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Join metro area Google Certified Teachers* as they present a two day learning event this summer: Google Mania! On day one, participants will take part in a ‘speed geek style’ presentation with the GCTs. Participants will immediately learn 8-12 features and strategies to use in their classroom. They’ll also take time to explore and then on day two of Google Mania, they’ll dive deeper into other Google Apps For Education.

Registrants should bring Google-friendly devices like laptops, Chromebooks, tablets and other Android products. Register by clicking here. Learn more about the Google Certified Teacher instructors below.

googlemaniaAbout the Instructors

What is a Google Certified Teacher?
The Google Teacher Academy (GTA) is a free professional development experience designed to help primary and secondary educators from around the globe get the most from innovative technologies.  Approximately 50 educators from around the world are selected to attend each GTA based on the merits of their online application. Each GTA is an intensive, two-day training during which participants get hands-on experience with Google tools, learn about innovative instructional strategies, receive resources to share with colleagues and immerse themselves in a supportive community of educators making impact. After the GTA, GCTs are expected to positively impact change in their communities. We are very fortunate in the St. Louis metro area to have several educators* who have been selected to attend this prestigious academy, including our Google Mania instructors:

  • Bob Deneau is an Instructional Technology Specialist in the Rockwood School District. As a Google Certified Teacher and Authorized Google Education Trainer, Bob is passionate about the power of Google tools and how they can transform a classroom.
  • Greg Lawrence is currently the Technology Facilitator for the Wentzville School District. Greg is a Google Certified Teacher, an Authorized Google Education Trainer and a co-leader for GEG (Google Educator Group) Eastern Missouri.
  • Tina Lauer is currently the Instructional Technologist and Assessment Coordinator in the St. Charles R-VI School District. Tina is a Google Certified Teacher and Authorized Google Education Trainer.

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The CharacterPlus National Conference takes place June 16-17. In previous posts, we’ve shared about the pre-conference workshops options open to educators. Here, we’d like to focus a bit more on our two keynote speakers.

kafeleTuesday keynote Principal Baruti Kafele, an award-winning educator and best-selling author, is a leading authority on professional development strategies for creating a positive school climate and culture, transforming the attitudes of at-risk student populations, motivating males to excel in the classroom and school leadership development. His messages include attitude, goal setting, planning, purpose, vision, determination, self-esteem, self-image, decision-making, school behavior, bullying, distractions, temptations and so much more in an effort to motivate, educate and empower students for success. Learn more about Principal Kafele, see his books and videos at PrincipalKafele.com. Follow @PrincipalKafele on Twitter.

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Wednesday keynote Tanya Avrith is an innovation specialist, helping lead change by working with educators, parents, K-12 and college students. While she was the lead educational technology and digital citizenship teacher at the Lester B. Pearson School Board in Montreal, Canada, Tanya was instrumental in the vision and execution of the district-wide Digital Citizenship Program. Tanya presents to educators, students and parents all over North America. She has also been invited to Facebook headquarters to discuss digital citizenship education. Tanya spent the last two years guiding students how to harness the power of social media and will be incorporating this message into her keynote. She is a Google Certified Teacher and an Apple Distinguished Educator as well as the co-host of EduSlam.me. Follow @TanyaAvrith on Twitter.

Both keynotes will also present breakout sessions. Conference registration is now open. CharacterPlus is a resource of EducationPlus.

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The Connected Classroom is the EducationPlus LearningLab blog. Here are the top five most visited posts for the past month– did you contribute to the clicks?

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A few of the 2015 Midwest Spotlight Educators

1)  Shining the Spotlight on Exceptional Educators  read it here

2) 
STL Student Summit on Race 2015  read it here

3)  METC 2015 Virtual Conference Available Online Now  read it here

4)  February 2015 Top Reads  read it here

5)  Project Based Learning & 21st Century Skills with LEGO  read it here

 

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Our presentation on April 30 will provide a comprehensive look at the accessibility and assistive technology components of both Apple and Android products, plus layout a side-by-side comparison of the pros and cons of each when it comes to using them with students with disabilities. Whether your district uses Apple, Google, a hybrid or is yet to decide, you’ll be ready after learning the features, tips and tricks of both systems after attending this full day of professional learning. In addition, third-party applications for both Google and Apple products will be shared.

apple vs googleSecondly, participants will learn of the services Missouri Assistive Technology (MoAT) provides to public school districts in the arena of assistive technology. One of MoAT’s programs, the Equipment Technology Consortium (ETC), is a short-term assistive technology equipment loan program for school districts and agencies in Missouri. Districts or agencies can borrow equipment on behalf of individuals with disabilities to try out the equipment before purchasing, for use during the time equipment is in repair, or for other short-term needs. The program includes a wide range of equipment including switches and mounts, computer access devices, iPads and tablet devices, environmental controls, hearing devices, home modifications, visual aids and augmentative communication devices.

BYOD: Participants should bring a personal, digital device in order to participate in this event. We look forward to having you join us in The Battle for Classroom Dominance: Apple vs Google (And What It Means for Students with Disabilities). Learn more about the presenter, fees and other details by clicking here.

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Virtual Conference sessions include those from Library Media Specialists Gwyneth Jones (keynote), Angela Van Batavia (spotlight educator) and Jennifer LaGarde (featured speaker).

The METC 2015 Virtual Conference consisted of live programming on  February 10 and 11 during the edtech conference. Those same sessions are now archived for streaming at your convenience. The presentations chosen include those from keynote and featured speakers as well as Midwest Spotlight Educators.

Streaming services were provided by Conference Technologies, Inc.
The METC Conference Moodle is provided by SqoolTechs, LLC.

Login, Countdown to Student Success, Increase Your Google APPtitude and be a Library Marketing Genius like Lady Gaga!

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Midwest Education Technology Community Conference Monday workshops- half or full day- are one of the highlights of the annual event. These preconference workshops allow participants to dive deeper in subject matter, get hands-on time with new platforms and projects, plus network with other edtech-minded colleagues.

Precon 2014 PhotoSearch available precons by workshop category or conference strand, or view the entire list. Registration is open and space is limited for these sessions! [Photo credit: METC 2014 Student eNews Bureau]

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