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Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Virtual Learning Center hold Discovery Education streaming training on the second Monday of every other month during the school year at no cost (it’s free to those schools that purchase DE streaming subscriptions through CSD and to CSD/CSG Members. Otherwise, it’s $149 or $189 like other tele classes). Plan to attend this full day of learning and walk away saying, “WOW!”  Through your subscription to DE streaming, you receive on-demand streaming and downloading of videos for your classroom, 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 create standards-based lessons, assignments, quizzes, and writing prompts online. Come learn the user-friendly features including the My DE page and drag & drop features in My Content. Find out about the curriculum focused features including the Ready Zone, STEM Connect and more! Learn how the Interactive Atlas and the Student Center can engage 21st century learners.

This free training every other month is on the second Monday of the month during the school year from 8:30 am-3:30 pm.  Registration is requiredthe first session for the school year is September 12.

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

Our popular tele class, Moodle Basics: Using a Course Management System will take place on September 22 from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm.

Heard of Moodle, but don’t have a clue what it’s all about?  This workshop is for you!  In the first half of the class, find out what this  course management system is, how to use it as the one stop website for your class, and how to get your own for free.  Participants will have an opportunity to see how other teachers are using Moodle, and try their hands at setting up various features of this open source software.  In the second half of the class, participants will have an opportunity to practice developing their own course. Lots of hands-on time will be provided to create a sample class and organize it.  No prior knowledge of Moodle required, class costs: $149 for a CSD member; $189 for a non-member. (No Lindenwood graduate credit available with this workshop).

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In Author Visit and Eggs-periments Videoconferences, author Amy E. Sklansky 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. This is a great supplemental program for those elementary classes that have eggs and hatch chicks in their classrooms! Register with New Links Coordinator Rebecca Morrison at rmorrison@csd.org.

New Links for Your Classroom with Videoconferencing & Skype
October 12  | 
8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
$149 CSD member; $189 non-member  (One Grad. Credit Available)

Find out how to take your students anywhere in the world to connect with experts and collaborate with other students- all without leaving your classroom! You can make these connections using distance learning technology tools like Skype and curriculum videoconferencing. In this workshop, you will have the chance to learn how using videoconferencing and Skype fits easily into your existing programs of study. Come learn how to find, design, and participate in virtual field trips and collaborative projects. These lessons promote higher order thinking skills, increase motivation and create fantastic collaborations. Participants will:

  • Be introduced to videoconferencing and how it works, and to CSD’s distance learning program, New Links
  • Compare & contrast videoconferencing and Skype for your classroom
  • Set up a free Skype account and practice using it by adding contacts, setting privacy settings and look at education.skype.com
  • Learn how to find content for both videoconferences and Skype connections
  • Connect to content providers for videoconference demonstrations
  • Design virtual field trips or collaborative projects by visiting websites like projects.twice.cc

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Tomorrow is the deadline to submit 2012 Midwest Education Technology Conference proposals! Be sure to get yours in today. Strands for this year’s conference include:

• Accountability / Assessment
• Differentiated Instruction
• Digital Creation
• Virtual Teaching & Learning
• Innovative Instruction & Engaged Learning
• Leadership & Professional Learning
• Library & Media Literacy
• Mobile Learning
• Technical Infrastructure & Support

Exhibitors can also submit a proposal by going to the website and have the same proposal deadline of Tuesday,  August 30th.  All exhibitor information is listed on the exhibitor page.

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Another new class from the Virtual Learning Center — Communicate & Learn Online!  Are you overwhelmed? Do you feel isolated in your role as an educator? Having a PLN (Personal Learning Network) allows you and your students to learn and share with others around the world, 24/7.

A PLN is a reciprocal network that you create based on your interests and needs. By developing your own PLN, you generate multiple opportunities to learn from, connect with, gather information and resources, then create and share with people like you. Instructor Stephanie Madlinger will explain how to use an online community to develop your PLN, and where to look! You will explore online learning communities like Google Docs and Moodle, and social networks, including Facebook and Twitter.

With the new Senate Bill 54 in Missouri, these resources have a different role with our students. We will discuss the movement from an AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) to a RUP (Responsible Use Policy) for students and teachers. Discover online communities, social networks, collaborative applications and social bookmarking sites to connect & learn online. This new workshop takes place October 28th, from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at CSD’s tele. Costs are $149 for a CSD member; $189 for non-members. Register here.

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Today Martha Bogart and Stephanie Madlinger went onsite to the Jennings School District to offer instructional technology professional development. To see more photos of their session, visit our Flickr page or click on the image of Martha, above (taken by Stephanie, thanks!). Martha, Stephanie, Jennings educators, would you like to share what you discussed?

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