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Kelly GilchristNational Board Certified Teacher Kelly Gilchrist is in her fourteenth year of teaching full time in the Hazelwood School District. She has taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th grade and she was the McCurdy Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year in 2008. Kelly received her BS in Elementary Education from Missouri Baptist University and her MA in Educational Leadership and Administration from Arkansas State University.

In 2013, Kelly 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. If you are attending the conference and your district uses Promethean products, her sessions are musts!

Integrating the Common Core State Standards into Your Promethean ActivInspire Lessons is a preconference workshop on Monday (special registration required)
Create Engaging & Interactive Promethean ActivInspire Flipchart Lessons is a breakout session on Tuesday
Promethean ActivInspire Advanced Training is a breakout session on Wednesday

Kelly is a certified Promethean Trainer and currently serves as a trainer in her district. She has presented at many local conferences and presented at her first ISTE conference in San Diego. She was chosen as a Featured Teacher for the Promethean Planet website, as well as having won an Activboard 500 for having the most downloaded lesson on Planet. In addition, Kelly also won a set of ActivExpressions for her contributions on Promethean Planet’s teacher forums. Kelly is recognized world-wide for her flipchart lessons. She loves helping other educators create eye-catching, interactive, engaging, and fun Activinspire flipchart lessons. Kelly is the co-creator of the website AmazingClassroom.com and blogs about her journey through education with technology on her blog. Follow her on Twitter at @MrsKGilchrist.

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flip classFlipping Your Classroom with Video Cameras & Screencasting​ is a professional learning opportunity taking place at Cooperating School Districts July 24, 2013.

The Flipped Classroom is one in which teacher presentations are videotaped, and students have a chance to watch on their own time. Then during class, the students practice what they have learned under the guidance of the teacher.  This workshop will explore various online resources for “flipping” your class, and will explore how to use a digital Flip Camera, and IWB software like SMART and Promethean to create your own flipped class.

To read more on the workshop, or to register for it, visit our online registration system.

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stl summer smartboardInteractive whiteboard workshops start this week at Cooperating School Districts. If you haven’t enrolled yet, do so today- some have started to fill! To see a complete list of IWB workshops- on SMART and Promethean- visit our calendar of events. SMART workshops begin Thursday with Level 1 – for beginners with no prior knowledge; Promethean kicks off next week.

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METC Precon 2012

The 30th annual Midwest Education Technology Conference takes place in just over 1 month! Registration is open. The sessions available are on Monday are our preconference workshops- these sessions are either a full-day or 1/2-day of hands-on professional development, and require pre-registration. Here’s a sampling of some of the opportunities:

P01:  Remixing the Common Core: Digital Media & 21st Century Literacies
P03:  Engaging Students with ActivInspire & Promethean Boards (Beginner)
P04:  Promethean ActivInspire Training for the Advanced User
P14:  Deconstructing Pop Culture’s Effect on Adolescent Career Aspirations
P18:  Hands-On STEM Investigations with CPO Science
P19:  Systems Thinking Through Game Design
P20:  Moodle 2 for Beginners
P26:  Planning Great Lessons with Google Earth

We’ll see you soon at the St. Charles Convention Center! To learn more about METC, visit METCconference.org and follow us on Twitter with @METC_CSD or #METC13. METC is a program of Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis.

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We have two upcoming Saturday workshops on using interactive whiteboards- like Promethan ActivBoards and SMARTBoards- and meeting Common Core State Standards.  Each workshop is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and each costs $50 for CSD member or $70 for non-members. Register online; both workshops are November 10.

This professional development is not for IWB beginners; we’re asking participants to bring existing materials and lessons that you want to revise.

Creating Interactive Whiteboard Lessons to Meet ELA Common Core Standards in the Secondary Classroom   ​This half-day workshop on November 10th is designed for secondary teachers who want to learn how to meet the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by using their interactive whiteboard (SMART or Promethean). Find out what the CCSS are and how you can create IWB lessons that align to them.  The focus will be on leveraging your existing IWB lessons and resources to transform them to meet the rigor and relevance requirements of the CCSS.

Creating Interactive Whiteboard Lessons to Meet Math Common Core Standards in the Secondary Classroom   This half-day workshop on November 10th is designed for secondary teachers who want to learn how to meet the Math Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by using their interactive whiteboard (SMART or Promethean). Find out what the CCSS are and how you can create IWB lessons that align to them.  The focus will be on leveraging your existing IWB lessons and resources to transform them to meet the rigor and relevance requirements of the CCSS.

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The Virtual Learning Center of Cooperating School Districts has two more workshops this summer on your Promethean ActivBoard. Take both, or just select the single session that best suits your needs! Each session runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is $110 for a CSD member and $149 for a non-member. For Level 2 and 3, one graduate credit is available for each workshop (at an additional cost). To register, click here. If you’d like to get a little taste as to what this kind of professional development offers you as an educator, take a some time to view this archived webinar offered by the VLC earlier in the 2011-2012 school year.

Creating ActivBoard Lessons to Engage and Motivate Students (Level 2) Learn the advanced features of the ActivInspire and create flipcharts; develop lesson activities that organize lesson resources, make use of sound and images to motivate students and create a story or problem where your students demonstrate knowledge or creativity in a fun way. You’ll be able to create your own usable flipchart, either from scratch or by tweaking a downloaded lesson. PREREQUISITE: Level 1 training or equivalent; not a workshop for beginners. This workshop is Monday, July 2.

Best Practices in ActivBoard Flipchart Lessons (Level 3) Available for teachers with intermediate or advanced skills in ActivInspire software, this workshop will teach you how to create interactive lesson activities based on curriculum standards & best practices scoring guides. You’ll also collaborate with others to design & build lessons. Lessons created during class will then shared with other teachers through Promethean Planet. PREREQUISITE: Level 2 training or equivalent; not a workshop for beginners; You will be sent a survey of their skills before enrolling. This workshop is Monday, July 9. 

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