Springdale Elementary is organizing an “Open Arm Alliance”, which will be presenting opportunities for the general public to come into our school and take advantage of programs and events that will benefit you and your community. Springdale Elementary is your community school. We are striving to meet the needs of the community in addition to the needs of students of all ages and their parents.
On Sept. 22nd, the students presented the Leader In Me Program to their parents and interested community members. On October 27th at 6:00, we will have Derick Larsen present “The Six Technology Tools Everyone Should Be Using.” Whether you are a techie person or a techno-novice, there are a number of online tools available to help you increase your productivity and perfect your computer skills.
This session will cover five main technology areas: storage solutions, password management, bookmarking, information gathering, and information sharing. Each of the five areas will include multiple options to help allow for both flexibility of choice and availability of assortment. The different areas contain multiple tools, including; online flash drives, applications to help you remember your different passwords, the ability to save your Internet bookmarks to multiple web browsers and computers, sharing your bookmarks with others, RSS feeds, blogs, wikis, Twitter, and URL shorteners. Each of the areas will contain both free and paid versions of tools allowing everyone the opportunity to use the products regardless of finances.
Derek is a 4th grade teacher in Southern Utah. He also serves as a member of the SUECONUtah Committee and the UCET Board, which he really enjoys. Derek was awarded the 2014 UCET Outstanding Young Educator of the Year, an award presented to an outstanding young educator, in the first ten years of their teaching career, who demonstrates vision, innovation, action, and transformation using technology to improve teaching and learning.
Derek is a moderator for #UTedChat, an education chat focused on Utah educators, which happens every Wednesday @ 9pm MDT. Come on by and join the conversation, non-Utahns, and non-educators, are welcome as well.
Derek feels that technology is one of the most crucial aspects of teaching now. The students are excited by it and look forward to it. If teachers can find ways to harness technology in their classrooms, they will be better able to reach students and help them to catch the excitement of education and learning.
If this class is well attended, Springdale Elementary’s Open Arms Alliance will offer monthly technology classes specific to your needs and interests. Activities will be provided for students and other family members attending with their parents or grandparents. Do not miss this unique opportunity.
- Principal Snodgress
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