Tech Tidbits

Zionsville Community School Corporation

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Welcome Back!

Our hope is that you did not have to spend too much time with the family teaching them how to use their "space gadgets" over Thanksgiving Break. This edition of Tech Tidbits will share some great new features, as well as suggestions to prepare for possible inclement weather. As always, feel free to contact Kyle Beimfohr or Carly Havlik with any questions or ideas.
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It's HERE!

Next week begins the national Hour of Code, where students and staff are encouraged to explore coding. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. See more stats on code.org.


I am very excited that Code.org has partnered with Disney this year to allow students to code in the world of both Star Wars and Frozen! Do you have students interested in Minecraft? They can learn coding there as well!


Contact Kyle, Carly, or any of the STEM teachers in the ZCSC for ideas on how you can support coding in your classroom next week!

Preparing for Winter Weather

Dr. Robison shared Zionsville Community School Corporation's plan should the regular school day be affected due to weather. We want to make sure all of our students are prepared in advance should such a situation occur. We have put together a checklist you may want to use to make sure our students are able to independently complete lessons on any eDays we have this winter. Below is an excerpt from an e-mail we received just this week from a parent regarding her family's experience with an eDay in 2014. Please contact Kyle, Carly, or your building administrator if you have any questions or need assistance in preparing your students.

Letter From a Parent

Hello,

I have two children in Zionsville schools. I just received your email regarding E Days for weather related cancellations. I really do not have a problem with the E Days, but do have a concern. Last time we had E Days, in 2014, due to snow, the amount of work that was given was astronomical. My son has an IEP due to auditory and visual processing delays. (Basically this means he does everything as a snails pace and does not even hear or see as much as normal children. For example, he is only taking in about 30% at any given moment of information to process and is filling in the rest on his own. He also has trouble spelling, writing paragraphs that are comprehensible, etc. You get the point.) Anyway, he had 8 hours worth of work for ONE class. No, I am not exaggerating, one class. I know this because I had to sit with him to help him complete all of this work. Now add on all of the work for his other classes and my child's insistence that he complete it all so he does not get in trouble and this was not a positive situation. My question is, what will be done to ensure that this does not happen again? Also, will there be provisions for children like my son who has an IEP?


Thanks for your time and all that you do for the schools. Despite my question/concern, I think that you do an excellent job. I am sure in your position that you mainly hear complaints from people, but I want you to know that there are people like my husband and I that know you are looking out for the well being of our children and our community and we thank you for it.

Ellen Introduces Kids to the Technology of Yesterday