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Rotary Cogwheel | April 12, 2012

April 12, 2012

Today’s Program | Camilo Presents (O’Neill)

Birthdays: Megan Tsui (4/6)

Next Week: Michael McNally, “Center for Civic Engagement at Carleton” (Hargis)

Last Week:

Tablet technology is poised to transform the modern classroom.

According to Dr. Chris Richardson, superintendent of Northfield Public Schools, and Matt Hillmann, director of Human Resources and Technology, for Northfield Public Schools, we’ve reached the “tipping point” where iPads and android phones will soon elbow the conventional textbook aside, ushering in a new era in primary and secondary education.

“New format learning is anywhere, anytime, any format that makes sense,” Dr. Richardson said.

Teachers lecturing before a class will give way to teachers facilitating and guiding customized learning that honors a student’s learning style, content interest and academic development.

“Instead of being the sage on the stage, they will be guides on the side,” said Dr. Richardson.

Hillmann demonstrated an online textbook for the group. It looked like a standard downloaded book, but there was video and animation embedded in the text. Online texts can be updated continuously, avoiding the problem of conventional textbooks being outdated the minute they come off the press.

Northfield Public Schools is still about two years away from implementing this shift kindergarten through high school. Hillmann said the district is doing its research to develop a sustainable program that is both academically and fiscally responsible. The school board will soon receive a “road map” outlining the steps and a timeline needed to make this happen.

Hillmann said caring, committed teachers will still be the key to student learning, but we cannot ignore technology is reshaping the learning process.

“We need to prepare kids for their future, not our past,” Hillmann said.

New Members: Craig Hall (V. Dilley) and Jon Snodgrass (Rich) were formally inducted into the club. Craig is a nurse anesthetist at Northfield Hospital & Clinics. Jon Snodgrass is employed by Edward D. Jones in Northfield. Welcome Craig and Jon.

Guests:  Kathleen Hanson (Jean Larson) and our exchange students.

Scholarship Enhancement: Jim Blaha

Vicki Dilley is off to Brazil on the GSE trip. You can follow her on her blog.

Mathilde reported that Denmark has reclaimed its standing as the world’s happiest country.

Matt Hillmann is looking for help transporting three high school students to and from Camp RYLA. He needs a driver to take them up on April 20 and one to bring them home on April 24.

Ingrid Sampo, the former Miss Henning, reminded us of the Sixth Annual Northfield Retirement Community Golf Classic on June 4.

David Brown encouraged club members to consider making a donation to the Rotary Foundation as part of “every Rotarian every year” campaign.

Rotary Responders will have a training session on May 5 to learn about what needs to happen within the first eight hours of a disaster. See David Koenig for details.

Rotary District 5960 will hold the District Conference and Assembly on April 14 and 15 in River Falls, Wisconsin.  Officers are encouraged to attend, but it’s open to all Rotarians and is a great way to learn more about Rotary

Coming Up:

April 26 – Mary Quinn Crow. Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer of Northfield Hospital & Clinics (Henke).