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FFA is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education..

The FFA Alumni Association supports and advocates for agricultural education and FFA through gifts of time, talent and financial resources..

The mission of the Illinois FFA Foundation is to provide financial support for the Illinois FFA. When you make a gift to the Illinois Foundation FFA, you are investing in the future of agriculture..

The Illinois Association of Vocation Agriculture Teachers (IAVAT) is a professional organization for agricultural teachers at all levels..

The Illinois Association of Community College Agriculture Instructors (IACCAI) is a statewide professional organization for postsecondary agriculture instructors. .

The Illinois Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) Organization provides opportunities for individual growth, leadership and career preparation. .

The Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliated Companies Youth Education in Agriculture program offers unique educational programs to Illinois youth in 4-H and FFA. .

The purpose of the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Program is to encourage educators to incorporate more information about the agriculture, food, and natural resources system into daily lessons..
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Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE) is a state project administered through the Illinois State Board of Education that is tasked with improving and expanding agricultural education from pre-k through adult levels..

The Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education (ILCAE) is a voluntary, grassroots agricultural industry group focused on the expansion and improvement of Agricultural Education programs at all levels..

The Illinois Committee for Agricultural Education (ICAE) is a 13-member committee established by legislation and appointed by the Governor to advise both the governor and state education agencies concerning Agricultural Education K-adult..

The Illinois State Board of Education is the state agency responsible for Pre-K through 12th grade education. Its primary mission is state program leadership, planning, approval, funding, and evaluation..

The Illinois Department of Agriculture will be an advocate for Illinois' agricultural industry and provide the necessary regulatory functions to benefit consumers, agricultural industry, and our natural resources.. provides information about the Agricultural Education profession and encourages students to consider a career as an agriculture teacher..

MyCAERT provides teachers with an integrated online system to Plan, Document, Deliver, and Assess Career and Technical Education instruction. .

Information Technology and Communication Services (ITCS) Instructional Materials provides agricultural education publications in a variety of formats. .

The Agricultural Experience Tracker is the premiere personalized online system for tracking experiences in agricultural education. .
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The Future...Electronic Ag Ed Textbooks

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Pinckneyville High School provided MacBooks to their students and staff at the beginning of the school year.  See how the agricultural education program is using the laptop computers and our Illinois Agricultural Education curriculum( to deliver an electronic textbook(E-units) for students.

Students, Teachers Praise District's Computer Program... (click here for full story and video from WSIL-TV - Channel 3)

By Emily Finnegan
Story Created: Oct 11, 2011 CDT

PINCKNEYVILLE - Students at Pinckneyville High School are carrying around fewer books this year.

The school is providing every child with their own laptop instead; more than two months into the program, administrators, teachers and students agree the technology has a big impact in and out of the classroom.

"We never had this kind of technology. And now that we have it, it really helps school," said senior Luke Zeidler.

Superintendent Jonathan Green believes equipping his student with a MacBook will help give them an invaluable edge in today's high tech world.

"We're really trying to level the playing field, so to speak," Green said, "And give every one of our kids the chance to be as successful as they possibly can."

Pinckneyville bought more than 500 of the MacBooks for students and staff. The district is putting the technology to work in virtually every course it offers.

"There's more options. It's more hands on activities compared to me just standing in front of the classroom and giving a power point," explained agriculture instructor Carrie Koester.

Koester says the added technology opens a lot of doors--everything from teaching lessons in new ways to getting homework to kids who miss class and offering more help when students need it.

"With us being on a block schedule, I don't see kids every day," said Koester, "So on those other days, I can give them feedback directly online, without them being directly in the classroom."

"When you're sitting at home you can get on the forum and post something. And some other student who knows what they're doing will tell you how to do it, and it really helps," Ziedler told News Three.

The computers come with a price tag of $147,000 dollars a year. The money comes straight out of the district's budget, a cost administrators insists is worth it to help give their students and staff better resources.

"It cost a lot of money to do. But we asked ourselves and we couldn't afford not to do it," Green said.

He also points out additional cost savings since the computers have virtually replaced textbooks and greatly reduced the need for copy paper and other supplies.

Pinckneyville will get new laptops every four years through a lease-to-but an agreement with Apple. Once the high school upgrades, officials plan to sell the old laptops to some of the other area schools to help introduce kids to the technology even earlier.

For more information, contact:
Carrie Koester
Pinckneyville Agriculture Instructor/Co-FFA advisor
Pinckneyville High School
600 E Water Street
Pinckneyville, IL 62274
618-357-5013 Ext 170
[email protected]

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