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Another great opportunity to connect kids!

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This week, the students met face to face after months of conversation through videoconferencing.  (photo courtesy of Parkway School District)

This week saw the culmination of a series of videoconference dialogs between students at Parkway North and Normandy High Schools when the two groups met face to face. Twenty-five Parkway North students in Scott Moeller’s government class took a bus to Normandy High School to meet the students they had been talking to for the past semester over videoconference. They took a tour of Normandy High School and sat down to a lunch prepared by Normandy’s culinary students. The students talked to wrap up the semester-long project that focused on the student transfer program from unaccredited districts and what effect it had on them.

ED In January, Ed Wright began the dialogs via videoconference; he spoke from EdPlus’ Innovation Room, and each school had a distance learning equipment set up in…

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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 ·

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Did you know that after the Holocaust, the British government provided aid to over 700 child survivors? At least 20 of these children came under the nurturing care of Alice Goldberger, a German immigrant who fled to the United Kingdom at the outset of the war, at a children’s home called Weir Courtney. Hundreds of their writings and drawings—depicting happy scenes from their postwar lives—were donated to the United State Holocaust Memorial Museum by one of Alice’s former wards. Learn the extraordinary story behind these seemingly ordinary pages and the Museum’s efforts to preserve them from archivist Rebecca Erbelding of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This is a free public lecture and Ms. Erbelding will be showing the children’s art in a PowerPoint presentation format. Here’s a bit more information:

Co-Sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and
The Holocaust Museum and Learning Center of St. Louis

Sunday, March 23 at 1:00 pm
Jewish Federation Kopolow Building
Holocaust Museum and Learning Center
12 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, Missouri

Please RSVP by Friday, March 21.

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Global Connections and Exchange: Youth TechCamps (TechCamps) is a nine-month STEAM virtual exchange program, whose centerpiece is an in-person 8-day technology camp in Amman, Jordan.  This program connects high school students in the United States with their peers in Jordan to answer, How do we, as youth, use technology to create solutions for climate change issues affecting our local and global communities?

Global Connections and Exchange: Youth TechCamps is funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This program is offered FREE of charge in exchange for full participation of student and educators in all program activities through September 2014.

For more information click here.

National Distance Learning Week is November 11- 15, and to mark the week the United States Distance Learning Association is offering free webinars all week long.  They offer a great opportunity to learn more about distance learning and how others across the country are using it effectively.  To see the full schedule and learn more click here.

HP has partnered with ISTE and the New Media Consortium (NMC) to offer free online mini-courses for innovative approaches to STEM education–the HP STEMx Catalyst Academy.  These are four-week mini-courses on topics such as Remote Labs, Maker Spaces, Sports Performance, Gaming, and App Design.   Most course are starting November 15, but registration is open now.

Through Discovery Education you can connect to live free broadcasts from the tundra during the annual polar bear migration in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.  Broadcasts are available on November 5 and 6.

Join us for this unique opportunity to learn about one of the most beautiful and powerful animals on Earth, the polar bear.  To learn more click here.

CSD’s Executive Professional Academy is hosting a special session on Wednesday, October 16 focused on helping administrative assistants create a stronger team with their boss.  The event will feature a superintendent and administrator panel that will discuss effective strategies for working better together.  Admins and their bosses are welcome to attend and take part in the conversation.  

The session will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the offices of Special School District.  The cost for non-EPA members is $25.  Click here for more information.


ImageKaren Engelkenjohn is the METC ISTE affiliate Fall 2013 Making IT Happen winner! Making IT Happen is an internationally recognized awards program for educational technology integration in K-12 schools from ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education). The program identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation.

Karen is a teacher in the Ladue School District where she coaches robotic teams (a K-8 program she introduced), utilizes stop-action cameras to create environmental awareness videos with students, coaches teachers on how to facilitate their own robotic and STEM lessons, supports parents with their own robotic teams, and creates lessons using iPads, laptops, SMART Boards, GPS devices, and much more. To quote her nomination: “She is willing to empower any child, school, program, church, teacher, or interested party to integrate technology, awareness of programs, and support.”

Join Cooperating School Districts for Digital Citizenship Week and engage students, teachers and families in thinking critically, behaving safely, and participating responsibly online.

Visit for free resources for your classroom and school community. It’s a great way to celebrate Connected Educators Month, so dive into the suggested activities and resources on the website. And be sure to post what you’re doing to the Connected Educator Month calendar and tag your posts as “digital citizenship week” to inspire others to get involved.

Every day, students are tested with each post, search chat, text message, file download and profile update. Do they connect with like minds or spill too much information? Do they behave creatively or borrow ideas recklessly? Do they respect relationships or inadvertently damage reputations?  This week is devoted to examining our digital citizenship as educators and students. Find out what others are doing in this regard and join the conversation about these important issues.

Connect with other educators on Common Sense Media’s Digital Citizenship Community on Edmodo. Learn about the most common behavioral issues your students face when using technology by checking out these straight-forward teacher backgrounders. Check out a few rock-star teachers using the Common Sense Media Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum by watching our lessons-in-action videos.Participate in a webinar (or two!) with other educators across the country.  Here are upcoming dates/topics:

  • Creating Model Digital Citizens in Today’s Cyber World
    Wed, Oct. 9, 2013 10:00 AM – 11:00 am CDT
    (Hosted by Education Networks of America)
    Click here to register
  • Digital Citizenship Starter Kit on Edmodo
    Wed, Oct. 23, time TBD
    (Co-hosted with Edmodo – link coming soon)
  • Empowering Students to be Digital Citizens
    Thurs, Oct. 24, 3:00 – 4:00 pm CDT
    (Hosted on EdWeb – link coming soon)
  • Teaching Copyright and Fair Use to the Remix Generation
    Wed, Nov. 13, 3:00 – 4:00 pm CDT
    (Hosted on EdWeb – link coming soon)


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