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#1 Making IT Happen: Will Blaylock
#2 2014 METC Conference Keynotes: Kevin Honeycutt and Lodge McCammon
#3 Student Journalists Cover METC Live
#4 Sharpen Your Skills and Open Up New Worlds!
#5 Stream Video from METC 2014
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Making IT Happen is an internationally recognized awards program from ISTE for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools. The program identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation. The Midwest Education Technology Community (METC) ISTE affiliate is pleased to honor our latest Making IT Happen educator.
METC’s most recent Making IT Happen winner has been an invaluable part of the Rockwood School District. He has moved the district into the digital age by being a flexible leader who is constantly looking to see what tools and practices will serve his students and teachers well. At the same time, he is constantly evaluating current tools that are no longer relevant or do not meet district instructional needs. In his tenure, he has implemented many organizational structures including collaborative online productivity through Google Apps for Education, and has introduced bring your own device into the district to give students more access to digital tools.
As the Director of Technology in Rockwood, he has been integral in creating a digital learning environment where teachers and students can use technology seamlessly. He oversees the Instructional Technology Specialists who help classroom teachers use technology as part of their instructional practice. Leadership provided by our winner has been integral to the process of getting technology into the hands of students in the district. He models technology in all of his meetings with teachers, administrators and community members and highlights the work that Rockwood teachers are doing in their classrooms.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Southeast Missouri State University, a master’s degree in teaching from Webster University and a master’s degree in strategic studies from Army War College in Carlisle, PA. He has leadership roles on several local, regional and international professional technology organizations and committees and also serves as Brigade Commander in the Missouri National Guard. In addition to the Making IT Happen award, he has been recognized with awards for his work in education and technology and received medals including Meritorious Service, Missouri Conspicuous Service, Bronze Star and Humanitarian Service.
While he has been in instructional technology since 1997 and has greatly contributed to the use of technology in his district, his expertise has benefited the St. Louis area as well. He has served on the METC advisory Committee for many years, serves as adjunct professor at Webster University, and has served as president of the Educational Technology Association. His work in education has touched and influenced many people throughout his career and will continue to do so. Whether he is writing a grant to provide technology resources to teachers and students, or providing a vision to his district, Will Blaylock is truly Making IT Happen in the St. Louis area.
EducationPlus is excited to announce the creation of the Midwest Education Technology Community (METC), an educational technology resource that helps innovative learners connect.
The new METC merges the benefits of two great programs, the annual Midwest Education Technology Conference and the Missouri Education Technology Community, our affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
METC features the tagline, “Connecting Innovative Learners,” as educators who take advantage of METC resources seek out ways to connect with the latest technology, other educators and students.
METC educators engage learners and transform learning in their actions and reactions. Our resources help the educator and the learner motivate, engage, transform and connect.
Our conference is one of the largest educational technology conferences in the nation with nearly 2,000 attendees. During the conference, international and national experts share the latest in technology trends, local educational leaders share best practices for implementing technology in the classroom and educators get a unique opportunity to collaborate.
As an ISTE affiliate, METC provides educators a wealth of valuable resources including opportunities for networking and collaboration, discounts on registrations and educational resources and a connection to the global clearinghouse of resources that ISTE provides.
As posted yesterday, for the 2013 METC, 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.
Playing Games in School is an extraordinary resource for teachers and administrators looking to utilize gaming in the classroom. The book investigates the rationale behind using video games in the classroom. It examines the types of students who are entering our classrooms and the effect both psychologically and physiologically that video games have on those students. A solid case is made for the educational benefits of video games. Additionally, the book discusses the alignment of gaming with NETS.
Section II of the book is a valuable resource for all science, math, language arts, social studies and health and fitness teachers. This section gives educators recommendations of games that can be used as well as examples of best practices, reviews of games and instructional methods.
The final sections of the book give educators a look at how to plan, integrate and facilitate student learning through the use of video games. To conclude the book, several educators give their perspectives on gaming in the classroom. Different types of gaming are discussed as well as a look at some of the barriers that can be involved with gaming in the classroom.
Cooperating School Districts’ ISTE Affiliate (Missouri Educational Technology Community) is currently seeking nominations for the Making IT Happen
Award. Making IT Happen is an internationally recognized awards program for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools. The program identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation. Do you know an educator who makes IT happen in their school or district? Please complete the brief nomination form by
January 25, 2013.
Winners will be awarded at the annual Midwest Education Technology Conference and later acknowledged at ISTE’s national conference. Past affiliate winners are Diana Dell, Greg Lawrence, Ruth Litman-Block, and Rena Rockwell. In addition to Making IT Happen, there are many ways METC recognizes our members. Below are the annual award opportunities:
- Outstanding Teacher
This award recognizes and honors one teacher who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in implementing technology to improve education.
- Outstanding Leader
This award recognizes and honors one leader who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in implementing technology to improve education.
- Outstanding Young Educator
This annual award is presented to an outstanding young educator (under the age of 35) who demonstrates vision, innovation, action, and transformation using technology to improve teaching and learning. The work of the selected educator will reﬂect ISTE’s mission and purpose and can be used to model best practices in the ﬁeld. Anyone may nominate an eligible candidate, including afﬁliates.