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metc 2014 virtualCouldn’t make it in person to the METC Conference last month? Don’t worry! Select sessions are available online, for free – no plane, train or automobile needed to participate! Access this great resource at METCconference.org, and save the date for 2015: February 9-11.

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Julie Smith during small group discussion at Media Literacy Week 2012

Julie Smith during Media Literacy Week 2012

The Education Community Engagement Committee of GMLP is hosting the Gateway Media Literacy Partners Mini Conference: Pedagogy and Production at Cooperating School Districts on June 7 from 7:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

St. Louis educators Don Goble (Ladue School District) and Julie Smith (SIUE and Webster University) will keynote this event, followed by two different session times (9:30-10:20 and 10:30-11:20) with various resources, programs, and ideas shared from area experts in the field media literacy and K-12 education, like:

•  Bill Bass, Parkway School District
•  Linda Dougherty, Northwest School District
•  Mitch Eden, Kirkwood School District

In addition, a media panel will also participate in the discussion from 11:30-12:10. Those participants include:

•  Jasmine Huda, KMOV
•  Alvin Reid, Nine Network, 101 ESPN

GMLP strives to empower citizens to think critically about media messages. Anyone who wants to learn more about media literacy, and network with local media literacy educators and professionals is invited to participate the Mini Conference.

Preregistration is requested by May 24; seating is limited to 60 attendees. Cost for event is $10 (cash) at the door, which covers breakfast and printed materials. For questions regarding the Pedagogy and Production Mini Conference on Media Literacy, contact GMLP ECE co-chairs Rebecca Morrison or Mary Pat Gallagher. Cooperating School Districts is an institutional member of GMLP.

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This year, several of the Midwest Education Technology Conference Advisory Committee members have read some of the books being offered at the METC book store   and are providing brief reviews on the content. We’ll offer their reviews throughout several posts, starting here:metc bookstore

Digital Storytelling- Guide for Educators
by Midge Frazel, reviewed by Robert Dillon

This book is an excellent resources for teachers, technology integrators, and school leaders. It takes a fresh look at the importance of storytelling in schools. For as long as there has been language, there have been oral histories that have been passed down generations based on stories.

Today’s connected world creates new opportunities for students with storytelling and specially digital storytelling skills. Frazel uses the ISTE NETS for students to showcase how digital storytelling can grow student’s technology IQ. The book provides outstanding resources and clear explanations.

The author walks the reader through all steps of the process from planning, to creating, to presenting the digital story. In addition, Frazel writes some specific chapters about classroom engagement, using story to support explanation of family history, and using story to build community connection. This easy read is ideal for educators looking to build engaging learning opportunities for students in this essential learning area.

2012 metc book store selectionEnergize Research Reading and Writing

by Christopher Lehman, reviewed by Bill Bass

While this book isn’t really a technology book, the connection between research and technology has never been greater. When we want to know something, by and large we turn to these technological tools to help us out. Through his book, Christopher Lehman makes a connection for the reader between the reading and writing that is done by using real world examples and giving us the ability to implement the strategies regardless of the level of tech in a given classroom.

METC is a program of Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis

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googleGoogle Academy: Search, Learn, Share!
8:30 am-3:30 pm on July 16 at CSD
$250/person | Register at www.csd.org/tele
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This new summer class in St. Louis, Missouri, at Cooperating School Districts, is brought to you by the producers of the Google Teacher Academy,  is a Google Workshop for Educators (GWE).

This class, taught by Google Certified Teachers Bill Bass, Cindy Lane, and Stephanie Madlinger, will introduce participants to innovative ways Google tools can be used in education. This full day of fast-paced presentations and hands-on activities includes experience with advanced search techniques, collaborative web-based applications, and inspirational instructional strategies. Google Certified Teachers share ways they’ve implemented tools such as Google Docs, Google Earth, Google Sites, and more. Participants who complete the event are given access to the Google Workshops for Educators Network (GWEN), an online community focused on supporting educators as they learn more about the power of Google to drive student learning.

(One Graduate Credit is available at an additional cost!)

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photo of Chicago by noisecollusion

The Virtual Learning Center congratulates Bill Bass and Stephanie Madlinger from the Parkway School District on their acceptance to the Google Teachers Academy Chicago this fall. Great news! They will join Lindbergh School District’s Cindy Lane this September in Illinois. According to the Google for Educators webpage, The Google Teacher Academy is a FREE professional development experience designed to help K-12 educators get the most from innovative technologies. Each Academy is an intensive, one-day event where participants get hands-on experience with Google’s free products and other technologies, learn about innovative instructional strategies, receive resources to share with colleagues, and immerse themselves in an innovative corporate environment. Upon completion, Academy participants become Google Certified Teachers who share what they learn with other K-12 educators in their local region.” We can’t wait to hear back on how the training goes!

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Today teachers learned from Ron Carr and Bill Bass how to record digital audio broadcasts, edit them & upload them to the web- how to create a podcast. So much was covered- from products to production! Just a few tidbits: the technical needs for creating a podcast were reviewed, like having a microphone and a USB headset. The better input you have, the better quality recording you’ll get. They talked about different programs for making podcasts (there are many options!)- like using Audacity and GarageBand. They discussed how to make your message clear & reach your target audience when you podcast. Ron and Bill shared many tips & tricks for creating and finding quality podcasts. Martha and Stacey were on-hand in the tele to assist & answer questions.

 

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