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Mac celebrates Digital Citizenship Week
IDOE launches first week-long event
By Eric Stoff, firstname.lastname@example.org
Maconaquah School Corporation is taking time to emphasize the importance of digital citizenship this week in celebration of a new statewide initiative.
The Indiana Department of Education and Common Sense Education have teamed together to promote the first ever Digital Citizenship Week in Indiana. It is being celebrated Sept. 12-16, and Maconaquah is in full participation.
“As a leader in technology, Maconaquah School Corporation needs to model the importance of digital citizenship,” said Assistant Superintendent Dr. James Callane. “Technology will be part of (our students’) future careers for the rest of their lives. We need to teach them how to appropriately interact with technology and make sure they are safe in a 21st century digital world.”
According to a press release from State Superintendent Glenda Ritz, the week “will focus on the 21st-century skills needed to safely maximize the potential of online technologies for learning, creating, communicating, and collaborating in school and life.”
The IDOE is helping educators plan, connect, and promote their efforts by providing a comprehensive tool kit.
Callane said Maconaquah has invested in its technology infrastructure over the last several years so their students may have opportunities that were previously unavailable.
“Digital learning opens up the world to us in a way that was not possible a few years ago,” Callane said, adding that education can now go beyond the four walls of a classroom.
Until recently, Callane said, education was limited to “a textbook and a teacher who was an expert in their content area.” But with digital learning, those limitations no longer exist. Access to a computer and internet access opens up many opportunities, which Callane said is “the most exciting thing for me as an educator.”
It’s appropriate that Maconaquah is having its first eLearning Day of the 2016-17 school year during During Digital Citizenship Week. And in addition to the daily digital learning that happens at all Maconaquah school buildings, educators will be taking time to lead sessions with students, discussing what it means to be a responsible digital citizen.
Callane said Maconaquah’s goal of being a digital education leader extends beyond the state of Indiana. The goal is to be a leader nationally.
He said the corporation’s state and national recognition for its accolades is a point of pride, but it comes with “a great responsibility” to provide students with the tools that they need for a successful future and to be “good digital citizens.
WELCOME TO THE 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR IN THE MACONAQUAH SCHOOLS
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Doug Arnold’s Message:
Welcome to the Maconaquah Schools’ corporation website. Our website has been updated and we hope it will answer any questions that you might have about us. We want the Maconaquah Schools to be the corporation of choice in North Central Indiana.
We are located 13 miles north of Kokomo, Indiana. The school corporation includes 168 square miles of land. Our school corporation includes four buildings:
Our Average Daily Membership or ADM count for grades K-12 as of September 16, 2016 is 2261.
Maconaquah School Corporation is truly fortunate to have a highly qualified team of teachers, administrators and classified staff serving our students. We have 140 certified staff and 144 classified staff for the 2016-17 school year.
We have an extremely safe and secure school corporation with a state-approved school safety plan and we have a School Resource Officer (SRO) who is a Miami County Sheriff’s Deputy.
We have an exceptional technology program. We have been one-to-one (one computer per student) grades K-12 for five school years. We have been approved by the Indiana Department of Education for the past three school years to use eLearning days when school is cancelled due to inclement weather.
Each of our four buildings has a special emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education. In fact, Maconaquah Middle School is a STEM certified building by the IDOE.
We operate on a balanced calendar which allows us to provide remediation to our neediest students and enrichment as a choice for the first week of our two-week fall and spring breaks.
The Maconaquah Schools offer tuition-free transfers to those students who “choose” us.
If you ever have any questions or concerns about the Maconaquah Schools, please feel free to call or e-mail at 765-689-9131 or arnoldd@maconaquah.K12.in.us.