We are excited to connect with students in Ohio to share the Wonders of Cotton. Diana Peck and Janet Adams share Kings County agriculture with students outside California. Students in Ohio received real Kings County cotton to handle and de-lint the seed while learning the multiple uses of cotton. Plans are to connect this project with schools across the nation.
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KCOE has begun a new and exciting project in conjunction with Corcoran Unified School District. This project will cover the City of Corcoran with WiMax mobile broadband. You may have heard it called the '4G Network'. The system went online over the summer and we can now offer the students of Corcoran Unified the ability to complete online school work in the classroom and anywhere within the coverage area. We are truly moving to anytime anywhere learning.
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The Kings County Office of Education has partnered with the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks to bring “Rangers in the Classroom” to the students of Kings County. For the 2010-2011 school year, we are offering two individual programs, “Meet Your National Parks” and “Bear Essentials.” Each month a Ranger, such as Ranger Denise featured here, visits the KCOE studio and videoconferences with over 300 students in just two days! Students learn that they own national parks and why sequoia trees are special. The ranger also teaches the basics about black bears and how not all black bears are black.
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An original project began with Corcoran Unified School district during the summer of 2010 to bring WiMax moblie broadband to the students of Corcoran. Since then, students have had complete access to school work online, anywhere within the coverage area.
On Tuesday, January 18, 2011 and Wednesday, January 19, 2011, the project went a step further. Every sixth grade student was given an iPad to use both in the classroom and at home. The iPads were distributed in meetings held on both nights. Parents signed a contract and made a refundable insurance deposit. iPads were then distributed. In order for students to have continuous access and make the most of their learning experience, each student would also receive a MiFi device. This would allow instant WiFi connection anywhere within the coverage area. Students will then return the iPads and MiFi's to the school district at the end of the school year. This project is leading the way in Kings County and the future of education.
During the latter part of January and throughout the months of February and March, KCOE, along with the Kings Co. Farm Bureau, will be videoconferencing with several states. We will be presenting both of our programs, " The Wonder of Cotton:From Farm to Fabric" and "The Journey of Milk: From Cow to Carton" to over 17 different classrooms. We will be connecting with students in grades K-6 from Kentucky, Nebraska, Arizona, Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Maryland. We are looking forward to educating students about California Agriculture!
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“Who’s packing your parachute?” were the first remarks, 1984 Pro NFL Hall of Famer, Willie Brown said to his first question during a video conference interview, Thursday March 17, 2011 in Alameda, CA. Kings County Office of Education had the opportunity to partner with the NFL Pro Hall of Fame, located in Canton Ohio, to host a West Coast interview with over 10 schools across the nation. The interview was hosted by the Oakland Raiders Office in Alameda, CA. This video conference was part of a series of Hall of Famer interviews highlighting Character Counts. Each NFL Hall of Fame player exhibits the high moral and admirable characteristics of not only professional athletes, but role models. Trista Waymire, Teacher of Curriculum & Instructional Technology-IVC, and Parker Paul, LAN Support Technician, from the Kings Co. Office of Ed., traveled up to Alameda to take test calls and set up the equipment for the video conference.
Willie Brown played professional football from 1967-1978. He was inducted into the NFL Pro Hall of Fame in 1984. Willie Brown is currently employed by the Oakland Raiders, and has been with them as a player and staff member for forty years. Of all the awards and recognition he has received, being inducted to the NFL Pro HOF was his greatest accomplishment. Brown is known as the creator of the “bump and run” play on the field. During his interview with middle and high school students from Ohio, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Virginia and JFK Jr. High, in Hanford, CA, Brown highlighted what he believes are great character traits. Brown shared that your “character on the field should be the same as off the field.” He emphasized that the people in your life that train you and lift you up, such as your parents and coaches are the people that impact your life and develop your character. Brown holds a master’s degree in Education and encouraged all the students to get their education by finishing high school and going to college. In Brown’s closing remarks, he encouraged the students to “Be your own person, stay in school, stay off drugs. Work hard for the things in life. Always remember who you are- your last name. You represent that name, so think about your family. They are the ones that will suffer from your bad choices, so make sure you represent your name the right way. There will always be choices; you have a choice to make.”
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The 93rd Annual Meeting of the Kings County Farm Bureau took place on May 12, 2011. This annual dinner meeting is intended to raise funds for education and scholarships offered by the Kings County Farm Bureau. Scholarship recipients were acknowledged, and those in attendance also had the opportunity to hear speaker and author, Michael Reagan, former president Reagan's adopted son. The dinner was catered by Pardini's out of Fresno. Additionally, a tradition of this annual dinner is the decorating of the tables. This event takes place at the Kings Fair Grounds, and each table seats ten. Businesses and organizations from throughout Kings County volunteered to sponsor and decorate a table. All items used were sent home with the guests of each table. The Kings County Office of Education volunteered to decorate a table with a theme of education and Farm Day. The table was littered with children's books, fresh apples, farm day t-shirts and completed with a grand centerpiece: a real apple tree. The evening was a success with over 150 people in attendance.
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The Kings County Office of Education received a 2010-2011 CILC Pinnacle Award from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC). The award is presented annually to organizations posting outstanding K-12 standards based interactive videoconferencing programs to www.cilc.org
. This is the first year that KCOE has received the CILC Pinnacle Award. KCOE began providing programs in the spring of 2010. Through a partnership with the Kings County Farm Bureau, the first program, "The Wonder of Cotton: From Farm to Fabric" was created and launched. Beginning in the fall 2010, an additional program, "The Journey of Milk: From Cow to Carton" was added. The 2010-2011 school year was the first full year KCOE and KCFB provided these programs.
Kings COE has had a very successful year as a content provider. With our partnership with the Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Parks Rangers, we have added an additional program. The "Up, Up and Away" program was well received by our local schools. We hope to add more time slots next school year so that more students can see more national parks, bears and bats.
Our "Wonder of Cotton" and "Journey of Milk" programs have boomed this year. Thanks to sponsorship by the Kings Co. Farm Bureau, we were able to offer these programs free nation-wide. This school year we have completed 173 programs, 80 of them from Kings County. We have connected with over 23 states and had our first international conference with students in Alberta, Canada. We are very excited about this year and look forward to more success in 2012-13.
On April 26, 2012 the Kings County Farm Bureau hosted its Annual Dinner Meeting at the Kings Fairgrounds. KCOE decorated a table for the event.
The Kings County Farm Bureau held its annual dinner meeting April 26, 2012 at the Kings Fairgrounds. KCOE volunteered to decorate a table this year. This year's table held a "French Bistro" theme complete with a tower and stylish napkins.
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