Riverwalk Market Fair seeks EDA funding
The EDA met this morning. The Riverwalk Market Fair presented an overview of their organization and a request for funding assistance for their 2012 season. Last year the EDA approved funding of $5,000. This year, the Riverwalk Market Fair is asking for $16,100, more than triple last year. Most of the increase is for more PR and a better website to bring more tourists in, which, they believe, drives opportunity for all the businesses in Northfield. Funding would be approved pending Council approval of a fund balance amendment.” The Riverwalk Market Fair started in 2010 and has become very popular. The meeting will be streamed live online at kymnradio.net.
Wrongly accused and convicted – tomorrow’s Carleton Convocation is about redemption
Carleton college’s convocation tomorrow features Jennifer Thompson, whose personal story of tragedy and redemption forms the core of her bestselling book, “Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption.” Thompson’s presentation will recount the personal experiences that led to her unlikely friendship with a man wrongly accused of attacking her, and her subsequent advocacy on behalf of judicial reform. In her work Thompson has used her own case as an example of how eyewitness testimony can be flawed and of the consequences of making a mistake. The Convocation is at 10:50 at Skinner Memorial Chapel and is free and open to the public.
Technology transformation and how it’s touching Northfield (1st in the Series)
It’s a gamechanger. That’s how Superintendent of Northfield Schools, Dr. Chris Richardson, defines the new technology transformation. Through the years, Richardson has seen many changes but this changes the way we think about teaching and learning with all the information in the world within a few key strokes.
Director of Human Resources and Technology, Matt Hillman, says we’re at the tipping point now of tablet technology like ipads for learning. Schools around the country, including close to home, Lakeville school district, has just purchased devices for a number of their kids. Access to information from all over the world is now at your fingertips but it’s also the simple technology such as the improvement of battery life for these devices.
Reliability is also key. With the advent of Cloud technology where more and more data is being stored, wordprocessing access won’t get lost. That translates to less down time. This way of learning meets the varied ways that kids learn and is another step in the evolution of teaching kids. Along with the ability to have the world at your touch, there are mundane reasons for embracing the new technology, like ditching the 40 pound backpacks. Hillman and Richardson say it’s not a matter of IF this technology comes to Northfield, it’s a matter of when. This is the first in a series of Technology Transformation and how it’s touching Northfield.
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