Edmodo: An online social network you'll want your child to use

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- "It's pretty easy," 7th grader Emma Kee tells us. "Anyone can use it."

As her fingers fly across the computer keyboard in the Landrum Middle School library, it's obvious how much Emma loves chatting with her classmates online.

She's using a new program created in 2008, called Edmodo.

Edmodo is an online social network that mimics online college classes, allowing students to connect and correspond with classmates, teachers and parents.

The idea behind the computer program, came from a man who was working in an Illinois school district's IT department, and had to keep blocking online and social networking and video sites.

St. Johns County schools are among the first on the First Coast to use the online tool.

SJC among top performers on Algebra I End-of-Course assessments


ST. AUGUTSINE, Fla. -- St. Johns County students were among the top performers in the state on the Algebra I End-of-Course assessments.  

Bus Routes for 2012-2013 School Year


The St. Johns County School District’s (SJCSD) bus routes for the 2012-2013 school year were approved by the School Board at its meeting on May 15. Five new bus routes are being added to accommodate growth in the Durbin Crossing and Nocatee areas as well as an increase in the number of special needs students.

Gina Riley: Teacher of the Week

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Parents want their children in the Lego League club teacher Gina Riley created.

Her own, young students say she has just the right balance for keeping them in line while encouraging them to express themselves.

Though the principal of Loretto Elementary School nominated her for Teacher of the Week, third grade teacher Gina Riley's students couldn't wait to tell us all about her.

Hear how one former student (now in fourth grade) eloquently describes a teacher who inspired him "to get a better job as an engineer" when he grows up.

You can see Gina Riley's story here on this webpage.

Vote No on House Bill 4057 to Save PE in Our Middle Schools!

Vote No on House Bill 4057 to Save PE in Our Middle Schools!

The American Heart Association strongly opposes House Bill 4057, by State Representative Larry Metz, removing the requirement for Middle School Physical Education. 

Florida Gets Flexibility Waiver from US Department of Education


The U.S. Department of Education today approved Florida’s request for a flexibility waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Florida was one of 11 states asking for flexibility with regard to accountability standards mandated by the No Child Left Behind legislation implemented in 2001. The state requested the waiver to be able to move to a single statewide accountability system that would eliminate duplicative regulation and make Florida’s system easier to understand.

Loretto Elementary Teacher is Teacher of the Week

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- From an early age, teaching came naturally to Erin Cushnir.

"I've always had a passion for kids," Cushnir said. "I knew from a pretty early age I wanted to do something for kids."

Cushnir loves finding new ways to teach her first graders at Loretto Elementary.

And her students remember her for that passion.

"She does such great things," said Benjamin Williams, who nominated Cushnir. "Like if you don't understand it, she'll walk you right through it."

Williams, who is now in fifth grade, still remembers the impact from his first grade teacher.

"She was such an excellent teacher in first grade and me and my mom always think of how, such a great a great job she did teaching us," Williams said.

For Cushnir, knowing her students remember her is exciting. "I'm looking forward to the day when I have high schoolers coming back!"