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EducationThis Thursday and Friday, July 17 & 18, join us for Digital Citizenship: It’s Common Sense. Do you know what type of digital footprint you are creating?  We teach our children how to be safe within the physical community, but what about norms for appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use?  This class is based on the material in Digital Citizenship in Schools, an ISTE 2011 bestseller.  We’ll explore the nine elements of Digital Citizenship: Access, Commerce, Communication, Literacy, Etiquette, Law, Rights & Responsibilities, Health & Wellness, and Security. Seats are still open, register at www.edplus.org today, and we will see you later this week! Cost:  $279 members; $349 non-members; two graduate credits available.

code classIn this full-day, hands-on workshop, coding is presented using drag & drop programming in a game-like, constructivist atmosphere. Today’s group, with instructor Debbie Fucoloro, are exploring the basics of programming by completing a series of tasks & puzzles. Those attending will leave EducationPlus with an understanding of how computer programs and their language work, as well as a desire to share the excitement of learning how to code with their students once the school year starts. What a great to incorporate science, technology, engineering and math into the classroom!

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metc presenterInterested in presenting at the 32nd annual Midwest Education Technology Community Conference? METC 2015 is February 9-11. The conferences continues to grow in size- onsite attendance in St. Louis, Missouri, was over 2,000 last year and online attendance via Twitter reached several hundred thousand educators!

Make note of these 2014 dates & start planning!

• Preconference Workshop Proposal Deadline: August 23
• General Session Proposal Deadline: September 13
• Proposal Review Period: September-October
• Acceptance Notification: October

Seeking Precons and Breakouts:
• Preconference Workshop (3 hour or 6 hour)
• General Session (50 minutes or 1 hour & 50 minutes)

Nine strands:
1. Assessment (ex: data teams & analysis)
2. Differentiated Instruction (ex: assistive technology)
3. Digital Creation (ex: 3D printers, 3D design)
4. E-Learning (ex: flipped classroom)
5. Innovative Instruction (ex: literacy skills and math reasoning)
6. Leadership & Professional Learning (ex: innovative leadership practices)
7. Library & Media Literacy (ex: copyright, fair use & Creative Commons)
8. Mobile Learning (ex: 1:1)
9. Technical Infrastructure & Support (ex: wireless networking)

To learn more about presenting at METC, visit METCconference.org. METC a resource of EducationPlus and is an affiliate of ISTE.

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A half-century ago, courageous civil rights activists rode Greyhound and Trailways buses into the segregated South, enduring brutal beatings by the Ku Klux Klan, fire bombings and the wrath of Birmingham (Alabama) Public Safety Commissioner Eugene “Bull” Connor. They came to be known as “Freedom Riders.”

On Wednesday, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, some of those same Freedom Riders will board buses in front of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building for a symbolic and celebratory returning freedom ride.

Continue reading here to learn more from the U.S. Department of Education and follow #CivilRightsRide.

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Learn the best strategies for FlippingThe Connected Classroom is the EducationPlus Learning Division blog. Here are the top five most visited posts (tie for #1!) for the past month–  did you contribute to the clicks?

1) Flip Teaching 1-2-3
1) CharacterPlus National Conference in Two Weeks
2) Digital Citizenship in Schools
3) Microsoft’s DigiGirlz Camp in STL
4) How Children Succeed Online Book Study

@greglawrenceDo you have a mobile device and want to learn how to find education-friendly apps? Come learn from Greg Lawrence how to find apps for any content area and get a chance to learn how to use them. In this hands-on session, you will explore a multitude of education friendly, content-based resources for your mobile device for multiple grade levels and subject areas. Other websites and online resources will also be shown, like app-finder apps, utility apps and apps your students can use in 1:1 environments.

Register online, today, for the EducationPlus workshop on July 10! This is a BYOD session: you must bring your own mobile device, either an Android or Apple product. See you next week!

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media classIn our one day workshop Integrating Writing & Digital Tech:

• Explore new ideas to create multimedia presentations that meet Missouri Learning Standards for using writing, media literacies and technology skills.
• Check out technology applications that meet the college and career readiness standards.
• Use Google Drawing, Forms, and Presentations for interactive presentations. Select technology applications such as SMore, Piktochart, Easel.ly and more to create online newsletters and infographics.
• Learn how to communicate with parents and students with online digital newsletters that work on mobile platforms.

This workshop is July 23, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at EducationPlus. Register online.

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media icons canvaHow do kids use social media? What does their use mean for them as far as privacy, their digital footprint and the law?

Spend the morning of July 24 learning all the ins & outs of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.) and how your students use it, both for good and bad. During the afternoon, see how you can make use of social media in your classroom to create effective communication, collaboration and learning outcomes. Students are already savvy, shouldn’t you be?

julie smith twitterThursday, 7/24/14: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM | $159 Members; $199 Non-Members |1 graduate credit available | Register online | Tweet with instructor Julie Smith, Media Literacy Guru, Social Media Enthusiast

 

[This session had to be cancelled; stay tuned for future classes]

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-2This week, a collaborative learning opportunity involving three EducationPlus PLN’s, SLACCA, EduCoaches and LARC, is taking place at the Ferguson Florissant School District. We’re beginning a four year literacy initiative and the Reading Workshop for Beginners Three Day Institute is kicking it off! The institute is a way for the region’s educators to share best practices. Participants will be gaining an understanding of the instructional philosophy and framework of the Reading Workshop.

They will be walking away with a structure for implementing and starting the workshop approach in their classrooms. Teams of three to five teachers are here with an instructional coach and/or administrator from their district. The districts participating this week include:

•  Affton-1
•  Bayless
•  Ferguson Florissant
•  Francis Howell
•  Parkway
•  Rockwood
•  SSD
•  University City

These educators are engaging in lesson planning and implementation as well as daily breakout sessions. Facilitators sharing their best practices are from Fox, Bayless, Parkway, Ritenour, Warren County and Wentzville school districts. The June session filled so quickly that we are now offering a July session.

Reading Workshop for Beginners Three Day Institute takes place again July 21-23 at Cross Keys Middle School. Register for this session by July 14; keep in mind you must attend all three sessions. Questions? Contact EducationPlus’ Director of Teaching and Learning, Stephanie Madlinger.

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visual literacy Students are surrounded by visual images all day long: TV,  streaming, apps… Examine how technology has changed the creation of visual images in news & ads and discuss what that effect has been on our students. Learn how to help students decipher the messages implicit in visual images while developing lessons that align to the standards.

Join us in Teaching New Literacies to Meet the Standards on Tuesday, July 22. Register online at www.edplus.org.

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