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Indiana Online Academy

Have A Student Who Needs High School Credit? Need the flexibility of online learning?  Check out the Indiana Online Academy for flexible enrollment with over 60 online classes.  We are AdvanED accredited, NCAA approved and AP College Board Certified.  Contact us today for more information.

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If you are interested in connecting to other educators, engaging your students in and out of the classroom, building your 21st century skills to transform your educational practice, then eDESK is for you!

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CIESC Driver Education

A major objective of the Central Indiana Educational Service Center is to provide the best quality driver education and traffic safety program to the greatest number of students at the most affordable price. The delivery of this program is to be provided through the public high schools that comprise the CIESC membership.

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Save Time and Money with the Power of K-12Indiana!

What school today isn’t looking for ways to run leaner and more efficiently? K-12Indiana is the right tool to help make it happen. K-12Indiana is a partnership between the State of Indiana and Educational Service Centers of Indiana that gives every K-12 public school the purchasing advantage of statewide bid contracts organized into convenient online catalogs, all on one easy-to-use website.

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CIESC Launches PATINS TV! In partnership with the PATINS Project, the CIESC Media Services Department will coordinate the broadcasting of a 15 live minute video stream from the CIESC studio.

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The Media Services team at CIESC has launched a new "Tips & Tricks" series on The series provides quick and easy to follow information that teachers can use in the classroom. The first set of video include Improving audio quality when recording from an iPhone or Android and Google Search Secrets. In under 3 minutes you can learn 4 tricks to vastly improve the recorded audio from your smart device, or filter results from common search engines. For more Tips & Tricks video visit  Learn how CIESC Media Services can help with your media project.

2013-Moore-MicheleCIESC has been undergoing a lot of rapid changes in the last couple of months to better serve its member schools throughout Central Indiana. One of our biggest changes, however, has been a long-term project that has been ongoing for the last two years—obtaining tax exempt status. The Internal Revenue Service notified the service center recently that we have been granted 501(c)3 tax exempt status. For the service center, this is a huge benefit for several reasons.  It permits individuals and companies to make tax exempt donations to help children that we service through our many programs. In addition, it allows the service center to pursue many grant opportunities that previously we had been unable to apply for. It also lets our work to be centered around our goals of providing services to school districts and ultimately school children without being subject to the whims of the legislature for the basis of our existence. We are proud of where we are going at CIESC in our continual quest to better serve our school districts. We see this large step as one more way we can offer better services as we strive to be more efficient and effective. 

The following is an excep from "Wahoo...Thank Goodness for Symbaloo EDU" by Kim Hendricks on
tools I use daily are Symbaloo, Twitter, all things Google, and many others. The one that I find to be the most helpful specifically for content curation is Symbaloo.  If you are not familiar with Symbaloo, it is a way to organize your resources and bookmarks on any device at any time. It is free for individual use, easy to use, and you’ll never lose a bookmark again!  I have Symbaloo set as my  homepage on all my browsers that I use.  This allows me to quickly and efficiently get to all the websites that I need to visit daily.  I also have the Symbaloo app on my iPad and iPhone so I can access all my bookmarks at any time.
There are so many uses for Symbaloo:    
  • Personal bookmarks
  • Professional development sites for
  • Classroom websites for students and parents to
  • Special project or units like poetry or
  • Conference presentation webmix with all resources
  • Favorite blogs webmix
  • Read this later –
    webmix for research articles, whitepapers, news
    reports, etc.

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This is a segment from the article "Use Copyright Images In Your Blog" from
Educational bloggers have often been stuck in a gray area when it comes to using copyrighted material.  Confusing legal jargon containing to Fair Use and Creative Commons has made it difficult for school districts to understand when they can use copyright images. Getty Images (the world’s largest photo service) has just announced 35 million of images will be available for free. What’s the catch? Getty Images will provide an open-embed option that will let users drop in any image as long as Getty Images gets to place a footer at the bottom of the picture with a credit and link to the licensing page. This opens up a treasure chest of images to bloggers, presenters, teachers, and students. Search all images that are available with open-embed. The embed code can only be used in websites/programs that support HTML iFrame code. This means images can be placed on your classroom blog, professional learning website, and personal site. To see the simple 7 step guide to using these images on your blog or website visit the orginal article on Learn how CIESC Media Services can help with your project.
Two words – ‘visual learners.’ Everyone is a visual learner. In fact, most people understand that you can learn more from a 3-minute video than you can by reading for 3 minutes. According to a study by 3M Corporation, 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and visuals are processed 60,000 times faster in the brain than text. So the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” couldn’t be any truer, and video is made up of thousands of pictures. This makes video a very efficient way to get information across in the shortest amount of time...
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CIESC Media Services has completed the newest segment for Innovations in Education covering the Beech Grove Science Academy.The Beech Grove Science Academy is a real-world model that builds on partnerships with Lilly and Dow AgroScience. It focuses on the high needs of Indiana's workforce. To view all of our Innovations in Education videos view the redesigned website.

The TLC is designed for teachers, Technology Coaches, Technology Integration Specialists, Administrators, and Curriculum Specialists who want to be educational technology leaders in their districts or school.

Example Topics:
• Becoming a Connected Educator
• Technology Coaching Strategies
• Mobile learning – Apps for Education
• Educational Technology Leadership
• Web 2.0 Tools

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January 15-16, 2014
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Our goal at the Central Indiana Educational Service Center (CIESC) is to foster collaboration for the success of education and educators in Marion and surrounding counties.Through innovative student programs, professional development, advanced technological resources and cooperative purchasing, the CIESC successfully strengthens and builds educational opportunities across central Indiana.

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