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gj keynoteThe Connected Classroom is the EducationPlus LearningLab blog. February’s favorite blog posts featured the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference and student work! Here are the top five most visited posts for the past month– did you contribute to the clicks?

1)  METC 2015 Virtual Conference Available Online Now READ HERE
2)  Midwest Education Technology Community Meet Up READ HERE
3)  Here’s the Debut of the 2014 Show-Me a Movie Winners! READ HERE
4)  STL Student Summit on Race 2015 READ HERE
5)  Andrew Wall: Making IT Happen READ HERE

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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.

Andrew Wall Making it Happen

EducationPlus’ Stephanie Madliger (left) and Jennifer Tiller (right) award Andrew Wall with ISTE’s Making IT Happen award at the 2015 Midwest Education Technology Community Conference.

Andrew Wall is a third grade teacher at Harvest Ridge Elementary School in the Francis Howell School district. According to colleagues, Andy utilizes any available technology to help his students reach beyond the classroom walls. After seeking grants for his students, he has integrated Minecraft and green screen productions into his classroom. Andy’s imaginative utilization of QR has enticed staff members to snap and read stories his students have published with their kindergarten buddies. As parents await their student’s conference with him, they capture the code and view data of their child’s most recent achievements.

Andy is technology’s #1 cheerleader and among the top contenders in the his school district. Andy has hosted numerous Tech Tuesday mini PD sessions and served as an instructional technology specialist. He was the key contributor to the planning, promotion and presentations of a recent building Tech Fest. Andy uses YouTube, e-mail and his personal blog to share solutions to problems being faced by colleagues. Andy has been described as motivational and never judgmental. In other words, he is a fantastic individual to represent the ISTE Making IT Happen Award.

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Show_Me_Movie-10th-AThe Connected Classroom is the EducationPlus Learning Division blog. Here are the top five most visited posts for the past month– did you contribute to the clicks?

1)  Here’s the Debut of the 2014 Show-Me a Movie Winners!

2)  Dr. Troy Hogg: Making IT Happen

3)  Creating a Cultural Responsiveness Classroom Environment

4)  2014 in review

5)  Achieving Rigor with Marzano Essentials

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The 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. Web 2.0 How-to for Educators is one of those selections! Now in its second edition, the book is by Gwen Solomon and Lynne Schrum. The book’s audience is K-12 educators and technology coordinators. Cindy Lane, part of the Discovery Education PD Team, Google Certified Teacher and Google GeoEDU Teacher Advisory Board Member, reviews it:

web 2.0This simply written book is a go to for every teacher who not only wonders about web 2.0 tools but how to effectively use them in the classroom. Every chapter goes through the minimal tools that every teacher should have basic knowledge about and then crosses into the how and why of the tool. I loved the well-written descriptions and basic overview of specific tools and plan on using this as a resource for years to come. Gwen and Lynn did their best to highlight tools that have been around for awhile (and still not used to their capacity) There are also additions from different instructional specialists with their own views of the tools… Grab this book and reference it as you begin your journey to become tech savvy!

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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.

Troy Hogg | Making IT Happen

(Pictured left to right) Dr. Peter Stiepleman, superintendent of Columbia Public Schools, Dr. Troy Hogg, Making IT Happen winner and Dr. Chris Diggs, director of technology services

Benton Elementary (Columbia Public Schools) principal Troy Hogg is the fall 2014 Making IT Happen winner from our affiliate. According to a Ben Tilley, assistant superintendent elementary education at CPS, Dr. Hogg “took an underperforming school and began crafting a plan to raise achievement and change the school in a STEM program. Dr. Hogg worked to form partnerships, gather resources and change the culture of the school into active community where science, engineering, technology and math are embraced. Dr. Hogg’s creative leadership is making a real difference for the students at Benton Elementary. Starting an elementary STEM program from scratch takes creative thinking and leadership on the part of the principal involved with the work. Troy Hogg has been that leader for Benton Elementary in Columbia, Missouri.”

Dr. Hogg was presented with his Making IT Happen jacket and certificate in December. Congratulations to Dr. Hogg and Columbia Public Schools! Follow Dr. Hogg on Twitter @tshogg. See a photo set that includes METC ISTE Making IT Happen winners here.

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teachers as architectThe 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. Committee members and area educators are sharing their thoughts, here’s the latest from Claymont Elementary Library Media Specialist Julie Boatner:

Teacher As Architect, Instructional Design and Delivery for the Modern Teacher
Second Edition
Shawn K. Smith, Ann M. Chavez, Garrett W. Seaman

Considering the challenges of educators in today’s ever increasing STEM society, the analogy of Teacher as Architect just makes sense. Smith, Chavez and Seaman have collaborated to update this cohesive, well-researched, yet easy-to-read guide for the teacher candidate and experienced educator alike.

The second edition of TAA leads us through four core principles. The first, “Designing with Purpose,” examines the foundations of teaching – plotting lessons from the ground up by focusing on the CCSS standards, backwards design when considering assessments, and examining the blueprints of how students’ brains learn before selecting a particular pedagogy. The beams really start to go up during “Core Principle 2: Customizing 21st Century Learning,” where the authors challenge us in what it means to differentiate with the use of technology and how to blend all aspects of teaching together. Core Principles 3 and 4 focus on following through with the finishing touches of managing a classroom and analyzing student performance.

Teacher as Architect brings all aspects of instruction together in one final work of art. Although the opening chapters are compelling and required when designing effective lessons, the real strength of this text comes in the second half of the book. Modern educational technology such as flipped classrooms and utilizing Web 2.0 and 3.0 tools are highlighted through practical tips and engaging, relatable teacher’s stories. Each chapter challenges the reader through “Reflection and Action” journaling prompts and dares the reader to dream about what his or her classroom could become.

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EducationPlus is excited to announce that Global Education Evangelist (at Google) Jaime Casap and The Daring Librarian Gwyneth Jones will be the two keynotes for the annual METC Conference. METC 2015 is February 9-11 at the St. Charles Convention Center. METC is a program of EducationPlus and an affiliate of ISTE. To learn more about the conference, such as when the call for proposals is due, visit www.METCconference.org.

Call for Proposals-3And on Twitter, follow: @METCedplus, @jcasap and @gwynethjones.

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