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Fifty-Six Students from Upper Miami Valley Heading for State Science Day
Monday, February 29, 2016 11:26 AM -0500By: DarkeCounty ESC
One-hundred eighteen students from Miami, Darke, Shelby and Champaign Counties competed in the Ohio Academy of Science Upper Miami Valley District Science Day, held at Edison State Community College, Piqua, Ohio on Saturday, February 27, 2016. Stude
2016 Darke County Science Day Results
Monday, February 22, 2016 1:55 PM -0500By: DarkeCounty ESC
On Thursday, February 18, 2016, the 3rd Annual Darke County Science Day was held at Greenville High School for Darke County students, grades 5-12. One hundred thirteen students from Ansonia, Arcanum, Bradford, Franklin-Monroe, DeColores Montessori,
Making a Difference in the Classroom
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 7:24 AM -0500By: DarkeCounty ESC
I recently gave a presentation at the Ohio School Board Association (OSBA) [ ]Capital Conference in Columbus, Ohio. If you are interested you can access the PowerPoint and the videos I used by clicking [ h
District Science Day Results
Monday, March 30, 2015 1:49 PM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
Thirty Students from Upper Miami Valley Heading for State Science Day Eighty students from Miami, Darke, Shelby and Champaign Counties competed in the Ohio Academy of Science West District Science Day, held at Central State University, Wilberforce,
Monday, March 9, 2015 10:50 AM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
Educators, Parents, and Citizens: It seems we are in the middle of an assessment whirlwind. The PDF document below talks about large-scale assessments and the benefits and hazards. This serves as additional information on this complex issue. [Ima
Darke County Science Day is a Success!
Monday, March 9, 2015 10:45 AM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
The Second Annual Darke County Science Day was held on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Greenville High School. Seventy-four students in grades 5-12 from Ansonia, Arcanum, Bradford, Franklin-Monroe, Greenville, Tri-Village and Versailles completed scie
LIGHT Project
Thursday, February 12, 2015 1:00 PM -0500By: DarkeCounty ESC
The LIGHT Project is a new FREE program offered by the Darke County ESC and the Light Foundation. The LIGHT project is an acronym for: Literacy, Inquiry, Getting outside, Having fun and Time with family. Within this acronym is the vision and goal of
Darke County Science Day Announcement
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 2:40 PM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
Darke County Students to Complete Scientific Research On Thursday, February 26, 2015, local students will once again be presenting the results of their independent science or engineering project to qualified judges and the public. Besides learning
Letter to Representative Buchy
Thursday, August 21, 2014 1:35 PM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
Representative Buchy, It has been my experience that legislator's actions fall into one of three categories; responding to the desire of a majority of your constituents, acting in the best interest of the people, or, in some cases, preparing to get
Students Compete at State Science Day
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 3:31 PM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
I wanted to start the day/week with CONGRATULATIONS to the three Darke County Projects that were displayed/judged this past Saturday at the Ohio State Science Day. I could not be more proud! Below is the official press release. As you can see, these
The Common Core State Standards
Monday, April 28, 2014 8:17 AM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
The anti-CCSS groups have made a lot noise about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and emotions tend to run high and bury any rational discussions around the topic. Standards have been around for about 20 years now and are nothing new. They ar
Darke County Science Day Held
Monday, February 24, 2014 2:23 PM -0500By: DarkeCounty ESC
On Wednesday, February 19, 2014, the 1st Darke County Science Day was held at Greenville High School for Darke County students, grades 5-12. Forty-five students from Ansonia, Arcanum, Bradford, Greenville, Tri-Village and Versailles completed scienc
"Tis the Season
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 9:21 AM -0500By: DarkeCounty ESC
[Image:121013_102329_0.png] Take some time to view this holiday flash mob by the Air Force Band: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscree
November Web Resources Now Posted
Friday, November 1, 2013 2:02 PM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
November's web resources for selected holidays have been posted to the [ ]Darke County ESC's home page. The following links have been chosen to expand the original list and represent web sites emphasizing the four core c
DCESC Website and Additional Links
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 12:10 PM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
Maybe you didn't know....the Darke County Educational Service Center's homepage ( changes every month! Not only is the site updated to reflect a new graphic each month, but several monthly holidays are posted with links to
What Is Third Grade Guarantee?
Thursday, May 30, 2013 10:36 AM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
* Please note that this story is a piece of fiction written to help describe the effects the Third Grade Guarantee may have on various children in kindergarten through third grade. Last fall, I sent two of my children to school, one to kindergarte
What It Takes To Graduate
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 9:14 AM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
What were the requirements for you to get a high school diploma?  The answer to that question varies quite dramatically depending on when you graduated.  Since we all attended a K-12 school, we think we all pretty much know how it works and what th
Constantly Raising the Bar
Monday, May 6, 2013 11:59 AM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
As a kid growing up, did your parents ever set a standard and then change it on you? Something like, “If you clean up your room then you can have your friend over”. After you cleaned your room, the rule suddenly changed when your mother said
Ohio's New Assessments
Monday, April 29, 2013 10:18 AM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
Along with the newly adopted standards, Ohio will also be implementing a new wave of assessments. I'll not argue in this writing about the pros and cons of standardized testing. That is a complex issue with facts and strong emotions on both sides.
Common Core State Standards
Friday, April 12, 2013 2:16 PM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
On June 18, 2010 the Ohio Department of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts. These standards were written by a small team of authors (about 3), that was assisted by a much larger team (about 60)
National Digital Literacy Day Message
Friday, March 22, 2013 10:38 AM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
Yesterday was National Digital Literacy Day. Below is a message I received from Tom Ferree, President and COO, Connected Nation: [Image:32213_105429_0.png] Friend, Today is Digital Literacy Day and we’re excited to be joining others in celebr
Public WiFi - What You Should Know Before You Connect
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 2:41 PM -0500By: DarkeCounty ESC
Public WiFi access is convenient for those of us with mobile devices . It means I can take my iPad, that has no data plan, with me to a restaurant and surf the web, check email and search for answers to those nagging questions that come up in conver
November Digital Learning Calendar
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 1:20 PM -0500By: DarkeCounty ESC
This entry is being posted on Election Day 2012! By the time you are reading this, I hope you have voted or have to time vote yet today. Afterwards, take time to watch the November 6th TED-Ed video, The Oddities of the First American Election.
October Digital Learning Calendar
Monday, October 1, 2012 1:14 PM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
It is indeed October 1st (where did September go?) and below is this month's Digital Learning calendar. I want to thank Mike Goubeaux, Tech Coordinator at Versailles, for links to Thursdays' educational video sites! Sundays feature blog entries for
September Digital Learning Calendar
Thursday, September 6, 2012 12:30 PM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
Stop by each day for your daily dose of technology! September's Digital Learning Calendar offers a diverse selection of web resources for the 21st Century educator. Enjoy!! September 2012 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Sat
August Digital Learning Calendar
Monday, August 27, 2012 3:56 PM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
Welcome Back to School!! Whether it's your first day back or you have a week (or two) under your belt, this seems a good time to ease back into our Digital Learning Calendar resources. From blogs to current events, take it one day at a time and exp
Dealing with Text Complexity
Monday, March 19, 2012 1:43 PM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) include an entire appendix related to the complexity of text that students are expected to read.  The standards were written on the premise that the texts that students are reading have gotten easier in the pas
Trying Something Different for a Change
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 9:11 AM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
Not long after John Kasich was elected governor of Ohio, I attended a meeting of superintendents from around the state that was led by the executive director of the educational organization to which we all belonged. During our meeting he apprised us
Add This Contact to Your Cell Phone
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 9:58 AM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
Take some time today and add a new contact to your mobile devices address book: ICE, which is an acronym for In Case of Emergency. If an emergency occurs and you were unconscious, there is no way for you to tell emergency personnel important inform
Supporting Public Education
Friday, May 25, 2012 12:15 PM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
The current state of education might be best classified as an upper level disturbance (to borrow some weather terminology) with the air being unstable and conducive to stormy conditions. • Schools are weighing the reality of the governor's budge
The More Things Change The More They Stay The Same
Monday, May 14, 2012 11:40 AM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
Last fall, I wrote a letter to all the members of the State Board of Education after reading a synopsis of a meeting they held during which they complained that too many school districts were being labeled as "Excellent" or "Excellent
The US Education System - More Food for Thought
Monday, May 7, 2012 1:49 PM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
Currently many voices are echoing the same refrain regarding education in the United States, with the message being clearly stated that we appear to be acting in direct opposition to leading education programs around the globe. In a [ http://blogs.e
Why Not Learn From the Best?
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 11:45 AM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
As everyone is well aware, education in America has been under a constant barrage of criticism since at least the 1960's, at which time President Kennedy decided it was best that politicians drive educational policy in this country. That trend has es
Mentoring to Improve Self-Esteem in Girls
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 3:22 PM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
For the second year, the Darke County ESC has partnered with 2 local elementary schools to provide a self-esteem building program to 4th grade girls. According to clinical psychologist Robin F. Goodman “Girls' self-esteem peaks when they are 9 year
April Digital Learning Calendar
Monday, April 2, 2012 3:32 PM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
This month's activities and links revolve around specific events listed for each day! Explore these web resources or use as a jumping off point and find your own related websites! April Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturd
March Digital Learning Calendar
Monday, March 12, 2012 12:36 PM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
After receiving some positive comments on the February Digital Learning calendar, I decided to create one for March!  There is a blend of professional development type sites and student interest sites, so be sure to check back each day for a new adventure.  

At the end of the month, please send an email to:    and let me know which activities you used with students, and maybe suggest possible sites and/or topics for April!

Do you remember that old riddle - "how do you eat an elephant?"....."one bite at a time!".  Same principle - "how do you create a digital learning classroom environment?"....."one day at a time!".  

There's no time like the present to get started.   :)

Check out the Wonder of the Day at Wonderopolis.  Consider making this a beginning of the day activity!
2  Read Across America Day / Dr. Seuss Birthday  Proceed to Seussville for activity ideas!
3 National Anthem Day
Explore The Star-Spangled Banner website at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
Have you added new information to your classroom website lately?  Take a few minutes today to post a great resource for your students to access!
Looking for age appropriate material for current events?  Take a look at TIME for Kids!  There are even resources for Election 2012.
This is Music in Our Schools Month!  Read this edutopia blog, Use PBL to Innovate the Music Classroom, and following some of the related links!
Have an iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad???  Search for and download a new app for students to use that supports the content you are covering in class.  Look for a free version!
Share with your students how solar storms affect us on earth!
Watch a TED Talks video.  May I recommend:  Sugata Mitra shows how kids teach themselves?
11  Daylight Savings Time Begins
Visit WebExhibits, an interactive museum of science, humanities and culture.  There you will find an exhibit on Daylight Savings Time.
Read the following article, Texting Affects Ability to Interpret Words, and then encourage your students to read more traditional print media such as books, magazines and newspapers.
Read The DCESC Technology In Education newspaper for current educational updates!  Subscribe if you like what you see!
The fluctuating spring weather brings chances of tornados. Help students understand How Tornadoes Work.
16 has videos and other resources on St. Patrick's Day that you might want to share with students.
17  St. Patrick's Day
Teach your students how to count or speak a phase in a foreign language.
Start with this video on edutopia - Classroom Exercise Makes Learning Lively - and then view the other links for this special report.
20  First Day of Spring
You might find some Lesson Ideas at EducationWorld for Celebrating Spring.
Today is Johann Sebastian Bach's birthday (1685).  I love these YouTube videos for the cool visual effects.
If you have not yet used the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives, now is the time.  Resources are organized by grade band and content standards.
"Engage your students in online literacy learning with these interactive tools that help them accomplish a variety of goals..all while having fun."
Take a look at iPad Academy's App Collections page!
Read this blog entry at The Daily Riff - Are Schools Preparing Kids for Our Age or Theirs?
Time to update your website for the week.  Consider having students create podcasts to post on the site!
Explore the website HippoCampus for free educational resources for middle school and high school students and instructors.
Pause to think - read this article "Robbing kindergartners of play in the name of reform".
Just for fun...find an online game (that supports your lesson) for your students to play.  You might start at!
You and your students can learn a new word every day by going to Merriam-Webster Word Central and clicking on the Daily Buzzword!
Send me an email and let me know what your favorite March activity was.  Include suggestions of what you would like to see in upcoming calendars!!

Lois Bunger,  Director of Technology

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Darke County Career Mentorship Program
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 3:05 PM -0500By: DarkeCounty ESC
I would like to encourage all administrators, teachers, staff and parents to talk to their students/children about participating in the Career Mentorship Program. The Darke County Educational Services offers this program, which provides two days of
Who Do You Work For?
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 2:26 PM -0500By: DarkeCounty ESC
I don't mean this question the way you probably first interpret it. Maybe it would be more accurate to say, "For Whose Benefit Do You Work"? It seems to me that I find people in two extremes concerning this issue. Those who work for thei
Suggestion - Digital Learning Month!
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 3:58 PM -0500By: DarkeCounty ESC
Today is Digital Learning Day! This day is all about, as Garfield says, empowering teachers and promoting innovation. [Image:2112_121054_0.jpg] If you didn't get the memo in time to plan digital learning activities for today, I encourage you to tak
Playing the Accountability Game
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 10:05 AM -0500By: DarkeCounty ESC
Everyone in education knows that accountability is the main focus for most school districts. No Child Left Behind (NCLB) along with individual states have set forth the expectations and performance goals that schools must meet to determine they are
A Working Model for Shared Services
Thursday, November 17, 2011 1:46 PM -0500By: DarkeCounty ESC
The Darke County ESC Administrative Team presented a session at the Capital Conference earlier this week. It was titled "A Working Model for Shared Services" and looked at ways Educational Service Centers and the districts they serve can c
What Now?
Thursday, November 10, 2011 10:48 AM -0500By: DarkeCounty ESC
With the defeat of Issue 2, SB 5 will not become effective. But the law has changed through HB 153 (Ohio's Budget Bill). So what does all this mean, as of now, for education. As prepared by OSBA legal services division, the following will now be i
REAL Success Luncheon
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 11:20 AM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
Today we celebrated the 4th annual REAL Success Luncheon. REAL means Raising Expectations for All Learners but maybe we should change the title to Reaching BEYOND Expectations for All Learners because that is what 45 students with disabilities from
A Humble Tribute To Steve Jobs
Thursday, October 6, 2011 11:03 AM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
What Do You Expect?
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 11:01 AM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
For the past couple of weeks, I have been reading the book, Teach Like a Champion. This book's tagline is: "49 Techniques That Put Students on the Path to College," but it is really all about how teachers' expectations and classroom climat
The School District Report Card
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 8:54 AM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
I find it interesting when District Local Report Cards come out in August and newspaper writers and local citizens try to interpret all the information contained in the eight page document. Education is a complex business and when you over simplify
Welcome Back!
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 1:02 PM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
You can tell it is almost time to begin the 2011-2012 school year. With excitement building and teachers returning to prepare their rooms for another school year, we all look forward to a great 2011-2012. You know it is close with the Great Darke C
Are There Bullies in Your School?
Tuesday, July 5, 2011 5:35 PM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
Of course there are! Surveys indicate that bullying is a common experience for children with over half of all students reporting some instance of bullying during their school years. Bullying is a hot topic in the media these days. We hear about som
Keeping Education Reform In Perspective
Thursday, June 9, 2011 10:59 AM -0400By: DarkeCounty ESC
In today's politically-charged debate regarding public education, I came across a well written article expressing one parent's perspective of what really matters when it comes to her children's education. You can read the full article below: Ref
Budget Speculation
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 9:44 AM -0500By: DarkeCounty ESC
As we wait for some budget news from Columbus, we can only speculate from what we hear now. We know there will be some cuts, adjustments, "shared services" and probably a change in STRS contributions. What we don't know is how much and to
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