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This duo from the Kansas City area were selected as two of the Midwest Education Technology Conference’s Midwest Spotlight Educators for 2014. The spotlight recognition honors leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students as well as teachers. Megan Chambers and Amy Taylor have worked together at the Lee’s Summit West High School Library Media Center for the last eight years where their mission has been to create a teen friendly atmosphere that fosters a love of reading while developing students who are literate in 21st century skills and use information responsibly.
Megan is a Library Media Specialist at Lee’s Summit West High School. She earned her Master of Library Science from the University of Central Missouri and is a former social studies teacher. Her career focus has been on combining the elements of research, technology and project based learning. Amy is also a Library Media Specialist at Lee’s Summit West High School. She earned her Master of Information Technology from the University of Central Missouri and her Master of Library Science from Emporia State University. She is a former social studies teacher and Instructional Technology Specialist. She has focused on building meaningful collaborative relationships with students and staff that promote learning.
They are both active members of the Greater Kansas City Association of School Librarians and the Missouri Association of School Librarians. They have presented numerous times at national and state conferences; Megan and Amy strive to provide relevant information that leave participants inspired. Follow them on twitter @Amy_Taylor_71 and @mchambers31. Checkout the LSWHS Library Website, on twitter @lswlmc or on Pinterest at LSW LMC.
Tags: EducationPlus, Greater Kansas City Association of School Librarians, Lee's Summit West High School Library Media Center, METC, Midwest Education Technology Conference, Midwest Spotlight Educator, Missouri Association of School Librarians
Thursday, December 5, 2013 Technology Leadership Academy Continues to Provide Area Educators with Learning Opportunities
This 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.
Library Media Specialist (LMS) Academy 2013-2014
This academy focuses on the changing role of the Library Media Specialist in K-12 education today. Today’s LMS must play the versatile role of an instructional partner responsible for ensuring that students and staff are efficient and effective users of information. This long-term academy will assist LMS personnel in teaching and connecting the standards of AASL, ISTE and the NETS along with the Common Core Standards. Registration is open for all library media specialists and those interested in media literacy in K-12 education. Participants have an option to earn 3.0 graduate credits for an additional cost of $60 per credit hour through Lindenwood University.
● Learn how to develop lessons that support the AASL, ISTE, CCSS & NETS Standards
● Understand the meaning of media literacy as it applies to 21st century skills
● Network with colleagues working in school libraries across the area and globally
● Learn digital tools that promote effective use of digital media for K12 students
● Examine problem based activities and digital, web & media literacy lessons
● Examine best practices for Copyright and Fair Use
● Explore digital citizenship and literacy curriculum resources
● Contribute in an online learning community, Moodle
● Participate in 30 hours of blended learning professional development
● Attend one day of the Midwest Education Technology Conference (METC)
Dates and times of participation:
All classes meet at CSD from 4-7pm:
● September 24
● October 15
● November 12
● December 10
● January 14
● February 11 OR 12 (METC; St. Charles Convention Center)
● March 11
● April 8
Cost: $395 non-members $495 members
All training sessions will take place at CSD on 1460 Craig Rd. except for the Feb. session, which will be at the St. Charles Convention Center.
To register, go to: http://csd-web.ungerboeck.com/coe/coe_p1_all.aspx?oc=10&cc=COEALL and scroll down to Sept. 24th.
P.O.’s and credit cards will be accepted. Space is limited, so register early! If you have questions, contact Martha Bogart at email@example.com or 314-692-1258.
FREE! Every Other Month Full-Day Discovery Education streaming Training at CSD!
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 at the Craig Rd. location. Space is limited, so register early! To register, go to: http://csd-web.ungerboeck.com/coe/coe_p1_all.aspx?oc=10&cc=COEALL and scroll down to the date you want. First date is Sept. 16th!
The following dates are available:
● September 16 (adjustment due to Labor Day)
● November 11
● January 13
● March 10
● May 12
Free for districts who purchase DE streaming through CSD; $95 for all others
For more information, or to schedule personalized workshops at your location on Discovery Education streaming, contact Martha Bogart at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-692-1258.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Sign Up Now for an Exciting Project with Your Students! Design a Set for Upcoming Opera
What happens when you combine a partnership with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis with the concepts of Common Core Math, Project-Based Learning, WebQuests, and the Performance Character principles of cooperation, interdependent learning, leadership expectations, meaningful work, presentation, and the ability to learn from experts?
Put another way….
Q: When does Common Core Math & Character become your ticket to the world of the stage?
A: When students in grades 3-12 team up to create a Set Design Proposal that includes a “to-scale model” and their logic-based reasons why their design is the best choice for the children’s opera, The Very Last Green Thing. Student teams will present their work for professional review at the STAGE RIGHT EXHIBITION on Saturday, October 19 at Touhill Performing Arts Center from 1-3 p.m. Their work will be on display during the run of The Very Last Green Thing from Oct. 21-26.
How does it work? Teachers and advisors go to WebQuest Set Design at https://sites.google.com/site/webquestsetdesign/
They will find a WebQuest that includes the project description, leadership roles and resources for each member of the student teams, lesson plans and the entry form. Explore it and determine if and how it might become part of your Fall curriculum. Keep these key dates in mind.
Sep. 20 Deadline for Entry Form. No student team can present without confirmed receipt of the Entry Form.
Oct. 14 Deadline for completion of the Set Design Proposal, including to scale rendering, model and 5- minute oral presentation
Oct. 19AM: Delivery of set design models to Touhill Performing Arts Center
Oct. 19PM: Showing and Review of the Set Designs by teams of Theater Professionals 1 – 3 PM
Call or email Diane Stirling with any questions after you’ve reviewed the WebQuest site. Phone: 314.303.6815 Email: email@example.com
Making IT Happen is an internationally recognized awards program for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools.
This award is presented bi-annually to an active full member of the METC ISTE affiliate and is recognized by the International Society for Technology in Education.
METC is accepting applications until August 9. Learn more at METCconference.org.