Monday, October 28, 2013

Parent Academy Website

We have launched a new website at Mid-Prairie - Parent Academy. Our goal with this site is to provide parents with resources to support them as they work with their children in our digital world.

This site currently focuses on the Middle School 1:1 Pilot program with Chromebooks.  We will attempt to reflect the changing technology status of Mid-Prairie schools.  That is a fancy way of saying - stay tuned as Mid-Prairie's technology use continues to evolve.

As we build the site there will be more tabs across the top of the home page linking to topics of importance. Currently there are only 2 tabs as illustrated in this image.  The schedule will keep you up to date on upcoming Middle School Parent Academy events. All parents are invited - although some will focus more on chromebooks and the 7th graders. That will be noted in the schedule.  The second tab links to an online powerpoint presentation including videos presented by our Washington County Investigator, Chad Ellis.  Chad, a Mid-Prairie grad, has met with 6-8 graders for the past few years speaking on the same subject.  This was his first opportunity to also meet with parents.  A FAQ of the question and answer time will be coming soon to this page.

We welcome parent and staff requests for information as we add to this page. We hope to include short video tutorials as well as pertinent websites.

Contact me at with suggestions or concerns.

Friday, October 11, 2013

ITEC: Des Moines, October 13-15

It is time for ITEC again!
 It's a great technology conference in Des Moines. One that I have been attending for a lot of years. I especially like it because the workshop presenters vary from tech people to classroom teachers and mixtures of both.  I have learned so much over the years!

Frank and I decided it would be a good idea for us to present this year!  So, our presentation, Instructional Coaching in a Digital Age, will be on Tuesday morning.

Our goal is to describe our position a bit and then talk about the projects that we have been involved in and share some of our resources.

This is a link to our presentation.  We are thrilled to show off what is happening at Mid-Prairie.  There are lots of great things!!