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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Hey gang. I hope you had a great Christmas and wonderful New Year. I am looking for one or more students to contribute to the Moore County School’s Chromebooks in Education blog. 

This is a great opportunity to have your students' work seen by educators from across the country and their opinions heard by decision makers in Moore County. 

Excerpt from announcement: 
"Blog entries could range from describing a product you created in class, describing a teacher or teaching styles you think really work in the 1 to 1 classroom, or your reflections on how your school or classes have changed in the past 12 months since Chromebooks were handed out. If you are interested, email Mr. Herring at wherring@ncmcs.net with your idea and he will send you some examples from other students and help you develop your idea."

Thanks in advance for helping me spread the word about how great of a job you are all doing for Union Pines High School students

Friday, December 12, 2014

Postponing December Training

Good morning and happy Friday

Item 1:

I wanted to reiterate an email I sent out the other day informing you all that I am postponing the trainings scheduled for Wednesday the 17th. Many of you are busy with senior exams or tying up lose ends before the break. I will be helping to run the Chromeboook help desk since Mitzi will be temporarily ousted from the Media Center. 

Item 2:

If your students have trouble with their chromebooks next week please send them to the future home of the help desk outside the attendance office. Mitzi will be using that nice set up Ms. Lea built to offer the help. Mitzi has sent an email to everyone asking you to tell kids to turn in their laptops with bad mice now so we don't have issues that compromise testing after break. 

Item 3: 

You will likely encounter students soon that will only have limited access to the internet. These students were flagged by the county as abusing some or several aspects of our acceptable use guidelines. Students will have access to Google Apps (Docs, Movenote, Picktochart, Lucid, etc..) and some site predetermined to be educational by IT. This is NOT a tech issue that should be sent to the help desk. This is a sentence they are serving for a period to be determined by Ms. Lea and the administrative team. If you need a certain site opened to one of these students let me know a day or two (preferred) ahead of time and I can request it be allowed for the student.

Item 4:

As you have seen, it has taken some time but the district and our school are serious about providing powerful tools to our students but also that they use them in productive and appropriate ways. We (I) need to do a better of preaching and teaching digital citizenship to our students. If there is a day that I can talk to one or more of your courses to (give you a little extra planning time?) talk to them about behavior in digital spaces please shoot me an email and we'll get it on the calendar.


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