Join us for the 35th Annual METC Conference!

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Registration for our

35th Annual METC Conference is now OPEN!
EducationPlus is excited to have our premier EdTech program offer it’s annual event for the 35
th year in a row. The METC Conference presenters are being notified this month and our team is working hard to bring you the latest in educational technology trends, learning strategies, speakers, and research.

We hope to see you February 12-14, 2018  
Back to the Future, Ready?

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10 Reasons to Attend #DigCitDay17

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Ten Reasons to Attend #DigCitDay17


Expand your Personal Learning Network and engage with other educators, parents and community leaders who are interested in Character & Technology.

The ORIGINAL Digital Citizen, author, international speaker, and The Godfather of the Digital Citizenship Institute, Dr. Mike Ribble will lead us through Digital Citizenship in Action.

The self-proclaimed Book Whisperer, Thinker & Social Media Leader, 10 year old Olivia Van Ledtje will model how #KIDSCANTEACHUS

Award winning local multimedia educator, Don Goble will share how to Develop Citizen Journalists and showcase the Global Student News Network.

Learn how to Hack Digital Citizenship from Future Ready Librarian, Media Literacy and Social Justice advocate, and award-winning author Dr. Kristen Mattson

Increase your Digital Wellness by learning exercises and techniques for staying healthy and safe in today’s technology-rich world.

Author, professor, and international speaker and media literacy guru, Julie Smith will share how to spot FAKE NEWS and become critical thinkers.

Learn how area middle school students have been empowered with Student Voice & Choice to create a DigCit Action Plan for improving digital etiquette and cyberbullying.

Hear how last year’s EdPlus DigCit Day made an international impact by helping connect and catapult the Digital Citizenship Summit in Nigeria.

Area school district Communications Specialists will be sharing their best practices and advice in Public Relations for today’s digital citizens.


Make A Change ~ Make A Difference #DigCitDay17

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Two NEW EdTech/STEM Academies for 2017-2018

METC is excited to offer two, new EdTech/STEM year-long academies for the 2017-2018 school year. These two new offerings round out our tech academies schedule that includes Google for Education Academy,  Library Media Specialists and Technology Leadership Academy for Teachers. Information about all our upcoming academies, workshops and conferences can be found at edplus.org/PD.


MakerEd Academy

5456308_606502532.jpgThis academy focused on the MakerEd Movement is for educators who enjoy inventing, designing and tinkering, and believe creativity and innovation are catalysts for student engagement. Maker and design thinking experiences foster a culture of asking questions, solving problems, and develop an “I can do that!” confidence in young people. When we combine problem-solving activities with technology, and the basics of rapid prototyping and digital fabrication, the sky’s the limit!

In this creative and engaging academy, you will experience a challenging and collaborative environment. The MakerEd Academy is open to anyone interested in creating habits of active thinking. You will learn the basics of making and building rough prototypes by hand using simple tools such as paper, glue, and tape, as well as experience 3D printing. We will also explore Makerspace ideas, design a space, and curate resources for a successful Maker environment.

Registration includes one-day at the 35th annual METC Conference, and 3.0 graduate credit hours are available upon request.

Register here.


STEAM-ing UP STEM Academy

5456308_416718807STEAM is everywhere!  It is hard to come up with any occupation that doesn’t involve STEAM. The focus on STEM began with the notion that students need more opportunities in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math related fields. The National Science Foundation estimates that 80% of the jobs created in the next decade will require some form of math and science skills. With the increase enthusiasm for Project Based Learning (PBL) these two concepts complement each other. Both STEM & PBL promote important 21st century competencies and directly connect to the ISTE Standards of Innovative Designers and Computational Thinkers.

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math. In this academy, you will have the opportunity to participate in virtual field trips and regional excursions, as well as experience hands-on STEAMy activities. We will explore ideas of combining real-world activities along with problem solving and team building to come up with a solution. Come join our METC in this STEAM-tastic Academy; STEAM-ing Up STEM!

Registration includes one-day at the 35th annual METC Conference, and 3.0 graduate credit hours are available upon request.

Register here.


 

2017-18 Tech Academies

Research continues to affirm that the most impactful professional learning is sustained over time and embedded in collaborative teams.

Join a cohort of like-minded leaders to enhance your learning all year long in one of six academies!

STEAM-ing Up STEM Academy
METC is excited to offer this NEW academy just for you! STEAM is everywhere! It is hard to come up with any occupation that doesn’t involve STEAM. The focus on STEM began with the notion that students need more opportunities in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math related fields. The National Science Foundation estimates that 80% of the jobs created in the next decade will require some form of math and science skills. With the increase enthusiasm for Project Based Learning (PBL) these two concepts complement each other. Learn more and register hereThis academy includes admission to the METC Summer Institute, July 10-11.

Begins Tuesday, August 29

MakerEd Academy
METC LogoOur METC is excited to offer a focused academy on the MakerEd Movement for educators who enjoy inventing, designing and tinkering, and believe creativity and innovation are catalysts for student engagement. Maker and design thinking experiences foster a culture of asking questions, solving problems, and develop an “I can do that!” confidence in young people. When we combine problem-solving activities with technology, and the basics of rapid prototyping and digital fabrication, the sky’s the limit! Learn more and register here. This academy includes admission to the METC Summer Institute, July 10-11.

Begins Wednesday, August 30

MO Google for Education Academy
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If your district has gone Google, and you are feeling lost, then GAFE Academy is for you! If you are looking to Googlize your teaching, sign-up for this year-long academy, attend the 4th annual Missouri Summit Featuring Google for Education AND the 35th annual METC Conference. Become a METC GAFE Master, by completing the coursework and presenting at the annual METC conference. Learn more & register here.

Begins Monday, September 18

Library Media Specialist Academy
The LMS Academy focuses on the changing role of the Library Media Specialist in K-12 education. Today’s LMS must play the versatile role of an instructional partner responsible for ensuring that students and staff are efficient and effective users of information. The Academy will assist LMS personnel in teaching and connecting the new standards of AASL, ISTE and the NETS. Registration includes one day attendance at the METC Conference. Learn more and register here.

Begins Wednesday, September 27

Technology Leadership Academy for Teachers
Women at computerThe TLA for teachers will assist educators in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to use technology as a tool for more effective and efficient integration in their classrooms. Various free digital portals, applications and resources will be explored including Google & Microsoft applications & SAMR. This long-term academy is for all media or tech specialists, and classroom teachers. Registration includes one day attendance at the METC Conference. Learn more and register here.

Begins Thursday, September 28

Technology Leadership Academy for School Leaders
The TLA will assist in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to use technology as a tool for more effective and efficient leadership in their schools. This long-term academy is for all educational leaders (superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, curriculum or tech coordinators). Registration includes one day attendance at the METC Conference. Learn more and register here.

Begins Wednesday, October 4

Can’t Miss #METC Summer PD!

Join us this Summer for Maker Spaces, Google, Coding, SAMR & more! Check out the can’t miss Summer PD workshops you’ll want to register for today.

See our full calendar here.

 

Break Out of Your Classroom & BYOB

Wednesday, June 7 – Thursday, June 8

Two days of professional learning like you’ve never seen before! Fun, collaborative learning with participant-driven sessions and Breakout Expert Learners onsite to help you design and problem solve. Learn more and register here.

DBDM Has Gone Google

Thursday, June 15

This workshop wil infuse Google into your PLC and the Data-Based Decision Making Process. Learn how other in the region are using DBDM to meet the needs of all their students, experience the 6-step DBDM process. Work smarter with this user-friendly tool and SEE your impact. Learn more and register here.

Google Mania: Mini Boot Camp

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Monday, June 19 – Tuesday, June 20

Join area Google Certified Teachers in this two-day workshop. Speed Geek style presentations on day one will show you 8-12 features and strategies you can use in your classroom. Diver deeper on day two to find the hidden treasures that will knock your socks off! Learn more and register here.

LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 – Grades 5 and Up

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Wednesday, June 21

This hands-on workshop is for educators just getting started with LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3. Learn how to build your robot, how to use programming blocks and see the connects to Common Core. Learn more and register here.

LEGO Education and Maker Spaces (Grades 1-8)

Thursday, June 22

Looking to set up a Maker Space but you don’t know where to start? This one day workshop will show you how to utilize LEGO Education bricks, curriculum and activities to set up a Maker Space that promotes hands-on, minds-on learning. You’ll learn how to incorporate robotics into Maker Space projects at both the elementary and middle school levels. Learn more and register here.

METC Summer Institute: Building STEAM & Making Spaces 

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Monday, July 10 – Tuesday, July 11

Making, coding, designing and more! This two day event is for the creative and innovative educator, as well as those content teachers of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) and the Arts.  Talented STEAM “makers” will come together to share at our two day Summer Institute. Krissy Venosdale and Steve Dembo will help us kick off the event & several midwest STEM & Maker educators will share what they have learned, and how they make innovative projects and complete engaging activities in their flexible spaces. Learn more and register here.

SAMR Institute and Camp

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Wednesday, July 19 – Thursday, July 20 (optional Saturday, September 20)

The SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition) model, developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, allows teachers to reflect on how technology is being integrated in the classroom. This framework provides another way for educators to visualize and discuss HOW technology can be integrated and HOW it can transform instruction and learning. Learn more and register here.

Creating Coders Camp

Wednesday, July 26 – Thursday, July 27 and date TBD.

There are over seven thousand spoken languages in the world. Did you know that coding is thought of as THE new world language? This language is one that will be vital to your students’ future.  However, how do you introduce coding to your students when you have so much content to cover? Believe it or not, coding can be infused into your current lessons to meet both needs all the while engaging your students like never before! Learn more and register here.