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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 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
Tags: Brentwood School District, Distance Learning, EducationPlus, Francis Howell School District, iste, Kevin Honeycutt, Ladue School District, Lodge McCammon, Makig IT Happen, Maplewood Richmond Heights School District, METC, Rockwood School District, Videoconferencing, Will Blaylock
METC Conference Featured Speaker Kyle Schutt has worked since 2010 with educators to help them better understand how technology and digital media can be used to support instruction, motivate students, and increase passion for learning. He has fostered relationships and community-building by hosting in-person and virtual events for the Discovery Educator Network (DEN), most recently enjoying brainstorming, creating, producing and moderating Discovery Education’s virtual field trips and student focused events. Kyle (@ktschutt on Twitter) will be presenting a Preconference Workshop on February 10:
When it comes to STEM education, the whole is by far greater than the sum of its parts. During this session, we will build a common understanding of STEM and why it is such an important edutopic. You will tinker, innovate, ask questions, make observations and create connections to technology-rich examples that you can bring back to your classroom. And of course we’ll also expose you to a wealth of resources from Discovery Education to share with your colleagues and support your STEM community. Those that do not already have a DE account through their district will receive a free 30 day trial. Bring your own laptop with browser and wifi capability.
To register for Tinkering, Observing, and Connecting: STEM Education & You, visit METCconference.org.
Nick Cusumano is in his 19th year of teaching Theatre & Film at Fort Zumwalt South High School in St. Peters, Missouri. At Fort Zumwalt, he serves as his building’s Instructional Technology Representative and leads the Fort Zumwalt Instructional Technology Force. In 2013, Nick was selected as a Midwest Spotlight Educator for 2014 for the METC Conference. This recognition honor leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students as well as teachers.
Nick is a Google Authorized Education Trainer. In May, he became a Google Certified Teacher at the Sydney, Australia, Google Teacher Academy. Last July, Nick was one of the keynote speakers at Google in Education: Technology & Awareness Summit in Kansas City, Missouri. In addition, he co-hosts the TheatreCast podcast on the Edreach Network and in his blog http://edtech4theatre.com, he showcases, creates, and curates content focused on educational technology resources for Theatre and Film teachers. See Nick at METC present The Efficiency Wars: The Google App Scripts Strike Back and Chrome = Awesome: Solving the Chromebook Equation – Converting Projects to the Cloud. Follow Nick on Twitter at @edtech4theatre.
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.
Tags: Educational Technology Association of St. Louis, eMINTS, Francis Howell School District, lindenwood university, Making IT Happen, Midwest Education Technology Conference, Midwest Spotlight Educator, Missouri Baptist University
We’re going to feature some of the preconference opportunities available at the Midwest Education Technology Conference in upcoming posts. If you work with students with developmental disabilities and/or are in need of assistive technology, you’ll want to consider attending these Monday, February 10 sessions. Additional registration is required of precons, visit METCconference.org to learn more.
Make Collaborative Assistive Technology Decisions Using the SETT Framework with Bob Cunningham of Maryville University
Monday, February 10 (3 Hour Preconference Workshop)
Audience Tech Level: All | Audience Grade Level: K-12
Students with learning disabilities frequently avoid academic tasks because of the difficulty they experience in completing them. Assistive technology can serve as a mechanism to motivate these students to participate at increased levels eventually leading to increased engagement in the educational process. IDEA mandates that assistive technology must be considered for all students with an IEP. Educators who participate in these decisions will benefit from a structured process to make these decisions. This precon half-day workshop will introduce the attendees to the SETT (Student, Environment, Tasks and Tools) Framework and learn how it can be used by IEP teams to collaboratively determine assistive technology needs.
Alternate Routes to Literacy for Students with Developmental Disabilities with Robin Heimos, Alyson Diaz-Kleine, Christine Schneider of Special School District
Monday, February 10 (6 Hour Preconference Workshop)
Audience Tech Level: All | Audience Grade Level: All
This innovative workshop will provide the blueprints needed to make literacy fun and engaging for students with developmental disabilities. This idea-packed, construction-themed workshop will demonstrate ways to create detours around typical literacy instruction, taking participants down alternate roads. Along the way, participants will be provided with a toolbox full of assistive technology ideas including such tools as PixWriter, Boardmaker and others all ranging from low to high tech.
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Dr. Chris McGee is a curriculum coordinator for the Webster Groves School District in the St. Louis suburban area. Chris is passionate about technology. Since his first year of teaching, he has been a leader in technological advancement in education within each of his school districts he serves. This year, Chris was selected to be a Midwest Education Technology Conference 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.
A little more about Chris. He is a co-founder of edcampSTL, which takes place annually the weekend before METC. Chris was named a Peabody Energy Leader in Education for the 2013-14 school year. Chris has also been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator. His thesis was entitled “The Correlation of Standards-Based Grading and the Performance on Standardized Assessments.” Connect with him on Twitter at @cmcgee200.