Monthly Archives: July 2008

Good Luck but not Goodbye!

The Virtual Learning Center is sad to see Stephanie leave, but we want to congratulate her on her new position as a Technology Integration Specialist in the Parkway School District. Best of luck Stephanie, and don’t be a stranger (I have a feeling she won’t be)!


Assessing Student-Centered Activities

Yesterday’s tele class was Evaluating Student Work with Differentiated Scoring (also known as the ‘Rubrics Class’ within the VLC)- participants learned how to create rubrics, scoring guides, checklists, and other forms of assessments that measure what students have learned while participating in student-centered activities. Models were shown during the day, and online access to information about scoring guides was given. Stacey taught the class and I caught the participants as they broke into groups for discussion:


2008-09 Mental Health Program Descriptions

Here are some Mental Health professional development updates! All the interactive Mental Health videoconference sessions are presented by a BJC staff member and include a question & answer period. Sessions run from 4-5 o’clock central on set dates. K-12 educators are welcome to participate in this videoconference. Contact Rebecca Morrison to sign up or if you have questions.

Dates, Topics, Descriptions:

January 8When a Classmate Dies (Lynn Baer)
In this one hour videoconference, the implications for schools, classrooms and families when losing a child will be discussed. Identifying issues and helping students in the grieving process are key issues to this conversation.

February 12The Influence of Media on Teen BehaviorTeaching Media Literacy  (Lynne Lang)
This videoconference will define media literacy and its impact on teen behavior. During the session, strategies to help teens break down messages in order to make healthy decisions will be covered. Topics include teen pregnancy and teen smoking.

March 12Peer Bullying/Sibling BullyingMaking the Connection
(Lynne Lang)
Discover the connection between sibling and peer abuse during this interactive videoconference; learn to identify and address troubling behaviors that may be affecting your classroom climate.


beat the heat & visit the zoo…?

Today was the first videoconference of the 2008-2009 school year! Independence Elementary connected with the Lee Richardson Zoo to talk about rainforests-  Rock’n Rainforests, that is! With temps in St. Louis today forecasted to be in the mid to upper 90s I’m sure this was a welcome and cool (figuratively & literally) learning activity for students & teachers alike! Here is what the zoo’s website says about the videoconference:

Rainforests rock! Did you know you can walk for a mile through a tropical rainforest and never see the same plant or animal twice?!! Tropical rainforests provide the world with amazing diversity and resources. See for yourself how important these ‘stand of trees’ are and even explore some not so tropical rainforests. (Did you know we have one in the US?)

Lee Richardson Zoo is great because their programs are educational & engaging… and free! Also, interested in knowing where the US rainforest is? I was- I assumed a tropical rainforest could be found in Hawaii- I wasn’t correct. Googled it: temperate rainforests can be found in the Pacific Northwest.

tropical rainforest photo by absolutwade on Flickr (Creative Commons)

2008 fall tele classes

Check back soon! Fall class dates for the tele, including SMART Board and Promethean Activboard courses, will be coming out soon. If you have already taken a SMART Board or Promethean Activboard class at CSD and need a refresher, remember you do have access to our Moodle which has tips & tricks for up to one year after taking the class! Any tele class you’ve taken will be up on the Moodle- remember to visit it and look at class materials.