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Monthly Archives: February 2009


Creating SMART Board Lessons to Engage and Motivate Students:
$125 CSD member; $195 non-member | (One Graduate Credit Available)
Monday, March 23, 9-3 at Cooperating School Districts – ADVANCED

Transforming Learning with a SMART Board:
$125 CSD member; $195 non-member
Friday, March 27, 9-3 at Cooperating School Districts – BEGINNER

St. Louis area educators,  full class descriptions & registration available at Classes are held at 1460 Craig Road in Creve Coeur.

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moodle class

Two of the courses  we teach in the technology enhanced learning environment (tele) are Moodle Basics: Using a Course Management System to Increase Teacher/Student Connections and Intermediate Moodle: Creating Your Own Course. moodle class

Today Martha taught both- basics this morning, and intermediate (will be) this afternoon. During the morning session, participants learn and set up various features of this powerful course management open source software. In the afternoon,  they dive into the advanced features and have time to practice them. There is lots of hands-on time provided to create sample classes and organize them. We’ll be offering more Moodle training, so make sure you check out our tele classes:

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february-26-2009Today Robert Powell of the Challenger Learning Center St. Louis conducted an important mission- his first videoconference, The Body in Space, live from CSD. He connected with students in Texas to discuss what the body does- and does not do- during and after space travel. This distance learning experience is available upon request on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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Lisa BermanToday we had not one, but two videoconferences with the Saint Louis Zoo! This was my first connection with our hometown Zoo. Our groups connected to learn about the Penguin & Puffin Coast. (If you haven’t been to the Penguin & Puffin Coast at the Saint Louis Zoo, you need to go- or connect to this videoconference-  it’s a  must see!) During the videoconference, students learned about penguins and puffins and about the cold areas in the northern and southern hemispheres of the globe. They participated in activities to learn about how these animals survive in their cold climates and they got up to use their own bodies to figure out the locations hemispheres of the earth. (Can you guess what Line is where your belly button located? Which pole holds your toes?)

Though admission to the Saint Louis Zoo is free, this videoconference was $125. The kids saw animals in the studio with presenter Lisa Berman, asked & answered questions, and watched video footage of  the penguins and puffins. The program wrapped with a song about penguins.

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mpugPromethean users! Here’s your opportunity to network with schools and teachers here in St. Louis and all over the Midwest to share ideas, lessons, challenges, and successes in using the Activboard. The Midwest Promethean User Group (MPUG) is informal (it is not a class) and meets regularly. The next meeting is today at Cooperating School Districts at 4 o’clock and runs about an hour; times are loose, though, so don’t worry if you come late, or need to leave early. We hope to see you here this afternoon! CSD is located at 1460 Craig Road in Creve Coeur.

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ear bud on Flickr by diongillardMarch 11 and 12, come to Cooperating School Districts find out what all the talk is about! You don’t have to own an iPod or even a MP3 player to create and listen to your own podcasts…

Learn how to record digital audio broadcasts, edit them and upload them to the web. Teachers can use this new technology to create podcasts of their lectures and class discussions so that students can listen to them again for reinforcement, or, students who were absent can catch up on work missed. Participants will also create lessons for their students that require them to create their own radio broadcasts, performances, interviews and more. Learn how this using this tool in the classroom can help auditory learners and motivate reluctant learners.

Walk away with your own original podcast!

Empowering Students with Podcasting: March 11 & 12,  4 – 7 pm each night
$125 CSD member; $195 non-member (One Graduate Credit Available)

Register at

Photo by dion gillard can be found on Flickr’s Creative Commons.

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GNG presents: Youth Entrepreneurship in the Midst of the Global Economic Crisis
Dates: Wednesday, March 4 | Times: 1-2 PM EST/ 12-1 pm CST
Grades: 7-8, 9-12
Cost: $150 or membership price* |  To sign up,  contact

As the global economic crisis unfolds in our own backyard, students will explore its dire effects in developing nations, focusing on Bangladesh as a point of reference. 44% of the population of this South Asian nation lives in abject poverty – living on less than $1/day. The two most significant exports are garment and microfinance, with the garment industry making up 70% of its exports. How will this crisis affect the Bangladeshi community, especially since it borders India, an emerging global superpower? How will it effect the youth? How can the local youth get involved to uplift the Bangladeshi economy? In this special PULSE videoconference session, students will come together to discuss these issues with our special guest, Pial Islam. Pial Islam is currently launching a strategy consulting firm to create public-private partnerships in Bangladesh and has an extensive background in management consulting. Join him and students from across the U.S. over videoconference next week to discuss these current issues.

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