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Martha Bogart is wrapping up her SMART Board Level 2 class right now! This workshop was for educators who already have a SMART Board and consider themselves users. They learned some of the advanced features of the SMART Board.  With Martha’s help, they became adept at creating recordings on the SMART Board for future playback; they found out how to use the video player that comes with their SMART Board to annotate videos, plus much more. Look for more sessions to be offered this summer!

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K-12 educators, we still have spots open in two tele classes scheduled for next week: Creating ActivBoard Lessons to Engage and Motivate Students (Level 2) and Google Tools for Educators. The Promethean class is 8:30-3:30 on March 28th; the Google class is 4:00-7:00 on March 28 and 29th. Classes are $149 CSD member; $189 non-member. Register here, today- registration closes Thursday, March 22nd!

The tele is equipped with dual platform computers that use both Windows and Macintosh operating systems. With any class, you will have the option of working either in a PC or Mac environment. Our instructors are skilled, knowledgeable and approachable! Our focus is on student outcomes and developing 21st century skills. These small-sized classes provide you with: hands-on activities, skill building time, plus time to create usable lesson plans with newly acquired technology skills. To read full descriptions of the classes listed above, please visit

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Don’t forget that on March 14th at 4 PM CDT we are offering a free Webinar Wednesday session: Google Tools for Education. Save time and become more efficient! During this 60-minute WebEx event, learn about Google’s Hidden Treasures from Google Certified Teachers. Participants will be empowered by their new knowledge about Google Apps. Participate live from your computer- you just need an Internet connection and speakers on the computer to hear the presenters. Have questions during the professional development? Feel free to type a question in the chat window, and the presenters will respond to not only you, but the whole group. If you miss out on Wednesday, you can also view the archived session starting the following day. Registration is required.

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Support Staff Academy Session:
Google Mania
presented by Google Certified Teacher Stephanie Madlinger
Friday, March 16, 2012
8:30-3:30 P.M. 
Cooperating School Districts, 1460 Craig Road, St. Louis, MO  
CSD Member: $95 | Nonmember: $119

In this all day SSA workshop, you will learn how to create slide presentations, documents, spreadsheets, forms & surveys, as well as drawings all online for free! And the best part is, you can share with coworkers & friends, allowing them access to help edit and refine. No more emailing back and forth, trying to keep track of which version is the latest. Moving online & providing 24/7 access means you will be paperless – and green!

Be sure to bring your laptop & learn even more about other Google Tools available to make your job easier! Please set up a free Google Account prior to attending the SSA session & bring your username and password on March 16th. Register by going here (note that online registrations require a Purchase Order, Credit Card or CSD/Network credit; the reference number is 24033-11).

The annual Support Staff Academy is a Virtual Learning Center program designed to provide professional development to area schools’ educational support professionals (i.e., administrative assistants, secretaries/office personnel, maintenance/custodial, food service, security, teachers’ and library aides). The topics vary each year based upon the Advisory Committee recommendations. At the end of each year is the Support Staff Mini-Conference (June 6 this year). The VLC and SSA are programs of Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis.

Interested in using Google but you are not support staff? We have several other upcoming Google PD opportunities:

• March 14th, 4 PM CT: free Webinar Wednesday session: Google Tools for Education Save time and become more efficient! During this webinar we will spend time learning about Google’s Hidden Treasures. Participants will be empowered by their new knowledge about Google Apps.

• March 28-29th, 4-7 PM CT: Google Tools for Educators Participants will learn Advanced Search techniques, develop a Custom Search Engine, and discover easier ways to find images, resources and websites, plus much more! ($149 CSD member; $189 non-member | plus 1 Graduate Credit Available | register here)

• March 30th, All Day: Online Classroom Collaboration with Google Docs Participants will learn how Google Documents and Google Sites can support learning 24/7 because you can use the basic abilities of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel in an online collaborative environment. ($149 CSD member; $189 non-member | plus 1 Graduate Credit Available | register here)

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Have you been participating in the Virtual Learning Center’s webinars during the 2011-2012 school year? These webinars are held on select Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m. CT and are free to anyone. To sign up for any VLC webinar, go here.  Even if you can’t attend live, you’ll be able to access the webinar for later viewing at no cost. Log on from home, school, the local coffee shop – anywhere where you can get Internet access!

Up next we have Google Tools for Education on March 14th. Google Certified Teacher Stephanie Madlinger will share how you can save time & become more efficient using Google! During this webinar, participants will spend time learning about Google’s hidden treasures. You’ll be empowered by your new knowledge about Google Apps at the end of the 60-minute session.

To get a quick link to the archived webinars from this year, look the the sidebar of this blog!

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Cool Tools for Educators: FREE Online Resources Workshop
Friday & Saturday, April 27 & 28th
8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.;  $279 CSD member; $349 non-member
(Two Graduate Credits Available)   Register

Do you want to make your life as a teacher easier? Are you wanting to integrate technology into your lessons, but don’t know where to start?  Come to this two-day class and fill your technology toolbox. You’ll be amazed how many free online tools are out there for you to use. In this face-paced class, we plan to take a look at numerous online tools you can use in your role as an educator. Come learn how to access resources such as lesson plans, rubric makers, web page creators, online quizzes, Internet bookmarking storage, etc., all for free online! Why spend time recreating the wheel when someone else has already done it for you? During this class, explore the wealth of online resources for educators and come away with tips and techniques to make your life easier.

Learn how online file management and social bookmarking sites will save you time. Discover how the ALTEC Star Tools, like RubiStar, QuizStar and TrackStar can make lesson planning and assessments easier. Then dive deeper into the Thinkfinity tools; ReadWriteThink, Illuminations, Wonderopolis and others. Finally, we will explore the many uses of free online tools like Stixy, Glogster, and VoiceThread to collaborate and display student work. Learn about the wealth of online resources for teachers and walk away with tips and techniques to make your life easier. The tools shared can be used in your classroom or professional development activities.

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Learn with us through the convenience of your own device (computer, tablet, pad, etc.)! The Midwest Education Technology Conference is offering a great way to participate in and enjoy METC 2012, even if you couldn’t be there in person on February 14 and February 15 at the St. Charles Convention Center. You may view the archived session recordings and learn at your own pace! The presentations selected for the free virtual conference include those from keynote & featured speakers (like Adam Bellow, Cindy Lane, David Thornburg and Tony Vincent). Streaming services provided by Conference Technologies, Inc. and the METC  Moodle is provided by SqoolTechs, LLC. Thanks again to our wonderful presenters for participating the virtual conference. You can chat about the sessions, too, in Twitter if you’d like- please use the hashtag #virtualMETC.

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