Skip to content

The Connected Classroom

Information on and from EducationPlus' Learning Division

Monthly Archives: September 2011

“Library media specialists empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information.” (AASL)

The Virtual Learning Center’s new LMS Academy focuses on the changing role of the Library Media Specialist in K-12 education today. Today’s LMS must play the versatile role of an instructional partner responsible for ensuring that students and staff are efficient and effective users of information. The academy will assist LMS personnel in teaching and connecting the new standards of AASL, ISTE and the NETS. Registration is open for all library media specialists to attend. Participants will:

  • Learn how to develop lessons that support the AASL, ISTE & NETS Standards
  • Understand the meaning of media literacy as it applies to 21st century skills
  • Network with colleagues working in school libraries across the area and globally
  • Learn digital tools that promote effective use of digital media for K12 students
  • Examine problem based activities, plus web & media literacy lessons
  • Examine best practices for Copyright & Fair Use
  • Explore digital citizenship and literacy curriculum resources
  • Contribute in an online learning community, such as Moodle or SchoolTown
  •   Research books by LMS experts such as Joyce Valenza & Kathy Schrock (one of the featured speakers at this year’s METC)
  •   Participate in 40 hours of blended learning professional development
  •   Attend one day of the Midwest Education Technology Conference

Participants will have an option to earn 3.0 credits through Lindenwood University for an additional cost of $60 per credit hour.

Dates and times of participation:

face-to-face classes at CSD

  • October 27 ~ 4- 7 pm LMS Academy Kickoff
  • November 7 ~ 8:30- 3:30 pm ~ Media Literacy tele class
  • December 8 ~ 4- 7 pm LMS academy class
  • January 26 ~ 8:30-3 :30 pm ~ Digital Citizenship tele class
  • March 8~ 4-7 pm LMS Academy Celebration

additional online and outreach activities

  • November 2 ~ online CSDVLC webinar 4- 5 pm
  • November 6-12 ~ Media Literacy Week in St. Louis ~ attend choice of event(s)
  • December 7 ~ online Free Cool Tools webinar 4- 5 pm
  • January 18 ~ online Digital Citizenship webinar 4- 5 pm
  • February 14 ~ attend 1 day of METC

Cost: $495 CSD Members/$595 Non-members. If you have questions, contact Stephanie Madlinger at or 314-692-1212.

Tags: , , , , ,

Cooperating School Districts’ Virtual Learning Center is pleased to announce the keynote speaker line-up for the 2012 Midwest Education Technology Conference: Adam Bellow, John C. Carver, and David Thornburg.

David Thornburg (right) speaks on Tuesday, February 14. His keynote address is entitled Can You Hear Me Now: The Powerful Rise of Mobile Learning.  David’s current focus is on alternatives to traditional classrooms, and the explosive rise of mobile learning tools, continues a journey he has been on for decades. He is the author of hundreds of articles and numerous books on the potential for emerging technologies to transform education.

Adam Bellow (above left) will keynote on Wednesday, February 15 on A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future. Adam is the Director of Educational Technology for The College Board Schools and was recently named Outstanding Young Educator of the Year by ISTE. In addition, Adam is founder of eduTecher, a free web resource for teachers, students, and parents that finds and explains how to use web tools in the classroom.

John C. Carver (left) is delivering a special keynote at the annual Leadership Breakfast, held on Tuesday morning.  John serves the Van Meter School District as its Superintendent of Schools in Iowa; his district serves 630 students in grades K-12. Van Meter has established global connections for learning using Skype, Twitter and other social networking tools. John will speak on Our “Printing Press” Moment: Educational Transformation, Hold On to Your Hats!.

Look for future posts on other featured speakers coming soon to The Wired Classroom. And remember, registration for METC opens Monday, October 3!

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Announcing a series of workshops that will provide an introduction to Systems Thinking and its connections to other effective instructional practices and school improvement efforts.

During each of the workshops, participants will:
• develop skills and knowledge in the use of systems thinking habits, concepts and tools
• experience, practice, and discuss interactive, inquiry-based instructional and school improvement strategies
• use systems thinking tools to analyze complex issues and identify high leverage interventions
• develop and share a plan of application relevant to their work

Date: First class is Thursday, September 15
Schedule: 3rd Thursday, each month through May 17
(Classes are consecutive – register here)
Time: 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Cooperating School Districts (CSD)
Cost: No fee, materials & snacks provided

For additional information about local learning opportunities contact  Mary Scheetz.

Tags: , ,

Registration is open for all educators (superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals, librarians, media specialists, tech coordinators, and teachers) to attend the 2011-2012 TLA. This Academy will assist educators in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to use technology as a tool for more effective and efficient leadership in their schools.

The Technology Leadership Academy will help you:

  • Focus on leadership skills in technology
  • Improve classroom use of technology
  • Develop a vision of how to use technology to improve student performance
  • Assess strengths and needs of your staff/students in technology
  • Develop a practical and useful technology plan
  • Expand your network of colleagues

As a part of the academy, participants will receive the following:

  • an 8GB iPodtouch  OR a 16GB iPad2 +3G
  • Web Literacy for Educators by Alan November
  • 42 hours of professional development training
  • attendance at one day of the Midwest Education Technology Conference
  • breakfast each day (lunch on your own)

Dates for the 2011-2012 school year are as follows,
(8:30 am to 3:30 pm each day):

• October 5, November 9, December 14

• January 11, February 14 (METC, March 7

Cost: $1200 per person for iPod Touch; $1600 for iPad2

All training sessions will take place at CSD on 1460 Craig Rd. except for the Feb. 14th session, which will be at the St. Charles Convention Center.

P.O.’s and credit cards will be accepted.  Slots will fill up fast, and space is limited, so register now!  If you have any questions, please contact Martha Bogart at 314-692-1258 or

Tags: ,

Ten years ago on September 11th, U.S. national security was compromised, international relations became strained and lives were changed forever. In what ways have the events that took place on September 11th impacted the lives of so many and how have they changed U.S. relations with the Arab world?

SEPTEMBER 13 & 15, 2011
TIMES: High School: 10 am CT both days;
Middle School: 12 pm CT both days
THEME: Global Development; Global Politics

In this 2-Part PULSE videoconference program, students will reflect upon the impact of 9/11 in light of the Arab Spring and discuss how current events will shape our future. Students will have the opportunity to share their personal experiences and learn an important piece of our history while discussing politics, international relations, and U.S. security. Through individual reflection and classroom discussion, students will share their thoughts and ideas for the future.

For nonmembers (of GNG), this program is $300 –> $150 per session; both sessions are required. Limited space is still available for this important distance learning event.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Join Discovery Education as they engage students with exclusive curricular content, digital lesson plans, and live webcasts presented in partnership with Tribute WTC Visitor Center. Discovery Education will host four web events- starting tomorrow, September 7th- in cities closely affected by 9/11. The webcasts feature a preview of RISING: REBUILDING GROUND ZERO, followed by a live panel discussion with members of the community who were personally affected by September 11th, and an interactive Q & A session. Each of the  events will be available to your classrooms via webcast at no cost.

Click on the image above to go to Discovery’s website to learn more.

Tags: , , ,

Lynn Baer presents Emotional Disturbance versus Social Maladjustment over videoconference as part of New Link’s Healthy Kids | Healthy Classrooms series.

Teachers are often perplexed about the behaviors they see in their students and how to respond to them in an appropriate way.

This 1 hour presentation will review the differences between students with an Emotional Disturbance (ED) and those with Social Maladjustment. Definitions and characteristics of each category will be discussed. Disorders under the ED category (depression, bipolar, anxiety) will be reviewed as well as interventions for the classroom. These will be compared to the disorders and interventions falling under Social Maladjustment (Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder). Treatment in the community will also be reviewed and compared. There will be time for questions!

This program takes place Tuesday, November 8, 2011. Sign up by October 31st with Rebecca Morrison. This interactive videoconference will last 1 hour; for New Links members, the fee is just $25! Non-members pay $85 per site. There is no limit to the number of participants per site. Teachers, school nurses, counselors, and administrators are encouraged to attend.

Tags: , , ,

This morning, Rebecca Morrison conducted a brief overview of New Links to the Library Media Specialists of the Ritenour School District.

The LMS group also connected to the Library of Congress earlier in the morning via videoconference to talk about primary sources available. In the course of an hour, they traveled to Washington D.C. and across town in St. Louis. Not bad for morning’s work!

To learn more about the New Links distance learning program, click here.

Over in the Jennings School District, Martha Bogart and Stephanie Madlinger led another professional development session for school district administrators. (They were there last Friday, too).

Today in Jennings they are discussing Problem Based Learning. Their session this afternoon will also conclude with a distance learning activity- we’re scheduled to Skype! To see more photo’s of today’s PD, visit our Flickr page.

Polycom Special Events are designed to provide Polycom customers free curriculum-rich videoconferencing connections in order to demonstrate the power of the technology to support learning.

Polycom Special Events include: connections to renowned authors, experts in the field, famous locations. Some events are even dedicated to specific groups, like professional development for teachers or reading programs for ESL and reluctant readers.

Author interviews: require a book to be read and use the ASK Process (Authors Specialist and Knowledge) Link to the ASK process preparation –

Click in the comments section of this post to see registration processes!


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,259 other followers