Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

As a people we have a tendency to focus on things that don't measure up or things that we don't have. Today I want us to be mindful of the things we have to be thankful for:

  1. Our students: Unique individuals with hopes and dreams and plans for the future that we as an educational institution can assist on that journey.
  2. Our staff: Dedicated professionals who are willing to do whatever it takes to help students learn.
  3. Our community:  People who realize the importance of education to the future of our world and who take an active interest in our schools and work very hard to help with the education of our students.
  4. Our technology: Technology available for student learning that has more than doubled in the past four years. Technology that allows our students to collaborate, communicate, create, problem-solve, think critically, and manage information. Technology that allows us to expand educational opportunities outside the four walls of our district buildings.
We as a school are so lucky to have the resources and support that we have to effectively educate each young person of our community and "to provide opportunities for each individual to develop the ability and the desire to become a confident, competent and responsible contributor to our society."

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with time to reflect on just how blessed we in the Storm Lake Community School District are.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tablets for Education

Dear Apple--Don't make your devices, services, and apps so proprietary.

Dear Android Developers--Always allow us to set Internet proxies, so we can run the tablets through our Internet filters.

Thank you!