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Thomas Jefferson | Flickr The three-week institute Thomas Jefferson: Personality, Character and Public Life, offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities, will take place at Boston University from July 8 to 26, 2013.  Speakers include R. B. Bernstein, Peter Hatch, Joanne Freeman, Jan Lewis, and Peter Onuf. The institute will seek to deepen our understanding of one of the most important figures in American history, a figure who is fascinating, influential, inspiring, and embattled.

Focusing on Jefferson’s personality and character and connecting them to his public career will be the theme of the first week, followed by an examination of  his views on religion, his role as a family man, and his correspondence with John Adams. In the final week, the Institute turns to slavery, science, and money.

The application and further information (like the stipend for teachers is $2,700; itinerary and speaker bios) is at the institute’s website.

During the three weeks, participants will also ponder some larger questions:

  • Is the intimate life knowable?
  • Does it connect to the public man or woman?
  • Do we each fashion our own version of Jefferson to reflect our values and needs?
  • What is Jefferson’s legacy?

Discussion will include pedagogical questions:

  • What role should biography and primary sources play in history instruction?
  • How does teaching biographies fit with state standards and high stakes testing?
  • How do we teach intimate information about famous Americans to young people?
  • How can teachers be honest and realistic yet still inspire students and encourage citizenship?

Learn more by visiting thomasjeffersonpersonalitycharacterandpubliclife.org.

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Flickr Creative Commons: misshaBrought to you by the producers of the Google Teacher Academy, this summer class at Cooperating School Districts in St. Louis is a Google Workshop for Educators (GWE).  It 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. Bring Your Own Laptop!

Google Academy: Search, Learn, Share!
8:30 am-3:30 pm now on July 16 at CSD
$250/person (One Graduate Credit available at an additional cost)
Register at www.csd.org/tele
(Creative Commons) photo by missha on Flickr

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St. Louis area educators, here is your chance to learn about Second Life and how it can a useful application for your classroom! We’re offering two levels of courses, in second lifeone on June 15 and 16, the other on June 18.

Second Life for Educators- Level I
June 15 and 16, 2009 at CSD: www.csd.org/tele
Second Life, a 3D virtual world created by it “residents,” offers a range of new and exciting possibilities for educators and their students.  Already there is a broad range of prominent educational institutions and organizations exploring the use of virtual worlds for the delivery of a wide range of courses and educational events including distance and flexible education, presentations and discussions, historical recreations, multimedia and game design and language learning practice. This class will take you into the virtual world of Second Life and showcase many of the top educational uses!

[Single day classes are $138 for CSD members, $214 for nonmembers and 2 day classes are $276 for CSD members, $428 nonmembers]


Second Life for Educators- Level II

June 18, 2009 at CSD: www.csd.org/tele
This advanced class takes participants who have completed Second Life for Educators- Level I into the more advanced features of the multi-user virtual environment. Participants will learn how to participate in a personal learning network in Second Life and how to create their own learning environment.

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The latest podcast offered by Cooperating School Districts features the Virtual Learning Center’s Director, Ruth Litman-Block, on the topic of Technology Integration in the Classroom. Past issues covered include High Cost of Fuel and its Impact on Education and School Reform.

Future topics include Preparing Students for the Global Workplace and Public Education and the U.S. Political Landscape. For additional information or to request a specific topic to be covered, contact Kathleen Woehrmann at kwoehrmann@csd.org. To listen to all of CSD’s podcasts (or to subscribe to them), visit “ABOUT US: PODCASTS” on the CSD website, www.csd.org.

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MODLA‘s annual conference is July 9 and 10 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in the Lake of the Ozarks.  The conference theme this year is ‘Keeping Pace with Distance Learning.’  For a complete list of all the sessions (including mine on our Author Visits!), click here.

Strands include:

  • ABC’s of Distance Learning
  • 21st Century Technologies
  • Distance Learning Content Development
  • Instructional Practices in Distance Learning
  • Interactive Video Conferencing & Online
  • Distance Learning Support and Assessment
In addition, AT&T Education Advocate Wesley Fryer will be the keynote speaker & Dan Coyote and the Skydancers will close the conference with a presentation on Second Life.               

According to its website, the mission of the Missouri Distance Learning Association “is to promote the effective application of distance learning strategies to maximize access, equity, and quality of educational resources for teachers and learners of all ages.”

I hope to see you in Tan-Tar-A!

 

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Indianapolis Zoo has a popular, annual Earth Day videoconference. I can’t say that I know of too many others out there – can anyone list some?  Have any collaborative project ideas over videoconference for Earth Day? I know I’m going to be getting inquiries on the topic in the next couple of weeks… 

 

 

 (photo from Visible Earth – a catalog of NASA images) 

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The Midwest Education Technology Conference started today!  It’s not too late, however, to participate.  Walk-in registration is welcome.  We will be at the St. Charles Convention Center bright and early tomorrow morning! Sessions start at 9:30, but registration opens at 6:30.  There is an exhibit hall with dozens of vendors, and break out sessions that cover everything from videoconferencing to differentiated instruction to digital media. There are over 140 breakout sessions that cover one or more of these levels: Awareness: exploring & gathering; Training: developing new skill sets; Systemic: systemic change agent.  Districts from all over the St. Louis area (and beyond!) attend this fantastic conference! See you there…

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Technology is a tool that excites and engages students to learn.

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Save the date: February 4-6, 2008

Registration began October 1, 2007

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 Cooperating School Districts’ new Executive Director, Dr. John Urkevi16octvc.jpgch, has really embraced videoconferencing! This week, I’ve connected him and several St. Louis area superintendents to videoconferences with contacts in Jefferson City (DESEand Washington D.C. (House of Representatives).  Yesterday’s videoconference with Congressman Russ Carnahan (Representing the Third District of Missouri) and Congressman George Miller (Representing the Seventh District of California and Chairman, Committee of Education and Labor) was a success- a good connection (audio, picture, great!) and very interesting conversation on No Child Left Behind.

 During the hour long videoconference, Rep. Carnahan talked a bit about CSD and education, and Rep. Miller introduced himself and discussed some of his work. Dr. Urkevich then introduced himself and gave more information on Cooperating School Districts. He, along with the superintendents , asked questions and gave comments on NCLB.   Some issues raised included recognizing progress and accountability, the need for resources and funding, and emphasizing all children are different.  Rep. Carnahan noted funding, flexibility and fairness are key.  At the end of the hour, Rep. Miller had another meeting to attend.  Dr. Urkevich and Rep. Carnahan spoke for a few more minutes, then we ended the meeting and disconnected the videoconference connection.

 Ben Murray, (on Rep. Carnahan’s staff), helped get the v/c going on their end- many thanks! Jim McHugh, also on Rep. Carnahan’s staff, was in attendance at CSD and helped coordinate efforts (and was photographer!).

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