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Nominations and applications for Midwest Spotlight Educators open today! The 2016 conference marks the fourth year we’ve spotlighted educators whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers.

Spotlight EducatorsSpotlight educators receive special recognition and free attendance to the METC Conference. They also share their best practices in at least two sessions (see some of our 2015 speakers here). Those selected as spotlight educators must be a certified educator in [new states added!!] Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Tennessee must have completed the submission process and have extensive experience in edtech.

Educators who wish to be considered should provide two references and also produce a two-minute video that demonstrates their presentation skills. Learn more by visiting metcconference.org.

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Media Literacy Spring 2015The LearningLab has several new edtech and innovation workshops focusing on social media, 21st century learners, media and visual literacy. Julie Smith will lead these dynamic workshops at EducationPlus discussing topics like digital footprints, responsibility in reporting, how editing images changes the focus of the message and so much more. Click on the graphic to to the right to go to descriptions of each session and to register.

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Our presentation on April 30 will provide a comprehensive look at the accessibility and assistive technology components of both Apple and Android products, plus layout a side-by-side comparison of the pros and cons of each when it comes to using them with students with disabilities. Whether your district uses Apple, Google, a hybrid or is yet to decide, you’ll be ready after learning the features, tips and tricks of both systems after attending this full day of professional learning. In addition, third-party applications for both Google and Apple products will be shared.

apple vs googleSecondly, participants will learn of the services Missouri Assistive Technology (MoAT) provides to public school districts in the arena of assistive technology. One of MoAT’s programs, the Equipment Technology Consortium (ETC), is a short-term assistive technology equipment loan program for school districts and agencies in Missouri. Districts or agencies can borrow equipment on behalf of individuals with disabilities to try out the equipment before purchasing, for use during the time equipment is in repair, or for other short-term needs. The program includes a wide range of equipment including switches and mounts, computer access devices, iPads and tablet devices, environmental controls, hearing devices, home modifications, visual aids and augmentative communication devices.

BYOD: Participants should bring a personal, digital device in order to participate in this event. We look forward to having you join us in The Battle for Classroom Dominance: Apple vs Google (And What It Means for Students with Disabilities). Learn more about the presenter, fees and other details by clicking here.

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Show_Me_Movie-10th-AThe 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)  Here’s the Debut of the 2014 Show-Me a Movie Winners!

2)  Dr. Troy Hogg: Making IT Happen

3)  Creating a Cultural Responsiveness Classroom Environment

4)  2014 in review

5)  Achieving Rigor with Marzano Essentials

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The Midwest Education Technology Community Conference advisory committee is excited to bring back book reviews of materials that we will offer at the conference this February. Web 2.0 How-to for Educators is one of those selections! Now in its second edition, the book is by Gwen Solomon and Lynne Schrum. The book’s audience is K-12 educators and technology coordinators. Cindy Lane, part of the Discovery Education PD Team, Google Certified Teacher and Google GeoEDU Teacher Advisory Board Member, reviews it:

web 2.0This simply written book is a go to for every teacher who not only wonders about web 2.0 tools but how to effectively use them in the classroom. Every chapter goes through the minimal tools that every teacher should have basic knowledge about and then crosses into the how and why of the tool. I loved the well-written descriptions and basic overview of specific tools and plan on using this as a resource for years to come. Gwen and Lynn did their best to highlight tools that have been around for awhile (and still not used to their capacity) There are also additions from different instructional specialists with their own views of the tools… Grab this book and reference it as you begin your journey to become tech savvy!

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Thank you all who had students submit 130 movies to the 2014 Show-Me a Movie Contest! Choosing the winners in each category was a difficult task for the panel of judges, who spent a full day reviewing the movies, entry forms and student reflections. The winning movies will be shown at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference on February 10th. Congratulations to the following movies, our winning science, technology, engineering, math and art-themed submissions:

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Still from Makey-Makey by Warren Elementary students

Elementary

Show-Me a Story  Francis Howell’s Sawmill
John Weldon Elementary, Francis Howell School District
Sponsor Marcia Riley

Show-Me Something New  Makey-Makey
Warren Elementary, Francis Howell School District
Sponsor Missy Kelly

Show-Me Your Creativity  Using Recycled Materials to Make a Checker Board
Buder Elementary School, Ritenour School District
Sponsors Janel Hubbard, Christine Phillips

Middle School

Show-Me a Challenge  Girls in STEM
Orchard Farm Middle School, Orchard Farm School District
Sponsor Heather Hinze

Show-Me Your Community   Using Art in the Real World
LaSalle Springs Middle School, Rockwood School District
Sponsor Rebecca Schweizer

Show-Me Your Creativity   Fluorescent vs Incandescent Light Bulbs
LaSalle Springs Middle School, Rockwood School District
Sponsor Rebecca Schweizer

High School

Show-Me a Challenge  Distractive Driving Campaign
Liberty High School, Wentzville School District
Sponsor Molly Kleiber

Show-Me Your Creativity  Les Fleurs de la Vie
Francis Howell Central High School, Francis Howell School District
Sponsor Michelle McCune

Thanks to our judges who took the time to review the movies. Also, thank you to our sponsors: EducationPlus, Fontbonne University, Kikkerland Design Inc., Lindenwood University and St. Louis County Library.

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Making IT Happen is an internationally recognized awards program from ISTE for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools. The program identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation. The Midwest Education Technology Community (METC) ISTE affiliate is pleased to honor our latest Making IT Happen educator.

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(Pictured left to right) Dr. Peter Stiepleman, superintendent of Columbia Public Schools, Dr. Troy Hogg, Making IT Happen winner and Dr. Chris Diggs, director of technology services

Benton Elementary (Columbia Public Schools) principal Troy Hogg is the fall 2014 Making IT Happen winner from our affiliate. According to a Ben Tilley, assistant superintendent elementary education at CPS, Dr. Hogg “took an underperforming school and began crafting a plan to raise achievement and change the school in a STEM program. Dr. Hogg worked to form partnerships, gather resources and change the culture of the school into active community where science, engineering, technology and math are embraced. Dr. Hogg’s creative leadership is making a real difference for the students at Benton Elementary. Starting an elementary STEM program from scratch takes creative thinking and leadership on the part of the principal involved with the work. Troy Hogg has been that leader for Benton Elementary in Columbia, Missouri.”

Dr. Hogg was presented with his Making IT Happen jacket and certificate in December. Congratulations to Dr. Hogg and Columbia Public Schools! Follow Dr. Hogg on Twitter @tshogg. See a photo set that includes METC ISTE Making IT Happen winners here.

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