Ecoff parents hopped on the E-Train

Around 600 parents and students were eager to hop on the E-Train – Ecoff, Edmodo and Engineering – for a pizza dinner and a 21st Century Skills Open House at Ecoff Elementary.   Along with meeting the school’s community partners last Thursday evening, parents learned more about their student’s Children’s Engineering Approach, Edmodo and  discovered how Blended Learning helps students achieve.  

Joshua P. Cole, Ph.D., principal at Ecoff, said due to the interest from parents, the event was broken into two sessions. “The Children’s Engineering projects were a huge draw because the students talked about them so much at home,” he said.  “We are encouraging our students to be problem based learners with a focus on solving problems by brainstorming solutions, creating solutions they think are best, testing their solutions and then evaluating their solution for continuing their own learning.”

“Many parents were also interested to learn more about Edmodo and how it all works.”

Edmodo is a secure site that allows teachers and students to communicate and share educational resources with each other safely.  It also helps teachers with grading of in-class assignments and is helping them increase the approach of blended learning by mixing technology with face to face teaching.  “For now, we are focusing on using Edmodo within schools and exposing all of our students to its benefits in school,” he said.

With the educational learning network, Edmodo, comes Blended Learning which involves their teachers face to face teaching skills and combining their talents with the digital assets available at Ecoff which includes computers, netbooks and Promethean Boards.

Parents took time to connect with the school’s community sponsors who were on hand and thanked them for their support.  Community partners attending were Robbins Landscaping, Liberty Bank, Wells Fargo, MetLife, Skateland, Target, CiCi’s Pizza, Ironbridge Sports Park and the Chester Kiwanis.

As a final perk, parents took  home helpful math teaching tips.


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