Legos can be Challenging?

A collaborative effort between 4th grade teachers from Millikin, Northside and Southwest AND ten dedicated students has led to Geneseo District 228’s first venture into the First Lego League.¬† Teachers and students are also supported by engineers from Deere and Company.¬† The District hopes to be able to put together more structured programs and activities for talented and gifted students in the elementary schools.¬† You can follow the progress of the team online.

What are QR Codes?

According to Wikipedia:

“QR Code¬†‚Äî abbreviated from Quick Response Code¬†‚Äî is the trademark for a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code) first designed for the automotive industry. More recently, the system has become popular outside of the industry due to its fast readability and large storage capacity compared to standard UPC barcodes. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded can be made up of four standardized kinds (“modes”) of data (numeric, alphanumeric, byte/binary, Kanji), or by supported extensions virtually any kind of data.[1]

Invented by the Toyota subsidiary Denso Wave in 1994 to track vehicles during the manufacturing process, the QR Code is one of the most popular types of two-dimensional barcodes.[2] It was designed to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed.[3]

The codes are used frequently in the United Kingdom[4] and the United States[citation needed]; QR usage is growing fastest in Canada and Hong Kong.[5][dead link] Their use was formerly mostly confined to industry, but in recent years consumers have grown used to seeing them in consumer advertising and packaging, because the dissemination of smartphones “has put a barcode reader in everyone’s pocket” for the first time.”

You will start to see more and more of these throughout the school district and I’m sure throughout the community!


Congratulations Mr Roodhouse- “Twenty to Watch”

Mr James Roodhouse, District Technologist, has been named one of the country’s leading educational technologists by the National School Board Association.¬† His recognition as one of this year’s “Twenty to Watch” validates what all of us in the District already know about him– his innovation, persistence, support and ongoing vision for use of technology to make teaching and learning more effective is exemplary.

He will be recognized in Washington, D.C. in March 2012 at the Technology and Learning Conference!¬† We’re very proud of James and are proud of all the technology support we are able to provide students, teachers and parents.¬† It’s a great team of Mrs. Burrack, Mrs. Bopp, Mr. Eaker, Mr. Roodhouse.


Digital Textbooks– How Far Off?

Some of you may have seen Apple’s recent announcement regarding iBooks2 and the potential for digital textbooks on the iPad.¬† I view this with both excitement, but also some hesitancy.¬† Excitement because of the possibilities that textbooks can become more dynamic and more current.¬† The authoring tool will allow for teachers to collaborate and develop more relevant and cost-effective instructional materials, whether for elementary, middle or high school students.

Hesitancy because there is some danger in the reliability and accuracy that could be compromised without some quality control of the information that could become available in new textbook development.¬† Certainly the potential is great, and I’m excited to see where this could lead schools!

Graduation will be held INSIDE!

Here is the URL for a live feed to the graduation ceremony

(needs QuickTime)

you can also visit this website

There will be a live link to view the graduation – you will need the Quicktime player installed on your computer.

This event will also be recorded as a podcast and available on the GHS website.

District Creates New Facebook Presence

In an effort to continue to promote effective communication, the District will have a Geneseo CUSD 228 Facebook account.¬† We hope that you find this to be a helpful place to share two-way interactions with the community.¬† Please “Like” the site and “Share” with your Facebook friends around the world!¬† We would love to hear what you think about this new mode of communication.¬† Will try to put links to calendars, information, etc. to help you keep up with the multitude of activities this District offers.

We recognize that sometimes Facebook language can become that of the sort that isn’t appropriate for school.¬† Please remember that this is a School District site, and we ask that you keep your comments of a nature that can be read by young students and senior citizens alike.

Thanks– Scott Kuffel, Superintendent