New hires, new tools, new results…?

This school year is shepherding in lots of changes in Buckeye state schools! Vacancies in Central Ohio have allowed districts to hire more entry-level teachers. More than two-thirds of new hires in the Hilliard, Westerville, and Worthington districts are first-year teachers; administrators in these districts are looking forward to professionals who are versed in “the latest trends in education with best practices and new technology.”

Southwest Ohio is sending out its first class of Teach For America corps members this year. They will serve schools in greater Cincinnati, Dayton, and northern Kentucky, where everyone in the classroom is sure to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the face of the new school season.

Classrooms are getting tech savvy in Maumee Valley Country Day School, where $156,000 will be spent to expand its one-to-one technology program and purchase 360 Apple iPads. Students will use the tablets to take notes, learn geography with Google Earth, make video homework projects, and much more.

Many school districts this year are replacing chalk boards and overhead projectors with laptops and interactive white boards in alignment with the upcoming Common Core State Standards. Students will be tested online starting in 2014-15, and districts are getting their technology up to par for what one Kettering administrator calls a “greener, paperless” future.

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