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balancedThe Smarter Balanced Library is a resource available to all Missouri teachers. Its Digital Library is a collection of professional learning resources and instructional resources to help educators tailor their Missouri Learning Standards instruction to students’ needs using formative assessment processes. Educators can use these resources throughout the school year to:

  • Identify any misconceptions they might have regarding formative assessment
  • Increase their use of formative assessment tools
  • Better understand where students are in their learning
  • Make quick adjustments to instruction

EducationPlus is offering six workshops over three days to help educators to learn how to navigate the Digital Library, differentiate between professional and instructional resources and explore resources for their specific needs.

Dates Available:
Monday, October 27, 2014 OR
Monday, November 10, 2014 OR
Friday, December 12, 2014

Times:  8:30- 11:30am and repeats 12:30 – 3:30pm;
choose morning or afternoon session.

Location
:  EducationPlus, 1460 Craig Rd., St. Louis, MO 63146
Cost:  $50 Members and Non-Members

Participants will need to bring their own device and district provided access code to this workshop. Register online at www.edplus.org.

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Digital Wish believes that every child deserves a technology-rich education that will provide them with the skills necessary to excel in the global economy. Every day, they develop new online tools and promotions that empower teachers and their supporters to get new technology for their classrooms and enhance learning for children. Here’s a list of the most popular deals and programs running through Digital Wish right now. Feel free to circulate these around your school districts! Here are a few highlights:

Digital Wish has placed over $12 million dollars in technology, into the hands of teachers. A few statistics:

  • Technology Wishes Granted: 31,141
  • Schools Impacted: 11,004
  • Fundraisers Started: 997

To see some of the requests and projects made by teachers utilizing Digital Wish, visit this link.

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Max Brooks METCThe “print-to-digital” transition is full of challenging opportunities. As a regional manager with Discovery Education, an organization committed to providing the best digital resources for curriculum, instruction and assessment, Max Brooks has the privilege of helping administrators, teachers and students overcome these challenges.
 Learn from his expertise at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference this February!

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[click on the image to register | photo taken by Student Enews Bureau]

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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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The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District wants to partner with St. Louis area educators (4-12th grades) on stormwater pollution awareness and education using the nonpoint source EnviroScape model. The EnviroScape model is the leading teaching tool that water educators have for portraying the complexity and importance of water quality practices.  The model also enhances water education curriculum and provides students more information about STEM careers.

To reach more schools and students throughout the area, MSD is offering to loan out EnviroScape models to schools for use in their classrooms and train educators how to use the Enviroscape model at no cost.  Two free training workshops will be held in October for interested schools. Attendees will leave the 90 minute workshop knowing how to use the EnviroScape model in their classroom. MSD will provide 1.5 hours for professional development in watershed and stormwater management certificates at the end of each workshop.

The workshops will be offered on Thursday, October 2, 2014 and Tuesday October 14, 2014, 9:00 – 10:30 AM at the MSD training auditorium located at 10 East Grand Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63147. For more information or to RSVP, contact rabieh@stlmsd.com.

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