Category Archives: Classroom Technology
Thursday, March 6, 2014 Exploring definitions and multi-faceted strategies that shape character development
The 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.
The 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
Tags: Brentwood School District, Distance Learning, EducationPlus, Francis Howell School District, iste, Kevin Honeycutt, Ladue School District, Lodge McCammon, Makig IT Happen, Maplewood Richmond Heights School District, METC, Rockwood School District, Videoconferencing, Will Blaylock
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.
Assistive technology is any tool that helps students with disabilities do things more quickly, easily or independently; it can be elaborate and expensive or simple and low-cost. Assistive technology is not only personal to the student but it provides the teacher with options to address student’s learning styles and abilities. When assistive technology is appropriately integrated into the classroom, students are provided with multiple means to focus on achieving academic standards.
Come spend the day exploring and learning of assistive technology devices and resources to bridge the gap between ability and disability! assistive technology vendors will demonstrate their devices and teachers using assistive technology will showcase their instructional practices. Reserve your seat online by March 3rd for the March 10th event. The cost is $10 per person, lunch is included in the event.
See list below:
• Tobii: Creates an intuitive interface that uses natural eye movements to help people with disabilities communicate and gain more independence.
• Dynavox: The leading provider of communication and education solutions designed to help individuals living with speech, language and learning disabilities communicate and reach their potential.
• Monarch Teaching Technologies: VizZle is on-line software that meets the special needs of visual learners like learners with autism; it can be customized for students, provides a shared library of teacher-made visual-based lesson plans, and can track student’s progress on IEP goals.
• Crick Software: Products are designed for learners of all abilities and with differing educational needs, including struggling readers and writers, students with learning or physical disabilities, and English language learners.
• Don Johnston: Educational software that empowers children with reading, writing, and/or physical disabilities to be successful, independent readers and writers.
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The student journalists covering METC 2014 did a phenomenal job. Please take some time to review their hard work at their website, on SchoolTube, and on Twitter. Students from the school districts of Brentwood, Francis Howell, Ladue (elementary and high school students), and Maplewood Richmond Heights participated. We’d also like to acknowledge the dedication of their teachers: Don Goble, Dave Grossman, Carol Kliesen, Beth Ramach Phillips, Otto Schultejans, and Jeen Steiger.
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.
METC’s most recent Making IT Happen winner has been an invaluable part of the Rockwood School District. He has moved the district into the digital age by being a flexible leader who is constantly looking to see what tools and practices will serve his students and teachers well. At the same time, he is constantly evaluating current tools that are no longer relevant or do not meet district instructional needs. In his tenure, he has implemented many organizational structures including collaborative online productivity through Google Apps for Education, and has introduced bring your own device into the district to give students more access to digital tools.
As the Director of Technology in Rockwood, he has been integral in creating a digital learning environment where teachers and students can use technology seamlessly. He oversees the Instructional Technology Specialists who help classroom teachers use technology as part of their instructional practice. Leadership provided by our winner has been integral to the process of getting technology into the hands of students in the district. He models technology in all of his meetings with teachers, administrators and community members and highlights the work that Rockwood teachers are doing in their classrooms.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Southeast Missouri State University, a master’s degree in teaching from Webster University and a master’s degree in strategic studies from Army War College in Carlisle, PA. He has leadership roles on several local, regional and international professional technology organizations and committees and also serves as Brigade Commander in the Missouri National Guard. In addition to the Making IT Happen award, he has been recognized with awards for his work in education and technology and received medals including Meritorious Service, Missouri Conspicuous Service, Bronze Star and Humanitarian Service.
While he has been in instructional technology since 1997 and has greatly contributed to the use of technology in his district, his expertise has benefited the St. Louis area as well. He has served on the METC advisory Committee for many years, serves as adjunct professor at Webster University, and has served as president of the Educational Technology Association. His work in education has touched and influenced many people throughout his career and will continue to do so. Whether he is writing a grant to provide technology resources to teachers and students, or providing a vision to his district, Will Blaylock is truly Making IT Happen in the St. Louis area.