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educators at csd (EdPlus) Educators just like you are doing amazing things through online and blended learning opportunities, providing students experiences that are far beyond what’s possible in the traditional classroom.  As educators, we must prepare students to live in a world without physical boundaries and help students learn how to work with others, virtually or otherwise. You are invited to participate in a multi-session academy that explores the facets of online teaching and learning. Learn more …

The Midwest Education Technology Community Conference advisory committee is excited to bring back book reviews of materials that we will offer at the conference this February. Web 2.0 How-to for Educators is one of those selections! Now in its second edition, the book is by Gwen Solomon and Lynne Schrum. The book’s audience is K-12 educators and technology coordinators. Cindy Lane, part of the Discovery Education PD Team, Google Certified Teacher and Google GeoEDU Teacher Advisory Board Member, reviews it:

web 2.0This simply written book is a go to for every teacher who not only wonders about web 2.0 tools but how to effectively use them in the classroom. Every chapter goes through the minimal tools that every teacher should have basic knowledge about and then crosses into the how and why of the tool. I loved the well-written descriptions and basic overview of specific tools and plan on using this as a resource for years to come. Gwen and Lynn did their best to highlight tools that have been around for awhile (and still not used to their capacity) There are also additions from different instructional specialists with their own views of the tools… Grab this book and reference it as you begin your journey to become tech savvy!

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edplus fbEducationPlus’ Learning Division has a new, updated Facebook page. For those who liked the old page, your ‘like’ should automatically transfer within two weeks of this blog post. If you haven’t visited us on Facebook before, please take a moment to check out the new page and its offerings.

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Laura Gilchrist (750 SG)Laura Gilchrist teaches 6th grade science and social studies in the North Kansas City School District (MO). In 2014, Laura was honored with Teacher of the Year in her district, Christa McAuliffe Pioneer in Education Award from the Northland Chamber of Commerce, Stars of the Classroom honoree from the Missouri Lottery and the Kansas City Royals and BAMMY! finalist for Middle School Teacher. In addition, Laura was honored as a Missouri Teacher of the Year finalist in 2014.

Laura is a 2015 Midwest Spotlight Educator. This recognition, in its third year, honors leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers. You can hear her best practices at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference this February. Learn more about the annual conference at METCconference.org.

Laura has built a reputation for connecting people and ideas and for making things happen. As co-organizer of EdcampKC and founder of edcamp learning at her own school, Laura is passionate about teacher-driven professional development. She believes strongly that teacher learning is just as important as student learning since teachers are the lead learners and role models for kids. She uses technology choices to empower her students in collaborative project based learning. Read her blog at lauragilchrist4.com. Follow Laura on Twitter at @lauragilchrist4.

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Technology LeadershipAcademyRegistration is open for superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals, librarians, media specialists, tech coordinators and teachers to attend the 2014-2015 TLA. This popular academy assists educators in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to use technology as a tool for more effective and efficient leadership in their schools.

The Technology Leadership Academy will help you:
•  Develop a vision to improve student performance using technology
•  Assess tech strengths and needs of your staff/students
•  Develop a practical and useful technology plan
•  Expand your network of colleagues

Cost for six, all-day sessions: $1,000. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop to the sessions. (For an extra $600, participants may purchase an iPad.  Please contact Stephanie Madlinger at smadlinger@edplus.org.) In addition, participants have an option to earn 3 graduate credits for an additional cost of $100 per credit hour through Lindenwood University. Click on the image above for more information, including dates and locations.

 

 

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EducationPlus is excited to announce that Global Education Evangelist (at Google) Jaime Casap and The Daring Librarian Gwyneth Jones will be the two keynotes for the annual METC Conference. METC 2015 is February 9-11 at the St. Charles Convention Center. METC is a program of EducationPlus and an affiliate of ISTE. To learn more about the conference, such as when the call for proposals is due, visit www.METCconference.org.

Call for Proposals-3And on Twitter, follow: @METCedplus, @jcasap and @gwynethjones.

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Cindy Lane

Both of Cindy Lane’s workshops next week are on free Google/Web 2.0 resources. Register online.

The last two summer edtech workshops are scheduled next week at EducationPlus with Google Certified Teacher Cindy Lane:

• Bloomin’ Toolbox: Resources for Today’s Educators consists of diving into the six levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy, aligned with Common Core principles, and retrieving useful web 2.0 tools to use in your classroom.  Time will be spent collaborating with other educators to share tools as well as looking into the usefulness of sites listed by the facilitator.  All websites discussed will be housed on a Google site for further reflection. JULY 28.

Google Goods that Meet the Standards: So your school has “gone Google” and left you behind?  NO WORRIES!  Out of the 50+ free tools brought to you by Google, a Google Certified Teacher will share the educationally based tools tied to Missouri Learning Standards you need to understand and help you navigate through them during this workshop.  Among the favorites are DOCS, GMAIL, CALENDAR, SEARCH, CUSTOM SEARCH ENGINES and EVEN MORE!!  Get the goods on all things Google in this fast-paced workshop. July 29.

Visit www.edplus.org to learn more & to register.

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