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 VOLUME 8, ISSUE 1
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2011

C. Blohm & Associates

Dairy Dispatch


You Can Never Have Enough Cheese in Your News

Milton's Cara-nundrum

Caramel has been a favorite American candy since the 17th century. It was first made from caramelized sugar and water, producing hard (not soft and chewy) caramels. Soft caramel first hit the scene in 1850, when an adventurous chef added milk and fat to the cooked sugar mixture. Interestingly, caramel really became an American staple when Milton Hershey (of the Hershey chocolate dynasty) began working for the Lancaster Caramel Company.

Milton Hershey

Hershey wanted to improve upon the existing caramel recipe (his idea being to cover caramels with chocolate), which led him to start his own caramel company. Through his chocolate/caramel experimentation, Hershey became extremely fascinated with chocolate, eventually selling off his caramel company to found Hershey’s.

Sources: StoryPhoto.

Stick It To the Apple

A favorite fall treat using caramel is, of course, the caramel apple. Gaining popularity in the 1960s, the caramel apple of the 2000s is much more than just an apple, caramel and nuts. Many high-end restaurants and catering services offer “gourmet” apples featuring chocolate, candies and marshmallows. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Milpitas, Calif., has a line of unique caramel apples ranging in price from $5.25-$9.25 per apple.

Caramel apples

One of their most popular is the “Cheesecake Apple,” which is covered in layers of caramel, sweet white chocolate, and crushed graham crackers. Their behemoth “Rocky Road Caramel Apple” is dipped in caramel, rolled in chopped walnuts and marshmallows, and drizzled with milk and white chocolate.

Source: rockymountainchocolatefactory.com

Basic Caramel Apple Recipe

Those variations on the humble caramel apple sound pretty compelling, but if you believe, as we do, that some things can't be improved upon, let's go back to 20th century basics and put some crispy autumn apples to good use.

Ingredients
• 6 apples
• 1 14 oz. package individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped.
• 2 tablespoons milk
• 1 dollop of butter
• 6 craft sticks

Making caramel

Directions
1. Remove the stem from each apple and press a craft stick into the top. Butter a baking sheet.

2. Place caramels and milk in a microwave safe bowl, and microwave 2 minutes, stirring once. Allow to cool briefly.

3. Roll each apple quickly in caramel sauce until well coated. Place on prepared sheet to set.

Making a lei

Source: allrecipes.com

Mark Your Calendar

CoSN Webinar:
Planning the Shift
from Print to Digital

October 11, 2011, 1 p.m. EDT
Register at www.cosn.org

CODiE Awards
Nomination Deadline

October 14, 2010, 5 p.m. EDT
For more information, visit www.siia.net/codies/2012/

SIIA Ed Tech Business Forum
November 28-29, New York
Register at www.siia.net/etbf/2011/

Educational Publishing
Hall of Fame

December 1, New York
Register at www.AEPweb.org/fame

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The Sweet Spot - CB&A Client News

The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, the National Science Teachers Association, and the College Board launched the fourth annual Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge. In this national sustainability challenge, students use scientific investigation and web-based tools powered by Discovery Education to create green solutions. The contest encourages all students, kindergarten through 12th grade, to collaborate with classmates and solve environmental problems in their school, community and world. A panel of environmental experts and educators will judge the projects and award prizes totaling more than $250,000. The deadline for all Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge entries is March 15, 2012. Read more…

Funds For Learning, a leading E-rate compliance services firm, applauded an Order from the FCC that added the requirements outlined in the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act to the existing Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requirements. Beginning in Funding Year 2012, schools receiving E-rate funding for Internet Access or Internal Connections must verify that they have updated their Internet safety policy. New provisions to safety policies must include education for minors about appropriate online behavior. Funds For Learning commended the Order, stating that the changes should help “foster a generation of responsible Internet users.” Read more…

A new iPad® app hit the market from Key Curriculum Press last month. Offering an intuitive environment for exploring Dynamic Geometry® mathematics, Sketchpad Explorer™  provides access to the library of The Geometer’s Sketchpad® mathematics content on the web – including Sketch Exchange, the Sketchpad Resource Center and dozens of teacher-published websites – where users can view and share sketches across a range of mathematics topics and levels. Sketchpad Explorer will be available free until Nov. 1, after which the price per unit will be $3.99. The Geometer’s Sketchpad is the most widely used learning tool for mathematics education in the world. Read more…

Special education teachers nationwide have the opportunity to earn funding while sharing best practices, thanks to a grant sponsored by PCI Education in celebration of the company’s 20th anniversary. To apply, educators must submit a favorite lesson plan or activity for students with special needs to the online community WeAreTeachers by Oct. 11. The teacher receiving the most online votes will receive a $200 cash grant, Flip Video camera and a $200 gift certificate. In addition, the next 15 teachers who receive the most votes will receive a $200 gift certificate to spend on teacher materials from PCI Education. Read more…

In honor of the new school year, Shmoop debuted two new subject areas for its free online Learning Guides, Biology and Mythology. Shmoop Learning Guides are designed to make material more appealing to teens by infusing humor and pop culture. Shmoop Biology links ecology to Finding Nemo, and explains why nematodes do more than destroy SpongeBob’s pineapple house. To help students learn about Greek, Roman and Norse mythology, Shmoop’s team of private investigators infiltrated the Facebook profiles, email inboxes and photo albums of the gods. Shmoop now spans 12 subject areas and offers more than 750 free Learning Guides. Read more…

eChalk introduced a mobile app that gives students, parents and teachers access to the company’s online communication and collaboration software on iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch® and Android® devices. The app provides a way for parents and students to stay in touch with school activities, assignments and discussions from virtually anywhere. Parents and students can view grades, homework, learning resources, and receive timely notifications, and teachers have the ability to view content and send information from a mobile device. In addition to the mobile app, eChalk is enhancing its software to seamlessly integrate with Google Apps for Education and Microsoft Live@edu by the end of the year. Read more…

As teachers increasingly seek support on how the Common Core State Standards will impact their classrooms, Kaplan K12 Learning Services has launched an online toolkit to help them make the transition. Kaplan’s Teach!® Strategies & Resources is a Web-based platform that includes robust instructional and professional development resources designed to support rigorous differentiated instruction, training and assessment. Despite budget constraints, experts believe investing in professional development is critical for teacher and student success. Teach! Strategies & Resources costs $1,900 for an annual school license for all teachers and $59 for an annual individual teacher license. Read more…

As schools face one of the toughest education funding crises in decades, i21 zone from STI Achievement Services offers a solution that helps educators utilize their current technology more effectively to improve student learning while maximizing investments. Partnering with educators, STI provides research-based instructional practices, mentoring, and leadership coaching focused on technology integration. The service has generated successful results at West Point School District in Mississippi, where educators are incorporating i21 zone into an initiative that provides laptops to all high school seniors. By utilizing current technology to its full extent, educators can reduce costs while improving learning gains for students. Read more…

Califone continues to expand its 21st Century classroom offerings with the addition of the PA419 and the AV2. The PA419 is a portable presentation system with an iPhone/iPod docking station enabling educators to incorporate the latest digital media into any classroom, auditorium or athletic field. This versatility helps educators keep students actively engaged and learning in virtually any school setting. The AV2 holds student interest by providing education’s first Flash-enabled, all-in-one portable mobile device. Students can download interactive games and music, capture still images and videos, read eBooks, and record audio. The AV2 serves as an upgraded CardMaster card reader, a popular tool among reading specialists, elementary educators, and speech-language pathologists, providing a modern solution for literacy and language development. Read more…

A new service, CollegeSolved.com, allows prospective college students to learn more about a college’s campus experience through a host of interactive tools, including a college search and comparison tool, a personality map that charts student traits at hundreds of campuses, a college recommendation engine, and data including expected graduate salaries and financial aid grants. College hopefuls can use the CollegiateChat® feature to call current students at hundreds of U.S. colleges, and the CounselorConnect® feature to consult college admissions experts. Read more…

On average, schools spend $10,000 per teacher on professional development training each year. But does the money spent really result in improved students and schools? According to Alvin Crawford, CEO of Knowledge Delivery Systems (KDS), the real problems lie not with the students, but with the teachers, principals and administrators. In his recent Education Week commentary, “Bringing Professional Development Into the 21st Century,” Crawford argues that the only effective way to truly fix this problem is through online, strategic professional development. Read more…

Use of the digital teaching platform Time To Know is expanding quickly, leading to an additional 25 classrooms this fall alone. Time To Know is a teacher-led, online curriculum system that features a Digital Teaching Platform designed for one-to-one computing classrooms. With the teacher at the center, Time To Know engages students with interactive multimedia lessons, individualizes instruction, and promotes the development of critical thinking skills. After successful pilot programs, Time To Know is being used by the Wylie Independent School District and Grand Prairie Independent School District in Texas, four Catholic schools in New York, and an Achievement First Charter School in Connecticut. It's also used in select New York public schools and a charter school. Read more...

E2020, Inc., one of the fastest growing providers of online curriculum, recently joined forces with Giant Campus, Inc., which offers high-interest elective courses in technology, digital arts, business, and engineering. Together, the firms provide schools and districts with the curriculum needed for core and elective courses to prepare students for college and STEM-focused careers. With the acquisition, e2020 has the most comprehensive online STEM curriculum, combining e2020’s rigorous suite of math and science courses with the best in technology and engineering electives from Giant Campus. Read more…

During the 2010-2011 school year, more than 240 middle school teachers in New York used Editure Digital School Solutions (DDS), a professional development consulting service that can be completed on-site or online. Over the course of the year, those teachers using DDS nearly doubled their use of technology to differentiate instruction on a daily basis compared to those who did not use DDS. In addition, after one year of DDS support, over 50 percent of teachers who never integrated computers into their classroom lessons are now doing so regularly. DDS consultants have more than 15 years of experience at all levels of the education system, and are experts in both education and emerging education technologies. Read more...

On Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. ET, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) will kick off its 2011-2012 Internet and Education Webinar series with “Planning for the Shift from Print to Digital.” The webinar will provide insight and ideas for K-12 education technology leaders on collaborating at a district-wide level to seamlessly coordinate the shift from print to digital. The CoSN 2011-2012 webinar series will include six interactive sessions, including one free bonus event in conjunction with the CoSN Annual Conference. The webinars are free to members, and non-members may purchase access to individual events. Read more…

The Software and Education Industry Association (SIIA) is accepting nominations for the 2012 CODiE awards. The first round of deadlines is Oct. 7 for content categories, and Oct. 14 for software and education categories. In its 27th year, the SIIA CODiE Awards recognize excellence in business software, digital content, and education technology industries. The CODiEs are the industry’s only peer-reviewed awards program, meaning winners are honored and recognized by companies they respect and sometimes compete with. The CODiEs board has made a few modifications to the awards program for 2012, including revised categories, changes to subcategories, and a better judging experience. Read more…

VizZle, the easy-to-use, web-based authoring tool that empowers educators to create fun, interactive, visually-supported curriculum customized to the needs of children with autism and other learning challenges, is empowering even more educators with the adoption of its programs by four of the biggest school districts in the U.S. VizZle will now be used by students and teachers in Miami, Cleveland, Los Angeles, and Jefferson County, Co. Los Angeles and Jefferson County were able to implement VizZle using funding specifically allotted to special education program enrichment. Read more...

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