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The METC Conference invites you to nominate a colleague or apply to be a Midwest Spotlight Educator for the 2015 conference. The recognition, in its third year, honors education technology leaders from the region, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers. Midwest Spotlight Educators increase knowledge, improve skills and academic achievement with their integration of technology into instructional practices.

Midwest Spotlight EducatorsSpotlight Educators Benefits:

  • Free two-day registration to METC 2015
  • One year membership to the METC ISTE Affiliate
  • METC T-shirt
  • Midwest Spotlight Educator Certificate of Recognition
  • Press release
  • Recognition during METC
  • Opportunity to apply for a hotel travel voucher (if from outside of St. Louis)

To see who has been a past Midwest Spotlight Educator, select a year: 2013 or 2014. Those chosen as Midwest Spotlight Educators are eligible again for the honor five years after they’ve received it. 2015 submissions are due by June 2. Visit METCconference.org to read all the requirements of the application process.

 

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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.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

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Are you interested in bringing a published poet to your classroom? Amy Sklansky can connect to your classroom through distance learning technologies like videoconferencing and desktop connections. Contact Distance Learning Consultant Diane Tinucci at dtinucci@edplus.org for more information.

Designed specifically for Missouri educators, this unique day of professional learning  on May 2 will highlight creative ways to engage students and invigorate your curriculum using the latest 21st century tools and Discovery Education resources. Come join us for a free day of learning while we celebrate with a Cinco de Mayo theme. Bring your laptop, we’ll provide lunch. Here’s what will be taking place:

Introductory Session: Back to the Basics
Dive into the new Discovery Education! We’ll fill the gaps with helpful information on navigating, talk about the new and exciting enhancements, and uncover some resources that you never knew you had! From the Common Core Standards search to the new Quicklist, My Content, and My DE for Students this session will prepare you to springboard into deeper Discovery Education integration in your classroom.

Breakout Session Choices:

  • Student Engagement with Discovery Education
  • Discovery Education Builder Tools: Make and Take
  • IRON DEN: Board Builder Challenge
  • DEN STAR: Model Classroom

Please register for this free event by April 25.

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metc 2014 virtualCouldn’t make it in person to the METC Conference last month? Don’t worry! Select sessions are available online, for free – no plane, train or automobile needed to participate! Access this great resource at METCconference.org, and save the date for 2015: February 9-11.

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Character DevThe CHARACTERplus mission is to develop positive character traits in young people by providing a high quality character education process and resources to schools, homes, and communities. Several workshops are held throughout the year to provide K-12 educators with the tools they need, including today’s session on Character Development & Education.

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Kevin Honeycutt, Will BlaylockThe Connected Classroom is the EducationPlus Learning Division blog. Here are the top five most visited posts for the past month – did you contribute to the clicks?

#1 Making IT Happen: Will Blaylock

#2 2014 METC Conference Keynotes: Kevin Honeycutt and Lodge McCammon

#3 Student Journalists Cover METC Live

#4 Sharpen Your Skills and Open Up New Worlds!

#5 Stream Video from METC 2014

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Teachers just like you are doing amazing things through distance learning, providing their students experiences that are far beyond what’s possible in the classroom.  flickr creative commons

The EducationPlus Distance Learning Academy will equip you with the knowledge and tools to make amazing experiences  come to life for your students! St. Louis area teachers have connected their students to the rainforests of Borneo and to the underwater wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. Where will you take your students?

In the three day academy this summer, you’ll learn about e-learning, online projects and videoconferencing using tools like Polycom, Cisco, Skype, Google and LifeSize.  You’ll also learn how to effectively use other collaborative technologies such as Google Docs, blogs and wikis.  As you collaboratively work on projects over distance learning you’ll develop a Personal Learning Network that will be valuable in your teaching.

Learn more about dates, fees, and graduate credit opportunities by visit our online registration calendar.

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Big History integrates the insights of the sciences with the humanities into lessons designed for students to think about the past and future.  According to Big History, by sharing “the big picture” and challenging students to explore the relationship between key events over time, Big History ultimately helps young people develop key critical thinking skills and the ability to better synthesize and apply complex information.

Are you looking for ways to integrate technology with the world history classroom, critical thinking, reading like a historian, making an argument and the Common Core?

You are invited to learn the answers to these questions on March 12, and to hear from teachers and creators of Big History why educators love the Big History Project for 9th and 10th grade history students.  And don’t miss the opportunity to meet Bob Bain, Professor of Education, University of Michigan and contributor to the Big History Project, and partake in drinks and hors d’oeuvres at the Forest Park Visitor Center. This event is bring your own device optional, and in partnership with Forest Park Forever & Big History.

This after school event is free, but registration is required.

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SSA

The EducationPlus Support Staff Academy now offers technology classes designed to meet the needs of education support staff by offering MS Office and Google Drive PD. Click on the image above to learn more and to register.

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