Sharon Slodounik is in her 13th year as a gifted specialist at Glenridge Elementary in the School District of Clayton in Missouri. Staying on the cutting edge of education has been her goal, which always included integrating technology — whatever was the current technology of the time.
Sharon is a 2015 Midwest Spotlight Educator. This recognition, in its third year, honors leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers. You can hear her best practices at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference this February. Learn more about the annual conference at METCconference.org.
She shares that at ISTE 2014, Senior Education Evangelist at Google Jaime Casap reminded the audience that the smart phone in our hand is the worst technology that a 5-year-old will ever see. With that kind of future thinking in mind, Sharon has integrated robotics in her work with students and sponsored multiple after school LEGO Mindstorms sessions for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. She was also instrumental in piloting a successful building 5th grade STEM Day that moved to a district wide event the next year.
With a BS and MS in Secondary Education, Administrative Certification and many additional hours of graduate study, her career experiences include being a library media specialist as well as years in elementary and secondary teaching. Connect with Sharon on Twitter @sharonslodounik.
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EducationPlus’ customized professional learning is developed specifically for your school or district’s needs, and is delivered at onsite at your facility. Click here to see fees for various levels of training opportunities. We’re excited to provide tailored professional development in:
• Classroom implementation of the Missouri Learning Standards
• Literacy and Critical Thinking for Non-Core Classes
• Media Literacy
• Technology Integration
• Curriculum Development
• Cultural Responsiveness
• Plus whatever may be requested
Program design includes assessing the needs of district; developing pedagogy; creating materials; establishing measurement tools as well as onsite facilitation. For more information on opportunities, visit www.edplus.org.
Tags: Cultural responsiveness, Curriculum Development, EducationPlus, Literacy, Pedagogy, technology integration
Today’s Library Media Specialist must play the versatile role of an instructional partner responsible for ensuring that students and staff are efficient and effective users of information. The annual LMS Academy focuses on the changing role of the Library Media Specialist in K-12 education. This eight-session long learning opportunity will assist LMS personnel in teaching and connecting the standards of AASL, ISTE and the NETS along with the Missouri Learning Standards.
Registration is open for all library media specialists and those interested in media literacy in K-12 education. Participants will:
• Understand media literacy as it applies to 21st century skills
• Network with colleagues working across the area & globally
• Learn digital tools that promote effective use of media for students
• Examine problem based activities and digital, web & media literacy lessons
• Examine best practices for Copyright & Fair Use
• Explore digital citizenship & literacy curriculum resources
• Contribute in an online learning community, Moodle
• Attend one day of the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference (METC)
All eight sessions meet at EducationPlus from 4- 7pm, except for METC. Participants have an option to earn 3.0 graduate credits for an additional cost of $100 per credit hour through Lindenwood University. Find all the dates, costs and how to register here. Participants will learn how they’ll register for METC once the academy starts.
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Are you looking for new ways to support special education learners in your classroom with edtech? 2015 METC Featured Speaker Luis Perez will not only present break sessions throughout the conference, but he will also offer a precon on February 9.
According to Corwin Press, who published Luis’ book Mobile Learning for All, he was diagnosed with an eye condition at the age of 29 that results in progressive vision loss. Luis is considered legally blind; he only has about 10 degrees of central vision left. As a person with a visual disability, Luis knows firsthand what a difference mobile tech can make.
Tags: Assistive Technology, Corwin Press, EducationPlus, METC, Special Education
Registration is open for superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals, librarians, media specialists, tech coordinators and teachers to attend the 2014-2015 TLA. This popular academy assists 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:
• Develop a vision to improve student performance using technology
• Assess tech strengths and needs of your staff/students
• Develop a practical and useful technology plan
• Expand your network of colleagues
Cost for six, all-day sessions: $1,000. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop to the sessions. (For an extra $600, participants may purchase an iPad. Please contact Stephanie Madlinger at email@example.com.) In addition, participants have an option to earn 3 graduate credits for an additional cost of $100 per credit hour through Lindenwood University. Click on the image above for more information, including dates and locations.
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Caroline Haebig is the Instructional Technology Coordinator at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, in Lincolnshire, IL. She collaborates with teachers and administrators to improve how students engage in the learning process. She creates professional learning supports for educators and collaborates with teachers to redefine learning experiences using technology. Caroline has been influential in leading teacher prep for the district’s 1:1 iPad program and student engagement initiatives.
Caroline is a 2015 Midwest Spotlight Educator. This recognition, in its third year, honors leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers.
You can hear her best practices at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference this February. Learn more about the annual conference at METCconference.org.
Caroline is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Young Educator Network and the Apple Distinguished Educator Community. She also was named as the ISTE Outstanding Young Educator 2012, a Jacobs Educator for the Indiana University School of Education 2012-2013, an ISTE Emerging Leader (2011), a Google Certified Teacher (2013) and a Google Education Trainer (2014), among her accomplishments. Connect with Caroline on Twitter @Haebig.
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Bob Deneau is in his 16th year with the Rockwood School District (MO) and has been an Instructional Technology Specialist for the past 8 years. Bob is passionate about the effective use of technology and the impact it has on student learning. In June 2014, Bob attended the Google Teacher Academy in Atlanta, GA to become a Google Certified Teacher. He is also a certified Google Education Trainer and co-led Rockwood’s Google Apps for Education roll out in the 2013-2014 school year.
Bob is a 2015 Midwest Spotlight Educator. This recognition, in its third year, honors leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers. You can hear his best practices at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference this February. Learn more about the annual conference at METCconference.org.
In the St. Louis area, Bob is involved in regional professional development as a board member for the Educational Technology Association of St. Louis and as a member of the EdcampSTL planning team. Connect with Bob on Twitter @itechbob and other social networks such as Google+.
Tags: edcampSTL, EducationPlus, Google Teacher Academy, METC, Midwest Spotlight Educator