Agenda - 9:00 a.m.

  1. Approval of December 10, 2013 minutes
  2. Staff Development
  3. Instructional Materials
  4. Northeast Nebraska Career Academy Project – Makala Williams
  5. Distance Learning
  6. Technology report
  7. Special Education
  8. Discussion items: LB682
  9. Next meeting date (April 15, 2014)

Staff Development

Direct Link

NENCAP - Makala Williams


Instructional Materials

  • Online media on demand quick comparison:
    • PowerMedia Plus 1,500 streamed or downloaded videos vs.
    • Learn360 6,000 streamed or downloaded videos.
  • Implementing weeding process for old VHS tapes.
  • eLibrary:
    • Ainsworth, Rock County, and Valentine successfully implemented.
    • Cody/Kilgore- struggled with compatibility issues (Kindle PaperWhites)
  • Distance Learning
    • March 5th Holocaust presentation
    • President's Day VFT- Ainsworth & Rock County


  • Update on 1:1 Meeting
    • Life of the iPad
    • Discussion about the usage fee charges prior to issuing student iPads
  • Bright Bytes
  • Learning Web Update
    • Ainsworth's High School Team is using the iBook Author program to create a book about the Niobrara River Fires
    • Grant was not funded for the Learning Web project this year.
  • Upcoming Workshops
    • Google with the iPad--March 5, 2014. FREE
    • NCSA/TAG Bootcamps--April 4 Omaha, April 8 Scottsbluff, April 9 Kearney, April 10 Norfolk, April 11 Omaha
    • NETA--April 24 & 25, 2014. Cost $125 if registered before March 21, 2014 then $150
    • Summer Tech Institute--May 28 & 29, 2014. Cost $30
    • Great Plains Google Summit--July 17 & 18, 2014. Cost $199
    • Meeting this week to plan for our 2nd Fall Tech Conference
  • Cyber Bullying
    • Recent Twitter problems
    • Karen Hasse presentation
    • How often do teacher talk to the students
  • Recent Email Problems
    • Server located @ ESU 2
    • Currently selecting new Spam filter
  • Possible eRate equipment discount

Administration/Special Education

LB 682

Department Reviews

Department Summaries
  • Instructional Media
    • Department Overview: Learn360, WorldBook, Visual Thesaurus, tangible circulating collection, eLibrary; Email; 1:1 setup & integration; Technology support & troubleshooting; Distance Learning activities.
    • Current Activities: eLibrary, weeding tangible circulation, website update.
  • Technology Training and Integration
    • Department Overview:The Technology Department works collaboratively with other agency departments in the coordination and communication of adult learner opportunities. The Technology Department assists school districts with technology planning, purchasing and maintenance, technology training, distance learning opportunities, and data collection and reporting. The ESU contracts tech integration services on site.
    • Current Activities: Provide training on the integration of technology in all core curriculum areas. Train and assist school districts on how they can utilize technology to collect and disseminate student performance data. Assist districts with interventions and training plans based on student data. Provide one to one teacher assistance with technology integration. Assist with the utilization of the PolyCom and DL equipment to enhance the educational opportunities for area students.
  • Technology Infrastructure
    • Department Overview: A
    • Current Activities: B
  • Staff Development
    • Department Overview: School Improvement; Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Carl Perkins Grant; Professional Development and Graduate Credit; NDE Initiative support (C4L, Teacher/Principal Evaluation Pilot, Data Dashboard Pilot)
    • Current Activities: APL Instructional Skills Workshop, Perkins Design Teams, School District Steering Committee Support, Data Retreats, John Baylor Test Prep*, The Write Tools* (*future)
  • Special Education
    • Department Overview: A
    • Current Activities: B

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