Monthly Archives: September 2010

Register for METC 2011 Starting 10/1/10

Keynotes Rushton Hurley, Peter Buffett, and Lee Crockett

Registration starts October 1 for the 2011 Midwest Education Technology Conference. Click here to register. The 2011 theme is Motivate, Engage, Transform, Connect. Learn more about METC by visiting


Show Us Your Movies!

Cooperating School Districts
of Greater St. Louis and Tech4Learning present Show-Me a Movie Contest 2010! With the contest growing each year, and the submission deadline just a couple months away, it’s time to review what you need to know to participate in this contest!


  • 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 (METC) at the St. Charles Convention Center.

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

Prizes & Judging
The judges reserve the right to switch movies into categories they deem appropriate if they feel the movies do not belong in the categories they were originally entered in. Cash prizes will be awarded to the different divisions of each category. Checks will be made out to the winning schools. In addition, judges may choose a movie or movies for special recognition.

Why spend time recreating the wheel when someone else has already done it for you?

Attend this 4-part TELE workshop and you’ll be amazed how many online tools are out there for you to use! Learn how to access resources such as lesson plans, rubric makers, web page creators, worksheet makers, online quizzes, Internet bookmark storage, etc., all for free online! During Teacher Timesavers: FREE Online Resources, explore the wealth of online resources for teachers and come away with tips and techniques to make your life easier. Why spend time recreating the wheel when someone else has already done it for you?

This TELE class has four sessions: Oct. 19, 21, 26 & 28, each running 4 to 7 o’clock each evening. Two graduate credits are available with this class. Without adding the grad credits, the class is $279 CSD member; $349 non-member.

Making Your BrainPOP

BrainPOP in CSD's TELE

Today, the Virtual Learning Center of Cooperating School Districts hosted a free workshop for area educators interested in learning more about BrainPOP, BrainPOP Jr. (K-3), BrainPOP, BrainPOP Español and BrainPOP ESL.

BrainPOP‘s Alicia D’Angelone-Brown led the workshop, using our Promethean Activboard in the TELE. Alicia showed participants in today’s workshop how easy it is to use BrainPOP with the ActivBoard and ActivExpressions. (By using an interactive whiteboard with BrainPOP, all the students in a classroom can then see and participate in the lesson. Another way to engage the students in learning with BrainPOP is to use ActivVotes so the kids can participate in quizzes embedded in videos.)

For those educators interested in learning more about using Promethean ActivBoards, this weekend, on October 2, Hazelwood School District hosts a Promethean ActivEducator Conference. This will be a day of learning with other ActivClassroom users across the region. Participants will share flipchart curriculum, learn best practices, and attend ActivClassroom breakout sessions.  This 1-day conference will provide opportunities for teachers of all grade levels, administrators, and directors to be inspired and connect with other ActivClassroom teachers for engaging and innovative ideas. In addition, Alicia will be presenting on using BrainPOP with the ActivBoard. Click here to learn more about the 1-day conference.

esqueletos, goblins, ghost stories, witches & more

There are many offerings this October and November for those teachers hoping add a little Halloween-themed programming into their curriculum. Several content providers are offering videoconferences to meet those educators’ needs! Here’s a list of a few distance learning opportunities:

  • El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is being offered October 1st-November 5th, 2010. This interactive videoconference will introduce students to Day of the Dead and explain how it is celebrated in Mexico. Elementary students will create movable paper esqueletos (skeletons) during the conference.  Middle and high school students will make calaveras. “Calavera” in Spanish means “skull.” It also refers to humorous, imaginary, poetic obituaries printed in newspapers that are used to poke fun at people who are still living (such as politicians or other public figures). Students will create their poems ahead of time, and have the opportunity to illustrate them during the videoconference.
  • Scary Art is a distance learning program featuring goblins, witches and dastardly doings! Explore otherwordly paintings and prints by Francisco Goya, Salvador Dali, Salvator Rosa and Albert Pinkham Ryder for an art journey to the other side. Program Format:
    1. Open videoconference with depictions of witches from 17th century artist Salvator Rosa
    2. Discuss related superstitions and Salem Witch Trials
    3. View depictions by other artists of goblins, ghosts and skulls
    4. Discuss specific historical or personal reasoning for these works
    5. Discuss common attitudes and individual responses to images
  • Author Patricia McKissack will read select portions of The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural – “these 10 spine-tinglers range from straight-up ghost stories to eerie narratives. The tales in this winner of the 1993 Coretta Scott King Award depict racism, haunting and vengeance in a manner that can be read out loud around a campfire or savored privately, offering middle readers thoughtful exposure to important, though frightening, historical themes.” ( Pat will tell stories, she’ll talk about (her) inspiration, and she will take questions from students. This videoconference takes place October 28.