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Registration is still open for the 31st annual Midwest Education Technology Conference- including precon workshops being held February 10, 2014. We are featuring various precons in blog posts on The Connected Classroom. Topic of this post: media literacy and web literacy half-day workshops. Help your students analyze, evaluate, and understand what they see on screen:

Howie DiBlasiFeatured Speaker Howie DiBlasi presents on My Hero: Heroes & Heroines – Web Literacy & Media Skills Workshop. The mission of the MY HERO project is to use media and technology to celebrate the best of humanity. This workshop will use crowdsourcing, collaboration, writing, media skills, web literacy and technology to celebrate “Hero Stories”. The study of heroes applies across the curriculum, in all grade levels and can be an integral part of character education, media arts and computer literacy, as well as a tool for reading comprehension and the development of writing skills. Participants will learn how to define and recognize a hero, distinguish between a hero and a celebrity, and create and publish a story using web-based tools. This is a bring your own laptop with browser and wifi capability session.

Goble and Smith2013 Midwest Spotlight Educator Don Goble and Julie Smith present on Media Literacy: Pedagogy & Production. Interested in media literacy but not sure where to begin? Learn what it is, how to teach it and why it is important. Come join these media literacy evangelists as they share sure-fire ways to kickstart media literacy regardless of the age levels or curriculum that you teach. With the quick edit of a photo or of the (re)placement of music, a visual message can change quickly. At the end of this workshop, attendees will have a working knowledge of media literacy, awareness of how to implement media literacy across the curriculum, skills and ideas for implementing production use in the classroom as well as resources. This is a bring your own laptop with browser and wifi capability session.

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LMS Academy CSDOur Library Media Specialist Academy focuses on the changing role of the Library Media Specialist in K-12 education. Today’s LMS plays the versatile role of an instructional partner responsible for ensuring that students & staff are efficient & effective users of information. The academy assists LMS personnel in teaching and connecting the new standards of AASL, ISTE and the NETS. Registration is open for all library media specialists to attend this eight-part academy on:

All sessions, except for METC, are 4-7 p.m. at CSD. Just some of the topics to be covered include: understanding the meaning of media literacy as it applies to 21st century skills; learning digital tools that promote effective use of digital media for K-12 students; examining best practices for Copyright & Fair Use; and exploring digital citizenship and literacy curriculum resources.

The cost is $495 non-CSD members and $395 for members. In addition, participants have an option to earn 3.0 graduate credits for an additional cost of $60 per credit hour through Lindenwood University. Learn more by clicking here.

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imageHow can learning to “read” the visual images we see in news reports and advertisements result in critical thought and media literacy for our students, and how does this type of literacy relate to the Common Core State Standards? In this one day workshop on June 20, we will examine how technology has changed the creation of visual images in news and ads and what that effect has been on our students.  Learn how to help students decipher the messages implicit in visual images while developing lessons that align to talk bubbleCommon Core. Cost: $145 CSD member; $185 non-member | one graduate credit available through Lindenwood University | lunch is not included. Register online.

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top 5It’s no April Fool’s! Here are the top five blog posts for the past month on The Connected Classroom — have you read them?

#1  GMLP Media Literacy Mini Conference: Pedagogy & Production
#2  Book Study: Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner
#3  CSD offers New Technology Workshops this Summer
#4  Meeting Common Core Standards Using Google Tools
#5  19th Annual National Character Education Conference is June 17-19 in Missouri

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Gateway Media Literacy Partner’s Education Community Engagement Committee is hosting a special event for K-12 educators,  Media Literacy Mini Conference: Pedagogy and Production, at Cooperating School Districts on Friday, June 7 from 7:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. This mini conference is open to library media specialists, teachers, technology integration specialists- anyone who wants to exchange ideas and learn more about media literacy.

photo from last summer's Gateway Media Literacy Partner's Education Community Engagement event

Register by May 24, seating is limited to 60 attendees. St. Louis educators Don Goble and Julie Smith will keynote this event, followed by two different session times with various resources, programs, and ideas shared from area experts in the field media literacy.

Cost for event is $10 (cash only) at the door, which covers breakfast and printed materials. For questions regarding the Media Literacy Mini Conference: Pedagogy and Production, contact GMLP ECE co-chairs Mary Pat Gallagher or Rebecca Morrison.

CSD is an institutional member of GMLP.

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We’re excited not only to post the winning movies in the 2012 Show-Me a Movie Contest, but also to share a video about the contest, produced by Ladue High School.

SMAM movie / SchoolTube

Hear program manager Rebecca Morrison talk about the contest, and the importance of instructional technology and media literacy in the classroom. The contest is in it’s eighth year. Thanks again to Ladue View for taking on this project!

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Cooperating School Districts’ Best Practices Conference is a full day of learning and sharing the best educational practices. CSD ITEF partnered with the Innovative Technology Education Fund for the conference this year. ITEF is a St. Louis- based charitable nonprofit operating as a private foundation. Best Practices participants will hear keynote Monte Selby, as well as top educators from the St. Louis metro area, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers, like:

  • Don Goble, Ladue School District, on media literacy
  • Patricia Ulrich, Ritenour School District, on systems thinking
  • Gregory Taylor, St. Louis Public Schools, on creating and using classroom websites for differentiation
  • plus other education professionals from CSD, the St. Louis RPDC, and school districts

In addition, ITEF Spotlight Presentations Include:

  • Using iPads in the Classroom, Affton School District
  • Great Video Made with Inexpensive Gear, Westminster Christian Academy
  • Using Online Courses to Keep Students On Track to Graduate, Marian Middle School
  • iPads and the Library:  Transforming All Students into Digital Learners, Hazelwood School District

Dr. Selby will also present several sessions during both the morning and afternoon, including Emotions: This Crazy Kid is Making ME Crazy and Motivated Meetings: The End of Boring. Dr. Selby will share ideas and strategies to use with children, preK-12; providing solutions to issues and challenges facing classroom teachers today.

You are invited to join area teachers and leaders on Monday, February 11. Online registration ends on February 1, 2013; walk-ins, however, are welcome the day of the conference. (Also scheduled, although in a different section of the St. Charles Convention Center, are the preconference workshops for the 30th annual Midwest Education Technology Conference). For questions on either event, contact CSD’s Conferences & Events Coordinator, Karen Vaughan at

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baker book / metc 2013Several of the Midwest Education Technology Conference Advisory Committee members have volunteered to read the books being offered at the METC book store  and are providing brief reviews on the content. Here’s the latest:

Media Literacy in the K-12 Classroom
by Frank W.  Baker, reviewed by Julie Smith

Teachers wanting to tackle media literacy in their classrooms now have a fantastic resource to help them get started.  Frank Baker has created a dynamic tool for teachers across the curriculum.  Each chapter covers specific aspects of media literacy and how to use them in the classroom, including examples, discussion ideas, links and countless additional resources.   What makes this book remarkable is Baker’s ability to provide tools for all ages, it really can be used for K-12 or even graduate-level media pedagogy courses.  Teachers of any subject – of any age group – can find something in this book that will encourage critical thinking of EACH of their students.

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As you know from our post earlier this week, Media Literacy Week in St. Louis is coming up October 28 through November 4, 2012. There are many programs, special speakers and resources available for educators during this time. Do note, however, there is an Education and Community Engagement Committee within the Gateway Media Literacy Partners resources that is active year-round. (GMLP hosts Media Literacy Week).  GMLP’s ECE page has educational materials, events, ideas, and recommendations from committee members; take some time to click around! If you have ideas to submit for the page, please leave a comment here and we’ll share the info with GMLP.

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The sixth annual Best Practices Conference takes place Thursday, November 1 at the St. Charles Convention Center.

Metro area educators are gathering to share practices are making a difference for students and teachers throughout the 1 day conference.

Not all of the sessions have been announced, but here’s a random sampling of topics and school districts represented:

•  Media Literacy | Ladue School District
•  Classroom Websites for Differentiation | St. Louis Public Schools
•  Kagan Cooperative Learning | Wentzville School District
•  Elementary Walkthroughs | Wright City School District

Dr. Monte Selby will keynote and present throughout the day as well. In addition, during the evening, Cooperating School Districts is holding its Fall Conference. During the Fall Conference, Dr. Selby speaks again, dinner is served, and CSD Scholarship Award recipients are honored. Learn more about these events at Education Today.

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