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METC eNews 2014

Keynote Kevin Honeycutt jumps in the mix, and loans out his Google Glass, at the 31st annual METC Conference this week in St. Louis, Missouri.

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.

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Heidi MorganHeidi Morgan is a 6th grade Reading and Language Arts teacher. She is passionate about technology integration and is always looking for new and innovative ways to create the best 21st century learning environment for her students. She strongly believes that kids can change the world and gives them every opportunity to start while in her class through global collaborative projects.

In 2013, Heidi, from New Lenox, Illinois, was selected as a MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATOR for 2014 for the METC Conference. This recognition honor leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students as well as teachers.

She is currently the Vice President of DeICE, the Joliet area chapter of Illinois Computing Educators. She is a DEN STAR Educator, and her class presented in Discovery Educator Network’s Digital Learning Day’s Don’t Worry…Get Appy. She has presented at the Illinois Computing Educators Conference, Illinois Education and Technology Conference, Raising Student Achievement Conference, and T21 Con at Illinois State University. Follow her on Twitter @heidiamorgan.

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METC-New-Color-LogoEducationPlus is excited to announce the creation of the Midwest Education Technology Community (METC), an educational technology resource that helps innovative learners connect.

The new METC merges the benefits of two great programs, the annual Midwest Education Technology Conference and the Missouri Education Technology Community, our affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

METC features the tagline, “Connecting Innovative Learners,” as educators who take advantage of METC resources seek out ways to connect with the latest technology, other educators and students.

METC educators engage learners and transform learning in their actions and reactions.  Our resources help the educator and the learner motivate, engage, transform and connect.

Our conference is one of the largest educational technology conferences in the nation with nearly 2,000 attendees.  During the conference, international and national experts share the latest in technology trends, local educational leaders share best practices for implementing technology in the classroom and educators get a unique opportunity to collaborate.

As an ISTE affiliate, METC provides educators a wealth of valuable resources including opportunities for networking and collaboration, discounts on registrations and educational resources and a connection to the global clearinghouse of resources that ISTE provides.

For more information on the new METC, please contact Stephanie Madlinger, director of teaching and learning, smadlinger@edplus.org, or Megan Moncure, METC conference coordinator,  mmoncure@edplus.org.

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Students are invited to use their creativity to express the difficult and inspiring lessons of the Holocaust in this contest from the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center.  Topics may include:

• Acts of courage and heroism
• Resistance and rescue
• The consequences of indifference
• Persecution, intolerance and injustice
• Preserving humanity in situations of great adversity
• History and lessons of the Holocaust

There will be two divisions for both the Art and Writing categories; a student may submit only one entry in each category. There are two divisions: division 1 will include grades 6–8, division 2 will include grades 9–12.

Students may write a poem, newspaper article, story, play/dialogue or essay for the writing contest. Students may create a sculpture, drawing, photograph, painting, poster, collage or 5-minute video or DVD for the art contest.  All charcoal, chalk and pastels must be treated with fixatives; for safety reasons, art (painting or sculpture) may not include real barbed wire, jagged glass or plastic.

The museum encourages teachers to use the  “Guidelines for Teaching the Holocaust” provided by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, which are posted on their website at www.ushmm.org.

This form is required for submission: ArtWriteEntry2014.

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We’re excited to share this new professional development opportunity with you, coming up next week-  Grading Digital Work. What does good feedback look like? How does one provide proper feedback on student created multi-media projects? How do you create formative and summative assessments for use in today’s classrooms?

In this workshop, come learn how to create rubrics, scoring guides, checklists, and other forms of assessments for and of learning that truly measure what students have learned. With the digital technologies that we have available, it opens up a wealth of new ways for students to show their learning. Many of these tools also make it easy for students to work collaboratively. We will take a look at how these assessments differentiate instruction and how they allow for student creativity. Models will be shown, and online access to information and examples will be given. You’ll have an opportunity to explore grading tools like RubiStar, Google Forms, Flubaroo, and DE Quiz Builder.

We will also show tips & tricks for providing feedback on digital work through commenting by text and voice. Come with an open mind and discover new, flexible feedback and evaluation methods. This full-day workshop is July 25 from  8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is  $110 for a CSD member and $140 for a non-member. In addition, 1 graduate credit is available for this workshop. Find online registration at this link.

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The Call for Proposals for METC 2013 is officially open! Our submission process has changed, so be sure to read over the details carefully on the Call for Proposals info page on the Midwest Education Technology Conference’s website, METCconference.org.

In our 30th year, here’s some of what we’re looking for:

  • How is your district implementing the Common Core State Standards?
  • How do you manage all of those mobile devices?
  • What tech tools do you use to reach and teach your students?
  • How do you engage your tech savvy students? Does it make a difference in your classroom, library, school or district?
  • How do you use technology to differentiate lessons and meet the needs of all students?

Here’s some extra incentive: as a presenter, you would register at a presenter rate of $50 for the day of the presentation, and just $90 for an additional day. Any preconference (half-day or full day) presenter would attend one day of the general conference for free. Also, please note that this year we have two separate deadlines for submissions:

• Preconference Session Submission Deadline: August 24, 2012
• General Session Submission Deadline: September 14, 2012

Also, new this year… do you feel you are a leader in education technology? Apply to be one of our Midwest Spotlight Educators! You may also nominate a colleague for this special recognition at METC 2013. Those who are accepted will not only present at the conference, but will also receive free registration for the general conference as well as other benefits.

Spotlight Requirements:

  • Demonstrate motivation, engagement, transformation, and connection using technology to improve teaching and learning. (the METC theme)
  • Provides a minimum of two references.
  • Must be a certified educator in Missouri or Illinois.
  • If accepted, presents at least 2 sessions at the conference. (does not include precon workshops or panel sessions)

Click here to learn more about the Midwest Spotlight Educator speaking opportunity and apply or nominate a colleague today. Questions about any of the above? Contact Megan Moncure at mmoncure@csd.org.

Do you want to make your life as a teacher easier? Are you wanting to integrate technology into your lessons, but don’t know where to start?  Come to this two-day workshop, Cool Tools for Educators: FREE Online Resources, lead by Stephanie Madlinger, and fill your technology toolbox. You’ll be amazed how many free online tools are out there for you to use. In this face-paced class, we plan to take a look at numerous online tools you can use in your role as an educator. Come learn how to access resources such as lesson plans, rubric makers, web page creators, online quizzes, Internet bookmarking storage, etc., all for free online! Why spend time recreating the wheel when someone else has already done it for you? Explore the wealth of online resources for educators and come away with tips and techniques to make your life easier.

Learn how online file management and social bookmarking sites will save you time. Discover how the ALTEC Star Tools, like RubiStar, QuizStar and TrackStar can make lesson planning and assessments easier. Then dive deeper into the Thinkfinity tools; ReadWriteThink, Illuminations, Wonderopolis and others. Finally, we will explore the many uses of free online tools like Stixy, Glogster, and VoiceThread to collaborate and display student work. Learn about the wealth of online resources for teachers and walk away with tips and techniques to make your life easier. Bonus: the tools shared can be used in your classroom or professional development activities.

Cool Tools for Educators: FREE Online Resources

Friday & Saturday, April 27 & 28th
8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. at CSD in St. Louis
$279 CSD member; $349 non-member
(Two Graduate Credits Available)  
Register
by April 24th

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Support Staff Academy Session:
Google Mania
presented by Google Certified Teacher Stephanie Madlinger
Date:
Friday, March 16, 2012
Times:
8:30-3:30 P.M. 
Location:
Cooperating School Districts, 1460 Craig Road, St. Louis, MO  
Cost:
CSD Member: $95 | Nonmember: $119

In this all day SSA workshop, you will learn how to create slide presentations, documents, spreadsheets, forms & surveys, as well as drawings all online for free! And the best part is, you can share with coworkers & friends, allowing them access to help edit and refine. No more emailing back and forth, trying to keep track of which version is the latest. Moving online & providing 24/7 access means you will be paperless – and green!

Be sure to bring your laptop & learn even more about other Google Tools available to make your job easier! Please set up a free Google Account prior to attending the SSA session & bring your username and password on March 16th. Register by going here (note that online registrations require a Purchase Order, Credit Card or CSD/Network credit; the reference number is 24033-11).

The annual Support Staff Academy is a Virtual Learning Center program designed to provide professional development to area schools’ educational support professionals (i.e., administrative assistants, secretaries/office personnel, maintenance/custodial, food service, security, teachers’ and library aides). The topics vary each year based upon the Advisory Committee recommendations. At the end of each year is the Support Staff Mini-Conference (June 6 this year). The VLC and SSA are programs of Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis.

Interested in using Google but you are not support staff? We have several other upcoming Google PD opportunities:

• March 14th, 4 PM CT: free Webinar Wednesday session: Google Tools for Education Save time and become more efficient! During this webinar we will spend time learning about Google’s Hidden Treasures. Participants will be empowered by their new knowledge about Google Apps.

• March 28-29th, 4-7 PM CT: Google Tools for Educators Participants will learn Advanced Search techniques, develop a Custom Search Engine, and discover easier ways to find images, resources and websites, plus much more! ($149 CSD member; $189 non-member | plus 1 Graduate Credit Available | register here)

• March 30th, All Day: Online Classroom Collaboration with Google Docs Participants will learn how Google Documents and Google Sites can support learning 24/7 because you can use the basic abilities of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel in an online collaborative environment. ($149 CSD member; $189 non-member | plus 1 Graduate Credit Available | register here)

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We are eleven years into the 21st century, and the world has changed. Technology has created a “printing press” moment in the history of mankind and is affecting every system we now know. The emerging educational system is giving students a voice in their education and empowering them to THINK, LEAD and SERVE. The realization that our present, “industrial model,” educational system is no longer viable is both very scary and very exciting at the same time. We have before us the opportunity to create something new!

In our special Leadership Breakfast at the Midwest Education Technology Conference, speaker John C. Carver, Superintendent of the Van Meter School District in Iowa, will share thinking on how technology infused into the characteristics of effective instruction impacts teaching and learning. With web 2.0 tools, students are moving from being consumers of knowledge to creators of knowledge. Van Meter School District learners have stepped through the looking glass by utilizing mobile and stationary computer labs.

Attend METC’s Leadership Breakfast and learn more about the school district’s transformation while interacting with other area administrators and board members! Special pre-registration is required- sign up for this event when registering for the general conference. METC is a program of the Virtual Learning Center of Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis.

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Our first Promethean ActivBoard training session of the year scheduled!

Come learn how to use the Promethean ActivBoard and the ActivInspire software in your classroom in Transforming Learning with a Promethean Activboard (Level 1 Training) on November 16 and 17th, from 4-7 o’clock at Cooperating School Districts’ tele.

A Promethean ActivBoard combines the look and feel of a regular whiteboard with the power of a computer. In this class, you’ll discover how to locate hundreds of lessons that have already been created for use on the Activboard and become familiar with features such as Focus tools, Power tools and the Resource Browser that make your lessons more interactive. This class is for beginners; no prior knowledge of ActivInspire required — for costs and to register, click here.

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