Monthly Archives: September 2011

Tune Into CSD’s Cable Channels for Educational Programs

Did you know that Cooperating School Districts broadcasts educational programming on 3 cable television channels and on two ITFS (instructional television fixed service) channels? You can catch CSD’s programming on Charter channels 985, 986, and 987. For questions about programming on the channels, contact Sharon Crocker. Here are a few shows coming up on October and November:

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 on Channel 987

12-1:00 pm | Audience: Educators
Fairfax Network – Funding a Nation: Washington, Jefferson, and Hamilton
Description: Our first president and two members of his cabinet discuss and debate the ways and means of financing the government of our fledgling nation. Originally presented as part of the 2011 George Washington Summer Residential Teachers’ Institute, this lively presentation gives teachers new insight into questions on the role of government and the national economy that are just as relevant today as they were over two hundred years ago.

Thursday, October 13, 2011 on Channel 987
9-10:00 am  and 12-1:00pm  | Audience: Grades 5-8
Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips 2011-2012 – A More Perfect Union  (Encore program from 2010-2011)
Description: Witness the conflict and compromises that accompanied the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Join young eighteenth-century observers, unseen by convention delegates, as they travel from state to state tallying the vote. Learn about the ratification process and Americans’ growing interests in their fledgling nation’s new government. (Colonial Williamsburg programs can only be aired 4 more times after the original broadcast date and held here for 1 year).

Friday, November 11, 2011
12-12:30 pm | Audience: Grades 1-3
Fairfax NetworkMeet the Author:  Lane Elementary Authors
Description: Nicole Groenewege challenged her first & second grade students to enter the Scholastic Book Fairs’ Kids Are Authors contest, an annual competition open to students in grades K–8. Five weeks, 20 revisions, and five tiers of judging later, their book, The Perfect Place for an Elf Owl, won the 2011 Grand Prize for Nonfiction.  The book is about a little lost elf owl who searches for his mama through diverse habitats and ecosystems until he finally finds her in the “perfect place.”  In the book’s dedication, one student wrote, “you have to read books, to write books.” During this live program, the young authors will describe their roles in the writing process, teamwork, and the different elements of a storybook. Students can call in with questions.  More information on this as the program date gets closer.

Thursday,  Nov 17, 2011 on Channel 987
9-10:00 am  and 12-1:00pm  | Audience: Grades
Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips 2011-2012- Harsh World, This World (Broadcast Premier)
Description: What was slavery really like for enslaved people and their masters? Traditional proverbs guide students through personal stories, based on primary sources, showing kindness, betrayal, trust, cruelty, and the many emotions that govern complex human relationships.


Cindy Lane and Tony Vincent will be at METC 2012

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be featuring the 2012 Midwest Education Technology Conference Featured Speakers. Last week we shared Lucy Gray and Ken Shelton’s bios. Today’s focus is on Cindy Lane and Tony Vincent– two of our presenters from the Midwest! The Virtual Learning Center and the Advisory Committee are excited to have them be part of METC 2012. Don’t forget to look for @clane, @tonyvincent, and @METC_CSD on Twitter!

Cindy Lane is an Educator, Instructional Technologist, and a Network Sherpa. She is a Discovery Education Certified Trainer. Cindy has traveled to 48 states training teachers to use Discovery Education in their classrooms. She is certified to train in all current Discovery Education programs ranging from Web 2.0 to Techbook. Cindy is also a Google Certified Teacher, a Master Trainer for Intel Teach to the Future, and as an eMINTS Instructional Trainer. She is an adjunct professor for several regional colleges/universities. including the University of Missouri-Columbia and St. Louis Community College. Cindy is extremely innovative, resourceful & specializes in finding unique and creative ways to use traditional computer tools in the classroom.

Tony Vincent started teaching fifth grade in Omaha, Nebraska in 1998, when it wasn’t so easy to publish online. Knowing that his students were motivated to see their work on the Web, Tony first had students write book reviews on Later his students spent each school year contributing projects to their classroom site, Planet 5th. Planet 5th became so popular that it received thousands of hits from around the world. In 2001, Tony’s students became among the first to use handheld computers for learning and later among the first to podcast. Today, he works as an independent consultant, working with educators worldwide. Tony’s blog, Learning in Hand, is a great resource for educational technology. From netbooks and web applications to iPods, iPads, and podcasting, Tony has put together practical information for educators interested in mobile learning.


Cool Tools for Your School

Stephanie Madlinger’s two part Cool Tools for Educators: Free Online Resources workshop starts today and concludes this weekend. She’s working with a great, enthusiastic group in Cooperating School Districts’ tele.

She’s sharing all sorts of goodies with participants, like delicious, a social bookmarking service where they can keep, share, and discover websites, and diigo, is a social bookmarking site which allows users to bookmark and tag pages. It also allows users to highlight any part of a webpage and attach sticky notes to specific highlights or to a whole page. A conversation about why one would opt to use a bookmarking site will take place, and why one may select one site over another.

Of course, as a Google Certified Teacher, Stephanie will discuss lots of the great features Google offers with the class.

So- group- what has been the best part of the class (….thus far)?

Congressman Carnahan Videoconferences with area Students on Constitution Day

Here are a couple snapshots from today’s Constitution Day videoconference between Mehlville High School and United States Congressman Russ Carnahan. Congressman Carnahan spoke live from Cooperating School Districts via videoconferencing about the US Constitution and how as a member of the House of Representatives he works with the document.

He also took questions from the students, which ranged from where did you go to college (University of Missouri-Columbia), to have you met Barack Obama (yes, they were both elected in 2004- Mr. Obama as a Senator, Mr. Carnahan as a Congressman- and then they met after Obama was elected president). Congressman Carnahan also explained he split his time between St. Louis (he represents Missouri’s Third District, which includes parts of St. Louis City and County, as well as all of Jefferson and Ste. Genevieve Counties) and Washington, D.C. The freshman students from Mehlville asked great questions, and thanks to Mr. Carnahan for taking the time to participate in this distance learning experience.

Look for Our Educational Technology Programs & Classes Catalog

Look for our new Fall 2011/Spring 2012 VLC catalog to land in your mail box soon! Included in over 15 pages of programming includes our various academies, tele classes, information on our ISTE affiliation, and the Midwest Education Technology Conference.