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Show-Me a Movie logoThis year, we received nearly 150 movie entries for our annual digital storytelling contest. Last week, judging took place over two days (first time ever!) and we now can announce the winning movies. Congratulations to the following entries in the 2013 Show-Me a Movie Contest, and thank you to all who submitted student work!

Show-Me a Challenge
Elementary: Helping Hands, Probe Center, Ferguson-Florissant School District
Middle School: Insecurities, LaSalle Springs Middle School, Rockwood School District
Middle School Honorable Mention: One Paper Turns Into Millions, Bryan Middle School, Francis Howell School District
High School: P.A.N.D.A.S. Strong, Ursuline Academy

Show-Me Your Community
Elementary: Heroes at Home: Our School Community, Eisenhower Elementary School, Fort Leavenworth School District
Middle School: Old Vine Riverfront Bistro, Francis Howell Middle School, Francis Howell School District
High School: Reaching Hands in Difficult Times, Ursuline Academy

Show-Me Your Creativity
Elementary: Why Play Minecraft?, Meramec Elementary School, Clayton School District
Middle School: Imagination is Powerful, Orchard Farm Middle School, Orchard Farm School District
High School: The Art of Design, Visitation Academy

Show-Me Something New
Elementary: How to Make a Pinch Pot, Buder Elementary, Ritenour School District
Middle School: How to be Confident, LaSalle Springs Middle School, Rockwood School District

Show-Me a Story
Elementary: Super Leader Saves the Day, Stanton Elementary, Rockwood School District
Middle School: Tarra and Bella, Rockwood South Middle School, Rockwood School District
High School: Girl in the Mirror, Ursuline Academy

We’re excited that report that many new schools participated in the contest this year. While we’ve had winners from across the state of Missouri in the past (including the Kansas City area and Joplin), the 2013 contest actually marks the first out-of-state winner, Heroes at Home: Our School Community, from the Fort Leavenworth School District in Kansas.

The winning movies will be showcased on our SchoolTube channel  and we will be honored at a reception at the 31st annual Midwest Education Technology Conference next month.

METC and Show-Me a Movie are programs of EducationPlus.

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METC-New-Color-LogoEducationPlus 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.

For more information on the new METC, please contact Stephanie Madlinger, director of teaching and learning, smadlinger@edplus.org, or Megan Moncure, METC conference coordinator,  mmoncure@edplus.org.

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Nick CusumanoNick Cusumano is in his 19th year of teaching Theatre & Film at Fort Zumwalt South High School in St. Peters, Missouri. At Fort Zumwalt, he serves as his building’s Instructional Technology Representative and leads the Fort Zumwalt Instructional Technology Force.  In 2013, Nick was selected as a Midwest Spotlight Educator for 2014 for the METC Conference. This recognition honor leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students as well as teachers.

Nick is a Google Authorized Education Trainer.  In May, he became a Google Certified Teacher at the Sydney, Australia, Google Teacher Academy. Last July, Nick was one of the keynote speakers at Google in Education: Technology & Awareness Summit in Kansas City, Missouri.  In addition, he co-hosts the TheatreCast podcast on the Edreach Network and in his blog http://edtech4theatre.com, he showcases, creates, and curates content focused on educational technology resources for Theatre and Film teachers. See Nick at METC present The Efficiency Wars: The Google App Scripts Strike Back and Chrome = Awesome: Solving the Chromebook Equation – Converting Projects to the Cloud. Follow Nick on Twitter at @edtech4theatre.

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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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Today the judges have gathered at EducationPlus to evaluate the submitted movies for the 2013 Show-Me a Movie Contest! Using rubrics and through discussion, they are judging nearly 150 movies from two states. The movies that receive the highest scores will be honored at the 31st annual Midwest Education Technology Conference next month. Thanks to those who volunteer their time and talents to review the student work! COMING SOON: the winners!

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Christine RuderChristine Ruder is a third grade teacher at Harry S Truman Elementary School in Rolla Public Schools in Rolla, Missouri. She has taught 1st, 3rd, and 4th grades and has a Masters degree in Computer Education from Fontbonne University. Christine believes learning should be relevant, authentic, and active because she wants her kids to become thinkers. She is passionate about using technology with her students- from digital photography to blogging to learning basic coding skills.

Christine believes in integrating technology with her students so that they can create, connect, and collaborate beyond the walls of the classroom. In 2013, she was selected as a Midwest Spotlight Educator for 2014 for the Midwest Education Technology Conference. This recognition honor leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students as well as teachers.

She also provides technology support for the teachers in her building and district and enjoy sharing ideas with teachers everywhere. She is an enthusiastic supporter of Edcamps and was a member of the #EdcampSTL planning team. At METC, she presents on Tuesday with Tell Me a Story and on Wednesday with It’s Not About the Apps: Create, Connect & Collaborate.  Follow her on Twitter @jhox.

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ImageDr. Robert Dillon currently serves the community of Affton, Missouri, as the Director of Technology and Innovation. Over his 18 years in education, Dr. Dillon has worked tirelessly to provide unique experiences and opportunities for students in a variety of secondary schools in St. Louis. In 2013, he was selected as one of the Midwest Education Technology Conference’s Midwest Spotlight Educator for 2014. This recognition honor leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students as well as teachers.

Bob is a co-founder of edcampSTL, and has worked to build a vibrant network of collaborative learners in St. Louis and beyond. He is a presenter and writer of ideas and next practices in education. His blog, Principally Speaking, was an Edublog Award finalist for Best Administrator Blog. You can hear Bob this February at METC and follow him on Twitter at @ideaguy42.

METC is a program of EducationPlus.

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