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Peck Jr./Sr. High School - Friday, November 21, 2014
Driver’s training segment two will begin on Monday. Segment one start date has changed to December 1st.

On Friday, December 5th the Sanilac Career Center Careers in Education will be having a bake sale at the girls basketball game. All proceeds will go towards helping the Sanilac County Foster Children to help them through the holidays.

Attention Seniors: Graduation announcement orders will be taken on Tuesday, November 25th during lunch in the cafeteria.

Any junior high girls interested in cheerleading sign up on Miss D’s door.


2014 Sanilac Career Center Art Show Winners Minimize

Congratulations to these Peck students who were the top three artists at the Sanilac Career Center's annual art show that was held last week.  Justin Schneidewind won "Best of Show" honors while Kaylee Ruthruff and Bailey Sell grabbed the "Spotlight" award. 

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edX joins ConnectED efforts with PD courses for teachers
Answering President Obama's call to help schools embrace technology and digital learning in U.S. classrooms, edX will offer professional development courses for teachers. As part of ConnectEd, edX partner universities and colleges will offer teacher professional development courses, along with courses to prepare students for AP exams. “EdX and our university partners are pleased to stand with President Obama to offer U.S. teachers and school districts free, innovative resources to improve teaching and learning outcomes,” said Anant Agarwal, edX CEO. “These courses will empower teachers to use technology in the classroom in creative and personalized ways.” Free verified certificates for U.S. teachers edX and its partner institutions have committed to offering free verified certificates for teacher training courses to all U.S. teachers for one year. Following the first year, teachers in high-need schools will be eligible for free verified certificates for an additional four years. These courses will include training on using technology in the classroom, learning theory and leadership, along with teaching in a blended format. These courses, developed by the nation’s best colleges and universities, will focus on blended learning and integrating technology in the classroom. U.S. teachers will be able to earn free verified certificates upon successful course completion. Free verified certificates for students in high-need schools Students in Title I and high-need schools interested in courses to prepare for AP exams, will also be able to earn a free verified certificate from edX. Courses will be available on edx.org over the next 12 months. EdX partners participating in the ConnectED initiative include: Teacher professional development: Boston University Davidson College Georgetown University Harvard University MIT Rice University Teachers College, Columbia University University of Texas Arlington University of Texas Austin University of Texas System Courses to prepare for AP exams: Boston University Cooper Union Davidson College Georgetown University Tennessee Board of Regents Rice University UC Berkeley Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
10 steps to promoting diversity in gaming
The key to successfully using games for education, say experts, is in promoting a diverse “ecosystem” of gameplay complete with codes of conduct.
Study demonstrates math program’s impact on students
Just one year of education technology in classrooms can move a school that was performing at the 50th percentile in the state up to the 66th percentile in the state, according to a study released by the independent education research firm WestEd and the nonprofit MIND Research Institute. WestEd measured the impact of MIND’s ST Math program in 209 second through fifth grades – including more than 19,980 students at 129 California schools across California – that fully implemented the program in a blended learning environment. The report used several models to measure ST Math’s impact. Those grades using ST Math for one year exhibited 6.3 percent more students scoring proficient or better on the CST, compared to those at similar schools without the program. Getting students to score proficient on the state test meets the No Child Left Behind requirements. (Next page: Breaking down the ST Math program's impact) The study found that almost all of the improvement was reflected in increases in students scoring advanced, not merely proficient, on the tests. Students in those classes using ST Math exhibited advanced CST math scores at a rate that was, on average, 5.6 percentage points higher than others. “It’s now a given in education that we will somehow put digital devices into the hands of every K-12 student in every classroom in America, yet people still wonder if technology can actually improve student learning at scale, and there is a dearth of research in this area,” said Andrew R. Coulson, chief strategist at MIND Research Institute. “This report provides compelling evidence that technology indeed helps students learn and, importantly, show results on high stakes assessments – at least if you have a pedagogically effective approach, properly designed software, and teacher support for faithful implementation.”
#Gamergate—and what it means for gaming in education
Games, but especially games for education, need to allow for gender equality and freedom of expression, say gaming experts.
‘Let it Code’ with Frozen-inspired coding
On Nov. 19, Code.org unveiled a computer science tutorial featuring heroines Anna and Elsa from The Walt Disney Company’s film “Frozen.” The tutorial kicks off the second annual Hour of Code campaign, a worldwide effort to broaden participation in computer science – especially by girls – during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 8-14, 2014. Thanks to Disney Interactive, students will learn to write code that enables Disney Infinity versions of Disney’s “Frozen” characters Anna and Elsa to draw snowflakes and snowmen and perform magical “ice craft” in Code.org’s signature lesson for the Hour of Code 2014. The tutorial aims to teach logic and math and nurtures creative thinking through introductory computer programming. Role-model technologists and celebrities, including Polyvore CEO Jess Lee, Microsoft engineer Paola Mejia, app developer and model Lyndsey Scott, and model Karlie Kloss, provide short video lectures to guide students through the one-hour activity. Students will be able to share their artwork online or with friends through a unique link. “As a parent, I know firsthand how excited kids are over Disney’s ‘Frozen,’” said Hadi Partovi, co-founder of Code.org. “Our entire team is grateful for Disney Interactive’s tireless support of the Hour of Code, which provides students an entry point into the world of creativity that opens up when they build technology for the first time.” “Disney Interactive shares Code.org’s passion to unleash the creative potential within all of us and we’re proud that the Disney characters will help children grow and learn important skills," said Jimmy Pitaro, president of Disney Interactive. “Computer science and coding literacy are vital to our children’s future and we applaud Code.org for making computer science education more widely available.” Along with this collaboration, Disney is donating $100,000 to support Code.org’s efforts to bring computer science education to afterschool programs nationwide. Disney Interactive will host Hour of Code events for local students at their Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Seattle, and Kelowna, British Columbia offices.
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