Tech & Media Updates
SPOTLIGHTING OUR MEDIA CENTERS: SOUTH LEXINGTON SCHOOL
With all of the holiday breaks and festivities upon us, South Lexington students are so excited! We have been able to add hundreds of new books to our library collection this year giving the students so many great titles to choose from. The Pete the Cat series and Mo Willems titles are some of their favorite books to check out. Other favorites are books on Animals and Dinosaurs. The students are also looking forward to a guest reader from the Davidson County Public Library to entertain and read to our students. SL students LOVE reading books and check out approx. 250 books EVERY DAY!!
South Lexington Kindergarten’s FABULOUS students are learning all the different uses of the iPads while in Media Class. They have learned how to use Pages on their iPads. They can take photos and videos using the camera app. Most recently in media class, students are being taught how to record their voice in a Keynote presentation. Students have been recording the name of the animal and the sound it makes along with the picture of the animal itself. These are KINDERGARTNERS, and they are doing a FANTASTIC job!
Watch out elementary schools...our students will be coming to you more prepared than ever!
Personalized Learning: Student Learner Agency
Education in both LCS and NC is moving toward a new model of instruction referred to as "personalized learning." Part of this change includes a focus on "Learner Agency."
Learner Agency is the power to act. It is about empowering students to take ownership of their learning, to have a voice and choice in their learning with the understanding and ability to take action around their learning.
Currently the i3 leadership team is participating in professional learning sessions with the Friday Institute to develop a better understanding of Personalized Learning, and thus Learner Agency. All LCS school and district administrators will also participate in this PD in March. All of this is to ensure we are better equipped to support our students and you, the instructional leaders, when all LCS teachers receive PD next school year on personalized learning.
Use this quick-reference chart on Learner Agency to self-assess what is happening with your learners and help you begin to include leaner agency in your classroom or expand your current use. Crosswalk of Learner Agency
Feel free to reach out to your school's i3 leadership team and/or your school's media coordinator for additional support. You can also visit NCDPI's webpage for resources and tools on Personalized Learning.
Need Tech Help?
Just a reminder...we have a Tech Tips & Troubleshooting Guide that addresses the most common tech issues that may occur. THIS GUIDE is posted in multiple locations online:
- District website >> Employees >> Instructional Technology & Support
- District website >> Employees >> Technology Knowledgebase
- IAM >> Canvas >> The Learning Hub >> Tech Support
Please submit a tech ticket anytime you need help, but THIS GUIDE can also provide immediate solutions to common technology issues.
A great practice is to share this resource with students to develop their capacity to become tech experts and problem solvers as they resolve in-class issues. You can post it on your teacher website, add it to your Canvas course, print it out, etc. to ensure students have access.
Don't forget...Your school's media coordinator and i3 leadership team are your in-school support to assist with your digital teaching and learning needs!
Check out the video below to "Increase Student Collaboration Using Keynote "
International Education Week is Nov. 15-19!
November 15-19, 2021
International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity for students and educators to celebrate the benefits of education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State is part of the effort to promote programs and opportunities that can prepare students for a global environment.
This year, a variety of activities are being planned by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Global Education Steering Committee to promote International Education Week including:
A Student Showcase that provides students an opportunity to share their interest and understanding of global issues, global learning, and cultural awareness through various projects, presentations, or work samples. For more on the Student Showcase Submission Process, visit: https://bit.ly/IEWShowcase21Info
Professional Learning Sessions from UNC-Duke Area Studies and NCDPI that highlight content related to different world regions that can equip students with the critical thinking skills and global perspective necessary to solve the challenges of the present and future;
Welcoming Remarks from Superintendent of Public Instruction, Catherine Truitt that help to kick-off International Education Week in North Carolina.
**To learn more, please visit https://tinyurl.com/NCIEW-Info.
SECURITY AWARENESS TRAINING & ASSESSMENT RESULTS (see pic below)
Over the past two weeks, all LCS staff received 1-3 emails as part of our ongoing security awareness training. The emails either tried to "scare" you into quickly clicking a link or "trick" you into believing it came from our IT staff and required you to take immediate action. Most of you did not click the link and simply deleted the email or contacted the Tech department to verify its authenticity. (SEE RESULTS BELOW) Only 14.4% (80 people) out of 556 who received the emails actually clicked on them.
In the coming couple of weeks, all staff will be required to participate in our training program by watching a brief video and answering a few questions. The video will come from KnowBe4 and is designed to help you recognize some of the types of scams and phishing attacks to be aware of to protect YOU and YOUR DATA!
As we continue to improve the security of our data and information, the greatest threat to our data is US! The majority of cyberattacks occur as a result of a user clicking on an attachment or opening a file that unleashes malware and infects not only their device, but also the network the device is connected to. This software then installs itself on the network and wreaks absolute havoc! It can lock down the network and all machines connected to it, and it can steal or destroy your confidential data! While there are no systems that are 100% vulnerability-free or "hacker proof," YOU are one of the first lines of defense in helping prevent an attack. Stay vigilant!
Did you know...
Thanksgiving is, for many, a time not only to be thankful but to give back: witness the countless examples of individuals who donate their time to serve or cook meals for others. According to a poll conducted by Fidelity Charitable, 48% of people who grew up "with strong giving traditions" considered themselves to be happy today compared with only 33% of people who did not grow up with such traditions. Additionally, the poll revealed that 81% of those with strong giving traditions reported their core family as being "very close" compared with 71% of people without strong giving traditions.
Thank you for giving back through your service to our students, their families and our community. We hope you are able to rest and relax over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and enjoy time with friends and family!