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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Copyright or Wrong: So What’s Fair Use Anyway? is a new workshop offered by Cooperating School Districts. This half-day professional development session is July 27th from  8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 1460 Craig Road in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

Confused about copyright and how it impacts you and your students? Come learn about some basic ‘big ideas” in copyright, including Fair Use and Creative Commons licensing.  Leave this workshop with a clearer understanding of the issues and a thoughtful process to think through them. We will explore a variety of practical tools and copyright-friendly resources that will enable you and your students to be creative and share their work with the world. Costs: $75 CSD member; $89 non-member. New summer pricing makes this half-day workshop just $56 CSD member; $67 non-memberRegister here.

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Do you use Flickr either to post your own photos or to find pictures by others? If so, have you noticed at the bottom of the screen there is a list of shortcuts provided to you to help you navigate the images & pages better? Say you click on a random photo, like this one of Stephanie Madlinger teaching Google last week, you’ll see underneath the comments box is a line of shortcuts. By pressing “L” the photo is displayed in a light box, for instance. Using the arrow keys help you go back or advance in the series of photos you are taking a look at. By hitting the question mark (?), it takes you a screen that shows all shortcuts for Flickr. If you are totally new to Flickr, I suggest you check out their extensive FAQ section on the website.


New Links for Your Classroom with Videoconferencing & Skype   
Monday, June 4 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Find out how to take your students anywhere in the world to connect with experts and collaborate with other students- all without leaving your classroom! You can make these connections using distance learning technology tools like Skype and videoconferencing. During this full-day workshop, we’ll compare & contrast different methods of delivery. And you never know who… or where… we’ll connect! This professional development session costs $149 for CSD members; $189 for non-members. (New Links members, ask how you can take this workshop for free!) Graduate credit is available for those who opt to participate. Register for any tele workshop here.

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Join us at this free, 3-hour informational session on May 17th from SqoolTechs! See a demonstration of many of the new features of Moodle 2.0, plus an overview of the upgrade process will be presented.  The 8:30-11:30 a.m. presentation will provide you the knowledge necessary to make an informed decision as to whether your Moodle installation should be upgraded this summer. Ample time will be provided to have your questions answered!
Registration is required, visit here.

The Bush Library Education Department will be hosting “The Adventures of Peter Rabbit” – a free storytelling event for grades K-3 on Thursday, April 26 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. CDT.  “Miss Teresa” Maurer is a talented storyteller affiliated with The Beatrix Potter Society. Registration will close Tuesday. Please visit for crossword puzzles, games, and coloring sheets.

The program will be available by live stream or by viewing the recording after the event. Live streams (there is a limited number of sites the library will connect to, so sign up fast!) will use a computer with an Internet connection, and Windows Media Player is required. The event recording will be available after the storytelling session is over, and a link will be sent to your email account.

Here are the registration forms:
Texas Schools Registration for Peter Rabbit
Non-Texas Schools Registration for Peter Rabbit

You just can't copy & paste images from Google!

Finding Needles in a Haystack: Google Search & Web Literacy is scheduled for June 14th at Cooperating School Districts.  Do you ever have trouble finding what you are looking for on the Internet? Would you like some tips and tricks for finding those needles in the haystack? Save time and become more efficient in your research! You’ll learn advanced search techniques and discover easy ways to find images, books, videos, and other educational resources using Google. Be introduced to many hidden search features that will make you say WOW! After finding these web resources, how do you evaluate them? Too often, information published on the Internet is viewed as truth, but is it really?  We will learn how to find out who owns the website, who wrote the information, and whether it is valid. We will then explore sites like EasyBib to learn how to create a proper list of citations easily. Also, what about copyright? Do students have the legal right to copy and paste information from a website into their multi-media presentations and/or their own documents and websites? Investigating Advanced Search, Creative Commons and Fair Use will help you and your students become web literate in today’s world. This 1-day workshop runs 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and costs $149 for CSD members and $189 for non-members. Additionally, if you are interested in graduate credit, there is is 1 available with this course.

Register now for our new Choosing Education-Friendly Mobile Apps Workshop! Do you have a mobile device and want to learn how to find education-friendly apps? On June 11, learn how to find apps for any content area and get a chance to learn how to use them. The morning session will focus on apps appropriate for 6-12th grade curriculum, while the afternoon session will focus on apps for preK-5 curriculum. In this hands-on, BYOD session, we will explore a multitude of education friendly, content-based resources for your mobile device. Other websites and online resources will also be shown, like app finder apps, utility apps, and apps your students can use in 1:1 environments. You must bring your own mobile device, Android or Apple product. Attend one or both of these sessions. Secondary, 6-12 8:30-11:30 a.m. or Elementary, PreK-5 12:30-3:30 p.m. The cost is $75 CSD member for each session; $89 for each session for non-member.