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Monthly Archives: January 2009

Ruth Block, Martha Bogart precon METC precon Chris O'Neal SLU presentation @ METC Show Me a Movie prizes METC video
Here are just a few of the images from METC 2009! The Midwest Education Technology Conference will return in February of 2010. Thanks to all who presented, attended, and facilitated.

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Cooperating School Districts held two Midwest Education Technology Conference precons today- Cyber Safety with Glenn Berry and Second Life with Stacey Franks. To see more pics of METC, visit our Flickr group.

Cyber Safey Precon Second Life Precon

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METC Second Life PreconThe Midwest Education Technology Conference starts today with over a dozen preconference sessions throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. Topics include Second Life, Moodle, Cyber Safety, Digital Camera & Photo Editing,  and Digital Storytelling. To follow what’s going on with METC (whether you can make it there or not), visit

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Martha BogartThe Virtual Learning Center‘s Martha Bogart talks with Craig George about the upcoming Midwest Education Technology Conference in CSD‘s latest podcast. You don’t want to miss this METC 2009 preview!

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GNGNEWS FROM GLOBAL NOMADS GROUP: Face to Faith (is a partnership with the Tony Blair Faith Foundation) and offers young people the chance to explore their own identities and that of others in relation to their faith. These Global Nomad Group videoconferences aim to increase students’ religious literacy while improving the 21st century skills of critical thinking, collaboration and cooperative learning.

Face to Faith offers schools & communities a unique opportunity to explore faith from an individual and local perspective through to a global outlook by connecting young people from different cultures and faiths. Tony Blair Faith Foundation logo

Grade Level: Advanced students ages 13-16 | Related subjects: World History, Geography, Religious Studies, Social Studies | Cost: Free from January to March (pilot phase)

Since October 2008, GNG has connected nearly 800 students from Canada, India, Singapore, and the USA in videoconferences that explore how Faith impacts the everyday life and culture of youth today. Through January and March, Face to Faith will be offered as a free pilot program to help build dialogue among youth around the world and encourage personal reflection, collaboration and awareness. Sign up for GNG’s new program: Face to Faith, in partnership with the Tony Blair Faith Foundation.”

For more information or to register for this program, please contact Christine Robinson, or visit!

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From Successlink:

Show Me Techknowledge Day logo from Successlink website“The Show-Me TechKnowledge Committee invites you to exhibit and/or present a learning activity showcasing technology in our 8th Annual Show Me TechKnowledge Day.

This special event will take place at the Third Floor Rotunda of the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City. Exhibits/presentations will be displayed from 8:00 AM until 12:30 PM on February 3, 2009.

You can view a video clip of highlights from previous Show-Me TechKnowledge exhibits by clicking here.

Please join us and take advantage of this opportunity to demonstrate to legislators, educators, students and others statewide how technology is currently being used in Missouri schools to enhance learning and improve student achievement.

If you would like to  showcase your school, please click here for registration.  If you would like more information, please contact Julie or Becki or call (573) 636-4395.”

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METC Cooperating School Districts is working to hammer out all those last minute details that come with planning a conference! The Midwest Education Technology Conference is next week, starting Monday. The programs have arrived, the conference bags are being filled with information, and the registrations are still rolling in! Yesterday, we completed several videoconference test calls successfully from both the St. Charles Convention Center and the Embassy Suites, which is connected to the center. For more information on METC 2009, click here. We’re looking forward to seeing you at METC – R U THERE?

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Here’s some of what we have lined up for February in Cooperating School Districts’ tele:

iphotoUsing iPhoto in the Classroom
Feb. 10, 4-7 pm
$68 CSD member; $102 non-member
Don’t be daunted by all those digital photos your students and you have been taking. Share them by email or create amazing web pages, cards and calendars. iPhoto automatically organizes your photo library and makes editing as easy as clicking your mouse…

Using iMovie ’08 in the Classroom
Feb. 12, 4-7 pm
$68 CSD member; $102 non-member
Movie ’08 makes viewing and working with video as intuitive as enjoying your photos. A built-in library automatically organizes your video, so all the clips you’ve captured and movies you’ve created are just a click away. With its revolutionary interface, iMovie makes it quick and easy to browse your library and create new movies…

prometheanTransforming Learning with a Promethean Activboard
Feb. 17, 9 am-4 pm
$125 CSD member; $195 non-member
The Promethean Activboard combines the look and feel of a regular whiteboard with the power of a computer. Discover how to develop lesson plans that make use of it and motivate students to learn.  This class is for beginners; no prior knowledge of Promethean Activboards required…

Online “Street Smarts:” Being Legal, Literate, and Secure

Feb. 24 & 25
, 4-7 pm each night
$125 CSD member; $195 non-member
Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the iSAFE curriculum and the modules available to them in the classroom. They will create model lessons for their students that teach Internet Safety, Literacy, and Intellectual Property/Copyright…

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White HouseThis just landed in my inbox: on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, through a collaboration with KOMU 8 and, MOREnet will stream live the presidential parade and inauguration of the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.

Through this technological enhancement, Missourians will be able to be a part of this historical day directly from their desktops.

The inaugural ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. To connect directly to the video site for the live stream go to For a 1 Mbps connection; or For a 548 Kbps connection. When several different viewers in an organization view these streams from different computers, these streams can consume a considerable amount of bandwidth. Please consider holding a single viewing to conserve bandwidth.

For more information about video streaming or to learn how to test your computer before the event, visit For questions about connecting, contact MOREnet Video Services at (573) 884-6986.

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Lisa Suggs and Ray Vollmer

Lisa Suggs and Ray Vollmer

Cooperating School Districts and Saint Louis University’s AIMS program have worked together over the past several years- you can see Lisa Suggs and Ray Vollmer at the Midwest Education Technology Conference later this month, in fact.  AIMS provides really great health and science videoconferences for students in elementary school through high school. From the website:

“AIMS (Adventures in Medicine and Science) provides distance learning presentations through a state-of-the-art high definition video conferencing system. The AIMS Virtual Anatomy Classroom provides hands-on interactive field trips designed to enhance any science curriculum.

The AIMS distance learning programs will be broadcast in high-definition. Please contact Ray Vollmer at 314-977-7377 to arrange your programs on most Thursdays and Fridays at Central Standard time.”

Topics that AIMS covers include: Teen Nutrition and Health; Organ Transplants; Pig Heart Dissections; plus more. This school year, they added a high definition videoconference system into the winning formula! If you haven’t participated in an AIMS videoconference, you’ve missed out. There is time left this school year to book a program! Don’t delay! (And New Links members, you get a discount)…

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