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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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Technology Leadership AcademyThis school year enrollment in the annual Technology Leadership Academy was so high that EducationPlus was required to split the group into two sections. One section met yesterday and continued their instructional technology professional development and their work on iPads. During the course of the year-long meetings, participants develop a vision of how to use technology to improve student performance and assess strengths and needs of their staff and students in the area of technology.

To see more images of the TLA, visit our Flickr page.

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assistive technology

Today Cooperating School Districts’ is hosting an Assistive Technology workshop. Participants are learning from Dr. Bob Cunningham, an occupational therapy educator since 1991 and who is currently employed by Maryville University. Dr. Cunningham’s workshop is interactive and hands-on; discussion includes reading tools that help students by presenting text as speech, facilitating decoding, reading fluency, and comprehension;  and writing tools help students generate and organize ideas, find the right words to convey ideas, and use correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

mobile classDo you have a mobile device and want to learn how to find education-friendly apps? In this hands-on session at Cooperating School Districts, we will explore a multitude of education friendly, content- based resources for your mobile device for multiple grade levels and subject areas.

Learn how to find apps for any content area
and get a chance to learn how to use them
in this June 19th BYOD session.

During this full-day session lead by Greg Lawrence, other websites and online resources will also be shown, like app finders, utility apps, and apps your students can use in 1:1 environments. You must bring your own mobile device– Android or Apple. This workshop is $145 for a CSD member and $185 for a  non-member. Space is limited, register today!

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Teachers with iPadApps For Learners with Autism takes place July 30, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. This full-day educator workshop is presented by David Baker, program coordinator at Missouri Assitive Technology.

Touchscreen tablets and apps are helping individuals with autism learn and communicate in new ways that utilize their visual learning strength. Many students have shown keen interest in using the iPad due to the ease of interaction with the device and the visual responses from the apps. The iPad can be used to support communication for non‐verbal students, behavior support, reading, writing, access for students with low vision, and general educational instruction. In this interactive session you will explore a variety of apps and related online tools to enhance the learning and communication for individuals with autism. Each participant will receive one free app (valued at no more than $10) from a suggested list of apps generated by MoAT. Bring Your Own iPad; the workshop is $60 for members and $75 for non-members. Register online.

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mobile movieDigital Storytelling with Mobile Devices Summer Workshop
Do you have an iPad or Android tablet?  Are you wondering if creating a digital story is too difficult? Help your students create their own digital stories by experiencing the process yourself.

This workshop teaches the pre-production, production and post-production phases of digital storytelling. You will have an opportunity to use either iMovie for the iPad or various Android apps. Bring a story to share, or select from one of the stories provided.  Walk away with your own 2-3 minute movie and lots of ideas about how to help students create one. This is a BYOD workshop on June 5. Bring your own mobile device.

Workshop runs 8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5 at CSD.
Cost: $145 CSD member; $185 non-member | Register online
[1 Grad Credit Available at additional cost]

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Cooperating School Districts’ Best Practices Conference is a full day of learning and sharing the best educational practices. CSD ITEF partnered with the Innovative Technology Education Fund for the conference this year. ITEF is a St. Louis- based charitable nonprofit operating as a private foundation. Best Practices participants will hear keynote Monte Selby, as well as top educators from the St. Louis metro area, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers, like:

  • Don Goble, Ladue School District, on media literacy
  • Patricia Ulrich, Ritenour School District, on systems thinking
  • Gregory Taylor, St. Louis Public Schools, on creating and using classroom websites for differentiation
  • plus other education professionals from CSD, the St. Louis RPDC, and school districts

In addition, ITEF Spotlight Presentations Include:

  • Using iPads in the Classroom, Affton School District
  • Great Video Made with Inexpensive Gear, Westminster Christian Academy
  • Using Online Courses to Keep Students On Track to Graduate, Marian Middle School
  • iPads and the Library:  Transforming All Students into Digital Learners, Hazelwood School District

Dr. Selby will also present several sessions during both the morning and afternoon, including Emotions: This Crazy Kid is Making ME Crazy and Motivated Meetings: The End of Boring. Dr. Selby will share ideas and strategies to use with children, preK-12; providing solutions to issues and challenges facing classroom teachers today.

You are invited to join area teachers and leaders on Monday, February 11. Online registration ends on February 1, 2013; walk-ins, however, are welcome the day of the conference. (Also scheduled, although in a different section of the St. Charles Convention Center, are the preconference workshops for the 30th annual Midwest Education Technology Conference). For questions on either event, contact CSD’s Conferences & Events Coordinator, Karen Vaughan at kvaughan@csd.org.

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iPad webinarThere’s more to this photo than you think! This afternoon Cooperating School Districts’ Martha Bogart connected to teachers in Marshfield, Missouri. Topic of discussion: iPads in the classroom. Martha is providing this professional development interactively over WebEx. She’s sharing images of her iPad via her desktop and discussing various apps with the group. Participants are asking questions and she’s responding in real time, and showing them various techniques, and talking through demonstrations. What were some of your favorite iPad apps?

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Network with area educators at CSD during TLA

Registration is now open for all educators (superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals, librarians, media specialists, tech coordinators, and teachers) to attend the 2012-2013 Technology Leadership Academy. This annual, 6-day professional development academy from Cooperating School Districts will assist educators in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to use technology as a tool for more effective and efficient leadership in their schools. Educators from Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas have participated in the past. The academy addresses:

• Improving classroom use of technology
• Developing a vision of how to use technology to improve student performance
• Assessing technology strengths and needs of your staff/students
• Developing a practical and useful technology plan
• Expanding your network of colleagues
• Focusing on leadership skills in technology

TLA dates this year are: October 10, November 7, December 5, January 9, February 12 (at the Midwest Education Technology Conference), and March 6.

Participants receive an iPad with 3G capability, a course book, 35 hours of professional development training, plusone day attendance at METC   for a cost of $1,600; if you do not want the iPad, the cost lowers to $1,000. P.O.’s and credit cards are accepted.  Click here to register!

If you have questions, please contact Martha Bogart at 314-692-1258.

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Learn from “Standout Schools” throughout June and July on how they implement Apple into their classrooms and curriculum. This free webcasts series promises that you’ll “learn from and speak with your peers as they describe best practices in their implementations from a leadership, IT, and curriculum perspective.” Here’s the line-up (registration is required):

• June 19, 2012, 10–11:00 a.m. PDT for K12 Independent Schools
Innovating curriculum with Apple technology.
presented by Mireille Rabaté, Middle School Principal and Seth Hubert, Director of Academic Technology, French American International School, San Francisco, CA and Misty Overman, Middle School Principal and JoAnn Waldrop, Middle School Science Teacher, Greater Atlanta Christian School, Norcross, GA.

• July 10, 2012, 10–11:00 a.m. PDT for Middle and High Schools
Engaging and empowering students with iPad and Mac.
presented by Margaret Murphy, Education Technology Specialist and Stephanie Meewes, Middle School Language Arts Teacher, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL and Mary Stewart, Principal and Julie Leach, 21st Century Literacy Teacher Leader, Wyandotte High School, Kansas City, KS.

• July 24, 2012, 10–11:00 a.m. PDT for Elementary Schools
Increasing student achievement with Apple technology.
presented by Emy Flores, Principal and Anna Kozma, 1st Grade Teacher, Valencia Park Elementary School, Fullerton, CA and Dr. Kevin Juach, Superintendent and Gail Soriano, Technology Director, Avoca School District 37, Wilmette, IL.

July 31, 2012, 10–11:00 a.m. PDT for Higher Education Graduate Schools
Advancing professional education with iPad.
presented by Yousuf Kahn, Chief Information Officer, Hult International School of Business, San Francisco, CA and Michael L. Schwartz, PhD, Assistant Dean for Curriculum, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.

Visit the website to read full descriptions and to register.


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