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media icons canvaHow do kids use social media? What does their use mean for them as far as privacy, their digital footprint and the law?

Spend the morning of July 24 learning all the ins & outs of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.) and how your students use it, both for good and bad. During the afternoon, see how you can make use of social media in your classroom to create effective communication, collaboration and learning outcomes. Students are already savvy, shouldn’t you be?

julie smith twitterThursday, 7/24/14: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM | $159 Members; $199 Non-Members |1 graduate credit available | Register online | Tweet with instructor Julie Smith, Media Literacy Guru, Social Media Enthusiast

 

[This session had to be cancelled; stay tuned for future classes]

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-2This week, a collaborative learning opportunity involving three EducationPlus PLN’s, SLACCA, EduCoaches and LARC, is taking place at the Ferguson Florissant School District. We’re beginning a four year literacy initiative and the Reading Workshop for Beginners Three Day Institute is kicking it off! The institute is a way for the region’s educators to share best practices. Participants will be gaining an understanding of the instructional philosophy and framework of the Reading Workshop.

They will be walking away with a structure for implementing and starting the workshop approach in their classrooms. Teams of three to five teachers are here with an instructional coach and/or administrator from their district. The districts participating this week include:

•  Affton-1
•  Bayless
•  Ferguson Florissant
•  Francis Howell
•  Parkway
•  Rockwood
•  SSD
•  University City

These educators are engaging in lesson planning and implementation as well as daily breakout sessions. Facilitators sharing their best practices are from Fox, Bayless, Parkway, Ritenour, Warren County and Wentzville school districts. The June session filled so quickly that we are now offering a July session.

Reading Workshop for Beginners Three Day Institute takes place again July 21-23 at Cross Keys Middle School. Register for this session by July 14; keep in mind you must attend all three sessions. Questions? Contact EducationPlus’ Director of Teaching and Learning, Stephanie Madlinger.

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visual literacy Students are surrounded by visual images all day long: TV,  streaming, apps… Examine how technology has changed the creation of visual images in news & ads and discuss what that effect has been on our students. Learn how to help students decipher the messages implicit in visual images while developing lessons that align to the standards.

Join us in Teaching New Literacies to Meet the Standards on Tuesday, July 22. Register online at www.edplus.org.

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Untitled design-8Do you know what type of digital footprint you are creating? Anyone using the web or a mobile device leaves a digital footprint. Because of AUPs and best practices guidelines, school leaders are faced with creating policies that students can follow & teachers can support. We teach our children how to be safe within the physical community, but what about norms for appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use? Learn how July 17-18; click on the image for more info.

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digigirlz pdf logoThe Saint Louis Science Center is hosting an opportunity for girls to participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops, connect with Microsoft employees and learn about careers in technology.

Microsoft’s DigiGirlz Camp is a free program is for all girls entering 8th through 12th grades. During this camp, participating girls will experience many forms of technology firsthand, participate in tours and demonstrations, network with women in the field and hear from executive women. They will also have a chance to win participation prizes.

WHEN: August 5-6, 2014
WHERE: Saint Louis Science Center (breakfast & lunch are included)
DRESS CODE: Business Casual

Register by July 11, 2014!
Registration is full.

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CharacterPlus Nat’l Conference attendees at a session on this book study

Join EducationPlus for a unique, free, online book study of Paul Tough’s best-selling book, “How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.”

Participants in this study will explore Tough’s hypothesis that non-cognitive skills like persistence, self-control, curiosity, grit, conscientiousness and self-confidence are more crucial than sheer brainpower to achieving success. Participants will also address poverty and its impact on the lives of young people and the belief that these non-cognitive skills can help reduce some of the early learning deficits children face. Participants will need to purchase their own copy of the book or contact us in advance of the study.

Audience: Administrators, PreK-12 Classroom Teachers, Curriculum Coordinators, Instructional and Literacy Coaches

Twitter Dates & Times
#MOedchat using #MOreads as ad additional hashtag
June 19, 9:00 pm
July 17, 9:00 pm
August 21, 9:00 pm
September 18, 9:00 pm

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1-5The 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?

Flip Teaching 1-2-3

St. Louis Summer Reading Clubs

Organizing Information Overload

What Common Core Learning Looks Like in the Classroom and How Leaders Foster It

SSA Mini-Conference Returns June 11

 

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