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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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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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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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