ESU #11 staff members have chosen to participate in the Live Healthy Nebraska 100-Day Wellness Challenge. This challenge is providing the opportunity for people to get active and become conscious of the lifestyle decisions that are made on a daily basis. The program incorporates a fun, team-centric approach, to encourage participants to make positive choices when it comes to physical activity, weight loss, and nutrition. The challenge began January 23rd and will conclude May 1, 2012.
On January 30, 2012, ESU #11 held an Adobe Acrobat X Pro workshop. Adobe® Acrobat® X Pro software allows one to communicate easier, faster, and better with PDF. As a result, productivity is increased because one is able to edit and reuse content, streamline reviews, and quickly create fillable PDF forms with rich media included. In addition, one can share information more securely and gather team feedback more efficiently. The facilitator for the day was Linda Dickeson, Distance Learning Coordinator for Lincoln Public Schools. Linda has been an Adobe Education Leader (AEL) since 2004, and is the author of the CLICKstep Training books for Education.
On January 19, 2012, ESU #11 held a photography workshop. This workshop was facilitated by “The Camera Doctor,” Alan Mais. This training was specifically designed for students and teachers who have digital application and yearbook responsibilities. During the course of this half-day, participants learned about the basics of taking pictures, how to operate their specific camera, the variety of accessories that are available for their camera, how to troubleshoot a variety of problems, and the proper care of cameras and prints.
On January 17, 2012, Educational Service Unit #11 provided a “Teachers Teaching Teachers” workshop. This workshop was facilitated by a local teacher of mathematics, Dan Schaben, and was requested as a result of a session that was held at the ESU #11 2011 Fall Conference. The primary focus of this workshop was to instruct math teachers on how to utilize GeoGebra in the classroom.
GeoGebra is a free, multi-platform dynamic mathematics software program for all levels of education that joins geometry, algebra, tables, graphing, statistics and calculus into one easy-to-use package. During the course of this workshop, participants learned the basic skills required to use GeoGebra; created and designed professional looking tests and worksheets; incorporated dynamic graphics on moodle or other web spaces; and learned how to use GeoGebra as a tool to incorporate reasoning and sense making skills in the mathematics classroom.
On January 4, 2012, ESU #11 hosted a writing seminar that was facilitated by nationally known presenter and Nebraska educator Ron Coniglio. As a classroom teacher for the past 30 years, Ron has taught elementary, middle and high school as well as college level courses for the University of Nebraska. In his capacity as a teacher trainer, he has worked with teachers in forty-nine states and numerous foreign countries. During this training, Ron shared his very own highly regarded and widely acclaimed writing strategies and techniques that included content revision, visual writing prompts, cognitive blocks, “Bella” dialogue, and lesson scaling for instructional modalities.