Monthly Archives: April 2011

Vote Before May 19 for Your Favorite VC Content Providers for a Chance to Win Prizes from Polycom!

Berrien RESA is hosting its 6th Annual Teacher’s Favorite Awards to select the Best Content Providers for the 2010-2011 school year. Results will be shared via the Berrien RESA VC Content Providers Database and the videoconferencing listservs.

Click this link to vote for your favorite content providers in each category – you’ll notice that Cooperating School Districts New Links to New Learning, Saint Louis University’s AIMS program and the Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis are included on the list… (hint, hint!) You can also write-in candidates for categories if your favorites aren’t already included.

Please share this announcement with your videoconferencing colleagues. Berrien RESA welcomes entries from teachers, even if they vote in only one category/subject area. 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 select the winners randomly. You must complete the survey by May 19, 2011 to be included in the drawing but voting will be open through June 3.


2012 METC Strands…

Introducing the 2012 Midwest Education Technology Conference Strands:

Accountability / Assessment
• Differentiated Instruction
• Digital Creation
• Virtual Teaching & Learning
• Innovative Instruction & Engaged Learning
• Leadership & Professional Learning
• Library & Media Literacy
• Mobile Learning
• Technical Infrastructure & Support

METC is a program of Cooperating School Districts’ Virtual Learning Center. The theme remains Motivate, Engage, Transform, Connect. METC returns February of 2012.

VLC @ SSA for TechPD

The Support Staff Academy Mini-Conference will be June 8.
Here’s what you’ll find from the Virtual Learning Center at SSA:

Presenter: Stephanie Madlinger, Program Coordinator & Technology Instructor, School Districts’ Virtual Learning Center, St. Louis, MO

Save Time Collecting Information with Google Forms
If you need to collect data, create surveys, or build a spreadsheet of information & chart it, this session is for you. Google Forms allows you to create simple forms to be used in collecting and collating information. With a simple click of a button you can have a chart or graph of your data to be shared with parents or the school board. In this hands-on session we will create an online version of the sample questionnaire or survey you bring. You can email it or share the entire form on your website today. In order to leave with a completed form, participants must have a Google Account or Gmail set up prior to this session.

Social Networking 101: Building Safe Online Relationships
A social network site allows people who share interests to build a ‘trusted’ network/ online community. A social network site will usually provide various ways for users to interact, such as IM (chat/ instant messaging), email, video sharing, file sharing, blogging, discussion groups, etc. Most contain libraries/ directories of some categories, such as former classmates, old work colleagues, and so on (like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn). These social networking sites provide a means to connect with friends and develop professional relationships by allowing users to create a detailed profile page. You’ll learn how to be safe while building safe online relationships.

Organize & Access Your Favorite Bookmarks Anytime, Anywhere
Online books allow you to access your favorite bookmarks anytime, anywhere. In this hands-on session we will create an iKeepBookmarks account so that you can use your favorite bookmarks at work, home or even on the road. allows you to upload, and keep, your bookmarks on the web for free. You can access them at any time, anywhere, from any computer! Participants will also learn how to share your favorite webpages with friends and associates. Participants may want to bring your own laptop to upload your favorites and access your favorite bookmarks today!

Presenter: Martha Bogart, Program Coordinator & Technology Instructor, School Districts’ Virtual Learning Center, St. Louis, MO

See What Skype Can Do For You!
Learn exactly what Skype is and how communicating with Skype can save you and your employer money! Skype is jam-packed and bursting with cool stuff that makes it easier, more fun and useful to keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues. Martha will help you set up a free account, explain the entire process, and connect to fellow classmates during this session.

Presenter: Nancy George, Director, Cooperating School Districts’ Virtual Learning Center, St. Louis, MO

Designing Effective & Fun Presentations
PowerPoint presentations have matured.  Gone should be presentations adapted from transparencies aka “let’s give them lots of text.” Sleek presentations are in; the ones you really want to sit through and don’t doze off. Learn the simple, little secrets to transform a text heavy slideshow into an appealing one that people will remember. Really, it’s easy! Come and have fun while learning.

The Body in Space VC Today at Cooperating School Districts

Bright and early this morning, Robert Powell from the Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis presented The Body in Space to a group of middle school students in Texas. One of the topics discussed during this New Links videoconference was fluid shift – can you tell the differences between the two photos on the right? What happened to this astronaut’s body in space?

Microsoft Office 2007 & Your Classroom: Three Great Classes Offered

June 24, 2011 • 8:30-3:30
Using MS Word in the Classroom  MS Word is a powerful word processing program that helps teachers create 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 also 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 embedded hyperlinks that can help support your students as they create their own projects.

June 27, 2011 • 8:30 – 3:30
Using MS PowerPoint in the Classroom Learn everything from the basics to the more advanced features that make PowerPoint a great tool for student learning. You will have the opportunity to create your own PowerPoint presentation for use in the classroom to introduce or clarify a lesson. Learn how to create photo albums, adventure stories, and Jeopardy games. During the second half of the class, learn how to design student PowerPoint assignments that require higher order thinking skills, such as a poetry analysis presentation, and examine assessment methods that will help you grade these student assignments. Walk away with your own presentation and ideas for integrating PowerPoint into your classroom!

June 28, 2011 • 8:30 – 3:30
Using MS Excel in the Classroom Learn the basics of creating a spreadsheet, making a chart from your data, formatting a spreadsheet and printing all or parts of it during the first half of the class. Then, find out how to design spreadsheet assignments for your students that require them to enter data, apply formulas, and graph and chart their data, such as graphing probability from coin tosses. This technology tool is great for teaching about the different types of charts and graphs and how data can be manipulated to look one way or another. Walk away with great lesson ideas that use spreadsheets to teach complex mathematical concepts in motivating and fun ways!

Each class is $149 for a CSD member and $189 for a non-member.
In addition, 1 gradute credit is available for each class. Register here.