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Monthly Archives: July 2010

log on August 9 to the METC Virtual Conference

Select 2010 Midwest Education Technology Conference sessions will be available for free viewing and online discussion beginning Monday, August 9 and running through Friday, August 27. Just log onto METCconference.org and create a username and password.

Below is a list of available sessions.

Wes Fryer: StoryChasing: Empowering Students as Digital Witnesses
Gail Lovely: Books are not Dead… Use Technology to Enliven Your Literacy Program
Howie DiBlasi: Power of One: Changing the World of Education One Teacher at a Time
Angela Maiers: Digital Literacy in the Classroom
Scott Meech: The Empire of Google Education Apps
David Jakes: Beyond the Web 2.0 Hype: Focusing on What Really Matters
Ian Jukes: Literacy is not Enough: 21st Century Fluency for the Digital Age
Leslie Fisher: The iPhone and iPod Touch Application Class
Deneen Frazier-Bowen: The Native are Restless
Lance Rougeux: Creating Multiple Pathways to Learning
Darren Kuropatwa: A Day in the Life of a Teacher teaching w/ Technology

Click here to learn more about the 2010 presenters and their backgrounds.

St. Louis area educators are taking advantage of the instructional technology professional development offered by Cooperating School Districts’ Virtual Learning Center.


Today Stephanie is teaching a full house of educators wanting to learn beginning SMART Board. Tomorrow Nancy teaches a similar class for Promethean Activboard users. These are the last two classes of our summer tele schedule. It’s hard to believe the school year is starting up again very soon! Look for the fall/spring tele schedule to be released soon- we’re putting the final touches on it now.

The Future Is Now: Taking the Next Step in 21st-Century Learning was the 2010 Missouri Distance Learning Association (MoDLA) Conference theme. Megan Moncure attended the conference last week in Springfield, Missouri. They offered more than 40 breakout sessions, roundtable meetings, and special interest group session with a tremendous range of information and resources for their distance learning partners. According to Megan, program highlights included Taking the High School Classroom Online (starting a duel credit program at Drury University), a session on a study (Missouri State University) about traditional seated courses versus blended courses, and a trivia night that included a performance from the Skinny Improv comedy troupe.

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Author Carolyn Lesser has revamped her interactive videoconferences for the 2010-2011 school year! Here’s the information on what she’s offering, and the new fees:

Custom-designed writing videoconference for educators and/or students… This vc is offered to give the most flexibility to planners & educators. Embedded in this program is total control over the content, number of presentations, and the issues/concerns most important to your district or schools. Collaborative planning between educators and the author is one of the riches of this custom design as it brings support & professional development to educators regarding nonfiction writing. Cost to be negotiated with author.

For other, three-part writing series, the cost breakdown is as follows: Nonmembers pay $650 for three videoconferences | New Links members pay $600 for three videoconferences

Programs are available upon date request, but preferred connection times include: Teacher sessions at 4 pm CT | Student sessions at either 9 am or 11 am CT

Writing Nonfiction Prose or Poetry
Session #1…45 minute conference call from teachers to plan for students
Session #2…45 minute interactive presentation to students…assignment
Session #3…45 minute interactive reading/feedback from Carolyn to students

• Carolyn will choose writing topics appropriate for grade level
• Students will participate in a professional nonfiction writing process
• Teacher input is important…come to conference call with ideas
• Carolyn engages students with enthusiasm for the nonfiction process

Writing Nature Prose or Poetry
Session #1…45 minute conference/call from teachers to plan for students
Session #2…45 minute interactive presentation & student assignment given
Session #3…45 minute interactive reading/feedback from Carolyn to student-read work

• Sessions will concentrate on nature writing specific to relevant curriculum
• We will connect science with the writing/research process in prose or poetry
• Research will be stressed for scientific accuracy for topics
• Teacher input is very important…come to conference call with ideas
• Carolyn will engage students with enthusiasm for her nonfiction process

Multi-genre Nonfiction Writing
Session #1…50  minute conference call from teachers to plan for students
Session #2…50 minute interactive presentation & student assignment given
Session #3…50 minute interactive reading/feedback to student-read work

• Teacher input/requests/goals discussed in the conference call
• Each nonfiction topic will be written in poetry, prose, letter, journal entry, dialogue, newspaper article, broadcast, report, etc.
• Professional nonfiction writing process tailored to specific curriculum, requests, goals
• Specific writing topics chosen by teachers/students
• Time will be taken each session for student questions
• Each session will be full of inspiration, enthusiasm, and positive feedback

The deadline for submitting 2011 Midwest Education Technology Conference proposals has been extended from August 20 to August 30. In order to submit a proposal for the 2011 METC Conference, you must first create an account and log into the conference Moodle. When you click on the ‘Call for Proposals’ link, you will be taken to the log-in page. Follow the directions to create your account!

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Last Friday, I worked with a great group of teachers from the Rockwood, Kirkwood, Ladue, Francis Howell, and Special school districts. They participated in Boundless Learning with Videoconferencing, our tele workshop on introducing distance learning into your classroom.

We had a great discussion, a fabulous guest speaker (thanks, Diane Tinucci!), and two awesome videoconference connections. The first was with John Goehrke at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Everyone was impressed with their offerings, but our two Spanish teachers were really excited to hear they offer their programs in Spanish, too. We also connected to the Center for Puppetry Arts, and the teachers got to participate in an actual program as they would offer it to a school. Our participants made puppets- see the photos included in this post.

This class will be offered again during the 2010-2011 school year. If you are interested in videoconferencing, it’s a good way to learn all about it- IP addresses, bridging, multipoint connections, etc.

Tune in to Campbell Brown tonight at 7 p.m. CT and learn more about the work Global Nomads Group (GNG) is doing via Students Rebuild.  Shortly after January 12, GNG brought together students affected by two of the gravest natural disasters in recent history- Hurricane Katrina and the Haiti earthquake.  GNG facilitated a live videoconference dialogue between American youth and their Haitian peers in an effort to help rebuild schools destroyed by the earthquake.  A special thanks to all Students Rebuild participants, who have raised $116,091 to date towards school reconstruction!  To learn more, please visit www.studentsrebuild.org.

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