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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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Virtual Conference sessions include those from Library Media Specialists Gwyneth Jones (keynote), Angela Van Batavia (spotlight educator) and Jennifer LaGarde (featured speaker).

The METC 2015 Virtual Conference consisted of live programming on  February 10 and 11 during the edtech conference. Those same sessions are now archived for streaming at your convenience. The presentations chosen include those from keynote and featured speakers as well as Midwest Spotlight Educators.

Streaming services were provided by Conference Technologies, Inc.
The METC Conference Moodle is provided by SqoolTechs, LLC.

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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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16456332072_0f09cdcde9_zAfter you attend the METC Conference on Tuesday, consider a night out with like-minded educators!

The Midwest Education Technology Community (METC) will have a  meet up at Big A’s in historic downtown Saint Charles Tuesday evening for continued conversations and a little fun. After you attend the Exhibitor Reception, Student Innovation Stations or Show-Me a Movie Reception, relax and grab some dinner, then join the gathering. Beginning at 7:30 pm, Big A’s sponsors a weekly Trivia Night. You may want to join this event individually or with a team, or just come by for food, drink and entertainment.

There is parking on the riverfront and the Embassy Suites Hotel Shuttle travels to Big A’s. All food and drinks are on you, so you may want to check the Big A’s website bigasontheriverfront.com for the menu choices and pricing. Big A’s is located at 308 North Main Street. Follow them on Twitter @BigAs308. We hope you are able to make it for a night out!

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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 in just a couple weeks! Drew McAllister has reviewed a trio of books for us, here’s his take on the second book in the series:

hybridOver the past few months, I have been reading a trilogy written for those looking to design or aid in the design of online courses or blended learning experiences. Grounded Designs for Online and Hybrid Learning, edited by Atsusi “2c” Hirumi and published by ISTE, consists of the following titles: Design Fundamentals, Designs in Action and Trends and Technologies.

Designs in Action:

Hirumi refers to this volume as “the heart” of the Grounded Designs series. I heartily concur. Of the three volumes, Designs in Action comes closest to a practicable guidebook for designing learning activities for an online course. The chapters may be grouped into three categories: general instructional models, subject-specific strategies and general strategies.

… read more of Drew’s review, including the sections on general instructional models, subject-specific and general strategies here. You’ll also find links to his review of the other two books in the Grounded Designs series.

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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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