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Join metro area Google Certified Teachers* as they present a two day learning event this summer: Google Mania! On day one, participants will take part in a ‘speed geek style’ presentation with the GCTs. Participants will immediately learn 8-12 features and strategies to use in their classroom. They’ll also take time to explore and then on day two of Google Mania, they’ll dive deeper into other Google Apps For Education.

Registrants should bring Google-friendly devices like laptops, Chromebooks, tablets and other Android products. Register by clicking here. Learn more about the Google Certified Teacher instructors below.

googlemaniaAbout the Instructors

What is a Google Certified Teacher?
The Google Teacher Academy (GTA) is a free professional development experience designed to help primary and secondary educators from around the globe get the most from innovative technologies.  Approximately 50 educators from around the world are selected to attend each GTA based on the merits of their online application. Each GTA is an intensive, two-day training during which participants get hands-on experience with Google tools, learn about innovative instructional strategies, receive resources to share with colleagues and immerse themselves in a supportive community of educators making impact. After the GTA, GCTs are expected to positively impact change in their communities. We are very fortunate in the St. Louis metro area to have several educators* who have been selected to attend this prestigious academy, including our Google Mania instructors:

  • Bob Deneau is an Instructional Technology Specialist in the Rockwood School District. As a Google Certified Teacher and Authorized Google Education Trainer, Bob is passionate about the power of Google tools and how they can transform a classroom.
  • Greg Lawrence is currently the Technology Facilitator for the Wentzville School District. Greg is a Google Certified Teacher, an Authorized Google Education Trainer and a co-leader for GEG (Google Educator Group) Eastern Missouri.
  • Tina Lauer is currently the Instructional Technologist and Assessment Coordinator in the St. Charles R-VI School District. Tina is a Google Certified Teacher and Authorized Google Education Trainer.

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The CharacterPlus National Conference takes place June 16-17. In previous posts, we’ve shared about the pre-conference workshops options open to educators. Here, we’d like to focus a bit more on our two keynote speakers.

kafeleTuesday keynote Principal Baruti Kafele, an award-winning educator and best-selling author, is a leading authority on professional development strategies for creating a positive school climate and culture, transforming the attitudes of at-risk student populations, motivating males to excel in the classroom and school leadership development. His messages include attitude, goal setting, planning, purpose, vision, determination, self-esteem, self-image, decision-making, school behavior, bullying, distractions, temptations and so much more in an effort to motivate, educate and empower students for success. Learn more about Principal Kafele, see his books and videos at PrincipalKafele.com. Follow @PrincipalKafele on Twitter.

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Wednesday keynote Tanya Avrith is an innovation specialist, helping lead change by working with educators, parents, K-12 and college students. While she was the lead educational technology and digital citizenship teacher at the Lester B. Pearson School Board in Montreal, Canada, Tanya was instrumental in the vision and execution of the district-wide Digital Citizenship Program. Tanya presents to educators, students and parents all over North America. She has also been invited to Facebook headquarters to discuss digital citizenship education. Tanya spent the last two years guiding students how to harness the power of social media and will be incorporating this message into her keynote. She is a Google Certified Teacher and an Apple Distinguished Educator as well as the co-host of EduSlam.me. Follow @TanyaAvrith on Twitter.

Both keynotes will also present breakout sessions. Conference registration is now open. CharacterPlus is a resource of EducationPlus.

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Powerful Learning for the PreK-2This four-day tech camp, Powerful Learning for the PreK-2 Educator, is designed for teachers, instructional coaches or technology specialists who work with early learners.

Come explore free online resources, create with web-based and app-based tools and plan tech-rich activities and lessons to use in your learning setting right away!

“Head counselor” Gail Lovely is a teacher and a learner. Gail has a degree in psychology from UCLA and her MS in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University. Gail has taught learners from ages 2 to 82 and is passionate about learning with them as she teaches. She is known for her passion for technology as a tool and is known for her practical approach to education, her appreciation and admiration for teaching and learning and her skill at making the complex understandable and the difficult manageable.

Learn more about the agenda each day and how to register here.

Tech Camp Dates
Monday,  June 1, 2015
Tuesday,  June 2, 2015
Wednesday,  June 3, 2015
Thursday,  June 4, 2015

[To see who else is sharing their best practices this summer, click here.]

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Facilitator Mary Pat Gallagher (center) will lead participants through the experiential learning workshop at Little Creek Nature Area. Photo by Marteana Davidson.

This unique workshop is a breath of fresh air! It will be held at the Little Creek Nature Area, a 97-acre outdoor educational facility owned and operated by the Ferguson-Florissant School District. Since 1974, teachers have provided ecology, environmental science, field biology and living history programs for district students.

On June 9, EdPlus workshop participants will explore STEAM resources connected to technology standards, digital and media literacy. Using nature, art and technology tools, we will examine how experiential learning can be replicated in your classroom today. Geocaching, nature walks and animal viewing will be some of the activities you experience. We’ll encourage you to take nature photos to share on Instagram & tweet about what you are learning throughout the day to your PLN. During the workshop we’ll share how to think critically about media presentations, learn how to make simple videos, appreciate Missouri ecology and network with other educators and more.

This workshop will be held both indoors and outside, so dress appropriately for the weather. Bring a charged device and be ready to walk away refreshed and energized to bring new ideas back to you school! Learn more and register here.

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Did you know students and teachers can access and create lessons in Discovery Education Streaming? Are you aware of the thousands of resources aligned to the learning standards?

Build STEAM in your school!

Come learn on Wednesday, June 3rd the STEAM features available to you and your students from DE Streaming. Review the Teacher Tools, Atlas, STEM resources and Learning Management System too! Explore the Builder Tools; Board Builder, an Online Poster, Quiz & Writing Prompt Builder, along with the Assignment Builder. Learn how you can integrate these online, curriculum resources and share them with students and staff today! College credit available upon request. Registration is open.

Presenter Tina Lauer is the instructional technologist and assessment coordinator in the St. Charles R-VI School District. She is also an adjunct professor at Lindenwood University in the School of Education. Tina is a Discovery STAR educator, Google Certified Teacher and Google Education Trainer. She has presented at several local conferences including the METC Conference and the MO Summit featuring Google for Education. Learn from her expertise this summer!

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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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The Virtual Essay Contest deadline for METC attendees has been extended! Submit your essay for a shot at winning an iPad Air 2. Show us what you learned using the latest the in digital media — be creative with your message and telling your story.

Simply pick your favorite online tool and make a connection between your experience at the METC Conference and the theme motivate, engage, transform, connect!

5456308_731972923The creativity challenge for the 2015 contest is to incorporate the students that participated in conference. This includes the METC eNews Student Bureau, the IT Student Support team, the Show-Me a Movie Contest or the Student Innovation Stations from the Exhibitor Reception.

To see all the requirements and criteria, please visit the METC website. The new deadline for submission is March 30, 2015. Contact Megan Moncure for questions.

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