Thursday, December 6, 2012

Vote for OCMS!

Have you voted?  No, I am not talking about the presidential election, but the vote for Oconee County Middle School.  Oconee County Middle School’s students and staff are once again leading the way in our state and nation.  This time it is with creativity, enthusiasm, and marketing skills in a competition to win an eInstruction Classroom Makeover.

Mrs. Dedra Cooper’s fourth-period earth science class recently submitted an entry entitled “Oconee Middle Best Days,” which is a parody of Taylor Swift’s song, “The Best Day.”  Their entry was selected as one of five finalists in the middle grades category from schools all over the country.  But the kids and Mrs. Cooper need our assistance.  They are presently in second place behind a school in California and voting concludes this week (December 7). 

What is on the line?  The winner will take home a district Starrmatica license, an updated CPS system with software, and a Dual Board, or two-sided interactive whiteboard, along with several other items.  In short, the winner gets a tremendous amount of technology to be utilized in the classroom and assist in the engagement of students. 

Mrs. Cooper’s class has done a tremendous job on their video and now it is our turn.  Please visit http://flipyourclassroom.einstruction.com/performances/bwd1q2pps to watch the video and cast your vote.  This article and its link will be posted on the school system website for easy access as well.  Let’s help Mrs. Cooper’s class, Oconee County Middle School, and Oconee County come home a winner!

To ensure that the votes are properly entered, the process is outlined below:
1.      Watch the video and click vote;
2.      Register by entering your email and creating a password;
3.      Enter the two “captcha” words and vote, vote, vote.

Technology in our classrooms is quickly becoming an integral part of daily instruction.  As we work to meet our students where they are, technology will continue to play an important role.  Oconee County Schools continues to work to effectively integrate technology into the daily lives of our students, and has recently completed projects making all of our schools wireless capable.  We have several teacher leaders providing innovative instruction across the district and thank those leaders for being trailblazers in their profession.

This week, I am curious as to your thoughts on the student-created video.  Did you watch it?  Did you vote? What was your favorite part?  What are your thoughts about increasing technology in the classroom?  How would you like to see Oconee County move forward in this area?

As always, I look forward to your input.  Please email me at jbranch@oconeeschools.org, but only after you vote for these outstanding sixth-grade students from Oconee County Middle School.

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