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Monthly Archives: August 2009

fall2009Global Nomads Group (GNG) offers 4 types of interactive videoconference programs that cover a range of academic themes. For full descriptions (plus cost of the programs) visit

Here is what GNG has lined up for the Fall of 2009:

Darfur Debate for Grades: 7-8, and 9-12
on Tues. Sept. 15 and Thurs. Sept. 17

Environmental Refugees for Grades: 7-8, and 9-12
on Tues. Sept. 29 and Thurs. Oct. 1

Cool Careers for Grades: 7-8, and 9-12
on Fri. Sept. 18, Wed. Oct.14 and more

Virtual Science Expedition for Grades: 7-8, and 9-12
on Tues. Nov. 10, Tues. Nov. 24 and more

Folktales Around the World – New Project-Based IVC for Grades: 3-5
on Wed. Dec. 16

Nuclear Proliferation: A Case Study of North Korea for Grades: 7-8, and 9-12 on Tues. Oct. 6

U.S. Role in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan for Grades: 7-8, and 9-12 on Tues. Nov. 10

Globalization and the Post-American Flat World for Grades: 7-8, and 9-12
from Sept. – Dec. 2009 at various times depending on location:

  • Spain
  • Morocco
  • Ghana
  • South Africa
  • India
  • Vietnam
  • China

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Barri speaksIn this one hour videoconference, Missouri author Barri L. Bumgarner discusses peer pressure and its effect on students. By opening the door of communication, Bumgarner highlights the importance of writing, talking, and exposing the perils of social hierarchy in the school setting. Bumgarner also talks openly about the effects of peer pressure on children of all ages. During these highly interactive sessions, students discuss the process of writing as therapy, as well as the central issues in her young adult book, Dregs.

Program Format
1. This program begins with the author introducing herself and the topic, peer pressure.
2. She will engage participating sites by asking leading questions and facilitating dialog between students.
3. Time is allowed for questions and answers.

Objective:  The goal of this session is to allow students the opportunity to explore their surroundings in an analytical way, to analyze their environment through an author’s eyes, and to engage them in writing activities themselves that mirror this process.

Date/Times: date change- now October 1, 2009 | 8:30 a.m. CT for high school and 10 a.m. CT for 7 & 8th grades

Fee: $200 for New Links members, $250 for nonmembers


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de streamingCooperating School Districts offers free Discovery Education streaming training for CSD members and CSG members on the second Monday of the month during the school year from 8:30 am to 3:00 p.m. Nonmembers pay $214.  Space is limited here at 1460 Craig Road, so register early! 2009-2010 dates include:

Sept. 14 | Oct. 12 | Nov. 2 (first Monday) | Dec. 14 | Jan. 11 | Feb. 16 (Tuesday due to President’s Day) | March 8 | April 12 | May 10

Are you receiving on-demand streaming and downloading of videos for your classroom, and lesson plans, quizzes, images, sound effects, encyclopedia articles, and more? You can be! Using DE streaming, students are engaged in their learning experiences, and teachers have the ability to use or create standards-based lesson plans, assignments, quizzes and writing prompts online. Learn how to utilize DE streaming in your classroom!

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mckissackpodcastAward-winning author Patricia McKissack, through the Virtual Learning Center of Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis, brings you a series of readings from some of her favorite imagesbooks in her new podcasts. In addition to podcasting, she participates in distance learning events with K-12 students across the country. To learn more about Pat and her books, visit her Writer’s Workshop blog, Can You Imagine?.

To listen to Pat’s first podcast on her book Tippy Lemmey, click here.

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MS Office Classes! September 23 & 24, 2009, 4:00 – 7:00 pm each night | $138 CSD member; $214 non-member | One Graduate Credit Available

Using MS Word in the Classroom MS Word is a powerful word processing program that helps teachers more mscreate lessons, tests and letters. Students can use it for creative writing, basic reports or research papers. Learn the basics along with more advanced features such as inserting graphics, clip art, and spreadsheets, transforming text to html, and word art. Participants will plan a lesson activity incorporating the use of Word such as having students create bookmarks that persuade readers to read the book. Learn how to help students create newsletters and brochures, and how you can create easy to use worksheets with imbedded ms mshyperlinks that can help support your students as they create their own projects. To sign up, visit:

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Stephanie MadlingerThe Virtual Learning Center welcomes back Stephanie Madlinger to the team!

Stephanie will resume Discovery Education trainings, including DE streaming and DE Science. Also, she’ll work with iTEA groups, Boeing Grant recipients, ARRA grant recipients, and instruct tele workshops.

In addition, Stephanie will be the VLC liaison to the Education Technology Association.

kosteckigangaHere’s a recap of our free fall programs over videoconference at Cooperating School Districts:

September 17: Author Visit with Stefan Merrill Block – high school (1 time slot available)
October 16: First Bank of the United States – high school (3 time slots available)
October 27: Author Visit with Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw – elementary school (2 time slots available)

To see full descriptions of these programs, read the blog posts below. Questions on any of the programs? Contact Rebecca Morrison at Cooperating School Districts. Artwork by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw.

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