Mini Office Closed June 30th, 2016 but Program Running

The part-time-staffed Mini School Office will be closed as of June 30th, 2016 (as with many mini programs across the district) due to the budget cuts in the VSB — however, the program atJO is still running thanks to staff, admin, students and parents stepping up to help. Please direct inquiries regarding the Mini Program 2016-2017 to Ms. Teresa Laumen at

Estimote iBeacons


My Estimate iBeacon developers kit arrived today as promise!

I first got a taste of the power of Apple iBeacon technology this summer in San Diego during an Apple Distinguished Educators summer institute. It uses bluetooth and proximity sensors to detect locations and proximity ideal for indoor locations and in absence of GPS. How this technology will apply to education is still an unknown but I am very interested to find out.

There will be some serious R&D to be had for sure as the true power requires some coding with some SDKs but I always have hungry students looking to explore the latest and greatest innovations. The best part is the technology is new to all of us and we can explore together.