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show-me a movie promo correctionClick on the text above to go to Show-Me a Movie information website. There, you’ll find complete rules & guidelines, the rubric judges will use to evaluate movies and movie-making resources from experts in the field. You can see last year’s winners online at SchoolTube.

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blogging bookSeveral of the Midwest Education Technology Conference Advisory Committee members have volunteered to read the books being offered at the METC book store  and are providing brief reviews on the content. Here’s the latest:

Making Connections with Blogging by Authentic Learning for Today’s Classrooms
by Lisa Parisi & Brian Crosby, reviewed by Bev Byrd

If you are interested in blogging, want to know how, if you need ideas of what to blog, I recommend Making Connections with Blogging, Authentic Learning for Today’s Classrooms.  You will be able to get through this book quickly and begin blogging with confidence.  This book provides a clear understanding of the pedagogy of blogging from beginning to end, and how it relates to standards while clearly showing the educational value it provides students. Parisi and Crosby walk you through every step of blogging from permissions slips to moderating while providing several examples and ideas of blogging in different subject areas and age levels.

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The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog, which transitioned from The Wired Classroom to The Connected Classroom last year:

Here’s an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 14,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals! Click here to see the complete report.

2013 Midwest Spotlight Educator Josh Stumpenhorst is a 6th grade Language Arts & Social Science teacher from Naperville. He is an ISTE Emerging Leader, OfficeMax Innovative Educator, Those Who Excel Classroom Teacher Nominee, ICE Educator of the Year, Illinois Education Association Educator of the Year and the 2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year. Josh has presented technology and education topics at Illinois ASCD Conference, Illinois Reading Conference, Illinois Computing Educators Conference, EDCamp Chicago, Reform Symposium 3, and ISTE. In addition to presenting, Josh blogs about his experiences at and you can follow him on Twitter @stumpteacher.

Josh is one of nine educators chosen as spotlight speaker at the Midwest Education Technology Conference. This special designation honors leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers. METC,  a program of Cooperating School Districts, celebrates 30 years in 2013.

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Don Goble is passionate about Media Literacy; he recently wrote a blog post on 21st century skills and Media Literacy (also the topic of his Midwest Education Technology Conference presentation). Today, which also happens to be Digital Learning Day, that post is featured on USA Today‘s Education page, the Teacher Lounge.

Don teaches full-time at Ladue Horton Watkins High School in St. Louis, Missouri. Don serves as the Broadcast Technology Instructor, Co-Director of LHS-TV, and a Ladue School District Video Producer. In 2011, Don was recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator. He was also named as the 2011 Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Educator of the Year by the Gateway Media Literacy Partners.

Take a moment to check out Don’s post!

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