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#startswithusStudents from eight area high schools created a campaign to prevent cyberbullying by using the hashtag #StartsWithUs and sending messages of kindness, inclusion and connection via social media. These students, under the guidance of CharacterPlus, also created The Clothes Pin Challenge to spread the word about the hashtag: #StartsWithUs is printed on one side of a wooden clothes pin and a kind message on the other side.  They “pin” a friend who takes a photo or video of the clothes pin to post on social media.  Everyone then “pins” another friend. The schools who planned this campaign are:

Bayless High School
Belleville East High School
Belleville West High School
Fox High School
Ladue Horton Watkins High School
Lafayette High School (Rockwood)
Lindbergh High School
Mehlville High School

Today was the launch, watch it unfold! The participating students will share their experiences this February at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference. Thanks to the participating schools, community partners and those who continue to promote its positive message.

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METC 2015 speakersThe 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) It’s Coming, All Things Google
(2) 2011 Show-Me a Movie Winners…
(3) Spotlight on Bob Deneau @ METC 2015
(4) Spotlight on Angela Van Batavia @ METC 2015
(5) Midwest Education Technology Community Conference 2015 Keynotes

To learn the latest on Show-Me a Movie, visit www.edplus.org. Contest rules and guidelines for 2014 have been posted! Midwest Education Technology Community Conference info can be found at METCconference.org. Of course, we’ll continue to post to the blog.

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Rebecca Morrison:

Another great opportunity to connect kids!

Originally posted on Education Today:

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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 · theeducatorscafe.com

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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:

CHILDREN’S DRAWINGS OF WEIR COURTNEY
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.

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