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Join us in a series of fun and engaging workshops where educators will have the opportunity to work with LEGO Education kits and technology to bring Common Core and NGS to life! Participants will work through hands-on activities that cover modeling in science, math, engineering, language arts, reading, social studies and literacy that will provide opportunities for students to demonstrate and build their 21st century skills. Bring engaging and motivating programs into your classroom! Topics will vary by session (review descriptions when you register for your event). LEGO Education manipulatives available include:

•  WeDo Robotics: STEAM
•  StoryStarter: ELA, Reading, Social Studies, Science
•  MoreToMath Primary Math
•  MINDSTORMS Robotics EV3: Explore real world Math, Science, Renewable Energy and  Engineering.
•  Simple & Motorized Mechanisms: Physical Science, Physics, Renewable Energy, and Engineering.

Brad FlickingerProject Based Learning & 21st Century Skills in the Elementary Classroom with LEGO Education has open registration dates of May 5, July 16 and October 22.

Project Based Learning & 21st Century Skills with LEGO Education has open registration dates of May 6, July 17 and October 23.

Visit the EducationPlus professional development calendar to register. Photo credit: Brad Flickinger

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Thank you all who had students submit 130 movies to the 2014 Show-Me a Movie Contest! Choosing the winners in each category was a difficult task for the panel of judges, who spent a full day reviewing the movies, entry forms and student reflections. The winning movies will be shown at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference on February 10th. Congratulations to the following movies, our winning science, technology, engineering, math and art-themed submissions:

Makey Makey Still

Still from Makey-Makey by Warren Elementary students

Elementary

Show-Me a Story  Francis Howell’s Sawmill
John Weldon Elementary, Francis Howell School District
Sponsor Marcia Riley

Show-Me Something New  Makey-Makey
Warren Elementary, Francis Howell School District
Sponsor Missy Kelly

Show-Me Your Creativity  Using Recycled Materials to Make a Checker Board
Buder Elementary School, Ritenour School District
Sponsors Janel Hubbard, Christine Phillips

Middle School

Show-Me a Challenge  Girls in STEM
Orchard Farm Middle School, Orchard Farm School District
Sponsor Heather Hinze

Show-Me Your Community   Using Art in the Real World
LaSalle Springs Middle School, Rockwood School District
Sponsor Rebecca Schweizer

Show-Me Your Creativity   Fluorescent vs Incandescent Light Bulbs
LaSalle Springs Middle School, Rockwood School District
Sponsor Rebecca Schweizer

High School

Show-Me a Challenge  Distractive Driving Campaign
Liberty High School, Wentzville School District
Sponsor Molly Kleiber

Show-Me Your Creativity  Les Fleurs de la Vie
Francis Howell Central High School, Francis Howell School District
Sponsor Michelle McCune

Thanks to our judges who took the time to review the movies. Also, thank you to our sponsors: EducationPlus, Fontbonne University, Kikkerland Design Inc., Lindenwood University and St. Louis County Library.

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Making IT Happen is an internationally recognized awards program from ISTE for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools. The program identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation. The Midwest Education Technology Community (METC) ISTE affiliate is pleased to honor our latest Making IT Happen educator.

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(Pictured left to right) Dr. Peter Stiepleman, superintendent of Columbia Public Schools, Dr. Troy Hogg, Making IT Happen winner and Dr. Chris Diggs, director of technology services

Benton Elementary (Columbia Public Schools) principal Troy Hogg is the fall 2014 Making IT Happen winner from our affiliate. According to a Ben Tilley, assistant superintendent elementary education at CPS, Dr. Hogg “took an underperforming school and began crafting a plan to raise achievement and change the school in a STEM program. Dr. Hogg worked to form partnerships, gather resources and change the culture of the school into active community where science, engineering, technology and math are embraced. Dr. Hogg’s creative leadership is making a real difference for the students at Benton Elementary. Starting an elementary STEM program from scratch takes creative thinking and leadership on the part of the principal involved with the work. Troy Hogg has been that leader for Benton Elementary in Columbia, Missouri.”

Dr. Hogg was presented with his Making IT Happen jacket and certificate in December. Congratulations to Dr. Hogg and Columbia Public Schools! Follow Dr. Hogg on Twitter @tshogg. See a photo set that includes METC ISTE Making IT Happen winners here.

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Midwest Education Technology Community Conference Monday workshops- half or full day- are one of the highlights of the annual event. These preconference workshops allow participants to dive deeper in subject matter, get hands-on time with new platforms and projects, plus network with other edtech-minded colleagues.

Precon 2014 PhotoSearch available precons by workshop category or conference strand, or view the entire list. Registration is open and space is limited for these sessions! [Photo credit: METC 2014 Student eNews Bureau]

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123 sci center eventWe are excited to share that we have a free day of learning planned with Discovery Education.

Designed specifically for Missouri educators and taking place at the Saint Louis Science Center, this event will be filled with learning and networking. Discussion topics will highlight creative ways to engage students and invigorate your STEAM curriculum using the latest 21st Century tools and Discovery Education resources.

Covering all subject areas and grade levels, we’ll fill the gaps with helpful information on navigating Discovery Education, talk about the new and exciting enhancements for 2015, and uncover some resources that you never knew you had!

DE Day of Learning: STEAM-ing it UP! takes place 1/23. Register online, today! On the day of the event, a light breakfast and lunch will be provided by Discovery Education. [This event’s registration is now full].

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The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District wants to partner with St. Louis area educators (4-12th grades) on stormwater pollution awareness and education using the nonpoint source EnviroScape model. The EnviroScape model is the leading teaching tool that water educators have for portraying the complexity and importance of water quality practices.  The model also enhances water education curriculum and provides students more information about STEM careers.

To reach more schools and students throughout the area, MSD is offering to loan out EnviroScape models to schools for use in their classrooms and train educators how to use the Enviroscape model at no cost.  Two free training workshops will be held in October for interested schools. Attendees will leave the 90 minute workshop knowing how to use the EnviroScape model in their classroom. MSD will provide 1.5 hours for professional development in watershed and stormwater management certificates at the end of each workshop.

The workshops will be offered on Thursday, October 2, 2014 and Tuesday October 14, 2014, 9:00 – 10:30 AM at the MSD training auditorium located at 10 East Grand Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63147. For more information or to RSVP, contact rabieh@stlmsd.com.

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Sharon Slodounik (750 SQ)Sharon Slodounik is in her 13th year as a gifted specialist at Glenridge Elementary in the School District of Clayton in Missouri. Staying on the cutting edge of education has been her goal, which always included integrating technology — whatever was the current technology of the time.

Sharon is a 2015 Midwest Spotlight Educator. This recognition, in its third year, honors leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers. You can hear her best practices at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference this February. Learn more about the annual conference at METCconference.org.

She shares that at ISTE 2014, Senior Education Evangelist at Google Jaime Casap reminded the audience that the smart phone in our hand is the worst technology that a 5-year-old will ever see. With that kind of future thinking in mind, Sharon has integrated robotics in her work with students and sponsored multiple after school LEGO Mindstorms sessions for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. She was also instrumental in piloting a successful building 5th grade STEM Day that moved to a district wide event the next year.

With a BS and MS in Secondary Education, Administrative Certification and many additional hours of graduate study, her career experiences include being a library media specialist as well as years in elementary and secondary teaching. Connect with Sharon on Twitter @sharonslodounik.

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