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Computer Science Week Dec 9th-13th

Posted by Lori Blantz on Nov 25, 2019 6:15:00 AM

Hello Everyone,

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Topics: OSMO, coding

Hour of Code is coming in December... and check out our November  winners!!!      Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by Lori Blantz on Nov 20, 2019 11:52:18 AM

The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2019 Computer Science Education Week will be December 9-15. We have some ideas for you to try out during this special week. These ideas will be shared on this Blog soon so you have time to see what can fit in your lessons that week. Please send me pictures of your students doing some lessons! I would love to see what great stuff is occurring in our IU13 classrooms. 

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Topics: winner, contest

Congratulations to our Winners of November's Contest

Posted by Lori Blantz on Nov 19, 2019 9:14:40 PM

I am excited to announce we had FOUR winners for this month's Blog contest. Congratulations goes out to Sue Bowers, Headstart teacher at One Cumberland, Lisa Kiss, ES teacher at Fairland, and Andrea Peters, SLP therapist for all winning a Bee Bot. We had several staff members that sent in essays and we had a three way tie. Supervisors decided all three would receive a Bee Bot.

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Topics: contest

November 8th- National STEM-STEAM Day

Posted by Lori Blantz on Nov 6, 2019 6:00:00 AM

What is STEM/STEAM Day

STEM/STEAM Day falls on November 8. There’s no way around it: children are significantly better off with strong science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics skills. That’s why STEM and STEAM education programs are so important. It’s understandable that these subjects push society forward, and these programs help to find fun and engaging ways to teach them to students, which is all worth commemorating. So, on November 8, we celebrate STEM/STEAM Day!

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BrainPop and other Programs

Posted by Lori Blantz on Nov 4, 2019 7:00:00 AM

I can not believe it is already November 4th. Our first contest give-away is approaching. We have two items to give away. I have received several essays and I am still accepting them until November 11th . Please see contest rules on the right hand side of my blog.

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Topics: BrainPop

New Contest give-a-way is here!

Posted by Lori Blantz on Oct 16, 2019 2:13:33 PM

Welcome to fall- can't believe we are already in the middle of October. I have received some emails that my latest blog (created today) sent an email to staff that subscribe; however, the link seems to be broken! I am sorry for that and re-sending it again. Good luck!

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First Contest Give-A-way is here!

Posted by Lori Blantz on Oct 16, 2019 1:49:47 PM

I can't believe we are already in the middle of October. If you look over to the right under Spotlight, you will see our first instructional technology tools give-a-way contest! I have two items for staff to win this month. You can write an essay for each one, or just the one that applies to your class the best. Please view the videos on uses of these tools in your classroom! Good luck

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Welcome Back-ECSES Instructional Technology News

Posted by Lori Blantz on Aug 19, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Welcome back. I hope you had a fantastic summer vacation. Students are arriving back into our classes as I type this and I hope you are as excited as I am to start working with them. Several things occurred over the summer and I am hoping this blog post will keep you updated on these new things, as well as, throughout the school year. Please keep checking back or subscribe to this blog.

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Topics: Welcome!

Opportunity for free year subscription to Math Games.com --- read on.....

Posted by Lori Blantz on May 3, 2019 8:27:20 AM

This is an email that I received today regarding an online math program. If you are interested, please let me know. I will email them back and include you.

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Topics: math

Earth Day STEM Activities

Posted by Lori Blantz on Apr 16, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Earth Day is April 22nd. Do you know when Earth Day started? The idea for a national day to focus on the environment came after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara. Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, announced a "national teach-in on the environment". April 22, 1970 was the first Earth Day. This date was chosen because it fell between spring break and final exams for most colleges and schools at that time.

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Topics: earth day


My next item to win is Little Genius Starter kit from OSMO. This kit came out in the last 6 months and is a fabulous learning tool. This is a kit that is used with an iPad and 4 free OSMO apps. It allows students to have a hands-on learning adventure. By using this tool students will spark their imagination, and use critical thinking skills. This kit focuses on building letters using manipulatives instead of pencils, answering comprehension questions to problems the OSMO characters face, and follow directions to create pictures of whatever is told to them. Here is a link to see it in action. To enter the contest you need to write a short 100 word or less essay explaining how you could use the tool in the classroom. Essays are due to Lori Blantz by December 12th. Essays will be read and voted on by our ESCES Supervisors on December 13th. Winners will be notified by December 17th. Good Luck!  Please have the essays sent to lori_blantz@iu13.org 👍


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ECSES Instructional Technology Blog by Blantz is an IU13 Early Childhood and Special Education Services (ECSES) blog providing support to educators using instructional technology in ECSES classrooms. Lori Blantz, this blog's author, is Supervisor of ECSES Software Training. Contact Lori at lori_blantz@iu13.org.

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