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16456332072_0f09cdcde9_zAfter you attend the METC Conference on Tuesday, consider a night out with like-minded educators!

The Midwest Education Technology Community (METC) will have a  meet up at Big A’s in historic downtown Saint Charles Tuesday evening for continued conversations and a little fun. After you attend the Exhibitor Reception, Student Innovation Stations or Show-Me a Movie Reception, relax and grab some dinner, then join the gathering. Beginning at 7:30 pm, Big A’s sponsors a weekly Trivia Night. You may want to join this event individually or with a team, or just come by for food, drink and entertainment.

There is parking on the riverfront and the Embassy Suites Hotel Shuttle travels to Big A’s. All food and drinks are on you, so you may want to check the Big A’s website for the menu choices and pricing. Big A’s is located at 308 North Main Street. Follow them on Twitter @BigAs308. We hope you are able to make it for a night out!


The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom is an exhibit which commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Library of Congress website that has a wealth of information, including a rich multimedia library. According to the website, “the social, legal, and political forces that battled discrimination for decades won a major victory with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964—the most significant piece of U.S. civil rights legislation since Reconstruction. With eleven sections, the act prohibited various types of discrimination in voting, public accommodations, public facilities, public education, federally-funded programs, and employment. It was a culmination of civil rights advocates’ efforts to gain federal protection for the basic citizenship rights of African Americans.” Take some time to click around, experience the exhibit and share with your students!

Learn more about:

• The Segregation Era (1900–1939)
• World War II and Post War (1940–1949)
• Civil Rights Era (1950–1963)
• The Civil Rights Act of 1964
• Immediate Impact of the Civil Rights Act

refresher CPICharacterPlus is offering a CPI Refresher on November 10, 2014, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at EducationPlus. This training with Bruce Hunter is required to keep CPI Certification current and must be taken within 15 months of initial certification. CPI is an international training organization that specializes in the safe management of disruptive and assaultive behavior. The Refresher next week involves a curriculum review, post-test and the demonstration of restraints, which are checked individually. The cost for members is $55 and non-members is $100. Click here register.

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Chris Long Starts With Us

They’ve been pinned, have you?

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)  Student-Led Initiative #StartsWithUs Spreads on Social Media
(2)  Gateway Media Literacy Partners Presents STEM & MEDIA: A Natural Fit
(3)  Understanding the Smarter Balanced Digital Library
(4)  Coming Attractions: Show-Me a Movie 2014
(5)  Reader’s Workshop: Revisit and Refine Strategy Groups & Conferring

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 Contest rules and guidelines for 2014 have been posted! Midwest Education Technology Community Conference info can be found at Of course, we’ll continue to post to the blog.

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Another great opportunity to connect kids!

Education Today

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.

Distance Learning Brings Students Together

The program was conceived, initiated and implemented by EducationPlus. After going through the student transfer program last August, Martha Bogart of EducationPlus and Ed Wright, a retired social studies teacher, discussed talking to the students about the process and what impact…

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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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