Monthly Archives: November 2011
We wanted to share with you that the deadline to submit applications for an Acellus Special Education Matching Grant before the close of this year’s funding is December 31st, 2011.
What is Acellus? It is a system designed to help students master any course of instruction– the basic premise of Acellus is to turn the learning process into a science, and by so doing, improve the overall effectiveness of the learning process. To learn about Acellus for Special Education, click here.
Grant applications will also be considered for Acellus Learning Labs with laptops and security cart included (laptops come locked down & with software pre-installed). The application can be found online.
Need more information?
Contact Julianna Habing
CLASS: Discovery Education streaming
January 9 8:30am-3:30pm; free to to CSD/CSG Members; $189 non-members
CSD offers DE streaming training on the second Monday of every other month during the school year for FREE. Plan to attend this full day of learning and walk away saying, “WOW!” Through your subscription to DE streaming, you receive on-demand streaming and downloading of videos for your classroom, lesson plans, quizzes, images, sound effects, encyclopedia articles, and more! Using Discovery Education streaming, students are engaged in their learning experiences, and teachers have the ability to create standards-based lessons, assignments, quizzes, and writing prompts online. Come learn the user-friendly features including the My DE page and drag & drop features in My Content. Find out about the curriculum focused features including the Ready Zone, STEM Connect and more! Learn how the Interactive Atlas and the Student Center can engage 21st century learners. CSD offers this free training every other month on the second Monday of the month during the school year from 8:30am-3:30pm. *Free to those schools that purchase DE streaming subscriptions through CSD and to CSD/CSG Members; $189 non-members.
WEBINAR: Digital Citizenship: Being Aware of Your Digital Footprint
January 18 4-5 pm
Do you know what type of digital footprint you are creating? Anyone using the web or a mobile device leaves a digital footprint. Being a Digital Citizen means learning how to properly use the Internet and other technology resources. In this webinar we will discuss how to be safe in the digital world.
WEBINAR: Midwest Education Technology Conference Q & A
January 25 4-5 pm
If you are going to METC, participate in this webinar and learn how to make the most of your conference experience. Discover how to find the best sessions to meet your needs using the METC conference planner. Learn about networking opportunities in the Connections Lounge and Exhibit Hall, plus, after hours tweet-ups. Leave this webinar feeling more confident to plan and organize your personalized day of learning.
CLASS: Digital Citizenship: Being Aware of Your Digital Footprint
January 26 8:30am-3:30pm; $149 CSD member; $189 non-member
(One Grad. Credit Available)
Do you know what type of digital footprint you are creating? Anyone using the web or a mobile device leaves a digital footprint. We teach our children how to be safe within the physical community, but what about norms for appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to use of technology? Class time will include discussion through the digital lenses of: Access ~ Commerce ~ Communication ~ Literacy ~ Etiquette ~ Law ~ Rights & Responsibilities ~ Health & Wellness ~ Security. Being a Digital Citizen means learning how to properly use the Internet and other technology resources. In order to be successful and safe, today’s students must know how to find, evaluate and utilize electronic resources.
CONFERENCE: Free Discovery Education Network (DEN) Saturday Conferences
SciCon DEN Conference January 28 7:30am – 2:30pm; free
Attend this free, Discovery Educator Network Virtual Conference. Each Virtual Conference will feature presentations from DEN gurus and other nationally known speakers. These informative sessions will cover a variety of relevant topics, such as differentiating learning with digital content and integrating new Web 2.0 tools into instruction. Those attending in-person gatherings will participate in the online presentations, as well as breakout sessions presented by local STAR Discovery Educators. DEN SciCon is an online conference focused on providing participants with some of the most effective strategies for transforming their Science classes through the meaningful and effective integration of digital media content.
Registration information can be found here.
Tags: Cooperating School Districts, Digital Footprint, Discovery Education, Educational Technology, instructional technology, Midwest Education Technology Conference, mobile device, Virtual Learning Center, webinar
The Super Early Bird registration rate for the Midwest Education Technology Conference has been extended to December 16th! You have the chance to attend all three days of the annual conference for less than $400.
Precons include, but are not limited to:
• SMART NOTEBOOK DIY: Reface, Remodel, Rebuild
• Stop Motion Video in the Elementary and Secondary Classroom
• Differentiate! Connect! Transform!: Tools for Collaboration and Creation
• Go from Good to GREAT: Google for Leaders
The 2012 conference strands are Accountability/Assessment, Differentiated Instruction, Digital Creation, Virtual Teaching & Learning, Innovative Instruction & Engaged Learning, Leadership & Professional Learning, Library & Media Literacy, Mobile Learning, and Technical Infrastructure & Support.
For more information on METC, a program of Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis, visit METCconference.org.
We’re thankful this week to be able to announce the return of author James Otis Thach to Cooperating School Districts for two videoconferences this December! James is a St. Louis native and the author of A Child’s Guide to Common Household Monsters, The Tickle Monster is Coming and his latest, The Seal Pup. James was raised in Clayton and attended Glenridge Elementary.
This free, one hour videoconference is for elementary students. James Otis Thach will read from his book, The Seal Pup. The story follows the quest of a lone seal, trying to reunite with his herd. James will also talk about the true story than inspired the book, and about the long journey of making a book. He will also share related videos, and invite the kids to use their research and library skills to find the documentary the book is based upon.
There is limited space available for these multipoint, interactive videoconferences, so please reserve your classroom’s spot early. There is a limit of 35 students per site; we are accepting four interactive sites per videoconference. Available times on Tuesday, December 20th include:
• 9 am CST for kindergarten, first and second grade classes
• 10:30 am CST for third, fourth and fifth grade classes
Participating schools also receive a free copy of The Seal Pup, signed by James. Happy Holidays!
The Midwest Education Technology Conference 2012 Keynote on Wednesday, February 15th is Adam Bellow on A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future.
Mr. Bellow is the founder of eduTecher, a free web resource for teachers, students, and parents that finds and explains how to use free web tools in the classroom. He currently works as the Director of Educational Technology for The College Board Schools and has previous experience as Technology Integration Specialist as well as a High School English Teacher. Recently named Outstanding Young Educator of the Year by ISTE, Mr. Bellow has presented at conferences across the country and all around the world speaking about how to reform education with the successful infusion of technology as well as the merit of free web based tools. You can check out Mr. Bellow’s site at eduTecher.net or download the free mobile applications.
Besides his keynote address on the 15th, Mr. Bellow also presents the following sessions during METC:
Web Tools That Will Make Your Classroom Rock!
There are literally thousands of free web tools out there- but which ones are right for you? Come to a fun session that explores some of the best tools for students and teachers to use. You’ll learn and laugh as you discover new tools that will enhance your classroom experience for both of you and your students. Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
There’s an App for That! The Best iOS Apps for Education
Come and explore some excellent iOS apps for all aspects of school life. You’re sure to learn some great new apps as well as explore some of the excellent ones you might have missed. This session is fun and fast paced as we explore many of the App Store’s finest educational offerings. The session will end with those in the audience invited to get up and share some of their own favorites. Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
METC is a program of the Virtual Learning Center of Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis.