Monthly Archives: July 2011

Last Chance to see METC 2011 Archive

Keynote and Featured Speaker presentations were streamed live at the Midwest Education Technology Conference (METC) last February by IDSolutions, and have been archived and are available for free viewing until Monday, August 1, 2011. Please join in on the METC 2011 Virtual Conference (a program of Cooperating School Districts’ Virtual Learning Center) by going to today!


Distance Learning Programs from the Paley Center for the Media

Stephanie taught Integrating Media Literacy Across the Curriculum yesterday in the tele. It got me thinking about various videoconferences that touch upon media literacy as part of their presentation. I immediately thought about the Paley Center for the Media and their fabulous programs! The videoconferences include clips from the center’s collection that provide information, stimulate conversation, and encourage active viewing and critical thinking.  Here’s a sampling of some of the Paley Center’s videoconferences on television in America- to see the full list, click here.

Portrayals of Women on Television: Students will examine how portrayals of women on television have evolved from the 1950s to the present. This class encourages participants to think about women they admire and to compare them to these fictional portrayals. All classes are interactive, with guided discussion designed to encourage active observation and critical thinking.

The Fine Art of Persuasion: Television and Advertising: What is advertising, what is its goal, and what are its methods? How do images and sounds combine to make a point or sell a product, and how have these changed over time? Through careful analysis, students will discover the persuasive techniques developed to capture a viewer’s attention in order to promote a product or idea.

Get Up! Stand Up! The Civil Rights Movement and Television: In the years between 1954 and 1965, more legislation was passed, more court decisions were rendered, and more social change was effected in the name of civil rights than ever before. The rise of the Civil Rights Movement paralleled the growing use of television in the United States. In 1950 television was still in its infancy, but by 1960, televisions were present in 90 percent of American homes. Television provided the American public with a means to witness the struggle for civil rights nearly in real time and led a more informed society to enact social change.

The Living Room War: Television & Vietnam: From 1965 to 1975, television played an unprecedented role in shaping American perceptions of the Vietnam War. New technology and unlimited access to the battlefields of Southeast Asia invested field reporters with the ability to broadcast what became known as “bang-bang” coverage. The carnage of the war and the consequences for American morale, both on the battlefield and at home, led to deep divisions in how Americans viewed the role of government, the military, social change, and war itself. Students will analyze documentaries, news, and fictional programming that depict the Vietnam War period from multiple perspectives.

summer schedule wrapping up

It’s hard to believe, but this week marks the end of our summer tele classes. The final two classes of the summer are interactive whiteboard workshops- some of our most popular! Thursday is our last beginning SMART Board classs (Level I) of the season, followed by Friday’s beginning Promethean ActivBoard class (also Level I). Our fall and spring classes will be lined up soon, so keep a look-out for those topics and dates.

Learning About Media Literacy and the K-12 Classroom

Using digital media to help build critical thinking and communication skills is a life long craft necessary for our 21st century learners. Today’s participants in Stephanie Madlinger’s  Integrating Media Literacy Across the Curriculum shared instructional strategies that work and discovered how to measure learning outcomes for students and teachers. Experiences with copyright and fair use were discussed, as well as how to create safe and legal projects for the classroom.

Stephanie, who is on the Board of Directors for the Gateway Media Literacy Partners (GMLP), also shared information on Marshall McLuhan (among a large group of resources!). Not familiar with Marshall McLuhan’s work? See this video of him talking about media literacy. The class also talked about developing, managing, and sharing multimedia work of both students and teachers. See more photos of today’s new class on Flickr.

Also note that 2011 Media Literacy Week in St. Louis, Missouri, is November 6-12th. If you are interested in learning more about this topic, be sure to mark you calendar- there will be many events to attend!

VLC Spotlight: Joan Forrest

Joan Forrest is an Administrative Assistant in the Virtual Learning Center of Coopering School Districts.  Joan has been with CSD since 2001 taking care of registrations for the tele (technology classes) and the Midwest Education Technology Conference (METC).  She also handles the coordination of Lindenwood University graduate credit for tele class participants.

Joan has had a variety of jobs prior to CSD.  Some of these included working as an Admissions Counselor at two different colleges, personnel recruiter at the City of Naperville, Illinois, compensation analyst at Natural Gas Pipeline Company, and an instructor at the YMCA.

The mother of three sons, Joan has had the joy of seeing her oldest and middle sons graduate from college and settle into their jobs.  Her youngest son is starting his sophomore year at Chapman University in California.  She spends her free time with her husband seeing movies, reading and traveling to see the boys.