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educators at csd (EdPlus) Educators just like you are doing amazing things through online and blended learning opportunities, providing students experiences that are far beyond what’s possible in the traditional classroom.  As educators, we must prepare students to live in a world without physical boundaries and help students learn how to work with others, virtually or otherwise. You are invited to participate in a multi-session academy that explores the facets of online teaching and learning. Learn more …

Technology LeadershipAcademyRegistration is open for superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals, librarians, media specialists, tech coordinators and teachers to attend the 2014-2015 TLA. This popular academy assists educators in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to use technology as a tool for more effective and efficient leadership in their schools.

The Technology Leadership Academy will help you:
•  Develop a vision to improve student performance using technology
•  Assess tech strengths and needs of your staff/students
•  Develop a practical and useful technology plan
•  Expand your network of colleagues

Cost for six, all-day sessions: $1,000. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop to the sessions. (For an extra $600, participants may purchase an iPad.  Please contact Stephanie Madlinger at In addition, participants have an option to earn 3 graduate credits for an additional cost of $100 per credit hour through Lindenwood University. Click on the image above for more information, including dates and locations.



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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 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

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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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