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Join Discovery Education and EarthEcho International for a free webinar featuring Philippe Cousteau and his guests on Thursday, June 7th at 12 pm CT. This special, free event kicks off The Big CleanUp, a summer-long contest where your students will learn how plastic affects our waterways and how they can take action to protect our oceans. The contest, launched by EarthEcho International, TerraCycle and One World One Ocean, challenges students to remove plastic from the waste stream and earn money for their school. Prizes include a school visit from Philippe Cousteau and others, film passes + more.

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Martha and Rebecca present the webinar April 18, 2012

Did you miss yesterday’s free webinar on the Show-Me a Movie Contest? Don’t worry, it’s archived with all of the other Wednesday Webinars offered by the Virtual Learning Center, and you can access it anytime (just click on event recordings).

Some, but not all, of yesterday’s highlights shared included these new rules for Show-Me a Movie:

• We no longer will accept movies on CD; all submissions must be uploaded online prior to contest deadline of Friday, December 14, 2012 at 3 p.m. Central Standard Time

• The contest is now open for submissions from elementary (2-5), middle school, and high school students in Missouri and Illinois

• Movies that lack the proper citations for resources used within the submission will automatically be disqualified from judging, rather than just points taken off total score as we have done in previous years

Questions about Show-Me a Movie, or webinars? Contact Rebecca Morrison.

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Next Wednesday, April 18, find out from the Show-Me a Movie Contest’s Creator (a digital storytelling specialist) and it’s Program Manager on how to prepare your elementary through high schools students to enter this annual movie making contest from Cooperating School Districts. Learn about (new) rules and the rubrics, plus see examples and much more! This is a free webinar that is part of the Virtual Learning Center’s ongoing Webinar Wednesday series. Whether you are brand new to the Show-Me a Movie contest, or have entered your students’ work for several years, you’ll want to hear that latest information on program. Click on the image below to register.

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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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In this 50-minute webinar on January 18, Virtual Learning Center Director Nancy George talked about some of the ways to be safe in the digital world – especially for children and teens who are online. Do you know what type of digital footprint you are creating? Anyone using the web or a mobile device leaves a digital footprint. Being a Digital Citizen means learning how to properly use the Internet and other technology resources.

Listen to the archive of this webinar by clicking on the photo! Our next free webinar is January 25th- on the Midwest Education Technology Conference!

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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?

Join us from your own computer in this free webinar on Wednesday, December 7. Fill your technology toolbox in just 1-hour! You’ll be amazed how many free online tools are out there for you to use after participating in Free Cool Tools for Educators. This event is part of the Virtual Learning Center‘s ongoing free professional development through Webinar Wednesdays. All webinars offered by the VLC on Wednesdays run 4-5 o’clock.

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CLASS: Discovery Education streaming
January 9  8:30am-3:30pm; free to to CSD/CSG Members; $189 non-members

CSD offers DE streaming training on the second Monday of every other month during the school year for FREE. Plan to attend this full day of learning and walk away saying, “WOW!”  Through your subscription to DE streaming, you receive on-demand streaming and downloading of videos for your classroom, lesson plans, quizzes, images, sound effects, encyclopedia articles, and more! Using Discovery Education streaming, students are engaged in their learning experiences, and teachers have the ability to create standards-based lessons, assignments, quizzes, and writing prompts online. Come learn the user-friendly features including the My DE page and drag & drop features in My Content. Find out about the curriculum focused features including the Ready Zone, STEM Connect and more! Learn how the Interactive Atlas and the Student Center can engage 21st century learners. CSD offers this free training every other month on the second Monday of the month during the school year from 8:30am-3:30pm.  *Free to those schools that purchase DE streaming subscriptions through CSD and to CSD/CSG Members; $189 non-members.

WEBINAR: Digital Citizenship: Being Aware of Your Digital Footprint
January 18   4-5 pm
Do you know what type of digital footprint you are creating?  Anyone using the web or a mobile device leaves a digital footprint. Being a Digital Citizen means learning how to properly use the Internet and other technology resources. In this webinar we will discuss how to be safe in the digital world.

WEBINAR: Midwest Education Technology Conference Q & A
January 25   4-5 pm
If you are going to METC, participate in this webinar and learn how to make the most of your conference experience. Discover how to find the best sessions to meet your needs using the METC conference planner. Learn about networking opportunities in the Connections Lounge and Exhibit Hall, plus, after hours tweet-ups.  Leave this webinar feeling more confident to plan and organize your personalized day of learning.

CLASS: Digital Citizenship: Being Aware of Your Digital Footprint
January 26   8:30am-3:30pm; $149 CSD member; $189 non-member
(One Grad. Credit Available)

Do you know what type of digital footprint you are creating?  Anyone using the web or a mobile device leaves a digital footprint. We teach our children how to be safe within the physical community, but what about norms for appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to use of technology?  Class time will include discussion through the digital lenses of: Access ~ Commerce ~ Communication ~ Literacy ~ Etiquette ~ Law ~ Rights & Responsibilities ~ Health & Wellness ~ Security.  Being a Digital Citizen means learning how to properly use the Internet and other technology resources. In order to be successful and safe, today’s students must know how to find, evaluate and utilize electronic resources.

CONFERENCE: Free Discovery Education Network (DEN) Saturday Conferences
SciCon DEN Conference January 28  7:30am – 2:30pm; free
Attend this free, Discovery Educator Network Virtual Conference. Each Virtual Conference will feature presentations from DEN gurus and other nationally known speakers. These informative sessions will cover a variety of relevant topics, such as differentiating learning with digital content and integrating new Web 2.0 tools into instruction. Those attending in-person gatherings will participate in the online presentations, as well as breakout sessions presented by local STAR Discovery Educators.  DEN SciCon is an online conference focused on providing participants with some of the most effective strategies for transforming their Science classes through the meaningful and effective integration of digital media content.

Registration information can be found here.

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Did you know that this week is National Distance Learning Week? Here are some free webinars (all times are Eastern Standard) you can participate in to learn more about distance learning opportunities.

Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (ET)
Topic/Event: FLVS Online Literacy Resources 24/7
Christine Harris, Program Team Manager, Florida Virtual School
Literacy Resources 24/7 will highlight literacy support across all content areas. Come join in to see new tools that can help with instructional implementation and student success within an online educational environment.
Register to attend:

Time: 1-2:00 pm (ET)
Topic: Developing, Maintaining, and Growing a State Chapter
Ken Conn
USDLA Board Member and Senior Vice President for State Chapters
Director of Houston Education, Data Projections

Louis Stricoff
Executive Director, PA/DE/NJ Distance Learning Association
Business Development Manager

Janet Major
USDLA Board Member and Arizona Distance Learning Association – Past President
Technical Coordinator Arizona Telemedicine Program
Distance Program Coordinator, BioCommunications
The University of Arizona Health Sciences Center

As the title states, this session will focus on developing, maintaining, and growing a state chapter of the United States Distance Learning Association.  You will have the opportunity to learn with various state chapter leaders who will share their experiences.
Register to attend:

Time: 1-2:00 pm (ET)
Topic: Brain-based Learning
Dr. Nish Sonwalkar, (Sc.D.MIT)
USDLA, Director of Research
The International Center for Distance Learning Research and Praxis (ICDLRP)
This webinar will explore how the brain is comprised of billions of neurons (brain cells) connected with trillions of “synaptic” connections between the neurons. Recent research indicates that learning happens in a human brain when a group of neurons are able to form a network passing information between them in the form of electro-chemical signals. Brain-based learning has the potential to enable curriculum content to be adapted to individualized learning pathways ensuring an increase in learning effectiveness and efficiency as well as improvement in student engagement and evaluation measurements.
Register to attend:

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We had a great time in the tele today during the New Links in the Classroom with Videoconferencing and Skype class. Ten participants from schools in the bi-state region showed up to learning about H323 videoconferencing, Skype, collaborations, content providers, bridging and much, much more! We even played with the Blue Jeans Network for the first time- bridging an H323 vc call with a Skype account!

In the morning, we connected to the Center for Puppetry Arts for a vc demo and had a great connection with Iyabo Shabazz, a DL Program Presentation Specialist with the Center. She had the teachers wiggle their fingers and stretch just has should would with a group of younger students. Iyabo shared what kind of programming they do over H323 vc (Butterflies, Mexico, and Edgar Allan Poe) and said they had started using Elluminate to deliver programs as webinars to schools who do not have H323 vc equipment (such as Polycom, LifeSize or Tandberg).

In the afternoon, we had a couple of Skype connections- one with Martha Bogart, who was at the Support Staff Academy Mini-Conference talking about… Skype! We also connected to Manuel Hererra, who Skyped in using the iPad he won at the 2011 Midwest Education Technology Conference. We talked about all the Skype resources out there, including

It was great to work such an enthusiastic group! I’m looking forward to working with them in the future- in person, or at a distance. Thanks again for coming, ladies!

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Arctic Circle photo from NASA

Explore the Arctic with your students in a free LIVE webinar with ocean specialist Philippe Cousteau and Dr. Eduard Sarukhanian! Cousteau will be presenting live from Discovery’s World Headquarters near Washington, D.C., and Sarukhanian will be calling in from Geneva, Switzerland.

Adventure to the Arctic Circle, the Earth’s Air Conditioner on Thursday takes place Thursday, June 2, 2011, 1 pm ET / 12 pm CT

You and your middle school students (grades 5-10 are invited to participate) can to join Cousteau and Sarukhanian, an expert from the World Meteorological Organization, to explore the role the Arctic plays in regulating our global climate system and the changes taking place in the region’s waters. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and will walk away with a better understanding of the role the Arctic plays in their daily lives, and what they can do to make a difference.

Join Discovery Education for this LIVE Siemens STEM Academy classroom webinar – register today! Also, don’t forget to check out the rest of the Siemens STEM Academy site, where you’ll find a calendar of upcoming webinars, blogs, and other STEM resources.

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