Monthly Archives: February 2010

4th Annual United States Distance Learning Association Conference Again in St. Louis

According to its website, “The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 2010 National Conference is the premier event for professionals in the distance learning industry. This year’s conference (May 2 -5, 2010) promises to deliver an action-packed agenda that will bring together distance learning practioners from across the country to St. Louis, Missouri.”

To read The Wired Classroom blog posts on past USDLA conferences, click here. To learn more about this year’s conference, including events, sessions, and registration info, click on the logo above.

Will you be attending?

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New ‘Career’ Videoconferences Up on CILC

Here are some new videoconference programs up on www.cilc.org that focus on careers- all are set dates and times in March. If you click on the program name, you’ll be taken to a flyer that describes the program in more detail, including dates, times, and what age group it is appropriate for- New Links to New Learning members, if you are interested in any programs below, contact CSD.

Career Spotlight: Manager – Digital Media/Communications – by Pro Football Hall of Fame
Come learn about the unique career of Digital Media/Communications Manager Pete Fierle at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He will be our featured speaker Wednesday March 3, 2010 at 9:00 AM and again at 11:00 AM.

Career Spotlight: VP of Merchandise Sales/Licensing – by Pro Football Hall of Fame
Come learn about the unique career of Steve Strawbridge, vice president of merchandise sales/licensing at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He will be our featured speaker Thursday March 11, 2010 at 9:00 AM and again at 11:00 AM.

Exploring Your Career Potential – by SOITA
Exploring Your Career Potential is offered on Monday, March 15 at 1:00 EST and is part of a series of Let’s Talk Careers videoconferences offered by SOITA. During the videoconference, students will have the opportunity to ask questions directly to the expert.

Careers in Speech Therapy – by SOITA
Exploring Careers in Speech Therapy is offered on Thursday, March 25 at 1:00 EST and is part of a series of Let’s Talk Careers videoconferences offered by SOITA. During the videoconference, students will have the opportunity to ask questions directly to the expert.

Digital Storytelling Contest for Missouri Students

Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis and Tech4Learning present Show-Me a Movie Contest 2010! With the contest growing each year, it’s time to announced the 2010 deadlines:

Contest Timeline

  • December 13, 2010, contest deadline: entries must be received no later than 5 p.m. Entries received after this deadline will not be considered.
  • Mailed entries must be addressed to:
    Show-Me a Movie
    Cooperating School Districts
    1460 Craig Road
    St. Louis, Missouri  63146
  • Do NOT email movies, as files can become corrupted, and/or they may clog up the server. Instead, burn movies to a CD and mail in.
  • February 15, 2011, grand prizewinners and category/grade level winners showcased at the Midwest Education Technology Conference at the St. Charles Convention Center.

For full rules, rubrics, forms, etc., visit the Show-Me a Movie website.

The Verdict is In: Another Trial By Wire Success

Every year, New Links to New Learning puts on a mock trial over videoconference (this year, the program was broken into two-day proceedings).

Trial by Wire allows multiple v/c sites to try a murder case together. This project entails research by the students and their participation in a videoconference. They simulate a court trial (taken from an actual state of Missouri court case). A librarian from the St. Louis County Library, Paul Steensland, acts as judge and helps students research the case. Three classes (from different schools) are required to participate: one class acts as the prosecution, one class is the defense, and the final class performs the duties of the jury.

Martha Bogart reports: “The schools were all in the Rockwood District. Prosecution and jury were at Lafayette High School and the defense was at Rockwood Summit High School. The verdict was not guilty; the jury really debated it well.  At first they were all for innocent, but then they swung to guilty, and then they wound up with innocent. [Note: the jury deliberations are heard by all participants as well as the judge]. Remember, it did not have to be unanimous as they were only given 15 minutes to deliberate.  It just had to be majority. The videoconferences happened over 2 days (45 minute class periods) instead of one 90 minute period.  So, the first day each case presented and  second day the jury deliberated and rendered its verdict.”

After the verdict is given, “Judge Steensland,” Martha, and the participants discuss the case- what was easier than they thought, what proved more difficult, how they came to their decisions on prosecuting, defending, and deliberating. A special thanks this year to Diane Tinucci in the Rockwood  for all her in-district coordinating!