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July 28, 2014 marks the centennial of the start of World War I. A wealth of information and resources is available online, including archives from Kansas City’s National World War I Museum and a collection from the British Library that includes over 500 sources from European historians. Several photographers have superimposed photos from the past with the places of the present. Do take some time today to look over these resources and reflect upon the lives lost during this time.

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Adaptive SchoolsComing this fall to EducationPlus is Adaptive Schools: Developing & Facilitating Collaborative Groups.

This is a four-day workshop- participants must attend all the sessions- and is two days in September and two days in October:

Day 1: Wednesday, 9/24; Day 2: Thursday, 9/25;
Day 3: Wednesday, 10/22; Day 4: Thursday, 10/23.

Adaptive Schools is about facilitating groups, and helping to develop those groups with which you work to their highest capacity. Join other educators as we learn:

• two different ways of talking on groups
• why we need to be “adaptive”
• meeting norms that work
• how to deal with conflict in a community
• the skills of an excellent facilitator
• how to be a presenter that is credible
• the tools of an engaged and valuable group member

Session leader Toni Prickett is the owner and founder of Region Insights, an educational entity whose primary focus is helping educators build internal capacity. She facilitates individuals and groups who desire a deeper understanding of constructivist learning, group development, group facilitation and coaching. As a National Training Associate for the Center for Cognitive Coaching and the Center for Adaptive Schools, she has worked with state departments of education, superintendents, principals, staff developers, instructional coaches and teachers to enhance their own capacity to be self-reflective and self-governing.

To learn more about this four-day session, including times, fees and how to register, please visit this link. For questions regarding Adaptive Schools workshops at EducationPlus, contact Tiffiny Creech via email or by phone at 314-692-1256.

If you have attended this four-day series in the past and would like to learn more about a follow-up session on Deepening Capacity as Collaborators and Inquirers, save the dates of October 20-21 and look for a future blog post from the Learning Team on this blog!

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Cindy Lane

Both of Cindy Lane’s workshops next week are on free Google/Web 2.0 resources. Register online.

The last two summer edtech workshops are scheduled next week at EducationPlus with Google Certified Teacher Cindy Lane:

• Bloomin’ Toolbox: Resources for Today’s Educators consists of diving into the six levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy, aligned with Common Core principles, and retrieving useful web 2.0 tools to use in your classroom.  Time will be spent collaborating with other educators to share tools as well as looking into the usefulness of sites listed by the facilitator.  All websites discussed will be housed on a Google site for further reflection. JULY 28.

Google Goods that Meet the Standards: So your school has “gone Google” and left you behind?  NO WORRIES!  Out of the 50+ free tools brought to you by Google, a Google Certified Teacher will share the educationally based tools tied to Missouri Learning Standards you need to understand and help you navigate through them during this workshop.  Among the favorites are DOCS, GMAIL, CALENDAR, SEARCH, CUSTOM SEARCH ENGINES and EVEN MORE!!  Get the goods on all things Google in this fast-paced workshop. July 29.

Visit www.edplus.org to learn more & to register.

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EducationThis Thursday and Friday, July 17 & 18, join us for Digital Citizenship: It’s Common Sense. Do you know what type of digital footprint you are creating?  We teach our children how to be safe within the physical community, but what about norms for appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use?  This class is based on the material in Digital Citizenship in Schools, an ISTE 2011 bestseller.  We’ll explore the nine elements of Digital Citizenship: Access, Commerce, Communication, Literacy, Etiquette, Law, Rights & Responsibilities, Health & Wellness, and Security. Seats are still open, register at www.edplus.org today, and we will see you later this week! Cost:  $279 members; $349 non-members; two graduate credits available.

code classIn this full-day, hands-on workshop, coding is presented using drag & drop programming in a game-like, constructivist atmosphere. Today’s group, with instructor Debbie Fucoloro, are exploring the basics of programming by completing a series of tasks & puzzles. Those attending will leave EducationPlus with an understanding of how computer programs and their language work, as well as a desire to share the excitement of learning how to code with their students once the school year starts. What a great to incorporate science, technology, engineering and math into the classroom!

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metc presenterInterested in presenting at the 32nd annual Midwest Education Technology Community Conference? METC 2015 is February 9-11. The conferences continues to grow in size- onsite attendance in St. Louis, Missouri, was over 2,000 last year and online attendance via Twitter reached several hundred thousand educators!

Make note of these 2014 dates & start planning!

• Preconference Workshop Proposal Deadline: August 23
• General Session Proposal Deadline: September 13
• Proposal Review Period: September-October
• Acceptance Notification: October

Seeking Precons and Breakouts:
• Preconference Workshop (3 hour or 6 hour)
• General Session (50 minutes or 1 hour & 50 minutes)

Nine strands:
1. Assessment (ex: data teams & analysis)
2. Differentiated Instruction (ex: assistive technology)
3. Digital Creation (ex: 3D printers, 3D design)
4. E-Learning (ex: flipped classroom)
5. Innovative Instruction (ex: literacy skills and math reasoning)
6. Leadership & Professional Learning (ex: innovative leadership practices)
7. Library & Media Literacy (ex: copyright, fair use & Creative Commons)
8. Mobile Learning (ex: 1:1)
9. Technical Infrastructure & Support (ex: wireless networking)

To learn more about presenting at METC, visit METCconference.org. METC a resource of EducationPlus and is an affiliate of ISTE.

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A half-century ago, courageous civil rights activists rode Greyhound and Trailways buses into the segregated South, enduring brutal beatings by the Ku Klux Klan, fire bombings and the wrath of Birmingham (Alabama) Public Safety Commissioner Eugene “Bull” Connor. They came to be known as “Freedom Riders.”

On Wednesday, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, some of those same Freedom Riders will board buses in front of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building for a symbolic and celebratory returning freedom ride.

Continue reading here to learn more from the U.S. Department of Education and follow #CivilRightsRide.

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