Monthly Archives: April 2010

Your METC Proposal: Motivate, Engage, Transform, Connect

click here for METC website

Can you believe it!? The call for Midwest Education Technology Conference proposal submissions is now open!

You have until August 20th to send in your 2011 presentation ideas, focusing on this year’s theme:  Motivate, Engage, Transform, Connect.

2011 program strands are:

  • 21st Century Skills
  • Assistive Technology
  • Differiented Instruction
  • Digital Media
  • Leadership
  • Curriculum & Instruction based on Assessment and Data
  • Library Integration
  • Mobile Computing
  • Open Source Apps
  • Technical & Networking
  • Technology 101 (basic)
  • Web 2.0
  • Instructional Integration Strategies

Challenger Center for Space Education

At the beginning of each Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis videoconference, Robert Powell shares with the students the history of the centers and the Challenger Shuttle. Here, he talks about what the astronauts’ families wanted to do to honor their memories.

to see the 1 minute video, click on the image

technology integration for your classroom

April 2010 Tech Rich Class

Are you already familiar with the Internet, but unsure about how exactly to use it in combination with software applications and Web 2.0 technologies in you classes? The focus of Creating Technology-Rich Lessons to Increase Student Achievement was to help participants create an entire lesson plan from lesson objectives and assignments to teacher and student support materials, all the way to a scoring guide for technology projects. Participants got tools and a model for technology integration in their classroom. Last night was the fourth and final night of the spring session. This class will be held again in June.

Out of this World Videoconferences

Today Robert Powell of the Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis connected to second grade students at John J. Daly Elementary School in New York. Commander Powell discussed with the children the daily activities of an astronaut in orbit.

Tomorrow he returns to Cooperating School Districts to conduct two more videoconferences, this time with students in Pennsylvania.

If your school wants to sign up with the Challenger Learning Center- St. Louis to do a videoconference, contact CSD.

5th Annual Teacher’s Choice Awards – Vote Today!

Berrien RESA is hosting the 5th Annual Teacher’s Choice Awards to select the Best Content Providers for the 2009-2010 school year. Results will be shared via the Berrien RESA VC Content Providers Database and the videoconferencing listservs and online at

Many of you use the Berrien RESA Videoconference Program Database from one of these websites: or TWICE:

Polycom has chosen to do a drawing for prizes to random participants of the survey to encourage participation. If you wish to be included in the drawing, add your contact information at the end of the survey. Polycom will selecting the winners randomly.

Click this link to take the short survey:

You must complete the survey by May 18, 2010 to be included in the drawing.

Please share this announcement with your local videoconferencing colleagues We welcome entries from teachers, even if they vote in only one category/subject area.

Thank you for your time!