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Lodge McCammon   Kevin Honeycutt

Kevin Honeycutt (photo right) | Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Kevin is a technology integrationist and a staff developer from central Kansas. He spent 13 years teaching K-12 art, and for 17 years spent summers leading creative adventure camps for kids of all ages. He now travels the world speaking at conferences and working with educators at the grassroots level and likes to promote a “tradigital” approach to education. He shares his thinking and learning on his blog Tradigital Learning. He can also be found and followed on Twitter @kevinhoneycutt. Kevin was a Featured Speaker at METC in 2011 and we are excited to welcome him back as a keynote for METC 2014.

Lodge McCammon (photo left) | Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Lodge received a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University and continued his work by developing innovative practices and sharing them with students, teachers and schools across the world. At the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation he developed a new teaching method called FIZZ, which encourages teachers to use extraordinarily simple video recording techniques in order to completely transform teaching and learning. His career began at Wakefield High School in North Carolina, where he taught Civics and AP Economics. Lodge is a studio composer who writes standards-based songs, with supporting materials, about advanced curriculum for K-12 classrooms. His songs and related materials can be found in Discovery Education streaming. He also has a YouTube channel featuring Flipped Teacher Training. Follow McCammon on Twitter at @pocketlodge.

We look forward to having Kevin and Lodge next week at the 31st annual METC Conference. Both of their keynotes will be streamed live at METCconference.org. Registration is still open for the conference taking place February 10-12. METC is a resource of EducationPlus.

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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

spotlight pt 2

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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.

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Register for and learn more by visiting the EducationPlus website at edplus.org and click on calendar and registration on the right! Here’s a sample of what’s coming up:

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Foundations for the Common Core Math – February 7; 8:30am – 3:30pm
This workshop is for teachers, administrators, leaders, and staff who have had little or no introduction to the Common Core State Standards. These beginning workshops will provide the essential foundational understanding of the Missouri Core Academic Standards (CAS) for Math. We will focus on exploring the foundation for the standards, navigating the document, understanding the learning progressions and recognizing the major shifts in content, instruction and assessment.

Democratizing the DBQ Workshop – February 20; 8:30am – 3:30pm
This workshop is open to all Social Studies or Communication Arts teachers in grades 4-12. The DBQ Project publishes materials in U.S. History, World History, Civics and Literature. Workshop participants will work through a Mini-Q in World History but the methodology can be used in different content areas. We work with teachers who are interested in how to make inquiry-based document analysis and argument writing accessible to all students. Come see why so many teachers, schools, and school districts are using Document Based Questions to help teachers and students meet the Common Core State Standards and enjoy doing it!

PBIS & CHARACTERplus: Braiding the Initiatives Workshop – February 21, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
This interactive workshop builds on the common ground shared by Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, School-wide Positive Behavior Supports and CHARACTERplus. The session is framed by a collaborative checklist developed by previous participants and focused on
• Universals and Core Values
• Assessment and Evaluation
• Practices
• Acknowledgements & Recognitions
• Systems
• Professional Learning

Support Staff Technology Workshop: MS Word – MailMerge, Review & Proofreading – February 21; 12:30 – 3:30pm
This is an intermediate level training. Learn how to create a variety of mail merge documents (letters, labels, catalogs); use the features in the Documents Elements ribbon such as creating a Table of Contents and using the Header and Footer; and utilize the Review tools for collaboration.

Common Core ELA Series: Writing Workshop – February 25; 8:30am – 3:30pm
The Standards require three types of writing:  narrative, informational and opinion/argument — with an emphasis in informational and argument writing.  This workshop will provide participants with strategies for helping  students become proficient writers in all three genres while using the writing process and technology tools that enhance its use.  Research-based instructional strategies for weaving the language standards into writing instruction will also be shared.

Flipped Teaching – February 25 & 27; 4-7 pm
For those teachers who have already made the decision to Flip and want to jump into “show me the easy way to Flip, step by step.”

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Show-Me a Movie logoThis year, we received nearly 150 movie entries for our annual digital storytelling contest. Last week, judging took place over two days (first time ever!) and we now can announce the winning movies. Congratulations to the following entries in the 2013 Show-Me a Movie Contest, and thank you to all who submitted student work!

Show-Me a Challenge
Elementary: Helping Hands, Probe Center, Ferguson-Florissant School District
Middle School: Insecurities, LaSalle Springs Middle School, Rockwood School District
Middle School Honorable Mention: One Paper Turns Into Millions, Bryan Middle School, Francis Howell School District
High School: P.A.N.D.A.S. Strong, Ursuline Academy

Show-Me Your Community
Elementary: Heroes at Home: Our School Community, Eisenhower Elementary School, Fort Leavenworth School District
Middle School: Old Vine Riverfront Bistro, Francis Howell Middle School, Francis Howell School District
High School: Reaching Hands in Difficult Times, Ursuline Academy

Show-Me Your Creativity
Elementary: Why Play Minecraft?, Meramec Elementary School, Clayton School District
Middle School: Imagination is Powerful, Orchard Farm Middle School, Orchard Farm School District
High School: The Art of Design, Visitation Academy

Show-Me Something New
Elementary: How to Make a Pinch Pot, Buder Elementary, Ritenour School District
Middle School: How to be Confident, LaSalle Springs Middle School, Rockwood School District

Show-Me a Story
Elementary: Super Leader Saves the Day, Stanton Elementary, Rockwood School District
Middle School: Tarra and Bella, Rockwood South Middle School, Rockwood School District
High School: Girl in the Mirror, Ursuline Academy

We’re excited that report that many new schools participated in the contest this year. While we’ve had winners from across the state of Missouri in the past (including the Kansas City area and Joplin), the 2013 contest actually marks the first out-of-state winner, Heroes at Home: Our School Community, from the Fort Leavenworth School District in Kansas.

The winning movies will be showcased on our SchoolTube channel  and we will be honored at a reception at the 31st annual Midwest Education Technology Conference next month.

METC and Show-Me a Movie are programs of EducationPlus.

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Registration is still open for the 31st annual Midwest Education Technology Conference- including precon workshops being held February 10, 2014. We are featuring various precons in blog posts on The Connected Classroom. Topic of this post: media literacy and web literacy half-day workshops. Help your students analyze, evaluate, and understand what they see on screen:

Howie DiBlasiFeatured Speaker Howie DiBlasi presents on My Hero: Heroes & Heroines – Web Literacy & Media Skills Workshop. The mission of the MY HERO project is to use media and technology to celebrate the best of humanity. This workshop will use crowdsourcing, collaboration, writing, media skills, web literacy and technology to celebrate “Hero Stories”. The study of heroes applies across the curriculum, in all grade levels and can be an integral part of character education, media arts and computer literacy, as well as a tool for reading comprehension and the development of writing skills. Participants will learn how to define and recognize a hero, distinguish between a hero and a celebrity, and create and publish a story using web-based tools. This is a bring your own laptop with browser and wifi capability session.

Goble and Smith2013 Midwest Spotlight Educator Don Goble and Julie Smith present on Media Literacy: Pedagogy & Production. Interested in media literacy but not sure where to begin? Learn what it is, how to teach it and why it is important. Come join these media literacy evangelists as they share sure-fire ways to kickstart media literacy regardless of the age levels or curriculum that you teach. With the quick edit of a photo or of the (re)placement of music, a visual message can change quickly. At the end of this workshop, attendees will have a working knowledge of media literacy, awareness of how to implement media literacy across the curriculum, skills and ideas for implementing production use in the classroom as well as resources. This is a bring your own laptop with browser and wifi capability session.

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Today the judges have gathered at EducationPlus to evaluate the submitted movies for the 2013 Show-Me a Movie Contest! Using rubrics and through discussion, they are judging nearly 150 movies from two states. The movies that receive the highest scores will be honored at the 31st annual Midwest Education Technology Conference next month. Thanks to those who volunteer their time and talents to review the student work! COMING SOON: the winners!

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