Monthly Archives: January 2012

Our “Printing Press” Moment: Educational Transformation, Hold on to your Hats!

We are eleven years into the 21st century, and the world has changed. Technology has created a “printing press” moment in the history of mankind and is affecting every system we now know. The emerging educational system is giving students a voice in their education and empowering them to THINK, LEAD and SERVE. The realization that our present, “industrial model,” educational system is no longer viable is both very scary and very exciting at the same time. We have before us the opportunity to create something new!

In our special Leadership Breakfast at the Midwest Education Technology Conference, speaker John C. Carver, Superintendent of the Van Meter School District in Iowa, will share thinking on how technology infused into the characteristics of effective instruction impacts teaching and learning. With web 2.0 tools, students are moving from being consumers of knowledge to creators of knowledge. Van Meter School District learners have stepped through the looking glass by utilizing mobile and stationary computer labs.

Attend METC’s Leadership Breakfast and learn more about the school district’s transformation while interacting with other area administrators and board members! Special pre-registration is required- sign up for this event when registering for the general conference. METC is a program of the Virtual Learning Center of Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis.


The Winners for Outstanding Community Support …

As Program Manager, I want to take a moment and thank our Show-Me a Movie Digital Storytelling Contest sponsors for 2011.

The winning student filmmakers receive a swag bag at the reception on February 14th, courtesy of mostly local sponsors. Thank you for your generosity!

The movies will be showcased at the Midwest Education Technology Conference two weeks from today.  2011 sponsors include:

Tech4Learning  |  Cooperating School Districts  |  St. Louis County Library     CHARACTERplus  |  Tessler Promotions  |  Allegra Printing

Have You Heard about these METC Precons?

The 2012 Midwest Education Technology Conference is just around the corner- the first day of the conference are the precon workshops. These are either half or full-day professional development sessions. We have almost 30 this year on February 13th! We’re going to highlight some of them in this blog post, and others in future posts. Preregistration is required for these METC sessions. (Some sessions are full and are noted so on the website) . Information registration and all sessions can be found here.

Engaging Students with ActivInspire and Promethean Boards
Christina Lowery
Location: Hazelwood School District, Learning Center Training Lab, 15995 New Halls Ferry Rd., Florissant, MO 63031

Are you interested in learning more about Promethean Boards and ActivInspire? This workshop for beginners will explore the basics of the ActivInspire software. You will learn how to create your own engaging lessons as well as use pre-made resources from Promethean Planet. No previous experience with Promethean Boards or ActivInspire is necessary!

One Take Videos in the Classroom (BYOL)
Amy Cordova
Location: Cooperating School Districts, Conference Room C, 1460 Craig Rd., St. Louis, MO 63146

Ever wanted to be a moviemaker, but felt intimidated by all of the editing it involves? Come and learn how you can use videos in your classroom without any editing of the video. In this session you will learn about one take videos, their popularity, and how you can use them in your classroom for instruction and evaluation.

The HOTS For Discovery Education streaming (BYOL*)
Greg Lawrence, Troy Gill
Location: St. Charles Convention Center, Room 103, 1 Convention Center Plaza, St. Charles, MO 63303

Take a look at how Discovery Education streaming can be used to transform your students into critical thinkers. This is much more than just a video service! Together, we will learn how to take images and videos from Discovery Education streaming and integrate them into Windows Movie Maker, iMovie, PhotoStory and much more. Attendees will learn how to reach beyond basic classroom projects and be motivated and engaged through creating digital projects which require a much higher level of critical, innovative thinking.
* BYOL Requirements: Laptop with internet connection. Mac: Must have iPhoto, GarageBand and iMovie. Windows: Must have PhotoStory and Windows Movie Maker.

Two Weeks to go Until METC 2012!

The 29th annual Midwest Education Technology Conference is coming up in mid-February! Sessions will take place at the St. Charles Convention Center on Monday (there will be a few offsite precons), Tuesday and Wednesday, February 13-15th.

In the event you are unable to attend METC in person, we’re pleased to share that some of our sessions will be streamed live, for free, and later archived. Keynote speakers will be streamed on February 14 and 15th; and each of the featured speakers will also be streamed. Those sessions will later be archived for viewing. This service is courtesy of Conference Technologies, INC.

Another way to participate in METC, whether you can participate at the conference or from elsewhere, is to follow the backchannel chat on Twitter. METC has a Twitter account-  @METC_CSD. Information regarding the conference will be tweeted out to our followers. In addition, we will be utlizing the hashtags #METC12 and #METC. By following those hashtags, you can learn tips, tricks, thoughts & ideas from attendees and presenters on content being shared at the conference!

We are looking forward to your participation at METC 2012. To learn more about the conference, or to register, visit

METC is a program of the Virtual Learning Center of Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis.