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Monthly Archives: February 2012

WEBCAST: HUMAN TRAFFICKING
DATE: 03.08.12 |  TIME: 1:00-2:00 PM ET | GRADE: 9-12 | COST: FREE

Through conversations with a guest expert panel streamed on-line in  real time,  students will learn about the causes and consequences of human trafficking.  In the 60 minute webcast, students will have the opportunity to interact and ask questions to the panelists through a live-chat function. This program is in partnership with the New York Times Learning Network. Continue Reading…

IVC: Path Forward
DATE: 03.19.12 & 03.21.12 |  TIME: 10- 11 AM ET | GRADE: 7-12
WEBCAST | DATE: 04.19.12 |  TIME: 10- 11 AM ET | GRADE: 8-12
IVC & WEBCAST COST: FREE

This spring, we will have two exciting opportunities for you to dive deeper into  the Path Forward challenge and learn about the current crises in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and connect with Congolese students.  Register now for a special 2-part IVC and our webcast- live from Eastern Congo!  REGISTER NOW- Spaces limited! Continue Reading…

IVC: PIONEERS IN SCIENCE 2012
DATE: 06.01.12 |  TIME: 9 – 10 AM ET | GRADE: 9-12 | COST: FREE

Pioneers in Science is a premier program of the World Science Festival that connects high-school students with leading scientists from around the world.  The 2012 Pioneers program, features visionary stem cell researcher Elaine Fuchs, who will participate in videoconference program. In this candid session, students will have the opportunity to discuss working on stem cells in the lab, plus bioethics and the politicization of science. Continue Reading…

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recent HEC-TV Live! broadcast

Here’s another videoconference opportunity from HEC-TV Live! … about HEC-TV Live!

Abstract: Want to know what it’s like to put on a live TV show? Want a behind the scenes look at the equipment and technology? Want to ask questions of producers, camera people, directors, sound and lighting technicians?  Seventh through twelfth grade classes, join HEC-TV for this “inside look.” Here are the details on this live, interactive event:


Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Times: 10-11 a.m. & 1-2 p.m. CT
Register | Cost:  NO CHARGE

Behind the Scenes of HEC-TV Live! Program Description: Through the course of the school year, HEC-TV Live! produces around 50 live television programs on a wide variety of topics from a wide variety of locations. Want to know what it’s like to put on a live TV show from any location? Want a behind the scenes look at the equipment and technology? Want to ask questions of producers, camera people, directors, sound and lighting technicians? Want students to have a better understanding of what goes into the TV programs they see every day? Or learn what it takes to work in the profession of television production? Or gain skills in media literacy as they see the “effect of effects” on the “reality” of television?

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What a fun idea! Please join Meadows Elementary School (in Texas) as they celebrate reading with a DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) Read Across America Flash Mob!! At 8:30 a.m. CST on Friday, March 2, stop where you are, stop what you’re doing, grab a book, and participate in a flash mob (see video here, in the left hand column)!!

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All of author Carolyn Lesser’s videoconference programs are available upon date request, but preferred connection times include: Teacher sessions at 4 pm CT | Student sessions at either 9 or 11 am CT. She works with third grade and up.

Carolyn, a former classroom teacher and veteran presenter over distance learning, is the author of books including Great Crystal Bear, a lyrical natural science book that follows the polar bear through all seasons and reveals his wisdom and resilience in a stark and beautiful Arctic environment (illustrated by Bill Noonan) and Spots: Counting Creatures from Sky to Sea, a natural science book about spotted creatures and the ten biomes they inhabit. It’s an early counting book with a glossary to spark the imagination of older readers (illustrated by Laura Regan).

She offers three-part interactive sessions which include professional development for participating teachers; the last two sessions are with the students. Selections include:

•  Custom-designed writing program   •  Writing Nonfiction Prose or Poetry
•  Writing Nature Prose or Poetry   •  Multi-genre Nonfiction Writing

Each session is full of inspiration, enthusiasm, and positive feedback! Carolyn Lesser will engage students with enthusiasm for her nonfiction process. For more information, including scheduling & program fees, contact Rebecca Morrison.

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Check out this videoconference opportunity from the Paley Center for Media in New York – The Thirty-Second Candidate: Political Advertising on Television. This class for grades 9-12, and uses the Paley Center’s collection of political advertisements from the past fifty years to illustrate how candidates attempt to win the hearts, minds, and votes of the American people. Students will focus on techniques of political advertising, target audience and demographics, how advertising conveys leadership, and the role of policy in campaign ads. All sessions are interactive, with guided discussion designed to encourage active observation and critical thinking. Vocabulary words are also provided, along with pre and post connection lessons.

Videoconference classes are sixty minutes long, unless otherwise noted, but can be modified to accommodate class periods. For the most effective learning experience, the center recommends that the class size not exceed 40 participants; cost is $125. New Links members, contact Rebecca Morrison if you are interested in participating in this videoconference from the center, or another. Not a member? Contact the Paley Center directly.

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Cool Tools for Educators: FREE Online Resources Workshop
Friday & Saturday, April 27 & 28th
8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.;  $279 CSD member; $349 non-member
(Two Graduate Credits Available)   Register

Do you want to make your life as a teacher easier? Are you wanting to integrate technology into your lessons, but don’t know where to start?  Come to this two-day class and fill your technology toolbox. You’ll be amazed how many free online tools are out there for you to use. In this face-paced class, we plan to take a look at numerous online tools you can use in your role as an educator. Come learn how to access resources such as lesson plans, rubric makers, web page creators, online quizzes, Internet bookmarking storage, etc., all for free online! Why spend time recreating the wheel when someone else has already done it for you? During this class, explore the wealth of online resources for educators and come away with tips and techniques to make your life easier.

Learn how online file management and social bookmarking sites will save you time. Discover how the ALTEC Star Tools, like RubiStar, QuizStar and TrackStar can make lesson planning and assessments easier. Then dive deeper into the Thinkfinity tools; ReadWriteThink, Illuminations, Wonderopolis and others. Finally, we will explore the many uses of free online tools like Stixy, Glogster, and VoiceThread to collaborate and display student work. Learn about the wealth of online resources for teachers and walk away with tips and techniques to make your life easier. The tools shared can be used in your classroom or professional development activities.

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The Missouri History Museum in Forest Park and Cooperating School Districts have partnered to offer a distance learning field trip for K-12 schools during this school year.  This partnership is based on utilizing the technological resources of CSD’s Virtual Learning Center and the content of MHM’s The Civil War in Missouri exhibit.

Museum educators will work with classes (4-8th grade) to discuss the challenges of historical research. Since it’s the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the historians will be sharing primary sources documents from Missouri counties during that time that describe what life was like during the era. Students will be able to study the history of their community first-hand, learning the hidden stories.

Remember that according to the Show-Me Standards, in Social Studies, students in Missouri public schools will acquire a solid foundation which includes knowledge of

1. principles expressed in the documents shaping constitutional democracy in the United States
2. continuity and change in the history of Missouri, the US and the world
3. principles and processes of governance systems
4. economic concepts (including productivity and the market system) and principles (including the laws of supply and demand)
5. the major elements of geographical study and analysis (location, place, movement, regions) and their relationships to changes in society & environment
6. relationships of the individual & groups to institutions & cultural traditions
7. the use of tools of social science inquiry (such as surveys, statistics, maps, documents)

This program will be offered January 16, 2012 – May 11, 2012 for Missouri schools. The cost of the 45-minute session is $150. For more information, call Lisa Gilbert the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park at 314-454-3116.

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