Non-Traditional Instructional Days for Inclement Weather

https://media.blubrry.com/randallblackshow/p/pinecast.com/listen/f5fd003f-9046-4937-a6c1-0e8034e8eb8a.mp3West Virginia has made a change in the state law in relation to school instructional days and inclement weather. The changes in the law provide for school districts to provide Non-Traditional Instructional (NTI) days. These days provide for students to complete assignments as part of a “Snow Packet” from home in lieu of attending school …

32 Down & A Lot More To Go w/Steve Freeman

https://media.blubrry.com/randallblackshow/p/pinecast.com/listen/66e03208-743e-463c-831b-687d349e6628.mp332 Down & A Lot More To Go Steve Freeman is a veteran educator with 32 years of classroom experience in West Virginia. He currently teaches AP Government and AP Psychology at Huntington High School (HHS) in Huntington, WV. He previously taught at Elkview Junior High/Middle and Capital High Schools in Kanawha County. Outside of …

Minecraft: Education Edition

https://media.blubrry.com/edtech_shorts/p/pinecast.com/listen/41a5d9db-2bab-4bb7-a4aa-7f2dde385b8c.mp3 How do we get Minecraft: Education Edition? West Virginia If you’re an educator in West Virginia then you may be aware that in June of 2018, the West Virginia Department of Education was able to license Minecraft: Education Edition (M:EE) for ALL (approximately) 300,000 users in our Office 365 tenant. All users have successfully …

WV Board of Education Policies on Comment

The following policies are out for comment from the West Virginia Board of Education until 12/11/2017: POLICY 2510 – Assuring the Quality of Education: Regulations for Education Programs  Proposed Changes Comment Form POLICY 2460 – Educational Purpose and Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources, Technologies and the Internet Proposed Changes Comment Form Take the time to …

What Does Effective PD Look Like? with the #BowTieTechGuys

https://media.blubrry.com/randallblackshow/p/pinecast.com/listen/b258653f-bbf7-4189-8c5e-6880d634148f.mp3Today’s episode features the #BowTieTechGuys, Kevin Sears and Luke Swiney, Technology Coordinators/Coaches for Jackson County Schools, taking part in a discuss on what effective PD should look like. They share the way in which they have begun to build their own PD offerings to better meet the needs of the teachers, and in turn the …

Reflecting On A Career w/Bill Smith

https://media.blubrry.com/randallblackshow/p/pinecast.com/listen/d02d3646-b635-4b96-9713-0ccf29051af1.mp3Bill Smith is currently serving as the Superintendent of Cabell County Schools in Huntington, WV. Mr. Smith has served in that capacity since 2005, but will be retiring after June 30, 2017. In this episode we discuss his 40+ year career with Cabell County Schools, the achievements he feels occurred under his leadership, and his …

Successful Technology in West Virginia Classrooms w/Mark Moore

https://media.blubrry.com/randallblackshow/p/pinecast.com/listen/0eb1d4cc-3144-438b-abec-57dbd2407299.mp3Mark Moore is a Coordinator in the Office of Technology Integration and Support at the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE). Mark is one of the primary professional development folks related to technology for WVDE goes all over the state of WV to help prepare teachers to integrate tools and products in their classrooms to …

Summer Reading Resources

Thanks to Julia Benincosa Legg, State E-rate Coordinator @ WVDE, for sharing these out on the WV Library/Media Specialist Listserv earlier today. Summer Reading Programs: Resources Get Ready for Summer! Ideas for Teachers to Share with Families 10 Free Summer Reading Programs for Kids 7 Adventurous Program Ideas that Complement Summer Reading Those Tired Summer …