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Are you interested in bringing a published poet to your classroom? Amy Sklansky can connect to your classroom through distance learning technologies like videoconferencing and desktop connections. Contact Distance Learning Consultant Diane Tinucci at dtinucci@edplus.org for more information.

DENIf you thought the Winter  Olympics was the only place to watch competitive feats of strength, mental toughness, and endurance, then we have a surprise for you! The Discovery Education EdPlus Olympics is an ongoing, engaging, interactive, fun contest for educators and is a great way to learn more about Discovery Education, plus have a chance to win prizes:

Gold: The educator with the most points reported will receive a Discovery Education prize pack that includes a Discovery bag, notebook/pen, shirt, DVD set, and more;
Silver: The educator with the second most points reported will receive a Planet Earth and LIFE DVD set and Discovery Education bag;
Bronze: The educator with the third most points reported will receive a Discovery bag!

There are six ways to earn points

1. Log In
2. Join the Community by being a DEN STAR
3. Share Discovery Education
4. Create a Board
5. Create a Quicklist or My Content Folder
6. Attend a Discovery Education Webinar

It’s important that you report your points using the same email address each time. These Olympics are self reporting and you must do so online. The ‘games’ run until March 28, with winners being notified on April 3, 2014. Good luck!

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Kevin Honeycutt, Will BlaylockThe 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 Making IT Happen: Will Blaylock

#2 2014 METC Conference Keynotes: Kevin Honeycutt and Lodge McCammon

#3 Student Journalists Cover METC Live

#4 Sharpen Your Skills and Open Up New Worlds!

#5 Stream Video from METC 2014

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Register for and learn more by visiting the EducationPlus website at edplus.org and click on calendar and registration on the right! Here’s a sample of what’s coming up:

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Foundations for the Common Core Math – February 7; 8:30am – 3:30pm
This workshop is for teachers, administrators, leaders, and staff who have had little or no introduction to the Common Core State Standards. These beginning workshops will provide the essential foundational understanding of the Missouri Core Academic Standards (CAS) for Math. We will focus on exploring the foundation for the standards, navigating the document, understanding the learning progressions and recognizing the major shifts in content, instruction and assessment.

Democratizing the DBQ Workshop – February 20; 8:30am – 3:30pm
This workshop is open to all Social Studies or Communication Arts teachers in grades 4-12. The DBQ Project publishes materials in U.S. History, World History, Civics and Literature. Workshop participants will work through a Mini-Q in World History but the methodology can be used in different content areas. We work with teachers who are interested in how to make inquiry-based document analysis and argument writing accessible to all students. Come see why so many teachers, schools, and school districts are using Document Based Questions to help teachers and students meet the Common Core State Standards and enjoy doing it!

PBIS & CHARACTERplus: Braiding the Initiatives Workshop – February 21, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
This interactive workshop builds on the common ground shared by Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, School-wide Positive Behavior Supports and CHARACTERplus. The session is framed by a collaborative checklist developed by previous participants and focused on
• Universals and Core Values
• Assessment and Evaluation
• Practices
• Acknowledgements & Recognitions
• Systems
• Professional Learning

Support Staff Technology Workshop: MS Word – MailMerge, Review & Proofreading – February 21; 12:30 – 3:30pm
This is an intermediate level training. Learn how to create a variety of mail merge documents (letters, labels, catalogs); use the features in the Documents Elements ribbon such as creating a Table of Contents and using the Header and Footer; and utilize the Review tools for collaboration.

Common Core ELA Series: Writing Workshop – February 25; 8:30am – 3:30pm
The Standards require three types of writing:  narrative, informational and opinion/argument — with an emphasis in informational and argument writing.  This workshop will provide participants with strategies for helping  students become proficient writers in all three genres while using the writing process and technology tools that enhance its use.  Research-based instructional strategies for weaving the language standards into writing instruction will also be shared.

Flipped Teaching – February 25 & 27; 4-7 pm
For those teachers who have already made the decision to Flip and want to jump into “show me the easy way to Flip, step by step.”

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Show-Me a Movie logoThis year, we received nearly 150 movie entries for our annual digital storytelling contest. Last week, judging took place over two days (first time ever!) and we now can announce the winning movies. Congratulations to the following entries in the 2013 Show-Me a Movie Contest, and thank you to all who submitted student work!

Show-Me a Challenge
Elementary: Helping Hands, Probe Center, Ferguson-Florissant School District
Middle School: Insecurities, LaSalle Springs Middle School, Rockwood School District
Middle School Honorable Mention: One Paper Turns Into Millions, Bryan Middle School, Francis Howell School District
High School: P.A.N.D.A.S. Strong, Ursuline Academy

Show-Me Your Community
Elementary: Heroes at Home: Our School Community, Eisenhower Elementary School, Fort Leavenworth School District
Middle School: Old Vine Riverfront Bistro, Francis Howell Middle School, Francis Howell School District
High School: Reaching Hands in Difficult Times, Ursuline Academy

Show-Me Your Creativity
Elementary: Why Play Minecraft?, Meramec Elementary School, Clayton School District
Middle School: Imagination is Powerful, Orchard Farm Middle School, Orchard Farm School District
High School: The Art of Design, Visitation Academy

Show-Me Something New
Elementary: How to Make a Pinch Pot, Buder Elementary, Ritenour School District
Middle School: How to be Confident, LaSalle Springs Middle School, Rockwood School District

Show-Me a Story
Elementary: Super Leader Saves the Day, Stanton Elementary, Rockwood School District
Middle School: Tarra and Bella, Rockwood South Middle School, Rockwood School District
High School: Girl in the Mirror, Ursuline Academy

We’re excited that report that many new schools participated in the contest this year. While we’ve had winners from across the state of Missouri in the past (including the Kansas City area and Joplin), the 2013 contest actually marks the first out-of-state winner, Heroes at Home: Our School Community, from the Fort Leavenworth School District in Kansas.

The winning movies will be showcased on our SchoolTube channel  and we will be honored at a reception at the 31st annual Midwest Education Technology Conference next month.

METC and Show-Me a Movie are programs of EducationPlus.

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Christine RuderChristine Ruder is a third grade teacher at Harry S Truman Elementary School in Rolla Public Schools in Rolla, Missouri. She has taught 1st, 3rd, and 4th grades and has a Masters degree in Computer Education from Fontbonne University. Christine believes learning should be relevant, authentic, and active because she wants her kids to become thinkers. She is passionate about using technology with her students- from digital photography to blogging to learning basic coding skills.

Christine believes in integrating technology with her students so that they can create, connect, and collaborate beyond the walls of the classroom. In 2013, she was selected as a Midwest Spotlight Educator for 2014 for the Midwest Education Technology Conference. This recognition honor leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students as well as teachers.

She also provides technology support for the teachers in her building and district and enjoy sharing ideas with teachers everywhere. She is an enthusiastic supporter of Edcamps and was a member of the #EdcampSTL planning team. At METC, she presents on Tuesday with Tell Me a Story and on Wednesday with It’s Not About the Apps: Create, Connect & Collaborate.  Follow her on Twitter @jhox.

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ImageDr. Robert Dillon currently serves the community of Affton, Missouri, as the Director of Technology and Innovation. Over his 18 years in education, Dr. Dillon has worked tirelessly to provide unique experiences and opportunities for students in a variety of secondary schools in St. Louis. In 2013, he was selected as one of the Midwest Education Technology Conference’s Midwest Spotlight Educator for 2014. This recognition honor leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students as well as teachers.

Bob is a co-founder of edcampSTL, and has worked to build a vibrant network of collaborative learners in St. Louis and beyond. He is a presenter and writer of ideas and next practices in education. His blog, Principally Speaking, was an Edublog Award finalist for Best Administrator Blog. You can hear Bob this February at METC and follow him on Twitter at @ideaguy42.

METC is a program of EducationPlus.

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EducationPlus announces a series of videoconference dialogs among schools on the topics of improving unaccredited schools and the St. Louis school transfer program.

These conversations are suggested for classes in Civics, Government, History, Journalism and Social Studies. High school students from different demographic areas of St. Louis, including the unaccredited districts and the receiving districts, will have an opportunity to talk with each other in a series of five videoconference dialogs. Schools must participate in all five sessions and have a way to connect over the Internet with voice and video to participate; this could be by having a  Polycom-type unit or Skype-type connection. Time will be determined by participating schools and EducationPlus. To learn more, including session descriptions and the series’ alignment with Common Core ELA Standards, follow this link.

Session 1 | Jan. 29, 2014
Session 2 | Feb. 24, 2014
Session 3 | March 31, 2014
Session 4 | April 15, 2014
Session 5 | May 7, 2014

Objectives of this program are for the students to:

  • Research the background of the school accreditation process and the current transfer program, including national and Missouri state educational policy
  • Interview the parties involved with Missouri school accreditation and the current transfer program
  • Evaluate and summarize school accreditation from all perspectives
  • Compile and document data and anecdotal evidence related to the current transfers
  • Brainstorm and develop recommendations for education policy in Missouri
  • Present results of study to appropriate parties

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The Support Staff Academy from EducationPlus now offers technology classes designed to meet the needs of education support staff with MS Office and Google Drive! Classes are designated Beginner to Intermediate, please note the level of the course before registering.

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MS Word 2010: Working with Images, Shapes & More Level 4
Tech Level: Intermediate
Jan. 17, 2014 | 12:30-3:30 pm
EducationPlus member $59 | Non-member $74
Explore the graphics and drawing features of MS Word such as inserting and working with graphics and clipart, shapes, hyperlinks, plus more.

MS Excel 2010: Foundation Level 1
Tech Level: Beginner
Jan. 24, 2014 | 12:30-3:30 pm
EducationPlus member $59 | Non-member $74
Learn the basics of building a spreadsheet in MS Excel. This workshop will include understanding the structure of a spreadsheet, creating and formatting a simple spreadsheet, creating user formulas, using the sum function and printing all or parts of a spreadsheet. PREREQUISITE: Experience with mouse and saving files.

MS Word 2010: Mail Merge, Review and Proofreading Level 5
Tech Level: Intermediate
Feb. 21, 2014 | 12:30-3:30 pm
EducationPlus member $59 | Non-member $74
Learn how to create a variety of mail merge documents (letters, labels, catalogs); use the features in the Documents Elements ribbon such as creating a table of contents and using the header and footer; and utilize the Review tools for group collaboration.

MS Excel 2010: Charts, Functions & More Level 2
Tech Level: Intermediate
Feb. 28, 2014 | 12:30-3:30 pm
EducationPlus member $59 | Non-member $74
Take the next step in developing spreadsheets. This workshop will include using Excel’s Formula Builder, creating charts, advanced features in formatting cells, working with multiple worksheets, sorting data and more.

Google Drive: Docs
Tech Level: Beginner to Intermediate
March 14, 2014 | 12:30-3:30 pm
EducationPlus member $59 | Non-member $74
Learn how Google Drive allows you to create documents then share and collaborate with others. This workshop focuses on creating and saving Google documents; setting up a document (margins); working with text (cutting and pasting) formatting, bulleted and numbered lists (agendas & tasks); and sharing and collaborating the document with others. PREREQUISITE: Participants must have a Google Account and/or Gmail.

MS PowerPoint: Creating Powerful Presentations
Tech Level: Intermediate
March 28, 2014 | 12:30-3:30 pm
EducationPlus member $59 | Non-member $74
Know the basics of PowerPoint, but want to jazz up your presentations with style and pizazz? Come learn how to create presentations that hold the audience’s attention and still deliver the message!

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