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Make-A-SplashTanya Avrith‘s passion stems from a strong desire to effect change and inspire others to explore how they can use the technology to help differentiate individual students’ needs, provide a vehicle for collaboration and allow for deeper purpose and voice in student learning. Her CharacterPlus National Conference keynote addresses digital citizenship:

Rebranding digital citizenship is not an option. It is an imperative. It is our professional and moral responsibility as educators. We need to rebrand digital citizenship so that it becomes part of our daily practice. The technology itself, and our guidance on its use, needs to have a regular place in the classroom and in our students’ lives at school. We need to empower our students to have a voice and learn as citizens of a connected world.

At the conference, she will also present on the following topics:

  • Harnessing the Power of Social Media & the Web
  • Building Your Early Footprint
  • Helping Parents Embrace their Children’s Digital Life

Tanya holds a M.A. in Educational Technology and a B.A. in Communication Studies from Concordia University in Montreal as well as a B.Ed from the University of Ottawa. Tanya is a connected educator with strong ties to her PLN. She also is a Google Certified Teacher and an Apple Distinguished Educator. Learn more about Tanya and her work at tanyaavrith.com.

Register for the CharacterPlus National Conference today; it takes place June 15-17 in St. Charles, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. CharacterPlus is a resource of EducationPlus.

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In celebration of Digital Learning Day this year, the EducationPlus METC ISTE Affiliate would like to encourage you to share your digital learning online with our community. Throughout the day on Friday, March 13th tag your ideas, learning and activities with the #DLday hashtag along with #METC15. During the day we will periodically share and repost through our Twitter and Instagram accounts. Follow and join the learning at @METCedplus.

The Midwest Education Technology Community (METC) also invites you to view the archives by streaming the keynotes, featured speakers or spotlight educators or by simply searching through the  resources shared online at metcconference.org.

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The CharacterPlus National Conference is offering six pre-conference workshops this year. Each pre-con is a half-day workshop, taking place from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m. If a participant is taking part in a morning and an afternoon pre-con, lunch will be provided. Here are two of the pre-cons being offered, we will share out more in future blog posts!

Charles presentingInspired Leadership that Transforms School Culture
Topic: School Climate & Culture | Audience Grade Level: Elementary | Experience Level: Beginner | Presenters: Lynn Clapp & Jim Schneider, Vertical Performance

What are the keys for creating a culture of character in schools? Leaders thatvalue the skills of relationship building and staff empowerment can spark and sustain a genuine “love” for a collective purpose. This experiential presentation will offer ideas and activities to enhance or transform school culture!

Courageous Conversations About Race
Topic: Diversity & Race in the Classroom | Audience Grade Level: K-12 | Experience Level: All | Presenter: Dr. Charles Pearson, EducationPlus

Have you ever wanted to have a dialogue in your class or among peers about race but didn’t know where to begin? Would you use a protocol that facilitates productive dialogue about this sometimes difficult topic? This workshop explores the “Courageous Conversation” method, providing you with foundational knowledge and skills that you can apply to a relevant dialogue about this challenging topic. Through small group work and practice, you will understand the agreements and conditions of “Courageous Conversations” and be able to apply the “Courageous Conversation Compass” as a tool to support effective discussions.

Registration is now open for the general conference as well as the pre-cons. Pre-conference fees are $75 per workshop for members and $85 per workshop for non members.

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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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gj keynoteThe Connected Classroom is the EducationPlus LearningLab blog. February’s favorite blog posts featured the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference and student work! Here are the top five most visited posts for the past month– did you contribute to the clicks?

1)  METC 2015 Virtual Conference Available Online Now READ HERE
2)  Midwest Education Technology Community Meet Up READ HERE
3)  Here’s the Debut of the 2014 Show-Me a Movie Winners! READ HERE
4)  STL Student Summit on Race 2015 READ HERE
5)  Andrew Wall: Making IT Happen READ HERE

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Virtual Conference sessions include those from Library Media Specialists Gwyneth Jones (keynote), Angela Van Batavia (spotlight educator) and Jennifer LaGarde (featured speaker).

The METC 2015 Virtual Conference consisted of live programming on  February 10 and 11 during the edtech conference. Those same sessions are now archived for streaming at your convenience. The presentations chosen include those from keynote and featured speakers as well as Midwest Spotlight Educators.

Streaming services were provided by Conference Technologies, Inc.
The METC Conference Moodle is provided by SqoolTechs, LLC.

Login, Countdown to Student Success, Increase Your Google APPtitude and be a Library Marketing Genius like Lady Gaga!

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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 in just a couple weeks! Drew McAllister has reviewed a trio of books for us, here’s his take on the second book in the series:

hybridOver the past few months, I have been reading a trilogy written for those looking to design or aid in the design of online courses or blended learning experiences. Grounded Designs for Online and Hybrid Learning, edited by Atsusi “2c” Hirumi and published by ISTE, consists of the following titles: Design Fundamentals, Designs in Action and Trends and Technologies.

Designs in Action:

Hirumi refers to this volume as “the heart” of the Grounded Designs series. I heartily concur. Of the three volumes, Designs in Action comes closest to a practicable guidebook for designing learning activities for an online course. The chapters may be grouped into three categories: general instructional models, subject-specific strategies and general strategies.

… read more of Drew’s review, including the sections on general instructional models, subject-specific and general strategies here. You’ll also find links to his review of the other two books in the Grounded Designs series.

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