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media icons canvaHow do kids use social media? What does their use mean for them as far as privacy, their digital footprint and the law?

Spend the morning of July 24 learning all the ins & outs of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.) and how your students use it, both for good and bad. During the afternoon, see how you can make use of social media in your classroom to create effective communication, collaboration and learning outcomes. Students are already savvy, shouldn’t you be?

julie smith twitterThursday, 7/24/14: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM | $159 Members; $199 Non-Members |1 graduate credit available | Register online | Tweet with instructor Julie Smith, Media Literacy Guru, Social Media Enthusiast

 

[This session had to be cancelled; stay tuned for future classes]

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CCS Mobile Training Center 1We have a great opportunity next week for educators who use SMART technologies in their classroom. CCS Presentation Systems is taking its AV solutions around the country with their mobile training center. April 8-10, the mobile training center will be at EducationPlus in St. Louis, in the lower lot, and open for interested educators. Equipment on board includes Samsung 55” display, InFocus Mondopad, wireless document cameras, Epson projector, SMART Board 880, plus more.

On Wednesday, two free workshops will be offered (9-12 and again 1-4) by SMART Certified trainers. The session will focus on the integration of Notebook software into the Common Core and a preview of SMART Notebook 2014 and its exciting new features, including: instant feedback, student data retrieval, improved math tools and much more. Registration is requested for the workshops.

This mobile training center is on a three month national roadshow that will participate in 30 events. You can follow its visits by searching #ccsroadshow. Questions? Leave a comment and we’ll respond!

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#megcamp CSDFriday was the last day of Meg Ormiston’s Tech Camp at Cooperating School Districts. Throughout the week, participants from several area districts collaborated in person and online, learning about ed tech tools they will be able to use in their classroom this upcoming school year. Friday’s activities included the campers sharing the videos they created during the course of the week!

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.

flickr creative commons laptopA new report from market research company re:fuel indicates the number of college students taking at least one online course nearly doubled over the last five years. The 2013 College Explorer report was based on responses from 1,528 current college students taking at least one course on a physical campus.

Students also are bringing more devices onto campus, according to the survey, at an average of 6.9 each; laptops are the most commonly owned device (85 percent) among students who responded, with smartphones in second place at 69 percent. Other findings of the report include:

  • Ownership of tablets and electronic readers is increasing, however, printed textbooks still dominate, making up 59 percent of the textbooks responding students bought
  • Forty-seven percent said they use a laptop regularly for taking notes in class, though pen and paper is still more popular for that task, with 79 percent saying they use those tools more typically
  • Students who responded to the survey reported spending an average of 14.4 hours multitasking across their various devices, with much of that time spent looking for or consuming entertainment

To read the full article on the report, visit campustechnology.com. Other statistics shared include use of social media sites; Google+ was the only social network included in the survey to show a decline in use, while Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter increased.

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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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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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The 30th annual Midwest Education Technology Conference takes place February 11-13, 2013. Cooperating School Districts is pleased to announce the 2013 Keynote Speakers. Both of them are Apple Distinguished Educators and Google Certified Teachers, and work closely with and in schools:

Ken Shelton on Tuesday, February 12, 8:00-9:15 am

Ken holds an M.A. in Education with a specialization in Educational Technology as well as New Media Design and Production. As a part of his active involvement within the Educational Technology community, Ken is a Discovery STAR Educator, and serves on the Board of Directors for Computer Using Educators “CUE”. Ken was also named to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Educational Technology Task Force. Ken regularly gives keynotes, presentations, and leads workshops, many of which are hands-on, covering a wide variety of Educational Technology, Technology Storytelling, and Instructional Design topics. He has worked as an educator for over 10 years and currently teaches technology at the middle school level. Follow Ken on Twitter @k_shelton.

Lucy Gray on Wednesday, February 13, 8:00-9:15 am

As an education consultant, Lucy works with a variety of institutions on 21st century learning initiatives, including directing the Consortium for School Networking’s Leadership for Mobile Learning initiative. She began her career as a primary grade teacher in Chicago Public Schools, and has served in various capacities related to educational technology at the University of Chicago’s Laboratory Schools, Urban Education Institute, and Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education. In 2007, Lucy founded the Global Education Collaborative, a network for educators interested in project-based learning which has been expanded into the Global Education Conference.  For further information, visit lucygrayconsulting.com. Follow Lucy on Twitter @elemenous.

The Midwest Education Technology Conference is a program of Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis.

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Click on the image below to read the latest VLC Newsletter in its entirety- plenty of info on what we’re offering this summer and some great deals on professional development are included.

Check out the latest Constant Contact from the Virtual Learning Center! We’ve shared out our June selections, which include:

Choosing Educator Friendly Mobile Apps on June 11  Secondary 6-12 8:30-11:30 a.m. OR Elementary PreK-5 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Android Tablet Boot Camp on June 22, 8:30-11:30
Educational Apps for Android Tablets on June 22,  12:30-3:30

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