Monthly Archives: July 2009

Congratulations, Dorothy!

Dorothy WhiteAfter nearly 20 years at Cooperating School Districts– her first day of work was July 9, 1990- Dorothy White is retiring! As a Certified Special Events Professional and a Certified Meeting Planner, Dorothy works on the Midwest Education Technology Conference, the Character Education Conference, the Support Staff Institute (and Mini-Conference) and the Executive Professional Academy.

Luckily for us, she will continue coming in once a week to help work on the conferences, institutes and academies. You might also see Dorothy around town, cycling for the Kaldi’s Bike team, which raises money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Their team brought in the most in donations in 2008, and they hope to continue that leadership in 2009.

Congratulations and good luck to Dorothy!


Thanks, Stacey

Stacey FranksThe Virtual Learning Center is sad to say Stacey Franks is leaving her full-time position at Cooperating School Districts at the end of this week. Early next year, she and her husband will be relocating to Kansas. In the meantime, Stacey will be teaching some of the tele classes this fall and winter, so she’ll be around. And of course, you can always find her in Second Life! Best of luck to her.

Using SMART Response in the Classroom

SMART Response | SMART Board

NEW CLASS! What’s all the buzz about “clicker” systems in the classroom? SMART Response (formerly called Senteo) is an interactive response system combining handheld wireless remotes (or clickers), a receiver and powerful assessment software that allows you to create tests and manage, track, and evaluate the results. This system integrates seamlessly with the SMART Board, but must be purchased separately.

Come learn on March 11, 2010 how to set up formative & summative assessments for your students and obtain immediate results that can be used to guide instruction. In the first half of the class, learn the basics of the hardware and software. In the second half of this all-day workshop, you will have an opportunity to create your own assessments either from scratch or by tweaking downloaded question sets. Questions about content? Contact Martha Bogart. To register for this workshop, visit the tele website. This class is $138 for CSD members and $214 for nonmembers.


So, “can you hear me now?”

Flickr - Creative Commons - PhoneHere’s a little bit of technology trivia for you:

On this day in 1914, transcontinental telephone service began (!) with the first phone conversation between New York and San Francisco. That was 95 years ago! Makes you wonder what folks in 2104 will read about- or how they will- when “this day in history, 95 years ago,” comes up…