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 VOLUME 7, ISSUE 2
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2010 

C. Blohm & Associates

Dairy Dispatch


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A Holiday Classic

Frosty the Snowman originated as a popular song written by Walter “Jack” Rollins and Steve Nelson, and was first recorded by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys in 1950.  Written after the success of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” Frosty was adapted to other media, including A Little Golden Book story edition (published in 1950), a short film version (developed in 1954), and a television special.  The TV version of Frosty made its debut on Dec. 7, 1969.   Multiple sequels followed, including “Frosty’s Winter Wonderland” (1976), in which Frosty gets married, and “Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July” (1979).  Many years later, “Frosty Returns” was broadcast in 1992, and “The Legend of Frosty the Snowman” appeared in 2005.

Frosty Golden Book

Frosty's Golden Books debut in 1950.
Source: hubpages.com/hub/Best-Childrens-Picture-Books-for-Christmas.

The song is about a snowman who comes to life when a group of children find a magical hat and place it on his head.  Frosty and the kids share some playful adventures before he has to “hurry on his way.”  At the end of their adventures together, the children are saddened by Frosty leaving; however, he reassures them, “I'll be back again some day!”

Source: Wikipedia.org (en.wikipedia.org/
wiki/Frosty_the_Snowman)

A ‘Frosty’ TV Show Q & A

What makes Frosty come to life?
The magic hat

What is the first thing Frosty says when he comes to life?
Happy Birthday

What is the professor’s name that wants his hat back?
Professor Hinkle

How do the kids plan on getting Frosty to the North Pole?
By train

What was in the refrigerated boxcar that Frosty hid in?
Ice cream and frozen cakes

What was the name of the little girl who went to the North Pole with Frosty?
Karen

Source: Encyclopedia FunTrivia
(funtrivia.com/en/Television/Frosty-the-Snowman-11594.html)

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News For a Winter's Eve

Capstone Digital received two 2010 EDDIE Awards for its products PebbleGo™ and Capstone Interactive Library™.  PebbleGo, an interactive database that introduces research concepts while improving reading skills, was honored in the Early Elementary Reading and Science Website category.  In addition, Capstone Interactive Library, which provides online access to interactive titles for emergent, struggling and reluctant readers, won in the best Language Arts Website for Middle School category.  Read more…

Discovery Education launched a mobile platform that allows users to stream educational content on the iPad, and is available at no additional cost to existing subscribers.  The initial launch includes 33,000 video assets from the company’s award-winning services, including Discovery Education streaming, Discovery Education Science and Discovery Education Health.  In the coming months, Discovery Education will be adding more multimedia assets and other resources to this extensive online collection.  Read more…

In an effort to make broadband connectivity affordable for schools and libraries, the FCC released the National Broadband Orders.  Most significant for E-rate participants is that the funding cap will be indexed to the general economy inflation to allow applicants to get more for their money.  To keep E-rate stakeholders abreast of these changes, Funds For Learning created a centralized repository for news related to the National Broadband Orders: fundsforlearning.com/fcc-e-rate-broadband-OrdersRead more…

Morgan’s Wonderland, PCI Education and WeAreTeachers named seven-year-old Brenden Baker the grand prize winner of a free trip to the world’s first ultra-accessible family fun park.  Nominated by Marsha Stewart, teacher at Abilene Independent School District, Brenden has Desbuquois Syndrome, an extremely rare form of Dwarfism.  Marsha also will receive a suite of PCI Education curriculum products for her classroom.  Read more…

Shmoop, a digital curriculum company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching materials, now offers Site Licenses for schools, districts and public libraries. Affordable group rates are available on these subscription products: Test Prep (for SAT, PSAT, AP Exams) and Teacher’s Editions.  Shmoop also will give group rates to homeschooling collectives.  Shmoop Site Licenses provide students, teachers and patrons access to Shmoop subscription products anywhere Web access is available.  Read more…

Key Curriculum Press announced the launch of its free online community Sketchpad Sketch Exchange™.  Designed for math educators, Sketch Exchange facilitates the sharing of Sketchpad activities, tips and questions, while connecting with peers in the community forum.  The Geometer’s Sketchpad® offers a visual interactive learning experience that will help elementary, middle and high school students better understand a range of mathematical concepts.  Read more…

AutismPro was recently honored by Tech & Learning magazine as an Award of Excellence winner in the New Product category. The company received recognition for its flagship product, AutismPro, which provides online professional development, case management, and evidence-based classroom resources to help educators and school staff members effectively manage and teach students with autism. This year, developers of 78 educational hardware, software, network, and web products and services were recognized for their enriching contributions to learning.  Read more…

PBS TeacherLine now offers a research-based professional development course created by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).  “Letting Mathematics Lead” focuses on the skills and knowledge students need to understand and master math, and how teachers can set learning goals for students.  During the course, teachers reflect on their instructional practices in the context of national teaching standards to discover methods that improve math learning.  Read more…

Lightspeed Systems’ expanded High Capacity Network Solution offers smart Web filtering for up to 10 gigabits of traffic to help school districts meet their growing network security and management needs.  Lightspeed Systems is offering Lightspeed Rocket, Web Access Manager in versions that are designed to handle more traffic and more complex school networks.  Web Access Manager comes equipped with My Big Campus, a software feature that integrates online resource management and collaboration into the security suite to help streamline IT administration and more.  Read more…

Inspire Elementary Students With Engineering,” a new online professional development course from PBS TeacherLine, helps preK-6 grade teachers build on their subject-area knowledge while learning innovative instructional strategies they can apply immediately in the classroom to teach engineering concepts.  Teachers learn how to provide students with an early foundation in engineering through standards-based science, math and reading curricula, and to help students develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.  The course was developed by the Institute for P-12 Engineering Research and Learning within the Purdue University School of Engineering Education, and is open for enrollment for the Winter 2010-11 term.  Learn more…

Through a one-to-one laptop program and the STI InformationNOW Web-based student information system, Crescent Public Schools in Crescent, Okla., has provided an engaging, personalized learning environment and dramatically improved parental involvement.  InformationNOW provides the district with a critical lifeline for teachers to increase productivity, monitor individual student progress, and maintain communications with parents.  An online portal gives parents 24/7 access to their children’s grades, discipline reports, attendance and more to stay informed and involved in the school.  Learn more…

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