As school begins, there are a multitude of blogs, tweets, articles and possibly even face to face discussions about what is the ‘best’ educational technology to adopt. Trying to keep up can be daunting. Have you read “Khan Academy Adds PreSchool Education,” “Back To School Apps You Need to Know”? or “The Classrooms of Tomorrow are in Your Browser”? CTN has retweeted its own share of top “10” App lists and Back to School checklists.  Dr. Frangella, Associate Superintendent details the diocesan push into technology in her Tablet article http://thetablet.org/world-of-opportunities-await-students/   For many schools opening boxes of Chromebooks and iPads, the learning curve can create a level of anxiety.

Remember, we are here for you…..continue to use CTN as your technology resource. Paying for your license to use 3 key, nationally recognized digital teaching tools is a fleeting responsibility – that is done already. The real work – our ministry – is meeting with, training, mentoring and yes, learning, from the teachers in the diocese. Angela Russell and Laura Hickey made a remarkable amount of visits to schools last year. They are available to principals, individual teachers and full faculty groups on terms that fit your needs.

Angela and Laura continue to be available to guide new teachers through the basics of using Learn360, Mathletics and EducationCity. For those looking for the next steps, join our training on Data Driven Instruction, Integrating with Google Classroom and Infusing Catholic Media into the classroom. Our expertise is evolving along with your needs, so if you are Google, iOS or Android, CTN works for you.

We will have lots to share in the next month. Look for emails about exciting tech opportunities, and our first newsletter. We may have a promotional event or two up our sleeve.

Finally, a prayer for the new year:

Loving God,
Our creator, our savior, our companion,
bless this journey of a new school year that we undertake today.
Refresh our souls
and renew our spirits
as we embrace the beautiful ministry you have called us to.
We welcome those who are new to this community and
ask that you strengthen them to share the wonderful gifts you have given them.
Lord, make our hearts pure as we prepare for the return of students to school,
and may you guide them to return with open hearts and minds eager to learn.

We ask this in Your name,
Amen

(St. Mary’s Press:  smp.org)

Gina Krainchich, Director of Educational Media Services