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Monthly Archives: October 2008

Show-Me a Movie is an annual digital storytelling contest for Missouri students to demonstrate their creativity & digital movie making skills. Based on curriculum and with a content focus, videos will showcase what students know, care about, and are able to do. What does your class have to say?

There are 3 divisions: Elementary: Grades 2 – 5; Middle School: Grades 6 – 8; High School: Grades 9 – 12. There are 4 categories: Show Me Something New; Show Me a Story; Show Me a Challenge; and Show Me Your Community.

Each 2 minute video is judged in five categories by a panel: Content, Creativity, Storyboarding, Videography for Live Action or Videography for Animation, and Reflection.

The deadline to submit the 2 minute movies is December 15, 2008
at 5 o’clock – JUST SIX WEEKS AWAY!

Mailed entries must be addressed to:
Show-Me a Movie
Cooperating School Districts
1460 Craig Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63146

(E-mailed entries should be sent to – remember to submit the paperwork before 5 p.m.)

For complete rules and details, like teacher checklists, please visit Winners will be showcased at a reception during METC 2009.  Questions about Show-Me a Movie? Contact Martha Bogart at 314-692-1258.

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Transforming Learning with a Promethean Activboard
This class is for beginners; no prior knowledge of Promethean is required.
Day Classes (9am-4pm): November 6
| $125 CSD member; $195 non-member

St. Louis area teachers, come to the technology enhanced learning environment and learn how to use this new technology tool in your classroom. The Promethean Activboard combines the look and feel of a regular whiteboard with the power of a computer. Discover how to develop lesson plans that make use of it and motivate students to learn!

All tele classes held at:
Cooperating School Districts
1460 Craig Road
St. Louis, MO 63146

to register:

Remember, we also offer MPUG, the Midwest Promethean Users Group, meeting coming up in November! Any Promethean user is invited to participate.

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The latest podcast offered by Cooperating School Districts features the Virtual Learning Center’s Director, Ruth Litman-Block, on the topic of Technology Integration in the Classroom. Past issues covered include High Cost of Fuel and its Impact on Education and School Reform.

Future topics include Preparing Students for the Global Workplace and Public Education and the U.S. Political Landscape. For additional information or to request a specific topic to be covered, contact Kathleen Woehrmann at To listen to all of CSD’s podcasts (or to subscribe to them), visit “ABOUT US: PODCASTS” on the CSD website,

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Take a look at this! Great collaboration taking place in/between schools in Michigan and Texas: Monster Match!  “This project, coordinated by EDLINK 12, is designed for grades PreK-7 and is open to Janine Lim‘s and Roxanne Glaser‘s schools ONLY since this is a pilot project. Two classrooms will be paired up and each class will create a monster using “Monster-Match Approved” materials. The class will then write a description of their monster and post it online. Classes will then create a second monster and see if there is a monster match. Both classes will meet via videoconference to compare the original monsters with the recreated monsters.”

Click here to see some of the monsters created by the kids.

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New Links to New Learning author Amy E. Sklansky is the author of several books, like The Duck Who Played the Kazoo and Where Do Chicks Come From? She is also the author of a great poetry book (illustrated by Karen Dismukes) to read this time of year, Skeleton Bones and Goblin Groans: Poems for Halloween.

On Amy’s website, she has a section called “Teacher Features” which outlines great ways to prompt writing in the classroom! It’s definitely worth checking out!

Amy’s next videoconference is in January. Want to learn more about her distance learning work? Click here to read up on her past programs.

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The Midwest Education Technology Conference has a Ning! What is a Ning? A Ning is a space on the web for people to create their own social networks. The METC Ning is a place for those interested in and/or planning to attend the conference to communicate and collaborate before, during, and after METC. It is a great place for the conference presenters, planners and participants to interact! If you are not able to attend the conference in person, the Ning, along with METC2009 Twitter updates, will keep you current on the conference happenings and provide valuable resources & information from its member community. How do you join? Visit the URL and click on “sign up.” The METC Ning URL is

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We’re very pleased to share that many students participating in the last ACT Prep over videoconference class significantly raised their practice test scores- in one case, a student raised her over all score eight points! During the five week course (taught by a Princeton Review instructor), participating students took three practice tests, one before the class started, the second during the middle of the course, and the third at the end of the course- one week before the real ACT. Students were able to see their scores within a few days of taking the test to see their strengths and weaknesses. They also had twenty hours seat time with the instructor, and they were also able to email him between videoconference connections with questions. Homework was assigned as well, and tips and tricks were given for mastering the standardized test. Sound like something you are interested in?? We will be offering an ACT prep class for the February ACT- look out for those dates on this blog!

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