the second of the three required public meetings for the proposed Flexible Learning Year (FLY).

Luehmann explained to the audience that the d ..... 
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American Legion Post #40 announces scholarship availability

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Education

The American Legion Henry M. Guttormson Post #40 of Lanesboro, will be granting scholarships for college and/or technical training, to be paid to the accredited school of the recipient's choice. Other scholarships, except full scholarships, will not ..... 
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College News

Fri, Feb 4th, 2011
Posted in Education

Dean's List/Honor Rolls

• Rochester Community and Technical College: Blaine Coyle and Hannah Hall of Canton; Bradley Ackman, Amanda Boerboom, Ross Boerboom, Alexander Guderian, Joshua Harstad, Gina Jaquith, Joshua LaPlante, Robert Laures, ..... 
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R-P board welcomes new member

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Education



While the R-P school board remains nearly the same as in 2010, there is one new member. Angela Colbenson, a first-time challenger in the district, won the seat, receiving the second highest number of votes in the November election. While the ..... 
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Kingsland awarded $65,000 state grant for Project Lead The Way

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Education



The January 17 regular school board meeting for the Kingsland School District had all members, including new members Doug Plaehn, Deb Larson, and Steve Tart, attending. The Kingsland School District was informed during this meeting that they ..... 
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Fillmore Central begins Superintendent Search

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Education

More discussion about the Flexible Learning Year took place at the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on January 25.

The board set up the three public meetings they need to have by the middle of March. The first one will be February 9 at ..... 
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New year housekeeping dominates school board agenda

Sun, Jan 23rd, 2011
Posted in Education

The Lanesboro School Board members spent most of their January 20 meeting doing routine organizational business. Newly elected Lolly Melander took the oath of office from Chairperson Dave Ruen.

Board member salaries remained unchanged. Dave ..... 
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