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Heidi MorganHeidi Morgan is a 6th grade Reading and Language Arts teacher. She is passionate about technology integration and is always looking for new and innovative ways to create the best 21st century learning environment for her students. She strongly believes that kids can change the world and gives them every opportunity to start while in her class through global collaborative projects.

In 2013, Heidi, from New Lenox, Illinois, was selected as a MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATOR for 2014 for the METC Conference. This recognition honor leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students as well as teachers.

She is currently the Vice President of DeICE, the Joliet area chapter of Illinois Computing Educators. She is a DEN STAR Educator, and her class presented in Discovery Educator Network’s Digital Learning Day’s Don’t Worry…Get Appy. She has presented at the Illinois Computing Educators Conference, Illinois Education and Technology Conference, Raising Student Achievement Conference, and T21 Con at Illinois State University. Follow her on Twitter @heidiamorgan.

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Show-Me a Movie Contest The Show-Me a Movie Digital Storytelling Contest is an annual event open for second through twelfth grade students. The contest has grown to include the following states: Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. Winning movies are then showcased at the Midwest Education Technology Conference each year; students, families and educators are invited to attend. They are also featured on our SchoolTube channel.

The contest is currently open, and accepting submissions until Wednesday, December 12, 2013 at 3 p.m. central time. There are three divisions and five categories, and movies are judged upon:

Quality of Content:  Original work that achieves its stated purpose and appeals to its intended audience with good evidence of subject knowledge.
Creativity:  Well-developed, aesthetically pleasing and adds a different angle to its content.
Videography (Live Action or Animation):  Quality of images and sound, editing, etc.
Reflection:  Students demonstrate how their movies have achieved Common Core State Standards and what they have learned as a result of their project.

Also important to the judging process is that all resources used within the movie are cited, including images, artwork, and music. To learn more about the contest, including it’s categories and how to enter, visit the Show-Me a Movie page on CSD’s website.

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#megcamp CSDFriday was the last day of Meg Ormiston’s Tech Camp at Cooperating School Districts. Throughout the week, participants from several area districts collaborated in person and online, learning about ed tech tools they will be able to use in their classroom this upcoming school year. Friday’s activities included the campers sharing the videos they created during the course of the week!

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#megcamp participants are making movies today at Cooperating School Districts. Tomorrow is their last day working with Meg Ormiston, in person.

 

Show-Ne a Movie statesCooperating School Districts’ Show-Me a Movie Contest is now open to students in Missouri and its border states: Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa!

The entry form and reflection form will be posted online soon, but guidelines, deadlines, rules, and frequently asked questions are now online.

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Julie Smith during small group discussion at Media Literacy Week 2012

Julie Smith during Media Literacy Week 2012

The Education Community Engagement Committee of GMLP is hosting the Gateway Media Literacy Partners Mini Conference: Pedagogy and Production at Cooperating School Districts on June 7 from 7:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

St. Louis educators Don Goble (Ladue School District) and Julie Smith (SIUE and Webster University) will keynote this event, followed by two different session times (9:30-10:20 and 10:30-11:20) with various resources, programs, and ideas shared from area experts in the field media literacy and K-12 education, like:

•  Bill Bass, Parkway School District
•  Linda Dougherty, Northwest School District
•  Mitch Eden, Kirkwood School District

In addition, a media panel will also participate in the discussion from 11:30-12:10. Those participants include:

•  Jasmine Huda, KMOV
•  Alvin Reid, Nine Network, 101 ESPN

GMLP strives to empower citizens to think critically about media messages. Anyone who wants to learn more about media literacy, and network with local media literacy educators and professionals is invited to participate the Mini Conference.

Preregistration is requested by May 24; seating is limited to 60 attendees. Cost for event is $10 (cash) at the door, which covers breakfast and printed materials. For questions regarding the Pedagogy and Production Mini Conference on Media Literacy, contact GMLP ECE co-chairs Rebecca Morrison or Mary Pat Gallagher. Cooperating School Districts is an institutional member of GMLP.

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