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Monthly Archives: April 2010

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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

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.

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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.

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.

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!

Come learn how to use the Promethean Activboard and the ActivInspire software in your classroom at CSD’s Transforming Learning with a Promethean Activboard (Level 1 Training). A Promethean Activboard combines the look and feel of a regular whiteboard with the power of a computer. In this class, you’ll discover how to locate hundreds of lessons that have already been created for use on the Activboard and become familiar with features such as Focus tools, Power tools and the Resource Browser that make your lessons more interactive. This class is for beginners; no prior knowledge of ActivInspire required. This class is June 11 or July 30, and will be from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. For price and registration, click here.

HEC-TV Live! has two free upcoming videoconferences with the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis. Each summer, the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis performs in Forest Park.

The first vc is May 17 and entitled Shakespeare Outdoors: Hamlet. Live from the outdoor performance space of the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, program participants will interact with director Bruce Longworth and various actors of the Festival’s upcoming production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Actors joining HEC-TV Live! will include Jim Butz who is portraying Hamlet as well as other members of the cast. The program will focus on the text of Shakespeare’s masterpiece and what it means to bring it to life in an outdoor production. Cast members will perform scenes from the play. Ask the director and actors what it’s like to speak Shakespeare’s language. How do they determine how to interpret the script and create their character? How does it change the acting and directing process to produce the play outdoors? Once you have registered for the program, Tim Gore will send information about the scenes from the play to be performed so your students can read those sections in advance.

The second vc is May 18 and entitled Shakespeare Outdoors: Production Elements and Careers. Live from the outdoor performance space of the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, program participants will interact with various designers and technical staff helping stage the Festival’s upcoming production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Audience members will tour the set and go both backstage and onstage as they find out what it’s like to design and stage a production outdoors. How do you handle lighting for the show? What about costumes and props? What happens if it rains? Where does the audience sit? Meet the theatre professionals who answer these questions and more every day in their career. Find out how all the front of house, onstage, and backstage production elements come together to create an exciting and enriching experience for the audience attending.