Transforming Spaces

Innovation is kicking off in a unique way at Brunswick High School as the learning environment shifts from a traditional setting with desks and little movement to one where students have non-traditional seating and are free to move and collaborate. Ms. Tiffeney Brown, BHS Principal has led this transformation through repurposing various spaces in the high school to facilitate 21st Century Learning.  Students are excited and motivated about learning in these new spaces designed with colorful themes and an abundance of materials for peer collaborations and creativity. 

The major area of focus has been transforming the library into a media center designed around a STEAM framework. This transition includes the creation of an interactive lab, a Maker Space room that includes a separate area for circuits, coding, design and robotics, a multimedia room for video production and an open working space equipped with laptops and a ClearTouch interactive board.  The space provides an inviting environment for mental relaxation, creativity, and stimulation. The new media center, also popular area of the high school, and has been reserved by teachers of all subjects.  Recently students visited the Maker Space room to paint and create crafts as a way to release stress and mentally prepare for SOL testing.  Teachers have also been busy with learning how to use the ClearTouch interactive board and facilitating SOL review using the board. 

students in lab.

Mrs. Dalgis Mejia, high school Spanish teacher, recently facilitated a learning experience for her Spanish students in the interactive lab. Students participated in Skype sessions with their Colombian penpals to use their foreign language skills to learn about each other’s culture.  The media center has proven to be a valuable part of the high school as students now have the opportunity for creation, design, production and real world learning experiences. 

How Secure is Your Data?

SVRTC members gathered Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Nottoway High school’s mini auditorium for the last meeting of the 2018-19 year.  Ten divisions were represented (Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Danville, Franklin City, Hopewell City, Lunenburg, Nottoway, Prince Edward and Sussex).

Man presenting to group of people.

The main topic for the meeting was securing data presented by guest speakers, Justin Wilkins and Steve Rennard, from Varonis.  Members learned how Varonis can do a risk assessment of a division’s data to identify the data weaknesses, highlight security vulnerabilities and make recommendations. The initial assessments are complimentary and the pricing is based on the number of users.  They discussed several examples of where data was breached and the information became public along with several examples of data being ransomed. For more information about the presentation, please review their slides or contact the company.

Woman with glasses on.

Bill Wilson, Senior Technology Engineer for ITTIP and SVRTC, brought a couple technologies for the group to be aware of. One was a nine-dollar wireless camera. The other technology was a set of prism glasses in which you enables you to look forward, but see “down”. The glasses were passed around for members to check out!

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