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Monthly Archives: August 2010

New Links to New Learning favorite LEARNnco has added to its great videoconference line-up. Andy Campbell has shared that LEARNnco’s new program this year is the Science of Triathlon. Using several triathlon “props”, including a triathlon bicycle and wetsuit, this program will cover the science concepts of bouyancy, wet suit insulation, aerodynamics, density, inertia, simple machines, vital capacity, and even a little bit about the importance of nutrition for athletes. The program is geared toward upper elementary through 9th grade though it can be adapted to older age groups. To learn more about LEARNnco’s videoconferences, visit their website!

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Author Amy Sklansky is returning for the 2010-2011 school year as a New Links to New Learning content provider for elementary students!

In Cooking a Book, she will put on a chef’s hat & coat to “cook” a book. Into her large cooking pot go inspiration, rough drafts, revisions, pencil sketches, and more as she explains how an author’s idea becomes a published book. She will use her fifth book, The Duck Who Played the Kazoo, as her primary example, though she will also read from her other books.

In Author Visit and Eggs-periments Videoconferences, Amy discusses her book Where Do Chicks Come From? This book, part of the well-respected Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science series, explains what happens inside an egg from fertilization through hatching. Using visuals in a highly interactive videoconference session, Amy outlines various stages of writing the book — research, revisions, artist’s sketches, etc.

With Inside a Poet’s Mind, Amy gives students a peek inside the mind of a poet. Sharing poems from her own books, she discusses the various places a poet finds inspiration. Then she gives examples of the ways a poet may revise her work – emphasizing concepts such as word choice, line breaks, action verbs, and punctuation. She encourages students to write a poem on their own during the videoconference using the same process.

For Amy’s programs, New Links members pay $155, nonmembers pay $195 per session.

You can join Global Nomads Group over interactive videoconference as they examine the BP Oil Spill with students who have been directly impacted in the Gulf Coast; travel  to Haiti as they work with Haitian students to help re-build schools, or chat with young Pakistanis who are recovering from catastrophic floods that have affected more than 14 million people.

GNG is committed to bringing their signature programs into your classroom, connecting students from across the country and around the world to engage in dialogue and raise awareness about pertinent global issues.  Registration started August 26th on a first-come, first-served basis for the fall programs.

Some other programs you’ll see GNG offer this school year:

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Check out the Polycom Special Events calendar! These free videoconference events are always very popular and they fill up fast. Registration for Polycom customers opens on September 1st for September through December events. Registration for January through May events opens December 1st.

There are videoconferences for elementary, middle and high school students. In addition, professional development options are available. Polycom asks that you please check your calendars carefully (teacher conferences, vacation days, state testing) and make sure your class is available before registering. Cancellations are requested 5 weeks in advance to give another class a chance to participate.

HEC-TV Live! is pleased to invite you to join them for their Constitution Day programs on September 17. Produced in conjunction with the Missouri Bar, the two programs will focus on the role of the judiciary, how federal and
state judges are selected, and the philosophic lenses used by judges to
interpret the law.

Your students will have the opportunity to interact with judges currently sitting on the bench of the Missouri Supreme Court and the U.S. Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.  As always, there are three ways you and your students can join in:  via interactive or view only videoconference, via the web, or on TV.   Our interactive VC spots go quickly, so if you’d like to enroll your students to join us, we hope to hear from you soon.  Remember, there is NO CHARGE to participate in our programs.   To enroll your students or to have us answer any questions you may have, please contact HEC-TV Live!.

Why Judges Matter:  The Selection Process
Presented in collaboration with Missouri Bar
Date: September 17, 2010
Times: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. CDT
Grade Levels: 7-12
Cost:  No Fee

What is the appointment and confirmation process for federal judges? Are
the processes the same for state and local judges?  Why are some judges
elected and some appointed?  What are the advantages and disadvantages to
the different methods of selection?  How do political forces impact
judicial selection? What does the Constitution have to say on the matter?
Should we consider changes to our process for selecting federal judges?
To explore these questions and more, you’re invited to join our panel of
federal and state judges for a fascinating conversation on the selection
process used to fill federal and state judicial vacancies. Panelists for this program will include Judge Michael Wolff of the Missouri Supreme Court, Judge Rodney W. Sipple of the U.S. Federal District Court of Appeals for the Eastern District of Missouri, and Judge Mary Ann Medler, Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri.

More details including a program agenda, pre and post program learning
activities, and curriculum standards can be found here.

Why Judges Matter:  Decisions from the Bench
Presented in collaboration with Missouri Bar
Date: September 17, 2010
Times: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. CDT
Grade Levels: 7-12
Cost:  No Fee

Critics and Supreme Court watchers have coined several terms in an attempt
to describe a particular philosophy that a judge may follow in interpreting the law while trying to decide a case.  Some of these terms are judicial restraint, judicial activism, original intent, living document, and literalism.  With every presidential election, one of the issues has become what kind of judge that president will nominate and what kind refers to a nominee’s perceived philosophy.  Without a doubt, the decisions that federal and state judges make are extremely important.  How they make them and why they make them the way they do is a vitally important topic for students to explore.  We invite you to join our panel of federal and state judges for a fascinating conversation about how judges make their decisions and the debate about the various philosophies that arguably affect judicial interpretation.  Panelists for the program will include Judge Stephen Limbaugh, Jr. of the U.S. Federal District Court of Appeals for the Eastern District of Missouri, Judge Mary Rhodes Russell of the Missouri Supreme Court, and Dr. David Robertson, Political Science Department at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

More details including a program agenda, pre and post program learning
activities, and curriculum standards can be found here.

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You’ve got two weeks to register for The Princeton Review’s ACT prep class over interactive videoconference with Cooperating School Districts. Sign up by August 31 to get the rate of must $140 per student; the following week, the price goes up to $190 (late registration fee is now only $175, and you have until September 13 to register at that price)! This 5-week class is to prepare students for the October ACT. To read up on the class and what it offers, click here.

FREE!* Every Other Month Full-Day Discovery Education streaming Training (free to those schools that purchase DE streaming subscription through CSD)

Cooperating School Districts offers training every other month on the second Monday during the 2010-2011 school year from 8:30 to 3:30 at Craig Road. Space is limited, so register early! Classes take place Sept. 13, Nov. 8, Jan. 10, March 14, and May 9.

Receive on-demand streaming and downloading of videos for your classroom, and lesson plans, quizzes, images, sound effects, encyclopedia articles, and more! Using Discovery Education streaming, students are engaged in their learning experiences, and teachers have the ability to use or create standards-based lesson plans, assignments, quizzes and writing prompts online. DE streaming has made some user-friendly changes including the My DE page and drag & drop features in My Content.

Come find out about the new features from STAR Discovery Educator Stephanie Madlinger, including the Ready Zone and STEM Connect. Learn how the Interactive Atlas and the Student Center can engage 21st century learners.

For more information, or to schedule personalized workshops at your location on Discovery Education streaming, contact Stephanie Madlinger at 314-692-1212.

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The METC Virtual Conference featuring 2010 archived sessions is open until Friday, August 27!

• watch on-demand video of keynote sessions
• discuss each session with other virtual conference attendees
• take an online survey to share suggestions for improvement

Before you can enter the sessions, you will need to create an account.

If you have a problem viewing the videos, know that they are best viewed in Safari (for Mac) or Internet Explorer 7 & above (for Windows). If you wish to use other browsers see suggested plugins.

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Creating SMART Board Lessons to Engage and Motivate Students (Level 2 Training) takes place October 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Cooperating School Districts in St. Louis, Missouri. The cost is  $149 for a CSD member and $189 for a non-member. (There is one graduate credit is available if you are interested).
PREREQUISITE: Level 1 Training or equivalent; not a class for beginners.

Do you already have a SMART Board and consider yourself a user? This intermediate class is for you! Come learn some of the advanced features of the SMART Board and create lessons. Become adept at creating recordings of what you do on the SMART Board for future playback! Find out how to use the video player that comes with your SMART Board to annotate videos. Learn how to attach audio files to objects on the SMART Board, and how to save items that you use often and want to share to the My Content folder. We’ll show you how to find hundreds of lessons that have already been created for use on the SMART Board. You’ll be able to create your own usable lesson, either from scratch or by tweaking a downloaded lesson.

Register here.

Formerly our Mental Health Series, Healthy Kids | Healthy Classrooms is a professional development videoconference series for K-12 educators. Our first session takes place Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 3:30 p.m. central time. This interactive videoconference will last 1 hour; for New Links to New Learning members, the fee is just $25! Non-members pay $85 per site. There is no limit to the number of participants per site.

Up first is Skills & Strategies for Working with Students with Asperger’s Syndrome, presented by Brenda A. Brown, a Clinical Nurse Specialist with BJC Behavioral Health. Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) is a specific, pervasive developmental disorder that is characterized by deficiencies in behavior, social, and communication skills.  Asperger’s Syndrome is considered one of the Autism Spectrum Disorders (also PDD-NOS, Autistic Disorder) which affects an estimated 1% of children in the U.S.  An overview of Asperger’s Syndrome and specific classroom strategies for these students will be discussed.

At the end of the presentation participants will understand the following:
•  Definition and criteria for Asperger’s Syndrome
•  Classroom behaviors of students with Asperger’s Syndrome
•  Educational objectives for students with Asperger’s Syndrome
•  Treatment options: medications, behavioral interventions
•  Classroom strategies for students with Asperger’s Syndrome

To register, contact Rebecca Morrison at Cooperating School Districts by November 12.

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