Monthly Archives: May 2011
In addition to our ACT Prep interactive videoconference course, New Links will now be offering online test prep for public, private and parochial schools within Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis. The online test prep includes ACT PSAT and SAT, which comes with two options: Online and Live Online. These classes are taught by the experts at The Princeton Review!
Online classes are self-paced by the participating student and cover approximately 30-40 hours of time. The account is active for 200 days.
Live Online classes can be customized to students’ needs. Live Online classes last 18 hours; they can run six sessions with three hours/block, or run nine sessions with 2 hours/block. During Live Online classes, students interact with an instructor who leads them through the curriculum.
These classes can run up to $599. Through Cooperating School Districts* (click on comments section for more information), you get the same Princeton Review classes for a greatly discounted rate:
· Online class through CSD will cost a student just $125
· Live Online class through CSD will cost a student just $150
For more complete details on these online courses from The Princeton Review and Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis, contact New Links Program Coordinator Rebecca Morrison. Look for more information on future college prep offerings from The Princeton Review and CSD later this summer!
- NEW! Show-Me Your Creativity: Convey a message (informational or persuasive) using music, drawings, digital photos, and/or clay models.
- Show-Me Something New: Make an instructional or how-to movie.
- Show-Me a Story: Tell a story about someone special, your school, your community.
- Show-Me a Challenge: Share local environmental concerns and social issues, which promote awareness and public action.
- Show-Me Your Community: Recount an aspect of your community/ethnic culture that is unique, significant, promotes a message, and advances a better understanding of it.
Divisions remain elementary, middle school and high school. This contest is open for Missouri students. Revised rules (including changes in the submission process) will be posted this summer for the 2011 contest on Cooperating School Districts’ website. If you have questions, contact Show-Me Movie Program Manager Rebecca Morrison. We look forward to seeing what your students submit!
Explore rich digital media & interactive learning through visualization!
Book trailers are a great way to connect digital and print literacy in a real-world application. In this class, (a Midwest Education Technology Conference precon sell-out workshop!) learn how to create and manage a book trailer project in your classroom. We will make book trailers using Photostory 3 – a free Microsoft download. The class will cover how to help your students select their audience, and decide how to construct their message to accomplish the persuasive goal of the trailer. We will touch on copyright compliance issues and practice finding acceptable images and music. Creating voice-overs using the free download Audacity program will be demonstrated. Skills covered during the day can be applied to any subject area and any grade level, so won’t you join us?
Connecting Digital and Print Literacy – Creating Book Trailers
Monday, June 13, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the tele at Cooperating School Districts
$149 CSD member; $189 non-member | (One Graduate Credit Available) | Register here.
Our friend Janine Lim is revisiting some of her older posts, so I thought I’d do the same- we started to blog regularly on The Wired Classroom in the spring of 2007! (Hard to believe it’s been four years now!) This post I’m sharing today is dated May 17, 2007 … enjoy!
Deep in the Swamp, in the warm morning sun…
Yesterday, we had a wonderful videoconference- actually two- with St. Louis author Donna M. Bateman. Donna, along with Dexter the Alligator, talked about life in the swamp. For our first session, we had 4 kindergarten classes (at 4 sites) connect- two schools in the Francis Howell District, one in Parkway and the final one from Fox. The kids were fantastic! For the second session, we had 2 Francis Howell second grade classes connect from 2 schools. The feel was a bit different than it had been for the first group, but these kids were on top of it. At the end of the session, they asked Donna questions about writing a book, where she lives, and her inspirations. Donna revealed that Deep in the Swamp is her first book but she already has ideas for a second. One participating teacher wrote me a lovely e-mail: “You made it happen! My students and I thank you for this authentic and meaningful learning experience. Connecting and interacting with the author has brought this story to life. We continue to appreciate the opportunities for powerful ways to grow!” Another wrote, “Just wanted to tell you how wonderful the VC was yesterday. It totally fit what we’re studying and I was not expecting it too. Awesome! Everything was perfect!”