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@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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New workshop • Wednesday, 7/9/14 • 8:30 – 3:30 • Register online

Students and teachers are spending more time on the web, both in and out of school, more than ever. In this workshop, we will dive into the world of web apps that give students the ability to create, not just consume. We will discover websites for producing video, mixing and recording audio, and publishing websites, documents, and more. Please note: all the web apps will be great on Chromebooks in the classroom.


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Dr. Chris McGee is a curriculum coordinator for the Webster Groves School District in the St. Louis suburban area. Chris is passionate about technology. Since his first year of teaching, he has been a leader in technological advancement in education within each of his school districts he serves. This year, Chris was selected to be a Midwest Education Technology Conference Midwest Spotlight Educator for 2014. This recognition honor leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students as well as teachers.Chris McGee

A little more about Chris. He is a co-founder of edcampSTL, which takes place annually the weekend before METC. Chris was named a Peabody Energy Leader in Education for the 2013-14 school year. Chris has also been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator. His thesis was entitled “The Correlation of Standards-Based Grading and the Performance on Standardized Assessments.” Connect with him on Twitter at @cmcgee200.

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Technology Leadership AcademyThis school year enrollment in the annual Technology Leadership Academy was so high that EducationPlus was required to split the group into two sections. One section met yesterday and continued their instructional technology professional development and their work on iPads. During the course of the year-long meetings, participants develop a vision of how to use technology to improve student performance and assess strengths and needs of their staff and students in the area of technology.

To see more images of the TLA, visit our Flickr page.

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apple recycleNow through August 30, 2013, Apple will recycle your school’s old, unwanted Mac computers, PCs, and qualifying peripherals from any manufacturer — at no cost. There’s no purchase required, and all accredited K-12 and higher education institutions with at least 25 recyclable items are eligible to participate.

To start, you’ll need to register. Then all products must be packaged according to Apple’s detailed packaging instructions. Last but not least, you must recycle a minimum of 25 items.

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mobile classDo you have a mobile device and want to learn how to find education-friendly apps? In this hands-on session at Cooperating School Districts, we will explore a multitude of education friendly, content- based resources for your mobile device for multiple grade levels and subject areas.

Learn how to find apps for any content area
and get a chance to learn how to use them
in this June 19th BYOD session.

During this full-day session lead by Greg Lawrence, other websites and online resources will also be shown, like app finders, utility apps, and apps your students can use in 1:1 environments. You must bring your own mobile device– Android or Apple. This workshop is $145 for a CSD member and $185 for a  non-member. Space is limited, register today!

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flickr creative commonsCome to CSD the morning of June 26 and learn several ways to use cell phones in the classroom as collaborative tools to engage and motivate your students. From polling, micro-blogging, exam review and flashcard creation – enlist the cell phone as your ally and not your enemy. The Pew Research Center has determined that 100% of teens text. Kids get their first phone on average at age 12; three out of four students think they have at least one friend who is addicted to their phone. Cell phones are ubiquitous – why not use them to facilitate learning?

Date: June 26, 2013 | Time: 8:30-11:30 am
Cost: $85 CSD member; $125 non-member
Register Online

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mobile movieDigital Storytelling with Mobile Devices Summer Workshop
Do you have an iPad or Android tablet?  Are you wondering if creating a digital story is too difficult? Help your students create their own digital stories by experiencing the process yourself.

This workshop teaches the pre-production, production and post-production phases of digital storytelling. You will have an opportunity to use either iMovie for the iPad or various Android apps. Bring a story to share, or select from one of the stories provided.  Walk away with your own 2-3 minute movie and lots of ideas about how to help students create one. This is a BYOD workshop on June 5. Bring your own mobile device.

Workshop runs 8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5 at CSD.
Cost: $145 CSD member; $185 non-member | Register online
[1 Grad Credit Available at additional cost]

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The 30th annual Midwest Education Technology Conference takes place February 11-13, 2013. Cooperating School Districts is pleased to announce the 2013 Keynote Speakers. Both of them are Apple Distinguished Educators and Google Certified Teachers, and work closely with and in schools:

Ken Shelton on Tuesday, February 12, 8:00-9:15 am

Ken holds an M.A. in Education with a specialization in Educational Technology as well as New Media Design and Production. As a part of his active involvement within the Educational Technology community, Ken is a Discovery STAR Educator, and serves on the Board of Directors for Computer Using Educators “CUE”. Ken was also named to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Educational Technology Task Force. Ken regularly gives keynotes, presentations, and leads workshops, many of which are hands-on, covering a wide variety of Educational Technology, Technology Storytelling, and Instructional Design topics. He has worked as an educator for over 10 years and currently teaches technology at the middle school level. Follow Ken on Twitter @k_shelton.

Lucy Gray on Wednesday, February 13, 8:00-9:15 am

As an education consultant, Lucy works with a variety of institutions on 21st century learning initiatives, including directing the Consortium for School Networking’s Leadership for Mobile Learning initiative. She began her career as a primary grade teacher in Chicago Public Schools, and has served in various capacities related to educational technology at the University of Chicago’s Laboratory Schools, Urban Education Institute, and Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education. In 2007, Lucy founded the Global Education Collaborative, a network for educators interested in project-based learning which has been expanded into the Global Education Conference.  For further information, visit Follow Lucy on Twitter @elemenous.

The Midwest Education Technology Conference is a program of Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis.

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