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educators at csd (EdPlus) Educators just like you are doing amazing things through online and blended learning opportunities, providing students experiences that are far beyond what’s possible in the traditional classroom.  As educators, we must prepare students to live in a world without physical boundaries and help students learn how to work with others, virtually or otherwise. You are invited to participate in a multi-session academy that explores the facets of online teaching and learning. Learn more …

Several instructors from this summer’s line up of edtech programming met today to share and collaborate. We’re really excited to have such a dynamic, diverse group of educators available to share their best practices within their professional learning network. Sessions include working in Google, coding in the classroom, downloading the right apps for your students and digital literacy. To learn more about what is being offered, or to register, visit edplus.org/summer_of_innova.html.

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The Midwest Education Technology Community Conference advisory committee is excited to bring back book reviews of materials that we will offer at the conference in just a couple weeks! Drew McAllister has reviewed a trio of books for us, here’s his take on the second book in the series:

hybridOver the past few months, I have been reading a trilogy written for those looking to design or aid in the design of online courses or blended learning experiences. Grounded Designs for Online and Hybrid Learning, edited by Atsusi “2c” Hirumi and published by ISTE, consists of the following titles: Design Fundamentals, Designs in Action and Trends and Technologies.

Designs in Action:

Hirumi refers to this volume as “the heart” of the Grounded Designs series. I heartily concur. Of the three volumes, Designs in Action comes closest to a practicable guidebook for designing learning activities for an online course. The chapters may be grouped into three categories: general instructional models, subject-specific strategies and general strategies.

… read more of Drew’s review, including the sections on general instructional models, subject-specific and general strategies here. You’ll also find links to his review of the other two books in the Grounded Designs series.

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This is an opportunity you won’t want to miss. Taking place in Poland on January 24-27, 2015, Auschwitz: The Past is Present marks 70 years since the camp complex was liberated. The joint effort from The USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education and Discovery Education.  The program is designed to promote a deeper understanding of 20th century history and its continuing relevance, hone digital literacy and critical thinking skills using real-world applications and audiovisual testimony, and inspire action against racism, intolerance, and prejudice and the suffering they cause, according to its website.

Educators are invited to enter a contest for an opportunity to travel to participate in this event. According to Shoah and Discovery, you could be chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime professional development experience designed to deepen your historical understanding, develop digital and media literacies, and teach you how to effectively integrate testimony across your curriculum.  Click here to read through the steps carefully to the review application questions and video requirements. Contest ends October 3, 2014.

There is also an opportunity for students through a virtual field trip: “hear firsthand from survivors and witnesses returning to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and engage in a meaningful dialogue about history and its relevance today.”

Visit www.pastispresentauschwitz.com for more information.

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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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