Student’s network login will be initialized by students using a self-service website. Students will need to activate their account using their e-services log in information.
Returning Students: Network logins for students who were enrolled in Fall Semester 2010 will be valid for Spring Semester. They did not change. If the students do not remember their network ID, they can go to the ITC to have the staff assist them.
New Students: Students who are new beginning this semester (Spring 2011) must activate their account and set a password before they will be able to log into a DCTC campus computer.
To activate network logins:
1. Go to https://www.dctc.edu/account/
2. Click on “Create My Campus Network Account (Students Accounts Only)”
3. Enter their tech ID number (8 digits) and their e-services password.
4. Create a password for their network login
The password must:
- Be at least 8 characters long
- Contain at least one upper and one lower case letter
- Contain at least one numeral
- Not contain your username(tech id)
5. Click Create Account
6. Account created successfully
New Student’s Network Username = Tech ID number
New Student’s Network Password = Password created during account activation.
New students can complete this process from off-campus. If they have not activated their account before coming to campus there will be computer kiosks available in Student Services and the Instructional Technology Center.
Hey students at DCTC! Remember that you need to have a RED parking sticker to park here for the 2010-2011 school year. You can snag your RED stickers at Student Services.
TICKETS WILL BE ISSUED FOR ILLEGAL PARKING IN THE VISITOR’S LOT and CARD LOT!
NO staff, faculty or student parking is allowed in the Visitor’s Lot—NO EXCEPTIONS. The Visitor’s Lot will be monitored and any vehicles belonging to staff, faculty or registered students will be ticketed and towed.
Thanks for your cooperation
January’s GUEST SPEAKER is…Chad Dunkley, President of the Minnesota Child Care Association (MCCA) and Chief Operating Officer of New Horizon Academy. In this segment, Chad shares more about the MN Child Care Association…what it is, what it does, etc. and also about New Horizon Academy and how it provides early learning services for MN families. Click HERE for a timeline of New Horizon Academy.
Chad serves or has served as a board member for the National Child Care Association (NCCA), Early Care and Education Consortium, and Ready 4 K. The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal recognized Chad as one of the region’s most outstanding business leaders in the 2004 “Forty Under 40.”
Children and early education are Chad’s passion – listen in today!
Spring semester is just around the corner. You’ll want to be sure to read the January newsletter before classes begin. Read it HERE. See you in a week!
HAPPY NEW YEARS! Welcome to 2011. It’s going to be a good year
Often, New Year’s is a time of year when people make resolutions to be different, do something better, etc.. How successful are those resolutions? What makes some successful and others not? I think part of it is follow through, determination, etc. but one also has to have an actual plan.
During fall semester, I challenged my Health, Safety, Nutrition classes to document everything they ate for two weeks. Afterwards, they reflected on the results and many created a meal plan as a guide for healthier eating. It wasn’t just about the meals, but also scheduling, etc.. Many found that they skipped a lot of meals or snacked on junk foods because they were so busy.
One thing that can be helpful is a food journal. Now, I’m not one for carrying around a notebook so I’ve looked into other options. My current favorite is MyFitnessPal, available for free in the Android Market. You tech. lovers out there probably know of others as well MyFitnessPal has been featured in USA Today, Family Circle, Marie Claire, NBC, CNET, Shape, the Today Show and more.
“One of the fastest growing diet and fitness sites on the web, MyFitnessPal.com boasts a community of more than 1,000,000 members who use the free service daily to track both diet and exercise. MyFitnessPal’s searchable food database contains nutritional information for more than 476,000 food items, both homemade and store-bought. Every member of MyFitnessPal establishes a personalized diet profile based on individual weight loss goals. The myriad calculators on MyFitnessPal allow users to track their progress throughout the day, and easily see how many calories have been used – and how many are still available – for the remainder of the day.” -http://www.businesswire.com/
It’s so easy to use and track your progress. After each meal/snack, I open the app and enter what I’ve eaten. Based on my fitness plan, it shows how many calories are left for that day. Not only that, but it also calculates how much fat, sugar, protein, etc. of the recommended percentages I’ve had. I can also enter how much water I’ve had and how much time I spent exercising, calories burned, etc..
If you’re New Year’s resolution is related to health/fitness, I’d like to challenge you to create a plan that you can (and will) follow to succeed with your resolution. Now is the time…why wait? Start small and build from there. Be realistic and encourage yourself We tend to be the most critical of ourselves.
My ‘resolutions’ (ie- things I need to work on) are to stress less and smile more, along with staying active and eating healthier…and sticking to my PLAN!
How about you? What’s YOUR RESOLUTION? Maybe you don’t do resolutions, tell us why. COMMENT BELOW in Comments.
In this post, I’d like to address the topic of New Year’s Resolutions for children. Are they appropriate?
I’m sure people go both ways on this topic. I tend to be in the middle. I don’t believe it’s harmful, but at the same time, it’s not necessary either. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says THIS.
It is okay to encourage your child to make some positive changes in habits or behavior in the coming year. Helping your child create New Year’s Resolutions is the beginning of teaching your child the importance of setting goals. Goal setting is an important skill your child can take all the way in to adulthood. Be sure the child is not pressured and that the goal is age appropriate. Want some examples of children’s resolutions/goals? Click HERE. My favorite resolutions for kids are: Watch TV less, PATO (Positive Attitude Towards Others), and Make healthy choices.
What do YOU think? Are New Year’s Resolutions for children appropriate? Do the children in your life make resolutions? Comment below.
On New Year’s Eve, families can ice skate at Fort Snelling, ski and watch fireworks at Buck Hill, tube and snowboard at Theodore Wirth Park, Rock the Universe at Mall of America, sparkle at the Children’s Museum, take a candle-lit stroll at Wood Lake Nature Center, and frolic during festivities at the Maple Grove Community Center, Bielenberg Sports Center, and Como Zoo.
For more ideas, click HERE. From ParentsConnect.com
One of the spring classes I look forward to is Creative Development Experiences. Too often, students come into class thinking that they are not creative or aren’t good enough. They tend to be self-concious of their artistic abilities, singing skills, etc. It’s very rewarding to see them become more self-confident and aware of their talents!
I read an article today from Exchange Every Day about Creativity. I agree with it whole-heartedly! I’ve included an excerpt below:
“Creativity has been put up on such a pedestal. When the media says, ‘This person is creative,’ it’s almost always paired with the word ‘genius,’ and that turns off a lot of people because they say, ‘I’m not a Mozart.’ It’s something everyone can do — and like everything else, it takes practice.”
“You get engaged in a creative endeavor every day. There’s creativity in everything. If you’re a chess player, play with different opening moves. If you cook, vary recipes, add an ingredient. Creativity is not creating a masterpiece — it’s creating something new.”
Read more HERE. How were you creative today? Comment below.
What exactly does open-ended art mean anyway? Some might think that it means the teacher doesn’t really need to plan for it because they just throw out some materials and the children do what they want to create something. I beg to differ.
Open-ended art is very important for a child’s development. One needs to plan it into the curriculum. Not only when to have it, but also what materials and tools will be available for the children. We need to stimulate their mind and senses, build their creativity and self-esteem, and give them opportunities for new experiences in art. The only way to do that is to plan it into your curriculum.
So often when I visit childcare centers or family childcare homes, I see specific “art” projects hanging. The first thing I notice is that they look very similar or even the same. Is that art? The teacher has shown an example and guided them to make theirs just like it. “But they chose the paint” or “They chose the paper,” some argue.
Those types of activities are really crafts, not art, because they have a specific end product in mind. Craft activities are fine once in a while, but open-ended art should dominate a majority of the time.
True art for young children is about the experience, not the end result. It’s about developing one’s creativity and self-esteem. Not worrying if it looks like the example. It’s about experiementing with new materials or techniques and sometimes ‘failing’. Not having it perfect or like everyone else’s.
The second thing I notice is that it’s not developmentally appropriate. By that I mean that if I’m in a toddler room and see the snowmen that they’ve hung on the wall and they all look like snowmen, that’s a problem. I know that developmentally, not all two year olds know exactly how to ‘build’ a snowman. It means that the adult in the room (aka teacher) ‘showed’ them (aka took over) how and where to put the snowman pieces. To that I want to say, “If you want it perfect, your expectations are out of orbit. These are two year olds. Of course you can ‘do it better’…and I would hope so. You’re an adult and they are young children. If you want to do it so badly, get your own paper and glue.” Of course, I can’t actually say that, so those thoughts just float in my mind as I nod and smile.
When I visit a childcare center or home and see that a few children got it pretty close and many others put all three circles on top of one another, over the eyes or better yet, used 7 circles, I know that the children were in control of their craft. I use craft here because the snowman was the desired end result. Open-ended, in comparison, allows the children to create something on their own with no adult expectations of the end result. Do not put adult expectations or judgement on a child’s art! And because there’s no end result in mind, there’s no need to show an example.
Here’s a video for some ideas using BioColor for open-ended art.