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Kevin Honeycutt, Will BlaylockThe 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 Making IT Happen: Will Blaylock

#2 2014 METC Conference Keynotes: Kevin Honeycutt and Lodge McCammon

#3 Student Journalists Cover METC Live

#4 Sharpen Your Skills and Open Up New Worlds!

#5 Stream Video from METC 2014

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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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Lodge McCammon   Kevin Honeycutt

Kevin Honeycutt (photo right) | Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Kevin is a technology integrationist and a staff developer from central Kansas. He spent 13 years teaching K-12 art, and for 17 years spent summers leading creative adventure camps for kids of all ages. He now travels the world speaking at conferences and working with educators at the grassroots level and likes to promote a “tradigital” approach to education. He shares his thinking and learning on his blog Tradigital Learning. He can also be found and followed on Twitter @kevinhoneycutt. Kevin was a Featured Speaker at METC in 2011 and we are excited to welcome him back as a keynote for METC 2014.

Lodge McCammon (photo left) | Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Lodge received a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University and continued his work by developing innovative practices and sharing them with students, teachers and schools across the world. At the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation he developed a new teaching method called FIZZ, which encourages teachers to use extraordinarily simple video recording techniques in order to completely transform teaching and learning. His career began at Wakefield High School in North Carolina, where he taught Civics and AP Economics. Lodge is a studio composer who writes standards-based songs, with supporting materials, about advanced curriculum for K-12 classrooms. His songs and related materials can be found in Discovery Education streaming. He also has a YouTube channel featuring Flipped Teacher Training. Follow McCammon on Twitter at @pocketlodge.

We look forward to having Kevin and Lodge next week at the 31st annual METC Conference. Both of their keynotes will be streamed live at METCconference.org. Registration is still open for the conference taking place February 10-12. METC is a resource of EducationPlus.

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METC-New-Color-LogoEducationPlus is excited to announce the creation of the Midwest Education Technology Community (METC), an educational technology resource that helps innovative learners connect.

The new METC merges the benefits of two great programs, the annual Midwest Education Technology Conference and the Missouri Education Technology Community, our affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

METC features the tagline, “Connecting Innovative Learners,” as educators who take advantage of METC resources seek out ways to connect with the latest technology, other educators and students.

METC educators engage learners and transform learning in their actions and reactions.  Our resources help the educator and the learner motivate, engage, transform and connect.

Our conference is one of the largest educational technology conferences in the nation with nearly 2,000 attendees.  During the conference, international and national experts share the latest in technology trends, local educational leaders share best practices for implementing technology in the classroom and educators get a unique opportunity to collaborate.

As an ISTE affiliate, METC provides educators a wealth of valuable resources including opportunities for networking and collaboration, discounts on registrations and educational resources and a connection to the global clearinghouse of resources that ISTE provides.

For more information on the new METC, please contact Stephanie Madlinger, director of teaching and learning, smadlinger@edplus.org, or Megan Moncure, METC conference coordinator,  mmoncure@edplus.org.

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Gina Hartman-cropped Former high school business education teacher, Gina Hartman, has worked as an Educational Technology Specialist in the Francis Howell School District for the past 7 years. She also teaches and designs graduate level instructional technology courses for Missouri Baptist and Lindenwood Universities. She was selected as one of the Midwest Education Technology Conference’s Midwest Spotlight Educator for 2014. This recognition honor leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students as well as teachers.

Gina most definitely meets the desired spotlight qualifications. She has designed and delivered countless hours of professional development for teachers and administrators at all grade levels; she is very active in the instructional technology community around the state of Missouri. Her passion for integrating technology into teaching and learning shines through in her workshops.

She is a certified eMINTS Instructional Specialist, former Co-President of the Educational Technology Association of St. Louis and she has been awarded the ISTE Making IT Happen Award and V.C. McCluer Award for being a leader in the field of educational technology integration in K-12 schools. Gina enjoys connecting and collaborating with other educators and helping them building their Personal Learning Network (PLN), so she created the Twitter4Teachers wiki. Follow her on Twitter @ghartman or visit www.ginahartman.com.

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2013 METCSubmit a proposal for the 2014 Midwest Education Technology Conference this summer! As you can see from 2013 keynote Ken Shelton, you’ll jump for joy if your submission is accepted! The preconference proposal deadline is August 23, 2013 and the general session submissions deadline is September 15, 2013. The advisory committee will review all proposals in the fall and the presenters will be notified of their acceptance by October. To see all the information you need to submit a proposal for METC 2014, visit METCconference.org.

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bookstoreHave you visited the book store section of the Midwest Education Technology Conference website? There are several selections available- for children and adults- interested in all things technology!

If you are interested in purchasing books prior to the conference in February, you can place a pre-order. Your order will be ready for pick-up at METC at the St. Charles Convention Center. All titles have a METC discount; by ordering before or at the conference, you’ll save!

METC celebrates its 30th anniversary February 11-13, 2013, and is a program of Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis.

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Greg Lawrence MITCooperating School Districts’ ISTE Affiliate (Missouri Educational Technology Community) is currently seeking nominations for the Making IT Happen
 Award. Making IT Happen is an internationally recognized awards program 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. Do you know an educator who makes IT happen in their school or district? Please complete the brief nomination form by
January 25, 2013.

Rena RockwellWinners will be awarded at the annual Midwest Education Technology Conference and later acknowledged at ISTE’s national conference. Past affiliate winners are Diana Dell, Greg Lawrence, Ruth Litman-Block, and Rena Rockwell. In addition to Making IT Happen, there are many ways METC recognizes our members. Below are the annual award opportunities:

  • Outstanding Teacher

    This award recognizes and honors one teacher who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in implementing technology to improve education.
  • Outstanding Leader

    This award recognizes and honors one leader who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in implementing technology to improve education.
  • Outstanding Young Educator
    This annual award is presented to an outstanding young educator (under the age of 35) who demonstrates vision, innovation, action, and transformation using technology to improve teaching and learning. The work of the selected educator will reflect ISTE’s mission and purpose and can be used to model best practices in the field. Anyone may nominate an eligible candidate, including affiliates.

The nomination form for these awards is also taking submissions until January 25. Learn more about the METC Affiliate at csdvlc.org.

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Registration is now open for the 30th annual Midwest Education Technology Conference in St. Charles, Missouri at METCconference.org. METC, a program of Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis, is February 11, 12, and 13, 2013. This year’s theme is Motivate, Engage, Transform, Connect. Nine strands include:

• Accountability / Assessment
• Differentiated Instruction
• Digital Creation
• Virtual Teaching & Learning
• Innovative Instruction & Engaged Learning
• Leadership & Professional Learning
• Library & Media Literacy
• Mobile Learning
• Technical Infrastructure & Support

Other conference information is available on Twitter at @METC_CSD and at pinterest.com/csdofstl.

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2013 Midwest Spotlight Educator Bill Bass is a former middle and high school English teacher who now works with teachers as an Instructional Coach in the Parkway School District. Bill is also an adjunct professor of educational technology for Missouri Baptist University. As a speaker, writer and professional developer, he focuses on systemic and sustainable integration of technology into classrooms at all grade levels. He is Co-President of Educational Technology Association of Greater St. Louis, a Google Certified Teacher and DEN Star Educator, Member-at-Large for the ISTE Innovative Learning Technology SIG. Follow him on Twitter at @billbass.

Bill is one of nine educators chosen as spotlight speaker at the Midwest Education Technology Conference. This special designation honors leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers. METC,  a program of Cooperating School Districts, celebrates 30 years in 2013.

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