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Make-A-SplashTanya Avrith‘s passion stems from a strong desire to effect change and inspire others to explore how they can use the technology to help differentiate individual students’ needs, provide a vehicle for collaboration and allow for deeper purpose and voice in student learning. Her CharacterPlus National Conference keynote addresses digital citizenship:

Rebranding digital citizenship is not an option. It is an imperative. It is our professional and moral responsibility as educators. We need to rebrand digital citizenship so that it becomes part of our daily practice. The technology itself, and our guidance on its use, needs to have a regular place in the classroom and in our students’ lives at school. We need to empower our students to have a voice and learn as citizens of a connected world.

At the conference, she will also present on the following topics:

  • Harnessing the Power of Social Media & the Web
  • Building Your Early Footprint
  • Helping Parents Embrace their Children’s Digital Life

Tanya holds a M.A. in Educational Technology and a B.A. in Communication Studies from Concordia University in Montreal as well as a B.Ed from the University of Ottawa. Tanya is a connected educator with strong ties to her PLN. She also is a Google Certified Teacher and an Apple Distinguished Educator. Learn more about Tanya and her work at tanyaavrith.com.

Register for the CharacterPlus National Conference today; it takes place June 15-17 in St. Charles, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. CharacterPlus is a resource of EducationPlus.

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Nominations and applications for Midwest Spotlight Educators open today! The 2016 conference marks the fourth year we’ve spotlighted educators whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers.

Spotlight EducatorsSpotlight educators receive special recognition and free attendance to the METC Conference. They also share their best practices in at least two sessions (see some of our 2015 speakers here). Those selected as spotlight educators must be a certified educator in [new states added!!] Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Tennessee must have completed the submission process and have extensive experience in edtech.

Educators who wish to be considered should provide two references and also produce a two-minute video that demonstrates their presentation skills. Learn more by visiting metcconference.org.

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Media Literacy Spring 2015The LearningLab has several new edtech and innovation workshops focusing on social media, 21st century learners, media and visual literacy. Julie Smith will lead these dynamic workshops at EducationPlus discussing topics like digital footprints, responsibility in reporting, how editing images changes the focus of the message and so much more. Click on the graphic to to the right to go to descriptions of each session and to register.

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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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“Propaganda is a truly terrible weapon in the hands of an expert.”  – Adolf Hitler, 1924

propaganda image On Saturday, February 28, educators are invited to explore content and themes from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s traveling exhibition State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda (opening at the Missouri History Museum in April).

This one-day workshop, Connecting Past and Present: A New Framework for Teaching Propaganda and Media Literacy, will be at the Missouri History Museum and offers teachers unique strategies for helping students engage with historical propaganda and view messages they encounter today with a more critical eye. The history of the Holocaust highlights the danger of propaganda and how societies can become vulnerable to extreme messages. As the Missouri History Museum notes on their website, this most extreme case study emphasizes why the issue of propaganda matters and challenges citizens to actively question, analyze and seek the truth.

Classroom-ready teaching resources will be modeled and shared. This workshop is free of charge and is appropriate for middle and high school teachers from diverse disciplines. No previous experience teaching about the Holocaust is required. Educators specializing in language arts, media, history, information literacy and current events are especially encouraged to participate in this important discussion on history and media literacy.

To register, please visit mohistory.org/teacherpd. For more information, contact United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Sonia Booth. For a flyer of the event, click on Teacher Workshop-St.Louis.

This workshop has been made possible by the generous support of The Marcus Foundation. The State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda exhibit runs April 11 – September 7, 2015 in St. Louis.

[Image: from a poster for the film S.A. Mann Brand, 1933. Kunstbibliothek Berlin/BPK, Berlin/Art Resource, New York]

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edplus.orgTeachers and students have been submitting their projects for the Show-Me a Movie Contest, celebrating its 10th year in 2014! To see complete rules and guidelines, please visit edplus.org, under student learning.

Show-Me a Movie is a program of EducationPlus and the METC ISTE affiliate. This year, specific categories go with certain divisions and all movies must have a theme of either (or a combination of) science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). As always, all sources must be properly cited in the credits of the movie. The deadline is December 5.

The updated rubric to be used by the judges has a total of 60 points. The lowest score a winning movie can receive is 50 out of 60 points. The movie with the highest score (as long as it is 50 or higher) for its division and category will be the winner. Winning movies will be featured at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference in February.

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@ROCK_supt TweetingRockwood School District’s Dr. Eric Knost, known as @ROCK_supt to the Twitter community, uses social media in his role as superintendent to engage with students, staff, parents and community.

At the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference’s Leadership Lunch in February, Dr. Knost will talk about his best practices for school leaders in social media, how he encourages his own administrators to use it and how it has helped his district’s community engagement efforts. He’ll be followed by a panel discussion with other school leaders on the effective use of social media in schools today.

Register today to join Dr. Knost for Upping Engagement: Using Social Media to Connect with Students, Staff and the Community. On Twitter, follow Dr. Knost at @ROCK_supt and METC at @METCedplus.

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