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Is anyone else ready for spring? Well at Interactive Achievement we’re getting cabin fever and we have a feeling you are too! Due to the latest snow storm, we are holding a Cabin Fever photo contest through our Facebook page.

You can tag us in photos on Facebook or send them to BeSocial@interactiveachievment.com and we’ll upload them for you! The photo with the most “likes” will win an IA t-shirt!! The contest will run through Monday, March 11th and voting will end at midnight on the same Monday.

We know you’re starting to spending way too much time on Pinterest, and we wanted to give you something else to do on these cold days. Photos can be scenic, funny, adventurous, or whatever scream…bring on Spring!

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Program Users are Making Our Software Better!

At Interactive Achievement, we love hearing from our clients and suggestions have been rolling in from our users to improve their experience with our onTRAC (online Teacher Resource and Assessment Community) and TRACbook LDS programs. We’d like to thank Sherry P. from Amelia County Public Schools in Virginia for letting us know our “Not Active” wording in the Testing Center interface was confusing. She recommended that we change the wording to better reflect what was happening- well Sherry if you log in you’ll notice it now says “not testing!”

We appreciate all of our clients and want to make their user experience the best it can be! Visit our website and add suggestions under our News & Info tab anytime!

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The Start-Up Kids is Coming to The Lyric Theater and The Taubman Museum

The Start-Up Kids is a documentary about young entrepreneurs all over the world. The story allows them to share their story from conception to where it is today. Some of the stories are from companies many of us may know well: Vimeo and Dropbox.

As a small company that began with an idea and an entrepreneurial spirit, we want to invite you to attend one of the events. The Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council will be showing the film twice this month. The event is $5.00 per person.

Blacksburg, VA
When: February 19, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Where: The Lyric Theater
*Networking will follow at PKs at 8:15pm

Roanoke, VA
When: February 21, 2013
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: The Taubman Museum
*Networking begins at 5:00pm at Billy’s Restaurant; movie starts at 6:30pm

Register HERE!

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You’re Never Too Young to be an Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs come in all shapes, sizes, and ages. Twelve year old, Zach Marks is the latest one making the news. Zach, who had been kicked off Facebook twice for being under age, wanted a social network where he and his friends could communicate and share thoughts, ideas, photos,and even educational content! With the capital investment from his brother, Zach started Grom Social, a social network for kids under the age of 17.

Grom Social’s features include integration with Instagram and Twitter and even has tutors on hand to help students with homework. So, here’s the real question- does Mark Zuckerberg have anything to worry about?

Check out the Entrepreneur article about Zach Marks.

Check out Grom Social.

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Secondary English Content Specialist

Hiring Department: Content

Position: Full-time Secondary English Content Specialist

Start Date: April 1, 2013 (Can be flexible based on current contracts)

Job Description: The Content Specialist is responsible for creating and maintaining content for IA products (e.g., onTRAC’s test item bank).

Full a full job description and contact information visit the Careers section of our website.

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Say Thank You to Your Favorite Educator

Herff Jones, a company that many will know for selling class rings, graduation announcements, and yearbooks, just to name a few, is also sponsoring the Teacher Shout Out contest. The company will reward the top 10 educators and their schools! For more information visit the Teacher Shout Out website.

Do you know an educator that deserves a pat on the back? Make it officially by sending them a Shout Out by March 15th and vote for your favorite Shout Outs until April 30th.

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Are you prepared for

Digital Learning Day?

What is Digital Learning Day (DLD)? According to www.digitallearningday.org “Digital Learning Day is a national campaign that celebrates teachers and shines a spotlight on successful instructional practice and effective use of technology in classrooms across the country.”

When is Digital Learning Day? February 6, 2013

How can you participate in DLD? It’s easy and FREE to sign up. Sign up HERE!

If you want more information you can follow Digital Learning Day- @DLDay2013 or use the hashtag #DLDay to follow the conversation! Like them on Facebook too!

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Teaching Kids about New Year’s Resolutions

With the start of the New Year many people are talking about the changes they hope to make in their lives this year. Whether it’s to lose weight or start a new hobby, the start of a new year always leaves people wondering how they want to enhance their lives, and what kind of changes they want to make. While evaluating your life as an adult can be difficult, explaining this to your kids is definitely a challenge!

New Year’s Resolutions can be about more than just a way to change your life for the better, they can also be a great opportunity to teach your kids about making a decision and following through with it over an extended period of time.

Here is a list of a few New Year’s Resolutions for different age groups:
Preschool:
     -I will brush my teeth twice a day
     -I will wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating
     -I will clean up my toys

Elementary:
     -I will do my homework on time
     -I will be nice to other kids. I’ll be friendly to kids who need friends – like someone who is shy, or is new to my school.
     -I will wear my seat belt every time I get in the car.
     -I will apply sunscreen before I go outdoors.

Teen:
     -I will eat at least one fruit and one vegetable every day.
     -I will help out in my community – through volunteering, working with community groups or by joining a group that helps people in need.
     -When I feel angry or stressed out, I will take a break and find constructive ways to deal with the stress, such as exercising, reading, writing in a journal or discussing my problem with a parent or friend.
(Resources from: The Guardian and Happy Wink)

Do you teach your students about resolutions? Share your ideas with us!

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Bullying Prevention Month

Bullying is a huge problem in and outside of our schools today. With so many people having access to the internet, cyberbullying has become a new avenue for targeting individuals. According to 2010 statistics provided by Bullying Statistics, 2.7 million students were victims of cyberbullying.

Other bullying statistics:
- Over half, about 56 percent, of all students have witnesses a bullying crime take place while at school.

- A reported 15 percent of all students who don’t show up for school report it to being out of fear of being bullied while at school.

- There are about 71 percent of students that report bullying as an on-going problem.

- About one out of every 10 students drops out or changes schools because of repeated bullying.

- Some of the top years for bullying include 4th through 8th graders in which 90 percent were reported as victims of some kind of bullying.

- There are about 282,000 students that are reportedly attacked in high schools throughout the nation each month.

So what can we do to help our children and our students?

1. Kids Health has several resources ranging from Teacher’s Guides for Bullying to Teaching Kids Not to Bully to Helping Children Deal with Bullying.

2. Stories of Us is a website dedicated to “Promoting Positive Peer Relationships.” The website has resources for educators, students, and the community. They even have videos you can share with your students.

3. Make Beats Not Beat Downs is a non-profit organization using art and music to help both bullies and those that are bullied.

4. Stomp Out Bullying is initiative that gives not only resources for dealing with bullying, but works with teens to become ambassadors for the cause. Stomp Out Bullying also has a hotline that people can call for advice.

Share your resources for the prevention of bullying in your school and community. Together we can make a difference.

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“As a nation, we must find the courage and the conviction to take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies – now.”
-President Obama



Helping kids cope with tragedies at school

In light of the recent events in Newtown, Connecticut, we’d like to share some resources for talking to your children and/or students about dealing with such tragedies.

The U.S. Department of Education shares “Resources for Schools to Prepare for and Recover from Crisis.”

One of their recommendations is to “give children the chance to talk, write, or draw to express their emotions. Please create the time and space for them to do that.”

Another resource the U.S. DOE has in their blog is “Resources for Parents following Traumatic Events.”

The National Association of School Psychologists also has resources for teachers and parents to help make children feel safe after a crisis.

If you have any additional resources, please share them with our readers.

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