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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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For over two decades, Missouri Assistive Technology (MoAT) has provided school districts with knowledge, devices and services in the arena of assistive technology. MoAT Programs such as ETC and AT Reimbursement have enabled thousands of students with disabilities access to assistive devices they have used to unlock the curriculum and achieve academically.

Presenter David Baker is a program coordinator at Missouri Assistive Technology | Emphasis will be placed on the increasing use of tablet devices as assistive technology

This professional development session on Thursday, February 28, 2013 will provide participants with a hands-on update focused on the latest trends and devices in assistive technology. Emphasis will be placed on the increasing use of tablet devices as assistive technology. In addition, time will be given to helping participants understand MoAT programs and services and how to access them to better serve the individuals they work with. CSD is accepting registrations until February 21 online. For questions on this upcoming PD, contact Laurie Milburn at lmilburn@csd.org.

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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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This summer in the tele, we have several BYOD (bring your own device – iPad, tablet, laptop, etc.) workshops on the schedule. In June, there are seven workshops: Digital Age Leadership: A New Paradigm for Learning on 6/5;  Getting Organized as a 21st Century Educator with Google Tools on 6/7; Choosing Education-Friendly Apps on 6/11; Lights, Camera, Action: Creating Movies with Green Screens on 6/15; Flipping Your Classroom with Flip Cameras and Screencasting 6/21; and Android Tablet Boot Camp/Educational Apps for Android Tablets on 6/22. (For the workshops on June 21st and 22nd only, we will provide the equipment if you do not own any yourself). In July, we have just one required BYOD session- the three-day workshop entitled Digital Storytelling with Mobile Devices, which takes place 7/10, 7/11 and 7/13. Of course, if you are more comfortable working on your own computer, feel free to bring it in for any professional development session we hold!

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Digital Storytelling with Mobile Devices takes place July 10, 11 & 13, each day from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  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 three-day workshop (where you earn two graduate credits) 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. The workshop is a cross between a writer’s workshop and a movie-making symposium. 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. Bring your own mobile device. Cost for all three days: $369 CSD member; $459 non-member.

These days there is a lot of focus on iPads in K-12 education. What about the schools that have embraced a non-Apple tablet? Here’s an opportunity for those educators to learn more about what they can do on their Andriod device! Check out these upcoming workshops (take one, or both!) from Cooperating School Districts:

Android Tablet Boot Camp
on June 22, from 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Tablets are revolutionizing the classroom. With information at your student’s fingertips, and apps that can focus on a specific concept and engage our students, no wonder they are a success. Learn techniques to navigate Android devices, customize settings, and install apps. Discover apps that can be used at any grade level and how to find them, while building a toolkit at the same time. Join us if you are an Android amateur or a Google guru; there will be something for everyone. You may bring your Android device, or we will share one with you.

Educational Apps for Android Tablets on June 22, from 12:30-3:30 p.m.
This is a continuation of the Android Tablet Boot Camp workshop. Spend the afternoon learning about some great educational Android apps. Find out which apps can be used for classroom management & assessment, and which apps fit best into the different content areas such as math and language arts. Walk away with a list of apps and and feel confident on how they can be effectively used in schools.

Register for these workshops here.
Each session: $75 CSD member; $89 non-member

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Register now for our new Choosing Education-Friendly Mobile Apps Workshop! Do you have a mobile device and want to learn how to find education-friendly apps? On June 11, learn how to find apps for any content area and get a chance to learn how to use them. The morning session will focus on apps appropriate for 6-12th grade curriculum, while the afternoon session will focus on apps for preK-5 curriculum. In this hands-on, BYOD session, we will explore a multitude of education friendly, content-based resources for your mobile device. Other websites and online resources will also be shown, like app finder apps, utility apps, and apps your students can use in 1:1 environments. You must bring your own mobile device, Android or Apple product. Attend one or both of these sessions. Secondary, 6-12 8:30-11:30 a.m. or Elementary, PreK-5 12:30-3:30 p.m. The cost is $75 CSD member for each session; $89 for each session for non-member.

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