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March 2013 top(1)The Connected Classroom is the EducationPlus Learning Division blog. Here are the top five most visited posts for the past month – no joke – did you contribute to the clicks?

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

(2) Engage students, Invigorate your curriculum

(3) Preparing Early Childhood Students for Kindergarten

(4) #METC14 Virtual Conference is Available Until the Summer

(5) Decipher the messages implicit in visual images

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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Kevin Honeycutt, Will BlaylockThe 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 Making IT Happen: Will Blaylock

#2 2014 METC Conference Keynotes: Kevin Honeycutt and Lodge McCammon

#3 Student Journalists Cover METC Live

#4 Sharpen Your Skills and Open Up New Worlds!

#5 Stream Video from METC 2014

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Teachers just like you are doing amazing things through distance learning, providing their students experiences that are far beyond what’s possible in the classroom.  flickr creative commons

The EducationPlus Distance Learning Academy will equip you with the knowledge and tools to make amazing experiences  come to life for your students! St. Louis area teachers have connected their students to the rainforests of Borneo and to the underwater wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. Where will you take your students?

In the three day academy this summer, you’ll learn about e-learning, online projects and videoconferencing using tools like Polycom, Cisco, Skype, Google and LifeSize.  You’ll also learn how to effectively use other collaborative technologies such as Google Docs, blogs and wikis.  As you collaboratively work on projects over distance learning you’ll develop a Personal Learning Network that will be valuable in your teaching.

Learn more about dates, fees, and graduate credit opportunities by visit our online registration calendar.

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See Lodge McCammon’s Flipped Keynote

Learn from the METC Conference’s keynote, feature, and spotlight speakers through the convenience of your favorite device! METC is offering a great way to participate in and enjoy the METC 2014 Conference, even if you couldn’t have been there in person, or missed a particular session. The METC 2014 Virtual Conference consists of  programming from Tuesday, February 11 and Wednesday, February 12. Selected presentations were live-streamed last week, and are now archived and available through the summer. Streaming services provided by Conference Technologies, Inc and the METC Conference Moodle provided by SqoolTechs, LLC. Thank you to both for making this opportunity available! METC is a program of EducationPlus.

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HEC-TV Constitution Day

HEC-TV’s Constitution Day 2012 – click photo to play

On September 17 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. CT, HEC-TV presents Constitution Day 2013: The Ongoing Impact of Gideon v. Wainwright. Join HEC-TV from the Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse in St. Louis to interact with their panel of judges, prosecutors, and public defenders for a vibrant and insightful discussion on the constitutional, legal, political and practical implications of the landmark 1963 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Gideon v. Wainwright.

To find a more detailed program description- which participants can watch online, on TV, or participate via videoconference-  that includes objectives, related national curriculum standards, pre-program learning activities, and information on how to view the program live and participate interactively, click here.

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scoopingExplore the options for curating and evaluating the flood of information that pours over your media streams in this one-day workshop offered by Cooperating School Districts on July 8. Track your personal learning network by implementing a curation blueprint that suits your style & time.

Geared for anyone who needs help with the overload of digital information, this workshop from Linda Dougherty will familiarize you with online storage sites such as LiveBinders, Symbaloo, Evernote, and Pinterest.  In addition, ways to share resources among staff and students will be explained.  Walk away with your digital information organized and ready to be shared with anyone! Register online for Digital Curation: How to Collect and Save Resources; the course is $145 for a CSD member; $185 for a non-member and runs 8:30-3:30.

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mobile classDo you have a mobile device and want to learn how to find education-friendly apps? In this hands-on session at Cooperating School Districts, we will explore a multitude of education friendly, content- based resources for your mobile device for multiple grade levels and subject areas.

Learn how to find apps for any content area
and get a chance to learn how to use them
in this June 19th BYOD session.

During this full-day session lead by Greg Lawrence, other websites and online resources will also be shown, like app finders, utility apps, and apps your students can use in 1:1 environments. You must bring your own mobile device– Android or Apple. This workshop is $145 for a CSD member and $185 for a  non-member. Space is limited, register today!

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march sklanskyAmy’s distance learning programs through Cooperating School Districts, including full descriptions, including costs and standards covered, can be found at: www.cilc.org.

  • INSIDE A POET’S MIND (Grades 2 – 5) Peek inside the mind of a published poet as Amy shares poems from her books and discusses the various places a poet finds inspiration and the different forms poetry can take. Grades 3 and up have the option of writing a poem during the session.
  • WHERE DO CHICKS COME FROM?: Author Visit and Eggs-periments  (Grades K – 2) Learn what happens inside an egg from fertilization through hatching as Amy uses her book to outline stages of writing: research, revisions, artist’s sketches, etc.  She also performs hands-on eggs-periments that reinforce the scientific method.
  • COOKING A BOOK (Grades 1 – 3) Meet Amy as she puts on a chef’s hat and coat to “cook” a book. Help her put inspiration, drafts, revisions, pencil sketches, and more into her cooking pot as she explains how an author’s idea becomes a published book.
  • FROM INSPIRATION TO BOOKSTORE SHELF (Grades 3 – 6) Work together to learn where an author gets her ideas and how she crafts them into a book. Amy offers ideas around these questions and shares examples from all seven of her books.

“Mrs. Sklansky was engaging and really helped the students get excited about writing not just poetry, but all kinds of writing.”

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flickr creative commonsWe’ve all watched the local TV weatherperson & wondered just what they do to create the forecast they give us. What equipment do they use? What kind of training do they need? How do they determine when conditions are ripe for certain types of storms, whether temperatures will rise or fall, whether or not they should break into TV programs to provide a breaking weather update? What is the science behind forecasting?

Join HEC-TV Live! on April 4 to interact with St. Louis’ KTVI Fox2 meteorologist Chris Higgins to take a tour of his weather studio and find out what goes into creating a forecast.  The program will focus on two very different spring days of actual St. Louis weather—one with clear skies and temperatures in the sixties and one where conditions produced dangerous storms and tornadoes.  How were the forecasts created?  What technology was used to follow the changing weather conditions on that stormy day? What conditions forced the announcement of a tornado watch and later a tornado warning?  How does Mr. Higgins read that Doppler Radar and pinpoint where the tornado is located?  How does he take what he has learned and translate into understandable language for every TV viewer?  Enroll in “The Science Behind Weather Forecasting” videoconference by March 28 to find out the answers to these questions and more.

After enrolling for the program, you will receive pre-program materials that include website resources, information on the two actual weather days that will be used as examples during the program, and pre-program worksheets designed to get your students thinking about the topic of weather forecasting and creating questions they most want to ask Mr. Higgins.  If you wish to participate as an interactive school, be sure to note the deadline for returning these pre-program worksheets to us so we can incorporate your student comments and questions into the program.

Date:  April 4, 2013
Times:  10 to 11 a.m.  and 1 to 2 p.m. Central Time
Grade Levels: 4-8
Cost:  no fee, but please register online

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