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2014 Summer Technology Institute breaks records
NNNC’s STI event drew more than 375 people to the Lifelong Learning Center in Norfolk on May 28-29, 2014. Keynote speaker Leslie Fisher packed the house, sharing tips on photography, technology, gadgets, flipping classrooms and more. More than 80 presentations and workshops were offered for teachers of all grade and skill levels. A Chromebook, as well as iTunes gift cards, were awarded as door prizes.

Athletes earn first-place finishes at state track
Kudos to Austin Hegge of Wausa (long jump, 100m dash, 200m dash) and Griffon Kalin of Hartington (300m hurdles) for their first-place finishes in boys Class D state track. In girls Class C, congrats go to the Crofton girls team. Also earning first-place finishes were the 3200m relay team of Kelsey Sanger, Monica Arens, Quinn Wragge and Allison Arens of Crofton and the 1600m relay team of Allison Arens, Maria Wortmann, Kelsey Sanger and Quinn Wragge of Crofton. In girls Class B, Ashton Schweers of Wayne brought home first place in the high jump. Congrats to all of the student athletes who competed at the state track and field championships in Omaha!

Area schools make national list of best schools
A shout-out to Crofton High School, Hartington High School, Pender High School, Randolph High School, Wakefield High School and Wausa High School. They made U.S. News & World Report’s list of the nation’s best schools. The schools received the bronze award for high-performing schools based on state exam performance. Way to go!

Thanks to those who completed our annual survey
Each year, ESU #1 distributes a survey to school administrators and staff so we can improve the services we offer. ESU #1 would like to thank the 440 respondents who participated in the 2013-14 survey. Your answers and comments make a difference. All comments are being reviewed by the administrative team for action, changes or clarification. A summary of actions or changes will be communicated to area schools and also linked to next year’s survey. It is always ESU #1’s intent to partner with the 25 K-12 school districts in our service area to meet changing needs through professional trainings, support and education.

Distance Learning a hybrid model in Nebraska
The 17 ESU administrators approved the BlendED initiative in April 2013. The BlendED initiative is a modern version of barn raising as technologists from across the state have committed time and work to boosting the use of technology as a tool to positively impact teaching and learning in our state. Check out the ESUCC’s Distance Learning year-end report to find out more about the BlendED initiative — as well as SAFARI Montage roll-out, LOR and LDAP efforts, Network Nebraska, video conferencing for desktop and mobile devices and much more.

Using Data to Guide Action for School Improvement
“Using Data to Guide Action for School Improvement” was a collaborative project between the Nebraska Department of Education, the Nebraska ESU Coordinating Council and North Central Comprehensive Center. A Data Guidebook and Facilitators’ Guide were generated from this project and piloted by three northeast Nebraska schools — Niobrara, South Sioux City and Walthill.


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ESU #1 Tech Help Desk
ESU #1 employees facing computer problems may now utilize our new Help Desk feature to submit a request for assistance and/or service. Click HERE to visit the ESU #1 Help Desk.

Virtual Training Library
ESU #1 is excited to introduce our new Virtual Training Library! The virtual library will include a collection of instructional and informational videos for reference. Videos will be continually added, so be sure to visit often. Check out the Virtual Training Library, and also visit the ESU #1 YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/NebraskaESU1.

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