Thursday, December 27, 2012
New program repurposes smartphones, tablets, laptops and more for educational uses.
Wondering what to do with your old smartphone, tablet or laptop now that Santa brought a newer model? Donate those no-longer-needed items to North Canton City Schools to be repurposed for educational uses. Eric Curts, the district's technology director, has launched a new program this year called "Smartphones for Smarter Kids" that needs donations of not just phones, but also tablets, laptops, desktops, LCD monitors and such. Curts said smartphones and tablets have become very powerful in recent years and can now assist with many educational tasks. For example, he explained, they are great for research, note taking, student response systems, watching educational videos, running educational apps and much more. "We would like to take used …
Friday, October 5, 2012
Google selected Curts and 58 other educators across the country who also participated in the two-day Google Teacher Academy in New York City
Eric Curts, a Patch blogger and North Canton City Schools technology director who's been with the district for 20 years, has been selected to become a Google Certified Teacher. According to the Canton Respository, Curts and 58 other educators from across the country participated in the Google Teacher Academy, a two-day professional development workshop, this week in New York City. The Canton Rep cited a Google news release this week, saying "the Google Teacher Academy recognizes educators who are doing innovative and exciting things in their classrooms with technology and gives these teachers the opportunity to learn directly about the latest technology and new ways to use it from Google product managers and previous graduates of the …
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Students are able to bring their Internet-accessing devices to school this year so they can use them in the classroom
Laptops, iPads, smartphones and other techy gadgets are going to become a lot more prevalent at Hoover High School this year as the school rolls out its Bring Your Own Devices program. What started as a test run in just a handful of classes is now implemented throughout the entire school, administrators announced at last week’s North Canton City Schools Board of Education meeting. Hoover High Principal Tony Pallija, Assistant Principal Paul McIntyre and Technology Director Eric Curts spoke before the board about the need for the BYOD program and benefits and challenges they anticipate this year. Pallija said school administrators have worked for three years to research and implement BYOD, always keeping in mind the motto ”improving …
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Need a little nudge getting in the holiday spirit? Our blogs (the best of the best) can help with that.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
- Morgan Day
Thursday, December 22, 2011
North Canton Patch bloggers have been keeping us in the Christmas spirit the past few weeks as they've written about giving to the less fortunate, remembering the reason for the season and activities you can do for free with your loved ones. We've rounded up some of our favorite holiday blogs for you. Take a look and let us know what you think!
Saturday, November 19, 2011
North Canton Patch isn't just news, you know. Check out some of the best blogs we've seen in the last week or so.
1. Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy: Dots (Laundry, Life and Loving Your Kids) — Eric Curts Father, husband and tech geek Eric Curts wrote about laundry and loving your kids this week. He used the dot system to determine which of his three boys gets which shirt, pair of jeans and other articles of clothing when they come out of the wash. His description of the hand-me-down system will have you getting a little sentimental, too. 2. North Canton Middle School 8th Graders Make Progress On Bottle Tree — Ashley Villers North Canton Middle School art teacher Ashley Villers took some amazing photos of her students hard at work as they painted bottles for a bottle tree. The piece will go in the courtyard when it's finished. 3. The Last Twenty Pounds: A Common …
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Our last three bloggers were two teachers and a technology director within the North Canton City School District. (And yes, we're OK with that.)
It wasn't until I persuaded Eric Curts to blog on North Canton Patch that I realized we've got a little bit of a pattern going here. Curts, technology director for North Canton City Schools, jumped on board to blog just after North Canton Middle School teacher Ashley Villers and Orchard Hill Elementary School teacher David Russ signed on. What's really cool is these three people, although they have the same employer, will bring you blogs that are worlds apart. Let me explain. Villers published her first blog Oct. 24. It detailed the efforts her eighth-grade art students put into a bottle tree made of recycled glass bottles as they learned about how artists explore issues of environmental concern. She'll continue to keep us updated about …
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Technology Director Eric Curts addressed the North Canton City Schools Board of Education Wednesday night and told of the district's savings in acquiring the used technology
The North Canton City School District cut the age of its buildings’ technology practically in half by acquiring 600 used desktop computers with LCD monitors and 580 used laptops from another Ohio school district. "We pretty much cut the age of our technology in half with one fell swoop with the purchase of over 1,000 computers — between the desktops and laptops," said Eric Curts, North Canton City Schools’ technology director, when he spoke to the Board of Education Wednesday night. Curts told the Board about his efforts to swap out the district's aging technology while saving money. He had made pleas to local businesses and asked around for any technology that wasn't being used. “I extended the net. I said. ‘Maybe there were some school …