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Jennifer LaGarde METCMETC 2015 featured speaker Jennifer LaGarde is the lead & high school librarian for New Hanover County Schools in Wilmington, NC. Read her award-winning blog at and follow her boards on Pinterest.

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Customized LearningEducationPlus’ customized professional learning is developed specifically for your school or district’s needs, and is delivered at onsite at your facility. Click here to see fees for various levels of training opportunities. We’re excited to provide tailored professional development in:

• Classroom implementation of the Missouri Learning Standards
• Literacy and Critical Thinking for Non-Core Classes
• Media Literacy
• Technology Integration
• Curriculum Development
• Cultural Responsiveness
• Plus whatever may be requested

Program design includes assessing the needs of district; developing pedagogy; creating materials; establishing measurement tools as well as onsite facilitation. For more information on opportunities, visit

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Spaunhorst (750 SQ)Sarah Spaunhorst teaches high school computer science and engineering courses at Visitation Academy in St. Louis, MO. In each year of her four year teaching career, she has assisted with the creation of new technology- based courses, from a STEM course in middle school to AP Computer Science. Sarah has also fostered her students’ creativity by sponsoring submissions to the annual Show-Me a Movie Contest.

Sarah is a 2015 Midwest Spotlight Educator. This recognition, in its third year, honors leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers. You can hear her best practices at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference this February. Learn more about the annual conference at

Her main focus within all of her classes is using technology in order to assist students with real life outside the classroom and beyond high school. In 2013, Sarah was named one of fifty Siemens STEM Institute Fellows through Discovery Education. She is a DEN STAR Educator. Follow her on Twitter  @SpaunhorstSarah.

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Today’s Library Media Specialist must play the versatile role of an instructional partner responsible for ensuring that students and staff are efficient and effective users of information. The annual LMS Academy focuses on the changing role of the Library Media Specialist in K-12 education. This eight-session long learning opportunity will assist LMS personnel in teaching and connecting the standards of AASL, ISTE and the NETS along with the Missouri Learning Standards.

Registration is open for all library media specialists and those interested in media literacy in K-12 education. Participants will:

• Understand media literacy as it applies to 21st century skills
• Network with colleagues working across the area & globally
Library Media Specialists at #METC15Learn digital tools that promote effective use of media for students
• Examine problem based activities and digital, web & media literacy lessons
• Examine best practices for Copyright & Fair Use
• Explore digital citizenship & literacy curriculum resources
• Contribute in an online learning community, Moodle
•  Attend one day of the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference (METC)

All eight sessions meet at EducationPlus from 4- 7pm, except for METC. Participants have an option to earn 3.0 graduate credits for an additional cost of $100 per credit hour through Lindenwood University. Find all the dates, costs and how to register here. Participants will learn how they’ll register for METC once the academy starts.

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Show_Me_Movie-10th-AIt’s that time of the year again! Teachers and students are planning their projects for the Show-Me a Movie Contest, celebrating its 10th year in 2014! To see complete rules and guidelines, please visit Show-Me a Movie is a program of EducationPlus and the METC ISTE affiliate. To refresh your memory, or if you’re new the contest, let’s share the Show-Me a Movie F.A.Q.:

Can students in grades 2-12 in private, parochial and public schools from any part of Missouri and its Border States (Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska) enter?  Yes.

Can a teacher sponsor or advise more than one group? 

If students want to enter, but find none of their teachers willing to sponsor them, can they have another adult sponsor them? No. Only school staff may act as sponsors.

Will the prizes go to the students in the group or to the school? If there are cash prizes, they are awarded to the school; students receive prize bags that are distributed at the showcase at the METC Conference.

Will movies be rejected if they are received after 5 p.m. on the deadline date? Yes. Schools should allow ample time for movies/entry forms to arrive on time. Schedule deadlines accordingly. Be familiar with how to upload to your online platform. URLs should be tested before submitted to EducationPlus. Do not wait until the last minute.

Does the 2-minute limit on the move length include titles and credits? No. The content of the movie should not be more than 2 minutes in length. Longer movies will be disqualified. All sources used in creation of movie must be included in credits.

To what extent may copyrighted material be allowed in producing a movie? Generally, for educational use, 25% of copyrighted material, including music and sounds, can be used, according to the Fair Use Law. Trademarks should not be used unless permission is granted. All sources must be cited- this includes students’ original photography or music that is included in production. If music is part of the movie-making program, indicate so in the credits.

Can a group of students submit one reflection sheet? No. Each student in the group must submit his/her own reflection sheet. Their individual scores will be averaged in order to score the movie. Maximum length for the reflection is 200 words.

To learn how to participate, visit All movies must be submitted no later than 5 pm CT on December 5, 2014.

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Technology LeadershipAcademyRegistration is open for superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals, librarians, media specialists, tech coordinators and teachers to attend the 2014-2015 TLA. This popular academy assists educators in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to use technology as a tool for more effective and efficient leadership in their schools.

The Technology Leadership Academy will help you:
•  Develop a vision to improve student performance using technology
•  Assess tech strengths and needs of your staff/students
•  Develop a practical and useful technology plan
•  Expand your network of colleagues

Cost for six, all-day sessions: $1,000. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop to the sessions. (For an extra $600, participants may purchase an iPad.  Please contact Stephanie Madlinger at In addition, participants have an option to earn 3 graduate credits for an additional cost of $100 per credit hour through Lindenwood University. Click on the image above for more information, including dates and locations.



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Featured Speaker Andrew Vanden Heuvel If you are hungry for new, fun STEM ideas in your classroom, you’ll want to learn more about one of our 2015 METC Featured Speakers, Andrew Vanden Hueuvel! A Google Glass Explorer, he shares his STEMbite videos on YouTube. See him in February!

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