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guide for educatorsThe Midwest Education Technology Community Conference advisory committee is excited to bring back book reviews of materials that we will offer at the conference this February. Digital Storytelling Guide for Educators by Midge Frazel is one of the selections. The audience for this book is K-12 educators, curriculum specialists and administrators.

Reviewed by Hollie Hanneke, Library Media Specialist, Parkway School District   Storytelling has been around since the beginning of time. Midge Frazel’s Digital Storytelling Guide for Educators brings storytelling to the 21st century by incorporating multimedia and computer based features into the writing or story process. Frazel examines digital storytelling by demonstrating how audio, photography, music and sound effects can create a modern story to share with others.

Frazel’s book is designed as a resource and guide for educators. She begins by giving an overview of digital storytelling and includes step by step instructions on how to plan, prepare, evaluate, and execute a digital story. The chapters are packed full of web based and computer program resources to use with the creation of a digital story. Frazel’s resources are explicitly well written, allowing even a novice teacher to instruct students on digital storytelling. My favorite chapter is near the end as Frazel explains how digital storytelling can bridge the gap between the classroom and the community, thus creating excitement within our students and the work they are producing in school.

Digital storytelling is our future. Digitial Storytelling Guide for Educators brings excitement, practicality and essence to this genre.

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“Propaganda is a truly terrible weapon in the hands of an expert.”  – Adolf Hitler, 1924

propaganda image On Saturday, February 28, educators are invited to explore content and themes from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s traveling exhibition State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda (opening at the Missouri History Museum in April).

This one-day workshop, Connecting Past and Present: A New Framework for Teaching Propaganda and Media Literacy, will be at the Missouri History Museum and offers teachers unique strategies for helping students engage with historical propaganda and view messages they encounter today with a more critical eye. The history of the Holocaust highlights the danger of propaganda and how societies can become vulnerable to extreme messages. As the Missouri History Museum notes on their website, this most extreme case study emphasizes why the issue of propaganda matters and challenges citizens to actively question, analyze and seek the truth.

Classroom-ready teaching resources will be modeled and shared. This workshop is free of charge and is appropriate for middle and high school teachers from diverse disciplines. No previous experience teaching about the Holocaust is required. Educators specializing in language arts, media, history, information literacy and current events are especially encouraged to participate in this important discussion on history and media literacy.

To register, please visit mohistory.org/teacherpd. For more information, contact United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Sonia Booth. For a flyer of the event, click on Teacher Workshop-St.Louis.

This workshop has been made possible by the generous support of The Marcus Foundation. The State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda exhibit runs April 11 – September 7, 2015 in St. Louis.

[Image: from a poster for the film S.A. Mann Brand, 1933. Kunstbibliothek Berlin/BPK, Berlin/Art Resource, New York]

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Midwest Education Technology Community Conference Monday workshops- half or full day- are one of the highlights of the annual event. These preconference workshops allow participants to dive deeper in subject matter, get hands-on time with new platforms and projects, plus network with other edtech-minded colleagues.

Precon 2014 PhotoSearch available precons by workshop category or conference strand, or view the entire list. Registration is open and space is limited for these sessions! [Photo credit: METC 2014 Student eNews Bureau]

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You’re working hard to make the instructional shifts that foster student growth, resulting in lifelong big thinkers who are fully prepared to succeed in the global workplace. The Marzano Center Essentials for Achieving Rigor Experience is a full-day workshop for teachers and administrators to unpack the Essentials for Achieving Rigor model. Regardless of the program you have in place, these focused, hands-on sessions will strengthen your use of instructional strategies that help students:

• Identify critical content
• Record and represent new knowledge
• Examine similarities and differences
• Generate and test hypotheses

You’ll also deepen your knowledge of Marzano Center Essentials for Achieving Rigor, the student-centered model of instruction that moves students toward mastering higher-order thinking skills required by rigorous state standards. During her 35 years as an educator, presenter Betsy Carter has taught students at all grade levels, from kindergarten through high school, specializing in mathematics. She has facilitated its implementation as both a growth model and an evaluation tool in her district.

All K-12 educators  are invited to participate Friday, January 30, 2015. Please register by January 16.

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in syncStart off the New Year more productive than ever by attending our Personal Productivity workshop, which is designed to help equip you for success.

Topics covered January 28 at EducationPlus will include working smarter, not harder, time management and strategies to start the semester on the right foot. Join Drew Schwartz and other area educators and start 2015 better than ever! Registration info can be found here.

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123 sci center eventWe are excited to share that we have a free day of learning planned with Discovery Education.

Designed specifically for Missouri educators and taking place at the Saint Louis Science Center, this event will be filled with learning and networking. Discussion topics will highlight creative ways to engage students and invigorate your STEAM curriculum using the latest 21st Century tools and Discovery Education resources.

Covering all subject areas and grade levels, we’ll fill the gaps with helpful information on navigating Discovery Education, talk about the new and exciting enhancements for 2015, and uncover some resources that you never knew you had!

DE Day of Learning: STEAM-ing it UP! takes place 1/23. Register online, today! On the day of the event, a light breakfast and lunch will be provided by Discovery Education.

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