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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:

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Still from Makey-Makey by Warren Elementary students

Elementary

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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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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Next Wednesday, April 18, find out from the Show-Me a Movie Contest’s Creator (a digital storytelling specialist) and it’s Program Manager on how to prepare your elementary through high schools students to enter this annual movie making contest from Cooperating School Districts. Learn about (new) rules and the rubrics, plus see examples and much more! This is a free webinar that is part of the Virtual Learning Center’s ongoing Webinar Wednesday series. Whether you are brand new to the Show-Me a Movie contest, or have entered your students’ work for several years, you’ll want to hear that latest information on program. Click on the image below to register.

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Coming up in April, two St. Louis metro area school districts are holding film festivals; both the Ladue School District and Parkway School District will be showing student work at their respective events.

The third annual Ladue High School FilmFest takes place April 13th at the school’s Performing Arts Center. According to teacher Don Goble, “Ladue film students enrolled in my Broadcast Technology II class, partner each year with Theater teacher Janine Burmeister’s Acting III classes at the high school, to work on fully scripted short films, using a Hollywood web-based film curriculum.  The students’ process began last August, when they created a concept, wrote a script, auditioned the theater students, recorded their scenes, and have feverishly been editing. Over 20 Ladue students took part in this program and their hard work comes to the big screen.”

Two weeks later, the April 26th Parkway Digital Film Festival highlights & showcases digital projects created by 700 Parkway students in grades K-12. Using the knowledge and skills acquired in school, students have made connections to the curriculum and applied their learning to the art and science of digital storytelling enabling them to be practitioners in the real world. This event  takes place at  the Purser Center at Logan College of Chiropractic. Organizer Bill Bass shares, “the Parkway Digital Film Festival is a celebration of student work highlighting the stories from students in all grade levels and content areas. We founded the festival four years ago as a way to give students an authentic audience and to showcase the digital stories that they were creating in their classrooms. Additionally, it gave teachers the opportunity to have their students become creators of digital content rather than the more traditional role of consumer.”

Both events are open to the public, (for all ages), and include a red carpet walk for the participating students. The Parkway event is free, the Ladue event requires a ticket for entry at a cost of $5 each. All proceeds help fund the continuation of  web-based film curriculum for future students. They can be purchased at the door the night of the FilmFest, or in advance by contacting Don Goble.

photo credit: by vancouverfilmschool

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