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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Saint Louis University’s AIMS program- that’s Adventures in Medicine and Science- provides distance learning presentations through a state-of-the-art high definition videoconferencing system. The AIMS Virtual Anatomy Classroom provides hands-on interactive field trips designed to enhance any science curriculum.

AIMS was recently honored for the third consecutive school year with a Pinnacle Award from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration for distance learning programs. This award, presented annually, is based on teacher evaluations submitted through the CILC website and recognizes outstanding performance by a content provider.

There is a limit of 3 classes (90 students) to allow for ample opportunity for discussion and questions during videoconferences, which cost $250 each.

Ray Vollmer (above) presents on several topics, including:
• Anatomy of the Eye/Pig Eye Dissection
• Anatomy of the Human Brain/Sheep Brain Dissection
• Anatomy of the Human Heart /Pig Heart Dissection
• Mr. Bones
• Teen Nutrition
• Health General Cadaver Demonstrations
• Forensic Autopsy Cadaver Demonstrations
• Sports Medicine Cadaver Demonstrations

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Trial by Wire: Criminal allows several sites to try a murder case. This project entails research by the students and their participation in a videoconference. They will simulate a court trial (taken from an actual Missouri court case). A librarian from the St. Louis County Library acts as judge and helps students research. Three classes from different schools are required to participate. One will act as the prosecution, one will be the defense, and one will be the jury. Here is the criminal case program breakdown:

1. Prosecution presents their evidence and argument, then the Defense presents.

2. Both sides present their final arguments; jury is allowed to question the judge before deliberating. Judge instructs the jury as to their task and deliberations; jury deliberates & reaches a verdict.

3. Jury announces their verdict; jury explains their verdict. Judge makes a statement. Students ask additional questions and discuss their learning experiences.

Trial by Wire: Civil allows several sites to try an illegal entry/excessive force case. This project entails research by the students and their participation in a videoconference. They will simulate a court trial (taken from an actual Federal civil court case). A librarian from the St. Louis County Library acts as judge and helps students research. Three classes from different schools are required to participate. One will act as the plaintiff, one will be the defense, and one will be the jury. Here is the civil case program breakdown:

1. Plaintiff presents their evidence & argument, then Defense presents.

2. Both sides present their final arguments; jury is allowed to question the judge before deliberating. Judge instructs the jury as to their task and deliberations; jury deliberates & reaches a verdict.

3. Jury announces their verdict; jury explains their verdict. Judge makes a statement. Students ask additional questions and discuss their learning experiences.

Please contact CSD with your requested date & time. This fits best with a block scheduling high school, but it is not required. If you want your class to participate in either mock trial, or have questions about the program, contact Rebecca Morrison. The programs are free of charge; we prefer that schools be located in the St. Louis, Missouri metro area.

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Midwest Education Technology ConferenceMidwest Education Technology Conference
Preconference Workshops February 13, 2012
Half-day workshops 9 to 12 or 1 to 4.
Registration starts Monday!

BYOL Requirements: Laptop with internet connection.

HALF DAY (P.M.) P23 TECH LEVEL:
BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE
Get Going With Google Earth (BYOL*)
Ken Shelton, Featured Speaker

This workshop will cover everything from the basics of using Google Earth to more advanced pedagogical applications involving teaching, learning, and content creation. The workshop will include creating, manipulating and controlling your own content as well as managing your content on your mobile device. Special BYOL Requirements: Laptop with latest version of Google Earth installed.

HALF DAY (A.M.) P24 TECH LEVEL: BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE
Building a Classroom Website with Google Sites (BYOL*)
Bill Bass, Google Certified Teacher
Would you like to create a free classroom website or online collaborative environment? Without knowing any HTML or other fancy coding language, Google Sites can quickly help you create a website for use with your students and to communicate with parents. All you need is a web browser and Internet connection, and you can design and update your website from anywhere. Bring a few ideas and resources to build yours today!

HALF DAY (A.M.) P25 TECH LEVEL: BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE
HOTS for Google (BYOL*)

Diana Dell, Google Certified Teacher
Attend this fast-paced session to analyze Google tools through the lens of Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy; explore Featured Speaker Kathy Schrock’s Bloomin’ Google interactive portal for each level of thinking; experience Google tools; and brainstorm uses with like-minded educators. Participants will work together to choose the HOT-est Google tool for each level of thinking. You will leave this session declaring that you have the HOTS for Google!

HALF DAY (A.M.) P26 TECH LEVEL: BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE
Go from Good to GREAT: Google for Leaders (BYOL*)

Cindy Lane, Google Certified Teacher
During this three-hour professional development workshop, administrators and district leaders will learn how to design teams to help K-12 educators get the most from innovative technologies. Participants will get hands-on experience with Google’s free products and discover innovative instructional strategies to improve student learning. Leaders will explore resources to share with colleagues and building teams, and then discuss how to apply this new learning to go from Good to Great in every school.

HALF DAY (A.M.) P27 TECH LEVEL: BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE
Use Google Tools & KISS – Keep It Simple, Stupid (BYOL*)
Stephanie Madlinger, Google Certified Teacher
Do you need to simplify your life? Are you feeling stupid in the midst of organizational chaos? Come learn about Google’s hidden treasures for organizing and managing your busy life. Learn to color-code, label and manage your Gmail for more effective communication. Experience the power of keeping an online calendar to access 24/7 by merging your schedule for work, home and play into ONE place. Then explore other hidden Google Tools and widgets that help bring simplicity to your life.

HALF DAY (P.M.) P28 TECH LEVEL: BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE
Google Docs for the Elementary Classroom (BYOL*)

Diana Dell & Stephanie Madlinger, Google Certified Teachers
Come learn how the five free Google Documents can support learning 24/7 in the elementary classroom, by creating, sharing and editing online. Use the basic abilities of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel in an online collaborative environment. Create an online form to collect information, chart and graph in a snap. Draw on online chart paper to brainstorm with other classrooms across the country. Open up your classroom to new learning today!

HALF DAY (P.M.) P29 TECH LEVEL: BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE
Google Docs for the Secondary Classroom (BYOL*)

Bill Bass & Cindy Lane, Google Certified Teachers
Come learn how the five free Google Documents can support learning 24/7 in the secondary classroom, by creating, sharing and editing online. Use the basic abilities of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel in an online collaborative environment. Create an online form to collect information, chart and graph in a snap. Draw on online chart paper to brainstorm with other classrooms across the country. Open up your classroom to new learning today!

Visit METCconference.org for more information.

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During the 5th annual Media Literacy Week in St. Louis, the Virtual Learning Center will offer the following educational technology professional development:

November 7 ~ Media Literacy in the K-12 Classroom
November 8 ~ Digital Media Projects Using Pixie (for grades preK-5) & Presentations and Portfolios Using Share (for grades 6-12)
November 10 ~ Discovery Education Level 2: IWB & Media Creation

This year’s theme is Media Literacy is the Message: The Legacy of Marshall McLuhan. We will be posting more information on The Wired Classroom as November approaches! Also, be sure to visit the Gateway Media Literacy Partnerswebsite.

The Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis will continue to offer videoconferences through New Links at Cooperating School Districts during the 2011-2012 school year. Robert Powell has conducted two distance learning events regularly for the last few years from CSD: The Body in Space and The Day in the Life of an Astronaut. In January of 2011, to mark the shuttle disaster, he also dedicated a day to “Christa’s Lessons” over interactive videoconference.

To learn more about the CLC-St. Louis science lessons through New Links, contact Program Coordinator Rebecca Morrison.

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The Midwest Education Technology Conference Advisory Committee met today and were given a sneak peek at the new online registration set up. Registration goes live on Monday, October 3, 2011 at METCconference.org. Attendees will have to set up an account with CSD, but once they do that, they can register for any Cooperating School Districts event easily- and log onto their account to see see their program history with the organization!

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We’re wrapping up our posts on 2012 Midwest Education Technology Conference Featured Speakers with returning favorite Rushton Hurley and one of our new speakers, Paula Naugle.

Rushton Hurley was last year’s METC Keynote. One of our attendees from 2011 noted: “The enthusiasm of Rushton Hurley was contagious! He inspired me and I wish all my colleagues could hear him.” Well, here’s their chance! Rushton has lived on three continents as a Japanese language teacher (he holds masters degrees from Stanford University in Education as well as East Asian Studies); he has been a principal of an online high school; he is a teacher trainer & educational technology researcher, and is school reform consultant. He founded and is Executive Director of the educational nonprofit Next Vista for Learning, which houses a free library of videos by and for teachers & students. Additionally, Rushton is the Program Director of MERIT (Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology) at the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College. He focuses on connections between engaging learning and useful, affordable technology, the power of multimedia, and the professional perspectives & experiences of teachers at all levels.

Paula Naugle has taught for 35 years. In 2004, Paula realized that she had a lot to learn about technology integration and it then became her passion to learn as much as she could about all things Web 2.0. Some of the web tools that are used in her 4th grade classroom include Edmodo, Skype, GlogsterEDU, kidblog.org, Google docs, and BrainPOP. Paula is a Microsoft Innovative Educator, a PBWorks certified teacher, a Promethean trainer, a member of the Discovery Educator Network Leadership Council of Louisiana, a Discovery STAR Educator, and one of the organizers for #edcampLouisiana. Paula maintains a classroom blog, a professional blog, and a class wiki. She is passionate about preparing her students for their futures as 21st century digital citizens.

Follow Rushton on Twitter @rushtonh and Paula on Twitter @plnaugle. The Midwest Education Technology Conference is on Twitter, too, @METC_CSD. Registration for the conference opens the first week of October.

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