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Monthly Archives: June 2012

We’re really looking forward to hearing all about ISTE’s annual conference from our colleagues Martha Bogart, Nancy George and Stephanie Madlinger, who were able to attend in San Diego, California this week. (ISTE stands for International Society for Technology in Education and Cooperating School Districts has it’s own affiliate- Missouri Educational Technology Community, or METC). Of course, we’ve been following the hashtag #ISTE12 on Twitter in real time, but hearing about the experience first-hand is a whole other story! We’ve posted some of their photographs on our Flickr page and have been enjoying those images, too- like this one of Stephanie with Gwyneth Jones and Linda Dougherty.

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Hard to believe June has nearly passed us by! Don’t worry, though, there are still plenty of professional development opportunities for you to take part in before school starts up again. We cut prices for the summer, and graduate credit is still available, so sign up today! Visit

The Virtual Learning Center of Cooperating School Districts has two more workshops this summer on your Promethean ActivBoard. Take both, or just select the single session that best suits your needs! Each session runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is $110 for a CSD member and $149 for a non-member. For Level 2 and 3, one graduate credit is available for each workshop (at an additional cost). To register, click here. If you’d like to get a little taste as to what this kind of professional development offers you as an educator, take a some time to view this archived webinar offered by the VLC earlier in the 2011-2012 school year.

Creating ActivBoard Lessons to Engage and Motivate Students (Level 2) Learn the advanced features of the ActivInspire and create flipcharts; develop lesson activities that organize lesson resources, make use of sound and images to motivate students and create a story or problem where your students demonstrate knowledge or creativity in a fun way. You’ll be able to create your own usable flipchart, either from scratch or by tweaking a downloaded lesson. PREREQUISITE: Level 1 training or equivalent; not a workshop for beginners. This workshop is Monday, July 2.

Best Practices in ActivBoard Flipchart Lessons (Level 3) Available for teachers with intermediate or advanced skills in ActivInspire software, this workshop will teach you how to create interactive lesson activities based on curriculum standards & best practices scoring guides. You’ll also collaborate with others to design & build lessons. Lessons created during class will then shared with other teachers through Promethean Planet. PREREQUISITE: Level 2 training or equivalent; not a workshop for beginners; You will be sent a survey of their skills before enrolling. This workshop is Monday, July 9. 

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If you are in San Diego attending ISTE, we hope you are able to make it to the Missouri Educational Technology Community meet up at the Holiday Inn Express at 5:30.

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We wanted to share a couple of the flip videos recorded today by participants in Stephanie’s workshop (see previous post). Andrew Harris and Liz Morrison walked about Cooperating School Districts and met up with a couple of our colleagues in CHARACTERplus. Visit our Flickr page to see the complete videos!

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Check out some snapshots of the beginning of Stephanie Madlinger’s workshop on Flipped Classrooms! This is one of our brand new professional development sessions- it’s full title is Flipping Your Classroom with Flip Cameras & Screencasting. At a cost of $110, these participants get a full day of instruction, plus hands-on time with the cameras. Stephanie and the group will explore various online resources for “flipping” classes, and will practice using a digital Flip Camera, and consider how to use IWB software like SMART and Promethean to create their own flipped class. (In addition, if they are so interested, the attendees can earn one graduate credit for their participation).

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