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Technology LeadershipAcademyRegistration is open for superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals, librarians, media specialists, tech coordinators and teachers to attend the 2014-2015 TLA. This popular academy assists educators in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to use technology as a tool for more effective and efficient leadership in their schools.

The Technology Leadership Academy will help you:
•  Develop a vision to improve student performance using technology
•  Assess tech strengths and needs of your staff/students
•  Develop a practical and useful technology plan
•  Expand your network of colleagues

Cost for six, all-day sessions: $1,000. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop to the sessions. (For an extra $600, participants may purchase an iPad.  Please contact Stephanie Madlinger at smadlinger@edplus.org.) In addition, participants have an option to earn 3 graduate credits for an additional cost of $100 per credit hour through Lindenwood University. Click on the image above for more information, including dates and locations.

 

 

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EducationThis Thursday and Friday, July 17 & 18, join us for Digital Citizenship: It’s Common Sense. Do you know what type of digital footprint you are creating?  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?  This class is based on the material in Digital Citizenship in Schools, an ISTE 2011 bestseller.  We’ll explore the nine elements of Digital Citizenship: Access, Commerce, Communication, Literacy, Etiquette, Law, Rights & Responsibilities, Health & Wellness, and Security. Seats are still open, register at www.edplus.org today, and we will see you later this week! Cost:  $279 members; $349 non-members; two graduate credits available.

media icons canvaHow do kids use social media? What does their use mean for them as far as privacy, their digital footprint and the law?

Spend the morning of July 24 learning all the ins & outs of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.) and how your students use it, both for good and bad. During the afternoon, see how you can make use of social media in your classroom to create effective communication, collaboration and learning outcomes. Students are already savvy, shouldn’t you be?

julie smith twitterThursday, 7/24/14: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM | $159 Members; $199 Non-Members |1 graduate credit available | Register online | Tweet with instructor Julie Smith, Media Literacy Guru, Social Media Enthusiast

 

[This session had to be cancelled; stay tuned for future classes]

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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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