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Karen Engelkenjohn is Making IT Happen!

ImageKaren Engelkenjohn is the METC ISTE affiliate Fall 2013 Making IT Happen winner! Making IT Happen is an internationally recognized awards program for educational technology integration in K-12 schools from ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education). The program identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation.

Karen is a teacher in the Ladue School District where she coaches robotic teams (a K-8 program she introduced), utilizes stop-action cameras to create environmental awareness videos with students, coaches teachers on how to facilitate their own robotic and STEM lessons, supports parents with their own robotic teams, and creates lessons using iPads, laptops, SMART Boards, GPS devices, and much more. To quote her nomination: “She is willing to empower any child, school, program, church, teacher, or interested party to integrate technology, awareness of programs, and support.”

Digital Citizenship Week: Oct. 21-25, 2013

Join Cooperating School Districts for Digital Citizenship Week and engage students, teachers and families in thinking critically, behaving safely, and participating responsibly online.

Visit for free resources for your classroom and school community. It’s a great way to celebrate Connected Educators Month, so dive into the suggested activities and resources on the website. And be sure to post what you’re doing to the Connected Educator Month calendar and tag your posts as “digital citizenship week” to inspire others to get involved.

Every day, students are tested with each post, search chat, text message, file download and profile update. Do they connect with like minds or spill too much information? Do they behave creatively or borrow ideas recklessly? Do they respect relationships or inadvertently damage reputations?  This week is devoted to examining our digital citizenship as educators and students. Find out what others are doing in this regard and join the conversation about these important issues.

Connect with other educators on Common Sense Media’s Digital Citizenship Community on Edmodo. Learn about the most common behavioral issues your students face when using technology by checking out these straight-forward teacher backgrounders. Check out a few rock-star teachers using the Common Sense Media Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum by watching our lessons-in-action videos.Participate in a webinar (or two!) with other educators across the country.  Here are upcoming dates/topics:

  • Creating Model Digital Citizens in Today’s Cyber World
    Wed, Oct. 9, 2013 10:00 AM – 11:00 am CDT
    (Hosted by Education Networks of America)
    Click here to register
  • Digital Citizenship Starter Kit on Edmodo
    Wed, Oct. 23, time TBD
    (Co-hosted with Edmodo – link coming soon)
  • Empowering Students to be Digital Citizens
    Thurs, Oct. 24, 3:00 – 4:00 pm CDT
    (Hosted on EdWeb – link coming soon)
  • Teaching Copyright and Fair Use to the Remix Generation
    Wed, Nov. 13, 3:00 – 4:00 pm CDT
    (Hosted on EdWeb – link coming soon)

HEC-TV Announces Interactive Educational Opportunities for 2013-2014

 HEC-TV is announcing an eclectic and exciting slate of HEC-TV Live! programs for the 2013/14 school year.

Each program will have its own website page, built in advance, with materials for teachers, students, and any interested audience members. Once the program has aired live, its archive and program materials will be available at for on-demand FREE viewing.

The continuing series are Constitution Day, Inside the Artist’s Studio, The Science Behind, and History in the First Person. This year, HEC-TV Live! is introducing a new series, Explore!, a half-hour program targeted to grades 3 through 6. 

Explore! is a new interactive 30 minute educational program that engages kids to explore their world with face-to-face discussions with real life explorers, historians and experts in their field,” said Producer Jacqui Poor. 

For the new school year, the program has added more video elements to its pre and post show activities. Promos of upcoming shows are also posted on the HEC-TV web site to help teachers be aware of future educational opportunities.

“We decided to add more video to the program as we were reviewing the 2012/13 school year to see what improvements we could make,” said Helen Headrick, Educational Opportunities Coordinator. “Tim Gore (HEC-TV Live! host) and I looked over last years’ programs and selected video clips to add to our site.”

For more information on how your school can take part in HEC interactive learning programs, click here.


Want to Learn More about the Flipped Classroom?

Are you curious about the benefits of flip teaching, and how it is improving student outcomes around the world?  If you’ve considered flip teaching but think it might be too difficult, CSD and CrazyForEducation are offering workshops this fall that will help teachers and administrators understand exactly what flip teaching is and how it can benefit your students.

Our Flip Teaching sessions will help you learn the best strategies for flipping your classroom, what to include (and not to include) in lessons and how to fill up the extra class time that every flip teacher experiences.  Attendees will hear from flip teachers from across the country who will explain why they flipped their classrooms and the successes they’ve achieved.  You’ll also learn simple and free technology that makes recording videos a snap and find out how to publish your lessons for free.  There are multiple sessions for teachers and administrators in October and November.  For more information, visit

How Successful Digital Transformations Take Shape – A Discovery Education Event

Digital transformation in our school systems can’t happen without the support of an entire community. Administrators, educators, parents, students, and communities must work together in order to create and sustain a culture of change.

During the week of September 23, Discovery Education will host five virtual events from around the country featuring five voices that are leading or supporting their districts’ transition to digital resources. 
This week-long series will explore the challenges of garnering support for a digital transition, taking the first steps to set a digital transformation in motion, the key levers that are critical in driving the change necessary, how to best leverage the roles of parents and parent groups, and how to effectively enroll educators and staff to be champions and cheerleaders.  
For more information on how you can attend one or more of these events: