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William BlaylockMaking IT Happen is an internationally recognized awards program from ISTE for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools. The program identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation. The Midwest Education Technology Community (METC) ISTE affiliate is pleased to honor our latest Making IT Happen educator.

METC’s most recent Making IT Happen winner has been an invaluable part of the Rockwood School District. He has moved the district into the digital age by being a flexible leader who is constantly looking to see what tools and practices will serve his students and teachers well. At the same time, he is constantly evaluating current tools that are no longer relevant or do not meet district instructional needs. In his tenure, he has implemented many organizational structures including collaborative online productivity through Google Apps for Education, and has introduced bring your own device into the district to give students more access to digital tools.

As the Director of Technology in Rockwood, he has been integral in creating a digital learning environment where teachers and students can use technology seamlessly. He oversees the Instructional Technology Specialists who help classroom teachers use technology as part of their instructional practice. Leadership provided by our winner has been integral to the process of getting technology into the hands of students in the district. He models technology in all of his meetings with teachers, administrators and community members and highlights the work that Rockwood teachers are doing in their classrooms.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Southeast Missouri State University, a master’s degree in teaching from Webster University and a master’s degree in strategic studies from Army War College in Carlisle, PA. He has leadership roles on several local, regional and international professional technology organizations and committees and also serves as Brigade Commander in the Missouri National Guard.  In addition to the Making IT Happen award, he has been recognized with awards for his work in education and technology and received medals including Meritorious Service, Missouri Conspicuous Service, Bronze Star and Humanitarian Service.

While he has been in instructional technology since 1997 and has greatly contributed to the use of technology in his district, his expertise has benefited the St. Louis area as well. He has served on the METC advisory Committee for many years, serves as adjunct professor at Webster University, and has served as president of the Educational Technology Association. His work in education has touched and influenced many people throughout his career and will continue to do so. Whether he is writing a grant to provide technology resources to teachers and students, or providing a vision to his district, Will Blaylock is truly Making IT Happen in the St. Louis area.

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#megcamp day 3It’s Day 3 of Meg Ormiston’s tech camp (participants include CSD’s Nancy George and Bertha Richardson, pictured)! Topic of the day: Google. To see more photos from today’s session, visit our Facebook page.

Here are the top five blog posts for the past month on The Connected Classroom — have you read them?

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Missouri educators collaborating during the Common Core State Standards and Understanding by Design Summer Institute

(1)   Common Core State Standards and Understanding by Design Summer Institute Brings Together Area Educators

(2)   What Common Core Learning Looks Like in the Classroom and How Leaders Foster It

(3)   Apply for the Google Teacher Academy in Chicago

(4)   Visual Literacy & the Common Core Standards

(5)   St. Louis Area Libraries Offering Summer Reading Clubs

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top 5 mayHere are the top five blog posts for the past month on The Connected Classroom — have you read them?

(1)  GMLP Media Literacy Mini Conference: Pedagogy & Production

(2)  Web 2.0 for the Common Core​

(3)  Teaching + Learning Today with Technology

(4)  A Conversation with Sir Ken Robinson on Digital Learning & Creativity

(5)  Apply for the Google Teacher Academy in Chicago

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SSA eventSessions for next week’s Support Staff Academy Mini-Conference have been posted! Taking place June 5 at Lindenwood University, SSA’s Mini-Conference offers a great selection of sessions for attendees participate in. Here’s a small sampling of what’s being offered, visit the website to see all the sessions. Registration is still open.

• Everyone Get Ready! Dealing with the Media
• Preparing for Retirement: (PEERS) Public School & Education Employee Retirement Systems of Missouri
• Secrets of a Professional Organizer
• Safe Schools: Everyone Plays A Part!
• Saving Time with Online Documents: Google 101

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Apply by June 10 for the Google Teacher Academy in Chicago, which takes place over two days on July 24-25, 2013. Educators who attend the Academy become Google Certified Teachers. GCTs are:

  • Outstanding educators with a passion for using innovative technologies and approaches to improve teaching and learning.
  • Creative leaders who understand opportunities and challenges, and have a desire to help empower others in their local community and beyond.
  • Ambassadors for change who model high expectations, life-long learning, collaboration, equity, and innovation.

Approximately 50 innovative educators from around the world are selected to attend each GTA based on the merits of their online application. Applicants include classroom teachers, curriculum specialists, technology specialists, librarians, administrators, professional trainers, and other education professionals who actively serve the world’s primary and secondary teachers and students. Learn all the details here.

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Google Certified TeacherLearning & Collaborating with Google Drive (formerly Docs) is a full-day of educational technology professional development offered by the Learning Division of Cooperating School Districts this summer.

Come create using these free Google Tools, and open up your classroom for your staff and your students.

Did you know that you could use the basic abilities of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel in an online collaborative environment by logging onto Google- anywhere? Are you interested in creating a variety of online forms for assessment through surveys, quizzes, and questionnaires? Would you like to create classroom drawings or charts to access anytime or anywhere?

Come learn about the six tools in Google Drive from Google Certified Teacher Bill Bass and discover how these online collaborative environments can expand your classroom and save you time. You’ll learn how Google Drive and other Google Apps can support learning 24/7.  PRE-REQUISITE: You must have a Google Account and/or Gmail. Learning & Collaborating with Google Drive is scheduled for Friday, June 14, from 8:30 a.m.  to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $145 for a CSD member; $185 for a non-member. For those interested,  one graduate credit is available after completing additional coursework. Register online.

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csd summer workshopsRegistration opens soon for exciting summer instructional technology professional development opportunities!

New sessions offered by the Learning Team and ed tech professionals from around the region include:

•  Are You Ready to Moogle? Combing the Power of Moodle & Google
•  Free Microsoft Tools for the Classroom (prerequisite: PC computer with Windows 7 operating system. These apps will NOT work on a Mac).
•  Visual Literacy & the Common Core Standards   
•  How to Use Cell Phones as TOOLS in the Classroom
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DIY Infographics for Easy Data Reporting  
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plus much more!

Check back for dates, prices, and even more workshop selections!

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google classThe Common Core State Standards call for technology to be integrated seamlessly into instruction, thereby empowering students to publish online, critically evaluate Internet resources and use and understand multi-media’s impact on instruction. Did you know that you could use the basic abilities of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel in an online collaborative environment? Are you interested in creating a variety of online forms for assessment through surveys, quizzes, and questionnaires? Would you like to create classroom drawings or charts to access anytime or anywhere?

Come learn on March 25 about Google Drive and discover how these online collaborative environments can expand your classroom, save you time and help students meet the Common Core. Learn Advanced Search techniques, develop a Custom Search Engine, and discover easier ways to find images, resources and websites.  You’ll learn how Google Drive and other Google Apps can support learning 24/7.

Cost: $95 CSD member; $135 non-member
One graduate credit available through Lindenwood University for $60!
PRE-REQUISITE: You must have a Google Account and/or Gmail.

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The 30th annual Midwest Education Technology Conference takes place February 11-13, 2013. Cooperating School Districts is pleased to announce the 2013 Keynote Speakers. Both of them are Apple Distinguished Educators and Google Certified Teachers, and work closely with and in schools:

Ken Shelton on Tuesday, February 12, 8:00-9:15 am

Ken holds an M.A. in Education with a specialization in Educational Technology as well as New Media Design and Production. As a part of his active involvement within the Educational Technology community, Ken is a Discovery STAR Educator, and serves on the Board of Directors for Computer Using Educators “CUE”. Ken was also named to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Educational Technology Task Force. Ken regularly gives keynotes, presentations, and leads workshops, many of which are hands-on, covering a wide variety of Educational Technology, Technology Storytelling, and Instructional Design topics. He has worked as an educator for over 10 years and currently teaches technology at the middle school level. Follow Ken on Twitter @k_shelton.

Lucy Gray on Wednesday, February 13, 8:00-9:15 am

As an education consultant, Lucy works with a variety of institutions on 21st century learning initiatives, including directing the Consortium for School Networking’s Leadership for Mobile Learning initiative. She began her career as a primary grade teacher in Chicago Public Schools, and has served in various capacities related to educational technology at the University of Chicago’s Laboratory Schools, Urban Education Institute, and Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education. In 2007, Lucy founded the Global Education Collaborative, a network for educators interested in project-based learning which has been expanded into the Global Education Conference.  For further information, visit lucygrayconsulting.com. Follow Lucy on Twitter @elemenous.

The Midwest Education Technology Conference is a program of Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis.

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