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					                                September 2009              Department of Educational Services              Volume 14, Number 1


                                Economic Challenges Lead to Changes
In This Issue                   by Jeff Good, Director of Education (jgood@WesternReservePublicMedia.org
                                  We just can’t seem to get away from it. We         EETT formula and competitive grants require
2    Cricuts in the
                                hear of the current economic climate and we          a percentage of expenditures on professional
     Classroom                  think the worst is past, but then more cutbacks      development. While the money might not be as
     Districts Receive          are announced.                                       easy to find, it is out there.
     Stimulus Funds               Western Reserve Educational Services                  Western Reserve Educational Services will
                                and Ohio’s seven other Ohio educational              weather this storm by implementing cost-saving
     Introducing Ed Tech        technology agencies have seen our funding            measures. For example, we will release this
     Solution Suite             reduced by more than 50 percent on average,          printed newsletter just three times this year
                                resulting in cutbacks in programs and                while still offering a monthly online version.
     Upcoming                   services to all member districts. The recent            In addition, we have temporarily postponed
     Technology                 announcement from eTech Ohio to cut the              our member meetings, with the hope of
     Conferences                professional development grant program to all        reinstating them as soon as possible. Instead, we
3    Generations:               school districts affects the use of that money for   hope to have a podcast on our Web site that will
                                professional development services and for the        describe upcoming programs.
     Cuyahoga Valley
                                eTech Technology Conference.                            We are also being more creative in our
     National Park                This isn’t the end of it, either — all Ohio        professional development. Camp Google
     Multimedia Kit for         agencies are being asked to brace for another        showed that if the program is great, people will
     Stark Contrast: A          round of cuts in September.                          find a way to attend. We hope to offer after-
     History of Stark             So what can be done about needs for                school, online and other options to support your
                                professional development? How can teachers           schedule.
     County
                                fund the 21st century teaching skills that              Also, check out our new Ed Tech Solution
4    2009 Professional          Governor Strickland spoke of in his State of the     Suite offerings on page two. School districts can
     Development                State address earlier this year?                     utilize permanent improvement funds for these
     Schedule                     A recent conversation with Dan Badea from          packages, which provide an attractive option to
                                the Ohio Department of Education did yield           fulfill your equipment and training needs.
     NEOEA Day                  some ideas. If your district receives Title I, II       Finally, have a great school year. As Robert
                                or III funding, a percentage of those funds can      Shuller once said, “Tough times never last, but
                                be used for professional development. ARRA           tough people do.”
Web 2.0 Picks
www.go2web20.net —
The latest and greatest
Web 2.0 sites                   How We Spent Our Summer: Camp Google!
www.dial2do.com —
Great educational and
productivity applications
for your cell phone

www.kerpoof.com —
Create online artwork to
share with the world

www.documents.google.
com — Discover the
collaborative power
of Google Docs for
documents, spreadsheets,       Four sessions of Camp Google provided educators with convenient opportunities to learn about the many
presentations and more         Google educational resources that are available for free.


             1750 Campus Center Dr. • P. O. Box 5191 • Kent, OH 44240-5191 • (330) 677-4549 • http://www.WesternReservePublicMedia.org
    Cricuts in the                              Introducing Ed Tech Solution Suite
    Classroom                                      Ohio’s educational technology agencies           Digital Cameras for the Classroom
                                                have created Solution Suite, educational            Cost: $2,950 — class set of 15 digital
    by Lealynd Tuskan, Educational              technology packages developed to provide            cameras (Canon A1000 or equivalent),
    Technology Consultant (LTuskan@             high-quality, cutting-edge technology               bags, 2-Gb memory cards and one
    gmail.com)                                  training to Ohio’s educators.                       three-hour training session at your
         Learn more about the Cricut               Each Solution Suite offering includes            school district
    personal cutting machine and                professional development, equipment
    applications for the classroom this         and training materials. Ed Tech Solution            Intro to Flip Video Ultra
    fall by attending our new professional      Suite offerings can be ARRA, EETT and               Cost: $2,699 — class set of 15 Flip
    development session, Cricuts in the         permanent improvement funding eligible.             Ultra series video cameras and one
    Classroom.                                     Solution Suite offerings include these           three-hour training session at your
        Cricut offers hundreds of designs       features:                                           school district
    and fonts of all sizes to customize
    your classroom bulletin boards and            •	A specified quantity of technology
    student projects. The easy-to-use               items                                           Airliner by Smart Technologies
    printer does not require a computer                                                             Cost: $1,599 includes three Airliner
    and provides opportunity for students         •	A three-hour training session offered at        slates and one three-hour training
    to develop creative and innovative              your school district                            session at your district
    ideas.                                        •	Unlimited phone tech support for the
        Students and educators are using            equipment for up to 30 days                     An iPod Touch, the Internet and You
    the Cricut personal cutter to create                                                            Cost: $5,109 — class set of 15, 16Gb
    posters, customized name tags,                •	Assistance in returning equipment               iPod Touches, 15 $15 iTunes gift cards
    learning center materials, bulletin             found to be defective within the 30             and one three-hour training session at
    boards, visual aids, cards and more.            days of training                                your district.
        Choose one of two Cricuts in the
    Classroom sessions — Monday, Sept.            You can add customized professional               Intro to the Elmo Document Camera
    21 or Monday, Oct. 19 — from 9              development to any Solution Suite                   Cost: $1,800 — two Elmo TT-02
    a.m. to 3 p.m. at Western Reserve           program at an affordable cost of $400 per           document cameras and one three-hour
    Educational Services’ 21st Century          half day or $600 per full day.                      training session at your district
    Learning Center, 1750 Campus Center           Western Reserve Educational Services Ed
    Drive, Kent.                                Tech Solution Suite offerings include the
        The cost for the session is $450 for    following:                                         Due to the changing nature of
    comprehensive and basic members or                                                         educational technology, Western Reserve
    $500 for general members. It includes          TurningPoint Student Response               Educational Services reserves the right to
    a Cricut Expressions Printer, one              Systems                                     substitute a product model of equal or
    cartridge, DesignStudio software and           Cost: $1,499 — class set of 24 response     greater value than the model listed.
    paper.                                         RF devices; $1,799 — class set of 32           For more information or to
        Register online at www.                    devices and one three-hour training         schedule your Ed Tech Solution Suite
    westernreservepublicmedia.                     session at your school district             offering, e-mail Jeff Good at jgood@
    myworkshops.com.                                                                           WesternReservePublicMedia.org.



    Districts Receive
    Stimulus Funds                                   Upcoming Technology Conferences
        Districts that recently received
    ARRA Title II-D competitive grants                       Mark your calendar for these Ohio-based conferences:
    to establish 21st century learning at
    their buildings include Barberton City       SPARCC (Stark-Portage Area Computer Consortium)
    Schools, Canton City Schools (four           Fall Technology and Pinnacle Conference
    buildings each), Alliance City Schools         Wednesday, Sept. 23, and Thursday, Sept. 24 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    (two buildings), Ravenna City Schools
    and Windham Exempted Village                   R.G. Drage Professional Development Center, Massillon
    Schools.                                       Cost: $55 for two days or $30 for a single day
       The program helps the receiving
                                                   For more information, visit http://www.stark.k12.oh.us.
    districts establish staffing and
    develop classrooms in the 21st
    century learning style. More than 200
                                                 SOITA (Southwestern Ohio Instructional Technology Association) Conference
    applications were received and a total
    of 48 districts received the final grant.      Tuesday, Dec. 8, to Thursday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
       The two-year project will focus             Dayton Convention Center
    on professional development that
    changes practice and instruction,              For more information on cost, conference sessions and registration, visit
    assisting in developing student                www.soita.org.
    learning that is engaging and relevant.

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   In conjunction with the premiere of Western
Reserve Public Media’s production Generations:
                                                       Tune in to Western Reserve PBS
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, our Educational         Generations: Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Services Department presents a multimedia kit for
grades 4-8.
                                                       Sunday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.
   The kit includes the one-hour broadcast video,         Western Reserve Public Media proudly presents its new one-hour
a teacher guide and Web resources. Workshops           documentary that tells the story of Cuyahoga Valley National Park through
offering tips on using the kits in the classroom       high-definition video and the voices of people from all walks of life.
will be announced in the months to come.                  Generations: Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a story of the park’s natural
                                                       wonders, wildlife and evolution. It is a companion piece to Ken Burns’ six-part
Broadcast Video                                        documentary series The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.
   Western Reserve Public Media’s new                     Generations is the first full-length broadcast documentary about 34-year-old
documentary captures the story of Ohio’s only          Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It showcases the park’s 33,000 acres through
national park through the voices of people from        a variety of methods, including archival video footage, recent interviews, oral
all walks of life. It looks at all dimensions of the   histories and photographs and memorabilia provided by park visitors.
park, including its natural features and social           Funding for this project has been provided by The Bokom Foundation, The
history.                                               Cleveland Foundation, FirstEnergy Foundation, The Harry K. Fox and Emma
   Generations also tells the story of the park’s      R. Fox Charitable Foundation, The Herbert W. Hoover Foundation, The John
establishment, its evolution into the park it is       P. Murphy Foundation, National Park Service, North Eastern Ohio Education
today and the hopes for its future.                    Association (NEOEA), PPG Industries Foundation and The S. Livingston Mather
                                                       Charitable Trust.
Teacher Guide
  Generations: Cuyahoga Valley National Park           The National Parks: America’s Best Idea
— Preserve and Protect contains interdisciplinary      Begins Sunday, Sept. 27, at 9 p.m. on Western Reserve PBS
lessons for grades 4-8. The theme of the guide is
                                                          Experience the beauty of our national parks and the story of this radically
“preserve and protect,” and it contains lessons in
                                                       American idea. The 12-hour, six-part documentary series, from renowned
mathematics, language arts, science social studies
                                                       filmmaker Ken Burns, is the story of an idea as uniquely American as the
and art.
                                                       Declaration of Independence and just as radical: that the most special places in
                                                       the nation should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone. For
Web Resources                                          more information on the series, visit www.pbs.org/nationalparks.
   Available soon online will be a board game, a          Local funding for The National Parks: America’s Best Idea is provided by
virtual tour and podcasts created for the project.     the Benjamin Rose Institute, Appalachian Outfitters, Old Trail School and
                                                       Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association.


 Stark Contrast: A History of Stark County
    Western Reserve Educational Services offers this multimedia kit that traces Stark County’s
 story and looks at the people and enterprises that have influenced its development.

 Broadcast Video
   The one-hour video, a new Western Reserve Public Media production, looks at Stark
 County’s communities, industrial development, educational and cultural institutions,
 sports and more. It also follows two groups of residents representing the county’s older and
 younger generations.

 Teacher Guide
   The teacher guide includes lessons that are hands-on, project-based and keyed to Ohio
 content standards for math, science, language arts, social studies and art.

 Web Resources
   The project’s Web site, WesternReservePublicMedia.org/starkcontrast, contains the
 teacher guide in both a PDF and Web format. It also offers streamed video of Stark
 Contrast: A History of Stark County and includes games and activities not included in the
 teacher guide.

   Funding for Stark Contrast: A History of Stark County has been provided by the
 following: The Hoover Foundation, Stark Community Foundation, Stark Industrial, Schauer
 Insurance, The Albert W. and Edith V. Flowers Charitable Foundation and Diebold Inc.

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                             2009 Professional Development Schedule
For the complete professional development schedule, including session descriptions, pricing and registration information, visit www.
WesternReservePublicMedia.myworkshops.com. First-time users will need to set up a free account.
Unless otherwise indicated, all sessions are conducted at the Western Reserve Public Media 21st Century Learning Center, 1750 Campus
Center Drive, Kent.
PLEASE NOTE: Pre-registration and payment/P.O. is required for all sessions.


     September 2009                         Monday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
                                            Cricuts in the Classroom
                                                                                       NEOEA Day Sessions
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
                                                                                       Friday, Oct. 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
You Be the Producer — Video Contest         Wednesday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.         Take advantage of the following five technology
Edition                                     SmartBoard Advanced                        sessions to be held at our 21st Century Learning
                                                                                       Center.
Thursday, Sept. 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.        Thursday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.          Please send in the registration form from the
SmartBoard — Basic                          SmartBoard Accessories                     NEOEA Day offerings catalog along with your
                                                                                       payment to Western Reserve Public Media, 1750
Friday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.                                                     Campus Center Drive, Kent, Ohio 44240.
Digital Photography                                                                      This year, your registration will not be finalized
                                                 November 2009                         until registration form and payment as well as online
                                                                                       registration at www.westernreservepublicmedia.
Friday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.          Friday, Nov. 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.           myworkshops.com are completed.
EdTech Connects: INFOhio 2009               EdTech Connects: Free Online                 If you did not receive an NEOEA Day offerings
                                            Resources                                  catalog, please contact the NEOEA offices at 800-
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.                                                  354-6794 or desk@neoea.org.
You Be the Producer — Flip Video            Wednesday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Edition                                     Smart Board — Basic                        101 Uses for Your Document Camera
                                                                                       Time: 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.          Thursday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.        Cost: $15 (includes 1Gb flash drive and lunch)
Cricuts in the Classroom                    You Be the Producer — Flip Video           Learn how to use your SmartBoard to create lessons
                                            Edition                                    for your class and distribute them to students and/
Thursday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.                                                   or parents online. Exchange ideas that work and
SmartBoard Advanced                                                                    access online resources.
                                            Friday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
                                            Smart Board — Advanced
Friday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.                                                     Collaborate With Google Docs and Wikis
Power Presentations                         Tuesday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.         Time: 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
                                            Communicating Through Podcasting           Cost: $15 (includes 1Gb flash drive and lunch)
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.                                                  Use these communication tools to create, store
Video Editing on the PC                     Wednesday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.       and share instantly and securely. Gain ideas for
                                            Digital Photography                        incorporating the technology in the classroom.

        October 2009
                                            Thursday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.        Communicating Through Podcasting
Thursday, Oct. 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.          Power Presentations                        Time: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
101 Uses for a Document Camera                                                         Cost: $32.50 (includes USB headset microphone
                                                                                             and lunch)
Friday, Oct. 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.                  December 2009                        Find out how to create your own podcast. This
Digital Storytelling                        Wednesday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.        session includes information on gathering audio
                                            101 Uses for a Document Camera             feeds and suggestions for educational usage.
Friday, Oct. 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
EdTech Connects: eSafety (Internet          Friday, Dec. 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.           Teach Smarter With Your SmartBoard
Safety)                                     SmartBoard Accessories                     Time: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
                                                                                       Cost: $15 (includes 1Gb flash drive and lunch)
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.         Wednesday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.        Gain knowledge about document camera
Communicating Through Podcasting            Cricuts in the Classroom                   technology. Learn the different applications in the
                                                                                       classroom and build related lesson plans.
Thursday, Oct. 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.          Wednesday, Dec. 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
You Be the Producer                         Digital Photography                        You Be the Producer — Flip Video
                                                                                       Edition
Thursday, Oct.15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.          Thursday, Dec. 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.        Time: 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
SmartBoard Basic                            You Be the Producer — Flip Video           Cost: $75 (includes Flip video camera and lunch)
                                            Edition                                    Enjoy this condensed look at the process of creating
Friday, Oct. 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.                                                      a video, including brainstorming the idea, writing
NEOEA Day Workshops                                                                    the treatment, creating the script, setting up the
                                                                                       shoot and filming creatively.



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