If you thought the Winter Olympics was the only place to watch competitive feats of strength, mental toughness, and endurance, then we have a surprise for you! The Discovery Education EdPlus Olympics is an ongoing, engaging, interactive, fun contest for educators and is a great way to learn more about Discovery Education, plus have a chance to win prizes:
Gold: The educator with the most points reported will receive a Discovery Education prize pack that includes a Discovery bag, notebook/pen, shirt, DVD set, and more;
Silver: The educator with the second most points reported will receive a Planet Earth and LIFE DVD set and Discovery Education bag;
Bronze: The educator with the third most points reported will receive a Discovery bag!
There are six ways to earn points
1. Log In
2. Join the Community by being a DEN STAR
3. Share Discovery Education
4. Create a Board
5. Create a Quicklist or My Content Folder
6. Attend a Discovery Education Webinar
It’s important that you report your points using the same email address each time. These Olympics are self reporting and you must do so online. The ‘games’ run until March 28, with winners being notified on April 3, 2014. Good luck!
Tags: Discovery Education, EducationPlus
Assistive technology is any tool that helps students with disabilities do things more quickly, easily or independently; it can be elaborate and expensive or simple and low-cost. Assistive technology is not only personal to the student but it provides the teacher with options to address student’s learning styles and abilities. When assistive technology is appropriately integrated into the classroom, students are provided with multiple means to focus on achieving academic standards.
Come spend the day exploring and learning of assistive technology devices and resources to bridge the gap between ability and disability! assistive technology vendors will demonstrate their devices and teachers using assistive technology will showcase their instructional practices. Reserve your seat online by March 3rd for the March 10th event. The cost is $10 per person, lunch is included in the event.
See list below:
• MoAT: Missouri Assistive Technology offers an array of programs and services for Missourians of all ages and all disability categories.
• Tobii: Creates an intuitive interface that uses natural eye movements to help people with disabilities communicate and gain more independence.
• Dynavox: The leading provider of communication and education solutions designed to help individuals living with speech, language and learning disabilities communicate and reach their potential.
• Monarch Teaching Technologies: VizZle is on-line software that meets the special needs of visual learners like learners with autism; it can be customized for students, provides a shared library of teacher-made visual-based lesson plans, and can track student’s progress on IEP goals.
• Crick Software: Products are designed for learners of all abilities and with differing educational needs, including struggling readers and writers, students with learning or physical disabilities, and English language learners.
• Don Johnston: Educational software that empowers children with reading, writing, and/or physical disabilities to be successful, independent readers and writers.
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.
Tags: Digital Media, Discovery Education, EducationPlus, edutopic, METC, STEM, technology
All day today Nancy George and Jan Keenoy are leading Integrating Technology Tools in Math to Meet Common Core State Standards today in the tele. The workshop was for math teachers at all grade levels who want to understand the Missouri Core Academic Standards (CAS) for Math and how to tie technology tools into their teaching. Nancy and Jan, along with the participants, explored the foundation for the standards, the learning progressions, and the major shifts in content, instruction and assessment, along with the technology tools that students need to be successful. What was your biggest a-ha moment from the day?
Tags: Common Core State Standards, csd, Math, STEM
Friday 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!
It’s Day 3 of Meg Ormiston’s tech camp (participants include CSD’s Nancy George and Bertha Richardson, pictured)! Topic of the day: Google. To see more photos from today’s session, visit our Facebook page.
It’s day two of Meg Ormiston’s week-long tech camp here at Cooperating School Districts.
The Learning Team is thrilled that K-12 educators from across the region have gathered at CSD are discussing all things ed tech, like the Edmodo, Twitter, the Khan Academy, and much, much more- in person and online.
Be sure to check out our Twitter stream for photos throughout the week: twitter.com/learndiv_csd; they are using the hashtag #megcamp.
Flipping 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.
Tags: flipped classroom, IWB