Friday, September 26, 2014

KTOT 2014 Hu-Latta Learning is Coming to Corpus Christi

The 31st Annual 2014 KTOT Conference is just around the corner and ESGI is excited to once again be an exhibitor!

New for this year, ESGI is pleased to announce that we have partnered with Chrysal Radke (Kreative in Kinder) to help produce custom Texas TEKS based tests into ESGI. The new Texas TEKS assessment tests will be available to all ESGI users starting in 2015!

This year's KTOT conference includes a great list of presenters including: Keynote Speaker - Dr. Jean Feldman, Al Stewart, Dan St. Romain, Michael Shoulders and Mary Jo Huff. This years event will have ton's of breakout sessions in math, science, STEM, diversity, writing, dual language and bilingual language. In addition, there will be vendor exhibits, certifications, prizes and as always a great opportunity to network with educational leaders and peers!

If you haven't already signed up, you can register for Hu-Latta Learning, KTOT 2014 online now!

Be sure to stop by the ESGI booth #310 and get a full demo of our recent additions and changes, meet ESGI team members and possibly score some free schwag! Plus, as always be sure to enter our raffle for your chance to win a FULL FREE YEAR of ESGI, a $199 value!

If you don't want to wait, you can start your Free 60 Day Trial of ESGI today!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

5 Effective Ways Tweeting Helps in the Classroom

Are you always on the hunt for new ideas to implement in the classroom? Want to keep up with the latest trends, news and happenings in education? Twitter can be an excellent tool to communicate with fellow educators and professionals in the field. If you're still wondering... "What is Twitter?" Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, and frequent messages. People write short updates, often called "tweets" of 140 characters or fewer. These messages are posted to your profile, sent to your followers, and are searchable on Twitter search. Teachers are on Twitter every minute of every day. There are daily hashtag chats where educators from around the globe collaborate, share interesting tidbits, and make lifelong connections never before possible. But before you write off Twitter as just another social media "FAD," take a look at these top 5 ways Twitter can enrich the classroom.


Twitter gives you a global network of educators at your fingertips. They can push your thinking, challenge you, and share wonderful ideas to help you when you're staring at a blank planning sheet, wondering what you're going to do next week. One teacher wrote, "I am connected to my teaching community.  Reading these tweets every morning always gives me something to think about, a new idea to try or a great resource to check out."

Thursday, September 11, 2014

ABC's of Essential Oils in School

If you're anything like I was, you hear the term “essential oils” and your mind’s eye immediately sees a celebrity-type spending her day getting rubbed, scrubbed and submersed in mud. You would never think that essential oils would find a place or a purpose in your own life. Well, as my mother always says, “That’s what you get for thinking!”

Essential oils are nature's original remedy for healing and protection, and are technically described as concentrated hydrophobic liquids containing volatile aroma compounds, cultivated from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, brushes, herbs or seeds.

For today, let's consider the basics as they may apply to you and your classroom.

A is for Ancient 

Thousands of years ago, essential oils were considered more valuable than the most precious jewels or metals, and highly coveted by the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt, the Greeks, the Romans and the Arabians.Their healing powers were literally the world's original pharmaceuticals, but with no negative side effects!

B is for Benefits

It is CRITICAL to understand that only 2% of essential oils on the market are considered “therapeutic grade.” The remaining 98% are aromatic and pleasant to the nose, but have no physiological benefits whatsoever. For the purpose of this article, I am referring exclusively to the 2%, and their potential to improve your health and your disposition. Although the number of oils and the various benefits of single oils and oil blends are almost endless, let's take a closer look at the top 5 benefits for you at school.
  1. Calming Nerves
  2. Improving Performance
  3. Eradicating Airborne Viruses and Bacteria
  4. Lifting Spirits
  5. Eliminating Unpleasant Smells 

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Kaitlynn & Friends Go To School

Do you remember what it was like to start school for the first time? How you couldn’t wait to get that new lunch pail, the new clothes…and CRAYONS!

Each year, thousands of kindergarten students experience the “first-ness” of school.  It’s exciting to watch the wonder of learning…it’s why we teach.

To inspire us all, we want to hear it from their little mouths as they experience the newness of school.  We want to see it through their eyes!

ESGI will be featuring 4, 5 and 6 year olds who are just starting their school experience in our new series “Kaitlynn and Friends Go to School.”  We will be asking them questions about school, and anything else they want to tell us! Their answers will be spontaneous and un-coached.   It’s sure to make you smile!

Now it’s time to meet our hostess, Kaitlynn.