Category Archives: Collaboration
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.
Heidi 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.
EducationPlus 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.
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.