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New workshop • Tuesday, 7/8/14 • 8:30 – 3:30  • register online

Come experience an introduction to computer coding and programming that will leave you thirsty for more! In this STEM-related workshop, coding is presented using drag and drop programming in a hands-on, game-like constructivist atmosphere. You will have the opportunity to explore the basics of programming by completing a series of engaging tasks and puzzles that will develop skills needed to create interactive art, stories or simulations, your own game, or perhaps an iPhone app! Resources will be available for learners of all ages and grade levels. Participants will leave the workshop with a basic understanding of how computer programs work, their language, and a desire to share the excitement of learning how to code with their students. No prior knowledge of coding required.

About the Instructor

DebF Twitter picDebbie Fucoloro’s Twitter profile: PhD Curriculum & Instruction. Passions: #edtech, social media, PD & inspiring learners of all ages. Instructional tech professional, learner, half-marathoner | @debbiefuco
St. Louis, MO · theeducatorscafe.com

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One of our Pinterest boards is dedicated to social media’s role in education. If you haven’t had an opportunity to take a look, we encourage you to do so. You do not have to have your own Pinterest account to access these resources! If you have some online resources you think should be added to our page, please leave the link in the comments section below.

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One of our final tele summer workshops is Connecting Digital and Print Literacy – Creating Book Trailers on July 30. From  8:30 to 3:30, learn how book trailers are a great way to connect digital and print literacy in a real-world application. This is a popular session; we have offered as a Midwest Education Technology Conference precon for several years now.

On Monday the 30th, discover how to create and manage a book trailer project in your classroom during this one-day workshop. We’ll make book trailers using Photostory 3 – a free Microsoft download.  The workshop will cover how to help your students select their audience, and decide how to construct their message to accomplish the persuasive goal of the trailer. We’ll touch on copyright compliance issues & practice finding acceptable images and music.  Creating voice-overs using the free download Audacity program will be demonstrated.

Not sure if this is for you? Don’t worry- the skills covered can be applied to any subject area and any grade level. In addition, 1 graduate credit is available if you are interested. The cost of this session is $110 for a CSD member and $140 for a non-member. Register today!

This year marked Cooperating School Districts’ first at offering professional development webinars through the Virtual Learning Center for K-12 educators. We’re looking forward to continuing the events into the summer and next school year, too. If you are unfamiliar with our free webinars, you can access the various archived sessions right now by visiting the recordings section of our WebEx page.

Here are the topics that we offered in 2011-2012 by month:

MAY
Topic: Summer tele Preview

APRIL
Topic:  Show-Me a Movie Contest: Preparing to Enter

MARCH
Topic:  Promethean ActivBoard Tips & Tricks
Topic:  Google Tools for Education

JANUARY
Topic:  Midwest Education Technology Conference Q & A
Topic:  Digital Citizenship: Being Aware of Your Digital Footprint

DECEMBER
Topic:  Cool Tools for Educators

NOVEMBER
Topic:  Using Your SMART Board with Marzano Strategies
Topic:  CSDVLC ISTE Affiliate

OCTOBER
Topic:  CSD: Advanced Discovery: IWB Media & Creation
Topic:  SMART Board Tips & Tricks: My Content & Gallery Collections

SEPTEMBER
Topic:  Webinar Wednesday: CSD: Who We Are

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CLASS: Discovery Education streaming
January 9  8:30am-3:30pm; free to to CSD/CSG Members; $189 non-members

CSD offers DE streaming training on the second Monday of every other month during the school year for FREE. Plan to attend this full day of learning and walk away saying, “WOW!”  Through your subscription to DE streaming, you receive on-demand streaming and downloading of videos for your classroom, lesson plans, quizzes, images, sound effects, encyclopedia articles, and more! Using Discovery Education streaming, students are engaged in their learning experiences, and teachers have the ability to create standards-based lessons, assignments, quizzes, and writing prompts online. Come learn the user-friendly features including the My DE page and drag & drop features in My Content. Find out about the curriculum focused features including the Ready Zone, STEM Connect and more! Learn how the Interactive Atlas and the Student Center can engage 21st century learners. CSD offers this free training every other month on the second Monday of the month during the school year from 8:30am-3:30pm.  *Free to those schools that purchase DE streaming subscriptions through CSD and to CSD/CSG Members; $189 non-members.

WEBINAR: Digital Citizenship: Being Aware of Your Digital Footprint
January 18   4-5 pm
Do you know what type of digital footprint you are creating?  Anyone using the web or a mobile device leaves a digital footprint. Being a Digital Citizen means learning how to properly use the Internet and other technology resources. In this webinar we will discuss how to be safe in the digital world.

WEBINAR: Midwest Education Technology Conference Q & A
January 25   4-5 pm
If you are going to METC, participate in this webinar and learn how to make the most of your conference experience. Discover how to find the best sessions to meet your needs using the METC conference planner. Learn about networking opportunities in the Connections Lounge and Exhibit Hall, plus, after hours tweet-ups.  Leave this webinar feeling more confident to plan and organize your personalized day of learning.

CLASS: Digital Citizenship: Being Aware of Your Digital Footprint
January 26   8:30am-3:30pm; $149 CSD member; $189 non-member
(One Grad. Credit Available)

Do you know what type of digital footprint you are creating?  Anyone using the web or a mobile device leaves a digital footprint. We teach our children how to be safe within the physical community, but what about norms for appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to use of technology?  Class time will include discussion through the digital lenses of: Access ~ Commerce ~ Communication ~ Literacy ~ Etiquette ~ Law ~ Rights & Responsibilities ~ Health & Wellness ~ Security.  Being a Digital Citizen means learning how to properly use the Internet and other technology resources. In order to be successful and safe, today’s students must know how to find, evaluate and utilize electronic resources.

CONFERENCE: Free Discovery Education Network (DEN) Saturday Conferences
SciCon DEN Conference January 28  7:30am – 2:30pm; free
Attend this free, Discovery Educator Network Virtual Conference. Each Virtual Conference will feature presentations from DEN gurus and other nationally known speakers. These informative sessions will cover a variety of relevant topics, such as differentiating learning with digital content and integrating new Web 2.0 tools into instruction. Those attending in-person gatherings will participate in the online presentations, as well as breakout sessions presented by local STAR Discovery Educators.  DEN SciCon is an online conference focused on providing participants with some of the most effective strategies for transforming their Science classes through the meaningful and effective integration of digital media content.

Registration information can be found here.

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NEW! Digital Citizenship: Preparing Students for an Online World is July 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Cooperating School Districts’ tele in St. Louis, Missouri.

Do you know what type of digital footprint you are creating? Anyone using the web and mobile devices leaves a digital footprint. We teach our children how to be safe within the physical community, but what about norms for appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use?

Class time will include discussion on:
Digital Access | Digital Commerce | Digital Communication | Digital Literacy | Digital Etiquette | Digital Law | Digital Rights & Responsibilities | Digital Health & Wellness (carpal tunnel, ergonomics, etc.) | Digital Security (self-protection)

Cost: $149 CSD member; $189 non-member (One Graduate Credit available at an additional fee) Register here.

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NEW! Digital Citizenship: Preparing Students for an Online World is July 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Cooperating School Districts’ tele in St. Louis, Missouri.

Do you know what type of digital footprint you are creating? Anyone using the web and mobile devices leaves a digital footprint. We teach our children how to be safe within the physical community, but what about norms for appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use?

Class time will include discussion on:

Digital Access | Digital Commerce | Digital Communication | Digital Literacy | Digital Etiquette | Digital Law | Digital Rights & Responsibilities | Digital Health & Wellness (carpal tunnel, ergonomics, etc.) | Digital Security (self-protection)

Cost: $149 CSD member; $189 non-member
(One Graduate Credit available at an additional fee)
Register here.

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Little hands need digital learning, too! Come learn how to help promote safe, effective student work in the 21st century. In this class, we will learn about how to integrate media literacy and digital technology across the K-12 education curriculum. Using digital media to help build critical thinking and communication skills is a life long craft necessary for our 21st century learners. Participants will share instructional strategies that work and discover how to measure learning outcomes for students and teachers. We will share experiences with copyright and fair use while creating safe and legal projects for the classroom.

Discussion will occur about developing, managing, and sharing multimedia work of both students and teachers. What steps should be taken to legally and effectively promote digital media projects in education? Learn where to find and how to properly cite music, video clips, images and more. Leave this class with information about media literacy in order to formulate your own plan for integrating technology. Integrating Media Literacy Across the Curriculum is July 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Cooperating School Districts in St. Louis, Missouri. This new tele class costs $149 for a CSD member and $189 for a non-member. Graduate credit is available for this class, too. Register here.

photo found on Flickr Creative Commons

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SSA, or the Support Staff Academy, is a program of the Virtual Learning Center of Cooperating School Districts. They have two programs coming up in April- please see the descriptions below. Here is the help the Support Staff in your district needs to identify the issues and what they can do to help stressed kids.

Bullying/Gangs: Issues, Impacts and Actions
April 8, 2011 from 8:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
The students in Missouri have a hard enough time coping with academics, social and home life. Why should they be burdened with added pressure from their class mates or friends? Anxiety is one of the leading road blocks when it comes to child development, especially self esteem. One silent or hidden problem facing these children is dealing with the school yard “bully.” School administrators, teachers and support staff should be able to identify and help both the victim and the bully. Whether it is in cyberspace or in real time, the issue can leave lasting effects on a child. This program gives a brief look into what our children are going through and what schools and parents should do.

“Eggshells” in the Schoolhouse:
(Working with People Who Get on Your Nerves!)

April 8, 2011 from 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Ever feel like you are “walking on eggshells” around certain folks? Unfortunately it happens even in the most professional of places. Determine your own interaction style and learn ways to “adjust” when dealing with different personality types. We’ll also chat about gossipers, busybodies, and complainers. We will even discuss how to handle the “moody” ones (you know who we’re talking about!).

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