October News Notes from Dakota Conference Education
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Thoughts From Under the Desk . . . 

--Brad Gienger, Children's Ministries/Sabbath School/Pathfinders
“New Year, New You” is often the way so many think during this early part of the year. The turning of the calendar allows for an extra bit of motivation in making changes in one's life, perhaps you have already made a list. Some are making fitness changes, others dietary. Perhaps a career change or a new focus in an old career. God be with all of us as we work toward our selected life change. It is worth, in the course of discussing resolutions, to consider Spiritual changes.
Jesus tells a parable about a Sower (Matt. 13:1-9) in which He describes different types of soil: hard soil (the path), rocky soil, thorny soil, and good soil. Jesus describes these soils respectively (Matt. 13:18-23) as: people who hear the word and don't understand, people who hear the word but don't let it take root, people who are distracted by worldly things, and people who hear the word and understand it. The parable offers us a chance to look at our own lives as a similar field. What are the areas of my life that I simply don't allow the word in? What are the areas in my life that I never allow the word deeper than the surface? What parts of my life are choked out by ungodly cares? There is immense value for each of us in considering areas of our life that have yet to become “good soil”. Regardless of who you are and what your field looks like may we all bear in mind the need of that Seed, that Word, who is Jesus Christ that the Sower is diligently sowing into our lives.

Heard Around the Conference. . .

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School of the Month - 
Brentwood Adventist Christian School

Article by Mrs. Joyce Freese, Head Teacher

December is a busy time at Brentwood. The annual Christmas program this year included music provided by students and church members. Shopping with friends for other children is a highlight each year for students. This year we focused on buying toys to donate to Aid Inc. for their Care and Share program. It is amazing how the money that is donated at our Christmas program and that students bring, can buy so many great things when we are buying for others! Delivering cookies to the forty-three homes in Brentwood’s neighborhood is another activity that keeps students focused on giving to others. This year we found a number of people home at the time we were out delivering. It was a very cold day but being able to sing to those who came to the door made our day.    

 This second semester we will be looking for ways  to share with others inside our school as well as  our churches and neighbors.

Photo Credits: Joyce Freese) 

Technology Matters

Best History Websites
Best of History Web Sites aims to provide quick, convenient, and reliable access to the best history-oriented resources online in a wide range of categories and has been designed to benefit history teachers and their students; however, general history enthusiasts will benefit from the site as well. Ranked #1 by Google for history web sites, Best of History Web Sitesd receives upwards of 100,000 visitors per month.
With links to over 1200 history-related web sites that have been reviewed for quality, accuracy, and usefulness, the site also includes links to K-12 history lesson plans, teacher guides, activities, games, quizzes, and more. Sites with engaging educational content and stimulating and useful multimedia technologies are most likely to be included in these pages. However, useful general resources and research-oriented sites have been included as well. Best History Websites

A New Site Lets You Walk the British Museum From Your Desk
Users can now browse the permanent galleries of the British Museum the same way they might look for the precise location of a restaurant on Google Street View. That’s because the British Museum recently unveiled the results of its partnership with the Google Cultural Institute (GCI): the world’s largest Google Street View of an interior space, covering nine floors and 85 permanent galleries of the museum.  
The virtual walk-through enables anyone in the world with an Internet connection to explore the roughly 80,000 artifacts on display (which is just 1% of the total collection of at least eight million objects) just as they’re presented in the museum, from the Lewis Chessmen and cat mummies to famously contested artifacts such as the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles. Visitors start in the yawning expanse of the museum’s Great Court, the largest public square in Europe, with early morning light filtering through the 3,312 glass roof panes. All of the images stitched together into the Street View were captured before and after museum visiting hours, and the galleries of the United Kingdom’s top tourist attraction appear surreally empty.
In addition to the Street View, the British Museum collection at the GCI features virtual exhibits, an experimental "microsite" that maps all of the collections along a single timeline, and high-resolution, zoomable images of more than 4,500 selected objects with descriptions.

Adventist Learning Community

  • Adventist K-12 School Board Legal and Financial Issues Training

  • Pastoral Professional Development: The Ministerial Directors Course is for the purposes of training and equipping pastors across North America to utilize the Adventist Learning Community to record, report, and track CEU credits for Pastors.

  • Nearpod is an innovative mobile presentation platform that allows teachers to create and/or download interactive multimedia presentations for live in-class lessons and engaging homework activities. To encourage active partnership amongst our outstanding community of Adventist educators, we are offering a specific number of Nearpod accounts with the full functionality of the district license. The district license includes full multimedia capabilities, 20 GB of storage per teacher, a private library of Nearpod lessons collectively created and curated by your fellow colleagues, and many other benefits as outlined in this plan breakdown. Additionally, we are also able to offer $50 for the first 100 completed, qualifying Nearpod lessons. We have included a link to our Nearpod lesson plan template with the aim of promoting a clear understanding of our ideal lesson format. Links to Nearpod’s high-quality training tools, which are meant to aid in maximizing your usage of this cutting-edge platform, are included. As with any educational enterprise we undertake, our continued prayer is that this project inspires profound growth in today’s learners both as students of knowledge and followers of Christ.

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