Monthly Archives: January 2011
“The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and “slipped the surly bonds of earth” to “touch the face of God.”
- President Ronald Reagan, January 28, 1986
Today marks the 25th Anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger disaster. Here at Cooperating School Districts, the Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis was able to honor the occasion by offering free videoconferences to elementary, middle and high school students entitled “Christa’s Lessons.”
Christa McAuliffe was one of seven crew members to perish that day; a teacher, she was set to conduct lessons from space to students on Earth. Today, Robert Powell of the Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis is sharing some of those lessons to students across North America- we have connections in the St. Louis metro area, in Texas, California, New York, Ohio and Alberta, Canada.
The lost Challenger crew included Michael J. Smith, Commander Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, and Judith Resnik.
Tags: Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis, Challenger Shuttle, Christa McAuliffe, Commander Dick Scobee, Ellison Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik, Michael J. Smith, NASA, Ronald McNair, Ronald Reagan
As a follow up to my earlier post, KSDK aired a story about the Holocaust survivors’ videconferences held yesterday by HEC-TV Live! Click on the image below to see the piece.
We had a group from Incarnate Word Academy view the HEC-TV LIVE! videoconference from Cooperating School Districts yesterday afternoon. The topic: interviewing survivors in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. One student from a Missouri school asked a survivor being interviewed if he had ever seen Adolf Hitler in person, and he replied no, not in person. He shared he had heard Hitler on the radio and seen him in newsreels. He also said there was an occasion when Hitler was being driven down his street and the interviewee, just a child, hid from the motorcade.
What a great learning experience for the videoconference participants!
Transforming Learning with a SMART Board (Level 1 Training)
February 24 OR March 25 • 8:30 to 3:30
$149 CSD member; $189 non-member
(No Graduate Credit Available)
The SMART Board is an interactive whiteboard that can improve the way you teach. Come learn how to use this technology tool in your classroom—no prior knowledge of SMART Boards required! This is a class for beginners with no prior knowledge of SMART Boards. Discover how to find and develop lesson plans that make use of this hands-on tool and motivate 21st century students.
Using SMART Response in the Classroom
March 18 • 8:30 to 3:30
$149 CSD member; $189 non-member (No Graduate Credit Available)
What’s all the buzz about “clicker” systems in the classroom? SMART Response is an interactive response system combining handheld wireless remotes (or clickers), a receiver and powerful assessment software that allows you to create tests and manage, track, and evaluate the results. This system integrates seamlessly with the SMART Board, but must be purchased separately. Come learn how to set up formative and summative assessments for your students and obtain immediate results that can be used to guide instruction. Learn the basics of the h and software, how to set up a grade book, and practice creating assessments.
Creating SMART Board Lessons to Engage and Motivate Students
(Level 2 Training) PREREQUISITE: Level 1 Training or equivalent; not a class for beginners
March 29 • 8:30 to 3:30
$149 CSD member; $189 non-member (One Graduate Credit Available)
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.
Our TELE course Creating Multimedia Projects with Discovery Education streaming takes place February 1 & 2, from 4:00-7:00 each evening. Did you know that Discovery Education streaming has digital video, audio files, images, and more that can also be used in a variety of multimedia applications? Are you looking for a perfect, easy to do multimedia project? This fast-paced class is for you! Come discover ways to develop curriculum-based digital media projects with DE streaming resources. Student produced videos or digital media projects can empower students with the tools, skills and confidence to take creative control of their research and presentation projects. Teachers can provide engaging lessons by adding some creative multimedia to their lessons. Participants will work together and use DE streaming resources more effectively with free Web 2.0 applications like Glogster, VoiceThread, Photo Story, Animoto and more. Participants may also choose to use iMovie or Movie Maker to develop easy-to-use resources for more media rich lessons. Prerequisite: Bring a lesson idea and organize your DE streaming My Content with songs, images, video, and sound files that support your lesson. Participants should be familiar with one of the applications above. Costs: $149 CSD member; $189 non-member (one graduate credit is also available at additional fee).
Stories of the Civil War: Lincoln Takes Office
Date: February 10, 2011
Times: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. CDT or 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. CDT
Grade Levels: Morning program grades 4-8; Afternoon program grades 6-12
Cost: NO CHARGE | Register: firstname.lastname@example.org
Without a doubt, the Presidential election of 1860 was an historic one. America was living in turbulent times; the debate over slavery was constant and heated; the issue of states rights loomed large. Americans had a number of choices in this historic election, and the candidate that prevailed was Abraham Lincoln.
Who were the candidates of the election and how did people view them? What made Lincoln a galvanizing figure in such different ways for those in the North and those in the South? Why did southern and border states move so quickly to debate secession after his election? What would it have been like to be at those meetings, to hear the debates, to read the headlines daily?
This HEC-TV LIVE! videoconference will focus on the use of primary sources to explore the impact of Abraham Lincoln’s election as President on the start of America’s Civil War. What are the strengths and limitations of such sources? How do they shed a light on history that is different from secondary sources? What stories of people and institutions do they tell? Students will have many opportunities to interact with the experts involved in the program as well as share ideas and ask questions of each other.
Students will also have many opportunities to interact with primary source documents that take them back in time to the people, places and perspectives of Americans in the winter of 1860-1861. A highlighted focus of the program will be given to documents demonstrating Missouri as a microcosm of the explosive conversation being held all across the country.
The 10 a.m. Central Time program is targeted to students in grades 4
through 8. The 1 p.m. Central Time program is targeted to students in
grades 6 through 12. Register with email@example.com.