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CFP-Graphic-with-numbers-webThe 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)  Seeking 2015 Midwest Spotlight Educators for METC

(2)  Discovery’s Geocaching Day

(3)  Adventures in STEM Education: Learn to Code!

(4)  Instructional Practice in the Culturally Responsive Classroom

(5)  Google Goods that Meet the Standards

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Geocaching-Day-logo.jpg-255x300Are you interested in going on a hi-tech treasure hunt? Consider participating in Discovery Educator Network (DEN) Geocaching Day taking place Saturday, May 17. Geocaching is a free, real-world outdoor treasure hunt. Geocaching is when you try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS. When you find one, you can then share your experience with others.

Discovery Education is encouraging every DEN member to get out and have some fun on May 17. You could go out on your own to find caches in your area, but a better option would be to host your own geocaching event. The DEN will support your event by sending you an official 2014 DEN Geocaching coin to plant and even send you a some goodies to give to those joining you. You can find resources to help you learn more about geocaching online.

If you’re ready to organize and host an event for DEN Geocaching Day, fill out this form.  Contact Discovery’s Chad Lehman if you have questions.

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Designed specifically for Missouri educators, this unique day of professional learning  on May 2 will highlight creative ways to engage students and invigorate your curriculum using the latest 21st century tools and Discovery Education resources. Come join us for a free day of learning while we celebrate with a Cinco de Mayo theme. Bring your laptop, we’ll provide lunch. Here’s what will be taking place:

Introductory Session: Back to the Basics
Dive into the new Discovery Education! We’ll fill the gaps with helpful information on navigating, talk about the new and exciting enhancements, and uncover some resources that you never knew you had! From the Common Core Standards search to the new Quicklist, My Content, and My DE for Students this session will prepare you to springboard into deeper Discovery Education integration in your classroom.

Breakout Session Choices:

  • Student Engagement with Discovery Education
  • Discovery Education Builder Tools: Make and Take
  • IRON DEN: Board Builder Challenge
  • DEN STAR: Model Classroom

Please register for this free event by April 25.

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DENIf you thought the Winter  Olympics was the only place to watch competitive feats of strength, mental toughness, and endurance, then we have a surprise for you! The Discovery Education EdPlus Olympics is an ongoing, engaging, interactive, fun contest for educators and is a great way to learn more about Discovery Education, plus have a chance to win prizes:

Gold: The educator with the most points reported will receive a Discovery Education prize pack that includes a Discovery bag, notebook/pen, shirt, DVD set, and more;
Silver: The educator with the second most points reported will receive a Planet Earth and LIFE DVD set and Discovery Education bag;
Bronze: The educator with the third most points reported will receive a Discovery bag!

There are six ways to earn points

1. Log In
2. Join the Community by being a DEN STAR
3. Share Discovery Education
4. Create a Board
5. Create a Quicklist or My Content Folder
6. Attend a Discovery Education Webinar

It’s important that you report your points using the same email address each time. These Olympics are self reporting and you must do so online. The ‘games’ run until March 28, with winners being notified on April 3, 2014. Good luck!

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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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discovery ed eventJoin Discovery Education and EducationPlus for an interactive, free Professional Learning Day on January 24, 2014.

Designed specifically for Missouri educators, this unique day of learning and networking will highlight creative ways to engage students and invigorate your curriculum using the latest 21st century tools and Discovery Education Resources. Covering all subject areas & grade levels, we’ll fill the gaps with helpful information on navigating Discovery Education, talk about the new and exciting enhancements for 2014, and uncover some resources that you never knew you had!

Register today and join us for an interactive Professional Learning Day in the New Year!  Contact Stephanie Madlinger for more information about January 24 at smadlinger@edplus.org.

If you really want to further dive into Discovery Education, be sure to check out Midwest Education Technology Conference‘s Features Speaker Kyle Schutt’s sessions!

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FREE!  Every Other Month Full-Day Discovery Education streaming Training at CSD!

CSD offers DE streaming training on the second Monday of every other month during the school year for FREE. Plan to attend this full day of learning and walk away saying, “WOW!”  Through your subscription to DE streaming, you receive on-demand streaming and downloading of videos for your classroom, lesson plans, quizzes, images, sound effects, encyclopedia articles, and more! Using Discovery Education streaming, students are engaged in their learning experiences, and teachers have the ability to create standards-based lessons, assignments, quizzes, and writing prompts online. Come learn the user-friendly features including the My DE page and drag & drop features in My Content. Find out about the curriculum focused features including the Ready Zone, STEM Connect and more! Learn how the Interactive Atlas and the Student Center can engage 21st century learners. CSD offers this FREE training every other month on the second Monday of the month during the school year from 8:30am-3:30pm at the Craig Rd. location.  Space is limited, so register early!  To register, go to: http://csd-web.ungerboeck.com/coe/coe_p1_all.aspx?oc=10&cc=COEALL and scroll down to the date you want.  First date is Sept. 16th!

The following dates are available:

●      September 16 (adjustment due to Labor Day)
●      November 11
●      January 13
●      March 10
●      May 12

Free for districts who purchase DE streaming through CSD; $95 for all others

For more information, or to schedule personalized workshops at your location on Discovery Education streaming, contact Martha Bogart at mbogart@csd.org or 314-692-1258.

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Sir Ken Robinson, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources in education and in business. The videos of his famous 2006 and 2010 talks to the prestigious TED Conference have been viewed more than 25 million times and seen by an estimated 250 million people in over 150 countries. Did you know that his 2006 talk is the most viewed in TED’s history? In 2011, Robinson was listed as “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” by Fast Company magazine.

Discovery Education is hosting a special free event Monday May 6, 2013 at 7 pm EDT/6 pm CDT — 8 pm EDT/7 pm CDT.  It’s an opportunity to hear Robinson speak directly to educators on A Future@Now Transformation Talk: Digital Learning and Creativity, and answer their questions; participants will have the chance to submit questions to ask live. No special equipment is needed to view this event online- all participants just need is an Internet connected computer. If you are unable to make it during the designated time, still sign up – those registered for the event will be notified when the archive is available soon after the live event.

The May 6 session is part of The Future@Now Transformation Talks series. Robinson, like the other speakers in the series, will discuss the topics that educators care about, and also the topics that impact students most, all centered around Digital Learning and how we can use it to transform the ways in which teachers teach, and the ways in which students learn.

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METC Discovery Event InviteDiscovery Education and CSD are pleased to invite you to an exclusive celebration event!

Monday, February 11 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.

St Charles Convention Center
One Convention Center Plaza
Room: Junior D
St. Charles, MO 63303

Join Discovery Education and CSD for this special event which will celebrate innovative educators and the creative genius of their students, supported by education technology and promoted by Discovery Education. Also, enjoy a special screening of Storm Chasers, which features Discovery Education Chief Meteorologist Reed Timmer! All attendees will be registered to win a Discovery Education prize; space is limited and registration is required to attend. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. This event is open to not only Midwest Education Technology Conference attendees, but any educator in the area who is interested in participating.

RSVP by February 4th
Questions? Please contact:
Jason_Altman@discovery.com

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