New Podcast: DP Tech!

Hey Ed Tech lovers! The DePorres Pages is launching a new tech show call DP Tech.  DP Tech is dedicated to helping to use technology to facilitate teaching and learning.  As a Catholic educator, there will be a special emphasis on Catholic schools, and how technology can help to facilitate instilling the Catholic mission of the school.

You can listen to this podcast just as you listen to others.  You can come to the website, or subscribe to us on your favorite podcast app.  If you have subscribed to our daily homilies, you are already set! Hopefully you will enjoy this new look at technology!

Vermont Diocese to Launch Digital Catholic High School

BURLINGTON, Vt. — The Diocese of Burlington, this fall, hopes to become one of the first in the country to open a digital high school, where lectures, class discussions and homework largely take place in an online environment instead of a traditional bricks-and-mortar classroom.

Although online courses have long been available to Catholic home-school students, including some that go back to the 1990s, the idea of an accredited and diocesan-supported online Catholic school is quite new. The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) said it is aware of the existence of just one other: the Archdiocese of Miami Virtual Catholic School.

Read more at: https://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/vermont-diocese-to-launch-digital-catholic-high-school/

Celebrate Catholic Schools Week

National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2016 is January 31 – February 6. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2016 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.

Read more at: http://www.ncea.org/our-services/catholic-schools-week

From the NCEA: Looking Ahead in Catholic Education

A New Year’s Message from Dr. Thomas Burnford, Interim President

Beginnings, like the new year, always seem to imply a fresh start. I am pleased to begin this year with my own new opportunity – to lead NCEA in its work to lead, learn and proclaim, to serve and meet the needs of you, our members.

Read the whole message at: http://nceatalk.org/2016/01/looking-ahead-in-catholic-school-education/

Education App of the Week: MathSpace

Mathspace is a free app (there are in app ads) that allows students to write on tablets to solve math problems, and to revive feedback right away about how they are doing. In the United States the problems are suited to the Common Core for Middle School math, pre-algebra and algebra I. With over 10,000 problems, students can practice Math, get help and receive instant feedback.

Mathspace basis the problems in the performance of the student, so the next question, problem or skill is uniquely based to the performance of each student. It is available for Windows, Android and Apple devices.