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 HEC-TV is announcing an eclectic and exciting slate of HEC-TV Live! programs for the 2013/14 school year.

Each program will have its own website page, built in advance, with materials for teachers, students, and any interested audience members. Once the program has aired live, its archive and program materials will be available at for on-demand FREE viewing.

The continuing series are Constitution Day, Inside the Artist’s Studio, The Science Behind, and History in the First Person. This year, HEC-TV Live! is introducing a new series, Explore!, a half-hour program targeted to grades 3 through 6. 

Explore! is a new interactive 30 minute educational program that engages kids to explore their world with face-to-face discussions with real life explorers, historians and experts in their field,” said Producer Jacqui Poor. 

For the new school year, the program has added more video elements to its pre and post show activities. Promos of upcoming shows are also posted on the HEC-TV web site to help teachers be aware of future educational opportunities.

“We decided to add more video to the program as we were reviewing the 2012/13 school year to see what improvements we could make,” said Helen Headrick, Educational Opportunities Coordinator. “Tim Gore (HEC-TV Live! host) and I looked over last years’ programs and selected video clips to add to our site.”

For more information on how your school can take part in HEC interactive learning programs, click here.


Are you curious about the benefits of flip teaching, and how it is improving student outcomes around the world?  If you’ve considered flip teaching but think it might be too difficult, CSD and CrazyForEducation are offering workshops this fall that will help teachers and administrators understand exactly what flip teaching is and how it can benefit your students.

Our Flip Teaching sessions will help you learn the best strategies for flipping your classroom, what to include (and not to include) in lessons and how to fill up the extra class time that every flip teacher experiences.  Attendees will hear from flip teachers from across the country who will explain why they flipped their classrooms and the successes they’ve achieved.  You’ll also learn simple and free technology that makes recording videos a snap and find out how to publish your lessons for free.  There are multiple sessions for teachers and administrators in October and November.  For more information, visit

Digital transformation in our school systems can’t happen without the support of an entire community. Administrators, educators, parents, students, and communities must work together in order to create and sustain a culture of change.

During the week of September 23, Discovery Education will host five virtual events from around the country featuring five voices that are leading or supporting their districts’ transition to digital resources. 
This week-long series will explore the challenges of garnering support for a digital transition, taking the first steps to set a digital transformation in motion, the key levers that are critical in driving the change necessary, how to best leverage the roles of parents and parent groups, and how to effectively enroll educators and staff to be champions and cheerleaders.  
For more information on how you can attend one or more of these events:

Rebecca Morrison:

This is always a popular academy at CSD! If you are interested, now is the time to register.

Originally posted on Education Today:

Cooperating School Districts announces that registration for the 2013-14 Technology Leadership Academy is now open. This annual academy will assist educators in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to use technology as a tool for more effective and efficient leadership in their schools and districts.

Technology Leadership AcademyThe Technology Leadership Academy offered by the Learning Team focuses on:

• Learning leadership skills in technology
• Improving classroom use of technology
• Developing a vision of how to use technology to improve student performance
• Assessing strengths and needs of your staff/students in the area of technology
• Developing a practical and useful technology plan
• Expanding professional learning networks

All educators are invited to participate, including superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals, librarians, media specialists, tech coordinators, and teachers. Participants receive and use, if they do not already own one, an iPad with 3G capability as part of the registration fee…

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Learn more about Cooperating School Districts’ summer educational technology workshops, like the boot camp
with Meg Ormiston, by clicking on the image below.

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flickr creative commons studentsMehlville School District’s Oakville High School will host the regional/(state) history bowl competition on Saturday, January 26. Each state bowl will qualify a number of teams to participate in the National History Bowl to be held in Washington D.C. on April 27, 2013. The National History Bowl uses a quiz bowl style format to run their tournaments.

Schools may register multiple teams for the regional bowl, and can register underclassmen as a JV or Varsity team. Beginning this year, middle school teams can register and participate as well. The registration deadline for the regional bowl in St. Louis at Oakville High School competition is January 24, 2013. In addition, the state History Bee will be held in conjunction with the regional History Bowl on January 26, 2013, all in the Mehlville School District.

Again, the regional/(state) competition will qualify (in this case individuals) for participation in the National History Bee to be held in Washington D.C. on April 28, 2013. Please note that the national level history bowl for middle schools will be held on a different weekend then the high school nationals.

Regional/(State) Registration info:
The base fee for the bowl is $75 per team.  There are some small discounts available, like if teams bring their own buzzers. Learn more at The fee for the bee is $15 per student:

For questions about the event on January 26 at Oakville High School, contact Rodney Gerdes.

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Starting next week, Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis is offering several types of technology integration professional development, from single day sessions to year-long academies. Learn more by clicking below, and remember, registration is now open, and spaces are limited for these events- 
Also, don’t forget that the Midwest Education Technology Conference- celebrating 30 years in 2013- is February 11, 12, and 13th.

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Cooperating School Districts’ Library Media Specialist (LMS) Academy focuses on the changing role of the Library Media Specialist in K-12 education. Today’s LMS must play the versatile role of an instructional partner responsible for ensuring that students and staff are efficient and effective users of information. By participating in the annual academy, you will network with colleagues working in school libraries across the area and globally, understand the meaning of media literacy as it applies to 21st century skills, and learn about digital tools that promote effective use of digital media for students.  The academy will assist you in teaching and connecting the new standards of AASL, ISTE and the NETS. Registration is open for all library media specialists to attend. Participants will also examine problem based activities & lessons pertaining to digital, web & media literacy, research best practices for Copyright & Fair Use, and explore digital citizenship and literacy curriculum resources.

The Library Media Specialist Academy meets September 27,  October 11, November 8, December 6, January 17, in February at the Midwest Education Technology Conference, and  April 25. Times for sessions are 4-7 p.m. each day, except for attendance at METC, which is 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. CSD members pay $395 for the academy, which includes a book plus METC conference fees; non-members pay $495.

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Here’s a list of the first few workshops we are offering this summer at Cooperating School Districts’ tele. A complete list of May & June sessions is currently up at, as are more complete descriptions of the workshops listed below.

Using Prezi to Create Zooming Presentations
June 1  12:30-3:30pm  $75 CSD member; $89 non-member
(No Credit) Did you know that Prezi is a web-based presentation application & storytelling tool that uses a single canvas instead of traditional slides? Text, videos and other objects are placed on the infinite canvas & grouped together. Learn how the canvas allows users to create non-linear presentations, where users can zoom in and out of a visual map. You’ll see how your Prezi can be developed in a browser window, and then downloaded so that no Internet connection is needed when sharing your presentation.

New Links for Your Classroom with Videoconferencing & Skype   
June 4 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.     $149 CSD member; $189 non-member
(1  Grad Credit Available) Find out how to take your students anywhere in the world to connect with experts and collaborate with other students- all without leaving your classroom! You can make these connections using distance learning technology tools like Skype and videoconferencing. Compare & contrast different methods of delivery during this workshop.

NEW! Digital Age Leadership: A New Paradigm for Learning
June 5 
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.     $149 CSD member; $189 non-member
(1  Grad Credit Available) How can we meet the needs of today’s learner, use technology effectively and efficiently, and still maintain the personal connection that’s so important to any learning experience? You’ll learn about managing change, using authentic student engagement strategies, and communicating effectively with education stakeholders. Technology tools used will include, but are not limited to, Google Forms for data gathering and analyzing, learning management systems (like Moodle), social bookmarking, and wikis, blogs, podcasts, videoconferencing, plus social media.

Transforming Learning with a Promethean ActivBoard (Level 1)   
June 5   8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.   $149 CSD member; $189 non-member
(No Credit) Learn how to use the Promethean ActivBoard and the ActivInspire software in your classroom- you’ll discover how to locate hundreds of lessons that have already been created for use on the ActivBoard and become familiar with features such as Focus tools, Power tools and the Resource Browser that make your lessons more interactive.

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