June 13, 2016 e-News


In This Issue...

  1. Renew Today to Win a Classroom Makeover!
  2. Spring/Summer 2016 Voice
  3. Salaries, Bonuses Class Sizes and More
  4. Summer Discounts and Deals from PENC Partners
  5. Nominate an Effective Teacher for ECET2
  6. Summer Learning Fun

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Renew Today to Win a Classroom Makeover!

Renew your PENC membership for the 2016-17 school year before October 31st and automatically be entered to win one of four $250 classroom makeover giveaways!

Click HERE to renew now!

Spring/Summer 2016 Voice

Explore the Spring/Summer 2016 edition of The Voice to learn more about the benefits of game based learning and assessments, new offerings from PENC, scholarship and grant winners and more! 

Salaries, Bonuses, Class Sizes and More

A comprehensive summary of education provisions from the 2016-17 NC State Budget, including salaries, bonuses, class sizes, new pilot programs, allotments & funding, professional development and more can be found HERE

Summer Discounts and Deals from PENC Partners

PENC has numerous partnerships with companies to provide our members with discounted tickets to attractions such as Carowinds, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Six Flags and more! We also have partnerships with rental car companies and hotels to offer discounts on travel and lodging. Click here to sign in and view a full list of offerings and discount instructions.





Nominate an Effective Teacher for ECET2

You are invited to nominate emerging teacher leaders and/or yourself to the first ever ECET2 Carolinas event in Charlotte Oct. 1-2.This event is designed to (as the name suggests) Elevate and Celebrate Effective Teachers & Teaching. It will be at no-cost to educators and will feature keynote speakers and breakout sessions from NC & SC's finessed teacher leaders and public school advocates.This is one of hundreds of such regional events, born out of a desire to provide a forum for exceptional teachers to learn from one another and to celebrate the teaching profession. Your support would allow us to build the capacity of teachers to better serve students in the Carolinas

After the nominations, a brief application will be sent to the nominees. Please nominate as many people as you would like and send to your colleagues to do the same. Our goal is 100 emerging leaders from NC & SC.

Click HERE to submit a nomination by August 10th.

Summer Learning Fun

The clock ticks, students count down, and the doors to the school fly open.  Kids run out into the sunshine to begin one of the greatest childhood rites of passage.  Summer!

Swimming, summer camps, cookouts, and vacation are all on the docket.  Fun is in.  Learning is out.

But what about all the hard work these kids put in all year long?  Will it all be lost in the warm glow of the sun and reflection of the water?  Yes.  All the skills taught will go to the wayside.  We joke of course.

Our kids will not fall completely off the bandwagon of knowledge.  Summer, however, brings up a great opportunity for expanded learning opportunities even if your kid tends to want to bury themselves in a device.

Here are just a few technology based ideas to engage learners of all ages during summer.

Explore a map.  If you are traveling this summer, fire up the app for Google Maps and have your student help map out your route.  Look at the geography of the land.  Talk about key locations and discuss the cultural aspects of where you are traveling.  A fun feature of Google Maps is the “Explore” button.  It brings up street level views of key places where you are traveling.  Want to toss in a little Math?  Place pushpins on the places traveled and then have your student measure distance using a map legend and scale.  If your learner is a bit younger, take a look at the unique animals that might live in the area.  A simple Google search can yield that information for you.

Become a weather expert.  You never know, you might just have the next Channel 4 Meteorologist in your house.  The Weather Channel and others have amazing applications across all types of devices that look at weather.   Have your child journal the temperature, rainfall, pollen counts, dew point, or even humidity (for those in the south).   Base what they journal by their age and understanding.  Have them discuss what patterns they are seeing or what they notice over time and why they think certain things are happening.  You can combine this with our first suggestion as well for a really cool lesson.  Once again, there is a Math lesson imbedded in this as well.  For example, you could graph and plot change in temperature and rainfall by day over the course of a month.

Start coding.  Coding is a skill that taps into a student’s creativity and teaches multiple skills that can carry across many subjects.  Plus its fun!  Many cities, libraries, school systems, and local entities offer summer programs or camps that teach the basics of coding. 

Start a summer business.  One great way to learn is run your own company.  Use common technology to help your kids fire up that lemonade stand, lawn mowing, or pet walking business.  Amazing skills and learning can take place in Word and Excel even when they do not realize they are learning.  For a math lesson, help make a spreadsheet to track sales and expenses and discuss basics of profit and loss.  To expand writing and typing skills, build a flyer in Word to be distributed to potential new clients, your neighbors.  Have an overachiever in your house?  Nothing wrong with them building a PowerPoint to demonstrate their business prowess!

No matter what you have planned for summer, there are fun and creative ways to have your students engage and learn throughout summer.  Technology is a great tool to do this but creativity always yields the best lessons.

Enjoy the summer and have fun learning!

Submitted by: Joseph Dulaney, Matific

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