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The LearningLab is pleased to share that we have returning plus new year-long academies in place for 2015-2016. Participation in each of these academies includes admittance to the 2016 Midwest Education Technology Community Conference in February for participants! To learn more about the content, dates (each starts in October 2015 and runs through March 2016) and price of each academy, please visit our calendar or click on the infographic below. Registration is now open!

2015-16 edtech academies

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Nick Cusumano and Laura Gilchrist are co-teaching a two-day #METCpd workshop this week at EducationPlus called Building Literacy Skills Through Digital Content Creation as part of our Summer of Innovation! Participants took a break from the conference room to step outside on a photowalk this morning! Laura even pulled out her selfie stick! These two fantastic instructors are tweeters, so follow them for great ideas, best practices and favorite resources!

photowalkFind Laura on Twitter at @lauragilchrist4 and Nick at @edtech4theatre.

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Marching band directors, music teachers and video production educators, The St. Louis Cardinals are challenging fans to produce a video singing their own stylized version of Take Me Out to the Ballgame for a chance to win a VIP experience for 10 people. This Cardinal Nationexperience includes having the winning video shown to over 40,000 fans in the middle of the 7th inning of the Cardinals-Reds Game on July 29th.

School groups are encouraged to produce a music video, no more than three-minutes, demonstrating their creativity with their own personalized version of the classic baseball song. Fans may transform the tune into any music genre they want while keeping the core lyrics intact.

Fans are encouraged to entertain Cardinals Nation, show their enthusiasm for the team and most importantly, have some fun while creating their own music video.

Dates to remember:
• Fans have until May 31, 2015 to submit their video.
• Fans will vote online for their favorite June 1 – July 3rd.

Learn more and submit a link to their video and see video submissions from other fans at

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Virtual Conference sessions include those from Library Media Specialists Gwyneth Jones (keynote), Angela Van Batavia (spotlight educator) and Jennifer LaGarde (featured speaker).

The METC 2015 Virtual Conference consisted of live programming on  February 10 and 11 during the edtech conference. Those same sessions are now archived for streaming at your convenience. The presentations chosen include those from keynote and featured speakers as well as Midwest Spotlight Educators.

Streaming services were provided by Conference Technologies, Inc.
The METC Conference Moodle is provided by SqoolTechs, LLC.

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Thank you all who had students submit 130 movies to the 2014 Show-Me a Movie Contest! Choosing the winners in each category was a difficult task for the panel of judges, who spent a full day reviewing the movies, entry forms and student reflections. The winning movies will be shown at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference on February 10th. Congratulations to the following movies, our winning science, technology, engineering, math and art-themed submissions:

Makey Makey Still

Still from Makey-Makey by Warren Elementary students


Show-Me a Story  Francis Howell’s Sawmill
John Weldon Elementary, Francis Howell School District
Sponsor Marcia Riley

Show-Me Something New  Makey-Makey
Warren Elementary, Francis Howell School District
Sponsor Missy Kelly

Show-Me Your Creativity  Using Recycled Materials to Make a Checker Board
Buder Elementary School, Ritenour School District
Sponsors Janel Hubbard, Christine Phillips

Middle School

Show-Me a Challenge  Girls in STEM
Orchard Farm Middle School, Orchard Farm School District
Sponsor Heather Hinze

Show-Me Your Community   Using Art in the Real World
LaSalle Springs Middle School, Rockwood School District
Sponsor Rebecca Schweizer

Show-Me Your Creativity   Fluorescent vs Incandescent Light Bulbs
LaSalle Springs Middle School, Rockwood School District
Sponsor Rebecca Schweizer

High School

Show-Me a Challenge  Distractive Driving Campaign
Liberty High School, Wentzville School District
Sponsor Molly Kleiber

Show-Me Your Creativity  Les Fleurs de la Vie
Francis Howell Central High School, Francis Howell School District
Sponsor Michelle McCune

Thanks to our judges who took the time to review the movies. Also, thank you to our sponsors: EducationPlus, Fontbonne University, Kikkerland Design Inc., Lindenwood University and St. Louis County Library.

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In 2014, The Connected Classroom had about 11,000 views. We’re excited that over half of the top five posts for the year highlight the awesome work that three educators in the region are doing in our schools. The single busiest day of the year was January 21st and the most popular post that day was Midwest Spotlight Educator: Heidi Morgan.

top 2014 posts

Heidi Morgan | Will Blaylock | Sarah Spaunhorst

Here are the top five most-read posts for 2014:

1)  Spotlight on Sarah Spaunhorst @ METC 2015

2)  Hangout with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

3)  2011 Show-Me a Movie Winners…

4)  Making IT Happen: Will Blaylock

5)  Midwest Spotlight Educator: Heidi Morgan

Thank you for reading The Connected Classroom and we look forward to many more great posts in 2015!

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guide for educatorsThe Midwest Education Technology Community Conference advisory committee is excited to bring back book reviews of materials that we will offer at the conference this February. Digital Storytelling Guide for Educators by Midge Frazel is one of the selections. The audience for this book is K-12 educators, curriculum specialists and administrators.

Reviewed by Hollie Hanneke, Library Media Specialist, Parkway School District   Storytelling has been around since the beginning of time. Midge Frazel’s Digital Storytelling Guide for Educators brings storytelling to the 21st century by incorporating multimedia and computer based features into the writing or story process. Frazel examines digital storytelling by demonstrating how audio, photography, music and sound effects can create a modern story to share with others.

Frazel’s book is designed as a resource and guide for educators. She begins by giving an overview of digital storytelling and includes step by step instructions on how to plan, prepare, evaluate, and execute a digital story. The chapters are packed full of web based and computer program resources to use with the creation of a digital story. Frazel’s resources are explicitly well written, allowing even a novice teacher to instruct students on digital storytelling. My favorite chapter is near the end as Frazel explains how digital storytelling can bridge the gap between the classroom and the community, thus creating excitement within our students and the work they are producing in school.

Digital storytelling is our future. Digitial Storytelling Guide for Educators brings excitement, practicality and essence to this genre.

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