Betterment hears facts about One-to-OneBy Rachel Mendell
Superintendent Kathy Jenney, along with the help of two 7th grade students, presented the One-to-One project to the Galion Area Betterment Commission during their April meeting.
Students Gabe Makeever and Danielle Schieber told the members of Betterment how they use their laptops in school and how it has helped them in their classes.
In a pilot program, 75 high school students, 25 fifth grade students and all 145 seventh graders were given laptops (MacBook and MacBook Air) to use in school and at home to aid them in their studies. The pilot has been going on for three weeks with many positive results, said Jenney. With school testing, GED testing and taxes all being completed online, students need to be able to use this tool.
Laptops are used for customizing education plans, for handing in homework electronically, for working together in group projects and for self-study. Jenney said with laptops, education can happen even on Snow Days and during Summer Break.
Jenney also said that schools are moving toward Project Based Learning. Instead of memorizing a lot of facts, facts are accumulated and used to solve new problems. Students will be taking on projects in a future four-day intensive study.
Jenney said teachers were trained on the laptops first, before the project began with the students. Teachers also visited schools that already had the One-to-One program in place such as Sandusky Perkins and Vermillion. They saw that students were more motivated and districts were seeing lower absenteeism.
The One-to-One pilot program is funded with a variety of sources including Title I funds, IDEA Funds, Rural School Grant funds, Permanent Improvement Funds and Race to the Top funds.
Parents are on-board with the program as teachers and parents work together to create the limitations needed for each student. The laptops will also help with “blended learning” which is a combination of on-site education, independent study and home-based work. Jenney said with all students and teachers connected it is easy to see how much work each student is doing in group projects as well.
Jenney said the laptops and new technology will enable district schools to work together in offering other classes such as German III and IV and expand course offerings.
Gabe Makeever noted with the laptops there is “more projects and less homework.” Danielle Schieber commented on the sticky notes (which keep track of assignments), and i-Movies, which are used in class to present projects. In the seventh grade, students are given a rubric that lists what things must be accomplished to achieve an A. Then a movie is created using all the parts of the project allowing students to be more creative.
Jenney said so far there have been no major problems. “The seventh grade kids have been incredibly responsible.” She went on to say that the staff has learned they have a greater obligation to teach students how to be safe on sites such as Facebook, Youtube and Google Plus, instead of just locking those sites down.
Jenney invited Betterment to the May 2 technology night where the students will show off what they have learned.
In other Betterment business, Gene Toy reported the project of the upgrade of the wastewater treatment plant has begun. Soon there will be another project started on State Route 61 – Ohio Department of Transportation will begin utility upgrades and replace the bridge by JenCor.
Doug Weisenauer reported that the Power Citing Board ruled in favor of the wind farm project and gave it the go-ahead. He also reported legislation in the works for deep well drilling, fracking, and how citizens will benefit from it. When asked if there is drilling in Crawford County, Weisenauer said not yet, but there are leases in place. He commented that technology is moving so fast, that many methods used in drilling are now outdated.
The county is considering pulling out the recycling trailers at East Park due to the mess left over the weekends. He said the problem is that the trailer is too small and there is no one to police it on the weekend.
Jerry Morasko said the remodeling of the cardiac rehab is going well, which will now be in the front of the hospital. The parking lot rebuild should be done in three or four weeks and fix the problem was with hospital access on to Portland Way. When finished, the entrance will take drivers in a loop and traffic should flow better.
Barbara Abraham said this was her last Betterment meeting representing the hospital auxiliary. Patty Rice Groth will be the new president. It was a productive year, said Abraham. The Auxiliary was able to purchase two patient monitors, another machine that five health providers will use and two chest vests for patients having breathing problems. They were also able to purchase a new chair for the ultrasound room. In all the hospital auxiliary raised $40,000 for the hospital’s needs.
Elaine Hottenroth announced the high school musical played to a sold out crowd all three performances. “The kids loved being in the facility (Galion Community Threatre),” said Hottenroth. Kids ran the equipment and were excited to be there. Hottenroth added they also kept the Theatre clean.
Betterment was reminded of the Good Friday Service at 7 p.m. at the Theatre Friday, April 6. Tryouts for the Theatre’s June production of “1776” will be April 14 and 15.
Dr. Steven Novack, reported the flu season was done, but there is a cold season still hanging on. The Health Department is remodeling. Novack reminded Betterment of the Town Hall Meeting April 19.
Amber Wertman invited Betterment to the Easter Egg Hunt at the Galion Historical Society April 7 at 10 a.m. She said plans for the April 22 Cemetery Walk are coming together nicely with everyone working together.
Don Trigg reminded Betterment of the National Day of Prayer being celebrated at the Heise Park memorial May 3. In case of rain, the prayer will move to Galion Alliance Church.
Vicki Eckenrod announced the annual poetry contest this month celebrating National Poetry Month. Then next week is National Library Week and the Galion Library is celebrating with a café Monday, April 9 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. She reminded everyone to get out their cameras and take photos of letters found around Galion for the library’s A-Z Photography Contest. On April 21, the Morrow County Sheriff will offer a presentation of their K-9 program. On April 26, the library will have the Red Carpet Premier of the Teen Trailer Contest.
Jenney said on Wednesday, April 4, at 3:45 p.m. there will be a meeting of the New Booster Bingo. On Saturday, April 14, the school will offer an electronic recycling day at the high school from 9 a.m. – noon.
Dennis Crim reported Rotary starting plans for the Fourth of July weekend. The Independence Day celebration will be on July 1st. Rotary is offering associate memberships – no dues required.
Jean Plack reminded Betterment of the HomeCare Matters Celebrity Dinner at William Crawford School.
Laura Smith of United Way announced a Friends and Family Night April 24 at Crossroads Candles. United Way had a successful cook-out at Covert and is seeking ways to get into other businesses.
Jill Lee of Community Action reported a successful Farmer’s Market recently with 113 families served in 35 minutes. This time the volunteers handed out recipes with the produce.
Betterment was reminded of the Chamber Breakfast April 10 at 7:30 a.m. at the Free Methodist Christian Life Center on Portland Way North.
Members of the Betterment Commission are Joe Kleinknecht — Chamber of Commerce, Dave Williamson — Economic Development, Gene Toy — City of Galion, Terry Gribble — Community Center YMCA, Doug Weisenauer – Crawford County, Jerry Morasko – Galion Community Hospital, Barbara Abraham – Galion Hospital Auxiliary, Elaine Hottenroth – Galion Community Theatre, Inc., Dr. Stephen Novack – Galion Health Department, Amber Wertman – Galion Historical Society, Pastor Don Trigg – Galion Ministerial Association, Vicki Eckenrod – Galion Public Library/Kiwanis, Kathy Jenney – Galion Public Schools, Dennis Crim – Galion Rotary, Jean Plack – Golden Age Center, Glenn Cheesman — Polk Township, Brian Treisch – Galion Alumni/Alumni Band, Laura Smith – United Way, Jill Lee – Galion Community Action.
The next meeting of the Galion Area Betterment Commission will be Monday, May 7 at noon in the Galion Community Hospital cafeteria.