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Couldn’t make it in person to the METC Conference last month? Don’t worry! Select sessions are available online, for free – no plane, train or automobile needed to participate! Access this great resource at METCconference.org, and save the date for 2015: February 9-11.
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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
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Learn from the METC Conference’s keynote, feature, and spotlight speakers through the convenience of your favorite device! METC is offering a great way to participate in and enjoy the METC 2014 Conference, even if you couldn’t have been there in person, or missed a particular session. The METC 2014 Virtual Conference consists of programming from Tuesday, February 11 and Wednesday, February 12. Selected presentations were live-streamed last week, and are now archived and available through the summer. Streaming services provided by Conference Technologies, Inc and the METC Conference Moodle provided by SqoolTechs, LLC. Thank you to both for making this opportunity available! METC is a program of EducationPlus.
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.
Going to METC next week? Be sure to upload any pictures you take to Flickr and add them to our Group Pool. We got some great ones last year, like this one from 2013 keynote Ken Shelton. We can’t wait to see what you capture. We will be tweeting out some of our favorites!
Here are the top five most clicked upon blog posts for the past month on The Connected Classroom — have you read them? All of the listed posts are METC related. The conference is one week from today!
#1 Midwest Spotlight Educator: Robert Dillon
#2 Midwest Spotlight Educator: Christine Ruder
#3 Midwest Spotlight Educator: Heidi Morgan
#4 Midwest Education Technology Community Connecting Innovative Learners
#5 Announcing the Winning Entries for Show-Me a Movie 2013
METC Conference Featured Speaker Kyle Schutt has worked since 2010 with educators to help them better understand how technology and digital media can be used to support instruction, motivate students, and increase passion for learning. He has fostered relationships and community-building by hosting in-person and virtual events for the Discovery Educator Network (DEN), most recently enjoying brainstorming, creating, producing and moderating Discovery Education’s virtual field trips and student focused events. Kyle (@ktschutt on Twitter) will be presenting a Preconference Workshop on February 10:
When it comes to STEM education, the whole is by far greater than the sum of its parts. During this session, we will build a common understanding of STEM and why it is such an important edutopic. You will tinker, innovate, ask questions, make observations and create connections to technology-rich examples that you can bring back to your classroom. And of course we’ll also expose you to a wealth of resources from Discovery Education to share with your colleagues and support your STEM community. Those that do not already have a DE account through their district will receive a free 30 day trial. Bring your own laptop with browser and wifi capability.
To register for Tinkering, Observing, and Connecting: STEM Education & You, visit METCconference.org.