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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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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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facing history logoExplore Facing History themes & topics in live, interactive, facilitated online learning events. Features such as two-way audio, multi-point video, interactive whiteboard, application and desktop sharing, rich media, and breakout rooms allow Facing History staff & scholars to engage with participants with the benefits of a traditional classroom in a virtual setting. All sessions are recorded for those who cannot attend the live event.

Here’s the available spring line up of free webinars:

Choices in Little Rock Web Tour | Tuesday, March 26 · 8 p.m. EDT
Join Facing History Program Associate for Technology K.C. Kourtz and participants of our “Choices in Little Rock” online course on a guided tour of facinghistory.org. Discover new resources and learn where to find the resources explored in the “Choices in Little Rock” course, that will help bring American civil rights history to your classroom.

Holocaust and Human Behavior Web Tour | Monday, April 1 · 8 p.m. EDT
Join Facing History Program Associate for Technology K.C. Kourtz and participants in the “Holocaust and Human Behavior” online course on a guided tour of facinghistory.org. Discover new resources and learn where to find resources explored in the “Holocaust and Human Behavior” course, that will help bring the history of the Holocaust to your classroom.

Survivor Testimony in the Classroom | Thursday, April 4 · 8 p.m. EDT
Join Facing History Program Associate for Technology K.C. Kourtz for a tour of Facing History’s online survivor testimony pages and learn how to use these resources with students. Participants will discover materials and strategies for preparing students for a survivor classroom visit.

Choices in Little Rock and the Common Core State Standards |
Wednesday, April 10 · 8 p.m. EDT
Join Facing History Program Associate Daniel Braunfeld as he explores with online course participants how “Choices in Little Rock” resources and teaching strategies align with the Common Core State Standards.

Holocaust and Human Behavior and the Common Core State Standards | Thursday, April 11 · 8 p.m. EDT
Join Facing History Senior Program Associate Jocelyn Stanton as she explores with online seminar participants how “Holocaust and Human Behavior” resources and teaching strategies align with the Common Core State Standards.

According to its website, Facing History engages nearly two million students annually through its network of more than 29,000 educators around the world and reaches the public and the broader educational market through community events and extensive online resources.

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Today the Learning Division’s Laurie Milburn, a Special Education Improvement Consultant, conducted a brief webinar that highlighted one important step involved in writing and submitting a successful MAP-A: APIs. Alternate Performance Indicators must be thoughtfully chosen prior to designing MAP-A activities and collecting MAP-A data. To learn more by accessing the archived version of the webinar, click on the photo above.

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The Virtual Learning Center of Cooperating School Districts has two more workshops this summer on your Promethean ActivBoard. Take both, or just select the single session that best suits your needs! Each session runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is $110 for a CSD member and $149 for a non-member. For Level 2 and 3, one graduate credit is available for each workshop (at an additional cost). To register, click here. If you’d like to get a little taste as to what this kind of professional development offers you as an educator, take a some time to view this archived webinar offered by the VLC earlier in the 2011-2012 school year.

Creating ActivBoard Lessons to Engage and Motivate Students (Level 2) Learn the advanced features of the ActivInspire and create flipcharts; develop lesson activities that organize lesson resources, make use of sound and images to motivate students and create a story or problem where your students demonstrate knowledge or creativity in a fun way. You’ll be able to create your own usable flipchart, either from scratch or by tweaking a downloaded lesson. PREREQUISITE: Level 1 training or equivalent; not a workshop for beginners. This workshop is Monday, July 2.

Best Practices in ActivBoard Flipchart Lessons (Level 3) Available for teachers with intermediate or advanced skills in ActivInspire software, this workshop will teach you how to create interactive lesson activities based on curriculum standards & best practices scoring guides. You’ll also collaborate with others to design & build lessons. Lessons created during class will then shared with other teachers through Promethean Planet. PREREQUISITE: Level 2 training or equivalent; not a workshop for beginners; You will be sent a survey of their skills before enrolling. This workshop is Monday, July 9. 

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This year marked Cooperating School Districts’ first at offering professional development webinars through the Virtual Learning Center for K-12 educators. We’re looking forward to continuing the events into the summer and next school year, too. If you are unfamiliar with our free webinars, you can access the various archived sessions right now by visiting the recordings section of our WebEx page.

Here are the topics that we offered in 2011-2012 by month:

MAY
Topic: Summer tele Preview

APRIL
Topic:  Show-Me a Movie Contest: Preparing to Enter

MARCH
Topic:  Promethean ActivBoard Tips & Tricks
Topic:  Google Tools for Education

JANUARY
Topic:  Midwest Education Technology Conference Q & A
Topic:  Digital Citizenship: Being Aware of Your Digital Footprint

DECEMBER
Topic:  Cool Tools for Educators

NOVEMBER
Topic:  Using Your SMART Board with Marzano Strategies
Topic:  CSDVLC ISTE Affiliate

OCTOBER
Topic:  CSD: Advanced Discovery: IWB Media & Creation
Topic:  SMART Board Tips & Tricks: My Content & Gallery Collections

SEPTEMBER
Topic:  Webinar Wednesday: CSD: Who We Are

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Next week, it’s our last Wednesday Webinar for this school year- hard to believe! On May 9th, find out what Cooperating School Districts’ Virtual Learning Center has in store for summer tele (technology enhanced learning environment) workshops and how you can earn Lindenwood University graduate credit for them! In this 60-minute webinar, learn from lead instructors Martha Bogart and Stephanie Madlinger the types of workshops being offered at CSD, what you can expect of the professional development, and when you can take them. To register for this free webinar, visit this link. Can’t log on at 4 o’clock on Wednesday? No worries, this event, like all of the others this school year, will be archived and you can catch it when you have free time.

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Martha and Rebecca present the webinar April 18, 2012

Did you miss yesterday’s free webinar on the Show-Me a Movie Contest? Don’t worry, it’s archived with all of the other Wednesday Webinars offered by the Virtual Learning Center, and you can access it anytime (just click on event recordings).

Some, but not all, of yesterday’s highlights shared included these new rules for Show-Me a Movie:

• We no longer will accept movies on CD; all submissions must be uploaded online prior to contest deadline of Friday, December 14, 2012 at 3 p.m. Central Standard Time

• The contest is now open for submissions from elementary (2-5), middle school, and high school students in Missouri and Illinois

• Movies that lack the proper citations for resources used within the submission will automatically be disqualified from judging, rather than just points taken off total score as we have done in previous years

Questions about Show-Me a Movie, or webinars? Contact Rebecca Morrison.

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Think outside the book with thousands of educators from all over the world as we connect during this unique professional development experience on Saturday, April 21st! We are pleased to welcome Discovery Education’s Jason Altman onsite to Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis. Jason will bring his expertise and knowledge of DE Assessment. What is the difference between formative and summative assessment? How can I integrate authentic assessment into every day teaching strategies? Jason has the answers!

Besides Jason, we have our very own MO DEN Leadership Council share even more  knowledge & support at this free event. Cindy Lane will be on hand to answer your questions about DE and using it in the classroom! Melissa Robison and Margie Rogers will host an iPad learning session. You will learn how to use your iPad with the Discovery Education website. The Virtual Learning Center’s Stephanie Madlinger and Megan Moncure will share strategies for using social media resources within the DEN and Twitter. Besides playing the videos for your students, learn what else can you do with the video segments, images and sound effects. Did you know you can organize your resources and differentiate instruction through the Student Center?

Come learn powerful ways to integrate digital media and Web 2.0 tools into your instruction as well as discover an abundance of resources to expand your own Personal Learning Network (PLN).

Breakfast refreshments and lunch will be provided for all attendees at this free day of learning! Please feel free to bring your own laptops, iPads, cell phones or other mobile devices and their chargers!

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012
Time: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. (doors open at 7:30, come and go as you need!)
Location: Cooperating School Districts
Address: 1460 Craig Road, St. Louis, MO 63146

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The Virtual Learning Center of Cooperating School Districts is offering three workshops this summer on your Promethean ActivBoard. Take all three, or just select the single session that best suits your needs! Each session runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. is $149 for a CSD member and $189 for a non-member. For Level 2 and 3, one graduate credit is available for each workshop (at an additional cost). To register, click here.

Transforming Learning with a Promethean ActivBoard (Level 1) 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. This workshop is June 5.

Creating ActivBoard Lessons to Engage and Motivate Students (Level 2) Learn the advanced features of the ActivInspire and create flipcharts; develop lesson activities that organize lesson resources, make use of sound and images to motivate students and create a story or problem where your students demonstrate knowledge or creativity in a fun way. You’ll be able to create your own usable flipchart, either from scratch or by tweaking a downloaded lesson. PREREQUISITE: Level 1 training or equivalent; not a workshop for beginners. This workshop is July 2.

Best Practices in ActivBoard Flipchart Lessons (Level 3) Available for teachers with intermediate or advanced skills in ActivInspire software, this workshop will teach you how to create interactive lesson activities based on curriculum standards & best practices scoring guides. You’ll also collaborate with others to design & build lessons. Lessons created during class will then shared with other teachers through Promethean Planet. PREREQUISITE: Level 2 training or equivalent; not a workshop for beginners; You will be sent a survey of their skills before enrolling. This workshop is July 9. If you’d like to get a little taste as to what this kind of professional development offers you as an educator, take a some time to view this archived webinar, offered by the VLC, earlier in the 2011-2012 school year.

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