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NEW WORKSHOP! Choosing Education-Friendly Mobile Apps takes place Monday, June 11. Do you have a mobile device and want to learn how to find education-friendly apps? Join us & find apps for any content area and get a chance to learn how to use them. The morning session will focus on apps appropriate for 6-12th grade curriculum, while the afternoon session will focus on apps for preK-5 curriculum.  In this hands-on session, we will explore a multitude of education friendly, content based resources for your mobile device. Other websites and online resources will also be shown, like app finder apps, utility apps, and apps your students can use in 1:1 environments.

K-12 educators, chose to attend one or both of these sessions at Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis. This is a BYOD session. You must bring your own mobile device, whether it is an Android or Apple product. Session times: Secondary, 6-12 8:30-11:30 a.m. and Elementary, PreK-5 12:30-3:30 p.m. Costs: $75 CSD member per session; $89 non-member. (No Graduate Credit available for these workshops). Registration is now open.

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Here’s a list of the first few workshops we are offering this summer at Cooperating School Districts’ tele. A complete list of May & June sessions is currently up at www.csd.org/tele, as are more complete descriptions of the workshops listed below.

Using Prezi to Create Zooming Presentations
June 1  12:30-3:30pm  $75 CSD member; $89 non-member
(No Credit) Did you know that Prezi is a web-based presentation application & storytelling tool that uses a single canvas instead of traditional slides? Text, videos and other objects are placed on the infinite canvas & grouped together. Learn how the canvas allows users to create non-linear presentations, where users can zoom in and out of a visual map. You’ll see how your Prezi can be developed in a browser window, and then downloaded so that no Internet connection is needed when sharing your presentation.

New Links for Your Classroom with Videoconferencing & Skype   
June 4 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.     $149 CSD member; $189 non-member
(1  Grad Credit Available) Find out how to take your students anywhere in the world to connect with experts and collaborate with other students- all without leaving your classroom! You can make these connections using distance learning technology tools like Skype and videoconferencing. Compare & contrast different methods of delivery during this workshop.

NEW! Digital Age Leadership: A New Paradigm for Learning
June 5 
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.     $149 CSD member; $189 non-member
(1  Grad Credit Available) How can we meet the needs of today’s learner, use technology effectively and efficiently, and still maintain the personal connection that’s so important to any learning experience? You’ll learn about managing change, using authentic student engagement strategies, and communicating effectively with education stakeholders. Technology tools used will include, but are not limited to, Google Forms for data gathering and analyzing, learning management systems (like Moodle), social bookmarking, and wikis, blogs, podcasts, videoconferencing, plus social media.

Transforming Learning with a Promethean ActivBoard (Level 1)   
June 5   8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.   $149 CSD member; $189 non-member
(No Credit) Learn how to use the Promethean ActivBoard and the ActivInspire software in your classroom- you’ll discover how to locate hundreds of lessons that have already been created for use on the ActivBoard and become familiar with features such as Focus tools, Power tools and the Resource Browser that make your lessons more interactive.

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Mark you calendar! Transforming Learning with a SMART Board (Level 1) takes place Thursday, May 31, 2012 at Cooperating School Districts’ tele. This workshop kicks off our summer professional development schedule and runs 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This is a class for beginners with no prior knowledge of using the interactive aspects of the SMART Board. You’ll learn how this tech tool can improve the way you teach, plus excite learners. Discover how to find and develop lesson plans that make use of this classroom tool and motivate 21st century students. Cost: $149 CSD member; $189 non-member. No graduate credit is available for this course. Register for this SMART Board workshop here.

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If you haven’t visited our Facebook page because you follow The Wired Classroom and our Twitter feed closely, you are missing out. We share even more information, resources and photos at facebook.com/VLCofCSD.

Like us & learn even more about K-12 instructional technology, the latest gadgets, tools and applications for you and your classroom! Just today, we shared news about one of the most popular apps around, Instagram. Yesterday, we posted a link to the Parkway School District’s new digital magazine. Plus, we love your feedback and comments… so what are you waiting for?

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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 www.csd.org/tele.

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