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Monthly Archives: July 2009

Dorothy WhiteAfter nearly 20 years at Cooperating School Districts– her first day of work was July 9, 1990- Dorothy White is retiring! As a Certified Special Events Professional and a Certified Meeting Planner, Dorothy works on the Midwest Education Technology Conference, the Character Education Conference, the Support Staff Institute (and Mini-Conference) and the Executive Professional Academy.

Luckily for us, she will continue coming in once a week to help work on the conferences, institutes and academies. You might also see Dorothy around town, cycling for the Kaldi’s Bike team, which raises money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Their team brought in the most in donations in 2008, and they hope to continue that leadership in 2009.

Congratulations and good luck to Dorothy!

Stacey FranksThe Virtual Learning Center is sad to say Stacey Franks is leaving her full-time position at Cooperating School Districts at the end of this week. Early next year, she and her husband will be relocating to Kansas. In the meantime, Stacey will be teaching some of the tele classes this fall and winter, so she’ll be around. And of course, you can always find her in Second Life! Best of luck to her.

Empowering Students with Podcasting

Stacey Franks teaches Empowering Students with Podcasting in the tele July 30 at CSD. The class will be offered again November 4 & 5, from 4-7 p.m. each night.

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SMART Response | SMART Board

NEW CLASS! What’s all the buzz about “clicker” systems in the classroom? SMART Response (formerly called Senteo) is an interactive response system combining handheld wireless remotes (or clickers), a receiver and powerful assessment software that allows you to create tests and manage, track, and evaluate the results. This system integrates seamlessly with the SMART Board, but must be purchased separately.

Come learn on March 11, 2010 how to set up formative & summative assessments for your students and obtain immediate results that can be used to guide instruction. In the first half of the class, learn the basics of the hardware and software. In the second half of this all-day workshop, you will have an opportunity to create your own assessments either from scratch or by tweaking downloaded question sets. Questions about content? Contact Martha Bogart. To register for this workshop, visit the tele website. This class is $138 for CSD members and $214 for nonmembers.


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Flickr - Creative Commons - PhoneHere’s a little bit of technology trivia for you:

On this day in 1914, transcontinental telephone service began (!) with the first phone conversation between New York and San Francisco. That was 95 years ago! Makes you wonder what folks in 2104 will read about- or how they will- when “this day in history, 95 years ago,” comes up…

Show-Me a Movie is a digital storytelling contest for Missouri students to demonstrate their creativity & digital movie making skills. Based on curriculum and with a content focus, the videos will showcase what students know, care about, and are able to do. Join us in this fun event!

There are three divisions: Elementary: Grades 2 – 5 | Middle School: Grades 6 – 8 | High School: Grades 9 – 12.

Categories include:

  • Show Me Something New: Make an instructional or how-to movie.
  • Show Me a Story: Tell a story about someone special, your school, your community.
  • Show Me a Challenge: Share local environmental concerns and social issues, which promote awareness and public action.
  • Show Me Your Community: Recount an aspect of your community/ethnic culture that is unique, significant, promotes a message, and advances a better understanding of it.

December 14, 2009 is the Show-Me a Movie Contest deadline. Entries must be received no later than 5 p.m.  – entries received after December 14 will not be considered.

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booksNEW! Connecting Digital and Print Literacy – Creating Book Trailers: Book trailers are a great way to connect digital and print literacy in a real-world application.  Learn how to create and manage a book trailer project in your classroom.  We will make book trailers using Photostory 3 – a free Microsoft download.  The class will cover how to help your students select their audience, and decide how to construct their message to accomplish the persuasive goal of the trailer. We will touch on copyright compliance issues and practice finding acceptable images and music.  Creating voice-overs using the free download Audacity program will also be demonstrated.  Skills covered in this tele class can be applied to any subject area and any grade level. Interested? We’re offering it twice this school year, October 5 & 12  OR  April 19 & 26. Each sessions runs a total of six hours and the cost is $138 CSD member and $214 non-member.  One graduate credit is available for an additional fee from Lindenwood University. Register here.

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