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StationBreak May 2017

Get Ready for Summer!

The 2016-2017 school year is wrapping up. It's time to have some fun planning for next year. Enjoy Arkansas with ArkansasIDEAS on your mobile digital devices anytime, anywhere.

News from AETN

Arkansas's 2017 PBS DIGITAL INNOVATOR

PBS has announced 52 educators from across the country selected for the fifth annual PBS Digital Innovators Program. The program recognizes classroom changemakers: educators who skillfully approach education with bold and fresh perspective, and who integrate digital media and resources into their classrooms in a way that sparks a love of learning for their students.

Farrah McEntire of Star City is Arkansas's 2017 PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator. McEntire collaborates with community partners, and her students take on real world problems, and are encouraged to take risks and test their own ideas. Their projects have included designing websites, editing video and audio, using computer animated design software, mapping bus routes using ArcMap, and using 3D printing software to model solutions. Just like in the real world, Farrah doesn't expect instant success - failing, she explains, is an important part of learning.

"They might have to try and try again," she said. "The first thing I do as an educator is to let my students know that nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it."

Among other teachers selected were those using 3D printers with their students to create prosthetic limbs, a technology coach whose classroom is a "STEM Bus" and co-teachers who use technology to bring their students together in one class, even though they're in physical classrooms that are miles apart. A panel of esteemed judges selected the 52 PBS Digital Innovators from across the US, representing each of the 50 states, and the District of Columbia.


Spring seminars and virtual events are being offered by PBS Learning Media through May. To look at the offerings, go here.

News from ArkansasIDEAS

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

ArkansasIDEAS offers a variety of face-to-face training and professional development workshops taught by licensed educators and technology specialists. With advanced notice, we also can provide a facilitated version of any course available on the ArkansasIDEAS Learning Management System (LMS). Workshops can be customized to meet the unique needs of your school or district.

Topics include overviews of the ArkansasIDEAS LMS, access to Lynda.com, and an overview of PBS Resources; including PBS KIDS Island and AETN PBS Learning Media.

All face-to-face training is free of charge and may be conducted at AETN or at the location of your choice. To request training, please contact ideastraining@aetn.org.


TECHNOLOGY TOOLS

ArkansasIDEAS offers a mobile iPad learning lab for professional development. This lab provides educators with complete, flexible and convenient access to technology. Mobile iPad learning lab service includes delivery and pickup and is offered to all Arkansas school districts free of charge.

The iPad mobile learning lab is equipped with software that enhances professional development trainings. In addition to default applications, fun and helpful apps like PBS KIDS ScratchJr, Cyberchase 3D Builder, TED Talks and Khan Academy are included. To schedule the mobile iPad lab for your school, please email ideastraining@aetn.org.

Upcoming Education Events

June 7-8

Innovation Institute: Infusing Learning with Technology
Har-Ber High School, Springdale, AR
View schedule

June 11-14

2017 Annual AASCD Conference - "It's a Frame, Not a Box"
Hot Springs Convention Center, Hot Springs, AR
View information page

June 14-15

Hot Springs Technology Institute (HSTI) - "Build IT and they Will CODE"
Hot Springs High School, Hot Springs, AR
View information page

June 7-8

Innovation Institute: Infusing Learning with Technology
Har-Ber High School, Springdale, AR
View information page


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