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Unplugged Resources

  • 1.  Unplugged Resources

    Posted 04-08-2020 10:00
    Hello fellow educators. I hope you are all doing well and are healthy. I am a staff development specialist in New York State. I currently work with 27 school districts, many that are rural. I am going Eric Clapton Unplugged here and am looking for anything that can support my districts who otherwise do not have Internet. What are your successes? What resources have you been using? What about accountability.

    Specifically- do you have any resources for physical education and music?

    Thank you in advance!
    ~Aimee

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    Aimee Bloom
    Staff Development Specialist
    Erie 2-BOCES
    abloom@e2ccb.org
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  • 2.  RE: Unplugged Resources

    PLN Leader
    Posted 04-09-2020 07:48
    Hi Aimee!  Here is a website that outlines 21 basic ideas.  This might be a good starting point:  https://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/21-ways-to-entertain-and-educate-children-without-technology.html


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    Laurie Guyon
    Assistant Coordinator for Model Schools
    WSWHE BOCES
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  • 3.  RE: Unplugged Resources

    Posted 04-09-2020 09:51
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    I just did a webinar on Remote Learning and PE this week...I'm attaching a PDF of the presentation...please feel free to reach out. Hope this helps in some way!

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    Jessica Torres
    Ed Specialist
    ESC Region 12
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  • 4.  RE: Unplugged Resources

    Posted 04-10-2020 08:35
    Thank you so much for sharing this. I like the BINGO board idea..... I meet with these awesome peeps once a week. I have worked with teachers making choice boards and DOK- maybe we create this based on exertion?  Now my mind is going!

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    Aimee Bloom
    Staff Development Specialist
    Erie 2-BOCES
    abloom@e2ccb.org
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  • 5.  RE: Unplugged Resources

    PLN Leader
    Posted 04-09-2020 17:20
    Hi Aimee,
    I have been thinking about your question over the past day as you certainly have a challenging situation.  In some rural areas, issuing hotspots and a device is a solution but that is not always feasible.  Even if a family is issued a hotspot, in many rural areas there simply isn't coverage.  Other districts are printing curriculum packages and having school bus drivers deliver them to remote areas and then pick up the work later to give to teachers.  This is also a solution that works for some but can be logistically challenging as well.   For many rural students without internet, the main connection to the outside world is through radio and television.  I was wondering if there might be an opportunity to utilize public access television channels or perhaps a local radio station for educational purposes.   It would take a bit of work to set up, but what if a the principal of a rural school broadcasted an inclusive message every morning with perhaps some words of encouragement and even some academic challenges/projects.  It would also be easy for an individual educator to record a greeting/instructions at home and send it to the radio station to play.  If a public access television channel was willing, a principal and/or teachers could send them a short video to have played at a certain time every day.    Of course general instructions for different subjects/grade levels could be transmitted too.

    Above all, this crisis can be very isolating -- especially for rural students who have school as their main source of interaction.  I would suggest that teachers/staff call all students to check in, and do this more than once.  If there was a chance to air some educational messages on the radio, a phone call could alert families to this news.

    I am a big fan of the opportunities that the internet has to offer.  With that said, I know that the radio and spoken word still have a magical power (without all of the popup adds, social media, and open tabs for distractions!). I volunteered in an isolated village decades ago and my only connection to the larger outside world was a radio.  I looked forward to the international news each day and it made me feel a bit more connected.   If it is at all possible, I would explore trying to schedule some regular time on the radio (or public access television) in order to reach out to rural students.   You definitely have a challenging job, as I imagine that school buildings are closed for the rest of the year (they are now closed in Oregon and Washington for the rest of the year).  Best of luck -- please let us know how it turns out!

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    Matthew Hiefield
    Teacher on Special Assignment
    Westview High School
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  • 6.  RE: Unplugged Resources

    Posted 04-10-2020 08:49
    Matthew, thank you so much for this. Yes. I have one district in particular who are not allowed to use technology whatsoever because so much of their population do not have Internet. In speaking with a few teachers yesterday, cell phone coverage is scarce as well. They want equity of learning within their district and decided as a unified front to not use tech. Yet many schools (including my personal children) were equipped with devices, and offered free-limited Internet, They can't get Internet, not even free, because there is NO Internet. My heart bleeds because of inequities in education that occurred before this pandemic are only screaming louder now. Some children are attending school as if this pandemic was a hiccup, others are creating systems like we are building the plane while flying that plane in the air, and then there are those who are hoping their students have heat (and I have to say that as it is snowing in Buffalo today). I had a teacher during my call yesterday thank me for setting up our virtual meetings and then choked back tears when she said "I just don't know what I am doing." We are all lost sheep, I explained.

    The radio concept is a great idea. I wonder how to get that off the ground? They distribute food (like all districts) to their students daily and have been providing them with materials that way. But having instruction via radio- now that is something I never thought of!

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    Aimee Bloom
    Staff Development Specialist
    Erie 2-BOCES
    abloom@e2ccb.org
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  • 7.  RE: Unplugged Resources

    Posted 04-10-2020 10:23
    Hi, Aimee,

    You are not alone with this issue.  I hope that our current situation is able to bring attention to the importance of internet access as necessities and not privileges for our students.

    We have a few students who do not have internet or limited internet.  To address this, we have put in place two supports:

    1. We reached out to local internet suppliers who were able to get us hot spots to deliver to students who needed internet assistance.
    2. We have delivered traditional paper packets to students.  Our bus drivers pick up and drop off assigned homework to those students without internet access.

    Hope this helps,

    Marcy

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    Marcy Brugger
    Dist. Technology Integration Specialist
    Elmwood 322
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