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 The Jefferson County Educational Service Center (JCESC) was one of 88 county school districts established in 1914 by the Ohio General Assembly.  County school districts were charged with responsibility for elevating the state’s system of education to a proper standard, and the work of county staff was primarily regulatory and compliance-driven.  Staff developed courses of study, provided teacher inservice training, and supervised classrooms.  In 1995, county school districts were renamed educational service centers, a title that appropriately describes a shift in focus from compliance to service and reflects the current work of ESCs. 

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VLA Officials to Present at Conference
STEUBENVILLE-Representatives with the Jefferson County Educational Service Center’s Virtual Learning Academy will be among the speakers during the 2023 Ohio Educational Technology Conference on Feb. 14-16.    VLA Director Mark Masloski and VLA Assistant Director Martariesa Fiala attend with Shawn Hicklin, a science teacher for United Local Schools in Columbiana County, during the venue at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The OETC, which is presented by the Ohio Department of Education, is one of the premier P-20 state educational technology conferences in the U.S. According to the ODE, it draws more than 4,500 educational technology professionals and enthusiasts to explore the forefront of P-20 learning and innovation in Ohio. It is designed to “cultivate partnerships, promote collaboration, deliver high-quality information and make technology accessible and enjoyable for educators” and attracts teachers, curriculum and technology coordinators, administrators, higher education professors and administrators, and everyone who is interested in learning more about what’s happening in technology today.      Masloski and Hicklin will present on “Online Learning Dashboard:  The Unknown Feature of ProgressBook,” during educational sessions Wednesday from 1-2 p.m. while Masloski and Fiala will speak on “Looking to Track Your Students’ Offline Time? We Can Help!” on Thursday from 9:15-10:15 a.m.    Seventy-five percent of school districts statewide utilize ProgressBook but may not be aware of the feature known as the “Online Learning Dashboard.” Masloski said school districts that use ProgressBook and engage students in online learning will gain an understanding about the tool during the session.    “The Online Learning Dashboard in ProgressBook is the landing page for teachers' materials. You can access courses, activities, grading screens, settings screens, the recycle bin, the ProgressBook Library and more from your Dashboard,” he said.    Among some of the important features are courses which can be linked to one or more GradeBook classes and content such as learning activities, quiz assessments and resources that students can use. Custom content may also be created in collaboration with other teachers and curriculum directors and all Online Learning Dashboard features align with state academic standards and enables blended learning. Because it is seamlessly linked to GradeBook, online assignments and grades can be managed in a single location.   “The Online Learning Dashboard will provide everyone in your district with a meaningful student experience. Your school district can regain valuable time from tedious, manual tasks with automated grade reporting—everything from access to real-time data and ease of use to reliable, secure, and compliant processes,” Masloski noted. “Your teachers can create online assignments and quizzes to utilize during the school day, at home and even create assignments in the future. Parents will have access to the right information at the right time. They will easily access grades and course progress, and students will easily engage with online assignments and quizzes. This also contains amazing features that every teacher will love. This wonderful tool will help educators run an inclusive classroom by allowing teachers to assign multiple versions of the same test. One can also add many of your favorite tools you're already using into the Online Learning Dashboard via the embed feature.    “Using ProgressBook's Online Learning Dashboard will change your life. This is the one tool every educator needs to save time, give feedback and gamify our classes for the next generation.”    Meanwhile, Masloski and Fiala will discuss tracking students’ offline time during remote learning with the Learning Management System (LMS).    “LMS tracks online time when students log into their accounts and complete assignments, which accounts for their seat time. These assignments can include content, engagement activities, and assessments. What about the time students spend working outside the LMS, on a call from the school or at an out-of-school site? Educators can track students' time by adding offline time. The ODE has approved that this offline learning time can be utilized and recorded as part of student seat time,” Masloski commented.    E-schools have learning opportunities that are not tracked by the school's online system and that take place offline or not on a computer. Schools also need to track student offline learning opportunities and have those opportunities checked and approved by teachers. These include non-computer, non-classroom learning opportunities such as reading, research, completing assignments offline, phone calls with students to discuss coursework, field trips and credit-bearing work experience. A teacher can certify these learning experiences so that the time a student spends doing them can be included in their seat time. The Virtual Learning Academy LMS supports students, teachers, and administrators to add the time students work outside the LMS. In addition to the time log, student work, including pdf activities, word documents, pictures, and movies, can be attached as evidence of the offline time.    Per ODE, remote learning can be viewed as a continuum, depending on the unique circumstances of a school, its educational delivery partners, and the connectivity, abilities, disabilities, and ages of students. If possible, remote learning plans should include an array of learning opportunities that are both online and offline to accommodate these unique circumstances. Wherever a school is on this continuum, the Virtual Learning Academy LMS can support you in providing learning opportunities and ensuring that your students receive credit for their time.    “This feature is not exclusive to students. School districts with the 21st or Learning Loss Grants can adapt it for use with adults within their learning community. It can be used by staff and volunteers to log their time or to support their professional development,” Masloski concluded. (Photo Caption: Jefferson County Educational Service Center Virtual Learning Academy Director Mark Masloski, Assistant Director Martariesa Fiala and United Local School District science teacher Shawn Hicklin will be presenters during the 2023 Ohio Educational Technology Conference at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on Feb. 14-16 and will discuss the little-known “Online Learning Dashboard” feature of the ProgressBook program and tracking students offline time during remote learning. OETC, which is being presented by the Ohio Department of Education, is one of the premier P-20 state educational technology conferences in the U.S. and draws more than 4,500 educational technology professionals and enthusiasts to explore the forefront of learning and innovation in Ohio.)
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