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gmlp agenda for nov 14

photo by Mary Pat Gallagher • infographic by Rebecca Morrison

Gateway Media Literacy Partners invites area (pre)K-12 educators to an experiential outdoor workshop with a media literacy infusion at Shaw Nature Reserve’s Dana Brown Education Center during Media Literacy Week. On Friday, November 14, GMLP will hold STEM & MEDIA: A Natural Fit. Science educators, media specialists, art teachers- anyone is welcome to attend this day of learning.

This is a bring your own device workshop; while you attend, take fall nature photos to share on Instagram; tweet about what you are learning throughout the day to your professional learning network! Think critically about media presentations, learn how to make videos, understand how to use a GPS, appreciate Missouri ecology, network with other educators and more!

This workshop will be lead by the GMLP Education Community Engagement Committee, Shaw outdoor educators, volunteer teacher naturalists and edtech instructors. Also, Don Corrigan, author, publisher and Webster University journalism professor will keynote, discussing his book Environmental Missouri. Topics he addresses in his book include: urban sprawl, radioactive waste, lead contamination, airborne mercury, as well as noise and light pollution. Don is a GMLP Klotzer Award Honoree.

Workshop sessions will be held both indoors and outside. Dress appropriately for the weather, bring a charged device and be ready to walk away refreshed and energized to bring new ideas back to you school.

Much of the workshop curriculum- focusing on science and technology especially- aligns to Missouri Learning Standards. Visit our registration page to see links! A full day of learning will take place, registration cost is $20 per person (bring fee onsite the day of the event). Lunch will be provided.

 

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code classIn this full-day, hands-on workshop, coding is presented using drag & drop programming in a game-like, constructivist atmosphere. Today’s group, with instructor Debbie Fucoloro, are exploring the basics of programming by completing a series of tasks & puzzles. Those attending will leave EducationPlus with an understanding of how computer programs and their language work, as well as a desire to share the excitement of learning how to code with their students once the school year starts. What a great to incorporate science, technology, engineering and math into the classroom!

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The EducationPlus Learning Department is proud to support the ARCHS Spring Institute for Early Childhood & Youth Development Professionals.  ARCHS is hosting a full day of professional learning opportunities with a fantastic lineup of leading edge STEAM experts from across the St. Louis region.

professional learningARCHS hopes educators will take advantage of the expertise from  EducationPlus, Box Cars & One Eyed Jacks, Gateway Greening, The Magic House, Quirkles, St. Louis Science Center, University of Missouri 4-H Robotics, and more on this full day of learning.

The spring institute is designed to offer ways to learn from area educational leaders, as well as from each other with a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) from 8 am – 3:30 pm on Saturday, April 5, for just $45.

EdPlus Learning Consultants will be providing professional development all day. Learn more and register online here;   see the agenda for additional details.

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stemCommon Core State Standards, College and Career Readiness Standards, and the Next Generation Science Standards place great emphasis on a multi-disciplinary approach that increases interconnectedness among all disciplines and engineering.  “Putting the “E” in STEM: Strategies for Training Engineers In Your Modern Classroom” offers middle and high school teachers from all disciplines an introduction to essential principles of engineering, places to find resources, easily accessible tools, and basic ways to begin including engineering principals into their current curriculum. Curriculum coordinators and administrators are also encouraged to attend. Learn more from Dr. Bridgette Davis of Louisiana State University’s School of Education on April 21. Registration is available online; members pay $150 for a full day of learning.

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Thomas Jefferson | Flickr The three-week institute Thomas Jefferson: Personality, Character and Public Life, offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities, will take place at Boston University from July 8 to 26, 2013.  Speakers include R. B. Bernstein, Peter Hatch, Joanne Freeman, Jan Lewis, and Peter Onuf. The institute will seek to deepen our understanding of one of the most important figures in American history, a figure who is fascinating, influential, inspiring, and embattled.

Focusing on Jefferson’s personality and character and connecting them to his public career will be the theme of the first week, followed by an examination of  his views on religion, his role as a family man, and his correspondence with John Adams. In the final week, the Institute turns to slavery, science, and money.

The application and further information (like the stipend for teachers is $2,700; itinerary and speaker bios) is at the institute’s website.

During the three weeks, participants will also ponder some larger questions:

  • Is the intimate life knowable?
  • Does it connect to the public man or woman?
  • Do we each fashion our own version of Jefferson to reflect our values and needs?
  • What is Jefferson’s legacy?

Discussion will include pedagogical questions:

  • What role should biography and primary sources play in history instruction?
  • How does teaching biographies fit with state standards and high stakes testing?
  • How do we teach intimate information about famous Americans to young people?
  • How can teachers be honest and realistic yet still inspire students and encourage citizenship?

Learn more by visiting thomasjeffersonpersonalitycharacterandpubliclife.org.

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Getting young students excited about and involved in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) at the primary and secondary school level is critical – its one of the keys to shifting them from being a group that knows the basics of new technology to a group that knows how to harness technology to create and innovate.

Through a variety of programs and tools, Google hopes to make STEM learning engaging for primary and secondary students and inspire the next generation of big ideas.

Come learn about the various Google tools designed specifically to encourage students to study STEM subjects and learn about the various careers that await them in these fields. Topics of conversation will include:

• MIT App Inventor • Google Science Fair • YouTube Space Lab • Google’s Exploring Computational Thinking website • Khan Academy video library • Advanced Google Search • Google Scholar • Google Books • Google Earth • Google SketchUp • YouTube for Schools • Google+ for Educators •

​A wealth of Google tools, apps and websites are available at no charge to STEM teachers and their students.  Learn how to utilize these in your classroom to meet your curricular needs.

what you need to know for this workshop
Date offered: November 5, 2012
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: CSD 1460 Craig Road, St. Louis, MO 63146
Cost: $95 CSD member; $135 non-member
One graduate credit available through Lindenwood University for $60.
PRE-REQUISITE: You must have a Google Account and/or Gmail.
Registration required

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We just learned about this from our friend Kathleen Frank from the Challenger Learning Center in Wheeling, West Virginia: McGraw-Hill Education launched the STEM Innovative Educator Awards to recognize & reward teachers who are finding innovative ways to reach today’s students. The awards, known as the STEMIEs, will acknowledge teachers who are pioneering effective techniques to engage their students in science, technology, engineering, or math – fields of study critical to our nation’s economic growth.

Teachers can enter by submitting a 2-minute video, a short essay, and lesson plan that demonstrate an innovative lesson or other project from their classroom. First place will receive $15,000, second place gets $5,000 and third place wins $2,500, plus McGraw-Hill will grant an additional $2,500 in other awards.

Think about it, do you:
• Have an innovative math lesson?
• Have an interesting idea for math game or science activity?
• Want to share your most intriguing science project?

… because, they are looking for:
• Engaging/interactive lessons
• Unique uses of technology in the classroom
• Innovative and differentiated instruction techniques
• Teaching tips you would give your first-year-teacher self!

In addition to the judging panel, members of the general public will have the opportunity to vote online for their favorite video. Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2012. For more information about the STEMIEs, please visit www.mheonline.com/stemie.

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