It's a new year, and in the pursuit of awesomeness we are adding to our Mobile Learning Unit's schedule to create a bigger impact and opportunity for the community. We will continue to support our OPS school buildings like Wakonda and Kennedy Elementary by offering digital citizenship and digital literacy programming for students. The weather is getting nicer and the days are getting longer...we are excited to see our classes again! However, we want to meet families at other locations as well to best meet their needs. Cox Communications has been a supportive partner in this process to expand our wifi and programming coverage.
We would like to introduce the Learning Community Center of North Omaha -- one of our new community partners for the spring! The mission of the Learning Community is "together with school districts and community organizations as partners, we demonstrate, share and implement more effective practices to measurably improve educational outcomes for children and families in poverty." What a positive message that aligns nicely with what we provide on the bus.
To learn more about the Learning Community, check out their website at http://www.learningcommunityds.org/ or follow them on Twitter @LearnComm.
We visited the Learning Community Center of North Omaha for the first time last Saturday. It was great to meet families and students that regularly utilize the Parent University Classes and other abundant resources provided at the location. Our goal was to get a little feedback on the types of classes they would like to see on the MLU. Stay tuned for upcoming programming on digital citizenship, digital literacy, as well as educational student resources.
While we worked with parents on ideas for programming, we had students testing out devices and wifi signals for us! The Learning Community Center offers free childcare for parents who are attending classes. Because we know that students will also be at this location, we can also plan digital literacy activities for them as well!
We look forward to this new partnership and the opportunity to provide digital equity and access to a great community!
We love sharing our Mobile Learning Unit vision with others in the Omaha community, and today we had the pleasure of visiting the 10th annual MOEC Technology Task Force Job-A-Like Collaboration Event hosted at the University of NE at Omaha.
The Metropolitan Omaha Educational Consortium Technology Task Force supports the needs of technology coordinators, facilitators, specialists, technicians, managers, web masters, and other technical support personnel. The Job-A-Like event provides participants an opportunity to solve problems, encourage on-going collaboration, identify solutions, and build networks of support.
Our Mobile Learning Unit was one space that participants had the chance to tour, along with the Creation Lab in the UNO Criss Library. A representative was also present from Metro Community College and discussed their STEM Trailer and Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology (CAET) Building on the MCC Omaha Fort Campus. What a great variety of unique spaces designed to meet the needs of today's diverse learners and emerging technologies. We are #OPSProud to be a part of it!
Rebecca Chambers serves as an Instructional Technology Coach for the Omaha Public Schools by supporting the district’s Turnaround buildings in their instructional technology initiatives, including the first Mobile Learning Unit which serves the North Omaha community.