Reason to Celebrate: 2016 Annual Holler Highlights

We’ve had a big year at Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) and here at the Holler! Congressionally designated Digital Promise and the U.S. Department of Education named KVEC a National Education Innovation Cluster, presenting a video series spotlighting the Appalachian Renaissance Initiative. Our annual Summits in April and October transitioned to a more technology-based delivery and connected well over 10,000 people […]

#HourOfCode: Coding, Post-it Notes, and a lost puppet in outer space!

An hour of code for every student. It’s National Hour of Code Week! We are beyond excited in my first grade classroom. One thing that I have noticed about coding is that it can literally bring to life any classroom target or “I can” statement that students are presented with. Our target this week: I can […]

5 Reasons You Must Read Ditch That Textbook by Matt Miller

“Ditch That Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your Classroom” by Matt Miller is a fantastic resource for teachers who want to learn more about blending things up in their class. Kasey Bell lists 5 reasons this book is a must read on her blog, Shake Up Learning. take a look. 5 Reasons You Must Read […]

Creating Industry Standard Games in the Classroom with Unity 5

Featured image is a creation in Unity 5 by Pikeville High School student Sean Hillwig I attended a great session at the Kentucky Society of Technology in Education (KySTE) conference called Creating Industry Standard Games in the Classroom with Unity 5.  Mr. Brandon Blackburn @bblackburn introduced the audience to this program he is using with his students at Pikeville […]

The 4 Essential Elements of any successful one-to-one program

Many of our districts are either planning or implementing a one-to-one program. This article from eSchool News describes four essential ideas critical to the success of your one-to-one program. eSchoool News – Four Essential Elements of any sucessful one-to-one program.

Twitter Much?

Wondering how you might easily connect to other educators, students, resources, best practices, and big ideas? School aged kids and teens make up the highest demographic using social media and #Education is the most popular topic in Twitter’s 500 million tweets a day.  KVEC’s #AppLeaderLab hosts Twitter chats to connect innovative educators in our region to each other […]

Promising Practices February 2016

Here are 10 tech-savvy highlights: Digital storytelling: Engaging students with their community LEAP into Kindergarten: ‘Learning through motion’ gaming Blended Learning Library: Building digital literacy GeoSafari Math Learning Centers: For MAP & STAR scores Blended Learning & Flipped Classroom with the Holler Buzz about Learning: BeeBot reading & math problem-solving Voice recording to improve world […]