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Top left to right: April Burton, Amy Taylor, Megan Chambers, Gina Hartman, Chris McGee  |  Bottom left to right: Robert Dillon, Christine Ruder, Nick Cusumano, Heidi Morgan, Kelly Gilchrist

The METC Conference’s Midwest Spotlight Educators is an honor that recognizes education technology leaders in the region, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers. This is reflected in increased knowledge, improved skills and academic achievement by integrating technology into their instructional practices. The 2014 Midwest Spotlight Educators were selected, after an application process, by the METC Planning and Advisory Committee. Look for The Connected Classroom to profile each leading up to METC in February; in the meantime, click on the photo above to learn more about the selected Illinois and Missouri educators. Congratulations to the 2014 spotlight educator group! Each will present at least twice at the conference.

METC is a program of Cooperating School Districts and the METC ISTE affiliate.

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LMS Academy CSDOur Library Media Specialist Academy focuses on the changing role of the Library Media Specialist in K-12 education. Today’s LMS plays the versatile role of an instructional partner responsible for ensuring that students & staff are efficient & effective users of information. The academy assists LMS personnel in teaching and connecting the new standards of AASL, ISTE and the NETS. Registration is open for all library media specialists to attend this eight-part academy on:

All sessions, except for METC, are 4-7 p.m. at CSD. Just some of the topics to be covered include: understanding the meaning of media literacy as it applies to 21st century skills; learning digital tools that promote effective use of digital media for K-12 students; examining best practices for Copyright & Fair Use; and exploring digital citizenship and literacy curriculum resources.

The cost is $495 non-CSD members and $395 for members. In addition, participants have an option to earn 3.0 graduate credits for an additional cost of $60 per credit hour through Lindenwood University. Learn more by clicking here.

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Ritenour CCSSOur final Common Core State Standards and Understanding by Design Summer Institute- a collaboration with the St. Louis Area Curriculum Coordinators Association (SLACCA) and Authentic Education- was a great success last week at the Ritenour School District.

To read some of the tweets from the event, visit our Storify on #CCSSUbD.

The first three-day session was last month at the Fox School District.

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Here are the top five blog posts for the past month on The Connected Classroom — have you read them?

june top 5

Missouri educators collaborating during the Common Core State Standards and Understanding by Design Summer Institute

(1)   Common Core State Standards and Understanding by Design Summer Institute Brings Together Area Educators

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

(3)   Apply for the Google Teacher Academy in Chicago

(4)   Visual Literacy & the Common Core Standards

(5)   St. Louis Area Libraries Offering Summer Reading Clubs

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gmlpGateway Media Literacy Partners, Inc. (GMLP) was incorporated in Missouri 2004.  GMLP’s goal is to attract individuals, organizations and institutions who as community citizens strongly believe media literacy is a democracy skill, is a survival skill and a nexus for change, vital to developing critical thinking, and media literacy empowers citizens to make intelligent and healthy choices throughout their lifetime.

One committee of GMLP is Education Community Engagement; earlier in June, ECE held a mini conference at Cooperating School Districts on Media Literacy for K-12 educators. On it’s webpage, there are many resources from not only those who presented (Bill Bass, Linda Dougherty, Mitch Eden, Don Goble, and Julie Smith) but recommendations from the ECE committee. Do take some time to click around and check it out!

Cooperating School Districts is an institutional member of GMLP.

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Our five-day Teaching and Learning Today with Technology – Tech Camp for CCSS & NGA is hands-on, fast paced, and relevant to teachers today. Each day July 15-19th is focused on the skills a teacher needs today to actively engage students in a 21st Century classroom.

meg ormiston tech campMeg Ormiston believes in outcome based personal professional development that focuses on teachers creating digital artifacts in their content areas. Each participant will build, create, and publish project examples they will have students complete back in the classroom. Each participant is encouraged to bring materials they would like to redesign into technology rich projects. Participants will learn new Web 2.0 tools to use while designing lessons aligned to Common Core.

In addition, there are three graduate credits available through Lindenwood University to those interested. Learn more, and how to register, for this bring your own device(s) event by clicking here.

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infographics examplesAre your data reports just plain text with a table tossed in the middle? Have you seen infographics like the ones to the left from ASCD’s Pinterest board and want to design your own?

WHEN: July 22 | 8:30 – 3:30
WHERE: CSD
COST: $145 member; $189 non-member
INSTRUCTOR: Linda Dougherty
CREDIT: One graduate credit available through Lindenwood University
REGISTER: Online

We encourage you to bring your school data to learn the different methods from simple to detailed in making your own infographics. You’ll be able to market your library with colorful detailed reports and collaborate with teachers on data lesson plans for students. Infographics can be used for student assessment and as tool to view classroom/school data. Learn how to use online tools and PowerPoint to create these visually appealing, easy to understand pictures that are worth a thousand words.

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