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Bob Deneau 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+.

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Angela Van Batavia | METC 2015Angela Van Batavia is a Library Media Specialist at English Landing Elementary in the Park Hill School District in Kansas City, MO. She earned her Education Specialist Degree in Learning Resources from the University of Central Missouri, where she is also an adjunct professor. She believes that the understanding and successful use of technology can be an educational equalizer. Her educational focus is to assist students and other educators to be competent, independent researchers.

Angela 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.

A little bit more about Angela: she is focused on being an information specialist, instructional partner, teacher and learner, and strives to make the English Landing Library a “no-shushing zone” where students are encouraged to explore and create. In 2014, Angela was named a American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leader. Connect with Angela on Twitter @angelagailvb.

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Featured Speaker Andrew Vanden Heuvel If you are hungry for new, fun STEM ideas in your classroom, you’ll want to learn more about one of our 2015 METC Featured Speakers, Andrew Vanden Hueuvel! A Google Glass Explorer, he shares his STEMbite videos on YouTube. See him in February!

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reading workshopThe 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)  Bloomin’ Toolbox + Google Goods
2)  Accepting METC 2015 Proposals Through Start of School Year
3)  World War I, 100 Years Later
4)  Two-Day Digital Citizenship Workshop
5)  Reading Workshop for Beginners Institute

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Cindy Lane

Both of Cindy Lane’s workshops next week are on free Google/Web 2.0 resources. Register online.

The last two summer edtech workshops are scheduled next week at EducationPlus with Google Certified Teacher Cindy Lane:

• Bloomin’ Toolbox: Resources for Today’s Educators consists of diving into the six levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy, aligned with Common Core principles, and retrieving useful web 2.0 tools to use in your classroom.  Time will be spent collaborating with other educators to share tools as well as looking into the usefulness of sites listed by the facilitator.  All websites discussed will be housed on a Google site for further reflection. JULY 28.

Google Goods that Meet the Standards: So your school has “gone Google” and left you behind?  NO WORRIES!  Out of the 50+ free tools brought to you by Google, a Google Certified Teacher will share the educationally based tools tied to Missouri Learning Standards you need to understand and help you navigate through them during this workshop.  Among the favorites are DOCS, GMAIL, CALENDAR, SEARCH, CUSTOM SEARCH ENGINES and EVEN MORE!!  Get the goods on all things Google in this fast-paced workshop. July 29.

Visit www.edplus.org to learn more & to register.

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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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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

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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