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Monthly Archives: June 2011

Today is the last day of ISTE’s conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Here’s a snapshot of the SIGVC (Special Interest Group – Videoconferencing) Pirate-themed Playground- all sorts of vc tools were on display, including, but not limited to: LifeSize, Polycom, Tandberg (Cisco). Content providers from all over where connected for demos, like this  one from the Royal Botanical Garden in Canada!

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If you couldn’t make it to the 2011 ISTE Conference in Philadelphia, be sure to follow the hashtag #ISTE11 on Twitter. There are a lot of great conversations going on.

Also, educators from Missouri are using the hashtag #MOedtech as well. See what your Show-Me State colleagues are learning!

PHOTO: IVC Showcase at ISTE: Lest We Forget – Interview War Veterans via Videoconferences

For nearly a decade, instructional technology professional development at Cooperating School Districts has been provided by the Virtual Learning Center. Last year, the Virtual Learning Center of CSD became an ISTE Affiliate. The CSDVLC ISTE Affiliate is proud to have nominated two fellow Missouri educators for the Making IT Happen program. Making IT Happen is an internationally recognized awards program for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools from ISTE. The program identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation.

Referred to as the eight components of the Formula of Success, these following criteria are in place to assist state, regional, and national, and international educational organizations in selecting awardees.

Recipients of the awards are educators who:

  1. Apply available technology now
  2. Move forward and don’t look back
  3. See students as real people
  4. Teach through relationships, inspiring, encouraging, nurturing
  5. Recognize that further change is necessary, but understand that it is a process
  6. Realize that teacher empowerment is the key element to technology integration
  7. Expect success
  8. Motivate through awareness and access to information

In St. Louis, Diana Dell and Ruth Litman-Block were nominated by the CSDVLC ISTE Affiliate and met the criteria listed above. Congratulations ladies for all your accomplishments! Ruth attended our last Midwest Education Technology Conference Advisory Committee meeting and was presented with her new pink jacket and certificate by Stephanie Madlinger. Diana was unable to make it but will collect her’s soon and we’ll definitely post a photo of her in her new jacket!

Both educators have a long history of instructional technology integration in St. Louis area schools; briefly, in 1998, Ruth created the videoconferencing program New Links to New Learning from a $3 million grant from AT&T. In June 2010, Ruth retired as the Director of the Virtual Learning Center at Cooperating School Districts. During her time in the VLC, she became a certified SMART Master teacher and a PD4ETS instructional specialist for the eMINTS program. Ruth also became the recipient of a Laureate Award for New Links  from The Computerworld Honors Program. She now works as a consultant. As for Diana, she recently retired from Valley Park School District where she served as the district Instructional Technology Specialist for 3 years. Since then, she along with a partner, developed and created SqoolTechs, LLC. For the past 4 years, the SqoolTechs have worked together to benefit the education of students and improve the quality of online instruction at the K-12 level. Diana is one of Missouri’s Google Certified Teachers. Additionally, Diana continues to support educators around the world through her self-created website Gamequarium, winning numerous awards for being the best educational online resource.

This only scratches the surface of the many accomplishments and talents Ruth and Diana have between them. The CSDVLC ISTE Affiliate has known for years Ruth and Diana were Making IT Happen, and we are pleased ISTE felt the same way.

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Wow! When you have a moment, check out the latest on Flickr- the Museum of Photographic Arts Collections’ photostream. These 19th and 20th century images are just amazing! See portraits of Emile Zola, Victor Hugo, Queen Victoria, Alfred Tennyson and Czar Nicholas II, plus other photos of everyday people and places.

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Stephanie Madlinger is a Program Coordinator and Instructional Technology Specialist for the Virtual Learning Center of CSD. This year she celebrates twenty years of experience teaching preK- adults in traditional, technology-rich and online environments.

Stephanie began her teaching career in the Hazelwood School District, where she taught at the elementary level. Her family moved to Warrenton where she spent time as a Manager and Educational Consultant for Discovery Toys, Inc. Stephanie then became an eMINTS teacher in the Warren County School District. From there, she spent time as an eMINTS teacher in the Winfield School District, then as a Technology Integration Specialists in the Parkway School District. In 2005, Stephanie was hired by the VLC to provide educational technology instruction.

Stephanie graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with emphasis in math & computers and then earned her master’s degree in Educational Administration from Lindenwood University. Stephanie returned to Mizzou for her specialist degree in Educational Technology, and intends to complete her doctorate.

Continuing her love for learning, Stephanie has completed extensive training in Cognitive Coaching, Missouri Reading Initiative, eMINTS, and Professional Learning Communities. She is internationally recognized as a Google Certified Teacher, and is a trainer for SMART, Promethean, Intel, and LoTi. Stephanie serves on the Missouri Leadership Council for Discovery Education and is a STAR DEN member. She was awarded the Tech4Learning Innovative Educator Award in 2009, and was recently awarded the Missouri Distance Learning Educator of the Year Award. Stephanie regularly attends and presents at regional and national education conferences.

As a lifelong resident of greater St. Louis, she enjoys family and friend gatherings across the Missouri and Illinois borders. Currently living in Kirkwood, Stephanie and her husband enjoy being involved in their community, and attending church, school and sporting events of their four children.

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Martha Bogart is teaching a three-day class this week called Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works. Today is the second day of the workshop; class started yesterday and concludes on Thursday.

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