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EducationPlus is excited to announce that Global Education Evangelist (at Google) Jaime Casap and The Daring Librarian Gwyneth Jones will be the two keynotes for the annual METC Conference. METC 2015 is February 9-11 at the St. Charles Convention Center. METC is a program of EducationPlus and an affiliate of ISTE. To learn more about the conference, such as when the call for proposals is due, visit www.METCconference.org.
The 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) Bloomin’ Toolbox + Google Goods
2) Accepting METC 2015 Proposals Through Start of School Year
3) World War I, 100 Years Later
4) Two-Day Digital Citizenship Workshop
5) Reading Workshop for Beginners Institute
The last two summer edtech workshops are scheduled next week at EducationPlus with Google Certified Teacher Cindy Lane:
• Bloomin’ Toolbox: Resources for Today’s Educators consists of diving into the six levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy, aligned with Common Core principles, and retrieving useful web 2.0 tools to use in your classroom. Time will be spent collaborating with other educators to share tools as well as looking into the usefulness of sites listed by the facilitator. All websites discussed will be housed on a Google site for further reflection. JULY 28.
• Google Goods that Meet the Standards: So your school has “gone Google” and left you behind? NO WORRIES! Out of the 50+ free tools brought to you by Google, a Google Certified Teacher will share the educationally based tools tied to Missouri Learning Standards you need to understand and help you navigate through them during this workshop. Among the favorites are DOCS, GMAIL, CALENDAR, SEARCH, CUSTOM SEARCH ENGINES and EVEN MORE!! Get the goods on all things Google in this fast-paced workshop. July 29.
Visit www.edplus.org to learn more & to register.
(1) Seeking 2015 Midwest Spotlight Educators for METC
(2) Discovery’s Geocaching Day
(3) Adventures in STEM Education: Learn to Code!
(4) Instructional Practice in the Culturally Responsive Classroom
(5) Google Goods that Meet the Standards
Making 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.