I know the school year is ending and many are going on summer vacation! I just wanted to remind our readers that free videoconferences, from content providers like the Lee Richardson Zoo and NASA, fill up fast during the school year. This is a great time to plan ahead and put in requests for fall programming.
Also, during June and July, Cooperating School Districts is closed on Fridays. Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CDT. The classes in the tele will also be Monday through Thursday, with most running 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Have a great summer!
Cooperating School Districts has announced that registration is open for all St. Louis area educators (superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals, librarians, media specialists, tech coordinators, & teachers) to attend the 2008-2009 TLA. TLA assists educators in developing knowledge & skills necessary to use technology as a tool for more effective & efficient leadership in their schools!
During 48 hours of professional development in the Technology Leadership Academy, you will:
•Focus on leadership skills in technology
•Improve classroom use of technology
•Develop a vision of how to utilize technology to improve student performance
•Assess strengths & needs of your staff/students in the area of technology as well as develop a practical & useful technology plan
•Expand your network of colleagues
As a part of the academy, participants receive:
•Palm T|X handheld computer with Bluetooth & Wifi + wireless keyboard
•GoObserve software for the Palm (a classroom observation tool)
•Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works by METC featured speaker Howard Pitler, et.al.
•attendance at 1 day of the Midwest Education Technology Conference
Dates for the 2008-2009 school year are as follows:
•Oct. 1 •Nov. 5 •Dec. 3 •Jan. 7 •Jan. 27* (METC) •Feb. 25
Times: 8 am to 4 pm (breakfast & lunch included) | Cost: $1,200/person
Training sessions take place in CSD’s tele on 1460 Craig Rd.- except for the METC* session- which is at the St. Charles Convention Center. To register, go here. P.O.’s and credit cards will be accepted. Slots will fill up fast, and space is limited, so register now! If you have any questions, contact Martha Bogart at (314) 692-1258 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Virtual Learning Center’s tele (technology enhanced learning environment) classes are filling up very quickly- Transforming Learning with a SMART Board on June 3 and Creating SMART Board Lessons to Engage & Motivate Students on June 4 are already full!
There are a limited spaces left in Teacher Timesavers: Free Online Resources on June 5; Using Digital Media in the Classroom (Featuring Google Earth) on June 9; Cross-Curricular Lessons Using Concept Mapping on June 10; and Transforming Learning with a Promethean Activboard on June 11. Sign up today to participate in these early June courses. Teachers from all over the St. Louis metropolitan area participate; bring a friend from your school, or network with other teaching colleagues from different districts. Remember, too, that graduate credit is available for many tele classes.
Courses in the second half of the month are Empowering Students with Podcasting; Differentiating Instruction with Discovery Streaming; Boundless Learning with Videoconferencing; Movie-Making in the Classroom: Creating Digital Stories and Photo Essays; and Online “Street Smarts:” Being Legal, Literate, and Secure. Tele questions? Call Joan Forrest at (314) 692-1259.
New Links to New Learning members, remember that videoconferences are available all year! If you are teaching a summer school course, you can include videoconferencing in the curriculum. K-12 programs are out there- in any subject! Studying Shakespeare? Take your students to the Globe Theatre in London. Listening to students talk about the latest Cardinals‘ series? Cooperstown NY, and the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum are just an IP address away! Learn about Diversity in the Dugout or The Business of Baseball. Are your students interested in music, but you need to cover science and social studies? Visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum. Videoconferences include Hip-Hop Technology: From Turntables to Computers and Rock & Roll Reactions: Records, Radios and the Birth of Teenage Culture in 1950s America. There is a lot out there! Contact me for more ideas or suggestions.