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googlemaniaThe Connected Classroom is the EducationPlus LearningLab blog. Here are the top five most visited posts for the past month– did you contribute to the clicks?

(1)  Google Mania Takes Over in July  read it here
(2)  To Thine Own Self Be True: Character Education with Shakespeare  read it here
(3)  St. Louis Summer 2015 Reading Clubs  read it here
(4)  Project Based Learning & 21st Century Skills with LEGO  read it here
(5)  Using Sensory Integration Strategies to Help Students Focus  read it here

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Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis‘ Director of Community Engagement & Education, Jennifer Wintzer, will share at the CharacterPlus National Conference how Shakespeare’s characters have grit. Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ educational touring ensemble hits the road each school year with 50-minute adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, companion resource guides and supplemental workshops for students grades K-12. Explore the festival’s theatrical approach to character education with this exciting breakout session. Using key principles of character education, she will guide participants through hands-on, experiential activities to explore the moral dilemmas of some of the Bard’s most famous (and infamous) characters. You will enhance content knowledge and will learn theatre activities that support student understanding of ethical and civic values such as respect, trustworthiness, caring and fairness within the context of Shakespeare’s plays.

SFSTL logo transparent flushJennifer’s presentation at the conference takes place just after this season’s production of Antony and Cleopatra closes (running May 22- June 14 in Forest Park). Admission to all performances is free, and this year marks the 15th anniversary of plays in the park.

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The last couple of years, we’ve shared area summer reading clubs from local libraries. Here are a few for this year to consider- each is set up a little differently- some have already started!

kid readingSt. Louis Public Library | May 4 – July 25. Join Every Hero Has a Story, the St. Louis Public Library’s reading club. There are two categories, for babies through elementary school, and middle through high school. The rules are simple:

• Turn in a Summer Reading Club Reading Record at any St. Louis Public Library between May 4 and July 25.
• Keep track of the library books and/or magazines you read or listen to (eBooks & audio books count too!).
• Each time you complete five books, win a small prize, and keep reading. Prizes available May 11.  Age-appropriate prizes are available for babies and toddlers.

St. Charles City-County Library District | June 1 – August 1. Teens “15 hours of reading completes the program to receive a book and entry into the grand prize drawing. Read 60 more hours to receive a bonus prize and enter the drawing again! Win ca$h in the grand prize drawing!” Learn more here.

St. Louis County Library |  May 18 – August 1. Join various age groups with the St. Louis County Library’s reading club:
• Early Readers (Ages 0-5)
• Kids (Grades K-5)
• Teens (Grades 6-12)

Early Readers Club and Kids Reading Club can still pick up a print log sheet at the library to help track their reading. In order to redeem prizes, participants must register and enter their reading online, which can be done at the library or from any device with internet access. Schools frequently ask for student participation numbers and taking the club online provides us with accurate statistics.  Learn more here.

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Powerful Learning for the PreK-2This four-day tech camp, Powerful Learning for the PreK-2 Educator, is designed for teachers, instructional coaches or technology specialists who work with early learners.

Come explore free online resources, create with web-based and app-based tools and plan tech-rich activities and lessons to use in your learning setting right away!

“Head counselor” Gail Lovely is a teacher and a learner. Gail has a degree in psychology from UCLA and her MS in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University. Gail has taught learners from ages 2 to 82 and is passionate about learning with them as she teaches. She is known for her passion for technology as a tool and is known for her practical approach to education, her appreciation and admiration for teaching and learning and her skill at making the complex understandable and the difficult manageable.

Learn more about the agenda each day and how to register here.

Tech Camp Dates
Monday,  June 1, 2015
Tuesday,  June 2, 2015
Wednesday,  June 3, 2015
Thursday,  June 4, 2015

[To see who else is sharing their best practices this summer, click here.]

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The Midwest Education Technology Community Conference is still taking registration for 2015. Remember that there is no enrollment necessary for general conference sessions beyond general conference registration, however, for the Monday preconference workshops, preregistration is required. Here is a small sampling of what METC is offering in less than two months:

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curate digital products, createugmented Reality: Create New Dimensions for Learning presented by Caroline Haebig, 2015 Midwest Spotlight Educator, Adlai E Stevenson High School, Illinois; Sue Gorman, University of Wisconsin

Want to do more with student creations and bring class content to life? Augmented Reality (AR) is your solution. AR provides educators with the opportunity to create a whole new level of semi-virtual and semi-real learning environments. This workshop will engage participants in the technical use of AR apps like Aurasma, Layar, Chromville and provide support for designing learning experiences. AR affords opportunities to curate digital products, create dynamic supports for learners and bring a new dimension to existing teaching strategies. BYOD: Mobile device (Apple or Android), either tablet or smartphone.

Building your Best Board: Integrate Discovery Education Resources into Your Classroom presented by Melissa Robison, Kratz Elementary, Missouri; Shelby Bailey, Rebecca Boone Elementary, Missouri, DEN Star Educators

Learn how to integrate multimedia into your classroom with Discovery Education (DE) streaming including Board Builder, a unique tool that allows your students to digitize book reports, science projects and more. The DEN Star presenters will spend the morning on how to best utilize the resources of DE streaming in your classroom. During the afternoon attendees will learn how students can curate, create and synthesize content using Board Builder. The group will then go head to head on who has created the most DENmazing Board!

Connect Students with Kidblog presented by William Chamberlain, 2013 Midwest Spotlight Educator, McDonald County Schools, Missouri; Andrea Blanco, Francis Howell School District, Missouri

bloggingThe transformational power of student work being shared globally changes students’ views of themselves and the world. We will explore why blogging is transformational and will walk you through setting up your own free class blog using kidblog.org. Special attention will be paid to privacy and safety online.

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Kagan Workshop EdPlusReading is the best predictor of overall achievement. A comprehensive literacy approach is the single best predictor of reading success for all students. If you want to enhance literacy and reduce the achievement gap, Kagan Comprehensive Literacy K-5 is for you!

In this two-day workshop on Monday, February 2 and Tuesday, February 3, participants will learn engaging instructional strategies to incorporate balanced literacy into their daily curriculum. Experience and learn to apply fresh Kagan Structures that dramatically increase not only reading comprehension, but also vocabulary, reading fluency, writing, word study and phonemic awareness. Learn remedies for reluctant and struggling readers; increase reading fluency and comprehension among all students. You’ll create a more balanced and interactive literacy approach in your classroom.

Learn more and register online by clicking here.

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gmlp agenda for nov 14

photo by Mary Pat Gallagher • infographic by Rebecca Morrison

Gateway Media Literacy Partners invites area (pre)K-12 educators to an experiential outdoor workshop with a media literacy infusion at Shaw Nature Reserve’s Dana Brown Education Center during Media Literacy Week. On Friday, November 14, GMLP will hold STEM & MEDIA: A Natural Fit. Science educators, media specialists, art teachers- anyone is welcome to attend this day of learning.

This is a bring your own device workshop; while you attend, take fall nature photos to share on Instagram; tweet about what you are learning throughout the day to your professional learning network! Think critically about media presentations, learn how to make videos, understand how to use a GPS, appreciate Missouri ecology, network with other educators and more!

This workshop will be lead by the GMLP Education Community Engagement Committee, Shaw outdoor educators, volunteer teacher naturalists and edtech instructors. Also, Don Corrigan, author, publisher and Webster University journalism professor will keynote, discussing his book Environmental Missouri. Topics he addresses in his book include: urban sprawl, radioactive waste, lead contamination, airborne mercury, as well as noise and light pollution. Don is a GMLP Klotzer Award Honoree.

Workshop sessions will be held both indoors and outside. Dress appropriately for the weather, bring a charged device and be ready to walk away refreshed and energized to bring new ideas back to you school.

Much of the workshop curriculum- focusing on science and technology especially- aligns to Missouri Learning Standards. Visit our registration page to see links! A full day of learning will take place, registration cost is $20 per person (bring fee onsite the day of the event). Lunch will be provided.

 

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