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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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New Videoconference from HEC-TV Live!:
Abraham Lincoln and the Passage of the Thirteenth Amendment

Date:  March 21, 2013
Times: 10 to 11:00 a.m. or 1 to 2:00 p.m. CDT
Grade Levels: 7-12
Cost:  NO CHARGE
Complete information and registration online

Join us for this exciting exploration.  Ask your questions of archivists and historians & bring history to life!

It’s January 1865.  Abraham Lincoln has just been re-elected President of the United States in November of 1864. With the Union public hoping against hope for an end to the seemingly endless Civil War and results on the battlefield looking to make that result more and more likely, President Lincoln decides to move forward for passage of Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, the historic legislation to end slavery in America.  This program will focus on the story of the passage of this historic legislation.

In conjunction with their upcoming Social Action Campaign, “Stand Tall: Live Like Lincoln,” which kicked off on February 12, Steven Spielberg’s critically acclaimed film Lincoln, a DreamWorks Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox film, in association with Participant Media, will be distributed to all middle and high schools, both public and private, throughout the United States when the film becomes available on DVD.  As part of that initiative, this program will include excerpts from the film Lincoln as well as pre-recorded interview excerpts from Steven Spielberg, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Tony Kushner and others.  Students will also interact with, and ask questions of, Lincoln scholars joining us for the program.

The program will focus on three major areas related to passage of the Thirteenth Amendment. First, we’ll look at Lincoln’s motives for the amendment.  Why did he believe it was necessary when he had already issued the Emancipation Proclamation?  Second, we’ll explore the timing of the historic passage. The Amendment had already passed in the Senate in the spring of 1864 but failed that same spring in the House of Representatives. Flush with re-election victory and an increased number of Republicans elected to the new Congress that was set to start its session in March of 1865, why did Lincoln decide to pursue passage in January 1865 in a lame duck final session of the outgoing Congress rather than waiting until March?  And third, we’ll explore the political process of getting the legislation through the House of Representatives. What deals were made? What politicians made a difference?

The videoconference program will consist of several segments. Student questions and comments for our expert guests will be included in each segment of the program. The program will include excerpts from the film Lincoln as well as pre-recorded interview excerpts from Steven Spielberg, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Tony Kushner and others.

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We wanted to share this upcoming free opportunity, perfect for science classrooms! On March 8, just go to the WetlandsLIVE homepage and click on the webcast link to connect to the Bay of Panama and learn how wetlands connect us. A web chat will follow & students can ask questions of wetland experts.

• Webcast of “Wetland Connections”: 1-1:30 p.m. ET/ 12-12:30 p.m. CT
• Web chat with experts: 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET/ 12:30-1:30 p.m. CT

Birds, fish, and other migratory species don’t recognize state or international borders and need wetlands and habitats located in many states and countries in order to survive. The Bay of Panama is a Wetland of International Importance and millions of migrating birds use the mudflats to rest and refuel. Participants will learn about the importance of mangrove swamps (a type of wetland) as a nursery for hammerhead sharks. If you can’t watch on March 8, “Wetland Connections” will be archived as streaming video to watch anytime.

To join the web chat, go to WetlandsLIVE.pwnet.org. The following experts are looking forward to answering your questions:
– Rosabel Miro, executive director of the Panama Audubon Society
– Zuleika Pinzon, Panama director of MarViva, an organization that supports the conservation of marine and coastal resources
– Erin Cooper, a biologist with the USDA Forest Services, who specializes in wetlands
– Jillian Jablonski with the USDA Forest Service

WetlandsLIVE LogoWetlandsLIVE is geared to students in grades 4 to 8 and provides teachers and students with a fun, informative, and interactive way to learn about wetlands. WetlandsLIVE is on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.  WetlandsLIVE is brought to you by the USDA Forest Service, Prince William Network, and many other partners. It’s website has lesson plans, information in English and Spanish, archived videos, and more.

In addition, all schools are eligible to enter the WetlandsLIVE video contest. Highlight a service learning project, art or music activity, field research or monitoring, restoration or any project focusing on wetlands. Earn $1,000 for your school. For more information on the video contest, click here. The deadline for submissions is March 31.

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iPad webinarThere’s more to this photo than you think! This afternoon Cooperating School Districts’ Martha Bogart connected to teachers in Marshfield, Missouri. Topic of discussion: iPads in the classroom. Martha is providing this professional development interactively over WebEx. She’s sharing images of her iPad via her desktop and discussing various apps with the group. Participants are asking questions and she’s responding in real time, and showing them various techniques, and talking through demonstrations. What were some of your favorite iPad apps?

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