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CCS Mobile Training Center 1We have a great opportunity next week for educators who use SMART technologies in their classroom. CCS Presentation Systems is taking its AV solutions around the country with their mobile training center. April 8-10, the mobile training center will be at EducationPlus in St. Louis, in the lower lot, and open for interested educators. Equipment on board includes Samsung 55” display, InFocus Mondopad, wireless document cameras, Epson projector, SMART Board 880, plus more.

On Wednesday, two free workshops will be offered (9-12 and again 1-4) by SMART Certified trainers. The session will focus on the integration of Notebook software into the Common Core and a preview of SMART Notebook 2014 and its exciting new features, including: instant feedback, student data retrieval, improved math tools and much more. Registration is requested for the workshops.

This mobile training center is on a three month national roadshow that will participate in 30 events. You can follow its visits by searching #ccsroadshow. Questions? Leave a comment and we’ll respond!

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natl poetry

Are you interested in bringing a published poet to your classroom? Amy Sklansky can connect to your classroom through distance learning technologies like videoconferencing and desktop connections. Contact Distance Learning Consultant Diane Tinucci at dtinucci@edplus.org for more information.

New workshop • Tuesday, 7/8/14 • 8:30 – 3:30  • register online

Come experience an introduction to computer coding and programming that will leave you thirsty for more! In this STEM-related workshop, coding is presented using drag and drop programming in a hands-on, game-like constructivist atmosphere. You will have the opportunity to explore the basics of programming by completing a series of engaging tasks and puzzles that will develop skills needed to create interactive art, stories or simulations, your own game, or perhaps an iPhone app! Resources will be available for learners of all ages and grade levels. Participants will leave the workshop with a basic understanding of how computer programs work, their language, and a desire to share the excitement of learning how to code with their students. No prior knowledge of coding required.

About the Instructor

DebF Twitter picDebbie Fucoloro’s Twitter profile: PhD Curriculum & Instruction. Passions: #edtech, social media, PD & inspiring learners of all ages. Instructional tech professional, learner, half-marathoner | @debbiefuco
St. Louis, MO · theeducatorscafe.com

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Designed specifically for Missouri educators, this unique day of professional learning  on May 2 will highlight creative ways to engage students and invigorate your curriculum using the latest 21st century tools and Discovery Education resources. Come join us for a free day of learning while we celebrate with a Cinco de Mayo theme. Bring your laptop, we’ll provide lunch. Here’s what will be taking place:

Introductory Session: Back to the Basics
Dive into the new Discovery Education! We’ll fill the gaps with helpful information on navigating, talk about the new and exciting enhancements, and uncover some resources that you never knew you had! From the Common Core Standards search to the new Quicklist, My Content, and My DE for Students this session will prepare you to springboard into deeper Discovery Education integration in your classroom.

Breakout Session Choices:

  • Student Engagement with Discovery Education
  • Discovery Education Builder Tools: Make and Take
  • IRON DEN: Board Builder Challenge
  • DEN STAR: Model Classroom

Please register for this free event by April 25.

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The EducationPlus Learning Department is proud to support the ARCHS Spring Institute for Early Childhood & Youth Development Professionals.  ARCHS is hosting a full day of professional learning opportunities with a fantastic lineup of leading edge STEAM experts from across the St. Louis region.

professional learningARCHS hopes educators will take advantage of the expertise from  EducationPlus, Box Cars & One Eyed Jacks, Gateway Greening, The Magic House, Quirkles, St. Louis Science Center, University of Missouri 4-H Robotics, and more on this full day of learning.

The spring institute is designed to offer ways to learn from area educational leaders, as well as from each other with a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) from 8 am – 3:30 pm on Saturday, April 5, for just $45.

EdPlus Learning Consultants will be providing professional development all day. Learn more and register online here;   see the agenda for additional details.

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We had two sections of the Technology Leadership Academy this year! Here are just a few images taken by participants during the course of the academy. Sessions are wrapping up this month, thank you to all who attended and collaborated. Look for more images and videos on Flickr and Facebook!

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DENIf 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!

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Kevin Honeycutt, Will BlaylockThe Connected Classroom is the EducationPlus Learning Division blog. Here are the top five most visited posts for the past month – did you contribute to the clicks?

#1 Making IT Happen: Will Blaylock

#2 2014 METC Conference Keynotes: Kevin Honeycutt and Lodge McCammon

#3 Student Journalists Cover METC Live

#4 Sharpen Your Skills and Open Up New Worlds!

#5 Stream Video from METC 2014

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Lodge McCammon   Kevin Honeycutt

Kevin Honeycutt (photo right) | Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Kevin is a technology integrationist and a staff developer from central Kansas. He spent 13 years teaching K-12 art, and for 17 years spent summers leading creative adventure camps for kids of all ages. He now travels the world speaking at conferences and working with educators at the grassroots level and likes to promote a “tradigital” approach to education. He shares his thinking and learning on his blog Tradigital Learning. He can also be found and followed on Twitter @kevinhoneycutt. Kevin was a Featured Speaker at METC in 2011 and we are excited to welcome him back as a keynote for METC 2014.

Lodge McCammon (photo left) | Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Lodge received a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University and continued his work by developing innovative practices and sharing them with students, teachers and schools across the world. At the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation he developed a new teaching method called FIZZ, which encourages teachers to use extraordinarily simple video recording techniques in order to completely transform teaching and learning. His career began at Wakefield High School in North Carolina, where he taught Civics and AP Economics. Lodge is a studio composer who writes standards-based songs, with supporting materials, about advanced curriculum for K-12 classrooms. His songs and related materials can be found in Discovery Education streaming. He also has a YouTube channel featuring Flipped Teacher Training. Follow McCammon on Twitter at @pocketlodge.

We look forward to having Kevin and Lodge next week at the 31st annual METC Conference. Both of their keynotes will be streamed live at METCconference.org. Registration is still open for the conference taking place February 10-12. METC is a resource of EducationPlus.

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