Category Archives: Tech PD
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!
The 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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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.
National Board Certified Teacher Kelly Gilchrist is in her fourteenth year of teaching full time in the Hazelwood School District. She has taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th grade and she was the McCurdy Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year in 2008. Kelly received her BS in Elementary Education from Missouri Baptist University and her MA in Educational Leadership and Administration from Arkansas State University.
In 2013, Kelly was selected as a Midwest Spotlight Educator for 2014 for the METC Conference. This recognition honor leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students as well as teachers. If you are attending the conference and your district uses Promethean products, her sessions are musts!
• Integrating the Common Core State Standards into Your Promethean ActivInspire Lessons is a preconference workshop on Monday (special registration required)
• Create Engaging & Interactive Promethean ActivInspire Flipchart Lessons is a breakout session on Tuesday
• Promethean ActivInspire Advanced Training is a breakout session on Wednesday
Kelly is a certified Promethean Trainer and currently serves as a trainer in her district. She has presented at many local conferences and presented at her first ISTE conference in San Diego. She was chosen as a Featured Teacher for the Promethean Planet website, as well as having won an Activboard 500 for having the most downloaded lesson on Planet. In addition, Kelly also won a set of ActivExpressions for her contributions on Promethean Planet’s teacher forums. Kelly is recognized world-wide for her flipchart lessons. She loves helping other educators create eye-catching, interactive, engaging, and fun Activinspire flipchart lessons. Kelly is the co-creator of the website AmazingClassroom.com and blogs about her journey through education with technology on her blog. Follow her on Twitter at @MrsKGilchrist.
This year, we received nearly 150 movie entries for our annual digital storytelling contest. Last week, judging took place over two days (first time ever!) and we now can announce the winning movies. Congratulations to the following entries in the 2013 Show-Me a Movie Contest, and thank you to all who submitted student work!
Show-Me a Challenge
Elementary: Helping Hands, Probe Center, Ferguson-Florissant School District
Middle School: Insecurities, LaSalle Springs Middle School, Rockwood School District
Middle School Honorable Mention: One Paper Turns Into Millions, Bryan Middle School, Francis Howell School District
High School: P.A.N.D.A.S. Strong, Ursuline Academy
Show-Me Your Community
Elementary: Heroes at Home: Our School Community, Eisenhower Elementary School, Fort Leavenworth School District
Middle School: Old Vine Riverfront Bistro, Francis Howell Middle School, Francis Howell School District
High School: Reaching Hands in Difficult Times, Ursuline Academy
Show-Me Your Creativity
Elementary: Why Play Minecraft?, Meramec Elementary School, Clayton School District
Middle School: Imagination is Powerful, Orchard Farm Middle School, Orchard Farm School District
High School: The Art of Design, Visitation Academy
Show-Me Something New
Elementary: How to Make a Pinch Pot, Buder Elementary, Ritenour School District
Middle School: How to be Confident, LaSalle Springs Middle School, Rockwood School District
Show-Me a Story
Elementary: Super Leader Saves the Day, Stanton Elementary, Rockwood School District
Middle School: Tarra and Bella, Rockwood South Middle School, Rockwood School District
High School: Girl in the Mirror, Ursuline Academy
We’re excited that report that many new schools participated in the contest this year. While we’ve had winners from across the state of Missouri in the past (including the Kansas City area and Joplin), the 2013 contest actually marks the first out-of-state winner, Heroes at Home: Our School Community, from the Fort Leavenworth School District in Kansas.
The winning movies will be showcased on our SchoolTube channel and we will be honored at a reception at the 31st annual Midwest Education Technology Conference next month.
Nick Cusumano is in his 19th year of teaching Theatre & Film at Fort Zumwalt South High School in St. Peters, Missouri. At Fort Zumwalt, he serves as his building’s Instructional Technology Representative and leads the Fort Zumwalt Instructional Technology Force. In 2013, Nick was selected as a Midwest Spotlight Educator for 2014 for the METC Conference. This recognition honor leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students as well as teachers.
Nick is a Google Authorized Education Trainer. In May, he became a Google Certified Teacher at the Sydney, Australia, Google Teacher Academy. Last July, Nick was one of the keynote speakers at Google in Education: Technology & Awareness Summit in Kansas City, Missouri. In addition, he co-hosts the TheatreCast podcast on the Edreach Network and in his blog http://edtech4theatre.com, he showcases, creates, and curates content focused on educational technology resources for Theatre and Film teachers. See Nick at METC present The Efficiency Wars: The Google App Scripts Strike Back and Chrome = Awesome: Solving the Chromebook Equation – Converting Projects to the Cloud. Follow Nick on Twitter at @edtech4theatre.
Dr. Robert Dillon currently serves the community of Affton, Missouri, as the Director of Technology and Innovation. Over his 18 years in education, Dr. Dillon has worked tirelessly to provide unique experiences and opportunities for students in a variety of secondary schools in St. Louis. In 2013, he was selected as one of the Midwest Education Technology Conference’s Midwest Spotlight Educator for 2014. This recognition honor leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students as well as teachers.
Bob is a co-founder of edcampSTL, and has worked to build a vibrant network of collaborative learners in St. Louis and beyond. He is a presenter and writer of ideas and next practices in education. His blog, Principally Speaking, was an Edublog Award finalist for Best Administrator Blog. You can hear Bob this February at METC and follow him on Twitter at @ideaguy42.
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