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For your convenience, you may download the Home Education Notification Form and Academic Assessment Report from our website. You may drop off or mail your Home Education Notification along with the required academic information to the Preble County ESC, 597 Hillcrest Drive, Eaton, Ohio 45320.

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Academic Assessment Report

You may also submit your Home Education Notification Form online by choosing the "For Students And Parents" section of this website and then choose Home Education Notifcation.

The ESC offers a number of professional development opportunities to help your staff and studenst make the most of technology as a teaching and learning tool.

We also offer technology consultative services designed to help districts develop a strategic and cost effective technology plan. Please contact Mike Corcoran to learn more.


IT-Related Professional Development
Available Training Areas

Google Apps for Education (GAFE)

  • Google Drive (management and collaboration)
  • Gmail: Email setup and use
  • Google Calendar: setup, use, sharing
  • Google Docs: Word processing
  • Google Sheets: Spreadsheet
  • Google Forms: Online interactive form/quiz builder
  • Google Slides: Presentation application (like PowerPoint)
  • Google Classroom: Learning management system (LMS)
  • Google Sites: Website building
  • Third party Add Ins: Any number of add-ins that have a significant impact on capabilities, productivity, and teaching opportunities
  • Google Voice: Internet-based telephony solution
  • YouTube: Using YouTube in the classroom to improve lesson development and student learning. Includes third-party integration tools

There is incredible power within Google Apps for Education. Most of this potential is untapped. When teachers learn how the suite of Google Apps for Education works, it will fundamentally change the way they teach and the way students learn. Promotes genuine differentiated instruction and true collaboration across the curriculum.

Note: GAFE assumes the district has made the decision to become a Google district. That is, it assumes that the district’s email (domain) system operates on a Google platform and that students will have Google accounts.

Duration: Depends on which components of GAFE are being presented. A full GAFE session is 6.0 hours. At the completion of the full session, learners have received a full overview of the different components and understand their interrelation and ways the apps can be used in the classroom. Some request follow-up, detailed session lasting approximately 2.5 hours.


Office 365

  • One Drive (management and collaboration)
  • Outlook online: Email system, calendaring, & contacts
  • Word online
  • Excel online
  • PowerPoint online
  • Office Mix: An education-specific plug-in for PowerPoint allowing for the creation of video-based lessons created within PowerPoint
  • Sway: A web-design tool allowing for the creation of a non-traditional website
  • OneNote: Powerful organizational tool based on a “three-ring-binder” concept
  • OneNote for Teachers: Education-specific application for OneNote

Office 365 has two inter-related parts. Office 365 is the web-based version of the regular Microsoft Office products. While not a full version of each product, the applications, such as Word, can be operated from the cloud. This means the products do not have to be installed on the end-user device; thus, one can conceivably operate a product, such as Word, on any device that has Internet connectivity. It allows for online, real-time collaboration as well.
Note: Office 365 usage in education assumes the district has made the decision to become an Office 365 district. That is, it assumes that the district’s email (domain) system operates on an Office 365 platform and that students will have email accounts accounts.

Duration: Depends on which components of Office 365 are being presented. A full Office 365 session is 7.0 hours. At the completion of the full session, learners have received a full overview of the different components and understand their interrelation and ways the apps can be used in the classroom. Some request follow-up, detailed session lasting approximately 3.5 hours.


Website That Teachers Can Use

This course is designed to introduce teachers to website that they can really use in the classroom. This course works best when teachers have access to computers during the training so they can get hands-on experience with the site. This course focuses more on depth on knowledge than a simple list of sites.

Duration: 2.0 hours


Digital Citizenship:

Audience: Students (appropriate grade levels)

Content materials and delivery will vary based on session duration and grade-level; however general topics covered in the Digital Citizenship training includes:

  • Online Life: Includes discussion of students’ online activities and how it can expose them to dangers
  • Cyberbullying: Discussion of cyberbullying, how it impacts victims and perpetrators. Ways to avoid being a party to it. Ways to avoid being a victim. What to do if you are the victim or witness it.
  • Digital Etiquette and Responsibility: Discussion of what is proper and improper when using digital media and how audience and situation impact both.
  • Digital Law: Discussion of legal implications around taking and sharing of photos, videos. Also a discussion about illegally accessing copyrighted materials and hacking.

The objective of this session is to motivate participants to consider their online activities and behavior as part of a greater digital community. This frank and honest session explores the ways people (particularly students) interact online. We will explore information shared via social media channels, how it can be exploited, and how it can come back to haunt us later. We’ll discuss cyberbullying from a perpetrator’s standpoint and a victim’s standpoint. We will discuss digital etiquette and responsibilities and dovetail this information into a discussion of digital law.

Duration: 1 – 2 hours


Your Digital Life: Dangers and Pitfalls

Audience: Students/Parents/Educators (appropriate ages)

Content materials and delivery will vary based on session duration and grade-level; however general topics covered in the Digital Citizenship training includes:

  • Discussion of social media outlets
    • What information are you really sharing
    • How can people exploit your content
    • Software features you may not be aware of that can put you at risk
    • Who is looking at your digital footprint and how are you at risk

Cell phones: You have no idea how at risk you are!

  • How people can hack your phone to get complete access to you and your information
  • Ways to protect yourself

The objective of this session is to make participants consider the vast amount of information they share online. Additionally, it will educate them on ways information is being gathered and shared about them without their knowledge. Finally, we will discuss the vulnerabilities of cell phones – technologies that few know about but are shockingly invasive. This will make participants think about their phones and their privacy in a whole new way.

Duration: 1 – 1 ½ hours


SchoolPoint CM

Audience: Educators (when district is using SchoolPoint Website CMS)

This session is designed to help teacher build classroom websites via SchoolPointe’s Content Management System (CMS). By the end of this session, teachers will know how to create multiple class pages, upload documents, imbed video, create class assignments, and much more via their teacher CMS. Requires the district uses SchoolPointe and that these features are available for teachers.

Duration:1-2 hours


I Didn't Know Google Could Do That!

Designed for districts already using Google, where end-users already know how to use the basic features of Google Apps for Education. This takes Google to the next level, teaching end-users how to make the most of their apps and third party add-ins.

Duration: 1 – 2 (recommended) hours

iPads in the Classroom

Designed for those who are just starting to use an iPad in the classroom. The course teaches the basic operations and functions of an iPad as well as providing teachers with ideas for how to use iPads in the classroom.

Duration: 1 – 2 hours


Other: If there is a training need, please contact Mike Corcoran to see if we have a training solution.