Showing posts with label digital learning. Show all posts
Showing posts with label digital learning. Show all posts

Monday, July 12, 2021

MA News: the digital divide; help for MA arts organizations

"Tracking the digital divide - We can't close it without first documenting it "
"OVER THE PAST YEAR, schools, workplaces, health care providers, and other basic services have moved online. In doing so, the centrality of the internet to modern life became crystal clear to everyone in the country. But for people and families without broadband access, the pandemic has only exposed and exacerbated the digital divide—putting resources like telework, virtual learning, and telehealth out of reach for millions of people. 
Even before the pandemic, many people lacked access to high-speed broadband across Massachusetts. According to the ACLU of Massachusetts Data for Justice project, Census estimates show that more than 1 million Massachusetts residents—about 15 percent of the state’s population—do not have a fixed broadband internet connection. Our Census analysis also shows that internet and computer access correlate with income, such that lower income communities are disproportionately left unconnected."
Continue reading the article online

"Long-awaited arts funding finally arriving"
"MASSACHUSETTS ARTS appear to be big beneficiaries of $16 billion in federal relief aid that is finally starting to be released after a delayed start and an arduous review process.

According to federal data on the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, 123 Massachusetts arts organizations have received more than $100 million so far, the seventh-highest amount of any state in the country."
Continue reading the article online

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The News Literacy Project - webinar for Seniors on fact-checking - Mar 31, 1:00 PM

Older adults — join us & @OlderAdultsTech / @seniorplanet Weds, Mar 31 (1 PM ET) for the 3rd in our series of #NewsLiteracy webinars, this one on fact-checking & digital verification. Gain skills to stick to the facts!

Sign up / spread the word —>

cc: @AARP

The News Literacy Project - webinar for Seniors on fact-checking - Mar 31, 1:00 PM
The News Literacy Project - webinar for Seniors on fact-checking - Mar 31, 1:00 PM

Friday, March 5, 2021

Franklin's Digital Learning Integrationists (DLI) Team launches a YouTube channel

The FPS DLI launched a YouTube channel to help staff access video resources that will enhance their use of technology. #FPSDigitalLearning

Shared from Twitter:

Franklin DLI:  launch a YouTube channel
Franklin DLI:  launch a YouTube channel 

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Digital Learning Integrationist Team: Q&A session - Mar 3

Our Digital Learning Integrationist team is ready to help! Join their Q&A session next week

Digital Learning Integrationist Team: Q&A session - Mar 3
Digital Learning Integrationist Team: Q&A session - Mar 3

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Info on "Google Meet Difficulties?"

"Have you been noticing that your Google Meet view has not been functioning consistently lately?  You’re not alone! 

As Google develops new features in the Google Meet app, some extensions, such as the popular Grid View Extension, can experience disruptions due to incompatibilities with newer versions of the native Google Meet.  In fact, the developer of the Grid View extension has basically retired the extensions and removed it from the webstore.  He has indicated that it is unlikely that the app will be maintained going forward."

Continue reading the article online

Info on "Google Meet Difficulties?"
Info on "Google Meet Difficulties?"

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Q & A with the FPS Digital Learning Integrationists - Feb 3

Franklin Public Schools, MA (@FranklinPSNews) tweeted on Fri, Jan 22, 2021:
Families: Mark your calendars for the next Q & A with the FPS Digital Learning Integrationists on Wednesday, February 3rd from 7 - 7:45 PM. They are here to help and answer any questions you may have. 
Google Meet link =
@mertenladybugs @MZogby @Jim_dEntremont

Shared from Twitter:

Q & A with the FPS Digital Learning Integrationists - Feb 3
Q & A with the FPS Digital Learning Integrationists - Feb 3

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Digital Learning Integrationists (DLI) Team - Coffee Q & A - Jan 13, 2021

"Need tech support? Join the Coffee Q & A next week at 7 PM and getting help from our Digital Learning Integrationists (DLI) Team!" 



Digital Learning Integrationists (DLI) Team - Coffee Q & A - Jan 13, 2021
Digital Learning Integrationists (DLI) Team - Coffee Q & A - Jan 13, 2021

Thursday, December 17, 2020

FPS Digital Learning: "Maintaining Connections during Hybrid and Remote Learning"

The FPS Digital Learning Integrationists have a new web page to help share information on what they do to support the teachers and students in the classroom environment with technology.

"In a typical school year, 8th grade ELA teacher Lauren Berolini can be found meeting one-on-one with students for writers' conferences. Ms. Berolini uses this format to provide specific, authentic feedback in a private and personal setting and values the opportunity it provides to make personal connections with students. 

In an effort to maintain these personal connections as students develop their writing skills in this hybrid and remote setting, Ms. Berolini requested help from the Digital Learning Integrationists to identify digital tools for providing feedback to students. Together they explored Mote, a google extension that enables voice note feedback within Google Classroom, Google Docs, Sheets and Slides."

Continue reading the article

Direct video link = 

Monday, November 2, 2020

FM #378 School Comm Workshop - Digital Learning Integrationist Demo - 10/28/20 (audio)

FM #378 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 378 in the series. 

This session shares the Franklin, MA School Committee workshop with the primary purpose to observe a Digital Learning Integrationist Demo on Wednesday, Oct 28, 2020. 

The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: some of the School Committee and Central Office personnel were in the Council Chambers, the remainder of the Committee and DLI personnel were remote via conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

I have requested a copy of the presentation which was shared with one of the School Committee members to  help them follow along but have not yet received the doc. While viewing the screen images would be helpful, the conversation is more important hence this audio file.

The recording runs about 62 minutes so let’s listen to DLI demo of the School Committee workshop of Oct 28, 2020. (Note: the workshop started late and the trial and tribulations of getting folks connected was not copied here in the audio recording.)   Audio file =


Photos captured during the demo (not many as I am expecting the presentation copy)


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Digital Learning Integrationist Demo - 10/28/20 (audio)
Digital Learning Integrationist Demo - 10/28/20 (audio)

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Franklin School Committee - Workshop - Oct 28 - 6:00 PM

Franklin School Committee 

October 28, 2020
6:00-7:00 P.M.


  • Call to Order 
  • DLI Demonstration -- Teaching and Learning in Remote/Hybrid Environment 
  • Adjournment 

DLI - digital learning integrationist. These are the new roles added to the school department to assist with the remote and hybrid learning during this pandemic.

Connection info found in the agenda doc

Monday, October 26, 2020

World Economic Forum: "The Future of Jobs Report 2020"

Given the economy currently in turmoil due to the pandemic and the Franklin School Dept soon to release their "Portrait of a Graduate", this report is timely and insightful.

"The Future of Jobs Report provides the timely insights needed to orient labour markets and workers towards opportunity today and in the future of work. Now in its third edition, the report maps the jobs and skills of the future, tracking the pace of change and direction of travel. This year we find that while technology-driven job creation is still expected to outpace job destruction over the next five years, the economic contraction is reducing the rate of growth in the jobs of tomorrow. There is a renewed urgency to take proactive measures to ease the transition of workers into more sustainable job opportunities. There is room for measured optimism in the data, but supporting workers will require global, regional and national public-private collaboration at an unprecedented scale and speed."

Download your copy of the PDF report 

or read my shared copy here:


World Economic Forum: The Future of Jobs Report 2020"
World Economic Forum: The Future of Jobs Report 2020"


Wednesday, August 26, 2020

School Committee recap: sports authorized, digital tech position created, re-opening updates

The Franklin, MA School Committee met on Tuesday August 25 and the recap is as follows:
  • voted to approve participation in schools sports. The vote was required as the district is starting remote. "If nothing had been voted on, and they moved to hybrid, would a vote have been required?" was a question raised but not answered. The vote was 5-1-1 (5 for, 1 no, 1 absent)
  • voted to create a new position which had long been desired but had not previously made the budget. Now due to the remote and hybrid learning requirements, the digital learning integration specialist, was approved and three positions were authorized. Funding for the first half of the school year is available from the CARES Act. Funding for the second half and beyond needs to be identified. The vote was 4-2-1 (4 for, 2 no, 1 absent)
  • voted to move interim policy changes to operate under the emergency order issued by the Governor for this COVID-19 period to a second reading. Policy changes always take two readings to become final.
  • In the Superintendents Report the re-opening progress was noted and while answers remain to be provided much more info is forthcoming before school starts. Class and teacher assignments, bus schedules, chromebook pickup, etc. Stay tuned, the taskforce has been busy working and getting to finalize many details over the next couple of weeks.
As with most meetings in this pandemic period, I took my notes via Twitter during the meeting reporting in real-time via the virtual session.

The Twitter hashtag can be found online #schcom0825
  • Real time reporting underway for #schcom0825
  • Superintendent's report will include a re-opening update. Also addressing prior meeting item of surplus in this case old and unusable books #schcom0825 second item is longer, i.e. re-opening and first 10 days of PD for teachers
  • Teachers come back Monday 8/22 #schcom0825 multiple items on agenda for welcoming back and getting started. New teacher orientation today and next 2 days. Bus transportation in review, request via form coming Weds. Wait to make payment later
  • Working on remote only model in prep 250+ k-5 another 100+ middle school. Considering options to provide via a learning academy with FPS teachers who are choosing remote #schcom0825 last resort seats in a learning mgt system. Moves possible at marking break
  • Transition to hybrid for FHS still being worked, value in staging (gradual) move rather than all at once. Cohort won't be by grade due to class assignments with mixed grades. #schcom0825 FHS schedule being revised
  • New guidance from DESE last week re: students of teachers to come to the district, still evaluation underway. Class size being looked at may not be able to handle. #schcom0825 we are being flexible re staff assignments to accommodate where possible
  • Lifelong Learning to do daycare for teachers children, limited availability, priced for cost recovery. #schcom0825 flu vaccine requirements discussed, more info to come on date due for compliance; exception for religion and medical reasons, docs required
  • Q on whether considering later daytime start for FHS. Would be easier if remote rather than hybrid or in person. Not definite at this time. Q on daycare. At a premium, there was good interest, but only 5 enrolled currently and can't exceed 30 #schcom0825
  • Q handbook? On agenda for Sep 8 meeting. Q assignments? Being worked and should be out next week. Q on schedule? More info coming over the next couple of weeks. Q raised on mask removal circumstances? An older section that has been changing as info #schcom0825
  • FYI up to 90+ via the Zoom bridge for this meeting, another 11 on live stream via page #schcom0825
  • Q on interruption in teachers environment and the resulting impact on learning. Related to another comment on DESEs recommendation for teachers in rooms #schcom0825 Q more comment on cost of childcare is raising stress for teachers
  • We are trying to apply the funding in prudent ways, there is not a great answer, need to look at cost benefits.#schcom0825 Q school based teams meeting as needed for building level fine tuning. Things are fluid and evolving
  • Mention of YMCA efforts on childcare, the link to additional info can be found on Franklin Matters #schcom0825
  • Next up Athletics update! #schcom0825. SchCom needs to vote as they already approved plan for starting remote. AD Tom Angelo and FHS principal Hanna to provide update
  • 8 of 12 hock teams don't have access to gym for volleyball hence move to flex season #schcom0825 AD have met, principals to meet Thursday on plan. Sports would be outside, in smaller #s, and with changes to game to improve safety (soccer, no heading of ball)
  • Q soccer changed in risk level apparently due to heavy lobbying effort, soccer is a high contact sport both boys and girls. Are there other rule changes coming? How are the refs going to monitor this? #schcom0825 there are additional rule changes to the nature of this game
  • The SEL aspects are driving the efforts to make it work albeit different. The coaches will follow the rules to the T. #schcom0825 cost and availability of busses for away games may be an issue, considering family transportation as an option to be worked out (legal?) liability?
  • Q has BoH been involved yet? No but will be. Q concern about the nature of the rule changes, can they be followed? #schcom0825 athletic fees don't cover cost of season, only about 30% of budget covered; may be an increase
  • A vote only required because we are starting remote first? Once we go hybrid, that would be an automatic yes? #schcom0825 we'll all be watching if the guidelines are to be followed, same comments are for school settings too. Can people follow the guidelines?
  • Community comments; first up an FHS junior Will Tracey  #schcom0825 ; former SchComm member Gigi Zub
  • Next up Declan Walmsey, and Sidney Hawkins #schcom0825 and Denise Lewandowski all to encourage the SchCom to vote for proposal
  • Next up Virna O'Brien, #schcom0825 advocate for the class of 2021, the class of 2020 lost a lot, but not much has been said about this class of 2021
  • Motion to approve participation in sports, seconded, passed 5-1 (1 absent) MJ voted no with apologies to every athlete #schcom0825
  • Next up interim policy for COVID-19 related items, 2nd policy on face covering, all policy docs can be found in this doc, policy in effect during emergency for COVID-19 …. #schcom0825
  • Motion to move to second reading as discussed (no questions raised) second, vote via roll call 6-0 (1 absent D'angelo) #schcom0825
  • Next up calendar revision, … most half days to Weds (from Friday) due to cleaning process in hybrid model. #schcom0825 motion to approve, seconded, request to change name of Columbus day, will change per other work, not tonight; vote 6-0
  • Creation of new position, i.e. digital learning integration to support in remote or hybrid. #schcom0825 info in link here, funded 1H via COVID funding, will need to look at 2H of year for funding … motion to approve, second, now Qs
  • Q how many teachers were laid off. Approx 19.5 in last budget. Request to read job description, being read by Supt Ahern (Link shared previously contains this) #schcom0825 looking into hire within where possible $70-80K/year; concern about funding for 2H
  • Budget Subcommittee had reviewed these positions and approved of them albeit there are funding challenges, #schcom0825 vote (finally) via roll call 4-2 (MJ no, risky; Judy no, shouldn't need) (1  absent)
  • Discussion only items possible presentation schedule for future meetings … #schcom0825 out for discussion, subject to change
  • Budget Subcommittee met last Fri, #schcom0825 Community relations, facility on hold. Policy has been busy, expecting to see student handbooks. Nothing definite on chromebook delivery. Supt review, social and racial justice task force met last week, Anne representing
  • For next meeting, annual report review, new hires, COVID addendum, handbooks; what about the hiring process? What about ECDC? What will it look like? Support for the staff. Enjoy the last week of summer! #schcom0825 new chromebooks may not be here before school starts
  • Q on the books from last time, they were disposed of. We did to seek to donate where possible but standards do change, many were damaged and not in good shape. Pfeffer not pleased. Supt Ahern would not assume that these books would be used anywhere. #schcom0825
  • Consent agenda, motion to approve, second, vote via roll call 6-0 (1 absent) #schcom0825 
  • Motion to enter executive session not to return to public meeting; second vote via roll call 6-0
  • That's all for tonight, catch you next time!
The agenda doc, including connection info

The meeting packet with all docs released for this meeting

Photos used in the Twitter thread can be found in the album

School Committee recap: sports authorized, digital tech position created, re-opening updates
School Committee recap: sports authorized, digital tech position created, re-opening updates

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Social Media: An honest conversation about Communication in today's world

The Franklin School Committee is hosting this event about social media on Monday, Oct 21, 2019. This event is aimed towards parents/guardians of FPS middle and high school students and their children.

FHS Media Center 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

See the flyer for additional details:

Social Media: An honest conversation about Communication in today's world
Social Media: An honest conversation about Communication in today's world

This was shared from Twitter

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

"Teaching our Children to Be Good Digital Citizens" - Sep 5

This parent education night is free and open to the public.

Please join us to for "Teaching our Children to Be Good Digital Citizens" The event has been coordinated by Mrs. McCoy in conjunction with the Norfolk District Attorney's Office.

We believe that in this digital age, this topic is of value to all BFCCPS parents, no matter how old your child(ren) are.

Please RSVP using the online form linked so that we can gauge attendance for the evening.
"Teaching our Children to Be Good Digital Citizens" - Sep 5
Parent Education Night: Digital Citizenship
September 5 at 6 PM
Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School in Franklin, Massachusetts

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Papers of Benjamin Franklin Now Online

While the books Ben Franklin donated have been returned to the new display case at the Franklin Public Library, his papers have been digitized and are now available online at the Library of Congress

"The papers of American scientist, statesman and diplomat Benjamin Franklin have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress. The Library announced the digitization today in remembrance of the anniversary of Franklin’s death on April 17, 1790. 
The Franklin papers consist of approximately 8,000 items mostly dating from the 1770s and 1780s. These include the petition that the First Continental Congress sent to Franklin, then a colonial diplomat in London, to deliver to King George III; letterbooks Franklin kept as he negotiated the Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary War; drafts of the treaty; notes documenting his scientific observations, and correspondence with fellow scientists. 
The collection is online at:"

This print shows Benjamin Franklin seated at a desk, looking to his right at an electrical device. In his left hand are papers upon which he is taking notes, and visible through a window to his left is lightning striking a building. (Edward Fisher, engraver, after a painting by Mason Chamberlin, 1763. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress)
This print shows Benjamin Franklin seated at a desk, looking to his right at an electrical device. In his left hand are papers upon which he is taking notes, and visible through a window to his left is lightning striking a building. (Edward Fisher, engraver, after a painting by Mason Chamberlin, 1763. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress)

This was shared from the Library of Congress page

Sunday, April 15, 2018

School Committee Recap - April 10, 2018

This is the summary of the School Committee meeting held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.

Acknowledgement of the tragic passing of FHS senior Jack Sewell and support for students available.

Work on the high school field concession stand will begin soon and appropriate preparation are being taken to minimize disruption. Superintendent Ahern distributed a letter to the community later in the week and that letter was shared here.  

Superintendent Ahern's report to the community can be found online

In the Discussion - Action section of the meeting, the School Committee formally approved the budget for Fiscal Year 2019. The budget is scheduled for review by the Finance Committee (6:00 PM - Apr 24) before going to the Town Council for their cursory hearings and vote.

Dr Joyce Edwards presented an update on STEM and digital learning. The presentation copy is shared here. Photos of the presentation pages can be found on the live reported notes below.

An update on School Safety was presented. Franklin Police Sgt. Mark Manocchio joined Peter light and Sara Ahern for this presentation and discussion. The presentation and discussion focus on the overall process. It was (as most security discussions are right to be) light on details. The coordination and collaboration of the many parties is good. They also conduct a review and make adjustments after each incident. This is as much as can reasonably be expected for a public forum. Revealing more than this is not a good practice.

(Note: the safety presentation has not yet been made available on the Schools webpage. I did capture photos of each page and they can be viewed in the School safety link below)

My notes reported live during the meeting can be found here:

Dr Joyce Edwards presented an update on STEM and digital learning
Dr Joyce Edwards presented an update on STEM and digital learning

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Digital Learning Committee and Science/STEM Presentations

The documents scheduled for presentation and discussion at the Franklin, MA School Committee meeting on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.