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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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Engagement-Mickelson ~ Opitz

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Social Scenes

Mickelson ~ Opitz Donald and Nancy Mickelson, of Lanesboro, Minn. announce the engagement of their daughter, Lori, to Michael Opitz, son of Wayne and Jean Opitz, of Gibbon, Minn.  Lori Mickelson is a graduate from Lanesboro High School and rece ..... 
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Ores Stanley Odland

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Ores Stanley Odland, 85, of Good Shepherd Care Center in Rushford, formerly of Lanesboro, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at the Inpatient Hospice Unit at Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse, Wis., where he had been a patient for one day. Ores was born D ..... 
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Letter about Marriage Amendment...

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I came out in high school in Decorah, Iowa. I was terrified, because I had been bullied and called a fag since elementary school, accusations which I always denied. I had a teacher who had been in a relationship with his husband for ..... 
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Letter about Voter ID

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Let Grandma & Grandpa Vote! The Voter ID amendment would make voting difficult for many of our seniors. For those who live in a Care Center or do not drive, getting the photo ID with current address means bringing a birth certific ..... 
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Letter about marraige amendment

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Do You Know The Facts behind the Proposed Amendment Change? Same sex marriage is illegal in the state of Minnesota and will remain so regardless of the outcome of the election. “The Marriage Amendment” is NOT about making same- ..... 
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Letter about marriage amendment

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I wonder how we would vote, if given the chance today, to end slavery, or to give women the right to vote, or whether to integrate the Little Rock High School in 1957. Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson and Dwight Eisenhower showed the ..... 
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“I AM” documentary film to be shown at the St. Mane Theatre

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – Lanesboro Arts Center will present a FREE screening of ‘I AM,’ on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre. ‘I AM’ asks two questions: What’s wrong with our world, and what can we do to make it better? The ..... 
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An old-fashioned cookie walk

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Faith & Worship

By Barb Jeffers Cookies, cookies, and more cookies! The Bethlehem Lutheran Church WELCA of Lanesboro, Minn. held their annual Cookie Walk on Saturday, October 6. The event was held at the Sons of Norway Lodge in Lanesboro with hundreds of dozens of ..... 
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